Head of Oil Independence Policies
Michael Granoff has been Head of Oil Independence Policies for Better Place since its 2007 founding. He was founder of Maniv Energy Capital, a New York-based investment group that has holdings in Better Place, Israel Cleantech Ventures, and other clean energy interests. Mr. Granoff serves on the board of several non-profits, including the Washington, DC advocacy group Securing America’s Future Energy. Mr. Granoff holds a BA from Tufts University, an MBA from Kellogg School of Management and a JD from Northwestern School of Law. He is an avid marathon runner, and he and his wife have four young children.
David Auerbach is a co-founder of Sanergy, which makes hygienic sanitation affordable and accessible in Africa's informal settlements. Previously, David ran Partnerships at Endeavor, a non-profit that helps high-impact entrepreneurs in the developing world. He served as the Deputy Chair for Poverty Alleviation at the Clinton Global Initiative in 2005-6 and taught in central China for two years. David is an Ashoka, Echoing Green and Rainer Arnhold Fellow. He holds an MBA from MIT and a BA from Yale University. He lives in Nairobi, Kenya.
Ross Baird, Executive Director Ross developed the Village Capital concept in 2009, and has led the development of programs worldwide. Before launching Village Capital, he worked with First Light Ventures, a seed fund focused on impact investments. Prior to First Light, Ross worked on the development of four education-related start-up ventures: the Indian School Finance Company in Hyderabad, India; the National College Advising Corps in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and two ventures using technology to promote civic participation. He has a MPhil from the University of Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and a BA from the University of Virginia, where he was a Truman Scholar and a Jefferson Scholar.
Manager, Donor and Stakeholder Relations
Medicines for Malaria Venture
Matthew is responsible for the effective relationship management of the stakeholder network of Medicines for Malaria Venture - a public-private product development partnership that discovers, develops and delivers life-saving antimalarials. This involves maintaining current and securing new partnerships through resource mobilization, advocacy and stewardship efforts with governments, foundations and corporate partners. Prior to that he spent a number of years in Asset Management and Private Banking. Matthew has a Masters in Social and Economic Science and is a doctoral candidate in Management and Strategy.
Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer
National Public Radio
Kinsey Wilson was recently named Chief Content Officer for National Public Radio with the goal of establishing an integrated vision for the network's news, programming and digital operations. Since arriving at NPR in 2008, Kinsey has worked to expand its newsgathering capacity and championed a strategy that has put NPR at the forefront of digital media innovation. For more than 15 years he has played a leadership role in digital media and is a past president of the Online News Association, which has emerged as a leading voice for journalism innovation.
Program Lead, Innovation Labs
World Bank Institute
Gail Davenport is a Program Lead in the World Bank Institute's Innovation Lab, leading team dedicated to exploring how innovation processes and crowdsourcing can help in solving development problems. The team advises on, designs and leads challenges - projects include the global Apps for Development and Apps for Climate competitions, and the annual World Bank wide internal innovation challenge. Prior to undertaking this role, Gail held a series of investment roles in the International Finance Corporation, including a three year assignment in Ghana. She holds a BA and MBA from Queen’s University, and is continuing studies in organization development.
Miri Ben-Ari is a Grammy Award-winning violinist/producer, UN Goodwill Ambassador, humanitarian and the Global Brand Ambassador of Harman Kardon. Originally from Israel, she is a recognized musical pioneer, having created her own unique sound – a revolutionary fusion of classical, soul and dance music. She has worked with artists such as Kanye West, Jay Z and Armin Van Buuren and has been honored by First Lady, Michelle Obama at the White House as a “Remarkable Woman”. Ben-Ari is the CEO and co-founder of “Gedenk,” a nonprofit dedicated to promoting awareness of the Jewish Holocaust among young people. To learn more about Miri Ben-Ari visit www.miribenari.com, visit Facebook.com/MiriBenAri and follow her on Twitter (@MiriBenAri)
Host and Executive Editor
Public Radio International
Marco Werman is host and Executive Editor of the Public Radio International-WGBH-BBC daily co-production "The World." He’s won an Emmy award for a 2006 documentary on Libya.