Adam Anders is the Managing Partner and co-founder of Anterra Capital, a venture capital fund focused on investing in innovative companies that are transforming the safety, security, sustainability of global food. Anterra is backed by Rabobank (the world’s largest food and agriculture bank) and Fidelity. Anterra is presently the largest food and agriculture innovation focused fund in the world, with offices in both Europe (Amsterdam) and the USA (Boston). Mr. Anders grew up on a farm and is passionate about improving our food and agriculture system. He believes that the best way to do this is to bring strong entrepreneurs to the food and agriculture sector and work in co-operation with farmers, large food and agriculture corporations, academic institutions and other stakeholders across the value chain. He has over 15 years of private equity and venture capital experience. Prior to working for Anterra Mr. Anders worked for Rabo Private Equity and Bain & Co.
Silvia Bastante de Unverhau is a Managing Director with Co-Impact focusing on partnerships and strategy. Co-Impact is a partnership of results-oriented donors who are pooling their resources, networks, and expertise to drive lasting change at scale. Initial core partners include Richard Chandler, Bill and Melinda Gates, Jeff Skoll, Romesh and Kathy Wadhwani, and The Rockefeller Foundation which has also incubated Co-Impact and is providing staff, significant operating funds, and ongoing strategic support. Silvia is a global philanthropy expert and senior advisor, with close to 20 years of experience working across sectors. Most recently, she was the Global Head of Philanthropy Advisory at UBS. Prior to that, she was an Associate Partner at the global strategy consulting firm Monitor Group. Earlier in her career, she held management roles at the Organization of American States in Washington DC, the International Secretariat of Amnesty International in London, and the Office of the President of Peru. Silvia graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) with a BSc. Government and Economics, and holds a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). Originally from Lima, Peru, she has visited and worked in over 70 countries.
Dr. Seth Berkley is a medical doctor and epidemiologist. He joined Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance as its CEO in August 2011. Since then he led Gavi through its second successful replenishment, raising US$7.5 billion in commitments to support the immunization of an additional 300 million children in the world’s poorest countries, preventing 5-6 million deaths. Previously Dr. Berkley founded the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) in 1996, where he served as president and CEO. Prior to founding IAVI, he was an officer of the Health Sciences Division at The Rockefeller Foundation. He has worked for the Center for Infectious Diseases of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and for the Carter Center, where he was assigned as an epidemiologist at the Ministry of Health in Uganda. Dr. Berkley played a key role in Uganda’s national HIV sero-survey and helped develop its National AIDS Control programs. He has been featured on the cover of Newsweek, recognized by TIME magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” and by Wired Magazine as among “The Wired 25—a salute to dreamers, inventors, mavericks, and leaders.”
Kamal Bhattacharya is the Chief Innovation Officer at Safaricom Ltd. In his current role, he is establishing an independent innovation center called Safaricom Alpha. He presently has also been appointed as Senior Lecturer at MIT Sloan Business School. In previous roles, he acted as CEO of the iHub in Nairobi and Country Manager for the International Growth Center in Kenya. Dr. Bhattacharya spent most of his career in applied R&D at IBM Research across the US, India and Africa, with his last role as an IBM Distinguished Engineer and the inaugural director and Vice President for IBM Research – Africa. Dr. Bhattacharya holds a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from Göttingen University in Germany, has published 50+ papers and holds 20+ patents.
Matthew Bishop recently joined the Rockefeller Foundation as Managing Director, Bellagio & Fellowships, to take forward the Foundation’s convening, networking, and problem-solving capabilities by expanding the work of The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, creating a new global institute that will bring together diverse voices from around the world to shine a light on big ideas, and help to rapidly implement scalable solutions to improve the lives of even the most vulnerable. Previously, he spent more than 25 years at The Economist, serving in roles such as U.S. Business Editor, New York Bureau Chief and global business editor. Through a variety of writing, editorial, and leadership roles, he has committed himself to turning good ideas into forceful action. Mr. Bishop cofounded the Social Progress Index, helped to launch the #GivingTuesday campaign, and was a member of the G8 Taskforce on Social Impact Investing. He is the co-author of several books, including Philanthrocapitalism: How Giving Can Save the World and The Road From Ruin. Some years ago, he was honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Hans Peter Brondmo is the General Manager of Robotics at Google X, and leads a “secret moonshot” that combines machine learning with robotics. Prior to X, he has been a serial technology entrepreneur. He founded and led several venture-backed technology companies with successful exits, including Diva (digital video editing), Post Communications (email marketing), and Plum (private social networking, acquired by Nokia). At Nokia, he co-created and led a new product innovation business unit. Previously, he held positions at Apple in Tokyo and at CERN, the Center for European Nuclear Research in Geneva. Mr. Brondmo is the author of the 2002 NYT bestseller, The Eng@ged Customer. When he’s not wrangling robots, Mr. Brondmo is happiest when on a mountaintop or behind a lens.
Shashi Buluswar is the CEO of the Institute for Transformative Technologies (ITT). Created in 2015, ITT aims to bring to life, breakthrough technological solutions for addressing global poverty and related social ills through advanced research, user-centric product engineering, innovative business models, and a global network of partnerships. ITT works on a range of topics including water security, energy, and health—based on its groundbreaking “50 Breakthroughs” study, which identifies the most important technologies required to sustainably combat global poverty. Dr. Buluswar is the study’s lead author. Under his leadership, ITT’s technology portfolio includes a sanitation technology (which is now the world’s most widely deployed branded sanitation technology for low-income rural households), a turnkey system for building affordable solar mini-grids in rural areas, and several other technologies from the ”50 Breakthroughs” list. Prior to creating ITT, Dr. Buluswar was a Partner at Dalberg Global Development Advisors, a mission-driven strategy consulting firm which serves international NGOs, foundations, governments, social entrepreneurs, and the UN. Prior to joining Dalberg, he was an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company and a Visiting Professor at Northwestern University.
