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Sean Holt is a co-founder and partner at Purpose Capital, where he works with ventures, fund managers, investors and governments to design innovative investment products and platforms. He is a specialist in hybrid structuring and public-private investment partnerships, and a recognized veteran in global impact investing, having formed the predecessor of Purpose Capital US in 2004. Sean began his career in investment banking and private equity, before helping to launch several venture backed e-commerce and cleantech companies, and an educational foundation at his alma mater. Sean remains active in technology, as co-founder of a mobile application development company. He graduated with distinction from Cornell University as a Tradition Fellow, and earned his MBA from Oxford University as a Skoll Scholar. He serves on the board of several private companies, and as a director of the Buckminster Fuller Institute.
Director of Program Development
Tara works at the intersection of environmental management and economic development, advancing approaches to quantify, value, and invest in ecosystem services. A published author in the sustainable business space, her work has contributed to numerous projects on the evolving relevance of natural capital for corporate sustainability and economic development. Tara now directs Code REDD's programmatic development, advancing international efforts to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) by valuing the carbon storage services that forests provide. She holds a Master's from Duke University and a Bachelor of Science from Gettysburg College.
Associate Director., Desautels Centre for Integrative Thinking
Rotman School of Management
Jennifer Riel is the Associate Director of the Desautels Centre for Integrative Thinking at the Rotman School of Management. Jennifer is responsible for developing training programs, teaching and writing about integrative thinking and design. In her role, Jennifer also has oversight of Rotman Designworks (the school’s business design initiative) and I-Think (Rotman’s elementary and secondary school integrative thinking program).
Author and Speaker
Frm Chief Innovation Officer & Sr Counselor to Administrator of USAID where she had responsibility for inspiring & leading breakthrough innovations in foreign assistance & development worldwide. Co-led USAID Forward, Agency's major reform initiative & created ground-breaking public-private partnerships in supply chain sourcing, mobile money, gender equity, entrepreneurship & new models for sourcing & scaling development interventions. She served on the White House Innovation Cohort. Before coming to USAID, she authored President Obama's Biofuels Strategy served as Chief of Staff in U.S. Senate addressing the 2008 financial crisis, oil price explosion & renewal of clean energy tax credits. O’Neill has started four companies in the fields of electricity efficiency, customer info systems & billing, e-commerce & digital education. Named Greater Seattle Business Person of the Year in 1989. MBAs from Columbia & UC Berkeley. PhD from Univ of Wash. Teaches at Stanford, Columbia & UC Berkeley.
Strategic Partnerships, Climate Learning Initiative
Skoll Global Threats Fund
Nathan Willcox develops key partnerships to advance the Climate Learning Initiative at Skoll Global Threats Fund, based in San Francisco, California. Prior to joining the Skoll Global Threats Fund in January, Nathan worked for 12 years for Environment America, a non-profit environmental advocacy organization. There he directed Environment America’s federal global warming program for three years, focusing on organizing and advocacy to promote climate, clean air and clean energy policy solutions. While at Environment America, he helped to secure implementation of the 2017-2025 national clean vehicles standards, the Environmental Protection Agency’s first-ever mercury pollution standards for power plants, EPA’s proposed carbon-pollution standards for power plants, and EPA’s strengthening of air quality standards for particle pollution. Nathan has a B.A. in Environmental Policy and Political Science from American University in Washington, D.C.
Executive Editor, CNN Freedom Project
Leif Coorlim is an award-winning journalist and executive editor of the CNN Freedom Project. He has overseen the broadcast of hundreds of stories on modern-day slavery from the network’s global headquarters in Atlanta. Coorlim has produced a number of award-winning documentaries on modern-day slavery including “The Fighters,” “Common Dreams” and “Innocence for Sale”, which won the 2010 CINE Golden Eagle Award. In less than four years of broadcasting the Freedom Project, CNN has helped free more than 1,000 people held in slavery, catalyzed public rallies, facilitated life-saving surgeries for tortured victims and changed federal laws and business practices from Cambodia to California. Previous to his work on human trafficking, Coorlim oversaw the network’s environmental programming, producing both of CNN’s long-standing series, “Eco-Solutions” and “Going Green.” He has also led CNN International’s “Impact Your World” segment, an initiative empowering its global audience to take action.
In 2009, Liam co-founded Wavelength to change the world for the better through business. Before that he created and/or led 12 social businesses including Liverpool’s pioneering FRC Group (1992-2004) and Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen (2004-2008). He is the President of the Friends of Grameen (an international solidarity group around Muhammad Yunus) and helps pick winners for Impact Ventures UK and Centrica’s Ignite entrepreneurs fund. He dispenses irreverent advice through his widely read Dear Jude blog.
Office of the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Financing the Health MDGs and for Malaria
Suprotik Basu is Chief Executive Officer of the Office of the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and for Malaria. He concurrently serves as CEO of the MDG Health Alliance, an initiative of the Office of the Special Envoy focused on bringing business leaders and business approaches into the efforts to achieve the Health MDGs. Mr Basu leads strategy development for the Special Envoy, to secure sustained financing for and the achievement of the the Health MDGs by the internationally agreed deadline of December 31, 2015.
Pieter Oostlander was educated as a Registered Accountant (CPA) and worked for eight years in the audit profession with PwC and Deloitte, and for 15 years in operational financial with ASM, Peek Traffic and Rigda Group. In 2004 he joined Noaber Foundation as Managing Director, responsible for grantmaking and social investments. In 2010 he started shærpa, the impact advisory organisation of Noaber, assisting wealthy families and endowed foundations to achieve the maximum impact through their charitable investments. Oostlander is a Trustee of the EVPA.
Deloitte & Touche USA
Nidhi Hegde is a Manager at Monitor Inclusive Markets (MIM), a dedicated unit within Monitor Deloitte that focuses on catalyzing market-based approaches to improve the lives and livelihoods of the global poor. She has been a key member of MIM’s affordable housing program, working with developers to help them get into the market. Most recently, she has been leading a multi-year study on the ‘unintended consequences’ of our low-income housing model on households as they buy, move into and make a new life in these new apartments. In addition, Nidhi has worked on projects relating to financial inclusion, digital livelihoods for BoP, and impact investing. Nidhi has played key roles on the teams that produced the reports From Blueprint to Scale: The Role of Philanthropy in Impact Investing, and Bridging the Gap: The Business Case for Financial Capability and MIM's upcoming report on scaling inclusive models.