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Founder & Executive Director
Ramon Marmolejos is the Executive Director and co-founder of Emzingo Group. Emzingo is a hybrid leadership and social development company. Emzingo provides transformational leadership experiences to business students and executives by connecting them to social impact opportunities in emerging markets. Currently Emzingo is operating in South Africa, Peru, and Brazil, and has provided technical assistance to over 40 social enterprises. Ramon has worked in consulting for over 10 years, with a focus on human capital strategy and leadership development. He has a passion for the intersection of business and society, and how to create authentic linkages between the two. He has designed curriculum and facilitated sessions on topics ranging from emotional intelligence, cross-cultural competency, innovation, and social entrepreneurship. Most recently as a consultant for Monitor Group, he also worked in economic development projects in Africa for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Rockefeller Foundation. Ramon gr
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President and CEO
Skoll Global Threats Fund
Larry Brilliant, MD, MPH, is the President and CEO of the Skoll Global Threats Fund whose mission is to confront global threats like: Pandemics, Climate Change, Water, Nuclear Proliferation and the Middle East Conflict. Larry was formerly Vice President of Google and Executive Director of Google.org. He is board certified in preventive medicine and public health and co-founder of The Seva Foundation, an international NGO whose programs and grantees have given back sight to more than 3.5 million blind people in over 20 countries. Larry lived in India for more than a decade working as a United Nations medical officer where he played a key role in the successful World Health Organization (WHO) smallpox eradication program in South Asia. He was professor at the University of Michigan and founding chairman of the National Biosurveillance Advisory Subcommittee. Prizes: Time 100, TED Prize, two honorary doctorates. He is on the board of the Skoll Foundation and Salesforce Foundation.
Director of Policy and Outreach
One Acre Fund
Stephanie Hanson is Director of Policy and Outreach at One Acre Fund.
East Meets West Foundation
EMW President John Anner has been with the East Meets West Foundation since February 2003. John sees his job as building EMW into a global leader in effective, catalytic solutions to development issues such as the lack of clean water and high infant mortality. Prior to EMW, John was the founder and executive director of the Independent Press Association, a membership organization that provided technical assistance and business services to hundreds of independent and ethnic periodicals. The IPA was a highly entrepreneurial non-profit that generated most of its budget from earned income. Under John's leadership, the IPA either purchased or launched five businesses in five years. He started the organization with a $5,000 grant in 1996, and grew it to an operating budget of $3.5 million in 2002. He was also the President of BigTop Newsstand Services, an international magazine distribution company acquired by the IPA in 2000.
Queen consort of Jordan
Rania Al Abdullah (born Rania al Yassin on 31 August 1970) is the current Queen consort of Jordan as the wife of King Abdullah II of Jordan. She has focused her energy, at home and abroad, on a variety of causes. In Jordan, her work concentrates on the calibre and quality of education for Jordanian children, while abroad she advocates for global education and for world leaders to fulfill their commitments towards the second Millennium Development Goal, Universal Primary Education.
President and CEO
Diana Aviv is president and CEO of Independent Sector, the national leadership forum for America’s nonprofits, foundations, and corporate giving programs. She is a leading speaker on trends in and key issues for the sector, such as the financial state of nonprofits, public policies affecting charities and foundations, the role of civil society in democracy, effective advocacy, and civic engagement. She has testified before the US Congress and has been featured in media outlets. Diana also served as executive director of the Panel on the Nonprofit Sector, convened by Independent Sector. President Obama appointed Diana to the White House Council for Community Solutions in December 2010. Diana serves on the board of several nonprofit organizations. A native of South Africa, Diana graduated from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and a master’s degree in social work at Columbia University.
Born and raised in Soweto, Magogodi Makhene helps create Africa's missing middle-class through business innovation. She recently co-founded Zenzele Circle, an angel investment network linking sub-Sahara African start-ups with seed and growth capital and strategic relationships. She received the Reynolds Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurship at NYU and is now co-Chair of the Africa Social Enterprise Forum. Africa's Moment chronicles her adventures exploring the landscape of African social innovation.
Roshaneh Zafar founded the Kashf Foundation, the first specialised microfinance organisation in Pakistan, in 1996. Today, one of the fastest growing MFIs in the country, Kashf Foundation was the first microfinance institute in Pakistan to achieve financial self-sufficiency and demonstrated the business case for investing in women’s economic empowerment.
Sal leads the human capital and operations functions of Omidyar Network. In this role, he works to develop and scale the talent at Omidyar Network and its portfolio organizations. Sal brings a wealth of executive experience in human resources management to his role as a partner at Omidyar Network. From 2000 to 2009, Sal served as the vice president of human resources and administration for PayPal and eBay Inc. Prior to joining PayPal, Sal worked for KPMG as the national recruiting manager for the information, communications, high-tech, and entertainment consulting practices. Sal began his career working in the public sector in a variety of roles, primarily in education and hospital ministries. Sal holds an MA in philosophy from Fordham University, a Masters of Divinity from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and an AB in economics and political science from Columbia University. Sal is also currently a lecturer for the University of San Francisco School of Mgmt.