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Director of Family Health
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Dr. Gary L. Darmstadt leads the Family Health Division of the foundation, comprising the Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Health (MNCH), Family Planning, and Nutrition strategic project teams. He joined the Global Health Program at the foundation as Senior Program Officer for Newborn Health in February 2008 and became Team Lead for Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Health (MNCH) and Interim Deputy Director of Integrated Health Solution Development in October 2008. He is also an active member of the Global Health India team.
Research Associate, Pandemics
Skoll Global Threats Fund
Adam has worked in the areas of pandemic preparedness and infectious disease epidemiology since 2008. Prior to joining the Skoll Global Threats Fund, Adam was an epidemiologist with the San Mateo County Health System, where he focused on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and communicable disease outbreaks. Adam also worked for several years as a Research Associate at UC Berkeley’s Center for Infectious Diseases and Emergency Readiness, conducting research for CDC-funded projects focused on epidemiologic capacity and all-hazards preparedness in state and local health departments. Before his move to California, Adam was employed as a Pandemic Influenza Emergency Planner at the Rhode Island Department of Health’s Center for Emergency Preparedness and Response prior to, and during, the 2009 novel H1N1 influenza pandemic. Adam received his BA in International Politics from the University of Rhode Island and his MPH in Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology from the University of California, Berkeley.
Chief Investment Officer
Brian Trelstad is the Chief Investment Officer of Acumen Fund, a non-profit global venture fund that uses entrepreneurial approaches to solve the problems of global poverty. In his role at the Acumen Fund, Brian gives oversight and direction to the fund’s investment portfolio. He also spends time working with the broader social enterprise community to develop metrics and tools to discuss the progression of the field as a whole. Before joining Acumen Fund, Brian worked for McKinsey & Company and was the environmental program officer of President Clinton’s AmeriCorps program.
Senior Program Officer
Graham Macmillan is the Senior Program Officer for Financial Inclusion at the Citi Foundation. He is responsible for leading the Foundation’s international portfolio while developing and managing key thought-leadership and innovation investments. Previously, he managed the Foundation's Microfinance and Enterprise Development portfolios. Prior to Citi, Graham was Senior Director of VisionSpring, an award-winning social enterprise selling consumer products to promote economic development, and a Director of Business Development at Helen Keller International, a leading international non-governmental organization. Graham is a member of the Executive Committee of the Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Graham received his BA from Colby College, MSc from NYU Wagner, and MBA through a joint program at NYU Stern, London School of Economics and HEC Paris School of Management.
Cornell University, Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise
DR. MARK MILSTEIN is Clinical Professor of Management and Director of the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. He conducts research in and oversees the Center’s work on market and enterprise creation; business development; clean technology commercialization; and sustainable finance. He works closely with a variety of firms in renewable energy and carbon markets, life sciences and sustainable agriculture, consumables, food and nutrition, health care and hospitality management, as well as finance and international development. Professor Milstein’s writings have appeared in a number of journals including Science, Academy of Management Executive, and Sloan Management Review. He is a frequent speaker on the topics of strategy, organizational change and innovation related to business and sustainability, and consults with multi-national firms, small and medium sized enterprises, and NGOs.
Chief Executive Officer
Ele Agbe Co. Ltd
Comfort Aku Adjahoe-Jennings Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Ele Agbe Company Ltd, a Shea butter and local beads jewellery production and export company in Ghana. Ele Agbe produces a variety of body creams, soaps, lotion bars, body oils and lip balms from Shea butter that are exported to the US and Japanese markets. Mrs Adjahoe-Jennings has run Ele Agbe for 18 years. During this time she has participated in several trade shows in the US and Japan. She has also organised rural Ghanaian women into cooperatives to enable them to produce and supply products to her company. Mrs Adjahoe-Jennings has transformed Ele Agbe into a highly quality Shea cosmetics export company that still works with a network of women Shea nut pickers and processors. Mrs Adjahoe-Jennings is the founder of the Network of African Women Entrepreneurs NGO and the President of AWEP, Ghana Chapter.
Author and Speaker
Founder and Director
One Acre Fund
Andrew is the co-founder and director of One Acre Fund. Most of the world's poor people are smallholder farmers, and we have an innovative method for helping them to double their productivity. We currently serve 200,000 farmers in East Africa with farm input loans and training, and are growing by 50%+ per year.
Director, Skoll World Forum
As Director and Curator of the Skoll World Forum, Sarah is responsible for oversight of the world’s premiere, international platform for accelerating entrepreneurial approaches and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing social issues. The convening takes place each year in Oxford, England. Prior to the Skoll Foundation, Sarah had more than 15 years of executive marketing, communications and event experience in the public, private and government sectors. She served as the Vice President of Communications at the X PRIZE Foundation, Vice President of Communications at the Prostate Cancer Foundation as well as a Vice President at Porter Novelli International. In addition to executive corporate and non-profit experience, Sarah also served in the Clinton Administration as the Director of Marketing for the Peace Corps and the Press Secretary of the National School-to-Work Office at the US Department of Education. While living in Washington, D.C., she gained significant broadcast experience as
Mr Hoffmann studied economics at St. Gallen University and holds an MBA from INSEAD. Mr Hoffmann is non-executive Vice President of Roche Holdings Ltd and of Givaudan SA. He chairs the board of Massellaz SA as well as Nemadi Advisors Ltd. He is also a board member of the following companies : Amazentis SA, Genentech Inc., Glyndebourne Productions Ltd. and Inovalon, Inc. In addition, Mr Hoffmann serves on the board of the following charities: Fondation Corbillettes, Foundation Dubois Ferriere-Dinu Lipatti, Fondation ProValat, INSEAD and Paul Sacher Stiftung. André Hoffmann's main philanthropic interest is in the field of nature conservation. To support his efforts in this field, he chairs the Fondation Internationale du Banc d'Arguin (FIBA) and the Fondation MAVA. He is also Vice-President of the Fondation Tour du Valat and WWF International.
Author and Speaker
CEO and Founder
Idit is an Israeli-American social entrepreneur, known for her education technology innovations. She received a PhD from MIT Media Lab and EdM from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Currently,she is founder and CEO of Globaloria, a K-12 MOOC, with project-based game design innovation and coding courses, professional development and blended-learning support systems, that is easily integrated into any school or program. It was invented to respond to lack of high-quality education in computing innovation which creates opportunity-divides that result in millions of unengaged students and an insufficient pipeline in STEM-ready professionals. Since 2006, Globaloria educated 10,000 students in underserved communities, trained 500 educators and 300 leaders in 8 states and 20 countries, with 85% retention and 95% course completion rates; ready for rapid scale nationally and globally.