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Founder, Dr. Hawa Abdi Foundation
Hawa Abdi Diblaawe was born in 1947 in Mogadishu, Somalia. After her mother’s death, Abdi raised her four younger sisters in conditions of poverty, yet never lost sight of her dreams. With the support of her father and a Soviet scholarship, Abdi studied medicine in Kiev and became Somalia’s first female gynecologist. She then completed a law degree at the Somali National University, where she later became an assistant professor of medicine. She opened a clinic on her family’s ancestral land in the Afgooye Corridor using the profits from the land to provide free health care. When the Somali Civil War began in 1991, Abdi started housing her employees on her land, feeding them, and caring for them. Soon after, their friends and relatives came seeking shelter, and Abdi welcomed them, providing shelter to all those who came. In 2012, Abdi’s land housed more than 90,000 refugees, mostly women and children. Today, Abdi continues to fight for the women, children, and elderly people of the Hawa Abdi Village. With the help of her daughters, Deqo and Amina, both of whom are doctors, Abdi continues to keep a candle of light lit for the people of the Afgooye Corridor. Abdi has won numerous distinctions and awards, including the John Jay Justice Award, Vital Voices’ Women of the Year Award, and a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2012.
Young Leader, Women Deliver
Salam Abukhadrah was awarded second class honours for academic performance at the University of Jordan, with GPA of 3.87. She finished her bachelor’s degree in June 2015 and was awarded an Erasmus mundus scholarship to do a joint degree master in political economics in London and Paris. In August 2014 she became an entrepreneur, starting her own business with another three women, the SheCab project for female taxi services. In April 2015, she was chosen to be a Women Deliver young leader. It's a three-year fellowship opportunity for young people under the age of 30 who are working to advance the health, rights, and well-being for women and girls. She was also chosen to be one of the She Entrepreneurs participants by the Swedish institute in the same year.
Chief Executive Officer, Union for International Cancer Control
Born in London, Cary Adams has a BSc Honours degree in Economics, Computing and Statistics from the University of Bath, United Kingdom and a Masters degree in Business Administration. He is a Harvard Business School Alumni having attended the School’s Executive General Management programme in 2003. In 2009, Cary made a career change, moving from the management of international businesses in the banking sector to become CEO of UICC based in Geneva. Cary also served two terms as Chair of the NCD Alliance, a coalition of around 2,000 organisations working on non-communicable diseases. In 2014, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in International Relations from the University for Business and International Studies in Geneva and an Honorary Doctorate in Health from Bath University in the UK, in 2015. In May 2015, Cary was awarded ‘CEO of the year’ at the International and European Association conference organised by the Associations Network.
President, African Development Bank Group
Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina is the eighth elected president of the African Development Bank Group. He was elected to the position on May 28, 2015 by the Bank’s board of governors at its annual meetings in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. He took office at the Bank’s headquarters in Abidjan on September 1, 2015 and will serve an initial five-year term. Adesina, 55, is a distinguished development economist and agricultural development expert with 25 years of international experience. He is the first Nigerian to serve as president of the Bank Group.
Richard C. Adkerson
Vice Chairman, President and CEO, Freeport-McMoRan, Inc.
Richard C. Adkerson is the chief executive officer of Freeport-McMoRan, a leading international natural resources company. He graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Business Administration, and honorary doctorate degrees, and was named its Alumnus of the Year in 2011. In 1988, he completed the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. He is past chairman of the International Council on Mining and Metals and serves on the Business Roundtable, the Business Council, and the Council of the Kissinger Institute on China and the U.S. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Arizona Commerce Authority. He is chairman of the National WWII Museum in New Orleans and recently chaired the Banner MD Anderson Cancer Capital Campaign in Phoenix. He has been named Best CEO in Metals and Mining by Institutional Investor magazine for the past seven years, Copper Man of the Year 2009, and is an inductee into the American Mining Hall of Fame.
Actor, Filmmaker and Founder, Eastern Congo Initiative
In addition to a successful career as an actor, writer and director, Ben Affleck is also a passionate advocate and philanthropist. In 2009, Ben founded Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI), a grant-making and advocacy organization focused on investing in and working with the people of eastern Congo. ECI believes that local, community-based approaches are essential to creating a sustainable and successful society in eastern Congo, and works to increase the quality and quantity of investments in the region. Since 2007, Ben has made nine trips to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), with a focus on the eastern provinces. Ben has testified before Congress four times to advocate for U.S. and international engagement in Congo, most recently before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Projects in March 2015. Ben has appeared in over thirty films, written five and directed three, of which Batman V Superman is the most recent.
Hanan Al Hroub
2016 Global Teacher Prize Winner, Varkey Foundation
Winner of the 2016 Global Teacher Prize, an initiative of the Varkey Foundation, Hanan Al Hroub grew up in the Palestinian refugee camp, Bethlehem, where she was regularly exposed to acts of violence. She went into primary education after her children were left deeply traumatized by a shooting incident they witnessed on their way home from school. Her experiences in meetings and consultations to discuss her children’s behavior, development and academic performance in the years that followed led Al Hroub to try to help others who, having grown up in similar circumstances, require special handling at school. With so many troubled children in the region, Palestinian classrooms can be tense environments. Al Hroub embraces the slogan "No to Violence" and uses a specialized teaching approach she developed herself. Al Hroub has shared her perspective at conferences, meetings and teacher training seminars.
Madeleine K. Albright
Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group
Madeleine K. Albright is a chair of Albright Stonebridge Group and chair of Albright Capital Management. Albright also chairs that National Democratic Institute. She was the 64th Secretary of State of the United States. Albright received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, from President Obama in 2012. In 1997, Albright was named the first female Secretary of State and became, at that time, the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. As Secretary of State, Albright reinforced America’s alliances, advocated for democracy and human rights, and promoted American trade, business, labor and environmental standards abroad. From 1993 to 1997, Albright served as the U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations and was a member of the President’s Cabinet. Albright earned a bachelor's degree with honors from Wellesley College and holds master’s and doctorate degrees from Columbia University’s Department of Public Law and Government.
Alice P. Albright
Chief Executive Officer, Global Partnership for Education
Alice P. Albright was appointed as the first chief executive officer of the Global Partnership for Education’s Secretariat in February 2013. From July 2009 until January 2013, she served in the Obama Administration as the executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank). While in that position, she led a significant expansion of Ex-Im Bank’s operations in response to the financial and economic crises. From 2001 to 2009, Albright served as the chief financial and investment officer for the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI) and from 2003, additionally, as the head of GAVI's Washington, DC office. Albright led GAVI’s efforts to design and launch the International Finance Facility for Immunization, an award-winning program to enhance GAVI’s ability to finance the purchase of vaccines. During this period, she also co-chaired the working group that designed the Advanced Market Commitment mechanism.
Artist and Activist, The Strongheart Group
With a poet's soul and activist's passion, Sonita Alizadeh uses her rap lyrics and powerful voice to fight child marriage. A refugee in Iran, Alizadeh faced her own forced marriage, set to happen in Afghanistan. In an effort to express her pain and share the experience of friends, she wrote “Daughters for Sale” and created a homemade music video. The song caught fire and was shared globally. Through the Strongheart Group, Alizadeh came to the United States where she is now a student and international spokesperson for the rights of girls to choose their own destiny. She believes that together we can end forced marriage in one generation, and is working to make that a reality. Alizadeh was named one of Foreign Policy Magazine’s Global Thinkers of 2015, one of BBC's 100 Women of 2015, and has been featured by CNN, NPR, BBC, Buzzfeed News, and over 150 publications in 20 countries.
John R. Allen
Co-Director, Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, Brookings Institution
General John R. Allen, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.) was named the special presidential envoy for the global coalition to counter ISIL by President Obama on September 12, 2014. He served in that position until November, 2015. From April 2013 to May 2014, he served as senior to the Secretary of Defense on Middle East security leading the security dialogue and the Middle East peace process. Allen commanded the NATO International Security Assistance Force and United States Forces in Afghanistan from July 2011 to February 2013. Prior to that tour, he served as deputy commander of the U.S. Central Command. From 2007-2008, as the deputy commander in the multi-national force,West in the Al Anbar province of Iraq, he played a major role in the Sunni tribal “Awakening Movement” or Sahawa in Iraq.
Student and Education Advocate, Malala Fund
Muzoon Almellehan was in ninth grade when she fled Dara’a, Syria with her family in 2013. The family of five traveled to Jordan where they lived in Za’atari and Azraq refugee camps. Almellehan enrolled in the camp schools and resumed her education. Almellehan soon saw that many refugee girls — some as young as 13 and 14 — were dropping out of class and getting married. Still a girl herself, Almellehan walked from tent to tent to talk to parents about the value of education and risks of early marriage, urging them to send their daughters to school. Almellehan's determination to make sure her Syrian sisters continued in school, even in the refugee camps, won international acclaim and brought attention to refugee girls' education and early marriage. Now resettled with her family in Newcastle, United Kingdom, Almellehan continues to advocate for education and refugee girls around the world.
John Amos is an expert in the use of satellite images and other remote sensing data to understand and communicate local, regional and global environmental issues. In 2001 he founded SkyTruth, a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening environmental conservation by illuminating environmental problems and issues through the use of satellite images, aerial photographs, and other kinds of remote sensing and digital mapping. As president, Amos directs day-to-day operations, develops and manages projects and programs, and is responsible for fundraising and administration. Prior to founding SkyTruth, he worked for ten years as an exploration geologist at Advanced Resources International and Earth Satellite Corporation, applying image processing, image analysis, and digital mapping techniques to conduct environmental, exploration and resource assessment studies for the energy and mining industries and government entities.
Self-Advocate, Keystone Human Services International Moldova Association
Tamara Andries was born in a small village of Falesti, Moldova, where she lives with her parents and brother. Andries graduated from a vocational school where she learned accounting. However she has never been employed. Andries believes it is mainly because of her disability, but also because there are very few employment opportunities in her village. She became a self-advocate in 2014. As a self-advocate Andries learned to be active, to communicate with people outside of her family, to increase self-confidence, to overcome difficulties and limitations, and to set goals for herself and be responsible for her own life.
President, The Loreen Arbus Foundation
Loreen Arbus is currently the president of the Loreen Arbus Foundation and Loreen Arbus Productions, Inc. Her philanthropy supports a broad scope of interests, including advocacy for women and girls, as well as for the world’s largest minority, people with disability. Arbus holds the distinction of being the first woman to head programming for a U.S. network, a feat accomplished twice (both at Showtime and Cable Health Network/Lifetime). She has been twice nominated for an Emmy. She is the author of six books and numerous newspaper articles. She is a member of The Writers Guild, The Producers Guild, The Author's Guild and SAG-AFTRA. Arbus has received The Heart of Giving Award presented by President Bill Clinton in 2001 and was chosen as one (of 40) Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World 2002. She serves on over a dozen nonprofit boards. Arbus lives in NY, LA and Buenos Aires.
Ana Marie Argilagos
Senior Advisor, Ford Foundation
Ana Marie Argilagos is part of the Equitable Development team. Her work has focused on urban development strategies to reduce poverty, expand economic opportunity, and advance sustainability in cities and regions across the world. Before becoming a senior adviser at the Ford Foundation in 2014, she served as deputy chief of staff and deputy assistant secretary at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). While there, she created the Office for International and Philanthropic Innovation (IPI) to deepen and scale collaboration between public and philanthropic sectors. The IPI model of sourcing innovation and leveraging partnerships from broad global networks is now being successfully replicated at other federal cabinet agencies and in cities across the US. Previous to joining HUD she spent eight years as a senior program officer at the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore and as a lecturer of urban planning at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service.
Co-Founder and CEO, Aspire Food Group
Mohammed Ashour is the co-founder and CEO of Aspire, a multi-national start-up focused on developing insect farming technology for applications in food, biomedicine and agrochemicals. Aspire was launched in 2013 after Ashour led a team from McGill University to win the prestigious US $1 million Hult Prize. In 2016, Ashour was named to the prestigious Forbes’ 30 under 30 list. Ashour is currently on leave from McGill University where he is pursuing a Doctor of Medicine and Master of Business Administration dual degree. Mohammed holds a Master of Science in neuroscience from McGill University and a Bachelor of Science in life sciences from the University of Toronto.
Founder and CEO, Askinosie Chocolate
In 2005, Shawn Askinosie left a successful career as a criminal defense lawyer to start a bean to bar chocolate factory and never looked back. Askinosie Chocolate is a small batch chocolate sourcing 100% of their beans directly from farmers. The only chocolate maker working directly with cocoa farmers on four continents, Askinosie travels to Ecuador, Honduras, the Philippines and Tanzania to source cocoa beans, allowing chocolate to be traced to the source and labeled authentic single origin. It also enables Askinosie Chocolate to profit share with the farmers, giving them a “Stake In the Outcome.” Askinosie and Askinosie Chocolate have been globally recognized with numerous awards, including O Magazine’s One of 15 Guys Who Are Saving the World, Specialty Food Association’s Top Business Leader of the Year in 2013 and six silver awards, Forbes’ One of the Best 25 Small Companies in America, two Good Food Awards, and seven International Chocolate Awards, including the Gold World Award for the Dark Chocolate + Licorice Bar. The Askinosie Chocolate mission is to serve their farmers, neighborhood, customers and each other by leaving the world a better place than they found it. The company is currently sustainably feeding over 1,600 students per day in Tanzania and the Philippines, without any donations. Askinosie is also Family Brother at Assumption Abbey and the co-founder of Lost & Found, a grief center serving children and families in Southwest Missouri.
Co-Founder and Head of Academics, Kiron Open Higher Education
Hila Azadzoy is part of the founding team at Kiron Open Higher Education gGmBH, an innovative social start up with the mission to remove the barriers for refugees to higher education by charging no tuition fees and making effective use of blended learning opportunities. As the head of academics Azadzoy is responsible for the continuous development of Kiron’s academic program, strategic partnerships and fundraising activities. Azadzoy holds a Master of Science in politics and economics and has launched her career at Human Rights Watch, with over three years of experience as a professional translator, working extensively with refugees.
Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Badger & Winters
Madonna Badger is the chief creative officer at Badger & Winters, an advertising, branding and design agency specializing in building brand love with women and in 2016 named an Advertising Age Small Agency of the Year. For over 20 years, it has worked with brands like Avon, Chanel, Cover Girl, Godiva, Nordstrom, Pepsi, P&G, and Vera Wang. The agency has produced work for over 40 countries in 27 languages. Prior to founding Badger & Winters at age 29, Badger was at Calvin Klein, where she created the Mark Wahlberg and Kate Moss campaigns, and launched CK One. Badger, named one of Advertising Age’s 2016 Women to Watch has been featured in Vogue and WWD, named one of Daily Variety’s The Gotham 50, Crain’s Forty under Forty and one of Glamour’s Women Who Took Big Risks – And Reaped Big Rewards. This follows Badger's announcement that she and her agency would no longer create imagery that objectifies women, through the #WomenNotObjects campaign.
Associate, Population Council
An advocate for global education, a girl champion and a former refugee, Chernor Bah is currently an associate at the Population Council, leading a collaborative initiative to provide solutions to adolescent girls affected by the Ebola outbreak. In 2012, he was appointed by the United Nations Secretary General to serve on the High Level Steering Committee for the Global Education First Initiative. From 2012-2015, Bah was the chair of the initiative’s Youth Advocacy Group - leading a dynamic group of young advocates for global education. Bah was also a co-founder at A World at School - a digital mobilization and campaign organization for global education. As a teenager, he founded and led the Children’s Forum Network, Sierra Leone’s Children’s Parliament and was an Executive Producer for the Voice of Children, leading young people’s participation in his country’s peace building process. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame.
Chief Executive Officer, BlocPower
Donnel Baird is the founder of BlocPower, a tech startup focused on delivering clean energy to financially under-served US cities. Baird attended Duke University, served as a community organizer for three years in Brooklyn, and helped to manage ARRA investments in energy efficiency from 2009 to 2011. Baird graduated from Columbia Business School, where he was a Board of Overseers fellow.
Chief Philanthropy Officer, Vulcan Inc.
Anthony Banbury is the chief philanthropic officer leading Vulcan’s local and global philanthropy. Banbury is responsible for pushing forward Paul Allen and Vulcan’s philanthropic efforts across wildlife conservation, climate change, global health, development, arts and culture. Drawing from his extensive experience responding to some of the world’s biggest crises, Banbury helps focus Vulcan’s philanthropic initiatives around the world to have the greatest possible impact. Banbury joined Vulcan from the United Nations, where he most recently served as the U.N. assistant secretary-general for field support. During his special assignments with the U.N. he played a leading role in the operational response to crises including the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Indian Ocean tsunami, Syrian chemical weapons destruction negotiation and the Haiti earthquake. In addition, Tony served on the National Security Council at the White House from 2000-2003 and the U.S. Department of Defense from 1997-2000. Banbury attended Tufts University for his Bachelor of Arts in political science and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy for his Master of Arts in International Law. He received the Distinguished Service Award for his service on September 11, 2001, the Bronze Palm to the Exceptional Civilian Service Award and the Exceptional Civilian Service Award for his work in the Balkans from the Secretary of Defense.
Girl Leader and Advisory Board Member, Rise Up
Memory Banda is an inspiring leader for girls’ rights in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Her TED talk on ending child marriage has been viewed over 1.1 million times, and she continues to work with girls in rural Southern Malawi to advocate for an end to child marriage. Like many girls in the village where they grew up, Banda’s sister was married and pregnant at age 11. Banda vowed to be different. At age 18, she led Malawi's campaign that culminated in landmark legislation outlawing child marriage through her work with Rise Up and the Girl Empowerment Network of Malawi. Banda spoke on the floor of the United Nations and with key delegates throughout the SDG process. She was a key young leader in the global movement to prioritize girls in the SDGs, resulting in their inclusion and prioritization throughout the final targets and indicators.
President and CEO, American Jewish World Service
Robert Bank is president and CEO of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), the leading Jewish organization working to promote human rights in the developing world. An attorney and human rights activist who joined AJWS as executive vice president in 2009, Bank previously served in the leadership of GMHC—one of the world’s leading organizations combating HIV/AIDS. Robert’s leadership has been recognized with GMHC’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the Partners in Justice Award from AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps.
Esteban Moctezuma Barragán
Executive President, Fundación Azteca
Born on October 21, 1954 in Mexico City, Esteban Moctezuma Barragán is a prominent social leader who has been part of various fields in the country’s political and social development life. Since he was a child, Barragán used to go with his parents to do social work in low-income neighborhoods; therefore, very early in his life, he acquired a strong social awareness. Author of important works on education, globalization and public administration; he was secretary of the interior, senator and secretary of social development of the Mexican Government. In the last 12 years, he has led very important organizations for the culture of teachers, education and health. He is now the executive president of one of the most prestigious and important foundations in Mexico: Fundación Azteca.
