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Invisible Children, Inc.
Ben Keesey serves as CEO of Invisible Children, Inc. Prior to joining the organization in 2005 he worked with Brentwood Associates Private Equity and Deloitte. In just over seven years, Invisible Children (IC) has grown from a documentary film project into a world-wide brand aimed at ending Africa's longest-running conflict and rebuilding what has been lost. IC directly reaches more than a million people every year through documentary film screenings at high schools and colleges. Through this youth-oriented model, IC has raised over $47 million dollars for its development programs in central Africa and international awareness campaigns for the arrest of Joseph Kony. In 2012, Invisible Children released the 30-minute documentary, KONY 2012, which garnered more than 100 million views online and became the most viral video in history. In the following weeks, Ben guided the company into a whole new arena of influence and directed KONY 2012: Part II - Beyond Famous.
2 Min Video intro http://www.vimeo.com/rehanallahwala/profile Mr. Rehan Allahwala is the Founder and President of over 50 Ventures around the world, and made his first company at age of 13. He has started now RehanFoundation to work on Poverty Erradication Project 1: $100 Business Startups To make 1 Million new Entrepreneurs who can start a business in $100, and make $300 as net profit. Project details are www.vimeo.com/rehanallahwala/1ms Project 2: Stupid Mobile phone based Based Basic Literacy System - RehanSchool.com Project intro in english www.vimeo.com/rehanallahwala/rehanschool/ Purpose of Visit: To partner and find mentor's for the projects to allow scale and Learn if anyone else is doing similar product around the globe.
Co-Founder and Chief Business Officer
Jane Chen is the co-founder and Chief Business Officer of Embrace Innovations, a social enterprise that aims to help the 20 million premature and low birth weight babies born every year, through a low cost infant warmer. The Embrace Infant Warmer costs less than 1% of a traditional incubator, and has helped over 50,000 babies to date. The company's vision is to create a line of affordable healthcare technologies for women and children around the world. Chen is a TED Senior Fellow, and was selected as one of Forbes' Impact 30 in 2011. She was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2012, and a Schwab Social Entrepreneur in 2013. She and her co-founders recently won the 2013 Economist Innovation Award.
Said Business School
Austin Harris is the founder of Inkomoko, a Rwanda-based business accelerator for high-potential SMEs. Inkomoko provides consulting, financing, mentoring, and capacity building services to develop businesses in the region. Austin brings more than seven years of experience working in finance. With a BA in Economics from Swarthmore College, Austin first began his career in an upstart M&A firm, then later worked in Risk Control and as a Financial Analyst for Citigroup. Austin transitioned to microfinance, first working with the International Finance department of BRAC in Bangladesh, and then heading the financial analysis and strategy for Urwego Opportunity Bank in Rwanda. Early in his career, Austin also founded an apparel company. Working with the United Nations Development Program in Brazil, Austin was able to sell finished products from small clothing factories in Brazil to the U.S. and Europe. Currently, Austin is a Skoll Scholar and obtaining his MBA at Said Business School.
With over a quarter of a century of successful experience, Gaia Amazonas has secured more than 26 million hectares of indigenous territories, an extension as large as the entire UK. The challenge now is to secure its sustainable management and to empower key actors at all levels with strategies, tools and capacities that enable the effective long-term protection of this region. For the last decade I have engaged with Gaia Amazonas supporting indigenous communities of the North-West Amazon Basin in the construction and implementation of alternative development models based on the principles of cultural and biological conservation and resilience. Before assuming the Executive Direction of Gaia Amazonas in 2013, and as an expert in local development strategies and decentralization (MA), I engaged in processes of inter-cultural health and education, environmental governance and inter-institutional platforms.
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.
Executive Editor News
National Public Radio
Madhulika Sikka is Executive Editor for NPR News, overseeing all desks and reporters, and helping set the agenda for the entire News division. Previously, Sikka was executive producer of NPR's Morning Edition, public radio's most-listened-to program. Under her leadership, Morning Edition traveled across the globe and the country reporting on the defining issues of our time. Sikka, an award-winning news producer, joined NPR in 2006 from ABC News where she was a Senior Producer at Nightline. She has also worked for NBC News in London and CBS News in Tokyo. She has a BA from the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies and a MPhil from Cambridge University in Economic & Political Development. She is the author of A Breast Cancer Alphabet (Crown Feb 2014)
Chief Strategy Advisor
King Khalid Foundation
Dr. Natasha Matic has spent the past two decades as a strategist and an active practitioner in the fields of philanthropy, corporate responsibility, and social and economic development. Since 2008 Dr. Matic has served as the Chief Strategy Advisor at the King Khalid Foundation (KKF) in Saudi Arabia and CEO at IBTIKAR Business Solutions (IBS), a consultancy specializing in strategic philanthropy, sustainability, corporate social responsibility, and social entrepreneurship. In this capacity, Dr. Matic worked and collaborated with the Skoll Foundation, the Olayan Group, ExxonMobil, and Columbia Business School, among others. Prior to 2008, she served as the Chief of Party in Qatar for the Washington DC-based Academy for Educational Development (AED). Dr. Matic holds a Certificate in Business Excellence from the Columbia Business School and a Ph.D. in Economic and Political studies from Boston University.
President and CEO
World Wildlife Fund US
Carter Roberts is President and CEO of World Wildlife Fund in the United States. WWF, the world’s largest network of international conservation organizations, works across 100 countries and enjoys the support of 5 million members worldwide, 1.2 million of which are in the U.S. Roberts leads WWF’s efforts to save the world’s great ecosystems by linking science, field and policy programs with an aggressive initiative to work with markets and businesses to lighten their impact on the planet through sustainable resource management. To this end, he has worked with communities and heads of state in North America, Africa, Latin America and Asia; and has built partnerships with some of the world’s largest corporations, including The Coca-Cola Company, Walmart, Mars and P&G to set new industry standards for resource efficiency. Roberts holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from Princeton University. He serves on the Boards of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy at Duke University and the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College and the London School of Economics, and is a member of International Finance Corporation’s Advisory Panel on Sustainability and Business. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife Jackie Prince Roberts and their three children.
Co-Founder and CEO
Javier is the co-founder of salaUno, a health care social enterprise focused on eye care for the bottom of the pyramid. Javier co-leads salaUno since August 2011, a team operating a high quality, high volume and low‐cost model to eliminate needless blindness in Mexico.