THE GLOBAL PEOPLE SUMMIT WILL RETURN IN SEPTEMBER 2018
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2017 AGENDA + TOPICS
Introducing the Global People’s Summit+SocialGood
Is “Making the World a Better Place” a Reality?
Hosted by: Siraj Ravel, data scientist and Taryn Southern, YouTube Creator/Digital Storyteller
The Power of ONE: How Individuals Can Make a Difference
Hazami Barmada, CEO of The Barmada Group
How are Youth Innovating for a Better Tomorrow
Angeline Yong, Mohammad Zaidi, Mathilda Ho, volunteers, International Red Cross and Red Crescent
How are Youth Innovating for a Better Tomorrow
International Red Cross and Red Crescent Esther Muiruri
Take Action: Tell Us What Issues You Care About and Pledge to Take Action
One For All Pledge for SDGs
Fighting Inequality: The Urgency of NOW
Host: Jenn Duong, VR Direction. Co-Founder of @SHIIFTorg
Reducing Global Inequalities in Health
Rebecca Milner, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, International Medical Corps
Inequality in Education: No One Left Behind
Chernor Bah, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Purposeful Productions
Gender Inequality: No Progress with Half The World Left Out
Anneka Knutsson, Chief of UNFPA’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Branch
The Buzz: Blockchain, Meet the 2030 Global Goals
Vanessa Grellet, Executive Director Strategy, Enterprise & Social Impact, ConsenSys
STEM and Empowering Change
Kavita Gupta, Founding Managing Partner, ConsenSys
Innovation in Ending Human Trafficking: Empowering Humanity
Agnes Igoye, Deputy National Coordinator Prevention of Trafficking in Persons, Uganda
TAKE ACTION: Step Up To Fight Gender Inequality
Elizabeth Nyamayaro: Senior Advisor to Under Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women, and Global Head of the HeForShe Initiative
Humanizing Humanity: How Technology and Arts Inspire Empathy and Action
Hosted by: Taryn Southern, YouTube Creator/Digital Storyteller
The Heart of Technology: Can Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Inspire Empathy
Ricardo Laganaro, Director, VR for Good
Diplomacy 2.0: Cultural Diplomacy in Uncertain Times
Ambassador Cynthia Schneider, Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy, Georgetown University and Former US Ambassador to the Netherlands
Battle for Humanity: Gamifying the End to Violent Conflict and Extremism
Jessica Murrey, Creative Lead, Battle for Humanity, Search for Common Ground
Body Shaming is a Shame: Disrupting the Fashion Industry to Redefine Beauty
Carrie Hammer, Founder, Role Models Not Runway Models
Coffee Culture: “The Power of Your Dollar Responsible Production and Consumption “
Bambi Semroc, Sr. Strategic Advisor, Center for Environmental Leadership in Business at Conservation International
Big Data For Social Good: Harness the Power of The Crowd
Hend Alhinnawi, Co-Founder & CEO, Humanitarian Tracker
TAKE ACTION: Your Turn: Share YOUR story of change!
Jilt van Schayik, Director, Building Bridges, Humans of My World, UN SDG Action Campaign
Innovating For Tomorrow, Today: Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Host: Siraj Raval, Data Scientist & Best Selling Author
The Global Entrepreneurship Revolution for Good
Alex Amouyel, Executive Director, MIT Solve
Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Innovation for Good
Cyrill Gutsch, Founder and CEO, Parley for the Oceans
Mobile for Good: What’s the Potential When Everyone Has Access to a Mobile Device
Michelle Martin, Head of Global Communications and Marketing, Qualcomm Wireless Reach
Influencing Public Attitude: A Data Driven Approach
Kate Davies, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Human Rights Matter
Minky Worden, Director of Global Initiatives at Human Rights Watch
How To Make Social-Impact Lesson: The ABCs of How to Launch a Start-up or Innovate
Siraj Raval, Data Scientist & Best Selling Author
TAKE ACTION: Tell Us What Issues You Care About and Pledge to Take Action
One For All Pledge for SDGs
Doing Things Differently: Partnerships for Change
Host: Robert Holzer, Founder, CEO Matter Unlimited
“Intrapreneurship: Innovating From the Inside
Innovation and Partnerships for Sustainable Development”
Boaz Paldi, Head of Global Engagement, United Nations Development Program
An Inclusive Global Development Agenda: Have We Made Progress?
Rt Hon Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, Prime Minister of Uganda
Innovating Money and Access: Partnerships in Financial Services
Yasaman Hadjibashi, Chief Creation Officer, Barclays Africa Group
Mobilizing Accountability: Digital Advocacy for Online and Offline Action
Michael A. Jones, North America Regional Director, Change.org
The Long Road to Safety: Tackling Hidden Global Epidemics
Piyush Tewari, CEO, Save Life Foundation
How To Make Social-Impact Lesson: Financing Your Dreams: Practical Tips for Online Fundraising and Crowdsourcing
Kate Drane, Senior Director of Outreach, Indiegogo
TAKE ACTION: #MyWorld: Talk Is Cheap, Accountability Matters
Vote to tell us how your country is doing
My World Vote in partnership with UN SDG Action Campaign
The Mess: Intersectionality, Causality and “Grey Space”
Host: Hazami Barmada, CEO of The Barmada Group
Reframing the “Problem”: The Power of Media and Storytelling in Youth Empowerment
Mariam Farag, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, MBC Group
Shattering Barriers: “Solutions Don’t Exist in One Sector Nor Are They Simple
Shaping Policy and Unpacking Complex Narratives”
Heba Aly, Director, Irinnews
Aid Fatigue in a Social Media World: The Humanitarian Development Nexus
Elhadj As Sy, Secretary-General, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Sports Diplomacy: Unlocking Human Potential for Social Good
Sally Roberts, World Bronze Medalist, Olympic Alternist, Founder of Wrestle Like a Girl
Eating Your Trash: Food, Waste and Nutrition (Seaweed Based Edible Bioplastic)
David Christian and Dr. Norywati Mulyono , Co-Founders, Evoware
Mobilizing for Change: A Look At The Thriving Role of Civil Society
Dhananjayan “Danny” Sriskandarajah, Secretary General and CEO, CIVICUS
Beyond Numbers: Faces and Stories of 65 Million People Living in Refuge
Melissa Fleming, Former Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner and Head of Communications at UNHCR
Pop Culture & Music: Influencing Social and Cultural Norms
Casey Acierno, Senior Manager, Social Impact, Spotify
TAKE ACTIN: Share a Song That Introduced You To A New Voice, Perspective or Worldview
“In partnership with Spotify launched by Daniel Brill and Spencer Hansen, Creative Directors, Spoitify”
“How to”” Making Social-Impact Lessons
Mentorship and Professional Growth for Impact: How do you get the support you need to change the world?”
