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Director, Global mHealth Initiative
Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Alain Labrique is the founding director of the Johns Hopkins University Global mHealth Initiative, a multi-disciplinary consortium registering over 82 faculty projects and 150 students engaged in mHealth innovation and research across the Johns Hopkins system. An infectious disease epidemiologist, with training in molecular biology and over a decade of field experience running large population-based research studies, Dr. Labrique serves on the faculty in the Global Disease Epidemiology and Control Program of the Department of International Health. He holds joint appointments in the Department of Epidemiology, Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Department of Community-Public Health in the School of Nursing of the Johns Hopkins University. He is lead investigator in several research projects measuring the impact of mobile information and communications technologies on improving maternal, neonatal and infant outcomes in resource-limited settings, primarily in South Asia. Dr. Labrique was recognized as one of the Top 11 mHealth Innovators in 2011.
Author and Speaker
Forest Trends Association
Michael Jenkins is the founding President of Forest Trends, a non-profit organization whose mission is to maintain, restore, and enhance forests and connected natural ecosystems which provide life-sustaining processes, by promoting incentives and markets for ecosystem services and products. Forest Trends seeks to catalyze the development of integrated carbon, water, and biodiversity incentives that deliver real conservation outcomes and benefits to local communities. Forest Trends works in Latin America, Asia, & Africa, in partnership with local institutions. Prior to Forest Trends, Michael was a Senior Forestry Advisor to the World Bank and Associate Director for the Environment at the MacArthur Foundation. He also worked with USAID's Agroforestry Outreach Program in Haiti as well as in Paraguay working with the Peace Corp in agriculture, apiculture and forestry projects. Michael holds a Master's of Forest Science from Yale, and has contributed to & authored numerous publications.
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.
Emily Eisenhart’s work bridges the worlds of design, entrepreneurship and social innovation. She co-founded SQFT from her passion in neighborhood revitalization through creative arts and entrepreneurial business activity. As a Project Producer at IDEO, she focuses on team and client support for complex design projects. Her experience spans financial services, technology innovation, environments design, consumer electronics, and education. Wide-ranging clients include Visa, Ericsson, GE, Microsoft, Genentech, The Gates Foundation, and Sesame Street.
Head, Our Better World
Singapore International Foundation
Rebecca is from the Singapore International Foundation (SIF), Singapore’s leading home-grown non-profit with an international focus. She heads up Our Better World (OBW), a digital initiative of the SIF that shares stories of people doing good in Asia, inspiring others to take concrete action - be it to share, donate or volunteer - and become part of an empowered global community building a better world. The goal is to build a global sustainable movement that delivers real impact to communities in Asia by connecting them with everyday people who can contribute in accessible ways. She leads the team to constantly seek new and better ways to find, tell, curate, distribute and market hopeful stories of good that will keep engaging masses to get involved. With her team, they are focused on growing networks of partners who share the same belief, establishing these valued partnerships that enable joint capabilities and resources to achieve much more together.
Dan is a Program Coordinator representing Sterile Processing Education Charitable Trust (SPECT). SPECT was founded by Christina Fast (his daughter) after several volunteer trips on the Africa Mercy Ship in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Republic of the Congo. While working on the ship, Christina visited several hospitals and discovered that post-operative infection rates were extremely high. She became convinced that she could do something to decrease these rates. Upon returning to Canada, she began the process of establishing an organization focused on raising the standards for sterile processing in low to middle income countries. She returned to Africa several times since 2011 to increase her knowledge of the issues, assess local situations, and begin an educational program with local staff. She has big dreams for the future. Dan has an MBA and undergrad degree in agriculture. He has worked on projects in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, New Zealand and Canada. He has become passionate about his daughter's vision and is looking to get more involved.
Executive Vice President
California Community Foundation
John was appointed Executive VP and Chief Operating Officer for the California Community Foundation (CCF) in 2008. Founded in 1915, CCF is the 48th largest foundation in the US with more than $1.5 billion in assets. For more than thirty five years, John has been leading and managing diverse and complex non-profit and for-profit organizations. He was engaged in three pioneering start-ups traversing education and entertainment. John considers himself an educator and teacher. He has led hundreds of workshops for leaders of Fortune 500 corporations, universities, professional associations, non-profits, and community organizations all over the world. He posts his ideas, and thoughts on his popular blog about Adopting the Mentoring and Networking Lifestyle @ SWiVELtime.com John currently serves on the boards of the national Grameen America Advisory Board, HUB-LA, Japanese American National Museum and Walden University. He earned degrees from UCLA, USC, and Occidental College.
Entrepreneurial Assistance Manager
Carlos Gasca Yanez is the Entrepreneurial Assistance Manager for Urban Innovation21. He is responsible for developing entrepreneurial services and connecting entrepreneurs to resources that encourage small business growth and minority business development in our communities of service. Carlos is a social entrepreneur. At the age of 21 he incorporated his first company, which was a new product for the exhibition industry. Since he has launched a tradeshow industry newsletter, sold advertising and communications production services and founded Alberta’s first cohousing development. He became involved in the nonprofit sector when he started teaching a self-employment program for the Mennonite Employment Development Center now Momemtum. He became manager of the program and expanded service offerings, which increase participation from 30 participants and 2 loans to 250 participants and over 90 loans. The micro loan portfolio achieved a 98% repayment rate during his tenure. Over the term of his career Carlos has counseled over 300 entrepreneurs.
King Khalid Foundation
H.R.H. Princess Banderi AbdulRahman AlFaisal has been the Director General of the King Khalid Foundation from 1999 till the present. She is a member of Al-Nahda Philanthropic Society for Women, The ADHD Society & Support Group (AFTA) and The Voice of Down Syndrome Society (Saut). She contributed in launching several social development initiatives and programs across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and has also participated in numerous conferences and forums both locally and internationally to promote the concept of strategic philanthropy. Princess Banderi graduated with BA in English Literature from King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in, 1994, and she graduated with a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, in 1998.