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Swiss citizen, Teacher education from Switzerland, graduated 1975 . Advanced studies in Immigration pedagogy and multicultural and international education at the University college of Oslo, Cooperative Management Studies at the Norwegian School of management, Oslo. 25 years of teaching experience.
Deputy Director, Charitable Sector Support, Global Policy and Advocacy
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Darin McKeever is a social entrepreneur and expert in global philanthropy and social innovation. At the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Darin leads an international team engaging governments, foundations, and philanthropists to improve the overall effectiveness of philanthropy and charities worldwide. A former Echoing Green Fellow, Darin serves on boards or committees for Alliance Magazine, Global Philanthropy Forum, Council on Foundations, and Harvard College. For more than a decade, Darin was the executive director and co-founder of Heads Up, a Washington, DC-based provider of academic and enrichment programs. Darin is a Harvard College graduate and received his M.P.A. as a Reynolds Foundation Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
Sr. Director, Social Ventures
Michael brings 20 years of experience applying entrepreneurial approaches to addressing global social challenges. Michael serves as Senior Director to the Ventures team at Mercy Corps - leveraging his experience launching early stage enterprises to help Mercy Corps identify, incubate and grow impact-oriented, for-profit businesses. Prior to Mercy Corps, Michael was Co-Founder of Simpa Networks, a venture-backed energy services company with a bold mission: to make modern energy simple, affordable, and accessible for everyone. Simpa sells solar energy solutions on a pay-as-you-go basis to underserved consumers across rural India. Michael has consulted to the social venture capital fund, Acumen Fund, mapping private sector investments across east Africa. Michael was on the founding team of the first nonprofit pharmaceutical company, OneWorld Health, whose goal is clinical development and distribution of affordable new medicines for diseases of poverty in the developing world. Michael spent his early career with the Social Development Department of the World Bank. Michael holds degrees from Duke University (CASE Scholar) and Vanderbilt University (Ingram Scholar).
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.
Deputy Head of the CGIAR Fund Office
Tony Kalm is Deputy Head of the CGIAR Fund Office, a global partnership that unites organizations engaged in research for a food secure future, based at the World Bank. He also serves on the Board of Directors of One Acre Fund, and was named 2013 Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship.
Nicole Newnham is a documentary filmmaker and writer, who recently co-produced the critically acclaimed film "The Revolutionary Optimists" with Maren Grainger-Monsen, about youth organizing for change in the slums of Kolkata. She is currently developing Map Your World, a curriculum, web platform, and mobile tool that facilitates youth-led community mapping projects for social change. Previously, Nicole co-produced and directed "The Rape of Europa," about the fate of Europe's art treasures during WWII. The Rape of Europa played theatrically in 80 cities across the country, has been a much-broadcast PBS primetime special, was nominated for two national Emmys and a WGA award, and shortlisted for the 2007 Documentary Oscar. Nicole was also nominated for a national Emmy Award for co-producing and directing the documentary Sentenced Home (2006), broadcast on the PBS series Independent Lens, which follows three Cambodian refugees in Seattle who are deported back to Cambodia after 9/11.
Executive Vice President
California Community Foundation
John was appointed Executive VP and Chief Operating Officer for the California Community Foundation (CCF) in 2008. Founded in 1915, CCF is the 48th largest foundation in the US with more than $1.5 billion in assets. For more than thirty five years, John has been leading and managing diverse and complex non-profit and for-profit organizations. He was engaged in three pioneering start-ups traversing education and entertainment. John considers himself an educator and teacher. He has led hundreds of workshops for leaders of Fortune 500 corporations, universities, professional associations, non-profits, and community organizations all over the world. He posts his ideas, and thoughts on his popular blog about Adopting the Mentoring and Networking Lifestyle @ SWiVELtime.com John currently serves on the boards of the national Grameen America Advisory Board, HUB-LA, Japanese American National Museum and Walden University. He earned degrees from UCLA, USC, and Occidental College.
Vice President, Sustainable Living and Corporate Communications
Unilever, North America
Jonathan is Unilever's Vice President of Sustainable Living and Corporate Communications, North America. He joined the company in May 2012 and is responsible for Communications, Unilever Brand, and the shape and implementation of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan in North America. In 2007, Jonathan founded Common Way Communications, a public affairs and communications consultancy based in Vermont. There he worked as a consultant to the Global Issues Group, a coalition of global chocolate and cocoa processing companies and trade associations working on responsible labor practices in the cocoa sectors of West Africa. Prior to forming his consulting business, Jonathan was the Senior Director of Global Issues Management for Kraft Foods based in Illinois. He joined Kraft in 2002 and served as the Director of Corporate and Government Affairs for Kraft Foods Asia Pacific based in Australia and Singapore. Before taking on the global issues management assignment, he was the Senior Director of Commodity Sustainability programs for Kraft and was responsible for the strategic design and implementation of programs to promote the long-term sustainability of Kraft's sources of key commodities.
President & Co-Founder
The Telos Group, Inc.
*Co-founded The Telos Group, which grows a pro-Israel, pro-Palestine, pro-peace movement in mainstream America. Since 2009, Telos has engaged hundreds of top American leaders from far right to far left, including philanthropists, politicians and its niche, faith leaders; Telos guides them on unique high-touch trips of both Israel and Palestine; it then equips them to grow and mobilize this emerging movement in their communities and have impact in D.C.; currently scaling its own programming, including revenue generating trips. *Member of the Founding Committee and Secretary of the Executive Board, Narrative 4, a global organization involving preeminent authors, artists and community leaders aimed at promoting empathy through the exchange of stories. *Musician and lawyer; currently in San Diego and Washington D.C.; formerly in Ramallah, advising Palestinian leadership on negotiations with Israel; published in NYT and other leading outlets; graduate of UCLA and Yale Law School.
Mark has been involved in social finance for several years and founded Finance for Good in 2012. Prior to founding Finance for Good Mark was a consultant at McKinsey & Company where he specialized in innovation generation. Mark’s projects often involved creating new partnerships and communication channels between research teams and the broader organization in which they interacted. Through these projects, Mark has worked with Canada’s largest companies and provincial governments. Prior to joining McKinsey, Mark received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Alberta, where he was a Peter Lougheed Scholarship recipient. Mark is currently studying for his MBA at Said Business School as 2013-2014 Skoll Scholar.