Rani Shah, Product Manager, Creation & Acceleration, Barclays Africa Group
The Planet: We Have No Plan B
Host: Jolene Creighton, Editor-in-Chief, Futurism
The Plight of the Planet: Media’s Role in Climate Change Action
Maya Draisin Farrah, VP of Marketing, Collection, Conde Nast; and Head of Marketing at Wired
What’s the Fuss About Clean Energy? A Tesla Model
Leilani Munter, Race Car Driver and Environmental Activist
Climate Action: Climate Justice on The Frontlines
Jeff Orlowski, Director, Chasing Ice, Chasing Coral, Founder and Director of Exposure Labs
Life Below Water: What we Can’t See Still Matters
Charlotte Vick, Director of Engagement, Mission Blue
TAKE ACTION: Tell Us What Issues You Care About and Pledge to Take Action
One For All Pledge for SDGs
Human Mobility, Dignity and Globalization
Host: Milana Vayntrub, Actress. Founder, can’tdonothing.org
Counting the Beans: The True Cost of a Plate of Food Around the World
Arif Husain, Chief Economist, World Food Program
Co-Creation vs “hand out”: New Models to Refugee Response
Communitere – Co-creating Solutions in The Field
Empathy in Action: Transforming Pains of the Past into Opportunity for the Future
Matthew Gurney, Director & Co-Founder, Empathy Action
The Production Pipeline: Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Human Dignity
Rania Hoteit, CEO & Co-Founder at ID4A Technologies
Muddy Waters: The Global Clean Water Crisis
LeeAnne Walters, Water Activist
Overcoming Adversary and Human Resilience
Kelvin Doe, Entrepreneur/Founder of Kelvin Doe Foundation
The Power of Volunteerism: How Everyone Can Make A Difference
Dominic Allen, Chief, United Nations Volunteers
“How to Make Social-Impact Lesson Transforming Pain to Gain”
Joshua Johnson, Founder, pain2joy.com
Fighting Modern Day Slavery: Exploitation, Forced Labor and Debt Bondage
Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Peace Laureate. Founder, Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation
Hazami Barmada has 12+ years of experience as a public affairs, communications and social impact strategist/consultant, social entrepreneur and international public speaker. She has tri-sector expertise having developed strategy and programming for businesses, government and civil society. Her professional interests lie at the intersection of global governance, diplomacy, innovation and new technology, social good, global development, corporate social responsibility and public-private partnerships. Hazami is the CEO of The Barmada Group and has served as consultant to public and private clients including the United Nations, United Nations Foundation, Royal Court of the Sultanate of Oman, Save the Children, Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Object Design and Communications (DirecTV and Saudi State Television), ARAMCO Oil Company, TechGirls, and The Washington Diplomat. At the United Nations, Hazami most recently served as Senior Advisor for Strategic Partnerships and Communications for UN Humans Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) focusing on innovation and youth engagement for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the New Urban Agenda. Prior to that, Hazami served as the Coordinator for the UN Secretary General’s World Humanitarian Summit organized by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs/UNDP in partnership with the Republic of Turkey under the patronage of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. She previously served as Strategy and Communications Advisor to the UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth, as a member of the UN Post-2015 Development Agenda “Strategy Hub,” as co-chair of the communications working group of the UN Interagency Network on Youth Development, and on the organizing team of the first ever UN Global Forum on Youth, Peace and Security hosted by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. A passionate humanist, Hazami is an adviser to philanthropic and non-profit initiatives focusing on humanitarian action, women and youth empowerment, diversity and inclusion, and diaspora engagement. She is a frequent international public speaker and serves as a Citizen Diplomat with United States Department of State, organizing global training/workshops on social innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership for public and private institutions, businesses, universities and civil society. She is currently a graduate teaching coach for the course "Adaptive Leadership and the Politics of Change" at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Her innovative campaigns and work have been featured on outlets including CNN, CNN International, BBC, Al-Jazeera, Huffington Post, and Washington Post. In 2017, Hazami was selected as a Presidential Leadership Scholar by the Presidential Centers of US Presidents, George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson to develop a strategy for a global “empathy revolution” for social change. Hazami has a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government where she was an Edward S. Mason Fellow in Public Policy and Management and received several awards for public service and leadership. She did graduate studies in Social and Public Policy at Georgetown University and has a BA from Rhodes College.
Agnes Igoye is Uganda’s Deputy National Coordinator, Prevention of Trafficking in Persons and Training Manager at the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control. She has provided her expertise to organizations like the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime and the International Organization for Migration and represents Uganda in several inter-governmental committees on migration, peace and security. A Harvard Kennedy School Women in Public Policy Program (WAPPP) Fellow, she supports Pallisa Member of Ugandan Parliament, to design appropriate interventions for women and girl advancement through education and economic empowerment. A survivor of Uganda’s civil war and atrocities of the Lord’s resistance army (LRA), she has constructed a center to rehabilitate human trafficking survivors in Uganda. She is the founder of the Huts For Peace program, a community based initiative by women who have suffered gender based violence, rebuilding their war-torn communities. Since 2011, she fundraised and delivered over 92,000 textbooks for community libraries and education of vulnerable children. She is a 2017/18 Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) Commitment Mentor, to students across universities, working on the Criminal Justice category. A frequently-invited speaker at international conferences and universities, Agnes has also served in various global advisory roles, including Ambassador to “Let Girls Learn”. In 2015, Agnes was named one of the 100 most influential people in Africa by New African magazine and in 2017, made the global list of 100 Vital Voices most exceptional women. Other awards include The Josephine S. Vernon award as the most 'Outstanding Fellow of the Edward S. Mason Program at Harvard Kennedy, the Distinguished Leadership award for Internationals - University of Minnesota, and the 2012 and 2014 Inspirational Woman of Uganda Awards. In 2013, she was selected as one of 50 emerging Global Women leaders by the Women in Public Service Project launched by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2011. Agnes graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School with a Master’s in Public Administration. She is a 2010/11 Fulbright/Hubert Humphrey Fellow, University of Minnesota and studied Forced Migration at the University of Oxford. She received a Global Development and Social Justice Certification with a special session with President Jimmy Carter at Emory University in 2011.
Alex Amouyel is the Executive Director of Solve, an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Solve is a community of cross-sector leaders devoted to identifying and supporting solutions to actionable challenges through open innovation. Previously, Alex was the Director of Program for the Clinton Global Initiative, where she curated the content for the Annual Meeting. She also worked for Save the Children International in London and across Asia, the Middle East and Haiti, and at the Boston Consulting Group. Alex holds a double Masters from Sciences Po, Paris, and the London School of Economics, and a Bachelors from Trinity College, Cambridge, UK..
Cynthia P. Schneider, Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at Georgetown University, teaches, publishes, and organizes initiatives in the field of cultural diplomacy, with a focus on relations with the Muslim world. Ambassador Schneider co-directs the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics at Georgetown, as well as the Los Angeles-based MOST Resource (Muslims on Screen and Television). Additionally, she co-directs the Timbuktu Renaissance, an innovative strategy and platform for countering extremism and promoting peace and development, which grew out of her work leading the Arts and Culture Dialogue Initiative within Brookings’ Center for Middle East Policy. From 1998-2001 she served as U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands, where she led initiatives on cultural diplomacy, education, biotechnology, and cybersecurity. In the 1980s and 1990s, Dr. Schneider worked as an art historian specializing in 17th century Dutch art, and taught at Georgetown, and published and organized exhibitions (National Gallery of Art) on Rembrandt. email@example.com @schneidercp tel. 301 706 9260 .
Director of Global Engagement United Nations Development Programme Boaz Paldi is the United Nations Development Programme Director of Global Engagement. In this role Boaz oversees UNDP’s campaigns, individual fundraising, partnerships and flagship events. Before being appointed to his current role, Boaz led UNDP’s advocacy and communication partnerships as well as implementing UNDP’s multimedia strategy. Before joining UNDP, Boaz worked as a TV journalist for 17 years covering conflicts, natural disasters and human-interest stories in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the Balkans first for the BBC then the Associated Press and finally joining Reuters where he worked as a TV News Executive Producer for over 12 years.
