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Founder and CEO
As the founder and CEO of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, Bill Drayton has pioneered the field of social entrepreneurship, growing a global association of nearly 3,000 leading social entrepreneurs who work together to create an ‘Everyone a Changemaker’ world. Mr. Drayton is the Chair of Youth Venture, Community Greens, and Get America Working!, and previously served as Assistant Administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, founded Save EPA, and worked at McKinsey. He is a graduate of Harvard, Balliol College at Oxford University, and Yale Law School.
James M. Ferris is the founding Director of The Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy at the University of Southern California. He is a Professor in the Sol Price School of Public Policy and holds the Emery Evans Olson Chair in Nonprofit Entrepreneurship and Public Policy. He specializes in the economics of the public and nonprofit sectors, public finance and public policy and is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Dr. Ferris’ research focuses on the shifting roles of the public, nonprofit and for-profit sectors in governance and the economy. He is currently investigating the changing landscape of philanthropy; roles and strategies for foundation engagement in public policymaking; philanthropic-government partnerships; and place-based philanthropy. Dr. Ferris previously served as Vice Dean (1995-97) and as the founding Director of the Program in Public Policy (1989-93) at USC and recently spearheaded the development of USC’s new Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Development degree.
Co-Founder, Oacsoft Technologies
Joseph Ajao is an entrepreneur, engineer and technologist. He is an Alumni of Silicon Valley's top technology community, Singularity University and Stanford's BASES. He co-founded Oacsoft Technologies at 17, a software company that develops low-cost software for schools, SMEs and government agencies in Nigeria and has been featured on Forbes and other technology journals. He is currently an MBA (Finance) Student at the Eli Broad College of Business, Michigan State University and hopes to create an African-focused venture capital firm that will invest in budding technology entrepreneurs in Africa after completing his MBA. In 2013, Joseph was awarded "Top 50 Global Entrepreneur" by the World Bank/InfoDev in South Africa.
International Advocacy Officer
Dr Mohammed Girma is an International Advocacy Officer for the Bible Society and Associate Tutor at St Mellitus College. He studied theology and political philosophy at Evangelical Theological College, in Ethiopia, and at Free University of Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. His area of interest includes political theology, religion in public sphere, Christian migration and hermeneutics. After completing his Ph.D. at the Free University of Amsterdam, Girma worked at Yale University as a visiting scholar. He then moved back to Europe where he worked as an assistant professor at Evangelische Theologischie Faculteit, Leuven, Belgium. Girma has made a number of publications on internationally peer reviewed journals and books. Most notably he is the author of the book: Understanding Religion and Social Change in Ethiopia: Towards a Hermeneutic of Covenant (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). Girma is currently based in Swindon, UK.
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Paul E. Jacobs is chairman and chief executive officer of Qualcomm Incorporated. A leader in the field of mobile communications for more than 25 years and a key architect of Qualcomm’s strategic vision, Dr. Jacobs’ responsibilities include leadership and oversight of all the Company’s initiatives and operations. Through his technology innovations and advocacy, Dr. Jacobs spearheaded Qualcomm’s efforts to develop and commercialize mobile technology breakthroughs that have significantly contributed to the growth of both the Company and the industry. Important developments which began under Dr. Jacobs include: the first smartphone based on Palm OS®; inclusion of GPS capabilities in mobile phones; the BREW® application download system. As an innovative leader of a broad range of technical teams within Qualcomm, Dr. Jacobs has been granted more than 45 patents for his inventions in the areas of wireless technology and devices. Dr. Jacobs is chairman of the U.S.-Korea Business Council and of the Advisory Board of the University of California, Berkeley, College of Engineering; vice chairman and co-owner of the NBA Sacramento Kings; Global eHealth Foundation Ambassador; a member of the US-India CEO Forum and trustee of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Dr. Jacobs received his bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
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.
Mike Quinn is the Group CEO of Zoona and has a passion for business in Africa. He has worked for Zoona since the first payment in 2009, and successfully closed a $4m Series A venture capital round from international investors in early 2012, a first ever for a technology start-up in Zambia. He holds an MBA with Distinction from Oxford University, where he was a Skoll Scholar for Social Entrepreneurship, along with an MSc in Management Development from the London School of Economics. He grew up in Calgary, Canada, and completed his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia.
Director - Water, Sanitation & Hygiene
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Brian Arbogast leads the foundation’s effort to bring groundbreaking innovations in sanitation technology and new ways to deliver sanitation products and services to people in the developing world. Arbogast was previously a Corporate Vice President at Microsoft Corporation, leading an international portfolio of R&D projects. More recently, he concentrated in cleantech and international development, driving market solutions to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges. He served as a Senior Advisor with The Boston Consulting Group and as a board member of the Northwest Energy Angels and of Water1st International. He is a founding board member of Progress Alliance of Washington and an advisor to Upaya Social Ventures. Arbogast received his Bachelor of Mathematics in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, Canada, and a Certificate in Sustainable Business from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute.
Vice President of Fellowship Programs
Rich leads Echoing Green's efforts to identify promising social entrepreneurs and support them through their careers. Currently, EG is on path to deepen the level of support to each current Fellow, significantly build out programming for alumni, and simultaneously double, to 100, the number of Fellows supported each year. Rich formerly lead the Aspen Institute's Center for Business Education where he helped hundreds of global MBA programs better integrate social and environmental issues. He has also worked with Habitat for Humanity, Teach For America, and served as a New York City Urban Fellow. Rich is a graduate of NYC public schools, Williams College, Harvard Business School, and made it most of the way through an MSW at the University of Texas. He is also a two-time (unsuccessful!) applicant for an Echoing Green Fellowship. When he's not reading thousands of Fellowship applications you can find him at a park in Brooklyn with his wife Hannah and children Frank and Josie.