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Director, Targeted Challenges
Grand Challenges Canada
Karlee Silver is the Vice President of Targeted Challenges at Grand Challenges Canada. Dr. Silver leads the Saving Lives at Birth, Saving Brains and Global Mental Health programs. She is a member of the Knowledge Exchange Working Group for the Canadian Network for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. Dr. Silver received her doctorate from the University of Oxford, where she attended as a Rhodes Scholar and trained in genetics and immunology under the supervision of Professor Richard Cornall and Professor Sir John Bell. An accumulation of inspirations, including travelling through southern Africa after Oxford, led to a refocus towards global health. Witnessing both the strength of women to sustain their families and communities, and the vulnerability of these same women to the consequences of poverty inspired Karlee to apply herself to health issues of women in developing countries.
Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
Kirk O. Hanson is executive director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University and John Courtney Murray S.J. University Professor of Social Ethics. The Center has extensive programs in business ethics, bioethics, government ethics, internet ethics and character education, and works closely with groups of business corporations, hospitals, city councils and school districts on professional ethics. He taught business ethics at the Stanford Graduate School of Business for 23 years, served as faculty director of the Stanford Sloan Program, and is now Senior Lecturer Emeritus there. He has written extensively on the ethical and public behavior of corporations, including co-editing a four volume series in 2006 entitled The Accountable Corporation. Hanson has consulted with over 100 organizations on managing ethics. Hanson currently serves on the board of the Skoll Community Fund and is chair of the Center for International Business Ethics in Beijing, China’s fi
Director of Sustainability
McKinsey & Company
I am Director of Sustainability at McKinsey and responsible for the firm's sustainability strategy and initiatives globally. I joined McKinsey in 2009 as global head of external relations for the Sustainability & Resource Productivity Practice (SRP) to help shape and communicate our knowledge on the challenges and opportunities of sustainability and resource productivity, and make change happen. Before that, I worked in politics, public affairs and communications for the Belgian deputy prime minister, at the European Commission and at public affairs agency GPlus Europe. I studied literature and linguistics in Ghent, Madrid and Nijmegen and European Studies in Bruges and speak English, Dutch, French, Spanish, Italian and a bit of German. I love the power of ideas and the energy and passion of people to make a difference.
Former U.S. President, Founder
The Carter Center
Jimmy Carter was the thirty-ninth president of the United States of America. Significant foreign policy accomplishments of his administration included the Panama Canal treaties, the Camp David Accords, the treaty of peace between Egypt and Israel, the SALT II treaty with the Soviet Union, and the establishment of US diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China. In 1982, he became University Distinguished Professor at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and founded The Carter Center. Actively guided by Carter, the nonpartisan and nonprofit Center works to advance peace and health worldwide. In 2002, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to Jimmy Carter “for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.”
Director and Co-Founder
Simon Taylor is co-founder and director of Global Witness, a non-profit that investigates and campaigns to prevent natural resource-related conflict and corruption and associated environmental and human rights abuses. Simon launched Global Witness' oil and corruption campaign over a decade and a half ago, which began the global call for transparency of payments made by companies to governments for oil and gas extraction. Exposing corruption in these sectors led to Global Witness' conception of the Publish What You Pay Campaign (PWYP), which Simon co-launched in 2002 together with George Soros and other NGOs including Transparency International (UK) and Save the Children Fund UK. The launch of PWYP, which now consists of over 750 civil society organisations worldwide, led directly to the creation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), now a global multi-stakeholder initiative aimed at delivering revenue transparency in the extractive sector.
Dr. Cullen is CEO of Climate Central—a non-profit science journalism organisation .Before joining Climate Central, where she reports on climate and energy issues for programmes like PBS NewsHour, Dr. Cullen served as The Weather Channel’ sfirst on-air climate expert and helped create Forecast Earth, a weekly television serie sfocused on issues related to climate change and the environment. Dr. Cullen is the author of The Weatherof the Future, published by Harper Collins and is a Visiting Lecturer at Princeton University.
Founder & CEO
The Timeless Group
Karam S. Hinduja is the founder and CEO of The Timeless Group Inc. He completed his secondary education at Aiglon College in Switzerland and went on to complete his bachelor’s degree at Columbia University in New York. Karam grew up in a family-run multinational business conglomerate ranging in industries from banking and finance to healthcare and media. The Hinduja Group is founded upon a legacy of principles, the first of which is “my duty is to work, so that I can give”. Taking these words as a guiding light, Karam went on to found his own corporation, inspired by his passion for disruptive innovation and its effects on global connectivity. The Timeless Group aims to inspire and empower. We use sustainable economic growth solutions to drive opportunities for creative cultural exchange globally. The Timeless Group operates out of New York City, with partners in India.
Martin Prosperity Institute
Roger Martin is Chair in Productivity & Competitiveness & Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School of Management, where he was Dean from 1998-2013. Previously, he was a Director of Monitor Company, a global strategy consulting firm based in Cambridge, MA. Roger’s work focuses on: Integrative Thinking, Design of Business, Strategy, Incentives & Governance, Competitiveness & Prosperity, and Social Innovation. He has published 8 books, including Playing to Win written with A.G. Lafley (HBRP 2013), which won Best Book of 2012-13 from Thinkers50. Roger was 3rd on the Thinkers50 2013 biannual ranking of influential global business thinkers. In 2010, Business Week named him 1 of the 27 top designers in the world. In 2005, Business Week also named him 1 of 7 global 'Innovation Gurus.' Roger is a strategy advisor to CEOs of companies worldwide, including P&G, Lego and Steelcase. His AB is from Harvard College (1979); his MBA from Harvard Business School(1981).
Salman Ahmad is a Pakistani musician and former actor, who used to be a member of Vital Signs but left after their debut album due to creative differences. He went on to form Junoon, South Asia's biggest and longest-lasting rock band. While still enjoying the success of Junoon, he was involved in two documentaries with the BBC and is also a UN Goodwill Ambassador for HIV/AIDS. Ahmad is working towards spreading awareness about HIV in South Asia, and helping to bring peace between Pakistan and India. Ahmad is currently teaching at Queens College, City University of New York. Although Junoon's two other core members - Ali Azmat and Brain O'Connell - left the band in 2005, Salman Ahmad continues to perform as a solo artist under the "Junoon" label and has moved to New York after his solo career failed to take off in Pakistan. Salman Ahmad has also released one album as a solo artist, "Infiniti" in 2005.
Author and Speaker
President and CEO
Sally Osberg has led entrepreneurial organizations and been an agent for social change throughout her career. As President and CEO of the Skoll Foundation, she partners with Founder and Chairman Jeff Skoll and the staff in supporting social entrepreneurs and those helping them solve global challenges. She is well-respected for her thought leadership in the field and for her commitment to accelerating social change where most is at stake.