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Forum for Democratic Libya
Amr is a business leader, entrepreneur, and civil society activist with a track record in the industrial, political and philanthropic fields. He is Founder and Chairman of the Board of the Forum for Democratic Libya (FDL), an organization established during the 2011 revolution in Libya to promote democracy, citizen engagement, and accountability. He is also the founder and board member of AYTB. Amr is also a board member of AFAC, the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture.AFAC is an independent Arab initiative that funds individuals and organizations in the fields of cinema, performing arts, literature, music and visual arts. He continues to be an active member and supporter of various philanthropic and civil society projects in the Arab world. He is currently on the Advisory Board of Visualizing Impact, a visual media organisation focusing on social justice issues. Amr recently served as the Executive producer of ‘First to Fall’, the first full-length documentary on the Libyan revolution.
Associate Director., Desautels Centre for Integrative Thinking
Rotman School of Management
Jennifer Riel is the Associate Director of the Desautels Centre for Integrative Thinking at the Rotman School of Management. Jennifer is responsible for developing training programs, teaching and writing about integrative thinking and design. In her role, Jennifer also has oversight of Rotman Designworks (the school’s business design initiative) and I-Think (Rotman’s elementary and secondary school integrative thinking program).
Special Projects Coordinator
Dalio Foundation, Inc
In his current role at the Dalio Foundation, Mr. Ashley collaborates with charitable organizations to help maximize the impact of contributions from the Foundation. Projects include local program support as well as international grants to China, Peru and the United Kingdom. The foundation supports a broad range of program areas, particularly Education, Poverty Relief, Oceanographic Research, Micro-finance, Social Business and Sustainable Communities. Mr. Ashley came to the Dalio Foundation more than 6 years ago after working over 10 years as an Institutional Equity and Convertible Bond Trader. He has a Bachelors in Economics and Business Administration, and a degree in English Literature from Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Hope for Haiti, the Board of Advisors of Grameen America and is the Director of Social Justice initiatives at Grace Community Church.
Co-Chair, College Success Initiative
In 1995, J.B. founded College Summit while directing a teen center in the basement of a low-income housing project in Washington, D.C. College Summit transforms the lives of low-income youth by developing a corps of influential high school students who lead their peers to and through college. The organization works with 50,000 students at 175 high schools in 14 states. J.B. is the recipient of Honorary Doctorates of Public Service from Regis University and the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium), and the first-ever recipient of the 2012 Yale-Jefferson Service Award. He serves as an Aspen Institute - New Schools Education Fellow, and a faculty member of the Kennedy School of Government's Executive Session on Transforming Cities through Civic Entrepreneurship. He is a graduate of Denver Public Schools, Yale University and Harvard Divinity School; and lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Lauren, and three children.
Head of Funding
Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor
I am the Head of Funding at Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor, a multi-sector partnership between the private sector, NGOs and research institutions focused on improving sustainable access to safe, affordable water and sanitation services. My role is to develop strategic partnerships and mobilise resources for our programmes in six countries and I work with DFID, USAID, the Dutch Government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as well as a range of US and UK private and corporate foundations. I work closely with the private sector to support the development of innovative and socially inclusive business models targeted at the base of the pyramid. I also support WSUP’s influencing of the multilateral finance institutions (World Bank, European Investment Bank) to make sustainable investment in water and sanitation services in towns and cities. My early career was spent at WaterAid and my work has enabled me to travel extensively to Africa, Asia and Australasia.
Lead Sanitation Specialist and Global Practice Leader
World Bank Water and Sanitation Program
Eddy Perez is a Lead Sanitation Specialist with the Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) of the World Bank. Perez has a BS in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Masters of Science in Engineering and Public Policy (with a concentration in Science and Technology in International Development) from Washington University (in St. Louis). Perez has over 35 years of experience in the water supply and sanitation, low-cost housing, urban slum upgrading, municipal strengthening and disaster management sectors. In his current role, Eddy leads the WSP global practice on scaling up rural sanitation which seeks to use evidenced based knowledge to influence policies and practices of governments and development partners . Eddy is the chair of the Post 2015 sanitation working group and is a member of the Technical Advisory Group for the Global Sanitation Fund (GSF). Before joining the World Bank, Eddy was the Technical Director for Engineering for the USAID WASH and Environmental Healt
Ever had a moment when you see how past choices connect with a powerful insight, and you face the future with kinetic excitement? In 1997, out of a malarial fever, I realized that what drives me - social justice & environmental sustainability – all links to water availability. Last year, contemplating dream life and career, I realized that my career is grounded by a motivation to integrate charity, aid, and impact investing into a sustainable, market-based system. And that has relevance in other verticals, too. RedThread Advisors was born, to work in the water sector, and branch out beyond. I’ve worked in non-profits (leadership&board), consulted, and was a Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where I helped create the Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Program, and built and managed a US$70M portfolio that is transforming how WS&H services are conceived, financed, and sustained. I have an MPA from Columbia University, and a BA from University of Michigan (History/Anthro).
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.
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.
I did my undergraduate degree in Geology, in Brazil, at the Pará State Federal University, a M.Sc. in Soil Science at Penn State University, and Ph.D. in Geography at University of California in Santa Barbara. I have been working at Imazon since 1992, an NGO dedicated to promote sustainable development in the Amazon. My research focuses on spatial analysis to identify priority areas for conservation in the Amazon; on the mapping of forest carbon stocks and developing carbon emission models; and on remote sensing to map and monitor land cover and land use changes, particularly forest degradation caused by selective logging, fires and fragmentation. . I am also member of the Global Observation of Forest Change and Land Cover Dynamics (GOFC-GOLD) and Leader of Avina Foundation since January 2008. In 2010, I was granted the Skoll Award on Social Entrepreneurship, and my biography was included in the book Who's Who in Science and Engineering, among other awards such as the Chico Mendes Award in 2008. I have publi