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Customer Services Manager
Malcolm Curtis is a strong supporter of fair trade principles and joined Shared Interest in 1999 having previously worked for Nat West Bank. As Customer Services Manager he leads the lending team that provides finance to 150 fair trade businesses through export credit facilities, term loans and lines of credit. Customers are producers and importers of fair trade craft and food products based in 35 countries and the funds for lending come from share capital of £30m raised from 9000 individual investors in the UK. He represents Shared Interest on the Council of Smallholder Agricultural Finance and sits on the board of the World Fair Trade Organisation.
Director of Social Entrepreneurs
Ferd Social Entrepreneurs
Katinka Greve Leiner has been the Director of Ferd Social Entrepreneurs since its establishment in 2009. Leiner came from the position as Vice President of Innovation Norway, heading Strategy and Communications. She was in charge of the Entrepreneurship area when Innovation Norway was established in 2002, also featuring in an entrepreneurial TV-show "Skaperen" (a Norwegian twist on the "Dragons Den"). Leiner was previously a Communications Consultant, and head of Public Affairs in Burson-Marsteller Norway. She has also been a Political Advisor for the Labour Party's Parliamentary group, and senior engineer in the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate. She graduated in 1991 as a civil engineer in Electric power from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Currently she is also a board member at The Scientist Factory, The Change Factory, Den Sociale Kapitalfond (the Social Capital Fund in Denmark) and EVPA (European Venture Philantropic Association).
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.
Co-Founder and President
Premal first began dreaming of "internet microfinance" while working at PayPal, the online payments company. In late 2004, Premal took a 3 month leave from PayPal to develop and test the internet microfinance concept in India. When he returned to Silicon Valley, he met other like-minded dreamers and quit his job at PayPal to help bring the Kiva concept to life and eventually to scale. Kiva today raises over $1 million each week for the working poor in +60 countries and was named a Top 50 Website by TIME Magazine. For his work as a social entrepreneur, Premal was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and selected to FORTUNE magazine's "Top 40 under 40" list. Premal began his career as a management consultant and graduated from Stanford University.
Dan is a Program Coordinator representing Sterile Processing Education Charitable Trust (SPECT). SPECT was founded by Christina Fast (his daughter) after several volunteer trips on the Africa Mercy Ship in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Republic of the Congo. While working on the ship, Christina visited several hospitals and discovered that post-operative infection rates were extremely high. She became convinced that she could do something to decrease these rates. Upon returning to Canada, she began the process of establishing an organization focused on raising the standards for sterile processing in low to middle income countries. She returned to Africa several times since 2011 to increase her knowledge of the issues, assess local situations, and begin an educational program with local staff. She has big dreams for the future. Dan has an MBA and undergrad degree in agriculture. He has worked on projects in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, New Zealand and Canada. He has become passionate about his daughter's vision and is looking to get more involved.
Co-Chair, College Success Initiative
In 1995, J.B. founded College Summit while directing a teen center in the basement of a low-income housing project in Washington, D.C. College Summit transforms the lives of low-income youth by developing a corps of influential high school students who lead their peers to and through college. The organization works with 50,000 students at 175 high schools in 14 states. J.B. is the recipient of Honorary Doctorates of Public Service from Regis University and the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium), and the first-ever recipient of the 2012 Yale-Jefferson Service Award. He serves as an Aspen Institute - New Schools Education Fellow, and a faculty member of the Kennedy School of Government's Executive Session on Transforming Cities through Civic Entrepreneurship. He is a graduate of Denver Public Schools, Yale University and Harvard Divinity School; and lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Lauren, and three children.
Author and Speaker
Former Director, Program Advocacy
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Gabrielle Fitzgerald is the former Director of Program Advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Program Advocacy team is responsible for designing and leading the implementation of advocacy strategies to advance the foundation’s global priorities. Gabrielle joined the foundation in 2004 and previously served as a Deputy Director for Global Health Policy & Advocacy. Prior to the foundation, Gabrielle spent five years at the USAID, focusing on HIV/AIDS and emergency programs. Previously, she managed communications for the U.S. Committee for Refugees and was a fellow with USAID/Zambia. Earlier in her career, Gabrielle was a speechwriter/ researcher for President Clinton, worked at the Department of Health and Human Services and was a staff member on the 1992 Clinton/Gore Campaign. Gabrielle holds a Master’s of Public Administration from The Maxwell School at Syracuse University, and a B.A. from American University in Washington DC.
Imprint Capital Advisors
John Goldstein co-founded Imprint Capital Advisors in June 2007. Imprint Capital is an impact investment firm that develops, builds and manages mission investing programmes and portfolios for foundations, families and financial institutions. Imprint has invested more than $140 million over the last three years across mission areas and asset classes. Previously, Goldstein cofounded Medley Capital, a $1 billion private investment company; ran, grew and sold Medley Global Advisors; cofounded the Medley Institute; and was a consultant for Accenture.
Kola is the Founder and Managing Director of Doreo Partners, an impact investing firm focused on the African agriculture sector. Doreo invests in early stage businesses that increase the profitability of small holder agriculture, which in turn creates market forces that attract young people into agriculture… Unlocking millions of jobs. Prior to founding Doreo, Kola was the MD/CEO of one of the subsidiaries of the Notore Group, a $500 Million USD leading African Agro Allied firm. Kola brings significant leadership experience across four continents and multiple global companies, including General Electric (GE) and Abiomed. In addition, Kola brings extensive public sector experience as the former Chief of Staff to the Nigerian Minister of Agriculture. Kola is globally recognized as a thought leader in African Agribusiness. Kola holds an MBA (Honors) from Harvard and Masters in Mechanical Engineering (Distinction) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT.