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Breakout Lab Speakers
President & CEO, OPIC
Elizabeth L. Littlefield was appointed by President Obama as the President and CEO of OPIC, the US Government’s Development Finance Institution. Operating in 105 countries, OPIC manages a $16 bn portfolio of financing and insurance to support private investment in sustainable economic development, especially in the world’s poorest countries. Under Littlefield’s leadership, OPIC’s annual commitments to renewable resources projects grew ten-fold in three years to $1.5 bn, while generating increasing income for the federal budget. She has also instituted major reforms of the agency’s policies, systems and processes and introduced new financial innovations to augment the agency’s development impact.
From 2000 until 2010 Ms. Littlefield was Chief Executive Officer of CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor), a policy and research center dedicated to advancing poor people’s access to financial services. Housed at the World Bank, CGAP develops innovative solutions, promotes industry standards, provides market intelligence and data, and advises governments, financial institutions and investors. During that time Ms. Littlefield also served as a Director for the World Bank’s Financial & Private Sector division.
Prior to joining CGAP in 1999, Ms. Littlefield was JP Morgan’s Managing Director in charge of capital markets and financing in emerging Europe, Middle East and Africa. Her responsibilities encompassed public and private financings for governments, corporations and banks, and related advisory work. In that role, she led the inaugural bond issues for the majority of the countries that tapped the markets for the first time in the 1990s. Prior to that she set up JP Morgan’s emerging markets debt trading department in London and was JPM’s Head Debt Trader for Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia. She also served as a Director in JP Morgan’s Paris office, among other positions.
Ms. Littlefield has served on the Boards and Executive Committees of the MasterCard Foundation, Calvert Foundation and Women’s World Banking, among others. She was a founder of the Emerging Markets Charity in the UK. She currently serves on the President’s Export Cabinet, is the Chairperson of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Social Innovation and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Ms. Littlefield also spent 1989-1990 in West and Central Africa providing banking consultancy to several start-up microfinance institutions.
Ms Littlefield taught Financial Sector Development as an Adjunct Professor in the Masters Program at the School of Advanced International Studies (S.A.I.S.). She is a graduate of Brown University and also attended Ecole Nationale de Sciences Politiques in Paris.
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director, Western Union
Hikmet Ersek is Chief Executive Officer and Director of The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU), a Fortune 500-ranked global leader in cross-border money-movement services. Ersek has executive management responsibility for a global financial services network and powerful brand spread over 200 countries and territories. Western Union has a rich history encompassing more than 160 years of innovation and today is also one of the world's most diverse companies, with employees from more than 100 countries in 292 offices around the world.
During Ersek's tenure as CEO, which began in 2010, Western Union has successfully diversified and transformed its business model. Beyond growing its retail money-transfer business to more than 500,000 worldwide agent locations, the company has successfully expanded into electronic and mobile channels, added global cross-border business payments, and broadened its financial services product line with business partnerships to benefit customers around the world.
Prior to becoming CEO, Ersek served as the company’s Chief Operating Officer. He joined Western Union in September 1999, and held several senior international roles of increasing responsibility within the company. Under these roles he was a major force for the global expansion of Western Union.
Ersek began his career in financial services in 1986 at Europay/MasterCard in Austria. In 1996, he joined General Electric (GE) Capital, where he was responsible for retail sales, finance and the card business. Ersek also represented the GE Corporation as a National Executive in Austria and Slovenia.
Ersek is frequently quoted by major global media outlets on international, economic and social topics such as globalization, migration, transformation, digital payments and social ventures. He has been a recurring speaker at the World Economic Forum and the Clinton Global Initiative.
Ersek has been publicly recognized for his commitment to corporate responsibility and shared value. In 2012, he received The Opening Minds Corporate Leadership Award from the Institute of International Education and Corporate Responsibility (CR) magazine’s 2012 Responsible CEO of the Year Award. Ersek serves on the Board of Directors for Teach for All, an NGO that is dedicated to expanding educational opportunities around the world.
Growing up in an international family himself, Ersek’s background reflects that of the Western Union customer. Born in Istanbul to an Austrian mother and a Turkish father and married to a woman of Indian and Austrian descent, Ersek understands firsthand the important services Western Union provides its customers around the world. Ersek has a Master's (Magister) degree in Economics and Business Administration from the Wirtschaftsuniversität (University of Economics) in Vienna, Austria. He is fluent in English, German and Turkish.
President, Ford Foundation
Darren Walker is the 10th president of the Ford Foundation, but his connection to the institution and its mission—as a beneficiary, grantee, and grant maker—has spanned his entire life.
As a child, Darren was a member of Head Start’s inaugural class in 1965, before attending Goose Creek, Texas, public schools. At the University of Texas, Pell Grants and scholarships helped finance his college and law school education. Both programs were Ford Foundation-funded pilot initiatives.
After a 10-year career in corporate law and international finance at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and UBS, Darren served for seven years as chief operating officer of the Abyssinian Development Corporation, Harlem’s largest community development organization and a Ford Foundation grantee.
From Harlem, he joined the Rockefeller Foundation, where he ultimately rose to vice president, and oversaw all domestic and international programs. Nearly a decade later, he was recruited to the Ford Foundation as vice president responsible for education, creativity, and free expression programs, as well as the foundation’s four Africa offices.
In 2013 the Ford Foundation trustees appointed him chief executive, and today he oversees more than $12 billion in assets, $500 million in grants, and 10 international offices. He also serves on various boards—including Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Friends of the High Line, New York City Ballet, and the Arcus Foundation—and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
President, Walmart Foundation
Kathleen McLaughlin is president of the Walmart Foundation, where she leads the company’s charitable giving efforts. Last year Walmart and the Walmart Foundation together surpassed more than $1 billion in giving worldwide. Kathleen also has responsibility for the company’s global sustainability and women’s economic empowerment initiatives.
Kathleen joins Walmart in October 2013 after more than 20 years with the global consulting firm McKinsey & Company, where she was a senior partner based in Toronto. As director of the firm’s Social Innovation Practice, Kathleen helped develop breakthrough solutions to social challenges for institutions around the world. There, she led numerous successful engagements such as accelerating country ownership of the HIV/AIDS response in Africa; redesigning the global organization of a major foundation to improve its effectiveness; helping an international agency develop a strategy to engage the private sector in advancing nutrition; and supporting the post-merger organization design and change management of a major development agency.
In the firm’s Retail Practice, she worked with companies in the Americas, Europe and Asia to increase their efficiency and drive growth by expanding into emerging markets; defending home markets against foreign competitors; revamping retail formats; introducing new categories; launching new formats; overhauling marketing, merchandising and store operations functions; and leading large-scale cost reduction efforts that resulted in 15 to 20 percent improvements.
Kathleen earned a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Boston University, where she was a Trustee Scholar and graduated summa cum laude. She also earned a bachelor of arts in politics, philosophy and economics and a diploma in theology from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.
Kathleen served as a director of the Toronto Community Foundation for 10 years, where she held various roles including chair of the Community Issues Committee that oversaw initiatives and grant-making to Toronto NGOs addressing poverty, hunger, housing and immigrant integration issues. She is also a board member of L’Arche Canada Foundation and a trustee of the Canadian Opera Foundation.