Elhadj As Sy
Elhadj As Sy is the Secretary General of the IFRC. He began this leadership role on 1 August, 2014 and is based at the IFRC secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland. Mr. Sy has extensive experience in leadership roles in the humanitarian sector, having previously served at a senior level with UNICEF, UNAIDS, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and other agencies for more than 25 years. Before joining the IFRC – the world’s largest humanitarian network – Mr. Sy was UNICEF’s Director of Partnerships and Resource Development in New York. He has also served as UNICEF Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa and Global Emergency Coordinator for the Horn of Africa. From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Sy was Director, HIV/AIDS Practice with the United Nations Development Programme in New York. Before that, he worked with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as its Africa Regional Director and later as Director of Operational Partnerships and Country Support in Geneva. Mr. Sy has also held the position of UNAIDS Representative in New York and Director of the New York Liaison Office. From 1988 to 1997, he served as Director of Health and Development Programmes with Environment and Development Action in the Third World in Dakar, Senegal. Mr. Sy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts and Human Sciences from the University of Dakar. He then pursued Master’s studies in Arts and Germanistik at the University of Graz, and graduated from the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna. He was also awarded a post graduate diploma in Education from the Ecole normale superieure in Dakar . He speaks English, French and German and is a national of Senegal.
Kenya Red Cross Nairobi county Youth Chairperson and the chair of the international youth camp committee. UN HABITAT’s emerging community champion, 2016; a master’s student of environmental planning and management at the University of Nairobi and a global focal point for humanitarian affairs working group at the UN major group for children and youth..
Jeff Orlowski is the founder of Exposure Labs. His latest project, Chasing Coral , released globally on Netflix in July 2017 as a Netflix Original Documentary, was awarded the US Documentary Award at Sundance and has received many other awards and accolades at film festivals around the globe. He served as director, producer, and cinematographer on Chasing Ice , which screened at Congress, the White House and the United Nations, and has received an Academy-Award nomination for Best Original Song, and won a 2014 News and Documentary Emmy® award for Outstanding Nature Programming. Jeff served as Producer on the awardwinning film, Frame By Frame , and was the inaugural Sundance Institute Discovery Impact Fellow for environmental filmmaking.
: Glendean Hamilton is the Program Manager for Mayoral Relations at the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initative. The Initiative is a collaboration among Bloomberg Philanthropies, Harvard Kennedy School, and Harvard Business School that aspires to equip city leaders with the ideas, tools, and techniques needed to solve urban challenges, deliver exceptional results for their residents, and advance a culture of high performance and innovation. Within Bloomberg Harvard, Glendean serves as the point person for maintaining ongoing relationships with mayors and their executive leadership. She is responsible for planning for continual engagement opportunities that build on previous touch points and for building a community among the program’s participants. Prior to joining BHCLI, Glendean worked on numerous projects with the City of Boston and Mayor’s Offices in the City and County of Denver, CO and Kansas City, MO. Glendean began her career as an educator and researcher. She worked in research and grant making at an education foundation focused on advancing student-centered curriculum within schools across New England. Also, Glendean taught middle school English in Lawrence, MA. Her interest in cities and mayoral development stems from her passion of strengthening communities for the betterment of all citizens, especially the most vulnerable. Glendean holds a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College and a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Jessica is the creative mind behind the global social pervasive game, Battle for Humanity. Jess specializes in strategic communications, awareness campaigns, and getting in the audience’s head. At age 24, She received a Northwest Regional Emmy for Community Service for her lead role in “Don’t Turn Away,” and anti-child abuse media campaign. Months later, her PSA “Meth Mirror” won Oregon Association of Broadcasters' Award for “Best PSA 2012”. Since then, she spent four years running Search for Common Ground’s global communication department. During that time, she established new organizational branding, messaging, internal systems of content gathering and distribution, and strengthened programs’ capacity in storytelling, social media, and brand creation. She has developed communications strategies and awareness campaigns for projects from Kyrgyzstan to Nigeria to Myanmar, and major international events like the Global Forum on Youth Peace and Security.
Heba runs one of the world’s leading sources of original, field-based journalism about humanitarian crises: IRIN (www.irinnews.org). An Egyptian-Canadian multimedia journalist, Heba spent one decade reporting from conflict zones in the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia before helping lead IRIN's transition from the United Nations to a non-profit media organization. Her work for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Christian Science Monitor, Bloomberg News and IRIN, among others, took her to places like Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Chad and Libya; and she received a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting for her work in northern Sudan. Before taking over its leadership, Heba worked with IRIN in different capacities since 2007, including as field correspondent and Middle East Editor, and as a key member of the transition team. She is a regular commentator on humanitarian policy in her published work, in governmental briefings and at conferences around the world. Heba speaks English, French, Arabic .
Michael Joshua Johnson was a founding member of the Chinese Internet Health Initiative, past International Business Relations Adviser at Helowin Medical Technology Co.,Ltd, procuring medical technology and Fortune 1000 relationships (Helowin is a data driven Chinese IoT health platform, connected online by devices, monitored remotely by doctors, caring for patients based on their data). He was a shareholder and partner of Fujian Union Medical College Hospital and Fujian Tumor hospital’s USA TOMO cancer treatment project. He recently ended his full time role as CMO for United Enterprise Group in Shanghai in June to leave more time to travel for Hi! (Heart Intellect), his stealth mode startup that will launch in the USA to scale therapy with additional science research based in China, India and Switzerland with AI technical support in Spain. He will bi-monthly go back to China to advise United Enterprise Group (Supply chain management and trading company covering every Chinese province), Sinopharm E-commerce (SOE largest Chinese pharma) and Charity Mart (SOE Beijing based 8k store chain targeting 2nd tier cities giving 3% revenue back to the local community) all of which have an agreement to support his new stealth mode platform Hi!. He will decrease his time spent at New Hua Du International Business School and his offices in Fuzhou High-tech Center, Beijing University of Business and Economics and the Health Advisory position in Hangzhou. In addition, he will decrease his travels remotely consulting on the Chinese business landscape unless it supports his focus on AI research. In his past partnership with the Parker Highlands company, he assisted his friend Robert Parker in his honorary ambassadorship role of international business to President Xi’s office on Sino/US relations and building a strategic business pipeline between the two powers. He advised GeeVee.com (telecom meets messaging APP) about the Chinese market, among others. As the Chairman of Johea Free Trade Zone Co based in the Fujian Free Trade Zone, he looks to increase trade between China, Australia, Europe and USA building on the past cooperation in Belgium and Australia through his JV with Weiming group, the largest logistic networking company in south east China, to meet the needs of his Fujian Free Trade Zone leader comrades. In the US he is the founder of the U-ee Foundation; Unify, Edify, Educate brands and individuals to bGiv (bGiv. buy. Giv. simultaneously.). In a culture advisory role he develops impact and curriculum with the Director of the Center for International Business Ethics in the Beijing University of Business and Economics that will be used for Hi! targeting Chinese students in its after school programs.
Kate Drane is Indiegogo’s Senior Director of Outreach for Tech and Hardware. She loves democratizing access to resources, and considers herself as a VC of the people. Since starting at Indiegogo in July 2012, she’s empowered more than 650 entrepreneurs to collectively raise over $90M on the Indiegogo platform, including Canary, Misfit and XPRIZE. In addition to working at the Indiegogo, Kate is the co-founder and CMO of The Can Van, the world’s first mobile beer canning service made to bring reasonably priced and environmentally friendly packaging options to California breweries. She met her co-founders while attending Presidio Graduate School, where she received her MBA in Sustainable Management. Kate frequently speaks at events around the world including Amazon Launchpad, CES and TEDx.
