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Sr. Development Manager
David Estrada has served as Sr. Development Manager with KickStart International since 2011, and focuses on institutional partnership development. Previously, he worked in the global health space with the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative where he oversaw and grew a portfolio of corporate funding partners. He also managed a direct mail program and focused on general fund development for the Alliance for Lupus Research. David earned his degree from Cornell University and holds a certificate in non-profit management from UIC. KickStart is an award-winning, nonprofit social enterprise with a mission to lift millions of people in Africa out of poverty by designing and mass-marketing durable yet affordable “MoneyMaker” irrigation pumps. To date, KickStart has enabled over 770,000 people to lift themselves out of poverty.
Unidos en Red
Patricia serves as Executive Director of Unidos en Red, a post she has held since 2012. Prior to that she has been Program Manager for the Foundation’s key initiatives, partnerships, finance, legal and institutional relationships. Patricia began her career as a corporate attorney in 1991 and started her involvement with corporate social responsibility in 1997 as part of her portfolio as corporate counsel of a Venezuelan telecom carrier Telcel Celular, a join venture between BellSouth International and Cisneros Group International). She moves to Washington, DC in 2000 where she started her real estate business and continued to support Venezuela Sin Limites Foundation in front of international bodies based in the US Capitol, and at overseas events. Patricia has a law degree, specialized in labor law, commercial negotiations and IP, she is Venezuelan American and currently resides in Madrid with her family.
Kevin Hassey joined VisionSpring in 2011 as President of the organization, and was promoted to CEO in 2012. He is responsible for all the organization’s operations as well as its strategic direction to ensure all can see well. He is a 20-year veteran of the optical business, and previously led retail and brand marketing for Luxottica Group’s Lenscrafters business unit and served as President of LCA Vision. During his tenure, Lenscrafters achieved over 30 consecutive quarters of same store sales growth, becoming the leader of optical retailing in America. Under Mr. Hassey’s leadership, LCA Vision became the largest American retailer of Lasik vision services by growing its market capitalization from $100 million to more than $1 billion. Mr. Hassey received an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and holds a degree in marketing from Boston College.
Free The Children
In 1995, when Craig Kielburger was 12, he was shocked by a newspaper article about the murder of a child laborer turned child rights activist. Craig enlisted the help of his brother, Marc, and they established Free The Children (FTC), to help fight poverty, exploitation and powerlessness among their peers. The organization began as a group of classmates raising money and awareness, and evolved into an international phenomenon: hundreds of Youth in Action school chapters, a partnership with Oprah’s Angel Network and volunteer service trips to Asia, Africa and Central America. Craig never stopped spreading the message that children in the Western world could effect social change. Marc, a Harvard graduate, Rhodes Scholar and Oxford-educated lawyer, has helped the organization move from focusing strictly on international issues to bridging the gap between global and local needs.
Minister of Health
Government of Senegal
Professor Awa Marie Coll-Seck is the Minister of Health of Senegal, a post she has held since 2012 and previously from 2001 to 2003. In the intervening years she served as Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership, a global partnership founded in 1998 by WHO, UNDP, UNICEF and the World Bank. She served for nearly twenty years as a specialist in infectious diseases at leading hospitals and is also the author of over 150 scientific publications and communications and has been awarded numerous professional and academic honors.
Bradley is student leadership professional, global health advocate, and the Executive Director of GlobeMed. A recent graduate of the University of Rochester, he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Political Science, served as the student body President, and completed the Kauffman Entrepreneurial Year Fellowship. Prior to GlobeMed, Bradley was a web developer on the World Forum Team at the Skoll Foundation, and interned at The White House.
Girls Not Brides
As the communications lead at Girls Not Brides, Laura works to bring the issue of child marriage to global attention and to raise the profile of members’ work to address the practice. Laura helps Girls Not Brides members to strengthen their communications on the issue of child marriage and helps to facilitate communications among members around the world to share their learnings and experiences from addressing child marriage. Laura was previously at The Elders Foundation and has worked in Belgium, France, Japan and Ecuador. Laura speaks English, French and Spanish.
At Crisis Action, Nicola oversees campaigns spurring collaborations among civil society across the world to protect civilians in situations from Syria to Sudan. She’s been associated with Crisis Action since 2006, when she joined the board whilst also heading up Oxfam International’s New York office. There, she led Oxfam’s global campaigning on conflict and humanitarian crises, working alongside allies in government and civil society to achieve the historic agreement by world leaders that they have a responsibility to protect populations from genocide and crimes against humanity, at the 2005 UN World Summit. From Oxfam, Nicola moved to set up the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect. Nicola’s also worked for the UN and Oxfam in Rwanda, Washington DC and Oxford, been a Research Fellow at London’s Overseas Development Institute and been an adviser to Avaaz. Nicola holds a First Class degree in Social and Political Science from King’s College, Cambridge and an MSC from the LSE.
Director of Planning and Information,
Ministry of Education, Zambia
With 15 years of working for the Zambian Government, Dr. Felix Phiri is currently the Director of Planning and Information at the Ministry of Education. Dr. Phiri holds technical expertise in the analysis and design of monitoring and evaluation systems, design of systems for aid effectiveness, and measuring HIV/AIDS and its socio-economic impacts. Research areas of interest include community financing and the universal coverage and quality of education and health care.
Young Leader Initiative- INJAZ El Djazair
INJAZ El Djazair
Mahdi is the operations officer at INJAZ El Djazair, the Algerian branch of INJAZ Al-Arab, an affiliate of Junior Achievement. While he was in college, he created a [what kind of?] company called Zine Zmen with the support of INJAZ El Djazair. After a year, Zine went bankrupt and Mahdi worked in the foreign guarantees department of the ARAB BANK ALGERIA group. Ten months ago, he returned to his current role at INJAZ El Djazair. He is an event planner and organizer, working on such events as an international Symposium focused on innovative management, and a recruitment forum with 6,000 attendees. As his final thesis for his Bachelor’s in 2012, he did research on angel investing—the first in the Maghreb region. He has a degree in Business from the Algerian Higher School of Commerce.