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Business Development Lead
Pearson Affordable Learning Fund (PALF)
Yiming Ma leads African investments for the Pearson Affordable Learning Fund (PALF), a $15 million education-focused venture fund that invests in for-profit, scalable enterprises that address the growing demand for affordable education. In his role, he provides strategic management advice to companies across South Africa, Ghana, Kenya and India. Yiming is also an active advisor on Pearson's global strategy, efficacy, research and innovation agenda as well as a frequent contributor to high level policy discussions and roundtables with a variety of foundations, NGOs, governments and donor agencies. Yiming also represents Pearson on the board of eAdvance, a network of high quality low-fee private schools in South Africa. Previously, Yiming was a consultant in McKinsey and Company's Corporate Finance and Strategy practice in New York. He has also worked at Goldman Sachs Investment Partners in New York and graduated with high distinction from the Richard Ivey School of Business.
Amazon Conservation Team, Colombia
Carolina María Gil Sánchez, a practicing attorney since 1997, has lengthy experience in administrative and financial management, contractual law, and the development of public and private contracting mechanisms, including international assistance and agreements. Prior to assuming her role as the Amazon Conservation Team’s Director for its Colombia program in November 2011, she served as Financial and Administrative Subdirector for the National Parks Unit of Colombia. Additionally, Carolina served an important role with Colombia’s Fondo Patrimonio Natural, which manages all international environmental cooperation for Colombia. From 2006-2007, Carolina was ACT-Colombia’s Administrative & Financial Director, overseeing the transition to a reformed institution while also functioning as the organization’s Colombian legal counsel. In 2007, she also served as the Administrative and Financial Subdirector for Colombia’s Natural Heritage Fund for Biodiversity and Protected Areas. Prior to that, Carolina
White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood
Sarah Brown is the Founding Chair of the Global Business Coalition for Education and co-Founder of the A World At School initiative to mobilize and support all efforts to achieve education and learning for every child by 2015. She is President of the international children’s charity PiggyBankKids, as well as co-Founder of the Maternal Mortality Campaign and Global Patron of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood.
Founder and Executive Director
Eric Glustrom is the founder and Executive Director of Educate!, an organization that unlocks the potential of youth in Africa to solve the problems of poverty, disease, and environmental degradation. Eric graduated from Fairview High School in Boulder, Colorado in 2003, and from Amherst College in Massachusetts in 2007, where he studied biochemistry.
Co-Leader, Changemaker Campus Initiative
Before coming to Ashoka, Erin served as Program Director for Escuela Nueva International, a partner of Ashoka Fellow Vicky Colbert's Escuela Nueva located in over 14 countries in Latin America. Prior to Escuela Nueva, Erin evaluated program effectiveness for MobileMetrix, a community-based data collection company in Brazil, and as an Eben Tisdale Fellow, contributed to Hewlett Packard's Global Citizenship Program. Erin's passion for experiential education and performance management drives her role at Ashoka as a co-leader for the Changemaker Campus Initiative. Erin graduated from Stanford University with a BA in International Relations and an MA in International Educational Administration and Policy Analysis.
Chief Innovation Officer
Ann Mei Chang is the Chief Innovation Officer at Mercy Corps. Previously, she served as the Senior Advisor for Women and Technology in the Secretary's Office of Global Women's Issues at the U.S. Department of State. At State she developed partnerships, influenced policy, and became a public voice on leveraging technology to improve the lives of women and girls in developing countries including bridging the gender gap in access and tech sector representation. She conceived and launched the Alliance for Affordable Internet, a public-private partnership focused on expanding Internet access to the next billion. Ann Mei has more than twenty years of engineering and leadership experience in Silicon Valley. Most recently, she served as a Senior Engineering Director at Google for 8 years, where she led worldwide engineering for Google's mobile applications and services. She oversaw 20x growth of Google's mobile business in just three years, delivering over $1B in annualized revenues.
Principal Neuroscience Adviser to Lord Sainsbury of Turville
Gatsby Charitable Foundation
Dr Caddick is Neuroscience Adviser to Lord Sainsbury of Turville and his charitable organisation, The Gatsby Charitable Foundation. She is currently responsible for developing a new research institute, the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour at UCL, and the development and oversight of an international portfolio of research in this area. She is a neuroscientist who has held leadership roles in academia and private/public grant-making organisations where she has been responsible for the development, oversight and restructuring of strategic, programmatic, operational and grant-making activities. She currently serves on a number of scientific boards including the recently launched foundation; MQ - Transforming Mental Health. She curates an annual panel at the Skoll World Forum and is a former guest curator for TED Global.
Vice President, Poverty Tools
Steve has worked for more than 15 years at the intersection of technology and education. Before joining Grameen Foundation in August 2010, he served for a number of years as the Director of Innovation and Technology at Salesforce.com Foundation. While there, he established himself as a thought leader in the social metrics space through extensive experience working with organizations such as the Acumen Fund, GIIN (Global Impact Investing Network) and members of ANDE (Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs). Steve also a long background as a high school administrator and classroom teacher, and started his career in the Peace Corps. In 1990, while teaching at Pasadena High School, he became interested in the role that electronic communications could play to promote and facilitate interactions between students in underserved communities and the rest of the world. Today, Steve’s work concentrates on helping microfinance institutions and other development organizations measure and manage their social perform
YouthBuild USA, Inc.
John Bell is Vice President for Leadership at YouthBuild USA. He has decades of experience in the youth field as teacher, counselor, community organizer, leadership trainer, director; was a founding staff member of three youth organizations: Youth Action Program (1978), the originator of YouthBuild; Children of War (1984), an international youth leadership organization; and YouthBuild USA (1988). A skilled trainer/consultant in youth leadership, peer counseling, healing, and diversity, he has consulted for the Peace Corps in Africa and South America; has published numerous articles and books on youth leadership, most recently YouthBuild’s North Star. He is a steadfast advocate for including young people as partners in community development; has a BA and MA in education from Stanford; lives in Boston with his family. He is also an ordained Buddhist dharma teacher in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. YouthBuild, www.youthbuild.org and his personal website www.beginwithin.info
Founder and Executive Director
Ami Dar is the founder and executive director of Idealist.org. Built in 1996 with $3,500, Idealist has become one of the most popular nonprofit resources on the Web, with information posted by 70,000 organizations around the world and a staff of 60 in New York, Portland, and Buenos Aires. In 2000 the Stern Family Fund selected Ami as its annual Public Interest Pioneer, awarding him a $100,000 grant that allowed it to grow into the $3 million organization it is today. In 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005, the Nonprofit Times included Ami in its annual list of the 50 most influential people in the nonprofit sector, and in 2004 Ashoka invited him to join its global fellowship of social entrepreneurs. In 2005 Time magazine name him a Philanthropy Innovator, and in 2006 the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business awarded Ami its annual Leadership in Social Entrepreneurship Award