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Vice President of Fellowship Programs
Rich leads Echoing Green's efforts to identify promising social entrepreneurs and support them through their careers. Currently, EG is on path to deepen the level of support to each current Fellow, significantly build out programming for alumni, and simultaneously double, to 100, the number of Fellows supported each year. Rich formerly lead the Aspen Institute's Center for Business Education where he helped hundreds of global MBA programs better integrate social and environmental issues. He has also worked with Habitat for Humanity, Teach For America, and served as a New York City Urban Fellow. Rich is a graduate of NYC public schools, Williams College, Harvard Business School, and made it most of the way through an MSW at the University of Texas. He is also a two-time (unsuccessful!) applicant for an Echoing Green Fellowship. When he's not reading thousands of Fellowship applications you can find him at a park in Brooklyn with his wife Hannah and children Frank and Josie.
President and CEO
Dreams InDeed International
David Haskell’s resolve to serve in hard places started as an American University instructor in war-torn Beirut. Now CEO of Dreams InDeed, David strengthens indigenous social entrepreneurs in hard places, currently in the Middle East and SE Asia. David has 25 years social entrepreneurship experience, launching six Middle Eastern start-ups and directing four African turn-arounds. David earned his MPA from Harvard in Leadership and Negotiation; an MA in Applied Linguistics from UCLA; and a BA in Communications magna cum laude from Wheaton. A Pforzheimer Nonprofit Fellow at Harvard and Fulbright Scholar at University of Jordan, David received an Outstanding Teaching Award at UCLA. David has presented at the American University of Beirut, Adelphi, Duke, Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, Tufts Fletcher, Notre Dame, Wheaton; and at Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, MEDA, Monitor Group, Skoll World Forum, Social Enterprise Alliance, and Social Venture Partners.
Author and Speaker
Amazon Conservation Team
Mark Plotkin was born and raised in New Orleans and educated at Harvard, Yale and Tufts. In 1995, Plotkin and prominent Costa Rican conservationist Liliana Madrigal formed the Amazon Conservation Team to protect the rainforest in partnership with local indigenous peoples. ACT has now worked with 32 tribes throughout Amazonia. Plotkin received the San Diego Zoo Gold Medal for Conservation (1993) and the Roy Chapman Andrews Distinguished Explorer Award (2004). Time magazine called him an "Environmental Hero for the Planet" (2001) and Smithsonian magazine hailed him as one of "35 Who Made a Difference" (2005), along with other notables like Bill Gates, Steven Spielberg, and fellow New Orleanian Wynton Marsalis. In March 2008, Plotkin and Madrigal won the Skoll Award. In May 2010, Mark Plotkin received the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. In 2013, he published articles in Harvard magazine, Forbes, and the Huffington Post.
Head of Research
Henry's professional experience spans across the sectors of finance, emerging markets, impact investing and political and economic development. He is currently the Head of Research of responsAbility Investments based in Paris and an Associate Fellow at Oxford University's Saïd Business School. Prior to these roles, he was a Vice President with Morgan Stanley where he focused in Emerging Markets and Microfinance investing. He has also held positions at the World Bank, the United Nations Development Program, and the Government of Costa Rica. He is a Ph.D. candidate at the “Centre d'Économie de la Sorbonne”, University of Paris I, where he is engaged in research related to risks and vulnerabilities in impact investing. Henry received an MBA from Oxford University where he held the Skoll Scholarship for Social Entrepreneurship, an MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government where he was a Fulbright Scholar, and a BA in Political Science from the University of Costa Rica.
Former Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs & Government Relations
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Leslie Dach is currently a consultant to a variety of for profit and not for profit entities. Until the summer of 2013, he served as Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Walmart Stores Inc. He was responsible for public policy, government relations, corporate communications, philanthropy, and the company’s social responsibility and sustainability initiatives. Leslie’s efforts have been credited with developing a new model of public, private, and civil society partnerships and business impact. Before joining Walmart, Leslie was Vice Chairman of Edelman, a major global communications firm. He has been active as a strategist in Democratic politics and served the Clinton administration in a variety of project capacities. Leslie has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Yale and a master’s in public administration from Harvard. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Yale University Council and the Board of Directors of Sunrun and EDF.
Esha is a journalist who covers social enterprise, technology for social impact, and development. She contributes to a number of international and national publications: The Guardian, Economist, NYTimes, San Francisco Chronicle, Forbes, and more. She was recently awarded grants from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to cover public health in India. She is a graduate of Georgetown University (B.A.) and a Rotary Scholar from The London School of Economics (MSc).
Ezzeldeen was born in Gaza City in 1971 and moved to Chicago in 1990 for college. He has a Master’s in International Relations, specializing in conflict resolution. In 2000, Ezzeldeen moved back to Gaza, working as social studies teacher with the American International School. In 2006, he opened the OneVoice Palestine-Gaza office.
People and Water
Michal Kravcík, Dipl Ing. PhD. is a founding memberand Chairman of the NGO People And Water (www.peopleandwater.sk). He is a water management engineer (graduated at the Civil Engineering Faculty of Slovak Technical University, Slovakia). He worked for 8 years at the Slovak Academy of Sciences. He promotes sustainable programs for integrated river basin management in Slovakia, “Water for Third Millenium” and Blue Alternative. He is the author of publications including, “New Water Paradigm – Water for the Recovery of Climate” (2007), www.waterparadigm.org”. He is an ASHOKA Fellow and recipient Goldman Environmental Prize from 1999.
Strategy and Analysis Officer
As a Strategy and Analysis Officer, Cindy works to advance the foundation's understanding of the different contexts of the world's most pressing problems. This entails emphasizing a critical mass of social entrepreneurs and their innovations working within an issue, analyzing progress against these problems, and identifying key points of leverage where Skoll Foundation can double-down its efforts, in partnership with its portfolio of social entrepreneurs and other innovators. Cindy holds a B.S. in Management Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Masters in Business Administration from the Walter A. Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley.