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Pete CashmoreCEO & FounderMashable
Pete CashmoreCEO & FounderMashable
Pete Cashmore is the founder and CEO of Mashable, an award-winning site and the largest independent source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation.
Pete founded Mashable in 2005 in Aberdeenshire, Scotland when he was 19. His passion for sharing how web tools and
social networks were transforming human interactions and reshaping cultures drove him to create what would become Mashable.
Mashable’s 20 million monthly unique visitors and 6 million social media followers have become one of the
largest, most engaged online communities. Mashable has been named a must-read site by both Fast Company and PC Magazine and
is ranked as the most influential media outlet by Klout.
Pete was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most
Influential People in 2012. He was featured on Forbes 30 under 30 list, named one of Ad Age’s 2011 influencers, and
was named a Young Global Leader by The World Economic Forum.
J.J. AbramsFounder and PresidentBad
J.J. AbramsFounder and PresidentBad Robot Productions
J.J. Abrams is the founder and President of Bad Robot Productions, which he runs with his producing partner
Bryan Burk. Formed in 2001, Bad Robot is partnered with Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. Studios, and has produced films
and television series such as “Cloverfield,” “Star Trek,” “Morning Glory,” “Super
8,” “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol,” ABC’s “Alias” and “Lost,” Fox’s
“Fringe,” and CBS’s “Person of Interest.”
Born in New York and raised in Los Angeles,
Abrams attended Sarah Lawrence College where he co-wrote a treatment that became the basis for Disney’s “Taking
Care Of Business.” In years following, he wrote or co-wrote such films as “Regarding Henry,” “Forever
Young,” “Armageddon,” and “Joy Ride.”
In 1998, Abrams co-created his first television
series “Felicity” with collaborator and long-time friend Matt Reeves. Abrams served as Executive Producer for
the series’ four-season run on The WB. Additionally, Abrams created and executive produced “Alias” for ABC,
and co-created (with Damon Lindelof) and executive produced ABC’s “Lost.” Abrams co-created Fox’s
“Fringe” with Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, and served as Executive Producer for the series’ five-season
In 2006, Abrams directed his first feature film, “Mission: Impossible 3.” His second feature directorial
effort “Star Trek” was released in May 2009. “Super 8,” written and directed by Abrams and produced
by Abrams, Burk and Steven Spielberg, was released in June 2011. His most recent effort, “Star Trek Into Darkness,”
was released in May of this year. Abrams is currently working on the next installment in the Star Wars saga.
Abrams received Emmy Awards for Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series for the “Lost” pilot as well as Outstanding
Drama Series for “Lost.” He also received Emmy nominations for his “Alias” and “Lost”
pilot scripts. In addition, Abrams composed the theme music for “Alias,” “Fringe,” “Lost,”
“Person of Interest,” and “Revolution,” and he co-wrote the theme song for “Felicity.”
Abrams presently serves as Executive Producer of CBS’s “Person of Interest,” and NBC’s “Revolution.”
Abrams and his wife have three children.
Aziz Abu SarahExecutive DirectorCenter
for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution
Aziz Abu SarahExecutive DirectorCenter for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution
Aziz Abu Sarah is the executive director at the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution.
He won the Intercultural Innovation award from the UN Alliance of Civilizations and was also named a National Geographic Explorer
in 2011. In 2009, he co-founded Middle East Justice and Development Initiative (MEJDI) to use as a bridge between conflict
resolution and business.
He is a lecturer and has spoken in hundreds of churches, synagogues, and mosques on the subjects
of peace, reconciliation, and interfaith dialogue. He is also an expert on Middle East conflict dynamics, Islamic conflict
resolution, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Afghanistan, and the Arab Spring. He has lectured and facilitated meetings for
countless international organizations and universities, including Harvard, Georgetown, Columbia, Princeton, Yale, the European
Parliament, and the United Nations.
Aziz is a columnist for Alquds Newspaper and is a regular contributor for 972mag.com,
a new Israeli online English magazine. He has published articles in The New York Times, Haaretz, the Jerusalem Post, Alarabiya,
the Daily Star and others. He regularly provides analysis for television news programs such as Al Jazeera, CNN, and Fox. He
has been honored to receive the Goldberg Prize for Peace in the Middle East from the Institute of International Education,
the Silver Rose Award from the European Parliament, the Eisenhower Medallion from People to People International, and the
Eliav-Sartawi Award for Middle Eastern Journalism from Search for Common Ground. He was named one of the 500 Most Influential
Muslims by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre for 2010, 2011, and 2012.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban
Ki-moon recognized Aziz Abu Sarah's work during his speech at the 5th Global Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations in
Vienna in February 2013.
Youth Climate Coalition
Esther AgbarakweFounderNigerian Youth Climate Coalition
Born and raised in the Niger Delta, Ms Esther Agbarakwe is an award winning climate change and Sexual and
reproductive health campaigner and digital story-teller. In 2009, Ms Agbarakwe founded the Nigerian Youth Climate Coalition
in 2009 while engaging in Peer Health Education (PHE) Programs on HIV/AIDS in the Niger Delta.
A recipient of the 2010
LEAP Africa Annual Nigerian Youth Leadership Award through Ford Foundation, Ms Agbarakwe is a Dekeyser & Friends Foundation
Fellow, Commonwealth Youth Climate Fellow and Atlas Service Corps Fellow.
A Speaker, certified digital story-teller
and Non-Profit social media strategist, Esther Agbarakwe has been privileged to represent Nigeria and Africa at over 20 global
governance meetings on sustainable development including sexual and reproductive health & rights as well as participating
in the delegation of The Elders to UN Rio+20 Conference in Rio de Janerio as one of the famous four “Youngers”
She currently works as a Communication and Documentation Advisor with Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH)
Esther Agbarakwe believes that young people are greatest resource the world has and empowered through technology,
young people are the touch-bearers in our fight for equality and progress.
Grace AkalloFounder and Executive DirectorUnited Africans for Women and Children’s Right (UAWCR)
Grace AkalloFounder and Executive
DirectorUnited Africans for Women and Children’s Right (UAWCR) Grace Akallo is the founder and Executive director of United Africans for
Women and Children’s Right (UAWCR) that is committed to building a peaceful and healthy society through non-violent
conflict management through advocacy, education and health for children, women and girls affected by conflicts to reclaim
their youth and gain a firm footing so that they can mature into adulthood as productive members of African society. She has
a degree in communication from Gordon College and a Master’s degree in International Development and Social Change from
Clark University. She has been a spokesperson for the children in armed conflict since 2001. Grace Akallo is former girl soldier
from Northern Uganda and co-author of Girl Soldier: A story of Hope for Northern Uganda's Children.
Nebahat AlbayrakVP of External AffairsUpstream
International at Shell
Nebahat AlbayrakVP of External AffairsUpstream International at Shell
is Vice President of External Communications for Upstream International at Shell. In her role, Ms. Albayrak is responsible
for external communication in Europe, Asia Pacific Region, Russia/CIS, Middle East, Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
Prior to joining Shell in 2012, Ms. Albayrak served 19 years in the Dutch Government, most recently as a Member of Parliament
(Dutch Labour Party) where she was Chair of the Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee, party spokesperson for European Affairs
and member of the Assembly of the Council of Europe.
Ms. Albayrak also served as Secretary of State for Justice in
the fourth Balkenende government.
As Member of Parliament between 1998 and 2007 Ms. Albayrak served as party spokesperson
for asylum and migration, defense, and justice. In this period she also served as Chairperson of the Parliamentary Defense
Committee, as head of the Dutch delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation
in Europe (OCSE) and as Rapporteur and Vice-President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE.
Between 1993 and 1995
she was the European and International Affairs policy officer in the Secretary-General’s Office. From 1995 to 1998 she
worked as a policy officer in the Minorities Integration Policy Department.
Born in Sivas (Turkey) her family migrated
to the Netherlands in 1970, where she grew up in Rotterdam, the city where she still resides.
Ahmad AlhendawiSecretary-General's Envoy on YouthUnited Nations
Envoy on YouthUnited Nations
Ahmad Alhendawi of Jordan is the first ever United Nations Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth. He assumed
office in February 2013.
He previously worked as a Team Leader for the World Bank funded programme to the League of
Arab States on Institutional Development to Strengthen Arab Policy and Participation. Prior to this, he served as the Youth
Policy Advisor in the League of Arab States in Cairo and as an officer in the Technical Secretariat of the Arab Youth and
Sports Ministers Council. Past experience also includes serving as a Team Leader for the National Youth Policy Project in
Iraq, a Youth Programme Associate at the Iraq office of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and as an Emergency Programme Officer
at the non-governmental organization Save the Children. As a regional consultant, he has also supported the Danish Youth Council's
projects in the Middle East and North Africa.
Born in 1984, Mr. Alhendawi holds a Master’s degree in Advanced
European and International relations, a diploma as “Policy Officer in European and International Organizations”
from the Institut Européen in Nice, and a Bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from the Al-Balqa
Applied University in Jordan.
Mr. Alhendawi is a strong youth advocate at the national, regional and international
levels. He was among the cofounders of All Jordan Youth Commission and the Youth for Democracy Network at the Jordanian Commission
for Democratic Culture which he headed. Internationally, he is a cofounder of the International Youth Council, based in New
Mr. Alhendawi has written extensively on youth and civil society, including: “Working with Youth in the
MENA Region, an Introductory Guide to NGO programming in Support of the Inclusion of Youth”, published by the Danish
Youth Council and on the role of civil society in the Arab spring: A comparison between the role of social movements and NGOs
in the Egyptian uprising. In addition, he is a recipient of the Youth Action Net Fellowship as a Young Social Entrepreneur
by the International Youth Foundation in Washington DC.
Jack AndrakaStudent/Cancer Researcher
Jack AndrakaStudent/Cancer Researcher
Jack Andraka is a Maryland high school student who at age 15 created a novel paper sensor that detects
pancreatic, ovarian, and lung cancer in 5 minutes for as little as 3 cents. He conducted his research at Johns Hopkins University
and is the winner of the Gordon E. Moore award at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and the Smithsonian American
Ingenuity Award and was Mrs. Obama’s guest at the State of the Union Address.
He has spoken at TED Long Beach,
over 11 TEDx events including House of Parliament, is the youngest speaker at the Royal Society of Medicine and has been featured
on 60 Minutes, World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, NPR Marketplace, Popular Science, BBC, and Al Jazeera as well as in award
winning documentaries including “You Don’t know Jack” by Morgan Spurlock. Jack is currently working with
a team of teens (Gen Z) on the Qualcomm Foundation Tricorder X Prize and speaks about open access, STEM education and universal
Internet availability.He is also on the national junior wildwater kayaking team, has won awards at multiple national and international
Ernesto ArgüelloHumanitarian & Entrepreneur
An Entrepreneur passionate about Life and SOCIAL INNOVATION, creating ventures that offer empowering and
uplifting opportunities to others.
Since graduating in 2002, he has created businesses in Hospitality, Real Estate,
Fashion, Service and Construction industries. From his parents he inherited the vision of making this World a Better place;
this inspired him to help improve the quality of life of those underserved and often overlooked. In 2004, he Co-Founded and
has since Presided “HOLA Realty,” a construction company building homes that meet functional and economic needs
of underprivileged populations. To further complement the vision, in 2012 he Founded and Presides “Education Model Towns”
a real estate development company focused on creating sustainable communities that offer a variety of uplifting and empowering
opportunities for its residents. To date, he has helped change the lives of approx. 15,000 people and rapidly growing. Currently
developing “Education Model Towns” in Honduras and Panama. As a result, in March 2013, he was honored with the
“Agent of Change” award from IDB (Inter-American Development Bank) and MTV (Music TV); additionally, in June 2013,
his Education Model Town in Honduras was honored a “Golden Nugget Award of Excellence” by Pacific Coast Builders
Conference. His life, businesses and Philanthropic Initiatives caught the Attention of NBC-Universal who selected him as one
of Americas most Eligible Bachelors for the Reality TV Show “READY FOR LOVE”, available at NBC.com.
August 2013, he joined efforts with IDB (Interamerican Development Bank) and FIA Foundation to spread awareness on the “United
Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety” for which he created the “SNAP-2-LIVE” belt; a fashion accessory
that will engage users to become vocal supporters of the campaign, helping save millions of lives and raise funds for the
Arguello has participated as a panelist sharing his experience and vision at: • The WORLD SUMMIT
OF INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP held in Boston, MA on Sept 2012 • The 6th ANNUAL CHINA-LATINAMERICA BUSINESS SUMMIT
held in Hangzhou, China on Oct 2012 • The INTER-AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK’S (IDB) ANNUAL MEETING held in Panama
City, Panama on March 2013
Argüello holds dual Bachelor of Science degrees; one in Civil Engineering and the other
in Architectural Engineering from the University of Miami, Florida, where he graduated with honors in 2002. Has attended seminars
in international housing finance, architecture and real estate development from Wharton Business School and American Society
of Civil Engineers.
Argüello enjoys playing many Sports and the arts (both performing and visual) and currently
serves on the Board of the Green Room Society at the “Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts” in Miami
FL. Also, serves on the Board of “The MANY HATS Institute” a Washington DC based non-profit dedicated to improving
the conditions for children and youth worldwide.
Emma AxelrodStudent Emma Axelrod is a seventeen year old senior at Montclair High School who
resides in Montclair, New Jersey. In the summer of 2012, she, Sammi Siegel and Elena Tsemberis launched a successful petition
asking the Commission on Presidential Debates to choose a woman to moderate at least one of the three 2012 presidential debates
for the first time in twenty years.
Andre BanksCo-founder and Executive DirectorAll Out
Andre BanksCo-founder and Executive
Andre Banks has spent most of the last decade finding new ways to harness the power of technology to build
social movements in the US and around the world. He is the co-founder and Executive Director of All Out (www.allout.org), an unprecedented alliance between straight, gay, lesbian, bi and trans people committed to building a movement for equality,
everywhere. In just over a year, All Out has inspired 1.8 million people in every country of the world to join the movement
through online campaigns, real world events and viral media.
Andre is also the Senior Advisor at Purpose (www.purpose.com) where he was formerly Partner and Director of Strategy. While at Purpose, Andre incubated All Out while leading strategy
development on global movements to fight cancer and eliminate nuclear weapons, as well as supporting an innovative new partnership
in Brazil to build a new culture of civic participation in Rio de Janeiro (Meu Rio).
Andre got his start building a
national network of student organizers concerned with economic justice at the AFL-CIO. An expanded focus on connecting national
movements to global issues led him to Africa Action where he built a national constituency pushing for action on AIDS in the
U.S. and in Africa. He moved on to build the media and public affairs department at the Applied Research Center, placing stories
on hot button issues of racial equality in outlets as varied as the Chicago Sun-Times, San Francisco Chronicle, LA Weekly,
National Public Radio and Agence-France Press. While there, he also led the strategy and managed the development of the online
newsmagazine Colorlines.com, serving as its founding editor.
Andre has frequently been called on to offer comment on
international politics and human rights issues for news organizations around the world, including the Associated Press, Agence
France-Presse, BuzzFeed, CNN, Folha de S. Paulo, the New York Times, Reuters and the Washington Post.
Ishmael BeahAuthor, Advocate for Children AffectedUNICEF
Ishmael BeahAuthor, Advocate for
Children AffectedUNICEF Ishmael Beah, born in Sierra Leone, West Africa is the New York Times bestselling
author of A Long Way Gone, Memoirs of a Boy Soldier. He is a UNICEF Advocate for Children Affected by War and has been a very
powerful speaker on the issue of violence against children and youth. He is a member of the Human Rights Watch Children’s
Advisory Committee, and advisory board member of the Center for the Study of Youth and Political Violence at the University
of Tennessee, Knoxville, visiting scholar at the Center for Conflict resolution at Columbia University, visiting Senior Research
Fellow at the Center for the study of Genocide, Conflict Resolution and Human Rights, Rutgers University, co-founder of the
Network for Young People Affected by War, and President of the Ishmael Beah Foundation. He has spoken before the United Nations,
the Council on Foreign Relations and numerous panels on the effect of war on children and lectures at high schools and universities.
Beah also speaks to youth who have experienced violence in their daily lives, including crime and gang conflict, and provides
a sense of hope and resilience. His second book, Radiance of Tomorrow, a novel set after the civil war in Sierra Leone will
be released in January 2014.
Hunter BidenChairman of the BoardWorld
Food Program USA
Hunter BidenChairman of the BoardWorld Food Program USA
Hunter Biden currently serves as Chairman of the Board of World Food Program USA and as a Director on the
not-for-profit boards of the Truman National Security Project, The Center for National Policy and the US Global Leadership
Coalition. Mr. Biden serves as managing partner at Rosemont Seneca Partners, Chairman at Rosemont Seneca Advisors, and is
Counsel to Boies, Schiller, Flexner, LLP, a national law firm based in New York.
Mr. Biden is also an Adjunct Professor
at Georgetown University's Masters Program in the school of foreign service. Mr. Biden is a member of the CSIS Executive Council
on Development and the President's Advisory Board for Catholic Charities in Washington D.C. From 2006-2009, Mr. Biden served
on the Board of Directors of Amtrak, serving asVice Chairman from 2007-2009. Mr. Biden was honored to serve as an HonoraryCo-Chair
of the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Committee and to have served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. Previously, Mr. Biden was a
founding member of the law firm, Oldaker, Biden and Belair, LLP, was appointed by President Clinton toserve as Executive Director
of E-Commerce Policy Coordination under Secretary of Commerce William Daley and was Senior Vice President at MBNA America
Bank. He is also a member of the bar in the State of Connecticut, the District ofColumbia, the U.S. Supreme Court and the
U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Mr. Biden received a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and a J.D. from Yale
Carl BildtSweden's Minister for Foreign Affairs
Carl BildtSweden's Minister for
Carl Bildt has served as Sweden's Minister for Foreign Affairs since 2006.
He served as Member of
Parliament from 1979 to 2001. He was Chairman of the Moderate Party from 1986 to 1999, and served as Prime Minister between
1991 and 1994.
His government negotiated and signed the 1995 accession of Sweden to the European Union, and undertook
far-reaching liberalization and structural reforms to improve the competitiveness of Sweden and modernize its old-style welfare
After his term in government, he was asked to become the European Union Special Representative to Former Yugoslavia
in 1995 and served as Co-Chairman of the Dayton Peace Talks later the same year. He then served as the first High Representative
of the international community in Bosnia during 1996 and 1997. In 1999, he was asked to re-engage on the Balkan issues as
Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, and served in that capacity until 2001.
Matthew BishopUS Business Editor and New York Bureau Chief
Matthew BishopUS Business Editor
and New York Bureau Chief The Economist
Matthew Bishop is the US Business Editor and New York Bureau Chief of The Economist. Mr. Bishop was previously
the magazine’s London-based Business Editor. He co-founded and advises the #givingtuesday campaign and the Social Progress
Index. He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Role of Business.
is the author of several books, including three with Michael Green. Philanthrocapitalism, on the new movement that brings
together the business and social sectors to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems, has been described as
“terrific” by The New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, and as “the definitive guide to a new generation
of philanthropists who understand innovation and risk-taking, and who will play a crucial part in solving the biggest problems
facing the world,” by New York’s Mayor and leading philanthropist Michael Bloomberg. According to former U.S President
Bill Clinton, “This is an important book. Our interdependent world is too unequal, unstable, and, because of climate
change, unsustainable. We have to transform it into one of shared responsibilities, shared opportunities, and a shared sense
of community. Bishop and Green show us how to do it.”
The Road from Ruin” (also with Green), about how
to improve capitalism following the crash of 2008 and subsequent economic downturn, was published in 2010. It was described
as “provocative and refreshing” by the New York Times. According to Professor Robert Shiller of Yale, “The
Road from Ruin” will be “remembered as a serious, highly readable book of the broadest intellectual scope. Its
insights will help all of us reshape the future and enable both citizen and policy maker alike to separate real reform from
the grandstanding bluster so prevalent today.” An e-book, “In Gold We Trust? The Future of Money in an Age of
Uncertainty”, again written with Green, was published in 2012. Mr Bishop is also the author of Essential Economics,
the official Economist layperson’s guide to economics.
Before joining The Economist, Mr. Bishop was on the faculty
of London Business School. Prior to that, Mr. Bishop was educated at Oxford University. He has served as a member of the Sykes
Commission on the investment system in the 21st century. Mr. Bishop was also on the Advisors Group of the United Nations International
Year of Microcredit 2005. Mr. Bishop has been honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He has been interviewed
on numerous media outlets, including NPR, BBC, CNBC, and the Charlie Rose show.
Marcus BleasdalePhotographerNational Geographic
Marcus Bleasdale is a documentary photographer who uses his work to influence policy makers around the
world. His work on human rights and conflict has been shown at the US Senate, The US House of Representatives, The United
Nations and the Houses of Parliament in the UK.
Marcus' work also appears in the New Yorker, The New York Times, The
Sunday Times Magazine, The Telegraph Magazine, Stern, Le Monde, TIME Magazine, Newsweek and National Geographic Magazine.
Exhibitions include "The Rape of a Nation" The Federal Building NYC (2006), The Central Library, Chicago (2006),
The Holocaust Museum LA (2006), Visa Pour L’Image (2007), Nobel Peace Centre Oslo (2007), Ministry of Foreign Affairs
France (2008), Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo (2009), US Senate (2009), UN (2009), The Houses of Parliament UK (2010). US
House of Representatives (2011). He has published two books "One Hundred Years of Darkness" 2002 and "The Rape
of a Nation" 2009.
Marcus has been awarded The UNICEF Photographer of the Year Award (2004), The OPC Olivier Rebbot
Award for Best Foreign Reporting (2005), Magazine Photographer of the Year award POYi (2005), The Alexia Foundation Award
for World Peace (2005), The World Press Awards (2006), The Freedom of Expression Foundation Norway (2007), Days Japan (2009),
The Anthropographia Award for Photography and Human Rights (2010), The Hansel Meith Award (2010) and the Photo Book of the
Year Award POYi (2010), Freedom of Expression Foundation Norway (2011). Webby Award (2011) News and Politics "Dear Obama".
The Hood Medal for Services to Photography from Royal Photographic Society (2012). In 2012 Marcus film for MSF was nominated
for an Emmy together with other VII photographers.
Neil BlumenthalCo-Founder & Co-CEOWarby
Neil BlumenthalCo-Founder &
Co-CEOWarby Parker Neil Blumenthal loves helping people see. Determined to transform the eyewear
industry, Neil and three friends launched Warby Parker in 2010. Prior to Warby Parker, Neil had been the Director of VisionSpring,
a non-profit social enterprise that trains low-income women to start their own business selling affordable eyeglasses in developing
countries. Neil was recently recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and as one of the 100 most creative
people in business by Fast Company.
Ruma BoseSerial Entrepreneur, Investor, Philanthropist
Ruma BoseSerial Entrepreneur, Investor,
Philanthropist and Author
Ruma Bose is a serial entrepreneur, investor, philanthropist and author. Ruma has founded and/or been part
of the management team of several early stage businesses including President and co-CEO of Sprayology, an innovative wellness
company selling vitamin and homeopathic oral sprays, President at Vincent Longo Cosmetics and co-founder at Finish Line Floors,
a national floor care company. Her investment experience includes being Managing Director at Innovators Fund and Senior Director
at Roseworth Capital.
Ruma is an active philanthropist and has raised awareness and significant capital for non-profit
organizations. She is passionate about mentoring, teaching and providing resources and opportunities for young people and
underserved communities around the world. She currently serves as a mentor for the US State Department’s Program to
Propel Women’s Entrepreneurship in Pakistan. She also serves on Global Entrepreneur’s Council at the United Nations
Foundation, the advisory boards of Fonderie 47, a luxury jewelry company developed through the destruction of AK 47 guns in
Africa, WEConnect International, a corporate led non-profit which facilitates inclusive, sustainable economic growth by empowering
and connecting women business owners globally, Nexus Global Youth Summit, a global network of young wealth holders, social
entrepreneurs and philanthropists committed to improving philanthropy and on the Fund Development Committee of the National
Board of the Girl Scouts of the USA.
Ruma co-authored the international bestselling book, “Mother Teresa, CEO”
which demonstrates the management and leadership principles of Mother Teresa which led her to create one of the world’s
largest and most successful organizations. Ruma spent several months working with Mother Teresa and leverages the lessons
learned into a set of guiding principles for successful leaders. Ruma has received global media recognition for her achievements
including features in Fast Company, The Economist, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg and
Smart Company. She has delivered addresses to Head’s of States and Governments, and CEO’s and executive teams
of multinational companies and at elite academic institutions. She has spoken at the United Nations and is a regular keynote
speaker at entrepreneurial and philanthropy related conferences around the world.
Rob Bourdon is the drummer of modern alternative rock band Linkin
Park. Rob began playing drums at age 11 and later met band mates Brad Delson and Mike Shinoda through a High School friend.
Linkin Park has sold over 50 million albums worldwide and is the biggest band on Facebook - with over 55 million fans and
counting. In the span of time since 2000, when Linkin Park debuted on the Billboard 200 – no other artist has had more
top 10 singles on the Alternative chart and, with the release of their latest album, LIVING THINGS (Machine Shop Recordings
/Warner Bros), which reached #1 in over 20 countries, no other band has achieved more #1 albums this century.
band’s early days, Bourdon was instrumental in defining creative marketing strategies which led to the establishment
of Machine Shop Marketing (MSM) in 2001 where Bourdon is a partner. Today MSM exists as a bridge connecting fans with brands,
film, music and interactive media via innovative marketing techniques. In 2005, along with his Linkin Park band mates, Bourdon
founded non-profit organization Music for Relief and currently serves on the board. Rob is passionate about improving the
environment and making the world a better place.
Linkin Park has sold over 50 million albums worldwide and is the biggest
band on Facebook - with over 55 million fans and counting. In the span of time since 2000, when Linkin Park debuted on the
Billboard 200 – no other artist has had more top 10 singles on the Alternative chart and, with the release of their
latest album, LIVING THINGS (Machine Shop Recordings /Warner Bros), which reached #1 in over 20 countries, no other band has
achieved more #1 albums this century.
Anne BouverotDirector General, Board MemberGSMA
Anne BouverotDirector General, Board
Anne Bouverot is Director General of the GSMA and a Member of its Board.
Anne brings to the GSMA
a wealth of experience and a proven track record of success in the highly dynamic mobile industry. With a deep understanding
of the opportunities and the challenges facing mobile operators today, she leads the GSMA as the essential industry partner
for its operator members around the world, enabling their continued success through driving innovation, providing thought
leadership and advocating for the industry.
Before joining the GSMA, Anne was Executive Vice President for Mobile Services
for France Telecom Orange, where she defined the strategic transformation programmes for a business serving more than 120
million customers and revenues of more than 14 billion euros at the time.
Prior to France Telecom Orange, Anne led
a 600-person business unit of Equant and was responsible for developing IT services for Equant’s multinational business
customers. She began her career in telecommunications as project manager for Telmex in Mexico in 1991.
Anne holds M.S.
and Ph.D. degrees in mathematics and computer science from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris and an M.S. degree
from Telecom Paris. Anne was appointed as a member of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development in 2013. She also serves
as a non-executive director of Groupama, a major French insurance company, and as a non-executive director of Edenred, the
world leader of prepaid corporate services.
Sir Richard Branson Founder The
Sir Richard Branson Founder The Virgin Group
Sir Richard Branson is Founder of the Virgin Group. Virgin is one of the world’s most irresistible
brands and has expanded into many diverse sectors from travel to telecommunications, health to banking and music to leisure.
Through more than 100 companies worldwide, Virgin employs approximately 60,000 people in over 50 countries.
has challenged himself with many record breaking adventures, including the fastest ever Atlantic Ocean crossing, a series
of hot air balloon journeys and becoming the oldest person to kitesurf across the Channel. He has described Virgin Galactic,
the world’s first commercial spaceline, as being “the greatest adventure of all”.
youth culture magazine Student aged 16, Branson has found entrepreneurial ways to provoke positive change in the world. In
2004 he established Virgin Unite, the non-profit foundation of the Virgin Group, which tackles tough social and environmental
problems and strives to make business a force for good.
Ned BreslinCEOWater For
Ned Breslin is the CEO of Water For People. Ned found himself working on a water project in northern Kenya in 1987 and never looked back. Twenty years later he moved
back to the US to join Water For People as its Director of International Programs, eventually becoming CEO in 2009.
over two decades, Ned has seen firsthand how conventional humanitarian approaches to safe water and sanitation access in the
developing world are not scalable or sustainable — helping some but not others and often failing shortly after implementation.
Finding this unacceptable, he has led innovative programmatic efforts that test new approaches to service delivery and that
demand, among other things, greater accountability of water and sanitation programs. In 2011, Breslin received the Skoll Award
for Social Entrepreneurship for his commitment and proven work in the water and sanitation sector.
Jimmie BriggsJournalist and Educatior
Jimmie BriggsJournalist and Educatior Jimmie Briggs
is a journalist and educator. Lecturer and social entrepreneur. With the eye of a trained, intrepid storyteller, perspective
of a father, deeply ingrained values instilled at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, and the compassion and determination
which come from bearing witness to far-flung tragedies in the world—Jimmie Briggs has used vital connections and unwavering
resolve to address some of the most pervasive social ills and global injustices over the past two decades. Following an award-winning
journalistic career resulting in scores of commendations-as well as the publication of a seminal book on war-affected children
and child soldiers entitled Innocents Lost:When Child Soldiers Go To War-he mobilized young people in 25 countries to stop
violence against the women and girls in their communities and launched the initiative known as "Man Up Campaign"
in South Africa during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Briggs was selected at GQ Magazine's "Better Men, Better World"
winner in 2010, a Womens eNews Leader for the 21st Century, and most recently was awarded a Medal of Distinction from Barnard
College. He is currently working on a personal memoir exploring manhood in the 21st century.
Paul BunjeSenior Director, OceansXPRIZE
Paul BunjeSenior Director, OceansXPRIZE
Paul Bunje is a Senior Director, Prize Development, Ocean Health at the X PRIZE Foundation Dr. Bunje comes
to the X PRIZE Foundation with more than 12 years of experience in science, policy, education, and environmental leadership.
Dr. Bunje brings his unique ability to bridge the gap between science and society to the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health X PRIZE
to help lead the identification of solutions to the challenges facing our world’s oceans.
Prior to joining the
Foundation, Dr. Bunje served as the founding Executive Director of the UCLA Center for Climate Change Solutions and as the
Managing Director of the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability. In these roles, he facilitated
innovative research and communication between scientists, decision makers, and the public and led the creation of regional
climate change programs for the 10 million people of Los Angeles County.
Dr. Bunje has served as an AAAS Science &
Technology Policy Fellow in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and as an educator at science museums in California and
Minnesota. Dr. Bunje’s service includes the City of Los Angeles’ Green Retrofit Advisory Council, a fellow of
the Center for Tropical Research, board member of Climate Resolve and the Los Angeles Sustainability Collaborative, and as
an advisor to USAID, Clean Tech LA, and the Asia Society. Dr. Bunje has lived and conducted scientific research in Europe,
the Middle East, and the Pacific—providing first-hand insight into the diverse challenges we face in protecting critical
habitats and communities.
Dr. Bunje is trained in biology, with a B.S. from the University of Southern California and
a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He is an Associate Researcher at the UCLA Institute of the Environment
and Sustainability and continues to serve in a number of leadership roles in environment, energy, and sustainability.
Barbara BushCEO & Co-FounderGlobal
Barbara BushCEO & Co-FounderGlobal Health Corps Barbara Bush is CEO and co-founder of Global Health Corps. Since its founding
in 2009, GHC has deployed 322 fellows from 24 citizenships to work in 7 countries. The current class of 106 fellows was selected
from a pool of almost 4000 applicants. Before joining Global Health Corps’ founding team in 2008, Barbara worked in
Educational Programming at the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, where she supported
design thinking programs for high school students and faculty in Louisiana, Texas, Minnesota, and New York. Previously, she
worked for Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Capetown, South Africa and interned for UNICEF in Botswana. She has traveled
with the UN World Food Programme, focusing on the importance of nutrition in ARV treatment. Barbara is a member of UNICEF’s
Next Generation Steering Committee and the UN Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council and is one of the World Economic
Forum’s Young Global Shapers. She is on the Board of Directors of Covenant House International, PSI, and Friends of
the Global Fight for AIDS, TB, and Malaria. She is a Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Social Entrepreneur and a fellow of
the Echoing Green Foundation, which selected Global Health Corps as one of the 14 most innovative social start-ups worldwide
out of 1500 applicants. Barbara Bush graduated from Yale University with a degree in Humanities in 2004.
Kathy Calvin is President and Chief Executive Officer of the United Nations Foundation. Her career has
spanned work in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. She is a passionate advocate for multi-sector problem-solving,
U.S. leadership on global issues, and the inclusion of women at all levels and in all sectors.
Kathy was named CEO
by the UN Foundation Board in 2009 and President in 2013. In those roles, she leads one of the most innovative organizations
advocating for the UN and the creation of public-private partnerships. Her leadership brings together the largest network
of supporters of UN issues in the United States and a global network of corporate, civil society and media partners. The UN
Foundation was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner's historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes
and activities. The UN Foundation advocates for the UN and connects people, ideas, and resources to help the United Nations
solve global problems. As a public charity with many partners, the UN Foundation's work is focused on decreasing child mortality,
empowering women and girls, creating a clean energy future, using mobile technology for development, and improving U.S.-UN
In 2011, Kathy was named one of Newsweek’s “150 Women Who Rock the World,” and in 2012,
she was listed in Fast Company’s “League of Extraordinary Women.” Her innovative work in the philanthropy
and international NGO sector was featured by the New York Times in 2011. She has received numerous other awards for philanthropy
Prior to joining the UN Foundation as Chief Operating Officer in 2003, Kathy served as President of
the AOL Time Warner Foundation where she guided AOL Time Warner's philanthropic activities and was the chief architect of
the company's corporate responsibility initiatives. She joined America Online in 1997 as Senior Vice President and Chief Communications
Officer, and was responsible for the company’s brand, social responsibility, and external relations.
prior to joining AOL, she was a Senior Managing Director at Hill and Knowlton, a global public relations company, where she
led the U.S. Media Relations practice. For 12 years before that, she served as Director of Editorial Administration for U.S.
