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Broadcaster and Social Philosopher
Charles Handy (born 1932) is an Irish author/philosopher specialising in organisational behaviour and management. Among the ideas he has advanced are the "portfolio worker" and the "Shamrock Organization" (in which professional core workers, freelance workers and part-time/temporary routine workers each form one leaf of the "Shamrock"). He has been rated among the Thinkers 50, a private list of the most influential living management thinkers. In 2001 he was second on this list, behind Peter Drucker, and in 2005 he was tenth. When the Harvard Business Review had a special issue to mark their 50th Anniversary they asked Handy, Peter Drucker and Henry Mintzberg to write special articles. In July 2006 he was conferred with an honorary Doctor of Laws by Trinity College, Dublin.
Director of Communications
Futures without Violence
Marsha Robertson has 25+ years experience in San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles as a creative thinker, seasoned marketing/public relations executive and resourceful communications specialist. Transitioning from the analog era with a leap into all things digital, she discovered that a background in entertainment PR can be extremely valuable in nonprofit work. Formerly the Dir. of Communications and Marketing for The Walt Disney Family Museum, Robertson began her career at MGM/UA Ent. in LA and became VP of National Publicity at the studio. An avid interest in film production led to years of on-set publicity as a press liaison for dozens of films including “Jurassic Park,” “The Hunt for Red October, “Good Morning Vietnam,” and “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” among many others. After fifteen years in LA, she moved to New York City and worked as Director of Media Relations for HBO’s original movies. She is a graduate of Stanford University and lives in Mill Valley, California.
Founder and CEO
Ahead of Time GmbH
Monty C. M. Metzger is an entrepreneur, author and trend-scout. He is CEO of Ahead of Time, an innovation agency focusing on social media marketing, and he is founder of the open think tank about the future of mobile media, Mocom 2020. Monty founded his first company in 1998 and managed a global trend research consultancy. He studied Business Administration and Marketing in Germany and Switzerland, and he has just published the book Mobile Future 2020.
Author and Speaker
Andy joined AfriKids, a child rights NGO in 2006, we is currently Director of Business and Programmes. Andy is responsible for the development, operation and strategy of AfriKids’ social enterprise businesses an social projects from the UK. He also shares overall responsibility for AfriKids’ organisational strategy and financial management as part of the senior management team. Andy leads AfriKids Squared, the organisation’s consulting arm, and has experience consulting for global corporations and international NGOs on topics ranging from social enterprise investment to organisational strategy; he also regularly speaks at NGO and social enterprise conferences and forums. Before joining AfriKids Andy worked in the private sector in business process development and EMEA project management oversight. Andy holds a BA in International Studies and Political Science from the University of Birmingham and an MBA from the University of Oxford where he studied as a Skoll Scholar.
Urgent Action Fund
Betty Kaari Murungi is a visiting fellow in the Human Rights Program, HLS. She has served as Director of Urgent Action Fund-Africa since its formation in 2001. Since 1998, she has also served as legal advisor to the Women's Human Rights Program at Rights and Democracy, Montreal, Canada. She serves on the board of the Kenya Human Rights Commission, the Women's Initiatives for Gender Justice at the International Criminal Court (Den Haag) and is a past board member of The Federation of Women Lawyers-Kenya. Betty is a lawyer by profession and has extensive experience in the human rights of women, gender and governance.
Population and Community Development Association
Mechai Viravaidya is the Founder and Chairman of the Population and Community Development Association (PDA) and Mechai Viravaidya Foundation in Thailand. He is an international leader in the fields of public health, HIV/AIDS prevention, education, social enterprise, and rural development. In 2009, Mechai established the Mechai Pattana School (aka the Bamboo School) to provide innovative education for underprivileged secondary school students in northeastern Thailand.
Representative Latin America
Sandra Ortiz has worked as a project manager in the field of social innovation at the BMW Foundation since March 2012. Her areas of work include social intra- and entrepreneurship and impact business, which seek to solve social and ecological problems through entrepreneurial means. Born in Mexico City, Sandra came to Hamburg, Germany at age of 19. While studying theatre education at the Ottersberg University of Applied Sciences, Sandra began to work with “Dialogue in the Dark.” For the following six years, she was actively involved in many national and international exhibitions, living for long periods in Mexico, Brazil, the United States, Italy, and Germany. In addition, Sandra has gained experience as an intercultural trainer, moderator and mentor for social start-ups. Sandra Ortiz has been the Latin America Representative of the BMW Foundation since 2014.
Community Logging Cordinator
Over two thirds of Indonesia’s forests are in critical condition due to illegal logging. Silverius Oscar Unggul has created a business model that empowers and provides economic incentives for forest dwelling communities to get involved with conservation efforts by helping them manage their own sustainable “eco-label” timber businesses.
Beth Kanter is the author of Beth’s Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media, one of the longest running and most popular blogs for nonprofits. She co-authored the book titled “The Networked Nonprofit” with Allison Fine published by J Wiley in 2010 that received Honorable Mention for the Terry McAdams Award. Beth has over 30 years working in the nonprofit sector in technology, training, capacity building, evaluation, fundraising, and marketing. Her second book, Measuring the Networked Nonprofit, with Co-Author KD Paine, was published in October, 2012. Both books have reached #1 on the list of nonprofit books on Amazon.
Conservation Strategy Fund - CSF Brazil
Susan Edda Seehusen is the executive director of CSF in Brazil. She studied economics at the University of Campinas in Brazil and holds a master's degree in Sustainable Forestry and Land Use Management from the University of Freiburg in Germany. Previously to CSF, Susan worked for the German Development Cooperation (GFA Consulting Group, GIZ and KfW) in the fields of economic instruments for nature protection, payment for ecosystems services, the economics of ecosystems and biodiversity and natural resource management in tropical forest regions. Susan is one of the editor’s and author’s of the book Payment for ecosystems services in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest – Lessons learned and challenges.