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Catherine B. Bachand assumed the position of Chief Executive Officer of ONE DROP in April 2012. Catherine leads an inspired team that strives to fulfill the organization's mission to carryout innovative water-related development projects. She also sets the direction of ONE DROP’s international affiliates. Catherine began her career in Canadian federal politics in 1998 in the Office of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. She then joined the Office of the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada as a Policy Advisor. She was promoted in 2000 to the Canadian Prime Minister's Office, where she worked on the Summit of the Americas. This was followed by a stint at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. In 2004, she joined the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC). Catherine is a member of the Young President’s Association (YPO).
Author and Speaker
Dr. Wang Zhenyao came to the Beijing Normal University China Philanthropy Research Institute after over 20 years of experience working at the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MOCA), most recently as the Director General of the Department of Social Welfare and Promotion of Charities. Dr. Wang is renowned for his strong support of philanthropic organizations and advocacy for public participation in charity. Dr. Wang is also a professor and doctoral advisor at Beijing Normal University, and holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard and a doctorate from Peking University.
Director Reporting and Analytics
Capricorn Investment Group
As Director of Reporting and Analytics, Bruce Hao works to provide Capricorn Investment Group with the analytical means to advance its goal to invest profitably while driving sustainable positive change. Prior to rejoining Capricorn, Bruce took a three sabbatical from Capricorn’s investment team to work on various projects and entrepreneurial endeavors in China. In addition, Bruce previously participated in the Leaders’ Quest to evaluate economic and social challenges and opportunities on the African continent on behalf of Capricorn. Bruce worked at KKR Asset Management as an investment analyst and Banc of America Securities as an investment banking analyst prior to joining Capricorn. Bruce holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley, and is presently pursuing an EMBA at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Author and Speaker
Photographer, Author, Filmmaker, Speaker
Nick Danziger has spent his life documenting what he sees in best-selling books and in award-winning documentaries and photography. His most recent projects have included: Missing Lives, about people who went missing during the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia, and Mana, a unique behind-the-scenes look at New Zealand’s All Blacks rugby team. His latest book, Onze Femmes, tracing the lives of 11 women from countries in conflict over the last 10 years, was published in August 2011. His photographic work is held in several museums.
Yvette Alberdingk Thijm is the Executive Director of WITNESS. She envisions a world where the millions of people turning to video today become human rights defenders and where collaboration between media, technology and human rights creates an ecosystem for social change. Yvette worked globally in start-ups and big companies in media, content and new technologies. She is a board member of Foundation Center and Access.org, a movement for digital freedom.
President and Founder
Joan and Lewis Platt Foundation
Joan Platt is the Founder and President of the Joan and Lewis Platt foundation whose mission is to support organizations that advocate for human rights with a focus on women and children. Ms. Platt currently serves on the International Board of Human Rights Watch as well as the executive committee of Northern California HRW. She is a member of the advisory councils of the Women’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch and the Human Rights Center at the University of California at Berkeley. In addition, she is a member of the boards of Global Fund for Children, the Fund for Global Human Rights, the Philanthropy Workshop West and the Lewis and Joan Platt East Palo Alto YMCA. Ms. Platt owns and manages the Platt Vineyard in Bodega, California.
Author and Speaker
Teri Schwartz is the Dean of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television where she has launched a new vision and long range plan re-imagining entertainment and performing arts education as an interdisciplinary enterprise grounded in humanistic storytelling, social responsibility, innovation, and global diversity. An award winning feature film producer whose many films garnered nominations for Academy, Emmy, Golden Globe, Grammy and MTV awards. Honored as VARIETY's 2012 Media Mentor of the Year. Speaker at Skoll World Forum '13. Associations: Producers Guild of America, Directors Guild of America, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Television Academy's Foundation Board of Directors, Geffen Playhouse Board of Directors, Hawn Foundation Board of Directors, Women's Media Center Board of Directors, and the Governing Council of the Los Angeles-India Film Council. Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa English Literature UCLA 1971, MA Film University of London 1973.
Director of Non-Communicable Diseases
Partners In Health
Dr Tapela is a global health practitioner with an interest in health systems strengthening and service delivery of NCDs particularly in resource limited areas in Sub Saharan Africa. Since September 2011, Dr Tapela has been based in Rwanda as Director of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) Program in Partners In Health, Rwanda. She also serves as Special Advisor to Rwanda Director General of Clinical Services on NCDs, and sits on the National NCD Technical Working Group as co-chair of the Cancer Cluster. Her role in these positions includes programmatic management and implementation oversight of NCD (including cancers) services at PIH-supported facilities, as well as contribution to development national policy, strategy and clinical guidelines related to NCDs.
VP for Latin America and the Caribbean
Franz Gómez, VP for Latin America at Fundación Capital, a pioneer in inclusive finance and a testing ground for innovation in asset-building, is a microfinance and rural finance specialist with broad experience in technical assistance for government entities, regulatory bodies and financial institutions in the design and implementation of financial inclusion policies. He has previously worked as a financial examiner at the Superintendency of Banks in Bolivia and as a consultant and researcher for numerous public and private entities including the Interamerican Development Bank (IDB), Calmeadow, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and USAID. He graduated with a degree in Economics from the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés in Bolivia and holds a Masters in Economics and a Ph.D. in Development Economics from The Ohio State University.