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 Szarán is an internationally known composer and conductor; he is maestro of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Asunción, Paraguay. The eighth child of struggling farmers, he was “discovered” by a prominent Paraguayan musician who gave him the opportunity to study with master teachers in Europe. His experience drove him to offer similar opportunities to others. He founded Sonidos de la Tierra (Sounds of the Land) in early 2002. The program engages entire towns in supporting music education and performance, and in so doing, creates new ways of thinking about development challenges.
Vice President of Programs
Amazon Conservation Team
Liliana Madrigal is a conservation activist and passionate crusader for indigenous rights who cofounded Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) with her husband Mark, in 1996. Liliana has worked in conservation for over 20 years (she is a co-founder of the national park system of Costa Rica), and together with Mark developed the vision of biocultural conservation that guides ACT. Mark and Liliana’s commitment has transformed and re-energised isolated and marginalized communities, and established new indigenous organizations and tribal associations whose newfound capacities promise enduring protection of 40 million acres of Amazon rainforest to date.
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.
Co-Founder and President
Gene Falk is Co-Founder and President of mothers2mothers. m2m started in 2001 to eliminate the transmission of HIV from mothers to children and maintain the health of new mothers and their babies. Gene was formerly an executive at Showtime Networks, and ran the Digital Media Group. Gene has vast experience with HIV/AIDS organisations and gay and lesbian rights. He holds a BA cum laude from Williams and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Medical Director and Founder
In January 2000 Besser moved to Cape Town, South Africa as a member of the University of Cape Town's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and as a consultant for the clinical roll-out of Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) services at Groote Schuur Hospital. While working at Groote Schuur, Besser realized that even when PMTCT medical treatment was available, it was often less than effective because of social, emotional and psychological barriers to success. To help break through those barriers, Besser identified South Africa's HIV-positive mothers as a "valuable, under-utilized resource." Besser enlisted new mothers living openly with HIV/AIDS who, as Mentor Mothers, began to connect with and educate their pregnant peers about the importance of PMTCT services, disclosing their status to loved ones, and living positive lives. The result of these efforts is mothers2mothers today.
Premal Shah first began dreaming of ‘internet microfinance’ while working at PayPal. In late 2004, Premal began developing and testing the internet microfinance concept in India. Upon returning to Silicon Valley, he brought the Kiva concept to life and eventually to scale. Kiva today raises over $1 million each week for the working poor in +50 countries and was named a Top 50 Website by TIME Magazine in 2009. Premal was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and selected to Fortune magazine's ‘Top 40 under 40’ list in 2009. Premal is a graduate 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.
Founder & President
Daniel Lubetzky is Founder and President of The PeaceWorks Foundation & OneVoice Movement, working to mobilise Israelis and Palestinians for a two state solution. He is also Chairman of PeaceWorks Holdings LLC, a business corporation pursuing both peace and profit through joint ventures in conflict regions. Mr. Lubetzky received his B.A. in Economics and International Relations from Trinity University and his J.D. from Stanford Law School. He has lectured at a number of institutions including the World Economic Forum, the World Bank, and the United Nations. In 2007, the World Economic Forum recognized Mr. Lubetzky as a Young Global Leader, an honor bestowed “on the most distinguished 250 young leaders below the age of 41.” He is a 2008 Skoll Awardee.
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.
Founding President and Executive Director
Visayan Forum Foundation, Inc.
Cecilia Flores-Oebanda is the Founding President and Executive Director of the Visayan Forum Foundation, a Philippine-based NGO known for innovative work for empowerment of vulnerable migrants especially victims of human trafficking, domestic servitude and other forms of exploitation. The Visayan Forum Foundation works through building social movements, advocating for policies and delivering of services. Flores-Oebanda, a globally recognized human rights advocate and multi-awarded freedom fighter, serves as an international expert on human trafficking, child labour and domestic work.
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.”