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Vice President of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility
Elaine Weidman-Grunewald is Vice President of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility (CR) for the Ericsson Group worldwide. She has worked for Ericsson in the US and Sweden for over 15 years. During this time she has held various positions in the company ranging from Environmental Product Management to Sales and Marketing. Since 2005 her work has focused exclusively on driving Ericsson’s sustainability and CR initiatives, and today she reports to the company President and CEO. Ms. Weidman-Grunewald’s focus is on the role that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) can play in addressing global challenges in areas such as poverty, development, climate change and human rights. As the Ericsson spokesperson for Sustainability and CR, she is a frequent speaker at conferences, and interacts regularly with media, customers, policy makers and the analyst and investment community. She is responsible for a number of public private partnerships which explore the use Ericsson’s core technology to solve some of the world’s most compelling challenges and help to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, including the company’s educational program, Connect To Learn.
Community Logging Cordinator
Over two thirds of Indonesia’s forests are in critical condition due to illegal logging. Silverius Oscar Unggul has created a business model that empowers and provides economic incentives for forest dwelling communities to get involved with conservation efforts by helping them manage their own sustainable “eco-label” timber businesses.
CEO / Founder
March to the Top Foundation
Founded in 2006, March to the Top (M2T) was established as a foundation to help the less fortunate in Africa. I sought and successfully solicited donations in an endeavor to raise funds by climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. At 19,340 ft., “Kili” is the tallest mountain on the continent. This adventure proved to reveal the wonderful spirit of Africa and helped to raise awareness for the needs of the people and landscapes which make it spectacular. My goal in founding March to the Top was to investigate and fund projects where our donors (and myself) could have a direct impact on the individuals and communities in need without the setbacks of corruption or administrative overhead. Beyond financial support, my goal was and continues to be to provide an on-going working partnership with the people and communities our foundation supports, so that both parties would benefit from the rewards that come with forming friendships and starting dialogues between diverse peoples.
Queen consort of Jordan
Rania Al Abdullah (born Rania al Yassin on 31 August 1970) is the current Queen consort of Jordan as the wife of King Abdullah II of Jordan. She has focused her energy, at home and abroad, on a variety of causes. In Jordan, her work concentrates on the calibre and quality of education for Jordanian children, while abroad she advocates for global education and for world leaders to fulfill their commitments towards the second Millennium Development Goal, Universal Primary Education.
Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
Kirk O. Hanson is executive director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University and John Courtney Murray S.J. University Professor of Social Ethics. The Center has extensive programs in business ethics, bioethics, government ethics, internet ethics and character education, and works closely with groups of business corporations, hospitals, city councils and school districts on professional ethics. He taught business ethics at the Stanford Graduate School of Business for 23 years, served as faculty director of the Stanford Sloan Program, and is now Senior Lecturer Emeritus there. He has written extensively on the ethical and public behavior of corporations, including co-editing a four volume series in 2006 entitled The Accountable Corporation. Hanson has consulted with over 100 organizations on managing ethics. Hanson currently serves on the board of the Skoll Community Fund and is chair of the Center for International Business Ethics in Beijing, China’s fi
Public Broadcasting Service
Patti Parson provides editorial, managerial and financial supervision for the show’s tape production. As head of the social entrepreneur unit, she has supervised the production of dozens of tape segments from all around the world, and oversees the social enterprise website. Her own productions and those she has supervised have won numerous awards, including those given by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, CINE, and the Society of Environmental Journalists. Parson started her television career on the crew at KCTS/Seattle. She rose to being the station’s Director of Promotions and later senior producer for its public affairs programming. Parson earned her bachelor’s degree from Smith College, and her master’s degree from the University of Washington.
Development Innovation Ventures
Sarah Burch is one of the founding members of the Development Innovation Venture team at USAID, a VC-inspired fund at USAID that invests in social enterprises around the world. Initially working for USAID’s first Chief Innovation Officer, Sarah has played a key role in managing agency wide initiatives such as the creation of DIV and an office focused on innovation and partnerships. Sarah works closely with DIV portfolio companies in order to help them grow their operations and impact. She is currently working to build portfolio management support for DIV’s 88 investments as well as building innovative financing tools to help grow social enterprises. Sarah has screened over 400 business plans and served on four DIV investment committees focused on evaluating scalable development solutions suitable for DIV financing. Sarah hails from Washington State and is a proud alumna of Notre Dame.
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.
Design Researcher & Strategist
A design researcher, strategist & educator, Deborah believes that engaging and understanding people and their communities is the key to creating lasting impact. For 15 years, she has worked closely with and within organizations to unearth opportunities that evolve their offerings. Clients range from Fortune 100 companies to non-profits and start-ups across industries including healthcare, financial services, cultural, government, tech and education. With a background in social entrepreneurship, communication design and architecture, she often works in cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary contexts, bringing structure and clarity to complex situations in the development of effective systems, services, stories and strategies. Deborah was Co-Founder of The Comradery and has taught design and research in Singapore, México and currently at IIT's Institute of Design in Chicago. She also designed and led the pilot year of Firebelly U, an incubator for designers starting social enterprises.
MD Ignite Social Enterprise
Ignite social enterprise LP
Julia Rebholz – Managing Director, Ignite Social Enterprise LP Julia manages Ignite, a £10m social impact fund, backed by Centrica Plc. Ignite invests in energy-related organisations that are making a real difference in people’s lives with in the UK. Julia is passionate about the energy industry and its role in society. She holds an MBA and has international experience in corporate strategy, M&A and managing complex integrations.