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Slum Dwellers International
Joel Bolnick is co-founder of SDI and Manager of the Secretariat, a post he has held since 1996. He was formerly the Director of Peopleâ€™s Dialogue, the South African affiliate to SDI. He holds a Masterâ€™s degree in Sociology from the University of California in Berkeley. In his capacity as SDI Manager Joel serves on the boards of several South African and International agencies.
Chairman & Co-Founder
Global Youth Empowerment Movement
Ruba Al Hassan is a social entrepreneur & human development expert. She is Chairman and co-founder of the Global Youth Empowerment Movement (GYEM) in Dubai, a social enterprise that empowers youth through a transformational program of self-discovery and social entrepreneurship training to help turn their passion into social action. Al Hassan founded the first human trafficking shelter in the Middle East focused specifically on rehabilitation of sexually exploited victims and successfully lobbied for the first anti-human trafficking law in the region. Al Hassan serves as the Senior Advisor to the UAE Ambassador to the USA on education and human rights and was formerly the Social Policy Advisor of the Abu Dhabi Government working on education and welfare reform. Prior to Al Hassan’s extensive career in the public sector, she managed the human development programmes at UNDP. Al Hassan holds an MSc in Development Studies from SOAS and an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
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.
Author and Speaker
Inside Straight Strategies
A veteran environmental leader, Mr. Pope served with the Sierra Club for more than thirty years. In that time he served as Political Director, Conservation Director, Executive Director, and Chairman. He stepped down as Chairman in 2012 to become an independent consultant heading Inside Straight Strategies, a practiced focused on the intersection of sustainability and economic development. His current practice focused on disrupting the economic distortions which lock the world economy into dependence on unaffordable and unsustainable fossil fuels, unlocking competition and open markets which will accelerate the energy revolution away from fossil fuels. During his tenure as Executive Director, Sierra Club added 400,000 new members and supporters, growing to approximately 1.2 million. It led campaigns to move the United States Beyond Coal, and to establish new regulations to drive the auto industry into an era of fuel efficiency.
Author and Speaker
President and CEO
Manchester Bidwell Corporation
Bill Strickland is the President and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation (MBC) and its subsidiaries, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild and Bidwell Training Center, both founded in 1968, and National Center for Arts and Technology, founded in 2006. As President and CEO, Strickland's duties include developing and implementing major fund-raising plans of action, working with Boards of Directors and Industry Advisory Boards and encouraging the participation of corporate executive officials from major multi-national Pittsburgh corporations. Strickland is also instrumental in the creation and maintenance of MBC’s operational affiliate centers in Cincinnati and Cleveland, OH; Grand Rapids, MI; San Francisco, CA; Boston, MA; Buffalo, NY; Brockway, PA and New Haven, CT . Currently, there are several more US cities pursuing the possibility of opening a center for arts and technology and one international city is also considering implementing a site in their community.
Head of Operations
REAL Frontiers / Homeless International
Joe is Head of Operations at REAL Frontiers / Homeless International, a community development finance institution providing 'start up to self reliant financing and support for BOP focused urban housing and infrastructure enterprises. RF/HI’s support comprises capital and capacity financing, technical and organisational development. Joe is a Quantity Surveyor by profession with extensive experience in social housing, property development and development finance. Prior to joining HI, Joe owned and managed the Lodestar Group of Companies and served on the board of Yeast Housing, South Africa. Before that Joe was the Development Director for Places for People, UK, involved in social housing in throughout the United Kingdom, Europe and Bosnia.
Director, Innovation Labs
The World Bank Institute
Aleem Walji is the Director of the World Bank’s Innovation Labs. He leads initiatives which leverage open data, mapping and information technology to improve service delivery to the poor. He also oversees the Development Marketplace program which provides finance, advisory services, and policy support to social businesses and social enterprises serving base of the pyramid clients in South Asia, East Africa, and the Middle East. Prior to joining WBI, Aleem served as a Head of Global Development Initiatives at Google.org, with a focus on eastern Africa. He led efforts related to increasing transparency and accountability in government and supporting the growth of small and medium-size enterprises in Africa. Aleem was also the first CEO of the Aga Khan Foundation in Syria. He is a graduate of Emory University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He completed his bachelor's degree in Near Eastern Studies and Anthropology and his master's degree in International Development and Regional Planning.
Dr. Gleick is co-founder and President of the highly regarded Pacific Institute in California and a global leader on water. His work addresses the ties between water and health, human rights, climate change, globalisation, and international conflicts. Dr. Gleick has received numerous awards, among them the prestigious MacArthur “genius” Fellowship. He is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, was named “a visionary” by the BBC, and “one of 15 people the next President should listen to” by Wired Magazine.
As a Principal at the Skoll Foundation, Susie develops and structures investments to drive large-scale change and manages key relationships with funded social entrepreneurs, domain experts, policy makers, corporate partners and cofunders. Susie joined Skoll as a continuation of her experience in and passion for supporting the growth of entrepreneurs, scaling up the organizations they lead, and investing in innovations with potential for large-scale impact. She brings fifteen years of cross sector experience, including over a decade of direct investment experience in private equity and venture capital in the US and Latin America. Prior work includes stints at Stanford, Google, JP Morgan and as AmeriCorps VISTA Entrepreneur Corps fellow at New Sector Alliance. Prior to Skoll, Susie was a principal of TBL Capital, a venture fund investing in companies producing social and environmental impact and served as Director of IGNIA Fund, an impact focused commercial venture fund based in Mexico.
Managing Director, and Global Head of Environmental Finance
Michael T. Eckhart is founding President of ACORE, a Washington DC-based nonprofit organisation with over 600 organizational members. He is a 2008 Skoll Awardee, a 2006 recipient of RSF’s Good Deal for All Award, and a four-time participant in the Clinton Global Initiative. He serves on the Advisory Committee to Prince Charles’ Rainforest Project. Earlier, he was named Renewable Energy Man of the Year of India and was an executive with United Power Systems Inc., Areté Ventures Inc., General Electric Company and Booz, Allen & Hamilton. He served in the US Navy Submarine Service, and received a degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.