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One Heart World-Wide
Arlene Samen, has been a Nurse Practitioner in High Risk Obstetrics for over 31 years. In 1997, Arlene met His Holiness the Dali Lama (HHDL)who asked her to take her expertise to help women and children dying in childbirth in Tibet. She has dedicated her life to serving pregnant women living in the most vulnerable conditions in the most remote places of the world. As a Rainer Arnhold Fellow through the Mulago Foundation, she learned what made her model successful in decreasing maternal and newborn deaths. The model is called the “Network of Safety” which is replicable, sustainable, and scalable. The “Network of Safety” has reached over 500,000 families and created a safe environment for over 50,000 deliveries. She has received many awards, including Unsung Hero by HHDL, CNN Hero, Women in Business, and the Soroptomist Women Making a Difference Award. It is her dream to take the model to over 35 Districts in Nepal, reaching another 300,000 women.
Author and Speaker
CEO and Co-Founder
Riders for Health
Co-founder and CEO of Riders for Health, Andrea and husband Barry, are life-long motorcyclists. They saw that well-maintained motorcycles in Africa meant health care delivered, money saved and people trained in appropriate skills. Andrea's motorcycle racing life and her work in promotion and sports management provided her with a practical outlook and skills that have helped guide the financial and advocacy development of Riders. Introducing innovations for vehicle management in Africa to deliver health care requires persistence and an impatience with the status quo. I have both in abundance' she says. The quality and innovation Riders brings has been recognised by the leading voices in the development community. Riders has received many awards including the renowned Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.
Author and Speaker
Rupert Howes received the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2007 for establishing MSC as the world’s leading fishery certification and eco-labelling programme. MSC changed the way the seafood industry operates and contributes to the health of oceans by recognising and rewarding sustainable practices, influencing purchasing choices, and working with partners to transform the seafood market.
Director and Founder
Richard Baraniuk is the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University and Founding Director of Connexions (cnx.org) and OpenStax College (openstaxcollege.org). Launched in 1999, Connexions was one of the world’s first and today is one of the world’s largest “open education” platforms, providing free and remixable e-textbooks to millions of users from 200 countries. OpenStax College is leveraging Connexions to provide free and open textbooks for the highest impact college courses at over 400 institutions nationwide. Connextions received a WISE Award in 2011.
As Chief Operating Officer, Richard Fahey leads the Skoll Foundation's financial and operations functions, including business planning, measurement, controls and services; capital alignment and management; tax compliance and reporting; and benefits and human resource processes. He also contributes to the fulfillment of the foundation's mission.
Livelihoods Program Manager
Hazel Taylor is the Enterprise and Livelihoods Programme Manager at the Vitol Foundation. Hazel joined the Foundation in 2009 and is interested in identifying innovative and transformational solutions for potential funding within the following areas: making markets work for the poor (M4P); embedding behaviour change training into market-based solutions; delivering energy to off-grid communities; facilitating access to finance and financial literacy; moving communities from subsistence to enterprise, and; building resilience to shock and climate change. Prior to working at Vitol, Hazel spent five years working as an account manager with the Swiss Stock Exchange before moving into a 3 year role as Assistant Director of the Karen Hilltribes Trust, sharing her time between the UK and the Thailand-Myanmar borders. In 2008 Hazel moved back to London to set up the Corporate Fundraising department at Parkinson's UK before moving on to the Vitol Foundation.
Senior Director, Innovation & Sight Programs
Suzanne is the "go to" person for creating global working groups that get the job done. With Seva Foundation, Aravind Eye Care System, and a growing number of partners in Nepal, India, Tanzania, Egypt, and Guatemala, Suzanne has built a global mentor network to increase affordability, quality, sustainability, and access to comprehensive eye care services. The innovation is to make effective improvement technology available to under-performing eye hospitals. This Global Sight Initiative is building a skill and knowledge base of solutions that train and retain staff, reduce social and economic barriers to care, improve quality, and create financial sustainability. The Initiative promotes strategies to enable participating eye hospitals to produce one million additional cataract surgeries annually. Education: PhD and MPH from University of Michigan. Fulbright Scholar.
Marcello Palazzi, BSc MSc MBA, philanthropreneur, founder president, Progressio Foundation and co-founder, B Lab Europe, among many other public-good ventures. Marcello coined the notions of “civic” enterprise, economy and leadership in the late 80s. Since then, he has initiated or been involved in 300 “civic” projects in 33 countries, partnering with UN agencies, governments, foundations, corporations and NGOs. Several projects have led to the creation of independent organizations, such as ResponsAbility AG, The Copenhagen Centre, The Bremen Initiative, The New Academy of Business, Social Venture Network Europe, Tällberg Forum, Springtide Festival, etc. Marcello's Alma Maters: London School of Economics, London Business School, Erasmus University, Harvard University.