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Senior Innovation Specialist
The World Bank
Merrick Schaefer brought experience from a 10 year software development career to international development as a founding member of the UNICEF Innovation Team. His work focuses on the intersection of technology and development across a wide range of sectors. He is particularly focused on mHealth and was the manager of Programme Mwana, an mHealth system in Zambia and Malawi, that was one of the first to reach national scale. Merrick is also an avid rock climber of 20 years, and often can be found dangling off cliffs in far flung corners of the world.
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.
The Abraaj Group
Frederic Sicre is a Managing Director at The Abraaj Group and spearheads the Abraaj Strategic and Stakeholder Engagement Track (ASSET) that works with leaders from all fields, including government, private sector, media and culture. In this role, Mr. Sicre drives business development at Abraaj, its stakeholder communications, international positioning, government relations and strategic philanthropy. Prior to joining Abraaj Capital, Mr. Sicre spent over 15 years with the World Economic Forum where he held the position of Managing Director. Earlier in his career, Mr. Sicre initiated private-sector led dialogue and reconciliation initiatives during South Africa’s transition to democracy. He is the Editor of ‘South Africa at Ten’, a book celebrating the first ten years of democracy in the country. Mr. Sicre holds an MBA from IMD, Switzerland, a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences from Villanova University, Philadelphia, and is a fellow of Stanford University.
Senior Vice President, Sustainability Research and Policy
Calvert Investments, Inc.
Bennett Freeman works at the intersection of investors, multinational corporations, governments, international institutions and NGOs to improve corporate conduct and to promote human rights and sustainable development around the world. A leader on business and human rights, natural resource governance and responsible investment, he has been among the pioneers of several now well-established multi-stakeholder initiatives and global standards. As Senior VP for Sustainability Research and Policy at Calvert Investments since 2006, Freeman leads the environmental, social and governance research and shareholder advocacy of the leading sustainable and responsible mutual fund group in the U.S. He is Chair of the Advisory Board of Global Witness; a member of the Governing Board of the Revenue Watch Institute; a Trustee and International Advisory Board member of the Institute for Human Rights and Business; and Board Secretary of the Global Network Initiative.
Alberto is president of Knight Foundation which promotes informed and engaged communities by funding quality journalism and media innovation, community engagement and the arts. Alberto is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He was a newspaper executive in Hartford and New York City before serving as publisher of The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald. He is a member of the boards of PepsiCo, American Airlines, AOL and is a member of the Secretary of State’s Foreign Policy Advisory Committee. He is a former board chair of the World Wide Web Foundation and of the Newseum in Washington, D.C., and was a member of the original Advisory Committee of the PCAOB.
Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
Dr. Indianna D. Minto-Coy joins the SRC as a Research Fellow, having previously held the position of Research Consultant. She has had appointments at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Said Business School at the University of Oxford and most recently as Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo and Research Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation where she also coordinated the research component of the Caribbean Economic Governance Project. Indianna is also a Research Affiliate at the International Migration Resource Centre at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada.
The Grandmother Project
Founder & Executive Director, Grandmother Project (GMP): Change through Culture, an American and Senegalese non-profit organization. Often culture is seen as an obstacle. GMP views cultural roles and values as essential elements for promoting sustained change. Judi lead the development of an innovative approach to leverage the influential role of grandmothers in Africa, Asia and Latin America to promote community-wide, positive change for women, children and especially girls. GMP’s grandmother-inclusive strategy has shown that grandmothers can be catalysts for change related to complex issues including: maternal and child health/nutrition; early/forced marriage; teen pregnancy; female genital mutilation; girls’ education. GMP builds capacity of other organizations on grandmother-inclusive and intergenerational approaches to promote community-driven, sustained change. GMP has found that grandmothers are an abundant but underutilized resource for promoting positive change in communities.
Mechai Viravaidya is the Founder and Chairman of the Population and Community Development Association (PDA) and Mechai Viravaidya Foundation in Thailand. He is an international leader in the fields of public health, HIV/AIDS prevention, education, social enterprise, and rural development. In 2009, Mechai established the Mechai Pattana School (aka the Bamboo School) to provide innovative education for underprivileged secondary school students in northeastern Thailand.
Author and Speaker
Director and Co-Founder
Patrick Alley is a director of Global Witness and co-founded the organisation in 1993. He took part in Global Witness’ first investigations into the Thai-Khmer Rouge timber trade in 1995, and since then has taken part in over fifty field investigations in South East Asia, Africa and Europe, and in subsequent advocacy activities. In addition to his cross-organisational involvement, based on the organisation’s experience in tackling conflict diamonds, and former Liberian President Charles Taylor’s arms for timber trade, Patrick focuses on the thematic issue of conflict resources, and on forest and land issues, especially challenging industrial scale logging and land grabbing in the tropics. In addition, he is involved in the strategic leadership of Global Witness.