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Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
Deb Derrick is the president of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, an advocacy organization dedicated to sustaining and expanding U.S. support for the Global Fund. A global health thought leader with nearly two decades of policy and international development experience, Derrick serves on the board of the NGO alliance InterAction, and previously served as a senior program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and as executive director of the United Nations Foundation’s Better World Campaign. Earlier in her career, Ms. Derrick worked as a senior advisor at the State Department, on Capitol Hill and for the United Nations.
Sahara Reporters Media Group Inc.
Omoyele Sowore is a Nigerian activist and free speech advocate who has spent the last 20 years working to promote human rights and democracy in Nigeria, and to stop the militarization and violence that multinational oil companies have brought to his country. For more than 20 years, Omoyele has battled corruption in his home country of Nigeria. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, he protested against military rule in favor of democracy as a student activist. He has since turned towards new media as a way of exposing injustices in his country. In 2006, Omoyele founded a groundbreaking multimedia online platform known as “SaharaReporters”. The platform which now includes an online TV & Radio has published and broadcast hundreds of breaking news stories and investigations since its founding, many of which have made significant impact in Nigeria recently leading to the ouster of one of Nigeria's mostly powerful ministers accused of buying two BMW armored cars for $1.6 million.
Mike Quinn is the Group CEO of Zoona and has a passion for business in Africa. He has worked for Zoona since the first payment in 2009, and successfully closed a $4m Series A venture capital round from international investors in early 2012, a first ever for a technology start-up in Zambia. He holds an MBA with Distinction from Oxford University, where he was a Skoll Scholar for Social Entrepreneurship, along with an MSc in Management Development from the London School of Economics. He grew up in Calgary, Canada, and completed his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia.
Managing Partner & Co-Founder
Jeff Bradach is co-founder and managing partner of The Bridgespan Group. The Bridgespan Group is a nonprofit advisor and resource to mission-driven organizations and philanthropists. In this role he leads the organization’s strategy and mission for accelerating social impact. He works directly with philanthropists, nonprofit leaders, policy makers to help them scale “what works.” Jeff writes and speaks extensively on topics relating to nonprofit strategy, philanthropic effectiveness, transformational scale, and social sector leadership. He has published multiple articles in periodicals like Stanford Social Innovation Review and Harvard Business Review. Prior to establishing The Bridgespan Group, Bradach taught at Harvard Business School, where he was a member of the Organizational Behavior and the Social Enterprise Initiative faculty. He is a graduate of Stanford University and completed his master's and PhD at Harvard University.
Managing Director Risk, Citi Microfinance
Philip Brown is Managing Director Risk for Citi Microfinance’s global business. He is responsible for developing the policies, programs and risk tools to enable Citi’s businesses to commercially engage with microfinance, financial and other institutions, networks and investors, to expand access to financial services in underserved communities. In Citibank he has had a variety of client and product assignments. These span financial institutions, corporate, commercial, investment, and private banking with product roles in cash management and trade. These have included country head, business and staff positions in the US, Europe, Sri Lanka, Channel Islands and Audit and Risk Review for EMEA. Mr. Brown is a member of the Governing Council of the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation (UK), the Advisory Council of the Centre for Financial Inclusion (USA) and the Advisory Board of the Council of Microfinance Equity Funds.
Working alongside Founder, Bunker Roy, to manage an aggressive scale-up of the Barefoot Approach, Internationally. Specifically to implement the “barefoot model” of community owned and managed, sustainable, grass roots development; in all the 43 Least developed countries (LDCs) by 2015. Meagan manages Global Strategy and Development for the Barefoot College. Responsible for International coordination of the Women’s Barefoot Solar Engineering program, she has been a field presence in more than 26 countries since joining Barefoot College in 2011. Barefoot College is the only fully solar electrified college built by the rural poor and managed by the rural poor. For 40 years the College has demonstrated the power and impact of demystifying and introducing modern technologies into rural settings focusing on meeting basic minimum needs; The provision of drinking water, basic lighting (solar), livelihood development.
Director of Strategic Development
Forest Stewardship Council
Ian Hanna is an ecologist, social entrepreneur and sustainability advocate that is the Director of Strategic Development for the Forest Stewardship Council. He works with various industries, agencies and NGOs to shift the wood and paper purchasing of businesses, consumers and governments to more responsible, verifiable sources such as FSC certification provides. Hanna hails from the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State and is a firm believer that individual action around our purchasing decisions is the quickest path to leaving a positive environmental legacy for future generations.
Strategy and Editorial Director
Independent Publications Limited
Andrew M. Mwenda is currently Strategy and Editorial Director of Independent Publications Limited. Mwenda worked as Political Editor of Daily Monitor and General Manager of its affiliate FM radio, KFM before establishing The Independent in 2007. He is a winner of the International Press Freedom Award and the Outstanding Alumni Award from the British Council. He holds a MA in Development Studies from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies and a BA degree in journalism from Makerere University in Uganda.
Music Makers Foundation
Christopher received his B.M. Suma Cum Laude on scholarship from Berklee College of Music. Described by the Boston Ballet as an “Electrifying violinist,” Christopher made his New York debut at Weil Recita Hall, Carnegie Hall, and has performed with distinguished artists such as Gloria Estefan, Bill Cosby, and Jennifer Holliday as well as a special appearance with Sesame Street. “Vuk explore[s] different ways of sparking musical interest,” says the Boston Globe, in doing so, he has played for varied audiences including Queen Rainia of Jordan, Queen Noor, Mitt Romney, and First Lady, Laura Bush. Christopher is the founder/music director of the Boston String Quartet, and is the recipient of the Certificate of Congressional Commendation. Christopher is the past director of the Boston Music Festival, Cambridge Arts Festival, current President/Owner of School of Groove, Rock & Roll Daycare, and Music Makers Kazakhstan a series of self sustainable low income schools for the poor.
Dave Peery is the Managing Director of the Peery Foundation, a family foundation based in Palo Alto, California. The Peery Foundation invests in and serves social entrepreneurs and leading organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area and around the world. Dave is a regular speaker and blogger, advocating for common sense approaches to funding and serving social entrepreneurs. He is a founding member of Big Bang Philanthropy and various other funder collaboratives. Dave holds a BA in Latin American Studies from Brigham Young University and served a two-year church mission in Paraguay. He currently resides in Bainbridge Island, Washington with his wife Lillie and their five children.