Founder and CEO, House of Genius
Toma Bedolla's experiences are broad and diverse, having provided leadership and support as chief executive officer of TravelSHARK, chief executive officer of Approbatics, as chief technology officer for Jason’s Deli. Bedolla studied physics at the Colorado School of Mines, climbed unnamed peaks in the Kunlun mountain range north of Tibet, played collegiate baseball and caddied full time on the PGA Tour. Bedolla strives to live his life to the fullest and to make the most of the opportunities as they present themselves. He aims to help others do the same and realize the potential that is in all of us. He spends his time exploring cross-pollinating entrepreneurship, advising and mentoring projects and individuals he believes in, getting to know his 2-year-old daughter, and exploring or tinkering with new ideas and perspectives every day.
AllLife Group CEO, AllLife
Ross Beerman has worked both in South Africa and internationally in the financial services sector. He worked in corporate finance as well as mergers and acquisitions in the United States and returned to South Africa in 1998 to work in private equity. In 2004, Beerman co-founded AllLife with the intent to provide life insurance for people living with HIV, based on the premise that properly designed systems and processes, combined with great people, could cost effectively intervene to help clients manage their health and change their mortality. AllLife has delivered life insurance to tens of thousands of HIV-positive people and had a dramatic positive impact on their lives. By successfully delivering easily accessible life insurance products, AllLife is also helping to change the stigma and the perception of HIV every day.
Director of Government Relations, House of Genius
Jonathan Beninson believes that entrepreneurs are capable of solving all of the challenges that we face as humans. As a result, his passion is to drive global innovation by building communities that encourage and support entrepreneurs. Beninson is a serial social entrepreneur, mentor, author, impact investor, and an international speaker. His ventures and investments serve the global community while balancing investor returns. He has been featured in several publications around the world including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Barron’s, and Business Weekly. In his off time, Beninson mentors youth, female, and minority entrepreneurs around the world. He also advises businesses and governmental organizations on how to create entrepreneurial ecosystems. He is fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. When he is not working, you can find him behind a book or spending time with his family. You might also find him eating street food on a sidewalk in South East Asia.
Director of Social Innovation, Pearson
Teodora Berkova drives Pearson’s strategy and investments in the development of education solutions for underserved communities. This includes developing and implementing multi-year social innovation partnerships with international organizations and other stakeholders. Berkova joined Pearson from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), where she led knowledge management work on business models that deliver both social and commercial returns. Prior to that she worked as a corporate sustainability consultant in Lebanon, and in New York City with the East Harlem Tutorial Program, a non-profit organization that runs K-12 after-school programs and public charter schools for low-income students. Berkova has a bachelor’s degree in political studies and human rights from Bard College, and a master’s degree from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.
Senior editor, The Economist Group
Matthew Bishop is an award-winning journalist and social entrepreneur, and is currently senior editor at The Economist Group. His roles at The Economist have included Business Editor, Wall Street Editor, Globalisation Editor, and New York Bureau Chief. He is the author of several books, including Philanthrocapitalism: How Giving Can Save the World (described as “important” by President Bill Clinton) and The Road From Ruin, which set out an agenda for the reform of capitalism after the 2008 crash. He also recently released "Economics: An A-Z Guide", which explains the basics of economics for non-experts.
Bishop is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Global Governance. He was the Official Report author of the G8 Taskforce on Social Impact Investment and a member of the Advisors Group of the UN International Year of Microcredit. He co-founded and advises the #givingtuesday campaign and the Social Progress Index.
Founder, FOR GOOD
Paul Blavin is co-founder and lead strategist of FOR GOOD. He started Blavin & Company, Freehab and Blavin Scholars, and was the executive producer of “The Hunting Ground” and Oscar and Grammy nominated original song “Til It Happens To You” (the video inspired by the song has over 32 million views), “Harry & Snowman”, and “Mully.” He is also a board member of The Teen Project, South Central Scholars, HYPE-LA, Anti-Recidivism Coalition.
Recording Artist and Founder, Andrea Bocelli Foundation
A mellow and recognizable voice like a signature, which resounds in over eighty million records, Andrea Bocelli has been declared everywhere in the world the testimony of the highest Italian vocal tradition. In his career, he has performed for four presidents of the United States, three popes, the British royal family and many prime ministers. Among his most recent recordings are the opera Aida under the conduction of Zubin Mehta and the pop album “Cinema.” Bocelli has always been committed to spreading messages of positivity, hope, and perseverance at a global level, and to supporting social causes in the area of scientific research, fight against poverty, and the universality of primary education. In 2011, he founded the Andrea Bocelli Foundation with the mission to empower people and communities. The Foundation works in particular in Haiti, where have been developed programs in the field of health, education and economic development.
Irina Bokova has been the director-general of UNESCO since 2009. She is the first woman and Eastern European to lead the organization. Bokova is actively engaged in international efforts to advance gender equality, quality education for all, and combat terrorist financing by preventing the illicit traffic of cultural goods. A leading champion in the fight against racism and anti-Semitism, Bokova has spearheaded UNESCO’s activities on Holocaust remembrance and awareness and appointed UNESCO’s first special envoy for Holocaust education. Other fields of action include enabling scientific cooperation for sustainable development, such as early warning systems for tsunamis or trans-boundary water management agreements and global advocacy for the safety of journalists and freedom of expression. Bokova joined the UN department at the ministry of foreign affairs of Bulgaria in 1977. In charge of political and legal affairs at the permanent mission of Bulgaria to the UN, she was also member of the Bulgarian delegation at the UN conferences on the equality of women in Copenhagen (1980), Nairobi (1985) and Beijing (1995). As member of Parliament, she advocated for Bulgaria’s membership in EU and NATO and participated in drafting Bulgaria’s new constitution.
Jon Bon Jovi
Chairman, JBJ Soul Foundation
Self-reliance, optimism, and community are key concepts Jon Bon Jovi embodies in his music and charitable efforts. These common threads have resulted in heightened awareness on issues that adversely impact our society, as well as millions of dollars raised. Bon Jovi is the frontman of the iconic, Grammy Award-winning band, Bon Jovi, who have set the bar for over three decades as one of the most successful rock bands in the world. Globally, they have sold more than 130 million albums, performing more than 2,900 concerts in over 50 countries for more than 37.5 million fans. Bon Jovi is also the chairman of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing about positive change and helping the lives of those in need, “one SOUL at a time.” The Soul Foundation funds partnerships that address the issues of hunger and shelter, benefiting temporary shelters, transitional housing for teens, permanent supportive housing—including housing for veterans and special needs populations—as well as providing home ownership opportunities. In October 2011, the foundation opened the first JBJ Soul Kitchen in Red Bank, New Jersey to address issues of food insecurity, and has since served over 55,000 meals. Staying true to Bon Jovi’s roots, the foundation aided in local recovery efforts in the days following Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The following year, Bon Jovi donated $1 million to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund.
Lead Singer of U2, Co-Founder of ONE and (RED), ONE Campaign
The lead singer of U2, Bono was born Paul David Hewson in Dublin. Acknowledged as one of the best live acts in the world, U2 have sold over 157 million albums and won numerous awards, including 22 Grammys®. Bono is also the co-founder of ONE and (RED). ONE is a global campaign and advocacy organization with more than 7 million members dedicated to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. (RED) partners with the world's most iconic brands to raise public awareness and corporate contributions for the AIDS crisis, and to date has delivered more than $360 million to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. Bono has received a number of awards for his music and activism, including the Legion D’Honneur in 2003, TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year in 2005 (along with Bill & Melinda Gates), and an honorary British knighthood in 2007.
Elias N. Bou Saab
Minister of Education and Higher Education, Lebanon
Elias N. Bou Saab was named minister of education and higher education in Lebanon in February 2014. Minister Bou Saab, a native of Dhour El Choueir, co-founded the American University in Dubai, the first US accredited university in the Gul,f and has overseen its development into one of the premier institutions higher education in the region. Over the past two decades, Bou Saab has garnered vast experience in varied areas such as establishing new institutions/programs and scholarships, negotiating and implementing collaboration with many major US and European universities, and advising governments on higher education, and other investment projects throughout the Arab world. Bou Saab earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing (magna cum laude) from The American College and his Master of Arts in international relations from Boston University.
Chief Operating Officer, Sevis Finansye Fonkoze
Dominique Boyer is Fonkoze Financial Services’ (Fonkoze) chief financial officer. Boyer joined Fonkoze in 2009 as the head of internal audit and was promoted to COO in 2013. As COO, Boyer oversees Fonkoze’s business operations including management of over 750 staff and a network of 45 branches serving more than 200,000 clients mainly micro and small entrepreneurs. Boyer has more than 20 years of experience in management, accounting, internal and external audit of organizations in numerous sectors including banking, non-governmental organizations, government institutions and private businesses. Boyer has supervised the development, implementation and evaluation of financial and operations systems at multiple enterprises and organizations. She has extensive experience with multilateral and bilateral organizations such as USAID, World Bank and the United Nations. In addition to her current role, her private sector experience includes holding senior positions at KPMG and the Bank of Boston. Boyer spent six years as an accounting professor at Haiti’s leading university, Univerité Quisqueya. She has worked in Canada, Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti and the United States. She is fluent in English, French and Haitian Creole. Dominique holds degrees from Collège Saint Laurent and Université du Québec à Montréal in finance and accounting
Founder and CEO, Women in the World and Tina Brown Live Media
Tina Brown is an award-winning journalist, editor, author, chief executive officer of Tina Brown Live Media, and founder of the Women in the World Summit. Prior to this, Brown launched and edited the award-winning digital news site The Daily Beast with Barry Diller’s IAC in October 2008. Between 1979 and 2001, she was editor-in-chief of Tatler, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker and Talk—and later Newsweek in 2011. She also authored the 2007 best-selling biography of the Princess of Wales, "The Diana Chronicles." In 2000, she was awarded the honor of commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth for her services to journalism.
Senior Advisor, Tent Foundation
Matt Browne is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress (CAP) where he leads the Global Progress program, an initiative that brings together progressive politicians, strategist and policy makers. Prior to joining CAP, Browne was managing director of APCO Worldwide's, Europe, Middle East and Africa government relations practice. Browne is a board member of Policy Network, an organization he helped found, and which he directed from 2002 to 2006. Browne is an experienced political campaigner, having advised over 30 progressive leaders, parties and movements across five continents. A regular commentator in the media, he writes a weekly column for the Huffington Post.
Caribbean Director, Clean the World
Pastor Julio Brutus made it his mission to serve others, especially the people of his homeland, Haiti. In July 2009, he joined Clean the World as their Caribbean director. In 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti and three days later, Clean the World dispatched a team of doctors, nurses and medical supplies along with soap to aid those in need. Together with Clean the World, we have distributed 1.8 million bars of soap.
Partner, House of Genius
Sean Campbell is an entrepreneur, real estate developer, community builder and former Wall Street executive with a strong background in finance, real estate, media, and business development. He has spent twelve successful years in the New York financial community before following his passion to create, develop, and fund new businesses. In addition to managing, founding and leading several technology, media and real estate businesses, Campbell is currently founder and CEO of Formativ, a full serving real estate development company, as well as co-founder and co-developer of INDUSTRY, a world-class destination for technology and digital innovation.
Campbell received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland. He is on the Board of Directors at Denver Athletic Club, Board of Directors of 10.10.10., Partner at House of Genius, serves as the Development Chair for the River North (RiNo) Urban Improvement Committee, and is on the Advisory Board of Prime Health, and the Blackstone Entrepreneurial Network.
Co-Founder and Director, Soul of Haiti Foundation
Michael Carey is an Irish food sector investor and entrepreneur (including The Company of Food and East Coast Bakehouse), chairman of the Irish government food board (Bord Bia), and a regular writer and conference speaker. Carey is an active social entrepreneur with a particular interest in livelihood development in sub-Saharan Africa and Haiti as well as poverty/food initiatives in Ireland. Carey is a co-founder and director of the Soul of Haiti Foundation, an organization established in 2008 by a group of Irish entrepreneurs (all finalists in the Irish EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards), focused on supporting job creation. The Soul of Haiti initiated projects are implemented in Haiti by Haven.
Council Head, Hult Prize Foundation
Sheryl Chamberlain is a global technology leader who brings together diverse groups of people to jointly create innovative solutions that achieve new levels of success for a company. She has broad experience in leading strategy and operations with Fortune 1000 companies with a goal to accelerate revenue generation while improving performance. Moving easily between strategic planning and execution, she energizes and inspires others with a vision of what is possible. Her collaborative, open style builds trust and community while bringing people together to solve problems in new ways. Chamberlain ethically navigates the political and organizational structures bringing about future-focused, brand enhancing opportunities. Chamberlain's leadership has been recognized in winning 2016 Women in Technology Award, EMC Global Innovation Partner of the Year, the YWCA Tribute to Women, and the Diversity Council’s Leadership & Diversity Awards. Chamberlain is a member of the Alliance of Chief Executives, and an advisor to the Dallas Entrepreneur Center. She is on the board of the association for corporate growth, the diversity advisory board for Cloud Foundry Foundation.
Executive Chairman, Cisco
John Chambers, executive chairman of the board, is a working chairman with a focus on country digitization and building relationships with government and business leaders, shareholders, and board members. He is also an advisor on the company’s strategy, digital transformation and strategic partnerships. Chambers joined Cisco in 1991, became president and CEO in 1995, and served as chairman and CEO from 2006 to 2015. He helped grow the company from $70 million when he joined, to $1.2 billion when he assumed the role of CEO, to $47 billion when he stepped down as CEO. He has received numerous awards for his leadership and corporate social responsibility over his past 20 years at the helm of Cisco, including TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. In January 2016, Chambers became chairman of the U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC) and is a current member of the board of directors for Airware and OpenGov.
Maxime D. Charles
Country Manager / VP, Bnakers Association / EcoBio Haiti S. A.
Maxime Charles is a lawyer and the general manager of The Bank of Nova Scotia in Haiti. His legal and finance career includes teaching international law from 1985 to 1991 at the State University of Haiti, and fulfilling international assignments in Canada and the Caribbean for Scotiabank from 1992 to 1996. Charles is active in a number of professional and civic organizations, serving as a board member for the Arbitrage Commission of the Chamber of Commerce of Haiti and the Anti-Money Laundering Commission.
Charles is president of the Board of the Association of Professional Bankers, as well as the Board of FOKAL, an NGO engaged in the promotion of educational knowledge and liberties. He is also co-founder of EcoBio Haiti S. A., a socially responsible Haitian corporation involved in the production and export of essential oil, especially Vetiver. He has a law bachelor degree from State University of Haiti and a DEA (pre-Doctorate degree) from the University of Law and Economy of Aix-Marseille, France.
Global Community Cultivator, House of Genius
Christopher Chavez directs expansion as the Global Community Cultivator of House of Genius, an international neighborhood of entrepreneurs, nonprofiteers, tinkerers, inventors, doers, and community builders who enhance the language of collaboration in their home cities and fields of interest. He is also the co-founder of prime produce, a guild for 21st century craft promoting slow entrepreneurship, and an entrepreneur in residence at The Met MediaLab.
West Coast Correspondent, Devex
Catherine Cheney is the west coast correspondent for Devex. Based in the Bay Area, she covers solutions-oriented stories her audience of global development professionals can learn from as part of the Devex motto: “Do Good. Do It Well.” Since graduating from Yale University, where she earned bachelor's and master's degrees in political science and graduated as a Yale Journalism Scholar, Cheney has worked for a range of publications including World Politics Review, POLITICO, and NationSwell, a media company and membership network she helped build. Her work has taken her to countries including Germany, where she traveled on an International Center for Journalists fellowship, Tanzania, where she reported on human centered design for development, and Haiti, where she traveled with the Clinton Foundation. Cheney also runs the Bay Area chapter for the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit that supports and connects journalists who report on responses to social problems.
CEO, Institute for Sustainable Investing and Managing Director & Head, Global Sustainable Finance, Morgan Stanley
Audrey Choi is chief executive officer of Morgan Stanley's Institute for Sustainable Investing. She is also managing director and head of Morgan Stanley's Global Sustainable Finance Group. In these roles, she oversees the firm's efforts to support resilient communities and promote economic opportunity and global sustainability through the capital markets. In a career spanning the public, private and nonprofit sectors, Choi has become a thought leader on how finance can be harnessed to address public policy challenges. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Choi held senior policy positions in the Clinton Administration, the Commerce Department and the Federal Communications Commission. Previously, Choi was a foreign correspondent and bureau chief at The Wall Street Journal. She is currently a member of President Obama's US Community Development Advisory Board and on the boards of several national nonprofits focused on education, conservation and impact investing. Audrey is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School.
Kelly Tallman Clements
Deputy High Commissioner, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Kelly T. Clements joined United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as Deputy High Commissioner in 2015. Clements has been closely involved with refugee and displacement issues throughout her 25-year career. Before joining UNHCR, Clements served as deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) since 2010 where she was responsible for humanitarian issues in Asia and the Middle East. She previously led the Bureau’s strategic planning, policy development and financial management to protect and assist refugees, conflict victims and vulnerable migrants worldwide. In 2014, she was acting deputy chief of the mission at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. From 1993 to 1996, Clements served at the U.S. permanent mission to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland on a foreign service appointment. She was special assistant to the under secretary of state for global affairs in 1997-1998. Clements served as a senior emergency officer for Europe, the Newly Independent States, and the Americas, and later as Balkans assistance coordinator; she was deployed to Albania in 1999. She worked for the UNHCR in Bangladesh in 1992. Clements holds a bachelor's degree in international studies and a master's degree in urban affairs from Virginia Tech.
Founding Chairman, Clinton Global Initiative, 42nd President of the United States
Elected president of the United States in 1992 and 1996, President Bill Clinton was the first Democratic president in six decades to be elected twice. Under his leadership, the United States enjoyed the strongest economy in a generation and the longest economic expansion in its history. His administration resulted in moving the nation from record deficits to record surpluses; the creation of over 22 million jobs; low levels of unemployment, poverty and crime; and the highest home ownership and college enrollment rates in history. He also increased investment in education, expanded access to technology, encouraged investment in underserved communities, protected the environment, and countered the threat of terrorism while promoting peace and strengthening democracy around the world. After leaving the White House, President Clinton founded the Clinton Foundation with the mission to strengthen the capacity of people in the U.S. and throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence.
Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation
Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, works alongside Foundation leadership toward a shared goal of making the Clinton Foundation one of the most effective and efficient global NGOs in the world. Clinton works in-depth across a number of the Foundation’s programmatic areas including: No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project working to advance the full participation of women and girls; the Clinton Global Initiative University, a program focused on empowering the next generation of change-makers; the Clinton Foundation’s Day of Action program which she founded; the Foundation’s various health programs and the conservation of Africa’s Elephants through the Clinton Global Initiative. Clinton currently teaches at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and previously worked at McKinsey & Company and Avenue Capital. She also serves on the boards of the Clinton Foundation’s affiliated Clinton Health Access Initiative, the School of American Ballet, the Africa Center and the Weill Cornell Medical College. She is the Co-Chair of the Advisory Board of the Of Many Institute at NYU. Clinton holds a B.A. from Stanford, an MPH from Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health and both an MPhil and a Doctorate in International Relations from Oxford University. She is the author of It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going, a book for young readers ages 10-14 which explores some of the biggest challenges facing our world today. She lives with her husband Marc, their daughter Charlotte, and their son Aidan in New York City.
Goodwill Ambassador and Retired Player, NBA
Jason Collins is a retired American professional basketball player of the National Basketball Association. After graduating from Stanford University, Collins was selected in the first round of the 2001 NBA Draft. A 13-year veteran of the NBA, Collins played center for six teams including New Jersey, Memphis, Minnesota, Atlanta, Boston, Washington and the Brooklyn Nets. After the 2012-13 NBA season, Collins publicly came out as gay in a cover story for Sports Illustrated, becoming the first male active player in any of the four major American professional sports to announce that he is gay. In April 2014, Collins was featured on the cover of TIME Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World.” Currently, Jason works for the NBA as an international Ambassador. He also serves on the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition and has traveled abroad on behalf of the U.S. State Department as a Goodwill Ambassador.
Chief Executive Officer, Safaricom Limited
Robert (Bob) Collymore is the CEO of Safaricom Limited, a leading communications company in Africa and pioneer of M-PESA, the world’s most developed mobile payment system. His work experience spans across diverse countries where he’s held senior roles in marketing, purchasing, retail and corporate affairs. Bob has more than 30 years of commercial experience working in the telecommunications sector and is passionate about how businesses can be catalysts in transforming communities. In April 2015, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon re-appointed Collymore to the UN Global Compact Board. This was in recognition of Safaricom’s commitment to environmental, sustainability and anti-corruption issues as well as the work it is undertaking to address maternal health and child mortality. Under Collymore’s leadership, Safaricom has committed to utilize its infrastructure to achieve universal access to essential communications and leverage partnerships that aim to tackle health, clean energy for a positive impact on economic growth. Collymore is a member of the Board of Acumen and the Global Commission on Business and Sustainable Development.
Managing Director, Social Investment Practice, Kresge Foundation
As managing director of the Kresge Foundation’s Social Investment Practice, Kimberlee Cornett works closely with the foundation’s program teams to make capital and financing available to organizations working on key, strategic priorities of the foundation. She identifies capital gaps and then structures loans, loan guarantees and alternative financing through banks, community development financial institutions and specialized lenders to meet specific project needs.
Executive Director, World Food Programme
Ertharin Cousin is the executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). She brings more than 25 years of national and international non-profit, government, and corporate leadership experience focusing on hunger, food, and resilience strategies. Cousin guides WFP in meeting urgent food needs while championing longer-term solutions to food insecurity and hunger. As the leader of the world’s largest humanitarian organization with 13,500 staff serving 90 million beneficiaries in 80 countries, she is an exceptional advocate for improving the lives of hungry people worldwide, and travels extensively to raise awareness of food insecurity and chronic malnutrition. In 2009, Cousin was confirmed as the United States ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome. Previously, Cousin served as White House liaison to the State Department, during which time she was appointed to the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development, and executive vice president and chief operating officer of Feeding America.
Chief Executive Officer, SOS Children's Villages - USA
Lynn Croneberger is the chief executive officer of SOS Children's Villages–USA, the world’s largest organization that builds families for orphaned, abandoned and other vulnerable children. The organization serves millions of children and families in 134 countries, including the United States.
Head, Global Community Programs, Standard Chartered Bank
Payal Dalal is head of Global Community Programs for Standard Chartered. Dalal joined Standard Chartered in July 2008 as the head of Public Affairs for the Americas. With a professional background in international philanthropy and politics, Dalal has worked for a wide range of public sector organizations including the World Affairs Council, the Global Philanthropy Forum, the Clinton Foundation and the Earth Institute at Columbia University. In 2014, Payal was appointed a program advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative; her post was renewed in 2015. Dalal has extensive experience in financial services as well. Prior to joining Standard Chartered, she worked on the launch of the AT&T Universal Savings and Reward Card for Citi. A Texas native, Dalal has a Bachelor of Arts with honours from Stanford University as well as a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Public Administration from New York University.
Stacey Davidson is a director at REDISA (Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa). She supports South African communities and the economic empowerment of the previously disadvantaged. She has volunteered at community based organisations such as NICRO, CAFDA and Triple Trust Organisation. During her 23 year career, and as volunteer and political activist during the 1980’s, she has developed a network of political and business associations which allowed her to focus on her passion of socio-economic development through environmental remediation. Davidson's current role allows her to pursue this passion, overseeing the roll-out of the development of the new tyre recycling industry. This enables her to focus on developing entrepreneurs and SMME’s within the industry by providing the training, support and education required to develop a successful business.
Celina de Sola
Co-Founder and VP of Programs, Glasswing International
Celina de Sola is co-founder of Glasswing International, an innovative nonprofit that addresses the root causes of poverty and violence through public education, health, and community development. In nine years, de Sola has helped grow Glasswing from three employees in one country to over 250 employees in 14 countries throughout Latin America implementing over $9 million of programming. Previously, de Sola was a humanitarian aid worker, leading responses in over 20 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean. She is an Ashoka fellow, LEGO ReImagine Learning fellow, Schwartz Social Impact fellow, and has been interviewed by CNN en Español, Women in the World, Americas Quarterly Journal, Chicago Policy Review, and other publications. de Sola has presented at violence prevention conferences organized by the World Health Organization, United States Agency for International Development, Inter-American Development Bank, and numerous volunteer conferences. de Sola holds a master's degree in public health from Harvard and master's degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania.
Hernando de Soto
Chairman, Institute for Liberty and Democracy
Hernando de Soto is currently chairman of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy, an internationally-recognized think tank headquartered in Lima, Peru committed to creating legal systems to help the poor access property rights. De Soto was named one of the leading innovators in the world by TIME and Forbes magazines, and more than 20,000 readers of Prospect and Foreign Policy ranked him as one of the world’s top 13 public intellectuals. He has served as president of the executive committee of the Copper Exporting Countries Organization, chief executive officer of Universal Engineering Corporation, a principal of the Swiss Bank Corporation Consultant Group, and a governor of Peru’s Central Reserve Bank. De Soto has advised heads of state in several countries on property reform programs, and he is the author of "The Other Path" and his seminal work, "The Mystery of Capital."
Kevin J. Delaney
Editor in chief, Quartz
Kevin J. Delaney is editor in chief and co-president of Quartz, the global business news site from Atlantic Media at qz.com. He was a Wall Street Journal reporter for a decade, with postings in Paris and San Francisco. He was also managing editor of WSJ.com, where he led efforts that greatly expanded the Journal’s readership, and championed prize-winning journalism projects. Earlier, Delaney was a reporter for SmartMoney magazine and a TV producer in Montreal. He has a history degree from Yale University and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Madeline Di Nonno
Chief Executive Officer, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
Madeline Di Nonno is the chief executive officer of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, the only research based non-profit working with the entertainment and media community to dramatically improve gender and diversity representation in children's entertainment. Di Nonno leads the Institute's strategic direction, management, financial and operational activities. Di Nonno brings over thirty years of executive leadership experience in the entertainment, non-profit, digital and consumer packaged goods industries. Previously, Di Nonno served as president and CEO of On The Scene Productions, a leader in digital video content creation and distribution. Di Nonno led the company’s strategic direction, finance, new business and operations for clients such as Nike, Gatorade, and PepsiCo. As senior vice president, global marketing for Anchor Bay Entertainment/Starz Media, Di Nonno led global brand marketing, franchise development, acquisitions and digital media initiatives for home entertainment and limited theatrical content in North America, United Kingdom and Australia. As executive vice president and general manager for Nielsen EDI, Di Nonno drove technological innovations for product development and led finance and operations to support major theatrical distribution and exhibition clients. As senior vice president, marketing alliances and digital media at the Hallmark Channel, and Universal Studios Home Video, vice president, strategic marketing, Di Nonno led integrated marketing, digital media and strategic alliances. Di Nonno serves on the board of directors for the Television Academy Foundation, Promundo U.S, Los Angeles Press Club, GameChanger Films, and Rutgers University Institute for Women’s Leadership. Di Nonno served as president of the Glass Lions Jury for Cannes Lions 2016.
Mayor, Municipality of Srebrenica
Camil Durakovic has been a mayor of Srebrenica since 2012. He was elected as an independent candidate. He also served as a deputy mayor of Srebrenica (2008-2012) and general administration (2005-2008). Mayor Durakovic obtained bachelor's degree in justice administration and psychology at Southern New Hampshire University. He was 18 years old when he immigrated to the United States in 1995 as a Bosnian Muslim genocide survivor. He escaped his home city of Srebrenica in July 1995 during the attack of Serbian forces that killed more than 8.000 Muslim men and boys. Mayor Durakovic worked in justice administration in Manchester, N.H. until 2005 when he returned to Srebrenica.
Partner, Omidyar Network
Tilman Ehrbeck directs several core initiatives at Omidyar Network, a philanthropic investment firm that supports visionary entrepreneurs and their ideas to create opportunities for people to improve their lives. Ehrbeck is responsible for teams that are advancing empowerment in the areas of financial inclusion, impact investing, and property rights. As partner, he oversees Omidyar Network’s investment relationships with a number of private and public sector organizations around the globe. Before joining Omidyar Network, Ehrbeck served as the chief executive officer of the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), a global partnership of 34 leading organizations that share the common mission to advance financial inclusion. Prior to CGAP, Ehrbeck was a partner at McKinsey, serving clients in Asia, Europe, and North America. Ehrbeck started his career at the International Monetary Fund. He serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Finance, as chair of the advisory council to the U.N. Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance in Development, and as a board observer to startup Tandem Bank. A frequent speaker and writer on the topic of financial inclusion and inclusive business, Ehrbeck holds a doctorate in economics from the European University Institute.
Partner and Co-author of Power of Parity, McKinsey and Company
Kweilin Ellingrud is a partner at McKinsey and Company. She is an author of “Power of Parity: How advancing women’s equality can add $12 T to global growth,” as well as “Power of Parity: Advancing Women’s Equality in the United States.” Having grown up in many different countries, Kweilin is passionate about gender equality globally, in the United States, and within companies. Ellingrud is on the board of College Possible and the YWCA of Minneapolis. She was named one of the “Top 10 Corporate Women in Minnesota” by Twin Cities Business Magazine and a “2015 Women in Business” by Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal. Ellingrud has a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University in economics and political science.
President and CEO, Western Union
Hikmet Ersek is president and CEO of The Western Union Company, a Fortune 500-ranked global leader in cross-border money-movement services. Ersek has executive management responsibility for a global platform and a powerful brand spread over 200 countries and territories. Western Union has a rich history encompassing more than 165 years of innovation and today is also one of the world's most diverse companies, with employees from more than 100 countries. Ersek is frequently quoted by major global media outlets on international, economic and social topics such as globalization, migration, transformation, digital payments and social ventures. He has been a recurring speaker at the World Economic Forum and the Clinton Global Initiative, and is a member of the World Economic Forum International Business Council. Ersek has been publicly recognized for his commitment to corporate responsibility and shared value, including Corporate Responsibility magazine’s 2012 Responsible CEO of the Year Award.
Chief Executive Officer, Barefoot College International
Responsible for Barefoot College International, Meagan Fallone is currently steering the establishment of a further six Barefoot College Vocational Training Centers throughout sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and South East Asia/ Pacific, tripling the size of the Barefoot College by 2018. In addition, she is leading a significant move by the organization towards digital integration within the organization itself and as a route to dissemination of livelihood, environmental, technical and enterprise skills in the hands of the of the rural poor illiterate/ semi literate women the college trains. The “Barefoot Approach” focuses on water management, renewable solar energy, livelihood and enterprise creation. The Solar Mamas globally have brought clean light to 550,000 people in 74 countries through a community uplift model that builds civil society mechanisms.
Founder and CEO, D&E Green Enterprises
Duquesne Fednard's experience encompasses finance, management, operations and engineering in both start-ups and established enterprises in developed and developing countries. Present and past positions include chief executive officer of D&E Green Enterprises, director of NYC Business Solutions at Wildcat Service Corporation, global trade associate at Citigroup and vice president at Perfection, one of the largest machine shops in Haiti. He is an Ashden award winner and past Digicel Haiti Entrepreneur of the Year. He holds an Master of Arts from Columbia University in international affairs.
Founder and Chairman, Ferrazzi Greenlight/Yoi
Keith Ferrazzi is a leading human behavior expert focused on fostering collaborative action for game changing outcomes in businesses and the non-profit sector. As a recognized expert moving groups of individuals into powerful teams of change agents that won't let each other fail, Ferrazzi works with some of the most influential people in the world to produce exponential results and scaling impact on their organizations.
Chairman and CEO, OgilvyOne Worldwide
Brian Fetherstonhaugh is the chairman and CEO of OgilvyOne Worldwide, one of the world's top global digital marketing companies. He is a leading authority on how to build global brands and how companies can use digital technology to transform their businesses. Fetherstonhaugh is also the author of a new book on long-term career strategies, "The Long View: Career Strategies to Start Strong, Reach High and Go Far." Fetherstonhaugh is a board member of Goodwill Industries and an advisor to Aspire Food Group.
Former Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
Christiana Figueres was the executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) from 2010 to 2016. Shortyly after the unsuccessful COP15 in Copenhagen, Figueres devoted herself to rebuilding the global climate change negotiating process based on trust building, fairness, transparency, and collaboration, leading to the 2015 Paris Agreement. During Figueres’ leadership at the UNFCCC, she displayed a relentless sense of optimism and confidence. She is broadly quoted for her mantra: “Impossible is not a fact, it is an attitude.” Figueres realized that governments cannot act on climate change exclusively out of a global concern, but can be motivated by how climate protection policies and measures further national priorities and interests. She prioritized active outreach to key stakeholders beyond governments, recognizing that addressing climate change is a shared responsibility of all sectors. Due to her efforts to construct the necessary collaboration to deliver a global legally binding agreement, Figueres has been credited with forging a new brand of collaborative diplomacy. She served as minister counselor at the Embassy of Costa Rica in Germany in 1982, then returned to Costa Rica in 1987 as director of International Cooperation in the Ministry of Planning. She was director of Renewable Energy in the Americas, part of the Organization of the American States, and in 1995 founded the Center for Sustainable Development of the Americas, a non-profit organization providing capacity building in Latin America. Figueres has served on boards of non-governmental organizations and as a sustainability adviser to corporations. She is a widely published author, frequent lecturer, and influential thought leader.
Maria Figueroa Kupcu
Partner, Brunswick Group
Maria Figueroa Kupcu is a partner and head of the New York office of Brunswick Group, a global advisory firm specializing in critical issues and corporate relations. She counsels clients on complex reputation campaigns and cross-border environmental and social issues. Since 2007, Kupcu has anchored Brunswick’s business and society practice in the U.S., focusing on strategy and social purpose communications. She has worked with corporate and nonprofit leaders, such as AB InBev, PepsiCo, Nike, Citi, Barrick Gold, WWF, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and The Global Fund. Kupcu began her career with the United Nations, reconciling business, NGO, and government positions on water risk and labor rights. She is a seasoned opinion researcher, and, in her prior work with Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates, she advised presidential and mayoral contests in the U.S., Ukraine, South Korea, Zimbabwe and Serbia. She is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School and Tufts University.
Mrs. Simone Filippini
Simone Filippini became the chief executive officer of Cordaid in 2013. Previously, she worked as Consul General to the Southeast of the U.S. based in Miami, and as the Dutch Ambassador to Macedonia. During her 25 year diplomatic and international career, Filippini worked on a broad range of issues and regions, ranging from the Middle East and North Africa to Asia & the Pacific, from European Enlargement to Women’s rights. As the Head of the Gender Division in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2003 to 2007 she played a crucial role in bringing back women’s rights on the Dutch agenda and reinforcing the formal European stand on the issue.
She has held several other positions during her career, including member of the Board of the Dutch Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD), chairperson of the Board of the International School in Skopje, Macedonia, member of the Committee of Recommendation of the Via Egnatia Foundation, and was recently elected President of the Dutch Association for the United Nations (NVVN).
Founder and CEO, Encore.org
Marc Freedman is founder and CEO of Encore.org. A visiting scholar at Stanford University during 2014-15 and formerly a visiting fellow at King’s College, University of London, Freedman is a member of the Wall Street Journal’s “Experts” panel and a frequent commentator in the media. He is the author of four books, including most recently, "The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife." Freedman was named a 2014 Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the World Economic Forum and the Schwab Foundation and is the recipient of the 2010 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. He co-founded Experience Corps, mobilizing thousands of individuals over 50 to improve the school performance and prospects of low-income elementary school students in 22 U.S. cities, and spearheaded the creation of the Purpose Prize, an annual $100,000 prize for social entrepreneurs in the second half of life.
Executive Director, Smallholder Farmers Alliance Foundation
Born in Haiti, Timote Georges studied natural resources and peace at the United Nations mandated University for Peace. While studying in Costa Rica, Georges volunteered with an association of coffee producers in the community of El Rodeo and also at the nurseries of the Compana Nacional de Fuerza y Luz (CNFL) that was focused on carbon sequestration in Costa Rica. At University of Peace, Georges also had the privilege to co-author the book “The Fabric of Community” with the Earth Charter staff members. In 2002, Timote joined the Haiti presidential program called “Alfa-Economic,” which brought a literacy campaign that aims at alleviating socioeconomic deprivation in the rural areas of Gonaives. Since 2008 Georges has been deeply involved in environmental rehabilitation, natural resource management and development capacity building at the community level. In 2012, Georges co-founded a Haitian community based grass-root called Smallholder Farmers Alliance, in Creole “Alyans Ti-plantè Ayiti,” of which he is the executive director. Georges aims to pursue the dream of sustainability for an ecologically safer world.
Four-time US Paralympic Silver Medallist; Track & Field - Long Jump, United States Paralympics
Lex Gillette is an American track and field athlete who has proved to the world that there are absolutely no excuses. Retina detachments in both eyes have left him with the challenge of living life with no sight. Fortunately for him, once he lost his sight, he gained a vision.