News & World Report, overseeing budget, personnel, innovation and strategy. From 1976 through 1984, Kathy served as Senator
Gary Hart's press secretary in his Senate office and his 1984 Presidential campaign. She was one of the first women to hold
that title in American Presidential campaigns.
Throughout her career, Kathy Calvin has taken an active role in a range
of philanthropic activities, including the boards of the International Women's Media Foundation, City Year, Internews, the
Newseum, Share Our Strength, the United Nations Association of the United States of America, and the East-West Center. She
is a frequent public speaker and commenter. Kathy is a graduate of Purdue University.
Stories connect us all. They are the thread by which
we all grow, learn, and prosper. The hero's journey from obscurity to triumph is something we can all relate with.
has established this caveat at the center of his, and CORE Media Enterprise's, mission, which is to change the world through
social entrepreneurship and thought provoking content.
Defining himself more specifically as a "mediapreneur,"
Ruben has been working in media since he was 14 when he hosted his first weekly radio show. During this period he established
his first company and won national recognition for another a radio show, 2002-2003. In 2004 while working for Sony Urban Music
and MTV Networks, he gained a new perspective on the media world and decided that the impact and reach of media could be successfully
- yet still profitably - harnessed to bring awareness to social and environmental issues. In 2007, CORE Media Enterprises
CORE Creative Media Strategies is the commercial arm of CORE that creates business media strategies executed
through high-end video production ranging from animation, live streaming events and commercials. This work provides the foundation
for CORE's mission to change the world by creating innovative campaigns for socially conscious brands. The company's film
division, COREageous Films, reflects Ruben's extensive background in filmmaking and provides a path for these socially aware
and progressive projects to come to light.
Ruben holds a B.S. in Radio-TV-Film and an M.S. in Technology Commercialization
from the McCombs School of Business, both from The University of Texas at Austin. As a social entrepreneur his ambitions are
focused on establishing a platform through media that allows society to reflect on its condition and spur progressive change.
Carmen CaprilesFounder-CoordinatorReacción Climática Carmen
Capriles is founder and coordinator of Reacción Climática, a non-profit organization formed to advance the participation of the youth of Bolivia in finding solutions to climate change.
She also is an environmental activist and campaign coordinator for 350.org in Bolivia. Capriles earned her degree in Agricultural
Engineering with a specialty in Sustainable Development and Agro-ecology from the University of San Andres in La Paz, Bolivia.
Her thesis titled: "The Role of Women in Natural Resources Management in the Community El Tigre" received great
accolades from academia and won an award with honorable mention. Capriles has over 10 years of work experience as a consultant
in Climate Change and Environmental Advocacy for national NGOs as well as International Cooperation and has organized over
20 campaigns for raising awareness about the environment, biodiversity, and climate change. She is one of the founding members
of Reacción Climática, a volunteer-based organization dedicated to educating the people of Bolivia about climate
change and is a member of the Women's Major Group for the RIO+20 Conference.
Jean CaseCEOCase Foundation
Jean Case is an actively engaged philanthropist and a pioneer in the world of interactive technologies.
Her career in the private sector spanned nearly two decades before she and her husband, Steve Case, created the Case Foundation in 1997. A passionate believer in all things digital and the amazing potential of technology to change the world for the
better, Jean and her team focus the efforts of the Foundation around many of the same entrepreneurial approaches she and Steve
cultivated throughout their business careers. The Case Foundation is recognized for its leadership in leveraging new technologies
and applying innovative approaches to increase giving; catalyze civic and business participation; and promote innovation,
collaboration and leadership in the nonprofit sector.
Prior to co-founding the Case Foundation, Jean spent her career
as a technology executive in the private sector. As a senior executive at America Online, Inc. (AOL), Jean directed the marketing
and branding effort that launched the AOL service, directed the communications strategy for taking the company public, and
helped establish AOL as a household utility. Before joining AOL, she held strategic marketing positions at GE's Information
Services Division and at The Source, the nation's first online service.
In addition to her role as CEO of the Case
Foundation, Jean has served in two appointed roles leading strategic public-private efforts, including the President's Council
on Service and Civic Participation, to which she was appointed as Chair by President George W. Bush, and in her ongoing role
as Co-chair of the U.S.-Palestinian Partnership. Jean is also currently leading the Case Foundation in support of the Startup
America Partnership, a private sector alliance of major corporations, service providers, mentors, advisors and funders –
launched at the White House on January 31st, 2011 – focused on maximizing the success of American startups and high-growth
Jean serves on the National Geographic Society Board of Trustees, as well as on the boards of Accelerate
Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2), SnagFilms, BrainScope Company, Inc. and Miraval Resort and Spa. She also serves on the advisory
board of the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative, the National Conference on Citizenship, and the Brain Trust
Accelerator Fund, and is a member of the steering committee of Partners for a New Beginning.
Jean and Steve joined
The Giving Pledge, started by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett in 2010, and publicly reaffirmed their commitment to give away
the majority of their wealth to fund worthy charitable causes, and in the same year were named to Barron’s “25
Best Givers” list. In 2011, Jean was named the Washington Business Journal’s Corporate Philanthropist of the Year,
and Jean and Steve were honored by NCoC as Citizens of the Year.
Claudia ChanWomen's Media Entrepreneur & Founder SHE
Claudia ChanWomen's Media Entrepreneur
& Founder SHE SummitClaudiaChan.com
Claudia Chan is a women's leadership and lifestyle expert dedicated to celebrating today's female role
models through her 200+ remarkable women interview series on ClaudiaChan.com, and S.H.E. Summit, the annual global women's
week convening women dreamers with extraordinary female thought leaders.
Immersed in the women's space, from all-women's
schools to her 9-year journey as president of girlfriend events company Shecky's, Claudia noticed the dire lack of mainstream
programming positively portraying women leaders and felt that this directly affected how women and girls recognize their own
potential. In 2012, she launched SHE Globl Media Inc., a purposeful women's platform that empowers women to live their most
optimal personal and professional lives so they can change the world, through ongoing media and educational initiatives like
ClaudiaChan.com and S.H.E. Summit. By sharing practical advice of hundreds of strong female role models like model activist
Christy Turlington Burns, philanthropist Jennifer Buffett, fashion designer Tory Burch, humanitarian Zainab Salbi to corporate
leaders like Susan Sobbott, S.H.E. Globl Media initiatives give women access to stories, strategies and solutions that are
typically inaccessible with a belief that if women lead their optimal lives, they will change the world.
as “the aspirational Facebook for women” by Forbes.com, “SHE Who Must Be Obeyed” by the The Daily
Beast, “Intrepid Woman” by The Glass Hammer, “a motivational media woman in charge” by Cosmopolitan
Magazine--Claudia has been featured in countless media outlets including the Aol/PBS initiative “Makers: Women Who Make
America.” She also speaks on women’s leadership at corporations, universities, conferences and is looking forward
to her first TEDx talk in Fall 2013.
Rebecca ChiaoCo-Founder and DirectorHarassMap
Rebecca ChiaoCo-Founder and DirectorHarassMap Rebecca Chiao is Co-Founder and Director of HarassMap a volunteer based
independent initiative in Egypt that uses SMSs and online technology together with a huge offline community mobilization to
end the social acceptability of sexual harassment. They have a diverse team with the goal of putting an end to sexual harassment
and to make Egypt a safer environment for everyone. Users can email, post a message on Facebook, Tweet or send an SMS message
to inform HarassMap of incidents of harassment or sexual assault. HarassMap then publishes and analyzes this data to produce
public campaigns and community-based outreach that aims to mobilize all of society to take action to stop sexual harassment
and assault. Chiao has lived in Cairo since 2004. In 2005, prior to launching HarassMap, Chiao started the Egyptian Centre
for Women’s Rights’ campaign against sexual harassment. Chiao holds an MA in International Development and International
Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and has been working in NGOs and program
development since 1998.
Rachael ChongCEO & FounderCatchafire
Rachael ChongCEO & FounderCatchafire Rachael
Chong is the Founder and CEO of Catchafire, an innovative platform that connects professionals with nonprofits on projects that create positive social impact. Rachael
founded Catchafire in 2009 with the vision of creating a more efficient and effective social good sector, and a world where
serving the greater good is commonplace. Since its founding, Catchafire has become the world’s largest online skills-based
volunteer marketplace. In 2012, Rachael was named Fast Company’s Most 100 Creative People in Business, received the
NYC Venture Fellowship and the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award. Catchafire has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Mashable, NPR, FOX Business, CNN Money, Forbes, Fast Company, TechCrunch, and facilitated two series in partnership with Fast Company on The Future of Service in America and The Most Generous People in Business.
For more than 20 years, Pat led the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the
Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation, creating innovative programs to help individuals, communities and governments in the U.S.
and in Africa respond to the devastating impact of one of the most complex public health crises in history. Today, she leads
HopeLab, an Omidyar Group philanthropy that creates tech-based solutions to support human health and well-being, applying
insights from scientific and human-centered research to design consumer products that measurably improve lives.
Nations Development Programme
Helen ClarkAdministratorUnited Nations Development Programme
Helen Clark is no newcomer to politics. She has remained a fixture on Forbes¹ list of the World¹s
Most Powerful Women since her election as Prime Minister of her native New Zealand in 1999, coming in at 21 this year. She
had already served as a member of Parliament for 18 years before being elected an impressive three times as Prime Minister,
serving for nine years. Her time as Prime Minister was marked by significant economic growth, low levels of unemployment,
and high levels of investment in education and health, and in the well-being of families and older citizens.
she became the first woman to head the UN Development Program and is responsible for leading the UN¹s development activities
in over 170 countries worldwide. Since assuming this position, she has been a tireless advocate for women¹s empowerment,
particularly in the poorest countries, meeting with groups of influential women in each and every country she visits to ensure
their voices and needs are heard thus far 50 countries and counting.
As the head of UNDP, over 50 per cent of
the senior staff she has hired are women, including her number 2, and I know she is working down the ranks.
alive when New Zealand became the first country in the world to give women the right to vote in 1893, but she has certainly
carried on that legacy.
Sarah ColamarinoVice President of Strategic PartnershipsJohnson & Johnson
Sarah ColamarinoVice President of
Strategic PartnershipsJohnson & Johnson
Sarah is currently Vice President, Johnson & Johnson Strategic Partnerships. In this role, Sarah develops and
executes broad-scale initiatives and strategic partnerships that reflect aspects of the company's long-standing commitment
to corporate citizenship. She oversees a team working closely with multiple business units and functions on these initiatives.
She was previously Vice President, Corporate Communication, with responsibility for equity communication and strategic
publications. This includes major communication activities such as the Annual Report, Annual Meeting of Shareholders and jnj.com.
Since joining Johnson & Johnson in 1989, Sarah has been responsible for building communications groups at several Johnson
& Johnson companies. She was Vice President, Worldwide Communications, for the DePuy Franchise, building key strategies
for external and internal communications globally, including issues management, direct-to-consumer communication (advertising,
public relations and internet), advocacy group relationships and tools to enhance overall DePuy internal communications.
Sarah also worked in the Johnson & Johnson Consumer and Personal Care Group. She began the global communications discipline,
handling public relations issues and professional relations. She also had responsibility for US Public Relations, Professional
Marketing and Consumer Promotions, with a focus on leveraging across these disciplines for stronger programs.
an important member of the start-up team at Ortho Biotech, leading public relations, professional relations and direct-to-consumer
communications. Sarah then led the communications team at Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems, where she built strong
customer and internal communications programs and developed advertising and internet strategies for the Medical Devices &
Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Sarah worked at a New York public relations firm on a variety
of pharmaceutical and consumer health care accounts, as well as in several positions in hospital public relations and marketing.
Peggy ConlonPresident & CEOThe
Peggy ConlonPresident & CEOThe Advertising Council
Peggy Conlon joined
The Advertising Council in June 1999. As President, Ms. Conlon serves as Chief Executive Officer of an organization that mobilizes
yearly more than $1.5 billion of advertising time and space, the creative services of over 50 major advertising agencies and
related financial support from hundreds of corporations.
Since Ms. Conlon joined the Ad Council, the organization has
tripled the work done on behalf of premier government and non-profit organizations such as the American Red Cross, Big Brothers
Big Sisters, United Way of America, the American Heart Association, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and many more.
She has worked closely with President Obama on critical issues such as high school dropout prevention, civic engagement and
fatherhood involvement, as well as the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” campaign to end childhood obesity.
Ms. Conlon serves on the Board of Trustees of the United Way Worldwide and served for six years on the United Way of America
board. Ms. Conlon has been appointed by former President George Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush to lead the national media
initiative for C-Change, formerly the National Dialogue on Cancer and served on its Board of Directors for six years. Ms.
Conlon is also a member of the World Economic Forum's Future of Media Global Agenda Council.
Ms. Conlon earned her
B.A. in communications from the California State University at Fullerton and her M.A. from the Annenberg School of Communications
at the University of Southern California. She was awarded the New York Women in Communications Matrix Award for Advertising
in 2002, and she was named “2005 Advertising Woman of the Year” by Advertising Women of New York (AWNY).
Arjuna CostaInvestment PartnerOmidyar
Arjuna CostaInvestment PartnerOmidyar Network
Arjuna is an accomplished emerging market investor in social enterprises. In his current role, Arjuna invests
in Entrepreneurship and Financial Inclusion, with a focus on Africa and other emerging markets.
Prior to joining Omidyar
Network in 2010, Arjuna consulting to the Gates Foundation on the economics of delivering savings products through the different
channels and business models supported by its Financial Services for the Poor initiative. Prior to that role, he was a member
of the Africa and Middle East special situations investment practice at The Rohatyn Group, an emerging markets investment
firm with $2.5 billion under management. He was actively involved in sourcing and executing transactions across the consumer
finance, financial services, telecommunications, and real estate sectors. In 2003, Arjuna co-founded Africa International
Financial Holdings LLC, a $115-million private equity fund focused on the turnaround of distressed commercial banks and the
penetration of underserved market segments in sub-Saharan Africa. The fund grew out of his work advising African governments
on the restructuring and privatization of its banking sector. Previously, Arjuna developed trade and investment programs targeting
grassroots enterprises and agricultural groups for the U.S. Government in response to the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act.
Arjuna began his career at Lehman Brothers, where he spent five years in the power and transportation groups.
earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he subsequently returned to co-author a rewrite of the textbook Business
Analysis and Valuation: Using Financial Statements. Arjuna graduated with a BA in computer science from Columbia University,
where he received the prestigious Ravi Kapur Memorial Scholarship, given to one student from India every four years.
Ertharin CousinExecutive DirectorWorld
Ertharin CousinExecutive DirectorWorld Food Programme
Ertharin Cousin began
her tenure as the twelfth Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme on 5 April 2012.
more than twenty-five years of national and international non-profit, government, and corporate leadership experience focusing
on hunger, food, and resilience strategies. Cousin guides the World Food Programme in meeting urgent food needs while championing
longer-term solutions to food insecurity and hunger.
As the leader of the world’s largest humanitarian organization
with approximately 14,000 staff serving about 100 million beneficiaries in 75 countries across the world, she is an exceptional
advocate for improving the lives of hungry people worldwide, and travels extensively to raise awareness of food insecurity
and chronic malnutrition.
In 2009, Cousin was nominated and confirmed as the U.S. Ambassador to the UN Agencies for
Food and Agriculture, and head of the U.S. Mission in Rome.
Previously, Cousin served as White House Liaison to the
State Department, during which time she was appointed to the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development, and
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Feeding America.
A native of Chicago, Cousin is a graduate
of the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Georgia Law School.
Asha CurranDirector of the Center for Innovation &
Asha CurranDirector of the Center
for Innovation & Social Impact92Y
As director of the Center for Innovation & Social Impact, Asha Curran is spearheading the effort to
broaden the depth and reach of 92Y’s renowned programming by leveraging the power of new and social media, partnerships
and collaboration within 92Y’s diverse programming centers to strengthen and extend the reach of 92Y’s core values
– intellectual exploration and dialogue, community, thought leadership and innovation as a driver of social change.
Projects emanating from the Center with national and global reach include the annual Social Good Summit (produced in partnership
with the United Nations Foundation, Mashable, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the UN Development Programme), which
brings together leaders in digital business, global policy and new media; the multi-platform political program 92Y American
Conversation (92YAmericanConversation.org), and the national day of giving founded and led by 92Y, #GivingTuesday
Amita DahiyaVolunteering and Post-2015 National Coordinator
United Nations Volunteers (UNV) India
Amita DahiyaVolunteering and Post-2015
National Coordinator United Nations Volunteers (UNV) India
Amita is currently working as the Volunteering and Post-2015 National Coordinator with the United Nations Volunteers
(UNV) programme in India. She provided coordination and facilitation support to the recently concluded national consultation
process in India on the post-2015 development agenda. During 2011, Amita supported the Tenth Anniversary of the International
Year of Volunteering (IYV+10) campaign of UNV from India. In the past, she has worked as a Program Manager with a Delhi based
NGO and has more than six years teaching experience at various levels in different schools in India.
Amita holds a
Master’s degree in Public Affairs from the School of Public Affairs, Baruch College, City University of New York. She
has traveled extensively across India and has been volunteering in various capacities for the past 20 years.
contributed to research papers, communication material, community mobilization and capacity building workshops. Her recent
work includes conceptualization and contextualization of a publication on volunteerism, 'Volunteering in India: Contexts,
Perspectives and Discourses', in 2012 to highlight the role of volunteerism in India and its inclusion as an important component
of social development planning.
She aims to work on youth development issues in rural and urban India by helping to
create opportunities and approaches for youth in social, skills and leadership development, civic participation, livelihood
and employment opportunities.
David DargCo-FounderRYOT.org David Darg is co-founder of RYOT.org and VP of International Operations
at Operation Blessing. One of Esquire Magazine’s “2012 Americans of the Year,” David spent the last decade as a first responder and frontline contributor for Reuters, the BBC and CNN, covering some of
the world’s largest natural disasters and wars. As a filmmaker, David has won numerous awards including a Special Jury
Mention at the 2012 Tribeca film festival as Co-Director of Baseball in the Time of Cholera. David grew up in the Middle East
and England. After receiving his degree in Philosophy from Oxford University, he moved to Africa to work in the non-profit
sector. David loves to surf and play guitar.
Jeff DavidoffChief Marketing OfficerONE
Jeff DavidoffChief Marketing OfficerONE Jeff Davidoff serves as ONE’s Chief Marketing Officer, overseeing
the organizations global marketing, branding, online action and creative product development. Prior to ONE Jeff was the Chief
Marketing Officer at Orbitz Worldwide, leading marketing for Orbitz.com and Cheaptickets.com. He directed a 100 person global
marketing organization and was responsible for demand generation, brand positioning, integrated marketing development, and
all other aspects of marketing. Prior to that, Davidoff spent six years as Vice President of Brand Marketing & Communications
at Whirlpool Corporation, responsible for Whirlpool, Maytag, Amana, KitchenAid and Jenn-Air brands. He has more than 25 years
experience in the marketing business. Davidoff was also a founding member of UPSHOT, an integrated marketing agency with a
blue chip client roster including Coca-Cola, Anheuser-Busch, SONY, and Mirage Resorts. He received his MBA from Northwestern
University's Kellogg School of Management, and his BA from Dartmouth College.
Anna Therese DayIndependent Journalist
Anna Therese DayIndependent Journalist Anna Therese Day is an independent journalist and social media researcher,
specializing in global civil society organizing. She is a 2013 Fulbright Fellow, a 2012 UN Press Fellow and was named one
of Google Zeitgeist’s top 30 Great Young Minds of Our Time in 2011. On the ground in Bahrain, Brazil, Egypt, Gaza, India,
Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Mexico, the Palestinian Territories, Syria, and Turkey, her coverage focuses on American foreign
policy, women’s issues, and youth organizing. Her work has been featured in a variety of media outlets, including CNN
International, the BBC, Al Jazeera English, and numerous print outlets, translated into Arabic, English, Hebrew, and Spanish.
Day is a founding board member of The Frontline Freelance Register, a representative body for freelance conflict journalists,
by freelance conflict journalists, and has completed RISC first aid training. Day completed her first international speaking
tour "Social Media & The Revolution: The Arab Spring & Beyond" in 2012, and is a Middle East expert at The
Women's Media Center's SheSource database.
of the Global Fight Against AIDS
Deb DerrickPresidentFriends of the Global Fight Against AIDS
Derrick is a global health thought leader with nearly two decades of policy and international development experience. As President
of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, she leads the organization in educating and engaging
U.S. decision makers on the lifesaving work of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The U.S. is the largest
donor to the Global Fund, the world’s most powerful tool in the fight against these three diseases, and Friends has
been instrumental to securing the ongoing strong support of the U.S. executive branch and Congress on a bipartisan basis.
Ms. Derrick previously served as a Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she directed
approximately $15 million annually in advocacy contracts and grants with the U.S. government and worked on the foundation’s
highest-profile global health projects.
In this work, she facilitated the foundation’s partnership with the U.S.
government to eradicate polio and to fund and strengthen the Global Fund and GAVI (formerly the Global Alliance for Vaccines
and Immunisation). In addition, she coordinated global health-related visits by the foundation’s leadership and co-chairs
to Washington, D.C., and Africa, and worked with Melinda Gates to help build bipartisan support in the U.S. for expanded access
to women’s health care.
Prior to her work at the Gates Foundation, Ms. Derrick served as Executive Director of
the Better World Campaign, leading efforts to foster a stronger relationship between the U.S. and the United Nations through
outreach and advocacy. Earlier in her career, she served as a senior advisor at the UN, at the State Department and on Capitol
Hill, where she worked on the House Appropriations and Budget committees, devising strategies to contend with budget constraints.
She also worked as a producer at C-SPAN.
Ms. Derrick received her master’s degree in Public Affairs from the
Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Duke University. She has lived,
studied and worked in the UK, South Africa, Poland and Canada. She and her family now reside in Arlington, VA.
Kajol DevganIndian Actor and 'Help a Child Reach 5' Advocate
Kajol DevganIndian Actor and 'Help
a Child Reach 5' Advocate
Well known for her acting prowess, exuberance, passion and commitment, Kajol is one of the most enduring
faces in Indian cinema today. She is versatile, vulnerable, fierce, and a complete actor. Kajol has remained impervious to
transient aspects of glamour and celebrity and instead has always been admired for her fuss-free simplicity. Many of her contemporaries
as well as her junior actors consider her long and consistently successful association with Indian cinema an inspiration.
She is the prototype of what every female actor in the industry wants to achieve.
Her films like Baazigar, Gupt, Kuch
Kuch Hota Hai, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, My name is Khan and Fanaa have increased her popularity and fan following though the
years. Kajol’s Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, which is still running in theatres, is considered the paramount romantic
Also known for her philanthropy, Kajol has been a part of Teach for India. In 2011, the Government
of India awarded her with the Padmashree, the fourth highest civilian award of the country.She has the record of winning the
maximum number of Best Actress Awards in Filmfare with a total of 5. Among her contemporaries and the current crop of actresses,
she has done the least number of films with the highest number of Best Actress Awards. In a career spanning 21 years, she
has done close to 30 feature films only. This also goes to show the success ratio of her career having done the least number
of films and won the highest number of achievements and awards.
She is the only Indian actress to have won the award
for the"Best Villian“ for her movie Gupt.
Kajol belongs to a family with a long respectable
history in the Indian cinema. Her mother Tanuja is a renowned actress, whilst her late father Shomu Mukherjee was a film producer.
Her late maternal aunt, Nutan held the record of five wins of the Best Actress Award at Filmfare, which was held only by her
for over 30 years until it was matched by Kajol in 2011. Her late maternal grandmother Shobhna Samarth and great grandmother
Rattan Bai have both been influential figures in the early stages of Hindi cinema. Kajol is married to versatile super star
Ajay Devgan who has won two National Film Awards and three Filmfare Awards.
Richard DictusExecutive CoordinatorUnited
Richard DictusExecutive CoordinatorUnited Nations Volunteers
Mr. Richard Dictus
(Netherlands) took up his appointment as the Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme on 2 January
Richard joined UNV after having served as United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator / United Nations Development
Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in Malawi (January 2009 – December 2012).
During his four years in Malawi,
Richard worked towards his vision of a unified and coordinated UN system in Malawi, which supports the country to achieve
its development efforts with increased efficiency and innovation.
Richard joined the United Nations Industrial Development
Organization (UNIDO) as a Junior Professional Officer in South Yemen in 1987. He subsequently served in different UNDP capacities
in: Sudan (Assistant Resident Representative (Programme), 1990-1992), Lesotho (Assistant Resident Representative (Programme),
1992-1994) and Bangladesh (Assistant Resident Representative (Programme), 1994-1998) in environmental management, rural development,
micro finance, human rights and disaster management practice areas.
As UNDP Deputy Resident Representative for Pakistan
(1998-2000), he played a significant role in coordinating humanitarian assistance during floods and cyclones and the safety
and security of UN staff.
From 2000 to 2001, Richard was a Management Advisor (Deputy Chief), Administrative Services
Division, with UNDP’s Bureau of Management (BoM) at UNDP Headquarters in New York. There, he went on to be Deputy Director
of Human Resources, BoM, from 2001 to 2005 where he contributed to the change management and transformation processes across
Returning to the field, Richard was UN Resident Coordinator / UNDP Resident Representative in Fiji
from 2005 to 2009, where he honed a strong track record for effecting change management. He developed several innovative approaches
to UN System coherence across 16 Pacific Island countries and with 15 UN agencies.
He graduated from the Technical
University of Twente in the Netherlands with a Master's degree in Public Administration and Development Studies. He is married
with three children.
Jennifer DulskiPresident & COOChange.org
Jennifer DulskiPresident & COOChange.org
Jennifer Dulski is the president
and COO of Change.org. She is an accomplished leader and visionary with more than 15 years of experience in both successful
startups and big-brand internet companies. An early Yahoo! employee, she rose in the ranks over her 9-year tenure to eventually
lead one of the company's 6 business units, serving as group VP and general manager of local and commerce.
Jennifer left Yahoo! to become co-founder and CEO of The Dealmap, a mobile, location-based deals site that Google acquired
in 2011, making Jennifer the first woman ever to sell a company to Google. She stayed at Google for nearly 2 years as a senior
executive before coming to Change.org.
Jennifer has a deep passion for making the world a better place, as evidenced
by her early experience working in education nonprofits and her extensive board service now in the Bay Area. Jennifer's first
job out of college was founding and running Summerbridge Pittsburgh (part of the Breakthrough Collaborative), a non-profit
organization that helps underserved middle school students get on a path to college. Her current community involvement includes
chairing the board of the Silicon Valley site of The Breakthrough Collaborative and serving on the board of Little Passports.
Mark Dybul Executive Director Global
Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Mark Dybul Executive Director Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Mark Dybul is the Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
worked on HIV and public health for more than 25 years as a clinician, scientist, teacher and administrator. After graduating
from Georgetown Medical School in Washington D.C., Dybul joined the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases,
where he conducted basic and clinical studies on HIV virology, immunology and treatment optimization, including the first
randomized, controlled trial with combination antiretroviral therapy in Africa.
Dybul became a founding architect and
driving force in the formation of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, better known as PEPFAR. After serving
as Chief Medical officer, Assistant, Deputy and Acting director, he was appointed as its leader in 2006, becoming U.S. Global
AIDS Coordinator, with the rank of Ambassador at the level of an Assistant Secretary of State. He served until early 2009.
Before coming to the Global Fund, Dybul was co-director of the Global Health Law Program at the O’Neill Institute for
National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University, where he was also a Distinguished Scholar. Dybul has written extensively
in scientific and policy literature, and has received several Honorary Degrees and awards.
Sharon Kathryn D’Agostino Vice President, Corporate
CitizenshipJohnson & Johnson
Sharon Kathryn D’Agostino
Vice President, Corporate CitizenshipJohnson & Johnson
Sharon is Vice President, Corporate Citizenship at Johnson & Johnson. She drives the company’s
Citizenship & Sustainability strategy and leads the Corporate Contributions Group in guiding the company's strategic philanthropy.
With a mission of making life-changing, long-term differences in human health, their partnerships focus on: saving and improving
the lives of women and children; preventing disease in vulnerable populations; and strengthening the healthcare workforce.
The team was instrumental in developing the Johnson & Johnson five-year commitment to the United Nations Secretary General’s
Every Woman Every Child Campaign.
Sharon is one of two Private Sector representatives on the Board of The World Health
Organization’s Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health. Her personal passion is to help ensure that the
voices of girls, women and children are heard. As a global health advocate, Sharon is a prolific blogger about issues that
impact the survival, health and empowerment of girls and women.
Martin Edlund is a founding member and CEO of Malaria No More. During his tenure at Malaria No More, he
has implemented high-profile engagement campaigns leveraging cutting edge mobile, social, and e-commerce platforms as Chief
Marketing Officer. He has been instrumental in shaping the narrative of the complex and evolving issue of malaria for leadership
audiences across the globe, beginning with his work around the White House Summit on Malaria. Edlund also lived and worked
in West Africa as Malaria No More’s Director of New Programs, where he helped launch innovative net distribution and
education campaigns with country leadership and local partners in Senegal, Cameroon, and Chad.
Prior to joining MNM,
Martin was a journalist for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The New Republic and Slate, among other publications,
and a political consultant in Washington, D.C., specializing in online campaign strategies
Jan EliassonDeputy Secretary-General of the United Nations
Jan EliassonDeputy Secretary-General
of the United Nations
On 2 March
2012, Jan Eliasson was appointed Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. He took
office as Deputy Secretary-General on 1 July 2012.
Mr. Eliasson was from 2007-2008 the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General
for Darfur. Prior to this, Jan Eliasson served as President of the 60th session of the UN General Assembly. He was Sweden’s
Ambassador to the US from September 2000 until July 2005. In March 2006, Mr. Eliasson was appointed Foreign Minister of Sweden
and served in this capacity until the elections in the fall of 2006.
Mr. Eliasson served from 1994 to 2000 as State
Secretary for Foreign Affairs, a key position in formulating and implementing Swedish foreign policy. He was Sweden’s
Ambassador to the UN in New York 1988-92, and also served as the Secretary-General’s Personal Representative for Iran/Iraq.
Mr. Eliasson was the first UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and was involved in operations in Africa
and the Balkans. He took initiatives on landmines, conflict prevention and humanitarian action. 1980-1986, Mr. Eliasson was
part of the UN mediation missions in the war between Iran and Iraq, headed by former Prime Minister Olof Palme. In 1993-94
Mr. Eliasson served as mediator in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
(OSCE). He has been a Visiting Professor at Uppsala University and Gothenburg University in Sweden, lecturing on mediation,
conflict resolution and UN reform. On 18 September 2011, Mr. Eliasson delivered the 13th annual Dag Hammarskjöld Lecture,
organised by the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and Uppsala University; the theme of his address was “Peace, Development
and Human Rights: The Indispensable Connection”. Mr. Eliasson has had diplomatic postings in New York (twice) Paris,
Bonn, Washington (twice) and Harare, where he opened the first Swedish Embassy in 1980.
Prior to his appointment as
Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson also served as Chair of Water Aid/Sweden and a member of the UN Secretary-General’s
Advocacy Group of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Mr. Eliasson graduated from the Swedish
Naval Academy in 1962 and earned a Master’s degree in Economics and Business Administration in 1965
Mr. Eliasson was born on 17 September 1940 in Goteborg, Sweden. He is married with 3 children.
Michael ElliottPresident & CEOONE
Michael ElliottPresident & CEOONE
Michael is the President and Chief Executive
Officer of ONE. Prior to joining ONE, Michael Elliott served as editor of TIME International, Deputy Managing Editor of TIME
Magazine, and was also a columnist on the global economy for Fortune magazine. Elliott was named editor of TIME International
in April 2005 after spending a year as editor of TIME Asia. He joined TIME in May 2001 as an editor-at-large after a year
spent as editor-in-chief of eCountries, an Internet based news and analysis service on global affairs. From 1995-2000 he was
editor of Newsweek International, and from 1984-93 he was on the staff of The Economist, where he was political editor and
Washington bureau chief and the founding author of both the “Bagehot” and “Lexington” columns.
Elliott was born and raised in the suburbs of Liverpool, England, and took two degrees at Oxford University. Prior to his
career in journalism, he was a member of the Central Policy Review Staff in Britain’s Cabinet Office, and before that
spent eight years teaching in universities in the United States and United Kingdom, ending his academic career with a tenured
position at the London School of Economics.
Environment Climate Action Network
Rosemary EnieDirectorWomen's Environment Climate Action Network Rosemary Enie is a Cameroonian Geologist. She is the Director of Women's Environment Climate Action
Network, WECAN Africa, the Founder, CEO and President of the Society for Women Empowerment Education and Training (SWEET)
Africa Foundation. For over 20 years she has been actively working in the field of sustainable development and environmental
management at grassroots levels in Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Kenya, Liberia and beyond. She serves as the African
Coordinator for IWECI.
Dave 'Phoenix' FarrellBassistLinkin
Dave 'Phoenix' FarrellBassistLinkin Park
Dave ‘Phoenix’ Farrell is the bassist of modern alternative rock band Linkin Park and along
with his six band-mates co-founded Music for Relief. Since the organization’s inception, Dave has traveled to Haiti
following the 2010 earthquake to see solar lights installed with the UN Foundation, spoke at Rio+20 in Brazil and visited
Music for Relief programs to aid school children in Japan following the earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Dave is a graduate
of University of California Los Angeles, He can play bass guitar, electric guitar, cello and violin.
Linkin Park has
sold over 50 million albums worldwide and is the biggest band on Facebook - with over 55 million fans and counting. In the
span of time since 2000, when Linkin Park debuted on the Billboard 200 – no other artist has had more top 10 singles
on the Alternative chart and, with the release of their latest album, LIVING THINGS (Machine Shop Recordings /Warner Bros),
which reached #1 in over 20 countries, no other band has achieved more #1 albums this century.
