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Author and Speaker
Jess Search is Chief Executive of the BRITDOC Foundation which gives funding and support to award winning documentaries such as Hell and Back Again, Afghan Star, Ping Pong, The Yes Men Fix the World and was launched in partnership with Channel 4 in 2005. In partnership with the Bertha Foundation, BRITDOC runs new funds for international documentary outreach and journalism. In partnership with PUMA, they run a 50,000 award for the documentary that creates the most social impact and in partnership with the Sundance Institute Doc Program the Foundation created and runs The Good Pitch which partners films with NGOs, foundations and brands. _Previously Jess was a Channel 4 commissioning editor for 5 years. Jess co-founded Shooting People, the online filmmakers network, has an MBA from Cass Business School and is currently a trustee of progressive think tank IPPR.
Founder and President
Center for Digital Inclusion
Rodrigo Baggio is Founder and President of the Center for Digital Inclusion(CDI),a global NGO headquartered in Brazil that transforms lives and strengthens low-income communities by empowering people with information and communication technology.CDI uses technology to fight poverty,stimulate entrepreneurship and create changemakers.CDI,pioneer of digital inclusion in Latin America,supports 780 CDI Community Centers in 13 countries in Latin America and Europe,and in 18 years CDI has had an impact on more than 1,5 million people. He and CDI have won more than 60 awards from organizations including UNICEF,UNESCO,the Technology Museum,Time,Fortune,CNN and the World Economic Forum.Formerly,he worked as Artificial Intelligence Specialist for Accenture and managed IBM's "Reinventing Education" programme.In 1995,he founded the first InformationTechnology and Citizens Rights schools in one of Rio de Janeiro's slums.He holds the honorary title of Doctor in Human Letters from St. Paul University.
The Tony Elumelu Foundation
Dr. Wiebe Boer is CEO of The Tony Elumelu Foundation. TEF is charged with the mission of driving Africa’s economic development by enhancing the competitiveness of the African private sector. Under His leadership, the foundation strategically deploys its resources to generate solutions to challenges that inhibit Africa’s entrepreneurs. Dr. Boer is also a director of Mtanga Farms, Tanzania; a member of the advisory board of Digital Divide Data Kenya, and serves on the board of the African Grantmakers Network. Previously, Dr. Boer was associate director at the Rockefeller Foundation, he also worked as a consultant with McKinsey & Co. Born and raised in Jos, Nigeria, Dr. Boer earned his doctorate in history at Yale University and undergraduate degree at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.
Maria Rosa Galter (formerly Camp) joined AfricAid as its new Executive Director in November 2013, and comes to AfricAid by way of a broad international background that includes living in Uganda for over five years, where her father worked for the United Nations. Her resulting passion for East Africa led her to start Into Your Hands-Africa, a US non-profit organization that empowers youth in rural Uganda by providing them opportunities to start their own agricultural-based businesses and by creating sustainable secondary schools. She served as its Executive Director from its founding in 2007 until 2012, when she handed its operations over to a new ED, and enrolled in Regis University’s Masters in Non-Profit Management Program. Maria is thrilled to have the opportunity to continue her work for East African youth through AfricAid and, in particular, is excited about the challenge of leading the growth of AfricAid’s girls' leadership development program in Tanzania.
Director of Water Innovation Program
Mary Renwick is a water resources specialist with 24 years of experience developing and implementing innovative water initiatives. She has worked in 16 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, South and Southeast Asia, in the U.S., and with a number of Native American tribes. Since 2005, Renwick has led Winrock International's Water Innovation Program, growing the program from its inception to an established portfolio with seven country programs. She is an internationally recognized expert on multiple-use water services (MUS)a holistic approach to water services that sustainably improves the health and livelihoods of those living in poverty. Renwick holds a Ph.D. and MS in applied economics from Stanford University, and is the author of more than 25 books and articles.
Director of Network Mobilization
Susan Wintroub has been working with the Skoll Foundation for the past two years on their Network Mobilization strategic initiative. This goal of this initiative was to learn more about how and what enabled cross-sector collaboration and networks to work together to achieve large scale systems change. Most recently, Susan has been working in partnership with the Skoll and MasterCard Foundation on a new program for Young Leaders at Skoll World Forum 2014. Prior to Skoll Foundation, Susan spent over 20 years working with established companies as well as start-ups to execute on their strategic objectives. She was recently Vice President, Client Services, Support and Program Management at Adchemy and VP, Technology Delivery at GoGrid. Susan lives in California with her husband, two sons, and her dog. Susan received her Bachelors from the University of Texas, Austin.
Author and Speaker
David Damberger is a current Skoll Skollar at Oxford Said Business School. Previously, David was an African Director of Engineers Without Borders Canada and is a co-founder of the online ethical shopping market, Ethical Ocean, and the fairly traded ice hockey puck initiative called 'RUBR'.
Co-Founder and Editor
Katrin Verclas is Co-founder and Editor of MobileActive.org, a global network of practitioners using mobile phones for social impact. She was, until recently, also the Executive Director of NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network, the national association of IT professionals working in the more than one million nonprofit organisations in the United States. Prior to NTEN and MobileActive, she has led several nonprofit organisations, and served as a program officer at the Proteus Fund for six years, focusing on the use of technology in civic and democratic participation, and in government transparency. She is currently engaged in researching and writing a publication on mobile use in civil society with the UN Foundation and Vodafone Foundation Group.
Program Associate, Water
Skoll Global Threats Fund
Bessma is Program Associate for Water at Skoll Global Threats Fund, and has worked in the areas of natural resources, development, and women’s rights over the last decade. Prior to joining SGTF, Bessma held positions at Global Footprint Network as Project Manager, and at United Nations Environment Programme’s Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch, as Project Advisor, researching and writing on topics of natural resources management, conflict prevention and peacebuilding. She has also worked at the Global Fund for Women and the Center for Environmental Health. Bessma holds a M.S. from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
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.