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University of Oxford
Aaron is a MBA candidate at the Said Business School, University of Oxford. He is also a contributor to the Social Progress Imperative and a research analyst for the Economist Intelligence Unit. Prior to enrolling at Oxford, Aaron was a strategic planner for the Economic Development Board (Singapore) where he led the organization's research efforts on competitiveness and liveability. Aaron has also consulted on industry cluster development and productivity for numerous private and public sector clients throughout the South East Asian region. Aaron is also interested in developing and innovating on business and entrepreneurship models in new markets. He has worked in startups across three continents in the fields of media, green energy, and medical services. He has also successfully led several market access efforts across South East Asia. Aaron holds a BA in Development Studies and a MA in Political Science from Brown University, USA.
Author and Speaker
Director, UN Global Pulse
Robert Kirkpatrick is Director of UN Global Pulse, an initiative of the Secretary-General which harnesses Big Data and real-time analytics for global development and crisis resilience. He was the Founding CTO of the Silicon Valley global health and disaster technology non-profit organisation InSTEDD and Co-Founder of Microsoft Humanitarian Systems. Robert has spent more than15 years developing solutions with a focus on organisational change. He has done fieldwork in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kashmir, Uganda, Indonesia, Cambodia, and post-Katrina New Orleans.
University of Oxford
David Johnson is Reader in Comparative and International Education and Professorial Fellow of St Antony’s College in the University of Oxford. He is a Chartered Psychologist who works on learning and cognition but also on the policy and political dimensions of education in low-and-middle income countries. He is currently conducting studies into teacher knowledge and learning outcomes in Nigeria, Sudan and India and in this works closely with the World Bank, UNICEF and DFID. He has published several books on the quality of and equality in education in the developing world.
National Skill Development Agency (NSDA)
Mr. Ramadorai has been in public service since February 2011. Currently he is Chairman of National Skill Development Agency (NSDA) in the rank of a Cabinet Minister. The NSDA is a newly formed autonomous body which will coordinate and harmonize the skill development efforts of the Government and the private sector to achieve the skilling targets of the nation. He is also Chairman of the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), a Public Private Partnership arm of the Government of India for creating large, for-profit vocational institutions. In February 2011, the Government had appointed him as the Adviser to the Prime Minister in the National Council on Skill Development, in the rank of a Cabinet Minister, however in June 2013 the Council was subsumed into the NSDA. Ramadorai continues as the Vice - Chairman of Tata Consultancy Services Ltd, a company he has been associated with, for the past 41 years.
UN World Food Programme
Ertharin Cousin began her tenure as the twelfth Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme on 5 April 2012. Ms Cousin brings more than twenty-five years of national and international non-profit, government, and corporate leadership experience focusing on hunger, food, and resilience strategies. Cousin guides the World Food Programme in meeting urgent food needs while championing longer-term solutions to food insecurity and hunger. As the leader of the world’s largest humanitarian organization fighting hunger, with approximately 12,000 staff serving more than 90 million beneficiaries in 80 countries across the world, she works to improve the lives of hungry people worldwide, and travels extensively to raise awareness of food insecurity and chronic malnutrition.
Helen Clark became the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme in April 2009, and is the first woman to lead the organization. She is also the Chair of the United Nations Development Group, a committee consisting of the heads of all UN funds, programmes and departments working on development issues. Prior to her appointment with UNDP, Helen Clark served for nine years as Prime Minister of New Zealand, serving three successive terms from 1999 - 2008. Throughout her tenure as Prime Minister, Helen Clark engaged widely in policy development and advocacy across the international, economic, social and cultural spheres.
Author and Speaker
Chris Underhill is a global expert in the delivery of health and rehabilitation systems to very poor people. He is a serial social entrepreneur and his latest organisation, BasicNeeds, concerns the delivery of a holistic Model to mentally ill people and people with epilepsy in some of the poorest countries of the world. Chris is a Senior Fellow with the Ashoka Fellowship and is a recipient of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. The BasicNeeds Model for Mental Health and Development is recognised as a significant innovation in community mental health care delivery combining medical, social, economic and personal aspects into one successful programme. Over 600,000 beneficiaries having been served in the BasicNeeds global programme. Previous organisations founded by Chris include Action on Disability and Development and Thrive, and in 2000 Chris was made an MBE by her Majesty the Queen for his services to disability and development.
American Cancer Society
John Seffrin, PhD has been CEO of the American Cancer Society since 1992, but his first encounter with this disease dates to his childhood. His grandmother, who was living with his family at the time, died of cancer when he was only 10 years old. He has since lost his mother to cancer, and his wife of 45 years, Carole, is a breast cancer survivor.
Humanitarian Organization for Local Development (HOLD)
Zala Ahmad is a Fulbright Scholar and cofounder of Humanitarian Organization for Local Development (HOLD), an Afghan registered non-profit organization. Ms. Ahmad has a B.A. in Social Development Studies from Iqra University, Pakistan and a M.A. in International Economics and Finance from the International Business School (IBS) at Brandeis University, U.S. Ms. Ahmad’s academic and work goals are aligned with her desire to work toward the economic and social development of her home country, Afghanistan. She has over ten years’ professional experience working for such organizations as UNESCO, a variety of USAID contractors, and Afghanistan’s Ministry of Education. Ms. Ahmad’s areas of expertise are education, economic development and issues of gender. She is most proud of her work with Afghan girls where she established a women empowerment and training center in Farah Province in May of 2009. The Center serves as the only safe venue for more than 400 girls and women to learn academic and professional sk
Associate Professor, Strategy and Innovation
Said Business School
Marc J Ventresca (contact email: email@example.com) is an organisational and economic sociologist at Oxford University. He is on faculty at the Saïd Business School and a Fellow of Wolfson College, with research and teaching focus on innovation, organizations, and markets. He is also an affiliated research associate professor of global public policy at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA USA. His research investigates cases at the intersection of economic sociology, strategy and innovation: Market-building strategies in ecosystems services markets in Amazon Peru and for inclusive markets in Bangladesh, emerging models of venture funding and incubators, security and innovation regimes, and diffusion of governance innovations in global financial markets and in U.S. higher education. His teaching focuses on strategy and innovation, implementation, system-building, and leadership for complex operations. He is advisor/mentor to five alumni startups.