Rania Hoteit is the CEO of ID4A Technologies, named Best Entrepreneurial Company in America by Entrepreneur Magazine under her leadership. She is an award winning serial entrepreneur, international public speaker, writer, advisor, judge on global startup competitions, and a social impact leader in women empowerment, gender equity, and education who holds multiple recognitions from the White House. Rania is a proven Senior Executive, Consultant, and Entrepreneur with 14 years of success across automotive, aerospace, manufacturing, architecture, and technology leveraging extensive experience in design, innovation science, business strategy and product development. Her broad areas of expertise include business development; design research and strategy; Industrial Design and Product Development, User Experience; Production Design, materials and manufacturing research; emerging systems and technologies; robotic automation; higher education and executive training. Throughout her executive career, she has worked in cross-disciplinary collaborations with leading global companies across design, technology, and business innovation, including Steelcase, GE, JPL, NASA, Walmart and Amtrak. She has also had many R&D collaborations with privately held companies and research laboratories on proprietary projects and innovative processes in advanced manufacturing. Besides her dedication as CEO to lead ID4A to the forefront of Design Technology, she extends her expertise to advise startups in early stage, and to teach innovation workshops for accelerators and startup incubation programs. She is a panel judge on global Hackathons, demo pitches and startups showcase competitions around the world including WeMENA, Angelhack, Startups Show Case and Live Sharks Tank. Rania is also an international public speaker on organizational leadership, design technology, STEAM innovation, entrepreneurship, economic empowerment of women and girls, and education revolution. In addition to her various business activities in the entrepreneurial world, Rania is an active social impact leader with recognized initiatives in gender equality, women empowerment, and education. As an avid strategist, she consults early stage companies and global organizations to build and implement strategies to break stigmas in their workplace and to ensure equality amongst their teams. In recognition of her expertise and contributions in design and technical education, she was invited by The United States Department of Education to join a panel of highly selected representatives from the nation's top makerspaces and maker organizations to judge and score 650 design proposals from schools from across the nation to the CTE Makeover Challenge, a competition initiated by the government to strengthen the next generation career and technical skills. Rania was nominated "ChangeMaker" at The United State of Women Conference convened by The White House for her contributions to make the world a more gender equitable place. Rania was also recognized as a "Champion of Change" by The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy at the Champions of Change for Making event and kickoff of the National Week of Making for her significant contributions and leading efforts in technical education to empower, support, and inspire design and manufacturing, and for her company's contributions to advance technology platforms that empower and expand the resources available for designers, architects, makers, inventors and entrepreneurs that foster the development of advanced manufacturing in the United States as the World. Rania was awarded the "Ambassador of the Year" 2016 award at the Flight to Freedom Summit in California for her initiatives in social impact and business leadership supporting education, gender equality, and women empowerment in entrepreneurship. Under her leadership, ID4A Technologies was named as a "Best Entrepreneurial Company in America" by Entrepreneur magazine's Entrepreneur 360 list, the most comprehensive analysis of private companies in America. Based on this study forged by Entrepreneur, ID4A is recognized as a well-rounded company that has mastered a balance of impact, innovation, growth and leadership amongst only 360 distinguished honorees of privately-owned companies in America. Rania Hoteit Social Media Pages and Handles: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RaniaHoteitOfficialPage/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/raniahoteit_officialpublicpage/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/raniahoteit/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/rania_hoteit
Taryn Southern is a digital storyteller and singer/songwriter with more than 500 million views across her internet videos. Passionate about the intersection of technology and storytelling, Taryn currently has more than half a million subscribers on her YouTube channel and is the founder of Tribe of Good, which produces social impact digital and VR campaigns for organizations like The Thirst Project, ATTN, Wish of a Lifetime, Samsung Solve for Tomorrow, Foundation Fighting Blindness, and The Geena Davis Institute. Her current projects include writing an album with artificial intelligence, writing and producing a series for YouTube VR, and producing a feature length documentary on the human brain, directed by Academy Award nominee Morgan Spurlock.
LeeAnne Walters is a Flint resident who is a Clean Water Advocate and citizen scientist, who played a pivotal rule in exposing the Flint Water Crisis. She volunteers her time fighting to get the Lead and Copper Rule changed and clean water everywhere. In February 2016, she testified in front of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of the U.S. House of Representatives on the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), State of Michigan and the federal U.S. EPA's role in creating and prolonging the Flint Water Crisis. She is also the recipient of the 2016 PEN/Toni and James C. Goodale Freedom of Expression Courage Award, the 2016 Health Policy Heroes Award and the Champion of Children Award and the 2016 Smithsonian Social Progress Award. In 2017, she won the Constantine Constant Whistleblower of the Year award and the Art Van Award of Hope. When she isn't pursuing safe drinking for all, she spends time with her 4 kids and husband who has devoted his life to serving the US Navy.
Vice President, Institutional Advancement International Medical Corps Rebecca Milner, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, mobilizes partnerships, resources and awareness in support of International Medical Corps programs that reach eight million people a year globally. A preeminent First Responder, International Medical Corps provides lifesaving healthcare and training that builds self-reliance for people on the frontlines of war, disaster and disease in 30 countries. Since its founding in 1984, the organization has responded to every major disaster of the last three decades - from civil war and famine in Somalia; to genocide in Rwanda and ethnic cleansing in the Balkans; earthquakes in Haiti, Japan, and Nepal; the Ebola outbreak in West Africa; and wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. Under Milner’s leadership, International Medical Corps’ institutional advancement team raises $30 million in cash and in-kind support each year. Milner has spearheaded the development of comprehensive, public-private partnerships with some of the world's largest companies and foundations, including Amgen, Facebook, FedEx, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, GE, Google, IBM, JP MorganChase, Wells Fargo and more that have led to significant improvements in the health and well-being of communities around the world. She also oversees International Medical Corps’ media outreach and public relations efforts, coordinating campaigns with celebrity spokespeople and entertainment industry executives. Milner collaborates with International Medical Corps’ board and advisory board members to raise awareness of and funds for its lifesaving work. She has more than 20 years of communication, fundraising and marketing experience and speaks on humanitarian, global health and women’s health issues. Her expertise is solicited by the major media, including CNN, NPR, Chronicle of Philanthropy and USA Today. During her career, Milner has served in a variety of communications and fundraising roles, generating awareness and support for organizations focused on economic development and human rights for women, development and freedom of the press and education. Milner has a BA and MPA from American University. .
Dr Arif Husain is Chief Economist and Director of the Food Security Analysis and Trends Service at United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Rome, Italy. Arif joined WFP in 2003 and since then he has served in many senior positions both in the field and the headquarters. He has also worked for the World Bank and taught at the Hubert H Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. Arif’s work focuses on analysing food security and welfare conditions in developing countries to inform humanitarian response. His research interests include application of information technologies to improve humanitarian response; understanding linkages between poverty, hunger, conflict and migration; and analysing how global economic shocks impact food security, social protection and emergency and development assistance. Arif has a Ph.D. in agricultural and applied economics with a minor in forestry from the University of Minnesota.
Mariam Farag is leading the CSR program at MBC Group, which is responsible for driving its corporate responsibility vision and strategy in the region & globally. Farag brings to MBC Group over 18 years of experience working in the fields of social development, humanitarian relief, communication, corporate & social responsibility in the MENA region. Prior to joining MBC Group, Farag was developing strategic partnerships and community outreach programs at the American University of Sharjah (AUS), aligning with AUS strategic goals in the UAE and the GCC region. In addition, Farag lead the Partnerships & CSR department for the Community Development Authority, Dubai Government, where she focused on building strategic partnerships between the private and public sector to mainstream initiatives, spreading CSR awareness and maximizing impact in Dubai. In 1999, after receiving her master’s degree, Farag started her career with United Nations Development Program (UNDP), where she managed a nationwide campaign focusing on the social and economic empowerment of female heads of households in 22 governorates in Egypt. After the campaign was kicked off and achieved nationwide success, Farag followed her passion for humanitarian relief and joined the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) part of the International Protection Legal team where she was part of various regional and international missions working on refugee status determination, protection issues, advocacy and vulnerable cases. Mariam serves on multiple Boards such the regional board of Injaz Al Arab, the UAE Advisory Board of Education for Employment (EFE), the regional board of Marwa Fayed Toy Run Foundation & the SOS Villages Strategic Advisory Network. She is active in the entrepreneurial & youth development field volunteering her time as a CSR expert but also in her capacity as a mentor & judge on several regional and global competitions. Mariam Farag received her B.A in Political Science specialized in International Relations from The American University in Cairo (AUC) and completed her M.A in International Relations and Political Theory from University of Westminster in London, UK.
Ricardo Laganaro is one of the most innovative filmmakers in Brazil. His many-sided knowledge blends live action, stop-motion animation, computer graphics and writing. Laganaro entered the immersive world directing a fulldome experience for Museum of Tomorrow, in Rio. During 2016, he has directed musical and 360º videos that sum more than 60 million views. Ricardo was selected by Oculus to be part of the program "VR For Good", where he directed the VR documentary "Step to the Line", premiered at the Tribeca Festival 201. FastCompany considered the film a groundbreaking example of how VR's horizons can be expanded to change people lives and Time Magazine recommends the film as one of the five best mobile experiences of the year, for being successfull in provoking a transformation of the viewer’s opinion about the inmates.
Chernor is an internationally acclaimed advocate for global education, a girl champion and global development expert. This year, Chernor Bah co-founded and is the Executive Director of Purposeful Productions- a movement -building hub to transform the lives of adolescent girls in the global south. As a teenager, he founded and led the Children’s Forum Network, Sierra Leone’s Children’s Parliament and was an Executive Producer for the Voice of Children Initiative- leading children and youth participation in his country’s peace building process. He went on to work with UNFPA and Nike Foundation and recently at the Population Council, where he led a collaborative initiative to provide solutions to adolescent girls affected by the Ebola Outbreak. In 2012, Bah was co-Founder of A World at School-a digital mobilization and campaign organization for global education- where he started and led the Global Youth Ambassador initiative with over 500 young leaders campaigning for education around the world. In that year, he was appointed by the United Nations Secretary General to serve as the Youth Representative on the High Level Steering Committee for the Secretary General’s Global Education First Initiative. From 2012-2015, Bah also served as the Chair of the initiative’s Youth Advocacy Group- leading a dynamic group of young advocates for global education. He is on the Advisory Board of the UN Security Council Mandated Study on Youth and Peace. Chernor has lectured at leading universities across the world, written extensively for national and international press, and received numerous awards for his service to girls and young people around the world. He holds a Master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame (USA) and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Sierra Leone. .
Casey Acierno is Senior Manager, Social Impact for Spotify. In this role, she leverages Spotify’s platform to offer solidarity and support for individuals and communities that face discrimination; raise the volume on stories and moments that create social impact; and provide artists with a meaningful way to engage with Spotify. Recent projects include I’m with the banned, an original series bringing together artists from the countries named in the proposed “travel ban” with American artists to create new music, and No Moment for Silence, Spotify’s ongoing platform for responding to breaking news around social issues by standing alongside artists who are directly impacted, as well as allies. Previously, she was Senior Manager of Public Affairs for MTV, where she managed major multiplatform campaigns to engage and activate America’s youth on the biggest issues impacting their generation, including bias, mental health, and civic engagement. As a result of her work, Casey has been recognized with an Emmy Award and a Webby Award.
Dr Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah - Secretary General, CIVICUS Dhananjayan (or Danny, as he is known) has been Secretary General and CEO of CIVICUS since January 2013. His previous roles have included Director of the Royal Commonwealth Society, Interim Director of the Commonwealth Foundation, and Deputy Director of the Institute for Public Policy Research. Danny is the author of numerous reports and academic articles on international migration and economic development. He writes and appears often in the media on a range of topics, including contributing regularly to Al Jazeera, Guardian, HuffPo, and Weekend on the BBC World Service. He sits on the boards of several organisations, including the Baring Foundation, Comic Relief and International Alert, and was a member of the United Nations Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Humanitarian Finance. He is a co-founder of the Ockenden Prizes and the Migration Museum Project. Danny holds a degree from the University of Sydney, and an MPhil and DPhil from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. In 2012, he was chosen as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He can be found @civicussg on Twitter and Facebook.
Co-Founder & CEO, Humanitarian Tracker @hendalhinnawi @HNTracker Working with the United Nations and exploring various parts in the Middle East and Africa, Hend was inspired by ordinary people doing extraordinary things. In 2011, she co-founded Humanitarian Tracker; a global non-profit forum that connects and empowers citizens using innovation in technology to support humanitarian causes. Humanitarian Tracker's flagship project, Syria Tracker, is the longest standing crowdsource effort and one of the most trusted sources of information on Syria since the conflict broke out in March 2011. Syria Tracker’s data has been used by official entities and incorporated into USAID, State Department and UN official reports. In September 2016, Humanitarian Tracker, was chosen as one of ten global solutions for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and showcased at the Solutions Summit hosted at the United Nations. Syria Tracker was also nominated for the Freedom on Censorship Award for Digital Activism in 2014, the Classy Awards in 2017, and has been cited in numerous publications. Hend earned her Master of Public Diplomacy from the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor of Arts in International Development from the University of California Los Angeles, with a focus in Middle East and North African studies. Her interests include exploring the role of women in public diplomacy, issues affecting refugees, the Middle East, and the role of technology and innovation in development and social good.
Cyrill is an award-winning designer and brand and product developer. In 1998 he created a method called Cross Intelligence, which brings a culture of collaboration to major organizations. In 2012 he decided to focus on a new client vital to us all: the oceans. He then founded Parley as a collaboration network for creators, thinkers, and leaders to create awareness for the beauty and fragility of the oceans and to develop and implement strategies that can end their destruction.
Co-founder Evoware An innovative entrepreneur with business background in Canada. He is the head of micro business and creative industry in Indonesian Local Entrepreneur Organization (HIPPI) chapter Central Jakarta and head of natural resources, energy and environment in Indonesian Young Enterprenuer Association (HIPMI) chapter West Jakarta. .
