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Tim Brosnan is Executive Chair and founder of Small Foundation, an Irish-registered charity focused on famine-threatened communities in sub-Saharan Africa (www.smallfoundation.ie). He is the co-founder and non-executive Chair of Abbey Capital Ltd, an investment management company specializing in managed futures (www.abbeycapital.com). Both these interests date from 2000. He worked 15 years from 1969 in Ireland's Department of Finance and its government-owned development bank and then setup and managed an Irish-based investment banking business for Citicorp. Between 1987 and 2000, he was involved in the development and eventual sale of a number of successful start-up businesses in international finance and software. Small Foundation's vision is sub-Saharan Africa free from the threat of famine within a generation. It focuses on unleashing the transformative entrepreneurial potential of rural people through opening up access to knowledge, finance, technology and markets.
TED Conferences LLC
For the past 25 years, I've worked in a variety of media concerns, including book and magazine publishing as well as digital media. My central role has been developing creative ways for companies to engage with influential consumers, with programs built around cultural ideas and unconventional thinking. I am currently the creative director of TED, shaping new ways for companies and organizations to align their own messages and missions with TED's expanding initiatives worldwide. Along the course of life, I've also been able to witness an eclectic mosaic of work experiences that cut across several sectors: I've worked in a scary antiquated aluminum factory during a labor crisis, ghost written a book with Kermit the Frog, worked on a presidential primary campaign in New Hampshire, provided the voice of a claymation snake in a Nick Park Aardman production, and tended bar in one of Charles Dickens' favorite London pubs.
Founder and Managing Partner
The globalislocal Fund
Elizabeth Wallace Ellers Liz is Founder & Managing Partner of The globalislocal Fund, an award-winning educational and funding vehicle investing in solutions to poverty in Africa, Asia and Latin America. globalislocal is designed to drive educated, aggregated capital to global development issues by making high-impact global investing accessible and relevant to family foundations and individuals. Formerly an investment banker, Liz is a private investor. She holds an MBA from Columbia University and a BA in International Relations from UCLA. Liz is an alumna of The Philanthropy Workshop, a program of the Rockefeller Foundation and The Institute for Philanthropy in London. She has received the Philanthropic Vision Award for her work with the Collaborative Fund for Women's Economic Development and the New Generation Philanthropist Award for creating The globalislocal Fund.
Amit Kanodia is Managing Partner, Lincoln Ventures (SFO); President, Lincoln Property Group; Trustee, Lincoln Charitable Foundation. As entrepreneur and philanthropist, he has founded, built and invested in companies in real estate, technology, IT, oil & gas, solar technology & energy production, infrastructure, education, farming and hospitality sectors. He started his first business at 11, at 17 he founded the Leo Club Lakhimpur-Kheri where he built a hospital shelter and led large-scale tree plantation for preservation of water and soil. He is Founding Partner of Avatar Capital - early stage VC in Boston and Washington, DC. He has been a Member of the Steering and Finance Committee of President Obama since 2007. He is on the Board of SPML Infra, and Cimcon Software; member of Board of Visitors at University of Massachusetts Boston and Charter Member of TIE. He is a frequent speaker on entrepreneurship, education, & innovation. Holds a BSBA / MBA from University of Massachusetts
Director, Giving Pledge
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Olivia Leland manages the Giving Pledge, an effort founded by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett to help address society’s most pressing problems by encouraging billionaires to commit the majority of their wealth to philanthropy. In her previous role at Gates, she led a number of cross-foundation initiatives, including a multi-year strategic planning effort. Previously, Olivia was the Associate Director for Financial & Private Sector Development at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a U.S. government agency focused on reducing poverty through economic growth, and before that had her own independent consulting practice focused on microfinance and private sector development and was a strategy consultant at Monitor Group. Olivia received her AB in Social Studies from Harvard University and MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Science. Olivia is half American and half French and lives in Seattle with her husband and three small children.
Marcelle directs and leads the overall strategy of the Bloom Foundation, a London based private foundation. The Foundations' diverse portfolio focuses on the prevention of relief of poverty in the UK and in the developing countries of Africa and Asia making grants and investments into programmes and investments focusing on education, health, and self-sustaining solutions. Marcelle received her BA from Manchester University.
Founder and Chair
JP's Peace, Love & Happiness Foundation
The son of Greek and Italian immigrants, John Paul DeJoria was born with a strong work ethic and a natural enthusiasm for people. Growing up in Los Angeles, he was told by a high school teacher that he would never succeed at anything. John Paul proved that the way to become successful was to work hard -- he sold encyclopedias door to door, worked as a janitor and enlisted in the United States Navy. Despite a harsh economic climate and even a period of homelessness, John Paul co-founded Paul Mitchell in 1980 and helped turn it into the world's largest privately owned salon haircare company. He went on to co-found the Patrón Spirits Company, John Paul Pet & JP Selects -- all privately held companies with high ethical standards and reputations for integrity. The DeJoria family is committed to contributing to a sustainable planet through investing in people, protecting animals and conserving the environment.
Chief Executive Officer
Ele Agbe Co. Ltd
Comfort Aku Adjahoe-Jennings Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Ele Agbe Company Ltd, a Shea butter and local beads jewellery production and export company in Ghana. Ele Agbe produces a variety of body creams, soaps, lotion bars, body oils and lip balms from Shea butter that are exported to the US and Japanese markets. Mrs Adjahoe-Jennings has run Ele Agbe for 18 years. During this time she has participated in several trade shows in the US and Japan. She has also organised rural Ghanaian women into cooperatives to enable them to produce and supply products to her company. Mrs Adjahoe-Jennings has transformed Ele Agbe into a highly quality Shea cosmetics export company that still works with a network of women Shea nut pickers and processors. Mrs Adjahoe-Jennings is the founder of the Network of African Women Entrepreneurs NGO and the President of AWEP, Ghana Chapter.
Socio Environmental Entrepreneur
Tasso Azevedo is a socio-environmental entrepreneur in the field of forests, sustainability and climate change. He was founder and director of the Institute of Forest and Agriculture Management and Certification (IMAFLORA), the largest FSC certifier in Brazil. In 2002 Tasso became the Director of the National Forest Program at the Ministry of Environment and general-secretary of the National Forest Commission. In 2006, he was the first Chief & Director General of the Brazilian Forest Service, a position he held until 2009. Tasso was one of the key people involved in the design and implementation of the National Plan to Combat Deforestation, the Amazon Fund (world ´s largest forest protection funds) and the National Policy on Climate Change and it´s related targets. Tasso serves a board member on several organizations including the Business Forum on Climate Change, Rainforest Alliance, Imazon, Imaflora and WRI Brazil and teaches at pos-graduate programs on sustainability.
Author and Speaker
Chief Executive Officer
Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor
Graduating from Oxford University in 1983, Sam Parker started his career in business, working for 6 years in the agrochemical industry, with a focus on Latin America. After a two-year break, working as a volunteer with street children in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sam returned to business with 11 years at a UK-based commodity trading company. Following posts in London, Caracas, New York and Singapore, Sam was appointed Managing Director of the company’s Asian business. In 2002, he returned to the development sector with a role at the International Save the Children Alliance, leading the organisational development of its 30 national members. In 2006, Sam joined Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP), as its first CEO. WSUP is a not-for-profit company, which brings together private sector and NGO expertise to address the pressing global challenge of delivering water and sanitation services to the growing number of people who live in urban slums, informal settlements and shanty towns.