Media Development Loan Fund
Sasa Vucinic is co-founder and Managing Director of Media Development Loan Fund. MDLF is a social investment fund for independent news outlets in the developing world. It provides low cost capital, new technology solutions and management knowhow to assist journalists in challenging environments in building sustainable businesses around professional, responsible, quality journalism. MDLF was founded in 1995 and has provided $90 million in affordable financing to independent media companies in 24 countries. From 1993 to 1995 Sasa worked as a Media Consultant to the Soros Foundation network. Prior to that he was the General Manager and Editor-in-Chief of Radio B-92 in Belgrade. Sasa is a graduate of the University of Belgrade Law School.
Director / Producer
Jehane Noujaim is an Egyptian-American filmmaker who has worked on countless award winning documentaries. Before graduating from Harvard, she was awarded the Gardiner Fellowship for Mokattam, an Arabic film she directed about a garbage-collecting village near Cairo, Egypt. She then produced StartUp.com, which won many awards including the DGA and IDA awards for best director. Jehane's 2004 film, Control Room, opened in theaters internationally and broke box office records for a documentary on Middle East Affairs. The Square, Jehane's Oscar nominated film chronicling the heart of the Egyptian revolution, is her 5th feature-length documentary. The Square was the recipient of several awards including the audience awards at Sundance, Toronto, and Dubai Film Festival and the IDA award for best documentary.
Branding & Outreach Manager
Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
Becky is head of branding and outreach for both the Skoll Centre and the Entrepreneurship Centre at the Said Business School. She has been part of the marketing teams for a variety of small and large organisations in the publishing and tech industries, including Macmillan Publishers, Oxford University Press, Artfinder and New Internationalist magazine. She is also the co-founder of the Flexiscale Company, a small start-up specialising in 3D printing and its uses in education and conservation. She has a degree in Modern Languages from the University of Oxford.
Director and Co-Founder
Simon Taylor is co-founder and director of Global Witness, a non-profit that investigates and campaigns to prevent natural resource-related conflict and corruption and associated environmental and human rights abuses. Simon launched Global Witness' oil and corruption campaign over a decade and a half ago, which began the global call for transparency of payments made by companies to governments for oil and gas extraction. Exposing corruption in these sectors led to Global Witness' conception of the Publish What You Pay Campaign (PWYP), which Simon co-launched in 2002 together with George Soros and other NGOs including Transparency International (UK) and Save the Children Fund UK. The launch of PWYP, which now consists of over 750 civil society organisations worldwide, led directly to the creation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), now a global multi-stakeholder initiative aimed at delivering revenue transparency in the extractive sector.
Chief Investment Officer
International Finance Corporation
Nikunj Jinsi joined the IFC in 2003 and heads the clean technology investment team globally as part of its agenda to drive innovation in emerging markets. Before joining IFC, Nikunj spent nine years in Asia as Managing Director and Head of the Singapore office for one of Asia's leading venture funds. Additionally, he was the co-owner of South East Asia's largest independent marketing communications agency. For 12 years Nikunj has spoken at global media events on developmental impact, venture investments and climate change.
Dr. Dambisa Moyo is an international economist who analyses the macroeconomy and global affairs. She has travelled to over 50 countries and developed a unique knowledge base on the political, economic and financial workings of emerging economies. She is the author of The New York Times bestsellers 'Dead Aid'; 'How the West Was Lost'; and 'Winner Take All: China’s Race for Resources and What it Means for the World.' In 2009, TIME Magazine named her one of the '100 Most Influential People in the World'.
Founder & President of ComCon International; Founder, Roselyne C. Swig Artsource (1978-94). Former Director, U.S. Department of State Art in Embassies Program (1994-97). Philanthropic and community service efforts, at local, national and global level: women empowerment, social welfare, fine art, political advocacy, education. Founder, Partners Ending Domestic Abuse; member, United Religions Initiative, President's Council. Boards: Vital Voices Global Partnership; NPR Foundation; Mills College, SF Art Institute, SFMOMA, UC Art Museum & Pacific Film Archives; The Contemporary Jewish Museum; AIPAC; American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee; Jewish Community Federation; KQED. Ms. Swig is a 2013 Advanced Leadership Fellow, appointed to the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University. Honorary degrees: SF Art Institute; USF; Mills College; Santa Clara University. Ms. Swig is the wife of the late Richard Lewis Swig, has four children and twelve grandchildren.