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Manager Institutional Support
Institute for Development Studies and Practices
Ms. Asma Zafar is the Manager Institutional Support for IDSP and Project Manager, Dress Designing and Women Entrepreneurship Course. She has worked at various organizations including Aman Foundation, IEarn Pakistan, Citibank Pakistan and City District Government, Karachi. She belongs to Quetta, Baluchistan and has taught English language to over 2000 students from various districts of Baluchistan and over 800 students in Sind. At IDSP her major work is concerned with networking &fund raising for the organization institutional building & institutional development. As Project Manager, Dress Designing &Women Entrepreneurship Course she is bringing about political, economic and social change in Baluchistan.
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Heather is supporting the Hilton Foundation to encourage greater philanthropic engagement in the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. Most recently Heather was a Vice President at the Rockefeller Foundation where she oversaw Initiatives on climate change, health, agriculture, employment, impact investing, transportation, and the PRI portfolio. Previously she was the Managing Director of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative, and created and taught courses at Columbia University and Trinity College Dublin on climate change, human rights and development. For almost two decades she worked with Oxfam Great Britain and Save the Children on long-term development and humanitarian programs across Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Heather has authored numerous publications and is conversant in Chinese and Vietnamese. She is on the Board of the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre and an Advisor to the B Team. She has a BA from Smith College and MPA from Harvard.
Founder KIIT University & KISS
KIIT University & KISS Foundation
With all humility at my command, I can say that I have been trying to create an equitable world sans hunger and ignorance through the establishment of KIIT with less than Rs.5000/-(100$ approx.) in 1992-93 now a multidisciplinary, State of the Art University (www.kiit.ac.in) and KISS (www.kiss.ac.in), a home for 20,242 poorest of the poor indigenous children. This journey I started with my back pushed to the walls due to being born poor and left to fend all by myself, since the age of four when my father, a small time worker, met his untimely death. My journey, which is both fascinating and awe inspiring, started in 1965, when destiny threw me in an obscure village to be born to a large but poor family. My website - www. achyutasamanta.com, www. artofgiving.in.net - shares my story from rags to riches for others in more detail.
Since 2005, Ed has provided expertise and leadership for legal, governance and tax activities for the foundation. He also supervises the foundation’s $20+ million portfolio of program-related investments (PRIs), is recognized nationally as a leading practitioner in that field, and speaks regularly on PRIs as well as on impact investing. Ed came to Skoll from the Omidyar Foundation, predecessor to the Omidyar Network in Redwood City, California, where he was Vice President of Finance and Administration. Previously, he worked at The David and Lucile Packard Foundation in Los Altos, CA, where he was Assistant Director of Finance and Administration and, later, Resident Counsel. An attorney and Certified Public Accountant, Ed practiced commercial and corporate law for 17 years prior to entering the philanthropic sector. He graduated from Bowling Green State University in Ohio magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He earned a Law Degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley and remains a member of the California Bar.
Having worked for more than 10 years in humanitarian emergencies – from Rwanda to Darfur – I joined the IRC (International Water and Sanitation Centre) in 2006. First as Head Information & Communication, then coordinating the WASHCost project and I am currently holding the COO position. At IRC, we believe that turning on a working tap should not be a surprise or cause for celebration. We believe in a world where water, sanitation and hygiene services are fundamental utilities that everyone is able to take for granted. For good. We face a complex challenge. Every year, thousands of projects within and beyond the WASH sector fail – the result of short-term targets and interventions, at the cost of long-term service solutions. This leaves around a third of the world’s poorest people without access to the most basic of human rights, and leads directly to economic, social and health problems on a global scale. IRC exists to continually challenge and shape the established practices of the WASH sector. Through collaboration and the active application of our expertise, we work with governments, service providers and international organisations to deliver systems and services that are truly built to last.
Brittany Boettcher joined the Skoll Foundation in 2006 and currently serves as Portfolio Associate. Brittany works across many initiatives at the Skoll Foundation, but her main focus is managing the sourcing and selection of new winners of annual Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship, the Foundation's signature grantmaking program. Brittany has worked in several roles in during her tenure at the Skoll Foundation, including in the Executive Office where supported the Skoll Foundation's President and CEO. In addition to her work at Skoll, Brittany also is pursuing her Maters in Business Administration from Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco. Brittany earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and a minor in Japanese language and culture from the University of Colorado in Boulder. She is passionate about social entrepreneurship and bringing sustainability into mainstream business practices. A Minnesota native, Brittany spends her time training of triathlons and other endurance events.
Chetna Sinha, an Ashoka Fellow, Yale World Fellow, works for social change in some of the poorest and most drought-stricken areas of rural India. She founded and is currently the President of a micro-enterprise development bank, its partner NGO, and a micro-business school for rural women. Her organisation is the first in its region to provide life, accident, hospitalization insurance and pension scheme for women and offers training. The bank has its origins in cooperatives organized by Gala Sinha to assist women in raising goats, selling vegetables and weaving. In addition, Gala Sinha works on behalf of landless laborers for property and water rights. She has succeeded in changing government policy and law regarding property rights for women.
Founder and Executive Director
Eric Glustrom is the founder and Executive Director of Educate!, an organization that unlocks the potential of youth in Africa to solve the problems of poverty, disease, and environmental degradation. Eric graduated from Fairview High School in Boulder, Colorado in 2003, and from Amherst College in Massachusetts in 2007, where he studied biochemistry.
Special Projects Coordinator
Dalio Foundation, Inc
In his current role at the Dalio Foundation, Mr. Ashley collaborates with charitable organizations to help maximize the impact of contributions from the Foundation. Projects include local program support as well as international grants to China, Peru and the United Kingdom. The foundation supports a broad range of program areas, particularly Education, Poverty Relief, Oceanographic Research, Micro-finance, Social Business and Sustainable Communities. Mr. Ashley came to the Dalio Foundation more than 6 years ago after working over 10 years as an Institutional Equity and Convertible Bond Trader. He has a Bachelors in Economics and Business Administration, and a degree in English Literature from Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Hope for Haiti, the Board of Advisors of Grameen America and is the Director of Social Justice initiatives at Grace Community Church.