Chief Executive Officer, Nestlé Nespresso SA
Jean-Marc Duvoisin was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Nestlé Nespresso SA in March 2013. In his role, he will be leading the expansion, innovation and internationalization of the Nespresso brand.
Prior to this role, Jean-Marc had served as Director of Corporate Human Resources at Nestlé since 2007. In 2010, he became Deputy Executive Vice President Human Resources & Centre Administration and member of Nestlé Executive Board, where he built strong functional leadership in the HR function, with a reinforced focus on performance, talent management, gender balance and diversity.
Since joining Nestlé in 1986, he had assumed various international and headquarter-based positions in Marketing and Sales. He gained substantial experience in different markets across Latin America where he served as Country Manager of Ecuador before becoming Market Head for the Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador Region in 2003. A year later, he was promoted to the position of Head of Mexico, one of Nestlé’s biggest markets and the largest coffee market in the world, where he led strong top and bottom line growth and introduced the first market CSV report.
Jean-Marc also serves as Chairman of the Nestlé Pension Funds. He holds an MSc in Economy from Lausanne University HEC, an International Economics Degree from Inst. Univ (HEI), Geneva and an MA in Political Science from Lausanne University.
CEO, Women Deliver
Katja Iversen, an internationally recognized expert on development, advocacy and communications, has more than 20 years of experience working in NGOs, corporates and United Nation agencies. Previously, she held the position as Chief of Strategic Communication and Public Advocacy with UNICEF, a position she came to after almost six years of leading the team responsible for communication and advocacy on maternal and reproductive health at the UN Population Fund, UNFPA.
Iversen has trained fortune 500 Executives in cross-cultural management and communications, is an health advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative and on the World Bank's CSO Advisory Board.
She has an extensive network within the UN, CSOs, development communities and global media. She holds a master’s degree in communications, bachelor's degree in public administration and certificates in management, conflict resolution and international development.
President & CEO, Education For Employment (EFE)
Jamie McAuliffe is the President & CEO of Education For Employment (EFE), a network of nonprofits dedicated to creating job opportunities for disadvantaged unemployed youth in the Middle East and North Africa. By creating tailored training programs in partnership with businesses that commit to hiring graduates, EFE prepares young people with the skills they need to get and keep a job, and companies benefit from the productive workforce needed to grow and compete in the global marketplace.
Jamie has worked for many years to advance effective, scalable solutions for vulnerable youth and has over two decades of experience in leadership roles in both the non-profit and business sectors. From 2012-2014 he chaired the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Agenda Council on Youth Unemployment, and he currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Future of Jobs Global Agenda Council. At the WEF Meeting of New Champions in 2012, Jamie was named a Schwab Foundation Global Social Entrepreneur for the transformative impact that EFE is driving in youth employment.
Prior to joining EFE, Jamie was a Portfolio Manager at the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation (EMCF) in New York. As one of EMCF’s first portfolio managers, Jamie developed an innovative grantmaking approach--often referred to as “venture philanthropy”--that finds and selects proven youth nonprofits in the United States and helps them (with grants and intensive non-financial supports) to expand their services to reach hundreds of thousands of vulnerable youth across the country.
Before working with EMCF, Jamie was based in Brazil with the OTF Group, formerly of Monitor Consulting, where he worked with small and medium-sized businesses to develop their strategy and competitiveness expertise. Prior to that, Jamie worked for Ashoka Innovators for the Public where he launched new program strategies to support leading social entrepreneurs in the United States and around the world. Early in his career, Jamie participated in Teach for America, a nonprofit that places college graduates in struggling, low-income schools to teach for a minimum of two years.
Jamie earned an M.A. in International Relations at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a B.A. in Philosophy from Georgetown University. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and is frequently invited to address youth employment and jobs-related themes in the media and at global conferences.
Co-Founder and CEO, Purpose.com
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 2 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 40 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, and the Guardian named him one of the ten most influential voices on sustainability in the US. His work has been profiled in publications like Harvard Business Review, The Economist and The New York Times.
Jeremy has been a keynote speaker at venues such as the World Economic Forum at Davos, TED, the RSA, Chatham House, the United Nations, Blair House, The Economist Big Rethink, The Guardian Activate, Social Media Week and the Business Innovation Factory.
John C. Lechleiter, Ph.D.
Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, Eli Lilly and Company
John Lechleiter has served as president and chief executive officer of Eli Lilly and Company since April 1, 2008. He became chairman of the board of directors on January 1, 2009.
John joined Lilly in 1979 as a senior organic chemist in process research and development and became head of that department in 1982. In 1984, he began serving as director of pharmaceutical product development for the Lilly Research Centre Limited in Windlesham, England. He later held roles in project management, regulatory affairs, product development, and pharma operations. In 2005, he was named president and chief operating officer and joined the board of directors.
John earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Xavier University and master’s and doctoral degrees in organic chemistry from Harvard University. John has received honorary doctorates from Marian University (Indianapolis, Indiana), the University of Indianapolis, the National University of Ireland, Indiana University, and Franklin College.
Lechleiter is a member of the American Chemical Society and Business Roundtable. He serves on the board of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), as chairman of the U.S.-Japan Business Council and of United Way Worldwide, and on the boards of the Life Sciences Foundation, and the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership. He also serves on the boards of Nike, Inc. and Ford Motor Company.
Daniel Jae-Won Lee
Executive Director, Levi Strauss Foundation
Daniel Jae-Won Lee is the Executive Director of the Levi Strauss Foundation, a position he has held since October 2008. His service at the Foundation began in 2003 and has included roles as Program Manager for the Asia Pacific Division in Singapore and Director of Global Grantmaking Programs. Driven by the enduring values of Levi Strauss & Co. (originality, empathy, integrity and courage), the Foundation supports pioneering social change globally in communities touched by the business. Its grantmaking focuses on advancing the rights and well-being of apparel workers, addressing HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination, helping low-income people save and invest in their future, and advancing social justice. During his tenure, the Foundation’s signature initiatives have included “Pioneers in Justice,” equipping next-generation social justice leaders in San Francisco to amplify their reach and impact through the power of technology and networks; and “Improving Worker Well-being,” spurring partnerships with the company, its key suppliers and local partners for social and business impact.
He is currently a Board member of the Council on Foundations, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy and Funders Concerned about AIDS (FCAA). He is an International Advisory Board and former Board member of the Astraea Foundation, a member of the Asia-Oceania Advisory Council of the Global Fund for Women, and a founding board member of the Massachusetts Asian AIDS Prevention Project. Prior to joining the Foundation, he was the Senior Program Officer for Asia Pacific at the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. He received his undergraduate degree in religion and history from Princeton University and a Master of Divinity from Harvard University.
Vice Chairman, Investment Banking, Barclays
Barbara Byrne is a Vice Chairman in the Investment Banking Division at Barclays, responsible for leading the firm’s global relationships with multinational corporate clients. She is a member of Barclays Senior Leadership Group and is Chairman of Barclays Social Innovation Facility, a crossbusiness resource dedicated to the development of self-sustaining global commercial solutions to social challenges.
Ms. Byrne has over 30 years of financial services experience and has been at the forefront of developing longstanding partnerships with some of Barclays’ most important corporate clients. She has held senior management positions in Energy and Technology investment banking groups, managed cross business teams, and was the primary architect of several of the firm’s marquee transactions.