Christiana FigueresExecutive SecretaryUNFCCC
Christiana FigueresExecutive SecretaryUNFCCC Christiana Figueres was appointed Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention
on Climate Change (UNFCCC) by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2010, and was reappointed for a second three year term in
Ms. Figueres has been involved in climate change negotiations since 1995. Initially, a member
of the Costa Rican negotiating team, she was also a member of the Executive Board of the Clean Development, and Vice President
of the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties in 2008-2009.
In 1995 she founded the Centre for Sustainable Development
of the Americas (CSDA), a non-profit think tank for climate change policy and capacity-building which she directed until 2003.
Before that, she served as Director of the Technical Secretariat, Renewable Energy in the Americas (REIA).
began her life of public service at the Embassy of Costa Rica in Germany in 1982. She also served as Director of International
Cooperation in the Ministry of Planning in Costa Rica (1987-1988), and was Chief of Staff to the Minister of Agriculture (1988-90).
Ms. Figueres has served on many boards of non-governmental organizations involved in climate change issues. She is a widely
published author on the design of climate solutions, and has been a frequent adviser to the private sector and is a frequent
lecturer at many universities and colleges.
Ms. Figueres holds a Masters Degree in Anthropology from the London School
of Economics, and a certificate in Organizational Development from Georgetown University. She was born in San José,
Costa Rica in 1956 and has two daughters.
Gary FloodPresident of Global Products and SolutionsMasterCard Worldwide
Gary FloodPresident of Global Products
and SolutionsMasterCard Worldwide
Gary J. Flood is President of Global Products and Solutions for MasterCard Worldwide. In this role, he leads the development
of innovative products and services that benefit consumers, merchants, business partners and governments around the world.
Mr. Flood has responsibility for Global Network Products, MasterCard Labs, Emerging Payments, Core Products, MasterCard Advisors,
and Worldwide Marketing and Communications. He is also a member of the company’s Executive Committee.
his current position, Mr. Flood was Executive Vice President of Global Account Management for MasterCard Worldwide. In this
capacity, Mr. Flood oversaw all of the company’s efforts to support its largest global customers. This included managing
the customer relations staff, whose representatives work directly with customers on a variety of bankcard initiatives, such
as account acquisition, portfolio acquisition, account retention, portfolio profitability, and competitive positioning, as
well as co-branding and affinity opportunities. His efforts, as well as those of his team, greatly contributed to the company’s
significant increases in customer satisfaction and volume growth.
Previously, Mr. Flood was Senior Vice President of
Consumer Card Product Management and Development, where he spent four years directing all MasterCard consumer credit programs
in the United States. During this time, he developed the MasterCard premium card platform; initiated programs in secured,
college, and Hispanic segments; and developed and managed enhancement support and services for credit products.
joining MasterCard in 1986 as Regional Marketing Director, Mr. Flood has consistently earned positions of increasing responsibility
both in the customer management and the product management and development areas. Before joining MasterCard, he was National
Sales Manager for Citicorp’s Merchant Business.
Mr. Flood holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from St.
Maggie FoxPresident & CEOThe
Climate Reality Project
Maggie FoxPresident & CEOThe Climate Reality Project
Maggie L. Fox is
the President and CEO of The Climate Reality Project, the leading organization dedicated to raising awareness of the growing
climate crisis. She is a veteran of numerous political, environmental and national issue campaigns and has over 30 years of
experience mobilizing people to work for progressive change.
As President and CEO of The Climate Reality Project, Maggie
has led a campaign to help citizens around the world discover the truth about the climate crisis and take meaningful steps
to bring about global change. Along with Chairman and former Vice President Al Gore, Maggie has trained thousands of climate
educators from around the world, most recently in Beijing, China; Jakarta, Indonesia; Istanbul, Turkey; Chicago; and San Francisco.
She is past National President of America Votes, the former Deputy Executive Director of the Sierra Club, and a consultant
to the Energy Future Coalition, Western Resource Advocates, and Ocean Conservancy. Maggie has consulted with a number of organizations
and foundations on their energy and climate campaigns, including the Hewlett Foundation, the UN Foundation, Western Conservation
Foundation, and the Better World Fund.
Maggie has served on the boards of numerous environmental and women’s
organizations. She currently serves on the board of the Green Fund and was honored by the Women’s Council on Energy
and the Environment as the 2010 Woman of the Year.
Zoe Fox is a reporter in Mashable's New York headquarters, where she writes
and edits for the news team. She covers social good -- online activism, sustainable technology and social media for non-profits
-- and just about anything else. She was previously an editorial assistant, focused on editing, publishing and social sharing.
She initially joined Mashable in as an intern in June 2011. She graduated from Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism
with a double major in journalism and Asian and Middle Eastern studies. She has written for TIME.com, Moment Magazine,
The Jerusalem Post and The India Tribune, among other publications.
Dan FrankowskiUN Online Volunteer, Maventy and Data ScientistPinterest
Dan FrankowskiUN Online Volunteer,
Maventy and Data ScientistPinterest Dan likes data: learning from it, helping others learn from it, and building
tools to learn from it. He is currently a data scientist at Pinterest. He also volunteers with Maventy, building innovative
technology to track child malnutrition. Previously, he worked at Net Perceptions improving recommendation software, the University
of Minnesota (GroupLens) as a research fellow in behavior of online communities, Google working for Groups, Orasi Medical
diagnosing Alzheimer's Disease from brain scan data, Blue Shift Lab summarizing social data, Amazon analyzing hiring and performance
data, and code42 looking at online backup behavior.
Ryan GallCo-Founder & Executive ProducerGlobal Citizen
Ryan GallCo-Founder & Executive
ProducerGlobal Citizen Ryan Gall is a filmmaker, photographer, and designer who specializes in
creating branded content and connecting creatives with causes. Ryan Co-Founded The Riot House where he's produced content
for artists such as U2, Bruce Springsteen, Mumford and Sons and had footage featured in the Grammy Award winning documentary,The
Big Easy Express. Ryan is Co-Founder and Creative Director at the HOPE Campaign. In 2012, Ryan Co-Founded and Executive Produced
the Global Citizen Festival, an innovative music festival that requires fans to engage with important social causes in exchange for tickets.
The inaugural festival took place in New York City's Central park and featured Neil Young, Foo Fighters and The Black Keys.
Streaming live all over the world, it was seen by 15 million people which made it the largest syndicated charity concert in
online and broadcast television history. When not working in New York, Ryan can be found filming, photographing, and surfing
in Venice Beach, CA.
David GallagherCEO, EuropeKetchum
David GallagherCEO, EuropeKetchum
David Gallagher is a senior partner and Chief Executive Officer, Europe for Ketchum. He is a member of
the company’s global executive committee and is responsible for operations in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy,
Netherlands, Russia, Spain and the UK.
He is president of the International Communications Consultancy Organisation,
a global body representing 28 national public relations trade associations, and a past chairman of the United Kingdom Public
Relations Consultants Association. David is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and the PR Guild, and
serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Media.
Ron is a highly decorated Fighter Pilot and Test Pilot, Explorer, Entrepreneur and Humanitarian who believes
that appropriately designed and targeted social enterprise can solve many of the problems facing our world.
a NASA astronaut who has traveled 71,075,867 miles in 2,842 orbits of our planet during more than 178 days in space and 27
hours and 3 minutes of EVA during four spacewalks. He flew on both the US Space Shuttle and the Russian Soyuz spacecraft.
Ron is also an aquanaut and participated in the joint NASA-NOAA, NEEMO-9 mission, an exploration research mission held in
Aquarius, the world’s only undersea research laboratory. During this mission he and the crew spent 18 continuous days
living and working on the ocean floor.
Ron’s last assignment was in NASA's Open Innovation Initiative, which
seeks to increase openness, transparency, collaboration, and innovation within government. In this capacity, Ron has been
involved in many global mass collaboration and citizen science programs.
Ron has a very large social media following
and has been effectively using these platforms to tell the success story of the US and International Space Programs and started
an initiative called Fragile Oasis (fragileoasis.org) to use the "Orbital Perspective" to inspire people to improve
life on Earth.
Working in partnership with the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Ron is leading an effort
called Unity Node to develop a universal, open source, collaborative platform to enable humanitarian organizations around
the world to work together toward their common goals and is also leading an effort to establish the Applied Research Projects
Agency for Development (ARPA-D) program for USAID.
Outside his work with the US government, Ron is also a serial entrepreneur
and has founded multiple business enterprises and social-impact focused startups including Manna Energy Ltd. which was created
to leverage the $120B/year Carbon Market to finance humanitarian projects in developing countries. Manna Energy Ltd. is the
first organization in the world to successfully register a United Nations Clean Development Mechanism carbon credit program
for water treatment. Manna also developed, under contract with a partner organization the largest water treatment intervention
conducted by a private organization – a four million person program operating in Kenya, completely funded by carbon
credits and is currently working on a three million person program in Rwanda.
Ron represented Manna Energy Ltd. as
one of ten global innovators in the field of water purification during the 2009 Launch-Water forum (sponsored by NASA, US
State Dept., USAID, and Nike) and is a member of the Launch Council.
& Melinda Gates Foundation
Melinda GatesCo-chairBill & Melinda Gates Foundation As
co-chair of the foundation, Melinda Gates shapes and approves strategies, reviews results, and sets the overall direction
of the organization. While involved in all the organization’s endeavors, Gates’ focus on keeping women and girls
in developing countries at the heart of the global health and development agenda is a critical driver of her work at the foundation.
Melinda Gates received a bachelor’s degree from Duke and an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School. After joining Microsoft
Corp. in 1987, she helped develop many of Microsoft’s multimedia products. In 1996, Gates retired from her position
and since then, has directed her energy toward the nonprofit world.
Dick GephardtFormer U.S. House Majority Leader / Former
U.S. Presidential Candidate
Dick GephardtFormer U.S. House Majority
Leader / Former U.S. Presidential Candidate
Richard A. Gephardt is President and CEO of Gephardt Government Affairs. He provides strategic advice to clients
on issues before the House, Senate and Executive Branch in the federal government. Mr. Gephardt has brought successful resolution
for clients on issues related to negotiations, crisis management, and strategic communications. He represents a broad array
of Fortune 100 clients on Capitol Hill and before the Administration, in addition to serving as public spokesperson for clients
on coalitions to bring about policy solutions to healthcare reform and climate change.
Mr. Gephardt served for 28 years
in the United States House of Representatives from 1976 to 2004, representing Missouri’s 3rd Congressional District,
home to his birthplace St. Louis. In his role as Leader, Mr. Gephardt emerged as one of the leading strategists of the Democratic
Party’s platform and chief architect to landmark reforms ranging from healthcare, pensions, education, energy independence
and trade policy. In his first year in Congress, he was appointed to both the House Ways & Means and Budget Committees.
He was elected to serve as House Democratic Leader for more than 14 years, as House Majority Leader from 1989 to 1995 and
Minority Leader from 1995 to 2003.
Mr. Gephardt was a colleague in the House to 49 currently serving U.S. Senators
and members of the Executive Branch. He enjoys strong bipartisan relationships in the House of Representatives, serves as
a trusted advisor to senior officials in the Administration and on Capitol Hill, and has counseled numerous CEOs during negotiations
with labor. He has been featured in national publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington
Post, National Journal, Roll Call, The Hill and Time.
Widely known for his advocacy for international human rights,
Mr. Gephardt currently serves as Chairman of the National Endowment for Democracy, a private, nonprofit organization that
endeavors to strengthen democratic institutions around the world through nongovernmental efforts. He is a member of The Council
on Foreign Relations and an Advisory Board member to the International Conservation Caucus Foundation. He also serves as Advisory
Board chairman at the Richard A. Gephardt Institute for Public Service at Washington University in St. Louis, and the Library
and Research Center of the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis recently opened The Richard A. Gephardt Collection to represent
the life and career of his tenure in Congress. Mr. Gephardt began his career in public service in 1968 as a precinct captain
to St. Louis’ 14th ward.
From 1971 to 1976, he served as Alderman for the city’s 14th ward. In 1976, he
was elected to the U.S. Congress, succeeding 24-year incumbent Leonor Sullivan.
Mr. Gephardt earned a bachelor’s
degree in Science from Northwestern University in 1962 and juris doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School in 1965.
He has been married to his wife Jane for 38 years and they have three children, Matt, Chrissy and Kate.
Abdel-Rahman GhandourDeputy Director of CommunicationsUNDP
Abdel-Rahman GhandourDeputy Director
Ghandour has been UNDP’s Deputy Director of Communications since early 2011 and has over 20 years of experience working
with international organizations.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Ghandour worked as Communication and Advocacy
Regional Chief of UNICEF’s Middle East and North Africa office, headed the regional office of the UN’s Humanitarian
News Service for the Middle East and Central Asia (OCHA-IRIN) and was part of the UN’s diplomatic bureau for Africa’s
Great Lakes region.
Before joining the UN, Mr. Ghandour spent seven years as Representative/Country Director with Doctors
Without Borders in various countries, including Iran, Sudan and the Gulf Region.
He is the author of several publications
and co-publications on international politics, social movements and humanitarian interventions, including Jihad Humanitaire,
the first global book that tackled the issue of Islamic charities, with their humanitarian, social, political, religious and
Mr. Ghandour is a Lebanese national and holds degrees in Political science and International relations
from the American University of Beirut, the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies and from L'Institut
d'études politiques de Paris.
Casey GheenDirector of Finance and Corporate DevelopmentLenddo
Casey GheenDirector of Finance and
Gheen is a finance and business strategy professional with a focus on helping mission-driven enterprises achieve scalable
and sustainable solutions to global problems. She is currently Director of Finance and Corporate Development for Lenddo, an
emerging markets-focused technology company with a mission to financially empower the underbanked middle class. Lenddo Members
use their social network profiles to demonstrate their trustworthiness and access credit. Launched in 2011, Lenddo is currently
extending life-improving loans to its members in Colombia, Mexico and the Philippines. Prior to joining Lenddo, Casey Gheen
worked with a number of anti-poverty and microfinance organizations, including the Millennium Village Project, Acumen Fund,
and Globalhood. Casey is a former Vice President at Goldman Sachs where she completed more than $4 billion in bond transactions
for governmental clients and public/private partnerships across the country. She has a BS in economics from the University
of Wisconsin and a Master in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Noa GimelliDirector of the Women’s Economic Opportunity
Noa GimelliDirector of the Women’s
Economic Opportunity Initiative ExxonMobil
Noa Gimelli is Director of the Women’s Economic Opportunity Initiative at ExxonMobil. She oversees a global
portfolio of investments that help women fulfill their economic potential and drive economic and social change in their communities.
Program focus areas include mentoring and business networks, skills training, access to technology, and research. Most recently,
Noa has managed a research collaboration with the United Nations Foundation on a study of the most effective programs to improve
women’s economic status through investments in entrepreneurship, agriculture, wage employment and youth employment.
Prior to her current role, Noa served as ExxonMobil’s Corporate Citizenship Manager. Her responsibilities included
managing corporate-level engagement with socially responsible investors, academics and NGOs on the oil and gas industry’s
social and environmental impacts and overseeing the production of the annual Corporate Citizenship Report.
Noa worked for several think tanks including the Council on Foreign Relations, Catalyst and the World Economic Forum. In these
various roles, she was responsible for developing programs, seminars, roundtables and conferences on foreign policy topics
and conducting research on global and private sector gender policy.
Noa holds an M.A. from the Harvard Kennedy School
and a B.A. from Barnard College, and she is a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Mark GoldbergManaging EditorUN
Mark GoldbergManaging EditorUN Dispatch
Mark Leon Goldberg is a writer,
blogger and strategist. He is managing editor of the global affairs blog UN Dispatch; editor of the global health and international development blog PSI Impact; and host of the Global Dispatches podcast. In 2011, he co-founded DAWNS Digest, a mobile app and social enterprise that promotes global humanitarian journalism. For three years running, he's been named
in of Foreign Policy magazine's list of the Top 100 "Twitterati."
Mark's work has been featured in the New
York Times, The Guardian, The American Prospect, Foreign Policy, The Globe and Mail, The Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, The
New Republic, PSI IMPACT, USAID Frontlines, and The Daily Beast. He has appears regularly as an an on-air guest for Al Jazeera
English, National Public Radio, the BBC and HuffPo Live.
He has a Master of Arts in Security Studies from the Georgetown
University School of Foreign Service and a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University. @MarkLGoldberg
Al GoreFormer Vice President
Al GoreFormer Vice President
Former Vice President Al Gore is co-founder
and chairman of Generation Investment Management. He is a senior partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and a member
of Apple, Inc.'s board of directors. Gore spends the majority of his time as chairman of The Climate Reality Project, a non-profit
devoted to solving the climate crisis.
Gore was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976, 1978, 1980 and
1982 and the U.S. Senate in 1984 and 1990. He was inaugurated as the forty-fifth Vice President of the United States on January
20, 1993, and served eight years.
He is the author of the bestsellers Earth in the Balance, An Inconvenient Truth,
The Assault on Reason, Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis, and most recently, The Future: Six Drivers of Global
Change. He is the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary and is the co-recipient, with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change, of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for "informing the world of the dangers posed by climate change."
Elizabeth GoreResident Entrepreneur United
Elizabeth GoreResident Entrepreneur
United Nations Foundation
Elizabeth Gore is the first ever Resident Entrepreneur at the United Nations Foundation bolstering innovation
with the United Nations and chairing the UN Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council. She builds global partnerships
and cause marketing strategies implemented in programs and campaigns supporting the humanitarian issues of the United Nations.
Ms. Gore previously served as Vice President of Global Partnerships at the UN Foundation, and founded strategic grassroots
efforts such as Nothing But Nets, Girl Up, and the Shot@Life. Additionally, she manages partnerships with Fortune 100 companies
and with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Prior to joining the UN Foundation, Ms. Gore served as the director
of development and corporate relations for the Points of Light Foundation. Her consulting experience includes the implementation
and launch of The Great American Bake Sale, an anti-hunger initiative for Share Our Strength.
Ms. Gore is a former
United States Peace Corps volunteer and served in Bolivia, South America. In Bolivia, she wrote, received and managed a USAID
grant to better the food availability and economic situation for the Chaco. Ms. Gore is originally from Texas where she was
a financial development associate for the A&M Foundation. She holds a bachelor of science in Animal Science and a masters
in Financial Development from Texas A&M University.
Ms. Gore was named by People as one of the top 100 Extraordinary
Women. Ms. Gore has been featured on multiple media outlets including: ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, Fast Company, Fortune, Glamour,
The New York Times, People, Entrepreneur, and Time. She is a World Champion Equestrian, and in 2010 joined Summit on the Summit
and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise awareness for the global clean water crisis on behalf of the United Nations. Ms. Gore
currently serves on the leadership councils of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at Indiana University as well as the
annual CLASSY Awards. She is on the Advisory Board of SOMA Water and is a member of the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network.
Heather GradyVice President for Foundation InitiativesRockefeller Foundation
Heather GradyVice President for
Foundation InitiativesRockefeller Foundation
Heather Grady joined the Rockefeller Foundation in 2010. As Vice President for Foundation Initiatives, she sets
strategic direction for the Foundation's broad initiatives of grantmaking and oversees all initiatives in execution, aligning
grantmaking with the Foundation’s mission to expand more equitable growth opportunities and build resilience. She provides
vision, leadership and direction to the Foundation's program staff, a diverse group of professionals working in the US, Asia
Prior to joining the Rockefeller Foundation, Ms. Grady was the Managing Director of Realizing Rights: the
Ethical Globalization Initiative, founded by former Irish President Mary Robinson. There she managed strategy and operations,
and helped lead programs on employment, climate justice, corporate responsibility and women’s leadership. Ms. Grady
has managed development and humanitarian programs in East Asia, the Middle East and Africa for nearly two decades with Oxfam
Great Britain and other international organizations.
She has written and taught on international development, human
rights, and climate change, and served as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia. Ms. Grady is on the boards of The Business and
Human Rights Resource Centre, Living Cities, and the New York Society for Ethical Culture, and is an advisor to the B Team.
She is conversant in Vietnamese and Chinese.
Ms. Grady received a bachelor’s degree from Smith College and a
master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University.
Yasmin GreenPrincipalGoogle Ideas
Yasmin Green is the Principal
at Google Ideas responsible for strategy and operations. She also oversees the team’s work on counter-radicalization
and fragile states. At Google, Yasmin has assumed roles as Head of Sales Strategy and Operations for Southern Europe, Middle
East, and Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa Operations Manager, and prior to joining Google, she consulted for Booz Allen Hamilton
across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Yasmin has extensive experience leading and project managing in some of the world’s
toughest environments. She has spent time in Iran, Syria and Nigeria, where she has worked cross-functionally in sectors ranging
from oil and gas to the Internet. She recently led a multi-partner coalition to launch Against Violent Extremism, the world's
first online network of former violent extremists and survivors of terrorism. Yasmin is a Senior Advisor on Innovation to
Oxford Analytica and Co-Chair of the European Commission's’ Working Group on Online Radicalization.
Christina GrimmieRecording Artist
Christina GrimmieRecording Artist Christina Grimmie is a 19 yr-old emerging recording artist born in a small
town in New Jersey. Christina started singing and creating music at the age of 4. By 10, she was playing the piano and at
15 she posted her first YouTube video. In a little over four years she has acquired more than 2,296,633 subscribers to her
YouTube channel with over 394 million video views. Having had independent success with her first EP release, which reached
#2 on iTunes, Christina packed her bags and ventured to Los Angeles to find herself as an artist. Having spent most of 2012
in the studio she finally stumbled upon a sound she had been looking for. She released her first full length album on August
6th, which reached #3 on iTunes and is currently on tour opening for Selena Gomez. Christina aspires to stand out from the
crowd by being a genuine role model and creating music with an inspirational style.
Rebeca GrynspanUnited Nations Under-Secretary-General and
UNDP Associate Administrator
Rebeca GrynspanUnited Nations Under-Secretary-General
and UNDP Associate Administrator
Rebeca Grynspan was appointed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the position of UN Under-Secretary-General
and UNDP Associate Administrator effective 1 February, 2010.
Before joining the United Nations, Ms. Grynspan was elected
Vice-President of Costa Rica from 1994 to 1998. She also served as Housing Minister, Coordinating Minister of Economy, Coordinating
Minister of Social Affairs and Vice-Minister of Finance.
At the UN and prior to her current appointment, Ms. Grynspan
served as Assistant-Secretary-General and Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the United Nations Development
Programme (2006-2010). Previously, she was Director of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
Sub-regional Headquarters in Mexico, where she also served as Co-Chair of the International Food Policy Research Institute’s
Ms. Grynspan is a strong and consistent advocate for human development. She has helped focus global
attention on the need to reduce inequality, build social cohesion, empower women, and achieve the world’s Millennium
Development Goals. Her many contributions include spearheading the design and implementation of Costa Rica‘s National
Plan Against Poverty and initiating Human Development Reports for Latin America and Caribbean which broke new ground in highlighting
the inter-generational transmission of inequality.
In addition to her experience as an adviser, lecturer and author,
Ms. Grynspan has contributed to key United Nations initiatives such as the Millennium Project’s Task Force on Poverty
and Economic Development and on the High-Level Panel on Financing for Development. Ms. Grynspan is also member of the International
Advisory Group of IDRC’s Think Tank Initiative. She has worked with multiple Government institutions, national and international
organizations as Counselor, Advisor and Researcher.
Ms. Grynspan was the delegated UN representative in the Interim
Haiti Reconstruction Commission, a board composed of Haitian government officials, former United States President Bill Clinton
and other high-level international partners. Ms. Grynspan has authored and co-authored numerous articles and books onsocial
and economic policy, gender and poverty.
Costa Rican, Ms. Grynspan holds a Master’s degree in Economics from
the University of Sussex (England).
Gene GurkoffFounderCharity Miles Gene Gurkoff is the founder of Charity Miles, a free iPhone/Android app
that enables people to earn money for charity from corporate sponsors when they walk, run or bike. Since launching last June,
over 100,000 people have walked, run and biked enough Charity Miles to go from earth to the moon and back three times, collectively
earning over $400,000 for charity. Charity Miles has been widely recognized as a top fitness app and has won several awards,
including the SXSW Dewey Winburne Award for Social Good and the SXSW People's Choice Award for the entire 2013 SXSW Interactive
Festival. Gene has personally run 38 marathons and 6 Ironman triathlons to raise money and awareness for Parkinson's research
in honor of his grandfather.
Ian HaisleyVice President of Interactive MarketingOpportunity International
Ian HaisleyVice President of Interactive
MarketingOpportunity International Ian Haisley is the VP of Interactive Marketing for Opportunity International,
a global nonprofit organization supporting the working poor through access to financial resources. An online strategist with
15 years of experience, Ian believes in using creative digital campaigns to activate donors, both online and offline. In 2010,
Ian launched the Global Opportunity Quilt which was nominated as a finalist for the 2012 Classy Awards in the category of
Most Creative Fundraiser. Since then he has led digital efforts for Opportunity International in global campaigns including
Invest in One and Live Below the Line. Ian graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a BA in Digital Media and
a BA in Theatre.
Alexandra HallSenior DirectorGoogle
Alexandra HallSenior DirectorGoogle Lunar XPRIZE Alexandra Hall comes to XPRIZE with experience in both the private and public
sectors in USA and Europe. Ms. Hall is credited with breaking new ground in aviation by bringing Zeppelin airships back to
the US after 70 years through her position as co-founder and former CEO of Airship Ventures. Prior to Airship Ventures, Ms.
Hall served as the Executive Director of Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland, CA, where she managed fundraising,
exhibitions and educational programs. Ms. Hall authored several books for children and adults about space and hosted BBC Television's
"Final Frontier." She holds a degree in Astrophysics from the University of Leicester.
David HarrisExecutive Creative DirectorDraftfcb
David HarrisExecutive Creative DirectorDraftfcb London
David Harris is a multiple award winning creative director based in the UK. He believes passionately that
creativity can help spark a change for good in the world.
His career started in traditional ad agencies then moved
into integrated communications as the opportunity to work across multi-channel campaigns allowed for greater innovation. He
co-founded a digital and direct agency with M&C Saatchi before moving to work at Wunderman where he worked primarily on
global accounts. He has recently moved to Draftfcb as Executive Creative Director.
After a seminar he gave at Cannes
in 2011 he was introduced to the Sabin Vaccine Institute and has worked with them on the launch of END7 ever since.
Aldi Haryopratomo is the CEO and co-founder
of Ruma, a social enterprise that recruits and trains thousands of low-income entrepreneurs to provide services to their communities
through a phone or android device. The majority of the entrepreneurs are small shops and the services that they provide include
prepaid airtime, electricity payments, Nielsen-like market intelligence service, blue collar jobs information, and other value
added services. After winning numerous awards such as Harvard’s Social Enterprise Competition, Ruma’ has managed
to obtain investment from top Silicon Valley firms like Grameen Foundation, Omidyar Network and Unitus Impact Fund. Since
Aldi joined Ruma full time, it has served over 1.5 million customers through a network of over 10,000 micro-entrepreneurs.
Prior to Ruma Aldi worked at Boston Consulting Group (BCG), and was an early employee at Kiva.org, a San Francisco based
non-profit organization, and the UNDP an advisor to the Tsunami Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Body.
He holds an
MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Engineering from Purdue University. Aldi was elected as a Young Global
Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2012. Bachelor's in Engineering, Purdue University; MBA, Harvard Business School. Currently,
Jeremy HeimansCEO & FounderPurpose
Jeremy HeimansCEO & FounderPurpose
Jeremy Heimans (@jeremyheimans) is co-founder and CEO of Purpose, a home for building 21st century movements and ventures that use the power of participation to change the world. Since its
launch in 2009, Purpose has launched several major new organizations including All Out, a 1.7 million-strong LGBT rights group, built the world's first open-source global activism platform, and advised institutions
like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the ACLU and Google.
Jeremy has been building movements since the age of
8 when, as a child activist in his native Australia, he ran media campaigns and lobbied leaders on issues like children's
rights and nuclear non-proliferation. In 2004, Jeremy dropped out of Oxford to co-found a campaign group in the U.S. presidential
elections that used crowd-funding to help a group of women whose loved ones were in Iraq hire a private jet to follow Vice-President
Dick Cheney on his campaign stops, in what became known as the "Chasing Cheney" tour. The following year he co-founded
GetUp, an Australian political organization and internationally recognized social movement phenomenon that today has more members
than all of Australia's political parties combined. In 2007, Jeremy co-founded Avaaz, the world’s largest online citizens’ movement, now with more than 22 million members.
In 2011, Jeremy
received the Ford Foundation's 75th Anniversary Visionary Award for his work as a movement pioneer and the World Economic
Forum named him a Young Global Leader. In 2012, Fast Company ranked him 11th on their annual list of the 100 Most Creative
People in Business. The World e-Government Forum has named him as one of the top ten people who is changing the world of politics
and the internet. His work has been profiled in publications like The Economist and The New York Times.
his career with the strategy consultants McKinsey & Company and he has degrees from Harvard University and the University
of Sydney. He lives in New York.
Jeremy has been a keynote speaker at venues such as the World Economic Forum at Davos,
the RSA, Chatham House, the United Nations, Blair House, TEDx, The Economist Big Rethink, The Guardian Activate, Social Media
Week and the Business Innovation Factory. He is represented by Stern Speakers (for speaking engagements, please contact Mel
Blake - MBlake@sternspeakers.com).
Elba Velasquez HernandezAdvocateAdolescent
Girls Advocacy & Leadership Initiative
Elba Velasquez HernandezAdvocateAdolescent Girls Advocacy & Leadership Initiative
Elba Graciela Velasquez Hernandez, age 16, is an indigenous girl leader from Concepción Chiquirichapa, a
small Mayan community in Guatemala. Elba is an inspiring leader who transformed her community by advocating with elected officials
to invest in girls’ health and education.
Three years ago, Elba joined a girls’ leadership program started
by Juany Garcia Perez, a Guatemalan leader participating in the Adolescent Girls Advocacy & Leadership Initiative. Overcoming
tremendous obstacles, Elba worked with Juany and a group of girl advocates to convince the town mayor and local leaders to
approve and fund dedicated programs for girls in their town. Thanks to Elba’s visionary advocacy, girls in Concepcion
Chiquirichapa now can speak up for their rights, have support to finish school, and have access to girl-friendly health services.
As part of Let Girls Lead’s global campaign amplifying the power of girls, Elba is one of the stars of ¡PODER!,
an upcoming documentary short film highlighting Elba and her team’s extraordinary achievements, seen through the eyes
of the girls themselves. The eldest of eight siblings, Elba is currently a high school student who is also an expert handloom
Steve HowardChief Sustainability OfficerIKEA
Steve HowardChief Sustainability
is Chief Sustainability Officer at IKEA Group and a member of its Executive Management Committee, a role he has held since
January, 2011. He is responsible for the Company's sustainability strategy, environmental and social performance, the impact
of its products. Steve believes that sustainability will be one of the mega-trends that shape society and the business landscape
this century. He is committed to developing innovative ways to make sustainability attractive and affordable for everyone.
Prior to IKEA, Steve was the founder and CEO of The Climate Group, an independent non-profit organisation working internationally with government and business leaders to cut global emissions
and build a low carbon economy. He currently sits on the organisation's International Leadership Council. He is a member of
Vantage Point Venture Partners Advisory Board, an Advisor to the Planetary Skin Institute and also, until recently, was Chair
of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Climate Change and a judge of the Virgin Earth Challenge.
to The Climate Group, Steve spent 15 years advising major corporations, NGOs and UN bodies on the environment. He was a Partner
at ERM where he led on Corporate Social Responsibility. Previously, Steve was the founding Director of the Global Forest and
Trade Network for WWF International, where he led an international team advising 700 companies on forest and supply chain
issues. He is also former chair of the UK Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) where he helped achieve far-reaching consensus
on a national forest certification standard and was also founding chair of the Tropical Forest Trust.
as a "professional optimist", Steve is a leading authority on sustainability and climate change and believes politicians
and business leaders must tackle urgent environmental and economic challenges together to create new jobs and build a prosperous
and clean economy.
Steve has a first-class honours degree in ecology and a PhD in environmental physics. Steve's achievements
have been endorsed by Time Magazine and Scientific American. He was listed in the Independent on Sunday's top 100 UK environmentalists
in 2008 and won Social Entrepreneur UK at the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards in 2009. In 2013 he became
a TED speaker after taking the stage at the TEDGlobal opening session “Moments of Truth”. He is married with a
son and is an occasional tri-athlete.
Sarah Ingersoll (M.ED) is the Director
of the text4baby program at the National Healthy Mother’s Healthy Babies Coalition. In this role she oversees the brand,
communications, marketing, outreach, research, data, and product. Sarah has established a governance structure including a
text4baby steering committee and Voxiva/HMHB partnership process, and strategic plan that all text4baby founders are committed
to. She has been instrumental in engaging and sustaining the commitment of all the major text4baby partners including federal
partners, ACOG and AAP in promoting text4baby. She has supervised significant product enhancements, directed all communications,
produced television and radio PSAs, and ensured the quality of the overall program.
Sarah has managed social marketing
and communications campaigns for over 15 years. She started her career at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, then served as a
Chief of Staff within the U.S. Department of Justice, an office with a $650 million budget and staff of over 130, where she
produced award-winning media campaigns with MTV, the Ad Council, and Saatchi & Saatchi and managed multi-agency and public/private
delinquency prevention campaigns that required alignment of numerous and diverse stakeholders. After DOJ, Sarah was Executive
Director of a national youth violence prevention campaign initiated by President Clinton. She then consulted on a range of
projects that engaged media, technology and artists in live and social media campaigns on behalf of grassroots causes. She
has also served as an Investment Advisor to the Democracy Alliance and to Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, and was Director
of Member Relations for Brave New Films. Sarah has a Masters in Education from Harvard University.
