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Author and Speaker
Water For People
Ned Breslin is CEO of Water For People, a next generation water and sanitation non-profit working in 10 countries throughout the world. Ned started working on water and sanitation in Africa in 1987, lived there for 20 years and returned to Denver, CO USA to join Water For People in 2006. He is the recipient of the 2011 Skoll Award For Social Entrepreneurship.
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VP Research and Innovation
Wendy Cukier, VP of Research and Innovation at Ryerson University, Canada’s first Ashoka Changemaker campus is the coauthor of the bestseller “Innovation Nation” and has spent more of her career with social enterprises in the intersections of technology, education, health and equity. She founded the Coalition for Gun Control, the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) and Ryerson’s Diversity Institute. She has advised governments and NGOs in Mexico, France, Austria, UK, South Africa, Trinidad, Australia, and Brazil. She received the Governor General's Meritorious Cross, one of Canada’s highest civilian honours, and was among the University of Toronto's “100 Alumni Who Shaped the Century”. She was named one of 25 Transformational Canadians by The Globe and Mail, La Presse and CTV, a YWCA Women of Distinction, and among Canada’s 25 Women of Influence. She holds a PhD, an MA and an MBA. She was also awarded an honorary doctorates by Laval University and Concordia University
World Health Partners
Karen’s work at WHP - a 2013 Skoll Awardee - focuses on strategic development, program management and partnerships. She plays a key role in exploring and adopting new technologies to WHP’s rural health platform, developing program performance measurements and metrics, and is leading the effort in replicating WHP’s model in the African setting. Karen’s experience ranges from proteomics research, healthcare information technology, to HIV/AIDS prevention. She has worked in both the public and private sectors including the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Oracle Corporation, and the United Nations Population Fund China. Karen holds a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from Johns Hopkins University, a master of science in biotechnology from Northwestern University, and a master of public health from the University of California, Berkeley.
Will is responsible for Planet Labs’ vision and for architecting the company strategy. Will also leads science and development of advanced technologies. Prior to Planet Labs, Will was a Scientist at NASA/USRA where he helped to formulate the Small Spacecraft Office at NASA Ames Research Center. He worked on several missions; as a System’s Engineer on lunar orbiter mission “LADEE”; on the Science Team for the lunar impactor mission “LCROSS”; and as Co-Principal Investigator on PhoneSat. He was the technical lead on research projects in orbital space debris remediation. Will has published over 30 articles in scientific publications including Science magazine and he has written a variety of space related op-eds including in the New York Times and Boston Globe. Will received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Oxford and his Masters in Physics with Space Science and Technology from the University of Leicester.
Author and Speaker
Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus is the father of microcredit and social business, Founder of Grameen Bank and of more than 50 other companies. Fortune Magazine named him 'one of 12 greatest entrepreneurs of our time'. Professor Yunus received the Nobel Peace Prize for his work with the Grameen Bank Project and is one of seven people to have received the Nobel Peace Prize, the US Presidential Medal of Freedom and the US Congressional Gold Medal. He received his BA and PhD in Economics and is the recipient of more than 50 honorary degrees.
Marcelle directs and leads the overall strategy of the Bloom Foundation, a London based private foundation. The Foundations' diverse portfolio focuses on the prevention of relief of poverty in the UK and in the developing countries of Africa and Asia making grants and investments into programmes and investments focusing on education, health, and self-sustaining solutions. Marcelle received her BA from Manchester University.
The DO School
Florian Hoffmann is the founder of The DO School, an educational institution that supports emerging social entrepreneurs to solve local problems through innovative start-ups. He is also the CEO of the Swiss Dekeyser&Friends Foundation. Passionate about creative ideas that solve societal problems on the ground, Florian has been involved in starting social ventures in Europe, the US and Asia. Florian has studied at Bard College and Duke, Humboldt and Oxford Universities. He holds an MPhil in international politics with distinction from St Antony's College, Oxford. Today, he is an avid contributor to the public debate on social innovation and entrepreneurship education internationally.
Founder and Managing Partner
The globalislocal Fund
Elizabeth Wallace Ellers Liz is Founder & Managing Partner of The globalislocal Fund, an award-winning educational and funding vehicle investing in solutions to poverty in Africa, Asia and Latin America. globalislocal is designed to drive educated, aggregated capital to global development issues by making high-impact global investing accessible and relevant to family foundations and individuals. Formerly an investment banker, Liz is a private investor. She holds an MBA from Columbia University and a BA in International Relations from UCLA. Liz is an alumna of The Philanthropy Workshop, a program of the Rockefeller Foundation and The Institute for Philanthropy in London. She has received the Philanthropic Vision Award for her work with the Collaborative Fund for Women's Economic Development and the New Generation Philanthropist Award for creating The globalislocal Fund.