PGI brings leading families, private investors and organizations together with practitioners and entrepreneurs to generate solutions for the world’s less fortunate. We offer a powerful program to put new concepts into practice. The PGI 2013 program will focus on agriculture, education, financial services, healthcare, housing, and water. "Technologies for development" will be a cross-cutting theme addressed for each of the sectors. PGI panel discussions are forward-looking and designed to engage participants, by outlining models and emerging best practices to deal with global challenges.
Provocative speakers, innovative initiatives, global decision-makers and a focus on outcomes continue to define and distinguish our program.
Dr. Kiran Bedi, Iris Bohnet, and Sir Ronald Cohen to make keynote addresses at Partnering for Global Impact 2013.
Kiran Bedi became the first woman officer in the Indian Police Service in 1972 and rose to the highest rank in the force. Her expertise includes more than 35 years of creative and reformative policing and prison management. In 1994, she received the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award (also called the Asian Nobel Prize) for this work. She is the founder of two NGOs, Navjyoti and India Vision Foundation, which reach out to thousands of under -served children, women and men in the areas of education, vocational skills, environment, counseling, and health care to the urban and rural poor. Her NGOs run four community colleges, registered with the Indira Gandhi National Open University, to provide vocational and soft skills to Indian youth.
Currently, she is in the vanguard of the nationwide India Against Corruption movement led by Shri Anna Hazare. This compelled the Indian Parliament to unanimously pass the Jan Lokpal Bill, a resolution drafted by Team Anna accepting to deter corruption, compensate citizen grievances, and protect whistle-blowers.
Dr. Bedi has authored several books, including her autobiography I Dare, anchors radio and television shows, and is a columnist with leading newspapers and magazines. She has worked with the United Nations in New York as the Police Advisor to the Secretary General, in the Department of Peace Keeping Operations. She has also represented India in international forums on crime prevention, drug abuse, police and prison reforms and women’s issues and addressed audiences at American, British, European, and Indian Universities, as well as corporate and civil society groups.
She holds Masters and Doctorate degrees in Law and is also a postdoctoral Nehru Fellow. Dr. Bedi was a National and Asian Tennis champion.
Iris Bohnet, Professor of Public Policy, is the Academic Dean of the Harvard Kennedy School. She is also the director of the Women and Public Policy Program, an associate director of the Harvard Decision Science Laboratory, and the faculty chair of the executive program “Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century” for the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders. She serves on the boards of directors of Credit Suisse and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (HEID), as well as the Advisory Board of the Vienna University of Economics and Business, and numerous academic journals. She is a member of the Global Agenda Council on Women’s Empowerment of the World Economic Forum.
Professor Bohnet teaches decision-making, negotiation and gender in public policy and leadership in degree and executive programs, and has been engaged in the teaching, training and consulting of private and public sector leaders in the United States, Europe, India and the Middle East.
A behavioral economist combining insights from economics and psychology, her research focuses on questions of trust and decision-making, often with a gender or cross-cultural perspective. Her most recent research examines “gender equality nudges,” interventions that decrease the gender gaps in organizations, politics and society. Professor Bohnet’s academic work has been published in the best journals of her profession, including the American Economic Review, the American Political Science Review, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics. Her work has been profiled by leading media outlets around the world.
A Swiss citizen, she received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Zurich in 1997 and spent a year as a research fellow at the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley from 1997-1998. She joined the Harvard Kennedy School as an assistant professor in 1998 and was made full professor in 2006. She is married to Michael Zurcher, and she and her husband have two children. The family lives in Newton, Massachusetts, USA.
Sir Ronald Cohen is Chairman of The Portland Trust and Big Society Capital. He is a co-founder and director of Social Finance USA and was a co-founder of Bridges Ventures. In 2012 Sir Ronald received the Rockefeller Innovation Award for innovation in social finance.
He chaired the Social Investment Task Force (2000-2010) and the Commission on Unclaimed Assets (2005-2007). He was a co-founder and director of Social Finance UK (2007-11). He co-founded and was Executive Chairman of Apax Partners Worldwide LLP (1972-2005).
