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Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE)
Erin Worsham is the Executive Director of the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE), based at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. CASE is a hub for teaching, research and practitioner engagement in the field of social entrepreneurship (learn more at www.CASEatDuke.org and twitter.com/CASEatDuke). In her role at CASE, Mrs. Worsham leads center strategy, establishes partnerships, and oversees the Center's operations and programs. Prior to joining CASE, Mrs. Worsham had experience in the nonprofit, public and private sectors, including consulting with government and nonprofit clients at Booz Allen Hamilton, helping to develop public-private partnerships at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), working on private sector development issues at the World Bank, and working for a public policy think tank in Washington D.C. Mrs. Worsham earned her BA from Duke University and her MBA from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business.
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.
The Young Foundation
Rushanara Ali is a British Labour Party politician and Associate Director of the Young Foundation, who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bethnal Green and Bow since 2010. As of October 2010, she has been appointed as part of the shadow team for the Department for International Development along with Mark Lazarowicz with Harriet Harman in charge.
Manager, Donor and Stakeholder Relations
Medicines for Malaria Venture
Matthew is responsible for the effective relationship management of the stakeholder network of Medicines for Malaria Venture - a public-private product development partnership that discovers, develops and delivers life-saving antimalarials. This involves maintaining current and securing new partnerships through resource mobilization, advocacy and stewardship efforts with governments, foundations and corporate partners. Prior to that he spent a number of years in Asset Management and Private Banking. Matthew has a Masters in Social and Economic Science and is a doctoral candidate in Management and Strategy.
President and CEO
World Wildlife Fund-US
Carter Roberts is President and CEO of World Wildlife Fund in the United States. WWF, the world’s largest network of international conservation organizations, works across 100 countries and enjoys the support of 5 million members worldwide, 1.2 million of which are in the U.S. Roberts leads WWF’s efforts to save the world’s great ecosystems by linking science, field and policy programs with an aggressive initiative to work with markets and businesses to lighten their impact on the planet through sustainable resource management. To this end, he has worked with communities and heads of state in North America, Africa, Latin America and Asia; and has built partnerships with some of the world’s largest corporations, including The Coca-Cola Company, Walmart, Mars and P&G to set new industry standards for resource efficiency. Roberts holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from Princeton University. He serves on the Boards of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy at Duke Univers
Program Associate, Water
Skoll Global Threats Fund
Bessma is Program Associate for Water at Skoll Global Threats Fund, and has worked in the areas of natural resources, development, and women’s rights over the last decade. Prior to joining SGTF, Bessma held positions at Global Footprint Network as Project Manager, and at United Nations Environment Programme’s Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch, as Project Advisor, researching and writing on topics of natural resources management, conflict prevention and peacebuilding. She has also worked at the Global Fund for Women and the Center for Environmental Health. Bessma holds a M.S. from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Chief Development Officer
Room to Read
Dr. Geetha Murali is Room to Read’s Chief Development Officer and oversees all resource development functions and co-manages strategic partnerships. In her previous role at Room to Read, she was Development Director leading Room to Read’s Corporations and Foundations team and supporting corporate partnerships in the US, UK, Hong Kong, Australia, Japan and India. Geetha has over 15 years of diverse experience across the corporate and non-profit sectors. She has worked with pharmaceutical companies GlaxoSmithKline and Chiron as well with educational technology programs like the Digital Equalizer Program (American India Foundation) and Adobe Youth Voices (Adobe Systems Incorporated).Geetha received her master's degree in Biostatistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her master's and doctorate degrees in South Asian Politics from the University of California at Berkeley. She has also held an Adjunct Faculty position at Mills College.
Author and Speaker
Community and Individual Development Association
Dr. Taddy Blecher is Chairperson of the South African National Government task team on Entrepreneurship, Education and Job Creation, and CEO of the Maharishi Institute and the Community and Individual Development Association. He is known as a pioneer of the free tertiary education movement in South Africa, having helped to create six free access institutions of higher learning. He is Co-Founder of the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship with Sir Richard Branson. He also serves on a Task Team for the British Government on the reinvention of higher education. In 2012 he co-founded the Impact Sourcing Academy and Invincible Outsourcing, an ISSP focused on giving unemployed youth experience and access to the business services sector. Dr Blecher is a World Economic Forum "Global Leader of Tomorrow" award recipient, a "Young Global Leader", a Skoll Global Social Entrepreneur, an Ashoka Fellow, and has been awarded two honorary doctorates.
Director for Policy and Practice
Shoba has a BA in Psychology and a Masters in Medical and Psychiatric Social Work from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Shoba has had a varied career; her main focus has been the disability movement, and managing services for vulnerable people living in urban slums in India. Shoba joined BasicNeeds in 2001 and has been instrumental in developing the organisation’s research and data base. She has developed a new methodology for participatory research with mentally ill people, has trained BasicNeeds teams worldwide in the application of this methodology and its use for policy and advocacy. She has also developed the organisation’s monitoring, quality assurance and impact assessment systems.
MERCY SHIPS CANADA/ SECHANGE INTN'L
Mercy Ships is the world's leading non-governmental, ship-based medical organization delivering medical excellence with integrity and compassion to the world's most economically disadvantaged people in the lowest income countries. http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/africa-mercy-hospital-of-hope-50141230/ MSC is one of several organizations for which I provide technical & strategic management support. I founded Social Enterprise for Change ('09)to support ‘disruptive technology’ organizations with business & intn’l development expertise.Technical support is provided to build their capacities, successfully source funding, broker partnerships & reach scale to catalyze their innovations. I am currently working with social enterprises in Canada, Philippines, Tanzania, W. Africa & Nicaragua. My 26 year career has been with Asian Development Bank, CIDA, Nat'nl Judicial Institute of Canada, with 18 yrs. working in Malaysia, Cameroun, China,Philippines & Switzerland.