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Ministry of Planning
José Molinas Vega holds a doctorate in economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (1997). From 1998 to 2001 he was a development and macroeconomics professor both at the college and graduate levels at the Catholic University of Asunción (Paraguay), where he also headed the Masters programme in economics. Starting in 2002 he chaired the Development Institute (Instituto de Desarrollo) until he joined the World Bank in 2005. His research fields include social capital, rural development, political economics of social services, economy of education, poverty analysis and applied macroeconomics. He has published articles and book chapters on rural cooperatives, macroeconomics and poverty, public policy and social capital. His work has been published in World Development Journal, Political Science Journal, Economy and Society Journal, Coyuntura Económica, Series Desarrollo Productivo (CEPAL), and book chapters published by Edward Elgar Press, Eudeba, Mundi-Prensa, and IADB.
Head of Global Partnerships
Giovanna is responsible for overseeing Kiva's partnerships and regional teams throughout the world. As the Senior Director for Global Portfolio she helps to develop Kiva's strategy for growth and expansion with field partners. Giovanna joined Kiva in 2008 as a Partnerships Manager for Central and North America. In particular, Giovanna was responsible for driving Kiva's entry into the US microfinance market in 2009. She then moved on to become the Regional Director for the Americas where she managed the team and portfolio of the region and directed Kiva's strategy in that market. Prior to Kiva, Giovanna worked as a consultant in the technical assistance department at ACCION New York. She has worked on community development projects in Mexico, Costa Rica and Paraguay. Giovanna holds a B.A. in Economics from Yale University and an M.B.A from the Yale School of Management.
His music is generally described as "African folk". His work was an inspiration to many in the anti-apartheid movement. His themes include the struggle for freedom, and forgiveness and reconciliation with enemies. Vusi can also be heard performing on Warren Haynes' Live at Bonnaroo release during the song "Soulshine", and the Dave Matthews Band song, "Everyday", from the album of the same name as well as a live version of the song with him which appears on the album The Best of What's Around Vol. 1. Vusi was also one of the performers at the Live 8 concerts.
MD Ignite Social Enterprise
Ignite social enterprise LP
Julia Rebholz – Managing Director, Ignite Social Enterprise LP Julia manages Ignite, a £10m social impact fund, backed by Centrica Plc. Ignite invests in energy-related organisations that are making a real difference in people’s lives with in the UK. Julia is passionate about the energy industry and its role in society. She holds an MBA and has international experience in corporate strategy, M&A and managing complex integrations.
Sr. Program Manager
I was born & brought up in Assam, a state in the far eastern part of India. Completed high school from my village school and joined prestigious Cotton College in Guwahati, the capital city of Assam for intermediate in 1999. Decided to complete my graduation from Delhi University and joined in 2002 and passed out in 2007 after completion of my masters in Political Science. Started working with Pragya, an NGO working in the high altitude of Himalayan region helped me in understanding poverty & exclusion from a different angle. Joined NASVI in 2009 and started advocacy work for the regulation & protection of livelihood of street vendors in the cities and collectivization of street vendors through organizing them. My work with GMR Varalakshmi Foundation helped me in understanding CSR and its current practices in India. My interest on the issues of informal workers, drove me to join Nidan and looking after its strategy of expansion & organizing part. Currently I lead a large team.
Author and Speaker
Center for Evaluation Innovation
Julia Coffman is founder and director of the Center for Evaluation Innovation, a nonprofit based in Washington D.C. dedicated to pushing evaluation practice in new direction and into new arenas. The Center specializes in areas that are challenging to assess and promotes cutting-edge approaches and methods. For more than 20 years Julia has worked with numerous foundations and nonprofits on their approaches to evaluation, and she has led multiple long-term complex initiative evaluations. Julia has particular expertise in evaluating advocacy and policy efforts, emphasizing real-time learning that helps organizations to adapt their strategies and continuously improve. For the 15 years prior to founding the Center, she led evaluation efforts at the Harvard Family Research Project, a research and evaluation organization at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Director & CEO
The Citizens Foundation, USA
Danial Noorani founded TCF-USA ( www.tcfusa.org ) in 2002 and served as the first President & current CEO of the organization. TCF-USA supports the building of civil society in Pakistan by providing quality education to underprivileged children and promoting gender equality. TCF-USA has funded 116 of the 910 schools established by The Citizens Foundation (TCF) of Pakistan. Danial is also a past President of ‘Apna Ghar’ (Our Home) www.apnaghar.org , a leading South Asian domestic violence agency in Chicago. Danial worked at AT&T for 26 years and took a leading role in the efforts to introduce competition in the Telecommunications industry. He co-chaired the Illinois Commerce Commission workshop that set guidelines for telecom competition for the US. Danial represented AT&T at the FCC and several state utility commissions. Danial has an MBA from Western Illinois University and did his undergraduate work from the University of Karachi.
Skoll Scholar / MBA Student
Said Business School
Nicolás Argüello is an international development practitioner from Nicaragua. He has worked in a variety of areas ranging from education policy and agricultural training to mobiles technologies for development (ICT4D) and social venture capital. Prior to Oxford, Nicolás did several consultancies with organizations such as FINCA (Managua), DAI (Mexico City), Acumen Fund (Nairobi), The Earth Institute, Millennium Villages Project/UNDP (Sauri, Kenya), NYC Department of Education, West African Rice Company, and Microfinance Transparency. Nicolás is co-founder and director of Mentores Solidarios, an education-focused nonprofit in Nicaragua that provides full scholarships, one-to-one mentorship, leadership training, job skills, and college transition assistance to over 300 impoverished yet academically exceptional students. Nicolás holds a dual BA in Theology and Economics from the University of Notre Dame and an MPA in Development Practice from Columbia University.
Qatar Foundation International
From 1990-2, Maggie lived with a Syrian family in Damascus as a Fulbright scholar. Now, as Executive Director of Qatar Foundation International, she brings together high school students from the Americas and the Middle East, facilitating interactions across geographic and social boundaries whether in person or virtually. Previously she was MENA Regional Director at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) with programs in Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, and Yemen. She led the Communications and External Relations Department at the Middle East Institute. Prior to MEI, Maggie was a Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State where she served as a Staff Assistant to Ambassador Martin Indyk at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel; and, as a Special Assistant to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. She is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University and completed coursework towards a Masters in Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University.
Capricorn Investment Group
William Orum is a Partner at Capricorn Investment Group, an investment firm founded to demonstrate that it is possible to invest profitably while driving sustainable positive change. William leads investments in public market strategies as well as oversees asset allocation and risk management in the portfolio. William received a BA from Amherst College and an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business, both with honors.