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Senegalese singer and star of the world stage Baaba Maal is a man with a mission that extends beyond his music. He is committed to the concerns of families, young people and the future of the African continent, as is reflected in his role as Youth Emissary for the United Nations’ Development Programme. As a solo artist, Baaba Maal has recorded 9 albums and a best of compilation released on the Palm Pictures label in 2005. In June 2009 he released his fourth studio album with Palm, entitled 'Television'. This album is full of life, with modern 'western' elements, collaberating with the New-York based, Brazilan Girls, and legendary songwriter Barry Reynolds. Hypnotic in parts, ascoustically-driven with impeccable vocals from Maal.
As Principal on the Innovation Investment Team at the Skoll Foundation, I work on the development, execution and management of new innovation investments that support the growth of social entrepreneurs and the scaling up of their impact. Prior to joining Skoll, I was a Foreign Service Officer for the US Agency for International Development. I initially served in the USAID India Mission, as the Mission Alliance Officer, and then later as a Global Alliance Advisor in USAID Global Development Lab. Before joining USAID, I was an Investment Analysis at Calvert Investments, a $14 Billion asset management fund. In addition, I am New York State Bar Member, professionally proficient in French, with a working knowledge of Vietnamese.
Author and Speaker
General Manager, Participant TAG
Christopher Gebhardt joined Participant Media in September 2008 to lead the start up of Participant’s digital division, the hub of which is takepart.com. In 2013 created TAG, a new division of Participant offering cause marketing, creative and consulting services to brands and foundations. Prior to joining Participant, Chris was with Ogilvy, Pepsi, and PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and also launched several media, digital, and consulting ventures.
Founder and Editor-in-Chief
African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development (AJFAND)
Hon. Prof Ruth Oniangó is the Chair of the Board of Sasakawa Africa Association, SAA, and succeeded Dr Norman Borlaug in this position. She is founder and Editor-in-Chief of AJFAND, and is founder of Rural Outreach Africa and a strong advocate against hunger and malnutrition.
Chief Executive Officer and Founder
Scott is the founder of Building Markets, a social enterprise that helps create jobs and reduce poverty by connecting local entrepreneurs to global markets. Under his leadership, that organization pioneered new models for creating shared value, and helped broker over $1.2 billion in contracts in Afghanistan, Haiti, Timor Leste, Burma, and Liberia, creating 70,000 jobs in the process. Currently Scott is working on the launch of a private equity investment fund for frontier markets in Africa. Prior to this, Scott was a Canadian diplomat with extensive experience in Asia and worked for the United Nations peacekeeping mission in East Timor. In 2010, President Obama and Prime Minister Harper awarded the G20 SME Prize to Scott. The Globe & Mail designated him a "Leading Thinker" on aid in the 21st century, the World Economic Forum has honored him as a Young Global Leader, and he is a Senior Fellow with the Munk School of Global Affairs and the Ashoka Foundation.
Executive Assistant to the CEO
Talia provides administrative support to the CEO at the Skoll Foundation and is responsible for ensuring the smooth operation of the Executive Office. Prior to joining the Skoll Foundation Talia worked as Office Manager for the Alliance for Climate Protection. Her previous work experience also includes positions as Event Coordinator for a local restaurant and Executive Assistant to the General Manager of a luxury hotel. Talia graduated with honors from the University of San Francisco with a BA in English. In her free time she enjoys cooking, reading and exploring the culinary scene in the Bay Area with her "foodie" friends and family.
United Nations Foundation
Elizabeth Gore is the first ever Resident Entrepreneur at the United Nations Foundation bringing innovation into the United Nations and chairing the UN Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council. Ms. Gore previously served as Vice President of Global Partnerships at the UN Foundation, and founded strategic grassroots efforts such as Nothing But Nets, Girl Up, and the Shot@Life global vaccines campaign. Ms. Gore was named by People as one of the top 100 Extraordinary Women and has been featured on multiple media outlets including: ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, Fast Company, Fortune, Glamour, The New York Times, People, and Time. She is a World Champion Equestrian, and in 2010 joined Summit on the Summit and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise awareness for the global clean water crisis on behalf of the United Nations.
Advisor to 9Needs
Tamsin is a dynamic, passionate strategy consultant who has led a social innovation work in Southern Africa, Australia and the UK, and in the public, private and community sectors. Tamsin's resume includes over a decade of senior work in social innovation and enterprise development with a focus on cross disciplinary collaboration and multi-stakeholder programme design. Over her career Tamsin has led key initiatives and organisations for mothers2mothers, East London Business Alliance, Royal Institution of Great Britain and the Premier of South Australia. Her recent clients include the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, provincial government, Red Bull International and the V&A Waterfront. Tamsin earned her MBA at Oxford University with its Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and is based in Cape Town, South Africa.
Co-Founder & Director
The Human Agency
I am an entrepreneur and mother who believes in the power of human agency – the ability for people to choose to make a difference in the world. I work with global corporations, entrepreneurs and citizens to foster market-based solutions to societal challenges, including climate change, energy security and health care. I recently co-founded the League of Intrapreneurs, a global movement for corporate social intrapreneurs - people inside companies driving systemic change on societal issues. Prior to founding the Human Agency, I was Director of Imaginals and also served as Head of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at SustainAbility, a leading corporate responsibility advisory firm. In 2008, I had the fortune of co-authoring a skoll-funded report with John Elkington -- The Social Intrapreneur: A Field Guide for Corporate Changemakers. I am an American living in Oxfordshire with my husband and 3 year-old daughter.
Audrey Choi is CEO of the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing and Head of the Global Sustainable Finance Group. In these roles, she oversees the Firm’s efforts to promote economic opportunity, community development, and global sustainability through the capital markets. In a career spanning the public, private and non-profit sectors, Ms. Choi has become a thought leader on how finance can be harnessed to address public policy challenges. She has served in the Clinton Administration, Commerce Department, and Federal Communications Commission. She was Chief of Staff of the Council of Economic Advisers and Domestic Policy Advisor to the Vice President. Previously, Ms. Choi was a foreign correspondent and bureau chief at the Wall Street Journal, covering German reunification and a wide range of industry beats. She serves on President Obama’s Community Development Advisory Board and the boards of several non-profits focused on education, conservation, and impact investing.