Jean Case is the Chairman of the National Geographic Society and CEO of the Case Foundation. She is a philanthropist and impact investing pioneer who advocates for the importance of embracing a more fearless approach to innovate and bring about transformational breakthroughs. Her career in the private sector, including as a senior executive at AOL, spanned nearly two decades before co-founding the Case Foundation in 1997. In addition, Ms. Case currently serves on the boards of National Geographic Partners, Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2), the White House Historical Association, and BrainScope Company, Inc. as well as on the advisory boards of the Brain Trust Accelerator Fund, Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society and Georgetown University’s Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2016 and has received honorary degrees from Indiana University and George Mason University. Her first book, Be Fearless: 5 Principles for a Life of Breakthroughs and Purpose is scheduled to be released in early 2019.
Steve Case is one of America’s best-known and most accomplished entrepreneurs and philanthropists, and a pioneer in making the Internet part of everyday life. Case co-founded AOL in 1985 and under his leadership and vision, AOL became the largest and most valuable Internet company, driving the worldwide adoption of a medium that has transformed business and society. Case is Chairman and CEO of Revolution LLC, a Washington, D.C. based investment firm that partners with visionary entrepreneurs to build significant ‘built to last’ businesses. In 2014, Revolution launched the Rise of the Rest, a platform to shine a spotlight on entrepreneurs that are starting and scaling businesses outside of Silicon Valley, New York, and Boston. Mr. Case’s passion for helping entrepreneurs remains his driving force. In 2011, he was the founding chair of the Startup America Partnership—an effort launched at the White House to accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship throughout the nation—and member of President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness where he chaired the subcommittee on entrepreneurship. He serves as Chairman of the Case Foundation, which he established with his wife Jean in 1997 He is also the author of New York Times bestselling book, The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur’s Vision of the Future.
Bhaskar Chakravorti is the Dean of Global Business at The Fletcher School at Tufts University and the founding Executive Director of Fletcher’s Institute for Business in the Global Context. The Institute’s mission is that of “connecting the world of business with the world,” exploring issues at the intersection of business and global context, including geopolitics, security, development and the human condition. Mr. Chakravorti serves on the Fletcher faculty as Professor of the Practice of International Business and is the Chair of the Council on Emerging Market Enterprises. He also serves on the Global Future Council on Innovation for the World Economic Forum and is Senior Advisor for Digital Inclusion at the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth. Prior to joining Fletcher, Mr. Chakravorti was a Partner of McKinsey & Company, a Distinguished Scholar at MIT’s Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship and on the faculty of Harvard Business School and Harvard University Center for the Environment. He was a leader of McKinsey’s Innovation and Global Forces practices, served on its Knowledge Services Committee and taught innovation and entrepreneurship at Harvard. In a 20+ year career, he has been an advisor to CEOs, senior management and Boards of over 30 companies in the Fortune 500 and worked across the Americas, EU, Asia and Africa, and multiple industries. He is the author of the book, The Slow Pace of Fast Change: Bringing Innovations to Market in a Connected World. His additional prior appointments include being a partner and thought leader at the Monitor Group, a game theorist at Bellcore (formerly Bell Labs), assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and TAS (India’s Tata Group’s “talent pipeline for leaders”).
Stephan Chambers became inaugural director of the Marshall Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2016. The Marshall Institute is committed to increasing the impact of private contributions to public benefit through teaching, research, and convening. Prior to Marshall Mr. Chambers was the co-founder of the Skoll World Forum and chair of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Director of International Strategy at Oxford’s Saїd Business School, and Senior Research Fellow at Lincoln College Oxford. He sits on the advisory board of Princeton University Press and is a director of the Britdoc Foundation, the Dartington Trust, the University of the People, and the Dragon School. He wrote a regular Entrepreneurship column for the Financial Times and, in 2014 was special advisor to Larry Brilliant and Jeff Skoll at the Skoll Global Threats Fund in California. He teaches entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurial finance. From 2000 to 2014 he directed Oxford’s MBA, overseeing its rise in international influence and rankings. In addition, he was the founding director of Oxford’s Executive MBA and helped to found Oxford’s Man Institute for Quantitative Finance.
Sir Ronald Cohen is Chairman of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment and The Portland Trust. He is a co-founder and director of Social Finance UK, USA, and Israel, and co-founder Chair of Bridges Fund Management and Big Society Capital.For nearly two decades, his pioneering initiatives in driving impact investment have catalyzed a number of global efforts, each focused on driving private capital to serve social and environmental good. He chaired the Social Impact Investment Taskforce established under the UK’s presidency of the G8 (2013-2015), the Social Investment Task Force (2000-2010) and the Commission on Unclaimed Assets (2005-2007). In 2012 he received the Rockefeller Foundation’s Innovation Award for innovation in social finance. 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 is a member of the Board of Dean’s Advisors at Harvard Business School and a Vice-Chairman of Ben Gurion University. In 2007, Sir Ronald published: The Second Bounce of the Ball – Turning Risk into Opportunity and today is authoring a book on the “Impact Revolution.”
Adam Connaker is a Senior Program Associate at The Rockefeller Foundation. Mr. Connaker manages relationships with current and prospective grantees throughout the grantmaking process, coordinates Foundation work with partners, and conducts research in support of strategic development and execution of Foundation initiatives. His work supports the Foundation’s innovative finance portfolio, specifically focusing on how innovative finance can be harnessed to mobilize private capital for social and environmental outcomes where he leads the vetting and diligence of prospective grant projects. Prior to joining the Foundation, Mr. Connaker worked as a private equity analyst for Wayzata Investment Partners covering a broad range of industries but dedicating a significant portion of those efforts to energy investments.
Jamie Cooper is founding Chair and President of Big Win Philanthropy, a charitable foundation that partners with visionary leaders in developing countries to ensure emerging populations of children and young people will be adequately prepared to contribute to future economic growth and better position their respective countries to achieve demographic dividends. Areas of focus for the foundation include: interventions to ensure proper brain development, most notably addressing under-nutrition and stunting; the full continuum of education; and youth employment. Ms. Cooper has more than 25 years’ experience in bringing private sector, government and non-profit leaders together to pursue innovative policy on economic and social issues. She previously co-founded The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) and served as its President and Chief Executive Officer.
Phyllis Costanza is CEO of the UBS Optimus Foundation and has been instrumental in reshaping the Foundation’s strategy and introducing innovative financing vehicles like the first Development Impact Bond. Prior to UBS, she was a senior executive and Board Member of the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation. Ms. Costanza has also worked as a management consultant and for New York State Governor, advising on policy and politics in Manhattan.
Hilary Cottam is an internationally acclaimed social entrepreneur whose work in communities around the world has focused on collaborative and affordable solutions to some of the greatest social challenges of our time. Recent innovations include a new service to support employment in a time of digital change, a new community model to support a good old age and new approaches to support those living with chronic illness. Transformation is achieved through a model that emphasizes human relationships supported by technology. Dr. Cottam has been recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader and was named UK Designer of the Year in 2005 for transformative work in education, health and in prisons. She has advised governments around the world on social policy and her design practice has been exhibited internationally including at the Smithsonian, the London Design Museum and most recently at the MAK centenary Vienna where she was chosen as one of ten designers shaping the future of the world. Her book Radical Help on the future of welfare was published this year by Little Brown. Her TED talk on the future of the welfare state can be found here http://bit.ly/1M7zQV8 .
Hussain Dawood is a Pakistani businessman and ardent philanthropist who currently chairs the boards of Engro Corporation Limited and Dawood Hercules Corporation Limited. He is Founding Chairman of the graduate management school, Karachi School of Business & Leadership, and its funding organization, Karachi Education Initiative. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for The Dawood Foundation, with its legacy of establishing various education institutions across the country. His social responsibilities include Memberships of the World Economic Forum and its Global Agenda Councils of Anti-Corruption and Education. He was conferred the award “Ufficiale Ordine Al merito della Repubblica Italiana” by the Republic of Italy.
Stefan Dercon is Professor of Economic Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government and the Economics Department, and a Fellow of Jesus College. Between 2011 and 2017 he was Chief Economist of DfID, the UK aid department. He is currently the Academic Director of Pathways for Prosperity, a commission that is investigating the challenges and opportunities from emerging technologies for development. His research focuses on the psychological challenges of poverty, the political economy of development, the governance of technological progress, the challenges of industrialisation in Africa and how to organise and finance responses to natural disasters and protracted humanitarian crises. His latest book, Dull Disasters? How Planning Ahead Will Make A Difference provides a blueprint for renewed application of science, improved decision making, better preparedness, and pre-arranged finance in the face of natural disasters.
Peter Drobac is a global health physician and social entrepreneur and the new Director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford Saïd Business School. The Skoll Centre promotes social innovation by developing talent, promoting actionable insight through research, and catalyzing deep exchanges with a global community of innovators. Dr. Drobac was a co-founder and the first Executive Director of the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) in Rwanda. Working at the intersection of health, education, and technology, UGHE aspires to train the next generation of global health leaders and to become a worldwide innovation hub for health care delivery science. For over a decade Dr. Drobac played a key role in the transformation of Rwanda’s health system, which has delivered unprecedented gains in population health and prosperity. As Executive Director of Partners In Health in Rwanda, he established community-based health system incubators that developed and scaled care delivery innovations from infectious diseases to cancer. His academic interests include implementation science and the development of high-performing health systems. As an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, he taught global health, social medicine, and clinical infectious disease.
Michael Faye is the President and co-founder of GiveDirectly, which has been ranked a top international charity by GiveWell, recognized by FastCompany as one of the top 10 most innovative companies in finance, and was said to be “sending shockwaves through the charity sector” by the Guardian. He is also the CEO and co-founder of Segovia Technology, which is making it easier for organizations to pay anyone, anytime, anywhere in the emerging markets. Mr. Faye’s work on international development has been published in the American Economic Review, Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, and Foreign Affairs and he has spoken extensively on development and philanthropy. This year he joined the World Economic Forum’s community of Young Global Leaders. In addition, Mr. Faye is a term member of the Council of Foreign Relations and was named one of Foreign Policy’s 100 leading Global Thinkers in 2013.
Michael Feigelson is Executive Director at Bernard van Leer Foundation. He joined the Foundation as a Program Officer in 2007. He then held the positions of Program Manager, Program Director and Interim Executive Director. Over this period, Mr. Feigelson led the development of the Foundation’s advocacy and programming strategy across eight countries and internationally; has been featured in media such as the Financial Times, CNN, BBC and The Stanford Social Innovation Review; and has served as a strategic advisor to partners such as UNICEF, the World Health Organization and The Open Society Foundations, among others. He has spent the last 15 years focused on working with governments, civil society and business to improve opportunities for children and youth. As a Thomas J. Watson Fellow, he worked closely with educators on three continents documenting the life histories of homeless children. He then served as a McKinsey & Company consultant where he worked primarily in the media and pharmaceutical industries. Following his time at McKinsey, Mr. Feigelson became a street outreach worker at Melel Xojobal, a local not-for-profit in southern Mexico where he worked directly with children and families displaced by violent conflict helping them gain access to education and healthcare. After serving in this role, he joined the organization’s leadership team helping to transform its ability to advocate for children with government and local business.
Julie Hanna is a technologist, entrepreneur, board director, investor and advisor working with purpose-driven companies to solve some of humanity’s most pressing challenges. She is an advisor to X, Alphabet’s Moonshot Factory (formerly Google [X]), board member at Mozilla Corporation and Esalen Institute, and an early investor in high growth technology companies, including Lyft, Lending Club (NYSE: LC) and Bonobos (acquired by WalMart). Ms. Hanna is Executive Chairwoman of Kiva, crowdfunding pioneer and the world’s largest lending marketplace for small business entrepreneurs with a mission to end financial exclusion. During her tenure, Kiva has reached 190 countries and delivered over $1B loans to nearly 3 million people. She is the Digital Advisory Board Chair of the Nike founded social business, Girl Effect. In 2015, President Obama appointed her Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship to help develop the next generation of entrepreneurs. Ms.Hanna has been founder, CEO or founding executive of five successful venture-backed companies, giving her a deep understanding of consumer internet and B2B companies from startup to scaleup. Among them, Healtheon (WebMD) – the world’s largest healthcare portal, onebox.com ($850M acquisition by phone.com) and Portola (acquired by Netscape). Ms. Hanna is an internationally acclaimed visionary and speaker on purpose-driven profit and the democratizing potential of technology to create a more just and abundant world at mass scale. In recognition of her impact on economic and social progress, she was named United States Woman Icon of APEC and is a recipient of the 2016 Global Empowerment Award.
James Harding is a British journalist, and was the Director of BBC News, the world’s largest news organization, from August 2013 until 1 January 2018. He was Editor of The Times of London from 2007-2012, winning the Newspaper of the Year in two of the five years he edited the paper. He was previously The Times’ Business Editor, having joined from The Financial Times where he worked as Washington Bureau Chief, Media Editor and China correspondent opening the paper’s bureau in Shanghai in 1996. He is the author of Alpha Dogs – How political spin became a global business and he presents On Background on the BBC World Service with Zanny Minton-Beddoes, editor of The Economist.
Sharon Harel-Cohen is an executive film producer, and has been involved in producing and financing more than 50 films, personally and through Capitol Films, the company she co-founded in 1989 and sold in 2006. She is executive producer of many films including Robert Altman’s Gosford Park and The Company, David Cronenberg’s Spider, Roman Polanski’s Death & The Maiden, Sylvia starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Dancing at Lughnasa, starring Meryl Streep, Lucky Number Slevin, starring Bruce Willis and Josh Hartnett, Bruce Beresford’s A Good Man in Africa, Merchant Ivory’s A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries, Stephen Frears’ Tamara Drewe, Oscar-Nominated Albert Nobbs, Ralph Fiennes’ The Invisible Woman and Neil Jordan’s Byzantium. In 2008, Ms. Cohen launched WestEnd Films in partnership with Eve Schoukroun and Maya Amsellem. Ms. Harel-Cohen was awarded the Olswang Business Award by the Carlton Women in Film & Television in 2002.
Sean Hinton joined the Open Society in September 2015 as Chief Executive Officer of the Soros Economic Development Fund and Director of the Economic Advancement Program. Prior to this Mr. Hinton was principal of Terbish Partners which he founded in 2007 to provide strategic advisory services on cross-border transactions in China, Mongolia and Africa focusing on the social and economic impact of large-scale extractive investments. He was a long-term senior advisor to Goldman Sachs (Asia), and the Rio Tinto group and other roles included: Deputy-Chairman of SouthGobi Resources; Special Advisor to the CEO of SOHO China; and Chairman of China Networks. He has 25 years of experience in China and Mongolia particularly, where he first lived from 1988-1995. He subsequently served as Mongolia’s first Honorary Consul-General in Australia. Mr. Hinton began his career as a consultant at McKinsey & Company in their Sydney and London offices, and was a specialist in their Media and Entertainment practice. He is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, and serves on the International Advisory Board of the Baha’i Chair for World Peace at the University of Maryland.
Amy Jadesimi is the CEO of LADOL, a USD 500 million Industrial Free Zone built on a secure island, in Apapa Port, Lagos, Nigeria. Dr. Jadesimi is also a Commissioner for the Business and Sustainable Development Commission (helping to drive private led sustainable industrialisation). In 2004 she represented the NGO, Venture Strategies for Health and Development and helped them to manufacture and distribute a drug that treats maternal mortality in childbirth, making it available in Nigeria for the first time. Dr. Jadesimi has received a number of accolades: in 2012, she was named an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellow; in 2013, a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum; also in 2013, a Rising Talent by the Women’s Forum for Economy and Society; in 2014, Forbes included her in The 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa; and in July 2015, the Financial Times named her one of top 25 Africans to Watch, in November 2016 she was asked to join the inaugural Advisory Board of the Prince’s Trust International, she was voted the Young CEO of the Year (2018) by the African Leadership Forum and she’s also a contributor to Forbes.
Badr Jafar is CEO of Crescent Enterprises, a diversified global business headquartered in the UAE and operating across six industry sectors. He is also President of Crescent Petroleum, the Middle East’s largest privately-owned petroleum company. Mr. Jafar serves as Chairman of Gas Cities LLC, a joint venture between Crescent Petroleum and Dana Gas PJSC, and as Chairman of Pearl Petroleum, a five-member international consortium for the development of natural gas assets in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. He is active in a variety of other industries including ports and logistics, serving as Chair of the Executive Board of Gulftainer (the world’s largest private container terminal operator), and private equity, serving on the boards of The Abraaj Group and GrowthGate Capital. In 2010, Mr. Jafar founded the Pearl Initiative, a non-profit organization in cooperation with the United Nations Office for Partnerships to promote a corporate culture of transparency and accountability across the Gulf Region of the Middle East. He is an appointed member of the United Nations Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing to develop solutions to the growing humanitarian finance crisis. Through his passion for social entrepreneurship, he sits on the Global Board of Education for Employment (EFE), is a member of the Synergos Arab World Social Innovators (AWSI) Program Board of Governors, serves on the Boards of Advisors of Sharjah Entrepreneurship Centre (Sheraa) and Gaza Sky Geeks, and is Chairman of Endeavor UAE, an organisation fostering high-impact entrepreneurship. Mr. Jafar is active with higher education institutions, serving as a member of the Advisory Boards of Cambridge University Judge Business School, American University of Beirut and American University of Sharjah. He is a member of the Research and Innovation Advisory Council for The Centre of Excellence for Applied Research & Training (CERT) at the Higher Colleges of Technology in Abu Dhabi.
