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Leila Janah

Founder and CEO

Samasource and LXMI

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Leila Janah is the Founder and CEO of Samasource and LXMI, two companies that go beyond charity to #givework to low-income people around the world using cutting-edge social enterprise models in technology and luxury skincare, respectively. She is the author of the book Give Work (Penguin/Random House), which was released in September 2017.

Prior, Leila was a Visiting Scholar with the Stanford Program on Global Justice and Australian National University’s Center for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics. She was a founding Director of Incentives for Global Health, and a management consultant at Katzenbach Partners (now Booz & Co.).

Leila is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, a Director of CARE USA, a 2012 TechFellow, recipient of the inaugural Club de Madrid Young Leadership Award, and the youngest person to win a Heinz Award in 2014. She was named one of Fortune’s Most Promising Entrepreneurs in 2014 and was the subject of cover stories in Entrepreneur, Fast Company, and Conscious Company Magazines. She received a BA from Harvard and lives part time in New York and San Francisco.

 

LinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/in/leilajanah

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David Goldberg

Founder and Global CEO

Founders Pledge

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David is the Founder and Global CEO of Founders Pledge. Having run the gauntlet of finance, start-up, and academia, started Founders Pledge to make it absurdly easy for entrepreneurs to do good in their work and lives. Since launching Founders Pledge in 2015, David has raised more than $430 million for charity across nearly 1300 pledges in 30 countries. David moved into the non-profit sector from an eclectic commercial background; following high school, David a large private mortgage bank in the U.S., where he launched the secondary marketing department, after which he worked as a mortgage and investment banker at CS Financial in Beverly Hills. David also founded and ran a boutique real estate and relocation firm in Germany and was the general manager of Urban Motion Inc. David is a graduate of UCLA and the University of Cambridge.

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Annie Duflo

Executive Director

Innovation for Poverty Action

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Annie is responsible for leading the strategic directions of IPA, the implementation of its strategic plan and the day to day operations. Previously, Annie served as IPA's Research Director where she managed IPA's research network, staff capacity-building, and new project development. She also played a key role in the scaling up of successful programs with particular focus on education. Annie has a wealth of experience implementing and managing randomized evaluations in the field. Prior to joining IPA, Annie was the Executive Director of the Centre for Microfinance (CMF) at the Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR) in Chennai, India, which she joined at its creation. Annie holds a Master of Public Administration and International Development degree from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and Master in Social Sciences from EHESS (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales)/ ENS (École Normale Supérieure) in Paris.

Read Annie Duflo writing in the New York Times about using data to fight poverty and in The Washington Post on what we've learned about how to help the poor most effectively.

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Michael Green

Chief Executive Officer

Social Progress Imperative

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Michael Green is chief executive officer of the Social Progress Imperative. An economist by training, he is co-author (with Matthew Bishop of ‘The Economist’) of Philanthrocapitalism: How Giving Can Save the World and The Road from Ruin: A New Capitalism for a Big Society. Previously Michael served as a senior official in the U.K. Government’s Department for International Development, where he managed British aid programs to Russia and Ukraine and headed the communications department. He taught Economics at Warsaw University in Poland in the early 1990s. His TED Talks have been viewed more than two million times, and his 2014 Talk was chosen by the TED organization as one of the ‘most powerful ideas’ of 2014 and by The Telegraph as one of the 10 bests ever. In 2016, he was named one of “The 100 Most Connected Men in Britain” by GQ Magazine and one of the Nonprofit Times “Power & Influence Top 50.”

Twitter: @shepleygreen 

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Dr. Laurent “Larry” Leksell

Founder and Chairman Elekta AB

Founder and Chairman of Leksell Social Ventures (LSV)

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Dr. Laurent “Larry” Leksell is a well-known Swedish businessman and philanthropist, mostly affiliated with Elekta AB, inventor of non-invasive cancer therapy radiation knives, a company he founded and is the Chairman.  In 2014, the Leksell Social Ventures (LSV) was initiated by the Leksell family, the first professional impact investing company in Sweden.  The organization is supported by Larry, Caroline and Richard, as well as the CEO Henrik Storm Dyrssen. LSV has USD 10m at its disposal and is mandated to invest in scalable, financially sustainable business models with substantial transparent social impact as well as catalyzing the Scandinavian social impact, and impact investing sectors.

