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Education and Social Innovation Director
At Indiegogo, Bre identifies and disseminates best practices in crowdfunding in the education and social innovation space. Prior to Indiegogo, she was the Senior Associate at the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation social venture fund, where she helped to raise a $30M+ fund to support startup nonprofit entrepreneurs. She has also been an Associate Consultant at the nonprofit strategy consulting firm Bridgespan. Bre is an alumnae of the University of Virginia and the NYU Wagner School of Public Service.
Lead UNHCR Innovation
At UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, Olivier Delarue leads UNHCR Innovation, a multi-year effort seeking to foster and support creative problem-solving, experimentation, and new kinds of partnerships in responding to delivery and programmatic challenges faced in UNHCR field operations. UNHCR Innovation helps to design concrete and tangible solutions as well as develop a culture throughout the organization where innovation is fostered, captured and rewarded. Since November 2013, he is co-leading UN Innovation Network with UNICEF Innovation along with WFP, UNDP, OCHA, UNFPA, UNIDO, UN Women and Global Pulse. International jurist by training, Olivier is a true UN homebody, having joined UNHCR 20 years ago. Before taking up his current position in April 2012, he led the development of UNHCR International Corporate Partnerships portfolio expanding it from $750,000 to $35m of fund generated annually by corporate partners. He also worked 3 years for the WFP.
Director, Giving Pledge
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Olivia Leland manages the Giving Pledge, an effort founded by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett to help address society’s most pressing problems by encouraging billionaires to commit the majority of their wealth to philanthropy. In her previous role at Gates, she led a number of cross-foundation initiatives, including a multi-year strategic planning effort. Previously, Olivia was the Associate Director for Financial & Private Sector Development at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a U.S. government agency focused on reducing poverty through economic growth, and before that had her own independent consulting practice focused on microfinance and private sector development and was a strategy consultant at Monitor Group. Olivia received her AB in Social Studies from Harvard University and MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Science. Olivia is half American and half French and lives in Seattle with her husband and three small children.
Author and Speaker
A French social anthropologist who discovered Silicon Valley while getting his MBA at Berkeley-Haas and decided to stay for a while. That was 25 years ago. Past: photojournalist (World Health Organization), international development expert (World Bank), magazine publishing consultant (Newsweek, Reader's Digest, Wired), dot.com CEO (Ascribe). Recently: Executive Director of the Skoll Foundation's online platform for social entrepreneurs, Social Edge. Currently: building leading networks for global impact for the Gates Foundation, Ford Foundation, Lumina Foundation, the World Bank... Specialties: Social Networking / Social Change / Chocolate
Scientist, Research Manager
Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR)
Johannes Sommerfeld, Drphil, MPH is a health social scientist and research manager at the UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland. Over the past 25 years, Sommerfeld has conducted research, taught, published and coordinated applied social science for public health research on a number of critical social issues in infectious diseases and their control, including access, equity, globalization, conflict, risk and vulnerability, human rights and gender. Prior to joining TDR in 2000, he held research associate appointments with Heidelberg University Medical School, Heidelberg, Germany and the Harvard Institute for International Development, Cambrdige, MA, USA. He is currently developing a Social Enterprise Innovation research initiative focusing on infectious diseases of poverty.
Melanie Hui leads the Cassia Foundation, which supports visionary leaders committed to serving the world’s most vulnerable populations. Melanie’s previous experience includes external affairs at the World Bank, development at the Asian University for Women, and project managing a clean water social enterprise in Bangladesh. She holds a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.
Said Business School
Emily Kasriel is a Visiting Fellow at the Said Business School, University of Oxford, working in the Skoll Centre in the area of social entrepreneurship. In addition she is Head of Editorial Partnerships and Special Projects, BBC Global News. She created and ran The Forum, the landmark weekly ideas show on the BBC World Service after running their Arts and Religion departments, and has reported and produced for the BBC across five continents. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Telegraph and the Financial Times. Emily is also a BBC Executive Coach, on the board of The Wingate Foundation, and the advisory board of Spark Inside.
Ella Henry is a lecturer in Maori development in the Faculty of Maori Development at Auckland University of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand. Ella is an indigenous woman and has been involved in research on indigenous entrepreneurship. She recently published a chapter on Kaupapa Maori Entrepreneurship, which outlines the ways that the Maori cultural renaissance has revitalized Maori language, culture and identity, whilst spurring entrepreneurial initiatives that deliver community advancement, self- determination and validation of Maori political and economic aspirations. Ella holds a Master of Philosophy from the University of Auckland. Her thesis looked at Maori women and leadership.
International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh
John D. Clemens MD is the executive director of the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh. A US national, his scientific career has focused on global health and has spanned academia, the US government and international organisations. He led the team that developed the first low-cost oral vaccine against cholera, which was recently deployed in Haiti. In recognition of his work, he was awarded the Sabin Gold Medal in 2010. Dr. Clemens has published more than 300 peer-reviewed papers, and serves on the editorial boards of several international journals. He is an elected member of the American Epidemiology Society and a Fellow of both the American College of Epidemiology and the Infectious Disease Society of America. Previous positions held include professor and vice chairman in the Department of Epidemiology and founding director of the Center for Global Infectious Diseases at UCLA, chief of the Epidemiology Section of the Center for Vaccine Development of the University of Maryland, chief of the Epidemiology Branch of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and director-general of the International Vaccine Institute in Seoul, Korea.