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Chief Investment Officer
Brian Trelstad is the Chief Investment Officer of Acumen Fund, a non-profit global venture fund that uses entrepreneurial approaches to solve the problems of global poverty. In his role at the Acumen Fund, Brian gives oversight and direction to the fund’s investment portfolio. He also spends time working with the broader social enterprise community to develop metrics and tools to discuss the progression of the field as a whole. Before joining Acumen Fund, Brian worked for McKinsey & Company and was the environmental program officer of President Clinton’s AmeriCorps program.
Randy C. Belcher is currently the Executive Vice President Asia Pacific for Fossil Inc. based in Hong Kong. He is responsible for leading Fossil's sales, distribution and supply chain businesses in the Asia Pacific region. Prior to moving to Hong Kong he was the Senior Vice President Europe based in Switzerland (Basel) where he led Fossil's EMEA business. Previously Randy worked in Brazil (Rio de Janeiro) with Novartis Consumer Health as the President of NCH Brazil and Vice President of the Mercosur Region and in Chile (Santiago) as the Managing Director of NCH Chile. He also held other financial and general management positions with Gerber Products Company and Ernst and Young. He currently sits on the board of the Fossil Foundation (President) based in the USA.
Assistant Vice President, Research-Evaluation-Learning
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Brian C. Quinn brings his extensive background in health policy analysis and innovative program development to his work as the Foundation’s Assistant Vice President for Research and Evaluation. In this role, he collaborates with the vice president for Research and Evaluation in leading a team dedicated to understanding and measuring the key health and health care issues that are part of the Foundation’s strategy, as well as assessing the Foundation’s organizational performance. Quinn works with the vice president on the team’s strategic and tactical decisions and oversees its daily operations. Quinn was team director of the Pioneer Portfolio, which actively seeks innovations that catalyze fundamental breakthroughs in health and health care. Quinn holds a PhD in health services and policy analysis from the University of California, Berkeley. He also holds a certificate of study from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Author and Speaker
Enterprise Program Support Officer, Rwanda
DOT Rwanda / MasterCard Youth Think Tank
Aime Angelique Noela Akayezu holds a bachelor of science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rwanda, COSTECH (formerly KIST). Her passion for empowerment led her to collaborate with different schools and organizations as a tutor. She completed entrepreneurship training in renewable energy with KIST-TBIF/EWSA. Wishing to empower the community, Noela then joined DOT Rwanda in 2012 as an intern; this gave her the opportunity to empower, exchange and learn from youth in her community. She participated in the 2013 DOT Digital Youth and Learning Unconference to share and learn about youth issues in different countries. She became a 2014 MasterCard Foundation Youth Think Tank member, conducting research on youth in the community for MasterCard Foundation youth programs. In 2013 she became an Enterprise Program Support Officer with DOT Rwanda, to empower vulnerable youth in building small projects to generate income.
Girls Not Brides
A global advocate for freedom, justice and development for two decades, Mabel van Oranje is the initiator and board chair of Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage'. She is also co-founder and the executive chair of the European Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Global Board of the Open Society Foundations, a board member of Crisis Action, an advisory board member of Global Witness, and an advisory council member of The Elders. Previous positions include the European Action Council for Peace in the Balkans (founder and CEO), the Open Society Foundations (Executive Director of Brussels office and International Advocacy Director) and The Elders (first CEO). Mabel helped found the Dutch foundation War Child (1995), the global NGO coalition Publish What You Pay' (2002) and the Independent Commission on Turkey (2004). She has been actively engaged in the fight against HIV/AIDS and in global efforts that led to the establishment of the ICC.
Author and Speaker
Former United Nations Secretary-General
Chairman, Kofi Annan Foundation, Chair, the Elders
Kofi A. Annan was the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, serving two terms from 1 January 1997 to 31 December 2006, and was the first to emerge from the ranks of United Nations staff. In 2001, Kofi Annan and the United Nations were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In 2007, Kofi Annan established the Kofi Annan Foundation to promote better global governance and strengthen the capacities of people and countries to achieve a fairer and more secure world. In addition, Mr. Annan is Chair of the Elders.
I've been working at the forefront of international strategic communications for more than a decade, with expertise in development, peace-building and human rights. I believe in the power of partnerships for change across non-profit, public and private sectors. Researcher, writer, moderator and adviser on high level campaigns and events, I'm based in London with a global outlook. Now an independent consultant, I have previously held senior roles at The Elders, ONE, Crisis Action and International Crisis Group. I am a trustee of Videre est Credere.
Global Programs- Senior Advisor
Bohemian Impact Investments
Paul Hudnut is an Instructor at Colorado State University, where he teaches in the Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise MBA Program. In 2010, he began to work with the Bohemian Foundation on an impact investing and global philanthropy program. He has been a member of New Belgium Brewing’s board of directors since 2006. Paul is a co-founder of Envirofit International, which has become one of the world’s leading manufacturers of improved cook stoves. He blogs about entrepreneurship, development and sustainability at “What’s a BOPreneur?” In 2010, he was honored by the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance with the Olympus Innovation Award for his work in technology innovation and entrepreneurship education. Prior to joining CSU in 2003, Mr. Hudnut was an executive in the biotechnology and information services industries. He earned his BA from Colorado College and his law degree from University of Virginia.
Jordan Brown operates at the nexus of politics, entertainment, and philanthropy, and specializes in building hybrid coalitions that span those three spheres. Jordan leads Visioneering at the XPRIZE Foundation, the process used to translate visionary ideas for combating the world’s Grand Challenges into incentivized competitions. Before joining XPRIZE, Mr. Brown launched the social impact agenda for Summit Series, a global community for leading young entrepreneurs. Prior to that, he worked with celebrities and other influencers to advocate for issues like early detection of cancer, self-esteem, gay rights, and HIV prevention. He also worked to involve high profile celebrities and influencers in the campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Mr. Brown has also worked on a variety of political and issue campaigns at the local, state, and federal levels. Mr. Brown earned a degree in Political Science from Stanford University. Jordan is a California native and lives in Los Angeles.
Kenneth Cukier is the Data Editor of The Economist in London, after a decade at the paper as a business and technology writer, and foreign correspondent (most recently in Tokyo from 2007-2012). He is the co-author of the book "Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think" with Viktor Mayer-Schönberger in 2013, which was a New York Times Bestseller and translated into 20 languages. From 2002 to 2004 Mr. Cukier was a research fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He is a member of the World Economic Forum's advisory council on data-driven development. Mr. Cukier serves on the board of directors of International Bridges to Justice, a Geneva-based NGO promoting legal rights in developing countries. Additionally, he is on the board of advisors to the Daniel Pearl Foundation. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.