He was a founder director and Chairman of the British Venture Capital Association and a founder director of the European Venture Capital Association. He was also a founder and former Vice-Chairman of EASDAQ and a director of NASDAQ Europe.
He is a graduate of Oxford University, where he was President of the Oxford Union. He is an Honorary Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School to which he was awarded a Henry Fellowship.
He is a member of the Harvard University Board of Overseers, the Board of Dean’s Advisors at Harvard Business School, and a director of the Harvard Management Company. He is a Vice-Chairman of Ben Gurion University and a member of the University of Oxford Investment Committee. He is a former Trustee of the British Museum (2005-2012) and a former trustee of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (2005-2011).
In 2007, Sir Ronald published: “The Second Bounce of the Ball – Turning Risk into Opportunity”.
Claude Barras is the founding partner of Obviam, which manages SIFEM, the Swiss DFI. He has over 20 years of experience in development, investment and economic cooperation in developing and transition economies.
Claude began his career as an advisor to the Swiss Government in bilateral economic relations with Asian countries. Subsequently, he served as advisor to the Swiss Executive Director at the World Bank Group in Washington DC. From 1999 until the founding of SIFEM, Claude was in charge of managing SECO’s investment portfolio in SME-specializing private equity funds and direct SME investments.
Claude holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.
Kelle Bevine is the Chief of Strategy within the IDB’s Structured and Corporate Finance Department (SCF), a post she has held since 2011. As Chief of the SCF Strategy Unit, Ms. Bevine manages investment staff responsible for originating and executing private sector transactions in the social infrastructure sectors of health and education as well as a team dedicated to facilitating greater social and climate impact in all SCF operations, working closely with origination teams to identify and design sustainability opportunities aligned to strategy. Her responsibilities also include leading the department’s strategic communication, strategy implementation, training program and budget. She assumed the post of Chief of Strategy after serving three years as Chief Advisor to the SCF Manager. Prior to joining SCF Management, Ms. Bevine held positions in operations as Lead Investment Officer and specialized in securitized transactions while responsible for IDB capital market deals in Mexico.
Previously, Ms. Bevine served for three years as the 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.
Patricia M. Dinneen has focused on Emerging Markets for most of her 36-year career. She is currently a Managing Director at Siguler Guff & Company, a global multi-strategy private equity investment firm with over USD 10.0 billion in assets under management. Dr. Dinneen joined the firm in 2004 to build the BRIC private equity investment business, focusing on Brazil, Russia, India, China and select Frontier Markets. She has primary responsibility for overseeing the due diligence, selection and monitoring of funds and co-investments for the firm’s USD 2 billion BRIC strategy. Prior to joining Siguler Guff in 2004, Dr. Dinneen was at Cambridge Associates where she led research, client advisory work and due diligence in Emerging Markets private equity, including performance benchmarking. Prior to Cambridge, she spent ten years at British Telecommunications (BT), where she was involved in establishing over ten joint ventures in the Emerging Markets of Asia and Europe. Before BT, Dr. Dinneen worked at Hughes Communications, leading business projects to extend digital data and TV satellite communications in developed and Emerging Markets. She has also held positions at The RAND Corporation and the White House. Dr. Dinneen holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and a PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Jed Emerson works with a limited group of three families, each of whom is pursuing Total Portfolio Management approaches to impact investing wherein market-rate, near market and philanthropic capital is all managed on a sustainable/responsible and impact basis. He is Senior Strategist with Impact Assets, a nonprofit financial services firm offering an impact donor advised fund and educational resources to wealth advisors and their clients. Jed chairs the "IA-50" an annual landscape overview of impact funds offering an orientation to those new to impact investing regarding the themes and strategies of impact investment funds. He has written extensively on impact investing (co-authoring the first book on the topic), is the originator of the concept of Blended Value and has presented at the World Economic Forum, the Clinton Global Initiative and countless other events around the world.
