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Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Dr. Rajendra Kumar Pachauri is the Chair of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the scientific intergovernmental body that provides decision makers and the public with an objective source of information about climate change. He is also Director General of TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute), an independent research organisation providing knowledge on energy, environment, forestry, biotechnology, and the conservation of natural resources. He is active in several international forums dealing with the subject of climate change and its policy dimensions. He was awarded the second-highest civilian award in India, the ‘Padma Vibhushan’ and received the ‘Officier De La Légion D’Honneur’ from the Government of France in 2006.
Director, Global Communication and Strategy
Ida Jeng is the Director of Global Communication and Strategy for Refugees United, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to reconnect separated refugee families through mobile. Ida Jeng is specialized in communication, digital media and humanitarian innovation and has worked for the United Nations in New York, as a blogger for a national Danish newspaper, a communication advisor for a PR firm, and a joint project by UNDP's Nordic Office and DanChurchAid. Ida Jeng is Danish-Gambian and has studied at University of Cambridge, Copenhagen University and more.
Founder & Executive Director
Ramon Marmolejos is the Executive Director and co-founder of Emzingo Group. Emzingo is a hybrid leadership and social development company. Emzingo provides transformational leadership experiences to business students and executives by connecting them to social impact opportunities in emerging markets. Currently Emzingo is operating in South Africa, Peru, and Brazil, and has provided technical assistance to over 40 social enterprises. Ramon has worked in consulting for over 10 years, with a focus on human capital strategy and leadership development. He has a passion for the intersection of business and society, and how to create authentic linkages between the two. He has designed curriculum and facilitated sessions on topics ranging from emotional intelligence, cross-cultural competency, innovation, and social entrepreneurship. Most recently as a consultant for Monitor Group, he also worked in economic development projects in Africa for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Rockefeller Foundation. Ramon graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and completed an International MBA from IE Business School in Madrid, Spain. He is fluent in Spanish and has spent time living and working in a variety of different geographies, including the US, Europe and Africa.
Center for Evaluation Innovation
Tanya Beer is Associate Director of the Center for Evaluation Innovation. In addition to publishing on emerging trends in the evaluation of innovative social change efforts, Tanya works with foundations, nonprofits, and evaluators to develop new evaluation tools, methods, and learning processes. She also serves as co-director of the Evaluation Roundtable, a network of foundation evaluation leaders that seeks to improve how foundations learn about the results of their grantmaking and increase the impact of their work.
Nobel Women’s Initiative
Jody Williams served as the founding coordinator of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines until February 1998. Beginning in early 1992 with two non-governmental organisations and a staff of one – Jody Williams – she oversaw its growth to over 1,300 organisations in 95 countries working to eliminate antipersonnel landmines. In an unprecedented cooperative effort with governments, UN bodies and the International Committee of the Red Cross, the organisation dramatically achieved its goal of an international treaty banning antipersonnel landmines during a diplomatic conference held in Oslo in 1997. Three weeks later, Jody Williams and the ICBL were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In 2006, along with sister Laureate Shirin Ebadi, Jody Williams established the “Nobel Women’s Initiative,” which uses the prestige and access afforded by the Nobel Prize to promote the efforts of women’s rights activists, researchers and organisations working to advance peace, justice and equality for women.
Senior Vice President of Social Impact
The Huffington Post
Brian Sirgutz is Senior Vice President of Social Impact at AOL/Huffington Post Media Group, where he leads all aspects of the company's impact content and engagement strategy. Brian created the Impact, Education, TEDWeekends and Good News verticals that reach over 20 million people on a monthly basis and is leading the development of social impact-related business and product development innovations on the Huffington Post’s platform. Prior to this he was a founding member and President of Causecast, a pioneering firm specializing in social impact technology platforms. Brian also is an advisor to the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation.
Director, Financial Assets Unit
Frank F. DeGiovanni is Director of the Financial Assets unit of the Ford Foundation. He leads the foundation’s worldwide efforts to build financial assets for disadvantaged people through grants and Program Related Investments (PRIs). His team makes grants through a set of focused initiatives on consumer financial services, savings, individual asset development, Social Security reform, and rural livelihood development. Previously, he was Deputy Director of Program Related Investments at the Ford Foundation, where he was responsible for creating and monitoring a diverse loan portfolio of organizations promoting community and economic development in the United States and internationally. Before joining the Ford Foundation in 1992, DeGiovanni was associate professor and senior research associate at the New School for Social Research in New York City. DeGiovanni has a Ph.D. and M.R.P. in city and regional planning from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Director of Partnerships
Jessica Shortall is a former Skoll scholar with a global portfolio in social entrepreneurship. She is Director of Partnerships for TOMS, the "One for One" pioneer, focusing on social innovation across multiple product lines.
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.
Investment Committee member
Bohemian Impact Investing
Dr. Bryan Willson is Director of the Energy Institute at Colorado State University and serves as an advisor to Bohemian Impact Investing on energy, technology, and sustainability. Currently, he has an additional appointment at the U.S. Department of Energy, as a Program Director at ARPA-E, the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy. Dr. Willson has worked for over 25 years to develop and deploy large-scale technology solutions related to energy, air quality, and human health. He has launched multiple companies and was co-founder of Envirofit International, a large-scale social enterprise which develops and distributes clean energy solutions (primarily cookstoves) for the developing world.