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Center for Science, Technology and Society
Thane Kreiner, PhD, is Executive Director of the Center for Science, Technology, and Society at Santa Clara University. The Center's mission is to accelerate global, innovation-based entrepreneurship in service to humanity. Its signature Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI®) program has graduated more than 200 social enterprises, which have collectively impacted the lives of nearly 100 million people worldwide. Thane teaches Entrepreneurship for Social Justice and two courses for the Global Social Benefit Fellowship. Thane was Founder, President, and CEO of several life sciences start-ups, including PhyloTech (now Second Genome), a microbiome company; Presage Biosciences, Inc., focused on bringing better cancer drugs to market; and iZumi Bio, Inc. (now iPierian), a regenerative medicine venture. Previously, Thane spent 14 years in senior leadership roles at Affymetrix, Inc., which pioneered the DNA chip industry. He earned his PhD in Neurosciences and his MBA from Stanford.
Saïd Business School
I am a first year DPhil student at Said Business School researching innovation in social enterprises. I have a managerial and consulting background. I graduated in International Management at Bocconi University and I worked as a consultant for the automotive industry for around a year before going back to university. During my university career I have had the opportunity to study and work in different countries: Italy, Austria, U.S.A., The Netherlands, Singapore and now the U.K.. I have decided to start a DPhil program because, although lacking entrepreneurial skills, I would like to significantly contribute to the development of social enterprises, which I believe will increasingly become a key player of the economy of the 21st century both in developed and developing countries.
Campaign for Female Education
Abigail is a remarkable young woman and a champion of social and economic change in her nation. Abigail was born in 1988 in the rural district of Samfya, Zambia. She was orphaned at an early age and subsequently lived with her grandmother who encouraged her to study hard. However, as a result of poverty she struggled to pay the necessary school fees. Fortunately, Abigail was recommended by her school to receive bursary support from Camfed, an NGO that funds girls’ education. Having lived through extreme poverty and realizing that education is the key to overcoming it, Abigail has acted tirelessly to extend similar opportunities to other young women. She is a leading member of the pan-African Cama network of young women (currently with 14,005 members). She was recently appointed to the position of Camfed Association Coordinator in charge of leadership.
Auckland University of Technology
Ella Henry is a lecturer in Maori development in the Faculty of Maori Development at Auckland University of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand. Ella is an indigenous woman and has been involved in research on indigenous entrepreneurship. She recently published a chapter on Kaupapa Maori Entrepreneurship, which outlines the ways that the Maori cultural renaissance has revitalized Maori language, culture and identity, whilst spurring entrepreneurial initiatives that deliver community advancement, self- determination and validation of Maori political and economic aspirations. Ella holds a Master of Philosophy from the University of Auckland. Her thesis looked at Maori women and leadership.
Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director
As Chief Executive Officer of Burning Man, Marian Goodell oversees all aspects of the 501(c)3 Burning Man Project including the subsidiary Black Rock City LLC production company for the annual Burning Man event. She is one of six founders of the initial event LLC formed in 1997. Before being named CEO in early 2014, Marian was for 15 years responsible for development of year-round operations including communications, technology, accounting, administrative processes, legal, and government affairs. Marian helped spearhead Burning Man’s global engagement in 1997 with the launch of the Regional Network, which now includes more than 220 ambassadors in 150 locations on 6 continents supporting Burning Man cultural expansion worldwide. She is currently developing the strategic process for scaling the Burning Man Project’s work in the arts, education, civic engagement and social enterprise. Marian is also a founding board member of the Black Rock Arts Foundation and Black Rock Solar.
Bart Houlahan co-founded B Lab, a nonprofit organization dedicated to using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Lab drives systemic change through three initiatives: 1) Certified B Corporations: a corporate certification for sustainable businesses and social enterprises that meet higher standards of social and environmental performance and legal accountability; 2) B Analytics: a ratings platform that drives capital to impact investments by assessing the social and environmental performance of companies and funds; and 3) Benefit Corporations: a new corporate form that changes corporate fiduciary duty, permitting companies to create shareholder value and social value. Prior to B Lab, Bart was President of AND 1, a $250 MM basketball footwear and apparel company. Bart is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and an Advisory Board Member of the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at the Fuqua School of Business.
Chairman, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship; MBA Director, SAID Business School
University of Oxford
Stephan Chambers helped to found the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship 10 years ago and is the Director of the MBA at the University of Oxford's Saïd Business School. He is also Chairman of IWA Publishing and sits on the advisory board of Princeton University Press. He is a fellow of Lincoln College.
President & Co-Founder
The Telos Group, Inc.
*Co-founded The Telos Group, which grows a pro-Israel, pro-Palestine, pro-peace movement in mainstream America. Since 2009, Telos has engaged hundreds of top American leaders from far right to far left, including philanthropists, politicians and its niche, faith leaders; Telos guides them on unique high-touch trips of both Israel and Palestine; it then equips them to grow and mobilize this emerging movement in their communities and have impact in D.C.; currently scaling its own programming, including revenue generating trips. *Member of the Founding Committee and Secretary of the Executive Board, Narrative 4, a global organization involving preeminent authors, artists and community leaders aimed at promoting empathy through the exchange of stories. *Musician and lawyer; currently in San Diego and Washington D.C.; formerly in Ramallah, advising Palestinian leadership on negotiations with Israel; published in NYT and other leading outlets; graduate of UCLA and Yale Law School.
Author and Speaker
Senior Vice President, Investor Relations & Operations
Catherine Gill, Senior Vice President Investor Relations and Operations Catherine manages debt and philanthropy fundraising and operations at Root Capital, a social investment fund with 100M in assets under management that grows rural prosperity in poor, environmentally vulnerable places. Previously, she served as director for the Capital Partners division of the Nonprofit Finance Fund. She has also served as an adjunct professor at Boston University’s School of Management. Catherine holds an M.B.A from the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de la Empresa (IESE) in Barcelona and a B.A. in ancient Greek from Wellesley College.
Joanna provides administrative and project support to the Finance and Operations and Programs teams. Prior to her current role she provided project support to several teams at Skoll, furnishing her with a well-rounded, intimate familiarity of the Foundation.