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Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development
Government of Nigeria
As Nigeria’s Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Adesina is championing agricultural investments in one of Africa’s fastest growing economies through bold policy reforms. He is a consummate scholar of African agriculture and economics with more than 20 years of experience managing successful agricultural programs across Africa. Until his appointment as Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development in 2011, he was the Vice President of Policy & Partnerships for the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) an organization which works to improve African food security.
Founder and Managing Partner
The globalislocal Fund
Elizabeth Wallace Ellers Liz is Founder & Managing Partner of The globalislocal Fund, an award-winning educational and funding vehicle investing in solutions to poverty in Africa, Asia and Latin America. globalislocal is designed to drive educated, aggregated capital to global development issues by making high-impact global investing accessible and relevant to family foundations and individuals. Formerly an investment banker, Liz is a private investor. She holds an MBA from Columbia University and a BA in International Relations from UCLA. Liz is an alumna of The Philanthropy Workshop, a program of the Rockefeller Foundation and The Institute for Philanthropy in London. She has received the Philanthropic Vision Award for her work with the Collaborative Fund for Women's Economic Development and the New Generation Philanthropist Award for creating The globalislocal Fund.
Dr. Yifat Reuveni is a professor at Tel Aviv University’s Recanati Business School, where she teaches MBAs students social entrepreneurship and social finance. She did her PhD on the New Economy at McGill University Canada, focusing on high-tech-Industries in the US, Canada, Israel and Europe. As a recipient of a Canadian International Development Agency scholarship she participated in the McGill Program for Economic and Social Rights, working with the first-nation people in Kahnawake, Canada, and writing an assessment report of business opportunities in the Mohawk community. Prior to Canada Yifat worked for with the Association for Human Rights in Israel as the Director of the consulting department. She has given courses on human rights, the new economy and the neo-liberal economy at Recanati business school, Ben-Gurion School of Business, The Ruppin School of Business, and has acted as a judge for several enterprise pitching competitions in clean tech and global development projects
Chief of the Yawanawa
Associação Sociocultural Yawanawa
Tashka Yawanawá Developed a model of positive contact among indigenous and non-indigenous people based on fairest commercial relations, where the indigenous culture and values are introduced in the market business. With his Action, Tashka creates conditions for a balance between the economic activity and the local culture, valuing and revitalizing ancient tradition e preparing his people to establish new ways to relate with the surrounding society. Son of one of the Yawanawá Chiefs, Tashka was born in the Rio Gregorio Indigenous land in a time where his people were under the rules of the rubber traps and missionaries. Educated under his people's tradition, he was sent away from his people but never forgot his origins. After being in the indigenous people from the United States, Mexico, Central and South America he went back to his land and became the Chief of the Yawanawá Tribe.
Senior Vice President
Sean is the Senior Vice President Global Initiatives, Strategy and Business Development for Yara International the world’s leading global crop nutrition company. He is currently based in Belgium having lived for 12 years in Africa and 7 years in China. Sean is recognised as both a leading social entrepreneur and intrapreneur. Sean is currently co - chair of the WEF New Vision for Agriculture. He was recently on a 3 month secondment as Special Advisor Office to the UN Special Representative to the Secretary General on Food Security and Nutrition. He was the founding co-chair of Grow Africa and remains on the executive steering committee. He is a member of the Global Agenda Council on Climate Change. Sean also sits on the executive committee of the African Green Revolution Forum, he is initiator of both the Beira Agricultural Growth Corridor, Mozambique and Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania as well as visiting practitioner at Harvard Kennedy School CSR Initiative.
Head of Engagement
Social Entrepreneurs Ireland
Darren is the ‘Head of Engagement’ at Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, responsible for building an ecosystem of support for the work of the organisation and driving investment into the organisation from Ireland and overseas. After graduating with a BA joint Honours Degree in Economics and Politics from Trinity College Dublin, Darren spent time working in overseas development in both South Africa and Kenya. With so many changes taking place in Ireland over recent times, Darren re-focused his attentions on social change closer to home, seeing the combination of entrepreneurship and social impact as the perfect fit. Passionate about entrepreneurship, Darren is the Dublin Ambassador of the Sandbox Network, a global community of young entrepreneurs and innovators. Darren sits on the board of Soar, an Irish social enterprise that inspires and empowers young people to thrive.
Author and Speaker
Jay Coen Gilbert is one of the co-founders of B Lab. B Lab is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building a new sector of the economy that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Lab drives systemic change through three interrelated initiatives: 1) building a community of Certified B Corporations to make it easier for all of us to tell the difference between “good companies” and just good marketing; 2) driving capital to impact investments through use of GIIRS Ratings and Analytics; and 3) advancing supportive public policies to accelerate growth of social entrepreneurship and impact investing. Prior to B Lab, despite having no game, Jay co-founded and sold AND 1, a $250M basketball footwear and apparel company based outside Philadelphia. Jay is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a Board member of Investors’ Circle and Social Venture Network, leading national networks of social entrepreneurs and early stage social investors.
Director of Water Innovation Program
Mary Renwick is a water resources specialist with 24 years of experience developing and implementing innovative water initiatives. She has worked in 16 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, South and Southeast Asia, in the U.S., and with a number of Native American tribes. Since 2005, Renwick has led Winrock International's Water Innovation Program, growing the program from its inception to an established portfolio with seven country programs. She is an internationally recognized expert on multiple-use water services (MUS)a holistic approach to water services that sustainably improves the health and livelihoods of those living in poverty. Renwick holds a Ph.D. and MS in applied economics from Stanford University, and is the author of more than 25 books and articles.
Senior Advisor to the Executive Director, Innovation
Erica Kochi co-founded and co-leads UNICEF’s Innovation Unit, a global group tasked with identifying, prototyping and scaling technologies that improve children's lives around the world. Erica also serves as Innovation Advisor to UNICEF’s Executive Director. UNICEF Innovation has recognized success in innovative design of international development solutions. Erica was named to the TIME 100 “World’s Most Influential People” List in 2013. Other examples of this work include, gold and silver International Design Excellence (IDSA) Awards, a Red Hat prize for being one of the three top open source projects, and the award-winning RapidSMS - a system that uses basic mobile phones and SMS messages to communicate with front-line workers and improve the speed and quality of data collection and health and education services.
Global Head Philanthropy
Quanah Global Services
Dr. Mathias Terheggen is a global expert on corporate and private philanthropy. His work addresses social and environmental challenges at a tactical and strategic level by supporting for- and non-profit stakeholders including wealthy individuals and families, family offices, foundations and NGOs, social enterprises and for-profits around the globe in their search for innovative, best-practice philanthropy and socially and environmentally sustainable business and investment practices. He currently serves as Global Head Philanthropy with a Swiss Single Family Office to manage the principal's philanthropy with a focus on empathy in children and youth. A physicist by education he build his social sector focus during his work at McKinsey & Co and as Global Head Philanthropy Services at UBS. He supports several social enterprises and non-profit organizations as advisor, board member and active shareholder and regularly publishes and speaks on various aspects of philanthropy.