Tania is responsible for leading KPMG’s work in social innovation and impacting investing. Tania established and leads KPMG’s Community Leader strategy, one of the four pillars of KPMG’s business strategy focused on social change and sustainability. Tania is currently leading a joint project with the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing to produce a report for the G8 Social Impact Investing Taskforce on the role of government in supporting impact investing. She is a Member of the Advisory Committee of Imagination Catalyst, a business accelerator at OCAD University, a Member of the Advisory Committee of the Queen’s School of Business Centre for Responsible Leadership, Board Member of LIFT Philanthropy Partners, an a Global Ambassador for Free The Children. Tania also holds a unique appointment as a Canadian in The Royal Household at Buckingham Palace as Lady in Waiting to Her Royal Highness The Princess Edward, Countess of Wessex. Tania has an MBA from the University of Toronto, she is a Chartered Professional Accountant, and completed the Harvard Business School Corporate Social Responsibility Executive Education Program.
Chief Creative Officer
As Chief Creative Officer at Exygy Phil manages the design team while helping set the vision, processes and strategic direction of the company. A firm believer that design is the way things work, not just how they look, Phil ensures that the right questions get asked, and the best solution created for each project. He deeply appreciates the opportunity to leverage great design and strategy to benefit the world’s leading changemakers. A triathlon enthusiast, Philip lives in Oakland CA where he swims, bikes and runs with abandon. When not training, he’s planning his next trip abroad.
Co-Founder, Chief Product Officer at Connect Skoll Scholar, Oxford MBA 2010 Founder, Swing Semester, 2004 & 2008
Inside Straight Strategies
A veteran environmental leader, Mr. Pope served with the Sierra Club for more than thirty years. In that time he served as Political Director, Conservation Director, Executive Director, and Chairman. He stepped down as Chairman in 2012 to become an independent consultant heading Inside Straight Strategies, a practiced focused on the intersection of sustainability and economic development. His current practice focused on disrupting the economic distortions which lock the world economy into dependence on unaffordable and unsustainable fossil fuels, unlocking competition and open markets which will accelerate the energy revolution away from fossil fuels. During his tenure as Executive Director, Sierra Club added 400,000 new members and supporters, growing to approximately 1.2 million. It led campaigns to move the United States Beyond Coal, and to establish new regulations to drive the auto industry into an era of fuel efficiency.
Chairman of the Board
Spencer B. Beebe, Ecotrust Founder and Board Chairman, earned his M.F.S. (Forest Science) degree in 1974 from Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a B.A. in Economics from Williams College in 1968. He served with the Peace Corps in Honduras from 1968-71 and, after serving 14 years with The Nature Conservancy as Northwest representative, Western Regional Director, Vice President and President of the Nature Conservancy's International Program, he was the founding President of Conservation International in 1987. In February 1991, Spencer founded Ecotrust; with Shorebank Corporation of Chicago he helped found ShoreBank Pacific, the first environmental bank, now OnePacific Coast Bank. In addition to his work with Ecotrust, Spencer serves on the board of Walsh Construction Company and the Ecotrust Board of Directors. He is the author of Cache: Creating Natural Economies.
Skoll Global Threats Fund
Prior to joining the Skoll Global Threats Fund, Courtney worked as Administrative Assistant at the Jim Joseph Foundation in San Francisco, where she assisted in the management of a $75 million grant portfolio and oversaw the preparation for the foundation’s quarterly board meetings. Prior to that, Courtney was an intern at Amnesty International in New York, helping to plan their regional conferences. She also was an intern at Classwish.org, where she worked to increase their social media presence. Born and raised in Sonoma and Napa County, Courtney attended New York University, where she received her B.A. in Sociology and Spanish and graduated magna cum laude.
Capricorn Investment Group
Dipender Saluja is Managing Director at Capricorn Investment Group, an investment firm based in Palo Alto, where he oversees investments in energy technology, cleantech, IT & emerging markets. Before Capricorn, he was Chief of Staff at Cadence, a global market leader in electronic design with $1B in annual revenues & 5000 employees. Prior to that he was at Data General (now EMC), Honeywell, & ROLM (now IBM). Dipender serves on the boards of AST, Automatiks, CalStart, Embrace, Encell, Liquidity Nano, QuantumScape, RayVio, & Sunpreme.
CEO and Founder
Idit is an Israeli-American social entrepreneur, known for her education technology innovations. She received a PhD from MIT Media Lab and EdM from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Currently,she is founder and CEO of Globaloria, a K-12 MOOC, with project-based game design innovation and coding courses, professional development and blended-learning support systems, that is easily integrated into any school or program. It was invented to respond to lack of high-quality education in computing innovation which creates opportunity-divides that result in millions of unengaged students and an insufficient pipeline in STEM-ready professionals. Since 2006, Globaloria educated 10,000 students in underserved communities, trained 500 educators and 300 leaders in 8 states and 20 countries, with 85% retention and 95% course completion rates; ready for rapid scale nationally and globally.
Social Entrepreneurs Ireland
Seán Coughlan is co-founder and chief executive of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, a organisation established to fund and support Ireland’s highest potential social entrepreneurs. Seán’s previous experience includes that of product manager, entrepreneur, teacher and researcher having spent time working and studying in Ireland, Portugal and Turkey. Seán also holds a number of other board and advisory positions including: Chairperson of The Wheel (the co-ordinating body for the community and voluntary sector in Ireland), Treasurer of the European Venture Philanthropy Association, member of the Enterprise Advisory Board of Dublin City University and member of the Advisory Group of the Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurship. Seán holds a degree in Theoretical Physics and has completed executive education programmes in Harvard Business School, INSEAD and the Irish Management Institute and is a winner of the Captain Cathal Ryan Scholarship for Social Entrepreneurship.