Saïd Business School
Half-way through the MBA, I am working on a project to provide microretailers in Mexico and India with their customers' data and solutions to be more profitable. Prior to coming to Oxford I worked in marketing, project management and IT consulting in the insurance, telecom and hospitality sectors. In Saïd Business School I handle communications for current students and help organize events of the Social Impact Network. I volunteered for Oxford Microfinance Initiative, consulting for a MFI in Cambodia. I row for Lincoln College and help students that want to learn Spanish. I was part of the team of MBAs that won the Sustainable Venture Capital Investment Competition organized in UNC Kenan-Flager Business School.
Director of Artist Support Programs
Kristin Feeley is Director of Labs and Artist Support Programs for the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program (DFP). She oversees five Sundance Documentary Creative Labs ann, co-programs the Sundance Creative Producing Summit and the Fellows Program at Sundance Film Festival, which serves over 150 artists annually. She plays a staff advisory role with the Sundance Documentary Fund, and also oversees content production and also works on DFP Creative Partnerships such as the Stories of Change initiative. Prior to Sundance DFP she worked at several international film festivals and arts non-profits including Tribeca Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival and Sundance Film Festival. Feeley received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and a Master of Philosophy in Media Studies from University of Glasgow, Scotland, focusing on early American documentary film.
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.
Friends of the Earth-Middle East
Munqeth Mehyar received a degree in Regional Planning and Architecture from the University of Louisiana, USA in 1981, upon which he became the planning engineer for South Amman. Being a committed sportsman, a pilot and scuba diver, Mr. Mehyar was the project manager for the German Balsam International Sports Company, and then the Middle East Manager of the Athlete Sports Contracting Company. He serves on the Board of Directors of both the Jordan Sports Federation for the Handicapped, and the Jordan Royal Ecological Diving Society. Mr. Mehyar was awarded a medal from Al Houssain Distinguished Giving for his charitable activities. Further to being co-founder of FoEME, he is also the Founder and Director of the Jordan Society for Sustainable Development, an environmental NGO based in Amman. He has organized dozens of conferences and workshops, supervised research on shared ecosystems, co-authored reports and policy papers and speaks regularly on water, peace and security issues.
Research Associate, Pandemics
Skoll Global Threats Fund
Adam has worked in the areas of pandemic preparedness and infectious disease epidemiology since 2008. Prior to joining the Skoll Global Threats Fund, Adam was an epidemiologist with the San Mateo County Health System, where he focused on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and communicable disease outbreaks. Adam also worked for several years as a Research Associate at UC Berkeley’s Center for Infectious Diseases and Emergency Readiness, conducting research for CDC-funded projects focused on epidemiologic capacity and all-hazards preparedness in state and local health departments. Before his move to California, Adam was employed as a Pandemic Influenza Emergency Planner at the Rhode Island Department of Health’s Center for Emergency Preparedness and Response prior to, and during, the 2009 novel H1N1 influenza pandemic. Adam received his BA in International Politics from the University of Rhode Island and his MPH in Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology from the University of California, Berkeley.
Bart Weetjens is a celebrated social entrepreneur. He trains HeroRATs to save human lives from disaster and disease. Bart addressed the dependence of African communities on foreign expertise to solve difficult, dangerous and expensive humanitarian detection tasks posed by scourges of the developing world, like the landmine legacy and the emergence of Tuberculosis. His organization APOPO researches, develops, deploys and disseminates the use of a sustainable local alternative: detection rats technology. HeroRATs are humanely trained giant African pouched rats that act as cost-efficient detectors in limited resources settings, while building local expertise. Bart is an Ashoka fellow, a Skoll awardee, and a Schwab fellow to the World Economic Forum. Bart is a Zen Buddhist priest. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Tanzania.