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Global Vice President Social Impact
Ms Manubens is Global Vice President for Social Impact at Unilever, and is responsible for leading the implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights at Unilever. Ms Manubens also leads the development of the livelihoods pillar of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, with a special focus on women’s and economic inclusion and workers throughout the value chain. Prior to joining Unilever, Ms Manubens was Corporate Social Responsibility Officer at PVH Corp, overseeing its global CSR programme. Ms Maubens established PVH Human Rights programme in the early 1990s. Ms Manubens is Chair of the Board of Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP), participates in the Fair Labor Association, a tripartite initiative to eradicate sweatshops established by President Clinton. She is also a member of the Women’s Foreign Policy Group in Washington, DC.
Adam Grodecki is Founder of 'Towards Responsible Leadership', an initiative bringing together the next generation of leaders in the UK to forge a new vision for the role of business in society and to develop the skills to make that vision a reality. The initiative is being supported by the Boston Consulting Group, Sir Anthony Salz and a number of other senior business leaders. Adam is a consultant at BCG. He is also co-Founder of Student Hubs, a charity working in universities to build the next generation of socially aware and active leaders. He is an Advisory Board member of the Emerge Lab and of the Institute for Leadership and Sustainability. Adam has been recognized by the World Economic Forum as a ‘Global Shaper’, and leads the community of Global Shapers in London. In January 2014 he was invited to speak at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos. He graduated from St Peter’s College, Oxford in 2010 with a 1st class degree in Theology.
Laura Uplinger is a proponent and educator in the field of conscious prenatal and perinatal parenting. Since the mid-70s, she dedicates her life to disclosing the relevance of imagination during pregnancy. Fluent in four languages, she bridges several cultures traveling between Europe and the Americas as a featured speaker for the public at large, teenagers, pregnant couples and birth professionals. In Brazil, she counsels pregnant women from slums to mansions to high-risk maternity wards. She is associated to Saúde Criança / Brazilian Child Health. Scriptwriter of an award winning video “A Gift for the Unborn Children” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aa7-5bC5i2E & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58ZBMhyl4FE). Worked with the Association for Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology and Health and chaired their congresses Womb Ecology ~ World Ecology in 1993 and Birth and the Human Family ~ Embracing the Power of Prenatal Life in 2007.
Director, Financial Assets Unit
Frank F. DeGiovanni is Director of the Financial Assets unit of the Ford Foundation. He leads the foundation’s worldwide efforts to build financial assets for disadvantaged people through grants and Program Related Investments (PRIs). His team makes grants through a set of focused initiatives on consumer financial services, savings, individual asset development, Social Security reform, and rural livelihood development. Previously, he was Deputy Director of Program Related Investments at the Ford Foundation, where he was responsible for creating and monitoring a diverse loan portfolio of organizations promoting community and economic development in the United States and internationally. Before joining the Ford Foundation in 1992, DeGiovanni was associate professor and senior research associate at the New School for Social Research in New York City. DeGiovanni has a Ph.D. and M.R.P. in city and regional planning from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
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.
Author and Speaker
Chris Underhill is a global expert in the delivery of health and rehabilitation systems to very poor people. He is a serial social entrepreneur and his latest organisation, BasicNeeds, concerns the delivery of a holistic Model to mentally ill people and people with epilepsy in some of the poorest countries of the world. Chris is a Senior Fellow with the Ashoka Fellowship and is a recipient of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. The BasicNeeds Model for Mental Health and Development is recognised as a significant innovation in community mental health care delivery combining medical, social, economic and personal aspects into one successful programme. Over 600,000 beneficiaries having been served in the BasicNeeds global programme. Previous organisations founded by Chris include Action on Disability and Development and Thrive, and in 2000 Chris was made an MBE by her Majesty the Queen for his services to disability and development.
Forum for Democratic Libya
Amr is a business leader, entrepreneur, and civil society activist with a track record in the industrial, political and philanthropic fields. He is Founder and Chairman of the Board of the Forum for Democratic Libya (FDL), an organization established during the 2011 revolution in Libya to promote democracy, citizen engagement, and accountability. He is also the founder and board member of AYTB. Amr is also a board member of AFAC, the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture.AFAC is an independent Arab initiative that funds individuals and organizations in the fields of cinema, performing arts, literature, music and visual arts. He continues to be an active member and supporter of various philanthropic and civil society projects in the Arab world. He is currently on the Advisory Board of Visualizing Impact, a visual media organisation focusing on social justice issues. Amr recently served as the Executive producer of ‘First to Fall’, the first full-length documentary on the Libyan revolution.
Segal Family Foundation
Andy Bryant joined the Foundation as executive director in October, 2010. He oversees the Foundation's team and implements the vision of the Segal family. He has worked in international development for many years in various countries in the developing world. The common link across his postings has been involvement in programming that provides self-sustaining solutions to poverty. Andy completed a BA from Princeton University in 2003 & subsequently graduated from Syracuse University in 2007 with a MPA in International Development. He also served as a Princeton in Africa fellow. Following completion of graduate school, he founded the microfinance program for Tanzanian Children's Fund where he was a grantee of the Foundation. He has also worked as a consultant for the Mpoma Community HIV/AIDS Initiative and TechnoServe in East Africa and India.
Head, Global Agriculture and Food Security Porgram
International Finance Corporation
Laura O’Connor Mecagni, Head of the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) Private Sector Window, International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group. GAFSP works to increase agricultural productivity, reduce poverty, and improve food and nutrition security in low income countries through investments in both the public and private sectors. Launched in 2010, GAFSP represents a transformative approach to development aid that pools donor funds to make lasting improvements by supporting technically sound, country-led plans and sustainable, inclusive small and medium sized enterprise. IFC promotes private sector activities in emerging markets to create opportunities and improve lives and shares the World Bank Groups twin goals: Ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity. Ms. Mecagni started at IFC in 1997 in Cairo and has extensive work in the Financial Markets Department in the MENA rehion. She holds a B.A. in Economics and an M.B.A. from University of Virginia.
Associate Director, International Climate Program
Justin Guay works for the Sierra Club’s International Climate Program based in San Francisco. He leads Sierra Club’s team on international energy lending reform and international outreach for the organization. He has led recently successful campaigns to secure coal finance restrictions at the World Bank and the US Export Import Bank. He has previously lived in Mumbai and spent time working with social entrepreneurs on distributed clean energy research projects and now works to increase investment from international financial institutions in this sector. He has an M.A. in International Development with a concentration in Global Environmental Policy from the University of Denver as well as a B.S. in Business Marketing from the University of Utah.