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Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation
Chloe Holderness is the Managing Director of the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation. She joined the Foundation in 2007 and has helped to establish it as the leading capacity builder and provider of pro bono legal services to the global social entrepreneurship community. Before joining the Foundation, Ms. Holderness worked as an attorney specializing in corporate transactions and business law at McGuireWoods LLP, a research associate at the Kenan Institute for Private Enterprise at UNC – Chapel Hill and with the Kenan Institute’s Center for Sustainable Enterprise, and as a corporate finance and M&A associate at First Union Securities. Ms. Holderness received a B.A with honors from Davidson College, a J.D. from The University of North Carolina School of Law and an M.B.A. from UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.
Author and Speaker
Founder and President
Ann Cotton OBE is the Founder and President of Camfed International which is widely recognised and respected as an example of best practice in girls' education. It is at the local and national levels where Camfed's influence is most strongly felt and where it exercises a leadership role, advising national governments and international organisations, and multi-stakeholder coalitions. Its advocacy of girls' education and child protection is ensuring that the voices of rural girls and women are heard at the highest level. Since its foundation over 2.4 million children, primarily girls, have benefitted from Camfed's education programme. And 16,370 young women have received business training, 8,362 have also received start-up grants to establish their own rural enterprise. Ann Cotton has won numerous awards for her work including an Honorary Doctorate in Law from Cambridge University, an OBE and the Skoll and Schwab Awards for Social Entrepreneurship.
Author and Speaker
Senior Vice President
Search for Common Ground
Susan Collin Marks is an international peacebuilder. For over 25 years, she has worked in some of the most conflictual places on earth establishing peacebuilding programs, facilitating dialogues, mediating conflicts and coaching political leaders. A native South African, she was deeply engaged in her country's transition from apartheid to democracy, captured in her book Watching the Wind: Conflict Resolution during South Africa's Transition to Democracy (US Institute of Peace, 2000) (Arabic, Dar Al Ahliah, Amman, Jordan, 2004.) Honors include a Jennings Randolph Peace Fellowship at the United States Institute of Peace, Institute for Noetic Science's Creative Altruism Award, Skoll Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurship, and Honorary Doctorate from the UN University for Peace. She was portrayed in the PBS documentary Peace X Peace: Women on the Frontlines. Susan believes that our common humanity binds us together more than our differences divide us. She works to make it so.
Ezzeldeen was born in Gaza City in 1971 and moved to Chicago in 1990 for college. He has a Master’s in International Relations, specializing in conflict resolution. In 2000, Ezzeldeen moved back to Gaza, working as social studies teacher with the American International School. In 2006, he opened the OneVoice Palestine-Gaza office.
Founder and Executive Director
Eric Glustrom is the founder and Executive Director of Educate!, an organization that unlocks the potential of youth in Africa to solve the problems of poverty, disease, and environmental degradation. Eric graduated from Fairview High School in Boulder, Colorado in 2003, and from Amherst College in Massachusetts in 2007, where he studied biochemistry.
Per Heggenes is the CEO of the IKEA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Stichting INGKA Foundation which owns the IKEA Group, the Swedish home furnishing company. Prior to joining the foundation, Heggenes was the Global Head of Corporate Affairs and member of the Global Executive Team for the shipping and logistics company Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics. Before joining WWL he was the UK President and CEO for the global public relations firm Burson-Marsteller and Co-CEO for Europe. Previously, he held different global roles (Global Head of Human Resources, Worldwide Chief Knowledge Officer, Global Affiliate network director) based in New York. Prior to these roles, Mr. Heggenes was chairman of the Corporate Practice in Europe followed by a period as Chief Operating Officer of Burson-Marsteller Europe. He graduated from the University of Augsburg in Germany with a "Diplom Oekonom" (MBA). He is married with three children and lives in Switzerland.
Chief Executive Officer
Crispin Murira is the chief executive at Copia, a catalog order and delivery service leveraging mobile technology to increase access to goods for populations living at the base of the pyramid. After 17 years in the United States, Murira-believing that with the right models, investors can engage populations living at the base of the pyramid in a way that's a win for both sides-moved back to Kenya to set up and run Copia. In its first year, Copia has increased the take home income of its agents by over 57 percent and increased access of goods to more than 1,000 families. Prior to Copia, Murira worked as a senior mergers and acquisitions analyst at Credit Suisse, co-founded and led a successful fashion accessories design company, and served as marketing vice president for a leading retailer-manufacturer. Murira holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics and physics from Bowdoin College and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
Chief People Officer & COO
Digital Divide Data
Mai Siriphongphanh received her MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship in 2002. In 2004 she participated in the Global Social Benefit Incubator Program. In 2008, she received the Skoll Foundation Award for Social Entrepreneurship. When joining DDD, Mai took the spirit of leadership, refining its social enterprise model, focusing on human development and re-innovating it as a mechanism for training a new generation of leaders.
Director, Innovation Labs
The World Bank Institute
Aleem Walji is the Director of the World Bank’s Innovation Labs. He leads initiatives which leverage open data, mapping and information technology to improve service delivery to the poor. He also oversees the Development Marketplace program which provides finance, advisory services, and policy support to social businesses and social enterprises serving base of the pyramid clients in South Asia, East Africa, and the Middle East. Prior to joining WBI, Aleem served as a Head of Global Development Initiatives at Google.org, with a focus on eastern Africa. He led efforts related to increasing transparency and accountability in government and supporting the growth of small and medium-size enterprises in Africa. Aleem was also the first CEO of the Aga Khan Foundation in Syria. He is a graduate of Emory University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He completed his bachelor's degree in Near Eastern Studies and Anthropology and his master's degree in International Development and Regional Planning.
Author and Speaker
Associate Portfolio Director
Kristin is responsible for growing and supporting Mulago's exemplary portfolio of social investments – grants, debt and equity – in high impact organizations with a scalable model to meet the basic needs of the poor. Previously, she was a Principal at the Skoll Foundation, where she worked with social entrepreneurs, and Program Finance Officer at the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation, where she focused on environmental conservation. Before embracing philanthropy, Kristin's experience spanned the private, public and nonprofit sectors — no surprise coming from someone who moved from english major to investment banking to the Peace Corps. She has worked across geographies with a broad array of organizations on issues as varied as coconut farming in the Philippines to immigrant job placement in New York City to cattle ranching in Brazil. Kristin received her AB in English from Harvard University and her MPA, with a focus an international development, from NYU.