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Author and Speaker
Dan Berelowitz is the Chief Exec of the International Centre for Social Franchising (ICSF). The ICSF tackles the issue of scale; its mission is to help the most successful social impact projects replicate. In early 2012 Dan left his job as the first Director of Tzedek—a worldwide poverty alleviation organization engaged in projects in Ghana and India—to work full-time for ICSF. Tzedek more than quadrupled in size during his four years of leadership. Dan is currently a Clore Fellow—engaged in a prominent MBA programme for the charity sector—and recently spent three months working with Oxfam, assessing which of their UK projects are franchise-ready. He has a BSc in Management from Nottingham University, and is a Rothschild Fellow at the Cambridge Judge Business School.
Founder and President
Founder & President of Ciudad Saludable, Member of Board of PWI, President of HCI, all as Healthy City Group; Member of Board of Global Fairness Initiative. Ph.D. summa cum laude in Chemical Engineering, Universitat Ramón Llull, Spain (2010). Graduated as Industrial Engineer at the UNI, and as Sanitary Engineer in Solid Waste, as second specialty, Peru. M.A. in Ecology and Environmental Management, Ricardo Palma University (2000), Peru. Specialization studies in "The Management of Hazardous Waste", University of Basel, Switzerland and in "Local Management and Direction" University of La Rábida, Spain. Ashoka Social Entrepreneur Fellow since 1996, she is considered among the world's best social entrepreneurs. Avina leader since 1998. Social Entrepreneur Schwab Foundation 2001. Social Entrepreneur Skoll Foundation 2006. 2006 Dubai International Award; Global Development Network 2006; Globe Energy Award 2007, Bravo Latin Trade Award 2006, 2011 RSA's Albert Medal, Global Fairness 2011.
Director of Sustainable Finance
Michelle leads Rainforest Alliance’s Sustainable Finance Initiative. Based in San Francisco, she is responsible for evaluating the financing needs, capacities and solutions for enterprises in RA’s agriculture program area. Michelle also manages the SFI’s global strategy, partnership development, fundraising and program management. Previously Michelle worked with TechnoServe as the in East Africa Regional Credit Manager for the Coffee Initiative. Based in Rwanda and Ethiopia, Michelle arranged $18 million in investment and working capital financing for coffee cooperatives in Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania. Before her transition to impact investing, Michelle worked in the US alternative investment industry in various senior institutional marketing roles. Michelle holds a BS in Finance from Indiana University, Bloomington and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.
PETER NICKS’ latest feature documentary The Waiting Room, which chronicles a day-in-the-life of an Oakland, CA hospital waiting room, was released in 2012 to critical acclaim, being named by the San Francisco Film Critics Circle as the best documentary of 2012 and shortlisted for an Academy Award. The Washington Post named The Waiting Room one of the “ten best films of 2012” and the film garnered numerous accolades including the Stella Artois Truer The Fiction filmmaking grant, Gotham IFP and Independent Spirit Award nominations for best documentary and a Cinema Eye nomination for best debut feature. Prior to his recent work in film, Nicks directed numerous projects for television. In 2006 He earned an Emmy Award for Blame Somebody Else, which explored human trafficking during the Iraq War. Nicks is now developing a film about the Oakland Police Department, the second of a trilogy of character-driven films exploring health care, criminal justice and education in Oakland, CA.
Further by Design
Jeff Hamaoui is an expert in collaborative innovation. He has spent 20 years building partnerships around the world working with many fortune 500 companies, governments, investors and NGOs trying to understand the strategies, technologies, financial tools and narratives to effectively get groups of people to design together, invest together and work together.
Director, Digital Engagement and Innovation
Robin Hood Foundation
For the past ten years, Harish Bhandari had created marketing and online experiences for a range of brands. He works at Robin Hood, New York City's largest poverty fighting organization, on digital projects as well as helping to source partners and new technology to amplify poverty interventions.
Sai Woone Seng is the Director of Operations at Proximity Designs. Sai was born in Shan State, Myanmar and received his B.A. English from Yangon University and M.B.A from Emporia State University in the United States. He is also an alumnus of the Asia Pacific Leadership Program of the East‐West Center in Hawaii and the Executive Education program of Harvard Kennedy School. As the Director of Operations, Sai brings more than 14 years of professional experience ranging from starting his own business to working for multinational corporations such as Total, AT&T, and IKEA both in Myanmar and abroad. Currently he oversees overall operations of Proximity Designs. He also advises on strategy and implements strategic initiatives for the whole organization such as developing continuous learning and leadership capabilities. He has led leadership development programs for all the team leaders and managers at Proximity. He is a big proponent of design-thinking and social enterprises.
Publisher and Editor
Dumbo Feather Magazine
Berry Liberman is the co-founder and Creative Director of Small Giants, the Publisher and Editor of Dumbo Feather magazine and a mum to the three cutest kids in the world. Small Giants was founded in 2007 to create, support, nurture and empower businesses that are contributing to the world in a meaningful way. Dumbo Feather is a labour of love. Designed, edited and printed in Melbourne, Australia, it is a quarterly journal highlighting the stories of extraordinary people, living lives of passion and commitment to changing the world we live in.
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.