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Kola is the Founder and Managing Director of Doreo Partners, an impact investing firm focused on the African agriculture sector. Doreo invests in early stage businesses that increase the profitability of small holder agriculture, which in turn creates market forces that attract young people into agriculture… Unlocking millions of jobs. Prior to founding Doreo, Kola was the MD/CEO of one of the subsidiaries of the Notore Group, a $500 Million USD leading African Agro Allied firm. Kola brings significant leadership experience across four continents and multiple global companies, including General Electric (GE) and Abiomed. In addition, Kola brings extensive public sector experience as the former Chief of Staff to the Nigerian Minister of Agriculture. Kola is globally recognized as a thought leader in African Agribusiness. Kola holds an MBA (Honors) from Harvard and Masters in Mechanical Engineering (Distinction) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT.
CEO & Co-Founder
Liu Yan is the CEO and event curator of Xindanwei, the first collaborative workspace and community for creatives and start ups in China. Since 2004, she has been advocating cross-culture and inter-disciplinary connection and collaboration between Europe and China through events like PICNIC and Dutch Electronic Arts Festival (DEAF). She is also the chairwoman of 3S ReUnion in Shanghai, an event for people from arts, technology and academic fields to meet and share their knowledge.
Special Advisor, SRI Finance
Overseas Private Investment Corporation
Ms. Strauss is Special Advisor for Socially Responsible Investment Finance at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, a U. S. government corporation charged with mobilizing and facilitating US private investment and skills transfer in developing countries throughout the world. She is responsible for policy matters and origination of innovative financing structures designed specifically to leverage socially responsible investment to achieve sustainable projects in emerging markets. She focuses on product development and implementation for impact investments. She collaborates with other U.S. government agencies to assist in coordinating public funding to efficiently support projects with SRI or socially responsible segments for the corporation including micro finance and SME businesses. Formerly the Director of Credit Policy for the corporation, and as a former private sector banker, she held various positions in finance and banking. Ms. Strauss has an MBA
Joanna provides administrative and project support to the Finance and Operations and Programs teams. Prior to her current role she provided project support to several teams at Skoll, furnishing her with a well-rounded, intimate familiarity of the Foundation.
Jeroo Billimoria has conceived and set up three highly successful social ventures. The first, Childline India, now operates in 74 of India’s largest cities and has responded to over 10 million calls from vulnerable children. The second, Child Helpline International, expanded her Indian model and became a global network of telephone help lines for children. It is operational in over 150 countries. Jeroo is now undertaking her third social venture, Aflatoun: Child Savings International that provides children with financial education while teaching them about their responsibilities and rights as citizens. Currently approximately 83,000 Indian children are participating in Aflatoun programmes. More than three-quarters of the graduates continued to save, one fifth of them on a regular basis. The Aflatoun programme has been implemented in 11 other countries serving a total of approximately 35,000 children 28,000 of whom are saving.
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.
Founder & CEO
Anushka is the Founder and Executive Director of myAgro. She has worked in rural Africa since 2008, helping to increase income & market access for small-scale farmers. Prior to starting myAgro, she developed key components of One Acre Fund’s core operation model, created management-training programs and traveled across Africa and South Asia to learn from innovations in the microfinance and agricultural sectors. Before joining One Acre Fund, Anushka was an early employee of Kiva.org and created the Kiva Fellows Program. Anushka received her BA in Literature from University of California, Santa Cruz and her agricultural training from smallholder farmers in Bungoma, Kenya. Anushka is a 2011 – 2013 Rainer Arnhold Fellow, a 2012 Echoing Green Fellow and a 2013 DRK Foundation Social Entrepreneurship Fellow.
CASE i3 Co-Chair
Grace Webster is a 2014 MBA graduate from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. She is currently the student co-chair of CASE i3: The Initiative on Impact Investing and has conducted research on engaging university endowments in impact investing. Prior to business school, Grace worked as a development associate for The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy in Washington, DC. In August 2014, she will begin a full-time career as a private banker for Credit Suisse in Atlanta, GA.
Invisible Children, Inc.
Ben Keesey serves as CEO of Invisible Children, Inc. Prior to joining the organization in 2005 he worked with Brentwood Associates Private Equity and Deloitte. In just over seven years, Invisible Children (IC) has grown from a documentary film project into a world-wide brand aimed at ending Africa's longest-running conflict and rebuilding what has been lost. IC directly reaches more than a million people every year through documentary film screenings at high schools and colleges. Through this youth-oriented model, IC has raised over $47 million dollars for its development programs in central Africa and international awareness campaigns for the arrest of Joseph Kony. In 2012, Invisible Children released the 30-minute documentary, KONY 2012, which garnered more than 100 million views online and became the most viral video in history. In the following weeks, Ben guided the company into a whole new arena of influence and directed KONY 2012: Part II - Beyond Famous.