Teach For All
Wendy Kopp is the CEO and Founder of Teach For America, the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in pursuit of educational excellence and equity. Kopp founded Teach For America in 1989 and has spent the last 19 years working to sustain and grow its efforts. This year, more than 6,200 corps members teach in the US’s neediest communities, reaching over 400,000 students. They are joined by more than 14,000 alumni, who are already assuming significant leadership roles in education and social reform.
Global Business, BBC World Service
Peter Day was born in Norfolk in 1947 and educated at Lincoln School and the University of Oxford. He joined BBC Radio News in 1974. In 1988, he became the presenter of the Radio 4 programme 'In Business' with a mandate to seek out the trends influencing the working world. Peter has that rare ability of making listeners interested in subjects they didn’t realise they cared about. Since 2000 he has also presented the BBC World Service’s Global Business. His podcast, Peter Day's World of Business is one of the BBC’s most popular downloads.
Lawyer, Notary Public and Conveyancer
High Court of Zimbabwe
Fiona Muchembere is a Lawyer, Notary Public and Conveyancer with the High Court of Zimbabwe. She grew up in poverty and had to struggle to attain education. Fiona is one of the first recipients of support from Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED) to go through university education at the University of Zimbabwe where she earned a Bachelor of Laws Degree. Upon completing her studies in 2002, Fiona worked as Human Rights Officer for CAMA, challenging the conspiracy of silence on abuse in rural communities and lobbying the Public Service Commission on its policies to prevent and prosecute abuse. She has also worked as a lawyer with a leading law firm in Zimbabwe and as an advisor to the Central Bank of Zimbabwe. In 2006, Fiona joined CAMFED International as Programme Manager Institutional Development to support the development of CAMA with emerging networks in Ghana, Zambia and Tanzania, in addition to Zimbabwe, to address critical issues affecting women in rural Africa.
Co-Founder and CEO
Shokay International Group
Marie So is the co-founder of Ventures in Development, a non-profit that catalyses creation of social enterprises in the Greater China region. Since 2006, So and her partner have founded two social enterprises: Meixiang yak cheese and Shokay (www.shokay.com). So graduated from Harvard Kennedy School’s Masters in Public Administration/International Development programme. She is an Echoing Green Fellow 2008, Asia 21 Young Leader 2008, Asia Society and the World Economic Forum Global Young Leaders 2009.
Hupacasath First Naton
Dr. Judith is the Chief of the Hupacasath First Nation, located in Port Alberni, BC, Canada and has been Chief for fourteen years. Turning a relatively poor First Nation that is entirely dependent on government funding into a First Nation that can sustain itself is an exercise in Social Enterprise. Under Judith’s leadership, the Hupacasath have begun to turn the tides through environmentally sustainable business while providing meaningful employment and revenue to the First Nation. Judith draws on a background of practicing law, working in international forums, lobbying governments and other agencies for the promotion and protection First Nations rights and title.
Stacey Brewer is the CEO of eAdvance, an education organisation with a mission to create systemic change in South African education. In January 2013, eAdvance launched Spark Schools, a network of blended-learning primary schools in Johannesburg. Stacey became invested in education reform in the course of her MBA thesis, in which she proposed a sustainable financial model for low-fee private schools. Further research was conducted internationally to search for best practices that could be replicated in South Africa.