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Founder and Executive Director
Jill C. Vialet is the founder and Executive Director of Sports4Kids. Jill has worked for more than 20 years in the non-profit sector, during which she focused her entrepreneurial skills on conceiving of and growing two non-profit organisations. Jill launched Sports4Kids in 1996 with two schools in Berkeley, California. Currently the organisation brings play and physical activities to more than 115 schools in the San Francisco Bay Area, Baltimore, Maryland, Boston, Massachusetts and Washington, DC with plans to expand to Charlotte, NC this coming school year. Prior to Sports4Kids, Jill founded the Museum of Children’s Art (mocha) in Oakland, California. Jill served as the Executive Director at mocha for nine years, ultimately expanding its programs to reach 20,000 young people each year. Jill was a Eureka Fellow from 2000 to 2001, and in 2004 she was selected as an Ashoka Fellow.
White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood
Sarah Brown is the Founding Chair of the Global Business Coalition for Education and co-Founder of the A World At School initiative to mobilize and support all efforts to achieve education and learning for every child by 2015. She is President of the international children’s charity PiggyBankKids, as well as co-Founder of the Maternal Mortality Campaign and Global Patron of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood.
The Clara Fund
Lorene Arey is Founder and President of the Clara Fund, a family foundation focused on promoting and supporting economic opportunities for women globally. The foundation also supports sustainable markets. Before joining the public sector, Lorene was the head of Worldwide Corporate Communications at Cisco Systems where she was responsible for Cisco's worldwide media relations where she played a key role in shaping and positioning Cisco's public image. The accomplishments of Lorene's team were spotlighted in the Wall Street Journal in 2000 when Cisco was recognized as the company with the best publicity across all industries worldwide for 1999. Lorene currently serves on the Board of Directors for B Lab, is a Director for MicroCredit Enterprises, and serves on the Advisory Boards for the Institute for Leadership Studies, Loyola Marymount. Lorene holds a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with Highest Distinction.
Author and Speaker
Dan Berelowitz is the Chief Exec of the International Centre for Social Franchising (ICSF). The ICSF tackles the issue of scale; its mission is to help the most successful social impact projects replicate. In early 2012 Dan left his job as the first Director of Tzedek—a worldwide poverty alleviation organization engaged in projects in Ghana and India—to work full-time for ICSF. Tzedek more than quadrupled in size during his four years of leadership. Dan is currently a Clore Fellow—engaged in a prominent MBA programme for the charity sector—and recently spent three months working with Oxfam, assessing which of their UK projects are franchise-ready. He has a BSc in Management from Nottingham University, and is a Rothschild Fellow at the Cambridge Judge Business School.
Paul leads The Pershing Square Foundation (PSF) as its CEO, working with Trustees, Board of Advisors and the Foundation’s management team to drive PSF’s strategic priorities, research portfolio, engagement with grantees, and day-to-day operations. Paul is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Newark’s Future and a Board member for the Newark Charter School Fund. He holds an MA (Hons) in Economics.
Minister of Finance
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was appointed in July 2011 as the new Minister of Finance for the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Prior to this appointment, she was the Managing Director of World Bank (October 2007 - July 2011) and has also held the position of a Finance Minister and Foreign Minister of Nigeria, between 2003 and 2006. She is notable for being the first woman to hold either of those positions. She served as finance minister from July 2003 until her appointment as foreign minister in June 2006, and as foreign minister until her resignation in August 2006.
Salman Ahmad is a Pakistani musician and former actor, who used to be a member of Vital Signs but left after their debut album due to creative differences. He went on to form Junoon, South Asia's biggest and longest-lasting rock band. While still enjoying the success of Junoon, he was involved in two documentaries with the BBC and is also a UN Goodwill Ambassador for HIV/AIDS. Ahmad is working towards spreading awareness about HIV in South Asia, and helping to bring peace between Pakistan and India. Ahmad is currently teaching at Queens College, City University of New York. Although Junoon's two other core members - Ali Azmat and Brain O'Connell - left the band in 2005, Salman Ahmad continues to perform as a solo artist under the "Junoon" label and has moved to New York after his solo career failed to take off in Pakistan. Salman Ahmad has also released one album as a solo artist, "Infiniti" in 2005.
Director and Founder
Richard Baraniuk is the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University and Founding Director of Connexions (cnx.org) and OpenStax College (openstaxcollege.org). Launched in 1999, Connexions was one of the world’s first and today is one of the world’s largest “open education” platforms, providing free and remixable e-textbooks to millions of users from 200 countries. OpenStax College is leveraging Connexions to provide free and open textbooks for the highest impact college courses at over 400 institutions nationwide. Connextions received a WISE Award in 2011.
Head of Engagement
Social Entrepreneurs Ireland
Darren is the ‘Head of Engagement’ at Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, responsible for building an ecosystem of support for the work of the organisation and driving investment into the organisation from Ireland and overseas. After graduating with a BA joint Honours Degree in Economics and Politics from Trinity College Dublin, Darren spent time working in overseas development in both South Africa and Kenya. With so many changes taking place in Ireland over recent times, Darren re-focused his attentions on social change closer to home, seeing the combination of entrepreneurship and social impact as the perfect fit. Passionate about entrepreneurship, Darren is the Dublin Ambassador of the Sandbox Network, a global community of young entrepreneurs and innovators. Darren sits on the board of Soar, an Irish social enterprise that inspires and empowers young people to thrive.
Patty has been actively involved in the field of global health for over 15 years with field experience in more than 30 countries, primarily in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. She has worked on research, program design and implementation, strategic planning, and policy development for mHealth and eHealth initiatives, as well as on Reproductive Health and Women's Health and Rights with a broad range of institutions. Patty has a master's in International Health from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and Hygiene and a PhD in Public Health and Policy from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where she specifically examined the role of mobile phones in relation to health in Egypt. Prior to joining the mHealth Alliance, she was Director of Strategic Application of Mobile Technology for Public Health and Development at the Center for Global Health and Economic Development at the Earth Institute. She is also faculty at the School of International and Public Affairs and Earth Institute, Columbia University.