Medical Director and Founder
Dr. Besser recognized the need for an education and psychosocial support program that would contribute to HIV/AIDS service achieving the best medical and social outcomes. To fill this void, he founded mothers2mothers, in which mothers living with HIV are employed to work in health centers and communities, educating and supporting pregnant women and new mothers with HIV; increasing the effectiveness of interventions that reduce the number of babies born with HIV and keep mothers healthy and alive to raise their children. Since its inception in 2001, the mothers2mothers has grown to provide services in 400 sites in seven countries in Africa, with nearly 3 million contacts with women each year. Dr. Besser has received Global Health Council's Best Practice Award, Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, Presidential Citizens Award of the United States Government, and is an Ashoka and Schwab Fellow.
University of Cambridge
With the critically acclaimed publication of The Silent Takeover in 2001, Noreena Hertz became recognised as one of the world’s leading proponents of ethical globalisation. While her influential ideas on debt, trade and aid, as outlined in her most recent book I.O.U: The Debt Threat and Why We Must Defuse It, have been taken up by governments in countries as diverse as the United Kingdom, Norway and Tanzania. Both The Silent Takeover and I.O.U: The Debt Threat are international bestsellers, featuring on such lists as the Wall Street Journal and Foreign Affairs bestseller lists. Her books have been translated into 15 languages. Hertz’s op ed pieces have been published in most leading European and American broadsheets and her monthly syndicated column is published in 8 countries. Noreena has appeared on most flagship TV and Radio Shows in Europe, the United States, Africa and Latin America and regularly takes part in debates and panels with leading government ministers, prime ministers, presidents and public figures. In addition she is a regular keynote speaker at corporate and NGO events and an advisor to several leading corporations and NGOs. In 2005 and 2006 she spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Hertz has a BA in Philosophy and Economics from UCL, an MBA in Finance from Wharton, and a Phd from the University of Cambridge. She is the CIBAM Distinguished Fellow at the University of Cambridge.
Grand Challenges Canada
Dr. Peter Singer has dedicated the last decade to bringing science and innovation to tackle the health challenges of the world's poorest people. Dr. Singer is Chief Executive Officer of Grand Challenges Canada. He is also Director at the Sandra Rotman Centre at University Health Network, Professor of Medicine at University of Toronto, and the Foreign Secretary of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Dr. Singer chaired the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences' assessment on Canada's Strategic Role in Global Health. He has advised the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the UN Secretary General's office, the Government of Canada, Pepsico, BioVeda China Venture Capital Fund, and several African Governments on global health. Dr. Singer was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2011 for his contributions to health research and bioethics, and for his dedication to improving the health of people in developing countries.
Chairman, Executive Committee
Alan Hassenfeld, former Chairman of the Board and present Chairman of the Executive Committee of Hasbro Inc.. Alan is a business leader with a passion for philanthropy. Whether he is fighting for the human rights of manufacturing workers in Asia or making decisions as the Chairman of the Scholar Athlete Games, his energy and guidance always provide positive results. Mr. Hassenfeld has been honoured many times for his efforts, many are lifetime awards – which is a reflection of his beliefs. Mr. Hassenfeld has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He has numerous honourary degrees from prestigious universities around the world. He lives in Rhode Island, USA with his wife of 19 years.
Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan
Shanker Singh, aged 55, is one of the founder members of the MKSS along with Aruna Roy and Nikhil Dey. Acknowledged to be one of India’s leading figures in people’s theatre, he has combined over two decades of activism with the power of people’s communication through street theatre, puppetry, song, and drama to strengthen the voice of the poor. Through his uncanny, incisive wit and his keen political insight, he instinctively communicates complex issues in an idiom familiar to the people.