The 2015 track and field season was another successful year for Gilette. He won an unprecedented eighth U.S. Paralympic Track and Field National Championship in the long jump, set a new ParaPan American Games record for the long jump on route to winning the 2015 ParaPan American Games gold medal, and he successfully defended his 2013 IPC Athletics long jump world title at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships that were held in Doha, Qatar. Gillette finished the 2015 season as the number one ranked totally blind long jumper in the world. He also just competed in his fourth consecutive Paralympic Games in Rio taking home his fourth silver in Long Jump.
Chairman Godrej Group, Godrej Industries Limited
Adi Godrej is chairman of the Godrej Group, a more than 100-year-old family conglomerate, with operations in India and several other countries. Godrej is chairman of the board of the Indian School of Business and former president of the Confederation of Indian Industry. He has been a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management and a member of the Wharton Asian Executive Board. Godrej is the recipient of several awards and recognitions, including the Rajiv Gandhi Award (2002), the American India Foundation Leadership in Philanthropy Award (2010), The Entrepreneur of the Year for the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards (2010), Chemexcil’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2010), AIMA-JRD Tata Corporate Leadership Award (2010), Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (2012), Padma Bhushan (2012), and All India Management Association-Business Leader of the Year (2015). Godrej holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from MIT.
Co-founder and Managing Director, Closed Loop Partners
Ron Gonen is the co-founder and managing director of Closed Loop Partners, an investment platform that invests in sustainable consumer goods, recycling and the development of the circular economy. Previously, he was co-founder and CEO of Recyclebank, and was the deputy commissioner of sanitation, recycling and sustainability for New York City. In 2013, NRDC and Earth Day New York named him as the Public Official of the Year in New York City.
Gonen has been an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School since 2010. He was the recipient of the Social Enterprise Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2012, and was given the Medal of Excellence from Columbia University, which recognizes alumnus under the age of 45 for excellence in scholarship, public service, and professional life. Gonen has also been recognized as a 'Champion of the Earth' by the United Nations Environment Program, the highest distinction for environmental protection given by the United Nations.
General Manager - Social Innovation, Toyota Motor North America
Mike Goss is a leader in Toyota’s Social Innovation division. This group brings together ideas, people and multiple company assets in partnership with society to support our business and inspire solutions to North American community issues. Mike’s responsibilities include strategy development, the execution of programs with key internal and external partners, and community engagement. He also serves as president of the Toyota USA Foundation, which supports STEM education in the U.S. Previously, Mike led external affairs for Toyota’s North American manufacturing and R&D operations. The role included communications and media relations, philanthropy and volunteerism, community relations, local government affairs, and issues management. An 18-year Toyota team member, Goss previously was vice president of Guthrie/Mayes Public Relations in Louisville, K.Y., where he led the firm’s Toyota account.
First Lady, Guyana
Sandra Marie Granger is passionate about empowering women and improving the lives of the most vulnerable sectors of the Guyanese population, mainly through education and wealth generation. She is a member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) First Ladies Round Table on Reducing Adolescent Pregnancy in the Caribbean and also serves as patron of Women Across Differences, which focuses on counselling, educating and empowering teenage mothers; The Guyana Foundation, which aims to improve the lives of vulnerable members of the population throughout the country; the Guyana Girl Guides Association; and the Step by Step Foundation, which is dedicated to assisting children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is married to David Granger, President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana.
Editor-in-Chief of Condé Nast Traveler, Condé Nast
Pilar Guzmán was named editor-in-chief of Condé Nast Traveler in August, 2013, and she oversees the iconic brand's print publication and digital properties. Just one year into her editorship, she was named Editor of the Year by Advertising Age. Previously, Guzmán served as vice president and editor-in-chief of Martha Stewart Living where she was responsible for the editorial direction of the Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia flagship since March 2011. Under her direction, the publication earned a National Magazine Award in General Excellence in the lifestyle category in 2013. From 2005 to 2009, Guzmán worked for Condé Nast as the founding editor-in-chief of Cookie, an award-winning parenting magazine targeting young, style-conscious parents. Guzmán has also served as senior editor at Real Simple, as executive editor of One, and as a contributor to The New York Times, I.D., Metropolis, and Wallpaper. She launched her career in journalism writing travel guides to Italy and Vietnam.
Executive Communications Manager, Chobani
Yael Habif is a senior strategic communications manager for Chobani with demonstrated expertise in: media relations, digital and social media, marketing-communications strategic planning, internal communications, philanthropy, and client/business communications.
President, Institute for Sustainable Communities
George Hamilton has headed the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) since its creation in 1991. Since then, ISC has developed and carried out more than 100 projects strengthening communities in 30 countries. Before joining the ISC, Hamilton served as planning director for the state of Vermont, chief policy advisor to Governor Madeleine M. Kunin, co-chair of a special commission appointed by New England Governors and Eastern Canadian premiers that organized the first international conference on sustainable development in North America (1989), chair of Governor’s Development Cabinet, policy analyst in the Vermont Governor's office, executive director of the Vermont Public Interest Research Group, and a community organizer and an energy efficiency auditor for a low-income weatherization program. Drawing on his experience as a wilderness backpacking outfitter and guide in Alaska’s Brooks Range, Hamilton was a research assistant to the US Secretary of the Interior on the Alaska Lands Act of 1979. He has been a member of a variety of initiatives designed to advance climate solutions, sustainable development, citizen participation, community development and/or environmental protection. He is on the board of the Alexander and Margaret Stewart Trust, a charitable foundation supporting research, treatment and prevention of cancer and pediatric illnesses. He serves as Urban Sustainability and Resilience advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative.
Prime Minister, Saint Kitts and Nevis
Timothy Sylvester Harris is the third prime minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis. He served in almost every ministerial portfolio before his meteoric rise to the Office of Prime Minister. In 1988, he graduated from the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies with a Bachelor of Science degree with first class honours in accounting. Harris was the only graduate of the Bachelor of Science accounting programme to obtain this distinction. He also received the Victor Crooke Prize for Best Accounting Student.
President and CEO, Youth for Technology Foundation
Njideka Harry is president and CEO of Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF), an innovative non-profit organization focused on using the power of technology to transform the lives of youth and women in developing countries. YTF’s strength lies in its ability to access market demands, design programs, and provide linkages that accelerate customized information and communications technology (ICTs) and entrepreneurship training. An Ashoka fellow, Harry has a global reputation as a key thought leader in the area of ICTs and as an advocate for the awareness of and participatory development through gender and technology. She serves as a consultant to several social enterprises, for-profit businesses with a social mission, and international agencies on matters related to technology for education policy, entrepreneurship, girls and women’s welfare, and economic empowerment. Harry completed post graduate studies at Stanford University where she was a Reuters Digital Vision Fellow. She graduated with her MBA from Kellogg School of Management. She is an Ashoka Fellow and a World Economic Forum Social Entrepreneur.
Founder and CEO, Build Change
Elizabeth Hausler is the founder and CEO of Build Change, an international, non‐profit social enterprise that saves lives in earthquakes and windstorms in emerging nations by working with people to build houses and schools that don’t collapse on them. Build Change operates in Colombia, Guatemala, Haiti, Indonesia, Nepal, and the Philippines. Hausler was inducted into the UC Berkeley Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Academy of Distinguished Alumni in 2014. She is the 2011 Schwab Foundation US Social Entrepreneur of the Year, winner of the 2011 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability, a 2009 Ashoka-Lemelson Fellow, 2006 Draper Richards Kaplan Fellow, 2004 Echoing Green Fellow, and a Fulbright scholar to India in 2002-2003. Hausler is a skilled brick, block, and stone mason with a master’s degree and doctorate in civil engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
President, Republic of the Marshall Islands
President Hilda C. Heine of the Republic of the Marshall Islands is the first Marshallese woman to be elected president. President Heine's early career in public service included serving as a teacher, counselor, administrator and president of the national college, before being appointed secretary of education. She has served as director of policy and capacity building and scholar for FAS Education from 1995 to 2006 and subsequently as director of Pacific Comprehensive Assistance Center at the Pacific Resources for Education and Learning from 2006 to 2011. She was later appointed as minister for education. President Heine earned her bachelor's degree at the University of Oregon in 1970, a master's degree at the University of Hawaii in 1975, and an educational doctorate at the University of Southern California in 2004.
Representative Corporate Executive Officer, President and CEO, Sony Corporation
Since April 2012, Kazuo (Kaz) Hirai has held the position of representative corporate executive officer, president and CEO, Sony Corporation, and in this role oversees Sony’s entire portfolio of electronics, entertainment and financial services businesses. In June 2012, he was also appointed a director of the Sony Board. Under his leadership, Sony established its global diversity policy in 2013, which aims to promote diversity and inclusion across Sony's global operations. Sony is also committed to increasing awareness and education regarding the issue of sustainable development through its corporate social responsibility initiative, "For the Next Generation."
Survivor of the Srebrenica Genocide
Advija Ibrahimovic is a survivor and activist. She lost both her parents in the Bosnian War. Her mother was killed while foraging for food for their family. A few years later, in 1995, Ibrahimovic lost her father during the Srebrenica genocide. She was just 11 years old. “I still remember his last look at my interrupted childhood and how incredibly scared I felt,” said Ibrahimovic. She, along with her brother and sister, spent the rest of her childhood in an orphanage. Ibrahimovic is the youngest member of the Women of Srebrenica - an association fighting for the rights of the genocide survivors. In 2003, she stood alongside President Clinton for the unveiling of the Srebrenica-Potocari Memorial and Cemetery. In 2008, the International Commission for Missing Persons found the partial remains of her father. He was buried in 2013. Ibrahimovic explains the motivation for her powerful activism, saying “we children of Srebrenica learned suffering before we learned happiness. We can never understand why it happened – but we must live like our beloved parents would wish, with pure and sincere hearts.” Ibrahimovic lives in Germany with her husband and works as a nurse.
Supermodel, Activist and Founder, IMAN Cosmetics
Born in Somalia, Iman was discovered as a refugee while studying political science at Nairobi University by legendary photographer Peter Beard. Her first modeling assignment was for Vogue in 1976 and she has challenged the prevailing notions of beauty ever since. Presently, Iman is founder and CEO of IMAN Cosmetics, Skincare and Fragrances, a beauty company that created the first cosmetics and skincare collection designed for all women with skin of color. In addition to running a global beauty company, she is actively involved in several charities, including the Children’s Defense Fund, Action Against Hunger and the Raise Hope for Congo campaign, which aims to build a permanent and diverse constituency of activists who advocate for protection and empowerment of Congolese women and girls. Iman lives in New York City, is the mother of two daughters, Zulekha Haywood and Alexandra Jones and is the widow of visionary artist David Bowie.
President and CEO, Women Deliver
Katja Iversen is the president and CEO of Women Deliver – a leading global advocate for investment in the health, rights and wellbeing of girls and women, with a specific focus on gender equality and maternal, sexual and reproductive health and rights. Iversen, an internationally recognized expert on development, advocacy and communications, has more than 20 years of experience working in NGOs, corporations and United Nation agencies. Previously, she held the position as chief of strategic communication and public advocacy with UNICEF, a position she came to after almost six years of leading the team responsible for advocacy and communication on maternal and reproductive health at UNFPA. Iversen holds a master’s degree in communications, a bachelor's degree in public administration and certificates in management, conflict resolution and international development. Iversen has worked in global health for more than a decade and has an extensive network within the UN, development communities and global media. She has counseled and trained multiple Fortune 500 executives on cross cultural management and cross cultural communication. She is an adviser to the Clinton Global Initiative and on the CSO consultative group to the World Bank.
Co-Founder, Editor-In-Chief, and CEO, Ventures Africa Magazine
Uzodinma Iweala is the co-founder, editor-in-chief, and CEO of Ventures Africa Magazine, a publication that covers the evolving business, policy, culture and innovation spaces on the continent of Africa. He is an award winning writer, a filmmaker, and a medical doctor. Iweala was a Radcliffe fellow at Harvard University where he worked on a novel about Washington, D.C. entitled "Speak No Evil." His first novel, "Beasts of No Nation," was released in 2005 to critical acclaim, and won numerous awards. "Beasts of No Nation" was translated into 14 languages and selected as a New York Times Notable Book. It has been adapted as a major motion picture staring Idris Elba. His second book, "Our Kind of People," a non-fiction account of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, was released in 2012 in the United States and the United Kingdom. He was the founding chief executive officer of the Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria and organization that promotes private sector investment in health services and health innovation in Nigeria. He is also a founding partner of Txtlite Nigeria Ltd, a company that provides off-grid solar solutions across Africa. Iweala holds an bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard College and is a graduate of Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Social Assistant, Support Person of Self-Advocacy Group from Falesti, Moldova, Keystone Human Services International Moldova Association
Ludmila Jalba lives in a small village of Moldova with her husband and two school-aged girls. Jalba has a law level education, and since 2013 has been working with Keystone Moldova as a support person of a group of 12 self-advocates created in Falesti district. Most of the self-advocates are young men who has been deinstitutionalized from the Orhei Institution, with the assistance of Keystone Moldova. Jalba advocates for social inclusion of persons with disability. Upon the public authorities request at the district level, Jalba has been appointed as a member of the gatekeeping mechanism for persons with disability and persons in difficult situations. Jalba also founded a grass-roots non-profit organization last year, which is the only NGO working with/for persons with disability and their families in my district.
Founder and CEO, Sama and Lxmi
Leila Janah is the founder and CEO of Sama and Lxmi, two companies recently highlighted on Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies list that share a common social mission to end global poverty by giving work to people in need. She is also the co-author of "America's Moment: Creating Opportunity in the Connected Age," a book by Rework America: A Markle Initiative. Janah is a young global leader of the World Economic Forum, a director of CARE USA, a 2012 TechFellow, recipient of the inaugural Club de Madrid Young Leadership Award, and the youngest person to win a Heinz Award in 2014. She also received the Secretary’s Innovation Award for the Empowerment of Women and Girls from Secretary Clinton in 2012. She received a bachelor's degree from Harvard in African development studies.
Chief Corporate Relations Officer, Heineken
Blanca Juti is chief corporate relations officer at Heineken where she leads communication, public affairs, brand public relations and sustainability. Juti came to Heineken from the worlds of gaming, technology and entertainment. In 2014, Fortune named Juti one of ten most powerful women in gaming. Juti is the author of "Game Changer" and "Honest.Finnish.Magic." She is delighted to work for Heineken where, together with her team, they are focused on "Brewing a Better World."
Aisa Kirabo Kacyira
United Nations Assistant Secretary General and UN-Habitat Deputy Executive Director, UN-Habitat
Aisa Kirabo Kacyira of the Republic of Rwanda is the deputy executive director and assistant secretary-general for UN-HABITAT, providing critical leadership to promote sustainable cities and human settlements globally. Previously, Kacyira held various government positions including as governor of the Eastern Province of Rwanda, mayor of Kigali and an elected member of Parliament. Kacyira is also a former president of the Rwanda Association of Local Government Authorities, president of the Eastern African Association of Local Government Authorities, and vice president of the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa.
Tim Kelly is an Ed Tech executive, Emmy Award-winning film producer, and conservationist. As Co-founder and CEO of Planet3, he leads the strategic direction of the organization.
Most recently, Kelly was president of the National Geographic Society, where he transitioned the primarily print-based organization to a global multimedia force and engineered the launch of the National Geographic Channel, National Geographic Films, and a wide array of digital media products.
In addition to serving as the CEO of Planet3, Kelly serves as an advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative, on the Board of the Great Plains Conservation Trust, and on the Board of the American Prairie Reserve. An avid explorer and conservationist, he is passionate about connecting the next generation to the challenges and solutions affecting our rapidly changing planet.
Partner, Managing Member, Matter Family Office
Whitney Kenter has been reshaping the way entrepreneurial families navigate their wealth for over 20 years. A self-proclaimed “reformed accountant,” her passion for collaborating with families on their big-picture wealth strategy and her skilled approach to navigating family dynamics led her to private banking and then finally to Matter Family Office, where she is a partner and managing member. Kenter is founding city director for House of Genius St. Louis and serves on the boards of House of Genius Global, Venture Café St. Louis, and the United Way of Greater St. Louis. She also serves as an advisor to Nexus. While community involvement, leadership at Matter, working with families across the country fills her days, she is first and foremost a committed mom of three kids.
T R Kesavan
Chief Operating Officer, Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited
Thekkepat Raman Kesavan or "TR" is an engineering and management professional with over 40 years of national and international experience in both functional and management areas. His domain of expertise includes agriculture, construction and mining, oil tools and material handling. He actively participates and continues as the governing council member of industrial and government associations. Speaker and mentor in national and international forums, Kesavan has a track record of 25 years in agriculture productivity and management, government industry interface, and public private partnership. Kesavan is also an external faculty for leading management schools. As the chief operating officer of Tractors and Farm Equipment (TAFE) Limited, the world’s third largest tractor manufacturer and India’s largest exporter of tractors, Kesavan drives the product management of a large portfolio of agricultural products and equipment consisting of MF and Eicher tractors, agricultural implements & equipment, and engines in both Indian and overseas markets. He represents TAFE in various industry bodies and government committees and is also responsible for corporate relations. His additional responsibilities include newer corporate initiatives for agricultural mechanization. Kesavan is director in charge for the vehicle franchise business of TAFE subsidiaries.
Vice President, Initiatives & Strategy, The Rockefeller Foundation
Zia Khan is the vice president for Initiatives and Strategy at the Rockefeller Foundation. Khan oversees the Foundation’s approach for achieving impact and realizing the organization’s mission and goals. He leads the program team in New York, Bangkok, and Nairobi and their work in searching for new opportunities, developing strategies, and executing initiatives. Khan also provides direction for the Foundation’s commitment to supporting new innovations and capacities in the sector. Prior to joining the Foundation, Khan was a management consultant and advised senior leaders on strategy and organizational performance. He is a frequent writer and speaker on strategy, innovation, leadership, and organizational change. Khan is the co-author of "Leading Outside the Lines: How to Mobilize the Informal Organization, Energize your Team, and Get Better Results."
Sadiq Khan was born in London where he has lived all his life. His parents moved to London from Pakistan in the 1960s. Khan was state-school educated in Tooting before studying Law at the University of North London. He and his wife have two daughters. Khan became a solicitor specializing in human rights and was a councilor in the London Borough of Wandsworth from 1994 to 2006. In 2005 Khan was elected MP for Tooting. He was appointed Minister of State for Communities in 2008 and later became Minister of State for Transport, becoming the first Muslim and first Asian to attend Cabinet. He also served as Crossrail Minister. In 2013 Khan was appointed Shadow Minister for London, and in 2015 he led the Labour Party campaign in London in the General Election. He is a big sports fan, especially football, boxing and cricket. He ran the 2014 London Marathon, raising money for the Evening Standard's Dispossessed Fund.
