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Karol Boudreaux invests in property rights work in the developing world. Before joining the Omidyar Network she was Africa land tenure specialist at USAID where her work supported efforts to improve the land tenure and property rights of people around the world. Before joining USAID, Karol was an instructor at the George Mason University School of Law and a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at GMU where she managed a research project on enterprise based solutions to poverty. Karol's research concentrates on property and land tenure systems, natural resource management, and many varieties of entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan Africa.
Stuart Yasgur, Managing Director Stuart leads Ashoka’s global Social Financial Services and contributes to Ashoka’s emerging core process: Venture Collaborative Entrepreneurship. In this capacity, Stuart focuses on using market forces to address social and environmental challenges at large scale. While at Ashoka, Stuart worked with others to initiate efforts that have mobilized more than $500 million in funding for social entrepreneurs, engaged the G20 through the Toronto, Seoul and Los Cabos summits and helped form partnerships with leading financial institutions and corporations. Earlier in his career, Stuart was Managing Partner of a New York-based consultancy and has more than a decade of experience working with start-up and growth stage companies. Stuart taught at New York University and the London School of Economics. Stuart received a PhD from the London School of Economics, a Master’s degree from Columbia University, and a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.
Founder & CEO
Melanie is founder and CEO of Mobile Metrix, a socially-driven market research company serving low-income communities. Young adults are employed and trained to collect demographic/consumer data door-to-door in their own neighborhoods using handheld technology. While on these hard-to-reach doorsteps, social benefits are also distributed. Melanie’s experience spans both the private & public sectors: she worked in management for J.P. Morgan, International Data Group (IDG) & as an executive for Key Accounts at AT&T. She launched the Global Technology Corps, a “digital Peace Corps,” with the U.S. Department of State & co-created the United Nations Information Technology Service. Melanie is a Return Peace Corps Volunteer from Togo, Africa, a Reuters Digital Vision Fellow at Stanford University & an Echoing Green Fellow, PopTech Fellow, SOCAP Scholar, AVINA Partner and Fast Company Innovation Agent. Melanie is also an adjunct professor of Social Entrepreneurship at Stanford University.
Global Vice President Social Impact
Ms Manubens is Global Vice President for Social Impact at Unilever, and is responsible for leading the implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights at Unilever. Ms Manubens also leads the development of the livelihoods pillar of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, with a special focus on women’s and economic inclusion and workers throughout the value chain. Prior to joining Unilever, Ms Manubens was Corporate Social Responsibility Officer at PVH Corp, overseeing its global CSR programme. Ms Maubens established PVH Human Rights programme in the early 1990s. Ms Manubens is Chair of the Board of Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP), participates in the Fair Labor Association, a tripartite initiative to eradicate sweatshops established by President Clinton. She is also a member of the Women’s Foreign Policy Group in Washington, DC.
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development
Government of Nigeria
As Nigeria’s Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Adesina is championing agricultural investments in one of Africa’s fastest growing economies through bold policy reforms. He is a consummate scholar of African agriculture and economics with more than 20 years of experience managing successful agricultural programs across Africa. Until his appointment as Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development in 2011, he was the Vice President of Policy & Partnerships for the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) an organization which works to improve African food security.
Library Foundation of Los Angeles
Kenneth S. Brecher is the President of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles. He has previously worked as the Executive Director of the Sundance Institute, President of the William Penn Foundation in Philadelphia, Director of the Boston Children’s Museum and Associate Artistic Director of the Mark Taper Forum in LA. Brecher was a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford and is an honours graduate of Cornell. He serves on a number of boards, and has lectured and published widely on current challenges facing arts leadership.
Brizio Biondi-Morra is President of AVINA, a foundation working in partnership with civil society and business leaders in Latin America on their initiatives towards sustainable development. AVINA has 19 offices in 14 countries. He is also Chairman of INCAE, the leading business school in Latin America. Brizio has published books on development for Cornell University Press and Editorial Siglo XXI. He has a doctorate in Business Administration, Harvard University, and a doctorate in Economics, Bocconi University, Italy.
Executive Director, Evidence Action
Alix Peterson Zwane is the Executive Director of Evidence Action and a member of the Board of Directors. Evidence Action takes evidence-based programs to large scale and institutionalization by developing robust business models and monitoring to preserve quality and cost effectiveness during growth. A seasoned public health professional, Zwane was previously Senior Program Officer in the Global Development group at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, taking a lead role on strategy development for the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene team and setting the team’s evaluation policy and associated investment plan. Her stint in philanthropy was preceded by experience in both the private sector and academia, where Zwane published widely in the literature at the intersection of health, environment, and development. Zwane holds a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University.
Khalid Bomba is the Chief Executive Office of the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency. The Agency is an initiative of the Government of Ethiopia, established by federal regulation to promote agricultural sector transformation in Ethiopia by identifying solutions to systemic bottlenecks in key program areas. Modeled after similar and successful organizations in Asia, the Agency has a unique operating structure and reports to a Transformation Council chaired by the Prime Minister of Ethiopia. Prior to joining the ATA, Khalid was Senior Program Officer within the Agriculture Development Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where he developed and managed grants intended to strengthening the human and institutional capacity of the agricultural sector in African countries. Prior to that, Khalid served as the Regional Director for Africa at the Global e-Schools and Communities Initiative, an organization founded by the United Nations ICT Task Force.
Mark has been involved in social finance for several years and founded Finance for Good in 2012. Prior to founding Finance for Good Mark was a consultant at McKinsey & Company where he specialized in innovation generation. Mark’s projects often involved creating new partnerships and communication channels between research teams and the broader organization in which they interacted. Through these projects, Mark has worked with Canada’s largest companies and provincial governments. Prior to joining McKinsey, Mark received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Alberta, where he was a Peter Lougheed Scholarship recipient. Mark is currently studying for his MBA at Said Business School as 2013-2014 Skoll Scholar.