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Minister of Finance
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was appointed in July 2011 as the new Minister of Finance for the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Prior to this appointment, she was the Managing Director of World Bank (October 2007 - July 2011) and has also held the position of a Finance Minister and Foreign Minister of Nigeria, between 2003 and 2006. She is notable for being the first woman to hold either of those positions. She served as finance minister from July 2003 until her appointment as foreign minister in June 2006, and as foreign minister until her resignation in August 2006.
Author and Speaker
Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus is the father of microcredit and social business, Founder of Grameen Bank and of more than 50 other companies. Fortune Magazine named him 'one of 12 greatest entrepreneurs of our time'. Professor Yunus received the Nobel Peace Prize for his work with the Grameen Bank Project and is one of seven people to have received the Nobel Peace Prize, the US Presidential Medal of Freedom and the US Congressional Gold Medal. He received his BA and PhD in Economics and is the recipient of more than 50 honorary degrees.
Said Business School
Austin Harris is the founder of Inkomoko, a Rwanda-based business accelerator for high-potential SMEs. Inkomoko provides consulting, financing, mentoring, and capacity building services to develop businesses in the region. Austin brings more than seven years of experience working in finance. With a BA in Economics from Swarthmore College, Austin first began his career in an upstart M&A firm, then later worked in Risk Control and as a Financial Analyst for Citigroup. Austin transitioned to microfinance, first working with the International Finance department of BRAC in Bangladesh, and then heading the financial analysis and strategy for Urwego Opportunity Bank in Rwanda. Early in his career, Austin also founded an apparel company. Working with the United Nations Development Program in Brazil, Austin was able to sell finished products from small clothing factories in Brazil to the U.S. and Europe. Currently, Austin is a Skoll Scholar and obtaining his MBA at Said Business School.
Social Venture Technology Group
Sara M. Olsen is the founding partner of Social Venture Technology Group (SVT), the first firm to specialize in social and environmental returns analysis for private companies, and the related information systems. Sara is a pioneer in practical methods of non-financial valuation for private equity investors, portfolio companies, foundations and social enterprises. SVT works in collaboration with entrepreneurs and other industry leaders to develop and disseminate approaches in a range of fields that include the clean technology, green building, community economic development, health, policy advocacy, human rights and the arts. Previously she helped found an arts-based community development venture for Shorebank Corporation.
Director of Global Programs
Said Business School
Kjerstin Erickson is a Skoll Skollar at Oxford’s Saïd Business School. Prior to Oxford, Erickson spent 9 years as the Founder and Executive Director of FORGE, a strategic-impact nonprofit that provides education, skills training, and entrepreneurial resources to more than 70,000 refugees in war-torn Africa. Erickson’s awards include the Skoll Scholarship for Social Entrepreneurship, the Do Something Award for public service, and the Stanford Haas Public Service Fellowship. She has also been named a “Top 40 Leader Under 40” by the New Leaders Council, a “Person You Should Know” by CNN, and a “Top 10 College Woman” by Glamour Magazine.
Lecturer in Development Studies
University of Oxford
Xiaolan Fu is Director of the Technology and Management for Development Programme, University Lecturer in Development Studies and Fellow of Green Templeton College. She is also project co-leader of several EPSRC and ESRC funded projects. She received the European Commission Gate2Growth 2005 'European Best Paper' Award, and has conducted consultancy research for ILO, UNCTAD, UNIDO, UKTI and the Chinese government. Dr Fu serves on the Advisory Expert Group of the OECD Global Investment Forum and is President of the Chinese Economic Association (Europe) and CEA (UK). She is also a Senior Research Associate at the University of Cambridge and University of Tsinghua, and a Visiting Professor at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. As a leading China expert, she has participated in various interviews and panel discussions at main stream media including BBC Newsnight, BBC News, BBC Radio 2, Sky News and China Radio International.
Isabel Kelly joined Salesforce.com Foundation in 2002 after 11 years' at Amnesty International campaigning for human rights in China, with a focus on Tibet. Initially as the Director for Europe, Middle East Africa, and from 2008 as the International Director, Isabel has grown the Foundation's 1% philanthropy model alongside Salesforce's rapid commercial growth and success. The 1% model of time, product and equity, has enabled the donation of thousands of hours of volunteer time from company employees to organizations they are passionate about; 20,000 nonprofit, social enterprise and education organizations use donated & discounted Salesforce technology in over 110 countries, and several million £/$/€ have been given in grants.
Entrepreneur in Residence
Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
Matt is an Associate Fellow at Said Business School and supports both the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Oxford Entrepreneurship Centre. His work in Oxford has involved co-founding the Emerge Venture Lab and Oxford Lean LaunchPad entrepreneurship programmes and directing the Said Business School Seed Fund. Matt also works for the Prudential Regulation Authority, part of the Bank of England. Prior to his current Oxford and London roles, Matt worked in Impact Investing (Bridges Ventures), Venture Philanthropy (Absolute Return for Kids) and as a social entrepreneur (Cosmos Ignite, a solar energy venture in India). He has an MBA from Stanford Business School, is Chair of GlobalGiving UK and a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year finalist (UK).
Author and Speaker
CEO and Co-Founder
Riders for Health
Co-founder and CEO of Riders for Health, Andrea and husband Barry, are life-long motorcyclists. They saw that well-maintained motorcycles in Africa meant health care delivered, money saved and people trained in appropriate skills. Andrea's motorcycle racing life and her work in promotion and sports management provided her with a practical outlook and skills that have helped guide the financial and advocacy development of Riders. Introducing innovations for vehicle management in Africa to deliver health care requires persistence and an impatience with the status quo. I have both in abundance' she says. The quality and innovation Riders brings has been recognised by the leading voices in the development community. Riders has received many awards including the renowned Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.
As Executive Director of Code REDD, Karin advocates for corporate leaders to address climate change by catalyzing the market for REDD verified emissions reductions through both voluntary and compliance carbon markets. Her background in finance and emerging markets combined with her demonstrated interest in international development and environmental conservation makes Karin uniquely suited to lead Code REDD. Karin brings years of expertise in clean technology and sustainability and more than a decade of experience in the private sector originating & structuring large-scale transactions with major multinationals.. Karin has worked for large corporations such as JP Morgan Chase and global sustainability initiatives such as Masdar City. She has spent several years working in emerging markets such as China, India, Brazil, & Indonesia, and speaks several languages. Karin holds a bachelor’s degree with honors from Duke University, a M.B.A. in finance with honors from Edinburgh Business School, a M.P.A. in International Development Economics from Harvard University, and was a Fulbright Scholar in India.