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Author and Speaker
Solutions Journalism Network
David Bornstein is a journalist and author who focuses on social innovation. He co-authors the Fixes column in The New York Times, which reports on potential solutions to major social problems. He is the co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network, which supports rigorous reporting about responses to social problems. His books include How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas, The Price of a Dream: The Story of the Grameen Bank, and Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know. He is currently completing a book on social innovation in the U.S. and Canada. He lives in New York.
Author and Speaker
President, Global Development Program
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Dr. Chris Elias, leads the Gates Foundation’s efforts in integrated and innovative delivery, finding creative new ways to ensure solutions and products get into the hands of people in developing countries who need them most. Dr. Elias’s professional background is in health and medicine, most recently having served as the president and CEO of PATH, an international, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health of people around the world by advancing technologies, strengthening systems, and encouraging healthy behaviors. Dr. Elias holds an MD from Creighton University and an MPH from the University of Washington. He was a fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Creighton University. Elias currently serves on various advisory boards, including the Nike Foundation and the Duke Global Health Institute.
Ahead of the Curve
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.
Hornthal Family Foundation
Jim is a parallel entrepreneur, angel investor, and entrepreneurship educator. His private investment fund, Hornthal Investment Partners, has made investments in over 50 early stage companies. Jim is the co-founder and Chairman of Triporati, Zignal Labs, LaunchPad Central and M34 Capital. Jim believes that entrepreneurs hold the key to bridging the gap between regions and nations in conflict. Through his leadership role in YPO’s Peace Action Network, he gets to work with business leaders that share this view. As an entrepreneur, Jim was the Founder and Chairman of Preview Travel, the first publically traded online travel agency that subsequently merged with a division of Sabre Holdings to create Travelocity.com, where Jim served as Vice Chairman until its acquisition in 2002. Jim has been a Lester Center Fellow at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley since 2002, where he now teaches The Lean Launchpad course. Jim has also taught this course at Princeton and Stanford, and was part of the National Science Foundation's I-Corps Teaching Team at UCSF and Stanford. Jim is the author of the TED Book A Haystack Full of Needles, and can be found on Twitter @hornthal
Skoll Global Threats Fund
Annie Maxwell is the Chief Operating Officer of the Skoll Global Threats Fund. She joined the organization after serving as a White House Fellow in the Office of Vice President Biden where she focused on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. From 2002 to 2009, Annie was with Direct Relief, serving most recently as Chief Operating Officer. Direct Relief is a privately funded nonprofit that through humanitarian assistance improves the quality of life for people affected by poverty or disasters. From 2005 to 2006, Annie was seconded to the United Nation's Office of the Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery, led by Special Envoy President Bill Clinton where she served as Partnerships and Outreach Officer. Annie received her Master's in Public Policy and B.A. in English and Political Science, Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Michigan. She was captain of the university's Division I volleyball team.
Scientist, Research Manager
Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR)
Johannes Sommerfeld, Drphil, MPH is a health social scientist and research manager at the UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland. Over the past 25 years, Sommerfeld has conducted research, taught, published and coordinated applied social science for public health research on a number of critical social issues in infectious diseases and their control, including access, equity, globalization, conflict, risk and vulnerability, human rights and gender. Prior to joining TDR in 2000, he held research associate appointments with Heidelberg University Medical School, Heidelberg, Germany and the Harvard Institute for International Development, Cambrdige, MA, USA. He is currently developing a Social Enterprise Innovation research initiative focusing on infectious diseases of poverty.
Pharos Capitol Group
Kneeland Youngblood is a founding partner of Pharos Capital Group, a private equity firm that focuses on providing growth and expansion capital/buyouts in health care, business services and opportunistic investments. He is a director of Energy Future Holdings Corp. (formerly TXU) and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals. He is a former director of Burger King Corporation, Starwood Hotels and Lodging and Gap Inc. Mr. Youngblood graduated from Princeton University with an A.B in Politics/Science in Human Affairs and earned an M.D. degree from the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.