Nikita Japra joined The Rockefeller Foundation in 2015. As an experienced special projects manager, she interprets health policy interests alongside scientific evidence to shed light on pressing public health issues – ultimately repackaging specialized information for lay audiences across cities, states, and global borders. Most recently, she has worked on the strategic development of the Foundation’s next health initiative. In her last role, Ms. Japra was responsible for vetting, writing, and producing health and medical coverage across all NBC News platforms — providing editorial guidance for CNBC, MSNBC, and nationally broadcast television on TODAY and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt. Prior to joining NBC News, Ms. Japra worked across the education, documentary, and broadcast industries – reporting on breaking news and managing program initiatives tied to global health advocacy, medical research, and arts-driven social change. Her interest in the confluence of these areas began during her undergraduate education in International Relations and Writing at Johns Hopkins University, where she was a four-year Bloomberg Scholar.
Zia Khan is Vice President for Innovation at The Rockefeller Foundation. In this role, Mr. Khan oversees the Foundation’s approach to developing solutions that can have transformative impact on people’s lives, with a focus on innovative finance, data & technology, and science. He writes and speaks frequently on leadership, strategy, and innovation. Mr. Khan has served on the World Economic Forum Advisory Council for Social Innovation and the U.S. National Advisory Board for Impact Investing. He is an investor and advisor to a range of impact-oriented enterprises. Prior to joining the Foundation, he was a management consultant advising leaders in technology, mobility, and private equity sectors. He spent most of his career at Katzenbach Partners where he founded the San Francisco office. He worked with Jon Katzenbach on research related to leadership, strategy, and organizational performance, leading to their book Leading Outside the Lines.
David Lane is President of The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands, a post he has held since September 2016. Before that, from May 2012 until August 2016, he served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies in Rome, promoting policy reforms in the areas of food security and development. Prior to his service in Rome, Ambassador Lane worked in the Obama administration as assistant to the president and counselor to the White House chief of staff. From 2007 until 2011, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of the ONE Campaign, a global advocacy organization focused on extreme poverty, especially issues of global health, economic development, and effective governance. From 2001 to 2007, he directed the East Coast office of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, leading its public policy and advocacy efforts. In the 1990s, Ambassador Lane held several appointments in the Clinton administration, including executive director of the White House National Economic Council and chief of staff to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves as chairman of the board of directors for the Stimson Center, a nonpartisan policy research center.
Mariana Mazzucato holds the Chair in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value and is Director of the Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose, University College London (UCL). Professor Mazzucato’s highly-acclaimed book The Entrepreneurial State: debunking public vs. private sector myths (Anthem 2013; Public Affairs, 2015) was on the 2013 Books of the Year list of the Financial Times. She is the winner of the 2014 New Statesman SPERI Prize in Political Economy and the 2015 Hans-Matthöfer-Preis. In 2018 she won the Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought and in 2013 she was named as one of the “3 most important thinkers about innovation” in the New Republic. She advises policymakers around the world on innovation-led growth and is currently a member of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisors; the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network Leadership Council; and SITRA’s Advisory Panel in Finland. She is currently Special Advisor for the EC Commissioner for Research, Science, and Innovation, Carlos Moedas. She is co-editor of Rethinking Capitalism: Economics and Policy for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth (Wiley Blackwell, July 2016). Her new book The Value of Everything, will be published by Penguin (Allen Lane) in 2018.
John W McArthur is a senior advisor to the UN Foundation and senior fellow with the Brookings Institution. He is also a board governor of the International Development Research Centre, the Canadian Crown Corporation, a member of Grand Challenges Canada’s scientific advisory board, and a member of the Global Nutrition Report’s independent expert group. He was formerly CEO of Millennium Promise Alliance and managed the UN Millennium Project. Previously he co-authored the Global Competitiveness Report; co-chaired the International Commission on Education for Sustainable Development Practice; co-founded the global network of Masters in Development Practice degree programs; and chaired Global Agenda Councils for the World Economic Forum.
Bill McGlashan is the Founder and Managing Partner ofTPG Growth, and the Co-Founder and CEO of The Rise Fund, the global growth platform of alternative asset firm TPG, which manages more than $13 billion in assets across a range of sectors including media, technology, and industrials. In 2016, he co-founded The Rise Fund, a $2B+ impact investment platform managed by TPG Growth, alongside Bono and Jeff Skoll. The Rise Fund is recognized as the largest impact fund ever raised, and as CEO, he oversees the fund’s mandate of achieving measurable social and environmental impact alongside competitive financial returns. In 2017, Vanity Fair named him to its New Establishment list of the 100 most influential people in business, politics and technology in recognition of the Rise Fund’s launch. Mr. McGlashan has spent his career as an entrepreneur and investor focused on launching and building innovative, high-potential businesses in the US, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. In addition to TPG Growth and Rise, he co-founded the STX Entertainment movie and television studio, Evolution Media and Pharmanex. He serves as Chairman of the board of Fender Musical Instruments, and is a director of Brava, Creative Artist Agency (CAA), e.l.f. Cosmetics, Evolution Media, Gavin de Becker and Associates, HotSchedules, Seasoned, STX Entertainment, and XOJet. Mr. McGlashan is actively engaged with several non-profits, including as a board member of Endeavor Global, a Director at Common Sense Growth, a member of the Advisory Council of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a Trustee at Marin Academy.
Muhammad Musa is the Executive Director of BRAC. He has an extensive background in leading humanitarian, social development, and public health organizations at international, cross-cultural settings. A medical doctor and a public health specialist, he has specialized training in maternal and child health & nutrition, as well as in disaster management. Before joining BRAC, he worked for 32 years with CARE International as one of its senior international management professionals. He spent 20 of those years working in Ethiopia, Uganda, Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand, India, Bangladesh and Asia region. He has long experience in strategic leadership, governing board management, executive-level management of large-scale operations, and humanitarian and social development program management. He specializes in people management, leadership development, conflict resolution, and organizational change management. He also has a proven track record in effective external relationship management, marketing, brand-building, communications, and fundraising for humanitarian and development projects. He has been a successful professional in bringing convergence of philanthropic approaches and entrepreneurial methodologies in creating sustainable development programming for achieving impact at large scale. In the professional field, he is known for leading complex organizational change processes in multicultural settings. Mr. Musa is also known for his unique ability to attract and develop young professionals into humanitarian and social development leaders. He is also an internationally recognized senior management trainer and an experienced coach.
