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Executive Vice President, Director Social Entrepreneurship
The Pershing Square Foundation
Amy Herskovitz, LCSW-R, is the Executive Vice President of The Pershing Square Foundation. As the sole employee of the foundation for the first three years, Amy helped shape the vision and strategy of the foundation, advising the Trustees, growing the Board of Advisors and shaping PSF’s strategic priorities. She now leads the team on the Social Enterprise portfolio, identifying potential funding opportunities, engagement with grantees, and day-to-day operations. Amy's board memberships include Harvard Medical School Global Health Advisory Council and the Big Bang Philanthropy Group. Ms. Herskovitz resides in New York City.
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.
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL)
Dr. Sacha Sidjanski worked for more than seven years on malaria. He obtained his Ph.D. at New York University (NYU) and was awarded the Young Investigator Award from the ‘American Society of Tropical and Hygiene’ for his research project on malaria. After a year's post-doctoral work at State University of New York)and at Pasteur Institute in Paris, he joined the World Health Organization at the end of 1999 as a 'scientific officer’. Between May 2006 and April 2010, he collaborated with two foundations involved in research and development of affordable HIV medicines. Since June 2006, Dr Sidjanski is the Project Manager for the School of Life Sciences, EPFL -Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne- (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), home of four institutes -the Brain & Mind Institute, -Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research, -Institute of Bioengineering and the -Global Health Institute.
Tata Consultancy Services
Mr. Ramadorai has been in public service since February 2011. Currently he is Chairman of National Skill Development Agency (NSDA) in the rank of a Cabinet Minister. The NSDA is a newly formed autonomous body which will coordinate and harmonize the skill development efforts of the Government and the private sector to achieve the skilling targets of the nation. He is also Chairman of the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), a Public Private Partnership arm of the Government of India for creating large, for-profit vocational institutions. In February 2011, the Government had appointed him as the Adviser to the Prime Minister in the National Council on Skill Development, in the rank of a Cabinet Minister, however in June 2013 the Council was subsumed into the NSDA. Ramadorai continues as the Vice - Chairman of Tata Consultancy Services Ltd, a company he has been associated with, for the past 41 years.
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.
In 1984 Marc first read a newspaper article predicting the spread of HIV through the re-use of syringes, appalled by the prospect he decided to do something about it. Some 29 years later his solution the K1 (an Auto Disable syringe that physically prevents re-use), conservatively credits Marc with saving nine million lives and preventing 14 million diseases. Identifying a glaring gap in the market in 2006 he established The SafePoint Trust, a not for profit delivering a holistic approach to converting the supply and demand infrastructure to only accept safe injections. Marc now spends all his time working with the SafePoint Trust on their LifeSaver campaigns uniting the systems six key elements: creating a global policy, government legislation change, trained healthcare workers and an informed public.
Chief Executive Officer
Crispin Murira is the chief executive at Copia, a catalog order and delivery service leveraging mobile technology to increase access to goods for populations living at the base of the pyramid. After 17 years in the United States, Murira-believing that with the right models, investors can engage populations living at the base of the pyramid in a way that's a win for both sides-moved back to Kenya to set up and run Copia. In its first year, Copia has increased the take home income of its agents by over 57 percent and increased access of goods to more than 1,000 families. Prior to Copia, Murira worked as a senior mergers and acquisitions analyst at Credit Suisse, co-founded and led a successful fashion accessories design company, and served as marketing vice president for a leading retailer-manufacturer. Murira holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics and physics from Bowdoin College and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha (Bangladesh Floating School)
Architect Mohammed Rezwan is the founder of Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha, a not-for-profit development organization in Bangladesh. He invented “solar-powered floating school” to ensure access to year round and quality education in flood-prone regions. He developed, expanded, and sustained the floating schools over 10 years. Drawing on his architectural expertise, he designs spaces on boats that successfully accommodate the needs of schools, libraries, and training and healthcare centres. Rezwan has also served on international advisory committees dealing with education, technology, and environment. Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha won a WISE Award in 2012.
Corporate Engagement Team
Kate works on the corporate engagement team at Code REDD. Through partnership and collaboration, Code REDD aligns the REDD+ mechanism with private sector practices, corporate business models, and regulatory frameworks to reduce deforestation, value ecosystem services, and promote low carbon development.
Dr. H Harish Hande is presently the CEO of SELCO Foundation. Till May 2014 he was the Managing Director of SELCO INDIA a social enterprise that provided sustainable energy services to underserved households in rural India.As of today it has served more than 1 million people. Dr. Hande earned his Doctorate in energy engineering (solar specialty) at the University of Massachusetts (Lowell). He has an undergraduate degree in Energy Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur. Dr. Hande serves on the boards of many organizations, both national and international. In 2011, Dr. Hande was awarded the Magsaysay Award, which sometimes is referred to as the Asian Nobel Prize.