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Senior Lecturer, Former Presidential Advisor
Senior lecturer at Birzeit University. Served as an advisor to the Palestinian President on Telecom, ITand Technical Education. Former minister of Telecom & IT. Led telecom market liberalization in Palestine in 2006 introducing the second mobile phone operator. Also led the introduction and ratification of the Palestine Telecom Regulatory Authority (PTRA) law. Introduced a series of initiatives inclusive of e-Gov, the National Academic Network, Falastinyia (enhancing women participation in ICT),the Palestine Education Initiative (PEI). Helped launch .PS, the Palestinian National Internet Naming Authority (PNINA). Founded the award winning Palestine Digital Library in 2004 and the Palestine e-Republic in 2007. Also co-founded the Internet Society- Palestine Chapter (ISOC-PS), PC & Net 4 All (for providing PCs and internet connectivity to deprived Palestinians. Holds a PhD from Imperial College and a certification in Human Development form Oxford University. Born 1971.
The Clara Fund
Lorene Arey is Founder and President of the Clara Fund, a family foundation focused on promoting and supporting economic opportunities for women globally. The foundation also supports sustainable markets. Before joining the public sector, Lorene was the head of Worldwide Corporate Communications at Cisco Systems where she was responsible for Cisco's worldwide media relations where she played a key role in shaping and positioning Cisco's public image. The accomplishments of Lorene's team were spotlighted in the Wall Street Journal in 2000 when Cisco was recognized as the company with the best publicity across all industries worldwide for 1999. Lorene currently serves on the Board of Directors for B Lab, is a Director for MicroCredit Enterprises, and serves on the Advisory Boards for the Institute for Leadership Studies, Loyola Marymount. Lorene holds a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with Highest Distinction.
Paul Szkiler is the Chairman of the Truestone Group, a 25-year old asset management business in London in the UK, currently managing over US$800 million on behalf of private clients. In recent years Truestone Impact Investment Management (TIIM) has invested over US$50m on behalf of private clients, with a significant element into high-impact SME investments. Truestone is also highly regarded for its creation of measurement tools around social impact. The team has gained influence by working significantly on the ground in frontier Nations, and in the midst of the capital markets in the City of London, in the UK. TIIM is becoming widely known for its social impact investment management skills, which include attempting to produce a risk-rated return on investments together with a measurable social dividend. Paul is the co-founder of the international NGO Children in Crisis, and founder of A Call to Business, which amongst its themes advocates for transparency and good governance in business. Paul is also Chairman of A Call to Business Trading Ltd Sierra Leone, which for many years has been investing in this frontier nation, with a view to creating wealth and social change. Paul sits on the boards of a number of African companies as well as UK finance and motor firms.
Co-Founder and Chairperson
As the Co-Founder and Chairperson of the Orfalea Foundation, Natalie Orfalea promotes the foundation’s initiatives in early childhood education, transition to real food in schools and preschools, establishment of outdoor classrooms and school gardens, improved emergency and disaster readiness, as well as the experience-based youth development program for teens known as REACH. Natalie Orfalea is an active mother, a businessperson, and a “hands-on” philanthropist. Following a successful career at Xerox Corporation, Natalie ran an independent product development firm and raised two sons. Natalie formerly served on the University of California Santa Barbara Chancellor’s Council, and on boards or councils for Direct Relief International, the Santa Barbara Children’s Museum, UCSB Arts & Lectures, and the national learning organization All Kinds of Minds. Natalie is passionate about discovering and providing opportunities for youth and family empowerment.
Managing Director, Corp Partnerships
Environmental Defense Fund
Namrita Kapur is Managing Director of the Corporate Partnerships program (CPP), EDF's work that focuses on driving positive environmental change through corporate value chains. Drawing from her background in strategy, finance, and international development, Namrita's particular focus is on helping the team develop strategies to accelerate innovation in the corporate sector; exploring opportunities for leveraging capital markets; and, building out EDF's international approach. Namrita leads EDF's collaboration with AT&T, focused on reducing water use in commercial buildings; directly manages our efforts to improve the efficiency of freight in companies; and oversees the work on finance and commodity agriculture, including REDD financing.
As Principal on the Innovation Investment Team at the Skoll Foundation, I work on the development, execution and management of new innovation investments that support the growth of social entrepreneurs and the scaling up of their impact. Prior to joining Skoll, I was a Foreign Service Officer for the US Agency for International Development. I initially served in the USAID India Mission, as the Mission Alliance Officer, and then later as a Global Alliance Advisor in USAID Global Development Lab. Before joining USAID, I was an Investment Analysis at Calvert Investments, a $14 Billion asset management fund. In addition, I am New York State Bar Member, professionally proficient in French, with a working knowledge of Vietnamese.
Media Development Investment Fund
Sasa Vucinic is co-founder and Managing Director of Media Development Loan Fund. MDLF is a social investment fund for independent news outlets in the developing world. It provides low cost capital, new technology solutions and management knowhow to assist journalists in challenging environments in building sustainable businesses around professional, responsible, quality journalism. MDLF was founded in 1995 and has provided $90 million in affordable financing to independent media companies in 24 countries. From 1993 to 1995 Sasa worked as a Media Consultant to the Soros Foundation network. Prior to that he was the General Manager and Editor-in-Chief of Radio B-92 in Belgrade. Sasa is a graduate of the University of Belgrade Law School.
Founder & Managing Director
The Greenbaum Foundation
"Being a bystander to suffering is not an option," notes Jim Greenbaum, the Founder and Managing Director of The Greenbaum Foundation. A native of Monroe, Louisiana, and a graduate of the University of Virginia, Jim entered the workforce with one primary goal in mind -- to make as much money as quickly as possible in order to use those funds to help make the world a better place. Jim founded and became CEO of Access Long Distance in 1985. Seven years later, at 33 years of age, Jim made the decision to give the corporate world only another seven years. Keeping true to that plan, Jim sold the company in 1999, soon growing his net worth to $133,000,000. Jim has committed to contributing in excess of 85% of his assets to charitable projects ending suffering (human and non-human) during his lifetime, and the remainder of his estate soon thereafter. The foundation’s assets will also be spent down during his lifetime. To date, Jim has already contributed more than $40,000,000 to the foundation. Jim is passionate about bringing business efficiency and selfless, common sense approaches to the humanitarian world. He also hopes to encourage more high net worth individuals to become philanthropic, to do so during their lifetimes, and to follow an Effective Altruistic approach of giving for at least one-half of their donations. (Effective altruism is a growing social movement founded on the desire to make the world as good a place as it can be, the use of evidence and reason to find out how to do so, and the audacity to actually try. The primary focuses - Saving Lives; Ending Suffering; and Saving the planet.) Jim is a Board Member of Tostan, and also the Executive Producer of the modern day slavery documentary film "Not My Life." Jim is a long time member of YPO/WPO and the Clinton Global Initiative, and also a regular attendee at Skoll World Forum, the Women Moving Millions Summit, the Animal Grantmakers Conference, and Global Philanthropy Forum.
Social Performance Manager
Darin Kingston heads d.light’s social impact measurement strategy. She is also co-chair of the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association’s working group on social impact metrics. Previously, Darin provided technical assistance on monitoring & evaluation and economic recovery programming for a range of NGOs, including Africare, Catholic Relief Services, the International Rescue Committee, and Trickle Up, and for the US foreign aid agency Millennium Challenge Corporation. Darin has a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a Bachelors of Arts in International Relations from Brown University.