Jim Yong Kim
President, World Bank Group
Jim Yong Kim is the 12th president of the World Bank Group. Soon after he assumed his position in July 2012, the organization established goals to end extreme poverty by 2030 and to boost shared prosperity for the bottom 40 percent of the population in developing countries. Before the Bank Group, Kim, a physician and anthropologist, served as president of Dartmouth College and held professorships at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. From 2003-2005, as director of the World Health Organization’s HIV/AIDS Department, he led the “3 by 5” initiative, the first-ever global goal for AIDS treatment. In 1987, Kim co-founded Partners in Health, a non-profit medical organization now working in poor communities on four continents. He has received a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and has been recognized as one of America’s “25 Best Leaders” by U.S. News & World Report.
Co-Founder and Executive Director, SOIL
Sasha Kramer is the co-founder and executive director of Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL) www.oursoil.org. Kramer is an ecologist and human rights advocate who has been living and working in Haiti since 2004. She received her doctorate in ecology from Stanford University in 2006 and Co-founded SOIL that same year. SOIL is a non-profit that uses ecological principles to address the basic human rights issues of sanitation, food and access to a healthy environment. SOIL’s current work focuses on developing social business models for the provision of household sanitation in vulnerable urban communities in Haiti. Kramer has been recognized as a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, an Architect of the Future with the Waldzell Institute, a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year and an Ashoka fellow.
Co-Founder and CEO, Ellevest
Sallie Krawcheck’s professional mission is to help women reach their financial and professional goals. She is the CEO and co-founder of Ellevest, a just-launched digital investment platform for women. Krawcheck is the chair of Ellevate Network, a many-thousand-strong global professional woman's network. She is also the chair of the Pax Ellevate Global Women’s Index Fund, which invests in the top-rated companies for advancing women. Krawcheck has been named among the top ten of Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People list. Before becoming an entrepreneur, she was chief executive officer of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and of Smith Barney.
Sandra Louk LaFleur
National Vice President of Program, Summer Search
Sandra Louk LaFleur is the national vice president of program at Summer Search, a national youth development program focusing on college access and success for low-income youth who are long on potential and short on opportunity. LaFleur leads network-wide initiatives, including innovation and evaluation efforts, designed to strengthen and scale Summer Search’s program across their national footprint. Prior to Summer Search, LaFleur served a 20-year career with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, holding various local and national level positions. She holds an master's degree in sociology from Florida State University and a dual bachelor's degree from the University of Miami.
President, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Earl Lewis became the sixth President of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in March 2013. Under his guidance, the Foundation has reaffirmed its commitment to the humanities, the arts, and higher education by emphasizing the importance of continuity and change. A noted social historian, Lewis has held faculty appointments at the University of California at Berkeley (1984–89) and the University of Michigan (1989–2004). He has championed the importance of diversifying the academy, enhancing graduate education, re-visioning the liberal arts, exploring the role of digital tools for learning, and connecting universities to their communities. Prior to joining The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Lewis served as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and the Asa Griggs Candler professor of history and African American studies at Emory University. He is the author and co-editor of seven books, and has been a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2008.
Oliver B. Libby
Managing Director, Hatzimemos/ Libby, Chair and Co-Founder, The Resolution Project
Oliver B. Libby is managing director and co-founder of Hatzimemos/ Libby, an impact-focused strategy and venture firm based in New York City. H/L is dedicated to enhancing and accelerating companies in key growth industries that add value to society. Libby is also chair and co-founder of The Resolution Project, Inc., a non-profit that helps undergraduate students launch new social ventures. Hundreds of Resolution fellows are working on diverse ventures in high-impact fields and have benefitted over 750,000 people in nearly 60 countries on all six inhabited continents, including across America. Libby serves as a member of the Advisory Council and LEAD group of the Clinton Global Initiative, a trustee of the Harvard Club of New York City’s charitable foundation, a Presidential Leadership Scholar, a Milken Young Leader, a Concordia Summit advisor, a GLG Social Impact fellow, and a NationSwell councilmember. Libby graduated from Harvard College.
Chief Executive Officer, Liberty and Justice
Chid Liberty co-founded Liberty & Justice, Africa’s first Fair Trade Certified™ apparel manufacturer, after working in entertainment, technology, and finance. He previously served as the entrepreneur-in-residence at the University of Liberia’s Monrovia Business Startup Center (BSC). The BSC was founded by Spark, a Dutch NGO, for whom Liberty manages the Ignite Fund (Liberia) – an equity investment fund that makes strategic investments in Liberian Pico-cap companies with high growth potential. He also speaks internationally on social entrepreneurship and impact investing – recently at Harvard, Stanford, and Princeton Universities, as well as the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia and IE in Madrid, Spain. Liberty was recognized by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in her 2011 State of the Nation Address for his leadership in shaping trade policy and indigenous Liberian entrepreneurship. He is a recipient of the 2014 Salzburg Global Fellowship, 2014 Global Innovation Summit Ecosystem Award, 2013 New African Press 50 African Trailblazers under 50, 2011 SVN Social Innovation Award, 2010 Cordes Fellowship, and a Yoxi Portfolio SIR (Social Innovation Rockstar).
Chief Executive Officer, Appleseeds Academy
Dafna Lifshitz holds degrees in English literature, linguistics, and law. In 1991, she co-founded her own law firm, which specialized in corporate and labor law. Later, in 2000, Lifshitz joined Cuckierman Investment House—a leading European investment company. Since 2002, Lifshitz has served as the chief executive officer of Appleseeds Academy. Established in 2000 as a business sector initiative, Appleseeds Academy works to bridge social and economic gaps in Israel and Africa by diminishing the digital divide and impart technological skills to disadvantaged populations. On account of her work with Appleseeds Academy, Lifshitz was one of the recipients of the 2012 World of Difference Award, sponsored by The International Alliance for Women, the Prime Ministare Award for Social Innovation, and the Presidential Award for Voluntarism. Lifshitz has been member of CGI since 2012.
Chief Executive Officer, Africa, Prudential plc
Matt Lilley is chief executive officer Africa at Prudential, leading the building of the company’s business across the continent. He has been at Prudential for seven years, and was previously director of strategy, responsible for strategic planning, business development and M&A across the Group. Lilley previously worked at Boston Consulting Group and Lehman Brothers and has a bachelor's degree in maths and a doctorate in theoretical physics from Cambridge University.
Stanley S. Litow
Vice President, Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs, IBM
Stanley S. Litow is IBM’s vice president of corporate citizenship and corporate affairs and president of IBM’s Foundation. Under his leadership, IBM is widely regarded as the global leader in corporate citizenship. Under Litow, IBM developed a virtual supercomputer to speed research on cancer, ebola and AIDS, devised IBM’s Corporate Service Corps, a corporate version of the Peace Corps, to train and deploy thousands of IBM’s future leaders on over on thousand projects globally, as well as the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge, which helps more than 130 cities worldwide become more effective. He also helped devise P-TECH a grade 9 through 14 combined high school and college now operating across six US states, and internationally to transform education and strengthen economic competitiveness by connecting education to jobs. President Obama praised P-TECH in two State of the Union addresses, and visited the first P-TECH school. P-TECH has been profiled in a TIME Magazine cover story in a PBS special and in media world wide. It was identified as one of the most innovative school models in the world. He served on the President's Welfare to Work Commission and is currently a trustee of the State University of New York. Prior to joining IBM, Litow served as deputy chancellor of the New York City Public Schools, founder and CEO of Interface, a nonprofit think tank, and as both a city and state official appointed by the Mayor and Governor of New York.
Elizabeth L. Littlefield
President and CEO, Overseas Private Investment Corporation
Elizabeth L. Littlefield was appointed by President Obama as the president and CEO of Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). OPIC, as the US government’s development finance institution, manages an $18 billion portfolio of financing and insurance to support private investment in sustainable economic development, especially in the world’s poorest countries. Under Littlefield’s leadership, OPIC’s annual commitments to renewable resources projects grew ten-fold in three years to $1.5 billion, while generating increasing income for the U.S. federal budget. Littlefield has also instituted major reforms of the agency’s policies, systems, and processes, and has introduced new financial innovations to augment the agency’s development impact. From 2000 until 2010 Littlefield was chief executive officer of Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), a policy and research center housed at the World Bank dedicated to advancing poor people’s access to financial services. Prior to joining CGAP in 1999, Littlefield was JP Morgan’s managing director in charge of capital markets and financing in emerging Europe, Middle East and Africa, among other positions. Littlefield spent 1989-1990 in West and Central Africa consulting several start-up microfinance institutions. She is a graduate of Brown University and also attended Ecole Nationale de Sciences Politiques in Paris.
Prime Minister, Sweden
Stefan Löfven grew up in a foster family in northern Sweden. Educated in social work and later a welder by profession, Löfven has devoted a large part of his life to fighting inequalities. His political engagement began during his teenage year later led to a full-time position as a trade union leader, first at local level in 1988 and later heading one of the largest manufacturing unions in Sweden during 2005-2012. Two years after taking over as leader of the Social Democratic Party, he became prime minister following the national elections in 2014. “My job as prime minister is the same as when I worked as a local trade union representative – to fight injustices wherever they occur,” says Löfven. One of Löfven’s main priorities is to work for the shared responsibility globally for refugees.
Mindy S. Lubber is the president of Ceres, a non-profit organization mobilizing the world’s largest investors and companies to take action on climate change, water scarcity and other global sustainability challenges. She directs Ceres’ Investor Network on Climate Risk, a group of 120 institutional investors managing over $14 trillion in assets focused on the business risks and opportunities of climate change. Lubber also oversees engagements with 100-plus companies, many of them Fortune 500 firms, committed to sustainable business practices and the urgency for strong climate and clean energy policies. Under Lubber's leadership, Ceres launched The 21st Century Corporation: The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability and The 21st Century Investor: Ceres Blueprint for Sustainable Investing, visionary guides highlighting environmental and social performance standards for companies and investors. In 2016, Mindy received the Climate Visionary Leadership Award from the Earth Day Network and the William K. Reilly Award for Environmental Leadership from the Center for Environmental Policy at American University.
President Macri was born in 1959 in the city of Tandil, in the province of Buenos Aires. He is married to Juliana Awada, and has three daughters and one son. He received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineer from Universidad Católica Argentina, and completed studies in economics and finance at Columbia Business School and Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. In 1995 he became the chairman of the football club Boca Juniors–one of the two most popular football teams in the country. He founded the political party Propuesta Republicana (also known as PRO) ahead of the legislative elections in 2005. He was elected to the National Congress in 2005, representing the city of Buenos Aires. Two years later, he was elected as Mayor of the City of Buenos Aires, a position he would hold until 2015, when he was elected as President of Argentina.
Chief Executive Officer, Concern Worldwide
Dominic MacSorley, originally from Belfast, was appointed chief executive officer of Concern Worldwide in 2013 having begun his career with the organisation as a volunteer in 1982. Over the past 30 years he has been involved in responding to humanitarian crises throughout the world. In 2009, MacSorley was invested with the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to international humanitarian aid and, in 2012, received an award for Outstanding Vocational Commitment to International Development from the Northern Ireland All-Party Group on International Development. MacSorley was awarded a law degree from Northern Ireland Law Society in 1980. He received his bachelor's degree in economics and political science from Queen’s University Belfast, and a master’s degree in social development planning and management from the University of Swansea, Wales. A motivational leader with diverse experience and skills, MacSorley is committed to social justice and the elimination of extreme poverty.
Director, Education, Overdeck Family Foundation
Anu Malipatil, director of education for Overdeck Family Foundation, has over ten years of experience in K-12 education. Most recently, she was a Regents Research Fund fellow, leading the implementation of New York State’s Race to the Top initiative in math, social studies, and science. Prior to that, she was responsible for building a K-12 science program for Achievement First, a network of public charter schools in New York and Connecticut. At Teach For America in New York City, Malipatil led the math and science team as managing director and significantly improved student achievement results in the region. She began her work in education through Teach for America as a middle school math and science teacher at PS/MS 95 in the Bronx and later as a middle school science teacher at KIPP: STAR in Harlem. She earned her master’s degree in teaching from Pace University and graduated magna cum laude from Emory University with a bachelor's in economics (pre-medical studies focus). Currently, she serves as the foundation’s vice president.
Philanthropy Manager, Tent Foundation
Annie Malknecht is the philanthropy manager for the Tent Foundation. As philanthropy manager, Malknecht oversees grant evaluations and projects for the Tent Foundation and Chobani Foundation. Prior to joining Tent, Malknecht worked with the Center for American progress as a research associate for the sustainable security program. In that role, she conducted research and provided analysis and recommendations to reform policies related to U.S. foreign policy, focusing on the United Nations, U.S. foreign assistance, and humanitarian issues. Her findings have been published and presented to international development policymakers at the White House, the Department of State, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. Previously, Malknecht also served as the executive assistant to the president at the Center for Global Development. Malknecht holds a bachelor’s degree in international affairs and international economics and politics from The George Washington University.
Director, Center for Global Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Rebecca Martin is the director of the Center for Global Health (CGH) at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Martin has over 18 years of experience in international health. Her international assignments include work in Kenya as an epidemiologist for an inter-country immunization program with World Health Organization (WHO) African Regional Office, in Tanzania as the program director for strategic information and human resources with CDC, and Denmark as the regional advisor for immunization with WHO European Regional Office. In these roles Martin led studies to strengthen national capacity, supported improved immunization and surveillance systems, and provided evidence for the introduction of new vaccines. She served four years as director of the Global Immunization Division, leading CDC’s global polio eradication efforts, vaccine-preventable disease control, vaccine introduction, and immunization systems strengthening. Martin began her career with CDC in 1997 in the National Immunization Program, Epidemiology and Surveillance Division. Prior to joining CDC, she worked at the Maryland Department of Hygiene and Mental Health as the immunization program epidemiologist to improve vaccine access and coverage. Martin received her doctorate from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in international health. She co-authored manuscripts and global guidelines on immunization strategies, vaccine-preventable diseases and surveillance methods.
Executive Chairman, Econet, Member of the Africa Progress Panel
Strive Masiyiwa is the founder and executive chairman of Econet, a diversified global telecommunications group with operations and investments in over 15 countries. His business interests include renewable energy, financial services and hospitality. Masiyiwa serves on the boards of the Rockefeller Foundation, Council on Foreign Relations’ Global Advisory Board, Africa Progress Panel, UN Secretary General's Advisory Board for Sustainable Energy, Morehouse College and Hilton Foundation's Humanitarian Prize Jury. He is a founder, with Richard Branson, the Carbon War Room think tank, and a founding member of the Global Business Coalition on Education. Masiyiwa took over the chairmanship of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa from Kofi Annan. He is also chair of the Micronutrient Initiative, a global organisation focused on improving child nutrition. In 2012, Masiyiwa addressed leaders at Obama’s Camp David G-8 Summit on how to increase food production and end hunger in parts of Africa. As a philanthropist, Masiyiwa is a member of the Giving Pledge, and his contributions to education, health and development have been widely recognized. Masiyiwa and his wife finance the Higher Life Foundation, which provides scholarships to over 42,000 African orphans. In 2014, Masiyiwa was selected to Fortune Magazine’s list of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.”
Director, wPOWER Hub
Wanjira Mathai is director for the Partnerships for Women’s Entrepreneurship in Renewables Hub (wPOWER), Wangari Maathai Institute (WMI) in Kenya. Previously Mathai served as director of international affairs at the Green Belt Movement (GBM), which was founded by her mother, the late Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai. Prior to joining GBM, Mathai was a senior program officer for disease eradication at the Carter Presidential Center in Atlanta, Ga. Mathai is chair of the board for GBM and the Wangari Maathai Foundation and sits on the boards of WMI, Green Belt Movement International (GBMI) Europe, and GBMI-USA. She is an advisory council member of the Global Cookstoves Alliance, co-chair of the Global Restoration Council and a member of the Earth Charter International Council. Mathai holds degrees from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health and Goizueta School of Business.
William A. McDonough
Chief Executive, McDonough Innovation
William McDonough is a globally recognized leader in sustainable development and is chair of the World Economic Forum’s Meta-Council on the Circular Economy. He advises commercial and governmental leaders worldwide through McDonough Innovation, and is active with William McDonough + Partners, architects, as well as MBDC, a Cradle to Cradle® consulting firm. In 1996, he received the Presidential Award for Sustainable Development. In 2003 he earned the first U.S. EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award; in 2004, he received the National Design Award. In 2002, McDonough and Michael Braungart co-authored "Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things," a seminal text of the sustainability movement; this was followed by "The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability—Designing for Abundance" (2013). McDonough and Braungart also co-founded the not-for-profit Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. In 2012, McDonough became the subject of Stanford University Libraries’ first “living archive.” McDonough has been elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects.
Senior Manager Community Engagement and Communication, Timberland
Atlanta McIlwraith is the senior manager of community engagement and communication at Timberland. She manages the company’s award-winning Path of ServiceTM global employee volunteer program and strategic community investments. McIlwraith also works in partnership with the marketing teams to ensure Timberland’s values messages reach our customers and consumers. Prior to joining Timberland in 2005, McIlwraith's professional experience includes political organizing, driving The Body Shop’s public awareness and action campaigns that launched in US stores, and serving as an associate program manager for Population Service International’s AIDS prevention programs in West Africa. McIlwraith holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Duke University and an Master of Business Administration from Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, where she concentrated her studies in marketing and sustainable enterprise. McIlwraith co-chairs the board of directors for New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility and serves on the corporate advisory boards for Sustainable Brands and for Net Impact.
Executive Director, World Health Organization Office at the United Nations
Nata Menabde is executive director of World Health Organization (WHO) office at the United Nations in New York since May 2015. Previously she has served as WHO representative to India and deputy regional director of WHO’s European regional office. In her work she has been in charge of WHO’s operations in 35 European countries, involved with WHO’s work to achieve a polio-free European region, has led WHO’s work in support of European Observatory on Health Systems, and forged several public and private sector partnerships. With over 30 years of public health experience, Menabde holds a doctorate in clinical pharmacology, and degrees in health management and leadership and in health care economics.
Swimmer, Team USA
Becca Meyers began swimming in 2000 at the age of six in Baltimore, Maryland. She was born with Usher syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that left her deaf and causes progressive vision loss.
Meyers had a breakout debut performance at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, where she won a silver medal in the 200m individual medley and a bronze medal in the 100m freestyle. She was the only deaf athlete on the U.S. Paralympic team in 2012. After London, she continued her success in the 2013 and 2015 World Championships. Meyer is a four-time World Championship gold medalist, and a three-time World Championship silver medalist. In September 2016, she smashed her own world record in the 100m butterfly and won three gold medals at the Paralympic Games in Rio.
