2008 Skoll Awards For Social Entrepeneurship
2008 Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship
Thu, March 27, 2008; 17:30 - 19:30
The 2008 Skoll Awards ceremony. Winners were Bill Strickland, Manchester Bidwell; Amazon Conservation Team, Michael Eckhart of ACORE, Connie Duckworth of Arzu, Jeremy Hockenstein and Mai Siriphongphanh of Digital Divide Data; Jenny Bowen of Half the Sky; Matt Flannery and Premal Shah of Kiva; Mitch Besser and Gene Falk, Mothers2Mothers; Paul Farmer of Partners in Health; Daniel Lubetzky of PeaceWorks; Mechai Viravaidya of Population and Community Development Agency; Cecelia Flores-Oebanda of Visayan Forum Foundation
Featuring Remarks by:
Jimmy Carter, Former U.S. President, Founder of The Carter Center
Musical performance by:
Sonidos de la Tierra
Sonidos de la Tierra
LUIS SZARAN Conducter, composer and musicologist Musical Director of the Symphonic Orchestra of Asunci_n. Music studied in Santa Cecilia's Conservatory, Rome. Conducted more than 1600 concerts whit noted orchestras in Germany, Italy, France, Spain, USA and countries of South America.
Jeff Skoll Group
Jeff Skoll is a philanthropist and social entrepreneur. As Founder of the Skoll Foundation, Skoll Global Threats Fund, Participant Media and Capricorn Investment Group, he is bringing life to his vision of a sustainable, peaceful and prosperous world. The first President of eBay, Skoll developed the company’s inaugural business plan and led its successful initial public offering. On 30 December 2011, Skoll was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest civilian honors.
President and CEO
Sally Osberg has led entrepreneurial organizations and been an agent for social change throughout her career. As President and CEO of the Skoll Foundation, she partners with Founder and Chairman Jeff Skoll and the staff in supporting social entrepreneurs and those helping them solve global challenges. She is well-respected for her thought leadership in the field and for her commitment to accelerating social change where most is at stake.
Senior Director of Program Operations
Amazon Conservation Team
Ms. Madrigal, a cofounder of the Amazon Conservation Team with Dr. Mark Plotkin in 1996, has been working in the conservation field for over two decades, currently serving as the organization's Senior Director of Program Operations. Early in her career, with The Nature Conservancy, she served as the Director of the Costa Rica Program where she managed the Parks Campaign through which many protected areas in Costa Rica were consolidated. In 1987, she helped found Conservation International and served as the Director of the Southern Central America Program, responsible for all organization activities in Costa Rica and Panama. Ms. Madrigal and Dr. Plotkin were 2008 co-awardees of a prestigious Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. She is a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles.
Chief People Officer & COO
Digital Divide Data
Mai Siriphongphanh received her MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship in 2002. In 2004 she participated in the Global Social Benefit Incubator Program. In 2008, she received the Skoll Foundation Award for Social Entrepreneurship. When joining DDD, Mai took the spirit of leadership, refining its social enterprise model, focusing on human development and re-innovating it as a mechanism for training a new generation of leaders.
Gene Falk is the new CEO of StartOut, a national non-profit dedicated to fostering and developing entrepreneurship in the LGBT community. Previously, Gene was the co- founder and CEO of mothers2mothers, which works across Africa to eliminate the transmission of HIV from mothers to children and support the health of new mothers and their babies. Gene has also been a senior executive in the private sector, heading ventures like the Showtime Digital Media Group, where he oversaw Showtime’s transition from analog to digital programming. .He simultaneously built a record of community involvement, serving as Board Chair of GLAAD, a founder of the Palm Foundation, and in lead roles with Treatment Action Group, AmFAR, and GMHC. Globally recognized for his work, Gene has won an Emmy for pioneering on-demand and interactive content; the prestigious Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship; and many others. He has been an invited speaker at events including the World Economic Forum in Davos and the Aspen Institute. . He earned a BA, cum laude, from Williams College, and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Besser recognized the need for an education and psychosocial support program that would contribute to HIV/AIDS service achieving the best medical and social outcomes. To fill this void, he founded mothers2mothers, in which mothers living with HIV are employed to work in health centers and communities, educating and supporting pregnant women and new mothers with HIV; increasing the effectiveness of interventions that reduce the number of babies born with HIV and keep mothers healthy and alive to raise their children. Since its inception in 2001, the mothers2mothers has grown to provide services in 400 sites in seven countries in Africa, with nearly 3 million contacts with women each year. Dr. Besser has received Global Health Council's Best Practice Award, Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, Presidential Citizens Award of the United States Government, and is an Ashoka and Schwab Fellow.