. Kelvin Doe, also known as DJ Focus, is an engineer from Sierra Leone. He is known for having taught himself engineering at the age of 11 and for building his own radio station in Sierra Leone, as well as using discarded pieces of scrap to build transmitters, generators and batteries. Kelvin Doe was one of the finalists in an Innovation idea competition, in which he built a generator from scrap metals. As a result of his accomplishments, Kelvin Doe was invited to the United States and subsequently became the youngest person to participate in the Visiting Practitioner's Program at MIT. Kelvin Doe was invited as a speaker at TEDxTeen and subsequently lectured to undergraduate engineering students at Harvard College. Today, Kevin Doe is one of the most respected inventors among other young African inventors. He has had the opportunity to meet various leaders of the world including former US President Bill Clinton, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Ghanaian President, Nana Akufo-Addo and Rwandan President Paul Kagame. He has also been able to speak to audiences of young people in Africa on different platforms. In 2016, he was the youngest person listed as one of Africa’s Most Promising Entrepreneurs by Forbes Africa’s 30 under 30. He is currently the founder of Kelvin Doe Foundation an organisation that seeks to empower a generation of young innovators and leaders on the African continent who will address the challenges faced by local communities on the continent. His foundation seeks to achieve this through fostering critical thinking and practical training.
Dan Brill is an Associate Creative Director at Spotify, leading the team's brand and artist marketing campaigns, including the company's recent "I'm with the banned" initiative which paired musicians from countries targeted by the Travel Ban with American artists to create new music. Before Spotify, Dan worked at agencies including Droga5 and Razorfish, creating work for the Affordable Care Act, Google and Smart Car. His work has been awarded by Cannes Lions, One Show, D&AD, and more. Dan's personal projects, including "Emojinalysis" and "Broker Bodega," have been featured in over 50 international publications. He lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
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Co-founder Evoware A respectful inventor and Doctor in biotecnology. She is a serial entrepreneur in seaweed sectors. Prior experiences include lecturer of biotech in well-known university in Jakarta, semifinalist for Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge, Elsevier (Berlin) and Head of R&D and technical sales in multinational companies.
. Kavita Gupta, Founding Managing Partner, Consensys Capital Kavita is a recipient of UN social finance innovator award in 2015 for being an integral part of the founding of green bond and Carbon Swap team at The World Bank. She is investing in next generation blockchain technologies revolutionizing our current systems. Previously she has been running over $250M fund aligned with UN SDGs infusing capital in technologies providing first time or low cost access around the world. She has been active internationally in East Africa, Middle East, South Asia and recently in the US for past 12 years through World Bank, IFC, McKinsey and The Schmidt Family office. She founded and headed World Bank’s first youth innovation fund in 2010. Her focus is to invest across UN sustainable goals like heath, education, cleantech, equality, diversity, and micro-finance etc. and help strategic portfolio allocation for legacy impact and ESG lenses. She is on the board and advisor of various accelerators and foundations across the world like google accelerator social track, MIT Solve (Sr. Advisor), Vatican’s Right Now foundation for impact investments, Mandela foundation etc. She is an alum of MIT and Media lab.
Leilani Münter is a biology graduate turned professional race car driver and environmental activist. Discovery's Planet Green named Leilani the #1 Eco Athlete in the world. She is a recipient of ELLE Magazine’s 2012 Genius Award and Sports Illustrated named her one of the top ten female race car drivers in the world. Leilani is an advocate for renewable energy, solar power, electric cars, plant-based diet and animal rights. Leilani wants our future to be a cleaner and kinder world. Leilani currently races in the ARCA Series, a development league of NASCAR. She is the fourth woman in history to race in the Indy Pro Series, the development league of IndyCar. She has 9 top fives and 19 top ten finishes in 52 starts. Since 2007, Leilani has been adopting an acre of rainforest for every race she runs. She uses her race car to spread environmental awareness among millions of race fans across the United States. Leilani sits on the board of The Oceanic Preservation Society, the Academy Award winning filmmakers behind the documentary film The Cove. Leilani was featured in their 2015 Emmy-nominated documentary Racing Extinction. Leilani has been vegan since 2011. Off track, Leilani drives an electric Tesla Model S powered by the solar panels on the roof of her home. Her motto is " Never underestimate a vegetarian hippie chick with a race car." You can find out more about Leilani on her official website http://leilani.green.
The Rt Hon. Dr Ruhakana Rugunda was sworn in as the Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda by H.E. President Yoweri Museveni on 2nd October 2014, becoming the 10th person to hold the office since the country’s independence in 1962. Prior to this appointment, Dr Rugunda, was Minister of Health. He has also held several other ministerial positions, including as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Internal Affairs, Information Communications Technology, Water and Environment, Information, Works, Transport and Communications and The Presidency. From January 2009 to 2011, Dr. Ruhakana was Uganda’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, when the country held a seat at the United Nations Security Council. He held this position at a Ministerial level. Dr Rugunda has led many Government initiatives,including the Government of Uganda delegation to the Juba- based Peace Talks between the Government and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) from July 2006 to January 2009. From 1989 to 2001 he represented Kabale Municipality as a Member of Parliament. Prime Minister Rugunda attended Kigezi High School and Busoga College Mwiri, before joining Makerere University and later the University of Zambia where he graduated as a Medical Doctor in 1975. He also holds a Masters Degree in Public Health specializing in Maternal and Child Health from the University of California, Berkeley, USA (1978). He also studied Pediatrics at the University of Nairobi (1982-1984). He started his Medical career in Zambia as a Physician, worked at Washington DC General Hospital as a resident physician, and at Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya. Rugunda was keenly involved in student activities and held responsibilities as President of African Students Union, University of California, Berkeley (1977-1978); President of National Union of Students of Uganda (1970-1971) while at Makerere University, and President, Kigezi United Youth Association (KUYA). Twitter: @RuhakanaR
Yasaman Hadjibashi leads innovation for Barclays Africa Group across all their business divisions and geographies, including the globally acknowledged Barclays Accelerator programme with Techstars working with a number of the top global entrepreneurs and thinkers in financial services. During her time as Group Chief Creation Officer, over the past year, Yassi has co-created with some of the most progressive financial technology startups to pursue new disruptive business models such as alternative lending, group gamified savings, and renewable energy financing working with fintechs such as Sun Exchange and Avenews-GT, using blockchain to transform the solar-powered and agricultural supply chain space respectively. This position follows after her appointment as the first ever Group Chief Data Officer for the bank, where she led the end-to-end pan-Africa big data transformation, pioneering an internationally award-winning portfolio of data-led products and customer experiences (earning the prestigious Gartner award for Best Advanced Data Analytics and Data Science in February 2017), including Africa’s first ever artificial intelligence–enabled chatbot. She joined Barclays in London after completing her MBA at Harvard Business School in 2010. Yassi works devotedly to make a difference not only in the bank and in the industry but also in wider society through launching eSuccess (esuccess.online), an initiative focused on fostering drive and ambition in youth, especially those living in underprivileged communities, through effective virtual mentorship. Yassi’s strong desire to champion and solve big societal challenges was recognised by the 2017 U.S. Presidential Leadership Scholars programme (https://www.presidentialleadershipscholars.org), where she was selected as one of only 60 scholars to participate in the 6-month programme, and exposes participants to mentorship from four past presidencies.
