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Author and Speaker
Ned Breslin is CEO of Water For People, a next generation water and sanitation non-profit working in 10 countries throughout the world. Ned started working on water and sanitation in Africa in 1987, lived there for 20 years and returned to Denver, CO USA to join Water For People in 2006. He is the recipient of the 2011 Skoll Award For Social Entrepreneurship.
Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society
Dr. Ruth A. Shapiro is the Chief Executive of the Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society (CAPS), a Hong Kong based non-profit. CAPS is a center of excellence promoting transparency, good governance and accountability for philanthropy and non-profit management in Asia. Dr. Shapiro is the editor of The Real Problem Solvers, Social Entrepreneurs in the America which will be published in China with the addition of Chinese social entrepreneurs in July, 2014. Ruth Shapiro founded the Asia Business Council and served as its Executive Director from 1997 until May 2007. Prior to this, she worked in the field of international development and held management positions at the Academy for Educational Development, the Harvard Institute of International Development and Global Outlook. Dr. Shapiro holds a doctorate from Stanford University and Masters Degrees from Harvard University and George Washington University. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Michigan.
Author and Speaker
Partners In Health
Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, is Kolokotrones University Professor and Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and Co-Founder of Partners In Health. He also serves as UN Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Community Based Medicine and Lessons from Haiti.
Communication and Membership Manager
White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood
Lilia joined White Ribbon Alliance in 2011. As Communications and Membership Manager, she is responsible for managing strategic membership communications, regularly updating digital content, and harnessing a variety of online tools to support fundraising goals. She holds a Master’s degree in Management and Operations from Harvard University, and a Bachelor’s degree in International Politics and Russian Studies from Brigham Young University. As a Romanian and Moldovan national Lilia is fluent in Romanian, Russian, English, and French.
Vice President and General Manager
Betsy Beaumon is the VP and General Manager of the Global Literacy Program at Benetech, a Silicon Valley nonprofit with a vision to serve humanity through technology. A social entrepreneur, Ms. Beaumon is an authority on digital accessible materials in education and coined the phrase “born accessible,” imagining a future in which all content, including mathematical formulas and other STEM graphics, are made accessible within the publishing process. She holds a BSEE from Northwestern University and has co-founded two online software companies. She is also a member of the DAISY Consortium and an Advisory Board Member for the National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials.
Jeroo Billimoria has conceived and set up three highly successful social ventures. The first, Childline India, now operates in 74 of India’s largest cities and has responded to over 10 million calls from vulnerable children. The second, Child Helpline International, expanded her Indian model and became a global network of telephone help lines for children. It is operational in over 150 countries. Jeroo is now undertaking her third social venture, Aflatoun: Child Savings International that provides children with financial education while teaching them about their responsibilities and rights as citizens. Currently approximately 83,000 Indian children are participating in Aflatoun programmes. More than three-quarters of the graduates continued to save, one fifth of them on a regular basis. The Aflatoun programme has been implemented in 11 other countries serving a total of approximately 35,000 children 28,000 of whom are saving.
Christopher received his B.M. Suma Cum Laude on scholarship from Berklee College of Music. Described by the Boston Ballet as an “Electrifying violinist,” Christopher made his New York debut at Weil Recita Hall, Carnegie Hall, and has performed with distinguished artists such as Gloria Estefan, Bill Cosby, and Jennifer Holliday as well as a special appearance with Sesame Street. “Vuk explore[s] different ways of sparking musical interest,” says the Boston Globe, in doing so, he has played for varied audiences including Queen Rainia of Jordan, Queen Noor, Mitt Romney, and First Lady, Laura Bush. Christopher is the founder/music director of the Boston String Quartet, and is the recipient of the Certificate of Congressional Commendation. Christopher is the past director of the Boston Music Festival, Cambridge Arts Festival, current President/Owner of School of Groove, Rock & Roll Daycare, and Music Makers Kazakhstan a series of self sustainable low income schools for the poor.
Bill Carter is Ashoka’s Diamond Leader for Africa. Mr. Carter guides Ashoka’s overall strategy for programming in Africa, oversees the selection of African Fellows, and helps develop and launch new initiatives on the continent. Previously, Mr. Carter was a Co-Founder of an independent power company, the Long Lake Energy Corporation, a leader in hydroelectric generation. He also played a leading role in developing Ashoka’s Indonesia program starting in 1981. A Ph.D. in Chinese Studies from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, he worked in Indonesia in the early 1970s helping the Ministry of Finance establish effective control of the timber industry. He has also spent a number of years in McKinsey & Co.’s international practice and served at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where he was responsible for wide-ranging management reforms. Mr. Carter was one of Ashoka’s founding Board members.
Blum Center for Developing Economies
Lina Nilsson is the Innovation Director at the Blum Center for Developing Economies at the University of California Berkeley. At the Blum Center’s Development Impact Lab (DIL), she designs financial and technical support platforms for scaling of university innovations for global impact (from ‘lab bench to community’). She also runs the Center’s On-Ramp, a pre-accelerator program for early stage innovators. She is a member of the Global Health Advisory Board at Investors' Circle, and has previously worked on novel TB diagnostics in Vietnam. Lina is also the founder of Tekla Labs, a consortium that creates and curates free and interactive instructions that researchers across the globe can use to build standard laboratory equipment using locally available supplies. Lina has a Dr.sc from the ETH Zurich and is a recipient of the ETH Medal for her doctoral thesis work. In 2013, she was recognized as a MIT Tech Review Innovator under 35.
Meighan Stone is Director of the Malala Fund. She served previously as Vice President of Communications and Special Projects at World Food Program USA and as President of the Developing Group, supporting the Global Partnership for Education’s 2011 $1.5 billion Replenishment Conference. Meighan has lead special projects in conjunction with the Clinton Global Initiative, World Economic Forum, 2010 FIFA World Cup and at UN and G8 summits globally. At Bono's ONE Campaign, she was Communications Director and then Director of Special Projects, part of the team that helped build the organization in its early years. Meighan has also served as a Congressional Fellow, media consultant for the World Economic Forum and worked on HIV/AIDS projects in the office of President Clinton. A former campaign Press Secretary, Meighan has also worked on the Democratic National Convention and Inauguration of President Obama. She is a member of the Board for both Pencils of Promise and Good Labs.