Science, Technology and Industry Directorate
Karen works at the OECD where she focuses on entrepreneurship, innovation and finance, including social impact investment. She is also a Senior Fellow at Bruegel, a leading international economics think tank based in Brussels, Belgium and a Visiting Fellow at Oxford Said Business School. Karen is the founder of GV Partners, a research and consulting firm she created in 2004. She is a Board Member and Advisor of the European Foundation for Entrepreneurship Research (EFER), a member of the European Leadership Council for Harvard Business School and serves as an expert on the European Commission Horizon 2020 Access to Risk Finance Advisory Group. Previously, Karen was a Senior Fellow at the Kauffman Foundation, worked in venture capital and served as part of the senior management team at the World Economic Forum. She received, with honors, a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
From The Body Shop to Cafédirect to Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, Social Enterprise Ambassador Penny Newman is helping social businesses to make it big – and make a big difference. Penny Newman is a CEO who thrives on challenges and, having headed up three of the social enterprise world’s biggest brands, she’s had plenty of those. After a successful career in the private sector as marketing manager of the Body Shop she took the helm at fair trade hot drinks company Cafédirect and drove it through a time of expansion including a new business model.
Senior Fellow and Visiting Scientist
Harvard FXB Center for Health and Human Rights
Anne Stetson is an international lawyer and impact investor. She is a Senior Fellow and Visiting Scientist at Harvard University’s FXB Center, where she directs the program on human trafficking. Anne serves as president of Lighthouse Global Consulting, a strategic advisory firm to non-profits and foundations working to address issues related to global poverty. An impact investing pioneer, Anne has developed impact investments, co-founded an impact investing advisory firm, and advocated in writing and speaking for the field. Anne serves as a director of ACCION International, the John Merck Fund, and the Lookout Foundation. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She has published articles and books in the areas of impact investing, investing in developing markets, and human rights.
Sir Ben Kingsley, CBE (born Krishna Pandit Bhanji; 31 December 1943) is a British actor. He has won an Oscar, BAFTA, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards in his career. He is known for starring as Mohandas Gandhi in the film Gandhi in 1982, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor. He is also known for his performances in the films Schindler's List (1993), Sexy Beast (2000) and House of Sand and Fog (2003).
Salmmah Women Resource Center
Fahima Abdel Hafiz Hashim is a women’s rights defender and activist, researcher and trainer. She serves as the Director for Salmmah Women’s Resource Centre. Fahima has a Masters in Documentation and Library Sciences, Bayero University Kano, Nigeria and has over 25 years of experience in the area of gender and development, with a special emphasis on women's rights and sexuality, violence against women and peace-working with women youth in conflict and post conflict situations. Fahima is well connected with the African women’s movement.
Founder, Executive Director
Safeena has been committed to girls' education in India since 2002. She has worked extensively with rural and urban underserved communities in South America, Africa and Asia. From 1997 to 2004, she was the Chief Executive Director for Child Family Health International in San Francisco, managing and supporting a range of development programs in the area of health. She was also Board Chair of the International Development Exchange in San Francisco, a non-profit organization that promotes sustainable solutions to poverty in Africa, Asia and Latin America, as well as serving on the Advisory Council of the Clarence Foundation. Safeena Husain holds a B.S. from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences, and was born and raised in New Delhi, India.
Co-Founder and CEO
Madhav Chavan, a PhD in Chemistry, began work in the social domain in 1989. He is now CEO of Pratham Education Foundation, one of the largest education NGOs in India. Pratham was founded to bring business, government, and civil society together to solve the problems of education. Over the years he and his organization have tried to work with governments on large scale. When working with governments is not possible, Pratham works independently on a massive scale with volunteers. Innovations that work on scale in unstructured environments is an important feature of Pratham (www.pratham.org) Madhav has worked on several government bodies in India and has served as an advisor to some business and industrial houses in their work, especially related to education and vocational training. He was recognized as a Skoll Entrepreneur in 2011. In 2012 he was given the WISE Prize by the Qatar Foundation's World Innovation Summit for Education, being called the Nobel for education.