Matt Damon is an American actor, voice actor, screenwriter, producer, and philanthropist whose career was launched following the success of the drama film Good Will Hunting (1997) from a screenplay he co-wrote with friend and actor Ben Affleck. The pair won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and the Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay for their work. For his performance in the film, Damon received nominations for the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Satellite Award, and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor. Damon has since starred in commercially successful films such as Saving Private Ryan (1998), the Ocean's trilogy, and the first three films in the Bourne series, while also gaining critical acclaim for his performances in dramas such as Syriana (2005), The Good Shepherd (2006), and The Departed (2006). He garnered a Golden Globe nomination for portraying the title character in The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Francois Pienaar in Invictus (2009). He is one of the top-40 highest-grossing actors of all time. In 2007, Damon received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was named Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine. Damon has been actively involved in charitable work, including the ONE Campaign, H2O Africa Foundation, and Water.org.
Co-Founder & Executive Director, Kellogg Innovation Network (KIN)
Kellogg School of Management
Robert C. Wolcott, Ph.D. is Co-Founder & Executive Director of the Kellogg Innovation Network (KIN; www.kinglobal.org) and a faculty member of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. Wolcott has served on innovation advisory boards for Nordic Innovation Center (Oslo), Kraft Foods, GE and others. His work has appeared in numerous languages in publications such as MIT Sloan Management Review, The Wall Street Journal, Peking University Business Review and The New York Times, and he is a frequent speaker and facilitator for events worldwide. Wolcott is a partner with growth strategy firm, Clareo, and an active angel investor in companies such as IndieGogo, ClearCareOnline and SA Ignite. Wolcott received a BA, European and Chinese History; MS/Ph.D., Industrial Engineering, Northwestern University
Soprano and Co-Founding Director
Sing for Hope
Monica Yunus is the Co-Founding Director of Sing for Hope, a leading non-profit that brings arts outreach programs to communities in need and presents initiatives -- such NYC's summertime street pianos -- that make the arts accessible to all. An internationally renowned soprano, Ms. Yunus has performed with the world's leading companies, including The Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, The Zouk Festival, and in recitals in Spain, France, and her native Bangladesh. She has been honored with a 21st Century Leaders Award and, in 2013, received a Congressional Citation, was honored as "New Yorker of the Week" by NY1, and was named one of the "Top 50 Americans in Philanthropy" by Town&Country. A leading voice in the "artist as citizen" discussion, she has performed and spoken at the Fortune Most Powerful Women’s Summit, Nexus Global Summit, and The United Nations. The daughter of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus, Ms. Yunus is a graduate of The Juilliard School.
Edward Skloot is Director of the Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society and Professor of the Practice at the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, Duke University. In June 2007 he retired as President of the Surdna Foundation, a family foundation headquartered in New York City. Before coming to Surdna, Skloot was founder and President of New Ventures, a nonprofit consulting firm that assisted other NGOs in earning income as a complement to fundraising. Earlier, he served as a senior official in the governments of New York City and New York State and worked in the for-profit world as a management consultant. Currently, Skloot serves on the boards of Independent Sector, Venture Philanthropy Partners, TROSA, Citizens Schools and the National Council for Palliative Care. He is a member of the advisory boards of the Bridgespan Group and the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, Stanford University. The Surdna Foundation has published a compilation of Skloot’s recent speeches in the book Beyond the Money: Reflections on Philanthropy, the Nonprofit Sector, and Civic Life, 1999-2006. He was also the principal writer and editor of The Nonprofit Entrepreneur, published by the Foundation Center.
Chief Executive & Co-Founder
Tim Smit, CBE, is Chief Executive and co-founder of the Eden Project in Cornwall. The Eden Project houses a complex of domes containing world-class horticulture, and demonstrates that sustainability is about good business practice and the citizenship values of the future. Tim is Director of the Lost Gardens of Heligan and has Honorary Doctorates and Fellowships from a number of universities. He has received The Royal Society of Arts Albert Medal and was voted 'Great Briton of 2007’ in the Environment category of the Morgan Stanley Great Briton Awards.