Serena Guarnaschelli is a Partner in Dalberg’s Geneva office and leads Dalberg’s global Access to Finance practice, with a focus on impact investing, innovative finance and inclusive business models. She advises investors and donors on strategies and vehicles for investing in emerging markets across agriculture, education, energy, health, and SME finance. She supports companies with the design of inclusive business models and strategies, most recently in insurance, energy and water. Serena also advises investors and development finance institutions on impact assessments at the investment and portfolio levels, and has conducted multiple strategic evaluations of private sector development investments and funds in Africa, Asia and Europe.
Prior to Dalberg, Serena was a senior manager at McKinsey & Company, where she served Fortune 500 corporations in the financial services and private equity industries. Serena has also worked with Mercy Corps in Darfur, where she built an operational office providing public health and education support to 15,000 internally displaced people in a remote war-affected village.
Serena holds a PhD in Social Sciences from Caltech, with a specialization in Behavioral Economics, and has published articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Review of Financial Studies and American Political Science Review.
Karen has extensive expertise and experience in fund structuring, investment processes and fundraising. Prior to YSB, she was the Chief Financial Officer at Affectis AG and an advisor to B-to-V (Business Angel Network) in Switzerland. Before that, Karen was an Investment Manager at Apax Partners and a consultant at McKinsey & Co. She holds an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, and a M.Sc. in Biology from the University of Constance.
Gurmeet joined CDC in 2012 and is responsible for identifying and managing the investments made through DFID Impact Fund. Prior to joining CDC, she worked as a venture capital consultant for the Vestergaard Frandsen group in Lausanne, as an investment manager with The Children’s investment fund foundation (CIFF) in London and Michael and Susan Dell Foundation (MSDF) in India, and as a Manager in Corporate Finance at American Express in India, London and New York. Gurmeet holds an MBA degree from the Indian Institute of Management in Gujarat and an undergraduate degree in Economics from Delhi university in India.
John E. Morton brings more than fifteen years of experience in emerging markets, and environmental and economic policy. Prior to joining OPIC, John Morton was Managing Director of the Pew Economic Policy Group at The Pew Charitable Trusts. The Economic Policy Group focused on developing and promoting solutions to issues such as the growing U.S. deficit, the changing regulatory system in financial markets, and trends in economic mobility in the American middle class.
Prior to joining Pew, Mr. Morton served as director of National Security Policy for the John Kerry presidential campaign, where he coordinated the development of policy concerning Afghanistan, Russia and the former Soviet states, Africa, and on issues relating to democracy, human rights and economic development.
Previously, Mr. Morton was an investment officer with Global Environment Fund, where he oversaw global investments in sustainable forestry and the natural gas sector and developed the firm’s clean-energy practice. Mr. Morton also worked as a strategy consultant with Mercer Management Consulting. He began his professional career at the World Bank, where he managed investments in the former Soviet Union.
. Morton received an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. in International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies. He graduated from Harvard College with a B.A. in Russian History and Literature.
Mr. Morton has served on the boards of directors and executive committee of the National Security Network, and the Clean Energy Network. He is a fellow of the Aspen Institute’s Catto environmental leaders program and the U.S.–Japan Leadership Program.
Marcello is Co-Founder and President of Progressio Foundation. Since 1989, he has led over 300 innovative projects in 30 countries, projects and events across the 4 P's: public, private, philanthropy, and people, pursuing the development of a "Civic Economy", which he wrote about 25 years ago, presciently mapping out many of the ecosystem innovations that have occurred, from CSR to micro-finance, partnerships, sustainability, etc.
In parallel to this work, he has run and expanded part of a family business in environmental diagnostics from the UK, started an impact investment fund from Austria, and has been instrumental in launching several ventures at the junction of entrepreneurship, innovation, and the public good. He is currently focusing on launching B Corps in Europe (www.benefitcorporation.net) and creating city-level Accelerators in Rotterdam and Cape Town. Marcello is also a board member of several public good enterprises across Europe and North America. He has studied economics, foreign policy, business administration and leadership at LSE, LBS, Erasmus, MIT and Harvard. He lived and went to school in Lugano in his teens.
Luther M. Ragin, Jr. is the Chief Executive Officer of the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the scale and effectiveness of impact investing. The GIIN builds critical infrastructure and supports activities, education, and research that help accelerate the development of more robust impact investing industry.
