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Sonal Bains is the co-founder of Lux Digital, where she helps clients distill their goals into compelling digital strategies that connect and activate diverse online communities. For nearly a decade, Sonal has pioneered digital strategy development for clients including Ford Foundation, The Newsweek/Daily Beast Company, Asia Society, Revenue Watch Institute, Barnard College and New York University. She has advised the White House Office of Digital Strategy, United Nations, Washington Post, and MTV on innovative outreach mechanisms and online storytelling platforms, reaching millions of people and shaping the public debate on leading issues. Sonal is a triathlete, R&B enthusiast, amateur mountaineer and animal charmer. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and pet boa constrictor, Charmaine.
DP World Chair for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Said Business School
Linda Scott is DP World Chair for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Said Business School. Her research focuses on women’s economic empowerment through market-based means. Professor Scott works with multinational companies on programmes designed to help women economically, especially through entrepreneurship, but also through select consumer goods, such as mobile phones or sanitary pads. She has worked with Procter & Gamble, Avon, Walmart, ExxonMobil, Goldman Sachs, Vodafone, CARE, UNICEF, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, and Plan on these issues. She curates Power Shift: The Oxford Forum for Women in the World Economy. Professor Scott was featured on the Financial Times’ “Thinking Big” video series and her work has been covered by The Economist, BBC, The New York Times, the Guardian, and other world press vehicles. She serves a U. S. State Department subcommittee on women’s access to markets. Scott writes a blog, “The Double X Economy.” Her twitter handle is @ProfLindaScott.
Head of Principal Investments for Social Finance
Amy Bell is an Executive Director and Head of Principal Investments for J.P. Morgan’s Social Finance business unit, which provides financial services to the growing market for impact investments, meaning those investments made with intent to generate impact alongside a financial return. Amy manages the group’s principal investment portfolio, which seeks to earn a reasonable rate of return alongside of achieving positive impact on low-income and excluded populations around the world. Deals completed to date include investments in MicroVest II, the LeapFrog Financial Inclusion Fund, IGNIA, the Bridges Social Entrepreneurs Fund, and the African Agricultural Capital Fund. Prior to joining Social Finance, Amy worked in J.P. Morgan’s Investment Bank in the Mergers and Acquisitions group and the Consumer/Retail Coverage group. In addition, she worked in Financial Advisory Services for Deloitte where she specialized in forensic accounting. Amy holds a Bachelors of Business Administration and Masters in Professional Accounting from The University of Texas at Austin.
Founder, Executive Director
Safeena has been committed to girls' education in India since 2002. She has worked extensively with rural and urban underserved communities in South America, Africa and Asia. From 1997 to 2004, she was the Chief Executive Director for Child Family Health International in San Francisco, managing and supporting a range of development programs in the area of health. She was also Board Chair of the International Development Exchange in San Francisco, a non-profit organization that promotes sustainable solutions to poverty in Africa, Asia and Latin America, as well as serving on the Advisory Council of the Clarence Foundation. Safeena Husain holds a B.S. from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences, and was born and raised in New Delhi, India.
New Libya Foundation
Rihab began working in development in 2006 as the United Nations Youth Delegate to Libya for the Millenium Development Goals. On February 19th, 2011, Rihab co-founded the New Libya Foundation, an NGO which supports the development of Libyan civil society. The NLF assisted in the building of Libya’s brand new civil society through incubator centers which act as office space, and training facilities for over 100 organizations in Tripoli and Misurata, and the development of various crowd-sourcing and consultation platforms in partnership with local governments and international partners. She is passionate about using technology to engage the grassroots, particularly women and youth, in a new, naturally decentralized approach to governance.
Current MBA student and Lean Launch Director
Said Business School
Michael is currently completing an MBA at the Said Business School, University of Oxford. Prior to coming to Oxford, Michael led a team working on an Australia first programme of ‘Welfare Reform’ in remote Aboriginal Australian Communities. This involved the design and delivery of innovative programmes in education, financial literacy, parenting and home ownership. Before this, Michael worked on a Venture Philanthropy start up in Zimbabwe. The organisation developed strategy and operational plans with many small Zimbabwean social enterprises and sought funding for these groups from within the Young Presidents Organisation (YPO) and Zimbabwean corporates. Michael began his career in Corporate Banking for ANZ in Australia. He holds bachelor degrees in Economics and International Business from the University of Queensland. In his spare time he enjoys kitesurfing, fishing, scuba, rugby, cricket, current affairs, and camping.
Program Coordinator for Amazon and Climate Change strategies at Fundación Avina, Paula holds a Bachelor degree in International Relations from Universidade de Brasília, Brazil, and a Master degree in Development Studies, with specialization in Local and Regional Development, from the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Netherlands. Paula has previously worked as environmental analyst for Imazon and consultant for Global Witness. She has published articles and was a co-organizer for TEDxVer-o-Peso.
Founder of Schlumberger Excellence in Education Development SEED, Senior Advisor to Schlumberger EVP, Board member of the Fab Lab Foundation (Created by MIT Professor Gershenfeld) Previously Vice President Schlumberger Limited, Founder of Fab Lab Biz. Senior executive with deep experience of oil sector, finance, treasury, marketing and CSR/stakeholder relations. Seventeen years as founder and CEO of standalone corporate CSR arm and architect of unique, innovative and technology-focused STEM educational programs www.planetseed.com. Top financial executive in Treasury and Investor Relations. Unique ability to build relationships across technical functions and national/professional cultures. Experience of operating in 44 developing countries where SEED serves 300,000 students in 7 languages across 284 schools. Graduated from Science Po Paris and INSEAD, a European business school in Fontainebleau. Fluent in English, French and Arabic.
Entrepreneur in Residence
Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
Matt is an Associate Fellow at Said Business School and supports both the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Oxford Entrepreneurship Centre. His work in Oxford has involved co-founding the Emerge Venture Lab and Oxford Lean LaunchPad entrepreneurship programmes and directing the Said Business School Seed Fund. Matt also works for the Prudential Regulation Authority, part of the Bank of England. Prior to his current Oxford and London roles, Matt worked in Impact Investing (Bridges Ventures), Venture Philanthropy (Absolute Return for Kids) and as a social entrepreneur (Cosmos Ignite, a solar energy venture in India). He has an MBA from Stanford Business School, is Chair of GlobalGiving UK and a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year finalist (UK).
Said Business School
I have completed three of my four years of graduate medical training at Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. While training at one of the busiest county hospitals in the US, I started to realize the structural problems plaguing the American healthcare system and the degree which institutional policies can infringe on a physician’s practice. Therefore, I decided to pursue an MBA at University of Oxford to build necessary management and entrepreneurship skills to enable me to not only run a healthcare system efficiently but also to build new hospitals and clinic systems. After completing the MBA, I plan to finish my medical degree and residency training in Emergency Medicine. My long-term goal is to incorporate my medical and business skills into expanding access to healthcare both locally and globally by building a strong network of low-income clinics and hospitals in areas of greatest geographic and financial need.