Larry IrvingPresident & CEOIrving
Larry IrvingPresident & CEOIrving Group
Larry Irving is the President
and CEO of the Irving Group, a consulting firm providing strategic advice and assistance to international telecommunications
and information technology companies, foundations and non-profit organizations. Mr. Irving also is the co-founder of the Mobile
Alliance for Global Good, a non-profit engaged in the development and use of mobile technology to address societal issues
such as education, health care and poverty. From September, 2009 to July, 2011, Mr. Irving served as Vice President for Global
Government Affairs for the Hewlett-Packard Company, the world’s largest technology company.
Mr. Irving is widely
credited with coining the term the digital divide and sparking global interest in the issue. In large part due to his work
to promote policies and develop programs to ensure access to advanced telecommunications and information technologies, Mr.
Irving was named one of the fifty most influential persons in the 'Year of the Internet' by Newsweek Magazine.
is one of the nation’s leading thinkers on technology and innovation, with extensive experience on Capitol Hill and
in the executive branch of the US federal government. Prior to joining HP in 2009, Irving founded and led Irving Information
Group, a strategic planning and consulting firm. He previously served nearly 7 years as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for
Communications and Information in the Clinton Administration, addressing social and economic issues through enhancements of
telecommunications and information technology policy.
Larry received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University,
and is a recipient of the University’s Alumni Merit Award for distinguished professional achievement. He is also a graduate
of Stanford University School of Law, where he was elected President of his graduating class.
He is married to Leslie
Annett Wiley and resides in the District of Columbia.
Boat of Hope Foundation
Jay JabonetaCo-FounderYellow Boat of Hope Foundation
Jay Jaboneta was named by Yahoo! Southeast Asia last June 12, 2011 as one of the 7 Modern-Day Filipino Heroes for his involvement in the project Zamboanga Funds for Little Kids which is now renamed as the Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation. He was also named by the Students & Campuses section of the Manila Bulletin as one of the 10 Most Inspiring Filipinos
for the Year 2011.
His work with the project has been featured by Reader’s Digest Asia/Indonesia/India, Associated
Press, CNN, BusinessWeek, Forbes, The Huffington Post, ABS-CBN’s Bandila, ANC’s Headstart with Karen Davila, GMA-7,
GMA News TV’s News To Go, and other international and local news organizations.
Jay is also a Power30Under30
Honoree of New York’s Apex Society, a Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. Bayaning Pilipino Regional Awardee & National Finalist
and has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Damers and Clarions of Cotabato City (where he was born) and the Pillar
of Hope Award by Eton International School. His project has also been named as the Liberal Project by the (Germany-based)
Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty in the Philippines, one of the few projects that best exemplify freedom and empowerment
in the Philippines.
He is also the first Filipino to become a Global Fellow of Acumen Fund. He is currently in Lahore,
Pakistan working with Pharmagen Water, a joint venture between Pharmagen Ltd and Acumen Fund to provide clean, safe, affordable
drinking water to the underprivileged.
He was the first and former Head for New Media under the Presidential Communications
Operations Office and started the team that continues to manage President Benigno S. Aquino III’s official website and
social networking presence.
He is also a Consultant on Social Media Strategy & Marketing for some companies and
nonprofits in the Philippines, the United States, Europe and Asia.
Jay is also a regular speaker on social media, digital
technology and youth leadership. He spoke in TEDxMontpellier in France last January 20, 2012 (the only Asian speaker invited
to that event) and TEDxKinnaird in Pakistan last February 16, 2013.
Jay loves to help people, companies, non-profits
and brands breathe life into their brand story.
Jay is a hungry man. He eats at least a hundred books a year, loves
chocolate and sometimes can’t live without coffee. He has worked for organizations as diverse as the Office of the President
of the Philippines, Procter & Gamble Philippines, and Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. (including Metrobank
Jay believes remarkable people and organizations deserve the attention of the world.
is a Founding Partner of OneAwesomeCompany and sits on the boards of Kabayanihan Foundation and the Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation.
Priya JaisinghaniDirector of Mobile SolutionsOffice of Innovation and Development Alliances for the U.S. Agency for International Development
Priya JaisinghaniDirector of Mobile
SolutionsOffice of Innovation and Development Alliances for the U.S. Agency for International
Development Priya Jaisinghani is the
Director of Mobile Solutions and the Acting Deputy Director for the Office of Innovation and Development Alliances for the
U.S. Agency for International Development. In this role she leads the agency’s efforts to leverage mobile technology
to dramatically enhance the agency’s development outcomes. She led the agency’s conceptualization and realization
of the Better than Cash Alliance and other multi-stakeholder partnerships. She oversees programs across Africa, Asia and Latin
America that aim to reduce the cost of mobile broadband, expand access to safe and reliable mobile payments platform, and
to utilize mobile technology for data collection and smarter development program design. Earlier, she helped build the agency’s
Feed the Future initiative to address under-nutrition and food insecurity around the world. From 2005-2009, she served as
Program Officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where she helped to launch a $1 billion Global Development Program.
Priya led the team responsible for the foundation’s strategy and entry into microfinance. She also directed the team’s
entrance into core new areas of grant making, including setting a strategy for expanding insurance for the poor. Prior to
her experience at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Priya served as Development Officer in the South Asia Program of
the United Nations Foundation. She started her career at Enron as a Financial Analyst in new commodity markets. Priya received
her Bachelor’s in Commerce from the University of Virginia and received her Master’s in International Relations
from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
Mary JordanFounder and Creative DirectorThe
Water Tank Project
Mary JordanFounder and Creative
DirectorThe Water Tank Project
Jordan is an activist, performance artist, and filmmaker. She is also the founder and Creative Director of The Water Tank
Project, a landmark public art and awareness campaign that will activate New York City’s water tanks to draw attention
to the global clean-water crisis.
Jordan has directed several films, including the award-winning Jack Smith and the
Destruction of Atlantis. Her next film, The Czar’s Madman: The Story of Andrei Tarkovski’s Lost Script, examines
the historic intersection of famed director Andrei Tarkovski and great Estonian novelist Jaan Kross. As an artist, Jordan
was one of the first to be invited to perform in Performa, the New York’s performance art biennial. In 2012, she established
the Kau Arts Center in Estonia.
A tireless champion of human rights, Jordan has produced documentaries in Burma, Africa,
Indonesia, and India. She has worked with Doctors Without Borders, the Millennium Foundation, and the International Center
for Human Rights and Tolerance Education. While suffering from a water-born illness in Ethiopia, Jordan was inspired to create
The Water Tank Project by the local women that nursed her back to health.
Interactive Entertainment AG
Interactive Entertainment AG Florian
Juergs is Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of kuuluu Interactive Entertainment AG. Previously Mr. Juergs made his mark
in various TV shows and international marketing campaigns, as well as more recently creating and producing several successful
gaming and entertainment platforms.
Harbrinder S. KangSr. Director, Corporate AffairsCisco Systems, Inc.
Harbrinder S. KangSr. Director,
Corporate AffairsCisco Systems, Inc.
For more than 20 years, Harbrinder has provided networking and telecommunications leadership for organizations ranging
from Silicon Valley startups to Fortune 500 companies. Harbrinder is an engaging speaker on topics including the future of
collaboration technologies, the business value of collaboration, and technology adoption and change management.
currently leads the Platform Strategy team for Cisco Corporate Affairs. In this role, he is responsible for the strategic
development, growth, and evolution of the award-winning Cisco Networking Academy program, which delivers computer networking
education to more than one million students around the world each year. With academies established at educational institutions
in 165 countries, Cisco Networking Academy is one of the largest multi-stakeholder partnerships in the world. Harbrinder’s
team is also developing a scalable platform strategy for other Cisco social responsibility initiatives, with a focus on leveraging
the power of collaboration technologies to generate exponential impact.
Harbrinder previously led the Collaboration
Technologies team within Cisco, where he helped direct the vision and strategy for Cisco’s Integrated Workforce Experience
(IWE) collaboration platform. In this role, Harbrinder applied a holistic approach of culture, process, and technology to
drive enterprise transformation, with a focus on user experience design and agile development. In an earlier role at Cisco,
Harbrinder worked closely with business unit leaders to define Cisco’s security strategy, and was instrumental in acquisitions
and investments in the VPN and security spaces.
Before joining Cisco, Harbrinder was vice president of business development
at Bivio Networks, where he managed strategic accounts, hardware and software partnerships, and the launch of a development
community for the Bivio platform.
Prior to Bivio, Harbrinder was director of technical marketing at Network Appliance,
where he organized and led a large team focused on cross-functional corporate strategies for Linux and high-performance computing
Before Network Appliance, Harbrinder was vice president of business development at Ubicom, a leading
supplier of Internet processors and networking software. He led Ubicom's strategy to deliver end-to-end solutions in collaboration
with industry leaders and partners.
Harbrinder is married and has three children. His interests include his family,
modern architecture and construction, and aikido. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of
Vanessa KanyiOperations ManagerTechno
Brain BPO ITES
Vanessa KanyiOperations ManagerTechno Brain BPO ITES Vanessa
began her BPO career at Skyweb Evans Technologies in 2006, working as a market research representative. After promotions to
positions in quality assurance and then as a team leader, she was hired as a team leader at Continental BPO, and eventually
served as an operations manager at Techno Brain BPO ITES in Uganda, where she also worked on a corporate social responsibility
project. Her experience in the ICT sector has given her the skills, financial security, and management experience to ultimately
fulfil her dream of going back to college for her degree.
Kathryn Dickey KarolVice PresidentCaterpillar
Kathryn Dickey KarolVice PresidentCaterpillar Inc.
Kathryn Dickey Karol is a
vice president of Caterpillar Inc. with responsibility for global government and corporate affairs. In this position, she
leads a team of people in federal and state government affairs, international government and public affairs, corporate communications
Karol joined Caterpillar in September 2012, from Amgen, Inc. where she was vice president of global
government and corporate affairs. Previously, she was an executive director for international government affairs and market
access for Eli Lily & Company and has more than 25 years of progressive, global experience in the field.
a native of Washington, D.C., graduated from the University of Delaware with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and political
She is serving on the Executive Committee of Freedom House Board of Directors. Karol also serves as a board
member for many other reputable organizations such as the Economic Club of Washington, the European Institute and the Business
Council of International Understanding.
Megan KashnerCEO & FounderBenevolent
Megan KashnerCEO & FounderBenevolent
A seasoned nonprofit leader with more than 20 years of strategic management, community partnership building,
and organizational planning experience across the nonprofit sector, Megan Kashner woke up in February of 2011 with the idea
for Benevolent (www.benevolent.net) - a new platform that uses current technologies and donor proclivities to fill gaps in
the safety net for low income families.
Kashner previously served as an executive director for the Taproot Foundation
and held direct service and leadership positions in many Chicago area social service agencies. A self-described MSW with an
MBA, Kashner and Benevolent have been featured at the White House, at national conferences on philanthropy and entrepreneurship,
on CNN Headline News, in FastCompany, Mashable, MSNBC and more.
Jordan KassalowFounder and Co-ChairmanVisionSpring
Jordan KassalowFounder and Co-ChairmanVisionSpring Jordan
Kassalow is the Founder and Co-Chairman of VisionSpring. Jordan also founded Scojo New York and the Global Health Policy Program
at the Council on Foreign Relations. Prior to his position at the Council, he served as Director of the River Blindness Division
at Helen Keller International. Jordan is a fellow of Draper Richards Kaplan, Skoll, Ashoka, and is a Henry Crown Fellow at
the Aspen Institute. He was named one of the Schwab Foundation’s 2012 Social Entrepreneurs, was the inaugural winner
of the John P. McNulty Prize, and was recently was named to Forbes Impact 30. VisionSpring has been internationally recognized
by the Skoll Foundation, the Aspen Institute, the World Bank and is a three-time winner of Fast-Company's Social Capitalist
Award. Additionally, Jordan is a partner at Drs. Farkas, Kassalow, Resnick & Associates, a leading contact lens and laser
specialty practice in Manhattan. Jordan earned a Doctorate of Optometry from the New England College of Optometry and a Fellowship
in Preventive Ophthalmology and Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins.
Sandra KeatsDocumentary Film and Television Producer
Sandra KeatsDocumentary Film and
is a Los Angeles-based documentary film and television producer, whose work focuses largely on social and environmental issues.
Sandra co-produced the 2012 Sundance Audience Award-winning documentary short THE DEBUTANTE HUNTERS about female game hunters
in South Carolina. She was also the associate producer on Participant Media’s 2012 feature documentary LAST CALL AT
THE OASIS, which turns a lens on the global water crisis. Sandra recently directed and produced DIANA, a short documentary
about famed marathon swimmer Diana Nyad, which premiered on WIGS, the premium YouTube channel created by producer Jon Avnet
and director Rodrigo Garcia. She also wrote and story produced a one-hour special on obscure collectors for the Travel Channel,
and was an associate producer on both the IDA Award- nominated documentary web series IN THEIR BOOTS and the 2009 Environmental
Media Award-winning series THE LAZY ENVIRONMENTALIST for the Sundance Channel.
Sandra is currently co-producing the
feature documentary THE STORY OF US (working title), which looks at global population issues through personal stories of individuals
whose lives are impacted by demographic shifts. This is her second collaboration with Academy Award-winning director Jessica
Yu and Emmy-winning producer Elise Pearlstein (FOOD, INC.).
Ben Keesey serves as CEO of Invisible Children, Inc. Prior to joining the organization in 2005 he worked
with Brentwood Associates Private Equity and Deloitte.
In just over seven years, Invisible Children (IC) has grown
from a documentary film project into a world-wide brand aimed at ending Africa's longest-running conflict and rebuilding what
has been lost.
IC directly reaches more than a million people every year through documentary film screenings at high
schools and colleges. Through this youth-oriented model, IC has raised over $47 million dollars for its development programs
in central Africa and international awareness campaigns for the arrest of Joseph Kony.
In 2012, Invisible Children
released the 30-minute documentary, KONY 2012, which garnered more than 100 million views online and became the most viral
video in history. In the following weeks, Ben guided the company into a whole new arena of influence and directed KONY 2012:
Part II - Beyond Famous.
Kevin S. KennedyChiefIntegrated
Training Service UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations & Field Support
Kevin S. KennedyChiefIntegrated Training Service UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations & Field Support
Kevin S. Kennedy* has served in the United Nations Secretariat in posts at Headquarters,
in several field missions, and in London and Washington D. C.
Since joining the UN staff in 1977, Mr. Kennedy has carried
out assignments in the Department of Public Information; the Department of Humanitarian Affairs; the Executive Office of the
Secretary-General and the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), where he led the Great Lakes Integrated Operational
Team before joining the Division for Policy, Evaluation and Training as Chief of the Integrated Training Service, a shared
service of the Departments of Peacekeeping Operations and Field support, in March 2011.
He has served in field missions
in the DRC (MONUC), South Africa (UNOMSA) and as a member of the start-up team in Kosovo (UNMIK). As Chief of the Department
of Public Information’s Peace and Security Section from 1995 to 2000, he worked closely with DPKO and the Departments
of Political Affairs and Disarmament on media and communications campaigns, as well as participating in mission planning,
technical assessment and lessons-learned exercises relating to peacekeeping and political missions in Burundi, Central African
Republic, Haiti, East Timor and Western Sahara. He has also served as information officer at the United Nations Information
Centres in London and in Washington D.C.
* not to be confused with Kevin M. Kennedy, Under-Secretary-General for Security
Maz Kessler is Catapult's Founder. After working as a songwriter/producer in New York's downtown music
scene at the center of the digital music revolution, she then worked in the tech sector for 10 years, pioneering social and
voice interfaces for Microsoft, BMW, Schwab, and more. In 2002 Maz brought her creative and design experience to citizen-led
change. She co-founded Keep a Child Alive, an HIV/AIDS foundation, then joined Advocacy International, as its Creative Director.
Since 2007 Maz has worked with Women Deliver. She created Catapult to help meet the need for increased funding, citizen engagement,
and coalition-building across a strong, multi-generational girls and women’s movement.
Catapult is young crowdfunding
platform that’s already making a huge impact for girls and women. Catapult connects a new global audience directly to
organizations working on the frontlines for girls and women's rights. Since launching in October 2012 Catapult has already
funded over 200 projects in 81 countries. Catapult helps people use the open democracy of the web to choose girls and women’s
projects closest to their hearts, and track progress and results. This approach – participating in the solution - is
key to today's young and rising global citizenship movement. Funders include Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, MacArthur,
Kellogg. Corporate partners include GUCCI, Johnson&Johnson.
Anastasia KhooMarketing DirectorHuman
Anastasia KhooMarketing DirectorHuman Rights Campaign Anastasia Khoo is the Marketing Director for the Human Rights Campaign.
In this capacity, Anastasia oversees organizational marketing strategies as well as manages digital media, advertising and
various other public relations projects. Prior to joining HRC, she spent six years in the environmental movement with Greenpeace
developing its communications and brand strategy as well as collaborating on a variety of high-profile corporate and grassroots
Jim Yong KimPresidentWorld
Jim Yong KimPresidentWorld Bank
Jim Yong Kim, M.D., Ph.D., became
the 12th President of the World Bank Group on July 1, 2012.
A physician and anthropologist, Dr. Kim has dedicated himself
to international development for more than two decades, helping to improve the lives of under-served populations worldwide.
Dr. Kim comes to the Bank after serving as President of Dartmouth College, a pre-eminent center of higher education that consistently
ranks among the top academic institutions in the United States. Dr. Kim is a co-founder of Partners In Health (PIH) and a
former director of the HIV/AIDS Department at the World Health Organization (WHO).
As President of Dartmouth –
an institution that comprises a liberal arts college and professional schools of medicine, engineering and business, as well
as 19 graduate programs in the arts and sciences, a staff and faculty of 3,300, and a budget of $700 million – Dr. Kim
earned praise for reducing a financial deficit without cutting any academic programs. Dr. Kim also founded the Dartmouth Center
for Health Care Delivery Science, a multidisciplinary institute dedicated to developing new models of health care delivery
and achieving better health outcomes at lower costs.
Before assuming the Dartmouth presidency, Dr. Kim held professorships
and chaired departments at Harvard Medical School, the Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital,
Boston. He also served as director of Harvard’s François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights.
In 1987, Dr. Kim co-founded Partners In Health, a Boston-based non-profit organization now working in poor communities
on 4 continents. Challenging previous conventional wisdom that drug-resistant tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS could not be treated
in developing countries, PIH successfully tackled these diseases by integrating large-scale treatment programs into community-based
As Director of the World Health Organization’s HIV/AIDS Department, Dr. Kim led the ‘3 by
5’ initiative, the first-ever global goal for AIDS treatment, which sought to treat 3 million new HIV/AIDS patients
in developing countries with antiretroviral drugs by 2005. Launched in September 2003, the ambitious program ultimately reached
its goal by 2007.
Dr. Kim’s work has earned him wide recognition. He was awarded a MacArthur “Genius”
Fellowship (2003), was named one of America’s “25 Best Leaders” by U.S. News & World Report (2005),
and was selected as one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” (2006).
in 1959 in Seoul, South Korea, Dr. Kim moved with his family to the United States at the age of five and grew up in Muscatine,
Iowa. Dr. Kim graduated with an A.B. magna cum laude from Brown University in 1982. He earned an M.D. from Harvard Medical
School in 1991 and a Ph.D. in anthropology from Harvard University in 1993.
He is married to Dr. Younsook Lim, a pediatrician.
The couple has two young sons.
Robert Kirkpatrick Director Global
Robert Kirkpatrick Director Global Pulse Robert Kirkpatrick is Director of Global Pulse, an innovation initiative
of the UN Secretary-General exploring how new, digital data sources and real-time analytics technologies can help policymakers
gain a better understanding of changes in human well-being and emerging vulnerabilities. Global Pulse is working to promote
awareness of the opportunities Big Data presents for development, forge public-private data sharing partnerships, generate
high-impact analytical tools and approaches through its network of “Pulse Labs” and drive broad adoption of useful
innovations across the UN System. Previously, Robert was the founding CTO of the Silicon Valley global health and disaster
technology NGO InSTEDD, and the co-founder of Microsoft Humanitarian Systems. He has spent more than 15 years developing solutions
for public and private sector organizations, with a focus on organizational change. He has done fieldwork in Iraq, Afghanistan,
Kashmir, Uganda, Indonesia, Cambodia, and post-Katrina New Orleans.
Edson and Naomi KodamaSecretary General, Junior Chamber
International,25th Nothing But Nets Campaign Champion
Edson and Naomi KodamaSecretary
General, Junior Chamber International,25th Nothing But Nets Campaign Champion
Edson A. Kodama was named Secretary General of Junior Chamber International at the 2004 JCI World Congress
in Fukuoka, Japan. As JCI Secretary General, Kodama is responsible for the overall management of the organization and the
World Headquarters team based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. He sets objectives for growth and development, coordinates all
four JCI Area Conferences and the JCI World Congress. Kodama also oversees JCI’s relations with UN agencies and other
partners such as UNICEF, UNESCO, the UN Foundation, the UN Global Compact, the International Chamber of Commerce, the Pan
American Health Organization and AIESEC. Edson played an integral role in starting the successful partnership between JCI
and the UN Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign. Since 2008, JCI members around the world continue to raise awareness
about malaria and send nets to save lives in Africa.
Kodama has championed Nothing But Nets professionally and personally,
driving the nearly $2 million in fundraising by JCI members worldwide, including his personal donations. Kodama’s passion
for Nothing But Nets was passed along to his daughter, Naomi, who became the campaign’s 25th Champion in 2011. Since
her seventh birthday, and every year since, Naomi has asked her family and friends to support Nothing But Nets in lieu of
her birthday presents.
The duo of Edson and Naomi continue to send nets and save lives every year and have set a combined
goal to raise $200,000 in 2013 alone. In a few days, Edson will travel to Madagascar with fellow JCI members, Nothing But
Nets and UNICEF to distribute bed nets to families in need.
Peter Koechley is a co-founder of Upworthy, a mission-driven media start-up dedicated to bringing mass
attention to things that matter using irresistible social media. Before Upworthy, which has been called the fastest-growing
media company of all time, Peter was managing editor of The Onion, where he wrote your favorite-ever Onion headline and co-created
the Onion News Network. He produced his first 1M-plus-view viral video before YouTube launched, and his best in 2008, netting
23 million views. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, son, and dog.
Beejaye KokilManager of Economic & Social StatisticsAfrican Development Bank
Beejaye KokilManager of Economic
& Social StatisticsAfrican Development Bank
Mr. Beejaye Kokil is the manager of the Economic & Social Statistics Division
in the Statistics Department, under the Chief Economist Complex of the African Development Bank. He joined the African Development
Bank in February 1993 as Statistician. The Division is mainly responsible for developing, managing and disseminating development
data covering a wide range of economic and social statistics on Africa; undertaking various analysis and preparing knowledge
briefs, statistical publications and contributing to flagship reports of the Bank. The Division recently launched the Africa
Information Highway initiative to assist African countries to improve their web dissemination of data and facilitate public
access with the installation of Country Data Portals and Open Data systems.
Sarah KramerJournalist Sarah Kramer is an Emmy and Peabody award winning documentary storyteller
and journalist. Currently, she heads up content at a new storytelling start-up. She was a founding staffer and senior producer
of NPR's StoryCorps and a multimedia editor at The New York Times where she created series such as One in 8 Million and Coming
Out. She launched her career in documentary films for PBS and HBO.
Raj Kumar believes foreign aid can be utilized more efficiently with great
benefits for the world’s poor. A social entrepreneur and new media executive, he created the online marketplace that
connects and informs the global development community.
As President of Devex, Raj has been profiled in Forbes, the
Financial Times, Foreign Policy, and the Washington Post, where Devex was called the Bloomberg of foreign aid. Devex.com is
the world’s most popular global development website, serving over one thousand subscribing organizations from the World
Bank, UNICEF, and CARE to McKinsey, Chevron, and IBM.
Among the first social enterprises of its kind, Raj founded Devex
in 2000 in his Cambridge apartment when he was a Harvard Kennedy School student. Today Devex has more than 100 reporters,
analysts, and technology staff around the world and connects over 500,000 aid workers and global development executives to
a dynamic network of information, people, and ideas on devex.com. Through this unique platform, partnerships with leading
organizations, and initiatives which recognize leadership and innovation, Raj and Devex are transforming global development.
Raj was Principal and Political Director in the strategy firm Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates and has been an adviser
and election monitor for presidential elections in Venezuela, Indonesia, Dominican Republic, Israel, and Ukraine, where he
conducted exit polling during the Orange Revolution. He was a co-founder of SmartPortfolio.com Inc., a successful financial
information company sold to TheStreet.com in 2000. Earlier he was a staff member of President Clinton's national advance team.
Raj graduated from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and finished one year of graduate studies at Harvard
Kennedy School before dropping out to cofound Devex.
He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member
of the Clinton Global Initiative, speaks Spanish, and has worked, studied, and traveled in 50 countries. Raj is a speaker
and writer on issues of global development and social entrepreneurship, and appears as a guest analyst in the media. A New
Jersey native, now 36, he spent part of his childhood in Kerala, India, where he first became interested in global development,
and now lives in Washington, DC with his wife Maria Teresa Kumar and their daughter Lucia Mercedes Kumar.
Rachel KyteVice President of Sustainable DevelopmentWorld Bank
Rachel KyteVice President of Sustainable
is Vice President of Sustainable Development at the World Bank. She has overall responsibilities for the organization’s
global work in agriculture, infrastructure, urban development, environment, disaster risk management, and social development.
Ms. Kyte is responsible for driving the World Bank’s leadership on inclusive green growth and climate change.
to her appointment, Ms. Kyte had been Vice President for Business Advisory Services at the International Finance Corporation.
Working with private sector clients, IFC Advisory Services increase access to finance, improve standards, and transform markets
with more sustainable business practices.
Ms. Kyte previously served as IFC’s Director for Environmental and
Social Development, where she led efforts to develop new sustainability performance standards. Through the Equator Principles,
these standards are now a global benchmark, illustrating that improved environment and social standards can improve financial
performance in emerging markets.
Ms Kyte served in IFC’s office of Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman. She has held
elected positions in Europe, and founded and led non-government organizations focusing on women, the environment, health,
and rights. Ms Kyte is Professor of Practice in Sustainable Development at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Boston.
She holds an M.A. in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a B.A. in politics and
history from the University of London.
Alnoor LadhaCo-Founder & Executive Producer/The Rules
Alnoor LadhaCo-Founder & Executive
Producer/The Rules Alnoor is a co-founder of /The Rules (/TR) and the current Executive Director.
His work focuses on the intersection of digital organising, traditional activism, and political strategy. Prior to /TR, Alnoor
was a founding partner and Head of Strategy at Purpose, an incubator for new types of social movements. He spent a decade
creating political and social strategies for organisations included Amnesty International, Greenpeace, Global Zero, Google,
Conservation International and the ACLU. Alnoor is an industry writer and speaker on the structural causes of inequality,
new forms of activism, movement entrepreneurship and social innovation, with a focus on emerging economies. He is currently
a board member for Greenpeace International USA and holds an MSc in Philosophy and Public Policy from the London School of
Osprey Orielle LakeFounder International
Women's Earth and Climate Initiative
Osprey Orielle LakeFounder International Women's Earth and Climate Initiative
Osprey is the Founder and Co-Director of the International Women’s Earth and Climate
Initiative. She is Founder/President of The Women's Earth and Climate Caucus (WECC) and works nationally and internationally
to promote resilient communities and foster a post-carbon energy future, while also addressing societal transformation. She
is Co-Chair of International Advocacy with the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature and is an advisor to the International
Eco-Cities Framework and Standards Initiative. Osprey has developed the Resilient Community Training Program in California,
teaching women skills in water conservation, energy efficiency in the home, and rights of nature advocacy to protect their
communities. She has served on the board of the Praxis Peace Institute and on the Steering Committee for The UN Women’s
Major Group for the Rio+20 Earth Summit. She is the author of the award-winning book, Uprisings for the Earth: Reconnecting
Culture with Nature.
Anthony LakeExecutive DirectorUNICEF
Anthony LakeExecutive DirectorUNICEF
On 1 May 2010, Anthony Lake became the
sixth Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund, bringing to the position more than 45 years of public
During his career, Anthony Lake has worked with leaders and policy makers across the world. In 2007-2008,
he served as a senior foreign policy adviser to the presidential campaign of Barack Obama, a role he also performed during
the Clinton presidential campaign of 1991-1992. He has managed a full range of foreign policy, national security, humanitarian
and development issues at the most senior levels: as National Security Advisor (1993-1997) under President Bill Clinton, and
as Director of Policy Planning in President Carter’s administration (1977-1981). He joined the US State Department in
1962 as a Foreign Service Officer.
Upon leaving the government, he served as the United States President’s Special
Envoy, first in Ethiopia and Eritrea, and later in Haiti, from 1998 to 2000. His efforts, for which he received the 2000 Samuel
Nelson Drew Award, contributed to the achievement of the Algiers Agreement that ended the war between Ethiopia and Eritrea.
He also played a leading role in shaping policies that led to peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Northern Ireland.
experience in international development began in the 1970s, as Director of International Voluntary Services, leading the work
of this ‘private Peace Corps’. In that same decade, he also served on the boards of Save the Children (1975–1977)
and the Overseas Development Council. Over the past 10 years, Anthony Lake has been an International Adviser to the International
Committee of the Red Cross (2000-2003) and Chair of the Marshall Legacy Institute, which works in conflict-affected countries
to remove landmines and assist survivors, and advance children's rights.
Anthony Lake’s ties with UNICEF are
long-standing, dating back to 1993, when he worked with UNICEF’s third Executive Director, James P. Grant, on the organization’s
presentation of its flagship publication, ‘The State of the World’s Children’, at the White House. From
1998 to 2007 he served on the Board of the US Fund for UNICEF, with a term as Chair from 2004 to 2007, after which he was
appointed a permanent honorary member.
Immediately prior to his appointment with UNICEF, Anthony Lake served as Distinguished
Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He has been
a member of the Board of Trustees at Mount Holyoke College and a member of the Advisory Council of the Princeton Institute
for International and Regional Studies, and has served on the Governance Board of the Center for the Study of Democracy at
St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
He obtained a B.A. degree from Harvard in 1961, read international economics
at Trinity College, Cambridge, and went on to receive his Ph.D. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International
Affairs at Princeton University in 1974.
A native of New York, Anthony Lake is married and has three children and five
Jensine LarsenCEO & FounderWorld
Jensine LarsenCEO & FounderWorld Pulse
Jensine (Yen-See Nah) Larsen is an award-winning social media entrepreneur and international journalist
and speaker. At age 28 she founded World Pulse – an action media network powered by women from 190 countries – after working as a freelance journalist covering
indigenous movements and ethnic cleansing in South America and Southeast Asia. www.worldpulse.com
launching a print magazine, in 2007 Larsen turned her eyes to the future of communications technology in the developing world.
She pioneered an interactive global women’s newswire where women worldwide – including those using internet cafes
and cell phones from rural villages and conflict zones– can speak for themselves to the world and solve global problems.
Most recently, Larsen has launched a new program that is training women in new media, citizen journalism and empowerment
and fostering a network of women citizen journalists from some of the most forgotten regions of the world.
women from 190 countries are connecting through World Pulse and producing a multiplier effect of change. Women previously
unknown by the global public are having their stories picked up from World Pulse by the BBC, CNN, the Canadian Broadcast Corporation,
the UN, and the Huffington Post and beyond. In addition, by networking through World Pulse’s website grassroots women
leaders are finding job opportunities, starting new programs and businesses, launching women’s cybercafés, and
finding international speaking opportunities that are changing their lives and lifting their communities.
finger on the pulse of women's voices globally, Jensine is increasingly sought after for inspirational keynotes, current affairs
lectures, and radio programs. She has appeared on NPR and PBS and presented keynotes and panels at TED, Nobel Women’s
Initiative, Skoll World Forum for Social Entrepreneurship, Bioneers Global, Digital Earth, WebVisions, Women in Technology
International, the Women’s Funding Network, and the Conference on World Affairs, to name a few.
Jensine has been
recognized with several leadership awards including being honored as a contemporary woman spiritual leader by the Auburn Seminary
with a "Lives of Commitment Award" following in the footsteps of Alice Walker and Jane Goodall. In addition, she
was selected as a "Woman Who Inspires" by Donna Karan, alongside such luminaries as Susan Sarandon, Fatima Bhutto,
and Uma Thurman. Morgan Stanley-Smith Barney has selected Jensine as one of six "Next Generation Changemakers" under
40 in 2011. The University of Wisconsin-Madison selected her as one of the top 10 social change leaders under 40 in 2012.
Holding a degree in Comparative International Studies from the University of Wisconsin Madison (1999), Larsen is also a
Young Leaders Fellow with the National Committee on United States-China Relations. She was appointed to Portland, Oregon’s
Vision Committee, which was established by Mayor Tom Potter to chart the city’s 30-year vision by listening to the visions
of its citizens. She serves on the Advisory Board for the Nobel Women's International Campaign to End Sexual Violence in Conflict,
Women Have Wings, and Ripples to Waves: A Stanford University program on Social Entrepreneurship and Development, Stanford
Peter Launsky-TieffenthalUnder-Secretary-General for Communications
and Public InformationUnited Nations
for Communications and Public InformationUnited Nations
Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal of Austria was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the position
of Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information in May 2012. He began his duties in August 2012.
In this role Mr. Launsky-Tieffenthal heads the UN Department of Public Information, which has the task of telling the UN
story to audiences worldwide, in as many languages as possible.
Before joining the United Nations, Mr. Launsky-Tieffenthal
worked for the Austrian foreign service for nearly 30 years, including time serving in Asia, North America and the Middle
East. From 2007 to 2012 he was Spokesman and Head of the Department for Communication and Information of the Austrian Federal
Ministry for European and International Affairs.
Mr. Launsky-Tieffenthal held senior leadership positions in which
he was responsible for formulating overall communication strategies, including the extensive use of modern media tools, crisis
management and negotiating international agreements. At the United Nations, Mr. Launsky-Tieffenthal also serves as the UN
Coordinator for Multilingualism. He works to promote multilingualism across the UN Secretariat.