Larry has MBA and Ph.D. degrees in Business Administration from the Stockholm School of Economics where he also conducted research. In the late ’70s he was a visiting scholar at the Harvard Business School in Boston. 

Among his many social functions are a 10-year stint as the chairman of the Stockholm Stadsmission, service as a former faculty member of the Swedish Institute of Management, the Stockholm School of Economics, as well as spent time at INSEAD, France, as a visiting Professor.

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Nina Jensen

Chief Executive Officer

X Four-10 / REV

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Nina Jensen is the CEO of X Four-10, currently building the world’s largest research and expedition vessel “REV” aiming to improve understanding and search for more sustainable and environmentally responsible solutions for the world's oceans. She started this position in 2018 after 15 years in WWF-Norway, CEO since 2012. Nina has a burning commitment and passion for oceans, conservation and sustainable solutions. She holds a Master’s degree in Marine Biology from the University of Fishery Science in Tromsø, and has a background in communications and marketing from Ogilvy& Mather. She is a Board member of The Business for Peace Foundation. Member of the Adjudication Committee for the Nordic Council Nature and Environment Award. Member of the Expert Committee of the Thor Heyerdahl award and the Prize Committee for the Rachel Carson Award. She also serves on the Advisory Board for the Global Opportunity Report. Nina is born and raised in Oslo, she loves to dive, fish, ski, hike and loves the outdoors.

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Nishan Degnarain

Oceans Chair

World Economic Forum

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Nishan Degnarain chairs a Special Initiative on Oceans at the World Economic Forum.  He has built an innovative public-private partnership through which WEF is pioneering new approaches to large scale systems-change and reshaping global governance of our oceans using new technologies.

Nishan has spearheaded new models of sustainable economic growth in emerging markets and advises on integrated growth strategies.  He has advised many of the world’s leading companies and Governments with McKinsey and Co., the UK Prime Minister Strategy Unit and the BBC.  He was recognized as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum for his work on new models of growth.

Nishan Degnarain is an economist with degrees from the University of Cambridge and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.  He sits on various private and public-sector boards, including as a member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Mauritius and the National Ocean Council of Mauritius.

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Diana Amini

Global Manager

H&M Foundation

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Diana Amini joined the H&M Foundation in 2015 as Global Manager. The work includes leading a team of nine and being responsible for the strategic direction, program development and deliveries, and associated communication plans and activities.

With an extensive background in the non-profit sector, Diana was most recently Manager of the Ronald McDonald House Charities in Stockholm and has also worked with communications in various organizations and foundations, such as Plan International and Operation Smile. 

As the Communications Manager for Operation Smile, Diana was part of establishing the organization in Sweden – a work that was awarded by the Swedish Fundraising Council. During her years with Plan International she was responsible for driving major advocacy campaigns related to children’s rights. As the Communications Coordinator at the insurance and investment company Skandia, Diana worked with their foundation “Ideas for Life”, which included staff engagement and project management. In addition to her professional roles she has always been engaged in various non-profit organizations as a board member or volunteer.

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Emily Bove

Executive Director

Women Thrive Alliance

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Emily Bove is the Executive Director of Women Thrive Alliance, a leading global women’s rights network that unites and mobilizes hundreds of grassroots women’s rights and gender equality organizations in over 50 countries. Over the past decade, Emily has worked in service of grassroots feminist leaders around the world, bridging their social justice agendas with key development processes.

Having joined Women Thrive in 2014 as a program director, Emily transformed a group of a dozen local partners into a vibrant 300-plus global community of advocates committed to and mobilized around the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 5 on Gender Equality.

As Executive Director, Emily has centered the voices and expertise of Alliance members in the DNA of Women Thrive's work and vision, challenging the status quo narrative of development and promoting a bottom-up vision of social change which includes and invests in grassroots leaders.

