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No ordinary Quartet - they perform on five and six string electric violins, viola and cello. Neal, the cellist also provides vocal percussion with his superb Beatboxing skills. Stringfever - the world's first genetically modified String Quartet comprises of brothers Giles, Ralph, Neal and their cousin Graham.
Author and Speaker
Director and Co-Founder
Patrick Alley is a director of Global Witness and co-founded the organisation in 1993. He took part in Global Witness’ first investigations into the Thai-Khmer Rouge timber trade in 1995, and since then has taken part in over fifty field investigations in South East Asia, Africa and Europe, and in subsequent advocacy activities. In addition to his cross-organisational involvement, based on the organisation’s experience in tackling conflict diamonds, and former Liberian President Charles Taylor’s arms for timber trade, Patrick focuses on the thematic issue of conflict resources, and on forest and land issues, especially challenging industrial scale logging and land grabbing in the tropics. In addition, he is involved in the strategic leadership of Global Witness.
Author and Speaker
Center for Digital Inclusion
Marcel is CEO of the Center for Digital Inclusion (CDI) and believes that technology is a powerful resource that can be used to alleviate poverty and empower people to rebuild communities. He has been involved with internet cafes since 2001 when, at age 17, he started his own business. In 2009, he led CDI in developing innovative projects. He then co-founded CDI Social Enterprise, with the mission of providing access to innovative solutions that transform the lives of low-income communities through a network of 6,500 affiliated iCafes and consulting. He is a member of the Board of Directors of U-Touch.Org and Sistema B BR. Marcel is a cancer survivor and the LIVESTRONG Foundation Brazil leader. He is also one of the leaders of the global movement of B Corporations in South America and a nominee to the Forbes Brazil 30 Under 30 List. He earned his MBA at ESPM and extension at University of California.
Judy Parkman is responsible for managing the Skoll Foundation's employment life-cycle processes with the purpose of recruiting and engaging people who live our values and who collectively will achieve our mission. She plays a lead role in the foundation's imperative to be a high-performing sustainable organization. Judy has held a variety of HR positions, which have cut across all of the disciplines of HR. Most recently she was a senior HR leader at HP where she was the business partner for several large global organizations. Before working at HP, Judy worked for Octel Corp. and also ran her own consulting business. She holds a BA in Psychology and an MS in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.
Director of Development
Global Witness investigates and campaigns to change the system by exposing the economic networks behind conflict, corruption and environmental destruction. Christine joined Global Witness two years ago and was appointed Director of Development in February 2013. Immediately prior to joining Global Witness, Christine was based in Bogota, Colombia for five and a half years working with Transparency International, the Colombian Commission of Jurists and Peace Brigades International. In the commercial sector, Christine worked in publishing sales management roles at Cambridge University Press and medical publishers, Mosby (now part of Elsevier). Christine has an MSc in Social Development from University College, London.
Author and Speaker
Mindy S. Lubber is the president of Ceres and a founding board member of the organization. She also directs Ceres' Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR), a group of 100 institutional investors managing nearly $10 trillion in assets focused on the business risks and opportunities of climate change. Under Mindy's leadership, Ceres launched The 21st Century Corporation: The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability, a visionary practical guide highlighting environmental and social performance improvements companies and investors must achieve to succeed in the resource-constrained 21st century global economy. She also helps coordinate Ceres' Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP), a coalition of more than 20 leading consumer brand companies advocating for strong climate and clean energy policies in the U.S. and abroad.
Salman Ahmad is a Pakistani musician and former actor, who used to be a member of Vital Signs but left after their debut album due to creative differences. He went on to form Junoon, South Asia's biggest and longest-lasting rock band. While still enjoying the success of Junoon, he was involved in two documentaries with the BBC and is also a UN Goodwill Ambassador for HIV/AIDS. Ahmad is working towards spreading awareness about HIV in South Asia, and helping to bring peace between Pakistan and India. Ahmad is currently teaching at Queens College, City University of New York. Although Junoon's two other core members - Ali Azmat and Brain O'Connell - left the band in 2005, Salman Ahmad continues to perform as a solo artist under the "Junoon" label and has moved to New York after his solo career failed to take off in Pakistan. Salman Ahmad has also released one album as a solo artist, "Infiniti" in 2005.
Founder and Principal
The Hero Group
Founder and Principal, The Hero Group, (www.theherogroupllc.com), global consulting firm. Provides strategy, branding/messaging, Social Impact Investment guidance, and Board and asset development expertise to social entrepreneurs, foundations, and both profit and non profit organizations. Recent clients include The National Philanthropic Trust, HST, (for profit solar start-up), a US-based clean water NGO in Nairobi, and Stanford University's "d.school" (Institute of Design). Former CEO of $1.2B Silicon Valley Community Foundation, awarding annual grants of over $150M, also former VP External Relations at Caltech. Education: MBA, Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Current Board member of: The Skoll Fund (founding Director), Sesame Workshop, Great NonProfits, Fight for Peace, Compass Azure Investment Management, PaxVax, bio-tech (vaccine).
Noah Manduke is the President of Durable Good, a management consultancy focused on helping nonprofit organizations and social enterprises leverage strategic branding disciplines to accelerate impact. Durable Good’s 2013-14 clients include the Skoll Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, A Better Seattle, Capricorn Investment Group, the Social Progress Imperative, the Fossil Foundation, and the North American Association for Environmental Education. Noah is the former Chief Strategy Officer of the Jeff Skoll Group, a portfolio of organizations created by philanthropist and social entrepreneur, Jeff Skoll, to pursue his vision of a more sustainable world. Prior to serving the social sector, Noah spent over 25 years helping businesses to optimize their branding, marketing and communications practices. During that time, he spent 13 years at global advertising agency, Ogilvy & Mather, and 8 years at global strategic branding firm, Siegel & Gale, where Noah was president and COO.