As CEO of Verité, Dan Viederman has worked closely with NGOs, governments, investors, and the biggest multinational brands in the world to improve working conditions and eliminate human rights violations across geographies and business sectors. For the impact that Verité has had on millions of workers around the world, Viederman was the winner of a 2007 Skoll Foundation Award for Social Entrepreneurship, and was named 2011 Social Entrepreneur of the Year in the United States by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. Dan has managed NGOs in developing countries since 1993 and worked with internationally-recognized institutions such as the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Catholic Relief Services. He has lived extensively in Asia and speaks Chinese. Dan is a graduate of Yale University, the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, and Nanjing Teacher's University.
Riders for Health
Co-founder (with Andrea Coleman) and executive director of Riders for Health. After seeing the extremely damaging lack of vehicle management and appropriate infrastructure in Africa in the 1980s, Barry worked with African colleagues to develop a replicable mechanism for managing vehicles where there is no conventional support infrastructure no dealership network, for example. Barry designed Riders for Health's groundbreaking transport resource management (TRM) and transport asset management (TAM) vehicle management systems. He also created Riders' cost-per-kilometre calculator, which allows for the accurate costing of any vehicle in any given physical/financial environment over its mechanical/economical life-span. An important element of the success of these systems has been the organisational and financial development of Riders, headed by Riders' CEO Andrea Coleman. Barry and Andrea were recently profiled on the BBC World documentary, Alvin's Guide to Good Business.
Field Programme Co-Ordinator
Riders For Health
Ngwarati Mashonga is field programme co-ordinator for Riders in Health. Ngwarati joined Riders in his native Zimbabwe in 1996, after qualifying as a motorcycle mechanic. He became programme director in 2001, overseeing a team of 41 staff and the management of nearly 600 vehicles. He also completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree (specialising in transport economics) by distance learning. In 2007, Ngwarati was appointed to the post of field programme co-ordinator, to oversee the replication of Riders’ programmes into new countries. Riders for Health trains mechanics to keep motorcycles in rural Africa running, providing the means for health workers and resources to reach the people who needed them. The organisation started out raising money by putting on events in the motorcycle community. This strategy is still the cornerstone of their fundraising, but they now also run auctions, take donations and work with a wide range of partners on developing transport infrastructure for Africa.
Director, One Acre Fund USA
One Acre Fund
Matthew Forti is Director of One Acre Fund USA, leading the organization's global support unit, including its development, communications, and measurement functions. One Acre Fund assists over 135,000 of Africa's hardest-working smallholder farm families to double their farm incomes through a comprehensive bundle of finance, farm inputs, training, and post-harvest support. Matt played an instrumental role in One Acre Fund's founding, helping to raise the seed capital to launch the organization and becoming its first Board Chair. Prior to joining One Acre Fund's staff, Matt was a Manager and Co-head of the Performance Measurement Practice at the Bridgespan Group, a social sector advisory firm. He writes extensively on the topic of performance measurement, including through a blog series for SSIR and Bridgespan.org called Measuring to Improve. Matt received an MBA with distinction from the Kellogg School of Management and graduated summa cum laude with a BA from Northwestern.
Founder and CEO
Dr. Hale is the Founder of Medicines360, a pharmaceutical scientist, and global health social entrepreneur. Her passion is the development of important new medicines for all of humanity, with the specific goal to reduce health inequities. Dr. Hale is Founder & Chair Emeritus of One World Health, the first nonprofit pharmaceutical company in the US. She founded the company in 2000 and served as its first Chairman and CEO (2000-2008). Under her leadership the organization developed a new cure for visceral leishmaniasis, launched a novel approach to treat dehydrating diarrhea, and developed a platform technology to reduce the cost of malaria drugs by more than 10-fold. Dr. Hale established her expertise in all stages of biopharmaceutical drug development at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and at Genentech. She earned her PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from University of California San Francisco, where she presently maintains an Adjunct Associate Professorship in Biopharmaceuti
Stichting IKEA Foundation
Per Heggenes is the CEO of the IKEA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Stichting INGKA Foundation which owns the IKEA Group, the Swedish home furnishing company. Prior to joining the foundation, Heggenes was the Global Head of Corporate Affairs and member of the Global Executive Team for the shipping and logistics company Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics. Before joining WWL he was the UK President and CEO for the global public relations firm Burson-Marsteller and Co-CEO for Europe. Previously, he held different global roles (Global Head of Human Resources, Worldwide Chief Knowledge Officer, Global Affiliate network director) based in New York. Prior to these roles, Mr. Heggenes was chairman of the Corporate Practice in Europe followed by a period as Chief Operating Officer of Burson-Marsteller Europe. He graduated from the University of Augsburg in Germany with a "Diplom Oekonom" (MBA). He is married with three children and lives in Switzerland.
National Public Radio, USA
John Ydstie has covered the economy, Wall Street and the federal budget for NPR for two decades and has worked at NPR since 1979. In recent years NPR has broadened his responsibilities, making use of his reporting and interviewing skills to cover major stories like the aftermath of 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal. His current focus is reporting on the global financial crisis. Ydstie is also a regular guest host on the NPR news programmes Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition and Talk of the Nation.