Ms. Byrne participates in industry conferences as a forum leader on strategic issues and trends facing the financial sector. She speaks frequently on behalf of women in business, finance and
leadership. She has attended Fortune’s Most Powerful Women’s Summit for over 10 years and leads Barclays’ strategic partnership with Clinton Global Initiative. In 2012, Ms. Byrne was named one of the “100 Women to Watch” by the Cranfield School of Management. For the past 4 years, she was ranked by American Banker as one of the “25 Most Powerful Women in Finance.” She is a member of The Council on Foreign Relations and The Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society. She also serves on the New York City Board of the British-American Business Council and on the Investment Committee for the non-profit organization, Catalyst.
Ann M. Veneman
United States Secretary of Agriculture (2001-2005)
Ann M. Veneman has a distinguished career in public service, serving as the Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) from 2005 to 2010 and as the United States Secretary of Agriculture from 2001 to 2005. Veneman’s leadership and vision has been recognized both nationally and internationally. In 2009 she was named to the Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women list, and she has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors.
At UNICEF Veneman directed a staff of over 11,000 in more than 150 countries around the world. She worked to support child health and nutrition, quality basic education for all, access to clean water and sanitation and the protection of children and women from violence, exploitation and HIV/AIDS. She traveled to more than seventy countries to review the plight of children, to witness the devastation caused by natural disaster, conflict, disease and exploitation, and to advance programs aimed at improving and saving lives.
As Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Veneman directed one of most diverse federal agencies with a budget of $113 billion and 110,000 employees. She also served as Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture from 1995 to 1999, overseeing the state agency responsible for nation’s largest agricultural producing region. From 1986 to 1993, she served in various positions in the USDA, including Deputy Secretary, Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs, and Associate Administrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service. At USDA, Veneman advanced an expanded trade agenda, food protection, progressive farm policy, responsible forest policy, and stronger nutrition programs.
Veneman currently serves on the boards of directors for Alexion, and Nestlé S.A. Alexion is a global biopharmaceutical company that combines groundbreaking science with a steadfast commitment to meeting the needs of patients living with severe, life-threatening and often ultra-rare diseases. Nestlé is the world's leading nutrition, health and wellness company, providing consumers a wide range of food and beverage products. Veneman is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and The Trilateral Commission. She is a frequent speaker on a range of topics including poverty alleviation, empowering women and girls, food security and nutrition, and global health.
Throughout her career Veneman has served on a number of advisory councils, committees and non-profit boards, particularly those involving higher education. Currently she is on the boards of the National 4-H Council, Malaria No More, the Global Innovative Health Technology Fund and Landesa. She is also a co-chair of the Bipartisan Policy Center initiative on Obesity and Physical Activity and on the Bipartisan Policy Center Commission on Political Reform. She serves on the advisory boards of BRAC, The Resolution Project, The FEED Project, Pencils of Promise, Roosevelt House, Terra Vesco, the Chicago Council’s Global Agricultural Development Initiative, the Omega Women’s Leadership Center, Living Goods, Runa Tea, Aloha, Driptech and The Georgetown University Business, Society and Public Policy Initiative. In 2012 she served as a fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health and the U.C. Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy. She is also a member of the Hilton Humanitarian Prize Jury.
A lawyer by training, Veneman has practiced law in both California and in Washington DC. Early in her career, she was a deputy public defender. Veneman holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California, Davis; a master’s degree in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley; and a juris doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She has been awarded honorary doctorate degrees from several universities and colleges.
Chief Sustainability Officer, The Coca-Cola Company
Bea Perez is Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) of The Coca-Cola Company. Bea created and now drives a global Sustainability strategy that’s growing the business while making a positive difference for people, communities and the environment. The strategy is helping the Coca-Cola System to economically empower 5 million women, replenish 100% of the water it uses and ensure consumers find the energy balance that’s right for them. Bea is also leading the System’s efforts to integrate Sustainability deeper into the business so that it’s embedded in how Coca-Cola operates. You can read more about the company’s Sustainability programs and progress here.
Prior to becoming Coca-Cola’s first CSO, Bea served as the Chief Marketing Officer for the company’s North American Division. As one of the Company’s top marketers, she helped bring brands to life for consumers by developing strategic partnerships with NASCAR, PGA, NBA, LeBron James, American Idol, the OSCARS, Ryan Seacrest and others. Bea and her team created the Coca-Cola Racing Family as part of their award-winning Motorsports marketing platform, which launched Coca-Cola as the Official Soft Drink of NASCAR. They also created the Coke Digital Network, an innovation in how companies engaged and communicated with consumers.
Bea has been recognized in a number of ways for her business success and Sustainability leadership. She is a member of the American Advertising Hall of Achievement and the Sports Business Journal’s Hall of Fame. In 2014, Hispanic Executive magazine included Bea in its list of Top 10 Leaders, and she was named as one of the “10 Most Powerful Women in Sustainability” by Green Building & Design magazine. Bea also was recognized as a “Conservation Trailblazer” by The Trust for the Public Land for her leadership in helping to conserve and preserve some of the world’s most important waterways. She has been featured as one of the 25 Most Powerful Latinas on CNN En Espanol and in People en Español.
Bea serves on the boards of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation, the USO, Save the Children, The Boy Scouts of America, Primerica, International Council on Women's Business Leadership and The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. She lives in Atlanta, where she spends her free time outdoors with her family.
Global Leader, Sustainability and Climate Change, PriceWaterhouse Coopers
Malcolm Preston is global sustainability leader at PwC leading a 700-strong team of sustainability and climate change experts.
Malcolm is an “expert generalist” on numerous sustainability issues, but has a particular interest in how companies measure and manage the total impact of their operations in a more holistic manner. By valuing social, environmental, tax and economic impacts, he believes business leaders will have more insight to compare the overall impact of their strategies and investment choices and so be able to manage/optimise the trade-offs—a new system for managing business.
Sustainability is not an issue that can be managed in isolation. Malcolm focuses on ensuring sustainability considerations are embedded through all PwC’s services including reporting and assurance; complying with regulation and taxes; mitigation of and adapting to climate change; international development; investment decisions; and supply chain resilience. It also plays a critical role in the trust, transparency and reputation agendas.
Malcolm spends most of his time engaging with the C-suite on these issues. He is an accomplished speaker, most recently speaking at the United Nations MDG Innovation Forum hosted by Ban Ki-moon, and at the NY Stock Exchange to launch the 2013 CDP report.
A graduate in oceanography, Malcolm joined Coopers & Lybrand and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1986. After spells working in the U.S., Australia and Zambia, he became a Partner in 1996. During his career he has advised large multinationals, entrepreneurial start-ups and led the e-business team in the early 2000’s. He has led the Sustainability & Climate Change team since 2008.
Malcolm was born to travel, not so much to see the sights, but to meet the people and learn about the culture. He has driven across every continent in the world – except Antarctica. His mantra is twofold: (1) never fly over somewhere if you have the time to do it by land, and (2) leave the places you visit as you find them.
President & CEO, TechnoServe
Will Warshauer is the president and CEO of TechnoServe, a nonprofit that works with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses and industries. In his leadership role, Will is responsible for overall progress toward the achievement of TechnoServe's mission.
