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Global Catalyst Partners
Zohre Elahian has been actively involved in international development for over 10 years. With her husband, she has started Schools Online, a not-for-profit organization that has brought computers to schools and introduced ICT in education in many countries around the world and within the US. As the Managing Director of Global Catalyst Foundation, Ms. Elahian has also evaluated many projects, addressing critical needs in education, ICT and microfinance; and her Foundation has provided funding to such projects in many countries. She has also served on the board of directors of Relief International for over 8 years working on different developmental and humanitarian projects in countries such as Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and many other countries. Prior to her humanitarian activities, she co- managed a successful private business for 15 years. In 2009 Zohre received the Unsung Heroes of Compassion award and special blessing from His Holiness, The Dalai Lama.
Nigel is currently the VP Operations at uBiome, a company that is sequencing the human microbiome (that's all the bacteria that live in and on your body). In addition to selling home sampling kits to consumers, uBiome provides full support for organizations doing microbiome research from logistics to sequencing to data analysis. Please reach out if you have an interest in discussing health research! Prior to uBiome, Nigel founded a number of social ventures in health and the environment. He was a Skoll Scholar and Oxford MBA in 2010/11.
Funsho is COO and Risk Manager at 46 Parallels. He most recently launched and headed up the European Hedge Fund Group for PineBridge Investments (a spin-out of AIG Investments which managed peak assets of $10 billion) between London and New York. Alongside investing for the balance sheet and third-party clients, Funsho led the seeding programme in Europe, focused on start-up/spin-out hedge funds across all strategies. Prior to this, he sat on the Investment Committee at Petercam Capital, a London-based boutique Fund of Hedge Funds Manager. He trained at Goldman Sachs International in London, where he brokered European equity and derivatives. Funsho has a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bristol.
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.
Co-Founder, Chief Product Officer at Connect Skoll Scholar, Oxford MBA 2010 Founder, Swing Semester, 2004 & 2008
Waterman Aylsworth - Centers for Creative Entrepreneurship
Ron Schultz is co-founder of Waterman Aylsworth and the Centers for Creative Entrepreneurship. He is also the founder and President of Entrepreneurs4Change, working with green and social businesses, veterans, and marginalized communities. His most recent book – Creating Good Work – The World’s Leading Social Entrepreneurs Show How to Build a Healthy Economy was released by Palgrave Macmillan in February, 2013. He has written or co-written and had published 22 previous books including: Coherence in the Midst of Complexity, written with Hugo Letiche and Michael Lissack, published by Palgrave-Macmillan in January, 2012; Adjacent Opportunities – Sparking Emergent Social Action (Emergent Publications, Impact Books, 2010) The Mindful Corporation: Liberating the Human Spirit at Work, (with Paul Nakai) (Leadership Press, 2000); and Open Boundaries: Creating Business Innovation through Complexity, (with Howard Sherman) (Perseus Books, 1998).
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.
His music is generally described as "African folk". His work was an inspiration to many in the anti-apartheid movement. His themes include the struggle for freedom, and forgiveness and reconciliation with enemies. Vusi can also be heard performing on Warren Haynes' Live at Bonnaroo release during the song "Soulshine", and the Dave Matthews Band song, "Everyday", from the album of the same name as well as a live version of the song with him which appears on the album The Best of What's Around Vol. 1. Vusi was also one of the performers at the Live 8 concerts.
Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan
Shanker Singh, aged 55, is one of the founder members of the MKSS along with Aruna Roy and Nikhil Dey. Acknowledged to be one of India’s leading figures in people’s theatre, he has combined over two decades of activism with the power of people’s communication through street theatre, puppetry, song, and drama to strengthen the voice of the poor. Through his uncanny, incisive wit and his keen political insight, he instinctively communicates complex issues in an idiom familiar to the people.
Executive Director and Co-founder
Boris Bulayev is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Educate!, an organization he's been running since he was 19 with a friend from college. Educate! works to change the education system in Uganda, and elsewhere, to prepare young people to take leadership initiative, create small businesses and improve their livelihoods. Educate! works with 20,000 young people in Uganda, got both the Echoing Green and Ashoka fellowships, and has grown to a team of almost 62. It most recently incorporated its curriculum into Uganda's national curriculum to reach 25,000+ starting this year. Before jumping into Educate! full time, Boris worked at startup incubator Loeb Enterprises, learning about entrepreneurship and how to start companies. Boris emigrated from Latvia at age 7. He is a Startingbloc fellow, an Empact100 Top Young Entrepreneur of 2011, a recipient of the 2011 Grinnell College Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize, and a Forbes Top 30 under 30.