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Annie Maxwell is the Chief Operating Officer of the Skoll Global Threats Fund. She joined the organization after serving as a White House Fellow in the Office of Vice President Biden where she focused on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. From 2002 to 2009, Annie was with Direct Relief, serving most recently as Chief Operating Officer. Direct Relief is a privately funded nonprofit that through humanitarian assistance improves the quality of life for people affected by poverty or disasters. From 2005 to 2006, Annie was seconded to the United Nation's Office of the Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery, led by Special Envoy President Bill Clinton where she served as Partnerships and Outreach Officer. Annie received her Master's in Public Policy and B.A. in English and Political Science, Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Michigan. She was captain of the university's Division I volleyball team.
Bill Carter is Ashoka’s Diamond Leader for Africa. Mr. Carter guides Ashoka’s overall strategy for programming in Africa, oversees the selection of African Fellows, and helps develop and launch new initiatives on the continent. Previously, Mr. Carter was a Co-Founder of an independent power company, the Long Lake Energy Corporation, a leader in hydroelectric generation. He also played a leading role in developing Ashoka’s Indonesia program starting in 1981. A Ph.D. in Chinese Studies from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, he worked in Indonesia in the early 1970s helping the Ministry of Finance establish effective control of the timber industry. He has also spent a number of years in McKinsey & Co.’s international practice and served at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where he was responsible for wide-ranging management reforms. Mr. Carter was one of Ashoka’s founding Board members.
Founder and Executive Director
Jill C. Vialet is the founder and Executive Director of Sports4Kids. Jill has worked for more than 20 years in the non-profit sector, during which she focused her entrepreneurial skills on conceiving of and growing two non-profit organisations. Jill launched Sports4Kids in 1996 with two schools in Berkeley, California. Currently the organisation brings play and physical activities to more than 115 schools in the San Francisco Bay Area, Baltimore, Maryland, Boston, Massachusetts and Washington, DC with plans to expand to Charlotte, NC this coming school year. Prior to Sports4Kids, Jill founded the Museum of Children’s Art (mocha) in Oakland, California. Jill served as the Executive Director at mocha for nine years, ultimately expanding its programs to reach 20,000 young people each year. Jill was a Eureka Fellow from 2000 to 2001, and in 2004 she was selected as an Ashoka Fellow.
Founder and Partner
Social entrepreneur and futurist Dhaval Chadha is based in Rio, where he is a Founder and Partner at Cria. Cria’s goal is to connect and integrate people, knowledge, inspirations, and visions to create sums that are greater than the parts. Their methodology combines approaches including design-thinking, biomimicry, co-creation, integral theory, futurism, and backcasting among others. Dhaval is also Curator at TEDxSudeste. He previously worked on strategy and innovation in new models and new markets for CDI, the social enterprise that transforms lives and communities using technology. While at Harvard College, he catalyzed large-scale reform of career services.
Interim Director General. African Risk Capacity
Dr. Richard Wilcox was appointed as Interim Director General of the ARC Agency by the First Conference of the Parties in February 2013. He continues from his previous role as Managing Director to lead the the work of the Agency towards the establishment and capitalization of the first continental risk pool in 2013. An expert in natural and man-made disasters, Dr. Wilcox has had served as the Political Director for the United Nations in Iraq in 2007 and as Representative of the Secretary- General to Serbia in 2008. Richard joined the UN World Food Programme (WFP) in 2001 as Chief of Interagency Coordination. Later, as Director of the Business Planning Division, he created and managed a $250 million project to finance emergency aid in advance of donor contributions, and pioneered drought insurance in Ethiopia as an international risk transfer to protect poor populations vulnerable to natural disasters.
Dr. Jeffrey R. Solomon is the President of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies, a group of foundations operating in Canada, Israel and the United States. Among the foundations’ innovative launches are Birthright Israel and Reboot, two initiatives aimed at connecting young, assimilated Jews to their tradition, The Gift of New York, a powerful response to September 11, helping to heal families of victims through the power of culture, and Project Involvement, an educational reform program serving some 265,000 Israeli elementary school students. He previously served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of UJA-Federation of New York. Dr. Solomon also served with the City, State and Federal Governments. An author of over 100 publications in both professional journals and popular outlets. He is the author of two books, co written with Charles Bronfman.
Rainforest Action Network
Lindsey Allen, Executive Director of Rainforest Action Network, is a world-class campaigner with more than a decade of experience and an unmatched track record pressuring and inspiring some of the world’s largest corporations to protect rainforests. A veteran environmental and social justice activist, Lindsey has spent her career preventing commodity expansion into globally critical forest areas, and has played a central role in achieving some of the most significant corporate policy commitments to protect forests over the past decade. In her previous role as the Director of RAN’s Forest Program, Lindsey led RAN’s Rainforest Agribusiness and Rainforest-Free Paper campaigns in their fight to stop palm oil and pulp and paper expansion into Southeast Asian rainforests. During Lindsey’s tenure, the Forest Program won groundbreaking protections for forests, the climate, and human rights in Indonesia from fashion to agribusiness to publishing sectors.
Young director/producer Benjamin Reece has created viral music videos, broadcast commercials, & award-winning web series. His work has been experienced by millions in theaters, on daily commutes, & in living rooms worldwide. Clients include Coca-Cola, DC-Comics, Google, Verizon, Duracell, Sperry Top-Sider, BMW, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Converse, Purina, NYC Ballet, Salesforce & a host of other global brands. His work has been covered in CNN, USA Today, LaRepubblica, Guardian UK, Huffington Post, and thousands of blogs around the world. In 2009, he won a Webby Award for his viral web series, Fifty People, One Question (50p1q.com), a short film series exploring human connections through people and place. He has also helped create & direct the live music series, Liveset (liveset.com) & co-founded the online video sales platform, Kinio.
Founder and Senior Researcher
Institute for Conservation and Sustainable Development of Amazonas
Mariano is a forest engineer with large experience on working with forest carbon projects and sustainable rural development over the last ten years. Mariano founded the NGO Idesam in 2005, and ever since he has been involved in many projects and initiatives related to REDD+, forest conservation and sustainable farming/production, providing consultancy and support to institutions like the World Bank/FCPF/BioCF, Government of Amazonas State, AVINA, Fundação Amazonas Sustentável (FAS), Katoomba Group, Forest Trends, Voluntary Carbon Standards Association, (VCS), TNC, Carbon Decisions International (CDI), and others.
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.