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President & Co-Founder
The Telos Group, Inc.
*Co-founded The Telos Group, which grows a pro-Israel, pro-Palestine, pro-peace movement in mainstream America. Since 2009, Telos has engaged hundreds of top American leaders from far right to far left, including philanthropists, politicians and its niche, faith leaders; Telos guides them on unique high-touch trips of both Israel and Palestine; it then equips them to grow and mobilize this emerging movement in their communities and have impact in D.C.; currently scaling its own programming, including revenue generating trips. *Member of the Founding Committee and Secretary of the Executive Board, Narrative 4, a global organization involving preeminent authors, artists and community leaders aimed at promoting empathy through the exchange of stories. *Musician and lawyer; currently in San Diego and Washington D.C.; formerly in Ramallah, advising Palestinian leadership on negotiations with Israel; published in NYT and other leading outlets; graduate of UCLA and Yale Law School.
Operations Director- China
Half the Sky Foundation
I am an ordinary girl but lucky enough to start my career in an NGO of helping innocent children to blossom. Our children are all orphans in China’s government run orphanages, and our work is to run programs to help nurture and educate these abandoned children many of whom are with special needs. I joined Half the Sky's Beijing representative office in 2010, as a graduate with a business and media learning background. I started my adventure in this new field from then on and still love it. I would love to link my passion for child education, helping the minorities in cities, classical music, and cultural exchange along my career path to change people’s life positively. Skoll Foundation helped our Foundation and also me to know more amazing people caring for others and society and I couldn’t wait to get hand in hand with them.
Global Impact Investing Network
Amit Bouri serves as Managing Director and oversees the GIIN's research, communications, and business development. His work in impact investing began when he was a strategy consultant with the Monitor Institute. At Monitor he was part of the team that produced the Investing for Social & Environmental Impact report, and he left Monitor to co-found the GIIN in 2009. Amit's other projects at the Monitor Institute included strategic planning and organizational development work for nonprofit organizations and foundations. Amit previously worked as a strategy consultant with Bain & Company. He left Bain to work in global health at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. He also worked in the corporate philanthropy units of Gap Inc. and Johnson & Johnson. Amit holds an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, an MPA from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Swarthmore College.
Skoll Global Threats Fund
Annie Maxwell is the Chief Operating Officer of the Skoll Global Threats Fund. She joined the organization after serving as a White House Fellow in the Office of Vice President Biden where she focused on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. From 2002 to 2009, Annie was with Direct Relief, serving most recently as Chief Operating Officer. Direct Relief is a privately funded nonprofit that through humanitarian assistance improves the quality of life for people affected by poverty or disasters. From 2005 to 2006, Annie was seconded to the United Nation's Office of the Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery, led by Special Envoy President Bill Clinton where she served as Partnerships and Outreach Officer. Annie received her Master's in Public Policy and B.A. in English and Political Science, Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Michigan. She was captain of the university's Division I volleyball team.
Nicole Newnham is a documentary filmmaker and writer, who recently co-produced the critically acclaimed film "The Revolutionary Optimists" with Maren Grainger-Monsen, about youth organizing for change in the slums of Kolkata. She is currently developing Map Your World, a curriculum, web platform, and mobile tool that facilitates youth-led community mapping projects for social change. Previously, Nicole co-produced and directed "The Rape of Europa," about the fate of Europe's art treasures during WWII. The Rape of Europa played theatrically in 80 cities across the country, has been a much-broadcast PBS primetime special, was nominated for two national Emmys and a WGA award, and shortlisted for the 2007 Documentary Oscar. Nicole was also nominated for a national Emmy Award for co-producing and directing the documentary Sentenced Home (2006), broadcast on the PBS series Independent Lens, which follows three Cambodian refugees in Seattle who are deported back to Cambodia after 9/11.
Helen Clark became the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme in April 2009, and is the first woman to lead the organization. She is also the Chair of the United Nations Development Group, a committee consisting of the heads of all UN funds, programmes and departments working on development issues. Prior to her appointment with UNDP, Helen Clark served for nine years as Prime Minister of New Zealand, serving three successive terms from 1999 - 2008. Throughout her tenure as Prime Minister, Helen Clark engaged widely in policy development and advocacy across the international, economic, social and cultural spheres.
John became Pearson’s chief executive on 1 January 2013, succeeding Marjorie Scardino. Since 2008 John has been responsible for the company's education businesses outside North America, and a member of the Pearson management committee. He joined Pearson in 1997 as director of communications and was appointed President of Pearson Inc., a role he combined with his communications responsibilities, in 2000. In 2003, he was appointed CEO of Pearson's educational publishing businesses for Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMA) and gradually took on a broader international education brief. Prior to joining Pearson, John was director of corporate affairs at Powergenplc, where he was also a member of the company's executive committee. Earlier in his career, John held senior public policy and communications roles in the British and UK local governments.
Founder & Managing Director
The Greenbaum Foundation
"Being a bystander to suffering is not an option," notes Jim Greenbaum, the Founder and Managing Director of The Greenbaum Foundation. A native of Monroe, Louisiana, and a graduate of the University of Virginia, Jim entered the workforce with one primary goal in mind -- to make as much money as quickly as possible in order to use those funds to help make the world a better place. Jim founded and became CEO of Access Long Distance in 1985. Seven years later, at 33 years of age, Jim made the decision to give the corporate world only another seven years. Keeping true to that plan, Jim sold the company in 1999, soon growing his net worth to $133,000,000. Jim has committed to contributing in excess of 85% of his assets to charitable projects ending suffering (human and non-human) during his lifetime, and the remainder of his estate soon thereafter. The foundation’s assets will also be spent down during his lifetime. To date, Jim has already contributed more than $40,000,000 to the foundation. Jim is
As Executive Director of Clubhouse International, Joel is a global advocate and entrepreneur working on behalf of millions of people living mental illness and an international network of Clubhouse programs. A Clubhouse is an evidence-based-practice founded on the belief that even the most disabled can sufficiently recover and improve their lives with the help of a supportive community. The Clubhouse model provides pathways to meaningful social and economic inclusion, work and wellbeing. First developed in New York in 1948 by a small group of former psychiatric hospital patients, the Clubhouse model has gained international recognition, scaling to more than 350 Clubhouses operating in 33 countries and growing. Joel travels extensively throughout the world, working to promote and support the development and quality of new and existing Clubhouse programs. With the assistance of a large Clubhouse International network he helps local communities in many countries and cultures create enduring resources and opp
Brizio Biondi-Morra is President of AVINA, a foundation working in partnership with civil society and business leaders in Latin America on their initiatives towards sustainable development. AVINA has 19 offices in 14 countries. He is also Chairman of INCAE, the leading business school in Latin America. Brizio has published books on development for Cornell University Press and Editorial Siglo XXI. He has a doctorate in Business Administration, Harvard University, and a doctorate in Economics, Bocconi University, Italy.