Will brings more than 25 years of experience in international development and the private sector to his position. He launched his career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone and has since worked in over 40 developing countries. Prior to joining TechnoServe, Will served as chief operating officer of Pact, Inc. and as president of the Pact Global Microfinance Fund – one of the world's largest microfinance institutions – which made over $120 million in loans to poor rural women in 2013. Previously, Will served as executive vice president for health and development solutions with Voxiva Inc., where he led the development of innovative, mobile phone-based health information systems. As a former executive vice president at PSI, he led initiatives such as the development of the organization’s global strategic plan and oversaw a $90 million portfolio of health programs in Africa.
Will is a regular guest lecturer at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia on the topic of social entrepreneurship. He has been a featured speaker at the Net Impact Conference, Harvard’s Social Enterprise Conference and the American Marketing Association. Will has served on a variety of non-profit boards.
Will graduated with honors from Yale University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in English, and received a master’s degree in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. He is a native of Washington, D.C., where he lives with his wife and daughter.
“I have admired TechnoServe for many years and have been consistently impressed by the caliber of its staff and its cutting-edge approaches. Most of my career has been spent applying business solutions to development challenges, and I have seen firsthand the great leverage and power in that approach. Going forward, as more and more corporations look for shared value opportunities, and as foreign investment continues to dwarf official aid flows, TechnoServe's mission and skills will be more relevant than ever."
Chief Executive, Discovery
Gore launched Discovery in South Africa in 1992, with a simple and core purpose of making people healthier and enhancing and protecting their lives. Discovery has since evolved into a diversified and multinational financial services group. Discovery is widely acknowledged as a global thought leader in wellness behavioural change and its integration with health, life and short-term insurance.
Discovery listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in 1997, and under Adrian’s leadership, has expanded its international reach to the United Kingdom, United States and Asia. Discovery generates total income flows in excess of $6 billion and has over 8 000 employees globally serving seven million customers world-wide.
Adrian graduated from Wits University in 1986. He is a Fellow of the Actuarial Society of South Africa, a Fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries (Edinburgh), an Associate of the Society of Actuaries (Chicago), and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. In 1998, Adrian was recognised as South Africa’s Best Entrepreneur by Ernst & Young, and in 2004 was chosen as South Africa’s leading CEO in the annual MoneyWeb CEO’s CEO of the Year Awards. In 2008 he received the Investec Award for Considerable Contribution in a Career/Profession, and in 2010, was named as the Sunday Times Business Leader of the Year.
Adrian chairs the South African chapter of Endeavor—a global non-profit organisation that identifies and assists high-growth entrepreneurs. He sits on the World Economic Forum Industry Agenda Council on Future Health, which is committed to improving global healthcare. In addition, Adrian sits on the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health Board of Overseers, the World Health Organisation Commission to end Childhood Obesity and on the Massachusetts General Hospital Global Health Advisory Board, whose mandate is to enhance care for the world’s most vulnerable populations, as well as to educate and prepare the next generation of health leaders and educators.
Executive Director, Vitality Institute
Derek Yach has focused his career on advancing global health. He is currently the Executive Director of the Vitality Institute.
Prior to that he was Senior Vice President of Global Health and Agriculture Policy at PepsiCo where he supported portfolio transformation and led engagement with major international groups as well as new African initiatives at the nexus of agriculture and nutrition. He has headed global health at the Rockefeller Foundation, been a Professor of Global Health at Yale University, and is a former Executive Director for Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health of the World Health Organization (WHO). At WHO, Dr. Yach served as cabinet director under Director-General Gro Harlem Brundtland, where he led the development of WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and the Global Strategy on Diet and Physical Activity. Yach established the Centre for Epidemiological Research at the South African Medical Research Council. He has authored or co-authored over 200 articles covering the breadth of global health, regularly publishes blog posts, and is cited by the Huffington Post, The New York Times and The Economist. Dr. Yach serves on several advisory boards including those of the Clinton Global Initiative, the New York Academy of Sciences, the World Economic Forum, the NIH’s Fogarty International Centre, the Mass General Global Health Board and PepsiCo’s Scientific Advisory Board. He is Chairman of the Board of Cornerstone Capital. His degrees include an MBChB from the University of Cape Town, BSc (Hons Epi) from the University of Stellenbosch; an MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; and a DSc (Honoris Causa) from Georgetown University. He lives in Connecticut, USA and is an avid swimmer.
President and CEO, REDF
REDF’s President and CEO, Carla Javits, provides the leadership and vision that drives its mission to provide equity-like investments and business assistance to “double bottom line” social enterprises, which run money-making businesses in order to employ people facing the greatest barriers to work. Inspired by the leadership of REDF’s founder, George R. Roberts, Carla focuses on achieving measurable results by leveraging the business community’s knowledge, networks, and resources, and the mission of the nonprofit to create jobs and tackle the challenges of homelessness, incarceration, mental health, and addiction. In fighting to end social injustice, Carla is carrying on the cause championed by her father, New York Senator Jacob Javits.
In overseeing strategy, relationship building, and fundraising, Carla works directly with the leadership team as well as the Board of Directors and Advisory Council that are instrumental to REDF’s success. In leading an expansion from the Bay Area to new horizons in Southern California, Carla has laid the foundation for REDF to impact the lives of many more people nationwide. Under Carla’s leadership, REDF was awarded a federal Social Innovation Fund grant by the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the Los Angeles Business Times Nonprofit Social Enterprise of the Year award in 2013. San Francisco Magazine recognized Carla in their list of Powerful Bay Area Philanthropists.
Before coming to REDF, Carla was the national President and CEO of the Corporation for Supportive Housing, where she was responsible for providing grants, loans, and technical assistance to service-enriched housing initiatives that ended homelessness for tens of thousands. She was Program Analyst with the California Office of the Legislative Analyst and Director of Policy and Planning for the San Francisco Department of Social Services.
Carla holds a BA and Master’s in Public Policy from UC Berkeley. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Social Enterprise Alliance and the Melville Charitable Trust and as an Advisor to the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship at Duke University. She is a member of the Advisory Committee of The Philanthropic Initiative as well as the Insight Center for Community Economic Development National Advisory Board.
Gary M. Cohen
Executive Vice President, BD
Gary Cohen is Executive Vice President and President, Global Health and Development at BD (Becton, Dickinson & Co), a global medical technology company with over 45,000 employees in 50 countries. He is also acting CEO of GBCHealth and a board director of the CDC Foundation, Perrigo Company, U.S. Fund for UNICEF and Accordia Global Health Foundation. He serves as a Vice Chair of the UN Special Envoy’s Office for Financing the Health-Related MDGs and recently served on the UN Commission on Life Saving Commodities for Women and Children. Mr. Cohen founded Together for Girls, a partnership of five UN agencies led by UNICEF, the CDC, U.S. Department of State and others to end violence against children, particularly sexual violence against girls. He is a member of the UN Secretary General’s Network of Engaged Men Leaders, associated with the UNITE campaign to end violence against women and girls. He holds BA and MBA degrees from Rutgers and previously served on the university’s board of trustees.
President and CEO, PSI
Karl Hofmann is the President and CEO of the global health organization PSI (Population Services International). PSI uses proven business practices like marketing and franchising to tackle serious challenges like a lack of family planning, HIV and AIDS, barriers to maternal health, and the greatest threats to children under five, including malaria, diarrhea, pneumonia and malnutrition
For over 40 years, PSI has measurably improved the health of people in the developing world, making it easier for them to lead healthier lives and plan the families they desire by marketing affordable products and services. PSI works in partnership with local governments, ministries of health and local organizations to create health solutions that are built to last.
