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Matt Damon is an American actor, voice actor, screenwriter, producer, and philanthropist whose career was launched following the success of the drama film Good Will Hunting (1997) from a screenplay he co-wrote with friend and actor Ben Affleck. The pair won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and the Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay for their work. For his performance in the film, Damon received nominations for the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Satellite Award, and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor. Damon has since starred in commercially successful films such as Saving Private Ryan (1998), the Ocean's trilogy, and the first three films in the Bourne series, while also gaining critical acclaim for his performances in dramas such as Syriana (2005), The Good Shepherd (2006), and The Departed (2006). He garnered a Golden Globe nomination for portraying the title character in The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Francois Pienaar in Invictus (2009). He is one of the top-40 highest-grossing actors of all time. In 2007, Damon received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was named Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine. Damon has been actively involved in charitable work, including the ONE Campaign, H2O Africa Foundation, and Water.org.
Janet Tobias has parallel careers in medicine/technology and film/television. Tobias is an adjunct professor of health evidence and policy at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and a member of the Drug Forum of the IOM, National Academy of Sciences. Her company Ikana Health focuses on the intersection of health content, technology, and the social network's effect on health behavior. Her career as a writer/director/producer began at CBS’ 60 Minutes as Diane Sawyer's associate producer. She has worked as a producer at ABC and NBC News, an executive producer at PBS and VNI (which became New York Times Television). Her film/television company, Sierra/Tango Productions, has produced over 20 documentaries. In 2012, Tobias' first theatrical film, No Place On Earth, debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival. It was released theatrically by Magnolia Pictures in the US and by Senator Films in Europe. Among her other awards are a national Emmy.
Musician / Singer
Kate Victoria "KT" Tunstall is a Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist from St Andrews, Scotland. She broke into the public eye with a 2004 live solo performance of her song "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" on Later... with Jools Holland. She has enjoyed commercial and critical success since, picking up three nominations before winning a BRIT Award, and a Grammy Award nomination. She is also the recipient of an Ivor Novello Award. She has released three studio albums internationally: Eye to the Telescope (2004), Drastic Fantastic (2007) and Tiger Suit (2010).
Olivier BARRAU is an entrepreneur committed to promoting innovative tools for economic growth in developing countries, especially Haiti. After graduating from the College of Insurance in New York, Olivier took over his family owned Insurance Brokerage firm as the General Manager. Quickly realizing, and understanding the growth and development of his country needed to go through investments and added values, he developed a business plan to transform the family owned agency into a corporation in order to satisfy the insurance needs of the country. In December 2001, Olivier Barrau in cooperation with strategic investors, reinsurance partners, and a dynamic staff introduced a multiline insurance company in Haiti; Alternative Insurance Company S.A (AIC). Olivier has not only worked toward implementing and educating the general public about insurance, but together with investors, colleagues and staff, he spends a considerable amount of time in research and development of insurance products that can fit the social structure, culture and cash flow of low income populations. He continues to build enterprises facilitating creation of jobs in a country experiencing a very high unemployment rate. Olivier currently sits on the board of two other companies operating in different fields in Haiti such as water treatment and bottling (CBC) and food and agribusiness production (REBO).
Skoll Scholar / MBA Student
Said Business School
Nicolás Argüello is an international development practitioner from Nicaragua. He has worked in a variety of areas ranging from education policy and agricultural training to mobiles technologies for development (ICT4D) and social venture capital. Prior to Oxford, Nicolás did several consultancies with organizations such as FINCA (Managua), DAI (Mexico City), Acumen Fund (Nairobi), The Earth Institute, Millennium Villages Project/UNDP (Sauri, Kenya), NYC Department of Education, West African Rice Company, and Microfinance Transparency. Nicolás is co-founder and director of Mentores Solidarios, an education-focused nonprofit in Nicaragua that provides full scholarships, one-to-one mentorship, leadership training, job skills, and college transition assistance to over 300 impoverished yet academically exceptional students. Nicolás holds a dual BA in Theology and Economics from the University of Notre Dame and an MPA in Development Practice from Columbia University.
Low Carbon Enterprise Fund
Emma has 15 years’ experience in BOP-focused SME management. After a decade designing and establishing community-based green businesses in Latin America, she joined ERM’s Low Carbon Enterprise Fund in 2008 to lead on origination, due diligence, deal structuring and execution of low carbon investments worldwide. After closing the first LCEF fund and raising the second, Emma relocated to Nairobi in early 2012, where she has continued to work 50% of her time for the LCEF focusing on Africa, thought leadership and investor relations while providing impact investment advisory support to various organizations such as the Calvert Foundation, Aga Khan Trust for Culture and Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor. Emma is currently designing a social franchise of daycares servicing single working mothers and their children in Nairobi’s slums. Emma has a Masters in Resource Management and an MBA with Distinction from Oxford’s Said Business School where she was a Skoll Scholar.
Helmy Abouleish is the Managing Director of SEKEM Group in Egypt. Under his stewardship, SEKEM received the Right Livelihood Award 2003, better known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’, and became a member of the Schwab Foundation. He is a recognised leader of sustainable change in the Arab world, driving manifold initiatives in fields such as Organic Agriculture, Social Entrepreneurship and Responsible Competitiveness.
Group Director, International Public Affairs & Government Relations
The Coca-Cola Company
As Group Director for International Public Affairs and Government Relations at The Coca-Cola Company, Marika McCauley Sine leads global public affairs and government relations strategy, partnerships and engagement in two of the Company’s three sustainability and business focus areas: wellbeing and women. She leads and collaborates with teams around the world to develop and implement policy on complex issues and to manage partnerships and engagements with key stakeholders. Over nearly a decade at Coca-Cola, Marika has led the development, launch and oversight of award-winning global initiatives and has represented the Company in its engagement with industry, stakeholders and partners. Marika has a Masters Degree in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. In 2010, she was selected as an Aspen Institute First Mover Fellow in recognition of her exceptional business leadership and ability to integrate corporate profitability and societal value.