Matt is proud to call himself African! The son of medical missionaries, Matt grew up in Moyale, on the northernmost border of Kenya with Ethiopia. In his own words “It was a beautiful though extremely harsh environment. At the time there were several wars being waged in Somalia, Sudan and Ethiopia that often spilled over the nearby borders into Kenya. Consequently I grew up witnessing the effects of war, famine, disease and extreme poverty all around us. But alongside this I also witnessed amazing acts of compassion, love and grace that made a lasting difference in the lives of the people living there. It’s how I now too aspire to act.” With qualifications in ecology and conservation biology, and a heart for sustainable community development, Matt has spent many years living and working as a consultant across Southern and East Africa. His work has primarily focused on the role ecotourism has to play in helping lift communities out of extreme poverty. He passionately believes that environmental conservation must go hand in hand with livelihood development of local communities. In the wake of the 2004 Tsunami, Matt also worked in disaster relief & recovery in Sri Lanka, remaining in the country for a further two years, together with his wife, establishing various livelihood development projects. In 2015, together with Ben Solanky, he established Empathy Action, an NGO that focuses on inspiring people to engage afresh with the problems our world currently faces. The charity builds empathy - primarily through the use of immersive programmes that turn schools, boardrooms and conferences into slums and refugee zones - to catalyse compassionate action. Matt is married to Alice and has 3 children, Caleb, Kessia and Esther.
Spencer Hansen is the seventh of eight kids, a proud Minnesotan, and a father to three little New Yorkers. An award winning creative, Spencer has spent most of his career striving to create advertising that doesn't feel like advertising at all. He's most proud of the recent immigration initiative from Spotify, "i'm with the banned" in which musicians from the countries on Trump's travel ban were paired with prominent U.S. artists to record music together.Previously, Spencer worked over a decade in the New York advertising market at agencies such as Droga5, Razorfish and Ogilvy building acclaimed work for the Affordable Care Act, Google and Smart Car.
Michelle Martin leads Global Communications and Marketing for Qualcomm® Wireless ReachTM, a strategic initiative that brings wireless technology to underserved communities globally. Wireless Reach invests in programs that foster entrepreneurship, aid in public safety, enhance the delivery of health care, enrich teaching and learning and improve environmental sustainability. In her role, Martin oversees all communications and marketing efforts for a global team that uses Qualcomm technology to work towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. At the age of 23, Martin founded Karuna International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing global awareness and volunteerism among youth. Through a global service-learning program called My First Passport, underserved youth were given a global education course and scholarships to travel and volunteer abroad for the first time. In addition, Martin is a freelance writer whose work has been published in outlets such as Newsweek, Entrepreneur and VOGUE. She holds a Master’s degree in Leadership and Nonprofit Management from the University of San Diego and a Bachelor’s degree in Global Studies and Spanish from U.C. Santa Barbara.
Melissa Fleming is Head of Communications and Chief Spokesperson for the United High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and recently served as Senior Advisor on the Transition Team for UN Secretary-General, António Guterres. She travels to war zones and refugee camps to give voice, drive empathy and build support for the millions of people forcibly displaced from their homes. To garner support for a humanitarian cause, she believes communications must not only inform but also generate empathy and stir action . She leads global media outreach and campaigns to generate news coverage, and operates a multi-media news and feature service to distribute and place refugee stories. A leader in social media engagement, she encourages front-line staff to bear witness through Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. .She is a frequent interview guest on international media platforms, and her talks are featured on TED.com. She is the author of the book, A Hope More Powerful than the Sea.
Carrie Hammer started her career as an advertising sales executive. In 2012 she created the eponymous clothing line CARRIE HAMMER to deliver stylish professional wear to women. Hammer has been credited in kickstarting the “Body Positive” movement in the fashion and advertising industries through the creation of her powerful campaign “Role Models Not Runway Models.” Fox called it “The Runway Revolution” when she included powerful CEOS, executives, activists, and philanthropists on the runway in lieu of traditional models, including the first ever model on the runway in a wheelchair and the first ever model with Down Syndrome. Over eighty brands and advertising campaigns have emulated or have been inspired by Hammer’s campaign “Role Models Not Runway Models.” The likes of Target, Kenneth Cole, Champion, Calvin Klein, and Beyonce’s Ivy Park have all joined the revolution! Hammer, her line, and her movement have been featured on Fortune, Glamour, Forbes, Refinery29, CNBC, Fox Business News, The Guardian, Le Monde, Good Morning America, Elle, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan amongst others. Hammer was featured by Forbes as 30 Under 30, was a Glamour Magazine 2015 Hometown Hero, and was named by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of 15 Female Entrepreneurs to watch. She studied Economics and Women’s Studies at UCLA and Fashion Business and Marketing at the Parsons Paris School of Art and Design.Hammer is a graduate and recipient of the inaugural Tory Burch Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. She holds a certificate in Fashion Law from the Fashion Law Institute at Fordham Law School. Hammer is also a Young Leadership Fellow for the National Committee on US China Relations. Role Models Not Runway Models and Hammer appear under “History” for New York Fashion Week in Wikipedia 3 times! Literally making beauty and fashion history.
AVP Product Management, Barclays Africa Group Rani works within the innovation team in Barclays Africa Group, working with fintechs to deliver new business models such as gamified savings to lay-buy solutions for the bank, utilizing her previous experience in data, customer experience and design. Her passion to have macro-societal impact, has led her to drive the mentorship initiative eSuccess (esuccess.online) , with a vision of using artificial intelligence to build effective virtual mentorship. She holds a BSc Economics from London School of Economics.
Elizabeth Nyamayaro: Senior Advisor to Under Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women, and Global Head of the HeForShe Initiative Elizabeth Nyamayaro is a political scientist and senior advisor to Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director for UN Women. Nyamayaro is also the head of HeForShe, a movement founded by UN Women to empower all humans, especially men and boys, to have a voice and take action to achieve gender equality in their own lifetime.Early life and Education Nyamayaro was born to a Zambian mother and is one of four children. She was raised by her grandmother in a village in Zimbabwe ridden with HIV and famine. Rather than attending school, she did household chores and looked for food wherever she could. After a drought in the eighties left her village famished, Nyamayaro encountered UNICEF for the first time. This was the first time famine hit in her community and she benefited from U.N. aid workers feeding her from time to time. After that experience, it became her goal to work for the United Nations and help and uplift others like she had been helped. It was after the first famine that her family was split up and she stayed with her grandmother while her parents, brother, and two sisters went to the capital of Harareto look for work and opportunity. When she was 10 years old, her aunt had enough money to bring her to the capital of Harare and attend a private school with British kids which was her first time in school. This was a defining moment in her life as she experienced inequality for the first time because she did not fit in at school but she also felt superior to her village as she was now more educated. She left Zimbabwe when she was 21 to attend a small college in Notting Hill Gate, London. After living in London and Geneva, Nyamayaro now resides in New York City. Nyamayaro received her MSc in Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Nyamayaro also attended Harvard Business School
Jolene Creighton, Editor-in-Chief, Futurism As the EIC at Futurism, Jolene oversees all content and drive the publication's editorial tone and direction. She is a public speaker, writer, and STEM advocate with 7+ years experience communicating science across both digital and print media. She also has over 5 years experience teaching rhetoric and composition at the university level. Her life is devoted to science and technology and saving the world.
