Chief Innovation Officer
Maura O'Neill is Chief Innovation Officer and Senior Counselor to Administrator at USAID. She co-led the worldwide reform effort, USAID Forward, and pioneered methods for achieving faster, less expensive scalable solutions to development. Maura has served as Chief of Staff in the U.S. Senate and has founded four companies in electricity, recycling and education. She taught entrepreneurship at UC Berkeley and serves as an advisor to many start-ups. She received MBAs from Columbia University and UC Berkeley and PhD from University of Washington.
Director and Founder
Social Entrepreneurship Collaboratory at Harvard
Gordon Bloom is director and founder of the Social Entrepreneurship Collaboratory (SE Lab) at Harvard University where he teaches concerning the creation and development of social change organizations on the faculty of the Kennedy School of Government. Gordon is also a principal of the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations, and a senior fellow of the Center for Public Leadership. Prior to Harvard he taught a course series on social entrepreneurship at Stanford University as a lecturer on the Public Policy Program faculty in the School of Humanities & Sciences, and a faculty affiliate of Stanford's Center for Social Innovation at the Graduate School of Business. At Stanford Gordon created the Social Entrepreneurship Collaboratory (SE Lab) an innovative, Silicon Valley influenced incubator where student teams create and develop pilot programs for U.S. and international social sector initiatives. His teaching and research interests are primarily in the area of strategy and vision for U.S. and international nonprofits, and social entrepreneurship. Gordon's interest in entrepreneurship is also informed by work in the private sector in the U.S., Europe and Asia, as CEO of a medical technology company and in international strategy consulting. He holds degrees from Harvard (AB), Stanford (MBA) and Columbia (MFA).
Chairman, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
MBA Director, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
Stephan Chambers helped to found the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship 10 years ago and is the Director of the MBA at the University of Oxford's Saïd Business School. He is also Chairman of IWA Publishing and sits on the advisory board of Princeton University Press. He is a fellow of Lincoln College.
University of Edinburgh
Jonathan Hearn is a senior lecturer in the School of Social and Political Studies at the University of Edinburgh. His specialisation in the study of nationalism, identity, and civil society in Scotland, fits within broader interests in the theorisation of power, culture, morality, identity and social change, with a particular interest in the articulation of formal and informal structures of power in society. His first book, Claiming Scotland, is based on ethnographic research on the home rule movement in Scotland in the mid-1990s. His second book, Rethinking Nationalism, takes a critical look at how theories of nationalism deal with concepts of culture and power. As part of the Leverhulme Trust’s Nations and Regions Research Programme he conducted an ethnographic study at a major Scottish clearing bank, exploring the role of institutions in shaping national identity.