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Founding President and Executive Director
Visayan Forum Foundation
Ma. Cecilia Flores-Oebanda, Cecil to friends and partners, or “Nanay Day” to the girls she has rescued from trafficking and slavery, is the Founder and President of the Visayan Forum Foundation, Inc. Cecil is a globally recognized human rights advocate and international expert on human trafficking, child labor and domestic work. She received the 2005 Anti-Slavery Award given by the Anti-Slavery International and was recognized by the United Kingdom Government as one of the Modern-Day Abolitionists during the celebration of the Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act in 2007. In 2008, the Skoll Foundation conferred her with the Award for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. She was also named by the US Department of State as one of its Heroes Acting to End Modern-Day Slavery in its 2008 Trafficking in Persons Report.
Pakistan Country Director and CEO
Farrukh H. Khan is the Country Director & CEO of Acumen Pakistan and one of the leading independent business and financial advisors in the country. With over 25 years of senior management and board level experience, Farrukh is the founding partner and former CEO of BMA Capital Management Limited. Under his stewardship, BMA established itself as the leading investment banking group in Pakistan and received several international awards, including the 2010 Euromoney award for the best investment bank in Pakistan.He has worked on many landmark transactions, including advising on almost 50% of all successful privatizations in Pakistan. He has previously served as the President of the Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce & Industry (OICCI), Pakistan Chapter Chairman of the Young Presidents’ Organization and on various private and public sector boards. Farrukh qualified as a Chartered Accountant from the UK and read BA (Hons.) in Economics and Finance from the University of Manchester.
Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
Stephen MacMahon is a founder and Principal Director of The George Institute for Global Health. This not-for-profit medical research institute has centres in China, India, Australia and the UK and operations in 50 countries worldwide. The mission of The George is to find sustainable solutions to the major health challenges facing emerging markets. Its portfolio includes a global R&D programme as well as an emerging markets-focused social enterprise programme. The results of its work have changed healthcare policy and practice worldwide, and for the last 3 years The George has been ranked among the top 10 research institutions worldwide on the basis of impact and efficiency. Stephen is Professor of Medicine at the University of Oxford and Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Sydney. He is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA) and the British Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci). In 2013, he was named EY Australian Social Entrepreneur of the Year.
Head of Global Partnerships
Giovanna is responsible for overseeing Kiva's partnerships and regional teams throughout the world. As the Senior Director for Global Portfolio she helps to develop Kiva's strategy for growth and expansion with field partners. Giovanna joined Kiva in 2008 as a Partnerships Manager for Central and North America. In particular, Giovanna was responsible for driving Kiva's entry into the US microfinance market in 2009. She then moved on to become the Regional Director for the Americas where she managed the team and portfolio of the region and directed Kiva's strategy in that market. Prior to Kiva, Giovanna worked as a consultant in the technical assistance department at ACCION New York. She has worked on community development projects in Mexico, Costa Rica and Paraguay. Giovanna holds a B.A. in Economics from Yale University and an M.B.A from the Yale School of Management.
Director, Communities and Markets Program
Forest Trends Association
José Roberto (Beto) Borges is the director of the Communities and Markets Program at Forest Trends. He has over 25 years of experience working with indigenous and other traditional forest communities to benefit from REDD+ and other economic incentives for rewarding their forest stewardship practices. A Brazilian national, Mr. Borges graduated from UC Berkeley in Natural Resource Management and has a MBA in Strategic Leadership focused on corporate social responsibility. He has worked in the philanthropic, private and NGO sectors creating economic opportunities for local communities throughout Latin America, leading innovative work on jurisdictional REDD+ in Acre, started the Surui Forest Carbon Project, Brazil, as well as pharmaceutical and cosmetic products development from indigenous IPR with companies like Shaman Pharmaceuticals and AVEDA.
Mark is the Director of Ashoka UK, as well as Ashoka’s senior advisor on social finance, a role sponsored by international law firm Hogan Lovells. Since joining Ashoka originally as an ASN member in 2007, he has assisted many Fellows in raising investment for social causes, in areas including micro-finance, renewable energy, conservation, healthcare and education. Mark is also advisor to several international Ashoka initiatives such as Globalizer, a program for Fellows expanding their work into multiple countries. Mark is founding Director of Chelwood Capital, a social investment firm that supports mission-driven organizations. He has more than 15 years experience in finance, having previously worked at Deutsche Bank and AMBAC Assurance. He serves as Board Member and Trustee for several social enterprises and is a business mentor for the Emerge Venture Lab, an incubator for UK student social ventures.
Chair of Ops; current MBA
Saïd Business School Seed Fund
I am currently an MBA student at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, UK, and Chair the Operations for the SBS Seed Fund, an investment fund focused on supporting early-stage ventures of Oxford students and alumni. My background is in the clean tech arena where I have designed and engineered successful consumer products and machinery for AeroVironment (including the home charging unit for the Nissan Leaf Electric Vehicle), and at Energy Cache, a small startup focused on grid scale energy storage. I am passionate, optimistic, and capable.
Director, Innovation Labs
The World Bank Institute
Aleem Walji is the Director of the World Bank’s Innovation Labs. He leads initiatives which leverage open data, mapping and information technology to improve service delivery to the poor. He also oversees the Development Marketplace program which provides finance, advisory services, and policy support to social businesses and social enterprises serving base of the pyramid clients in South Asia, East Africa, and the Middle East. Prior to joining WBI, Aleem served as a Head of Global Development Initiatives at Google.org, with a focus on eastern Africa. He led efforts related to increasing transparency and accountability in government and supporting the growth of small and medium-size enterprises in Africa. Aleem was also the first CEO of the Aga Khan Foundation in Syria. He is a graduate of Emory University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He completed his bachelor's degree in Near Eastern Studies and Anthropology and his master's degree in International Development and Regional Planning.
Principal Director of Special Projects
Lear Family Foundation Act III Productions
Lyn Davis Lear is a social and political activist and philanthropist. She is the Director of Special Projects at Act III Communications, a member of the Board of Trustees for the Sundance Institute, and serves on the board of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She has been credited as producer and executive producer on a number of documentaries, including “Cesar’s Last Fast,” which screened at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. In 1989, Ms. Lear co-founded the Environmental Media Association (EMA). The following year, the Honorable Al Gore presented her with the Ongoing Commitment Award on behalf of the Environmental Media Association. In 2008 Ms. Lear was given the Global Green Millennium Award for Entertainment Industry Environmental Leadership and in 2013 was awarded the UCLA IoES Environmental Excellence award. Ms. Lear has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and is married to producer Norman Lear and is the mother of three children.
Forest Trends Association
Ann Clark Espuelas has worked as a writer and editor for more than twenty-five years. Common to all of her work has been her ability to distill complex issues for a broader audience, clarifying and synthesizing key policy and data-driven documents. Currently, Ann works as a communications consultant at Forest Trends, where she is working to tell the stories of the diverse work being done, with the goal of making vital connections between the different sectors. She worked as a writer and editor on Richard Branson’s Screw It, Let’s Do It and Rich Roll's Finding Ultra, and as en editor at The Root. She is the author of The Real Food Revival: Aisle by Aisle, Morsel by Morsel. Ann was born in Los Angeles and has lived in New York, Miami, and Buenos Aires. Ann received her Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Connecticut College. She graduated with an MFA in writing from the University of Miami. She lives in Washington, D.C.