Benno J. Ndulu is the Mwalimu Nyerere Professorial Chair on Development at the University of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. Prior to this, he completed a 10-year term as Governor, Bank of Tanzania. He is best known for having served as one of the pioneers for the most effective Research and Training Network in economics in Africa, the African Economic Research Consortium, where he served first as its research Director and then as its Executive Director. Having begun in academia at the University of Dar es Salaam, he later served also in the World Bank as a Research Manager in DEC and Advisor to Vice President Africa Region. He has published widely on Growth, Governance, and Trade. He is currently co-directing the Commission on Technology and Inclusive Development anchored at Blavatnik School of Government.
Rohini Nilekani is the Founder-Chairperson of Arghyam, a foundation she set up for sustainable water and sanitation, which funds initiatives all across India. From 2004 to 2014, she was Founder-Chairperson and chief funder of Pratham Books, a non-profit children’s publisher that reached millions of children during her tenure. She is Co-founder and Director of EkStep, a non-profit education platform. She sits on the Board of Trustees of ATREE, an environmental think tank, and serves on the Eminent Persons Advisory Group of the Competition Commission of India. A former journalist, she has written for many leading publications such as Times of India, India Today, Mint, etc. Penguin Books India published her first book, a medical thriller called Stillborn, and her second non- fiction book, Uncommon Ground, based on her eponymous TV show. She has written several books for young children, published by Pratham Books including the popular Annual Haircut Day. Rohini Nilekani is a committed philanthropist and in 2017, she, together with her husband Nandan Nilekani, signed the Giving Pledge, which commits half their wealth to philanthropic causes. In 2017, she was inducted as Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Nandan Nilekani is Co-Founder and Chairman of Infosys. He is also the Co-Founder and Chairman of EkStep. He was most recently the Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) in the rank of a Cabinet Minister. In 2006, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan and the 22nd Nikkei Asia Prize for Economic & Business Innovation in 2017. Nandan Nilekani is the author of Imagining India and co-authored his second book with Viral Shah, Rebooting India: Realizing a Billion Aspirations.
Sidi Ould Tah is Director General of the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA). He started his career as expert at the Mauritanian Bank for Development and Commerce (BMDC) (1984-1986), then as financial analyst at the Food Security Commission (1986). He held the position of Administration and Finance Manager of the Municipality of “Nouakchott” (1987). During the period 1988-1996, he was assigned the job of Advisor to the Director General and Director of Internal Auditing Department in “Nouakchott” Port Authority. He worked as Financial Analyst at the Khartoum-based Arab Authority for Agriculture, Investment and Development (AAAID) (1996-1999). During the period 1999-2006, Dr. Ould Tah served as Investment Promotion Officer then as Technical Assistant to the President of the Islamic Development Bank. In July 2008, he was nominated Minister of Economy and Finance. Since August 2008, Dr. Ould TAH, held the position of Minister of Economic Affairs and Development till his appointment as Director General of BADEA. In his Ministerial capacity, he headed the National Statistics Council. He represented his country in the IBRD Board of Governors as well as in other ten Regional and International Development Finance Institutions (IFC, MIGA IFAD, IsDB, DHMAN, ICIEC, ICD, ITFC, AfDB, AFESD, AAAID, ACBF).
Adrian Percy is the Head of Research and Development in the Division of Crop Science at Bayer. As such, his remit is to lead internal and open innovation activities in the areas of crop protection chemistry and biologicals, as well as seeds and traits. He began his career in 1991 as a toxicologist with Rhone-Poulenc Agrochimie based in France. Since then, he has held numerous positions in the research and development departments of the Crop Science division of Bayer and its legacy companies in France, Germany and the USA. These include leading crop protection development activities in North America and, most recently, regulatory affairs activities across the Crop Science division. Mr. Percy is also a member of the Research & Development Executive Committee of Bayer and a Member of the Board of Trustees for the Bayer Science & Education Foundation.
Vikas Pota is Chief Executive of the Varkey Foundation, a family foundation seeking to improve global teacher capacity and promote universal access to quality education. He has spearheaded the training of over 25,000 teachers and has pioneered an innovative technology platform to reach marginalized girls in sub-Saharan Africa as well as addressing the refugee crisis using this same platform; has designed a leadership program for school directors in Argentina; convenes the Global Education & Skills Forum; and organizes the Global Teacher Prize, which seeks to celebrate the achievement of classroom teachers and uplift the status of the profession. Mr. Pota is a Visiting Practitioner in Education at Harvard University, an Honorary Lecturer at UCL Institute of Education, a Senior Leaders Fellow at the Centre for Science & Policy at Cambridge University, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, and was selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader for his work in education. He received an Honorary Doctorate in 2016 and was listed by London’s Evening Standard newspaper as being in the Progress 1000 list of most influential Londoners in 2016.