Lauren Bush LaurenFounder and CEOFEED
Lauren Bush LaurenFounder and CEOFEED
Lauren Bush Lauren is the Founder and CEO of FEED, a social business whose mission is to "Create Good
Products That Help FEED the World." In 2004, Lauren became the Honorary Student Spokesperson for the UN World Food Programme.
In that role, she traveled to various countries and learned about the issues of hunger and poverty firsthand. Coming back
to America, Lauren was inspired to create a consumer product that would engage people in the seemingly overwhelming fight
to end world hunger. In 2005, she conceptualized the idea for FEED by designing the initial FEED 1 bag which, when purchased,
feeds one child in school for one year.
In 2007, FEED was founded. Every product sold has a measurable donation attached
to it and, to date, has been able to donate over $6 million and provide nearly 60 million school meals globally through the
United Nations World Food Programme and Feeding America. FEED has also supported nutrition programs around the world, providing
vitamin supplements to over 3.5 million children through UNICEF.
Additionally, FEED has forged successful relationships
with companies such as Whole Foods Market, Target, Disney, Pottery Barn, Clarins, Godiva, Gap, TOMS, Tory Burch, DKNY and
Links of London.
Lauren is also the Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of the FEED Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit
organization that supports programs and organizations that are effectively working to fight hunger and eliminate malnutrition
throughout the world.
For her work with FEED, Lauren was named one of Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women
Entrepreneurs in 2009 and one of Inc. Magazine’s 30 Under 30 in 2010. She has also received the 2010 Accessories Council
Humanitarian Award, the 2011 Stevie Award for Best Non-Profit Executive and the 2011 Fashion Group International Humanitarian
Lauren was born in Denver, Colorado, and grew up in Houston, Texas. She graduated from Princeton University
in 2006 with a B.A. in Anthropology and certificate in Photography. She now resides in New York City, where she works on FEED
and other socially conscious ventures.
Congresswoman Lee has been a leader in the fight against the global HIV/AIDS pandemic. She co-authored
legislation signed into law creating the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria in 2000, the President's Emergency Plan
for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in 2003, the PEPFAR Reauthorization Act in 2008, and in 2005 legislation addressing the needs of
orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS. She has also been a leader in the effort to establish a National AIDS
Strategy, and is a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health, Human Services & Education with jurisdiction
over all domestic HIV/AIDS funding. She is the only United States representative on United Nations Development Programme’s
Global Commission on HIV and the Law and was the original sponsor of legislation that lead to the repeal of the Immigration
and Travel ban that barred the entry of HIV positive individuals. The repeal allowed the International AIDS conference to
take place in July 2012 in Washington, D.C., which was held in the U.S. after 20 years. In September of 2013, President Obama
nominated Congresswoman Lee to serve as a Representative of the United States to the Sixty-eighth Session of the General Assembly
of the United Nations.
Ido LefflerCo-FounderYes To Inc Ido Leffler is Co-Founder and “Chief Carrot Lover” of San Francisco-based
Yes To Inc. (makers of Yes To Carrots, Yes To Cucumbers, Yes To Tomatoes, Yes To Blueberries and Yes To Grapefruit). Since 2006, Leffler
and his team have built Yes To™ into one of the world’s leading natural beauty brands, with distribution in over
26,000 stores in 25 countries (including retailers such as Target, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Whole Foods Market, and Sephora Europe).
Ido is currently on the United Nations Foundation Global Entrepreneur Council and sits on numerous Corporate Boards and Corporate
advisory boards including Soma Water, Birchbox, Joyus, Ruby Ribbon. Ido and his Co-Founder Lance Kalish have recently completed their book “Get Big Fast & Do More Good” which
is being published in the Fall of 2013.
Libby LefflerGlobal PartnershipsFacebook
Libby LefflerGlobal PartnershipsFacebook
Libby will be joining as a special
pre-event speaker. Details will be announced soon.
Libby Leffler leads a global partnerships team at Facebook focused
on high-impact integrations with influencers, elected officials, media organizations, and nonprofits on Facebook and Instagram.
Leffler was the co-anchor of “Facebook Live”, the company's official video streaming channel, during the 2011
and 2012 World Economic Forum meetings in Davos, Switzerland.
From 2009-2012, Leffler was the Business Lead to Facebook's
Chief Operating Officer, Sheryl Sandberg. As the Business Lead to the Chief Operating Officer, Leffler managed public appearances,
speaking engagements, and handled a wide array of projects including research and analysis initiatives.
Facebook in 2008 as a member of the Inside Sales team, working with marketers in the retail and consumer products segments.
Prior to Facebook, Leffler worked in Online Sales and Operations and Asia-Pacific and Latin America markets at Google.
Leffler is a cum laude graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and was a UC Berkeley Alumni Leadership Scholar
from 2002-2006. Leffler holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the Walter A. Haas School of Business undergraduate program.
Parker LiautaudPolar Explorer
Parker LiautaudPolar Explorer
Parker Liautaud is an 18-year-old polar explorer and environmental campaigner. In 2010, at 15 years old,
he attempted to become the youngest person ever to walk to the North Pole. Dangerous conditions and continually high temperatures,
resulting in large stretches of open water, thwarted his attempt just 15 miles from the pole, but he returned in 2011 and
again in 2012 to successfully complete the journey twice. Through his polar expeditions, he has undertaken climate change
research with the University of Alberta and the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Parker aims to use his expeditions
as a mechanism to help catalyze global progress on climate change. His work focuses on harnessing the power of modern technology
to highlight the urgency of global environmental issues and advocating a science-based approach to climate policy. He is a
sophomore at Yale University, studying Geology & Geophysics.
His next polar expedition is scheduled to begin in
Adrianna LogalboCampaign Director1,000
Adrianna LogalboCampaign Director1,000 Days Partnership <p>Adrianna Logalbo is spearheading 1,000 Days’ efforts to build
a public constituency for maternal and child nutrition. Adrianna brings nearly a decade of experience in engaging communities
“outside the beltway” on some of the world’s most pressing global challenges, from malaria to malnutrition.</p><
p>Prior to joining 1,000 Days, Adrianna led the UN Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign, serving as the Executive
Director of the global, grassroots campaign to raise awareness and mobilize resources to prevent malaria in Africa. Adrianna
led the successful campaign to over $35 million dollars raised, managing over 20 national partners and more than 100,000 supporters.
Most recently, Adrianna built the Future Fortified campaign at the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) to provide
innovative and easy ways for individuals, businesses and organizations to take action to address the global nutrition challenge.
In its first year, the Future Fortified campaign built a community of over 35,000 supporters. Adrianna is a graduate from
Middlebury College with a joint degree in Sociology-Anthropology and Geography. Her international experience includes living
in both East and West Africa and traveling throughout the continent with high-level partner and celebrity missions.</p>
Lynda Lopez joined WCBS Newsradio 880 in October of 2010. She is an Emmy-award winning news anchor and
reporter, who has also worked for CBS-TV's Channel 2 News in New York, where she was weekend anchor and features reporter.
Prior to joining 880, Lynda anchored for the Fox 5 and My9 news stations in New York.
Lopez began her broadcasting
career in radio at WBAB-FM and WLIR-FM on Long Island, NY. She followed that by working as both assistant program director
and music director at Party-105 in Garden City. She made her television debut as a correspondent for VH-1, working on such
shows as "The Daily One," and "Women First." She is also a former columnist for "Latina" Magazine,
and current contributor to "Glamour" and "Glam Belleza Latina" Magazine.
A New York resident and
native of the Bronx, Lopez graduated from C. W. Post University with a bachelor's degree in Broadcasting and Communications.
Throughout her broadcasting career, she has given her time to several charitable endeavors, including serving as Mistress
of Ceremonies for the 100 Hispanic Women organization's gala, and for the Orphaned Starfish Foundation's annual fundraising
galas. Lopez also co-founded The Lopez Family Foundation with her sister, Jennifer, a charitable organization dedicated to
the health and well-being of children, and participated in the U.N. Foundation's first Global Mom Relay and Mom+Social.
Matt MahanPresident & CEOCauses.com
Matt MahanPresident & CEOCauses.com
Matt Mahan is responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of Causes.com, the world's largest
platform for social good with over 180 million registered users, 20,000 nonprofit and corporate partners, and 500,000 grassroots
action campaigns. Matt served as Causes' Chief Operating Officer from 2011-2012 and prior to that ran business development
for the company, overseeing nonprofit and corporate partnerships and creating its first revenue products.
been featured as a panelist and speaker at leading conferences, including the United Nations Economic and Social Council Youth
Forum, Social Capital (SOCAP), Net Impact, Nexus Global Youth Summit, Stanford's Social Media On Purpose, and Social Media
Day. He is a frequent presenter on college campuses, including Harvard, Wharton, Boston College and Duke, and delivered the
keynote address at the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) Nonprofit Conference.
Before working in tech, Matt taught
in San Jose, CA through Teach for America and was the recipient of Harvard's Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial fellowship, which
enabled him to conduct economic development work in Bolivia. Matt attended Harvard College, where he was Student Body President,
organized the only successful divestment campaign in the university's history, and graduated magna cum laude in 2005. He is
a native of Watsonville, California, home to the world's best strawberries.
Dr. Nasser MarafihChief Executive Officer Ooredoo Group
Dr. Nasser MarafihChief Executive
Officer Ooredoo Group
Marafih is the Chief Executive Officer of the Ooredoo Group since 2006. He also served as Ooredoo Qatar CEO from 2002 until
Born in Doha, Qatar, Dr. Marafih holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, a Master of Science and
a Ph.D in Communication Engineering, all from George Washington University, USA. Dr. Nasser started his career at Qtel in
1992 as expert advisor from the University of Qatar and was involved in the introduction of the first GSM service in the Middle
East in February 1994. He joined Ooredoo Qatar in February 1994 as a Director for Strategic Planning & Development and
led a number of strategic projects including the introduction of the Internet service in Qatar in 1996 and the privatization
of Ooredoo Qatar from a government owned company to a publicly listed company in 1999. After his appointment as CEO in 2001,
Dr. Nasser has spearheaded Ooredoo's global growth in recent years to expand to 17 operations in Middle East and Asia, including
Ooredoo's acquisition of Wataniya Telecom, Ooredoo's strategic partnership with ST Telemedia in Singapore, as well as the
company’s purchase of a controlling stake in Indosat of Indonesia.
Dr. Marafih serves in as a board member in
a number of the Ooredoo Group companies including: Indosat (Indonesia), Starhub (Singapore), Wataniya (Kuwait), Asiacell (Iraq),
Nedjma (Algeria), Tunisiana (Tunis), Wataniya (Palestine) and wi-tribe (Philippines). In addition, Dr. Marafih serves as Chairman
of the Board of the GSMA Mobile for Development Foundation and he is member of the Boards of GSMA and SAMENA.
Jeff MartinCEO & FounderTribal
Brands, Inc. and Tribal Technologies, Inc.
Jeff MartinCEO & FounderTribal Brands, Inc. and Tribal Technologies, Inc.
Through the marketing vision and development of groundbreaking technologies, Jeff Martin has spent his career applying
innovation to multimedia product design. He continues to build new mobile commerce channels for the world’s top brands
through mobile innovation that leads to consumer behavior modification.
Referenced by the San Francisco Chronicle as
Steve Jobs’ “marketing whiz and protégé” Martin spent a decade as a senior executive at Apple,
six as head of music, entertainment, and marketing. Martin played a pivotal role in Apple’s transition from authoring
tools standardized by the entertainment industry to a consumer platform for the consumption of entertainment and user generated
content. A direct report of Steve Jobs, Martin was instrumental in the strategy and marketing of the iMac, Mac OSX, and digital
lifestyle products including iPhoto, iMovie, and iTunes.
In 2001, Martin founded Tribal Brands, Inc., the first company
to drive one billion dollars in mobile-based sales for the entertainment industry through several global carrier alliances.
Tribal Brands has since grown beyond its entertainment roots to include mobile platforms and services for consumer brands,
government organizations, social investment programs, the automotive, energy, and healthcare industries.
member of the Verizon board of developers, Martin is a voting member of The Recording Academy / Grammy Awards, and was appointed
by the Under-Secretary General of the United Nations to its Global Advisory Board for Innovation.
Martin is the founder
of mPowering, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, Discovery Channel, and CNN; CEO and
founder of Tribal Technologies, Inc.; co-investor and board member of Plex; and former advisor and co-investor in VideoSurf
(acquired by Xbox). Martin was the international digital imaging consultant for Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (GATF) –
one of the original Media Labs. Through GATF, Martin taught at Carnegie Mellon University’s Graduate School of Industrial
Administration (GSIA) where he developed the lab’s consulting and innovation business with Apple, Adobe, US Department
of Treasury, Gannet and Carvajal SA.
Martin also taught at Haas’ Executive Education Program for the University
of California at Berkeley, as well as at MIT. Stanford University commissioned Martin to co-author a white paper on the vision
of “game theory” applied to mobile commerce.
Stacy MartinetChief Marketing OfficerMashable
Stacy MartinetChief Marketing OfficerMashable Stacy Martinet leads global integrated marketing and communications at Mashable,
the leading media company for the Connected Generation. Since joining Mashable in 2010 she has helped push Mashable forward
strategically, developed the company's marketing and communications operations, and spearheaded the company's robust events
business. Stacy also takes special pride in Mashable's internationally recognized social good efforts. On the sidelines of
the U.N. General Assembly in New York, Stacy has engaged with global leaders like Nobel prize winner Muhammad Yunus and U.N.-Energy
Chairman Kandeh Yumkellao at Mashable's Social Good Summit Before joining Mashable, Stacy spent nearly a decade in corporate
communications and digital marketing at The New York Times Company. At The Times, she was integral in their social media strategy,
digital communications, and served as the spokesperson for nytimes.com. While at The Times, she was recognized by the company's
Chairman's Award. In 2013, Stacy was named the youngest member of their 40 Under 40 list and in her spare time sits on the
board of directors of New York Women in Communications and Plant-A-Fish, an oceanographic and ecological health non-profit.
LaShaun MartinNational Director of Social Media and Community
ServiceMocha Moms, Inc.
LaShaun MartinNational Director
of Social Media and Community ServiceMocha Moms, Inc.
LaShaun Martin is National Director of Social Media and Community Service for Mocha Moms, Inc. a national
501(c)(3) support group for stay-at-home mothers of color. LaShaun oversees all social media platforms for the organization
and works to promote community service programs to include teen mentoring, Boys Booked on Barbershops literacy program, America’s
Promise, MomsRising, Moms Clean Air Force, United Nations Foundation Shot@Life Campaign, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
and U.S. Department of Education. She is a regular guest of the White House for events focused on women and girls including
tea with First Lady Michelle Obama.
LaShaun holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. LaShaun
spent 20 years with the State of California, the State of Maryland Department of Corrections managing public education, research,
FBI programs and later Hewlett Packard. LaShaun serves as CEO of her own company, Shootie Girl™ Custom Rhinestone Apparel
and Shootie Girl™ Blog – Positive Messages for Women and Girls. Shootie Girl™ designs have been featured
with CNN’s Soledad O’Brien, Sherri Shepherd of The View, Carol’s Daughter, Clinique Cosmetics, Jack and
Jill of America, Inc., Still Standing Movie, Dr. Sherry Blake of Essence Magazine and Aja Dantzler of R&B singing couple
Kindred and the Family Soul and Blogalicious.
LaShaun is passionate about giving back and ensures her company reflects
a heart for service by donating many “t-shirts for a cause” to Heart of Haiti, Her Zimbabwe, The United Nations
Foundation Shot@Life Campaign, Down Syndrome and Autism Awareness. She also serves on the Advisory Board of MOMentumNation
and the Epilepsy Foundation.
LaShaun’s greatest passions are her husband, two lovely daughters and music.
Jessica O. MatthewsCEOUncharted
Jessica O. MatthewsCEOUncharted Play, Inc. Over seven years of start-up and small business experience in the software
and technology industry. Over five years of international business experience with sound relationships in Nigeria, Angola,
and Italy. Recipient of the Millennium Challenge Corporation Next Generation Award (2013), Named as one of Black Enterprise’s
“40 Under 40 Next Generation of Women in Power” (2012), Named Scientist of the Year by the Harvard Foundation
(2012), one of the “10 Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs” by Fortune (2011), and Next Generation Breakthrough
Innovator by Popular Mechanics (2010). Invited by President Barack Obama to the White House to represent small companies for
the signing of the America Invents Act. Education: MBA from Harvard Business School (2014); BA in Psychology & Economics,
Harvard College (2010).
Patty MechaelExecutive DirectormHealth
Patty MechaelExecutive DirectormHealth Alliance Patty
has been actively involved in global health for 15 years with field experience in more than 30 countries, primarily in Africa,
the Middle East, and Asia. She has worked on research, program design and implementation, strategic planning, and policy development
for mHealth and eHealth initiatives, as well as reproductive health and women's health and rights, with a broad range of institutions.
Patty earned her master’s degree in International Health from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and Hygiene
and her PhD in Public Health and Policy from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where she specifically examined
the role of mobile phones in relation to health in Egypt. Prior to joining the mHealth Alliance, she was Director of Strategic
Application of Mobile Technology for Public Health and Development at the Center for Global Health and Economic Development
at the Earth Institute. She is also faculty at the School of International and Public Affairs and Earth Institute, Columbia
Gregory E. MeeksCongressman
Gregory E. MeeksCongressman
Serving the people of New York's Fifth Congressional District has been the focus of Congressman Gregory
W. Meeks' fifteen year tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives. During that time he has earned the respect of his constituents,
as well as both Democrats and Republicans in Congress and in New York, as an effective, common-sense leader who gets things
done. Congressman Meeks promotes policies that strengthen America's economic and national security and builds relationships
with other nations in a more globalized world. He is a strong supporter of diplomacy and as such is a co-chair of several
Caucuses including the Congressional Malaria and Neglected Tropical Disease Caucus.
On the House Foreign Affairs Committee,
Congressman Meeks is currently a member of both the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere and the Subcommittee on Europe
and Eurasia. At a time when the world is more interconnected than ever before, the Foreign Affairs Committee plays an important
role overseeing legislation and policies relating to: foreign assistance; the Peace Corps; national security developments
affecting foreign policy; strategic planning and agreements; war powers, treaties, executive agreements, and the deployment
and use of United States Armed Forces; peacekeeping, peace enforcement, and enforcement of United Nations or other international
sanctions; arms control and disarmament issues; the United States Agency for International Development; activities and policies
of the State, Commerce and Defense Departments and other agencies related to the Arms Export Control Act, and the Foreign
Congressman Meeks earned his bachelor's degree at Adelphi University and he received his law degree
from Howard University. He is a member of the Allen AME Church in St. Albans New York and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.
He is married to Simone-Marie Meeks and has three daughters – Ebony, Aja, and Nia-Aiyana.
Glen MehnManaging DirectorSocial
Glen MehnManaging DirectorSocial Innovation Camp Glen Mehn is managing director of Social Innovation Camp and a partner at
Bethnal Green Ventures. Glen has designed and run innovation programmes for early-stage start-ups in 16 countries. He has
15 years of operational and technical experience, including running his own social performing arts group in New Orleans, running
the IT for Burning Man and managing IT and operations departments in Silicon Valley. Glen is a trustee for Appfrica (http://www.appfrica.org/), a school governor for St John’s Angell Town primary school, on the advisory board for In the Picture, and a trustee
for The Kitschies.
HRH Crown Princess Mette-Marit of NorwayHRH Crown Princess
HRH Crown Princess Mette-Marit of NorwayHRH
Crown Princess of Norway
Princess Mette-Marit is engaged in a broad range of national and international issues. Several of her key commitments are
related to global health and youth. Since 2001, she has been actively involved in HIV/AIDS related work. In April 2006, the
Crown Princess was appointed Special Representative for UNAIDS. Two years later, she was invited by UNAIDS to participate
in strategic planning of the future AIDS response. A main focus for the Crown Princess is to strengthen youth leadership and
form international partnerships in the AIDS response. In 2010, she was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic
Forum, where she has also been a member of the Global Agenda Council on a Healthy New Generation, and is currently a member
of the Foundation Board of The Global Shapers Community (World Economic Forum leaders under 30 years old.)
Mette-Marit is patron of the Norwegian Red Cross and several other organisations. The Crown Prince and Crown Princess’s
Fund identifies and supports projects for young people at risk. Over the last ten years, the fund has supported projects in
many parts of the world – aiming to provide improved health and education for young people. Crown Princess Mette-Marit
has led the Norwegian delegations to the International AIDS conferences in Toronto (2006), Vienna (2010) and Washington DC
(2012). On her many visits representing Norway, the Crown Princess actively promotes Norwegian trade and industry, architecture
and design, education and humanitarian initiatives.
Crown Princess Mette-Marit holds a Master’s degree in Executive
Management from the BI Norwegian School of Management. She studied Development Issues at the School of Oriental and African
Studies (SOAS) in London and trained at the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), where she focused on HIV/AIDS.
The Crown Princess married HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway in 2001, and is the mother of three children.
David MilibandPresident and CEOInternational
David MilibandPresident and CEOInternational Rescue Committee
David Miliband became President of the International Rescue Committee on September 1, 2013. He has had
a distinguished political career in the United Kingdom over the last 15 years and resigned as Member of Parliament for South
Shields on March 27, 2013. From 2007 to 2010, he served as the youngest U.K. Foreign Secretary in three decades, driving advancements
in human rights and representing the United Kingdom throughout the world. As Secretary of State for the Environment he pioneered
the world’s first legally binding emissions reduction requirements.
Earlier he was Minister for Communities and
Local Government (2005–2006); Minister for Schools (2002–2004); and Head of Downing Street’s Number 10 Policy
Unit (1997–2001). He is Co-Chair of the Global Ocean Commission.
Mr. Miliband graduated from Oxford University
in 1987 with a first class degree in philosophy, politics and economics, and received his master’s degree in political
science in 1989 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which he attended as a Kennedy Scholar.
He is married
to the violinist Louise Shackelton and they have two sons.
Hasan Minhaj is a comedian and actor in Los Angeles. He recently hosted MTV’s weekly talk show “Failosophy”
and made an appearance on the new season of “Arrested Development.” Previously, he was a regular on MTV’s
improv comedy show “Disaster Date,” played the role of Seth on ABC Family’s “State of Georgia,”
and appeared as a panelist on “Chelsea Lately.” He is also a member of the popular sketch group Goatface, and
his YouTube series, “The Truth with Hasan Minhaj,” gets thousands of views a month and has been featured in countless
publications including the Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times, Gawker, Best Week Ever, Perez Hilton, and US Weekly. The truth
plays a pivotal role in Hasan’s comedy, which often focuses on issues of race and privilege.
Hasan is currently
at work as the host of “Stand Up Planet,” a documentary project that showcases life in some of the toughest places
on Earth through the lens and experiences of stand-up comics. Starting from his own personal story – India-born kid
to Hollywood comic – Hasan embarks on an epic journey of discovery to find some of the funniest stand-up comics in the
bustling city and rural outskirts of Mumbai, India, and the neighborhoods of Johannesburg, South Africa. Along the way, Hasan
follows the jokes and personal experiences of the funniest international comics deep into the hard truths and the promise
for change in some of the toughest global poverty issues of our time. Along with a posse of comedian friends, Hasan invites
comedians from India and South Africa to take part in the biggest night of their lives – performing in America’s
first international comedy showcase.
The mission of “Stand Up Planet” is to entertain, to enlighten and
to see lives lived around the world through a new lens. Is comedy the great connector? www.StandUpPlanet.org
Rajesh MirchandaniWorld Affairs CorrespondentBBC
Rajesh MirchandaniWorld Affairs
Mirchandani is an award-winning BBC journalist with 20 years’ experience. Currently based in London as World Affairs
Correspondent and anchor, he recently spent more than five years based in the US, covering geo-politics and periodically anchoring
the BBC’s global network BBC World News from Washington DC. He has covered a huge range of stories from two US Presidential
elections to the Haiti earthquake, from AIDS in India to the Chilean miners’ rescue, from the Oscars in Hollywood to
the aftermath of storms, hurricanes and floods on both sides of the Atlantic. He is also a recent graduate of the MA in Public
Diplomacy program at USC’s prestigious Annenberg School, where he focused on the communication strategies of state and
non-state actors and the power of social movements as agents of change.
Neeraj MistryManaging DirectorGlobal
Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases
Neeraj MistryManaging DirectorGlobal Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases
Neeraj Mistry, MD, MPH, joined the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases in July 2010 as Managing Director. With
a focus on advocacy and resource mobilization, he creates partnerships and bridges cross-cutting development themes to grow
and strengthen the movement of controlling and eliminating neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).
A public health physician,
Dr. Mistry was a founding member and former Vice President of the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and
Malaria (GBC), and brings extensive experience in global health policy and programming, having worked in developing and developed
countries, in the public and private sectors, across clinical practice, health policy and social development.
at GBC, Dr. Mistry led the technical strategy of business engagement in global health and developed the Business AIDS Methodology
(BAM™) and Best Practice AIDS Standard (BPAS™) and conceptualized and led GBC's work on co-investment and public-private
partnerships with the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund, where he continues to support
the technical review panel.
Dr. Mistry serves on the Board of African Services Committee and the International Advisory
Board of the END Fund, the world’s first private philanthropic initiative to combat the seven most common NTDs. He is
also a professorial lecturer at The George Washington University School of Public Health. Following the completion of his
medical training at the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School in Johannesburg, South Africa, Dr. Mistry focused on
HIV/AIDS, occupational health, family practice and sexual and reproductive health. Dr. Mistry also worked at the National
Health Service (NHS) in London and with Merck & Co. Inc. dealing with public affairs for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
He holds a Master's degree in Health Policy and Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He
is currently reading for a Master’s degree in Liberal Arts at Johns Hopkins University. He lives in Washington, DC with
his wife and two daughters.
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka Under-Secretary-General and Executive
Director of UN WomenUnited Nations
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka Under-Secretary-General
and Executive Director of UN WomenUnited Nations
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women. She was sworn
into office on 19 August 2013 and brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this position, having devoted her career
to issues of human rights, equality and social justice. Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka has worked in government, private sector and civil
society and was actively involved in the struggle to end apartheid in her home country of South Africa.
From 2005 to
2008, she served as Deputy President of South Africa, overseeing programmes to combat poverty and bring the advantages of
a growing economy to the poor, with a particular focus on women. Prior to this, she served as Minister of Minerals and Energy
from 1999 to 2005 and Deputy Minister in the Department of Trade and Industry from 1996 to 1999. She was a Member of Parliament
in 1994 as part of South Africa’s first democratic Government.
Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka began her career as a teacher
and gained international experience as a coordinator at the World YWCA in Geneva, where she established a global programme
for young women. She is the founder of the Umlambo Foundation, which supports leadership and education. A longtime champion
of women’s rights, she is affiliated with several organizations devoted to education, women’s empowerment and
gender equality. She holds a Master’s degree in Philosophy in Educational Planning and Policy from the University of
Cape Town and a BA in Education from the University of Lesotho. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University
of Western Cape, and has a PhD in Technology and Education from Warwick University.
Amina J. MohammedSpecial AdvisorUnited
Amina J. MohammedSpecial AdvisorUnited Nations Ms.
Amina was born in 1961, in Nigeria. She was appointed in July 2012 by the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as
Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning. Ms. Mohammed brings to the position more than 30 years of experience as
a development practitioner in the public and private sectors, as well as civil society. She was the CEO/Founder of the Center
for Development Policy Solutions, a newly established think tank to address the policy and knowledge gaps within the Government,
Parliament and private sector in development and civil society for robust advocacy materials. Ms. Mohammed was also Adjunct
Professor of the Master’s Programme for Development Practice at Columbia University in New York. Prior to that, Ms.
Mohammed served as the Senior Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on the Millennium Development Goals after serving
three Presidents over a period of six years. She was charged, in 2005, with the coordination of the debt relief funds (USD
1 billion per annum) towards the achievement of Millennium Development Goals in Nigeria. Her mandate included designing a
Virtual Poverty Fund with innovative approaches to poverty reduction, budget coordination and monitoring, as well as providing
advice on pertinent issues regarding poverty, public sector reform and sustainable development. Ms. Mohammed served as coordinator
of the Task Force on Gender and Education for the United Nations Millennium Project, from 2002 to 2005. Prior to this, she
served as Founder and Executive Director of Afri-Projects Consortium, a multidisciplinary firm of Engineers and Quantity Surveyors
(1991-2001) and worked with the architectural engineering firm of Archcon Nigeria in association with Norman and Dawbarn UK
(1981-1991). Ms. Mohammed has served on numerous international advisory panels and boards, including the Global Development
Program of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Secretary General’s Global Sustainability Panel, the Hewlett Foundation
on Education, African Women’s Millennium Initiative, the ActionAid International “Right to Education Project”,
the Millennium Promise Initiative, and the Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China. She is a Governor of
the International Development Research Centre in Canada, and currently chairs the Advisory Board of the United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Global Monitoring Report on Education. Ms. Mohammed received the National Honours
Award of the Order of the Federal Republic in 2006 and was inducted in the Nigerian Women’s Hall of Fame in 2007. Ms.
Mohammed has four children.
Haroon MokhtarzadaCEO & FounderFreewebs
Haroon MokhtarzadaCEO & FounderFreewebs
Haroon Mokhtarzada is an entrepreneur
born and raised in the Washington D.C. area. While earning his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland, Haroon
along with his two brothers created and launched Freewebs.com, a free, do-it-yourself website building product. Haroon then
attended Harvard Law School from 2002-2005 while continuing to bootstrap and grow Freewebs with his brothers. After earning
his J.D., Haroon turned down a legal career to become the full-time CEO of Freewebs, and raised $12 million in venture capital
for the company in 2006. Two years later, Freewebs was named in Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 and Fast 500. The site
was later renamed to Webs.com and has had over 50 million websites created on the platform.
In his role as CEO, Haroon
has also led several additional product launches including the creation of the Social Gaming Network (SGN) which was spun
out of Webs in 2008, and Pagemodo.com, a popular social marketing suite for small businesses. Webs was acquired by Vistaprint
in 2011 where Haroon now serves as VP of Digital Products.
Haroon has a passion for technology startups, innovation,
and entrepreneurship. In addition to his role at Vistaprint, he continues to engage with startups as an advisor and angel
investor. Haroon also serves on American Express Open’s Digital Advisory Board and is a member of the United Nations
Foundation Global Entrepreneurs Council.
Bryn MooserCo-FounderRYOT.org Bryn is the co-founder of RYOT.org, the first news website that links every story to an action. He was named one of Esquire Magazine's “2012 Americans of the Year” for his work in Haiti. As Country Director for Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ), Bryn helped build APJ’s
secondary school in Port-au-Prince, which now educates 2,000 Haitian youth per year. APJ is a celebrity-backed organization
providing education for the very poor in Haiti. Before working in Haiti, Bryn served in the Peace Corps in West Africa and
hitchhiked from Bangkok to Berlin. Bryn is also an award-winning film maker. His latest documentary, Rider And The Storm,
premiered in April in NYC, his third consecutive world premiere at TriBeCa Film Festival. Bryn grew up in Los Angeles, New
York City and Zimbabwe and speaks Creole, Mandinka and parts of several other African languages. In his spare time, he plays
bass and saxophone in the London-based band Proud Mary.
Kumi NaidooExecutive DirectorGreenpeace
Kumi NaidooExecutive DirectorGreenpeace International
Dr. Kumi Naidoo is
the Executive Director of Greenpeace International. In addition to leading the organization to critical campaign victories
and augmenting its influence in international political negotiations, Naidoo has been responsible for promoting considerable
growth and activity by Greenpeace in the Global South. He has also been influential in fostering further cooperation between
Greenpeace and many diverse parts of civil society in the fight to avert catastrophic climate change and promote environmental
Born in South Africa, Naidoo became involved in the country’s liberation struggle at the age of 15 and
as a result of his anti-apartheid activities, was expelled from high school. He was very involved in neighbourhood organization,
youth work in his community, and mass mobilizations against the apartheid regime. In 1986, Naidoo was arrested, charged with
violating the state of emergency regulations and was forced underground for almost a year before fleeing to exile in England.
During this time he was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford where he later earned a doctorate in political sociology.
Nelson Mandela’s release in 1990, Naidoo returned to South Africa to work on the legalization of the African National
Congress. During the democratic elections in 1994 he directed the training of all electoral staff in the country and was one
of the official spokespersons of the Independent Electoral Commission.
Naidoo was the founding executive director of
the South African National NGO Coalition (SANGOCO), an umbrella body for the South African NGO community. Moved by the fact
that South Africa has one of the highest rates of violence against women, he also served as convener of the National Men's
March against Violence on Women and Children in 1997.
From 1998 to 2008, Naidoo was the Secretary General of CIVICUS:
World Alliance for Citizen Participation, which is dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society throughout
the world. He was the founding Chair of the Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP) and continues to serve in the role
of global ambassador.
Naidoo also chaired the Partnership for Transparency Fund that supports civil society efforts
to fight corruption globally. He played a key role in proposing and supporting the creation of the civil society index, which
is today a recognised tool to measure the health and impact of civil society. In 2010, Naidoo wrote Boiling Point: Can Citizen
Action Save the World, which gestured towards the possibility of the Arab Spring and the Occupy Movement.
also served as a board member of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), the world's largest gender
justice network. In 2012 he was appointed to the UN Women’s Global Civil Society Advisory Group.
In 2003 he was
appointed by the former Secretary General of the United Nations to the Eminent Persons Panel on UN Civil Society Relations.
He was also invited by the UN Secretary General recently to serve on the MEN ENGAGE Board, which seeks to get men involved
around issues of gender equality and he served as President of the civil society alliance ‘Global Campaign for Climate
Action’ (GCCA) from 2009 to 2012, of which Greenpeace is a founding member. Kumi Naidoo became Executive Director of
Greenpeace International on November 15, 2009.
