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Author and Speaker
Chief Executive Officer
Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor
Graduating from Oxford University in 1983, Sam Parker started his career in business, working for 6 years in the agrochemical industry, with a focus on Latin America. After a two-year break, working as a volunteer with street children in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sam returned to business with 11 years at a UK-based commodity trading company. Following posts in London, Caracas, New York and Singapore, Sam was appointed Managing Director of the company’s Asian business. In 2002, he returned to the development sector with a role at the International Save the Children Alliance, leading the organisational development of its 30 national members. In 2006, Sam joined Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP), as its first CEO. WSUP is a not-for-profit company, which brings together private sector and NGO expertise to address the pressing global challenge of delivering water and sanitation services to the growing number of people who live in urban slums, informal settlements and shanty towns.
Author and Speaker
Founder and Executive Chairman
Volans Ventures Ltd
John Elkington is a writer and thinker, a serial-entrepreneur and an ‘advisor from the future’. John is a world authority on corporate responsibility and sustainable development and is credited with coining the ‘triple bottom line’. In 2004, BusinessWeek described John as “a dean of the corporate responsibility movement for three decades”. John serves on some 30 boards and advisory boards, where a key part of his role is to channel the future into the present across a wide range of disciplines. He is writing his 19th book alongside Jochen Zeitz, former CEO of PUMA and now co-chair, with Sir Richard Branson, of The B Team. The book is provisionally titled The Breakthrough Challenge, exploring ways to institutionalize tomorrow’s bottom
Free the Children
Kate Likely is the Director of Free The Children UK. Free The Children is an international charity and educational partner with 2.3 million young people involved in our innovative education and development programmes. Our international programmes work to free children and their families from the cycle of poverty. Our domestic initiatives, under our free active citizenship programme We Act, educate, engage and empower hundreds of thousands of young people in the UK, North America, and around the world to become engaged global citizens. We Act provides numerous free tools and resources for schools, including campaigns, lesson plans, speeches, workshops, and the chance to apply for tickets to our signature event We Day.
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.
Director of Social Innovation
Georgetown University, Institute for Reproductive Health
Alexis Ettinger is the Director for Social Innovation at the Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH), Georgetown University. She oversees the Institute’s mHealth portfolio and private sector engagement, launching new mobile solutions for family planning in India and Kenya. With a Masters degree in Reproductive Health and Population, Ms. Ettinger has nearly a decade of experience in social entrepreneurship and market-based innovations. Prior to IRH, she served as the Head of Strategy and Marketing for the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Saïd Business School, Oxford University. She has worked with Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, Eastside Consulting, Forster for Change and Criterion Institute, designing programs and partnerships to support social ventures and systems-level social impact initiatives. She has a BA from Dartmouth College and an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Lawyer, Notary Public and Conveyancer
High Court of Zimbabwe
Fiona Muchembere is a Lawyer, Notary Public and Conveyancer with the High Court of Zimbabwe. She grew up in poverty and had to struggle to attain education. Fiona is one of the first recipients of support from Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED) to go through university education at the University of Zimbabwe where she earned a Bachelor of Laws Degree. Upon completing her studies in 2002, Fiona worked as Human Rights Officer for CAMA, challenging the conspiracy of silence on abuse in rural communities and lobbying the Public Service Commission on its policies to prevent and prosecute abuse. She has also worked as a lawyer with a leading law firm in Zimbabwe and as an advisor to the Central Bank of Zimbabwe. In 2006, Fiona joined CAMFED International as Programme Manager Institutional Development to support the development of CAMA with emerging networks in Ghana, Zambia and Tanzania, in addition to Zimbabwe, to address critical issues affecting women in rural Africa.
Royal College of Art
Lana Z Porter is an American designer, writer, and researcher based in London, UK. She is currently completing a Master's in Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art. Previously, she studied cultural anthropology at University of Pennsylvania, where she focused on the social and spatial implications of digital technology, and has worked for clients such as Conservation International and NASA to help translate scientific data into accessible stories. Her work at the RCA blends philosophy, technology, and narrative to reveal contradictions and peculiarities in human behavior and cognition.
Library Foundation of Los Angeles
Kenneth S. Brecher is the President of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles. He has previously worked as the Executive Director of the Sundance Institute, President of the William Penn Foundation in Philadelphia, Director of the Boston Children’s Museum and Associate Artistic Director of the Mark Taper Forum in LA. Brecher was a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford and is an honours graduate of Cornell. He serves on a number of boards, and has lectured and published widely on current challenges facing arts leadership.
Engineers Without Borders Institute
Julian is an award-winning humanitarian engineer who is passionate about applying technology solutions to alleviate poverty and support disadvantaged communities. He is the Director of the EWB Institute, the education, research and training division of Engineers Without Borders Australia (EWB). Through this work he has led projects to design low-smoke dung-burning stoves (Nepal), improved rainwater tank design (Cambodia) and an audit of energy systems in Aboriginal communities (Australia). Julian is also the Founder of the Makeshift Studio, a social innovation lab in Melbourne that harnesses technology to achieve significant social change. Projects he's led include the development of an iPhone App to provide information about the Traditional Aboriginal Owners in Australia; the design of a recumbent bicycle for wheel chair users; and the Link Festival of Design, Technology and Social Change. Julian’s achievements in sustainable community development has seen named the Young South Australian of the Ye
The Abraaj Group
Frederic Sicre is a Managing Director at The Abraaj Group and spearheads the Abraaj Strategic and Stakeholder Engagement Track (ASSET) that works with leaders from all fields, including government, private sector, media and culture. In this role, Mr. Sicre drives business development at Abraaj, its stakeholder communications, international positioning, government relations and strategic philanthropy. Prior to joining Abraaj Capital, Mr. Sicre spent over 15 years with the World Economic Forum where he held the position of Managing Director. Earlier in his career, Mr. Sicre initiated private-sector led dialogue and reconciliation initiatives during South Africa’s transition to democracy. He is the Editor of ‘South Africa at Ten’, a book celebrating the first ten years of democracy in the country. Mr. Sicre holds an MBA from IMD, Switzerland, a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences from Villanova University, Philadelphia, and is a fellow of Stanford University.