Former U.S. Vice President, Chairman
Alliance for Climate Protection
Former Vice President Al Gore is chairman of the Alliance for Climate Protection. He is co founder and executive chairman of Current TV, an Emmy award winning, independently owned cable and satellite television nonfiction network for young people based on viewer created content and citizen journalism. Gore is co-founder and chairman of Generation Investment Management, a London-based firm that is focused on a new approach to sustainable investing; and is a partner in the venture capital firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, working with Generation to focus on solutions to the climate crisis. In addition, Gore serves on the board of directors of Apple and as senior adviser to Google. Al Gore was inaugurated as the forty-fifth vice president of the United States on January 20, 1993, and served eight years as a key member of the administration’s economic team, as President of the Senate, a Cabinet member, a member of the National Security Council, and as leader of a wide range of Administration initiatives.
Professor of Neuroscience
University College London
Michael Häusser is Professor of Neuroscience at University College London and a Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow. He trained at University of Oxford, the Max-Planck-Institute for Medical Research in Heidelberg and the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. Michael established his own laboratory at UCL in 1997. His work aims to understand the cellular basis of neural computation in the mammalian brain, with a special focus on the role of dendrites; he co-edited the first book on the subject (Dendrites, 2nd edition, Oxford UP 2007).
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.
Vice President Policy Programs
Peggy Clark is Vice President of Policy Programs and Executive Director of Aspen Global Health and Development at the Aspen Institute, and Director of the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise. Peggy has had a 30 year career working on issues of poverty alleviation, global health, social enterprise and development finance. Serving in founding and leadership roles at the Aspen Institute, the Ford Foundation, Save the Children, Realizing Rights, and on numerous boards, Peggy has been a leading figure in identifying and building industries, movements, and creative advocacy on key issues of our times. Currently, Peggy provides strategic oversight and guidance to the Institute’s 30 policy programs and directs programs promoting breakthrough solutions to global development including artisan enterprise, reproductive health, new voices leadership development, health workforce sustainability, diaspora investing, and food security.
Chief Operating Officer
Wendy is an experienced senior executive with expertise in the areas of finance, contract negotiation and management, including with domestic and foreign governments, international business development and operations management, strategic planning and marketing and communications. She has worked across a broad range of industries in both for-profit and nonprofit sectors. Her industry experience includes aerospace, computer technology – hardware and software, venture capital, humanitarian response and environmental energy conservation industries. She has successfully managed and implemented operating functions in many start-ups and small businesses, and has extensive experience in developing and deploying key business infrastructure systems to allow businesses to scale and expand; including internationally. Along with her InSTEDD activities, she is acts as an advisor to student lead outreach programs in financial literacy at Berkeley and Stanford.
Bob Bloom is Chief Financial Officer of Heifer International. Heifer’s mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth. Formed in 1944, today Heifer works in over 30 countries around the world bringing sustainable agriculture to areas with a long history of poverty. Heifer’s focus on sustainable agriculture (principally through livestock) is complemented with a strong emphasis on social capital development. Since joining Heifer, Bloom has led an effort to build global systems to support the organization’s strategy of scaling up impact and diversifying revenue sources. Bloom has also actively visited country program offices throughout the world meeting smallholder farmers in the communities where Heifer works and developing public/private partnership opportunities. Prior to joining Heifer, Bloom served as Chief Financial Officer at several companies including Vestcom International, Acxiom Corp. and Wilson Sporting Goods Co.
Bart Weetjens is a celebrated social entrepreneur. He trains HeroRATs to save human lives from disaster and disease. Bart addressed the dependence of African communities on foreign expertise to solve difficult, dangerous and expensive humanitarian detection tasks posed by scourges of the developing world, like the landmine legacy and the emergence of Tuberculosis. His organization APOPO researches, develops, deploys and disseminates the use of a sustainable local alternative: detection rats technology. HeroRATs are humanely trained giant African pouched rats that act as cost-efficient detectors in limited resources settings, while building local expertise. Bart is an Ashoka fellow, a Skoll awardee, and a Schwab fellow to the World Economic Forum. Bart is a Zen Buddhist priest. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Tanzania.
Tony Siesfeld is a director at Monitor Deloitte and a senior leader of Monitor Institute, a practice serving foundations and nonprofits. He has over 25 years of experience in for-profit and for-impact advisory work. Recently, he worked in the areas of impact investing & financing social innovation (with the GIIN, B-Lab, Omidyar Network, New Profit), inclusive business practices (Citi Foundation, Tufts University, USAID) & women’s rights (WWB, ChoiceUSA, MS Foundation). He focuses on social action strategy, measurement and evaluation, and bringing leading practices from for-profit businesses into the social sector. His work has been noted in HBR, the FT, and the Wall Street Journal. He has contributed to publications such as the Journal of Strategic Performance Measurement, and Forbes ASAP, and to the publications of organizations such as Sloan Foundation, the Brookings Institution, and the OECD. Tony has an M.S. in Statistics and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University.