After being named President and CEO in 2007, Mr. Hofmann led PSI on its strategic path to double health impact between 2007 and 2011. In 2013 alone, PSI provided over 38 million years that would have been lost to death or disability (DALYs), provided almost 23 million years of contraceptive protection to couples (CYPs), prevented over 5.6 million unintended pregnancies, over 250 thousand deaths from HIV, and over 250 thousand deaths from malaria.
As PSI looks to the future, the organization will focus on developing new and innovative models for expanding access to health care, products and services to address the ever-changing health burden faced by those living in resource-poor communities around the world.
Prior to joining PSI, Mr. Hofmann was a career American diplomat for 23 years. He served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Togo, Executive Secretary of the Department of State, and Deputy Chief of Mission (senior career diplomat) at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France.
Mr. Hofmann is a graduate of Georgetown University and the National Defense University. He is a director of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy, a Director of the One Acre Fund, President of the TB Alliance’s Stakeholder Association and a Director of the Alliance, a member of the External Board of Advisors of Pennsylvania State University’s School of International Affairs, and Vice Chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Population Dynamics.
Chairman, Shared Value Initiative-India
Dr. Amit Kapoor is President & CEO of India Council on Competitiveness; Honorary Chairman at Institute for Competitiveness, India Editor-in-Chief of Thinkers (Magazine). He is chair for the Shared Value Initiative India, sits on the board of Competitiveness initiatives in Mexico, Netherlands, Italy & France; Member of the Board of Strategic Management Forum in addition to being advisor to Thinkers50 and participant with the Global Solutions Network. He is an affiliate faculty for the Microeconomics of Competitiveness & Value Based Health Care Delivery courses of Institute of Strategy and Competitiveness, Harvard Business School and an instructor with Harvard Business Publishing in the area of Strategy, Competitiveness and Business Models. He has been inducted into the Microeconomics of Competitiveness Network Hall of Fame that is administered by Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School.
Amit is a Ph.D. in Industrial Economics and Business Strategy and has received the Ruth Greene Memorial Award winner for writing the best case of the year, by North American Case Research Association (NACRA). He has been invited by Kennedy School of Government & Harvard Law School, Harvard University; Pennsylvania State University, Stanford University, World Economic Forum to present his views on various issues and themes like strategy, outsourcing and economic development. Amit is the author of India City Competitiveness Report, India State Competitiveness Report, India Manufacturing Competitiveness Report, India State Sustainability Report, Livability Report, Creative Economy of Indian States, Creating Economy of Indian Cities et al.
He is also been a columnist with Mint, Financial Express, Outlook Business & Governance Now in addition to penning down academic pieces. Presently he writes a weekly column with IANS and Business Insider. Based on his work three awards have been constituted within the country titled “State Competitiveness Awards” by Mint & Hindustan Times wherein the Chief Ministers are awarded; City Competitiveness Awards by ABP News wherein City Heads are awarded and “Institute for Competitiveness Mint Strategy Awards” wherein the corporates are awarded for their strategic acumen. He chairs the jury and curates Porter Prize in addition to curating events like Competitiveness Forum, Thinkers 50 (India) etc.
He is presently finalizing his book on Strategy in India (tentatively titled Rannya) that is being published by Penguin Random House in January 2016. He tweets @arthsastra and @kautiliya and can be reached at email@example.com.
Global Head of Public Affairs, Nestlé
Mrs. Janet Voûte became responsible for Global Public Affairs at Nestlé in December 2010. She is the chairman of the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Council, a member of the Nestlé-in-Society Board and is responsible for driving the Creating Shared Value Initiative including the Nestlé in Society: Creating Shared Value Reporting, Global CSV Forum and Stakeholder engagement. Mrs. Voûte plays a leading role in Nestlé’s engagement to address the double-burden of malnutrition.
Prior to joining Nestlé, Mrs. Janet Voûte served as Partnership Adviser at the World Health Organization in the Non-communicable Disease and Mental Health Cluster.
From 2000-2008, Mrs. Voûte served as CEO of the World Heart Federation, a global NGO dedicated to the prevention and control of heart disease and stroke.
Janet Voûte began her career in strategy consulting with Bain & Company in Paris, Munich, Zürich and Geneva. As Vice President/Partner she focused on the food and health sectors.
Peter Yates AM
Chairman, Shared Value Project
Peter is Deputy Chairman of The Myer Family Investments Ltd and a Director of AIA Australia Limited. He is Chairman of the Royal Institution of Australia, the Australian Science Media Centre, the Faculty of Business and Economics at Melbourne University, the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Shared Value Project and Deputy Chairman of Asialink. Peter is a Director of the Royal Children’s Hospital, the Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology at UNSW, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the NHMRC Centre for Personalised Immunology at ANU. From 2004-2007 Peter was Managing Director of Oceania Capital Partners and held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Publishing and Broadcasting Limited from 2001-2004. Until 2001 he worked in the Investment Banking industry including 15 years with Macquarie Bank. He holds a Doctorate of the University from Murdoch University, a Masters degree from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a Commerce degree from Melbourne. He speaks Japanese, having studied at Keio University in Tokyo. Peter has been a director of Publishing and Broadcasting, Crown Ltd, Foxtel Ltd, The Nine Network, Ninemsn, ticketek, Veda Ltd, Oceania Capital Partners Ltd, the National Portrait Gallery, The Melbourne International Arts Festival, Centre for Independent Studies, MOKO.mobi and the Australia-Japan Foundation.In the June 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours, Peter was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for service to education, to the financial services industry and to a range of arts, science and charitable organisations.
Heekyung Jo Min
Executive Vice President and Executive Director of CSV Management Dept., CJ Group
Heekyung Jo Min is the Executive Vice President and Executive Director of CSV Management Department of CJ Corporation in Korea. Her role as a business leader and social innovator is to create a sustainable future for CJ Group by driving and coordinating CSV and CSR efforts. She oversees CJ’s core values that accelerate the social and business innovation.
Her commitment to creating shared value was developed through her experience in both government and private companies with extensive experience in HR, Finance and Intercultural Management.
In her role as the Director General of the Business Opportunity Bureau at the Incheon Free Economic Zone (IFEZ) in Incheon, Korea, she was responsible for promoting Korea to the global society.
Her experience in the financial sector in New York, Tokyo and London includes the Bank of New York, The Apogee Finance Group, UFJ Tokyo-Mitsubishi (formerly Sanwa) and Prudential Investment and Securities, and Deloitte & Touche in New York.
She holds an MBA in Finance and Accounting from Columbia University, and a BA in Music from Seoul National University.
Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Koç Holding
Burcu Gündüz received her BS and MS degrees from Middle East Technical University, Department of Political Science and Public Administration. Her graduate studies focused on the changing boundaries of CSR and redefinition of systems of regulation. She started her career at the YADA Foundation, working on the social impact assessment and monitoring-evaluation of CSR and capacity-building projects. She, then, served as the Representative Coordinator of the largest environmental NGO of Turkey, TEMA Foundation, and coordinated the activities of volunteers functioning in 72 cities. In 2008, she joined the Istanbul Private Sector Office of the United Nations Development Programme. From 2008 to 2010, she managed the Life Plus Youth Program on behalf of the program partners Coca-Cola Turkey and UNDP. Since 2010, she is working in Koç Holding as Corporate Social Responsibility Manager. She is responsible for the CSR and sustainability strategy of Koç Holding as well as the design of the Group’s social development projects, such as "Vocational Education: A Crucial Matter for the Nation". She is also a member of the board of directors at the Corporate Volunteers Association.
