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Roberto Artavia is Chairman of VIVA Trust and of Fundación Latinoamérica Posible. He´s also President of the Board of INCAE Business School; Vice Chairman of the Social Progress Imperative and co-author of the 2013 report of the Social Progress Index. He was the founding Director of the Latin American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development and of Viva Trust’s Center for Knowledge Exchange, a knowledge management organization for social and environmental entrepreneurs. President of Marviva Foundation in Panama and Victoria Foundation in Nicaragua. He also serves as Director of CINDE, the investment promotion agency of Costa Rica. Professor Artavia has a doctorate from Harvard´s Business School of Business, an MBA from INCAE Business School, and a degree in Naval Engineering from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point.
Minister of Finance
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was appointed in July 2011 as the new Minister of Finance for the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Prior to this appointment, she was the Managing Director of World Bank (October 2007 - July 2011) and has also held the position of a Finance Minister and Foreign Minister of Nigeria, between 2003 and 2006. She is notable for being the first woman to hold either of those positions. She served as finance minister from July 2003 until her appointment as foreign minister in June 2006, and as foreign minister until her resignation in August 2006.
Director of Impact
As Director of Impact for Acumen, Tom leads the organization’s global work to gain a richer understanding of the how and why of creating impact through patient capital investing. Tom oversees Acumen’s metrics work, and works with Acumen’s portfolio team to deepen knowledge of social impact. Prior to Acumen Tom worked for the UK Department for International Development, first in Nigeria and subsequently in Ethiopia. Tom has also worked as a diplomat for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and as an economic advisor within the UK Government Equalities Office. Tom holds a BSc (Hons.) in Economics and Econometrics from Nottingham University and a MSc (Distinction) in Economics with reference to Africa from the London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).
Author and Speaker
Rafiatu Lawal is passionate about education and the development of disadvantaged and rural communities. She comes from a family of 11, from a small village called Daboya in the Northern Region of Ghana. She is teaches home economics and general science at Nahadah Islamic Junior High School in Tamale. She is also the past national chairperson of CAMA (Camfed's Alumnae) network in Ghana. Cama is one of a kind in Africa, bringing together young women change-makers. It seeks to break the cycle of poverty in their families. She is deeply interested in education and in working to ensure that every child gets the opportunity of going to school. She is an alumnus of The MasterCard Foundation Youth Think Tank.
Global Sustainability Director
Kate Wylie is the Global Sustainability Director for the food and drink company Mars Incorporated. She leads the corporation’s sustainable supply chain strategy and sits on Mars’ Sustainability Executive Steering Group. For over a decade Kate has championed sustainable development within businesses both large and small, ranging from eBay to The Carbon Neutral Company. Kate is a Visiting Fellow at the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment at Oxford University, holds a first class honours in Economics from Manchester University, sits on the Advisory Board for the Sustainable Food Lab and is a Trustee of a London-based youth development foundation.
Peter Bennett Foundation
Board member of the Peter Bennett Foundation. Ongoing work as the intermediary between sponsors, donors, media, government officials and charities. Responsible for all correspondence, event planning, management and organization. Travels throughout Asia for on-site due diligence inspections and relationship management. The Peter Bennett Foundation was established to address issues surround poverty alleviation in Hong Kong and Asia. In addition to making direct donations, the Foundation believes that by establishing an active dialogue and partnership with corporates, Government, Foundations and social enterprises/charities, it can support the most effective and efficient institutions to help the marginalized and poorest in our communities.
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.
Senior Program Officer
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Julita Eleveld is a senior program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she is responsible for the annual meeting and other learning events of the Giving Pledge, a commitment by the world's wealthiest individuals and families to dedicate the majority of their wealth to philanthropy. Prior to joining the foundation, she led the development and management of the University of Washington's Nancy Bell Evans Center on Nonprofits & Philanthropy and was a founding staff member of the Seattle Girls School. Earlier in her career, Julita worked in a variety of business development and product and brand management roles at packaged goods and consumer-focused internet companies and in corporate finance investment banking. She holds a BA from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from Stanford University and was a Fulbright Scholar at the National University of Singapore.