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Peace and Security Funders Group
Alexandra I. Toma is the Executive Director of the Peace and Security Funders Group, an association of private, public and family foundations, and individual philanthropists, focused on peace, conflict and national security issues. PSFG members support over $300M per year on these issues and it's Alex's job to help them do so effectively and efficiently. Alex has experience at senior levels of politics, government, advocacy and philanthropic organizations. In 2011, Alex was named a “Top 99 Under 33” foreign policy leader by Diplomat Courier and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. In 2009, she launched the Fissile Materials Working Group, a non-governmental coalition of more than 75 U.S. and international organizations providing action-oriented policy solutions to keep the world safe from nuclear terrorism. Prior to her nonprofit experience, Alex served as a foreign policy advisor to Congressman Stephen Lynch (D-MA). She enjoys teaching a graduate-level class at the George Washington University, and speaking and writing on national security, foreign policy, and philanthropy issues.
Vice President and General Manager
Betsy Beaumon is the VP and General Manager of the Global Literacy Program at Benetech, a Silicon Valley nonprofit with a vision to serve humanity through technology. A social entrepreneur, Ms. Beaumon is an authority on digital accessible materials in education and coined the phrase “born accessible,” imagining a future in which all content, including mathematical formulas and other STEM graphics, are made accessible within the publishing process. She holds a BSEE from Northwestern University and has co-founded two online software companies. She is also a member of the DAISY Consortium and an Advisory Board Member for the National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials.
Co-Founder and CEO
Martin is the Co-Founder and CEO of KickStart International, an award-winning, nonprofit social enterprise with a mission to lift millions of people in Africa out of poverty. KickStart designs and mass-markets high quality, low-cost, human-powered irrigation pumps. These low-cost pumps are purchased by poor farmers who use them to irrigate their plots to move from rain fed-subsistence farming to commercial-irrigated agriculture. On average, KickStart farmers increase their annual net farming income by nearly 500%. For the first time they can properly feed and educate their children, afford healthcare, and plan for their futures. To date, KickStart has lifted over 750,000 people out of poverty.
Innovation in Wellness Creative Lead
Aaron Sklar has been affiliated with various IDEO offices since 1997 (San Francisco, London and currently Palo Alto). Using human centered design as the focal point, he has worked on a variety of projects that explore the relationship between people and the world we interact with — from cochlear implants to bank accounts, and even a rocket to the moon. Over the years, two areas of emphasis have emerged: sustainability and wellness. Aaron has been involved in a large number of client efforts that have culminated in the ongoing development of IDEO’s point of view on wellness. He has also been involved in numerous projects related to sustainable development. By bringing the human perspective to lifecycle analysis, Aaron has helped IDEO focus on the SocialCycle — discovering the needs of people at each stage of a product’s life cycle.
Founder and Managing Partner
The globalislocal Fund
Elizabeth Wallace Ellers Liz is Founder & Managing Partner of The globalislocal Fund, an award-winning educational and funding vehicle investing in solutions to poverty in Africa, Asia and Latin America. globalislocal is designed to drive educated, aggregated capital to global development issues by making high-impact global investing accessible and relevant to family foundations and individuals. Formerly an investment banker, Liz is a private investor. She holds an MBA from Columbia University and a BA in International Relations from UCLA. Liz is an alumna of The Philanthropy Workshop, a program of the Rockefeller Foundation and The Institute for Philanthropy in London. She has received the Philanthropic Vision Award for her work with the Collaborative Fund for Women's Economic Development and the New Generation Philanthropist Award for creating The globalislocal Fund.
Founder and CEO
Simon Zhao Lv is the Founder and CEO of Non-Profit Incubator (NPI) in China. As a prominent NGO supporting organisation, the NPI has branches in Shanghai, Beijing and Chengdu with widespread impact across China. He also started a leading CSR consulting organization in China – Corporate Citizenship in Action (CCiA), and a venture philanthropy fund called “Social Sillicon Valley”. Simon previously worked as a reporter at Xinhua News Agency, as Editor-in-Chief of China Securities and Futures, and also Chief Editor of China Philanthropy Times. In 1998, he set up and chaired his own marketing communications consulting firm, providing consulting services for numerous local and multinational companies. In 2002, he embarked on his career in the field of charity and philanthropy, working as Secretary General of the China Committee on Corporate Citizenship, among other roles. Sophia
Director of Strategic Initiatives
As Director of Strategic Initiatives, Paula Kravitz manages partnerships and programs focused on supporting social entrepreneurs worldwide. Previously, she was the Director and Curator for the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship, helping to create opportunities for social innovators to connect, learn and exchange with each other as well as with essential actors and institutions who could scale their impact. Before joining Skoll in 2007, Paula worked with Fortune 500 clients on strategy, brand and communications. She co-owned Blaney/Kravitz Strategic Communications serving tech clients in the Silicon Valley and was a Senior Brand Strategist and Client Partner with Razorfish in San Francisco, where she led development of online brand and marketing strategies. Prior to her agency experience, Paula worked in health diagnostics, where she was responsible for developing marketing campaigns in Japan and opening markets for an innovative approach to diabetes testing in Latin America and Europe. Paula’s film and media background includes the development of award-winning print, multimedia and video initiatives. Recently, she worked with Women’s Educational Media, a social issue documentary production and distribution organization based in San Francisco, where she led an Academy Award-nominated team in producing three mini-documentaries on the history of nursing, women’s organizing and the rise of nursing political power in California. Paula holds a Bachelor of Science in International Marketing from San Francisco State University. She studied painting and multimedia at the San Francisco Art Institute, and is an avid fan of bluegrass music!
International Center for Transitional Justice
A native of Argentina, Juan Méndez came of age during a time of great upheaval in Latin America. As a result of his legal and advocacy work, he was arrested, tortured and exiled. He refused to be broken and dedicated his life to pioneering ways to protect human rights. Juan joined ICTJ as president in 2004. Paul van Zyl, a native of apartheid-era South Africa, committed to working against intolerance at a young age. He helped draft legislation to establish the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission and was hired by Archbishop Tutu as its Executive Secretary. Paul co-founded ICTJ in 2001.
Teresa Guillien is a consultant who works with the Skoll Foundation and other clients dedicated to global issues of health, development, and equity. She is also an instructor at the University of Washington where she teaches communications for nonprofits. Teresa previously worked as a Senior Communications Officer at PATH, a nonprofit dedicated to global health. She holds a Master's in Public Administration from the University of Washington.
Director of Communications
Prior to joining The Elders as Communications Director in December 2012, Jennifer was Head of Advocacy and Communications at the International Planned Parenthood Federation, a large NGO working in reproductive health and rights in 170 countries. She also worked for many years in policy development and communications for both the British and Canadian governments, focusing on reproductive technologies and stem cell research. Jennifer spent some time at the PR agency Burson-Marsteller working in its healthcare practice. She has a BA in political science and history from McGill University in Canada and an MSc in Public Policy and Public Administration from the London School of Economics.