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Jeff Skoll Group
Jeff Skoll is a philanthropist and social entrepreneur. As Founder of the Skoll Foundation, Skoll Global Threats Fund, Participant Media and Capricorn Investment Group, he is bringing life to his vision of a sustainable, peaceful and prosperous world. The first President of eBay, Skoll developed the company’s inaugural business plan and led its successful initial public offering. On 30 December 2011, Skoll was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest civilian honors.
Ross Baird, Executive Director Ross developed the Village Capital concept in 2009, and has led the development of programs worldwide. Before launching Village Capital, he worked with First Light Ventures, a seed fund focused on impact investments. Prior to First Light, Ross worked on the development of four education-related start-up ventures: the Indian School Finance Company in Hyderabad, India; the National College Advising Corps in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and two ventures using technology to promote civic participation. He has a MPhil from the University of Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and a BA from the University of Virginia, where he was a Truman Scholar and a Jefferson Scholar.
Associate Director., Desautels Centre for Integrative Thinking
Rotman School of Management
Jennifer Riel is the Associate Director of the Desautels Centre for Integrative Thinking at the Rotman School of Management. Jennifer is responsible for developing training programs, teaching and writing about integrative thinking and design. In her role, Jennifer also has oversight of Rotman Designworks (the school’s business design initiative) and I-Think (Rotman’s elementary and secondary school integrative thinking program).
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.
Office of the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Financing the Health MDGs and for Malaria
Suprotik Basu is Chief Executive Officer of the Office of the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and for Malaria. He concurrently serves as CEO of the MDG Health Alliance, an initiative of the Office of the Special Envoy focused on bringing business leaders and business approaches into the efforts to achieve the Health MDGs. Mr Basu leads strategy development for the Special Envoy, to secure sustained financing for and the achievement of the the Health MDGs by the internationally agreed deadline of December 31, 2015.
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Founder and Associate Director
Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation
I am the founder of Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation, an organization that calls upon a global network of 160 top tier commercial law firms to provide free legal assistance to eligible social entrepreneurs wherever located. Since we began operations in 2006 we have assisted hundreds of social entrepreneurs all over the world with their legal issues. I am a senior partner in Steptoe & Johnson, an international law firm based in Washington DC. I am also an author. My latest book, The Hopkins Touch, was published by Oxford in 2013.
Richard is the Managing Director at FINCA UK leading and managing fundraising, public outreach and social investment strategies and activities in the UK and Europe in support of FINCA's mission to provide financial services to the world’s lowest income entrepreneurs so they can create jobs, build assets and improve their standard of living. FINCA operates in 23 countries serving over 1.5 million clients a year. Previously Richard was Interim Director of Ventures at the Young Foundation where he led on venture selection and support, capital raising for new venture funds, social finance and venture related advisory work. Prior to the Young Foundation, Richard was Head of Social Investment at CAN. He is also currently non-executive Chair of The SROI Network. Richard has an MBA from the University of Cape Town and London Business School and a BSc(Hons) from Kings College London.
String Fever USA
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.
Leave No Veteran Behind
Eli Williamson, Director of the Veterans Program for the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, is a former staff sergeant with the U. S. Army and co-founder of Leave No Veteran Behind, an Illinois-based non-profit focused on employment opportunities for veterans. While serving as Executive Director at Leave No Veteran Behind, Eli implemented debt relief and transitional employment programs, workforce skills training, and community service opportunities for veterans making the transition from military to civilian life. Prior to 2009, Eli served in both Iraq and Afghanistan as a member of “psychological operations” teams and as an Arabic linguist, working on outreach to civilian communities and supporting special operations forces. He also served as a wildland firefighter in Montana.
One Heart World-Wide
Arlene Samen, has been a Nurse Practitioner in High Risk Obstetrics for over 31 years. In 1997, Arlene met His Holiness the Dali Lama (HHDL)who asked her to take her expertise to help women and children dying in childbirth in Tibet. She has dedicated her life to serving pregnant women living in the most vulnerable conditions in the most remote places of the world. As a Rainer Arnhold Fellow through the Mulago Foundation, she learned what made her model successful in decreasing maternal and newborn deaths. The model is called the “Network of Safety” which is replicable, sustainable, and scalable. The “Network of Safety” has reached over 500,000 families and created a safe environment for over 50,000 deliveries. She has received many awards, including Unsung Hero by HHDL, CNN Hero, Women in Business, and the Soroptomist Women Making a Difference Award. It is her dream to take the model to over 35 Districts in Nepal, reaching another 300,000 women.