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Global Director, Women's Economic Empowerment
The Coca-Cola Company
Charlotte Oades leads the development and implementation of The Coca-Cola Company's global strategy in women's economic empowerment. Her responsibilities include the company's 5by20 initiative to enable the economic empowerment of 5 million women entrepreneurs by 2020. Charlotte's leadership in driving an integrated business focus on sustainabiltiy during her tenure as President of Coca-Cola Great Britain led to her leading the company's sustainability strategy across the European business. Charlotte is a fellow of the Marketing Society, the Institute of Grocery Distribution and the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts; a member of the Marketing Group of Great Britian and Women in Advertising and Communications in London. She was listed among Fast Company's League of Extraordinary Women in July 2012 and Newsweek's 150 Women Who Shake the World in March 2011. Charlotte is a founder member of the Women's Leadership Council of The Coca-Cola Company.
Author and Speaker
Jess Search is Chief Executive of the BRITDOC Foundation which gives funding and support to award winning documentaries such as Hell and Back Again, Afghan Star, Ping Pong, The Yes Men Fix the World and was launched in partnership with Channel 4 in 2005. In partnership with the Bertha Foundation, BRITDOC runs new funds for international documentary outreach and journalism. In partnership with PUMA, they run a 50,000 award for the documentary that creates the most social impact and in partnership with the Sundance Institute Doc Program the Foundation created and runs The Good Pitch which partners films with NGOs, foundations and brands. _Previously Jess was a Channel 4 commissioning editor for 5 years. Jess co-founded Shooting People, the online filmmakers network, has an MBA from Cass Business School and is currently a trustee of progressive think tank IPPR.
Founder and CEO
Pete Cashmore is the founder and CEO of Mashable, the leading source of news, information & resources for the Connected Generation. Pete founded Mashable in 2005 in Aberdeenshire, Scotland when he was 19. His passion for sharing how web tools and social networks were transforming human interactions and reshaping cultures drove him to create what would become Mashable. Mashable’s 25 million monthly unique visitors and 11 million social media followers have become one of the largest, most engaged online communities. Mashable has been named a must-read site by both Fast Company and PC Magazine and is ranked as the most influential media outlet by Klout. Pete was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2012. He was featured on Forbes 30 under 30 list, named one of Ad Age’s 2011 influencers, and was named a Young Global Leader by The World Economic Forum.
Robin D’Alessandro is the CEO of the Vitol Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Vitol Group of Companies. In 2013, the Vitol Foundation supported 256 projects through 157 partners in 65 countries. The goal of the Foundation is to enable children living in deprivation to escape the cycle of poverty through investments in transformational, efficient, sustainable, scalable and replicable development projects. The Vitol Foundation’s core programmes are in Health, Water & Sanitation, Education and Livelihoods, with a separate allocation for Emergency response. Prior to managing the Vitol Foundation, Robin was the Country Director for Vitol’s oil business in Iraq and as a Middle East specialist, she spent the last 20 years of her career working with OPEC-producing countries from trading posts in New York, Singapore and London.
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.
President and Producer
Dr. Mehret Mandefro is a primary care physician, filmmaker and scholar who draws from her background as an anthropologist and public health research to craft textured narratives that explore the social determinants of health. She is the Founder and President of Truth Aid, a media company that specializes in communication about the social determinants of health. Truth Aid co-produced the feature length film DIFRET which recently won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival. Dr. Mandefro received her BA in Anthropology and her MD from Harvard University, and a Masters of Science in the Public Health of Developing Countries at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as a Fulbright Scholar. She completed her internal medicine primary care residency at Montefiore Medical Center and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Health Policy at the George Washington School of Public Health and Health Services.
Author and Speaker
Founder and Executive Director
Joe Madiath is Executive Director and Founder of Gram Vikas. Joe has spent over 40 years working in development among the poorest communities in Orissa, India. Drawn there in 1971 to help communities that had been ravaged by a cyclone, Joe stayed on as an activist focused on sustainable development projects. Founded in 1979, Gram Vikas utilizes a holistic model of development, based on Joe's conviction that every family in a village must have healthy living practices and an improved quality of life before total development can occur. This model has transformed more than 1000 villages and has successfully proven that the rural poor can and will pay for better sanitation and water facilities.
CEO and Founder
Rosemary is the Founder and CEO of TraceSoft Limited, a supply chain information management and analytics firm based in Nairobi Kenya. Formerly General Manager of GS1 Kenya, the global Bar-coding standards organization, Rosemary has over 12 years of experience in business technology and supply chain process improvement. She has worked on numerous projects in East Africa on traceability and sustainable sourcing initiatives, advising governments, multinationals and producers. Rosemary is a supply chain professional and Alumni of the Strathmore Business School. In 2013 she was awarded TechWomen Emerging Leader by the US Department of State, through which she represented her country in a mentorship exchange program in the Silicon Valley, California. Passionate about the potential to increase sustainable trade with Africa, her ambition is to make markets work for Africa by leveraging information technology to enhance efficiency and transparency in the supply chain.
Justice Rapid Response
Mr. Vamos-Goldman is a Canadian diplomat, whose career included assignments to the the United Nations in New York (where he served as both political coordinator and legal adviser); as well as Deputy High Commissioner to South Africa. He has also worked as a private international law attorney; as a consultant with the United Nations and the International Criminal Court (ICC); and as law and policy adviser to the CEO of the University of British Columbia’s Liu Institute for Global Initiative. Mr. Vamos-Goldman’s involvement with international criminal justice goes back to the late 1990s. He was on the Bureau of the ICC Preparatory Committee in the years immediately prior to the coming into force of the Rome Statute. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Sierra Leone Special Court, becoming the founding Chair of its Management Committee. He has been involved with JRR from its conception and helped to develop it to becoming a fully operational intergovernmental facility.
Pearl focuses on investments in Consumer Internet & Mobile, Financial Inclusion, and Education in the United States. Within these sectors Omidyar Network seeks to invest in large consumer-facing technology platforms that provide access to opportunity for individuals on a massive scale. Pearl also structures and manages Omidyar Network’s nonprofit grants and policy initiatives in these areas. Prior to joining Omidyar Network in 2012, Pearl worked with Tinicum Capital and Goldman Sachs. Pearl received a BS in applied mathematics and a BA in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.