Director of Global Programs
Heiner is Director of Global Programs. Over the last 15 years, he has helped design, build, and manage several outcome-oriented philanthropic and social change organizations, including New Profit Inc. and The Children's Investment Fund Foundation. These focused primarily on health, education, livelihoods, and environment with programs in Africa, South Asia, North America, and Europe. Prior to this work, Heiner spent five years with McKinsey & Company, where he supported a range of corporate clients and also helped build McKinsey's nonprofit practice. Heiner's writings on the topics of innovation and capacity building in the nonprofit sector have appeared in Harvard Business Review and Alliance Magazine. He has also been a speaker on venture philanthropy in multiple countries. Heiner received an advanced degree from the University of Zurich and a MBA from Harvard Business School. He has served on the Boards of Directors of several local and international nonprofit organizations.
Co-Founder and CEO
Madhav Chavan, a PhD in Chemistry, began work in the social domain in 1989. He is now CEO of Pratham Education Foundation, one of the largest education NGOs in India. Pratham was founded to bring business, government, and civil society together to solve the problems of education. Over the years he and his organization have tried to work with governments on large scale. When working with governments is not possible, Pratham works independently on a massive scale with volunteers. Innovations that work on scale in unstructured environments is an important feature of Pratham (www.pratham.org) Madhav has worked on several government bodies in India and has served as an advisor to some business and industrial houses in their work, especially related to education and vocational training. He was recognized as a Skoll Entrepreneur in 2011. In 2012 he was given the WISE Prize by the Qatar Foundation's World Innovation Summit for Education, being called the Nobel for education.
Director of Communications
Nadine Apelian Dobbs is the Director of Communications for Benetech, a nonprofit that develops and uses technology to create positive social change. For more than a decade, she worked at the intersection of international affairs, policy, and media in major markets including New York, Chicago, and Washington, DC. She was the Assistant Director of Communications at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and later, head of media for Foreign Affairs magazine. Most recently, Nadine was Senior Manager of Public Affairs at Water.org. Previously she was an independent consultant working with The Chicago Council on Global Affairs on the 2012 NATO Summit; Chicago Ideas Week; news platform Syria Deeply; and FEM Inc., a technology and media venture based in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Nadine graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University and received a Master's in Political Science and International Relations from New York University.
Advisor & Trustee
KIIT University & KISS Foundation
Mr. Dwiti Chandragupta Vikramaditya’s family background, education and work experience have offered him the unique opportunity of exposure to environments ranging from the KBK region in Orissa to different parts in India and abroad. He has been working in the social & economic sector for UN Agencies, different Corporate houses, Global Foundations and Grassroots level organisations with areas of interest being Monitoring & Evaluation, Displacement issues, Tribal Education, Life Skill issues, Programme management, Networking, Institutional building, Fund raising etc for over twelve years. Currently, he’s working as a Trust Member and Advisor to the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), which is known as the largest residential tribal Institute of South Asia and also with UN Women and Tata Steel as a consultant. He’s also supporting different Global Foundations like Bernard Van leer Foundation of Hague, FXB of Geneva and Pure Water Project of US in different capacities. From the ye
Director of Sustainable Finance
Michelle leads Rainforest Alliance’s Sustainable Finance Initiative. Based in San Francisco, she is responsible for evaluating the financing needs, capacities and solutions for enterprises in RA’s agriculture program area. Michelle also manages the SFI’s global strategy, partnership development, fundraising and program management. Previously Michelle worked with TechnoServe as the in East Africa Regional Credit Manager for the Coffee Initiative. Based in Rwanda and Ethiopia, Michelle arranged $18 million in investment and working capital financing for coffee cooperatives in Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania. Before her transition to impact investing, Michelle worked in the US alternative investment industry in various senior institutional marketing roles. Michelle holds a BS in Finance from Indiana University, Bloomington and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.
Center for Social Innovation, Stanford University
James A. Phills, Jr. is the Claude N. Rosenberg Jr. Director of Stanford’s Center for Social Innovation and Professor of Organizational Behavior (Teaching) at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Phills is also Academic Editor of the Stanford Social Innovation Review and Faculty Director of the Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship (EPSE). His publications include Integrating Mission and Strategy for Nonprofit Organizations (Oxford University Press, 2005). Phills holds a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D., all from Harvard University.
Senior Research Associate
Social Progress Imperative
Sarah Orzell is Senior Research Associate at the Social Progress Imperative. Ms. Orzell most recently worked as a Research Analyst on the Global Indexes group at Russell Investments producing global market indexes and country research. She recently graduated from Georgetown University with a Masters in Public Policy. During her time in graduate school she completed internships with Millennium Challenge Corporation and the White House Council of Economic Advisers. She also holds a BS in Mathematics from the University of Puget Sound.