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Founder and CEO
New Leaf Paper
Jeff Mendelsohn founded New Leaf Paper with the mission of inspiring a fundamental shift toward sustainability in the paper industry. Jeff envisions a complete redesign of the industry based on natural systems and sustainable design. Since it was founded in 1998, New Leaf Paper has driven real change in the marketplace through education and product innovation. Jeff is also deeply engaged in expanding the socially responsible business community.
Chairman of the Board
Spencer B. Beebe, Ecotrust Founder and Board Chairman, earned his M.F.S. (Forest Science) degree in 1974 from Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a B.A. in Economics from Williams College in 1968. He served with the Peace Corps in Honduras from 1968-71 and, after serving 14 years with The Nature Conservancy as Northwest representative, Western Regional Director, Vice President and President of the Nature Conservancy's International Program, he was the founding President of Conservation International in 1987. In February 1991, Spencer founded Ecotrust; with Shorebank Corporation of Chicago he helped found ShoreBank Pacific, the first environmental bank, now OnePacific Coast Bank. In addition to his work with Ecotrust, Spencer serves on the board of Walsh Construction Company and the Ecotrust Board of Directors. He is the author of Cache: Creating Natural Economies.
Team Lead (Impact, Knowledge and Communications)
United Nations Development Programme
Subathirai Sivakumaran is the Team Lead for Impact Measurement, Knowledge and Capacity Building at the BCtA. Suba is also a lead author of the UNDP publication “The MDGs: Everyone’s Business”, a member of the author team for 'Business Solutions to Poverty' and contributed research to the UNDP report Creating Value for All. In addition, she is the author of “Market Analysis in Emergencies” on reviving and analyzing markets in emergency situations (a Cash Learning Partnership publication), and has also authored on microfinance, the role of the private sector in emergency situations and impact investing. Previously to her time in UNDP, Suba was the Country Director of Room to Read Sri Lanka, an international educational non-profit building schools, libraries and supporting girls on scholarship in the tsunami and conflict zones of the country. . Suba holds a B.Sc. from the London School of Economics and a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University (HKS) where she was a Reynolds Fellow
King Khalid Foundation
H.R.H. Princess Banderi AbdulRahman AlFaisal has been the Director General of the King Khalid Foundation from 1999 till the present. She is a member of Al-Nahda Philanthropic Society for Women, The ADHD Society & Support Group (AFTA) and The Voice of Down Syndrome Society (Saut). She contributed in launching several social development initiatives and programs across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and has also participated in numerous conferences and forums both locally and internationally to promote the concept of strategic philanthropy. Princess Banderi graduated with BA in English Literature from King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in, 1994, and she graduated with a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, in 1998.
Head of Funding
Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor
I am the Head of Funding at Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor, a multi-sector partnership between the private sector, NGOs and research institutions focused on improving sustainable access to safe, affordable water and sanitation services. My role is to develop strategic partnerships and mobilise resources for our programmes in six countries and I work with DFID, USAID, the Dutch Government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as well as a range of US and UK private and corporate foundations. I work closely with the private sector to support the development of innovative and socially inclusive business models targeted at the base of the pyramid. I also support WSUP’s influencing of the multilateral finance institutions (World Bank, European Investment Bank) to make sustainable investment in water and sanitation services in towns and cities. My early career was spent at WaterAid and my work has enabled me to travel extensively to Africa, Asia and Australasia.
Shack Dwellers International
Joel Bolnick is co-founder of SDI and Manager of the Secretariat, a post he has held since 1996. He was formerly the Director of Peopleâ€™s Dialogue, the South African affiliate to SDI. He holds a Masterâ€™s degree in Sociology from the University of California in Berkeley. In his capacity as SDI Manager Joel serves on the boards of several South African and International agencies.
Dorothy Wolf is a university instructor of social entrepreneurship. She has more than 20 years of experience in education and development in Latin America (technical-vocational education, water issues, microfinance, poverty). Co-author of several texts on social entrepreneurship, she teaches online courses in social entrepreneurship at the undergraduate and graduate level. Dorothy worked for AVINA Foundation for 9 years supporting social entrepreneurs as a program officer and specialist in community-owned nonprofit water companies. She develops online content for Fundacion Paraguaya on how to create and manage “schools for the poor that pay for themselves”, an innovative educational model for rural youth that seeks to be financially self-sustaining. The model is being replicated in dozens of schools in Latin America and Africa. Currently, Dorothy is co-teaching an online graduate course on the “Poverty Stoplight” poverty elimination methodology at Tulane University.
Author and Speaker
Founder and CEO
Jennifer McCrea is a Senior Research Fellow at Harvard University’s Hauser Institute for Civil Society, where she leads the Course in Exponential Fundraising. For more than 25 years, she’s worked with many of the world’s most accomplished nonprofit organizations and leaders, including Donorschoose.org, Teach for America, Pencils of Promise, Witness, VisionSpring, Mercy Corps, Comic Relief, X Prize Foundation, Robin Hood Foundation, New Profit, and many others. Jennifer is also the CEO of BornFree, an initiative that brings private sector resources and acumen to the goal of eradicating mother-to-child transmission of HIV by 2015. She’s a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and serves an advisory board member of the MIT Media Lab, the Blue School and the Quincy Jones MusiQ Consortium. Jennifer’s new book, written with philanthropist Jeff Walker, is The Generosity Network.
Cada Vida Foundation
Viviana is Founder and Managing Director of Cada Vida, an incubator & social enterprise in Medellin, Colombia focused on women heads of the households. The incubator is focused on providing a full suite of tools to participants to allow them to acquire the skills and knowledge they need to be able to support themselves and their families. Cada Vida support includes training & seminars, mentors, networking within the business community, job opportunities, and a co-working space, as well as a component of the incubator that supports the successful development of the entrepreneurial ideas of program participants through resources, services and funding.
Author and Speaker
Chief Executive Officer
Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor
Graduating from Oxford University in 1983, Sam Parker started his career in business, working for 6 years in the agrochemical industry, with a focus on Latin America. After a two-year break, working as a volunteer with street children in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sam returned to business with 11 years at a UK-based commodity trading company. Following posts in London, Caracas, New York and Singapore, Sam was appointed Managing Director of the company’s Asian business. In 2002, he returned to the development sector with a role at the International Save the Children Alliance, leading the organisational development of its 30 national members. In 2006, Sam joined Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP), as its first CEO. WSUP is a not-for-profit company, which brings together private sector and NGO expertise to address the pressing global challenge of delivering water and sanitation services to the growing number of people who live in urban slums, informal settlements and shanty towns.