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Executive Editor, CNN Freedom Project
Leif Coorlim is an award-winning journalist and executive editor of the CNN Freedom Project. He has overseen the broadcast of hundreds of stories on modern-day slavery from the network’s global headquarters in Atlanta. Coorlim has produced a number of award-winning documentaries on modern-day slavery including “The Fighters,” “Common Dreams” and “Innocence for Sale”, which won the 2010 CINE Golden Eagle Award. In less than four years of broadcasting the Freedom Project, CNN has helped free more than 1,000 people held in slavery, catalyzed public rallies, facilitated life-saving surgeries for tortured victims and changed federal laws and business practices from Cambodia to California. Previous to his work on human trafficking, Coorlim oversaw the network’s environmental programming, producing both of CNN’s long-standing series, “Eco-Solutions” and “Going Green.” He has also led CNN International’s “Impact Your World” segment, an initiative empowering its global audience to take action.
Educate Global Fund
On a volunteer basis Ryan Marie conducts strategic research for Educate Global Fund (EGF), a new initiative seeking to improve educational outcomes for disadvantaged children and especially girls in emerging countries. EGF will fund social enterprises offering high quality, affordable products and services in Basic Needs areas such as nutrition, water & sanitation, health, communications and technology. Ryan Marie was previously Vice President at a private family investment office and has over a decade of professional experience in investment analysis and execution across various sectors, markets and geographic regions. Ryan holds a BS in Economics and a BA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and was part of the inaugural class of the Oxford Impact Investing Programme at Said Business School.
Founders Forum For Good
David joined Founders Forum For Good, and the non-profit sector, from an eclectic commercial background. Immediately following high school, David helped to launch the secondary marketing department at Mortgage Capital Associates, after which he worked as a mortgage and investment banker at CS Financial in Beverly Hills. He founded and ran a boutique real estate firm in Germany and was the General Manager of Urban Motion, Inc., the highest volume Segway dealership network in the world. David is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Cambridge.
United Nations Global Compact
Georg Kell is the Executive Director of the UN Global Compact, the world's largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative with 7,000 corporate participants in 135 countries. A key architect of the Global Compact, he has led the initiative since its founding in 2000, establishing the most widely recognized multi-stakeholder network and action platform to advance responsible business practices. Mr. Kell also oversaw the conception and launch of the Global Compact's sister initiatives on investment and business education, the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME). Mr. Kell started his career as a research fellow in engineering at the renowned Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology and Innovation in Berlin. He then worked as a financial analyst in various countries in Africa and Asia. He joined the United Nations in 1987, and has been at the leading edge of the organization's private-sector engagement ever since. A native of Germany, Mr. Kell holds advanced degrees in economics and engineering from the Technical University Berlin.
Pam is responsible for ongoing relationships with Skoll Awardees and supporting Skoll Foundation staff with project management. She has 30 years of experience in office management, both in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors.
Author and Speaker
Dr. Besser recognized the need for an education and psychosocial support program that would contribute to HIV/AIDS service achieving the best medical and social outcomes. To fill this void, he founded mothers2mothers, in which mothers living with HIV are employed to work in health centers and communities, educating and supporting pregnant women and new mothers with HIV; increasing the effectiveness of interventions that reduce the number of babies born with HIV and keep mothers healthy and alive to raise their children. Since its inception in 2001, the mothers2mothers has grown to provide services in 400 sites in seven countries in Africa, with nearly 3 million contacts with women each year. Dr. Besser has received Global Health Council's Best Practice Award, Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, Presidential Citizens Award of the United States Government, and is an Ashoka and Schwab Fellow.
Founder, Executive Director
Safeena has been committed to girls' education in India since 2002. She has worked extensively with rural and urban underserved communities in South America, Africa and Asia. From 1997 to 2004, she was the Chief Executive Director for Child Family Health International in San Francisco, managing and supporting a range of development programs in the area of health. She was also Board Chair of the International Development Exchange in San Francisco, a non-profit organization that promotes sustainable solutions to poverty in Africa, Asia and Latin America, as well as serving on the Advisory Council of the Clarence Foundation. Safeena Husain holds a B.S. from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences, and was born and raised in New Delhi, India.
Founder and Managing Consultant
Africa Development Consultancy
Sustainable development in Africa has been Natalie Miller’s life and passion for over a decade. The last 8 years she has lived and worked in Africa, having moved to South Africa to start and build the Southern & Central Africa regions for the global not-for-profit Operation Smile, funded primarily by local donors. In 2009/10 she attended Saïd Business School at Oxford University where she served as co-Chair of the Africa Business Group and was selected as a Skoll Associate. While at SBS she worked as a consultant for Columbia University’s Earth Institute and Vale Mining in Mozambique and lived and worked in Zambia for a summer-long strategic consulting project with a local start-up focused on banking for the unbanked. She returned to Africa as VP, Africa for Operation Smile and later as Global VP, International Business Development. In late 2013 she started ZARUS Group focused primarily on supporting NPOs and for-profits with a social mission with business development/local fundraising, partnership-building, country assessments and starting up country offices. She is also working with a partner to start-up NeedLinkage, a NPO focused on connecting skilled professionals interested in giving their time and expertise and NPOs and entrepreneurs lacking those skills or the resources to attain them. She is also a trainer and mentor for entrepreneurs in South Africa with the Business Bridge.
Attorney & Land Tenure/Gender Specialist
Hirut Girma is a lawyer and development practitioner with significant international experience. She has considerable experience working with multilateral, bilateral, and national institutions. As a Land Tenure and Gender Specialist at Landesa, she provides analytical and implementation expertise on rural land tenure, women’s land rights, land rights formalization, land administration, land management, and land dispute resolution. Previous to Landesa, Ms. Girma served as an advisor at the Executive Office of UNESCO (Paris) and worked as a Programme Specialist at UNESCO’s Cluster Office for Ethiopia, Djibouti, and the African Union. Her geographic experience includes Ethiopia, Djibouti, France, India, Mozambique, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, and the United States. Ms. Girma holds a Juris Doctor of Law and a post graduate LL.M in Sustainable International Development.
Director, Social Entrepreneurship
As Director for Social Entrepreneurship, Jude O’Reilley is responsible for the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship and building the community of Skoll Awardees. Jude has more than 18 years of experience in technology, management and entrepreneurship in the private sector. From working with Fortune 500 companies to being the first employee of a health-focused startup, he has launched more than 100 consumer and enterprise products. Jude’s professional background includes more than four years at Amazon.com, where he was responsible for product management of the photos experience on the Amazon Kindle Fire, Amazon Cloud Drive and Checkout by Amazon. Prior to joining Amazon.com, he spent the majority of his high-tech career in startups of 5 to 150 people, including Trusera, a place on the web for people to share their personal medical experiences. At Trusera, he helped the CEO raise more than $3.2 million in angel investments and built the team that designed the original product from scratch. He began his product career at Aventail, an early pioneer in the SSL VPN space that was later sold to Dell Computer. Jude earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with High Honors in History from Swarthmore College. He lives with his wife and two children in the San Francisco Bay Area.