President and founder
Search for Common Ground
John Marks is President and founder of Search for Common Ground, a non-profit, peacebuilding and conflict transformation organization with offices in 33 countries. He also founded and heads Common Ground Productions and has produced or executive-produced TV series in 20 countries. With his wife, Susan Collin Marks, he is a Skoll Awardee in Social Entrepreneurship, and, additionally, he is an Ashoka Senior Fellow. A best-selling, award-winning author, he was a US Foreign Service Officer, Executive Assistant to the late US Senator Clifford Case (R-NJ), a Fellow at Harvard's Institute of Politics, and a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School.
Chairman and Partner
Lions Head Global Partners
Bim Hundal is a founding Partner of Lions Head Global Markets, an investment bank focused on emerging markets and development. LHGP is a pioneer in using capital markets to help meet development objectives, and is often engaged in areas not normally served by the capital markets, such as African agriculture. Prior to this, Mr. Hundal was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs where he ran their emerging markets financing business in Central Europe, CIS, Middle East and Africa.
Co-Founder and CEO
Bassem Elhady is a computer and systems engineer, internet entrepreneur, social media researcher and analyst. He is Co-Founder and CEO of Kijamii, a Cairo based agency specialised in social media marketing. He is also the Co-Founder and Head of Innovations team at TEDxCairo, part of the independently organised TEDx programme dedicated to ideas worth spreading. Bassem is an INJAZ Egypt alumnus, where he first discovered his entrepreneurial streak. He is passionate about studying and understanding users’ behaviours on various social networks.
Camilo Galvis is the Executive Director of the abc* Foundation. Prior to joining the abc*, Camilo was the Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs of the Embassy of Colombia in London, where he promoted the negotiation and ratification of the Free Trade Agreement between the Community of Andean Nations and the European Union. Camilo is also a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University in New York City, where he conducts research on applied mathematics to finance and economics with the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Columbia Business School. Previously, he was the Director of Information of Fortune International, a Florida-based real estate development and investment firm, and an Integrated Technology Specialist with IBM. Camilo holds a BS degree in Economics from the University of Los Andes in Colombia and the University of Sydney in Australia and an MS in Operations Research from Columbia University.
Expert Associate Principal
McKinsey & Company Inc.
Dr. Boccaletti leads McKinsey’s work on water economics and is part of the leadership group of McKinsey’s Sustainability and Resource Productivity practice, and of McKinsey’s Economic Development Initiative. He has published and spoken on carbon and water economics, the role of smart infrastructure in resource constrained economies, and in 2007 co-founded and has since led McKinsey’s Global Water Resources initiative.
Joanna provides administrative and project support to the Finance and Operations and Programs teams. Prior to her current role she provided project support to several teams at Skoll, furnishing her with a well-rounded, intimate familiarity of the Foundation.
Edward Skloot is Director of the Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society and Professor of the Practice at the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, Duke University. In June 2007 he retired as President of the Surdna Foundation, a family foundation headquartered in New York City. Before coming to Surdna, Skloot was founder and President of New Ventures, a nonprofit consulting firm that assisted other NGOs in earning income as a complement to fundraising. Earlier, he served as a senior official in the governments of New York City and New York State and worked in the for-profit world as a management consultant. Currently, Skloot serves on the boards of Independent Sector, Venture Philanthropy Partners, TROSA, Citizens Schools and the National Council for Palliative Care. He is a member of the advisory boards of the Bridgespan Group and the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, Stanford University. The Surdna Foundation has published a compilation of Skloot’s recent speeches in the book Beyond the Money: Reflections on Philanthropy, the Nonprofit Sector, and Civic Life, 1999-2006. He was also the principal writer and editor of The Nonprofit Entrepreneur, published by the Foundation Center.
Anchor & Editor-at-Large
Francine Lacqua is an award-winning, London-based anchor and editor-at-large for Bloomberg Television. She hosts the weekday program, "On the Move with Francine Lacqua," where she reports from major events around the world and interviews key global political, economic and business leaders. Lacqua also co-hosts "The Pulse with Guy Johnson and Francine Lacqua," covering top international business, economic and market-moving stories from Bloomberg Television's London studio. Since joining Bloomberg in 2000, Lacqua has covered the World Economic Forum in Davos, IMF in Washington, G20 meetings, the EU Leaders Summit and OPEC. She also led Bloomberg Television's coverage of the Italian and French elections where she was one of the first international reporters to interview cabinet members. In 2013 Lacqua won 'International TV Personality of the Year' at the AIB Media Awards. She was previously nominated in 2009 and 2010.
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).
Educate Global Fund
Sandrine is the founder of Educate Global Fund (EGF), a new non-profit initiative seeking overcome barriers to Education by providing capital and strategic support to social businesses whose products and services are of commercial value whilst being accessible and affordable to the most disadvantaged communities. It invests across sectors such as Health, Nutrition, Water & Sanitation, Technology. EGF first portfolio company is I-Care (founded by Chantal Heutink) producing sanitary pads for girls to attend school in Kenya. Together with ProPortion Foundation, EGF developed the business case for I-Care and now supports its transition from charity to social business. Sandrine was previously Strategy Director for a non-profit organisation and has over a decade of professional experience in strategy consulting. Sandrine holds an MSc in International Business from Maastricht University, and was part of the inaugural class of the Oxford Impact Investing Programme at Said Business School.