Prior to joining Women Thrive, Emily led gender programming work for the German Technical Cooperation (GIZ), the International Labor Organization (ILO), and the World Bank in countries like Indonesia, Cameroon, and Saint Lucia. She is the 2018 recipient of the One World Award for Feminist Leadership in International Philanthropy.

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Farrukh H. Khan

Senior Director of Business Development

Acumen

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Farrukh H. Khan is the Senior Director of Business Development at Acumen where he is responsible for global business development and fundraising activities. Previously, Farrukh was the Country Director and CEO of Acumen Pakistan, responsible for investing, business development and leadership development activities. With over 25 years of senior management and board level experience, Farrukh is the founding partner and former CEO of BMA Capital Management Limited. He is an experienced entrepreneur and a leading business and financial advisor who has advised on many landmark transactions, including Etisalat’s $2.6 billion acquisition of PTCL, the largest M&A and foreign direct investment in Pakistan’s history. He has served as President of the Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce & Industry (OICCI), Pakistan Chapter Chairman of the Young Presidents’ Organization and on various private and public-sector boards. Farrukh qualified as a Chartered Accountant from the UK and received a BA (Hons.) in Economics and Finance from the University of Manchester. He enjoys reading, collecting fine art, listening to music and is married with three children. His philanthropic interests include children’s health and education.

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Maya Ziswiler

Head of Social Finance

UBS Optimus Foundation

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Maya Ziswiler is the head of Social Finance at the UBS Optimus Foundation. She is responsible for leveraging social finance solutions to mobilize private capital in new and more efficient ways. She spearheaded the foundation's work on the first Development Impact Bond in Education and has been supporting the potential of public private partnerships. Prior to this role, she was the Foundation's Program Director for Education and Early Childhood Development. She joined UBSOF from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria where she was responsible for managing partnerships with the private sector. Previously, Maya worked for UNICEF in Peru and Procter and Gamble's development and export markets. Maya holds degrees from McGill University and the University of Geneva. She speaks French, English, Spanish, German and some Mandarin Chinese.

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Sylvie Laffarge

Director of Philanthropies Europe

Microsoft

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Sylvie Laffarge is Director of Philanthropies Europe. She joined Microsoft in 2006 and currently leads Microsoft's YouthSpark and Technology for Good efforts across Europe, driving alignment with European public policy priorities around issues related to youth, employment, digital skills, entrepreneurship, and CSR. Launched in 2012, Microsoft YouthSpark is a global, company-wide initiative designed to create opportunities for three hundred million youth around the world. Through partnerships with governments, nonprofits and businesses, its aim is to empower youth to imagine and realize their full potential by connecting them with greater education, employment, and entrepreneurship opportunities. Sylvie previously held leadership and external representation roles in numerous CSR, ICT policy and trade associations and non-profits in Brussels, on the subject of youth employment, ICT and skills. Prior to joining Microsoft, she led the corporate community relations office for The Walt Disney Company. She pioneered Disney's community affairs strategy in Europe and was instrumental during her 17-year tenure in developing the company's strong socially responsible profile. Sylvie Laffarge brought relevance to Disney's donation portfolio and initiated signature programs such as Disney's Compassionate Program, Disney Volunteers and the Disneyland effort in Europe. Sylvie Laffarge is a graduate and post-graduate of the University of La Sorbonne in Paris.

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Jo Ensor

GlobalDirector

The Philanthropy Workshop, TPW

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Jo Ensor has over twenty years’ experience working in international development, during which time she has gained a significant understanding of livelihoods, health, education, and child protection issues. She has worked at the community level in more than 30 countries in Africa and Asia, and has been CEO of the African health charity, AMREF. She has given over $150 million in grants to NGOs and community groups and has a good understanding of grant making, monitoring and evaluation, NGO capacity building, and public-private partnerships. More recently, Jo has worked in the philanthropy sector, as Director of Development for CAF, where she was responsible for promoting global philanthropy in the BRICS countries, supporting the philanthropic programs of high net worth individuals and developing corporate social responsibility and social investment programs for large corporate foundations. Jo has been CEO of a venture philanthropy fund and trustee of a number of global grant making foundations and charities. She is a graduate of Oxford University and has a Masters in Development Economics from SOAS, University of London.

