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The Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
The Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship is a leading academic entity for the advancement of social entrepreneurship worldwide. We foster innovative social transformation through world-class education, cutting-edge research and collaboration. The Centre was launched in 2003 at the University of Oxford’s Said Business School with a £4.4 million investment by the Skoll Foundation – the largest funding ever received by a business school for an international programme in social entrepreneurship.
Sing for Hope
Camille Zamora is the Co-Founding Director of Sing for Hope, a leading non-profit that brings arts outreach programs to communities in need and presents initiatives – including NYC's summertime street pianos – that make the arts accessible to all. An internationally acclaimed soprano, she has appeared with ensembles including LA Opera and Glimmerglass Opera and with collaborators ranging from Plácido Domingo to Sting. A graduate of The Juilliard School, she has performed recitals on five continents and live concerts on NPR, BBC Radio, Deutsche Radio and Sirius. She has been recognized by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and named one of CNN’s Most Intriguing People, NY1’s “New Yorker of the Week” and one of the “Top 50 Americans in Philanthropy” by Town&Country. A regular contributor to The Huffington Post and a leading voice in the “citizen artist” discussion, Camille has performed and spoken at Fortune Most Powerful Women’s Summit, Aspen Ideas Festival, and The United Nations.
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Dr. Rajendra Kumar Pachauri is the Chair of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the scientific intergovernmental body that provides decision makers and the public with an objective source of information about climate change. He is also Director General of TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute), an independent research organisation providing knowledge on energy, environment, forestry, biotechnology, and the conservation of natural resources. He is active in several international forums dealing with the subject of climate change and its policy dimensions. He was awarded the second-highest civilian award in India, the ‘Padma Vibhushan’ and received the ‘Officier De La Légion D’Honneur’ from the Government of France in 2006.
Global Catalyst Partners
Zohre Elahian has been actively involved in international development for over 10 years. With her husband, she has started Schools Online, a not-for-profit organization that has brought computers to schools and introduced ICT in education in many countries around the world and within the US. As the Managing Director of Global Catalyst Foundation, Ms. Elahian has also evaluated many projects, addressing critical needs in education, ICT and microfinance; and her Foundation has provided funding to such projects in many countries. She has also served on the board of directors of Relief International for over 8 years working on different developmental and humanitarian projects in countries such as Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and many other countries. Prior to her humanitarian activities, she co- managed a successful private business for 15 years. In 2009 Zohre received the Unsung Heroes of Compassion award and special blessing from His Holiness, The Dalai Lama.
Managing Partner & Co-Founder
Jeff Bradach is co-founder and managing partner of The Bridgespan Group. The Bridgespan Group is a nonprofit advisor and resource to mission-driven organizations and philanthropists. In this role he leads the organization’s strategy and mission for accelerating social impact. He works directly with philanthropists, nonprofit leaders, policy makers to help them scale “what works.” Jeff writes and speaks extensively on topics relating to nonprofit strategy, philanthropic effectiveness, transformational scale, and social sector leadership. He has published multiple articles in periodicals like Stanford Social Innovation Review and Harvard Business Review. Prior to establishing The Bridgespan Group, Bradach taught at Harvard Business School, where he was a member of the Organizational Behavior and the Social Enterprise Initiative faculty. He is a graduate of Stanford University and completed his master's and PhD at Harvard University.
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
Nick Moon grew up in Asia, ran a successful business in the UK, and moved to Africa in 1982. He is co-founder of KickStart, a social enterprise set up in Kenya in 1991 and now active in many parts of Africa, that takes people out of poverty by designing and marketing technologies that enable ‘Base of the Pyramid’ entrepreneurs to run profitable businesses. Currently some 107,000 micro-enterprises in Africa use KickStart solutions to generate $108 million per year in new profits and employ 160,000 people. 1,500 new enterprises start up every month.
Head of Principal Investments for Social Finance
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Amy Bell is an Executive Director and Head of Principal Investments for J.P. Morgan’s Social Finance business unit, which provides financial services to the growing market for impact investments, meaning those investments made with intent to generate impact alongside a financial return. Amy manages the group’s principal investment portfolio, which seeks to earn a reasonable rate of return alongside of achieving positive impact on low-income and excluded populations around the world. Deals completed to date include investments in MicroVest II, the LeapFrog Financial Inclusion Fund, IGNIA, the Bridges Social Entrepreneurs Fund, and the African Agricultural Capital Fund. Prior to joining Social Finance, Amy worked in J.P. Morgan’s Investment Bank in the Mergers and Acquisitions group and the Consumer/Retail Coverage group. In addition, she worked in Financial Advisory Services for Deloitte where she specialized in forensic accounting. Amy holds a Bachelors of Business Administration and Masters in Professi
Founder KIIT University & KISS
Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences
With all humility at my command, I can say that I have been trying to create an equitable world sans hunger and ignorance through the establishment of KIIT with less than Rs.5000/-(100$ approx.) in 1992-93 now a multidisciplinary, State of the Art University (www.kiit.ac.in) and KISS (www.kiss.ac.in), a home for 20,242 poorest of the poor indigenous children. This journey I started with my back pushed to the walls due to being born poor and left to fend all by myself, since the age of four when my father, a small time worker, met his untimely death. My journey, which is both fascinating and awe inspiring, started in 1965, when destiny threw me in an obscure village to be born to a large but poor family. My website - www. achyutasamanta.com, www. artofgiving.in.net - shares my story from rags to riches for others in more detail.
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.