Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society
Christian Seelos is a visiting scholar at the Stanford University Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. Previously he directed the IESE Platform for Strategy and Sustainability as faculty in the Strategic Management Department at IESE Business School. His research is on business models and organisational innovation in the social sector.
Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
Dr. Indianna D. Minto-Coy joins the SRC as a Research Fellow, having previously held the position of Research Consultant. She has had appointments at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Said Business School at the University of Oxford and most recently as Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo and Research Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation where she also coordinated the research component of the Caribbean Economic Governance Project. Indianna is also a Research Affiliate at the International Migration Resource Centre at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada.
Writer & Filmmaker
Oceans 8 Films
Jon Bowermaster is a six-time grantee of the National Geographic Expeditions Council and award-winning writer and film-maker. His recently concluded OCEANS 8 project took him and his teams around the world by sea kayak on expeditions ranging from the Aleutian Islands to Vietnam, French Polynesia to Chile/Argentina/Bolivia, Gabon to Croatia and Tasmania to Antarctica. Seeing the world from the seat of a sea kayak has given Bowermaster a one-of-a-kind look at both the health of the planet’s ocean and the lives of people who depend on them.
Karabi Acharya, ScD, is the global director of Ashoka Impact. She leads efforts to understand how Ashoka Fellows change systems. For over 15 years, she has worked in global health and development. Her interests include systems thinking, and organisational networks. She welcomes crossing boundaries and steadfastly refuses to choose one professional label (evaluator, trainer, activist) or work in one sector (health, agriculture).
Founder & Executive, Chairman
Room to Read
John Wood left his position as Microsoft’s Director of Business Development for the Greater China Region in 1999 to start Room to Read, a nonprofit organization that “combines the heart of Mother Theresa with the scalability of Starbucks” to help children across the developing world break the cycle of poverty through the power of education. The organization developed from an idea and a donkey-load of donated books into a network of 7000 libraries, 750 schools, 7,000 longterm girls scholarships and 5 million donated children’s books. Over 2 million children have access to this network of schools and libraries in nine countries in Africa and Asia. John is also the author of Leaving Microsoft to Change the World, which was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show.
Founder and Executive Director
Ami Dar is the founder and executive director of Idealist.org. Built in 1996 with $3,500, Idealist has become one of the most popular nonprofit resources on the Web, with information posted by 70,000 organizations around the world and a staff of 60 in New York, Portland, and Buenos Aires. In 2000 the Stern Family Fund selected Ami as its annual Public Interest Pioneer, awarding him a $100,000 grant that allowed it to grow into the $3 million organization it is today. In 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005, the Nonprofit Times included Ami in its annual list of the 50 most influential people in the nonprofit sector, and in 2004 Ashoka invited him to join its global fellowship of social entrepreneurs. In 2005 Time magazine name him a Philanthropy Innovator, and in 2006 the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business awarded Ami its annual Leadership in Social Entrepreneurship Award
Dr Xiaolan Fu
SL Programme for Technology and Management for Development, University Lecturer in Development Studies, University of Oxford
Xiaolan Fu is Director of the Technology and Management for Development Programme, University Lecturer in Development Studies and Fellow of Green Templeton College. She is also project co-leader of several EPSRC and ESRC funded projects. She received the European Commission Gate2Growth 2005 'European Best Paper' Award, and has conducted consultancy research for ILO, UNCTAD, UNIDO, UKTI and the Chinese government. Dr Fu serves on the Advisory Expert Group of the OECD Global Investment Forum and is President of the Chinese Economic Association (Europe) and CEA (UK). She is also a Senior Research Associate at the University of Cambridge and University of Tsinghua, and a Visiting Professor at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. As a leading China expert, she has participated in various interviews and panel discussions at main stream media including BBC Newsnight, BBC News, BBC Radio 2, Sky News and China Radio International.
Former U.S. Vice President, Chairman
Alliance for Climate Protection
Former Vice President Al Gore is chairman of the Alliance for Climate Protection. He is co founder and executive chairman of Current TV, an Emmy award winning, independently owned cable and satellite television nonfiction network for young people based on viewer created content and citizen journalism. Gore is co-founder and chairman of Generation Investment Management, a London-based firm that is focused on a new approach to sustainable investing; and is a partner in the venture capital firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, working with Generation to focus on solutions to the climate crisis. In addition, Gore serves on the board of directors of Apple and as senior adviser to Google. Al Gore was inaugurated as the forty-fifth vice president of the United States on January 20, 1993, and served eight years as a key member of the administration’s economic team, as President of the Senate, a Cabinet member, a member of the National Security Council, and as leader of a wide range of Administration initiatives.