Dr. Allan Pamba
VP of Pharmaceuticals, East Africa, GlaxoSmithkline
Dr Pamba works with GlaxoSmithkline (GSK) as VP, Pharmaceuticals, East Africa and Government Affairs, Africa. He is responsible for GSK commercial operations in 9 Eastern Africa countries. His role is focused on driving sustainable delivery of medicines & vaccines via innovative business models. He leads GSK’s engagement & partnership with governments & other Global Health stakeholders in Africa towards better Healthcare Access.
Dr Pamba is also the Co-Chair of the UN, Every Woman Every Child Innovation Working Group (IWG), a role he shares with Dr Peter Singer. The Innovation Working Group (IWG) was created in 2010 to tap into the potential of innovations that can accelerate progress towards the health MDGs, in support of the Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health. It is part of the UN secretary general’s Every Woman Every Child Initiative (EWEC).
Prior to GSK, Dr Pamba trained & worked as a physician in Kenya. He worked in clinical care at various levels of health delivery including Government service, rural mission hospitals & research hospitals. He conducted clinical trials on management of severe Malaria in children at the Wellcome-Trust Research Unit in Kilifi Kenya and has published several papers on malaria. Dr Pamba set up one of the first HIV Comprehensive Care Clinics in government service in Kenya benefitting from PEPFAR funding. He has a special interest in equitable access to healthcare & over-all economic & social development in developing countries across Africa & Asia.
Co-Founder and Director, Ecolour
Zoe Piper has over 16 years experience across management consulting, technology, manufacturing and investment. She has a strong interest in cross-sector interaction and is actively engaged in a range of roles and appointments. Highly experienced in assisting organisations (both public and private) to analyse and enhance performance, Zoe regularly facilitates professional connections and collaborations.
In 2009 Zoe co-founded Ecolour, an Australian based manufacturer of premium quality, non-toxic paint that is now widely distributed. Zoe is an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (Chairing the AIM ACT Regional Council) and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has studied in the USA, Europe and China, and her qualifications include an MBA, Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Communication. Zoe is currently undertaking a PhD (Public Policy: cross-sector collaboration) at the Australian National University.
Global Sustainability and Stakeholder Engagement Lead, Monsanto Company
Martha leads Monsanto’s Global Sustainability and Stakeholder Engagement efforts as a part of the Corporate Engagement team. In this role, Martha works with stakeholders across the Monsanto value chain to find shared opportunities and value for providing healthy and abundant food to a growing world and to work collaboratively externally and internally to identify, set and measure key parameters to ensure the ability of our business to meet the needs of a growing plant in a sustainable way.
Martha has over 25 years of direct agricultural industry experience from previous roles at Monsanto, leading a not for profit, and leading Technology and Business Development for a London based renewables company. Martha has held roles within Monsanto leading the Environmental and Regulatory Sciences and Regulatory Policy Groups, the Agricultural Biotech Crop Teams, Office of the President, and the US Western Corn Belt Commercial Business.
Martha has a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Indiana University, a Ph.D. in Bio-organic Chemistry from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Martha serves as an advisor to the current U.S. Secretary of Energy, as a Trustee for the St. Louis Academy of Science, as a member of the United States Department of Energy Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee, as a member of the Strategic Technology Council to Nidus Research Partners, and as an industry advisor to the International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy Research at Washington University in St. Louis, the Department of Agricultural Economics at University of Missouri - Columba, and the National Corn Grower Association.
Mary Ellen Iskenderian
President and CEO, Women’s World Banking
Mary Ellen Iskenderian is President and CEO of Women’s World Banking, the global nonprofit devoted to giving more low-income women access to the financial tools and resources they require to achieve security and prosperity. Ms. Iskenderian joined Women’s World Banking in 2006 and leads the Women’s World Banking global team, based in New York and also serves as a member of the Investment Committee of its $50 million impact investment fund. Prior to Women’s World Banking, Ms. Iskenderian worked for 17 years at the International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank. Before, she worked for the investment bank Lehman Brothers. Ms. Iskenderian is a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations, as well as a member of the Women’s Forum of New York. She serves as an Advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative, is a judge for the annual Financial Times/International Finance Corporation Sustainable Banking Awards and sits on the Board of Directors of Fair Trade USA. Ms. Iskenderian holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a Bachelor of Science in International Economics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
Senior Program Manager, Agricultural & Climate, Sustainable Food Lab
Daniella directs the Food Lab’s agriculture and climate work and serves as Deputy General Manager for the Cool Farm Alliance with the mission to enable millions of farmers globally to make more informed on-farm decisions that reduce their environmental footprint. Daniella has a background in cultural communications, journalism, environmental education, software engineering, project management and farming. She received her B.A. in Literature and Society from Brown University.
Global Head of Public Affairs, KKR
Ken Mehlman (New York) joined KKR in 2008 and is KKR’s Global Head of Public Affairs , helping the Firm assess and improve the companies in which it invests by better understanding and managing geopolitical risk and engaging with their key stakeholders. Mr. Mehlman also oversees the firm’s global external affairs activities, including corporate marketing, regulatory affairs and public policy & communications. Mr. Mehlman leads KKR's Environmental Social Governance (ESG) programs for the firm and its portfolio companies. Before joining KKR, Mr. Mehlman led a bipartisan public policy and regulatory practice at the global law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. Mr. Mehlman spent a dozen years in national politics and government service, including as 62nd Chairman of the Republican National Committee and Campaign Manager of President Bush's 2004 re-election campaign as well as in high level positions in Congress and the White House. Mr. Mehlman earned a B.A. from Franklin & Marshall College and holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Mr. Mehlman is Chairman of the Private Equity and Growth Capital Council, the association representing the private equity and growth capital industries, a trustee of Mt. Sinai Hospital of New York, Franklin & Marshall College, the American Foundation for Equal Rights, Sponsors of Educational Opportunity (SEO) and the Ideal School of Manhattan, Co-chairman of the American Enterprise Institute’s National Council, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Angela Simo Brown
Head Social Change Strategy & Innovation, LoyaltyOne
Angela leads social change strategy and innovation for LoyaltyOne, owner and operator of the AIR MILES Reward Program, Canada’s premier coalition loyalty program. Her focus is developing programs and businesses within LoyaltyOne that make a positive difference in Canadians’ lives while benefiting LoyaltyOne’s bottom line and LoyaltyOne’s partners’ bottom line using the shared value model.
Throughout her 18 year tenure at LoyaltyOne, Angela has held a range of leadership roles focusing on development of leading edge strategic initiatives, most notably co-founding and running the organization’s first social change venture, AIR MILES for Social Change. Angela’s thought leadership spearheaded numerous innovative cross-sector partnerships and consumer programs that use the powerful reach and popularity of AIR MILES to inspire and reward Canadians to make healthy and environmentally-friendly choices.
As a recipient of the Women's Executive Network’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada award, Angela has been widely recognized for her vision and leadership around creating positive social change. An engaging speaker, Angela has spoken at many conferences throughout North America about the power of creating shared value using social change and cause marketing strategies. Her innovative ideas and programs have been featured widely in news outlets across Canada.
