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Global coordinater of Allianz Group microinsurance business since 2011. Prior to that 7 years in Indonesia with Allianz Life Indonesia to build the company's local microinsurance business in Indonesia.
Author and Speaker
Founder and Executive Director
Molly Melching's early experiences in Senegal reinforced her beliefs that many development efforts were not addressing the true priorities of African communities, particularly women. Melching began to develop a new type of learning program that actively involved participants by using African languages and traditional methods of learning. Their efforts grew throughout the 1980s, leading Molly to found Tostan in 1991. The Tostan model engages communities for three years in themes of democracy, human rights, problem-solving, health/hygiene, literacy, project management skills, and early childhood development. Tostan is now in 8 African countries. Molly has gained international recognition, especially for Tostan's efforts in spearheading the large scale grassroots movement for the abandonment of female genital cutting and child marriage. Tostan has received numerous awards, including the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize and the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.
Author and Speaker
Beijing Normal University China Philanthropy Research Institute
Dr. Wang Zhenyao came to the Beijing Normal University China Philanthropy Research Institute after over 20 years of experience working at the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MOCA), most recently as the Director General of the Department of Social Welfare and Promotion of Charities. Dr. Wang is renowned for his strong support of philanthropic organizations and advocacy for public participation in charity. Dr. Wang is also a professor and doctoral advisor at Beijing Normal University, and holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard and a doctorate from Peking University.
Free the Children
Kate Likely is the Director of Free The Children UK. Free The Children is an international charity and educational partner with 2.3 million young people involved in our innovative education and development programmes. Our international programmes work to free children and their families from the cycle of poverty. Our domestic initiatives, under our free active citizenship programme We Act, educate, engage and empower hundreds of thousands of young people in the UK, North America, and around the world to become engaged global citizens. We Act provides numerous free tools and resources for schools, including campaigns, lesson plans, speeches, workshops, and the chance to apply for tickets to our signature event We Day.
Founder and Director
Sanjit 'Bunker' Roy received his formal education in The Doon School (1956-62) and St. Stephens College Delhi University (1962-1967). His "real" education started when he dug open wells for drinking water as an unskilled labourer for 5 years (1967-1971). He established the only fully solar electrified Barefoot College in the deserts of Rajasthan in India 40 years ago. It is the only College in India built by the poor and managed by the rural poor who earn less than $ 1/day. Almost the only College left in India that respects and practices the work style and life style of Mahatma Gandhi In the 20 years that the demystified and decentralized community based Barefoot approach has been implemented in over 30 of the Least Developed Countries, a total of 36,000 houses in 1,024 villages have been solar electrified by nearly 300 illiterate rural grandmothers. Bunker Roy was identified as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2010.
Winthrop Carty is Executive Director of the Melton Foundation, which supports a worldwide network of collaborating institutions and over 450 Melton Fellows. Its programs promote global citizenship as a way for individuals and institutions to forge win-win solutions to today’s pressing global challenges. Winthrop also co-founded and is Senior Editor of the journal Innovations (The MIT Press), and has researched, taught, and spoken extensively on the roles of innovation, entrepreneurship, and technology in international development. He previously served as Associate Director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he helped lead an effort to promote government innovation worldwide. During most of the 1990's he developed and implemented academic and training programs throughout Latin America.
Co-Founder and Chief Disruption Officer
John Kluge is Co-Founder and Chief Disruption Officer of Toilet Hackers, a nonprofit organization bringing improved sanitation and hygiene to the 2.5 billion people without a toilet in developing nations. He spent 10 years in policy and development, founding the Digital Citizenship program at the EastWest Institute, an international global security organization, and spearheading the drafting and lobbying efforts of the Federal Food Donation Act of 2008 while serving as the Legislative Liaison for a US based anti-poverty agency, improving the food security of 36 million under-served people in the United States.
Author and Speaker
Director, Initiative for Smallholder Finance
Dalberg Global Development Advisors
Tom Carroll is the Treasurer of the Global Development Incubator and the Director of the Initiative for Smallholder Finance. He has extensive strategic advisory experience in a wide range of industries, including agriculture, health, media, telecommunications, consumer goods, and financial services. Previously, he was a Partner at Dalberg and his recent work has been focused in the agricultural sector and includes such efforts as a comprehensive market analysis of global and sub-Saharan Africa horticulture markets; market analysis, stakeholder outreach, facilitation, and investment planning in the cashew market; and developing public-private partnerships across a host of commodity markets. He has also led projects on the commercialization of agriculture technologies and the development of permanent mechanisms for enabling technology commercialization in frontier markets. Prior to joining Dalberg, Tom was an associate at Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington DC, where he helped to lead the
Nina Smith is the executive director of GoodWeave, which aims to stop child labor in the carpet industry and replicate its market-driven model in other sectors She is an advocate for children's rights and an expert on addressing labor rights violations in manufacturing supply chains. Ms. Smith has presented internationally as well as nationally on these issues at events organized by Harvard University andthe American Bar Association: Rule of Law Initiative and Stanford Graduate School of Business, among others. Ms. Smith is a winner of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and received The Center for Nonprofit Advancement's EXCEL Award for excellence in chief executive leadership. Ms. Smith was formerly the executive director of The Crafts Center and president of the Fair Trade Federation. (She is a graduate of Tufts University, and is a practitioner affiliate of the Social Enterprise Graduate Degree program at American University.
Gene Falk is the new CEO of StartOut, a national non-profit dedicated to fostering and developing entrepreneurship in the LGBT community. Previously, Gene was the co- founder and CEO of mothers2mothers, which works across Africa to eliminate the transmission of HIV from mothers to children and support the health of new mothers and their babies. Gene has also been a senior executive in the private sector, heading ventures like the Showtime Digital Media Group, where he oversaw Showtime’s transition from analog to digital programming. .He simultaneously built a record of community involvement, serving as Board Chair of GLAAD, a founder of the Palm Foundation, and in lead roles with Treatment Action Group, AmFAR, and GMHC. Globally recognized for his work, Gene has won an Emmy for pioneering on-demand and interactive content; the prestigious Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship; and many others. He has been an invited speaker at events including the World Economic Forum in Davos and the Aspen Institute. . He earned a BA, cum laude, from Williams College, and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.