Prior to joining the GIIN, Luther served as Vice President for Investments at New York-based F.B. Heron Foundation from 1999 to 2011. Mr. Ragin oversaw the F.B. Heron Foundation's endowment, building a portfolio of more than $260 million, steadily increasing the impact investing allocation to more than 40 percent while maintaining competitive, risk-adjusted financial returns. Prior to joining the Foundation in 1999, Luther was the Chief Financial Officer of the National Community Capital Association, a trade association of community development financial institutions that provide access to capital in low-income communities. Other significant experience includes eight years as Chief Financial Officer of Earl G. Graves, Ltd., and seven years with Chase Manhattan Bank, including three years as Vice President of Syndications/ Assets Sales for the North American Corporate Finance Sector. He holds a BA and Master of Public Policy from Harvard, and is a graduate of Columbia University's Executive Program in Business Administration. He is a member of the board of directors of Social Finance U.S., the GIIN, and the Threshold Group. He is an adjunct lecturer in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and a senior research fellow at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations.
Filipe Santos is Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at INSEAD. He is the director of the Rudolf and Valeria Maag INSEAD Centre for Entrepreneurship and the academic director of the INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Initiative. Filipe teaches entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship courses in the MBA and EMBA programs and directs the INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Programme - ISEP. He won the GEMBA 2008 award for the Outstanding Teacher in non-core courses and was a finalist for this same award for the GEMBA 2009, 2010 and 2011 Classes. Filipe’s research lies at the intersection of strategy, organization theory, and entrepreneurship. He is particularly interested in understanding the processes through which entrepreneurs construct new firms and markets. He is also interested in the growth and scaling up processes of new ventures in order to maximize economic and social impact. A related focus of research is on business model innovation and on social entrepreneurship. His research has been published in the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Technology Policy and Management, as well as several book chapters and case studies. A native of Portugal and a former entrepreneur, Filipe holds a PhD in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University, with a focus on entrepreneurship. Filipe speaks regularly on topics of entrepreneurship and innovation from both a commercial and a social perspective. He also mentors entrepreneurs and advises venture investors.
Peter Tropper is Chief Investment Officer in IFC's Private Equity Group. IFC has commitments of more than $3.0 billion in over 180 private equity funds plus investments in two dozen fund managers, all dedicated exclusively to emerging markets. Mr. Tropper joined the PE group in 2001, when it was formed originally as a portfolio workout unit for older funds. He has worked on more than 200 funds, sits on several advisory committees, and often speaks at industry conferences. Mr. Tropper currently leads IFC’s program for funds that invest in small and medium enterprises.
Prior to 2001, he was the HQ "anchor" for the supervision work of IFC’s South Asia Department, with a portfolio of 100 companies in the financial sector. Until September 1999, Mr. Tropper served in IFC’s Latin America and Caribbean Department, where he was responsible for identifying and structuring IFC’s investments in the financial sector in the Caribbean and Chile, and for recommending investment strategies that contribute to the development of the region’s capital markets.
Mr. Tropper also served as the first head of IFC’s Emerging Markets Data Base unit, which has since been sold to Standard & Poor’s. The EMDB is a comprehensive data base that provides detailed statistics on stock markets in developing countries. A commercial service, it includes information on more than 2,000 stocks in 45 developing countries.
Mr. Tropper joined IFC after several years as Deputy Director of the Northeast-Midwest Institute in Washington, D.C. The Institute was created to promote the economic development of the states in the northeastern and midwestern regions of the United States.
Mr. Tropper has a B.A. from Yale University, an MBA from the University of Maryland, and a Master’s in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.
Catherine B. Bachand is the Chief Executive Officer of ONE DROP, a role she assumed in December 2012 after a term as Interim Executive Director - a position she accepted in April 2012. Since taking on the leadership of the organization, Catherine has assembled a new Executive Team and pioneered an in-depth strategic planning exercise for the enterprise that has resulted in a dynamic five-year plan and a 40% surge in new revenues. Earlier roles with ONE DROP included Director of Corporate Partnerships and Consultant on an international fundraising project.
