Former Finance minister of Afghanistan, Founder Chairman
Institute for State Effectiveness
Ashraf Ghani is the former finance minister of Afghanistan and Chancellor of Kabul University. An Afghan citizen, he became chief adviser to President Karzai during the Interim Administration and then Finance Minister for the duration of the Transitional Administration. He is widely credited with the design of Afghanistan’s integrated political, economic and security strategy between 2001 and 2005. Ghani is founder chairman of the Washington-based Institute for State Effectiveness www.effectivestates.org which advises countries, international organisations and corporations on the role of the state and the market in a globalised world. The ISE’s Ghani-Lockhart Framework focuses on the relationship between citizens, the state and the market, and provides an integrated system for state and market-building, particularly applicable to failed and recovering states.
Director, California Career Resource Network
California Department of Education
John Merris-Coots is the Director of the California Career Resource Network (CalCRN) program within the California Department of Education. CalCRN provides career information, resources, and training materials to California’s middle school and high school students, parents, counselors, educators, and administrators. He has spent the past 19 years providing professional development training and resources to California educators while working for the Sacramento County Office of Education and the California Department of Education.
President and CEO
Landesa tackles a neglected barrier to progress: land rights. More than a billion people have little to no legal control over the land on which they depend. When women, in particular, gain such rights, good things happen: farm yields increase, child welfare improves, domestic violence goes down. Landesa launched the Landesa Center for Women’s Land Rights to ensure millions more women are able to claim these legal rights to their land. It is now amplifying its message to support land rights internationally.
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.