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Chair, Pilotlight Foundation
Fiona Halton is Chair of the Pilotlight Foundation, which she set up in 2003. Pilotlight places teams of highly skilled business people into non-profits to give them the business skills and tools to grow. Since Pilotlight started, over 800 such “Pilotlighters” have given over £7m of their time to 350 non-profits using a unique model of skills giving. Within a year of working with Pilotlight, non-profits increase their income, on average, by 50 per cent while also doubling the number of people they reach. Before Pilotlight, Fiona helped launch the first ever Comic Relief as its Co-Director; it raised over £13m, while Comic Relief went on to raise far more. Fiona also inspired a new generation of volunteers by launching Timebank, a national volunteering project done with the BBC. She previously conceived and ran British Film Year, for which she won the British Sales and Marketing Award.
Noah Manduke is the President of Durable Good, a management consultancy focused on helping nonprofit organizations and social enterprises leverage strategic branding disciplines to accelerate impact. Durable Good’s 2013-14 clients include the Skoll Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, A Better Seattle, Capricorn Investment Group, the Social Progress Imperative, the Fossil Foundation, and the North American Association for Environmental Education. Noah is the former Chief Strategy Officer of the Jeff Skoll Group, a portfolio of organizations created by philanthropist and social entrepreneur, Jeff Skoll, to pursue his vision of a more sustainable world. Prior to serving the social sector, Noah spent over 25 years helping businesses to optimize their branding, marketing and communications practices. During that time, he spent 13 years at global advertising agency, Ogilvy & Mather, and 8 years at global strategic branding firm, Siegel & Gale, where Noah was president and COO.
Senegalese singer and star of the world stage Baaba Maal is a man with a mission that extends beyond his music. He is committed to the concerns of families, young people and the future of the African continent, as is reflected in his role as Youth Emissary for the United Nations’ Development Programme. As a solo artist, Baaba Maal has recorded 9 albums and a best of compilation released on the Palm Pictures label in 2005. In June 2009 he released his fourth studio album with Palm, entitled 'Television'. This album is full of life, with modern 'western' elements, collaberating with the New-York based, Brazilan Girls, and legendary songwriter Barry Reynolds. Hypnotic in parts, ascoustically-driven with impeccable vocals from Maal.
Cartier Charitable Foundation
Pascale de la Frégonnière joined the Cartier Charitable Foundation in July 2013 as Executive Director. From 2008 to 2013, she was in charge of development programmes and then she led the Corporate fundraising team of UNICEF France. Prior to moving to Paris, she built her career working for the UN in Somalia, Irak, Lebanon, Jordan, Haiti, but also held responsibilities at the UN and UNICEF Headquarters in New York and at the International Fund for Agricultural Development in Rome. She now resides in Geneva.
Author and Speaker
Chairman of the Board
Sean McKaughan has over 20 years of experience in the field of sustainable development. He is Chairman of the Board of Fundación Avina, a Latin American philanthropic foundation contributing to sustainability in 18 countries of the region. Prior to his current role as Chairman, Mr. McKaughan led Avina’s executive team for seven years as CEO. During his tenure at Avina, Mr. McKaughan has been an advocate for inclusive business, the Amazon, social innovation networks, and the promotion of sustainability in Latin America and throughout the world. Mr. McKaughan holds master’s degrees in Urban Planning and Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. He and his family have lived in Rio de Janeiro since 2001.
Learning Service / Skoll Centre
After attending Oxford through the Skoll Scholarship for Social Entrepreneurship, Daniela came on to the Skoll Centre team as a Student Programming & Outreach Manager and later as a consultant and lecturer for the MBA program. Prior to coming to the UK, Daniela founded PEPY Tours, an educational travel company and PEPY, a youth leadership and education organization in Cambodia. Through this work, she became passionate about improving the impact of volunteer travel, and she has teamed up with others working on a video series, book, and educational resources about "Learning Service", a movement to put the learning first in international service. She also works with a range of social impact organizations, from companies looking to examine their philanthropy models to social enterprises redesigning their strategy to align with their impact. She is current part of the Clore Social Leadership Programme and lives in London.
In 2009, Liam co-founded Wavelength to change the world for the better through business. Before that he created and/or led 12 social businesses including Liverpool’s pioneering FRC Group (1992-2004) and Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen (2004-2008). He is the President of the Friends of Grameen (an international solidarity group around Muhammad Yunus) and helps pick winners for Impact Ventures UK and Centrica’s Ignite entrepreneurs fund. He dispenses irreverent advice through his widely read Dear Jude blog.
National Geographic Magazine
Marcus Bleasdale is a documentary photographer who uses his work to influence policy makers around the world. His work on human rights and conflict has been shown at the US Senate, The US House of Representatives, The United Nations and the Houses of Parliament in the UK. Marcus' work also appears in the New Yorker, The New York Times, The Sunday Times Magazine, The Telegraph Magazine, Stern, Le Monde, TIME Magazine, Newsweek and National Geographic Magazine. Exhibitions include "The Rape of a Nation" The Federal Building NYC (2006), The Central Library, Chicago (2006), Visa Pour L’Image (2007), Nobel Peace Centre Oslo (2007), Ministry of Foreign Affairs France (2008), Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo (2009), US Senate (2009), UN NYC (2009), The Houses of Parliament UK (2010). US House of Representatives (2011). Fotografiska, Sweden (2013), Skrova Harbour (2014). He has published two books "One Hundred Years of Darkness" 2002 and "The Rape of a Nation" 200
Sean Holt is a co-founder and partner at Purpose Capital, where he works with ventures, fund managers, investors and governments to design innovative investment products and platforms. He is a specialist in hybrid structuring and public-private investment partnerships, and a recognized veteran in global impact investing, having formed the predecessor of Purpose Capital US in 2004. Sean began his career in investment banking and private equity, before helping to launch several venture backed e-commerce and cleantech companies, and an educational foundation at his alma mater. Sean remains active in technology, as co-founder of a mobile application development company. He graduated with distinction from Cornell University as a Tradition Fellow, and earned his MBA from Oxford University as a Skoll Scholar. He serves on the board of several private companies, and as a director of the Buckminster Fuller Institute.
Alliance for Affordable Internet
Dr. Bitange Ndemo is the honorary chairperson of the Alliance for Affordable Internet. He is immediate former Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Communications, Kenya. He is regarded as the father of Broadband in Kenya, having championed the development of Fibre Optic cables and other supporting infrastructure to the Eastern Africa region. He teaches Entrepreneurship and Research Methods at the University of Nairobi’s Business School. He joined University of Nairobi in 1993 as a Tutorial Fellow rising through the ranks to become a Senior Lecturer before moving to civil service in 2005. Dr Ndemo is now focusing his energies on the demand side of IT through aggressive local content development.