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Sustainable Business Program Manager
Ben Thompson is sustainable business program manager for Autodesk’s Sustainability Initiative. In this role, Ben seeks to improve the company’s environmental and social performance and “lead by example” through demonstrating best practice in sustainable operations. He supports Autodesk’s employees to amplify their impact at work, at home and in the community. Autodesk’s products are also a key focus, where Ben uses the company’s own buildings as a “living laboratory” to enhance and simplify sustainable design software. Managing Autodesk’s cross organizational sustainable operations teams and strategy, Ben has a track record of expanding sustainability best practices and managing Autodesk’s environmental footprint. Prior to his work at Autodesk, Ben developed his passion for sustainability while consulting to Washington-based businesses, and drafting campaign plans for green jobs and energy legislation.
Maria Rosa Galter (formerly Camp) joined AfricAid as its new Executive Director in November 2013, and comes to AfricAid by way of a broad international background that includes living in Uganda for over five years, where her father worked for the United Nations. Her resulting passion for East Africa led her to start Into Your Hands-Africa, a US non-profit organization that empowers youth in rural Uganda by providing them opportunities to start their own agricultural-based businesses and by creating sustainable secondary schools. She served as its Executive Director from its founding in 2007 until 2012, when she handed its operations over to a new ED, and enrolled in Regis University’s Masters in Non-Profit Management Program. Maria is thrilled to have the opportunity to continue her work for East African youth through AfricAid and, in particular, is excited about the challenge of leading the growth of AfricAid’s girls' leadership development program in Tanzania.
Dr. Gleick is co-founder and President of the highly regarded Pacific Institute in California and a global leader on water. His work addresses the ties between water and health, human rights, climate change, globalisation, and international conflicts. Dr. Gleick has received numerous awards, among them the prestigious MacArthur “genius” Fellowship. He is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, was named “a visionary” by the BBC, and “one of 15 people the next President should listen to” by Wired Magazine.
Marcelle directs and leads the overall strategy of the Bloom Foundation, a London based private foundation. The Foundations' diverse portfolio focuses on the prevention of relief of poverty in the UK and in the developing countries of Africa and Asia making grants and investments into programmes and investments focusing on education, health, and self-sustaining solutions. Marcelle received her BA from Manchester University.
President and CEO, and Senior Director, Sustainability
Autodesk Foundation and Autodesk, Inc.
Lynelle Cameron is President and CEO of the Autodesk Foundation, and the Senior Director of Sustainability at Autodesk, Inc. Prior to spending 15 years leading sustainability teams in the private sector, Cameron worked on the front lines of conservation and community development with the Mountain Institute, the World Wildlife Fund, the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), and the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance. Cameron serves on a number of nonprofit boards including the Center for Environmental Health, the Biomimicry Institute, Net Impact, and UC Berkeley Center for Responsible Business.
Author and Speaker
Research and Evaluation Officer
As Research and Evaluation Officer for the Skoll Foundation, Ehren Reed is responsible for assessing the impact and effectiveness of the Foundation's efforts in order to support ongoing learning and evidence-based decision making. He was previously a Director of Innovation Network, a Washington, DC-based evaluation consulting firm and brings over 10 years of experience managing research and evaluation projects for grantmakers and grantees in the fields of human services, human rights and advocacy.
MIT Enterprise Forum of the Pan Arab Region
Joelle Yazbeck has a passion for entrepreneurship and supporting young talents in the Arab world and has become part of the MIT Enterprise Forum of the Pan Arab Region (MITEF) since its inception. Joelle has actively contributed to the development of the MITEF’s flagship Arab Startup Competition www.mitarabcompetition.com that has nowadays become the largest entrepreneurship competition in the Arab region receiving more than 5,000 applications yearly from 21 countries. Based in Silicon Valley, Joelle oversees the overall management of MITEF and assists to its strategic direction and the expansion of its programs. The MITEF has grown its activities beyond the Startup Competition catering for growth companies looking to expand into US markets, where Joelle is currently developing an immersive program. MITEF has also embarked globally-recognized programs and partnered up with renowned worldwide organizations. Joelle holds a BA in Economics from Notre Dame University (NDU, Lebanon).
Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
Brett Rosenberg is a Rhodes Scholar studying International Relations at Oxford University. She is a Skoll Centre intern helping out with the Oxford Research Landscaping Exercise. Previously, she attended Harvard where she majored in History.
Judy Parkman is responsible for managing the Skoll Foundation's employment life-cycle processes with the purpose of recruiting and engaging people who live our values and who collectively will achieve our mission. She plays a lead role in the foundation's imperative to be a high-performing sustainable organization. Judy has held a variety of HR positions, which have cut across all of the disciplines of HR. Most recently she was a senior HR leader at HP where she was the business partner for several large global organizations. Before working at HP, Judy worked for Octel Corp. and also ran her own consulting business. She holds a BA in Psychology and an MS in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.
Founder and Senior Researcher
Institute for Conservation and Sustainable Development of Amazonas
Mariano is a forest engineer with large experience on working with forest carbon projects and sustainable rural development over the last ten years. Mariano founded the NGO Idesam in 2005, and ever since he has been involved in many projects and initiatives related to REDD+, forest conservation and sustainable farming/production, providing consultancy and support to institutions like the World Bank/FCPF/BioCF, Government of Amazonas State, AVINA, Fundação Amazonas Sustentável (FAS), Katoomba Group, Forest Trends, Voluntary Carbon Standards Association, (VCS), TNC, Carbon Decisions International (CDI), and others.