Vice Chair, MDG Health Alliance
Leith Greenslade is a Vice-Chair at the MDG Health Alliance, a special initiative of the UN Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals in support of the UN Secretary-General’s Every Woman, Every Child movement, where she leads efforts to build public-private partnerships in maternal and child health, with a special focus on shared value partnerships with leading companies from the health, food and beverage, consumer goods, extractive and communications sectors. Leith is the co-founder and chair of an investment circle that supports women social entrepreneurs working in low resource settings and has also served on the US Board of GAVI, The Vaccine Alliance and in several positions with the Australian Government, including as Policy Advisor and Speechwriter to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health; as Economic Adviser to the Leader of the Opposition; and as Chief of Staff to the Shadow Minister for Social Security and the Status of Women. Leith holds a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, a Masters in Business Administration from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a First Class Honors Degree from the University of Queensland.
Dr. Maarten van Herpen
Head, Philips Africa Innovation Hub
Maarten van Herpen was appointed as Head of the Philips Africa Innovation Hub in September 2013, making him responsible for Philips’ pan-African research and innovation projects across the continent. He is leading a team of scientists and (social) entrepreneurs with the mission to improve the lives of people in Africa through meaningful innovation. His objective is to adapt the Philips product portfolio to meet the specific needs of the local market in Africa, by scouting for new innovations and by developing these innovations into businesses.
Mr. van Herpen has been working at Philips as scientist, inventor and corporate entrepreneur since 2004. He has been a pioneer in a wide variety of topics, ranging from pure technology to healthcare and LED lighting. He currently holds 184 patent applications which he generated in the past 8 years, of which 90 are already granted in the US. This makes him one of the top inventors at Philips.
He has founded and managed 3 corporate ventures through the first stages of development within Philips' corporate entrepreneurship programs.
Mr. Van Herpen, born in The Netherlands in 1976, has a PhD in Physics and a Master in Business Innovation. His combined background in physics and business has allowed him a unique perspective to use his creativity to do new technical inventions, and subsequently to take these inventions to the market with a new business model.
In 2013, he was honored by the World Economic Forum as one of the Global Young Scientists 2013, a group of scientists with a proven track record of advancing the frontiers of science, engineering or technology in areas of high societal impact; all under the age of 40. In 2014 he became a member of the WEF Global Agenda Council on Social Innovation.
“What I personally find exciting about doing innovation in Africa is that we have the opportunity to innovate and create completely new solutions and new ways of working; this makes it much easier to create breakthrough innovations”, says Mr. Van Herpen. “For example, in Africa there is a huge shortage of doctors, and that is not going to change anytime soon. So we need to innovate to empower other health workers to become care givers, while at the same time lowering the cost of care. I believe that in this way we will create new healthcare innovations that will become the solutions for the future in the rest of the world, where healthcare spending is now rising to unsustainable levels.”
Chief of Strategy, Structured and Corporate Finance, Inter-American Development Bank
Kelle Bevine is Chief of Strategy within IDB’s Structured and Corporate Finance Department (SCF), managing a team of professionals to facilitate greater social and climate impact in IDB private sector operations. With an aim to drive sustainable business performance, she and team advise IDB clients on a range of green growth and social impact opportunities, including energy efficiency, climate-smart agriculture and ecosystem services, as well as generating social value creation through shared value and gender lens appraisals. She also manages IDB’s donor-funded blended capital instruments providing concessional climate finance to IDB private sector projects. Prior to joining IDB management, Ms. Bevine held positions in operations as Chief Advisor to the General Manager and Lead Investment Officer specialized in securitized transactions for IDB capital market deals in Mexico.
Previously, Ms. Bevine served as Counselor to the U.S. Executive Director to the IDB, after five years as an international economist with the U.S. Treasury Department and The White House. She began her career trading derivatives at Dean Witter in New York, and is licensed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to trade stocks, bonds, futures and options. Ms. Bevine, a U.S. national, received a Master’s degree in international economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Chairman, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited
Mr Johanson is chairman of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited. He is also a Director and consultant to Grant Samuel with 30 years experience in a wide variety of merger and acquisition transactions and he is a member of the Australian Takeovers Panel.
Mr Johanson is also a director of the Robert Salzer Foundation, an arts foundation, and a sheep farmer.
Managing Director, Global Markets, The Rockefeller Foundation
John Irons, Ph.D., joined The Rockefeller Foundation in 2012. As Managing Director, Global Markets, he leads much of the Foundation’s work in the United States, particularly initiatives on employment, and advises initiative teams across the globe. His focus includes leading the Foundation’s work on Inclusive Economies, Youth Employment in the US, the Brookings–Rockefeller Project on State and Metropolitan Innovation, and other projects.
Prior to joining the Rockefeller Foundation, Dr. Irons was the Research Director at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. Previously, he was the Director of Tax and Budget Policy at The Center for American Progress; and a Senior Economic Analyst and Staff Economist at OMB Watch. Prior to moving to Washington, Dr. Irons was a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Economics at Amherst College. He has also worked at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and briefly at the Brookings Institution.
Dr. Irons has authored numerous reports and articles on a range of economic topics including tax and budget policy, labor markets, and macroeconomic policy. His articles have appeared in several journals including the Journal of Monetary Economics, the Journal of Applied Econometrics, the Review of Financial Economics, and the Eastern Economic Journal. Dr. Irons is co-editor of Testing Exogeneity, published by Oxford University Press. He has been a guest lecturer and has presented research at many colleges and universities including American University, Harvard University, Middlebury College, MIT, University of Missouri, University of Nebraska, and others.
He has also testified before the US House of Representatives’ Small Business Committee, the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. He has also testified before the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board (tax subcommittee), and the US Senate Special Committee on Aging.
Dr. Irons was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, as well as a Graduate Fellowship from the Harvard/MIT Research Training Group in Positive Political Economy. He has won several awards for his economics websites, including top-5 awards from The Economist and Forbes.
He has served on the Committee on Electronic Publishing of the American Economic Association, and on the board of nonprofit institutions, including the Coalition on Human Needs. He was elected to serve on the Board of Governors of the National Economists Club in Washington DC.
He has been quoted in numerous national and local print publications and has appeared on TV and radio programs, including CNN, CNBC, BBC, NPR’s Marketplace, C-Span, Bloomberg, the Diane Rhem Show, the Kojo Nnamdi Show, and others. He has been an occasional "econo-blogger" at the Wall Street Journal, and a contributor to the National Journal expert blog on the Economy.
Dr. Irons holds a B.A. with High Honors in economics from Swarthmore College, and a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
He is married to Jessica Jones Irons, former Executive Director of the National Humanities Alliance (Washington, DC). Dr. Irons and his wife currently reside in Princeton Junction, NJ, where they are raising their two young daughters.
