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Tom Hulme is Design Director at IDEO, London, where he uses a human-centred innovation approach to design new businesses. A serial entrepreneur and angel investor, he has firsthand experience in building successful enterprises and, as a result, he has a thorough understanding of business. Hulme regularly speaks, writes and blogs on the topics of entrepreneurship, design thinking, open innovation and industry disruption. He keeps a blog at www.weijiblog.com.
The Pachamama Alliance, Soul of Money Institute
Lynne Twist is the founder of the Soul of Money Institute and author of the best-selling, book "The Soul of Money: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Life.” Over the past 40 years Lynne has worked with over 100,000 people in 50 countries. Her clients include: Microsoft, Proctor & Gamble, the International Unity Church, Charles Schwab, United Way, The National Black theater of Harlem, Harvard University and others. She has been a featured speaker for the United Nations Beijing Women’s Conference, State of the World Forum, and Synthesis Dialogues with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, among others. Lynne is the recipient of the prestigious "Woman of Distinction" award from the United Nations.
David Auerbach is a co-founder of Sanergy, which makes hygienic sanitation affordable and accessible in Africa's informal settlements. Previously, David ran Partnerships at Endeavor, a non-profit that helps high-impact entrepreneurs in the developing world. He served as the Deputy Chair for Poverty Alleviation at the Clinton Global Initiative in 2005-6 and taught in central China for two years. David is an Ashoka, Echoing Green and Rainer Arnhold Fellow. He holds an MBA from MIT and a BA from Yale University. He lives in Nairobi, Kenya.
Driven to raise awareness about the inequalities that he saw in the world, Oren Yakobovich has been working at the intersection of human rights and filmmaking for 20 years. Prior to co-founding Videre in 2008, he led the video department at the Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem. At B’Tselem, he developed ‘Shooting Back,’ a video project that has trained hundreds of citizens in the West Bank to use cameras to fight for justice. The project won several awards, including the BBC’s One World Media award and the International Media Award’s Cutting Edge Prize. Oren’s work has been screened at Berlin and Sundance among other festivals. A sought-after expert on using technology to expose human rights violations, Oren is frequently called upon to brief civil society, government, international organisation and media decision-makers.
Managing Partner & Co-Founder
Jeff Bradach is co-founder and managing partner of The Bridgespan Group. The Bridgespan Group is a nonprofit advisor and resource to mission-driven organizations and philanthropists. In this role he leads the organization’s strategy and mission for accelerating social impact. He works directly with philanthropists, nonprofit leaders, policy makers to help them scale “what works.” Jeff writes and speaks extensively on topics relating to nonprofit strategy, philanthropic effectiveness, transformational scale, and social sector leadership. He has published multiple articles in periodicals like Stanford Social Innovation Review and Harvard Business Review. Prior to establishing The Bridgespan Group, Bradach taught at Harvard Business School, where he was a member of the Organizational Behavior and the Social Enterprise Initiative faculty. He is a graduate of Stanford University and completed his master's and PhD at Harvard University.
Head, External Affairs
As Head of External Affairs, Nina Blackwell works with Humanity United’s Communications, Government Relations and Partnerships teams to leverage advocacy, marketing, media, storytelling and collective impact to support the organization’s goals of solving some of the world’s most intractable problems. Prior to joining Humanity United, Nina spent several years at Yahoo! Inc., where she led two major areas of global communications as Senior Director of Americas Communications and Senior Director of Global Public Affairs. Nina joined Yahoo! after almost a decade of working in U.S. politics and government, including seven years working for U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, as a Special Advisor and then as Press Secretary and Spokesperson. A native Australian, Nina spent almost ten years working in Australian politics before moving to the U.S., including three years at the helm of the historic campaign for an Australian Republic.
Founder & Managing Partner
Vision Ridge Partners LLC
Reuben is the Managing Partner of Vision Ridge Partners, LLC, a clean energy oriented investment firm active in renewable energy, green building, future utility business models and advanced transportation. Vision Ridge invests in transformative growth companies with a focus on sustainability. Reuben was the co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Bright Automotive, Inc, a start-up electric vehicle company focused on providing economic solutions to commercial and government fleets. Prior to founding Vision Ridge, he was a Managing Director with The Baupost Group, LLC. a leading investment firm with over $25 billion in assets. . Reuben is Chairman of Securing America’s Future Energy, a trustee of the Rocky Mountain Institute, a member of the board of the League of Conservation Voters in addition to serving on the boards of a number of private companies. Reuben graduated magna cum laude from Washington and Lee University with a B.A. in Politics and Economics and a B.S. in Business Administration.
Advisor to the Executive Director: Innovation
Christopher Fabian co-created and has co-lead UNICEF’s Innovation Unit in New York since 2007. Working with UNICEF’s 135 country offices, the Innovation Unit’s research and development priorities focus on near-term challenges in the world’s most difficult operating environments. The Unit also crafts strategic options for innovation on a three-to-five year horizon. The Unit’s accomplishments have garnered global recognition, notably: Top 50 Innovations of 2011 from Time Magazine, and, in 2012, gold and silver IDSA awards, and a Redhat prize for being one of the three top open source projects. Christopher believes that technology is not the end-product of innovation, but a principal driver of new ways of thinking about development problems. The Unit’s commitment to open-source engagements, determination to learn from failure, and realization that local talent must be front-and-center in creating successful local solutions has positioned UNICEF as a global leader in innovation.
Dr. Pereira joined BRAC in September 2007 as the director of the Human Rights and Legal Aid Services programme. She is a lawyer, a human rights activist and an author. She obtained her doctorate in International Human Rights Law in 1998 from the University of Notre Dame, USA, and completed her post-doctorate in 2002 from the National University of Ireland, Galway, as a Bank of Ireland Fellow. Prior to joining BRAC, Dr Pereira served as the director of Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK). Dr. Pereira, an internationally established writer has authored the book “The Fractured Scales: The Search for a Uniform Personal Code”, which was awarded a Gold Medal by the Asiatic Society. In 2006, she was named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Dr. Cullen is CEO of Climate Central—a non-profit science journalism organisation .Before joining Climate Central, where she reports on climate and energy issues for programmes like PBS NewsHour, Dr. Cullen served as The Weather Channel’ sfirst on-air climate expert and helped create Forecast Earth, a weekly television serie sfocused on issues related to climate change and the environment. Dr. Cullen is the author of The Weatherof the Future, published by Harper Collins and is a Visiting Lecturer at Princeton University.