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As Principal on the Innovation Investment Team at the Skoll Foundation, I work on the development, execution and management of new innovation investments that support the growth of social entrepreneurs and the scaling up of their impact. Prior to joining Skoll, I was a Foreign Service Officer for the US Agency for International Development. I initially served in the USAID India Mission, as the Mission Alliance Officer, and then later as a Global Alliance Advisor in USAID Global Development Lab. Before joining USAID, I was an Investment Analysis at Calvert Investments, a $14 Billion asset management fund. In addition, I am New York State Bar Member, professionally proficient in French, with a working knowledge of Vietnamese.
Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security
Ambassador Melanne Verveer is the executive director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. She most recently served as the first US Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues. In this position, she coordinated foreign policy issues and activities relating to the political, economic and social advancement of women, traveling to nearly sixty countries. She worked to ensure that women’s participation and rights are fully integrated into US foreign policy, and she played a leadership role in the Administration’s development of the US National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. From 2000-2008, she was the Chair and Co-CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership, an international NGO that she co-founded to invest in emerging women leaders. During the Clinton administration, she served as Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady. She received a B.S. and M.S. from Georgetown University.
Lynette Wallworth is an Australian artist whose immersive video installations and film works reflect on the connections between people and the natural world as well as exploring fragile human states of grace. Her work uses immersive environments, interactive technologies with gestural interfaces and narrative long form film to engage with viewers. Her most recent works include the feature documentary TENDER tracing the beginnings of a community led funeral company and CORAL an immersive film for full-dome digital planetariums with augmented reality companion work. Wallworth’s work has been shown at the Lincoln Center, the Sundance Film Festival, , the Smithsonian, American Museum of Natural History, London 2012 Cultural Olymiad, Auckland Triennial, Adelaide Biennial, England’s Brighton Festival, the Vienna Festival among many others. She has mentored in expanded story worlds at BAVC Producers Institute, Sundance New Frontier Lab and Australias' HIVE Labs.
Author and Speaker
Founder and CEO
Willy began his career on Wall Street as a financial analyst in the Latin American Corporate Finance group at Lehman Brothers. Early in his career, he worked as a journalist in Mexico and Argentina where he discovered the challenges faced by cooperatives and small producers who lacked access to credit and markets. He founded Root Capital in 1999. Root Capital has grown to over 100 employees, with clients across Latin America and Africa, and $100 million in assets. He received SASE in 2005, an Ashoka Global Fellow in 2007, a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2008, a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization in 2009, one of Forbes’ “Impact 30” in 2011, and currently belongs to the 2012 Henry Crown Fellowship Class of the Aspen Institute. He is on the executive committee of the Aspen Institute’s Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs and is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He holds an M.S. in development economics from LSE and a BA from Yale.
Director of Social Innovation
Georgetown University, Institute for Reproductive Health
Alexis Ettinger is the Director for Social Innovation at the Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH), Georgetown University. She oversees the Institute’s mHealth portfolio and private sector engagement, launching new mobile solutions for family planning in India and Kenya. With a Masters degree in Reproductive Health and Population, Ms. Ettinger has nearly a decade of experience in social entrepreneurship and market-based innovations. Prior to IRH, she served as the Head of Strategy and Marketing for the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Saïd Business School, Oxford University. She has worked with Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, Eastside Consulting, Forster for Change and Criterion Institute, designing programs and partnerships to support social ventures and systems-level social impact initiatives. She has a BA from Dartmouth College and an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Principal Director for Economic Citizenship & Disability Inclusion
Mr. Goldstein was part of the team that founded the Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion in 2009. He is Program Manager for the Center's "Financial Inclusion for Persons with Disabilities" initiative. He has spearheaded the development of the Framework for Disability Inclusion and is managing the implementation of the Framework at Fundacion Paraguaya, an award winning microfinance institution (MFI) in Paraguay. He is also overseeing a new partnership with three MFIs in India to implement the Framework there. In January, 2014, the Center published a series of disability inclusion tools and trainings, based on the work in Paraguay, which are open source and immediately available to MFIs and other interested financial service providers. As the Center’s global advocate for disability inclusion he gives talks on disability at conferences around the world and works closely with the UN. Mr. Goldstein writes a blog post for the Center as "Mr. Provocative." He is also a playwright, with several plays produced in London.
Head of Global Partnerships
Giovanna is responsible for overseeing Kiva's partnerships and regional teams throughout the world. As the Senior Director for Global Portfolio she helps to develop Kiva's strategy for growth and expansion with field partners. Giovanna joined Kiva in 2008 as a Partnerships Manager for Central and North America. In particular, Giovanna was responsible for driving Kiva's entry into the US microfinance market in 2009. She then moved on to become the Regional Director for the Americas where she managed the team and portfolio of the region and directed Kiva's strategy in that market. Prior to Kiva, Giovanna worked as a consultant in the technical assistance department at ACCION New York. She has worked on community development projects in Mexico, Costa Rica and Paraguay. Giovanna holds a B.A. in Economics from Yale University and an M.B.A from the Yale School of Management.
I've been working at the forefront of international strategic communications for more than a decade, with expertise in development, peace-building and human rights. I believe in the power of partnerships for change across non-profit, public and private sectors. Researcher, writer, moderator and adviser on high level campaigns and events, I'm based in London with a global outlook. Now an independent consultant, I have previously held senior roles at The Elders, ONE, Crisis Action and International Crisis Group. I am a trustee of Videre est Credere.
Said Business School
I am a first year DPhil student at Said Business School researching innovation in social enterprises. I have a managerial and consulting background. I graduated in International Management at Bocconi University and I worked as a consultant for the automotive industry for around a year before going back to university. During my university career I have had the opportunity to study and work in different countries: Italy, Austria, U.S.A., The Netherlands, Singapore and now the U.K.. I have decided to start a DPhil program because, although lacking entrepreneurial skills, I would like to significantly contribute to the development of social enterprises, which I believe will increasingly become a key player of the economy of the 21st century both in developed and developing countries.