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Chairman, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship; MBA Director, SAID Business School
Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
Stephan Chambers helped to found the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship 10 years ago and is the Director of the MBA at the University of Oxford's Saïd Business School. He is also Chairman of IWA Publishing and sits on the advisory board of Princeton University Press. He is a fellow of Lincoln College.
President and CEO
Oak Ridge Strategies Group, Inc.
Dr. Akers currently serves as the President and CEO of Oak Ridge Strategies Group, Inc. (ORSG), a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned (SDVO) Small Business specializing in technology discovery, exploitation of disruptive technologies, customer relationship development, and strategic planning. In this capacity, he is responsible for identifying and creating strategic alliances and partnerships, both public and private sectors, in support of ORSG’s mission. Dr. Akers also assesses the current mission and strategic vision for corporations and develops recommendations for future implementation. He also sits as a board member for numerous commercial, business, governmental and charitable organizations. Prior to founding ORSG, Dr. Akers was Associate Laboratory Director for National Security at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Dr. Akers is a retired General Officer from the United States Army with over 30 years of distinguished military service including multiple world-wide combat tours.
Public Broadcasting Service
Ray Suarez is Senior Correspondent for the PBS NewsHour. He also co-hosts PBS’s Need to Know and PRI’s America Abroad. He is the author of 'The Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America', 'The Old Neighborhood: What Was Lost in the Great Suburban Migration' and the companion volume to a PBS series on the history of Latinos in America. In his career he worked for WMAQ TV, CNN, ABC Radio and American and British news services. He holds an MA in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago and a BA in African History from NYU.
Founder and President
Futures without Violence
An expert on violence against women and children, Esta Soler founded Futures Without Violence over 30 years ago and transformed it into one of the world’s leading violence prevention agencies. The organization has set the pace for innovative educational programs, public education campaigns, policy development, and leadership training designed to prevent and end violence against women and children worldwide. Under Soler’s direction, Futures Without Violence was a driving force behind the passage of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994—the nation’s first comprehensive federal response to the violence that plagues families and communities. Congress reauthorized and expanded the law in 2000, 2005, and 2013. Soler is the recipient of the Leadership Award from the Coro Center for Civic Leadership and the Mathew O. Tobriner Public Service Award from the Employment Law Center for pioneering work on behalf of women and children. Soler holds an honorary doctorate from Simmons College.
Vince O'Hara is a consultant at the Skoll Foundation. He evaluates investment opportunities and manages partnerships, including the United Nations Global Innovation Partnership. Previously, he was a vice president of project finance for international banks in New York. He began his career in international development, first as a volunteer teacher in Namibia with WorldTeach, then as the WorldTeach Namibia field director and subsequently as a consultant for UNICEF and UNDP, where his work included conducting the United Nations Common Country Assessment, evaluating UNICEF's Master Plan of Operations and writing fundraising and advocacy materials. In addition to the Skoll Foundation, his consulting clients have included the Social Venture Network, the Leakey Foundation, Visa, other nonprofit organizations and various software and clean tech companies.
As part of the global Citi Microfinance team I am interested in meeting and connecting with actors that shape the inclusive finance and social entrepreneurship space. I am particularly interested in how businesses engage with the vulnerable populations through their products and services to bring about social change. My previous roles include the public, private and non-profit sectors with an emphasis on finance and international financial institutions. Most recently I have been part of developing a student led consultancy working with organizations aiming to achieve higher social impact.
Blue Ventures Conservation
A marine ecologist with an unhealthy obsession for corals, Al has spent the past decade developing marine conservation initiatives in the Indian Ocean. Within Blue Ventures Al is responsible for coordinating conservation and research activities, leading an interdisciplinary and international team of scientists, educators and conservation practitioners. His work focuses on developing scalable solutions to marine environmental challenges, in particular pioneering market-based approaches that make marine conservation make economic sense to coastal communities. Alongside his work with Blue Ventures Al is a visiting post-doctoral researcher at the University of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute, a member of the World Commission on Protected Areas, a member of the Marine Stewardship Council's Stakeholder Council, and a technical advisor to the United Nations Environment Programme's Convention on Migratory Species Secretariat.
Director, Strategic Development
Having previously worked in retail management, Gannon Gillespie joined Tostan in 2004 as a volunteer in Dakar, Senegal. There he coordinated Tostan's volunteer program, grant writing, communications, and fundraising. He also studied the large scale abandonment of female genital cutting (FGC) and child marriage taking place through Tostan's programs with Dr. Gerry Mackie. In 2005, Gannon became Tostan's first full-time US representative based in Washington, DC, and has since helped to establish and grow Tostan's US base of supporters while overseeing new business development and strategic partnerships. Accomplishments of Tostan’s DC office under his leadership include the successful nomination of Tostan to the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, as well as, the securing of several large institutional grants. Gannon has a BA in Creative Writing from Nebraska Wesleyan University, and has been a writing consultant to UNICEF NY and a guest lecturer for several leading universities.
Pradeep joined Shell Foundation in early 2010 to run the organisation’s expanding clean cookstoves programme, following three years in Strategy and Portfolio for Shell Group. In 2012, he became Deputy Director (COO) with responsibility for operational management of all programmes and strategy development for Shell Foundation’s future investments. Through previous roles Pradeep has built extensive experience working and scaling start-up enterprises and in defining corporate strategy for major multinationals. A Chartered Management Accountant, Pradeep also has a degree in International Business Management and a passion for entrepreneurialism and social development.
Director of Investments and Partner
Ensemble Capital Management
Sean Stannard-Stockton is a wealth advisor who specializes in serving philanthropic families. His firm, Ensemble Capital Management, is located in Burlingame, CA, midway between San Francisco and Silicon Valley. From 2006 through 2012, Sean authored the Tactical Philanthropy blog and wrote regular philanthropy columns for both the Financial Times and the Chronicle of Philanthropy. In 2012, Sean officially ended the blog to focus on growing Ensemble Capital.