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Writer & Filmmaker
Oceans 8 Films
Jon Bowermaster is a six-time grantee of the National Geographic Expeditions Council and award-winning writer and film-maker. His recently concluded OCEANS 8 project took him and his teams around the world by sea kayak on expeditions ranging from the Aleutian Islands to Vietnam, French Polynesia to Chile/Argentina/Bolivia, Gabon to Croatia and Tasmania to Antarctica. Seeing the world from the seat of a sea kayak has given Bowermaster a one-of-a-kind look at both the health of the planet’s ocean and the lives of people who depend on them.
Kaxuyana Tribal Leader
Equipe de Conservacao da Amazonia
Juventino Kaxuyana is the president of AIKATUK- Associação Indígena Kaxuyana, Tunayana e Kahyana (Indigenous Association for Kaxuyana, Tunayana e Kahyana People)
President and CEO
International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children
Ernie Allen is President and CEO of the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children which leads the global effort to protect children from sexual exploitation and abduction. He formed a financial coalition to eradicate commercial child pornography and a health coalition to attack sexual exploitation as a public health crisis. ICMEC has trained police in 121 countries, enacted child pornography laws in 100 countries and set up a global network. For 28 years he headed the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children bringing training, forensics and technology to law enforcement. He created the CyberTipline and national missing children’s hotline. 180,000 children were recovered and their recovery rate increased from 62% to 97%. Considered a world leader in the fight against child abduction, sexual exploitation and human trafficking, his work has been recognized by four US Presidents, Congress, Department of Justice, Interpol and others.
Kevin Starr directs the Mualgo Foundation and the Rainer Arnhold Fellows Program; both are focused on scalable solutions to meet the basic needs of the poor. Kevin was a doctor when stumbled into philanthropy in 1994. His mentor Rainer Arnhold died suddenly when they were working in Bolivia and Kevin to carries on Rainer's work through the Mulago Foundation. He spent the next decade working with projects trying to figure out what makes for real impact at big scale. Kevin established the Foundation’s Rainer Arnhold Fellows Program in 2003 to apply Mulago's principles and tools to help social entrepreneurs turn good ideas into lasting change at scale. The program gives fellows a chance to design for impact that can go big. Kevin mentors and teaches fellows in numerous other programs for social entrepreneurs. He is the chairman of Big Bang Philanthropy, a group of funders working together to direct more money to those best at fighting poverty. He has lived in SF since medical school.
Elisabeth Braw is the London-based Senior Reporter for Metro International newspapers, where she's in charge of interviews with global political and business leaders. Among her recent interviewees are Francois Hollande, Sepp Blatter, Christine Lagarde, Ban Ki-moon, Jose Manuel Barroso, Beppe Grillo, Tony Blair and H&M CEO Karl-Johan Persson. She's also in charge of article series, most recently one about violence against women produced in partnership with UN Women. Elisabeth is a contributor to Newsweek and to The Economist, where she writes about music. As a contributing writer for The Guardian, she focuses on business and sustainability. Prior to her London posting, Elisabeth reported from San Francisco and Washington, DC. Elisabeth is Swedish, received her university education in Germany, from where she still reports, and has also lived in Rome, Italy. In her spare time, Elisabeth is an avid choral singer and is enthusiastically trying to improve her Latin skills. Elisabeth married to Jeffrey Smi
Author and Speaker
Director and Co-Founder
Patrick Alley is a director of Global Witness and co-founded the organisation in 1993. He took part in Global Witness’ first investigations into the Thai-Khmer Rouge timber trade in 1995, and since then has taken part in over fifty field investigations in South East Asia, Africa and Europe, and in subsequent advocacy activities. In addition to his cross-organisational involvement, based on the organisation’s experience in tackling conflict diamonds, and former Liberian President Charles Taylor’s arms for timber trade, Patrick focuses on the thematic issue of conflict resources, and on forest and land issues, especially challenging industrial scale logging and land grabbing in the tropics. In addition, he is involved in the strategic leadership of Global Witness.
Senior Vice President for Development
Simon Winter is responsible for strategy, thought leadership, and business and program development. He is also responsible for innovative programs, including capital access for SMEs. Previously he was Regional Director for Africa. He joined TechnoServe in 2003. Simon was a management consultant with McKinsey and Company (1998-2003) when he co-led the firm's international development practice. He worked as an economic planner for the Botswana government, and a development consultant in Southern Africa. He became skilled in finance and banking with Barclays Bank plc in the UK, Cote d'Ivoire and Australia. Simon is a founding Executive Committee member of the Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), a Board Member of Root Capital, a member of the steering committee for Initiative on Smallholder Finance, and the Advisory Board of www.nextbillion.net. Simon comes from the UK and has a PhD in economics from the SOAS, University of London, 1998.
A 30-year Kimberly-Clark veteran, Thomas J. Falk is the architect of the company's Global Business Plan, which is positioning Kimberly-Clark to lead the world in essentials for a better life. He was elected chief executive officer in 2002 and chairman of the Board in 2003. He is one of only eight CEOs in the history of our company. At Kimberly-Clark, Mr. Falk has held positions of increasing responsibility and authority. Since being appointed CEO in 2002 and chairman in 2003, Mr. Falk has led Kimberly-Clark through Global Business Plans designed to increase the company's sales and profitability. Under his leadership, Kimberly-Clark has grown sales to $21.2 billion in 2013. Kimberly-Clark has approximately 57,000 employees worldwide and operations in 35 countries.
Executive Vice President and President of Global Market Development
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
Peggy Johnson is executive vice president of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and president of global market development where she is responsible for commercializing new business opportunities and developing strategic relationships for the company. Notably, she oversees Qualcomm Labs, a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. that serves as an incubator focused on launching new businesses and products, as well as exploring new market segments for Qualcomm technologies. Johnson also serves as a member of Qualcomm’s executive committee.
Peter Zahn has worked in numerous business, legal and non-profit capacities, everything from a sole practitioner and solo entrepreneur, to an attorney at a 400 lawyer Wall Street firm, CEO of a medium size corporation, and founder of a nationwide Chamber of Commerce. He was elected to the City Council of Solana Beach, California in November 2012. Zahn recently crossed over more firmly into the non-profit arena, running the Moxie Foundation in San Diego, California. He spends most of his time promoting entrepreneurship and social innovation in universities and various regions of the world. He has kept a hand in the legal world, advising the Blumberg Law Group, a top notch business transaction and general litigation firm in Solana Beach, California. Having worked with several environmentally sustainable clients, Zahn co-founded the U.S. Green Chamber of Commerce and served for several years as its Chairman.