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Chris joined APOPO in 2010 in the interest of business development, proceeded to manage the organization's finances, and now leads the development team. In 2014, Chris relocated to Santa Clara, California to open a US Office of APOPO. The primary objectives are to fundraise, build an education program, and register as a 501(c)3 non-profit. His background includes four years in the corporate sector, a U.S. State Department fellowship, experience at the U.S. Mission to the UN in Geneva, and a Master's degree in International Public Service.
Co-Founder and CEO
Martin is the Co-Founder and CEO of KickStart International, an award-winning, nonprofit social enterprise with a mission to lift millions of people in Africa out of poverty. KickStart designs and mass-markets high quality, low-cost, human-powered irrigation pumps. These low-cost pumps are purchased by poor farmers who use them to irrigate their plots to move from rain fed-subsistence farming to commercial-irrigated agriculture. On average, KickStart farmers increase their annual net farming income by nearly 500%. For the first time they can properly feed and educate their children, afford healthcare, and plan for their futures. To date, KickStart has lifted over 750,000 people out of poverty.
Alex is part of the Business Development team at Planet Labs. He joined Planet from the Omidyar Network (ON) where he helped deliver for-profit investments and nonprofit grants. Alex previously worked at Climate Change Capital, a London-based investment management firm specializing in carbon markets and clean technology and the World Bank
Paul E. Steiger was the founding editor-in-chief, CEO and president of ProPublica from 2008 through 2012. As Executive Chairman beginning Jan. 1, 2013, he remains actively involved in strategic issues, development, representing ProPublica in public venues, and consulting with management on business and editorial issues as needed and on a part-time basis. Steiger served as the managing editor of the Wall Street Journal from 1991 to 2007. During his tenure, members of the Journal’s newsroom staff were awarded 16 Pulitzer Prizes. In addition, ProPublica reporters received Pulitzer Prizes in May 2010 and 2011. He is a member of the steering committee of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, based in Arlington, Va., which provides free legal assistance to journalists. He is a trustee of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, based in Miami, that funds efforts to enhance journalism and the functioning of American communities.
Sr. Program Manager
I was born & brought up in Assam, a state in the far eastern part of India. Completed high school from my village school and joined prestigious Cotton College in Guwahati, the capital city of Assam for intermediate in 1999. Decided to complete my graduation from Delhi University and joined in 2002 and passed out in 2007 after completion of my masters in Political Science. Started working with Pragya, an NGO working in the high altitude of Himalayan region helped me in understanding poverty & exclusion from a different angle. Joined NASVI in 2009 and started advocacy work for the regulation & protection of livelihood of street vendors in the cities and collectivization of street vendors through organizing them. My work with GMR Varalakshmi Foundation helped me in understanding CSR and its current practices in India. My interest on the issues of informal workers, drove me to join Nidan and looking after its strategy of expansion & organizing part. Currently I lead a large team.
Fundación Avina - Brazil
Program Coordinator for Amazon and Climate Change strategies at Fundación Avina, Paula holds a Bachelor degree in International Relations from Universidade de Brasília, Brazil, and a Master degree in Development Studies, with specialization in Local and Regional Development, from the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Netherlands. Paula has previously worked as environmental analyst for Imazon and consultant for Global Witness. She has published articles and was a co-organizer for TEDxVer-o-Peso.
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.
Ethiopian ATA (Agricultural Transformation Agency)
Khalid Bomba is the Chief Executive Office of the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency. The Agency is an initiative of the Government of Ethiopia, established by federal regulation to promote agricultural sector transformation in Ethiopia by identifying solutions to systemic bottlenecks in key program areas. Modeled after similar and successful organizations in Asia, the Agency has a unique operating structure and reports to a Transformation Council chaired by the Prime Minister of Ethiopia. Prior to joining the ATA, Khalid was Senior Program Officer within the Agriculture Development Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where he developed and managed grants intended to strengthening the human and institutional capacity of the agricultural sector in African countries. Prior to that, Khalid served as the Regional Director for Africa at the Global e-Schools and Communities Initiative, an organization founded by the United Nations ICT Task Force.
Representative for Europe
Inter-American Development Bank
Mr. Alejandro Alvarez von Gustedt is the Representative of the Office in Europe of the Inter-American Development Bank, based in Madrid. As such he is responsible for nurturing the relationship with the Member states, and to develop partnerships with a wide range of actors, including public institutions, private corporations, impact investors, NGOs, foundations and universities. He is a national of Germany and Spain, holds a Law degree and a Business Administration degree from the University Pontificia de Comillas in Madrid, and a Master’s of Science in International Relations from Georgetown University. He has 20 years of international project experience in multiple industries and geographies, particularly as a strategy consultant and part of the leadership team of Monitor Group, where his last position was Partner and Head of Human Assets, Recruiting and Operations for Europe and the Emerging Markets. Previous to that, he had been a consultant at the Mult. Investment Guarantee Agency
Nathaniel is the founder of Assetmap, a San Francisco-based startup that builds web tools to help people better visualize and leverage their social capital. Before that, he was the founding director of the Northwestern University Center for Global Engagement.