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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.
Camilo Galvis is the Executive Director of the abc* Foundation. Prior to joining the abc*, Camilo was the Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs of the Embassy of Colombia in London, where he promoted the negotiation and ratification of the Free Trade Agreement between the Community of Andean Nations and the European Union. Camilo is also a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University in New York City, where he conducts research on applied mathematics to finance and economics with the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Columbia Business School. Previously, he was the Director of Information of Fortune International, a Florida-based real estate development and investment firm, and an Integrated Technology Specialist with IBM. Camilo holds a BS degree in Economics from the University of Los Andes in Colombia and the University of Sydney in Australia and an MS in Operations Research from Columbia University.
Author and Speaker
Founder and CEO
Jim Fruchterman is a leading social entrepreneur and CEO of Benetech, a nonprofit technology company based in Silicon Valley. He is a former rocket scientist who develops technology to address unmet social needs. Fruchterman founded Benetech in 1989 to produce reading machines for people who are blind. Since then, Benetech's work has grown to include multiple program areas and now develops technology for people with disabilities, as well as the human rights and environmental movements. In recognition of his work, Fruchterman has received numerous awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship and the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. He believes that technology has the power to improveeven transformthe lives of people all across the world.
Mike is an accomplished entrepreneur, consultant and leader engaged by mission-based organizations around the world to craft distinctive strategies and support visionary entrepreneurs and leaders. He is an Ambassador of the Social Venture Network, and an Executive Producer of the annual Social Venture Institute. He also advises two universities on social enterprise and venture incubation, is a keynote speaker and has taught strategy, entrepreneurship, sector collaborations, branding and communications. During his career, Mike has worked with international NGOs, corporate responsibility groups, and many startup ventures and not-for-profit organizations. Mike leads the brand strategy practice at Junxion Strategy, a consultancy that delivers strategy, branding, and market outreach & engagement services to responsible enterprises around the world. Junxion has offices in Vancouver, London and Delhi.
Author and Speaker
Nina Smith is the executive director of GoodWeave, which aims to stop child labor in the carpet industry and replicate its market-driven model in other sectors She is an advocate for children's rights and an expert on addressing labor rights violations in manufacturing supply chains. Ms. Smith has presented internationally as well as nationally on these issues at events organized by Harvard University andthe American Bar Association: Rule of Law Initiative and Stanford Graduate School of Business, among others. Ms. Smith is a winner of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and received The Center for Nonprofit Advancement's EXCEL Award for excellence in chief executive leadership. Ms. Smith was formerly the executive director of The Crafts Center and president of the Fair Trade Federation. (She is a graduate of Tufts University, and is a practitioner affiliate of the Social Enterprise Graduate Degree program at American University.
Representative Latin America
Sandra Ortiz has worked as a project manager in the field of social innovation at the BMW Foundation since March 2012. Her areas of work include social intra- and entrepreneurship and impact business, which seek to solve social and ecological problems through entrepreneurial means. Born in Mexico City, Sandra came to Hamburg, Germany at age of 19. While studying theatre education at the Ottersberg University of Applied Sciences, Sandra began to work with “Dialogue in the Dark.” For the following six years, she was actively involved in many national and international exhibitions, living for long periods in Mexico, Brazil, the United States, Italy, and Germany. In addition, Sandra has gained experience as an intercultural trainer, moderator and mentor for social start-ups. Sandra Ortiz has been the Latin America Representative of the BMW Foundation since 2014.
Chief Economist and Vice President
African Development Bank
Professor Mthuli Ncube is the Chief Economist and Vice President of the African Development Bank, and holds a PhD in Mathematical Finance from Cambridge University, UK, on “Pricing Options under Stochastic Volatility”. As Chief Economist, he oversees the Economics Complex, which is focused on the process of knowledge management within the bank and with its partners, and general economic strategic direction of the bank. In this regard, he looks after the Development Research Division, Statistics Division and African Development Institute, all of which are headed by Directors who report to him. That is, knowledge generation, knowledge acquisition, knowledge dissemination, and knowledge sharing, and capacity-building. As a Vice President, he is a member of the senior management of the Bank and contributes to its general strategic direction.
Lorenzo Bernasconi is an Associate Director at the Rockefeller Foundation where his work focuses on innovative finance and impact investing. He was formerly a strategy consultant at Dalberg Global Development Advisors in New York where his work focused on emerging markets private equity and venture capital, access to finance, inclusive growth, and technology for development. Prior to Dalberg, Lorenzo worked at the Boston Consulting Group’s Paris and New York offices and in the investment banking division of UBS in London. Lorenzo holds a BSc in philosophy and economics from the London School of Economics, a PhD from Cambridge University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Columbia University’s Earth Institute.
Marriage & Family Therapist
I am a Marriage and Family therapist in Northern California. I have been working with children and adults in both a private practice and school setting. Currently, the focus of my therapeutic work is in facilitating group therapy with children. I have also been very involved in the worlds of domestic violence and anti trafficking in the United States. Over the last ten years, I have produced an annual networking event in San Francisco, around the two topics, that brings together professionals, politicians and the private sector and allows for these individuals to join together to learn from each other and create an action plan to make a positive difference in these areas.