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Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors
Born in Cameroon, Blaise Judja-Sato was a successful U.S. businessman until a devastating flood in Mozambique prompted his return to Africa. While helping with relief efforts, he saw both the suffering of the rural poor and the frustration of nongovernmental organizations that could not get medicines across the “last mile” of remote country to those in need. Judja-Sato founded VillageReach (VR) because he recognized that the solution involved building a reliable “pipeline” infrastructure. He also realized that these last-mile barriers affected industries and others who might be willing to pay into a shared system that benefited everyone. Blaise remains on the board of VillageReach however, over the past few years, he has increasingly been dedicating resources to the development of innovative, scalable solutions to help: (1) raise awareness on the world’s most pressing challenges; and (2) enable donors, and the advisors and institutions serving them, to become more strategic and effective in reaching their philanthropic objectives. For more information, please contact him at email@example.com
United Nations Foundation
Myles Lock serves as the innovation associate at the United Nations Foundation, where he is currently working to build an ecosystem to amplify innovation at the United Nations. Mr. Lock previously spent time working at UNESCO Etxea – UNESCO Center of the Basque Country as well as the American Chamber of Commerce of Mexico, and then went on to hold a trainee position with the Europe and North America Unit of World Heritage Centre at UNESCO Headquarters. There, he worked with the management and organization of a portfolio of World Heritage properties in 10 countries in North America as well as Western and Mediterranean Europe. Myles received distinguished recognition as a Renaissance and Global Scholar from the University of Southern California, where he studied International Relations and Spanish.
Author and Speaker
Founder and CEO
Jacqueline Novogratz is Founder and CEO of Acumen Fund, a non-profit global venture fund that uses entrepreneurial approaches to solve the problems of poverty. Acumen Fund currently manages more than $80 million in investments in 73 companies in South Asia and Africa, all focused on delivering affordable healthcare, water, housing and energy to the poor. Nogogratz is a member of the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative Board, the Aspen Institute, IDEO and served on Secretary Clinton’s Foreign Policy Advisory.
Regional Chief Executive Officer
American Red Cross, Western Washington Chapters
Dawn (Lindblom) Angelo is the Regional CEO for the American Red Cross in Western Washington, serving 3.5 million people by providing disaster relief and community preparedness. Prior to the American Red Cross she worked for Catholic Charities Minneapolis/St. Paul and Volunteers of America Minnesota. As a 2000-2001 Fellow for the Corporation for National and Community Service, she studied new approaches to engage and recruit aging Baby Boomers for volunteer service, and in 2002, studied with Dr. Margaret Wheatley to conduct research for her thesis "Building Community through Local Leaders". She also had a lead role developing Minnesota's first-ever collaborative program on "Advocacy Leadership for Vital Aging", a certificate program through the University of Minnesota - College of Continuing Education.
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.
Head of Philantropy and Impact Investing
Marc Flammang is the founder and manager of the philanthropy advisory service & impact investing department of Bank Degroof. He also serves as managing director of the Bank Degroof Foundation and as a director of Degroof Social Immo s.a. Since Marc joined Bank Degroof, he has advised over 60 wealthy individuals and families on both strategic philanthropy and impact investing. He is an engaged speaker regularly invited to appear at academic and corporate events (e.a. Insead, Instituto de Empresa). His background includes 2 years as a consultant for the European Commission and over 10 years in philanthropy. In 2000, he created and chaired Amasis asbl, a leading non-profit organization focused on youth citizenship. He served as a director of Amnesty International and was project manager for Asmae NGO. He holds a Master degree in Business administration from Ichec, a Master of Arts in European Political & Administrative Studies from the College of Europe and an Executive Master in Finance.
Said Business School
James is the Curator of the Oxford Launchpad: University of Oxford’s Prototyping space, located at Said Business School. Part of James' role is to assist grow the visibility of the entrepreneurial community in Oxford and make Oxford an awesome place to start-up, but also a place where brilliant minds can form world changing enterprises. Before joining the University of Oxford he worked for Cardiff University running multidisciplinary programmes for postgraduates in entrepreneurship, worked at a Central Banking think-tank in London, ran and exited two start-ups and assisted in the growth and operations of the Enterprise programme at the University of Dundee. He has won a few awards in enterprise and entrepreneurship and holds Masters Degrees from the University of Dundee. James is currently looking for Advisory Board Members and champions of entrepreneurship to assist the launchpad in reaching National and International recognition.
Director, Financial Inclusion
The MasterCard Foundation
Ann Miles is the Director of Financial Inclusion at The MasterCard Foundation. The Foundation advances youth learning and promotes financial inclusion to catalyze prosperity in developing countries. Previously, Ann was a Managing Director at BlueOrchard Finance, S.A., a for-profit asset management company based in Geneva, Switzerland which specializes in microfinance commercial debt and equity investments. She managed their US operations, BlueOrchard Finance USA, Inc. from 2005 to 2011. Ann has also worked for Women’s World Banking, where she managed the Capital Markets team; and as Vice President of Citibank, N.A., where she worked in trade finance, corporate and private banking. She has been instrumental in the formation of several industry initiatives including the Microfinance Club of New York (‘MFCNY’) and Women Advancing Microfinance International (‘WAM’). Ann graduated with a B.A. in Economics and French Literature from Drew University.
Cheryl Dorsey is the President of Echoing Green, a pioneer in the social entrepreneurship movement. Dorsey received an Echoing Green Fellowship in 1992 to help launch The Family Van, a community-based mobile health unit in Boston. Dorsey has served in two presidential administrations as a White House Fellow, Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Labor, member of the Innovation and Civil Society subgroup of the White House Transition Team, and most currently as Vice Chair of the President's Commission on White House Fellowships. Dorsey serves on a number of other boards including the Harvard Board of Overseers. Dorsey received her Bachelor's degree in History and Science magna cum laude with highest honors from Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges, her medical degree from Harvard Medical School, and her Master's in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School. She completed her pediatric residency at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC.
Map Your World
Jenni Nelson Heywood is the Program Director for Map Your World and a freelance documentary filmmaker in the San Francisco Bay area. Jenni is forging partnerships with youth-focused organizations and schools around the world helping them to become self-sufficient using the Map Your World platform and GIS mapping tools. She is invested in social change, with award winning films on topics ranging from global mental health and human rights issues to humorous character portraits depicting the human experience. Jenni's work has been recognized in film festivals worldwide and she was the associate producer for the award-winning film The Revolutionary Optimists. Jenni is a graduate of the MFA Documentary Film and Video Program at Stanford University, where her film Love Hacking was a finalist for the Student Academy Awards.