Sally Farhat Kassab has been on the communications team at the Skoll Foundation for three years. She is a former journalist of 15 years, which included roles as editor-in-chief of a magazine, a news reporter at one of the largest American newspapers, and author of a 500-page travel guidebook. She also taught a 300-level media writing class at the University of Washington and has appeared as a topical expert on talk shows.
As a Principal at the Skoll Foundation, Brittany Hume manages a variety of key relationships with funded social entrepreneurs, domain experts, policy makers, corporate partners and co-funders. Brittany develops and structures funding opportunities to drive large-scale change in the focus areas of the foundation. Brittany's career has focused on effecting social change through strategy and investment, with experience in consulting, corporate strategy, and philanthropy. Most recently, she worked at the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, a venture philanthropy firm that makes highly engaged investments in scalable social enterprises. Prior to Draper Richards Kaplan, Brittany worked at Johnson & Johnson, where she managed the corporation's global portfolio of HIV/AIDS philanthropic investments. Brittany began her career at McKinsey & Company, where she provided strategic and analytical support to Fortune 100 companies across a variety of industries as well as organizations in the social sector, including foundations, multilaterals, and large nonprofits.
Managing Partner and co-Chief Creative Officer
As a Managing Partner and co-Chief Creative Officer for IDEO, Jane Fulton Suri places special emphasis on the contribution of human insight, creative practice, and design thinking as they relate to IDEO’s work and to client organizations worldwide. With degrees in psychology and architecture from Manchester University and Strathclyde University in Scotland, respectively, Jane has led IDEO’s global human factors design and research group, pioneering the company’s human-centred approach and evolving for clients in multiple industries the use of such empathic methods as observation and experience prototyping of products, environments, services, and media. Her work has been recognised by several design awards, including IDSA/BusinessWeek and Industrie Form Europe.
Chief Strategy Officer
Roberto Haudry de Soucy is Chief Strategy Officer of Fundación Capital, a 2014 recipient of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. Mr. Haudry holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Paris III. He is a renowned freelance consultant in rural development and rural poverty reduction policies. He specializes in demand-driven strategies within inclusive policies and social protection issues. He has worked for many years for the United Nations System (in particular the International Fund for Agricultural Development – IFAD), and also serves as a visiting professor and lecturer in several European and American Universities and Research Centers.
President and CEO
Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network
Russell Hancock is President & CEO of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, a position he has held since 2003. In this role Dr. Hancock is best described variously: as a civic leader, community gatherer, institution builder, social entrepreneur, and outspoken advocate for regionalism. Since taking the helm of Joint Venture he has quadrupled the size of the organization; assembled a potent board filled with mayors, CEOs and university presidents; built strategic partnerships; recruited a highly talented staff; and launched initiatives that are delivering measurable results to the region.
Chief Operating Officer
International Development Enterprises (India)
I am among a few individuals who have worked across almost all institutional arrangements for public service delivery. I have worked at senior management positions with Government of India, a UN agency, and some of the world’s most prominent voluntary organizations. I have also taught at a university. I thus have rich work experience in public administration, development, academic, and corporate sectors. I have managed substantial projects, large number of people and significant amounts of financial resources, and have delivered financial, communication, ICT, education, and development services and products in vast geographical areas. I did my doctoral research at the University of Manchester, UK, that involved exploring ways and means to expand and deepen financial markets in India, and link them up with social protection, in order to reduce poverty. I have published research articles in various peer-reviewed international journals and have contributed chapters to edited books.