Republic of Congo
Neema NamadamuActivistDemocratic Republic of Congo Afflicted
by polio since the age of two, Neema grew up in the Eastern Congo, a region ravaged by an epidemic of sexual violence and
war. Today she is an outspoken, tech-savvy woman mobilizing and empowering scores of women, including women with disabilities,
to change the future of her nation. A determined visionary, she is also pushing to establish a national communication network
to better connect rural Congolese people to the world.
Nina NashifCEO & FounderHealthbox
Nina NashifCEO & FounderHealthbox Nina
Nashif is the Founder and CEO of Healthbox. Nina brings 15 years of experience working within entrepreneurship and healthcare management, applying expertise to the
overarching global healthcare ecosystem. As founder and CEO of Healthbox, Nina has been named a 2013 Chicago TechWeek 100
as well as 2013 “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum, an honor awarded to individuals sparking economic
development and change around the world. She also spoke at TEDMED 2013. In 2012, she was also recognized by the Chicago Crain’s as a “40 under 40.” Prior to Healthbox, Nina was on the executive leadership team of Sg2, a private healthcare analytics and consulting
firm where she worked with both the public and private healthcare sectors in more than ten countries around the world. As
part of her position she founded their London office. Her professional experience also includes tenure as a consultant to
the leadership team of the Health Authority Abu Dhabi, Director of Market Development in the International Services Division
of The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas and Co-Founder of a Turkish cotton textile business in New York/Istanbul.
Jenny NicholsonAssociative Creative DirectorMcKinney
Jenny NicholsonAssociative Creative
Jenny joined McKinney in 2004 as a proofreader, but within a year she was creating integrated campaigns
for clients like Sony and Travelocity. Since then, she’s also worked for Sherwin-Williams, Virgin Mobile, CenturyLink,
Nationwide Insurance and GNC. Her work as been featured by Creativity, Communication Arts, Mashable, the FWA, CNN and NPR.
She’s earned accolades from the Effie Awards, the Jay Chiat Awards, the IAB MIXX Awards, the One Show- and was shortlisted
twice at Cannes. She was featured in Creativity’s Creatives to Watch in 2011. And Business Insider ranked Jenny No.
10 on their list of the 25 most creative people in advertising. Jenny co-created SPENT, the online game about living on the
edge of poverty and homelessness. Since its launch in 2011, SPENT has been played over 4 million times in over 213 countries
Nnenna NwakanwaFounderNnenna.org Nnenna Nwakanwa has gained professional experience from the African Development
Bank (AfDB), The Helen Keller Foundation (HKI) The Global Digital Solidarity Fund (DSF), the Diplomacy Institute and the African
Information Society Initiative (AISI). Co-founder of the African Civil Society on the Information Society (ACSIS) and the
Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA), Nnenna has lived in 5 different African countries, speaks 5
different languages, considers herself a global citizen and loves making positive development impact. Founder of NNENNA.ORG,
and Board observer of the Open Source Initiative (OSI), Nnenna is currently the Council Chair of the Free Software and Open
Source Foundation for Africa, and in that position, the convener of the West Africa Internet Governance Forum and one of the
early stakeholders in the upcoming Africa Internet Governance Initiative - AFIGF. She has been working in the domain of ICT4D
for over 10 years with governments, businesses, think tanks, development partners and the civil society.
Victor OchenFounder and HeadAfrican
Youth Initiative Network (AYINET)
Victor OchenFounder and HeadAfrican Youth Initiative Network (AYINET)
Victor was born on 16th September 1981, a second born twin to his peasant parents of Lango ethnic tribe,
from Lira district in northern Uganda. Grew up in his village of Abia, like most of the children there, Victor spent his childhood
in the conflicts. A grassroots activist, a human rights advocate, a globally recognized young man who demonstrated strength
and courage and now one of the success stories of the most resilient young men who took upon his childhood challenges as an
opportunity that reshaped him to bring positive change. In northern Uganda, many horrors have been told of the actions of
the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda; Victor lived them, and chose to stand up for peace when it was not popular. “I
have always told my fellow young people, that the war has been for too long; devastating and we have all experienced the bitter
results. Even if we have pains, we don’t have to be one”.
Instead of picking up a gun to avenge his lost
family members, being paralyzed by grief or feeling hopelessly disadvantaged by the destitution of growing up in the refugee
camp, Victor rose to these challenges and crafted an alternative vision of hope in the face of overwhelming despair. He dropped
out school from Primary 2 and stayed in the refugee camp for 3 years without studying. After a bit of stability, he resumed
schooling and skipped studying both 3rd and 4th grade and went straight to join 5th Grade of his Primary Education. This was
an incredible and very impressive leap, and determined to study his primary education for only 5 years instead of 7 years,
and he surprisingly became a star-student by even scoring the highest grades to join college, and eventually completed the
Undergraduate degree. “I told my mom that I have to study to the next level with every little opportunity, meaning I
can’t repeat a class because it’s not a step forward”
Victor’s motivation is driven by his
most salient qualities of compassion for others and deep sense of empathy. His leadership potentials have taken him to record-height
from his war-ravaged region to the highest echelons of his national government, the African Union, the NATO and the United
Nations. In 2010, during the ICC review conference in Uganda, Victor through his organisation (AYINET) organised the International
War Victims Football Match in Uganda, to mobilise the global support for the victims of war worldwide. The football match
was played Mandela International Stadium, Kampala by the UN Secretary General H.E Ban-Kimoon, Uganda’s President Museveni,
Ambassadors and top dignitaries of the United Nations, alongside war victims brought from Uganda, DRC, West Africa, Darfur
among other “I am glad I rose above my challenging walk of life to my talent. I want to use my energy towards uplifting
other people. It’s my joy to see a sense of calm and felling of hope and dignity restored in the eyes of unusually happy”.
Victor is both a victim of war crimes and an inspirational leader who brings hope for a more peaceful and vibrant future
for not only Uganda, but Africa. A victor against all odds, Victor overcame many painful childhood challenges to become one
of Africa’s foremost dynamic visionary youth leaders. In 2011, after years of great community works supporting the victims
of war, his distinguished work was identified by the United Nations, and was nominated for Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu’s
African Young Leaders award.
From deep in Abia, Lira district, one of the most conflict-shattered communities of northern
Uganda, a young man who never wore shoes until he was 14years. The son, who suffered from malnutrition, grew up eating one-meal-a
day and for several years. Having suffered and survived from tropical disease and outbreaks ranging from meningitis, malaria
and Kwashiorkor among others. Today, he is recognized and awarded the Most Prestigious Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu’s Award,
a recognition given to only select Young African leader who have demonstrated leadership for community transformation.
Working with the Victims
Victor is the founder and the head of the African Youth Initiative Network (AYINET), an
independent National NGO in Uganda, that has since 2005, has been working in the conflict affected northern Uganda, with specific
focus on addressing the harmful effects of armed violence, by empowering victims and survivors to manage conflict and prevent
future violence, as well as promotes solidarity for healing, stability and development. The specific areas have been Provision
of Rehabilitation as a Form of Remedy for War Victims – Delivering Justice for the War Wounded (physically and emotionally).
The approaches seeks to improve the health, living conditions and human rights of people who are victims of serious crimes
of international and national law that suffer physical and mental injury as a result of those violations and abuses, and who
are in critical need of medical and psychosocial support. It’s victim-centered and victim-responsive.
and Empowering Youth as Leaders, Youth at Risk and Youth as Game Changers. This seeks to promote responsible and effective
youth leadership to build cultures of peace, tolerance and human rights in Uganda. It involves the youth-specific approaches
to post-war reconciliation, conflict transformation and peacebuilding programs; designed to help the bright, resilient young
people from extremely challenging backgrounds to develop into compassionate, innovative problem-solvers. Strengthening youth
organizations as bridge-builders (across borders, ethnic barriers, cultures or social classes) within communities.
is often heard saying, “what has happened in northern Uganda over the last 20 years is shocking and unbelievable, but
it has happened”, and at AYINET, we strongly believes that for a sustainable peace to happen, human physical and emotional
pains must be controlled. Our mission now is to help rebuild the Communities with Credible Leadership that Represent the Culture
of Human Rights. AYINET is now the leading organisation in northern Uganda, engaging and working together with the communities
affected by the war to deliver lifesaving health assistances and help to promote tolerance, support the family of the missing/enforced
disappearance people, work towards national reconciliation and peacebuilding.
Today, together with my team we work
with the communities affected by the war. “I meet and hold in-depth discussions with victims and these help me to help
them help themselves. The feelings of these wars are painfully burning to those people directly and indirectly and hurt by
this war. One young girl described her parents and others being killed, cooked and other abductees were forced to eat their
bodies. She told me: “Every time I try cooking using the pot, I see my parents inside the pot.” She has wept too
bitterly and suffered too much, and it’s sad to witness many people like her whose situation only worsens without assistance.
It haunts me that I have been unable to help only few thousand people like this young girl escape circumstances that leave
It has been and will continue to be a tremendous honor and privilege to lead and be part of AYINET
since its founding in 2005. AYINET the team of the most dedicated young people; nearly all of them are direct war victims
who grew up in the IDP camps. Even though they struggled growing up amidst conflicts, their sufferings didn’t crush
them completely. They have instead demonstrated unmatched strengths; more inspired and now joined hands with courage, compassion
and determination to rebuild their communities and lives.
My most trying moment was 5 years since my brother as abducted
and he has never been seen again, in one moment during an interview with a formerly abducted child. I discovered that this
person was one of the ex-combatants commanded by General Otti Vincent to tie up my brother during his abduction. To date,
he doesn’t know that it was my brother who he was talking about to me. I felt tortured, but I never told him and never
will, and not even any one from my family will get to know him. It was very hard for me to concede this, but I feel that this
ex-combatant is innocent since he was forced to do that.
On whether or not to forgive the LRA: It’s very difficult
to forgive those who abducted and are keeping your family member, and those who continue to rape and kill the innocent people.
The victims are in quivering anger against the LRA, and people should do all it takes to free those children in captivity.
Bring them back home, their families always have sleepless nights imagining what life they are living in the jungle.
a history defined by courage, compassion and determination, a confirmation that all odds are gone; all are yesterdays and
I have tried to live a life driven by worthy causes. I repeatedly asked myself when I was a little boy living in the refugee
camp that “What would I do differently if I had a chance to be a leader, hero, and champion the next time” These
are many of the questions so many of my friends and even younger generations who are working tirelessly for the same cause
do ask every day. The answer is; we all have desire and wish to achieve our legitimate needs and deepest desire for the good
of humanity. Fully aware about the series of conflicts in Uganda have created a huge sense of alienations, the biggest task
ahead is engaging the victims and survivors of conflict in all the processes. I will continue to meaningfully engage as a
civil society leader on the continent, and work towards helping others move beyond seeing justice as only the prosecution
of key perpetrators, and to understand that social justice, in part, means attention, remedy, redress and care to victims
who continue to suffer from multiple forms of injustices.
Our post conflict recovery programme seeks for the future
of peace, justice and reconciliation in Uganda, with specific focuses on responding to the generational impact of conflicts;
especially by addressing the enduring legacies of past injustices. AYINET will continue to actively participate or even take
lead in conducting initiatives intended to prevent, to heal and to provide a new hope for the future; a move that will create
new horizons for sustainable peace and justice, not only in Uganda but a model for Africa at large, and other parts of the
world who continues to endures violent conflicts.
Jacob ParkPrincipal Sustainability AdvisorForum for the Future
Jacob ParkPrincipal Sustainability
AdvisorForum for the Future Jacob Park is a futurist with a focus on using scenario thinking to help people imagine more sustainable
futures--and to design collaborative and mindful strategies to achieve them. The first part of his career was spent engaged
in international human rights advocacy at various NGOs in New York, including Human Rights First and the Center for Economic
and Social Rights. He also has a passion for using storytelling and social media to effect positive change, and has developed
strategy and engagement campaigns for a variety of US-based social enterprises and progressive causes. Jacob has an MBA in
Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School and a BA in French Cultural History from the University of Chicago.
Mariane PearlManaging EditorChime
Mariane PearlManaging EditorChime for Change
Mariane Pearl is an award winning journalist and writer who works in French, English and Spanish.
is currently the managing editor of Chime for Change global journalism platform focusing on Women and Girls launching on March
8th 2013 in partnership with the International Herald Tribune (Global edition of the New York Times) and the Thomson Reuters
Foundation. Mariane Pearl is also a contributor to publications such as The New York Times, The Sunday Times, the Conde Nast
traveler, Self Magazine and more. She has served a s a jury in several events such as The Gucci Tribecca Fund, the Internews
Human Rights Award, the Women of the Year award and others. She is also a member of several Advisory Boards such as Reuter’s
Trust Law Women. A prolific public speake, Mariane has delivered speeches and conferences worldwide in multiple venues ranging
from Universities to the prestigious Radio City Hall in New York with more than 8000 people in attendance. Her topics cover
women issues and women empowerment, journalism, humanism, global citizenship and geopolitics. She also teaches advanced journalism
workshop for the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
Mariane was five months pregnant when her husband, The Wall Street Journal
reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and brutally murdered by a militant Islamic fundamentalist group in Pakistan in 2002.
Determined not to be broken, she wrote A Mighty Heart: The Brave Life and Death of My Husband Daniel Pearl (Scribner) . First
published in the United States in 2003, Mariane’s memoir celebrating the values of humanism and dignity is a detailed
account of the investigation led in Pakistan to rescue her husband. The book won international praise and was translated into
15 languages. In 2007, it was released as a major feature movie starring Angelina Jolie in the role of Mariane Pearl.
Her second book “In search of hope” (Powerhouse) is a collection of profiles of extraordinary women around
the world. The column first appeared in Glamour magazine, the largest circulation woman magazine in the world. Those “Global
Diaries” feature women from Cambodia, Cuba, Liberia, Mexico, Turkey, Colombia, Porto Rico, Uganda, Senegal, Italy, France,
the US, Russia, the North Pole and more. They are focused on women who are role models in the way they used their own lives
to transform their environment. She is the recipient of the National Headliners award for magazine writing, the Time Warner
women award, the Woman of the year award, The White House project award, the AWRT (American Women in Radio and Television)
award, the Internews award for excellence in international reporting, the Vital Voices award,, El Mundo editorial award in
Spain, the Prix “Vérité” in France for excellence in non fiction writing.
Her earlier work
includes the televised documentary series "The Gene Jungle" filmed in Israel, France and the US, covering the sensitive
issues surrounding the application of genetic technology to contemporary challenges. The second report in this series, won
the prestigious Science and Society Award at the International Festival of Scientific Film, held in Canada. In Paris, Mariane
covered immigration and identity issues, using her daily radio program that she developed, produced and hosted for Radio France
International to explore issues of society, identity and politics. The successful program helped sharpen her conviction that
journalism has the power to cross cultural boundaries and encourage dialogue among people.
Bea PerezChief Sustainability Officer The
Bea PerezChief Sustainability Officer
The Coca-Cola Company
Bea Perez is Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) of The Coca-Cola Company. She is accountable for generating
and driving a global sustainability strategy that’s focused on growing Coca-Cola’s business as they enhance personal
well-being, build strong communities, and protect the environment. Prior to becoming the Company’s first CSO, Bea served
as the Chief Marketing Officer for the Company’s North American Division.
Bea started at The Coca-Cola Company
as an Associate Brand Manager in 1996 and has earned increasing levels of leadership responsibility since then. Along the
way, she led Integrated Marketing for Coca-Cola North America and helped bring brands to life with consumers through strategic
partnerships with NASCAR, PGA, U.S. Olympic Committee, NBA, LeBron James, American Idol, the OSCARS, Ryan Seacrest and others.
Bea developed the Company’s award-winning Motorsports marketing platform, which launched Coca-Cola as the Official Soft
Drink of NASCAR, and created the Coca-Cola Racing Family. She also created the Coke Digital Network, an innovation in consumer
Bea is a member of the American Advertising Hall of Achievement and the Sport’s Business Journal’s
Hall of Fame. Among other honors, she earned an Industry Career Achiever award by the American Advertising Federation’s
Mosaic Center and was awarded with the Larry King Cardiac Foundation’s Gerald S. Snyder Heart Award. She also was named
one of Sports Business Journal’s "Top 25 Women in Business."
Bea sits on the boards of Children’s
Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation, The Victory Junction Gang Camps founded by Kyle and Pattie Petty, the United Service Organizations
(USO) and HSBC North America Holdings, Inc.
Bea lives in Atlanta and spends her free time outdoors with her family.
Robyn PetersonChief Technology Officer Mashable
Robyn PetersonChief Technology Officer
Mashable Robyn Peterson is chief technology officer of Mashable. He oversees
product strategy and the technical direction of Mashable. Robyn joined Mashable in May 2011 as senior vice president
of product. Before joining Mashable, Robyn was head of product at Next Issue Media. His previous roles include vice
president of technology and product at NBC Universal, senior vice president of product management and CTO at Ziff Davis Media,
and director of operations at Juno. He’s been instrumental in launching some of the most interesting media products
of the past 10 years. Robyn received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and his master’s
degree in computer science from New York University. Robyn is an advisory board member for Parse.ly Inc. He successfully scaled Mount Kilimanjaro, despite almost falling off, twice.
Maranda PleasantFounder and EditorORIGIN
Maranda PleasantFounder and EditorORIGIN Magazine Maranda
Pleasant is the Founder/Editor of ORIGIN Magazine, a top selling national conscious culture publication, bringing important humanitarian and environmental conversations to
the main stream. Maranda's vision is more than a magazine, it's a movement. She has launched creative initiatives and programs
to bring more than 250,000 people together across the nation, making an impact for social good, empowering women, educating
on climate change and endangered species and substantially transforming the way publishing can be a tool for change. She created
a concept for a generation of leaders, a point for progressive and optimistic ideas for the world we live in to come together.
ORIGIN is a place where art and conscious living merges with humanitarianism, innovative sustainable initiatives and business
with a conscious. She of the host of new ORIGIN ECO Television Series airing early next year.
Paul Polman has been Chief Executive Officer since 1st January 2009. Under
his leadership Unilever has set out an ambitious vision to double its size while reducing its overall environmental footprint
and increasing its positive social impact.
Paul is Vice-Chairman (and the next Chairman) of the World Business Council
for Sustainable Development, a member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum and serves on the
Board of the UN Global Compact. He is on the Board of the Consumer Goods Forum and is a Director of the Swiss American Chamber
of Commerce. Last year, he was invited to serve on the United Nations Secretary General’s High Level Panel on the Post
2015 Development Agenda, and previously acted as co-chairman of the B20 group of companies reporting to the G20 on Food Security.
He is also a member of the European Resource Efficiency Platform Working Group chaired by Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik.
Since 2010, Paul has been a non-executive director of the Dow Chemical Company.
In recognition of his contribution
to responsible business, in 2012 Paul received the Atlantic Council Award for Distinguished Business Leadership and the CK
Prahalad Award for Global Sustainability Leadership.
Paul began his career at Procter & Gamble in 1979, holding
many senior executive positions, including Group President of Europe. He moved to Nestle in 2005, where he was the Chief Financial
Officer and Executive Vice President for the Americas.
He earned a BBA/BA from the University of Groningen, Netherlands,
in 1977 and an MA Economics and MBA finance/international marketing from the University of Cincinnati in 1979. He has been
awarded honorary degrees from the Universities of Northumbria, Newcastle, UK, in 2000 and the University of Cincinnati, USA,
Married with three children, Paul is Chairman of Perkins School for the Blind International Advisory Board
and serves as President of the Kilimanjaro Blind Trust.
Samantha PowerU.S. Permanent Representative to the United
Samantha PowerU.S. Permanent Representative
to the United Nations
Samantha Power is the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and a member of President Obama’s Cabinet.
At the United Nations, Ambassador Power works to advance U.S. interests, promote and defend universal values, and address
pressing global challenges to global peace, security, and prosperity.
Prior to serving as U.S. Permanent Representative
to the United Nations, Ambassador Power served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Multilateral
Affairs and Human Rights on the National Security Staff at the White House. In this role she focused on issues including UN
reform; LGBT and women’s rights; the promotion of religious freedom and the protection of religious minorities; human
trafficking; and democracy and human rights.
Before joining the U.S. government, Ambassador Power was the Anna Lindh
Professor of the Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government,
teaching courses on U.S. foreign policy, human rights, and UN reform. She was also the founding executive director of the
Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.
Ambassador Power is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “A Problem from
Hell”: America and the Age of Genocide (2002) and Chasing the Flame: Sergio Viera de Mello and the Fight to Save the
World (2008), the basis for the award-winning HBO documentary, “Sergio.” She is also the recent co-editor of The
Unquiet American: Richard Holbrooke in the World (2011). Ambassador Power began her career as a journalist, reporting from
places such as Bosnia, East Timor, Kosovo, Rwanda, Sudan, and Zimbabwe, and contributed regularly to The Atlantic Monthly,
The New Republic, the New York Review of Books, and The New Yorker Magazine.
Ambassador Power immigrated to the United
States from Ireland at the age of nine. She graduated from Lakeside High School in Atlanta, Georgia and received a B.A. from
Yale University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She is married to Cass Sunstein, with whom she has two young children.
John PrendergastCo-founderThe Enough Project John Prendergast is a human rights activist and best-selling author who
has worked for peace in Africa for over 25 years. He is the co-founder of the Enough Project, an initiative to end genocide
and crimes against humanity affiliated with the Center for American Progress, and he also co-founded the Satellite Sentinel
Project with George Clooney. John has authored ten books on Africa, including two with Don Cheadle. He has been a Big Brother
in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program for over 25 years, as well as a youth counselor and a basketball coach.
Phil RadfordExecutive DirectorGreenpeace
Phil RadfordExecutive DirectorGreenpeace
As the Executive Director of Greenpeace, Phil Radford is at the helm of one of the largest and most influential
environmental organizations in the country. Phil leads a national team of 500 highly-skilled environmental leaders working
in 23 cities across the U.S. on national and global campaigns to protect our planet’s oceans, forests, and climate.
Phil began his environmental career as a student organizing to shut down incinerators on the West Side of Chicago. Phil
spent the next five years running door to door fundraising and campaign offices for PIRG, the Sierra Club, and the Human Rights
Campaign. With his roots in local organizing and fundraising, Radford has always specialized in mobilizing people to raise
their voices for the right to clean air, clean water, and a healthy planet for our children.
Prior to taking on his
current role, Phil worked as Greenpeace’s Grassroots and National Canvass Director for six years. During that period,
Phil’s team doubled the budget of Greenpeace in the U.S., quadrupled its staff, launched a national student organizing
program, and created an online to offline mobilization program.
Over the past decade, Phil has managed several high-impact,
national campaigns on global warming, including Global Warming 2000, which convinced Senator McCain to take leadership on
global warming; The Global Climate Coalition Campaign, where he managed the national field work that forced Ford, GM, Texaco,
and other companies to stop funding the Global Climate Coalition, the industry front-group funding global warming skeptics;
persuading Citigroup to increase investments in clean energy; and working with over a dozen communities to make significant
investments in clean energy.
Phil is a regular contributor to Huffington Post and has appeared on CNN, Fox News, NBC,
and ABC News.
Phil has a degree from Washington University in St. Louis, and a certificate in Non-profit Management
from Georgetown University.
Ramya RaghavanHead of Politics and CausesGoogle+
Ramya RaghavanHead of Politics and
Raghavan is the Head of Politics and Causes for Google+. In her role, she leads partnerships and programming with politicians,
nonprofit organizations, and activists. In 2013, she developed Fireside Hangouts, a series of Hangouts with President Obama,
Vice-President Biden and First Lady Michelle Obama, as well as the first-ever Hangout with Secretary of State John Kerry.
Prior to Google+, she managed political and nonprofit programming and partnerships at YouTube, including the development of
the YouTube Nonprofit Program, which offers premium products features to nonprofit organizations, and the creation of YouTube's
2012 Election Hub. In December 2012, she was named one of Forbes Magazine's "30 Under 30" for her work at the intersection
of politics, media and activism.
Zeenat RahmanSpecial Adviser to Secretary Kerry for Global
Youth IssuesU.S. Department of State
Zeenat RahmanSpecial Adviser to
Secretary Kerry for Global Youth IssuesU.S. Department of State
Zeenat Rahman serves as Secretary Kerry’s Special Adviser on Global Youth Issues and Director of the Office
of Global Youth Issues (J/GYI). Under her leadership, the office operates as a nexus between policy and practice, incorporating
youth voices into critical debates that help shape global affairs. Through a variety of mechanisms, including private sector
partnerships, and cooperation with an extensive network of over 50 Youth Councils worldwide, the office amplifies youth issues
and supports youth-driven solutions to many of the world’s most pressing problems.
The Office of Global Youth
Issues has three primary objectives: (1) empowering young people as economic and civic actors through U.S. programs and policies,
(2) encouraging governments to respond to youth issues through U.S. diplomacy, and (3) directly connecting with young people
around the world to inspire positive change.
Prior to this appointment, Special Adviser Rahman served as Acting Director
of the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the United States Agency for International Development. In
this role, she led external engagement efforts with various faith based and community organizations to build support for USAID
priorities. These priorities included President Barack Obama's Feed the Future food security initiative,
Child Survival Campaign, and efforts to address the drought and famine in the Horn of Africa (2011). She also worked closely
with the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships to expand partnerships with faith-based and nonprofit
groups around the United States.
Prior to her government service, she was Director of Policy at the Interfaith Youth
Core, where she worked closely with the White House and various federal agencies in order to advance programs related to youth,
religious identity, interreligious engagement and interfaith service. During her career, she has built and managed international
youth programs in over a dozen countries, traveling abroad frequently to speak about the importance of youth leadership in
promoting civic engagement and harmony between diverse communities.
Special Adviser Rahman is a term member of the
Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the British Council’s Transatlantic Network 2020, and a Truman National Security
Fellow. She received a Master’s degree in Middle East Studies from the University of Chicago, where her thesis work
focused on youth religious identity in the 21st century. She received a BA in Psychology from the University of Illinois.
Robin RajFounder & Executive Creative DirectorCitizen Group
Robin RajFounder & Executive
Creative DirectorCitizen Group As an award-winning creative director and copywriter, Robin has contributed to some of the world’s
best-known brands and organizations for more than three decades. Today, Robin is putting his energies towards building “citizen
brands” and developing pro-social campaigns and initiatives working with clients such as Amnesty International, Cisco
WebEx, Major League Baseball, Pabst Brewing, Rock the Vote, NRDC, USA Network, United Nations, Wal-Mart (sustainability initiative),
and WWF Climate Savers. He is perhaps best known as creator of the “Imagine” and “Instant Karma” campaigns
for Amnesty International, based on the songs of John Lennon which ran in more than 65 countries, and his work at Chiat/Day
in the 1980s, where he created the NYNEX Yellow Pages "Human Cartoons" campaign, voted one of Adweek’s 25
Greatest Ad Campaigns. Robin previously co-founded Collaborate, where he led the development of integrated campaigns for Gore-Tex,
Logitech, Philadelphia Eagles, Sierra Club, and Seagate, and before that, DAWG (Digital Artists & Writers Group), a creative
boutique where he produced work for Coca-Cola, Citibank, Microsoft, General Motors, Guinness Brewing Company, Mastercard,
PBS, and Virgin Records. He began his career at Hal Riney & Partners and Foote Cone Belding/SF, creating campaigns for
AT&T, Blitz-Weinhard Brewery, Levi’s, Coors, Gallo, and VISA. In 1990, Robin was named to AdWeek's Creative All-Stars
Renewable Energy Institute
Sally RanneyPresidentAmerican Renewable Energy Institute
is President of the American Renewable Energy Institute (AREI), Co-Director of the international Women’s Earth and Climate
Initiative, CEO of Stillwater Preservation, LLC, a wetlands mitigation banking company, founder/President of Rising Wolf Int'l,
and co-founder/Anchor of A Matter of Degree, an internet interview program specializing in climate change addressing a variety
of topics ranging from business and renewable energy, to food security systems, climate politics and weather.
30 years experience in the public/private sectors in biodiversity, energy, water, wildlife, climate change and public land
policy, Ranney’s achievements include developing 'Corridors of Life', the first, large GIS satellite land-mapping program
undertaken by an NGO in the U.S. She founded American Wildlands, was appointed by President Reagan to the Commission on American
Outdoors, serves on the BOD of the Gallmann African Conservancy (US/Kenya) and chairs the eraGlobal Alliance. She is a Patron
of Nature of IUCN, serves on the Global Advisory Committee of Women & the Green Economy (WAGE) and the advisory board
of Round Rock Partners, LLC. She is a board member of Climate Mitigation Services, LLC, and was a member of the Natural Resource
& Agricultural Policy Advisory Board, Colorado State University and The Natural Step. The recipient of several awards,
including the Horace Albright Award and the International Conservation Award, she was selected to be a TED speaker at TEDx
Denver and featured at the Biannual of the Americas conference in 2011. Sally is an author and lecturer, spending some of
her time living off the grid in Patagonia, Argentina.
Andreas RaptopoulosFounder and CEOMatternet
Andreas RaptopoulosFounder and CEOMatternet Andreas Raptopoulos is the founder and CEO of Matternet, a Silicon Valley
startup building networks of flying drones to carry essential goods to otherwise inaccessible areas. Matternet uses lightweight,
electric unmanned flying vehicles capable of carrying 2kg packages between low cost ground stations. Matternet networks will
be set up in places with poor road infrastructure in the developing world to enable the delivery of vaccines, medicine or
diagnostics; in places affected by natural disasters for first response; and in congested cities in the developing, emerging
and eventually the developed world for transportation of small goods.
An architect and engineer by training, Carlo Ratti practices in Italy and teaches at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, where he directs the Senseable City Lab. He graduated from the Politecnico di Torino and the École
Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris, and later earned his MPhil and PhD at the University of Cambridge, UK. Carlo
holds several patents and has co-authored over 250 publications. As well as being a regular contributor to the architecture
magazine Domus and the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, he has written for the BBC, La Stampa, Scientific American and The
New York Times. His work has been exhibited worldwide at venues such as the Venice Biennale, the Design Museum Barcelona,
the Science Museum in London, GAFTA in San Francisco and The Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Carlo has been featured
in Esquire Magazine’s ‘2008 Best & Brightest’ list and in Thames&Hudson’s selection of ‘60
innovators’ shaping our creative future. In 2010 Blueprint Magazine included him as one of the ‘25 People Who
Will Change the World of Design’, Forbes listed him as one of the ‘Names You Need To Know’ in 2011 and Fast
Company named him as one of the ’50 Most Influential Designers in America’. He was also featured in Wired Magazine’s
‘Smart List 2012: 50 people who will change the world’. His Digital Water Pavilion at the 2008 World Expo was
hailed by Time Magazine as one of the ‘Best Inventions of the Year’. In 2012 Carlo was selected with his design
office as one of the top three young architects for the ’Premio Fondazione Renzo Piano’.
Carlo has been
a presenter at TED 2011, program director at the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow, curator of
the 2012 BMW Guggenheim Pavilion in Berlin, and was named Inaugural Innovator in Residence by the Queensland Government. The
Italian Minister of Culture also named Carlo as a member of the Italian Design Council - an advisory board to the Italian
Government that includes 25 leaders of design in Italy. He is currently serving as a member of the World Economic Forum Global
Agenda Council for Urban Management and is a curator for the Future Food District Pavilion for Expo 2015 in Milan.
Chevenee ReavisDirector of Strategic InitiativesWater.org
Chevenee ReavisDirector of Strategic
InitiativesWater.org Chevenee Reavis came to Water.org in 2010
to accelerate the impact of the organization and solutions in the water and sanitation sector through new types of collaboration
In her role she leads Water.org’s global advocacy efforts and New Venture Initiative,
an internal incubator designed to foster a supportive culture of innovation within the organization and realize new opportunities
that enable Water.org to achieve its vision of universal access to safe water and basic sanitation. The fund enables Water.org
to invest in innovation capacity; surface and pilot new models to the point where they would be ready for greater scaling;
expand existing initiatives into new geographies and through new channels; and convene new partnerships.
Water.org’s global advocacy efforts, Water.org’s public affairs team focuses on connecting the organization’s
direct impact with its mission to catalyze new forms of participation in solving the global water and sanitation crisis.
She has more than a decade of experience advancing the impact of leading foundations, government agencies, Fortune 500
corporations, and nonprofit organizations by creating momentum around important challenges, raising funds for complex causes,
and driving organizational innovation. Her public and private sector experience have included work with ACCION International’s
Center for Financial Inclusion, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Global Health Council, Management
Sciences for Health, Pfizer, Inc., Starbucks Coffee Company, State Street Bank, and Unitus (including the 501(c)3), Unitus
Capital, and the former Unitus Equity Fund, now Elevar, LLC). Chevenee provides pro bono strategy consulting to nonprofit
organizations and has been tapped to publish a variety of papers and resources for organizations including the Hauser Center
for Nonprofit Management at Harvard University and the International SEEP Network for Microenterprise Development.
Emerson College alum, she currently resides in Washington, D.C. with her family.
Maria A. RessaCEO & FounderRappler.com
Maria A. RessaCEO & FounderRappler.com Maria
A. Ressa is the founder and CEO of Rappler.com. Her most recent book FROM BIN LADEN TO FACEBOOK: 10 Days of Abduction, 10 Years of Terrorism maps how terrorism spreads through physical and virtual worlds. A journalist for nearly 3 decades, Maria spent nearly 20
years running CNN's SEAsian operations, reporting on tumultuous political, social and economic events. After that, she ran
the Philippines' largest multi-platform news operations for 6 years. She believes harnessing social networks in the country
ComScore called "the social media capital of the world" can build institutions bottom up.
