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Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
Stephen MacMahon is a founder and Principal Director of The George Institute for Global Health. This not-for-profit medical research institute has centres in China, India, Australia and the UK and operations in 50 countries worldwide. The mission of The George is to find sustainable solutions to the major health challenges facing emerging markets. Its portfolio includes a global R&D programme as well as an emerging markets-focused social enterprise programme. The results of its work have changed healthcare policy and practice worldwide, and for the last 3 years The George has been ranked among the top 10 research institutions worldwide on the basis of impact and efficiency. Stephen is Professor of Medicine at the University of Oxford and Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Sydney. He is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA) and the British Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci). In 2013, he was named EY Australian Social Entrepreneur of the Year.
Author and Speaker
Enterprise Program Support Officer, Rwanda
The MasterCard Foundation
Aime Angelique Noela Akayezu holds a bachelor of science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rwanda, COSTECH (formerly KIST). Her passion for empowerment led her to collaborate with different schools and organizations as a tutor. She completed entrepreneurship training in renewable energy with KIST-TBIF/EWSA. Wishing to empower the community, Noela then joined DOT Rwanda in 2012 as an intern; this gave her the opportunity to empower, exchange and learn from youth in her community. She participated in the 2013 DOT Digital Youth and Learning Unconference to share and learn about youth issues in different countries. She became a 2014 MasterCard Foundation Youth Think Tank member, conducting research on youth in the community for MasterCard Foundation youth programs. In 2013 she became an Enterprise Program Support Officer with DOT Rwanda, to empower vulnerable youth in building small projects to generate income.
Lesley-Anne Knight is Chief Executive Officer of The Elders, an independent group of global leaders brought together by Nelson Mandela to work for peace and human rights. She has been active in humanitarian and development work for more than 30 years and believes strongly that combating injustice and inequality is vital to building enduring peace in the world. Before joining The Elders, she was Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis, one of the world’s largest development and humanitarian networks. She was the first woman to be appointed to the position. She has also worked for CAFOD (the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development) and Help Age International. Earlier in her career she spent several years in Latin America working with indigenous peoples and refugees. Lesley-Anne was born and brought up in Zimbabwe and attended university in Cape Town.
Author and Speaker
Founder and CEO
Roots of Peace
In the midst of a career in business and journalism, and while raising three children, Heidi Kühn was diagnosed with cancer. Following treatment, her appreciation for the gift of life led her to give back to the less fortunate and to live close to and nurture the land. Inspired by the campaign to ban and remove land mines, she founded Roots of Peace (ROP) in 1997 in her family home. Her goal was to bring income-generating, self-sustaining agricultural development to war-torn areas, while protecting wildlife and humans from land mines. ROP’s first project was in Croatia. The organization used the experience gained there to develop a successful and replicable model that it has since implemented in Cambodia, Angola and Afghanistan.
Noah Manduke is the President of Durable Good, a management consultancy focused on helping nonprofit organizations and social enterprises leverage strategic branding disciplines to accelerate impact. Durable Good’s 2013-14 clients include the Skoll Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, A Better Seattle, Capricorn Investment Group, the Social Progress Imperative, the Fossil Foundation, and the North American Association for Environmental Education. Noah is the former Chief Strategy Officer of the Jeff Skoll Group, a portfolio of organizations created by philanthropist and social entrepreneur, Jeff Skoll, to pursue his vision of a more sustainable world. Prior to serving the social sector, Noah spent over 25 years helping businesses to optimize their branding, marketing and communications practices. During that time, he spent 13 years at global advertising agency, Ogilvy & Mather, and 8 years at global strategic branding firm, Siegel & Gale, where Noah was president and COO.
Director of Strategy and Impact
Mike leads Root Capital’s impact assessment program. Previously, he worked at the International Finance Corporation and Acumen Fund. He has also consulted for Monitor Company and conducted research for Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter. Mike holds an M.B.A. and an M.P.A. from Harvard University and a B.A. from Yale University.
Author and Speaker
Manager, Social Innovation
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Rajeeb Dey (@rajdey) is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Enternships.com, a portal that connects students and graduates to work placements in over 6000 start-ups and SMEs, and develops innovative corporate talent programmes for clients such as Telefonica, Santander and Havas for which he was named the “02 X Young Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2009, Asian Achievers Award Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 and the youngest recipient of the Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion in 2013. Rajeeb is also the Co-Founder of StartUp Britain, a national entrepreneurship campaign launched by Prime Minister David Cameron in March 2011. He is a Trustee of UnLtd, the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs, and was named as one of the 1,000 Most Influential People in London by The Evening Standard and recognised in prestigious publications "Who's Who 2014" as well as "Debrett's People of Today". He graduated with First Class Honours in Economics and Management from the University of Oxford in 2008 and was appointed as the world's youngest Young Global Leader (aged 26) by the World Economic Forum in 2012. He is currently working on an innovative new 'learning based approach to recruitment' launching in Q4 2014 which will transform the way people look and apply for jobs. This 'positive recruitment' model aims to leave all young people better off irrespective of their success in securing a job by equipping them with the skills they need to succeed in the ever changing world of work.
Associate-Director, External Relations
The Tony Elumelu Foundation
Maryamu Aminu is Associate-Director, External Relations in the Executive Office of the Chairman at the Tony Elumelu Foundation. Prior to that she served as Assistant Director for U.S. Government Relations at The ONE Campaign from September 2007 – January 2014. Previously, Maryamu worked for the late Congressman Tom Lantos, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, as Director of the Africa Region and Global Health for the Congressional Human Rights Caucus, and Congressional Coordinator for the Lantos ‘Humanity in Action’ European Fellowship Program. Born and raised in Nigeria, Maryamu graduated from the University of Wales at Aberystwyth, UK, with a degree in International Relations. She also has a graduate degree in International Politics from Aberystwyth, majoring in Critical Security Studies and Human Rights.
Peter Zahn has worked in numerous business, legal and non-profit capacities, everything from a sole practitioner and solo entrepreneur, to an attorney at a 400 lawyer Wall Street firm, CEO of a medium size corporation, and founder of a nationwide Chamber of Commerce. He was elected to the City Council of Solana Beach, California in November 2012. Zahn recently crossed over more firmly into the non-profit arena, running the Moxie Foundation in San Diego, California. He spends most of his time promoting entrepreneurship and social innovation in universities and various regions of the world. He has kept a hand in the legal world, advising the Blumberg Law Group, a top notch business transaction and general litigation firm in Solana Beach, California. Having worked with several environmentally sustainable clients, Zahn co-founded the U.S. Green Chamber of Commerce and served for several years as its Chairman.