Eric Schmidt is Technical Advisor to Alphabet Inc., holding company of Google Inc, where he advises its leaders on technology, business and policy issues. Mr. Schmidt was Executive Chairman of Alphabet from 2015-2017, and of Google from 2011-2015. From 2001-2011, he served as Google’s Chief Executive Officer, overseeing the company’s technical and business strategy alongside founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page. Under his leadership, Google dramatically scaled its infrastructure and diversified its product offerings while maintaining a strong culture of innovation, growing from a Silicon Valley startup to a global leader in technology. Prior to joining Google, Mr. Schmidt was the chairman and CEO of Novell and chief technology officer at Sun Microsystems, Inc. Previously, he served on the research staff at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), Bell Laboratories and Zilog. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2006 and inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as a fellow in 2007. Since 2008, he has been a trustee of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. Since 2012, he has been on the board of the Broad Institute and the Mayo Clinic. Mr. Schmidt was a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science 2009-2017. In 2013, he and Jared Cohen co-authored The New York Times bestselling book, The New Digital Age: Transforming Nations, Businesses, and Our Lives. In September 2014, he published his second New York Times bestseller, How Google Works, which he and Jonathan Rosenberg co-authored with Alan Eagle. Mr. Schmidt became the Chairman of the Department of Defense’s Innovation Board in 2016 and was awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service in January of 2017 by Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter. Eric is an MIT Visiting Innovation Fellow, member of the Advisory Board for MIT IQ, member of the MIT Commission on the Work of the Future, and member of the MIT CEO Advisory Board.
Raj Shah has been the President of The Rockefeller Foundation since 2017. Previously he was USAID Administrator, appointed by President Obama in 2009. In this post, Dr. Shah was charged with reshaping the $20 billion agency’s operations to provide greater assistance to pressing development challenges around the globe. By elevating the importance of innovation, promoting public-private partnerships, rethinking internal practices, and shifting how dollars were spent to deliver stronger results, Dr. Shah secured bipartisan support that enabled USAID to dramatically accelerate its work to end extreme poverty. Two significant Presidential priorities – Feed the Future and Power Africa – passed the House and Senate with bipartisan support and were signed into law by President Obama, and the Global Food Security Act is the second largest global development legislation after PEPFAR. Dr. Shah’s work delivered results for countries facing democratic transitions, post-conflict situations, and humanitarian crises, and is widely credited with providing life-saving access to food, health, and water for millions of children across the planet. Prior to his appointment at USAID, Dr. Shah served as Chief Scientist and Undersecretary for Research, Education and Economics at the United States Department of Agriculture. He also served in a number of leadership roles at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he helped launch the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (a joint venture by the Gates and Rockefeller foundations) and the International Financing Facility for Immunization (credited with raising more than $5 billion for childhood immunizations worldwide) and where he supported the creation of the Global Development Program.
Lara Setrakian is the CEO and Executive Editor of News Deeply, a network of digital media platforms that convene stakeholders and passionate communities on the world’s biggest challenges. Her team’s inaugural site, Syria Deeply, launched in 2012 and won the Excellence in Online Journalism Award from the National Press Foundation. They went on to launch Ebola Deeply, Water Deeply, Refugees Deeply, Oceans Deeply, Malnutrition Deeply and Women’s Advancement Deeply; the model is now expanding to cover an array of topics in public health, peace and security, environmental science and social impact. Before launching News Deeply Ms. Setrakian was a correspondent for ABC News and Bloomberg Television, covering the Middle East. She is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Jim Shelton leads the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s education work, and is former Deputy Secretary of Education and founding Executive Director of My Brother’s Keeper under President Barack Obama. In this role, he partners with educators, communities, researchers, and engineers to ensure that each young person is ready to thrive in and contribute to an ever-changing world. Previously, he served as the President and Chief Impact Officer at 2U, Inc., partnering with top colleges and universities to provide engaging and rigorous degree programs online. Mr. Shelton began his career as a software developer and has since worked in business, government, and the non-profit sectors as an operator, investor, and entrepreneur. In these roles, he has utilized management, policy, and programmatic innovations to increase access to opportunity.
Anne-Marie Slaughter is the President and CEO of New America and the Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. From 2009-2011 she served as the director of Policy Planning for the United States Department of State, the first woman to hold that position. Prior to her government service, Dr. Slaughter was the Dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from 2002–2009 and the J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law at Harvard Law School from 1994-2002. She has written or edited seven books, including The Chessboard and the Web: Strategies of Connection in a Networked World; Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family; and A New World Order, and is a frequent contributor to a number of publications, including The Atlantic, Financial Times, and Project Syndicate. In 2012, she published “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” in The Atlantic, which quickly became the most read article in the history of the magazine and helped spark a renewed national debate on the continued obstacles to genuine full male-female equality.
Noor Sweid is the General Partner at Global Ventures, a Dubai-based, growth-stage venture capital firm. Previously, Ms. Sweid was the Chief Investment Officer at The Dubai Future Foundation, focusing on developing the technology and innovation ecosystem in Dubai. Prior to this position, she was a Managing Partner at Leap Ventures, a growth-stage venture capital firm based out of Dubai and Beirut. With experience as a biotechnology and pharmaceutical strategy consultant in the US, and moving back to the MENA region in 2005, Ms. Sweid joined her family business, Depa. Implementing best-practice corporate governance and enabling the scaling of the business tenfold in three years to reach US$600 million in revenues, she then led the IPO for the company in 2008, on the NASDAQ Dubai and the London Stock Exchange. In her eight-year tenure at Depa, her involvement ranged from the strategic and growth planning and implementation, to application of corporate governance, the execution of a private placement and an IPO, cross-border acquisitions, regulatory compliance, and investor relations. During this time, Ms. Sweid also founded ZenYoga, the first yoga and pilates studio in MENA. ZenYoga grew to become the largest chain of wellness studios in the Middle East, providing space and instruction for over a thousand students to practice yoga weekly, as well as facilities providing international teacher training and qualification, leading to improved health and wellness in the region. She exited ZenYoga in early 2014 through sale to a private equity firm. She is a Director-in-Residence for the Corporate Governance department at INSEAD where she teaches in the Value Creation for Owners and Directors program. She is Chairperson of the Middle East Venture Capital Association, and also serves as a Director for Nord Anglia International Schools, MIT Sloan, Endeavor UAE, The Grooming Holding Company and the Collegiate American School in Dubai. Ms. Sweid has been named in the Arabian Business 100 Most Powerful Arab Women list three times, and has been profiled on the covers of Forbes Middle East, Entrepreneur Middle East, and Arabian Business magazines.
