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Segal Family Foundation
After graduating from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University in 2004, Martin worked to become the Vice President of Operations for Bradco. He later took on the role of Vice President of Acquisitions, negotiating numerous strategic acquisitions. In 2010, Martin joined the Segal Family Foundation full-time as Managing Director. In addition to his role with the Segal Family Foundation, Martin is a real estate investor and managers several real estate partnerships. When Martin is not working or spending time with his lovely wife Kristen and their daughter Elin, he enjoys fishing, skiing, playing tennis and spending time with family and friends. The family resides in Chatham, NJ.
Educate Global Fund
Sandrine is the founder of Educate Global Fund (EGF), a new non-profit initiative seeking overcome barriers to Education by providing capital and strategic support to social businesses whose products and services are of commercial value whilst being accessible and affordable to the most disadvantaged communities. It invests across sectors such as Health, Nutrition, Water & Sanitation, Technology. EGF first portfolio company is I-Care (founded by Chantal Heutink) producing sanitary pads for girls to attend school in Kenya. Together with ProPortion Foundation, EGF developed the business case for I-Care and now supports its transition from charity to social business. Sandrine was previously Strategy Director for a non-profit organisation and has over a decade of professional experience in strategy consulting. Sandrine holds an MSc in International Business from Maastricht University, and was part of the inaugural class of the Oxford Impact Investing Programme at Said Business School.
Director, Documentary Film Program and Fund
Tabitha Jackson was appointed Director of the Documentary Film Program (DFP) at the Sundance Institute in late 2013. The DFP is dedicated to supporting nonfiction filmmakers worldwide in the production of cinematic documentaries dealing with human rights, social justice and contemporary issues. In supporting such work, the DFP encourages the diverse exchange of ideas by artists as a critical pathway to developing an open society. With over 20 years experience in the field, Jackson most recently served as Commissioning Editor for Arts, at the UK’s Channel 4 Television, where she supported and championed the alternative voice, and sought to find fresh ways of storytelling. Prior to joining Channel 4, Jackson made films in both the UK and US about identity, history, and social justice. Awards for her work include a News and Documentary Emmy for Rx for Survival: A Global Health Challenge and the Royal Television Society Award and UNESCO Gold Award for Motherland – A Genetic Journe
I'm an award winning content editor, consultant and speaker with a broad range of interests and experience working in both New York and London. I'm interested in what's coming next and the ideas and technologies that will shape our world in the future, which is what I tend to speak about at events. My fifth novel, The Nero Decree, was published in November 2013 by Thomas and Mercer. I'm also the cofounder of the digital storytelling platform MyLondonStory, which is available as an iOS app.
Senior Manager of Digital
As Senior Manager of Digital, Phil Collis is responsible for sourcing and leveraging digital technologies, social media and syndicated channels in direct support of the Foundation’s global community, knowledge and networks strategy. In addition to designing and implementing web solutions, Phil also manages the online strategy and media initiatives for the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship and has provided editorial direction for the foundation’s “Uncommon Heroes” short film series profiling Skoll award recipients. Beyond the foundation, Phil has been involved in several successful web campaigns supporting documentary films including Coma (HBO), The New Heroes (PBS) and Ghosts of Abu Ghraib (HBO) and has spoken on the topic of web and social action campaigns at events such as the 2012 Giving Pledge members meeting and Public Interest Projects (D.C.).
Author and Speaker
Former United Nations Secretary-General
Kofi A. Annan was the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, serving two terms from 1 January 1997 to 31 December 2006, and was the first to emerge from the ranks of United Nations staff. In 2001, Kofi Annan and the United Nations were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In 2007, Kofi Annan established the Kofi Annan Foundation to promote better global governance and strengthen the capacities of people and countries to achieve a fairer and more secure world. In addition, Mr. Annan is Chair of the Elders.
Andrew Zolli is a forecaster, advisor, author and social innovator working at the intersection of foresight, global innovation, social change and resilience. For 12 years, he served as the chief creative force behind PopTech (poptech.org), a global innovation network which brings together scientists, technologists, engineers, designers, business leaders, social entrepreneurs, ecologists and others to collaborate on new approaches to some of the world’s toughest challenges. He is currently on Sabbatical from PopTech. Much of Andrew's work has focused on issues of systemic and social resilience. He is the author of the critically acclaimed "Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back" (resiliencethebook.com) which has been published in more than a dozen languages worldwide. He is advising PlanetLabs, (www.planet.com) a breakthrough global imaging company, and is attending Skoll World Forum in that capacity.
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 published over 100 studies, mostly peer review journals.
He is the Strategic Supervisor for the Water Access Initiative at Fundacion Avina (www.avina.net), covering 15 countries in Latin America. The objective is to help provide access to water to 5 million people more by 2015. He is also Avina’s Liasson with the Social Progress Imperative (www.socialprogressimperative.org), with the mission to deploy the Social Progress Index in Latin America. Before that, during 2002-2009, he was a Regional Representatives of Fundación Avina, in charge of supervising the offices of Colombia, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay. He was also a member of the Avina Council, the governing body of the organization, from 2002 to 2008. Before that, from 1998 to 2002, he was in charge of the Avina local representation, based in Paraguay, with responsibilities over Bolivia, Paraguay, and northern Argentina.
Chetna Sinha, an Ashoka Fellow, Yale World Fellow, works for social change in some of the poorest and most drought-stricken areas of rural India. She founded and is currently the President of a micro-enterprise development bank, its partner NGO, and a micro-business school for rural women. Her organisation is the first in its region to provide life, accident, hospitalization insurance and pension scheme for women and offers training. The bank has its origins in cooperatives organized by Gala Sinha to assist women in raising goats, selling vegetables and weaving. In addition, Gala Sinha works on behalf of landless laborers for property and water rights. She has succeeded in changing government policy and law regarding property rights for women.