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With over a quarter of a century of successful experience, Gaia Amazonas has secured more than 26 million hectares of indigenous territories, an extension as large as the entire UK. The challenge now is to secure its sustainable management and to empower key actors at all levels with strategies, tools and capacities that enable the effective long-term protection of this region. For the last decade I have engaged with Gaia Amazonas supporting indigenous communities of the North-West Amazon Basin in the construction and implementation of alternative development models based on the principles of cultural and biological conservation and resilience. Before assuming the Executive Direction of Gaia Amazonas in 2013, and as an expert in local development strategies and decentralization (MA), I engaged in processes of inter-cultural health and education, environmental governance and inter-institutional platforms.
DR. MARK MILSTEIN is Clinical Professor of Management and Director of the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. He conducts research in and oversees the Center’s work on market and enterprise creation; business development; clean technology commercialization; and sustainable finance. He works closely with a variety of firms in renewable energy and carbon markets, life sciences and sustainable agriculture, consumables, food and nutrition, health care and hospitality management, as well as finance and international development. Professor Milstein’s writings have appeared in a number of journals including Science, Academy of Management Executive, and Sloan Management Review. He is a frequent speaker on the topics of strategy, organizational change and innovation related to business and sustainability, and consults with multi-national firms, small and medium sized enterprises, and NGOs.
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Vice President of Targeted Challenges
Grand Challenges Canada
Karlee Silver is the Vice President of Targeted Challenges at Grand Challenges Canada. Dr. Silver leads the Saving Lives at Birth, Saving Brains and Global Mental Health programs. She is a member of the Knowledge Exchange Working Group for the Canadian Network for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. Dr. Silver received her doctorate from the University of Oxford, where she attended as a Rhodes Scholar and trained in genetics and immunology under the supervision of Professor Richard Cornall and Professor Sir John Bell. An accumulation of inspirations, including travelling through southern Africa after Oxford, led to a refocus towards global health. Witnessing both the strength of women to sustain their families and communities, and the vulnerability of these same women to the consequences of poverty inspired Karlee to apply herself to health issues of women in developing countries.
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.
Melanie Hui leads the Cassia Foundation, which supports visionary leaders committed to serving the world’s most vulnerable populations. Melanie’s previous experience includes external affairs at the World Bank, development at the Asian University for Women, and project managing a clean water social enterprise in Bangladesh. She holds a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.
Chair and Founder
Free the Children
Craig Kielburger is a social entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author, and syndicated columnist. He co-founded Free The Children in 1995 when he was 12-years-old. Today, more than 1.7 million young people are involved in its programs. In North America and the United Kingdom, the organization provides comprehensive service-learning programs, including its We Day celebrations attended annually by more than 160,000 students from 4,000 participating schools. We Day also reaches more than 5.4 million viewers through televised broadcasts and has more than 3.3 million followers on Facebook, making it one of the largest charitable causes in the world. Internationally, the organization works in eight developing countries providing a holistic and sustainable development model, including education, health care, food security, clean water, and alternative income programs. Its programs have empowered more than one million beneficiaries.
Senior Innovation Specialist
The World Bank
Merrick Schaefer brought experience from a 10 year software development career to international development as a founding member of the UNICEF Innovation Team. His work focuses on the intersection of technology and development across a wide range of sectors. He is particularly focused on mHealth and was the manager of Programme Mwana, an mHealth system in Zambia and Malawi, that was one of the first to reach national scale. Merrick is also an avid rock climber of 20 years, and often can be found dangling off cliffs in far flung corners of the world.
Catherine is CEO of the Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation, the largest independent community foundation in Australia. Catherine has a deep knowledge of how philanthropy can work with not for profit organisations as a social investor and partner to support positive change within communities. Within its broader granting and initiatives portfolio, the Foundation supports innovative social change projects and the start-up and scaling up of social enterprises. Prior to her role with the Foundation, Catherine worked in the not-for-profit sector in legal and CEO roles for 11 years and then spent ten years advising many Australian foundations and not for profits on governance, organisational development and strategy, as well as related legal issues. She is the author of Great Foundations a 360° guide to building resilient and effective not for profit organisations (ACER Press, 2010). Catherine is a lawyer and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
His music is generally described as "African folk". His work was an inspiration to many in the anti-apartheid movement. His themes include the struggle for freedom, and forgiveness and reconciliation with enemies. Vusi can also be heard performing on Warren Haynes' Live at Bonnaroo release during the song "Soulshine", and the Dave Matthews Band song, "Everyday", from the album of the same name as well as a live version of the song with him which appears on the album The Best of What's Around Vol. 1. Vusi was also one of the performers at the Live 8 concerts.
Portfolio and Programme Manager
Beatrice Halpaap is the Programme Manager of TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, cosponsored by UNICEF, UNDP, the World Bank and WHO and hosted at WHO, Geneva. She leads Programmatic Planning, Finances, Administration and Human Resources and is responsible for managing the portfolio of projects at TDR. Beatrice is co-managing the new initiative at TDR on social entrepreneurship innovation to prevent and control infectious diseases of poverty. In 1997, she joined TDR as a project manager in the area of pharmaceutical product R&D. While in South Africa in 2001-2002, she started an initiatives for strengthening project management skills in health research in low and middle income countries, now led by research institutions . Beatrice holds a Pharm D and had an appointment as Lecture at Yale University in 2006-2007.