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Professor of Social Entrepreneurship
Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
Professor Alex Nicholls MBA is the first tenured professor in social entrepreneurship appointed at the University of Oxford and was the first staff member of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship in 2004. His research interests range across several key areas within social entrepreneurship and social innovation, including: the nexus of relationships between accounting, accountability, and governance; public and social policy contexts; social investment; and Fair Trade. To date Nicholls has published more than fifty papers, chapters and articles and four books. Most appear in a wide range of peer reviewed journals and books, including four sole authored papers in Financial Times Top 30 journals (with another under review and resubmit). His 2009 paper on social investment won the Best Paper Award (Entrepreneurship) at the British Academy of Management. In 2010, Nicholls edited a Special Edition of Entrepreneurship, Theory and Practice on social entrepreneurship.
Segal Family Foundation
Andy Bryant joined the Foundation as executive director in October, 2010. He oversees the Foundation's team and implements the vision of the Segal family. He has worked in international development for many years in various countries in the developing world. The common link across his postings has been involvement in programming that provides self-sustaining solutions to poverty. Andy completed a BA from Princeton University in 2003 & subsequently graduated from Syracuse University in 2007 with a MPA in International Development. He also served as a Princeton in Africa fellow. Following completion of graduate school, he founded the microfinance program for Tanzanian Children's Fund where he was a grantee of the Foundation. He has also worked as a consultant for the Mpoma Community HIV/AIDS Initiative and TechnoServe in East Africa and India.
Principal Specialist, Private Sector
Inter-American Development Bank
Elizabeth Boggs Davidsen is a Principal at the IDB’s Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), which uses both grant and investment mechanisms to strengthen the environment for doing business. She is advising the Fund on new partnership opportunities for its grant and investment activities by leveraging and increasing financial and non-financial support for programs and projects through targeted outreach with private foundations, companies, social investors, and governments. Earlier in her career at the IDB she served as a lead architect and Principal Investment officer for the Opportunities for the Majority Initiative, the first dedicated office within a development finance institution to finance inclusive business models using market-based principles. She served for three years as a Policy Advisor to the IDB’s Executive Vice President, and as the Principal Coordinator of the MIF.
Director of Water Innovation Program
Mary Renwick is a water resources specialist with 24 years of experience developing and implementing innovative water initiatives. She has worked in 16 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, South and Southeast Asia, in the U.S., and with a number of Native American tribes. Since 2005, Renwick has led Winrock International's Water Innovation Program, growing the program from its inception to an established portfolio with seven country programs. She is an internationally recognized expert on multiple-use water services (MUS)a holistic approach to water services that sustainably improves the health and livelihoods of those living in poverty. Renwick holds a Ph.D. and MS in applied economics from Stanford University, and is the author of more than 25 books and articles.
Author and Speaker
Chairman of the Board
Sean McKaughan has over 20 years of experience in the field of sustainable development. He is Chairman of the Board of Fundación Avina, a Latin American philanthropic foundation contributing to sustainability in 18 countries of the region. Prior to his current role as Chairman, Mr. McKaughan led Avina’s executive team for seven years as CEO. During his tenure at Avina, Mr. McKaughan has been an advocate for inclusive business, the Amazon, social innovation networks, and the promotion of sustainability in Latin America and throughout the world. Mr. McKaughan holds master’s degrees in Urban Planning and Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. He and his family have lived in Rio de Janeiro since 2001.
Eve Ensler is a Tony Award-winning playwright, performer and the Founder of V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women, which has raised $85 million. Her play, The Vagina Monologues, has been published in 48 languages and performed in 140 countries. Eve’s newest work, I Am An Emotional Creature, made the Best Seller list and, following workshops in Johannesburg and Paris, will open in Berkeley, California in June, moving off-Broadway in the Fall. Her next book, In The Body of the World, is due out in 2013.
Director, Skoll World Forum
As Director and Curator of the Skoll World Forum, Sarah is responsible for oversight of the world’s premiere, international platform for accelerating entrepreneurial approaches and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing social issues. The convening takes place each year in Oxford, England. Prior to the Skoll Foundation, Sarah had more than 15 years of executive marketing, communications and event experience in the public, private and government sectors. She served as the Vice President of Communications at the X PRIZE Foundation, Vice President of Communications at the Prostate Cancer Foundation as well as a Vice President at Porter Novelli International. In addition to executive corporate and non-profit experience, Sarah also served in the Clinton Administration as the Director of Marketing for the Peace Corps and the Press Secretary of the National School-to-Work Office at the US Department of Education. While living in Washington, D.C., she gained significant broadcast experience as a former television panelist for 3 years on a national public affairs television show and served as a spokesperson appearing and quoted in numerous top-tier media outlets. Sarah started her career as part of the communications team for Senator John F. Kerry (D-MA) and earned a BA with honors in Political Science and International Relations from Boston College and has studied in both France and at Oxford.
Director of Social Business
I joined BasicNeeds in 2011 and am responsible for: co-ordinating and leading the development of new social franchises, strategic and operational development and planning, marketing and income generation, developing BasicNeeds' social business; and policy. Previous to this, I worked for over 20 years in a variety of NGOs; managing, developing and directing projects and organisations which support marginalised and vulnerable people. I have a BSc in Psychology, an MA in Social Work and a post graduate qualification in leadership and management.
Founder and Principal
The Hero Group
Founder and Principal, The Hero Group, (www.theherogroupllc.com), global consulting firm. Provides strategy, branding/messaging, Social Impact Investment guidance, and Board and asset development expertise to social entrepreneurs, foundations, and both profit and non profit organizations. Recent clients include The National Philanthropic Trust, HST, (for profit solar start-up), a US-based clean water NGO in Nairobi, and Stanford University's "d.school" (Institute of Design). Former CEO of $1.2B Silicon Valley Community Foundation, awarding annual grants of over $150M, also former VP External Relations at Caltech. Education: MBA, Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Current Board member of: The Skoll Fund (founding Director), Sesame Workshop, Great NonProfits, Fight for Peace, Compass Azure Investment Management, PaxVax, bio-tech (vaccine).
Author and Speaker
Senior Vice President
Search for Common Ground
Susan Collin Marks is an international peacebuilder. For over 25 years, she has worked in some of the most conflictual places on earth establishing peacebuilding programs, facilitating dialogues, mediating conflicts and coaching political leaders. A native South African, she was deeply engaged in her country's transition from apartheid to democracy, captured in her book Watching the Wind: Conflict Resolution during South Africa's Transition to Democracy (US Institute of Peace, 2000) (Arabic, Dar Al Ahliah, Amman, Jordan, 2004.) Honors include a Jennings Randolph Peace Fellowship at the United States Institute of Peace, Institute for Noetic Science's Creative Altruism Award, Skoll Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurship, and Honorary Doctorate from the UN University for Peace. She was portrayed in the PBS documentary Peace X Peace: Women on the Frontlines. Susan believes that our common humanity binds us together more than our differences divide us. She works to make it so.