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Co-Founder, Chief Product Officer at Connect Skoll Scholar, Oxford MBA 2010 Founder, Swing Semester, 2004 & 2008
Chairman of the Board
Spencer B. Beebe, Ecotrust Founder and Board Chairman, earned his M.F.S. (Forest Science) degree in 1974 from Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a B.A. in Economics from Williams College in 1968. He served with the Peace Corps in Honduras from 1968-71 and, after serving 14 years with The Nature Conservancy as Northwest representative, Western Regional Director, Vice President and President of the Nature Conservancy's International Program, he was the founding President of Conservation International in 1987. In February 1991, Spencer founded Ecotrust; with Shorebank Corporation of Chicago he helped found ShoreBank Pacific, the first environmental bank, now OnePacific Coast Bank. In addition to his work with Ecotrust, Spencer serves on the board of Walsh Construction Company and the Ecotrust Board of Directors. He is the author of Cache: Creating Natural Economies.
Director, Social Sector Office
McKinsey & Company Inc.
Byron Auguste is a Director at McKinsey & Company, and the global leader of its Social Sector Office, housing worldwide practices in Economic Development, Education, Public Health, and Philanthropy, working with leading intergovernmental organisations, philanthropic foundations, NGOs, and businesses to develop and implement solutions to pressing societal challenges. He has authored one book, numerous articles and speeches on economics, education, technology, and globalisation, and serves on several non-profit and advisory boards addressing these themes.
Author and Speaker
Caroline Fiennes is Director of Giving Evidence, a consultancy and campaign promoting evidence-based giving. Giving Evidence advises many donors about understanding and improving their effectiveness. It has a major study underway of how philanthropy can learn from medicine about using evidence, and supports foundations to disclose tales of challenges as well as success: it's hard to make data-driven decisions if lots of data are missing. Caroline often speaks publicly and writes in the press, and authored 'It Ain't What You Give', an acclaimed book about effective giving. She serves on boards of The Cochrane Collaboration, the Center for Effective Philanthropy and Charity Navigator, and was an award-winning charity CEO.
Susan Swig is an active member of her Bay Area community and has served and advised several arts, educational and conservation organizations. She is a trustee of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, where she is also very involved with the museums’s expansion. She is chair of the Education Committee and serves on many other committees, including Marketing and Communications, Governance, Photography Accessions and the Museum’s Executive Committee. Susan is a member of the Golden Gate National Parks WKS Advisory Council supporting programs including youth leadership and environmental education programs throughout the Parks. Susan appreciates strategic thinking - connecting, activating and implementing innovative ideas with programs and people. Susan has a BA from UC Berkeley and a BFA from Art Center College of Design. She has three children and lives in San Francisco.
Director of Campaigns and Policy
Ben Phillips is Director of Oxfam's Campaigns, Policy and Influencing Team, leading Oxfam GB's global campaigning and programme policy work. Ben has lived and worked in South Africa, India, Thailand, Japan, Holland and the USA, and has overseen both programmes and campaigns in Oxfam, Save the Children and the Children's Society. He has also worked with children living in poverty in east London. Ben began his development career at the grassroots, as a teacher and ANC activist living in Mamelodi township, South Africa, in 1994, just after the end of apartheid.
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.
Partner, Head of Social Sector Practice for the Americas
McKinsey & Company
Lynn Taliento co-founded McKinsey’s first group dedicated to working on social sector issues, and now heads the Firm’s Social Sector Office for the Americas. She works with the public sector, corporations, foundations and nonprofits to design innovative approaches to addressing social issues. Lynn also helps high net worth individuals create new foundations and initiatives, and has particular expertise in advocacy and public-private partnerships. Lynn leads McKinsey’s current research on how corporations should engage in social issues, and its work on women in development and aid effectiveness. She also wrote McKinsey’s seminal report on prizes - And the Winner Is…Capturing the Value of Philanthropic Prizes. Lynn graduated summa cum laude from Yale University with a B.A. in American studies, and earned an M.P.P. from the JFK School of Government at Harvard University. She serves Chair of the Board for water.org, and board member of The Malala Fund.
Global Head, Corporate Responsibility Management
I took on the role of Head of Corporate Responsibility Management in 2008, and drive the integration of social issues into corporate innovation, commercial and organizational development activities. My top priority is enabling business innovation to meet the needs of under-served patients in market segments where the growth opportunity has previously been overlooked. I've worked extensively with business partners to design and scale inclusive business models for BOP communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Other areas of interest and expertise include impact investing, climate change, the environment, human rights and business ethics.
Assistant Administrator for Global Health
Dr. Ariel Pablos-Méndez is the Assistant Administrator for Global Health at USAID. Nominated by President Obama, Dr. Pablos-Méndez joined the USAID leadership team with a vision to shape the Bureau for Global Health's programmatic efforts to accomplish scalable, sustainable and measurable impact on the lives of people in developing countries as envisioned in the president's Global Health Initiative. Dr. Pablos-Méndez is an experienced public health physician, previously serving as Managing Director at the Rockefeller Foundation where he led the transformation of health systems in Africa and Asia, as well as Director of Knowledge Management at WHO where he established WHO’s first eHealth unit. Dr. Pablos-Méndez is a board-certified internist and until recently was practicing as a professor of clinical medicine and epidemiology at Columbia University.