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Author and Speaker
Managing Director and Co-Founder
Circle of Blue
Graduate (Hons BA) in American Studies, and MSJ in Investigative and Magazine Writing, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University where graduate project led to first in a series of exonerations of wrongfully convicted in Illinois. Co-Founder and Director, Circle of Blue, the internationally recognized centre for original frontline reporting, research and analysis on water resource issues and the water-food-energy nexus. Vice-Chairman: Global Agenda Council on Water Security, World Economic Forum; Advisory Board, OECD Water Initiative. Award-winning photojournalist (Contact Press Images), reporter and broadcaster, credited with helping shape the multimedia news era. Recipient, Rockefeller Foundation Centennial Innovation Award (2012).
Producer and Director
Lawyers with Cameras
Roberto Hernandez is the Producer and Director of Presumed Guilty, an Emmy winning film & the most widely seen documentary in Mexico. Roberto is an A.B.D. Ph.D. candidate in Public Policy at U.C. Berkeley. He was trained as a lawyer in Mexico City and in Montreal.
President and Founder
Sager Family Foundation
In 2000 Bobby Sager left the business world and founded the Sager Family Foundation. He and his family have traveled the third world to engage in hands-on, eyeball-to-eyeball philanthropy aimed at impacting leaders and helping people to help themselves. Bobby reapplied his entrepreneurial and business skills to make an impact in areas of conflict and crisis, including Rwanda, Afghanistan, and Palestine. He currently serves as the Honorary Consul General for Nepal and Rwanda and is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Polaroid. Bobby was the inspiration for the NBC primetime series The Philanthropist (2009), and an author of two books The Power of the Invisible Sun (2009) and Beyond the Robe (2012). Bobby has been a leader in the Young Presidents' Organization and was the first ever recipient of the YPO Global Humanitarian Award in 2002. In 2013 YPO honored Bobby with the Hickok Award, which has only been awarded nineteen times in its 63 year history.
Kim is a Managing Partner at New Profit where she oversees New Profit's field leadership strategies, which focus on bringing together social entrepreneurs with citizens, government, philanthropy, and business to transform the way we solve social problems. Kim also leads the development of New Profit’s early childhood investment domain. She was a member of the founding team that helped conceptualize and design New Profit and has played numerous leadership roles within the organization. She is a Pahara Aspen Fellow, 2013 Cohort, and serves on the Board of Directors of AVANCE and the Youth Villages MA Advisory Board. Previously, Kim served as Executive Director of the Green Mountain Horse Association in Vermont and played multiple roles at City Year. Kim received her undergraduate degree from U.C. Berkeley and studied social anthropology at Oxford University. She lives in Lexington, MA with her husband and their three children.
Director of TALK | Global Social Innovation Forum
21st Century Business Herald
Heng Yin serves as the executive director of TALK | Global Social Innovation Forum by 21st Century Business Herald of China. 21st Century Business Herald is China’s largest financial newspaper, which is known for its continuous dedication in promoting the idea of social innovation/social enterprise in China. Besides the regular social innovation page published on the newspaper, 21st Century Business Herald organizes an annual forum called “TALK | Global Social Innovation Forum”, which is China’s largest event on social innovation. Past speakers include Dr. Muhammad Yunus, Ian Johnson of the Club of Rome, Sha Zukang of the United Nations, Yao Ming, etc.
Executive Editor, CNN Freedom Project
Leif Coorlim is an award-winning journalist and executive editor of the CNN Freedom Project. He has overseen the broadcast of hundreds of stories on modern-day slavery from the network’s global headquarters in Atlanta. Coorlim has produced a number of award-winning documentaries on modern-day slavery including “The Fighters,” “Common Dreams” and “Innocence for Sale”, which won the 2010 CINE Golden Eagle Award. In less than four years of broadcasting the Freedom Project, CNN has helped free more than 1,000 people held in slavery, catalyzed public rallies, facilitated life-saving surgeries for tortured victims and changed federal laws and business practices from Cambodia to California. Previous to his work on human trafficking, Coorlim oversaw the network’s environmental programming, producing both of CNN’s long-standing series, “Eco-Solutions” and “Going Green.” He has also led CNN International’s “Impact Your World” segment, an initiative empowering its global audience to take
Co-Founder and CEO
Nate Morris is the Founder and Chairman of Morris Industries, a privately held industrial group headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky focused on long-term holdings. A social entrepreneur, Morris is the co-founder of Rubicon Global, North America’s leading provider of sustainable waste and recycling services. Morris currently serves as CEO and Director, overseeing all aspects of the company. Rubicon Global utilizes a technology platform and Big Data analytics to reducecost, improve efficiency, empower small business owners and divert waste from landfills through recycling. Morris is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at the University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics and is a Trustee of the General George Patton Museum and Center of Leadership. In addition, Morris is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) Bluegrass Chapter and the Milken Institute’s Young Leaders Circle and serves on the Enactus USA National Advisory Board.
Director, New Arts Axis
Senior Consultant, Sundance Institute
Wendy Levy is the Director of New Arts Axis, a media consultancy at the intersection of storytelling, technology and human rights. She is also a Senior Consultant with the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and the Co-Founder of Sparkwise, an online data and story platform funded by the MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2014, Wendy was a participant at the White House Climate Change Data Innovation Workshop and led the Sundance/Skoll Stories of Change program at the Sundance Film Festival. She has served as an Advisor to WeOwnTV, Witness, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission and Open Society Foundation’s Documentary Photography Program, and has been a featured speaker at the United Nations, Skoll World Forum, SXSW, Sundance and other venues. In 2013, Wendy was the recipient Princess Grace Foundation Statue Award for distinguished contribution in the Arts.
Cartier Charitable Foundation
Pascale de la Frégonnière joined the Cartier Charitable Foundation in July 2013 as Executive Director. From 2008 to 2013, she was in charge of development programmes and then she led the Corporate fundraising team of UNICEF France. Prior to moving to Paris, she built her career working for the UN in Somalia, Irak, Lebanon, Jordan, Haiti, but also held responsibilities at the UN and UNICEF Headquarters in New York and at the International Fund for Agricultural Development in Rome. She now resides in Geneva.
Having worked for more than 10 years in humanitarian emergencies – from Rwanda to Darfur – I joined the IRC (International Water and Sanitation Centre) in 2006. First as Head Information & Communication, then coordinating the WASHCost project and I am currently holding the COO position. At IRC, we believe that turning on a working tap should not be a surprise or cause for celebration. We believe in a world where water, sanitation and hygiene services are fundamental utilities that everyone is able to take for granted. For good. We face a complex challenge. Every year, thousands of projects within and beyond the WASH sector fail – the result of short-term targets and interventions, at the cost of long-term service solutions. This leaves around a third of the world’s poorest people without access to the most basic of human rights, and leads directly to economic, social and health problems on a global scale. IRC exists to continually challenge and shape the established practices of the WASH sector.