Social Impact Investment Taskforce established by the G8
Sir Ronald Cohen is Chairman of the Social Impact Investment Taskforce established by the G8 and The Portland Trust. He is a co-founder of Social Finance UK; co-founder Director of Social Finance USA, Social Finance Israel, Big Society Capital; and was co-founder Chair of Bridges Ventures. He chaired the Social Investment Task Force (2000-2010) and the Commission on Unclaimed Assets (2005-2007). In 2012 he received the Rockefeller Innovation Award for innovation in social finance. He was co-founder and Executive Chairman of Apax Partners (1972-2005), and a founder director of the BVCA and EVCA. He is a graduate of Oxford University and Harvard Business School and an Honorary Fellow of Exeter College. He is a director of Harvard Management Company and Vice-Chairman of Ben Gurion University. He is a former member of Harvard University Board of Overseers and former Trustee of the British Museum. In 2007, Sir Ronald published: “The Second Bounce of the Ball–Turning Risk into Opportunity”
Since 2005, Ed has provided expertise and leadership for legal, governance and tax activities for the foundation. He also supervises the foundation's $20+ million portfolio of program-related investments (PRIs), is recognized nationally as a leading practitioner in that field, and speaks regularly on PRIs as well as on impact investing. Ed came to Skoll from the Omidyar Foundation, predecessor to the Omidyar Network in Redwood City, California, where he was Vice President of Finance and Administration. Previously, he worked at The David and Lucile Packard Foundation in Los Altos, CA, where he was Assistant Director of Finance and Administration and, later, Resident Counsel. An attorney and Certified Public Accountant, Ed practiced commercial and corporate law for 17 years prior to entering the philanthropic sector. He graduated from Bowling Green State University in Ohio magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He earned a Law Degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley and remains a member of the California Bar.
Veteran United Nations Envoy and Advisor
Former Foreign Minister to Algeria
In his distinguished career, Lakhdar Brahimi has served as Algeria’s Foreign Minister and as Ambassador to Egypt and the UK. He mediated the end of Lebanon’s civil war. At the United Nations, he led the Observer Mission to South Africa when Nelson Mandela was elected and served in Haiti and Afghanistan. He led the creation of the Brahimi Report, with ambitious recommendations to improve UN peacekeeping. He is a member of The Elders, a group of senior statesmen created by Mandela.
Global Social Benefit Incubator
Jim Koch is the Bill Terry Professor of Management and Director of the Global Social Benefit Incubator Network and Sector Strategy. GSBI Network is comprised of mission-aligned universities that seek to spread social enterprise incubation capacity by localising Santa Clara University's successful model and its Silicon Valley approach to technology and business model innovation. GSBI Sector Strategy focuses on systems change and the potential to replicate demand-based solutions to global challenges.
COMPAS, University of Oxford
Michael Keith is Director of the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), Co-Director of the Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities and holds a personal chair in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Oxford. His research interests focus on the interface between culture, urbanism and migration. His most recent book is "China Constructing Capitalism". His current research includes risk cultures in China, the future of multiculturalism in urbanism, and social externalities in rising powers. Michael was formerly Professor of Sociology, Head of Department and Director of the Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR) at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
President and CEO
Skoll Global Threats Fund
Larry Brilliant, MD, MPH, is the President and CEO of the Skoll Global Threats Fund whose mission is to confront global threats like: Pandemics, Climate Change, Water, Nuclear Proliferation and the Middle East Conflict. Larry was formerly Vice President of Google and Executive Director of Google.org. He is board certified in preventive medicine and public health and co-founder of The Seva Foundation, an international NGO whose programs and grantees have given back sight to more than 3.5 million blind people in over 20 countries. Larry lived in India for more than a decade working as a United Nations medical officer where he played a key role in the successful World Health Organization (WHO) smallpox eradication program in South Asia. He was professor at the University of Michigan and founding chairman of the National Biosurveillance Advisory Subcommittee. Prizes: Time 100, TED Prize, two honorary doctorates. He is on the board of the Skoll Foundation and Salesforce Foundation.
Swiss citizen, Teacher education from Switzerland, graduated 1975 . Advanced studies in Immigration pedagogy and multicultural and international education at the University college of Oslo, Cooperative Management Studies at the Norwegian School of management, Oslo. 25 years of teaching experience.
Professor, Faculty of Sociology
University of Trento
Massimiano Bucchi teaches Science and Technology in Society, University of Trento, Italy. His publications include Science in Society (London and New York, Routledge, 2004), Handbook of Public Communication of Science (with B. Trench, Routledge, 2008), Beyond Technocracy (New York, Springer, 2009) and essays in journals such as Nature and Science. He has served as advisor and evaluator for several international institutions,including the NSF, the Royal Society, and the European Commission.