A full-time student at Franklin and Marshall, Becca she plans to graduate in 2018 with a major in history.
Co-Founder and Executive Director, 100Kin10
Talia Milgrom-Elcott is the executive director and co-founder of 100Kin10. Prior to founding 100Kin10, she was a program officer in Urban Education and the senior manager of STEM Teacher Initiatives at Carnegie Corporation of New York, where she oversaw all corporation funding in the area of human capital with a focus on how to get and keep great teachers and principals in high-need schools and support them to success. Prior to that time, Milgrom-Elcott worked at the New York City Department of Education as part of Chancellor Joel Klein’s team, where she supported the design and implementation of system-wide reform efforts. She received her Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from Harvard University, where she was also Phi Beta Kappa. She returned to Harvard for her law degree, which she also received magna cum laude.
President and CEO, International Rescue Committee
David Miliband became president of the International Rescue Committee on September 1, 2013. He previously had a distinguished career in United Kingdom politics for over 15 years. From 2007-2010, he served as secretary of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs. As secretary of state for the environment in 2006/7 he pioneered the world’s first legally binding emissions reduction requirements. Earlier he was minister for schools (2002–2004); and head of Downing Street’s Number 10 Policy Unit (1997–2001). He was also co-chair of the Global Ocean Commission from 2012 – 2016. Miliband graduated from Oxford University with a bachelor's degree in philosophy, politics, and economics and received his master’s degree in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a Kennedy Scholar.
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Socos
Named one of 10 Women to Watch in Tech in 2013 by Inc. Magazine, Vivienne Ming is a theoretical neuroscientist, technologist and entrepreneur. She co-founded Socos, where machine learning and cognitive neuroscience combine to maximize students' life outcomes. Ming is also a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley's Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience, where she pursues her research in neuroprosthetics. In her free time, Ming has developed a predictive model of diabetes to better manage the glucose levels of her diabetic son and systems to predict manic episodes in bipolar sufferers. She sits on the boards of StartOut, The Palm Center, Emozia, Engender, and Genderis Inc. and is a chief science advisor to Cornerstone Capital, Platypus Institute, Shiftgig, and Bayes Impact. Ming also speaks frequently on issues of LGBT inclusion and gender in technology.
Luis Alberto Moreno
President, Inter-American Development Bank
Luis Alberto Moreno assumed the presidency of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in October 2005. As president of the IDB, Moreno chairs the board of executive directors of the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) and the donors’ committee of the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF). Before joining IDB, Moreno served as Colombia’s ambassador to the United States for seven years. Diplomatic relations between Washington, D.C. and Bogotá strengthened notably during his tenure, leading to substantial bilateral assistance programs that supported a major transformation in security and economic development in Colombia. In his country, Moreno had a distinguished career in the public and private sectors. He served as minister of economic development, president of the Instituto de Fomento Industrial, and manager of social investment policies. In the private sector, he advised major Colombian companies and foreign investors and was executive producer of a leading television news program. Moreno has received numerous distinctions, including Colombia's highest honor, the Grand Cross of the Order of Boyacá, and the the Clinton Global Citizen Award for Leadership in Public Service. Moreno holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and economics from Florida Atlantic University (1975) and a Master of Business Administration from the Thunderbird School of Global Management (1977). For Moreno's achievements in the field of journalism, Harvard University awarded him a Neiman Fellowship to pursue specialized studies and research in 1990. In 2015, Moreno was reelected for a third term as president of the IDB.
Deputy Director of STEM, U.S. Department of Education
Melissa Moritz serves as the Deputy Director of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) at the U.S. Department of Education (ED). In this capacity, she supports STEM policy and programs at ED that focus on STEM teaching and learning, from preschool to workforce. She serves on numerous interagency working groups and co-chairs the P-12 STEM working group as part of the White House Committee on STEM Education (CoSTEM).
Moritz graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in biology in 2006. She then joined Teach For America (TFA), where she taught middle school science at in New York City. Prior to joining ED, she was TFA’s Vice President of STEM and Education Initiatives.
Moritz was named one of the “100 Women Leaders in STEM” in 2012 and previously sat on STEMConnector’s Innovation Task Force. She resides in Washington, DC with her husband.
Fencer, Team USA
Ibtihaj Muhammad is a Team USA sabre fencer and the first Muslim woman to represent the United States Olympic Team wearing the hijab.
Gynecologist and Human Rights Activist, Panzi Hospital
Denis Mukwege is the founder and medical director of Panzi Hospital and Foundations. In 1999, Panzi opened amid instability, violence, and an unprecedented epidemic of rape as a weapon of war. A testament to resilience and strength, the Panzi model he developed grew into a globally renowned, groundbreaking holistic healing center. Mukwege’s vision and methods provide medical care in concert with psychosocial services, literacy and vocational training, legal assistance, family and community reintegration services. With other surgeons, physicians, clinicians, and nearly 500 staff at Panzi Hospital and Foundations – more than 48,482 survivors of sexual violence have been patients in the innovative holistic healing programs. He has received numerous awards for his human rights work, including the European Parliament’s 2014 Sakharov Prize. Mukwege sits on the advisory committee for the International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict, and is an Icon on the 2016 TIME100 list by TIME Magazine.
Founder and CEO, Mully Children’s Family
Charles Mulli is a celebrated social entrepreneur and founder of Mully Children’s Family, currently caring for 3000 children with another 12,000 having been reintegrated successfully. 670,000 youth have been reached through his leadership and mentorship programs. Mulli grew up as an abandoned child whose debilitating past became the springboard for his extraordinary mission towards marginalized communities. He is described as the epitome of benevolence, father to the fatherless, giving hope to the hopeless due to his bold risky step of dedicating his life and personal wealth and time in rebuilding lives of thousands of vulnerable children at risk, teenage mothers, victims of gender based violence and marginalized communities.
Yazidi Human Rights Activist and UN Goodwill Ambassador, Nadia Initiative
Nadia Murad was born and raised in the quiet agricultural village of Kocho, Iraq. A member of the Yazidi community, she and her family lived a peaceful, happy life. On August 3, 2014 her village was attacked by ISIS, marking the beginning of its savage genocidal campaign against the Yazidi people. Six of her nine brothers were executed on the spot. Murad, along with her two sisters and thousands of other men, women, and children were taken captive, subjected to unspeakable crimes. Murad was initially held hostage in a building with thousands of families. She witnessed young children given to ISIS soldiers as sexual “gifts”. She was raped and tortured on a daily basis, but after facing an unimaginable brutality, she was able to escape. Murad immigrated to Germany where she received medical attention and reunited with other survivors. In total, she lost 18 family members. With the assistance of Yazda, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping Yazidi survivors and defending the rights of marginalized ethnic and religious minorities, Murad has been able to tell her story on the world stage, forcing world leaders to listen to the horrors of the on-going genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. She is nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Clara Doe Mvogo
Mayor, City of Monrovia, Liberia
Clara Doe Mvogo is the mayor of the City of Monrovia, Liberia, and xhair of the Monrovia City Council. During the Ebola virus disease crisis she served as co-chair for the Montserrado County Incident Management System for Ebola, and also as chair of the Medical Waste Management System for Ebola Response Committee. She has served as national technical coordinator of the West Africa Quality Programme for ECOWAS and UEMOA, which was implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization. She also served as consultant to the Minister of Commerce and Industry and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency in Liberia. She provided technical assistance in the establishment of Quality Assurance Programme for the Ghana Health Services Regional Hospital laboratories in Accra, Ghana. Mvogo holds a Master of Arts in clinical psychology, a Bachelor of Science in biology and chemistry, and is a registered medical technologist. She is a past president of the Rotary Club of Sinkor, Liberia.
Managing Director, The Rockefeller Foundation
Michael Myers leads The Rockefeller Foundation's global health work which focuses on building up health systems to achieve universal health coverage and resilience, including building the newer field of planetary health. In this capacity, he works closely with global leaders, international organizations, governments and civil society organizations. Prior to serving at The Rockefeller Foundation, Myers was chief of staff and chief counsel to the late U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy. He was a leader on the senior team in the U.S. Senate responsible for passage of the Affordable Care Act.
Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Climate Change, United Nations
David Nabarro serves as special adviser of the Secretary-General on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Climate Change. He works with governments and other stakeholders to galvanize action on implementation of both the 2030 and Climate Action agendas. He also oversees the Secretary-General’s special initiatives, including Every Woman Every Child, Global Pulse and Zero Hunger Challenge, and the UN Office for Partnerships. Nabarro has more than 30 years’ experience of public health, nutrition and development at country, regional and global levels, and has held positions in non-governmental organizations, universities, national governments and the UN system. Nabarro joined the UN system in 1999, leading the Roll Back Malaria initiative at the World Health Organization (WHO). He was appointed as a WHO executive director in 2001 and led WHO’s Department for Health Action in Crises from 2003. Between 2005 and 2014 he served as the UN System’s senior coordinator for avian and pandemic influenza. Since 2009 he has been the special representative of the UN Secretary-General for food security and nutrition, a position he continues to hold. From September 2014 until December 2015 he was special envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General on Ebola, providing strategic and policy direction for the international response.
Founding Member, South Kivu Women's Media Association
Chouchou Namegabe, 38. Namegabe started her career as a radio journalist and producer for the renowned community station Radio Maendeleo, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where she remained for 10 years. In parallel, in 2003 she co-founded the South Kivu Women’s Media Association (“Association des Femmes des Médias du Sud-Kivu”, AFEM), an NGO that trains Congolese women journalists to use radio as a tool for promoting and defending women’s rights. She managed AFEM until she moved to the U.S. in 2015. Namegabe’s fight against sexual and gender based violence led her in 2007 to plead the cause of Kivu women at the International Court of Justice at The Hague. In 2009, she received the Fern Holland Award from the Vital Voices Global Partnership for her work in building awareness of sexual violence against women and was asked to testify about the plight of women in the DRC before the U.S. Senate. She has received many awards and was named one of the “Top 100 Most Inspiring People Delivering for Women and Girls” by the advocacy group, Women Deliver. In 2012 she won the DVF Award for Women Leading Change and in 2013, she received the Premio Anna Politkovoskaya Award from Internazionale Italian news magazine. She is the 2009 Nominee for the Knight Award for Journalism by The International Center for Journalists for promoting high-quality, independent media—and training young female journalists–in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Additionally, Namegabe is an International Advisor board member of ”Press Start,” a network of experienced journalists, social media experts and free press advocates to respond to reporters’ needs who are struggling against repression. She travels the world speaking at universities and global forums about conflict and peace-building, human rights, sexual violence and women’s empowerment.
Advisor, Tent Foundation
John Norris is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. He has served in a number of senior roles in government, international institutions, and nonprofits, including with the United Nations, the State Department, and the International Crisis Group. Norris has written for The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, and numerous other publications.
Founder and CEO, Acumen
Jacqueline Novogratz is the founder and CEO of Acumen, a nonprofit that invests philanthropic capital in sustainable businesses tackling the problems of poverty. Under her leadership, Acumen has invested $101 million in 92 companies providing critical goods and services to the poor across Africa, Latin America, South Asia and the United States. In 2016, Novogratz received the Forbes 400 Lifetime Achievement Award for her work in social entrepreneurship. Prior to Acumen, Novogratz founded the Philanthropy Workshop and the Next Generation Leadership programs at the Rockefeller Foundation. She also co-founded Rwanda’s first microfinance institution, Duterimbere. Novogratz sits on the boards of the Aspen Institute and IDEO.org. Her best-selling memoir, "The Blue Sweater," chronicles her quest to understand poverty and bring dignity to the poor.
Denis O'Brien is chairman and principal shareholder of the privately-owned Digicel Group, one of the fastest growing communications providers in the world. O’Brien founded Digicel in 2001 when the company launched a GSM cellular phone service in the Caribbean. The Digicel Group has extended its operations to 32 markets with over 1.4 million subscribers in the Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific regions. O’Brien founded the Esat Telecom Group plc and built it throughout the 1990’s until its sale to British Telecom plc for € 2.4 billion. O’Brien chaired the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Ireland. It was the first time the Summer Games were staged outside the US with teams from 160 countries and over 30,000 volunteers. Denis is a director on the US Board of Concern Worldwide and a member of the UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development. He also chairs the Clinton Global Initiative Haiti Action Network. In addition, he is the chairman and co-founder of Frontline, the International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders. In 2000 he established The Iris O’Brien Foundation to identify and assist projects in Ireland and internationally which aim to alleviate disadvantaged communities.
Director General, Royal Health Awareness Society
Hanin Odeh has over ten years of experience working in the development domain in Jordan by leading programs and initiatives in education, health, training, social entrepreneurship and youth employment. Prior to her appointment at Royal Health Awareness Society (RHAS) in 2015 as director general, Odeh worked as programs and initiatives manager for the King Abdullah II Fund for Development and as an assistant manager to Pricewaterhouse Coopers' Middle East Public Sector Institute. RHAS, a Queen Rania initiative, is focused on promoting healthy behaviors and lifestyles for Jordanians among schools, youth and communities at large. It is focused on hygiene promotion, physical activity, tobacco control, healthy nutrition and noncommunicable disease prevention and management. Odeh holds a master's degree in social policy and development from the London School of Economics. She attended a Harvard Kennedy School executive education program, and is a certified project management professional.
Chair of the Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, former Finance Minister of Nigeria, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is a senior adviser at Lazard and chair of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization. She was previously the Minister of Finance in Nigeria and Coordinating Minister for the Economy (August 2011 to May 2015). Prior to this, she was managing director of the World Bank, and also held the positions of Finance Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister of Nigeria between 2003 and 2006. She is notable for being the first woman to hold either of these positions.
Okonjo-Iweala has been the recipient of numerous awards including: one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune (2015), one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world (2014), and one of the Forbes’ 100 most powerful women in the world for 5 years (2011-2016). She is chair and member of the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity, the UNSG’s Post 2015 MDGs High Level Panel, the Post-Busan Global Partnership for Development Effectiveness, the Rockefeller Foundation, the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders, the Center for Global Development, and The AU's African Risk Capacity.
Editor-in-Chief, Bleacher Report
As Bleacher Report's Editor-in-Chief, Ben Osborne leads daily editorial strategy for the leading digital sports media company. A lifelong journalist, Obsorne previously wrote for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.
Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund
Babatunde Osotimehin holds the rank of under-secretary-general of the United Nations. Previously, Osotimehin was Nigeria’s minister of health. Prior to that, he was director-general of Nigeria’s National Agency for the Control of AIDS, which coordinates HIV and AIDS work nationwide. Osotimehin qualified as a doctor from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and received his doctorate in medicine from the University of Birmingham. A professor at the University of Ibadan, he headed the Department of Clinical Pathology before being elected provost of the College of Medicine. He has served in several organizations, including as chair of the National Action Committee on AIDS. Osotimehin received the Nigerian national honour of officer of the Order of the Niger. At United Nations Population Fund, he has introduced major reforms to the Fund and intensified efforts to promote the rights of young people with regards to sexual and reproductive health.
Managing Partner, Inerjys Ventures
Stephan Ouaknine is founder and managing partner of Inerjys. A proven entrepreneur and investor, Ouaknine has been a visionary across multiple technology sectors, from clean technology to telecommunications. His career has spanned three high-tech ventures, creating significant shareholder value with three successful exits. Ouaknine founded Inerjys with the insight that new deployment approaches and proven technologies could overcome the challenges of the clean tech sector and power a better tomorrow. Prior to Inerjys, Ouaknine founded Blueslice Networks, a leading provider of evolved Subscriber Data Management solutions for telecom carriers. Ouaknine led Blueslice from 2001 until its acquisition in 2010 by Tekelec. Ouaknine's other successes include Emblaze, a next-generation mobile multimedia company which reached a $6 billion valuation during his tenure, and Airslide Systems, a leader in next generation signalling which merged with Cantata Technology and was acquired by Dialogic.
CEO & Co-founder, Social Finance
Tracy Palandjian is co-founder and CEO of Social Finance, a nonprofit organization which is leading the development of Pay for Success financing and Social Impact Bonds, an innovative public-private partnership that mobilizes capital to drive social progress. Prior to this, she was a managing director at The Parthenon Group where she established and led the Nonprofit Practice.
Palandjian is co-author of Investing for Impact: Case Studies Across Asset Classes, and is Vice-Chair of the U.S. National Advisory Board to the Global Impact Investment Steering Group. She is a member of the Board of Overseers at Harvard University, and serves on the boards of Facing History and Ourselves and the Surdna Foundation. She is also a Director of Affiliated Managers Group.
A native of Hong Kong, Palandjian is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin. She graduated from Harvard College with a Bachelor of Arts in economics and holds a Master of Business Administration with high distinction from Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar.
Chief Executive Officer, Last Mile Health
Raj Panjabi is chief executive officer of Last Mile Health and an associate physician at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital. At age nine, Panjabi escaped a civil war in his home country of Liberia. In 2007, he returned to found Last Mile Health. Under his leadership, Last Mile Health has honed a community health model that has informed the government of Liberia’s National Community Health Assistant Program. Panjabi has been ranked as one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine, is a DRK Foundation social Entrepreneur, and Echoing Green fellow. In 2016, TIME named him one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.” Panjabi graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, received a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins, and was a clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital.
Chairman Global Partnerships, Swiss Re
Martyn Parker is the chairman of Global Partnerships since 2012. In this role he leads Swiss Re’s business activities with governments, development and non-governmental organisations world-wide. Before joining Global Partnerships, Martyn Parker was the chief executive officer reinsurance Asia and regional president Asia and a member of Swiss Re's executive committee. Previously, he was the chief executive officer of Swiss Re Life & Health UK. Parker started to work in the reinsurance industry at M&G Re in the United Kingdom in 1974. He is a fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute of the UK (1982) and is a Chartered Insurer (1990).
Senior Director for Global External Affairs, Merck KGaA
Vishal Patel is senior director for global external affairs at EMD Serono—the healthcare division of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. He is charged with shaping industry practice and government policy through advocacy, dialogues, and multi-stakeholder initiatives that improve global health and support strategic business objectives. Patel was previously adviser to the under secretary for economics at the U.S. Department of State and healthcare adviser to U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman during debate and passage of the Affordable Care Act. Before shifting to public policy, Patel was a malaria researcher at Harvard Medical School. He earned a bachelor's degree in bioengineering from the University of Illinois, a Master of Business Administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a doctorate in biochemistry from Harvard University, where he was a National Science Foundation graduate research fellow. Patel is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve.
