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Marco Gorini specializes in strategy, finance and negotiation. In the last 20 years, he was a business partner in different projects, including a microfinance operation in Rio de Janeiro, a consulting firm targeted at small and medium enterprises and the company VoxCred S/A, a private label credit card operator intended for commercial companies. At the consulting firm, he dealt with the health, education, legal and finance sectors, focused on liability recovery, investment planning, expansion projects and project financing. At VoxCred, he worked for three years as CEO and managed the planning, implementation and development of a credit card used by customers of the Tenda Atacado Group. As of 2008, after jointly leading the negotiations during the acquisition of VoxCred by that Group, he took office as the Group’s CEO and coordinated the integration process of the new business unit to this organization and was then responsible for defining the strategic guidelines, as well as coordinating the credit operations and financial services teams of the Tenda Group.
Adrienne Klasa is a reporter with the Financial Times' This Is Africa magazine, with a particular interest in the intersection between politics, business and international currents in sub-Saharan Africa. Her writing has also appeared in Forbes, Slate and Foreign Policy, amongst others. She holds a BA from McGill University and an MA from SOAS, University of London.
Patricia is part of the marketing and communications team for Room to Read, helping the organization advocate for education, tell its stories, and engage its audience. Patricia has worked with TIME Inc., CNN/Turner Broadcasting, as well as work in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. She is also the creator and director of The Tour de Farm, which documents her cycling tour and health pilgrimage across France. Patricia holds degrees from the University of Georgia along with a Master’s degree from the University of Oxford. Patricia is also a certified conflict mediator in San Francisco.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Maria Caspani is a journalist at the Thomson Reuters Foundation, covering humanitarian crisis and women’s rights. She joined the Foundation in 2011 after interning at the Financial Times Weekend Magazine and at the London bureau of Italian news agency Ansa.
Nick started as CEO of the Freedom Fund in December 2013. Prior to this, he was the inaugural CEO of the Walk Free Foundation, a leading international actor in the fight against modern slavery. During his tenure, Walk Free built a global movement with over 5 million supporters, launched the first ever Global Slavery Index, and joined with Humanity United and the Legatum Foundation to establish the Freedom Fund. Previously, Nick was the Deputy President and Chief Operating Officer of the International Crisis Group (ICG), the world's leading conflict prevention NGO, headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. He has written widely on international justice, conflict prevention, human rights and modern slavery. Nick has a law degree with first class honours from the University of Sydney and a Master's in Public Policy from Princeton University.
Senior Vice President, Citi Microfinance
Eugene Amusin is Senior Vice President at Citi Microfinance and works on to structuring banking solutions that enable social enterprises, non-profits, microfinance institutions, multinational companies and investors that enable low-income communities to benefit from essential products and services. Before joining Citi Microfinance, Eugene had a range of product management, product development, and technology responsibilities at Citi.
Vice President / Strategic Initiatives
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Paula Ellis oversees the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s national programmes, new initiatives, the Transformation Fund and evaluation work and is a member of the Executive Committee. Paula was formerly vice president for operations at Knight Ridder overseeing 15 newspapers. She was a member of the company’s management committee and led companywide reader innovation and cost containment initiatives. She was the president and publisher of The Sun News in Myrtle Beach, S.C.; managing editor and assistant to the publisher of The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C.; and editor in the Knight Ridder Washington Bureau and at The Post-Tribune in Gary, Ind.
Author and Speaker
Manager, Social Innovation
Lance Croffoot-Suede is a litigation partner in the global law firm Linklaters LLP and a co-author of Linklaters’ report on Camfed’s governance model. Lance is based in New York and manages Linklaters’ pro bono and community investment programme in that office, as well as serves, pro bono, as court appointed counsel to indigent criminal defendants in the federal criminal court in Manhattan.
President and CEO
Rick Beckett is the president and CEO of Global Partnerships and has led the organization's strategic expansion as a social investor since 2006. Prior to joining Global Partnerships, Rick was managing director of a $112 million private equity fund investing in middle-market companies and early stage ventures. Rick spent 10 years at McKinsey & Company where he served financial institution and healthcare clients on strategy and performance. He holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and has served on the boards of directors of numerous privately held portfolio companies and not-for-profit organizations, including Direct Relief International and The Initiative for Global Development.