Judith Rodin, Ph.D.PresidentThe
Judith Rodin, Ph.D.PresidentThe Rockefeller Foundation
Judith Rodin is the president of the Rockefeller Foundation, one of the world’s leading philanthropic
organizations. Prior to the Rockefeller Foundation, she was the president of the University of Pennsylvania, and provost of
Yale University. She was the first woman named to lead an Ivy League Institution and is the first woman to serve as the Rockefeller
Foundation's president in its nearly 100-year history. Since joining the Foundation in 2005, Dr. Rodin has recalibrated its
focus to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Today the Foundation supports and shapes innovations to strengthen resilience
to risks and ensure that more people have access to the benefits of globalization. Dr. Rodin is the author of more than 200
academic articles and has written or co-written 12 books and has received 18 honorary degrees and serves as a member of the
board for several leading corporations and non-profits including AMR Corporation, Citigroup, Comcast and the White House Council
for Community Solutions. Dr. Rodin also served as Co-Chair of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s NYS 2100 Commission.
Dr. Rodin is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and earned her Ph D. in Psychology from Columbia University.
Anthony RomeroExecutive DirectorAmerican
Civil Liberties Union
Anthony RomeroExecutive DirectorAmerican Civil Liberties Union
Anthony D. Romero
is the Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union, the nation's premier defender of liberty and individual freedom.
He took the helm of the organization just seven days before the September 11, 2001 attacks. Shortly afterward, the ACLU launched
its national Keep America Safe and Free campaign to protect basic freedoms during a time of crisis, achieving court victories
on the Patriot Act, uncovering thousands of pages of documents detailing the torture and abuse of detainees in U.S. custody,
and filing the first successful legal challenge to the Bush administration's illegal NSA spying program. Romero also led the
ACLU in establishing the John Adams Project, a joint effort with the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers to assist
the under-resourced military defense lawyers in the Guantánamo military commissions.
Romero has also led the
ACLU in its unique legal challenge to the patents held by a private company on the human genes associated with breast and
ovarian cancer; in its landmark lawsuit challenging Arizona’s anti-immigrant law that invites law enforcement to engage
in racial profiling; and in its ongoing campaign to end mass incarceration, which has achieved significant victories, including
the 2010 passage of the federal Fair Sentencing Act and the implementation of less punitive, evidence-based criminal justice
reforms in several states.
An attorney with a history of public-interest activism, Romero has presided over the most
successful membership growth in the ACLU's history and a large increase in national and affiliate staff. This extraordinary
growth has allowed the ACLU to expand its nationwide litigation, lobbying and public education efforts, including new initiatives
focused on human rights, racial justice, religious freedom, technology and privacy, reproductive freedom, criminal law reform
and LGBT rights. In 2010, the ACLU completed the largest fundraising campaign on behalf of civil rights and civil liberties
in American history. “Leading Freedom Forward: The ACLU Campaign for the Future,” along with the ongoing Strategic
Affiliate Initiative, launched an unprecedented effort to build the organization's infrastructure by increasing funding to
key state affiliates, enhancing advocacy capabilities nationwide and securing the ACLU's financial future.
the ACLU's sixth executive director, and the first Latino and openly gay man to serve in that capacity. In 2005, Romero was
named one of Time Magazine's 25 Most Influential Hispanics in America, and has received dozens of public service awards and
an honorary doctorate from the City University of New York School of Law.
In 2007, Romero and co-author and NPR correspondent
Dina Temple-Raston published “In Defense of Our America: The Fight for Civil Liberties in the Age of Terror,”
a book that takes a critical look at civil liberties in this country at a time when constitutional freedoms are in peril.
Born in New York City to parents who hailed from Puerto Rico, Romero was the first in his family to graduate from high
school. He is a graduate of Stanford University Law School and Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy
and International Affairs. He is a member of the New York Bar Association and has sat on numerous nonprofit boards.
Joseph RommFounding Editor
Joseph RommFounding Editor ClimateProgress.org
Joe Romm, Ph.D. is the Founding Editor of ClimateProgress.org, which New York Times columnist Tom Friedman
called "the indispensable blog" and Time magazine named one of the 25 "Best Blogs of 2010." In 2009, Rolling
Stone put Romm #88 on its list of 100 "people who are reinventing America." Time named him a "Hero of the Environment″
and “The Web’s most influential climate-change blogger."
Romm is the Chief Science Editor for the
Showtime TV series, "Years of Living Dangerously," which is being produced by James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger,
Jerry Weintraub, and 3 former 60 Minutes producers who have a combined 18 Emmys. This 6-part series on the biggest story of
our time is set to air starting April 2014.
Romm is the author of eight books, most of which focus on clean energy
and climate change. His latest book is "Language Intelligence: Lessons on Persuasion from Jesus, Shakespeare, Lincoln
and Lady Gaga." Van Jones of CNN’s “Crossfire” has said, “This book changed my life, and it can
change yours, too. Joe Romm understands the secrets of persuasion and messaging and he has distilled them into this must-read
Romm was Acting Assistant Secretary of Energy for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in 1997, where
he oversaw $1 billion in R&D, demonstration, and deployment of low-carbon technology. He has written for the New York
Times, Foreign Affairs, Science, Nature, Scientific American, and the Atlantic Monthly. Romm is a Senior Fellow at American
Progress Action Fund and holds a Ph.D. in physics from MIT.
Michael RothPresidentWesleyan As
President of Wesleyan University, Michael S. Roth has increased grant support for students who receive financial aid and overseen
the launch of the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, the Shapiro Creative Writing Center, the multidisciplinary
College of the Environment, and most recently, the College of Film and the Moving Image. Author and curator (most notably
of the exhibition “Sigmund Freud: Conflict and Culture,” which opened at the Library of Congress in 1998), Roth
describes his scholarly interests as centered on “how people make sense of the past.” His fifth book, Memory,
Trauma and History: Essays on Living with the Past was published last year by Columbia University Press, and his book Beyond
the University: Why Liberal Education Matters (Yale University Press) is coming out in the spring. He continues to publish
essays, book reviews, and commentaries in a wide variety of venues, including national newspapers, scholarly journals, and
the Huffington Post. He also teaches at Wesleyan, and his course “The Modern and the Postmodern” is currently
being offered (for the second time) as a MOOC on Coursera.
Liba RubensteinDirector of OutreachTumblr
Liba RubensteinDirector of OutreachTumblr Liba Wenig Rubenstein works at the intersection of mass and social media,
cause marketing, civic innovation, environmental sustainability, online activism, and triple bottom line business strategies.
At Tumblr she leads partnerships, programming, and outreach for causes & politics. Previously, Liba ran environmental
sustainability at News Corporation, including the strategy to achieve carbon neutrality across the organization’s global
operations - which spanned 100 companies on five continents. She also founded the Impact Channel for social and civic engagement
at Myspace and managed its Public Affairs team, launching groundbreaking initiatives around climate change, Darfur, social
fundraising, and the 2008 US Presidential election. She serves as a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council
on Sustainable Consumption, board member of the civic engagement organization The Bus Federation, mentor at startup accelerator
Launchpad LA, and advisor to non-profits Why Tuesday? and Invisible Children. Born and bred in Brooklyn, NY, and a graduate
of Yale University, Liba now resides in in Los Angeles with her husband and their cockapoo named Henry.
Teddy RugeCofounderProject Diaspora
I am a cofounder at Hive Colab,
Uganda’s first technology incubator and co-working space. We provide a really cool co-working and incubation space in
I started UMPG, ltd., an agricultural value-added exporter in my hometown of Masindi, Uganda. Why?
Because Africa’s agricultural sector, shouldn’t stop at raw materials export. Value-added exports ensure that
farmers are paid better.
In 2010, I launched Villages in Action, the first social media powered, live-streamed conference
from a village to mark the 10thanniversary of the Millennium Development Goals.
In 2011, I was awarded the White House
Champion of Changeaward (very proud of this one!) for the work that I do to bring change to my East African community.
As a technology enthusiast, I write and speak extensively about Africa’s current renaissance driven by technology,
youth and the Diaspora. I am a frequent contributor to several online publications including CNN, Globe and Mail, Wall Street
Journal, The Guardian and I am the host of the Digital Continent Podcast on iTunes.
I was born in Masindi, Uganda and
grew up in Uganda, Kenya and the United States. I am married to an amazing woman and living in Canada and the US.
Douglas RushkoffAuthor Douglas Rushkoff is the author of Present Shock: When Everything Happens
Now, as well as a dozen other bestselling books on media, technology, and culture, including Program or Be Programmed, Media
Virus, Life Inc and the novel Ecstasy Club. He wrote the graphic novels Testament and A.D.D., and made the television documentaries
Merchants of Cool, The Persuaders, and Digital Nation. He lives in New York, and lectures about media, society, and economics
around the world.
Jason RzepkaSenior Vice President, Public AffairsMTV
Jason RzepkaSenior Vice President,
is senior vice president of public affairs at MTV, the #1 global youth brand. His charge, quite simply, is to use MTV’s
superpowers for good. Jason does this by marshaling the network’s forces to engage and activate America’s youth
on the biggest challenges facing their generation. He is responsible for the strategic direction of all of MTV’s “pro-social”
campaigns, including the boundary-shattering, Peabody-winning “It’s Your (Sex) Life,” with the Kaiser Family
Foundation, which has reached over 200 million young people on sexual health issues; Webby-winning “A Thin Line,”
which has inspired over 1.5 million young people to draw their own line between digital use and digital abuse; “Power
of 12,” which helped unleash the exponential power of young voters in the 2012 elections; and many more.
regularly serves as an expert resource on issues including youth mobilization, social media for social change, engaging young
people in the electoral process, cyberbullying, sexual health and more. He’s been a featured speaker at the White House,
United Nations, U.S. Capitol, State Department, International AIDS Conference, TEDxPresidio, South by Southwest Interactive,
Harvard’s Kennedy School, National Conference on Volunteering and Service, and YPulse Youth Marketing Mashup. Jason
has also appeared on CNN and NPR, and been quoted by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, ABC News, Huffington
Post, Mashable and others.
Prior to his current role, Jason served as the head of communications at the PopTech Institute,
a renowned social innovation incubator hatching break-through solutions to some of the world's most intractable social challenges.
While at PopTech, Jason built and implemented the communications strategy for the organization’s annual thought leadership
forum, Social Innovation Fellows program, and Project Masiluleke: the largest-ever use of mobile devices for the delivery
of HIV/AIDS and TB care. This pioneering mobile healthcare program has already helped quadruple the call volume to the main
AIDS and TB call center in South Africa, and is rapidly developing into a blueprint that can be deployed worldwide to address
public health crises of all kinds.
Before PopTech, Jason held senior communications positions at mtvU, IMAX Corporation,
Ruder Finn and Atomic PR. He serves on the advisory boards of Crisis Text Line and the Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council,
and the council of Creative Time Ambassadors; previously, he served on the PopTech board of directors. Jason holds a bachelor’s
of business administration from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.
Jeffrey D. SachsDirectorThe
Earth Institute at Columbia University
Jeffrey D. SachsDirectorThe Earth Institute at Columbia University
Jeffrey D. Sachs is the Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development,
and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General
Ban Ki-moon on the Millennium Development Goals, having held the same position under former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
He is co-founder and Chief Strategist of Millennium Promise Alliance, and is director of the Millennium Villages Project.
He has authored three New York Times bestsellers in the past seven years: The End of Poverty (2005), Common Wealth: Economics
for a Crowded Planet (2008), and The Price of Civilization (2011).
Professor Sachs is widely considered to be the world’s
leading expert on economic development and the fight against poverty. His work on ending poverty, promoting economic growth,
fighting hunger and disease, and promoting sustainable environmental practices, has taken him to more than 125 countries with
more than 90 percent of the world’s population. For more than a quarter century he has advised dozens of heads of state
and governments on economic strategy, in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.
Sachs is the recipient
of many awards and honors, including membership in the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Harvard
Society of Fellows, and the Fellows of the World Econometric Society. He has received more than 20 honorary degrees, and many
awards and honors around the world. His syndicated newspaper column appears in more than 80 countries around the world, and
he is a frequent contributor to major publications such as the Financial Times of London, the International Herald Tribune,
Scientific American, and Time magazine. Sachs has twice been named among Time Magazine’s 100 most influential world
leaders. He was called by the New York Times, “probably the most important economist in the world,” and by Time
Magazine “the world’s best known economist.” A recent survey by The Economist Magazine ranked Professor
Sachs as among the world’s three most influential living economists of the past decade.
Prior to joining Columbia,
Sachs spent over twenty years at Harvard University, most recently as Director of the Center for International Development
and the Galen L. Stone Professor of International Trade. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Sachs received his B.A., M.A., and
Ph.D. degrees at Harvard.
Bob SafianEditor and Managing DirectorFast
Bob SafianEditor and Managing DirectorFast Company
Robert Safian is editor and managing
director of the award-winning monthly business magazine Fast Company. He oversees all editorial operations, in print and online,
and plays a key role in guiding the magazine's advertising, marketing, and circulation efforts.
Safian was named 2009
Editor of the Year by Adweek and recognized as 2008 Innovator of the Year by B-2-B Media. Under his leadership, Fast Company
has received numerous accolades: a 2011 winner of a National Magazine award, a three-time National Magazine Award finalist,
two-time winner of Magazine of the Year from the Society of Business Editors and Writers; twice honored with the prestigious
Gerald R. Loeb Award for Distinguished Business Journalism, among many others. The publication was named to the Ad Age A-list
in 2008 and, for three consecutive years, to the Adweek Hot List.
Safian came to Fast Company in 2007 from Fortune,
where he served as executive editor. Prior to that, he was an executive editor at Time and headed Money as its managing editor
for six years.
Okello SamFounderHope North
Okello Kelo Sam was born in Northern Uganda on December 8, 1969.
While walking to school at age 16, Okello was abducted into the rebel army of the now defunct UNLA of General Bazil Olara
Okello. He was transported to the rebel army’s camp in Sudan and then to different war fronts in Northern Uganda after
a nightmarish two-week basic training at their own high school that included torture and brainwashing. Sometime between 18-24
months after his abduction, during a pitched battle, Okello chose his moment and escaped.
Okello enrolled in school,
picking up where he had left off at “Senior Level 2,” and by 1991 he was in junior college at Makerere University
pursuing a diploma in the performance arts. Meanwhile he had also secured an interview and invitation to join the Ndere Troupe.
During Okello’s tenure with them, the company became Uganda’s most popular for locals and tourists alike, frequently
listed as “Top 5 Things to do in Uganda” in guidebooks.
In 1996, he began work on his bachelor’s
degree at Makerere University, when tragedy struck again. Okello’s teenage brother Godfrey was abducted from boarding
school, along with 50 other children, by Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army. 300 people were killed and dismembered
in his home village.
After that, an idea came to him.
In 1998, Hope North (www.hopenorth.org), was founded.
Okello bought land in Kitwanga Village, a safe area just beyond the war zone protected by the Nile River, and he started a
large rural campus where refugees, orphans, and, eventually, former soldiers found a place to call home. Okello says he realized,
"to build the conditions for peace we must educate and empower youth." Almost 15 years later, his safe refuge has
evolved into an accredited secondary school with an international arts center, vocational training, and a working farm, staffed
by 28 dedicated Ugandan educators. Over 3000 vulnerable youth have lived at Hope North, and today over 250 incredible youth
are working towards their degrees and planning careers.
Sam SantiagoPrincipal, Community ProgramsAmerican
Sam SantiagoPrincipal, Community
from Puerto Rico, Sam obtained his early education at the Alliance Française and his undergraduate studies in Finance
and Human Resources at the University of Puerto Rico. His current role at American makes him responsible for the strategic
development and implementation of support programs for global employee giving and volunteering efforts as part of the larger
CSR leadership team. A 20-year+ veteran in the airline and hospitality industries, he brings to the table experience in the
fields of airline operations, corporate volunteering, human resources, workplace giving, diversity and corporate social responsibility,
Sam spent his youth volunteering through a faith-based organization with focus on the deaf and hearing-impaired
communities in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. After years of personal and engagement as an employee volunteer, he
joined American's corporate responsibility practice in 2006. In 2007, he launched American Airlines’ first global volunteering
program – “American Volunteers”.
Sam serves in leadership roles with several organizations such as
the International Association for Volunteer Effort, Out & Equal – Workplace Advocates, the Global Corporate Volunteer
Council and the Volunteer Center of North Texas, among others. Sam has spoken extensively on the subjects of diversity, workplace
equality, corporate social responsibility, employee volunteering and workplace giving at Texas Christian University, the Business
Council for the Arts, Rice University, Disney Resorts, the European Volunteer Centre, Southern Methodist University and other
national and international organizations. He's the recipient of the Earl G. Graves Award for Leadership, for his work in diversity
and inclusion; and The President’s Volunteer Service Award, awarded by Points of Light for his work in the development
of corporate volunteering as a professional practice.
Toyin Ojora-SarakiFounder and DirectorThe
Wellbeing Foundation Africa
Toyin Ojora-SarakiFounder and DirectorThe Wellbeing Foundation Africa
A lawyer and a mother, with her own personal testimony on child mortality, she was recently the subject
of CNN’s African Voices and launched the UN Foundation’s Every Woman Every Child initiative in Nigeria, which
means that she and The Wellbeing Foundation Africa are members of the Global Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.
Her main philanthropic and advocacy work is undertaken through her Foundation, which campaigns internationally for maternal,
newborn and child health (MNCH).
Toyin was born on 6th September 1964 in Nigeria, studied law at the University of
London and was later called to the Nigerian Bar. Having built a successful career in the private sector, initially as a lawyer,
then as a banker and a property developer, she turned her attention, and applied her wealth and expertise to philanthropic
areas of interest.
In her capacity as the First Lady of Kwara State, Nigeria, from 2003 until 2011, Toyin led a movement
to enhance the access of every citizen to healthcare and education. Her continuous advocacy for the rights of the child made
Kwara State the first to enact a law to protect the rights of children in that part of the country, and the first to implement
a community health insurance scheme which guarantees that citizens receive healthcare for only $2 per annum.
Toyin undertakes extensive advocacy work through the Wellbeing Foundation Africa. The Foundation is dedicated to the establishment
and entrenchment of best practice in MNCH, as well as the improvement of health systems in Nigeria and across Africa. To support
its objectives in MNCH, the Foundation also works in the fields of human rights, social welfare, education, arts and culture,
citizenship and democracy.
WBF Africa has become one of the most powerful advocacy voices in the movement for improved
MNCH, bringing together the public and private sectors on both the national and international level to counter this challenge.
In Nigeria, the Wellbeing Foundation was responsible for lobbying for the new Nigerian Midwifery Service Scheme, widening
access to family planning and the implementation of personal health records across Nigeria. The Foundation’s major commitment
is the implementation of personal health records across Africa which the Foundation believes could have the single biggest
impact on reducing child and maternal mortality and will move Africa towards attaining Millennium Development Goals 4 and
Toyin regularly speaks globally on maternal, newborn and child health and rights: she has spoken about her work
to promote maternal and child health at TEDxEuston where she described the significance of empowering mothers to take control
of their health. She was also a panellist representing Africa at the launch event of the Global Truce 2012 ‘Reducing
Domestic Violence Coalition’ in London and a panellist at Women: Inspiration & Enterprise (WIE) Symposium London
to commemorate and celebrate Women's Achievements on International Women's Day in March 2012. In the first half of 2013 along,
Toyin has spoken at Global Wellbeing Lab Forum in Berlin, at the Cannes Lion Film Festival, the UN DNA Summit, the WIE Africa
Symposium in Cape Town, and Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy alongside Bono, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, U.N. Secretary General
Ban Ki-moon and Nobel Peace Prize Winner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
She acts as Board Chair of the White Ribbon Alliance
Nigeria, Chair of the FIDA International Committee on Law Protecting the Rights of Children, and Goodwill Ambassador of the
Olave Baden-Powell Society (OB-PS), which supports the efforts of the World Association of Girls Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS).
She also sits on the boards of the Global Foundation for the Elimination of Domestic Violence and The Africa Justice Foundation.
Toyin has won numerous awards and recognitions for her achievements, including the WIE 60 Power Influencer Award 2013, MNCH
Champion Award from the Institute of Child Health, Nigeria and the UN Fashion 4 Development Angel Award 2012.
Bahareh Seyedi Energy Policy Specialist
Environment and Energy Group of UNDP
Bahareh Seyedi Energy Policy Specialist Environment and Energy Group of UNDP
Seyedi is an energy policy specialist within the Environment and Energy Group of UNDP. Prior to joining UNDP at its Headquarters
in New York, she was based in UNDP Country Office in Burkina Faso where she was managing multiple energy and environmental
In addition to working as a research analyst in academic institutions and as project manager in the private
sector and engineering firms before joining the United Nations, Ms. Seyedi led several international development projects
in Central America and South East Asia working closely with civil society organizations.
Ms. Seyedi holds a graduate
degree in Electrical Engineering and post-graduate in Climate Change and Sustainable Development Policy from McGill University
Shiza ShahidFounder and Executive DirectorThe Malala Fund
Shiza ShahidFounder and Executive
DirectorThe Malala Fund Shiza Shahid is the founder and Executive Director of the Malala Fund, the
organization set up by the young Pakistani activist shot by the Taliban for her campaign for girls’ education. The fund
supports education innovators and activists across the world. Shahid has supported Malala’s work since 2009, when she
mentored Malala and others in a summer retreat in Pakistan to raise awareness about the Taliban’s attack on female education.
Shahid has also been managing Malala's advocacy campaign over since October 2012.
Aaron SherinianVice President of Communications & Public
RelationsUnited Nations Foundation
Aaron SherinianVice President of
Communications & Public RelationsUnited Nations Foundation
Aaron Sherinian is the Vice President of Communications and Public Relations for the United Nations Foundation.
Aaron has led the Foundation’s public relations efforts, media relationships, strategic outreach, and online presence
since 2009, managing an award-winning team of communicators and digital pioneers who believe that innovative communications
can help change the world. He has helped build some of the most talked about milestones in digital global engagement around
causes and UN issues over the last few years including the Social Good Summit, #GivingTuesday, Rio+Social and the Momentum1000
global social media rally. He is a passionate supporter of efforts to build a new era of global activism and philanthropy
among a younger generation that is emerging on the global scene.
Before joining the UN Foundation, Aaron Sherinian
served as Managing Director of Public Affairs for the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a U.S. Government development assistance
agency administering $7 billion in poverty reduction grants in 40 partner countries. He oversaw the agency’s strategic
communications portfolio, media relationships, public relations agenda and a global re-branding.
His professional background
includes a decade of service as a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Department of State. Before returning to Washington,
his diplomatic service included tours at U.S. Embassies in Ecuador, Armenia, Costa Rica, Colombia, and in Washington serving
two Assistant Secretaries of State. Aaron’s experience also included work at the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See (Vatican).
Before joining the Department of State, Aaron worked at the Washington International Trade Association (WITA). He also
held positions as a marketing consultant for the Italian distributors for Apple Computer and as a freelance interpreter and
writer in Italy. Aaron is proud to be a part of the public relations community as a member of the Arthur Page Society, the
Seminar, the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC). His
team won two consecutive honors by PRNews as “Public Affairs Team of the Year” in 2012 and 2013.
he has lived in a lot of places, Aaron’s heart is always in his native Pasadena, California. He holds degrees from the
Johns Hopkins University (School of Advanced International Studies – SAIS) and Brigham Young University. In addition
to Spanish, he speaks (or at least does his best) at Italian, Armenian, and French. He and his wife have three children. Aaron
served a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints in Milan, Italy. He loves cooking, travel,
and connecting with friends all over the world. He is a proud Eagle Scout, although wonders some days how he ever got through
all the merit badges…then he realizes it was all about a dedicated Mom and Dad! He blogs at GlobalExtrovert.com about
fatherhood, public relations and social media.
Paul ShoemakerExecutive ConnectorSVP
Paul ShoemakerExecutive ConnectorSVP Seattle
Paul Shoemaker is SVP Seattle’s
Executive Connector. Anyone who’s met him knows why. If you’re out to change the world, he’s there to connect
you to the people and organizations on that same journey. (He’s also the boss, so he does a little executive directing
Paul is committed to work in the community, serving on the boards of several organizations. He is the Founding
President of Social Venture Partner International and currently sits on their board of directors, as well as the Board of the Microsoft Alumni Foundation and Partners for
Past work includes a recent term as Board Treasurer of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (2001-2007),
Children’s Alliance in Seattle, (1996-2000) and Treepeople in Los Angeles (1987-1990).
In 2011 and 2012, Paul
was named one of the “Top 50 Most Influential People in the Non-Profit Sector” by The NonProfit Times. In 2013 he received the Red Winged Leadership Award from Seattle University's Albers School of Business and Economics, and the Philanthropist of the Year Award from Future in Review.
Before coming to SVP Seattle in 1998, Paul was group manager for worldwide operations at Microsoft Corporation and
developed a group of 22 direct marketing professionals and implemented a direct marketing infrastructure. Prior to his work
at Microsoft, Paul was a Product Manager at Nestle USA in Glendale, CA.
Paul holds an MBA in Marketing and Finance
from the University of Texas and a BBA in Accounting from Iowa State University. Paul enjoys life with his wife and three
sons, and is an avid sports fan, especially of his own kids’ teams, and “enjoys” his hobby as a high school
An accomplished city planner, urban designer, architect, author and educator, Susan Silberberg is Lecturer
in Urban Design and Planning in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. She is the Founder and Managing Director of CivicMoxie, LLC, a planning, urban design, real estate, and strategic placemaking group with experience in serving municipalities, not
for profits, corporations, developers, foundations, and community groups. Susan is sought after for her ability to identify
savvy solutions for cities, businesses, and communities facing complex challenges. All of Susan’s work melds theory
and practice and encompasses placemaking, an inclusive process that capitalizes on community assets—space, resources,
people, expertise, vision—to promote vibrant public places, development, and activities.
Susan has spent over
ten years teaching at MIT where she explores the nexus between economic development and urban design. Currently, Susan is
working on a white paper on placemaking and its role in building space, place and community. Susan’s planning research
and academic endeavors at MIT have been supported by national foundations and competitive research grants. As Associate Director
of the MetLife Innovative Space Awards, she worked with over 100 arts and cultural organizations nationwide to identify best
practices for balancing affordable artist space and community engagement. She is currently working on a book exploring artists’
engagement with community. Susan’s decade-long research into security and public space has led to an extensive understanding
of how counterterrorism concerns post 9/11 have shaped our public realm in the context of private and public sector pressures
and motivations. Her most recent publication is “Pretext securitization of Boston’s public realm after 9/11: Motives,
actors and a role for planners” in Policing Cities: Securitization and Regulation in a 21st Century World (Routledge, 2013).
Prior to founding Civic Moxie, Susan was Senior Vice-President of Community Partners Consultants,
Inc. and Senior Planner and Urban Designer at Goody, Clancy & Associates. She has a Master in City Planning degree from
MIT and a Bachelor of Architecture from Pratt Institute. She has also served as the Associate Director of the Northeast Mayors’
Institute on City Design. Susan is on the Board of Directors and Program Committee of Historic Boston, Inc., a non-profit
developer of endangered historic properties. She also serves on the Board of The Joshua Bates Art Center in the South End
Julie SmolyanskyCEOLifeway Foods
Julie Smolyansky became the youngest female CEO of a publicly held firm when she took over her father's
kefir business, in 2002 at the age of 27. Since being named CEO and director of Lifeway Foods (NASDAQ: LWAY) Julie has continued
the company's growth trajectory with creative product development and marketing, bringing a Russian product into the U.S.
mainstream and boosting annual company revenues to nearly $80 million by 2012. Julie has vivid memories of being an early
"guinea pig" for the kefir business founded by her parents in 1986, whether sampling new flavors and formulations,
or traveling to food shows to help her parents build Lifeway into the first U.S. company taken public by a Russian immigrant.
Julie is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago (B.A., 1996), where she majored in Psychology and minored
in Women's Studies. Julie serves on the board of directors for the Anti-Defamation League, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (a
division of Jewish United Fund), Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, Rape Victim Advocates, University of Illinois
Alumni Association, and International Probiotics Association. She is also a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, Young
Presidents Organization, The Committee of 200, The Chicago Network and is a Summit Series and Fortune Most Powerful Women
community member. She has presented research at the American Psychological Association's Annual Meeting (1996), and is a frequent
speaker for various organizations including Nutracon's annual Anti-Aging Nutraceutical Conference, ChicWIT, the Nutrition
Biz Journal Conference, the University of Illinois at Chicago Honors College, New Hope Natural Media, GE Leading and Learning
Conference, Womenetics, JUF Women's Leadership Division and is frequently asked to participate in panel discussions for organizations
on a variety of topics from innovation, entrepreneurship, leveraging social media, and increasing women's participation and
leadership roles. Julie recently joined Christy Turlington Burns as a maternal health advocate traveling to Bangladesh with
her and Every Mother Counts and participating in a series of screenings and panel discussions for the film 'No Woman No Cry'.
Additionally. Julie frequently travels to the White House, including her 2011 visit to support young entrepreneurs with the
non-profit organization Our Time and advocates for Violence Against Women in the Vice President's Office. Julie was featured
in Crain's Chicago Business '40 under 40' in 2005, Today's Chicago Woman 'Rising Stars' and was a finalist for Ernst and Young's
Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2010. Fast Company named her one of the "Riskiest in Business" in 2011 and New
Hope Natural Media named her as one of top ten natural food executives to follow on Twitter.
Julie lives in Chicago
and is the mother of two girls. She is never without crayons, baby wipes or her iPhone. She is also an avid marathoner, Pearl
Jam devotee (she has been to 25 shows in multiple states), reader, cupcake connoisseur and frequent user of lavender sea salt
body scrub for relaxation. Follow Julie on Twitter at @JulieSmolyansky.
Ian Somerhalder stars as Damon Salvatore, the elder and far more dangerous of two vampire brothers who
share a long and bitter history, in The CW's hit drama "The Vampire Diaries." Somerhalder has received multiple
Teen Choice Awards for his portrayal of Damon. This year, Somerhalder won the award for “Choice Male Hottie,”
and for the second straight year won for “Choice TV Actor Fantasy/Sci-Fi. 4 In 2010, Somerhalder won the Teen Choice
Award for "Choice TV Villain." Somerhalder was also nominated for a 2012 People's Choice Award in the “Favorite
TV Drama Actor” category. The show recently wrapped its fourth season.
This season, The Vampire Diaries was rated
networks television's No. 1 social program during the week of January 21- 27, 2013, beating such social media and TV ratings
juggernauts as American Idol and Family Guy.
Somerhalder will begin production in the summer of 2013,
on the action thriller exploring the issue of global terrorism, called THE ANOMALY. Written by Simon Lewis and directed by
Noel Clarke, the screenplay follows the travails of a traumatized ex-soldier who wakes up in the back of a van, alongside
a kidnapped boy, to find that he only has only nine minutes and 37 seconds of consciousness to work out why and how he got
there. The film will be shooting on location across London.
Somerhalder has recently been seen in "Time Framed,"
a short film series produced by Somerhalder with SinMedia Factory and directed by Sinisha Nisevic. The film series is to
help promote clean energy causes. Somerhalder is well known for his role as Boone on J.J. Abrams' critically acclaimed drama
"Lost." He won the 2005 SAG Award as part of "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series"
and "Lost" won the 2005 Emmy Award for "Best Television Series - Drama." The show was also nominated for
the 2004 Golden Globe Award and the 2004 People's Choice Award. Somerhalder returned to "Lost" for several episodes
during its final season.
His film credits include a starring role in Ellen Kanor's "The Wake," opposite Bijou
Phillips; Aaron Wiederspahn's "Sensation of Sight," opposite David Strathairn and Jane Adams; Jim Sonzero's "Pulse,"
opposite Kristen Bell and Christina Milian; Roger Avary's "The Rules of Attraction," opposite James Van Der Beek,
Kate Bosworth, Kip Pardue and Jessica Biel; Irwin Winkler's "Life as a House," opposite Hayden Christensen, Kevin
Kline and Kristen Scott Thomas; Martin Guigui's "Changing Hearts," opposite Lauren Holly and Faye Dunaway; and Tony
Giglio's "In Enemy Hands," opposite William H. Macy, Jeremy Sisto and Scott Caan.
On stage, Somerhalder starred
off-Broadway in Trip Cullman's "Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead," an "unauthorized parody"
of Charles Schulz' comic strip "Peanuts" that follows the travails of a grown up Charlie Brown and the original
gang as their beloved beagle dies. Somerhalder co-starred with Eddie Kaye Thomas, Eliza Dushku, America Ferrera, Ari Graynor
and Logan Marshall-Green.
Somerhalder's other television credits include HBO's "Tell Me You Love Me," a leading
role in The WB series "Young Americans," and guest starring roles in "CSI," "CSI: Miami," "Law
and Order: Special Victims Unit" and "Smallville."
In 2010, Somerhalder launched The Ian Somerhalder
Foundation, which aims to educate, empower and collaborate with people and projects who positively impact our planet and its
creatures. Through his role as founder and president, Somerhalder strives to create awareness for environmental and animal
rights related issues, focusing specifically on the environment, creatures and clean energy initiatives. In 2011, ISF co-partnered
with the Alliance for Global Conservation to create Planet Green's “Blue August,” a week-long series that explored
the wonders of the ocean and aquatic life. Ian served as an online and on-camera guide for the documentary and traveled to
Trinidad and Tobago to film the life cycle of sea turtles. Currently, ISF is working on developing its own Animal Sanctuary
dedicated to misfit and outcast pets, as well as other animals. Earlier this year, Somerhalder was awarded with the Humane
Society of America's prestigious Wyler Award for his work with animals. In October, The Environmental Media Association (EMA)
honored Ian with the EMA Futures Award, which recognizes young environmentally active role-models committed to the environment
and using their voice to make a difference.
Greg Spencer, Jr. Co-FounderThe
Greg Spencer, Jr. Co-FounderThe Paradigm Project Greg Spencer, Jr. has a background finance and entrepreneurship. His work
experience includes time as a marketing director for an innovative electronics firm and time at BlueSource as an analyst.
