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Vice President, Poverty Tools
Steve has worked for more than 15 years at the intersection of technology and education. Before joining Grameen Foundation in August 2010, he served for a number of years as the Director of Innovation and Technology at Salesforce.com Foundation. While there, he established himself as a thought leader in the social metrics space through extensive experience working with organizations such as the Acumen Fund, GIIN (Global Impact Investing Network) and members of ANDE (Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs). Steve also a long background as a high school administrator and classroom teacher, and started his career in the Peace Corps. In 1990, while teaching at Pasadena High School, he became interested in the role that electronic communications could play to promote and facilitate interactions between students in underserved communities and the rest of the world. Today, Steve’s work concentrates on helping microfinance institutions and other development organizations measure and manage their social performance using the Progress out of Poverty Index™.
Jami Hubbard Solli started her legal career at commercial law firms in New York and Italy prior to joining the International Development Law Organization, Rome, during 2005 the UN’s Year of Microcredit. IDLO’s mandate is to strengthen the rule of law and development, and Jami’s work focused on microfinance regulation and consumer protection in developing \countries. In 2011, Jami joined Consumers International, UK, as a senior policy advisor on financial services consumer protection and access to justice issues. In recent years, she has also done consulting work on financial consumer protection most recently for the Center for Financial Inclusion, where she conducted an analysis of what happens to microfinance clients who default on their loans in Peru, India and Uganda. Jami is the founder of the Global Alliance for Legal Aid which supports access to justice for the poor in developing countries
Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
I am currently Junior Founding Partner at s.e.e.d. (society. ecology. entrepreneurship. development.), a boutique law firm targeted to counsel socially-oriented and eco-friendly businesses in Costa Rica. At the age of 20, I launched my own law firm, s.e.e.d. I have discovered both the obstacles of entrepreneurship and the satisfaction of overcoming them. One year after s.e.e.d.’s conception, I graduated with full honors as Juris Doctor. Today, s.e.e.d. is consolidated as the only law firm in Costa Rica focused on socially oriented and eco-friendly projects. S.e.e.d.'s main goal for the next five years is to expand its scope of services. Up to this point, s.e.e.d. has counseled socially oriented and eco-friendly businesses within Costa Rica. I envision s.e.e.d.’s future to (i) include services in business consultancy, think tank activities and venture capital and to (ii) replicate this in the rest of Central America. On 2013, I was elected as an Skollar for 2014-2015.
Chief Operating Officer
Wendy is an experienced senior executive with expertise in the areas of finance, contract negotiation and management, including with domestic and foreign governments, international business development and operations management, strategic planning and marketing and communications. She has worked across a broad range of industries in both for-profit and nonprofit sectors. Her industry experience includes aerospace, computer technology – hardware and software, venture capital, humanitarian response and environmental energy conservation industries. She has successfully managed and implemented operating functions in many start-ups and small businesses, and has extensive experience in developing and deploying key business infrastructure systems to allow businesses to scale and expand; including internationally. Along with her InSTEDD activities, she is acts as an advisor to student lead outreach programs in financial literacy at Berkeley and Stanford.
Co-Founder and CEO
Pratham Education Foundation
Madhav Chavan, a PhD in Chemistry, began work in the social domain in 1989. He is now CEO of Pratham Education Foundation, one of the largest education NGOs in India. Pratham was founded to bring business, government, and civil society together to solve the problems of education. Over the years he and his organization have tried to work with governments on large scale. When working with governments is not possible, Pratham works independently on a massive scale with volunteers. Innovations that work on scale in unstructured environments is an important feature of Pratham (www.pratham.org) Madhav has worked on several government bodies in India and has served as an advisor to some business and industrial houses in their work, especially related to education and vocational training. He was recognized as a Skoll Entrepreneur in 2011. In 2012 he was given the WISE Prize by the Qatar Foundation's World Innovation Summit for Education, being called the Nobel for education.
Born in 1992, I grew up alongside my father's organization, Water.org. I helped with fundraising dinners and stuffing envelopes asking for donations starting at age 5, but it wasn't until a trip to Kenya and Ethiopia in 2006 when I realized that I too have a passion for Public Health. Throughout grade school and high school, I volunteered with many diverse organizations in Kansas City that sparked my interest in numerous fields of Public Health ranging from immigrant populations to mental health issues. I am, of course, interested in water and sanitation as well, but I have not yet decided in what field of Public Health I will spend my time. Whichever path I choose, I want to find innovative solutions for problems we are facing. I am a current student at Saint Louis University working on a Bachelors Degree in Public Health and International Studies as well as a minor in French. I am spending the current academic year studying in Lyon, France.
DR. MARK MILSTEIN is Clinical Professor of Management and Director of the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. He conducts research in and oversees the Center’s work on market and enterprise creation; business development; clean technology commercialization; and sustainable finance. He works closely with a variety of firms in renewable energy and carbon markets, life sciences and sustainable agriculture, consumables, food and nutrition, health care and hospitality management, as well as finance and international development. Professor Milstein’s writings have appeared in a number of journals including Science, Academy of Management Executive, and Sloan Management Review. He is a frequent speaker on the topics of strategy, organizational change and innovation related to business and sustainability, and consults with multi-national firms, small and medium sized enterprises, and NGOs.
Founder and President
Futures without Violence
An expert on violence against women and children, Esta Soler founded Futures Without Violence over 30 years ago and transformed it into one of the world’s leading violence prevention agencies. The organization has set the pace for innovative educational programs, public education campaigns, policy development, and leadership training designed to prevent and end violence against women and children worldwide. Under Soler’s direction, Futures Without Violence was a driving force behind the passage of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994—the nation’s first comprehensive federal response to the violence that plagues families and communities. Congress reauthorized and expanded the law in 2000, 2005, and 2013. Soler is the recipient of the Leadership Award from the Coro Center for Civic Leadership and the Mathew O. Tobriner Public Service Award from the Employment Law Center for pioneering work on behalf of women and children. Soler holds an honorary doctorate from Simmons College.
Singapore Exhibition and Convention Bureau
I am with the Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau. We collaborate with local and international partners in developing and showcasing Singapore as a social innovation lab in Asia. This will be my first time attending the Skoll World Forum. I look forward to learning opportunities and connecting with potential partners in Oxford.
Global Entrepreneurs Council
United Nations Foundation
Haroon Mokhtarzada is the co-founder of Webs and Vice President of Digital Products for Webs’ parent company, Vistaprint. Haroon has a passion for technology startups, innovation, and entrepreneurship. In addition to his current role at Vistaprint, he continues to engage with startups as an advisor and angel investor to a variety of consumer web and mobile technology companies. Haroon also serves on American Express Open’s Digital Advisory Board and is a member of the United Nations Foundation Global Entrepreneurs Council. As CEO of Webs, Haroon led several key product launches including the creation of the Social Gaming Network, which was spun out of Webs in 2008, and Pagemodo, a social marketing suite for small businesses. In 2011, Webs was acquired by Vistaprint. Haroon was born and raised in the Washington D.C. area. He earned his undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Maryland and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.