Co-Founder and President
Premal first began dreaming of "internet microfinance" while working at PayPal, the online payments company. In late 2004, Premal took a 3 month leave from PayPal to develop and test the internet microfinance concept in India. When he returned to Silicon Valley, he met other like-minded dreamers and quit his job at PayPal to help bring the Kiva concept to life and eventually to scale. Kiva today raises over $1 million each week for the working poor in +60 countries and was named a Top 50 Website by TIME Magazine. For his work as a social entrepreneur, Premal was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and selected to FORTUNE magazine's "Top 40 under 40" list. Premal began his career as a management consultant and graduated from Stanford University.
Partners in Health
Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, is Kolokotrones University Professor and Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and Co-Founder of Partners In Health. He also serves as UN Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Community Based Medicine and Lessons from Haiti.
Daniel Lubetzky is CEO of KIND Healthy Snacks, makers of award-winning healthy foods, and Chairman of PeaceWorks, pursuing both peace and profit through neighbors striving to coexist in conflict regions. He is also the Founder of the PeaceWorks Foundation's OneVoice Movement, empowering moderate Israelis and Palestinians to achieve peace, and Co-Founder of Maiyet, forging partnerships with artisans in developing economies to create a new luxury fashion venture. Lubetzky received a BA in Economics and International Relations (magna cum laude) from Trinity University, and a JD from Stanford Law School. He has received many awards, including the Peace Security and Reconciliation Award, the Peace Makers Award and the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. He was also selected as Entrepreneur of the Year by Entrepreneur Magazine. Lubetzky was selected by the World Economic Forum as one of 100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow in 1997 and later as a Young Global Leader.
Population and Community Development Association
Mechai Viravaidya is the Founder and Chairman of the Population and Community Development Association (PDA) and Mechai Viravaidya Foundation in Thailand. He is an international leader in the fields of public health, HIV/AIDS prevention, education, social enterprise, and rural development. In 2009, Mechai established the Mechai Pattana School (aka the Bamboo School) to provide innovative education for underprivileged secondary school students in northeastern Thailand.
Ma. Cecilia Flores-Oebanda
Founding President and Executive Director
Visayan Forum Foundation
Ma. Cecilia Flores – Oebanda Social Entrepreneur | Global Change Agent Ma. Cecilia Flores-Oebanda or Cecil to friends and partners, or “Nanay Day” to the girls she has rescued from trafficking and slavery, is the Founder and President of the Visayan Forum Foundation, Inc. Cecil is a globally recognized human rights advocate and international expert on human trafficking, child labor and domestic work. She received the 2005 Anti-Slavery Award given by the Anti-Slavery International and was recognized by the United Kingdom Government as one of the Modern-Day Abolitionists during the celebration of the Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act in 2007. In 2008, the Skoll Foundation conferred her with the Award for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. She was also named by the US Department of State as one of its Heroes Acting to End Modern-Day Slavery in its 2008 Trafficking in Persons Report.
Former U.S. President, Founder
The Carter Center
Jimmy Carter was the thirty-ninth president of the United States of America. Significant foreign policy accomplishments of his administration included the Panama Canal treaties, the Camp David Accords, the treaty of peace between Egypt and Israel, the SALT II treaty with the Soviet Union, and the establishment of US diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China. In 1982, he became University Distinguished Professor at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and founded The Carter Center. Actively guided by Carter, the nonpartisan and nonprofit Center works to advance peace and health worldwide. In 2002, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to Jimmy Carter “for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.”