Social Venture Technology Group
Sara M. Olsen is the founding partner of Social Venture Technology Group (SVT), the first firm to specialize in social and environmental returns analysis for private companies, and the related information systems. Sara is a pioneer in practical methods of non-financial valuation for private equity investors, portfolio companies, foundations and social enterprises. SVT works in collaboration with entrepreneurs and other industry leaders to develop and disseminate approaches in a range of fields that include the clean technology, green building, community economic development, health, policy advocacy, human rights and the arts. Previously she helped found an arts-based community development venture for Shorebank Corporation.
Former Director, Social Innovation Fund
Corporation for National and Community Service
Paul Carttar brings more than thirty years of experience across sectors – public, private, and nonprofit – to his work, most recently as the initial director of the Social Innovation Fund (SIF), a priority program of the Obama Administration. Prior to the SIF, he served as an Executive Partner with New Profit, Inc. and Senior Advisor with the Monitor Group. Previously, he was Executive Vice Chancellor for External Affairs at the University of Kansas and Chief Operating Officer for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where he oversaw all youth and entrepreneurship programs. In 1999, Carttar co-founded the Bridgespan Group, a nonprofit strategy consulting firm. Carttar began his career as an analyst for the U.S. Senate Budget Committee and subsequently served as assistant to Amb. Arthur F. Burns, former chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, at the U.S. Embassy in Bonn, West Germany. He spent several years with Bain & Company, the international consulting firm, where he assisted clients in the health care, high tech and consumer products industries. He later held executive positions in two private, venture-capital funded companies in the healthcare industry. Carttar graduated with highest distinction from the University of Kansas with a B.A. in Economics and English and received his M.B.A. from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
Author and Speaker
Senior Vice President
Search for Common Ground
Susan Collin Marks is Senior Vice President of Search for Common Ground, an international non-profit organisation working worldwide in conflict transformation and peace building. She is a South African, and served as a peacemaker during South Africa's transition, which she chronicled in her book 'Watching the Wind: Conflict Resolution during South Africa's Transition to Democracy' (USIP, 2000.) Susan works globally to facilitate back-channel talks and offer one-on-one support to political leaders. She holds a vision of a world of peace and dignity for all.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Based in Bogota, Anastasia Moloney is the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s Latin America and Caribbean correspondent. She reports on humanitarian affairs from across the region for AlertNet, and also covers good governance and women's rights issues for TrustLaw, the foundation's legal news service.
Author and Speaker
Founder and President
Chuck is the Founder and CEO of Living Goods, a social enterprise that is harnessing the power of micro-franchising to build a sustainable distribution platform for products designed to fight poverty and disease in the developing world. Prior to launching Living Goods, Chuck founded TravelSmith and grew it to over 2 million customers and $100 million in sales. After selling TravelSmith in 2004, Chuck devoted his entrepreneurial instincts to building vibrant enterprises in both the private and social sectors. In affiliation with the private equity firm Golden Gate Capital, he participated in the acquisition and turnaround of 10 major apparel brands with combined sales over $2 billion, including Spiegel, Newport News, Norm Thompson and Express. As pro-bono president, Chuck led the turnaround of the HealthStore/CFW Shops, a system of micro-franchised clinics serving the poor in Kenya. Chuck currently serves on the boards of The Initiative for Global Development, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Three Day Blinds and Living Goods, and is a former board member of Spiegel Brands.
Academy Award-winning editor
Lisa Fruchtman is an Academy Award-winning editor who has worked in both feature film and television. Her awards and honors include an Oscar for The Right Stuff, Academy Award and BAFTA Nominations for Best Editing for both The Godfather Part III and Apocalypse Now, and an Emmy Nomination and a Cable ACE Award for Truman.
Chief Scientist & Co-Founder
Marc Davis is Chief Scientist of Invention Arts, which invents mobile and social technologies connecting people, the Web, and the world. Before Invention Arts, he was Chief Scientist and VP Early Stage Products for Yahoo! Mobile. As Assistant Professor at UC Berkeley School of Information, he directed Garage Cinema Research, which pioneered context-aware mobile media uploading, tagging, and sharing, and context-aware face recognition. Marc has transformed his ideas into over 150 patent applications, and numerous prototypes, products, and publications.
Author and Speaker
Roots of Peace
In the midst of a career in business and journalism, and while raising three children, Heidi Kühn was diagnosed with cancer. Following treatment, her appreciation for the gift of life led her to give back to the less fortunate and to live close to and nurture the land. Inspired by the campaign to ban and remove land mines, she founded Roots of Peace (ROP) in 1997 in her family home. Her goal was to bring income-generating, self-sustaining agricultural development to war-torn areas, while protecting wildlife and humans from land mines. ROP’s first project was in Croatia. The organization used the experience gained there to develop a successful and replicable model that it has since implemented in Cambodia, Angola and Afghanistan.
Avoided Deforestation Partners
Jeff Horowitz is the founder of Avoided Deforestation Partners, an international network dedicated to advancing U.S. and international climate and energy policies along with business solutions that include robust incentives to protect tropical forests. Since its inception in 2007, AD Partners has convened public and private sector leaders to inspire decision makers to implement strategies that reduce deforestation. Most recently, AD Partners facilitated a partnership between the U.S. Government and the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), a network of 400 CEOs representing US $3.1 trillion in commodities. The CGF has committed to removing deforestation from their supply chain by the year 2020, thereby creating an incentive to accelerate demand for sustainably produced agricultural commodities that are deforestation-free. The AD Partners Rio+20 high-level event served as the platform for the announcement. AD Partners continues to play a leadership role in establishing public-private partnerships between governments, NGOs and major international corporations.
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