PETER NICKS’ latest feature documentary The Waiting Room, which chronicles a day-in-the-life of an Oakland, CA hospital waiting room, was released in 2012 to critical acclaim, being named by the San Francisco Film Critics Circle as the best documentary of 2012 and shortlisted for an Academy Award. The Washington Post named The Waiting Room one of the “ten best films of 2012” and the film garnered numerous accolades including the Stella Artois Truer The Fiction filmmaking grant, Gotham IFP and Independent Spirit Award nominations for best documentary and a Cinema Eye nomination for best debut feature. Prior to his recent work in film, Nicks directed numerous projects for television. In 2006 He earned an Emmy Award for Blame Somebody Else, which explored human trafficking during the Iraq War. Nicks is now developing a film about the Oakland Police Department, the second of a trilogy of character-driven films exploring health care, criminal justice and education in Oakland, CA.
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.
Research and Evaluation Officer
As Research and Evaluation Officer for the Skoll Foundation, Ehren Reed is responsible for assessing the impact and effectiveness of the Foundation's efforts in order to support ongoing learning and evidence-based decision making. He was previously a Director of Innovation Network, a Washington, DC-based evaluation consulting firm and brings over 10 years of experience managing research and evaluation projects for grantmakers and grantees in the fields of human services, human rights and advocacy.
Nobel Women’s Initiative
Jody Williams served as the founding coordinator of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines until February 1998. Beginning in early 1992 with two non-governmental organisations and a staff of one – Jody Williams – she oversaw its growth to over 1,300 organisations in 95 countries working to eliminate antipersonnel landmines. In an unprecedented cooperative effort with governments, UN bodies and the International Committee of the Red Cross, the organisation dramatically achieved its goal of an international treaty banning antipersonnel landmines during a diplomatic conference held in Oslo in 1997. Three weeks later, Jody Williams and the ICBL were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In 2006, along with sister Laureate Shirin Ebadi, Jody Williams established the “Nobel Women’s Initiative,” which uses the prestige and access afforded by the Nobel Prize to promote the efforts of women’s rights activists, researchers and organisations working to advance peace, justice and equality for women.
Melanie Hui leads the Cassia Foundation, which supports visionary leaders committed to serving the world’s most vulnerable populations. Melanie’s previous experience includes external affairs at the World Bank, development at the Asian University for Women, and project managing a clean water social enterprise in Bangladesh. She holds a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.
Global Head of Climate Change Investment Research
Mark Fulton joined Deutsche Bank in 2006 as Global Head of Climate Change Investment Research, DB Climate Change Advisors: New York. Prior to this, he had 29 years of investment experience in senior roles in research and management at Citigroup in the US, Salomon Smith Barney and NatWest in Sydney, Potter Partners in Melbourne and James Capel in London. He has a BA in Philosophy & Economics from Oxford University.
Head of Research
UnLtd: The Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs
Lea’s background as a methodologist, researcher and evaluator spans work in the public, private and third sectors in South Africa, Bosnia and the UK and has focused substantively on state-sponsored violence and genocide as well as issues relating to refugees and asylum. She has taught in the social sciences at universities in South Africa and in the UK and has conducted research and evaluations across a range of sectors, including national evaluations of the then newly introduced post-apartheid education initiative (Outcomes-Based Education) in South Africa and the Home Office sponsored refugee mentoring scheme (Time Together) in the UK. She has also worked in Bosnia on her doctoral research which focused on the role of nostalgia in different formulations of blame, and continues her work on using culture to encourage intergroup engagement amongst teenagers in the tense environment of Prijedor in the North West. She is now Head of Research at UnLtd: The Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs.
Bates, Wells & Braithwaite London LLP
Stephen Lloyd is Senior Partner of Bates Wells and Brathwaite London LLP (BWB), recognized as being the leading law firm acting for charities and social enterprises in the UK. After teaching English in Sudan for VSO, working as a commercial lawyer in the city for a big law firm and for an insurance booking company, Lloyd joined BWB where he has specialized in working as a commercial lawyer acting for not-for-profits for the last 30 years. Co-developer of the idea behind Community Interest Companies, he has served on boards of 20 charities.
Chief Executive Officer
Crispin Murira is the chief executive at Copia, a catalog order and delivery service leveraging mobile technology to increase access to goods for populations living at the base of the pyramid. After 17 years in the United States, Murira-believing that with the right models, investors can engage populations living at the base of the pyramid in a way that's a win for both sides-moved back to Kenya to set up and run Copia. In its first year, Copia has increased the take home income of its agents by over 57 percent and increased access of goods to more than 1,000 families. Prior to Copia, Murira worked as a senior mergers and acquisitions analyst at Credit Suisse, co-founded and led a successful fashion accessories design company, and served as marketing vice president for a leading retailer-manufacturer. Murira holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics and physics from Bowdoin College and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.