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Basil is Managing Partner of FORE Partnership, a private investment Club focused on UK and European commercial real estate, designed by and operated exclusively for wealthy families that seek an alternative way to gain exposure to property investments. FORE’s unique structure as a direct, deal-by-deal club provides a highly aligned solution for private capital. A central part of FORE's approach is to fully integrate what it calls "Responsible Real Estate" strategies as a means of enhancing financial returns. These strategies encompass traditional energy, water and waste concepts, but also go deeper into built environment issues and the role buildings play in our daily lives more broadly. Before founding FORE, Basil was a Partner of Capricorn Investment Group where he was responsible for the global Real Assets portfolio, managed the firm’s overall business in Europe, and sat on the firm's global investment committee.
Björn Larsson, with a background as economist, journalist and diplomat, is CEO of the ForeSight Group, which since 1979 has worked with some 150 companies and offered 3.5 million employees opportunities to contribute to corporate innovation. ForeSight´s entrepreneurial approach to leverage the achievements of major ambitions, includes Passionate Investments - a partnership with the oldest bank in Scandinavia, Swedbank, supporting first the bank´s Family Office clients and later its 10 million retail clients to co-invest and scale what works well in social- and environmental activities globally. President Bill Clinton recognized the innovativeness of the initiative at a CGI plenary closing. Björn is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative and since the inception an International Ambassador for The World´s Children´s Prize, the world´s largest empowerment initiative on rights and democracy for the next generation to which Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Aung San Suu Kyi are patrons.
Royal Dutch Shell plc
Peter J. Rees QC is the Legal Director, and a member of the Executive Committee, of Royal Dutch Shell plc, a position he has held since 1 January 2011. In this post he has ultimate responsibility for the Shell global legal function and advises the Shell group management on all legal matters of group-wide importance. The Shell legal function comprises some 1,000 staff, of which around 750 are lawyers or intellectual property professionals. The Shell legal function also includes the ethics and compliance office. Peter received his law degree from Cambridge University, and an MBA from Nottingham Trent University. Before joining Shell, Peter spent 32 years in private practice, first at Norton Rose and subsequently in the London office of Debevoise & Plimpton. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2009. He is presently a Member of the Court of the London Court of International Arbitration, a Member of the Governing Body of the Court of Arbitration of the ICC, a Board Member of the Institute for Conflict Preven
Sing for Hope
Camille Zamora is the Co-Founding Director of Sing for Hope, a leading non-profit that brings arts outreach programs to communities in need and presents initiatives – including NYC's summertime street pianos – that make the arts accessible to all. An internationally acclaimed soprano, she has appeared with ensembles including LA Opera and Glimmerglass Opera and with collaborators ranging from Plácido Domingo to Sting. A graduate of The Juilliard School, she has performed recitals on five continents and live concerts on NPR, BBC Radio, Deutsche Radio and Sirius. She has been recognized by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and named one of CNN’s Most Intriguing People, NY1’s “New Yorker of the Week” and one of the “Top 50 Americans in Philanthropy” by Town&Country. A regular contributor to The Huffington Post and a leading voice in the “citizen artist” discussion, Camille has performed and spoken at Fortune Most Powerful Women’s Summit, Aspen Ideas Festival, and The United Nations.
Ehab Al Shihabi, interim chief executive officer of Al Jazeera America and the executive director for international operations for Al Jazeera, has been integral in the development of Al Jazeera America. In his five years at Al Jazeera, Al Shihabi has overseen Al Jazeera’s more than 70 bureaus around the world – the largest footprint of any news gathering organization. In addition to leading the launch of Al Jazeera America, Al Shihabi has been leading the company’s recent expansion of Al Jazeera Balkans and Al Jazeera Turk. Prior to joining Al Jazeera, Al Shihabi spent 12 years as a senior management consultant at Arthur Andersen, Andersen Consulting and Deloitte.
Founder and Chair
JP's Peace, Love & Happiness Foundation
The son of Greek and Italian immigrants, John Paul DeJoria was born with a strong work ethic and a natural enthusiasm for people. Growing up in Los Angeles, he was told by a high school teacher that he would never succeed at anything. John Paul proved that the way to become successful was to work hard -- he sold encyclopedias door to door, worked as a janitor and enlisted in the United States Navy. Despite a harsh economic climate and even a period of homelessness, John Paul co-founded Paul Mitchell in 1980 and helped turn it into the world's largest privately owned salon haircare company. He went on to co-found the Patrón Spirits Company, John Paul Pet & JP Selects -- all privately held companies with high ethical standards and reputations for integrity. The DeJoria family is committed to contributing to a sustainable planet through investing in people, protecting animals and conserving the environment.
Author and Speaker
Founder and CEO
Connie Duckworth founded ARZU, Inc. in 2004 and serves pro bono as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. She is a retired Partner and Managing Director of Goldman, Sachs, & Co., where she was named the first woman sales and trading partner in the firm’s history during her 20-year career. The recipient of numerous awards for leadership and advocacy, Ms. Duckworth was named a 2008 Skoll Foundation Honoree for Social Entrepreneurship.
Author and Speaker
Tom Watson is the author of CauseWired: Plugging In, Getting Involved, Changing the World (Wiley, 2008), the story of the rise of online social activism, and managing partner of CauseWired Communications LLC. Mr. Watson is the co-founder and publisher of onPhilanthropy.com, a global resource for the philanthropy sector. and is the founder/editor of newcritics.com, an online journal of popular culture. A lifelong journalist and serial entrepreneur, Mr. Watson has been writing about technology, media, philanthropy and social ventures for more than 15 years.
Director of Water Innovation Program
Mary Renwick is a water resources specialist with 24 years of experience developing and implementing innovative water initiatives. She has worked in 16 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, South and Southeast Asia, in the U.S., and with a number of Native American tribes. Since 2005, Renwick has led Winrock International's Water Innovation Program, growing the program from its inception to an established portfolio with seven country programs. She is an internationally recognized expert on multiple-use water services (MUS)a holistic approach to water services that sustainably improves the health and livelihoods of those living in poverty. Renwick holds a Ph.D. and MS in applied economics from Stanford University, and is the author of more than 25 books and articles.
Small Giants Australia
Daniel Almagor is CEO of Small Giants, a company he started with his wife, Berry Liberman, to effect social and environmental change through business, and Australia's first B Corporation. He is also the founding Chairman of the Impact Investment Group, a finance vehicle for B corporations and other like minded businesses. He was the inaugural Social Entrepreneur in Residence at RMIT, the founder and former CEO of Engineers Without Borders Australia, Chairperson of Jewish Aid Australia and on the wisdom council for Hub Melbourne. He has degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Business Administration, a certificate IV in outdoor education and he did a half day beekeeping course a few years ago. He loves to read, talk about philosophy, garden, travel and jump on the trampoline with his 3 kids.