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Research Associate, Pandemics
Skoll Global Threats Fund
Adam has worked in the areas of pandemic preparedness and infectious disease epidemiology since 2008. Prior to joining the Skoll Global Threats Fund, Adam was an epidemiologist with the San Mateo County Health System, where he focused on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and communicable disease outbreaks. Adam also worked for several years as a Research Associate at UC Berkeley’s Center for Infectious Diseases and Emergency Readiness, conducting research for CDC-funded projects focused on epidemiologic capacity and all-hazards preparedness in state and local health departments. Before his move to California, Adam was employed as a Pandemic Influenza Emergency Planner at the Rhode Island Department of Health’s Center for Emergency Preparedness and Response prior to, and during, the 2009 novel H1N1 influenza pandemic. Adam received his BA in International Politics from the University of Rhode Island and his MPH in Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology from the University of California, Berkeley.
This is Africa of the Financial Times Ltd.
Eleanor Whitehead is a reporter at This is Africa, focusing on business, policy and development across the continent. She has travelled extensively across the continent for both work and leisure, and has a particular interest in sub-Saharan African consumer markets. Previously, Eleanor worked at financial publishing house Euromoney Institutional Investor plc. She holds a first class degree from Durham University. Her work has also been published in The Independent.
Director of Business Development
David joined mothers2mothers in 2007 after working for 22 years in finance in Latin America, the US, and the UK. David's roles at m2m include oversight of m2m's fundraising and business development, relationship management for many of m2m's donors, and the Board Secretary role at mothers2mothers International.
Sustainable Food Lab
Don Seville, Co- Director, Sustainable Food Laboratory. Don brings a background in systems thinking and organizational learning to the Food Lab’s leadership team. The Food Lab has brought together companies, NGOs, and stakeholders to accelerate the development and adoption of more sustainable agricultural practical within the mainstream food system for over 10 years. Don is leading the Sustainable Livelihoods work within the lab, which is developing partnerships between companies and NGOs to pilot trading models that connect small scale producers to modern markets. Don received his M.S. in Technology and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994 and has worked extensively with the Society for Organizational Learning.
Forum for Democratic Libya
Amr is a business leader, entrepreneur, and civil society activist with a track record in the industrial, political and philanthropic fields. He is Founder and Chairman of the Board of the Forum for Democratic Libya (FDL), an organization established during the 2011 revolution in Libya to promote democracy, citizen engagement, and accountability. He is also the founder and board member of AYTB. Amr is also a board member of AFAC, the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture.AFAC is an independent Arab initiative that funds individuals and organizations in the fields of cinema, performing arts, literature, music and visual arts. He continues to be an active member and supporter of various philanthropic and civil society projects in the Arab world. He is currently on the Advisory Board of Visualizing Impact, a visual media organisation focusing on social justice issues. Amr recently served as the Executive producer of ‘First to Fall’, the first full-length documentary on the Libyan revolution.
Funsho is COO and Risk Manager at 46 Parallels. He most recently launched and headed up the European Hedge Fund Group for PineBridge Investments (a spin-out of AIG Investments which managed peak assets of $10 billion) between London and New York. Alongside investing for the balance sheet and third-party clients, Funsho led the seeding programme in Europe, focused on start-up/spin-out hedge funds across all strategies. Prior to this, he sat on the Investment Committee at Petercam Capital, a London-based boutique Fund of Hedge Funds Manager. He trained at Goldman Sachs International in London, where he brokered European equity and derivatives. Funsho has a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bristol.
Becca Blazak came to the Skoll Foundation 8 months ago as Executive Assistant to the Chief Strategy Officer, Renee Kaplan. In addition to EA support, Becca also assists the Programs and SASE teams with logistics and data entry. Recently, Becca has moved into a project support role. While she continues to assist the Programs and SASE teams, she is also working closely on the Young Leader Initiative and Corporate Experience for this year’s Skoll World Forum. Becca came to the foundation after spending 15 months teaching English in South Korea and backpacking around Southeast Asia. While in South Korea, she was the co-creator of an after school English program for elementary aged girls and Girls Town Orphanage. While in college, Becca was a mentor to middle school students and an intern for Author and Activist, Maura Stephens. Becca holds a B.A. in Culture and Communications with a focus in International Studies and a minor in Politics from Ithaca College.
Minister of Health
Government of Senegal
Professor Awa Marie Coll-Seck is the Minister of Health of Senegal, a post she has held since 2012 and previously from 2001 to 2003. In the intervening years she served as Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership, a global partnership founded in 1998 by WHO, UNDP, UNICEF and the World Bank. She served for nearly twenty years as a specialist in infectious diseases at leading hospitals and is also the author of over 150 scientific publications and communications and has been awarded numerous professional and academic honors.
GSMA Mobile for Development
Fiona Smith is a Senior Director at GSMA Mobile for Development which works with mobile operators to accelerate mobile solutions for people living under $2 per day. Fiona leads the service programme area which includes mAgriculture, mHealth, mobile for employment and digital inclusion. During her time at GSMA she founded the mAgriculture programme and managed a range of rural connectivity projects across Africa and Asia. Prior to joining the GSMA, Fiona worked for Accenture, VSO and as an independent consultant. Fiona is particularly interested in how to use technology to enable sustainable and ethical supply chains and linkages.
Contributing Editor (Environment)
Telegraph Media Group
GEOFFREY LEAN, the Contributing Editor (Environment) of the Daily Telegraph is thought to be the world's longest serving environment specialist newspaperman, having covered the issue for almost 45 years at the Yorkshire Post, the Observer and the Independent on Sunday, before taking up his present position in 2009. He also written for many other publications from The Daily Mail to The New Statesman, and edits Our Planet, the United Nations' flagship environmental magazine. He is the author of Rich World, Poor World and General Editor of The Atlas of the Environment and has edited many international reports. His more recent awards include Scoop of the Year in both the British Press Awards and the London Press Club Awards and the Martha Gellhorn Award for investigative journalism .