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Principal Director for Economic Citizenship & Disability Inclusion
Mr. Goldstein was part of the team that founded the Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion in 2009. He is Program Manager for the Center's "Financial Inclusion for Persons with Disabilities" initiative. He has spearheaded the development of the Framework for Disability Inclusion and is managing the implementation of the Framework at Fundacion Paraguaya, an award winning microfinance institution (MFI) in Paraguay. He is also overseeing a new partnership with three MFIs in India to implement the Framework there. In January, 2014, the Center published a series of disability inclusion tools and trainings, based on the work in Paraguay, which are open source and immediately available to MFIs and other interested financial service providers. As the Center’s global advocate for disability inclusion he gives talks on disability at conferences around the world and works closely with the UN. Mr. Goldstein writes a blog post for the Center as "Mr. Provocative." He is also a playwright, with several plays produced in London.
This is Africa
Adam Robert Green is senior reporter at This is Africa, focusing on trade and investment, development policy, energy and social service delivery. Previously, he worked at the International Growth Centre, a research hub at the London School of Economics, and was Editor of Exploration and Production: Oil and Gas Review. His writing has been published in China Post, New Internationalist, the Middle East Institute, Foreign Policy in Focus, and IPS. Adam graduated from the University of Leeds and is pursuing a Masters in Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies.
The Arlington Institute
Charles Cameron is 68, a poet, writer and game designer of Scots parentage, educated at Christ Church, Oxford. He currently lives in California to be near my sons Emlyn, now sixteen, and David, now thirteen. He worked during the millennial rollover as Senior Analyst at The Arlington Institute, a beltway think tank in Virginia, on the social impact of large and surprising changes, and was also associated with the Center for Millennial Studies at Boston University.
Sonal Bains is the co-founder of Lux Digital, where she helps clients distill their goals into compelling digital strategies that connect and activate diverse online communities. For nearly a decade, Sonal has pioneered digital strategy development for clients including Ford Foundation, The Newsweek/Daily Beast Company, Asia Society, Revenue Watch Institute, Barnard College and New York University. She has advised the White House Office of Digital Strategy, United Nations, Washington Post, and MTV on innovative outreach mechanisms and online storytelling platforms, reaching millions of people and shaping the public debate on leading issues. Sonal is a triathlete, R&B enthusiast, amateur mountaineer and animal charmer. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and pet boa constrictor, Charmaine.
Founder and Principal
The Hero Group
Founder and Principal, The Hero Group, (www.theherogroupllc.com), global consulting firm. Provides strategy, branding/messaging, Social Impact Investment guidance, and Board and asset development expertise to social entrepreneurs, foundations, and both profit and non profit organizations. Recent clients include The National Philanthropic Trust, HST, (for profit solar start-up), a US-based clean water NGO in Nairobi, and Stanford University's "d.school" (Institute of Design). Former CEO of $1.2B Silicon Valley Community Foundation, awarding annual grants of over $150M, also former VP External Relations at Caltech. Education: MBA, Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Current Board member of: The Skoll Fund (founding Director), Sesame Workshop, Great NonProfits, Fight for Peace, Compass Azure Investment Management, PaxVax, bio-tech (vaccine).
At Royal DSM I hold the position of Communications Director. My responsibilities are in the fields of global corporate media relations, financial communications (including M&A), advocacy and thought leadership on sustainability and circular economy. I wrote and edited DSM's Integrated Annual Report for 5 years, receiving various awards and nominations, including the Sijthoff award and the transparency award from the Netherlands ministry of Economic Affairs. I firmly believe profit should not be the only primary goal for a company, but a means to create value on all dimensions, including People and Planet. In this respect, companies should also take their responsibility in improving this planet and the prospects of this and future generations. Working for DSM, with for instance its partnership with WFP, allows me to connect with people who share the same vision, for instance for the World Economic Forum. In Davos I have organized several high level sessions on Nutrition.
John became Pearson’s chief executive on 1 January 2013, succeeding Marjorie Scardino. Since 2008 John has been responsible for the company's education businesses outside North America, and a member of the Pearson management committee. He joined Pearson in 1997 as director of communications and was appointed President of Pearson Inc., a role he combined with his communications responsibilities, in 2000. In 2003, he was appointed CEO of Pearson's educational publishing businesses for Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMA) and gradually took on a broader international education brief. Prior to joining Pearson, John was director of corporate affairs at Powergenplc, where he was also a member of the company's executive committee. Earlier in his career, John held senior public policy and communications roles in the British and UK local governments.
Deanna Zandt is a media technologist, the co-founder of and partner at Lux Digital, and the author of "Share This! How You Will Change the World with Social Networking". Zandt is contributor to Forbes.com via her “Prospect: Tech” blog, and a contributor NPR’s flagship news program, “All Things Considered.” She has advised the White House on digital strategy and public engagement; her clients have included The Ford Foundation, the International Planned Parenthood Federation, and Jim Hightower. Zandt works with groups to create and implement effective web strategies toward organizational goals of civic engagement and cultural agency, and uses her background in linguistics, advertising, telecommunications and finance to complement her technical expertise. She has spoken at a number of conferences, including TEDxBerlin, SXSW Interactive, Tribeca Film Festival, re:publica, Personal Democracy Forum, Ignite (NYC), Netroots Nation, Facing Race, Web 2.0 Expo, Women Action & The Media.
Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
Zelga joined the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, the Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Launchpad in January 2014 as the Cross Centre Manager having left her role as Economics, Business and Accounting Faculty Director at an Independent Oxford School. Zelga’s professional experience spans the fields of Business Education and Marketing Management together with her work as a JP. Her particular area of interest lies in linking Business to Education having founded the first Business & Enterprise Practitioners group in Oxford, co-founded Opportunities to Inspire and also in her position as Trustee with Oxford Business X. In 2013 she started her MSc in Teaching and Learning at University of Oxford where she continues her study of education and entrepreneurship.
Author and Speaker
Solutions Journalism Network
David Bornstein is a journalist and author who focuses on social innovation. He co-authors the Fixes column in The New York Times, which reports on potential solutions to major social problems. He is the co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network, which supports rigorous reporting about responses to social problems. His books include How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas, The Price of a Dream: The Story of the Grameen Bank, and Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know. He is currently completing a book on social innovation in the U.S. and Canada. He lives in New York.