Catherine leads an inspired team that strives to fulfill the organization's mission, to simultaneously carry out innovative and sustainable water-related development projects in Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Haiti, India and Burkina Faso, and to support the network of ONE DROP affiliates in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland and Spain.
Catherine's career has spanned various roles within Canadian federal politics including role in the Office of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, the Office of the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, the Canadian Prime Minister's Office, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade,
In 2004, she accepted an invitation to join the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) as Chief of Staff, overseeing the transition between the Games bid phase and the creation of a new organization responsible for delivering the Games.
Born in Trois-Rivières, Catherine earned a degree in political science from Laval University in addition to studying at the University of Ottawa and Simon Fraser University. She holds an Advanced Study Certificate in Fine Arts from Emily Carr University in Vancouver. Catherine is known for her expertise in establishing complex partnerships and for her skills in coordinating and planning major events and unique special projects.
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Denis Chavanis, 54 years, is married with eight children.Graduated from Lausanne University (MBA) and IMD Lausanne (PED). Over 20 years of work experience as expatriate at the Nestlé Group in various Asian (Japan , South Korea, Indonesia) and European countries (Switzerland, Belgium, France).
Mr. Chavanis is a Board Member of various companies, a private investor and member of various strategic committees. Mr. Chavanis left his last assignment of President of Nestlé Waters Distribution Benelux to found Aquasure S.A.S in 2008, a start-up company incubated in the International Business School of EM Lyon, France.
Aquasure is a Social Company which has developed a unique solution to provide access to potable water to low income populations during emergency situations and natural catastrophes and in rural areas.
Kenn Crossley is currently Senior Programme Officer in the Programme Innovation Service, based out of the Rome headquarters of the United Nations World Food Programme. As part of this role, he helps integrate catalytic social and finance trends in systems to achieve food security and nutrition outcomes at scale in frontier and emerging markets. With annual operational expenditure of approximately $4 billion, WFP works in 80 countries to address the basic food and nutrition needs of about 90 million people per year. Mr Crossley has served also as WFP Deputy Director in Cambodia and as WFP Deputy Director of US Relations in Washington DC as well as in prior posts in southern and eastern Africa. Before joining WFP, he worked with UNICEF in southern Sudan and with the Canadian International Development Agency in Kenya, Somalia, and Uganda.
Belinda Fleischmann is the founder of ZYNYA Consulting, a venture focused on connecting people in philanthropy and impact investing, particularly in the sectors of water, health and education. Belinda's lateral thinking and energy allows her to facilitate fruitful meetings and the development of win-win relationships. Belinda has worked or volunteered on development projects on four continents and been involved in business and philanthropic endeavors since 2000. She holds a BA in Government from Smith College and an MSc in Urbanization & Development from the London School of Economics, and is a designated board member of the Dr. Carlo Fleischmann Stiftung.
After earning both bachelor's and master's degrees in public health, David went to work for the SEVA Foundation, an institution that has played a leading role in initiating efforts to reduce avoidable blindness around the world. With SEVA, he developed blindness prevention programs recognized for their excellence in service delivery, quality of surgery, financial self-sufficiency, and capacity to reach the disadvantaged.
He began to hone his idea of compassionate capitalism while working with a partner organization, the Aravind Eye Hospital in Madurai, India. With SEVA and the Hospital he raised the necessary funding, cultivated technology partners to help him design a manufacturing process for intraocular lenses that did not infringe on patents, and developed a sustainable business plan. In 1992, Aurolab began production and is now one of the largest manufacturers of intraocular lenses in the world.
In 1996, recognizing that another limiting factor for health care was the availability of sterile surgical sutures, David directed the necessary technology transfer and established a manufacturing facility at Aurolab to produce ophthalmic suture products. The facility is currently at full production capacity and production has been expanded to produce suture products for all medical specialties. Aurolab has reduced the selling price from $200 per box of a dozen to $40.
In 1997, David conceptualized and led the development of SutraTec, a for-profit subsidiary of SEVA. SutraTec's dual mission is to provide Aurolab-produced sutures at prices that are affordable in developing countries and to sell suture products commercially whereby 100 percent of the profit reverts to SEVA for its development work.
