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Author and Speaker
Correspondent and Director
Fred de Sam Lazaro is director of the Under-Told Stories Project at St Mary’s University of Minnesota, which combines international journalism and teaching. Since 1985, he has served the as a correspondent for PBS’ NewsHour and other programs including Religion and Ethics Newsweekly. He also has directed films from India and the Democratic Republic of Congo for the acclaimed documentary series, Wide Angle. Fred has reported from 57 countries, with a focus on issues related to poverty and development. Fred has received two honorary doctorates, numerous journalism awards and fellowships from the Kaiser Family Foundation and the University of Michigan. He serves on the board of Minnpost, an online non-profit Minnesota based news service and also has served on the boards of the Asian American Journalists Association and the Children's Law Center of Minnesota. Fred was born in Bangalore, India and lives in St. Paul.
Manager, Social Finance
TD Bank Group
Julius is the Manager of Social Finance at TD Bank Group, where he is leading the development of TD's social finance and impact investing strategies; most recently coordinating the launch of TD's inaugural $500 million Green Bond -- a Canadian first. Julius also helps manage TD's venture philanthropy and financial literacy initiatives. Previously, Julius held a number of roles in finance and capital markets, and has field experience in microfinance and international development.
Grants and Finance Associate
As the Grants and Finance Associate at the Skoll Foundation, Erin works on the administration of the Foundation's grantmaking as well as company financial and accounting activities.
GovLab Innovation Fellow
Deloitte Consulting, LLP
Rob Terrin is a GovLab Innovation Fellow at Deloitte Consulting, LLP. His experience includes market analysis, technology risk, and project management. He has worked on a variety of projects from forecasting and financial modeling to systems implementation and support. He graduated cum laude from Washington and Lee University with a degree in Economics and Russian Area Studies.
Nina Smith is the executive director of GoodWeave, which aims to stop child labor in the carpet industry and replicate its market-driven model in other sectors She is an advocate for children's rights and an expert on addressing labor rights violations in manufacturing supply chains. Ms. Smith has presented internationally as well as nationally on these issues at events organized by Harvard University andthe American Bar Association: Rule of Law Initiative and Stanford Graduate School of Business, among others. Ms. Smith is a winner of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and received The Center for Nonprofit Advancement's EXCEL Award for excellence in chief executive leadership. Ms. Smith was formerly the executive director of The Crafts Center and president of the Fair Trade Federation. (She is a graduate of Tufts University, and is a practitioner affiliate of the Social Enterprise Graduate Degree program at American University.
Qatar Foundation International
From 1990-2, Maggie lived with a Syrian family in Damascus as a Fulbright scholar. Now, as Executive Director of Qatar Foundation International, she brings together high school students from the Americas and the Middle East, facilitating interactions across geographic and social boundaries whether in person or virtually. Previously she was MENA Regional Director at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) with programs in Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, and Yemen. She led the Communications and External Relations Department at the Middle East Institute. Prior to MEI, Maggie was a Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State where she served as a Staff Assistant to Ambassador Martin Indyk at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel; and, as a Special Assistant to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. She is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University and completed coursework towards a Masters in Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University.
Elizabeth Isele is a serial social entrepreneur, having launched three cutting-edge, social enterprises each of which, under her leadership, have galvanized the cross-sector community support needed to solve some of today's most challenging social and economic problems and positively transform the lives of thousands of individuals of all ages. She is also an irrepressible intelligence aggregator, consummate communicator and super connector, aligning mission and strategies among like-minded visionaries to maximize impact. As an author, journalist, blogger, web content provider, and speaker, Elizabeth Isele tells the stories that build the field and drive the social movement forward.
Tony Elumelu Foundation
Tony O. Elumelu, C.O.N, is an entrepreneur, a philanthropist and the Chairman of Heirs Holdings Limited, a pan-African proprietary investment company with interests in strategic sectors of Africa’s economy. He is also the founder of The Tony Elumelu Foundation, an Africa-based and African-funded, philanthropic organization dedicated to the promotion of entrepreneurship in Africa. Elumelu serves as an Advisor to the USAID’s Private Capital Group for Africa (PCGA) Partners Forum. He sits on the Nigerian President’s Agricultural Transformation Implementation Council (ATIC). He is also Vice-Chairman and a key driver in the formation of the National Competitiveness Council of Nigeria (NCCN), and serves as Co-Chair of the Aspen Institute Dialogue Series on Global Food Security. He additionally chairs the Ministerial Committee to establish world-class hospitals and diagnostic centers across Nigeria, at the invitation of the Federal Government.
Author and Speaker
Founder and CEO
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.
Sustainable Food Lab
Don Seville, Co- Director, Sustainable Food Laboratory. Don brings a background in systems thinking and organizational learning to the Food Lab’s leadership team. The Food Lab has brought together companies, NGOs, and stakeholders to accelerate the development and adoption of more sustainable agricultural practical within the mainstream food system for over 10 years. Don is leading the Sustainable Livelihoods work within the lab, which is developing partnerships between companies and NGOs to pilot trading models that connect small scale producers to modern markets. Don received his M.S. in Technology and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994 and has worked extensively with the Society for Organizational Learning.