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Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation
Catherine is CEO of the Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation, the largest independent community foundation in Australia. Catherine has a deep knowledge of how philanthropy can work with not for profit organisations as a social investor and partner to support positive change within communities. Within its broader granting and initiatives portfolio, the Foundation supports innovative social change projects and the start-up and scaling up of social enterprises. Prior to her role with the Foundation, Catherine worked in the not-for-profit sector in legal and CEO roles for 11 years and then spent ten years advising many Australian foundations and not for profits on governance, organisational development and strategy, as well as related legal issues. She is the author of Great Foundations a 360° guide to building resilient and effective not for profit organisations (ACER Press, 2010). Catherine is a lawyer and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Author and Speaker
Founder and CEO
Jim Fruchterman is a leading social entrepreneur and CEO of Benetech, a nonprofit technology company based in Silicon Valley. He is a former rocket scientist who develops technology to address unmet social needs. Fruchterman founded Benetech in 1989 to produce reading machines for people who are blind. Since then, Benetech's work has grown to include multiple program areas and now develops technology for people with disabilities, as well as the human rights and environmental movements. In recognition of his work, Fruchterman has received numerous awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship and the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. He believes that technology has the power to improveeven transformthe lives of people all across the world.
Head of Knowledge Management
Villgro Innovations Foundation
Dr. Jessica Seddon is the Head of Knowledge Management at Villgro Innovations Foundation, a social enterprise incubator in Chennai, India, and founder of Okapi Research, an action research collective focused on institutional design. She has over a decade and a half of experience working with government, industry, community, and academic initiatives to build stronger systems for channeling resources toward social and environmental outcomes. Jessica's writing on these topics has been featured in Foreign Affairs, Harvard Business Review, and Stanford Social Innovation review as well as academic journals and book chapters. Dr. Seddon earned her Ph.D. from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and her B.A. from Harvard University.
Skoll Ecosystem Awardee
Saïd Business School
Yashveer has worked with International development organisations on strategy and sustainability and has been instrumental in launching new projects and starting up entrepreneurial ventures. He earned his MBA at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, where he was the only MBA student to receive prestigious, Vice-Chancellor Social Impact Award 2014 for his initiatives as Co-Chair Social Impact, Oxford Business Network (OBN). Prior to this, Yashveer founded the National Social Entrepreneurship Forum (NSEF) to address talent inequity in the development sector and influence youth culture in India by inspiring, educating, and supporting university students to pursue social innovation and entrepreneurship. For his work, Yashveer has been awarded prestigious Youth Action Net 2012 Fellowship – as 1 of the 20 young social entrepreneurs representing 16 different countries by International Youth Foundation and was recognized as Global Shaper 2011 by World Economic Forum. A Starting Bloc Boston 2011 Fellow, he was
Director of Social Entrepreneurs
Ferd Social Entrepreneurs
Katinka Greve Leiner has been the Director of Ferd Social Entrepreneurs since its establishment in 2009. Leiner came from the position as Vice President of Innovation Norway, heading Strategy and Communications. She was in charge of the Entrepreneurship area when Innovation Norway was established in 2002, also featuring in an entrepreneurial TV-show "Skaperen" (a Norwegian twist on the "Dragons Den"). Leiner was previously a Communications Consultant, and head of Public Affairs in Burson-Marsteller Norway. She has also been a Political Advisor for the Labour Party's Parliamentary group, and senior engineer in the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate. She graduated in 1991 as a civil engineer in Electric power from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Currently she is also a board member at The Scientist Factory, The Change Factory, Den Sociale Kapitalfond (the Social Capital Fund in Denmark) and EVPA (European Venture Philantropic Association).
Sandy Speicher leads IDEO’s Education practice, which takes a human-centred approach to creating positive impact in education, from designing tangible solutions for classrooms to addressing major challenges facing systems. Sandy has helped to create a scalable school model in Peru, strategies to improve schools for the poor in India and approaches to increasing teaching effectiveness in the US. Recently, she worked with Carnegie Corporation to launch 100kin10, which President Clinton referred to as a new model for social change.
Peter Bennett Foundation
Board member of the Peter Bennett Foundation. Ongoing work as the intermediary between sponsors, donors, media, government officials and charities. Responsible for all correspondence, event planning, management and organization. Travels throughout Asia for on-site due diligence inspections and relationship management. The Peter Bennett Foundation was established to address issues surround poverty alleviation in Hong Kong and Asia. In addition to making direct donations, the Foundation believes that by establishing an active dialogue and partnership with corporates, Government, Foundations and social enterprises/charities, it can support the most effective and efficient institutions to help the marginalized and poorest in our communities.
Director of International Relations
Al Jazeera Network
Satnam Matharu is Director of International Relations at Al Jazeera and is responsible for extending the global brand presence of Al Jazeera Network. Satnum previously built ventures in technology and media. He was a founding member of the Doha Tribeca Film Festival, a co-founding member of the Media Lab at the Canadian Film Centre and is a member of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Satnam holds degrees in Film and Education.
Vice President, Sustainable Living and Corporate Communications
Unilever, North America
Jonathan is Unilever's Vice President of Sustainable Living and Corporate Communications, North America. He joined the company in May 2012 and is responsible for Communications, Unilever Brand, and the shape and implementation of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan in North America. In 2007, Jonathan founded Common Way Communications, a public affairs and communications consultancy based in Vermont. There he worked as a consultant to the Global Issues Group, a coalition of global chocolate and cocoa processing companies and trade associations working on responsible labor practices in the cocoa sectors of West Africa. Prior to forming his consulting business, Jonathan was the Senior Director of Global Issues Management for Kraft Foods based in Illinois. He joined Kraft in 2002 and served as the Director of Corporate and Government Affairs for Kraft Foods Asia Pacific based in Australia and Singapore. Before taking on the global issues management assignment, he was the Senior Director of Commodity Sus
Senior Programme Manager, Innovation Skills
National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts
Theo is a Senior Programme Manager for Innovation Skills (International Development) for Nesta, the UK's innovation foundation. In partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation, Nesta has recently launched Development Impact and You (diytoolkit.org), a social innovation toolkit for development practitioners. Theo has previously worked for BT Global Services as a Community Investment Manager, and in the arts sector developing public private partnerships.