In early 2000, David turned his attention to hearing aids, another product ripe for compassionate capitalism.
Britt Gwinner is the Housing Finance Program Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa, for the International Finance Corporation (IFC). IFC is the largest multilateral source of debt and equity financing for private enterprises in the developing world with a presence in over 80 countries. Globally, IFC has a committed portfolio in housing finance of US$1.1billion. IFC supports access to housing microfinance for low income households, mortgages for middle income earners, and construction finance for developers. In Africa, Mr. Gwinner leads investment and advisory projects that extend access to housing finance to underserved populations across the region.
Before moving to Nairobi, Mr. Gwinner served as Principal Housing Finance Specialistfor Latin America and the Caribbean for the IFC, supporting mortgage investment andadvisory projects in nine Latin American and Caribbean countries, in conditions ranging from Brazil in its recent strong growth phase to Haiti in the wake of the 2010 earthquake.
Prior to the IFC, he served as Lead Housing Finance Specialist for the World Bank,where he was involved in developing policies to support housing finance markets inLatin America, East Europe, and Central and East Asia. Mr. Gwinner also served as Lead Specialist for Market Risk management for the World Bank, focusing on asset-liability and capital management.Before joining the World Bank, he participated in the development of risk-based capital models and capital requirements for U.S. housing finance institutions, and he worked infinancial consulting for Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Gwinner is a Chartered FinancialAnalyst. He holds an MBA in finance and a Masters in Public Policy from the Universityof Chicago, and a Bachelors degree from the George Washington University. He ismarried with two children, and enjoys trekking and the great outdoors.
Dr. Asher Hasan is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of NAYA JEEVAN (‘new life’ in Urdu/Hindi; http://www.njfk.org) a social enterprise dedicated to providing lowincome families in the emerging world with affordable access to high quality, healthcare. NAYA JEEVAN’s operations are currently focused on Pakistan with plans to replicate this model in India and other emerging markets.
Asher was most recently selected to join the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council for Social Innovation for 2012-2014. He is a 2011 World Economic Forum/Schwab Foundation Asian Social Entrepreneur of the Year, a 2011 Ashoka US fellow, a 2011 Ariane de Rothschild fellow and an invited member of the Clinton Global Initiative for 2009 and 2010. He has also been selected as an Asia 21 young leader in 2010 and as a TED India fellow in 2009. In addition, NAYA JEEVAN is also a member of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and the recipient of a 1st prize in the 2008 New York University Stern Business Plan Competition - social entrepreneurship track.
Prior to launching NAYA JEEVAN, Asher served in the capacity of Senior Director and Head of the US Medical Affairs Obesity team for Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc in San Diego, CA. He spent six years at sanofi~aventis as a US Medical Director in their US headquarters. During his tenure in New York City, Asher also completed an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business. Asher attended Oberlin College where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and biology with an additional concentration in international relations. This was followed by research at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital followed by training in general surgery at Beth Israel Medical Center. Asher can often be seen hurtling down alpine ski slopes, is a voracious reader and loves to cruise the Caribbean. Istanbul, Bali and Rio de Janeiro are his favorite destinations for spiritual rejuvenation.
Dr. Herren’s main interests and experience are in the area of holistic, integrated and sustainable development.He has hands-on experience in research, capacity development, management of agricultural and bio-science research organizations and is also active at the policy level, to assure that knowledge, science and technology contribute effectively to sustainable and equitable development by informing development policies at national, regional and global levels. Some examples include work to influence and inform the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Post 2015 Development Agenda, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Dr. Herren promotes a special emphasis on a systemic and local empowerment approach by including the economy, society and the environment into a single analytical framework, the Threshold 21 (T21) model, developed in multistakeholder environments.
Professional Background: Millennium Institute (MI) USA: President and CEO since May 2005. International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) Kenya: Chief Executive and Director General, 1994 - 2004. International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Nigeria: Director Biological Control Program 1979 -1991; Director Plant Health Management Division 1992 to 1994. Coordinator of the Agriculture chapter of the UNEP Green Economy Report, 2011 and of the UNEP Report on the Ecological Bases of Food Security, 2012. Co-Chair of the International Assessment 0f Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD), 2003-2009. Founder and President of Biovision.ch Foundation for Ecological Development, Switzerland, 1998-present.
