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Author and Speaker
Founder and CEO
International Bridges to Justice
Karen founded IBJ in 2000 to promote systemic global change in the administration of criminal justice. A former public defender, Karen first developed her interest at the cross-section of criminal law and human rights as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow in 1986, after observing Southeast Asian refugees detained in a local prison without trial, many of whom were tortured into making confessions. In the initial stages, she negotiated groundbreaking measures in judicial reform with the Chinese, Vietnamese and Cambodian governments. Under her leadership, IBJ has expanded its programming to include operations in Rwanda, Burundi, Zimbabwe and India. In addition to the Defenders Resource Centers in these countries, IBJ sponsors independent Justice Makers in 32 countries. IBJ has also created a Global Defense Support Program to bring legal assistance to public defenders worldwide.
Founder in 2004 of Dogwoof, the leading documentary film distributor. To date, we have released a huge range of award-winning and highly popular films including Food, Inc., The Act of Killing and Blackfish. In this our 10th year we kicked off celebrations in style with a BAFTA win for Best Documentary for Joshua Oppenheimer’s extraordinary, ground-breaking The Act of Killing. In 2011, Dogwoof branched out into international sales with Dogwoof Global, a sales consultancy arm that helps filmmakers promote and sell their films globally via our network of fellow international distributors and broadcasters. Previous Andy was Director Digital for Barclays Bank, and ex eBay.
Lorenzo Bernasconi is an Associate Director at the Rockefeller Foundation where his work focuses on innovative finance and impact investing. He was formerly a strategy consultant at Dalberg Global Development Advisors in New York where his work focused on emerging markets private equity and venture capital, access to finance, inclusive growth, and technology for development. Prior to Dalberg, Lorenzo worked at the Boston Consulting Group’s Paris and New York offices and in the investment banking division of UBS in London. Lorenzo holds a BSc in philosophy and economics from the London School of Economics, a PhD from Cambridge University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Columbia University’s Earth Institute.
Author and Speaker
Former U.S. Vice President, Chairman
Alliance for Climate Protection
Former Vice President Al Gore is chairman of the Alliance for Climate Protection. He is co founder and executive chairman of Current TV, an Emmy award winning, independently owned cable and satellite television nonfiction network for young people based on viewer created content and citizen journalism. Gore is co-founder and chairman of Generation Investment Management, a London-based firm that is focused on a new approach to sustainable investing; and is a partner in the venture capital firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, working with Generation to focus on solutions to the climate crisis. In addition, Gore serves on the board of directors of Apple and as senior adviser to Google. Al Gore was inaugurated as the forty-fifth vice president of the United States on January 20, 1993, and served eight years as a key member of the administration’s economic team, as President of the Senate, a Cabinet member, a member of the National Security Council, and as leader of a wide range of Administration initiatives.
Managing Director of Impact Investing
Anthos Asset Management
Lisa Hall is Managing Director of Impact Investing with Anthos Asset Management B.V., a privately owned investment manager. At Anthos Asset Management, Lisa is responsible for managing a portfolio focused on social, environmental and financial returns. Lisa previously served as President and CEO of Calvert Foundation, a global leader in impact investing with assets under management of more than $400 million. She holds a BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard University. In 2003, Lisa participated in the American Marshall Memorial Fellowship, a travel program for emerging leaders from the US and Europe. Lisa serves on the executive committee of ANDE (Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs), a global network focused on promoting entrepreneurship in emerging markets, and the Board of the Non-Profit Finance Fund, a US based community development financial institution. She resides in Amstelveen, NL with her husband and young daughter.
National Geographic Magazine
Marcus Bleasdale is a documentary photographer who uses his work to influence policy makers around the world. His work on human rights and conflict has been shown at the US Senate, The US House of Representatives, The United Nations and the Houses of Parliament in the UK. Marcus' work also appears in the New Yorker, The New York Times, The Sunday Times Magazine, The Telegraph Magazine, Stern, Le Monde, TIME Magazine, Newsweek and National Geographic Magazine. Exhibitions include "The Rape of a Nation" The Federal Building NYC (2006), The Central Library, Chicago (2006), Visa Pour L’Image (2007), Nobel Peace Centre Oslo (2007), Ministry of Foreign Affairs France (2008), Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo (2009), US Senate (2009), UN NYC (2009), The Houses of Parliament UK (2010). US House of Representatives (2011). Fotografiska, Sweden (2013), Skrova Harbour (2014). He has published two books "One Hundred Years of Darkness" 2002 and "The Rape of a Nation" 200
President & CEO
A serial social entrepreneur, Farah created the G(irls)20 and now serves as its President & CEO (Chief Empowerment Officer). G(irls)20 cultivates future generations of female leaders through entrepreneurship and education. This Canadian based, globally active organization brings together one girl, aged 18-20, from each G20 country, the Africa & European Unions, Pakistan, Afghanistan and the MENA region to work through the G20 Leader’s agenda with a focus on how to economically empower girls and women so they contribute to the growth of their communities & countries at home and abroad and then supports delegates to launch their own social profit venture. Farah also served as an advisor to Virgin Unite, Richard Branson’s foundation. She co-anchored The Clinton Global Initiative’s Network on Investing in Girls & Women in 2011. • Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal • Top 25 Most Influential Women in Canada, Women of Influence • Bellagio Fellow, Rockefeller Foundation
Managing Director of Business Development
With over 28 years of experience in Information Technology sector, Behzad Nasre is the founder of Jump-Start Business Consulting, with a vision and passion for helping social entrepreneurs scaling their businesses and developing a sustainable model for their enterprises. Behzad expertise in Business and Organizational development has allowed him help prepare businesses within and outside of Intel achieve their business objectives. He has held many executive positions at Intel Corporation including Managing Director of Business Development in Intel Capital for the past 11 years. Intel Capital is the strategic venture capital arm for Intel Corporation, with the mission to invest across the broad spectrum of technology innovation to encourage the creation of the technologies of tomorrow. Behzad has served as a Board member of start-up companies such as Demos-on-demand, Tapclick, and Apixio.
Young director/producer Benjamin Reece has created viral music videos, broadcast commercials, & award-winning web series. His work has been experienced by millions in theaters, on daily commutes, & in living rooms worldwide. Clients include Coca-Cola, DC-Comics, Google, Verizon, Duracell, Sperry Top-Sider, BMW, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Converse, Purina, NYC Ballet, Salesforce & a host of other global brands. His work has been covered in CNN, USA Today, LaRepubblica, Guardian UK, Huffington Post, and thousands of blogs around the world. In 2009, he won a Webby Award for his viral web series, Fifty People, One Question (50p1q.com), a short film series exploring human connections through people and place. He has also helped create & direct the live music series, Liveset (liveset.com) & co-founded the online video sales platform, Kinio.
Senior Research Associate
Social Progress Imperative
Sarah Orzell is Senior Research Associate at the Social Progress Imperative. Ms. Orzell most recently worked as a Research Analyst on the Global Indexes group at Russell Investments producing global market indexes and country research. She recently graduated from Georgetown University with a Masters in Public Policy. During her time in graduate school she completed internships with Millennium Challenge Corporation and the White House Council of Economic Advisers. She also holds a BS in Mathematics from the University of Puget Sound.