Nancy E. Pfund
Founder and Managing Partner, DBL Partners
Nancy E. Pfund is founder and managing partner of DBL Partners (formerly Investors), a venture capital firm whose goal is to combine top-tier financial returns with meaningful social, economic and environmental returns in the regions and sectors in which it invests. Pfund currently sponsors or sits on the board of directors of several companies, including SolarCity (where she is chair of the governance committee and sits on both the audit and compensation committees), Primus Power, Farmers Business Network, The Muse, Advanced Microgrid Solutions, Off-Grid Electric, (prior to their public offerings) Tesla Motors and Pandora Media. Prior to founding DBL, Pfund was a managing director in venture capital at JPMorgan, having started her investment career at Hambrecht & Quist in 1984.
External Affairs and Local Development Manager, Haitian Education and Leadership Program (HELP)
Volunteering in a literacy program while still in high school, Fédorah realized that the best way to contribute to social and economic progress in her country was through education. She’s been working in the field for over 15 years. After Haiti’s devastating earthquake in 2010 Fédorah joined HELP, which provides comprehensive university scholarships for high-performing, economically disadvantaged students in Haiti. At HELP, she directs career training, counseling, and the internship program for 170 students. She also manages relationships with local businesses, organizations and HELP graduates. Fédorah has a BA in Communication and an MA in Education. She’s also a Public Relations professor at Notre Dame University in Haiti.
Chief Executive Officer, Unilever
Paul Polman has been chief executive officer since January 2009. Under his leadership, Unilever has set out an ambitious vision to decouple growth from its environmental footprint while increasing its positive social impact. Polman is chairman of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, a member of the B-team, the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Advocacy Group and serves on the board of the UN Global Compact. Polman has been closely involved in global discussions on the SDGs and action to tackle climate change. In 2016, Polman was asked by the UN Secretary-General to be a member of the SDG Advocacy Group, tasked with promoting action on the 2030 Agenda. Prior to this, Polman served on the high level panel on the post-2015 development agenda, presenting recommendations on the SDGs on behalf of the private sector. He is also a member of the newly formed Business and Sustainable Development Commission, and served on the International Council of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate under former Mexican president, Felipe Calderon.
Chief Brand Officer, Procter & Gamble
Marc Pritchard is the chief brand officer for the world’s largest advertiser, Procter & Gamble (P&G). Pritchard sets the media and marketing strategies that guide the communication and brand building for P&G’s portfolio of trusted, quality brands which represent approximately $65 billion in annual sales. Pritchard believes in brand building principles that serve people and make P&G brands indispensable in their lives. Since becoming P&G’s chief marketer and brand builder in 2008, Pritchard has focused the organization on meaningful consumer insights and leveraging those insights to create big creative ideas that are powerful enough to engage people across all media. Underpinning Pritchard's leadership to continue P&G’s legacy of world-class brand building is a focus on innovation in every area of brand building, advancement in digital and social media platforms that are changing the way people engage and share information, and the importance of partnerships with leading agencies, technology companies and media platforms.
President and CEO, Calvert Foundation
Jenn Pryce is president and CEO of Calvert Foundation, a nonprofit organization that specializes in impact investing around the globe. Calvert Foundation has nearly $300 million invested in over 200 nonprofits and social enterprises working across 80 countries in vital social sectors such as affordable housing, microfinance, women’s empowerment, fair trade, and sustainable agriculture. Pryce has shaped the strategic direction of Calvert Foundation to lead on rising trends, such as investing with a gender lens and making impact investing more accessible to retail investors. Calvert Foundation has launched five national and international investment initiatives: Age Strong, Raíces, Ours To Own, Women Investing in Women, and the India Investment Initiative. Pryce started off in the Peace Corps working in Africa, where she was exposed to the frustrating limited flows of capital to lower income communities. She then worked on capital streams in emerging markets at NeubergerBerman and Morgan Stanley. She then honed her focus on investing in a socially responsible way supporting underserved communities and committed her career to impact investing at Calvert Foundation. Pryce is on the board of the Hitachi Foundation, Institute for Sustainable Communities and Impact Assets.
Andrew Puddicombe is a meditation expert and co-founder of Headspace. In his early twenties, midway through a university degree in sports science, Puddicombe made the unexpected decision to travel to the Himalayas to study meditation. It was the beginning of a ten year journey which took him around the world, culminating with ordination as a Tibetan Buddhist monk in northern India. His transition back to lay life in 2004 was no less extraordinary. Training briefly at Moscow State Circus, he returned to London where he completed a degree in circus arts at the Conservatoire of Dance and Drama, whilst drawing up the early plans for what was later to become Headspace. The Headspace app has now been downloaded more than six million times.
Co-Anchor, Squawk Box, CNBC
Becky Quick is co-anchor of “Squawk Box” and anchor of the nationally syndicated “On the Money”. She is known for her hard-hitting interviews and profiles of some of the world’s richest and most influential investors, including Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Alan Greenspan, T. Boone Pickens, Jamie Dimon, Charlie Munger, and many others. She has interviewed three U.S. presidents and has hosted panels at some of the most prestigious conferences in the world such as the Microsoft CEO Conference, Fortune’s Most Powerful Women’s Conference, and the Allen & Co. Sun Valley Media Conference.
Frank R. Rainieri
President and CEO, Grupo Puntacana
Frank Rainieri is a pioneer of the tourism industry in the Dominican Republic. Founder, president and CEO of Grupo Puntacana and the Puntacana International Airport (the first international commercial and private airport in the world) located in Puntacana Resort and Club, an upscale resort located in the East part of the Dominican Republic. Rainieri has been distinguished with important recognitions, including Presidential Citation Award (1985), Hotelier of the Year 1998 by the CHA (1998), Honorable Italian Citizen of the World be the House of Representatives in Rome (2015), and Etrepreneurs Organizacion (2016). Rainieri occupies important positions, such as vice chairman of the board of the National Council of Businessmen, president of the Dominican Association of Airports, and ambassador of the Order of Malta in the Dominican Republic. He is a member of the boards of the Monetary Board of the Dominican Republic, the American Chamber of Commerce in the Dominican Republic, the Dominican Republic National Association of Hotels and Restaurants, and the Caribbean Hotel Association.
Co-Founder and CEO, Civic
Bruce Reed served more than a decade as a senior White House official in the Clinton and Obama administrations. As President Clinton’s chief domestic policy adviser, he oversaw education, crime, welfare reform, gun violence, and other domestic issues. In the Obama White House, he served as assistant to the president and chief of staff to Vice President Biden. He was executive director of the Bowles-Simpson deficit reduction commission and later became the first president of the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation. He began his career as chief speechwriter for then-Senator Al Gore and was deputy campaign manager for policy of the 1992 Clinton-Gore campaign. He is a graduate of Princeton and Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He currently serves as chief executive officer of Civic, a bipartisan policy ideas company he co-founded. He is senior policy adviser at Emerson Collective and co-chair of the Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative.
Prime Minister, Italy
Born in Florence, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi joined the Scout Movement at a young age and adopted the Scout motto of “leaving this world a little better than you found it." During his university years he became interested in politics, campaigning in support of Romano Prodi, who later became Italy’s prime minister and president of the European Commission. In 1999, he obtained a law degree from Florence University and, in the same year, married to Agnese Landini. In 2004 Prime Minister Renzi was elected president of the Florence Provincial Council, and in 2008 he announced his intention to run for mayor of the city of Florence, which he became in 2009. For the first time in Florence's history, Prime Minister Renzi appointed an equal number of male and female city councilors. From 2010 to 2012 his involvement in national politics increased, and in 2013 Prime Minister Renzi ran for the leadership of the Democratic Party (PD) where he was appointed secretary of the PD with 67.5% of the vote. On February 22, 2014 Prime Minister Renzi was appointed as the new president of the Council of Ministers of the Italian Republic, the youngest in Italy’s history. At the European Elections in May 2014 the PD obtained 40.8% of the vote, the best result since the Party was established and the largest amount of votes collected by a European party, over 11 million.
President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund
As president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Cecile Richards leads a movement that has worked for nearly 100 years to build a healthier and safer world for women and teens. Every year, approximately 700 Planned Parenthood affiliate health centers nationwide provide health care services to 2.7 million patients, and sex education to more than one million people. Planned Parenthood’s websites, including Planned Parenthood in Español, receive an estimated 60 million visits each year from individuals seeking health care services and education in both English and Spanish. Since joining Planned Parenthood in 2006, Richards has expanded its advocacy for access to health care and ensured that Planned Parenthood played a pivotal role in shaping health care coverage and services for women under the Affordable Care Act. In 2011, she led an unprecedented nationwide campaign to preserve access to Planned Parenthood preventive care through federal programs. Under her leadership, the number of Planned Parenthood supporters has doubled, reaching seven million. Before joining Planned Parenthood, Richards served as deputy chief of staff for House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. In 2004, she founded and served as president of America Votes, a coalition of 42 national grassroots organizations working to maximize registration, education, and voter participation. She began her career organizing low-wage workers in the hotel, health care, and janitorial industries throughout California, Louisiana, and Texas. Richards is a frequent speaker and commentator on issues related to women’s rights, reproductive health, and sex education, and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. Richards currently serves on the board of the Ford Foundation. She and her husband, Kirk Adams, have three children and reside in New York City.
Professor and Director, Stockholm Resilience Centre
Johan Rockström is an internationally leading scientist on resilience, global sustainability and sustainable development. He is a professor and the director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University. He has 20 years’ experience in interdisciplinary research on global water resources, ecosystem services, agricultural development, social-ecological resilience and Earth system research, with over 150 research publications (100 peer-reviewed scientific articles and 10 books). He serves as advisor to international organizations, governments and the European Union, and is a frequent keynote speaker. He led the transition team designing Future Earth (the integration of the Global Environment Change programs under ICSU). He is currently member of the Swedish Government’s Innovation Council, chaired by the Swedish Prime Minister and the Swedish Government’s Scientific Council for Sustainable Development.
President, Earth Day Network
Kathleen Rogers, president of Earth Day Network, has worked for more than 20 years as an environmental attorney and advocate, focusing on international and domestic environmental public policy and law. She has held senior positions with the National Audubon Society and the Environmental Law Institute. Rogers has also worked for Garth Associates and the Beveridge & Diamond law firm, where she developed a white collar environmental crime defense practice. She is an official voting member of Greenpeace and a board member of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).
Under Rogers’ leadership, Earth Day Network has developed a significant role in advancing the new green economy and has emerged as a dynamic year-round policy and activist organization. Earth Day Network now reaches into 192 countries, embraces new constituencies – including youth and people of color – and integrates civic participation into each of Earth Day Network’s programs and activities.
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, SBP
Zack Rosenberg directs the strategic vision, marketing, partnership development, and fundraising for SBP, which he co-founded following Hurricane Katrina. Among the innovative programs at SBP that Rosenburg has designed are: Good Work/Good Pay, a construction training program for returned war veterans, under/unemployed local citizens and citizens recently released from jail; Opportunity Housing, an innovative blight eradicating/affordable housing program that turns blighted properties into well-built affordable housing, while also creating well-paying jobs for struggling community members; and Disaster Resilience and Recovery Lab, which among other things, allows SBP to train other organizations to utilize SBP's systems and processes. Rosenburg has been recognized as New Orleanian of the Year and Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project Champion of Justice and he has received the Manhattan Institute Social Innovation Award, an Honorary Doctorate from Muhlenberg College, and a distinguished alumnus award from Washington College of Law.
President of CoP21, Minister of Environment, Energy and Marine Affairs, in charge of International Climate Relations, France
Ségolène Royal is minister of environment, energy and marine affairs, in charge of international climate relations and president of CoP21 since February 2016. She was previously minister of ecology, energy, and sustainable development.
Global Head of Philathropy and Social Good, Airbnb
Kim Rubey is the global head of philanthropy and social good at Airbnb, where she leads the company's work to utilize the power of the Airbnb community and the resources of the company to impact communities around the world. In this role, Rubey oversees all of Airbnb's philanthropic efforts including its disaster response program, charitable contributions, volunteer and service oriented programming, and social good product integrations. Rubey joined Airbnb in 2011 as the global head of communications and led strategic planning for major company initiatives such as Airbnb’s launch in Cuba. For over 20 years, Rubey drove communications strategies for leading technology companies, political campaigns, and government agencies. Prior to joining Airbnb, Rubey held senior communications roles at Yahoo! and eBay; in 2004 she served as the communications director for the vice presidential nominee for the Kerry-Edwards campaign after working on several Democratic campaigns. Rubey lives in San Francisco, California and serves on the board of directors for StoryCorps and the advisory board for Georgetown University’s Institute of Politics and Public Service.
Research and Training Director, Living Peace Institute
Benoit Ruratotoye is the director of training at the Living Peace Institute in Goma, Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). He partners with Promundo to implement Living Peace's approaches and methodologies across the Great Lakes Region of Africa (DRC, Rwanda and Burundi). Prior to that, Ruratotoye has taught psychology and mental health courses at the University of Rwanda, College of Medicine and Health Sciences for more than 20 years. He has been instrumental in developing psycho-social, peace-building, gender, and conflict resolution-related research both regionally and internationally. He also worked with Heart Land Alliances in Burundi and DRC to coordinate GBV and mental health programs. Ruratotoye holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and psychopathology from the Université Paris 8 in Saint-Denis, France.
Director-General, International Labour Organization
Guy Ryder was elected as International Labour Organization's (ILO) director-general by the ILO's governing body in May 2012 and took office on 1 October 2012. On taking office, he pledged to position the Organization as a determined actor translating principle into action and ensuring that it had the capacity to make a major difference to the working lives of people on all of the continents.
Ryder first joined the ILO in 1998 as director of the Bureau for Workers’ Activities and, from 1999, as director of the Office of the Director-General. It was during this time that the ILO’s Decent Work Agenda was launched and won support from the international community. Born in Liverpool, United Kingdom in 1956, Ryder studied social and political sciences at the University of Cambridge and Latin American studies at the University of Liverpool. He speaks French and Spanish as well as his mother tongue, English.
Founder of Women for Women International and Host of the Nida'a Show, Adin Productions
Zainab Salbi is a humanitarian, author, and media personality that has dedicated herself to women’s rights. At the age of 23, she founded Women for Women International, an organization dedicated to serving women survivors of wars rebuild their lives. While chief executive officer (1993-2011), the organization grew from helping 30 women to more than 400,000 women in 8 conflict areas and distributing $100 million in aid and micro loans. In 2015, Salbi launched the Nida’a Show, a one hour talk show dedicated at Arab women in 22 countries in collaboration with the Discovery Network. She is also launching The ZAINAB SALBI PROJECT in collaboration with AOL/Huffington Post in October 2016. Salbi is the author of the national bestseller “Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam,” “The Other Side of War: Women’s Stories of Survival and Hope” and “If You Knew Me, You Would Care.” Salbi has received numerous recognitions and awards including President Clinton's nomination as one of the 21st century heroes featured in Harper's Bazaar.
Juan Manuel Santos Calderón
President, Republic of Colombia
Juan Manuel Santos has been the president of the Republic of Colombia since 2010. Previously, President Santos was minister of defense, minister of finance, minister of foreign trade, designate to the presidency, and chief of the Colombian delegation before the International Coffee Organization. He created the Good Government Foundation (Fundación Buen Gobierno) and founded Colombia’s largest political party, Partido de la U. President Santos was awarded the King of Spain Prize and was president of the Freedom of Expression Commission for the Inter American Press Association. He has published several books, including “The Third Way,” co-written with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and “Check on Terror” (Jaque al Terror). President Santos is a graduate of the London School of Economics, Harvard University, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Vice President, Worldwide Education, HP
Gus Schmedlen is vice president for worldwide education at HP, where he directs HP’s education strategy, product development, marketing and channels. Schmedlen serves as an advisor to many education policy organizations, including the Brookings Institution Center for Universal Education, the World Economic Forum New Vision for Education Initiative and the Global Business Coalition for Education. To assist governments in improving workforce development and measure the economic impact of investments in education, Schmedlen created the National Education Technology Assessment process (NETA). NETA combines macroeconomic data, hyper-local insights and predictive econometrics to help leaders shape the most effective human capital development policies.
Max Schorr is co-founder and director of GOOD, an integrated media company for people who want to live well and do good. A 2014-15 affiliate of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, he researches the intersection of social action and mindfulness in the digital age. As founding editor and publisher of GOOD, he helped develop the editorial vision for GOOD Magazine and the Choose GOOD Campaign. From 2009 to 2012, he co-founded GOODcorps. Recognized as a Next Generation Leader by the American Cancer Society, a member of the Japan Society's Innovators Network, and a First Mover Fellow at the Aspen Institute, he has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, and NPR.
Gregory Scruggs is Citiscope’s Habitat III correspondent. He is primarily responsible for covering the global debate leading to the UN’s Habitat III conference on cities in October 2016. Scruggs is a journalist who has focused on cities and culture, especially in Latin America and the Caribbean. He covered World Urban Forum 5, Rio +20, Caribbean Urban Forum 4, and World Urban Forum 7 for Next City, where he is a frequent contributor. In 2011, he was a recipient of a Fulbright study/research grant for urban planning and development in Brazil. During that time, he interned at the UN-Habitat Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean.
S. Mary Scullion
Executive Director, Project HOME
Sister Mary Scullion has been involved in service work and advocacy for homeless and mentally ill persons since 1978. In 1989, Sister Mary and Joan Dawson McConnon co-founded Project HOME, a nationally recognized organization that provides supportive housing, employment, education and health care to enable chronically homeless and low-income persons to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Her advocacy efforts resulted in the right of homeless persons to vote as well as a landmark federal court decision that affects the fair housing rights of persons with disabilities. She received the Philadelphia Award and was selected by TIME Magazine as one of the “World’s Most Influential People" in 2009.
Executive Editor and CEO, News Deeply
Lara Setrakian is the chief executive officer of News Deeply, an award-winning media startup that builds online hubs focused on the world’s most important issues. Her first platform, Syria Deeply, launched in 2012; Ebola Deeply came next, followed by Water Deeply, Arctic Deeply, Refugees Deeply, Inclusion Hub and the Women & Girls Hub. Setrakian was previously a Middle East correspondent for ABC News and Bloomberg Television. Her coverage of Iran’s 2009 election protests and the Arab Awakening of 2011 was celebrated for its groundbreaking use of social media. She is now dedicated to driving innovation in news and technology toward a more informed and engaged public.
President and Co-Founder, Kiva
Premal Shah leads Kiva.org, a website that allows individuals to lend $25 to the working poor. Since 2005, Kiva lenders have financed over 2 million low-income entrepreneurs from 85 countries, with a 97% repayment rate. The site has been named as one of Oprah's Favorite Things and a Top 50 Website by TIME magazine. Shah's inspiration for Kiva came in 2004. Working for several years at PayPal, he took two months off to volunteer in India. There he worked with low-income women to help them sell handcrafts online. While the project had mixed results, it strengthened his belief that the right combination of technology, business and love can dramatically accelerate opportunity for those most left out. Today, with a burgeoning community of 1.5 million Kiva lenders, this belief becomes more of a reality each day. For his work as a social entrepreneur, Shah was named on Fortune magazine’s Top 40 under 40 list. Shah is a graduate of Stanford University.