Patrick Holden is Chief Executive of The Sustainable Food Trust whose mission is to promote international cooperation between all those involved in sustainable food production.Patrick was Director of the Soil Association, from 1995 to 2010, where he played a leadership role in developing the UK organic market.Previously he was founder and chairman of British Organic Farmers. He trained in Biodynamic farming at Emerson College, Sussex.
In 1973 he established his mixed organic dairy holding in Wales which produces cheese from the milk of 75 Ayrshire cows. Other positions: Patron, Bio-dynamic Agricultural Association, LivingEarth and Soil Association Land Trust; Senior Environmental Advisor, JCB and International Ambassador, Soil Association.He received a CBE for services to organic farming in 2005.
Sylvie Lemmet began her career in the private sector before joining Médecins Sans Frontières as a Director, and then a board member for six years.
She has spent the past 15 years working for the environment, first at The World Bank, implementing sustainable development projects, and then for the French Government, where she evaluated environmental policies as a Senior Auditor at the Cour des Comptes.
In 2007, she was appointed Director of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Paris-based Division of Technology, Industry and Economics. The Division heads UNEP’s work on climate change, resource efficiency, and harmful substances and hazardous wastes. It is also hosts a number of other initiatives, including the Green Economy Initiative, which Ms Lemmet leads, and the International Resource Panel, a body of eminent scientists and experts where Ms Lemmet is the UNEP representative.
Ms Lemmet, a French national, is a graduate of the French Ecole Nationale d’Administration and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University as well as a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from l’Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales.
James Magowan Joined Security Research Associates (SRA) in 2010 to build on their track record of success in investment banking for renewable energy and sustainable materials sectors and to create an impact finance and asset management division of the company.
With a background as a Principal in real estate development, consulting, and executive management, James joined Johnson Capital, one of the largest national real estate investment banks in the United States. As an Analyst and Director from 2001 to 2008, James worked with a dynamic team to structure and place several hundred million of debt and equity for public and private companies nationally and internationally. James arranged financing for inner-city redevelopment projects, employing tax credits and structured project finance.
In 2005, James launched Housing MicroFinance, LLC to provide strategic advisory services to development banks on housing and inclusive housing finance globally. His advisory assignments have included work with Nederlandse Financieringsmaatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden (FMO), Swiss Fund for Emerging Markets (SIFEM), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and the World Bank’s private sector unit, International Finance Corporation (IFC). Since joining SRA, James has focused his efforts on the investment banking needs of public and private companies and funds in the areas of housing, renewable energy, energy efficiency, inclusive finance (microfinance), and inclusive health.
James holds an AB from Harvard University and an MBA from IMD International. He is an Alumni Advisory Board Member of the Harvard Real Estate Academic Initiative.
Rajesh “Raj” Panjabi is a Physician and Liberian refugee revolutionizing access to health care in rural Liberia. At age 9, Raj narrowly escaped a bloody civil war in his home country of Liberia and with his family sought refuge in North Carolina. Raj eventually trained in medicine and public health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Johns Hopkins, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, where he is now an Instructor in Medicine and Associate Physician in the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women's Hospital. While still a medical student, Raj returned to Liberia to serve the people he had left behind. With other survivors of Liberia’s civil war and American colleagues, he co-founded Tiyatien Health, now Last Mile Health, which employs people from Liberian villages as well-trained health workers to provide care in remote communities lacking doctors. He started Last Mile Health to bring high-quality health care to the villages and to do it in a way that could scale up to cover the whole country. Dr. Panjabi has presented at Clinton Global Initiative and was named a “hero of global health” by Scientific American Lives, received the Outstanding Recent Graduate Award from Johns Hopkins University, and is an Echoing Green, Draper Richards Kaplan, Mulago Foundation (Rainer Arnhold) Fellow.
