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Ahead of the Curve / Silatech
Dina Sherif is a Founding Partner of Ahead of the Curve, which is a social enterprise dedication to building sustainable societies by creating more sustainable business models and enterprises. Ms. Sherif has also been the Senior Advisor for Civic Engagement to Silatech, since October 2012. Prior to that she was the Associate Director of the John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement based at the American University in Cairo since the time of its establishment in 2006 until 2011. She has several years of experience in working with the private sector with regards to developing more responsible management practices and in developing strategic social investment programs. Ms. Sherif has also worked very closely with civil society organizations, in particular foundations, to create more effective programing that will lead to social change. She is also co-editor of the book "From Charity to Social Change: Trends in Arab Philanthropy," among other publications.
East Meets West Foundation
EMW President John Anner has been with the East Meets West Foundation since February 2003. John sees his job as building EMW into a global leader in effective, catalytic solutions to development issues such as the lack of clean water and high infant mortality. Prior to EMW, John was the founder and executive director of the Independent Press Association, a membership organization that provided technical assistance and business services to hundreds of independent and ethnic periodicals. The IPA was a highly entrepreneurial non-profit that generated most of its budget from earned income. Under John's leadership, the IPA either purchased or launched five businesses in five years. He started the organization with a $5,000 grant in 1996, and grew it to an operating budget of $3.5 million in 2002. He was also the President of BigTop Newsstand Services, an international magazine distribution company acquired by the IPA in 2000.
Founder and Chairman
Gawad Kalinga transforms slums into peaceful and productive communities. It works with 2,000 communities in the Philippines and other nations where poverty exists including Cambodia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. Engaging all sectors of society, mobilizing them to work together to end poverty, the organization is building a global army of volunteers on the ground and online, working with schools, corporations and other organized institutions to mainstream a culture of caring and sharing. Gawad Kalinga means to “give care”.
Irina Borogan is an investigative journalist and a deputy editor of Agentura.Ru. She started her journalistic career in 1996. She was cofounder of the project Agentura.Ru, the Russian secret services watchdog. Borogan reported on terrorist attacks in Russia, including hostage takings in Moscow and Beslan. In 2006 she covered Lebanon War and tensions in West Bank and Gaza Strip. In 2009 Borogan had a series of articles investigating the Kremlin's campaign to gain control of civil society under pretext of fighting extremism. Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan's book The New Nobility: The Restoration of Russia's Security State and the Enduring Legacy of the KGB was published in September 2010 by PublicAffairs, NYC. On October 6, 2013 The Guardian reported the research made by Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan over surveillance measures introduced by the Russian authorities at the 2014 Winter Olympics, including extensive electronic eavesdropping and surveillance.
Co-Founder and Curator-In-Chief
Peter Koechley is Co-Founder and Curator-In-Chief of Upworthy, a new mission-driven media company dedicated to bringing mass attention to the things that really matter using irresistible social media. Before Upworthy, Peter produced viral media for the advocacy organisation MoveOn.org, was Managing Editor of The Onion (America's Finest News Source) and co-created the Onion News Network. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, son, and dog.
Waterman Aylsworth - Centers for Creative Entrepreneurship
Ron Schultz is co-founder of Waterman Aylsworth and the Centers for Creative Entrepreneurship. He is also the founder and President of Entrepreneurs4Change, working with green and social businesses, veterans, and marginalized communities. His most recent book – Creating Good Work – The World’s Leading Social Entrepreneurs Show How to Build a Healthy Economy was released by Palgrave Macmillan in February, 2013. He has written or co-written and had published 22 previous books including: Coherence in the Midst of Complexity, written with Hugo Letiche and Michael Lissack, published by Palgrave-Macmillan in January, 2012; Adjacent Opportunities – Sparking Emergent Social Action (Emergent Publications, Impact Books, 2010) The Mindful Corporation: Liberating the Human Spirit at Work, (with Paul Nakai) (Leadership Press, 2000); and Open Boundaries: Creating Business Innovation through Complexity, (with Howard Sherman) (Perseus Books, 1998).
Author and Speaker
Digital Divide Data
Jeremy Hockenstein is co-founder and CEO of Digital Divide Data (DDD), an award-winning social enterprise pioneering its field. DDD provides socially responsible IT outsourcing services to clients around the world while creating jobs and better futures for disadvantaged youth in those countries. For its business success and remarkable social impact, DDD and Jeremy have been recognized with the prestigious Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship as well as awards from the World Bank Development Marketplace, the IFC Grassroots Business Initiative and the Global Knowledge Partnership. Among other media acclaim, Jeremy and DDD were profiled in Thomas Friedman's The World is Flat as his "favorite example" of a social entrepreneur's initiative. Prior to DDD, Jeremy worked as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and as an international nonprofit consultant. He graduated from Harvard with a B.A. in economics and earned an MBA from MIT's Sloan School of Management.
Founder and Chair
JP's Peace, Love & Happiness Foundation
The son of Greek and Italian immigrants, John Paul DeJoria was born with a strong work ethic and a natural enthusiasm for people. Growing up in Los Angeles, he was told by a high school teacher that he would never succeed at anything. John Paul proved that the way to become successful was to work hard -- he sold encyclopedias door to door, worked as a janitor and enlisted in the United States Navy. Despite a harsh economic climate and even a period of homelessness, John Paul co-founded Paul Mitchell in 1980 and helped turn it into the world's largest privately owned salon haircare company. He went on to co-found the Patrón Spirits Company, John Paul Pet & JP Selects -- all privately held companies with high ethical standards and reputations for integrity. The DeJoria family is committed to contributing to a sustainable planet through investing in people, protecting animals and conserving the environment.
Co-Founder and CEO
Javier is the co-founder of salaUno, a health care social enterprise focused on eye care for the bottom of the pyramid. Javier co-leads salaUno since August 2011, a team operating a high quality, high volume and low‐cost model to eliminate needless blindness in Mexico.
Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies
Dr. Jeffrey R. Solomon is the President of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies, a group of foundations operating in Canada, Israel and the United States. Among the foundations’ innovative launches are Birthright Israel and Reboot, two initiatives aimed at connecting young, assimilated Jews to their tradition, The Gift of New York, a powerful response to September 11, helping to heal families of victims through the power of culture, and Project Involvement, an educational reform program serving some 265,000 Israeli elementary school students. He previously served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of UJA-Federation of New York. Dr. Solomon also served with the City, State and Federal Governments. An author of over 100 publications in both professional journals and popular outlets. He is the author of two books, co written with Charles Bronfman.