Vice President Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs, IBM
Stanley S. Litow is IBM’s Vice President of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs and President of IBM’s Foundation. Under his leadership, IBM has been widely regarded as the global leader in Corporate Citizenship, and praised for societal and environmental leadership, labor practices, and civic leadership. Under Mr. Litow, IBM has developed innovative voice recognition technology to help children and adults learn to read, a humanitarian virtual supercomputer to speed research on cancer and AIDS, and new digital imaging technology to improve water quality. Mr. Litow helped devise IBM’s Corporate Service Corps, a corporate version of the Peace Corps, to train and deploy thousands of IBM’s future leaders; the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge, which is helping more than 100 cities worldwide become more effective; and the Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH), a grade 9 through 14 schools initiative to transform U.S. education and strengthen America’s economic competitiveness by connecting education to jobs. President Obama praised P-TECH in his 2013 and 2014 State of the Union addresses, and visited the first P-TECH school in 2013. P-TECH also has been profiled as a Harvard Business School Case Study, as a TIME Magazine cover story and in a PBS special.
Mr. Litow is a frequent keynote speaker and panelist at major conferences on philanthropy and corporate leadership in the U.S. and around the world. He has served as Chair of the Governor’s Panel on Common Core Education Standards, on the President’s Welfare-to-Work Commission, on the boards of the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative, The Citizens Budget Commission, The After-School Corporation and the Albert Shanker Institute. Currently, Stan also serves as a Governor’s appointee on the board of the State University of New York.
A prolific author, Mr. Litow has published articles and commentary in such outlets as: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, the Bush Center Blog,Corporate Responsibility, CRAIN’s New York Business, Education Week, HBS Working Papers,The Huffington Post, the MIT Innovations Journal, Newsday, The New York Times, the New York University Annual Survey of American Law, U.S. News & World Report, The Yale Law Journaland publications of the American Academy of Sciences.
Mr. Litow is the recipient of the Council on Foundations’ prestigious Robert W. Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking. He also has been recognized by the Anne Frank Center, the Coro Foundation and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, and has received the Urban Visionary Award from the Center for an Urban Future. Mr. Litow has twice been voted “CEO of the Year” byCorporate Responsibility Magazine, and IBM’s efforts to improve American education have won the company two Ron Brown Presidential Awards for Corporate Leadership.
Prior to joining IBM, Mr. Litow’s career in public and nonprofit leadership included service as Deputy Chancellor of the New York City Public Schools, founder and CEO of Interface, a nonprofit think tank, and as both a City and State Official appointed by the Mayor and Governor of New York.
Senior Vice President, Industrial Markets Business Development, Veolia
Dean currently leads Global industry development for Veolia where his key role is the progression of long term partnerships through the execution of the co creation of value. Veolia are today focused in the spheres of Water management, Waste management and Industrial Services as well as Energy management in particular energy production and efficiency. The company’s credo is resourcing the world and as such together with its key client is establishing new markets and operating methodologies within the circular economy.
Throughout his 22 years with Veolia Dean has worked across multiple countries and regions of the world almost exclusively with industry and almost always client facing. Deans’ experience has included the establishment and management of many industrial alliance contracting programs as well as non traditional value creation concepts across a wide range of industries.
Deans has a driving passion for the creation of mutually beneficial contracting relationships which not only benefit the partnering entities but also the community and the environment at large. Thus the steams of water waste and energy are a perfect fit for such a passion. Dean has been the executive sponsor for the Australian Reconciliation Acton Plan for Veolia and has led numerous community support programs.
Starting his working career as an electrical mechanic before moving into financial services and then returning to University to complete further studies and then move into executive management Dean has a broad feel for all levels of the business community.
Chairman, India Council on Competitiveness
Wilfried is Chairman of the Indian Council on Competitiveness, a sister organization of the US Council on Competitiveness.
Besides being a member of the jury for various initiatives such as the Porter Prize, AutoCar Professional, AutoTech Review, Manufacturing Technology, etc., Dr. Aulbur publishes regularly in leading dailies and industry focused publications. Wilfried is a regular speaker at key industry events. He also acts as a member of the Advisory board of companies, is a member of the advisory board of Manufacturing Technology and is a lecturer of Harvard Business Publishing. Wilfried is a mentor for the International Innovation Corps of the University of Chicago.
He works on issues of strategic relevance such as market entry into India and out of India into 2nd and 1st hemisphere markets, product portfolio optimization, customer segmentation, M&A, due diligence and partnership strategies. Besides strategy, his work in India is focused on operations, e.g., lean manufacturing, operational performance improvement and restructuring along the value chain.
His industry focus is Automotive, Industrials, Aerospace and Defense, as well as Engineering and IT service companies. However, he has worked in other areas such as Consumer Goods & Retail and Energy, Chemical & Utilities as well.
Wilfried is the Managing Partner of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in India and heads Roland Berger's Asia Automotive practice. He is the Chairman of Roland Berger Middle East.
Prior to his work with Roland Berger, Dr. Aulbur was the Managing Director and CEO of Mercedes-Benz India and responsible for the passenger cars, trucks and buses. He held various positions with Daimler in Europe, the US and India before that. Wilfried is a PhD in Physics with a focus on Computational Material Science.
Kate leads FSG’s Global Education practice and is a member of the firm’s leadership group. Her work focuses on helping organizations develop solutions to address the world's most pressing social issues, with a particular concentration in cross-sector partnerships, shared value, and catalytic philanthropy. In her 8 years at FSG, Kate has led dozens of engagements advising multinational corporations, foundations, international NGOs, and school districts on strategy, program design, market analyses, and evaluation. Representative clients include Microsoft, Intel, Intuit, SAP, The North Face, BlackRock, Target, PATH, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Mercy Corps. She has also co-authored a variety of papers on business engagement in global education, higher education reform, and economic opportunity for youth. She began her career as an educator in the San Francisco Unified School District where she developed and managed support services for at-risk high school youth and their families.
Michael E. Porter
Bishop William Lawrence University Professor, Harvard Business School
Michael E. Porter is a leading authority on competitive strategy, the competitiveness and economic development of nations, states, and regions, and the application of competitive principles to social problems such as the environment, health care delivery and corporate responsibility.
Professor Porter is generally recognized as the father of the modern strategy field, and has been identified in a variety of rankings and surveys as the world’s most influential thinker on management and competitiveness.
Currently the Bishop William Lawrence University Professor at the Harvard Business School, Professor Porter has authored 19 books and over 125 articles on strategy, competition and health care delivery. He has served as a counselor on strategy to the governments of many nations, to leading international corporations, and to nonprofit organizations. Professor Porter leads the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School, founded to support his work. His research on economic development in America's inner cities led to the founding of The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, a nonprofit initiative to catalyze inner-city business development, where he serves as Chairman. With Mark Kramer, he co-founded both FSG and The Center for Effective Philanthropy.
Professor Porter holds a Ph.D. and an M.B.A. from Harvard University and a B.S.E. in aerospace engineering from Princeton University. He has received over 30 major awards and honorary degrees, and was voted the most influential strategic thinker by the Strategic Management Society.
Co-Founder and Managing Director, FSG
Mark Kramer is co-founder and Managing Director of FSG, a nonprofit consulting firm established in 2000 and specializing in strategy, evaluation, and research. As the primary overseer of FSG‘s consulting practice, he helps drive the vision and growth of the firm and leads engagements across all of FSG’s impact areas, with a particular focus on shared value. A prolific author, Mr. Kramer’s work is featured regularly in major publications, and he is a frequent speaker around the world on topics in catalytic philanthropy, collective impact, creating shared value for corporations, new approaches to evaluation, impact investing, and social entrepreneurship. He is the co-author of four Harvard Business Review articles with Professor Michael E. Porter of Harvard Business School.