Cornelius has played leading roles for 25 years in social impact enterprises, financial management, philanthropy and investments. On the Executive Board (CFO) of Goetheanum, General Anthroposophical Society, Switzerland (2002-2011) he is responsible for all aspects of finances, with affiliates in 90 countries and approx 8,000 related institutions in education, bio-dynamic agriculture, medicine, socially responsible business and banking. He also acts as a Trustee/Advisory Board member of various foundations and is Founder of Camphill (life – sharing) Communities/North America, Williams College, MA. He is the the recipient of a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship.
Dr. Paul Polak is Founder and CEO of Windhorse International, a for-profit social venture with the mission of inspiring and leading a revolution in how companies design, price, market and distribute products to benefit the 2.6 billion customers who live on less than $2 a day, combining radically affordable technology with radically decentralized supply chains to earn profits serving bottom billion customers. The first division of Windhorse International, Spring Health Water (India), sells affordable safe drinking water to rural Indians through local kiosk owners using a simple electro-chlorination technology. Spring Health aims, within ten years, to reach at least 100 million customers who live on less. Prior to founding Windhorse International, Dr. Polak founded D-Rev: Design Revolution, a non-profit design incubator for technologies that serve customers living on less than $4 a day. In 1981, Dr. Polak founded International Development Enterprises (IDE), a non-profit organization that has brought nearly 20 million of the world’s poorest people out of poverty by making radically affordable irrigation technology available to farmers through local small-scale entrepreneurs, and opening private sector access to markets for their crops. Dr. Polak has been recognized by Scientific American as one of the world’s leading 50 contributors to science, he was named Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the western states, and received the Florence Monito Del Giardino award for environmental preservation in 2008. His work has been featured in articles in Business Week, the Economist, the New York Times, Forbes, and National Geographic. In 2009, he was named one of the world’s “Brave Thinkers by Atlantic Monthly, along with Barack Obama and Steve Jobs, for being willing to “risk careers, reputations, and fortunes to advance ideas that upend an established order.” Dr. Polak’s book, Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail, has become a renowned resource for practical solutions to global poverty.
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Gary White is chief executive officer and co-founder of Water.org, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering people in the developing world to gain access to safe water and sanitation. Gary’s entrepreneurial vision has driven innovations in the way water and sanitation projects are delivered and financed, and these innovations now serve as a model in the sector.
Gary is a leading advisor in the water and sanitation space and a founding board member of the Millennium Water Alliance and WASH Advocates. In March 2009, Water.org received the Skoll Foundation’s Award for Social Entrepreneurship and Gary was inducted into the community of Skoll Social Entrepreneurs. In 2009, he was named an advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative. In 2011 he was named to the TIME 100 list of the world’s most influential people. In 2012 Gary received the World Social Impact Award from the World Policy Institute as well as being named one of the Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurs of 2012.White’s educational credentials include three degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of NC-Chapel Hill and the Missouri University of Science & Technology.
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Percy Barnevik has more than forty years’ experience working for some of the world’s largest national and multinational companies. In 2000, he decided to focus his philanthropic work on poverty alleviation in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu through job creation for adults. In 2006, he founded Hand in Hand International, an organization that has already created over 1.5 million jobs in India and which aims to create 10 million jobs worldwide. He has been CEO/Chairman of Skanska, ABB, Investor, AstraZeneca and Sandvik and is a former board member of American Du Pont and General Motors. Percy Barnevik has received numerous international management awards including:
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Michael Green is the Executive Director of the Social Progress Imperative (SPI) and co-author of Philanthrocapitalism: How giving can save the world. SPI launched a new Social Progress Index, designed by Professor Michael E Porter of Harvard Business School, in April 2013 as a tool to help government, business and civil society to collaborate more effectively in tackling social and environmental challenges. Michael is a regular commentator on philanthropy and economics for the print and broadcast media. His other books are The Road From Ruin and In Gold We Trust?. Michael was formerly a senior official in the British Government where he served three Secretaries of State for International Development as head of communications and managed the UK aid programme to Russia and Ukraine. He previously taught economics at the University of Warsaw and is a graduate of the University of Oxford. Michael is @shepleygreen on Twitter.
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