Global Humanitarian Forum
Walter Fust is CEO/Director of the Global Humanitarian Forum in Geneva. Born in 1945, Walter Fust studied at St. Gallen University and graduated with a Master in Political Science. He worked in banking and public administration before entering the Swiss Diplomatic service in 1975, serving in the integration office (EFTA/EU) and as a personal advisor. He was managing director of the Swiss office for trade promotion (OSEC), Secretary General of the Ministry of Interior and Head of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). Walter Fust is chairman of UNESCO’s International Program for Development and Communication (IPDC) and President of Globethics.net. He serves as member onboards including the Board of the International Risk Governance Council/Geneva.
Director, One Acre Fund USA
One Acre Fund
Matthew Forti is Director of One Acre Fund USA, leading the organization's global support unit, including its development, communications, and measurement functions. One Acre Fund assists over 135,000 of Africa's hardest-working smallholder farm families to double their farm incomes through a comprehensive bundle of finance, farm inputs, training, and post-harvest support. Matt played an instrumental role in One Acre Fund's founding, helping to raise the seed capital to launch the organization and becoming its first Board Chair. Prior to joining One Acre Fund's staff, Matt was a Manager and Co-head of the Performance Measurement Practice at the Bridgespan Group, a social sector advisory firm. He writes extensively on the topic of performance measurement, including through a blog series for SSIR and Bridgespan.org called Measuring to Improve. Matt received an MBA with distinction from the Kellogg School of Management and graduated summa cum laude with a BA from Northwestern.
Director of Business Development
David joined mothers2mothers in 2007 after working for 22 years in finance in Latin America, the US, and the UK. David's roles at m2m include oversight of m2m's fundraising and business development, relationship management for many of m2m's donors, and the Board Secretary role at mothers2mothers International.
Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging
Ray Dolan’s research focuses on providing a neurobiological characterisation of human emotion and how it interacts with other components of cognition, with an emphasis on decision making. He has published over 400 peer reviewed papers in a 25-year career and is ranked the most cited scientist in the world for Neuroscience and Behaviour (ISI.knowledge.com). In 2010 he was awarded membership of the Royal Society, and is currently an Einstein Visiting Fellow of the Einstein Foundation Berlin.
Sandy Speicher leads IDEO’s Education practice, which takes a human-centred approach to creating positive impact in education, from designing tangible solutions for classrooms to addressing major challenges facing systems. Sandy has helped to create a scalable school model in Peru, strategies to improve schools for the poor in India and approaches to increasing teaching effectiveness in the US. Recently, she worked with Carnegie Corporation to launch 100kin10, which President Clinton referred to as a new model for social change.
Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
Before joining DRK in 2009, Christy was the Deputy Director of The Philanthropy Workshop West at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, an executive leadership program for more than 100 high-net worth individuals committed to increasing the effectiveness and impact of their philanthropic work. Prior to Hewlett, Christy was a Senior Program Officer at the Skoll Foundation where she selected and supported recipients of the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship and led efforts to develop the field of social entrepreneurship. Christy also has for-profit experience in venture capital with Bedrock Capital Partners and Norwest Venture Capital. Earlier in her career, Christy worked as a research associate at the Harvard Business School where she did research in social entrepreneurship with Professor J. Gregory Dees and in entrepreneurship with Professor Jeffry A. Timmons.
William Drenttel is the publisher of Design Observer, a website covering design, social innovation, urbanism and visual culture. He is the director of Winterhouse Institute, design director for Teach For All, and is funded by the Rockefeller Foundation to develop models for design and social change. He is president emeritus of AIGA, an advisor to Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation, a Fellow of NYU Institute of the Humanities, and a senior faculty Fellow at Yale School of Management.