Founder and CEO, Frontier Markets
Ajaita Shah is the founder and CEO of Frontier Markets and the president of Frontier Innovations Foundation. She has been working in India for ten years in microfinance and clean energy distribution. She is a 2006 Clinton service corp fellow, 2012 Echoing Green fellow, 2013 Cordes fellow, has been awarded Business Week's 30 Under 30 award, Forbes Magazine’s Top 30 Under 30’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year, number 3 of top 40 women entrepreneurs of India in 2014, Women 2.0 of 2015, L'Oreal’s Women of Worth 2016, Ashden Award Winner 2016, and CNBC Young Women Business Leader 2016. Shah serves on the board of Frontier Innovations Foundation, a non-profit focused on last-mile distribution support for clean energy companies. She is also an advisor to various social enterprises in India focusing on product development for the poor. She is an active member of the UN Practitioner’s Network, Asian Development Bank’s Energy For All Partnership. Shah holds her bachelor's degree in international relations from Tufts University.
Founder, Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX)
Durreen Shahnaz, a social entrepreneur from Bangladesh, is the founder of Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX), the home of the world’s first social stock exchange and the world’s largest equity crowd funding platform for impact investing. Shahnaz also founded Shujog, an impact assessment and knowledge platform for impact investing. To date, Shujog and IIX’s work has impacted lives of over 10 million people across Asia. Shahnaz’s career effectively blended finance and development, starting at Morgan Stanley and then going onto Grameen Bank. Shahnaz also taught and conducted research at National University of Singapore. In addition, Shahnaz founded, ran, and sold oneNest, a global e-marketplace for handmade goods, which impacted lives of more than half million women across the world. Shahnaz holds a bachelor's degree from Smith College and a joint Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School and Master of Arts from Johns Hopkins University.
Chief Executive Officer, Oceana
Andrew Sharpless has led Oceana since 2003 as its chief executive officer. Oceana, founded in late 2001, has grown in that time to be the largest international conservation organization fully dedicated to protecting the oceans. Sharpless holds degrees from Harvard Law School, the London School of Economics, and Harvard College and is an advocate and a manager with wide leadership experience in business and NGO start-ups.
Vaishali N. Sinha
Director, ReNew Power Ventures Pvt. Ltd
Vaishali Nigam Sinha is a director on the board of ReNew Power, India’s leading renewable energy company. The company is committed to leading the change in India’s current energy portfolio by delivering cleaner and smarter energy choices and thereby reducing India’s carbon footprint. Under the ambit of ReNew India Initiative (RII), Sinha drives the corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives at the company. After stints in New York and London, she returned to India in 2003 where after several years in banking, she became a social entrepreneur. Currently, she is the co-chair of the regional committee on CSR & gender equality at Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) northern region. Sinha is also a member of the nominating committee of the first Justice JS Verma Award for Women’s Empowerment, which is sponsored by Ananda, the Coca-Cola India Foundation and a member of the CII National Committee on CSR. Sinha is a strong advocate of equal participation of women in economic activities, especially at the grass-roots level. She is a recipient of the CSR Leadership Award 2015 at the National Awards for Excellence in CSR and Sustainability and prestigious Women Leadership Award at CMO ASIA, Singapore.
Global Chief Communications Officer, The Bitfury Group
As global chief communications officer for The Bitfury Group, Jamie Smith is leading global initiatives designed to fundamentally change the way the global community does business, transfers value, and opens up new doors to prosperity for billions of people throughout the world. Smith has dedicated her career to making lives better, enhancing security, and ensuring opportunity is available to all. Smith previously served as special assistant to President Obama and deputy White House press secretary, executive vice president at Edelman Public Relations, director of public affairs for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), communications director for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, traveling press director and spokesperson for Secretary Clinton’s 2008 Presidential Campaign, communications director for Former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright and The Albright Group, and policy aide to Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey.
Partner and Managing Director, Education, IDEO
Sandy Speicher is a partner and managing director of the education practice at the global design firm IDEO. Her teams look to people’s unmet needs to inspire new solutions for a wide variety of challenges – from the ways people learn to the ways systems operate. Working with organizations across the public, private, and social sectors, Speicher has helped create an affordable school system in Peru, strategies to improve schools for the poor in India, and online learning platforms that engage today’s students. Recently, she helped Carnegie Corporation launch 100kin10, which President Clinton referred to as a new model for social change. Sandy holds an master's degree in education from Stanford and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Washington University.
Founder and Chief Dreamer, Building Tomorrow, Inc.
George Srour is the founder and chief dreamer of Building Tomorrow, Inc. Under Srour’s leadership, Building Tomorrow has opened over 30 schools in Uganda, enrolled nearly 10,000 students, and launched a fellowship program improving school leadership at over 80 rural primary schools. Srour has been recognized for his work in the field of social entrepreneurship by being named an Echoing Green Fellow, a member of the GOOD100 and the Forbes Magazine 30 Under 30.
President, Natural Resources Defense Council
Rhea Suh is the president of Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a leading nonprofit group that protects people’s health, preserves wild places, and fosters vibrant communities. Before joining NRDC, Suh served as the assistant secretary for policy, management, and budget at the U.S. Department of the Interior. She led several initiatives on federal land conservation, climate adaptation, and international affairs. She was also instrumental in launching a reorganization of the agency responsible for offshore oil and gas oversight in the midst of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Prior to her appointment to Interior, Suh worked at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, where she created a $200 million program dedicated to conservation and clean energy in the West. From 1998 through 2007, Suh worked at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, designing its highly effective clean energy and climate change initiative and leading the creation of the Great Bear Rainforest. Suh graduated from Barnard College and earned a master's degree of education, administration, planning and social policy from Harvard University.
Group President, North America, Procter & Gamble
Carolyn Tastad leads Procter & Gamble’s (P&G) $29 billion business in the US, Canada and Puerto Rico. The North America market is the company’s largest and most profitable, representing 44% of the company’s total revenues and an even greater percentage of profit. Tastad has experience across P&G’s broad portfolio of brands and has held a variety of positions with national, regional and multi-national responsibilities working in Canada, US and Europe. She was appointed group president, P&G North America in January 2015. Prior to that, she held the position of global sales officer responsible for leading P&G’s selling organization across all sectors and all regions for P&G. Tastad serves on the boards of the Kellogg Company, Grocery Manufacturers Association and Cincinnati Museum Center. Tastad is passionate about diversity and inclusion and leads P&G’s Corporate Women’s Leadership Team.
President and CEO, Direct Relief
Thomas Tighe has served as president and CEO of Direct Relief since 2000. During this tenure, Direct Relief has been named among the world’s most innovative nonprofits by Fast Company, been rated by Forbes as 99 percent efficient or better in fundraising, won the Drucker Prize, the CECP Director’s Award, and the Esri President’s Award, and become the first U.S. nonprofit to obtain VAWD accreditation to distribute Rx medications nationally. Formerly the chief of staff and chief operating officer of the Peace Corps, Tighe holds a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley, a law degree from the UC Hastings College of Law, and an honorary doctorate from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Among the Aspen Institute’s 2003 class of Henry Crown fellows, Tighe serves on the editorial advisory board for Pacific Standard Magazine, is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, and is an adviser to CGI.
Executive Director, Gehl Institute
Shin-pei Tsay is the executive director of Gehl Institute, whose mission is to transform the way cities are shaped by making public life an intentional driver for design, policy, and governance. Previously, Tsay served as deputy director at TransitCenter and founded and directed the Cities and Transportation Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She has held posts as deputy director of transportation alternatives, chief operating officer of Project for Public Spaces, and at ZGF Architects. Tsay is on the board of In Our Backyards and Transportation Alternatives, and she is a commissioner for the New York City Public Design Commission. Tsay holds a master’s degree in cities, space and society from London School of Economics and a bachelor’s degree with distinction from Cornell University.
Director - Development, Educate Girls India
Maharshi Vaishnav has 12 years of progressively responsible cross-functional experience in strategic planning, advocacy and resource mobilization. At Educate Girls, he heads development and advocacy initiatives. He is a part of the team that launched and implemented the world’s first Development Impact Bond in education. Before joining Educate Girls, he was on a research fellowship with Grameen Foundation across South East Asia. Vaishnav holds graduate degrees in public policy (international development) and business.
Head of Sustainability, Enel
Andrea Valcalda was born in Genoa, Italy in 1965 and graduated in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in Economics. He joined ENEL in 1996 and has held various positions in the corporate headquarters, from assistant to the president of the company, to member of the planning and control department. After a year as chief of staff to the chief executive officer, he was named in 2008 vice president for innovation and environment, where he was responsible for defining the company’s technological roadmap and drawing up the Group’s innovation plan. Since 2013 he has been head of environmental policies and climate change until his appointment as head of ENEL’s sustainability department in 2014.
Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace & Security
Melanne Verveer was the first US Ambassador for Global Women's Issues. She is currently the executive director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace & Security. She is also the co-founder of Seneca Point Global, a global women's strategy advisory group. Prior to the State Department, she co-founded the NGO Vital Voices and served as its co-CEO and chair. Earlier she was the assistant to the President and chief of staff to the first lady in the Clinton Administration. She is the co-author of "FAST FORWARD: How Women Can Achieve Power and Purpose."
Voices of Haiti
Choir, Andrea Bocelli Foundation
The Andrea Bocelli Foundation (ABF) believes that music is the soul’s voice, because its power and beauty can open minds and develop deeper thoughts. ABF also believes that art and culture are truly a human right. ABF has launched a new project in accordance to these principles: a choir called “Voices of Haiti.” The choir is made up of 60 Haitian children aged from 9 to 15 who have gone through a highly specialized training and intense professional coaching. Through this experience, conceived from the very beginning as a structured and stable educational program, they are able to enhance their talents. The children also benefit from a wealth of educational and cultural opportunities, which opens new horizons and will be highly valuable for their future. In addition to offering a real possibility of growth and development of musical talent (an opportunity which young Haitians would normally not receive), a choir – in itself an extraordinary example of team work and dialogue, greatly needed to improve the living conditions of a country in chronic distress.
Prime Minister, Serbia
Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic joined the Serbian Radical Party in 1993, where he was elected an MP into the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia in 1993. He was elected secretary general of the Serbian Radical Party in 1994 and stayed in that position until 2008. Prime Minister Vucic was appointed minister of information in the government of National Unity in 1998. He was an MP in the Federal Assembly of Yugoslavia for three terms on the Council of the Republics in 1998 and the Council of the Republics in 2000. Together with Tomislav Nikolic, Prime Minister Vucic founded the Serbian Progressive Party, and was elected the party’s vice president. In 2012, he was appointed minister of defense and the first deputy prime minister in charge of fight against crime and corruption. After the Serbian Progressive Party won in the elections held in March 2014, Vucic became Serbian Prime Minister of the government formed in April 2014. He held the position until August 2016, when he got a new mandate, after the Serbian Progressive Party won in the elections held in April 2016.
Founder and CEO, Tiossan
Magatte Wade is the founder of Tiossan, a skin care company based on Senegalese recipes, that is sold in the U.S. at Nordstrom and boutique retailers. Her first company, Adina World Beverages, was also based on recipes from her home country of Senegal. Wade was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economics Forum, as well as one of the 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa by Forbes in 2011. In 2014, she was featured on the cover of Forbes Afrique for being the person in Francophone Africa having the greatest positive impact on the future. Wade writes for the Guardian, the Huffington Post, and Barron’s. As a speaker and consultant she specializes in helping indigenous entrepreneurs from around the world brand and market their products in the U.S. Wade is fluent in Wolof, French, and English.
Executive Director, Children's Health Fund
Dennis Walto is a senior social development professional with more than 25 years of experience in executive leadership, fundraising, and management of program operations in the United States and across the globe. Walto presently serves as executive director of the Children's Health Fund, an organization that provides high quality health care to America’s most disadvantaged children. Throughout his career, Walto has spearheaded programming and fundraising efforts that have raised hundreds of millions of dollars. Through these resources, he has led teams to pilot, scale-up, and sustain innovative programs that have positively impacted the lives of tens of millions of children, youth, and families worldwide. Walto has a master's degree from York St. John University, where his dissertation focused on positive organizational development, an appreciative inquiry inspired change management process that takes an asset based approach to strategic thinking, planning and executing.
Chairman & CEO, Wasserman, Chairman, LA2024
Casey Wasserman is the chairman and CEO of Wasserman, a leading sports, entertainment and lifestyle marketing and management agency that represents brands, properties and talent on a global basis. In 2014, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed Wasserman to head the city’s Olympic host efforts as the LA2024 Chairman, and in September 2015, the United States Olympic Committee selected Los Angles as its U.S. Olympic bid city. Wasserman also serves as president and CEO of the Wasserman Foundation, a private family foundation founded in 1952 by his grandparents Lew and Edie Wasserman. The foundation currently funds in the areas of education, arts & culture, service and global initiatives. Wasserman is a trustee of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and a board member of several renowned philanthropic organizations including the Jules Stein Eye Institute, the LBJ Presidential Library and the Motion Picture Television Fund. Wasserman serves on the board of directors of Activision and the digital media company Vox Media. He holds a bachelor's degree in political science from UCLA and resides in Los Angeles.
Chief Public Policy Officer, AARP
As AARP’s chief public policy officer, Debra Whitman leads policy development, analysis, research, and global thought leadership to advance the interests of individuals 50-plus and their families. She oversees AARP’s Public Policy Institute, AARP Research, Office of Policy Development and Integration, Thought Leadership, and AARP International. An economist, she is an authority on aging issues and has extensive experience in national policymaking and domestic and international research. Whitman holds master’s and doctorate degrees in economics from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s in economics, math and Italian from Gonzaga University.
Sir Andrew Witty
Chief Executive Officer, GSK
Andrew Witty became chief executive officer of GlaxoSmithKline plc in 2008. Joining Glaxo in 1985, he held numerous roles in the United Kingdom and abroad including working in GSK’s International New Products groups, both in the respiratory and HIV/ infectious disease fields. Outside of the United Kingdom, Witty has worked in South Africa, the United States and Singapore. In 2003, Witty was appointed president of GSK Europe and joined GSK’s corporate executive team. Witty served in advisory roles to governments around the world including South Africa, Singapore, Guangzhou China and the United Kingdom. He was awarded Knighthood for services to the economy and UK pharmaceutical industry in 2012. In 2014, Witty was appointed as a business ambassador for the UK government, and in 2015 he became a member of the China-Britain Business Council Advisory Council. Witty has a joint honours bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Nottingham and in 2013 became chancellor of the University of Nottingham.
Founder and Chief Visionary, Dermalogica
Jane Wurwand is an innovative business visionary who opens doors for global women’s economic empowerment and professional development. She is the co-founder and chief visionary of Dermalogica and the International Dermal Institute, which are recognized as game-changing brands within the professional salon industry. Today, Dermalogica products are the number one choice of more than 100,000 professional skin therapists in more than 100 countries. In 2011, Wurwand founded Financial Independence Through Entrepreneurship (FITE), a global social impact initiative that creates pathways to entrepreneurship. FITE has to-date assisted more than 75,000 women in gaining financial independence worldwide. In recognition of her accomplishments, Wurwand was recently appointed presidential ambassador for global entrepreneurship by President Barack Obama, one of a prestigious group of America’s top entrepreneurs who work with the federal government to help develop the next generation of entrepreneurs both at home and abroad.
Executive Director, IDEO.org
Jocelyn Wyatt is the co-lead and executive director of IDEO.org, the nonprofit design organization that she co-founded in 2011 after leading IDEO’s social innovation practice. As executive director, Wyatt spends her time sorting out the vision, strategy, funding, and growth plans for IDEO.org. She heads up partner development with foundations, nonprofits, and social enterprises and builds networks by speaking widely on how design is changing the social sector. Prior to joining IDEO in 2007, Wyatt worked in Kenya as an Acumen Fund fellow. Before that, she served as VisionSpring’s interim country director in India, where she helped increase the distribution of low-cost reading glasses to the poor. She also did training, project management, and business development for Chemonics International, a contractor for USAID. Wyatt has a bachelor's degree in anthropology from Grinnell College and an Master of Business Administration from Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Managing Director and CEO, Dangote Foundation
Zouera Youssoufou is the managing director and CEO of the largest private foundation in Africa, based in Lagos. She leads Dangote Foundation's (DF) efforts to improve the health, nutrition, education and economic empowerment for the less fortunate in Nigeria and Africa. Prior to joining DF, Youssoufou was the World Bank country manager for Gabon, Equatorial Guinea and Sao Tome and Principe. Prior to this, she spent six years at the International Finance Corporation where she led the global women in business program, responsible for creating opportunities for women entrepreneurs specifically in access to finance. Youssoufou joined the World Bank group from Citigroup's Smith Barney where she covered emerging markets and 13 industry sectors as an equity analyst. Her previous experiences include working with the EU on private sector development issues in Niger and consulting with Deloitte in Ghana. Youssoufou holds and Master of Business Administration in Finance from NYU's Stern School of Business and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts. She is fluent in English, French, Hausa and Spanish.
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Chairman, Yunus Social Business Global Initiatives
Muhammad Yunus is the founder of Grameen Bank and the chairman and co-founder of Yunus Social Business. Today, Grameen Bank has over 8.4 million members - 97 percent of whom are female - and has lent over $12.5 billion since its inception. In 2006, the Norwegian Nobel Committee jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Peace to Yunus and Grameen Bank "for their efforts to create economic and social development from below." Yunus currently chairs the Yunus Centre, a one-stop resource center for all Grameen Social Business-related activities in Bangladesh and around the world. He has written three books about micro-lending and social business: “Banker to the Poor” (2003), “A World Without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism” (2008) and “Building Social Business” (2010). Among Yunus’ many awards and honors are the Independence Day Award (Bangladesh, 1987), the Presidential Medal of Freedom (USA, 2009) and the Congressional Gold Medal (USA, 2012).
Host and Managing Editor of Note to Self, WNYC Studios, New York Public Radio
Manoush Zomorodi is the host and managing editor of Note to Self, “the tech show about being human,” from WNYC Studios. Every week on her podcast, Zomorodi searches for answers to life’s digital quandaries through experiments and conversation. She has won numerous awards for her work including Outstanding Host in 2014 by the Alliance for Women in Media. Her book, "Bored and Brilliant: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Spacing Out" (St. Martin’s Press) will be published in 2017.