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VP, Social Innovation
Kate Ahern is Vice President, Social Innovation at the Case Foundation, where she oversees a portfolio of activities, including the Foundation’s impact investing work and corporate pro bono volunteering campaign A Billion + Change. She has worked with Partners for a New Beginning, a public-private partnership dedicated to building engagement in the Muslim world, and Change By Us, an online platform that lets people get offline to work together to improve their communities. Prior to the Case Foundation, Kate was Director of Business Development at CDC Development Solutions (now Pyxera Global), where she managed international development and corporate responsibility programs for Fortune 500 companies in emerging markets worldwide. She is currently on the board of Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement. Kate has a master’s degree from American University’s School of International Service, where she is also a Practitioner Affiliate.
Co-Founder and COO of SPARK Schools (a network of high performing low-fee private schools) and eAdvance Group. Interested in disruption especially disruption that is tech enabled. Currently located in Johannesburg, South Africa
Young Leader Initiative- Mastercard
Over 90% of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Africa do not have any form of automation in their business processes. Storage, retrieval and processing are all done manually on paper. This slows down business and also prevents businesses from being able to capture the insights from their data that would enable them to make intelligent decisions. In June 2012, with a year left in college, Titus decided this was the problem he wanted to solve. He left school and has been building ffene.com, a low-cost business management platform for SMEs in the developing world, ever since.
Amit Kanodia is Managing Partner, Lincoln Ventures (SFO); President, Lincoln Property Group; Trustee, Lincoln Charitable Foundation. As entrepreneur and philanthropist, he has founded, built and invested in companies in real estate, technology, IT, oil & gas, solar technology & energy production, infrastructure, education, farming and hospitality sectors. He started his first business at 11, at 17 he founded the Leo Club Lakhimpur-Kheri where he built a hospital shelter and led large-scale tree plantation for preservation of water and soil. He is Founding Partner of Avatar Capital - early stage VC in Boston and Washington, DC. He has been a Member of the Steering and Finance Committee of President Obama since 2007. He is on the Board of SPML Infra, and Cimcon Software; member of Board of Visitors at University of Massachusetts Boston and Charter Member of TIE. He is a frequent speaker on entrepreneurship, education, & innovation. Holds a BSBA / MBA from University of Massachusetts
Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs
Randall Kempner is Executive Director of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), a global network of organizations that propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets. The network's members provide critical financing and business support services to small and growing businesses (SGBs) that create positive economic, environmental and social impacts in developing countries. ANDE's 190+ members have operations in more than 150 emerging market countries. As executive director of ANDE, Randall oversees the implementation of ANDE's extensive program and advocacy agenda, including efforts to develop standardized social and environmental metrics for impact investment, training seminars on supporting and investing in emerging-market entrepreneurs and the ANDE Capacity Development Fund, a facility which has granted more than $3m to support capacity building and innovation within the SGB sector.
Skoll Ecosystem Awardee
Saïd Business School
Yashveer has worked with International development organisations on strategy and sustainability and has been instrumental in launching new projects and starting up entrepreneurial ventures. He earned his MBA at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, where he was the only MBA student to receive prestigious, Vice-Chancellor Social Impact Award 2014 for his initiatives as Co-Chair Social Impact, Oxford Business Network (OBN). Prior to this, Yashveer founded the National Social Entrepreneurship Forum (NSEF) to address talent inequity in the development sector and influence youth culture in India by inspiring, educating, and supporting university students to pursue social innovation and entrepreneurship. For his work, Yashveer has been awarded prestigious Youth Action Net 2012 Fellowship – as 1 of the 20 young social entrepreneurs representing 16 different countries by International Youth Foundation and was recognized as Global Shaper 2011 by World Economic Forum. A Starting Bloc Boston 2011 Fellow, he was awarded BITSAA 30 under 30 awards in the year 2012 for his contribution to the field of Social Entrepreneurship & Community Building. As the President of Student’s Union BITS Pilani 2006-07, Yashveer co-founded the University VISION 2020 Plan.
Musician / Singer
Kate Victoria "KT" Tunstall is a Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist from St Andrews, Scotland. She broke into the public eye with a 2004 live solo performance of her song "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" on Later... with Jools Holland. She has enjoyed commercial and critical success since, picking up three nominations before winning a BRIT Award, and a Grammy Award nomination. She is also the recipient of an Ivor Novello Award. She has released three studio albums internationally: Eye to the Telescope (2004), Drastic Fantastic (2007) and Tiger Suit (2010).
Assistant Director-General, Agriculture and Consumer Protection Department
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Ren Wang is the Assistant Director General of the Agriculture and Consumer Protection Department of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.
Strategic Partner Manager
Libby Leffler leads a global partnerships team at Facebook focused on high-impact integrations with influencers, elected officials, media organizations, and nonprofits on Facebook and Instagram. Libby was the co-anchor of “Facebook Live”, the company's official video streaming channel, during the 2011 and 2012 World Economic Forum meetings in Davos, Switzerland. From 2009-2012, Libby was the Business Lead to Facebook's Chief Operating Officer, Sheryl Sandberg. As the Business Lead to the Chief Operating Officer, Libby managed public appearances, speaking engagements, and handled a wide array of projects including research and analysis initiatives. Libby joined Facebook in 2008 as a member of the Inside Sales team, working with marketers in the retail and consumer products segments. Prior to Facebook, Libby worked in Online Sales and Operations and Asia-Pacific and Latin America markets at Google. Libby is a cum laude graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and was a UC Berkeley Alumni Leadership Scholar from 2002-2006. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the Walter A. Haas School of Business undergraduate program.
Chief Strategy Officer
Roberto Haudry de Soucy is Chief Strategy Officer of Fundación Capital, a 2014 recipient of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. Mr. Haudry holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Paris III. He is a renowned freelance consultant in rural development and rural poverty reduction policies. He specializes in demand-driven strategies within inclusive policies and social protection issues. He has worked for many years for the United Nations System (in particular the International Fund for Agricultural Development – IFAD), and also serves as a visiting professor and lecturer in several European and American Universities and Research Centers.