His first trip to Africa in 2008 to Uganda forever changed his life when his sponsored child, Clinton, gave him one of the
family’s only chickens. After this humbling experience, Greg knew he had to be involved in business that could make
a profound impact and change the future of families like Clinton’s. After co-founding The Paradigm Project with his
father, Greg Spencer, Sr., and Neil Bellefeuille, Greg moved to Rwanda, where he currently still resides, to manage The Paradigm
Project’s East Africa operations under its consumer-facing brand, EzyLife. Greg Since the founding of The Paradigm Project,
Greg has been responsible for strategic partner management, project design management and implementation on the ground in
developing world countries, as well as directing communications, marketing and media. He was named one of Forbes “30
under 30” Social Entrepreneurs in 2012 and in the same year was selected by Business Week as the number one "Most
Promising Social Entrepreneur". He received his B.A. in Business Administration from Point Loma Nazarene University.
DJ SpookyDJ and Artist
DJ SpookyDJ and Artist
DJ Spooky aka Paul D. Miller is the executive editor of ORIGIN Magazine and is a composer, multimedia artist,
editor and author. His DJ MIXER iPad app has seen more than 12 million downloads in the last year. In 2012-2013 he is the
first artist-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC starting this fall. He's produced and composed work for
Yoko Ono, Thurston Moore, and scores of artists and award-winning films. Miller's work as a media artist has appeared in the
Whitney Biennial; The Venice Biennial for Architecture, the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, Germany; Kunsthalle, Vienna; The Andy
Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and many other museums and galleries. His book Sound Unbound, an anthology of writings on electronic
music and digital media is a best-selling title for MIT Press. He has been featured everywhere from Elle to CNN to SyFy.
Miller's deep interest in reggae and dub has resulted in a series of compilations, remixes and collections of material
from the vaults of the legendary Jamaican label, Trojan Records. Other releases include Optometry (2002), a jazz project featuring
some of the best players in the downtown NYC jazz scene, and Dubtometry (2003) featuring Lee 'Scratch' Perry and Mad Professor.
Another of Miller's collaborations, Drums of Death, features Dave Lombardo of Slayer and Chuck D of Public Enemy among others.
He also produced material on Yoko Ono's recent album Yes, I'm a Witch.
DJ Spooky's Rebirth of a Nation was commissioned
in 2004 by the Lincoln Center Festival; Spoleto Festival USA; Weiner Festwochen; and the Festival d'Automne a Paris. It was
the artist's first large-scale multimedia performance piece, and has been performed in venues around the world, from the Sydney
Festival to the Herod Atticus Amphitheater, more than fifty times. The DVD version of Rebirth of a Nation was released by
Anchor Bay Films/Starz Media in 2008.
DJ Spooky's multimedia performance piece Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica was
commissioned by BAM for the 2009 Next Wave Festival; The Hopkins Center/Dartmouth College; UCSB Arts & Lectures; Melbourne
International Arts Festival; and the Festival dei 2 Mondi in Spoleto, Italy. With video projections and a score composed by
DJ Spooky, performed by a piano quartet, Terra Nova: Sinfornia Antarctica is a portrait of a rapidly transforming continent.
In August 2009, DJ Spooky visited the Republic of Nauru in the Micronesian South Pacific to do research and gather material
for The Nauru Elegies: A Portrait in Sound and Hypsographic Architecture., a collaboration with artist/architect Annie Kwon,
first presented at Experimenta in Melbourne, Australia in February 2010. In January 2010. Miller was commissioned by German
radio to write the composition “Terra Nullius”.
In 2011, Miller released a graphic design project exploring
the impact of climate change on Antarctica through the prism of digital media and contemporary music compositions that explored
the idea of "acoustic portraits" of Antarctica entitled "The Book of Ice" (Thames and Hudson/Mark Batty
Publisher). The Book of Ice is includes an introduction by best selling author and quantum physicist Brian Greene, author,
The Elegant Universe. The Book of Ice is a multi-media installation, a music composition for string quartet, and a book, and
it has been included in the 2011 Gwangju Biennial, by Korean architect Seung H-Sang and Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei.
Origin Magazine Miller is currently a contributing editor to C-Theory and the Executive Editor of Origin Magazine, which
focuses on the intersection of art, yoga and new ideas. He continues his globe-trotting series of live events; playing at
festivals from France to Japan to Mexico City; performing solo, with chamber groups, and with orchestras; and giving talks
at prominent universities and conferences. He has most recently featured at The Economist “Year in 2012” conference,
and for Syfy’s “Let’s Imagine Greater” Igniter web series.
Kerry SteibDirector of Social GoodSpotify
Kerry SteibDirector of Social GoodSpotify
Kerry Steib is the Director of Social
Good at Spotify, where she focuses on partnerships and programming for causes, and helps nonprofit organizations connect with
their consumers through music.
Prior to Spotify, Kerry did stints at AOL, Google, and B/W/R Public Relations. Follow
her on Spotify.
Baratunde ThurstonComedian/ Author and Co-Founder of Cultivated
Baratunde ThurstonComedian/ Author
and Co-Founder of Cultivated Wit
Thurston is a technology-loving comedian from the future who cares enough about the world to engage with it politically. Yes,
he votes. Regularly. With an ancestry that includes a great-grandfather who taught himself to read, a grandmother who was
the first black employee at the U.S. Supreme Court building and a mother who took over radio stations in the name of the black
liberation struggle, Baratunde has long been taught to question authority. It helps that he was raised in Washington, D.C.
under crackhead Mayor Marion Barry.
His creative and inquisitive mind, forged by his mother’s lessons and polished
by a philosophy degree from Harvard, have found expression in his monthly Fast Company column, on the sound waves of NPR,
and on the screens of news networks such as CNN, MSNBC, BBC, Al Jazeera English and This Week In Tech. He even hosted his
own show on Discovery Science called Popular Science's Future Of.
Far from simply appearing in media, Baratunde is
also helping defining its future. In 2006 he co-founded Jack & Jill Politics, a black political blog whose coverage of
the 2008 Democratic National Convention has been archived by the Library Of Congress. From 2007 to 2012, he helped bring one
of America’s finest journalistic institutions into the future, serving as Director of Digital for The Onion. In 2011
he was a judge for the Knight News Challenge, a media innovation contest which funds experiments in the future of news. His
book, How To Be Black, was published by Harper Collins in February 2012 and is a New York Times best-seller. In January 2012,
he joined the MIT Media Lab as a director's fellow.
His most significant expression, however, is probably his own creative
experimentation with new digital platforms. He was named Foursquare Mayor of the Year for holding a real-world rally to defend
his virtual mayorship. Every year he live hate-tweets the Twilight movies to his 100,000+ Twitter followers, and in 2009,
he embodied the swine flu with a Twitter account of that name. In the summer of 2012, he co-founded Cultivated Wit, a startup
that exists at the intersection of comedy, creativity, and technology to make the world more fun.
His wide range of
experience and activity has earned him an equally wide range of praise. The ACLU of Michigan honored him “for changing
the political and social landscape one laugh at a time.” He was nominated for the Bill Hicks Award for Thought Provoking
Comedy. The Root added him to its list of 100 most influential African Americans. Fast Company listed him as one of the 100
Most Creative People In Business. Then-candidate Barack Obama called him “someone I need to know,” and YouTube
user “mooospot” referred to him as a “dumbass liberal crackhead welfare sucker.”
not staring at a glowing rectangle, Mr. Thurston, which he goes by near the end of his bio, travels the world, speaking and
advising on the subjects of our digital future and storytelling, satire and democracy, and race and politics. He has spoken
at countless universities, and organizations as well as delivered keynotes at South by Southwest, Personal Democracy Forum,
the Guardian Changing Media Summit, and more. In May 2011, he spoke at the presidential palace in Tbilisi, Georgia (the country)
on the role of satire in a healthy democracy, and he has advised The White House on digital strategy and public engagement.
Baratunde performs standup comedy regularly in New York City, resides in Brooklyn, lives
on Twitter and has over 30 years experience being black.
Henry TimmsInterim Executive Director92Y
Henry TimmsInterim Executive Director92Y As Deputy Executive Director of 92Y, Henry oversees strategic direction,
innovation and growth of the world-class cultural and community center. Since arriving in 2008 Henry has created and produced
many major initiatives that leverage technology to broaden the impact of 92Y. These include the annual Social Good Summit,
in partnership with Mashable and the UN Foundation, which has opened up the UN Week conversation to over 120,000 across the
world; Rio+ Social, which takes the Social Good Summit to Brazil; the Campaign for the American Conversation, in partnership
with Harvard Kennedy School and others, which promotes civil dialogue in innovative ways; a week-long live broadcast of MSNBC’s
The Rachel Maddow Show; the Conference of Nobel Laureates in partnership with Skype; the State of Style Summit with Stylecaster.com
and a daylong celebration of Elie Wiesel, in honor of his 80th birthday. Henry oversees a unique breadth of programming including
92Y’s legendary talks series (recent guests have included Bono, Jane Goodall, President Clinton, General Petraeus, Tom
Cruise, Prime Minister Netanyahu and Bill Gates), the Harkness Dance Center known as “the home of modern dance”,
the Unterberg Poetry Center which Ian McEwan called “the best place to give a reading on the planet”, the prestigious
Tisch Center for the Arts, the Bronfman Center for Jewish Life, the Simon Center for Adult Life, the renowned 92Y Camps and
92YTribeca, a downtown hub for a new generation of audience-members. He moved to New York City from London, where he was international
director for the Louise Blouin Foundation, overseeing the Foundation’s strategy, communications and activities. He led
the launch of the Foundation’s flagship event, the annual Global Creative Leadership Summit. Described by the Huffington
Post as “an array of truly inspiring women and men from around the globe,” it invites heads of state, Nobel Laureates
and CEOs to bring a cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural approach to global issues. Henry also oversaw the launch and development
of the Foundation’s new $30 million museum, developed the Foundation’s relationships in China, the Middle East
and beyond, and worked on cultural initiatives with the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development. Earlier in
his career, Henry oversaw corporate strategy for Arts & Business, one of HRH The Prince of Wales’ charities, and
helped to launch the Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts. He also ran HRH’s President’s Forum,
a network of CEOs. In this capacity, he delivered speeches on culture and corporate responsibility across Europe. Henry is
a US Trustee and Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts. He is chair of the nominating committee for the RSA’s 2013
Benjamin Franklin Medal.
Dr. Hamadoun I. TouréSecretary-General International Telecommunication Union
Dr. Hamadoun I. TouréSecretary-General
International Telecommunication Union
Dr. Hamadoun I. Touré, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) since January 2007,
was re-elected for a second four-year term in October 2010.
As Secretary-General, Dr. Touré is committed to
ITU’s mission of connecting the world, and to helping achieve the Millennium Development Goals through harnessing the
unique potential of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).
A long-standing champion of ICTs as a driver
of social and economic development, Dr. Touré previously served as Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development
Bureau (BDT) from 1998-2006. In this role he placed considerable emphasis on implementing the outcomes of the World Summit
on the Information Society (WSIS), launching projects based on partnerships with international organizations, governments,
the private sector and civil society.
Dr. Touré started his professional career in his native Mali in 1979.
He built a solid career in the satellite industry, serving as managing engineer in Mali’s first International Earth
Station. He joined Intelsat’s Assistance and Development Programme in 1985. He was appointed Intelsat’s Group
Director for Africa and the Middle East in 1994, earning a reputation as an energetic leader through his commitment to various
regional connectivity projects such as RASCOM. In 1996 he joined ICO Global Communications as African Regional General Manager,
spearheading the companies’ activities across the African region.
A national of Mali, Dr. Touré holds
a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technical Institute of Electronics and Telecommunications of Leningrad,
and a PhD from the University of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics of Moscow. He is married with four children
and two grandchildren, and is proficient in four official ITU languages: English, French, Russian and Spanish.
Ingrid VanderveldtEntrepreneur Ingrid Vanderveldt an entrepreneur, investor and media personality connecting
entrepreneurs to corporations. Ingrid is leveraging her business, policy and media initiatives to “Empower a Billion
Women by 2020” to help provide women with tools, technology & resources. As Dell’s first Entrepreneur in Residence
(EIR), Ingrid serves as the bridge from the “outside, in” connecting the entrepreneur community to the expansive
resources the Fortune 50 company. Ingrid created and oversees the $100M Dell Innovators Credit Fund and The Dell Center for Entrepreneurs. In 2012, Ingrid helped architect The Federal EIR Bill with Senator Mary Landreau (LA) and Representative Mike Honda (CA),
and is currently working on legislation with State Senators to bring out a State-wide EIR bill in 2013. She is also the co-founder
of The Billionaire Girls Club, is a Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network Member and serves on the UN Foundation Global Entrepreneurs Council.
Hans VestbergPresident & CEOEricsson
Hans VestbergPresident & CEOEricsson
Hans Vestberg is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ericsson
Group, the world’s leading provider of telecommunications technology and services.
Vestberg joined Ericsson
in 1991. He has broad international experience, having held various management positions for Ericsson in China, Brazil, Mexico
and the US. He remains the international advisor to the Governor of Guangdong, China. Vestberg served as Ericsson’s
Chief Financial Officer from 2007 to 2009 before becoming CEO.
Along with the rest of Ericsson’s executive
team, Vestberg is focused on advancing the company’s leadership through innovation, technology, services and sustainable
business solutions. Under his direction, Ericsson has become the main driver toward the Networked Society, where connectivity
is the fuel of progress.
He is a leading advocate of the Millennium Development Goals, and for the potential
of mobility and broadband to tackle some of the world’s most compelling issues such as poverty, health, education and
climate change. He is a member of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development, and chaired the Commission’s climate-change
working group. He is also on the advisory board of the Digital Health Initiative.
Mikkel Vestergaard FrandsenCEO and Owner Vestergaard
Mikkel Vestergaard FrandsenCEO and
Owner Vestergaard Frandsen Mikkel Vestergaard Frandsen is the CEO
and owner of Vestergaard Frandsen, a European company focused on achieving the United Nations’ Millennium Development
Goals, specifically the prevention of infectious diseases including malaria, diarrhea, pneumonia, HIV/AIDS, and several of
neglected tropical diseases. The company has made significant contributions in the fields of global water and food security,
and climate change mitigation working in tandem with UN agencies, government ministries, non-governmental and faith-based
organizations, and academia. Under Mikkel’s leadership, the company has evolved to become synonymous with social responsibility.
Profits are reinvested into innovative technologies that help curb the spread of infectious diseases such as malaria, as well
as generate employment in the developing countries where they are manufactured and distributed.
game-changing solutions include best-selling PermaNet® bed nets and award-winning LifeStraw® water filters. These
products fight malaria, HIV/AIDS, diarrheal disease and neglected tropical diseases. Additional company initiatives work to
mitigate climate change and enhance food security. Mikkel serves in leadership positions outside the company as well. He has
been an advisor to the prime minister of his native Denmark and was chosen to be a Young Global Leader by the World Economic
Forum. The Luhya tribe of western Kenya made him an elder, a rare honor for foreigners who have touched the lives of Kenyans
in an extraordinary manner. Mikkel has served on the board of directors of the Roll Back Malaria partnership, the Global Alliance
for Improved Nutrition, and the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease.
For his contributions, Mikkel
received the Social and Economic Innovation Award from The Economist. He was elected to the “Women Deliver 100”
list of the most influential people contributing to the health of women and girls around the world, and was honored at the
2011 Danish Hero Gala in Copenhagen.
Mikkel holds an MBA from Henley Management College. He lives in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Magatte WadeFounder and CEO Tiossan
Magatte WadeFounder and CEO Tiossan Magatte Wade is the founder and CEO of Tiossan, a high-end natural skin
care company based on indigenous Senegalese recipes. Magatte was born in Senegal, educated in France, and started her entrepreneurial
career in the U.S. Her first company, Adina World Beverages, based on indigenous Senegalese beverage recipes, became one of
the most widely distributed U.S. brands started by an African entrepreneur. Her second company,Tiossan, distributes products
online, at high-end boutiques, and at the Tiossan store in Hudson, NY, "one of the coolest small towns in America."
Magatte was also named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum at Davos and is frequent speaker at business conferences
and college campuses, including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Cornell, Brown, Dartmouth, MIT, Wharton, Babson, etc. Forbes magazine
named Magatte Wade one of the “20 Youngest Power Women of Africa” and one of "15 Women Boosting the Continent
of Africa" by Madame Figaro. Magatte writes for The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and Barron’s. She has been featured
on BBC, CNN, FoxBusiness, New York Times, etc. She is a mentor for the MIT Legatum Center for Entrepreneurship and Development
and a board member of the SEEDS Academy (Sports for Education and Economic Development in Senegal)
Matt WallaertBehavioral ScientistBing
Matt WallaertBehavioral ScientistBing Matt Wallaert
is a behavioral scientist and former entrepreneur currently at Bing, where he uses the psychology of behavior change to create
products that help people lead more satisfied lives and push human potential forward. Apart from his startup exits, he cofounded
GetRaised.com, a free service that works to close the gender wage gap by helping women figure out if they are underpaid and
do something about it. At Bing, he is behind the Bing for Schools program, which helps people donate hardware to classrooms
simply by using Bing, produces free lesson plans that link digital literacy and critical thinking, and provides ad-free, safe,
private search for students in schools.
Elaine Weidman-GrunewaldVice President of Sustainability
and Corporate Responsibility (CR) Ericsson
Elaine Weidman-GrunewaldVice President
of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility (CR) Ericsson
Elaine Weidman-Grunewald is Vice President of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility (CR) for the
Ericsson Group worldwide. She has worked for Ericsson in the US and Sweden for over 15 years. During this time she has held
various positions in the company ranging from Environmental Product Management to Sales and Marketing. Since 2005 her work
has focused exclusively on driving Ericsson’s sustainability and CR initiatives, and today she reports to the company
President and CEO.
Ms. Weidman-Grunewald’s focus is on the role that Information and Communication Technology
(ICT) can play in addressing global challenges in areas such as poverty, development, climate change and human rights.
As the Ericsson spokesperson for Sustainability and CR, she is a frequent speaker at conferences, and interacts regularly
with media, customers, policy makers and the analyst and investment community. She is responsible for a number of public private
partnerships which explore the use Ericsson’s core technology to solve some of the world’s most compelling challenges
and help to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, including the company’s educational program, Connect To Learn.
Ms Weidman-Grunewald is on the Board of Millennium Promise. She is also on the Board of the Global e-Sustainability Initiative
(GeSI.org). She represents Ericsson in many external fora, including the Broadband Commission for Digital Development and
the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. She is also a member of the International Advisory Board of the Advanced
Development for Africa (ADA) Foundation.
Ms. Weidman-Grunewald holds a double Master’s degree from Boston University’s
Center for Energy and Environmental Studies, in International Relations with a focus on Latin American social and economic
development issues, and Resource and Environmental Management.
Center on Crisis Reporting
Ken WeissJournalist,Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Kenneth R. Weiss, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, focuses on topics at
the intersection of science, environment and public health. He is now writing a book that draws the connections between women’s
rights and reproductive health with hunger, poverty, national security and environmental decline. The book was inspired by
his series, Beyond 7 Billion, www.latimes.com/populationrising, published last year in the Los Angeles Times on the causes
and consequences of human population growth. He was the lead reporter for the Altered Oceans series, www.latimes.com/oceans,
which showed how the slow creep of environmental decay often has a more profound impact than cataclysmic natural disasters.
Besides winning the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting, Weiss has won the George Polk Award, the Grantham Prize, a Robert
F. Kennedy Journalism Award, the Scripps Howard Foundation’s National Journalism Award and many others. He holds a bachelor’s
degree in folklore from UC Berkeley and lives in Carpinteria, California. Like way too many Californians, he prefers to conduct
his own ocean research from his surfboard.
Tina WellsCEO & FounderBuzz
Tina WellsCEO & FounderBuzz Marketing Group Tina Wells, CEO and founder of Buzz Marketing Group, earned her B.A. in
Communication Arts graduating with honors from Hood College in 2002. Currently a Wharton School of Business student for marketing
management, Tina continues to create innovative marketing strategies for numerous clients within the beauty, entertainment,
fashion, financial, and lifestyle sectors. Tina has worked with clients including: Dell, Girl Scouts of the USA, Maidenform,
SonyBMG, PBS, P+G, Sesame Workshop, and American Eagle Outfitters. Tina’s long list of honors include Essence’s
40 Under 40, Billboard’s 30 Under 30 , and Inc’s 30 Under 30, just to name a few. She is the author of the tween
series Mackenzie Blue, published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, and the youth marketing handbook Chasing Youth Culture
And Getting It Right. Tina is also a celebrated blogger on The Huffington Post and Blackenterprise.com. She serves on the
board of directors of The Philadelphia Orchestra Association, The Franklin Institute, and The Young Entrepreneur Council.
Tina is also a member of the United Nations Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council. She resides in Southern New Jersey
with her vast collection of shoes.
Dennis WhittleLeadership Group MemberAshoka
Dennis WhittleLeadership Group MemberAshoka Dennis
Whittle is a Leadership Group Member at Ashoka, where he leads Changemakers.com. He is also founder of FeedbackLabs.org and
The Whittle Group. He was co-founder of GlobalGiving, where he was CEO from 2000-2010. He was recently Professor of the Practice
and SocialEntrepreneur in Residence at UNC-Chapel Hill; Visiting Fellow at the Center for Global Development; and Visiting
Lecturer at Princeton University. Previously, he was an economist at the World Bank (1986-2000), where he worked for many
years in Indonesia and Russia. His team also created the Development Marketplace. In 1984-85, Dennis worked in the Philippines
for USAID and the Asian Development Bank, where he appeared as an extra in one of Chuck Norris's best movies "Missing
in Action." He did his graduate work in International Development at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School and was
a Morehead Scholar at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he received a BA with honors in Religious Studies.
will.i.amSeven-time Grammy winner, producer, entrepreneur
will.i.amSeven-time Grammy winner,
producer, entrepreneur and philanthropist
will.i.am, born William Adams, is a multi-faceted entertainer and creative innovator, and a seven-time Grammy Award winner. Known for
his work with The Black Eyed Peas, who have sold 31 million albums and 58 million singles worldwide, he also works with some
of the industry’s biggest names including Michael Jackson, Rihanna, Usher, Nicki Minaj, Britney Spears, David Guetta,
and film composer Hans Zimmer.
Frontman and founder of The Black Eyed Peas will.i.am has released three songs from
his upcoming solo cd, #willpower on Interscope Records, due out in April, 2013. The three singles from the cd released in
2012 were: “This is Love” featuring Eva Simons; and “Scream & Shout” that has gone to number one
on iTunes and radio play charts in dozens of countries. In 2013, he released his latest single “#ThatPower” featuring
will.i.am is the first recording artist to send a song to Mars in conjunction with NASA’s Curiosity
Mars Space Lab. Space and music industry firsts were achieved on August 28, 2012 when “Reach For The Stars (Mars Edition)”
was played back from Mars during a youth education event hosted by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
and imagery have entertained and inspired millions, and the power of his words resonated deeply in his song “Yes We
Can” that mobilized an entire generation to action during the 2008 presidential campaign. Demonstrating that music,
brands and causes can be intertwined to entertain and inform, “Yes We Can” garnered an Emmy Award for “Best
New Approaches in Daytime Entertainment” as well as a CLIO award in the Interactive category.
In addition to
his music career, will.i.am is very active in front of, and behind the camera. His educational TV special “i.am.mars:
Reach For The Stars”, a behind-the-scene look at the artistic and scientific elements involved in sending a song to
Mars aired on Discovery’s SCIENCE Channel in August, 2012. In 2011, will.i.am executive produced and starred in his
first prime time TV special “i.am FIRST: Science is Rock and Roll” to get young people excited about math and
science education, as well as technology and science-related careers. In front of the camera, will.i.am returned in 2013 for
a second season as a Coach on reality TV hit show “The Voice” UK on BBC One.
Women's Initiative Jody Williams received
the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for her work to ban landmines through the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, which shared
the Peace Prize with her that year. At that time, she became the 10th woman - and third American woman - in its almost 100-year
history to receive the Prize. Since her protests of the Vietnam War, she has been a life-long advocate of freedom, self-determination
and human and civil rights. Since January of 2006, Jody Williams has worked toward those ends through the Nobel Women's Initiative,
which she chairs. Along with sister Nobel Laureate Dr. Shirin Ebadi of Iran, she took the lead in establishing the Nobel Women’s
Initiative. They were joined at that time by sister Nobel Laureates Wangari Maathai (Kenya), Rigoberta Menchu Tum (Guatemala)
and Betty Williams and Mairead Maguire (Northern Ireland). The Initiative uses the prestige of the Nobel Peace Prize and the
influence and access of the women Nobel Laureates themselves to support and amplify the efforts of women around the world
working for sustainable peace with justice and equality. Her new memoir on life as a grassroots activist, My Name is Jody
Williams: A Vermont Girl’s Winding Path to the Nobel Peace Prize, will be released by the University of California Press
in March 2013.
Whitney WilliamsPresident and Founderwilliamsworks
Whitney WilliamsPresident and Founderwilliamsworks
A native Montanan, Whitney Williams is President and Founder of williamsworks, and leads the firm’s
work with inspiring individuals and organizations to create lasting change in the world.
As First Lady Hillary Clinton’s
Trip Director, she honed her innate expertise in drawing together smart people with powerful ideas, partners and initiatives
to create lasting positive impact. During her time in the White House, Whitney designed and managed more than 200 trips to
dozens of countries for the First Lady of the United States, witnessing firsthand some of the greatest challenges facing this
generation, and cultivating a network of exceptional people working tireless to solve them.
It was from these experiences
that Whitney created williamsworks, an action oriented consultancy driven to help extraordinary people achieve groundbreaking
results. For the last decade, Whitney has worked with some of the world’s most influential philanthropists, successful
corporations, and leading NGOs to tackle problems on both a global and local scale. Whitney’s extensive network, coupled
with more than a decade of global development experience—both on the ground and at the highest levels —form the
foundation for williamsworks’ uncanny ability to make very big things happen in a smart, sustainable and humble way.
From strategic planning to designing and managing how high profile individuals, corporations and organizations can create
spectacular value, Whitney is adept at working through political, philanthropic and strategic complexities, ultimately turning
vision into reality amid challenging circumstances and high stakes.
Whitney is a pioneer in the field of strategic
advocacy in the philanthropic world. A decade ago, she launched williamsworks to build a consultancy that not only initiates
and creates groundbreaking initiatives, but executes flawlessly across the complex aspects it takes to make them work. Today,
with a carefully selected portfolio, williamsworks partners alongside the world’s leading visionaries, humanitarian
organizations and corporations to amplify and accelerate the positive change they seek for the world.
Prior to williamsworks,
Whitney created the first ever External Relations and Government Affairs function for the multi-billion dollar Casey Family
Programs, the world’s largest operating foundation. As part of that work she led board development, executive recruitment,
and overall design of a new $600 million dollar charitable foundation, Marguerite Casey Foundation, focused on supporting
and mobilizing low-income families to strengthen their voices and promote overall economic equality in the U.S.
to public service runs in Whitney’s family. Dubbed the “first family of Montana politics,” her mother served
as the first woman Majority and Minority Leader of the Montana Senate and her father served as Montana’s Congressman
for 9 terms. Outside of her philanthropic work, Whitney has helped direct numerous political campaigns, including those for
her parents, numerous friends running to serve through public office as well as Finance Co-Chair in Washington State for Hillary
Clinton’s 2008 Presidential campaign. In addition to her leadership of williamsworks, Whitney serves as co-founder,
Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of Eastern Congo Initiative, the first U.S.-based advocacy and grant making organization
focused solely on working with and for the people of eastern Congo. In this role Whitney oversees millions of dollars in grants
to local Congolese organizations, as well as a broad U.S. and international advocacy agenda to drive the policies needed for
lasting change in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Whitney also served on the Board of Trustees for the Glacier National
Park Fund, and on the Boards of Directors for City Year/Seattle and New Futures.
Timothy E. WirthVice ChairmanUnited
Nations Foundation and Better World Fund
Timothy E. WirthVice ChairmanUnited Nations Foundation and Better World Fund
Timothy E. Wirth is the Vice Chairman of the Board of the United Nations Foundation and the Better World Fund. Wirth previously
served as the UN Foundation’s President from its founding in 1997 until his transition to Vice Chair in 2013. The UN
Foundation and its sister organization, the Better World Fund, were founded in 1998 through a major financial commitment from
Ted Turner and are designed to support and strengthen the work of the United Nations.
Wirth began his political career
as a White House Fellow under President Lyndon Johnson and served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Education in the Nixon
Administration. In 1970, Wirth returned to his home state of Colorado and successfully ran for the U.S. House of Representatives
in 1974. He represented Denver suburbs from 1975-1987. Wirth was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1986 where he focused on environmental
issues, particularly global climate change and population stabilization.
Following these two decades of elected politics,
Wirth was national Co-chair of the Clinton-Gore campaign, and from 1993 to 1997 served in the U.S. Department of State as
the first Undersecretary for Global Affairs.
Prior to entering politics, Wirth was in private business in Colorado.
The son of teachers, he was a scholarship student and graduate of Harvard College; he served in the United States Army (Reserve),
and worked as an admissions officer for Harvard. In 1964, he moved to Stanford University where he worked for the President’s
office and with the support of a Ford Foundation fellowship, received his Ph.D. degree.
The recipient of numerous awards
and honorary degrees, he has also been elected as a member of the Harvard Board of Overseers. A member of the American Academy
of Arts and Sciences, he was recently honored as a Champion of the Earth by the United Nations Environment Programme.
Wirth is married to Wren W. Wirth, the President of the environmentally focused Winslow Foundation; they have two grown
children and five grandchildren.
Peter YeoExecutive DirectorThe
Better World Campaign
Peter YeoExecutive DirectorThe Better World Campaign
Peter Yeo joined
the United Nations Foundation and the Better World Campaign in February 2009 with over twenty years of legislative, analytical,
and management experience, including senior roles on Capitol Hill and in the State Department. Prior to arriving at UNF, Yeo
served for ten years as the Deputy Staff Director at the House Foreign Affairs Committee chaired by Rep. Tom Lantos (D-CA)
and Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA). He has worked on a broad range of foreign policy and foreign aid issues. He led the successful
negotiations for the landmark HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Act of 2003, commonly known as PEPFAR, as well as the successful
$50 billion reauthorization of the law in 2008. He also shepherded into law several measures dealing with China, Tibet, Burma,
and East Timor. Prior to his work with the Committee, he served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. State Department
during the second Clinton Administration, where he led the negotiations around repayment of the U.S. arrears to the United
Nations and was part of the U.S. delegation to the climate negotiations in Kyoto.
Peter holds a BA in East Asian Studies
from Wesleyan University as well as a MA in East Asian Studies from Harvard University. Peter is also a member of the Council
on Foreign Relations, a leading independent nonpartisan foreign policy think tank.
Malala YousafzaiEducational Campaigner
Malala YousafzaiEducational Campaigner Malala, the
educational campaigner from Swat Valley, Pakistan, came to public attention by writing for BBC Urdu about life under the Taliban.
Using the pen name Gul Makai, she often spoke about her family's fight for girls' education in her community. In October 2012,
Malala was targeted by the Taliban and shot in the head as she was returning from school on a bus. She miraculously survived
and went on to continue her fight in girls education. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the
youngest ever nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize. Malala continues her campaign for education today through the Malala Fund.
Kandeh YumkellaSpecial RepresentativeUN
Kandeh YumkellaSpecial RepresentativeUN Secretary-General
Kandeh K. Yumkella is Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Chief Executive for the Sustainable
Energy for All Initiative (SE4All). He holds the rank of Under Secretary-General in the United Nations.
Representative, Mr. Yumkella will seek to mobilize action toward a sustainable energy future and accelerate the implementation
of the Secretary-General’s initiative as well as engaging with the leadership of relevant stakeholders in government,
businesses, academia and civil society at the highest level to advocate for and promote sustainable energy for all. Since
2007, Mr. Yumkella has also served as Chair of UN-Energy, the coordination body of United Nations agencies dealing with energy
From 2005 to 2013 he was the Director-General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization
(UNIDO). Prior to assuming the mantle of leadership at UNIDO, he worked in different high-level policy positions, including
as Special Adviser to two previous Director-Generals and as Representative and Director of the UNIDO Regional Office in Nigeria.
From 1994 to 1995 he was Minister for Trade, Industry and State Enterprises of Sierra Leone.
He holds a Ph.D. in
Agricultural Economics from the University of Illinois, a M.Sc. Agricultural Economics, Cornell University; and a B.Sc. in
General Agriculture, from Njala University College, Sierra Leone.
Leila ZerrouguiSpecial RepresentativeSecretary-General
for Children and Armed Conflict
Leila ZerrouguiSpecial RepresentativeSecretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict
Ms. Leila Zerrougui was appointed Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict at the
Under Secretary-General level in September 2012. In this capacity, she serves as a moral voice and independent advocate to
build awareness and give prominence to the rights and protection of boys and girls affected by armed conflict.
prior to this appointment she was the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Deputy Head of the United
Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) where, since 2008, she spearheaded the Mission’s
efforts in strengthening the rule of law and protection of civilians.
As a legal expert in human rights and the administration
of justice, Ms. Zerrougui has had a distinguished career in the strengthening of the rule of law and in championing strategies
and actions for the protection of vulnerable groups especially women and children.
A lawyer by training, Ms. Zerrougui
was a member of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention under the United Nations Human Rights Council from 2001, and served
as the Working Group’s Chairperson-Rapporteur from 2003 until May 2008.
Prior to her international engagements,
Ms. Zerrougui had a longstanding career in the Algerian judiciary and in 2000, was appointed to the Algerian Supreme Court.
She served as a juvenile judge and judge of first instance from 1980 to 1986, and as an appeals court judge from 1986 to 1997.
From 1998 to 2000, Ms. Zerrougui served as legal adviser to the Cabinet of the Ministry of Justice and, from 2000 to 2008,
as legal adviser to the cabinet of the President of the Republic. She also worked at various high level positions within the
Algerian government and was member of the Algerian National Commission on the Reform of the Judiciary.
graduated from the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (Algiers) in 1980. Since 1993, she has held various academic positions
at law schools inAlgeria, and was associate professor of the Ecole Supérieure de la Magistrature (Algiers). She has
published extensively on the administration of justice and human rights.
Ms. Zerrougui was born in 1956 in Souk-Ahras,