Learn about past speakers, authors and delegates of the Forum as well as search and connect with like-minded people from our community.
Showing all contributors
Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
Tom Fry is responsible for identifying and supporting Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Entrepreneurs and cultivating and engaging donors. Tom co-manages the Foundation’s East Coast office in Boston. Prior to joining Draper Richards Kaplan, Tom was an Associate Partner at New Profit, a high-touch philanthropic funder, where he supported organizations in the firm's portfolio by helping them refine their program and revenue models, add talent, develop organizational capacity, and scale their impact. He was also actively involved in sourcing and selecting innovative, entrepreneur-led organizations and engaging current and prospective donors. Tom currently serves on the boards of Generation Citizen, TurboVote, Solar Sister, Compass Working Capital and Seed Global Health. Tom received his Master of Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Economics from Boston College.
Director of Partnerships
Jessica Shortall is a former Skoll scholar with a global portfolio in social entrepreneurship. She is Director of Partnerships for TOMS, the "One for One" pioneer, focusing on social innovation across multiple product lines.
Project Coordinator, Colombia Lista
Ana Pantelić is an international development consultant and social innovator with an interdisciplinary education and multicultural background. She has lived and worked on three continents, focusing her professional activities on sustainable development, poverty alleviation and innovation for change, and is a PhD candidate at the University of Belgrade. An enthusiastic proponent of the notion that disruptive ideas change the world, Ana coordinates the LISTA Initiative at Fundación Capital (2014 Skoll SASE) in Bogotá, Colombia to alleviate poverty by designing, developing and disseminating technology-based tools for scaling up financial inclusion. A frequent lecturer at universities and conferences on topics ranging from sustainable development to financial inclusion, Ana is also a published author, amateur photographer and TEDx speaker. Originally from Serbia, she received her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from Boston University, and is fluent in three languages.
Gawad Kalinga Community Development Foundation
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development
Government of Nigeria
As Nigeria’s Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Adesina is championing agricultural investments in one of Africa’s fastest growing economies through bold policy reforms. He is a consummate scholar of African agriculture and economics with more than 20 years of experience managing successful agricultural programs across Africa. Until his appointment as Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development in 2011, he was the Vice President of Policy & Partnerships for the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) an organization which works to improve African food security.
Laura Uplinger is a proponent and educator in the field of conscious prenatal and perinatal parenting. Since the mid-70s, she dedicates her life to disclosing the relevance of imagination during pregnancy. Fluent in four languages, she bridges several cultures traveling between Europe and the Americas as a featured speaker for the public at large, teenagers, pregnant couples and birth professionals. In Brazil, she counsels pregnant women from slums to mansions to high-risk maternity wards. She is associated to Saúde Criança / Brazilian Child Health. Scriptwriter of an award winning video “A Gift for the Unborn Children” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aa7-5bC5i2E & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58ZBMhyl4FE). Worked with the Association for Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology and Health and chaired their congresses Womb Ecology ~ World Ecology in 1993 and Birth and the Human Family ~ Embracing the Power of Prenatal Life in 2007.
Real World Records
Peter Gabriel is a British singer, musician, and songwriter who rose to fame as the lead vocalist and flautist of the progressive rock group Genesis. After leaving Genesis, Gabriel went on to a successful solo career. More recently he has focused on producing and promoting world music and pioneering digital distribution methods for music. He has also been involved in various humanitarian efforts. In 2007 Gabriel was honoured as a BMI Icon at the 57th annual BMI London Awards for his “influence on generations of music makers.” Gabriel was also awarded the Polar Music Prize in 2009 and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis in 2010.
Capricorn Investment Group
Dipender Saluja is Managing Director at Capricorn Investment Group, an investment firm based in Palo Alto, where he oversees investments in energy technology, cleantech, IT & emerging markets. Before Capricorn, he was Chief of Staff at Cadence, a global market leader in electronic design with $1B in annual revenues & 5000 employees. Prior to that he was at Data General (now EMC), Honeywell, & ROLM (now IBM). Dipender serves on the boards of AST, Automatiks, CalStart, Embrace, Encell, Liquidity Nano, QuantumScape, RayVio, & Sunpreme.
Professor of Economics
University of Chicago
David W. Galenson is Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago; Academic Director of the Center for Creativity Economics at the Universidad del CEMA, Buenos Aires; and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is also Contributing Editor to The Art Economist magazine and a blogger for the Huffington Post. He has been a visiting professor at the California Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Texas at Austin, the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, and the American University of Paris.
Chief Operating Officer
International Development Enterprises (India)
I am among a few individuals who have worked across almost all institutional arrangements for public service delivery. I have worked at senior management positions with Government of India, a UN agency, and some of the world’s most prominent voluntary organizations. I have also taught at a university. I thus have rich work experience in public administration, development, academic, and corporate sectors. I have managed substantial projects, large number of people and significant amounts of financial resources, and have delivered financial, communication, ICT, education, and development services and products in vast geographical areas. I did my doctoral research at the University of Manchester, UK, that involved exploring ways and means to expand and deepen financial markets in India, and link them up with social protection, in order to reduce poverty. I have published research articles in various peer-reviewed international journals and have contributed chapters to edited books.