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House of Lords
Anthony Giddens, Baron Giddens is a British sociologist who is known for his theory of structuration and his holistic view of modern societies. He is considered to be one of the most prominent modern contributors in the field of sociology, the author of at least 34 books, published in at least 29 languages, issuing on average more than one book every year. In 2007, Giddens was listed as the fifth most-referenced author of books in the humanities.
The Young Foundation
Rushanara Ali is a British Labour Party politician and Associate Director of the Young Foundation, who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bethnal Green and Bow since 2010. As of October 2010, she has been appointed as part of the shadow team for the Department for International Development along with Mark Lazarowicz with Harriet Harman in charge.
Chief Development Officer
Room to Read
Dr. Geetha Murali is Room to Read’s Chief Development Officer and oversees all resource development functions and co-manages strategic partnerships. In her previous role at Room to Read, she was Development Director leading Room to Read’s Corporations and Foundations team and supporting corporate partnerships in the US, UK, Hong Kong, Australia, Japan and India. Geetha has over 15 years of diverse experience across the corporate and non-profit sectors. She has worked with pharmaceutical companies GlaxoSmithKline and Chiron as well with educational technology programs like the Digital Equalizer Program (American India Foundation) and Adobe Youth Voices (Adobe Systems Incorporated).Geetha received her master's degree in Biostatistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her master's and doctorate degrees in South Asian Politics from the University of California at Berkeley. She has also held an Adjunct Faculty position at Mills College.
Advisor the Board of Directors
af Jochnick Foundation
Christian af Jochnick is the co-founder of Fanmode International Limited, a sports focused technology venture. Prior to Fanmode, Christian was a financial services professional with experience from the investment banking divisions of Goldman Sachs in London and Investec in Johannesburg. In 2010 he led, the af Jochnick Foundation’s cornerstone investment of Acumen Fund’s Education Portfolio, with the view that private initiatives in the Education sector can contribute to the quality and accessibility of education for low-income families in rural and urban areas of India and East Africa. As a board member of Fryshuset, Sweden’s leading private social initiative, Christian is focused on the development of the organisation’s global network to facilitate cross-national knowledge transfer. Christian is also a visiting fellow at the Legatum Center of MIT, with a focus on technology transfer and adaptation.
Global Head Citi Microfinance & Community Development
Bob Annibale leads Citi’s initiatives and partnerships supporting community development and microfinance through financial inclusion, education and asset building; neighbourhood revitalisation; small business and microenterprise development. He leads Citi’s global commercial relationships with microfinance and community institutions, to expand access to financial services, with particularly focus on developing innovative platforms for scaling access to finance and savings through partnerships and correspondents. He currently is a member of the Policy Committee of the Centre for the Study of African Economies at the University of Oxford and he represents Citi on the Boards of the Microfinance Information Exchange, the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CSFI), the US FDIC Chairman’s Committee on Economic Empowerment, the Citi Foundation and the Executive Committee of CGAP (World Bank).
Deputy Head of the CGIAR Fund Office
Tony Kalm is Deputy Head of the CGIAR Fund Office, a global partnership that unites organizations engaged in research for a food secure future, based at the World Bank. He also serves on the Board of Directors of One Acre Fund, and was named 2013 Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship.
Research Associate, Pandemics
Skoll Global Threats Fund
Adam has worked in the areas of pandemic preparedness and infectious disease epidemiology since 2008. Prior to joining the Skoll Global Threats Fund, Adam was an epidemiologist with the San Mateo County Health System, where he focused on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and communicable disease outbreaks. Adam also worked for several years as a Research Associate at UC Berkeley’s Center for Infectious Diseases and Emergency Readiness, conducting research for CDC-funded projects focused on epidemiologic capacity and all-hazards preparedness in state and local health departments. Before his move to California, Adam was employed as a Pandemic Influenza Emergency Planner at the Rhode Island Department of Health’s Center for Emergency Preparedness and Response prior to, and during, the 2009 novel H1N1 influenza pandemic. Adam received his BA in International Politics from the University of Rhode Island and his MPH in Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology from the University of California, Berkeley.
Lead Specialist, Value Chain
Inter-American Development Bank
Nobu Otsuka is Lead Specialist at the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) where he leads a team of Value Chain Topic including agricultural high value markets, inclusive business, and micro-franchising. Nobu has been working for the IDB over 15 years, taking different positions including Investment Officer and Financial Sector Specialist. In addition to the financial and capital markets development, he has structured, implemented, and evaluated numerous micro and small enterprise development projects throughout the Latin America and the Caribbean region. Recently Nobu has been engaged in projects related to seed capital, business angel, SME finance, entrepreneurship and innovation, as well as research on high-impact firms and SME’s effects on poverty reduction. He holds graduate degrees from ESADE Business School and Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Center for Public Integrity
Bill Buzenberg is Executive Director of the Center for Public Integrity, an award-winning investigative news organization based in Washington, D.C. He served for 27 years in public radio, as Vice President of News for National Public Radio, as well as NPR’s London bureau chief. He was responsible for launching Talk of the Nation, the expansion of All Things Considered and NPR’s 24-hour newscast service. He was also Senior Vice President of News at American Public Media where he launched American RadioWorks and Speaking of Faith. He also began the Public Insight Network, an innovative use of technology to draw knowledge from the audience. A former Peace Corps volunteer, Buzenberg has been awarded fellowships at the University of Michigan, the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and the Institute of Politics at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
The George Institute for Global Health
Fred Hersch is a Research Fellow in Healthcare Innovation at The George Institute for Global Health. He is passionate about global health and understanding how to utilise technology and design to improve access to quality primary health care, especially focussing on addressing the rising burden of Non-Communicable Diseases in LMICs. Fred trained in Medicine and Public Health at the Sydney Medical School and prior to that in Business and Information Technology at the University of NSW, Australia. He combines his medical and public health training with broad business and technology experience. He has been involved with a number of technology start-ups and was a co-founder of MedTech Outreach Australia (2002-8), a not-for-profit, which pioneered a low-cost web-based telemedicine platform to connect doctors in developing countries with counterparts in Australia to improve clinical decision-making. Fred is a founding member of NCDFREE (ncdfree.org), a social impact startup working to spur advocacy and action on NCDs through innovative uses of technology.