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Mathias Craig has developed a community-based clean energy model that relies on the local manufacture and maintenance of a hybrid wind/solar energy system along the impoverished Caribbean coast of Nicaragua. His organization, blueEnergy, uses a model that emphasizes the long-term accompaniment of rural communities.
CEO & Co-Founder
Liu Yan is the CEO and event curator of Xindanwei, the first collaborative workspace and community for creatives and start ups in China. Since 2004, she has been advocating cross-culture and inter-disciplinary connection and collaboration between Europe and China through events like PICNIC and Dutch Electronic Arts Festival (DEAF). She is also the chairwoman of 3S ReUnion in Shanghai, an event for people from arts, technology and academic fields to meet and share their knowledge.
Chief Communications Officer, Foundation Operations
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Kate James leads the foundation’s global communications efforts to raise awareness and build engagement around global poverty, health, and US education issues. Kate oversees all communications and brand functions, including driving public engagement on the issues the foundation champions, managing reputation risk, and building media partnerships to support independent coverage of critical development and education issues. Prior to joining the foundation, Kate worked in the financial services industry, where she most recently served as Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Communications for Citibank. She has held senior leadership roles at Standard Chartered Bank and GlaxoSmithKline in the areas of communications, international government relations, strategy, and sustainability. Kate is also a board member for Vital Voices Global Partnership and a trustee of Trade plus Aid.
Co-Founder & Director
The Human Agency
I am an entrepreneur and mother who believes in the power of human agency – the ability for people to choose to make a difference in the world. I work with global corporations, entrepreneurs and citizens to foster market-based solutions to societal challenges, including climate change, energy security and health care. I recently co-founded the League of Intrapreneurs, a global movement for corporate social intrapreneurs - people inside companies driving systemic change on societal issues. Prior to founding the Human Agency, I was Director of Imaginals and also served as Head of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at SustainAbility, a leading corporate responsibility advisory firm. In 2008, I had the fortune of co-authoring a skoll-funded report with John Elkington -- The Social Intrapreneur: A Field Guide for Corporate Changemakers. I am an American living in Oxfordshire with my husband and 3 year-old daughter.
Author and Speaker
Forest Trends Association
Michael Jenkins is the founding President of Forest Trends, a non-profit organization whose mission is to maintain, restore, and enhance forests and connected natural ecosystems which provide life-sustaining processes, by promoting incentives and markets for ecosystem services and products. Forest Trends seeks to catalyze the development of integrated carbon, water, and biodiversity incentives that deliver real conservation outcomes and benefits to local communities. Forest Trends works in Latin America, Asia, & Africa, in partnership with local institutions. Prior to Forest Trends, Michael was a Senior Forestry Advisor to the World Bank and Associate Director for the Environment at the MacArthur Foundation. He also worked with USAID's Agroforestry Outreach Program in Haiti as well as in Paraguay working with the Peace Corp in agriculture, apiculture and forestry projects. Michael holds a Master's of Forest Science from Yale, and has contributed to & authored numerous publications.
Engineers Without Borders
Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, George studied mechanical and biomedical engineering at the University of Waterloo before co-founding Engineers Without Borders Canada with Parker Mitchell in 2000. George is an Ashoka Fellow and has been recognized as one of Canada's leaders in the non-profit sector. EWB Canada has evolved over the years to become an incubator of systemic innovations that can change the way poverty and major global issues are tackled. It has attracted and trained thousands of leaders in Canada and across Africa, who are involved in starting and growing ventures in food systems, public services, small and growing businesses, responsible mining, and engineering education/professional practice.
Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security
Ambassador Melanne Verveer is the executive director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. She most recently served as the first US Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues. In this position, she coordinated foreign policy issues and activities relating to the political, economic and social advancement of women, traveling to nearly sixty countries. She worked to ensure that women’s participation and rights are fully integrated into US foreign policy, and she played a leadership role in the Administration’s development of the US National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. From 2000-2008, she was the Chair and Co-CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership, an international NGO that she co-founded to invest in emerging women leaders. During the Clinton administration, she served as Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady. She received a B.S. and M.S. from Georgetown University.
Former U.S. President, Founder
The Carter Center
Jimmy Carter was the thirty-ninth president of the United States of America. Significant foreign policy accomplishments of his administration included the Panama Canal treaties, the Camp David Accords, the treaty of peace between Egypt and Israel, the SALT II treaty with the Soviet Union, and the establishment of US diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China. In 1982, he became University Distinguished Professor at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and founded The Carter Center. Actively guided by Carter, the nonpartisan and nonprofit Center works to advance peace and health worldwide. In 2002, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to Jimmy Carter “for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.”
In 1984 Marc first read a newspaper article predicting the spread of HIV through the re-use of syringes, appalled by the prospect he decided to do something about it. Some 29 years later his solution the K1 (an Auto Disable syringe that physically prevents re-use), conservatively credits Marc with saving nine million lives and preventing 14 million diseases. Identifying a glaring gap in the market in 2006 he established The SafePoint Trust, a not for profit delivering a holistic approach to converting the supply and demand infrastructure to only accept safe injections. Marc now spends all his time working with the SafePoint Trust on their LifeSaver campaigns uniting the systems six key elements: creating a global policy, government legislation change, trained healthcare workers and an informed public.
Director of Policy and Communications
Skoll Global Threats Fund
Bruce serves as Director, Policy and Communications, for the Skoll Global Threats Fund, helping shape the organization’s approach to engagement and advocacy and handling programmatic and organizational communications needs. Prior to joining the Skoll Global Threats Fund, Bruce served as Communications Director for the Skoll Foundation, working with media, the Skoll social entrepreneurs, and Skoll’s partners to broadly promote the Foundation’s message around the power of social entrepreneurship. Earlier in his career, Bruce led corporate communications for Novell, an enterprise software company. Prior to that, he served nearly 14 years as a Foreign Service Office in the U.S. State Department, with overseas tours in Saudi Arabia, Swaziland, and Italy, and domestic assignments focused on economic issues, Europe, the Middle East, the G-7, and Ukraine. Bruce received an MA from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a BA from Pomona College.