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Karl-Petter Thorwaldsson

President

LO Sweden

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Since 2014, Karl-Petter Thorwaldsson has been Deputy President of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). He has also been appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the Goal 8 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which concerns decent work and economic growth.

Karl-Petter Thorwaldsson was elected President at the LO Congress in 2012 and re-elected at the latest Congress in June 2016.

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Fran Perrin

Founder and Director

Indigo Trust

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Maya Fran Perrin is the Founder and Director of the Indigo Trust which she established in 1999 and now runs with her husband, William. Fran is also co-founder and Chair of the Board of 360Giving. Fran was formerly an advisor at the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, in the UK Cabinet Office and she is a Board Member of The Philanthropy Workshop. In the past, she has also served as a Chair of the Board of Publish What You Fund and has been a member of DfID’s International Development Sector Transparency Panel.

In 2012, Fran Perrin was named Philanthropist of the Year by Spears and in 2016 jointly received the Open Data Institute’s first ‘Women in Data’ award from Sir Tim Berners-Lee for her role in 360 Giving. You can read more about Fran’s approach to philanthropy in the Million Pound Donors study by Kent University’s Centre for Philanthropy. Fran speaks often about philanthropy, data, digital skills and using the internet for social change.

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Christina Ljungberg

Co-Founder at The Case For Her

Partner at Influence Film

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Cristina is the chairman and driving force behind the Giving Wings Foundation, a Swedish foundation focused on education and healthcare for women and girls with a specific interest in menstrual hygiene. She is an active board member of Acumen and Afripads in Uganda. Cristina started her career working for Baxter Healthcare in Chicago as a principal engineer, designing medical devices and biotech products. Following an MBA, she worked in the management consulting industry for McKinsey and Co.

In 2007, she invested in the award-winning documentary, “The Devil Came on Horseback.” This experience precipitated her love for documentary film, and ultimately led her to launch Influence Film. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Tufts University, a Masters in Biotechnology from Northwestern and an MBA from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

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Annika Söder

State Secretary for Foreign Affairs

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Annika Söder has a long-standing experience of international affairs. Prior to joining the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, Annika was a Senior Manager in the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, responsible for external relations, partnerships and communications. Previously, she served in the Swedish Government offices as State Secretary for International Development Cooperation, spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry, and as foreign policy advisor to the prime minister and several foreign ministers. Annika has a background in communications, security policy and development cooperation. Annika has also served on several boards and councils of international institutions and organizations and studied journalism at Stockholm University.

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Per Josefsson

Philanthropist, Co-Founder Brummer & Partners

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Per Josefsson is one of the main owners of Brummer & Partners, one of Europe’s leading hedge fund managers.  Per has worked within the finance industry since 1984, after graduating from Stockholm School of Economics.  Per and his wife, Lena, have devoted themselves to cultural philanthropic work, mostly within art and theater. Moderna Museet in Stockholm and the audio theater Audiorama are examples of institutions in which they have they have invested their time and resources.  They have also supported projects in developing countries such as Kenya and India.  In addition, Per is a member of The International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York.

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Natalia Brzezinski

CEO

Symposium Stockholm and Brilliant Minds

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With a dynamic spectrum of roles - from the U.S. Senate Press Office for Senator John Kerry, to The Huffington Post, to the U.S. Embassy in Sweden, and now the CEO at the tech-conference Brilliant Minds and Symposium Stockholm, a vibrant tech and “makers” space.  Natalia is a connector of people, a bridge between worlds, a digital activist and most of all a storyteller - transcending the borders of business with authentic communications. She brings a spirit of disruption and purposeful leadership to every role in order to help transform brands and stories into ones that sustain over time and connect across cultures. 
A gladiator for equality, a believer that we are better as humanity when we, men and women, work together instead of working apart. Being equal doesn’t mean being the same. Diversity is the beauty of life. 

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