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Director of Social Innovation
Georgetown University, Institute for Reproductive Health
Alexis Ettinger is the Director for Social Innovation at the Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH), Georgetown University. She oversees the Institute’s mHealth portfolio and private sector engagement, launching new mobile solutions for family planning in India and Kenya. With a Masters degree in Reproductive Health and Population, Ms. Ettinger has nearly a decade of experience in social entrepreneurship and market-based innovations. Prior to IRH, she served as the Head of Strategy and Marketing for the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Saïd Business School, Oxford University. She has worked with Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, Eastside Consulting, Forster for Change and Criterion Institute, designing programs and partnerships to support social ventures and systems-level social impact initiatives. She has a BA from Dartmouth College and an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Director of Sustainable Finance
Michelle leads Rainforest Alliance’s Sustainable Finance Initiative. Based in San Francisco, she is responsible for evaluating the financing needs, capacities and solutions for enterprises in RA’s agriculture program area. Michelle also manages the SFI’s global strategy, partnership development, fundraising and program management. Previously Michelle worked with TechnoServe as the in East Africa Regional Credit Manager for the Coffee Initiative. Based in Rwanda and Ethiopia, Michelle arranged $18 million in investment and working capital financing for coffee cooperatives in Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania. Before her transition to impact investing, Michelle worked in the US alternative investment industry in various senior institutional marketing roles. Michelle holds a BS in Finance from Indiana University, Bloomington and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.
Vincent Barnouin – Managing Director, COO, Business Development and Marketing Vincent joined Ecofin in 2004 and is responsible for the development of Ecofin’s asset management business. He is also Ecofin’s Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Ecofin, he was with the Russell Investment Group where he was head of the Private Banking Services division. Prior to working for the Russell Group, he was Deputy Head of Salomon Smith Barney’s equity businesses in Europe from 1998 to 2002, and Head of European Equity Sales in Europe for Goldman Sachs where he worked from 1989 to 1998. Vincent graduated from HEC-ISA (France) with an M.B.A. and from Paris Pantheon-Sorbonne University with a Masters of Law. Vincent is a board member of Crisis Action. He is a French citizen.
Sustainable Business Program Manager
Ben Thompson is sustainable business program manager for Autodesk’s Sustainability Initiative. In this role, Ben seeks to improve the company’s environmental and social performance and “lead by example” through demonstrating best practice in sustainable operations. He supports Autodesk’s employees to amplify their impact at work, at home and in the community. Autodesk’s products are also a key focus, where Ben uses the company’s own buildings as a “living laboratory” to enhance and simplify sustainable design software. Managing Autodesk’s cross organizational sustainable operations teams and strategy, Ben has a track record of expanding sustainability best practices and managing Autodesk’s environmental footprint. Prior to his work at Autodesk, Ben developed his passion for sustainability while consulting to Washington-based businesses, and drafting campaign plans for green jobs and energy legislation.
Skoll Global Threats Fund
Lindsay is a Program Coordinator at the Skoll Global Threats Fund. She joins the organization after a stint at Until There’s A Cure Foundation, where she worked to increase funds and awareness for HIV/AIDS by helping develop social media and fundraising campaigns for partner organizations across the U.S. For two years prior, she worked as the Corporate and Marketing Coordinator for Rodan + Fields Dermatologists, where she helped drive marketing and communications projects. Earlier, she worked as a Market Analyst at Expanish, a Spanish Language school in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she coordinated university partnerships. Lindsay holds a B.A. in Economics and Spanish from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan
Shanker Singh, aged 55, is one of the founder members of the MKSS along with Aruna Roy and Nikhil Dey. Acknowledged to be one of India’s leading figures in people’s theatre, he has combined over two decades of activism with the power of people’s communication through street theatre, puppetry, song, and drama to strengthen the voice of the poor. Through his uncanny, incisive wit and his keen political insight, he instinctively communicates complex issues in an idiom familiar to the people.
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Shariha is co-founder of Scope Group, where she leads the health and development practice focusing on policy design, systems innovation and strategic partnerships. Shariha believes that by building, supporting and putting together like-minded individuals and organisations around a common cause, new ways can be found to address society’s most pressing challenges. Her skills in understanding the interplay between sometimes non-complementary policy agendas and working between social and financial interests underscore her passion for ethical business, social impact, and creating shared value. Closer to home, she has been working with the Malaysian government and relevant agencies to create an enabling ecosystem to support and grow social innovation and social entrepreneurship in Malaysia. Shariha is a Social Return On Investment practitioner, +SocialGood Connector and Global Good Fund Ambassador, and received her degrees in design, medicine and health systems research in the United Kingdom
Boma Investments LLC
Ron is a social investor and social entrepreneur. He and his wife Marlys take a direct role in starting and funding their own projects. These include two for-profit social businesses, one is a fiberglass manufacturing facility in Haiti (www.bomahaiti.com) and one is a distribution/education company in India (www.destaglobal.com) , which sells income producing and cost saving products and services in rural villages. Through Boma Investments , the Boehms prefer to invest in for-profit social businesses which create local jobs, can become self sustaining, and can support debt and/or return equity investments. The Boehms like to support and/or invest in early stage, growing, or proof of concept projects in Africa, India, and the United States. These include RISE, which establishes virtual global collaborations to solve global challenges (www.risebeyond.org), an international education company, and a stove company in Africa, the Boehm Media Fellows at poverty alleviation conference Opportunity Collaboration, and the Knowledge Center for Social Solutions. Both Boehms participate on the Social Enterprise Networks (SEN) Executive Council of Young Presidents Organization/ World Presidents Organization, and are involved in the Ashoka Support Network which advises, mentors, and funds Ashoka Fellows. They have also been advisors to other social and green businesses.
Advisor to 9Needs
Tamsin is a dynamic, passionate strategy consultant who has led a social innovation work in Southern Africa, Australia and the UK, and in the public, private and community sectors. Tamsin's resume includes over a decade of senior work in social innovation and enterprise development with a focus on cross disciplinary collaboration and multi-stakeholder programme design. Over her career Tamsin has led key initiatives and organisations for mothers2mothers, East London Business Alliance, Royal Institution of Great Britain and the Premier of South Australia. Her recent clients include the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, provincial government, Red Bull International and the V&A Waterfront. Tamsin earned her MBA at Oxford University with its Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and is based in Cape Town, South Africa.
Vice President for Europe, Middle East and Africa
Business for Social Responsibility
Member of BSR’s executive team. Leads BSR’s activities in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, guides BSR’s global Research and Partnership Development teams and provides oversight to two of BSR’s signature collaborative initiatives: HERproject, a program that aims to empower millions of female factory workers, and Bettercoal, which seeks to improve social and environmental standards in the global coal supply chain. Peder Michael works with companies in several industries, including transport and logistics, health care, consumer products, energy, and financial services. Prior to joining BSR, Peder Michael was a key player in growing PricewaterhouseCoopers' sustainable business solutions practice in Copenhagen. He also spent five years with the Danish Foreign Service and served on the United Nation's Commission on the Status of Women. Peder Michael served on the Danish Government’s Council on Corporate Responsibility from 2009-2012.