Charlotte Vick, Director of Engagement, Mission Blue Charlotte’s fascination with sea life began when she was in elementary school. She loved to sneak down to a quarry and lake near her home to collect what she learned were fossils. These giant white chalky versions were really big. This was her personal introduction to the history of the ocean and modern crustaceans — the brachiopods, clams, snails, and related organisms we know today. Her professional life was transformed by working in Washington, D.C. in the Ford Administration with US territories – all of which were islands. There she began a 40-year interest in the UN Convention on Law of the Sea that led to a long string of projects relating to the economic, social, legal, oceanographic and technological aspect of oceans and islands. She worked in many locations in the Pacific region and other regions and continues to be interested in issues of effective management, oceanographic exploration, mapping and research. She believes emerging technologies and approaches needed in the 21st Century coupled with dispelling ignorance can reverse the tide for our oceans. Joining Dr. Sylvia Earle and others in 2008, she seeks to facilitate, collaborate, support and fund ocean exploration, education, mapping, policy advocacy and whatever moves positive action on ocean health, restoration and policy. She has worked with Dr. Earle in many capacities and is currently the Mission Blue Director of Engagement working with staff, partners and her personal network of friends to protect and restore the “Blue.” .
Jenn Duong, VR Direction. Co-Founder of @SHIIFTorg Jenn Duong is the director of virtual reality at 1215creative, a creative agency and production company based in Los Angeles. She oversees all things VR, ranging from creative/ideation and production to post-production and distribution strategies. In 2016, she cofounded SH//FT, an organization that supports equality, diversity, and inclusion in future technologies. She was recently named #22 in Onalytica's 100 Top Individual VR Influencers of 2016. In addition to working at 1215creative, Duong is a mentor at the Upload Collective and Runway Accelerator. Outside of VR, she is always ready to talk about Game of Thrones, House of Cards, and Taylor Swift.
Michael A. Jones
Michael Jones bio Michael Jones is the Regional Director of North America at Change.org, where he oversees a team of people who work closely with petition starters -- providing them coaching on how to tell their stories, campaign power-mapping, engaging decision-makers, and working with the media. He's worked on some of Change.org's biggest petitions -- including petitions to overturn the ban on gay Scouts and leaders in the Boy Scouts of America and campaigns asking the Obama administration to work with female-genital-mutilation (FGM) survivors to strengthen U.S. policy on FGM. He writes regularly on LGBT issues, global human rights problems, and entertainment trends. Before his time at Change.org, he served as the Communications Director for the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School.
Dominic Allen (United Kingdom) is Chief of the UN Volunteers' (UNV) New York Office – responsible for the strategic positioning of UNV, volunteers and volunteerism for A2030 with UN partners, as well as all other US-based partners, with a focus upon the Permanent Missions to the United Nations. Before taking up this role in late 2016, he managed UNV's Executive Office, helping shape UNV's strategy and drive excellence in implementation. Prior to joining UNV, he worked with the UN Development Operations Coordination Office, where he led the team supporting cross-UN work on the UN's top leadership at country-level. He also previously worked with the World Health Organization, at Headquarters, the Regional Office for the Middle East, and the Iraq Country Office on project management and external relations, with a focus on emergency and humanitarian action. Dominic is passionate about volunteerism, and has volunteered from a young age with the British Red Cross, the Boy Scout Movement, and other community projects. .
Piyush Tewari, CEO, Save Life Foundation Piyush Tewari is a tri-sector leader with 15 years of experience in building and scaling government, corporate, and social enterprises. He currently serves as the CEO of SaveLIFE Foundation (SLF) and has been instrumental in leading it to several policy wins and on-ground impact since founding it in 2008. Previously, Piyush led the India operations of the Calibrated Group, a LA-based private equity fund. Prior to Calibrated, Piyush served on the founding team of India Brand Equity Fund, an initiative of the Prime Minister of India to promote India as a globally competitive investment destination. Piyush is an Ashoka Fellow, an Echoing Green Fellow, and a Rolex Laureate. He has been profiled by The New York Times, National Geographic and Time Magazine. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from Delhi University.
Robert Holzer, Founder, CEO Matter Unlimited Rob Holzer founded Matter Unlimited to drive positive, lasting change in the world by leveraging the power of advertising, digital marketing and branding. Under Rob’s leadership, Matter Unlimited has created powerful campaigns for client partners including Facebook, HP, UNICEF, ABC/Disney, NBC Universal, Kimpton and TED. In 2015, Rob and his team launched a virtual reality film series featuring global stories of social change, titled “Inside Impact”. The first film, “Inside Impact: East Africa,” is a journey with President Clinton through the Clinton Global Initiative’s work in the region. Prior to founding Matter Unlimited, Rob was Founder and CEO of Syrup, which he created in 1998. Syrup was well known for their pioneering work as Agency of Record for Puma, handling their 2010 World Cup campaign, and also for GE’s groundbreaking “Ecomagination” campaign. In 2007, he successfully navigated Syrup through their acquisition by LBi (now Digitas/LBi, part of Publicis). Rob is a founding member of The Civic Nation Creative Alliance, a group that connects national non-profit Civic Nation to the country’s top creative talent. Rob’s passion and vision for sustainable impact also extends beyond the office – he serves as an industry expert for the United Nations Media for Social Impact Summit, PopTech, and Social Innovation Summit. Rob is a certified Shared Value Initiative Affiliate, volunteer mentor for global entrepreneurial non-profit Endeavor.org, and is also the board chair for the nonprofit Lineage Project. Social Media Handles Twitter: @robmatters and @matterunlimited
Vanessa Grellet, Executive Director Strategy, Enterprise & Social Impact, ConsenSys Vanessa Grellet is a Global Executive with over 17 years of expertise in the Financial Services and Tech industry. At ConsenSys she focuses on Enterprise and Strategic initiatives including the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA), the Accounting Blockchain coalition (ABC) and leads the Blockchain for Social Impact Coalition (BSIC). Prior to Joining ConsenSys she was the CEO of IIH a Wealth Management firm, a key member of PwC’s global wealth management team and served as a corporate strategy executive for the NYSE managing a portfolio of strategic projects, partnerships and M&A focusing on Derivatives, Cash markets, Clearing, Listing, Market data and Regulatory reform. She is a former securities lawyer and worked for various regulators. She chairs the Nexus Working Group on Impact Investing, dedicated to educating, empowering, and connecting Next-Gen impact investors, philanthropists, and social entrepreneurs. Vanessa is an Advisory Board member of Cornerstone Capital, an ESG asset manager, sits on the Advisory Board of The Resolution Project dedicated to activating young leaders through social entrepreneurship and is a Partner at Acumen fund focused on impact investing. She is a Milken Institute Young Leader and a Young Leader Board member of the Off the Record lectures series (OTR) affiliated with the Foreign Policy Association. Mrs. Grellet graduated Cum Laude from Law School (Paris II Assas) and Business School (HEC).
Milana Vayntrub, Actress. Founder, can’tdonothing.org Milana Vayntrub is actress, director and comedian from Uzbekistan, raised in Los Angeles. She is known for her work on This Is Us (2016), Love (2016) and Silicon Valley (2014), and her famous role in the AT&T commercials. She recently went on a family vacation to Greece, and stayed to volunteer with the refugees. A passionate humanitarian, she created Can’t Do Nothing because she wants to give people a simple and accessible way to learn about issues and make a change for good in the world. Check our her work: http://cantdonothing.org/about/
Sally Roberts, World Bronze Medalist, Olympic Alternate, Founder of Wrestle Like a Girl Sally Roberts, a 2x World Bronze Medalist and 3X National Champion founded Wrestle Like A Girl. Her aspirations are to help empower other girls through the sport of wrestling and provide opportunities for them to live up their full human potential. She earned her B.A. in psychology from University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, a M.. in Sport Psychology from University of the Rockies and is a certified nutritionist from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. .