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Having worked for more than 10 years in humanitarian emergencies – from Rwanda to Darfur – I joined the IRC (International Water and Sanitation Centre) in 2006. First as Head Information & Communication, then coordinating the WASHCost project and I am currently holding the COO position. At IRC, we believe that turning on a working tap should not be a surprise or cause for celebration. We believe in a world where water, sanitation and hygiene services are fundamental utilities that everyone is able to take for granted. For good. We face a complex challenge. Every year, thousands of projects within and beyond the WASH sector fail – the result of short-term targets and interventions, at the cost of long-term service solutions. This leaves around a third of the world’s poorest people without access to the most basic of human rights, and leads directly to economic, social and health problems on a global scale. IRC exists to continually challenge and shape the established practices of the WASH sector.
Director of Corporate Marketing, Communications & Advocacy
Marshall Stowell is the Editor-in-Chief of Impact magazine and the Director of Corporate Marketing, Communications & Advocacy at PSI.
President and CEO
International AIDS Vaccine Initiative
Seth Berkley is President & CEO of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, a nonprofit organisation working to ensure the development of preventive HIV vaccines for use throughout the world. Prior to founding IAVI, Berkley held positions at The Rockefeller Foundation, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Carter Center. Berkley, a widely recognised leader in global health, was named by TIME magazine as “one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.
Founder and CEO
Ubuntu Education Fund
Jacob Lief is the Founder and CEO of Ubuntu Education Fund, a non-profit organization that takes vulnerable children living in the townships of Port Elizabeth, South Africa from cradle to career. First visiting South Africa as a teenager, Jacob felt a connection to the community and a strong desire to begin his career working with those living in the impoverished townships. Returning to South Africa in 1999, Jacob co-founded Ubuntu in the broom closet of a school and helped to develop the organization into what it is today – a world-class institution supporting more than 2,000 children on their pathway out of poverty. Ubuntu's programs form an integrated system of medical, health, educational and social services, ensuring that a child who is either orphaned or vulnerable can, after several years, succeed.
Senior Vice President and Chief Liaison Officer
Sally Grooms Cowal is the Senior Vice President at PSI and Chief Liaison Officer, overseeing PSI’s New Business Development, Advocacy, Corporate Marketing and Communications Departments. Sally came to PSI from a distinguished career in the U.S. Foreign Service in which she served in India, Colombia, Israel, New York, Mexico, Washington, and Trinidad and Tobago, where she served as Ambassador under Presidents Bush and Clinton. She became one of the founders of UNAIDS, serving as its deputy director for four years before coming to PSI
Co-Founder and Managing Director
Mark Kramer is the founder of FSG, a global nonprofit social impact consulting and research organization. He is a co-author of seminal publications on creating shared value, collective impact, catalytic philanthropy, and emergent strategy in the Harvard Business Review, and Stanford Social Innovation Review. He received a BA from Brandeis University, an MBA from The Wharton School, and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Driven to raise awareness about the inequalities that he saw in the world, Oren Yakobovich has been working at the intersection of human rights and filmmaking for 20 years. Prior to co-founding Videre in 2008, he led the video department at the Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem. At B’Tselem, he developed ‘Shooting Back,’ a video project that has trained hundreds of citizens in the West Bank to use cameras to fight for justice. The project won several awards, including the BBC’s One World Media award and the International Media Award’s Cutting Edge Prize. Oren’s work has been screened at Berlin and Sundance among other festivals. A sought-after expert on using technology to expose human rights violations, Oren is frequently called upon to brief civil society, government, international organisation and media decision-makers.
Director, Strategic Partnerships
Edward Millard is Director of Strategic Partnerships at Rainforest Alliance, based in London. He identifies and develops external relationship opportunities to grow Rainforest Alliance’s work promoting sustainable land management and secure livelihoods in high biodiversity countries. Edward is a business graduate whose work experience has concentrated on improving market opportunities for producers in tropical countries. He was a business development manager for Oxfam Fair Trade for 14 years and Conservation International for 11 years. In Rainforest Alliance, he led the global technical team supporting farmers and small holder groups to apply sustainable agriculture practices, improve business operations and prepare for certification. He has published three books and several articles on small-scale business development, is a board member of Goodweave International, an international body to eradicate child labour in the rug industry, and an independent assessor for a UK charity.
Advisor to the Executive Director: Innovation
Christopher Fabian co-created and has co-lead UNICEF’s Innovation Unit in New York since 2007. Working with UNICEF’s 135 country offices, the Innovation Unit’s research and development priorities focus on near-term challenges in the world’s most difficult operating environments. The Unit also crafts strategic options for innovation on a three-to-five year horizon. The Unit’s accomplishments have garnered global recognition, notably: Top 50 Innovations of 2011 from Time Magazine, and, in 2012, gold and silver IDSA awards, and a Redhat prize for being one of the three top open source projects. Christopher believes that technology is not the end-product of innovation, but a principal driver of new ways of thinking about development problems. The Unit’s commitment to open-source engagements, determination to learn from failure, and realization that local talent must be front-and-center in creating successful local solutions has positioned UNICEF as a global leader in innovation.
New Ventures México
Ana Paula González is Investment Manager at New Ventures México (NVM), leading the Strategy and Business Development area, which generates pipeline for the investment fund and acceleration programs, builds capabilities of social and environmental SMEs, and provides technical assistance for portfolio companies. Previous to joining NVM, Ms. González was a consultant at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in Mexico City, where she supported clients on such key issues as new markets entry strategy, go-to-market strategies, organizational restructuring, and operational improvement initiatives. Ms. González also worked with national and international private equity funds, supporting investment decisions and participating in the execution of exit strategies. Ms. González holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, where she was the recipient of the Nathan Gantcher Prize for Social Enterprise and graduated with honors; and a Bachelor in International Business with honors from Tec de Monterrey.