People and Water
Michal Kravcík, Dipl Ing. PhD. is a founding memberand Chairman of the NGO People And Water (www.peopleandwater.sk). He is a water management engineer (graduated at the Civil Engineering Faculty of Slovak Technical University, Slovakia). He worked for 8 years at the Slovak Academy of Sciences. He promotes sustainable programs for integrated river basin management in Slovakia, “Water for Third Millenium” and Blue Alternative. He is the author of publications including, “New Water Paradigm – Water for the Recovery of Climate” (2007), www.waterparadigm.org”. He is an ASHOKA Fellow and recipient Goldman Environmental Prize from 1999.
Dina El Mofty
As Executive Director of Injaz Egypt, Dina El- Mofty played a key role in expanding Injaz programs within schools and universities across Egypt, and in acquiring private sector partnerships, impacting more than 150,000 youth across Egypt. She worked with Save the Children to expand their operations in Egypt and enhance the communications and development of their programs. In 1999, Dina was part of a team that helped establish the Future Generation Foundation, which helped hundreds of men and women develop skills to locate jobs.
Just Change, India
Stan Thekaekara is Founder Director of Just Change, a radical trade model linking producers, consumers and investors in a mutually beneficial, equitable cooperative. Since the early 70’s Stan has worked for indigenous people’s rights, community development and social Entrepreneurship. Known for his radical and innovative thinking on development economics, he is frequently invited to lecture at national and international events. He is on the Board of several charities, ranging from grassroots organisations like ACCORD, which he cofounded to work for the rights of the indigenous people in South India, to international charities like Oxfam GB. See: www.adivasi.net; www.justchangeindia.com.
Chris West completed his Doctorate in Ecology at the University of Oxford. He currently serves as Director for the Shell Foundation, which he joined in 2000. In this role he reinforces an 'enterprise-based' approach to catalysing scalable and sustainable solutions to global development challenges and the 'shared value' concept of corporates in society. He has previously served as the Senior Environment Adviser at the UK Department for International Development. Chris is the co-author of SF publications including 'Enterprise Solutions to Poverty' (2005) and 'Enterprise Solutions to Scale' (2010).
Director and Founder
Social Entrepreneurship Collaboratory at Harvard
Gordon Bloom is director and founder of the Social Entrepreneurship Collaboratory (SE Lab) at Harvard University where he teaches concerning the creation and development of social change organizations on the faculty of the Kennedy School of Government. Gordon is also a principal of the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations, and a senior fellow of the Center for Public Leadership. Prior to Harvard he taught a course series on social entrepreneurship at Stanford University as a lecturer on the Public Policy Program faculty in the School of Humanities & Sciences, and a faculty affiliate of Stanford's Center for Social Innovation at the Graduate School of Business. At Stanford Gordon created the Social Entrepreneurship Collaboratory (SE Lab) an innovative, Silicon Valley influenced incubator where student teams create and develop pilot programs for U.S. and international social sector initiatives. His teaching and research interests are primarily in the area of strategy and vision for U.S. and international nonprofits, and social entrepreneurship. Gordon's interest in entrepreneurship is also informed by work in the private sector in the U.S., Europe and Asia, as CEO of a medical technology company and in international strategy consulting. He holds degrees from Harvard (AB), Stanford (MBA) and Columbia (MFA).
Andrew Kassoy is co-founder of B Lab, a non-profit dedicated to harnessing the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Lab was created to drive systemic change and create a beneficial economy by building a community of Certified B Corporations, advancing public policy to support sustainable businesses, and driving capital to the emerging asset class of impact investments.
National Entrepreneurship Network
Laura is the CEO of the non-profit National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN), a Wadhwani Foundation initiative, which she co-founded in 2003 as Executive Director of the Wadhwani Foundation. NEN now comprises the largest entrepreneurial community in India, with more than 75,000 members, and has developed a highly effective model for rapidly scaling entrepreneurship education. Laura is a serial entrepreneur, having founded four companies. She was also a Vice President at Ashoka, and a venture capitalist at Highland Capital Partners.
Emeritus Professor of Neuropsychology
University College London
Chris Frith is Emeritus Professor of Neuropsychology at the Wellcome Centre for Neuroimaging at University College London, and Niels Bohr Visiting Professor in the Interacting Minds project at the University of Aarhus in Denmark. He is a pioneer in application of brain imaging to the study of mental processes and in the study of the social brain. For this work he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2000. He has over 400 publications in scientific journals and is author of Making up the Mind: How the Brain Creates our Mental World.