Steven VanRoekel is a deeply-embedded consultant working with and across the Rockefeller Foundation to further its mission through the use of data, technology and innovation. Mr. VanRoekel began his engagement with Rockefeller in the fall of 2017. He is a maker, investor and philanthropist. Prior to Rockefeller, he was in the Obama Administration where he last served as Chief Innovation Officer at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). At USAID, Mr. VanRoekel helped coordinate the Administration’s response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, including coordinating efforts to clarify and systemize the collection of data from the field and led the maker efforts to redesign the Ebola protective suit. Prior to his role at USAID, he was the second Chief Information Officer of the United States, appointed by President Obama in 2011. At the White House as U.S. CIO, he led the creation of the PortfolioStat agency review process, launched the “FedRAMP” cloud computing program, co-founded the United States Digital Service and the Presidential Innovation Fellows program, and led the U.S. Government’s Open Data and Mobile policies. Wired Magazine named Steven one of the world’s top 10 influencers of cloud computing. Prior to the Administration, Mr. VanRoekel’s entire professional career was at Microsoft Corporation where he held many roles, including Speech and Strategy Assistant to Microsoft founder, Bill Gates. He is on the board of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, the board of the Maret School of Washington D.C., and is on the board of VetSports, a nonprofit that helps veterans with opportunities to reintegrate into their communities through sports, community Service, events, and partnership.
Toni Verstandig serves as Executive Vice President at the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace whose primary objective focuses on ending the Arab-Israeli Conflict. Previously Ms. Verstandig served as Chair, Aspen Institute’s Middle East programs where Ms. Verstandig provided leadership, strategic vision, and management of all aspects of the Middle East programs including a robust public-private partnership covering the Middle East and North Africa, known as the Partners for New Beginning. Previously, Verstandig served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Near Eastern Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and served as a member of the US negotiation team tasked to reach a comprehensive agreement to end the Arab-Israeli conflict. she is a longstanding member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Ms. Verstandig has provided leadership and experience in healthcare governance as Chair of the Children’s National Hospital Foundation Board, as well as the Board of Trustees of the Children’s National Medical center. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Center for Global Development, the University of Denver’s Korbel Graduate School for International Affairs and the U.S. Institute of Peace International Advisory Council and IREX Global Advisory Council.
Monique Villa is CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Since her appointment in 2008, she has transformed the organization, creating a number of high-impact programmes including TrustLaw, a global pro bono service, and Trust Conference, a fast-growing movement to fight slavery and empower women worldwide. Under Villa, the Thomson Reuters Foundation also covers the world’s under reported stories and trains and mentors journalists to strengthen free media globally. Ms. Villa has been ranked among the world’s 100 most influential people in Business Ethics by Ethisphere since 2014. She received the Champions for Change Award in 2015 for her vision and effort in the fight against human trafficking and modern slavery and was the recipient of ECPAT- USA’s inaugural Freedom Award in 2017 in recognition of her leadership in the fight to end child trafficking. Ms. Villa is also a Champion of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
H.S.H. Prince Max von und zu Liechtenstein was appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer of LGT Group in 2006. LGT’s business is focused on private banking and institutional asset management and it is fully controlled by the Liechtenstein Princely Family. Since 2006, LGT Group has increased its assets under management from approximately CHF 78 billion to over CHF 200 billion. He started his professional career in the private equity industry in 1993 as an investment analyst and associate at JPMorgan Partners in New York. After five years in the United States, he returned to Europe in 1998 to work for the private equity group Industri Kapital as an Associate and Associate Director in London and Hamburg. In 2000, he rejoined JPMorgan Partners as a Director in London before becoming the Head of JPMorgan Partners’ German office in 2003.
Melanie Walker is a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow and an endovascular neurosurgical Fellow at the University of Washington School of Medicine and neurotechnology and brain science adviser to William H. Gates III at bgC3 in Seattle. Dr. Walker’s career has focused on innovation at the intersection of life sciences, government and philanthropy. Her experience creating partnerships between government and non-government institutions has helped foster new approaches and solutions to global problems in health and development. Previously Dr. Walker was Director of the Delivery Unit and Senior Adviser to President Jim Yong Kim at the World Bank Group. She joined the Group from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where she served as Deputy Director for Global Development, a team charged with incubating new foundation programs and special initiatives. Prior, she worked in a variety of different roles supporting the planning and implementation of policy at the World Health Organization. As a clinical practitioner, she has nearly two decades of experience in public and community-based facilities around the world. She has served as attending physician and Clinical Associate Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington and as an adjunct faculty member at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Walker has published extensively in peer-reviewed literature and frequently lectures on topics related to her clinical and professional interests. She is on the board of the American Medical Associate Foundation, and serves as Program Chair.
Andrew Zolli is a technologist, social innovator and strategic advisor whose work spans the fields of innovation, foresight, sustainable development and resilience. Mr. Zolli currently oversees the ecological, humanitarian, and sustainable development portfolio of Planet, a breakthrough geospatial imaging organization. Planet has deployed the largest constellation of Earth-observing satellites in history. Together, this system images the entire surface of the Earth every day, in high resolution; the resulting data has transformational potential for the way we address a host of global challenges, including food security, climate change, disaster response, and conservation, among others. Under his leadership, the organization has developed pioneering new approaches to monitoring deforestation, delivering humanitarian aid, measuring the growth of cities, among many other development projects. Along with his colleague, Ann Marie Healy, he is the author of Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back, published by Simon and Schuster in the U.S., and in 20 other languages and territories around the world. From 2003-2014, he was the primary creative and curatorial force behind PopTech, a renowned innovation and social change network. Mr. Zolli currently serves on the Boards of the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Blurb (www.blurb.com) a leading digital publishing concern, and on the Advisory Boards of CureViolence (www.cureviolence.org) a leading antiviolence organization and OneConcern (www.oneconcern.com) a firm using artificial intelligence to transform disaster-response. He has previously served as an Exploration Fellow of the National Geographic Society, and his work and ideas have been widely covered in the media, from the New York Times and NPR to Vanity Fair and the Chronicle of Philanthropy.