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Saïd Business School
Isabella is a current MBA student who is focused on social entrepreneurship in East Africa. She previously worked for Komaza, a Kenyan based social enterprise that has bundled access to inputs, finance and training to pioneer micro forestry with smallhold farmers. More recently, Isabella worked as a Senior Analyst at Castalia, an economic consulting firm focused on improving infrastructure planning, regulation and financing. She worked with clients in Asia-Pacific and Africa across sectors including energy, water and agriculture. Two of her most recent projects included collaborating with the Earth Institute to develop a geospatial plan for bringing electricity to 3.5 million people in Eastern Indonesia, and advising the Tanzanian electricity regulator as part of a World Bank technical assistance project. She holds a B.Com in Economics from the University of Auckland, and a BA in French and Politics from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
The Pershing Square Foundation
Paul leads The Pershing Square Foundation (PSF) as its CEO, working with Trustees, Board of Advisors and the Foundation’s management team to drive PSF’s strategic priorities, research portfolio, engagement with grantees, and day-to-day operations. Paul is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Newark’s Future and a Board member for the Newark Charter School Fund. He holds an MA (Hons) in Economics.
The Abraaj Group
Frederic Sicre is a Managing Director at The Abraaj Group and spearheads the Abraaj Strategic and Stakeholder Engagement Track (ASSET) that works with leaders from all fields, including government, private sector, media and culture. In this role, Mr. Sicre drives business development at Abraaj, its stakeholder communications, international positioning, government relations and strategic philanthropy. Prior to joining Abraaj Capital, Mr. Sicre spent over 15 years with the World Economic Forum where he held the position of Managing Director. Earlier in his career, Mr. Sicre initiated private-sector led dialogue and reconciliation initiatives during South Africa’s transition to democracy. He is the Editor of ‘South Africa at Ten’, a book celebrating the first ten years of democracy in the country. Mr. Sicre holds an MBA from IMD, Switzerland, a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences from Villanova University, Philadelphia, and is a fellow of Stanford University.
Vice President / Strategic Initiatives
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Paula Ellis oversees the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s national programmes, new initiatives, the Transformation Fund and evaluation work and is a member of the Executive Committee. Paula was formerly vice president for operations at Knight Ridder overseeing 15 newspapers. She was a member of the company’s management committee and led companywide reader innovation and cost containment initiatives. She was the president and publisher of The Sun News in Myrtle Beach, S.C.; managing editor and assistant to the publisher of The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C.; and editor in the Knight Ridder Washington Bureau and at The Post-Tribune in Gary, Ind.
President & CEO
Pamela W. Barnes, President and Chief Executive Officer of EngenderHealth, has more than 30 years of managerial and global health experience in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. She was formerly President and Chief Executive Officer of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Ms. Barnes also worked for more than 20 years in investment management and corporate finance for GTE and RCA. She served as Vice President of Operations and Finance for Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic in New York and as Vice President of Finance and Administration at the International Trachoma Initiative.
Born in 1992, I grew up alongside my father's organization, Water.org. I helped with fundraising dinners and stuffing envelopes asking for donations starting at age 5, but it wasn't until a trip to Kenya and Ethiopia in 2006 when I realized that I too have a passion for Public Health. Throughout grade school and high school, I volunteered with many diverse organizations in Kansas City that sparked my interest in numerous fields of Public Health ranging from immigrant populations to mental health issues. I am, of course, interested in water and sanitation as well, but I have not yet decided in what field of Public Health I will spend my time. Whichever path I choose, I want to find innovative solutions for problems we are facing. I am a current student at Saint Louis University working on a Bachelors Degree in Public Health and International Studies as well as a minor in French. I am spending the current academic year studying in Lyon, France.
Branding & Outreach Manager
Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
Becky is head of branding and outreach for both the Skoll Centre and the Entrepreneurship Centre at the Said Business School. She has been part of the marketing teams for a variety of small and large organisations in the publishing and tech industries, including Macmillan Publishers, Oxford University Press, Artfinder and New Internationalist magazine. She is also the co-founder of the Flexiscale Company, a small start-up specialising in 3D printing and its uses in education and conservation. She has a degree in Modern Languages from the University of Oxford.
Former Chairman Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer, The Coca-Cola Company and current Chairman, Board of Directors, World Wildlife Fund
Neville Isdell is the former chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company where he worked for 43 years. Mr. Isdell took the world’s largest beverage company to new heights during his tenure. He expanded on the company’s proud legacy of corporate responsibility by embedding sustainability throughout every facet of the organization and helping ensure its role as a community-connected twenty-first century enterprise. These efforts resulted in The Coca-Cola Company’s return to Fortune’s “World Most Admired Companies” list in 2006. In 2009, the company moved up to the #12 spot in the global ranking. A native of Ireland, Mr. Isdell joined The Coca-Cola Company in 1966 in Zambia.
Driven to raise awareness about the inequalities that he saw in the world, Oren Yakobovich has been working at the intersection of human rights and filmmaking for 20 years. Prior to co-founding Videre in 2008, he led the video department at the Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem. At B’Tselem, he developed ‘Shooting Back,’ a video project that has trained hundreds of citizens in the West Bank to use cameras to fight for justice. The project won several awards, including the BBC’s One World Media award and the International Media Award’s Cutting Edge Prize. Oren’s work has been screened at Berlin and Sundance among other festivals. A sought-after expert on using technology to expose human rights violations, Oren is frequently called upon to brief civil society, government, international organisation and media decision-makers.
Plastic Pollution Coalition
Dianna Cohen , the Los Angeles-based multi-media visual artist, painter and curator, is best known for her two-dimensional and three-dimensional works using recycled plastic bags – sewn together – ranging from small hanging pieces to room-sized installations. Cohen has shown work in solo and group exhibitions at galleries and museums in the USA, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Africa and India. In 2014, Cohen’s work will be included in the GYRE exhibition at the Anchorage Museum of Art in Alaska, the Plastic Free Island Project: an ongoing collaboration with the Drifter’s Project in Kefalonia, Greece, and an exhibition at Sandler Hudson gallery in Atlanta, Georgia. Dianna is the co-founder of Plastic Pollution Coalition, a group that addresses the pervasive problem of plastic pollution. Plastic Pollution Coalition, a global alliance of individuals, organizations and businesses working together to STOP plastic pollution and its toxic impacts on humans, animals and the environment.