Farah Mohammed

March 23, 2021 |by secon2017 | Comments Off on Farah Mohammed

A tri sector executive leader with extensive and broad national and international experience in government, social profit and for-profit sectors. For the past twenty-five years, Farah has worked alongside politicians, entrepreneurs, business leaders, philanthropists and change-makers, including Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai.

Having travelled to over 64 countries spanning 6 continents, she offers a rich global perspective on different cultures, nuances and how to navigate and negotiate with governments, private and social profit entities in Canada, USA, United Kingdom, France, Mexico, Russia, Australia, Turkey, China, Germany, Pakistan, Brazil and Iraq.

Farah’ areas of expertise include:

  • Building diverse teams and entities big and small;
  • Stakeholder, government & external relations;
  • Private sector partnerships;
  • Governance;
  • Fund Development;
  • Strategic communications & building brands;
  • Public speaking (diversity and inclusivity, gender issues, leadership, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, building movements); and,
  • Devising and executing innovative approaches to problem

Highlights from her previous roles include:

As CEO, Malala Fund, Farah led an international team to deliver on Malala’s mission to see every girl in school. She brokered partnerships with Apple, Citi Bank, Starbucks, Air BnB and other private and public sector partners. Farah negotiated and managed the Yousafzai family’s first trip home to Pakistan since the attack on Malala’s life. Among her memorable moments was sitting at the table with G7 Leaders in 2018 to make the case for a $3.8 billion investment to support quality education for women and girls living in crisis and conflict-affected and fragile states.

As Founder & CEO of G(irls)20, Farah was among the first to elevate the argument for increasing female labour force participation with an increase in a country’s GDP. The organization cultivates a new generation of female leaders while working with G20 leaders to keep their commitment to create 100 million new jobs for women by 2025. She is also the creator of Girls On Boards and cultivated a global network on young leaders around the world.

As Senior Vice President, Toronto Region Board of Trade, Farah led the organization through its response to COVID-19 on behalf of its 10,000 members, transitioned the Board’s summit series to be a revenue generator, ushered in a new policy framework and restructured and expanded the Public Affairs department.

During her time in Canadian politics Farah served as the Chief of Staff to the Honourable Paddy Torsney (Justice, Finance and Environment) and then as Director of Communications for the Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan who was also Minister of Justice, Health. During this time Farah was a chief spokesperson on 9/11 and SARS.

Farah is a passionate volunteer and was recognized for her service to Canada with a Meritorious Service Medal from Canada’s Governor General & Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. She was also recognized by the Public Policy Forum (2019), London’s Top 1000 Most Influential People (2018), BBC (Top 100 Women), Women of Influence (Top 25 Most Influential Women in Canada), SALT (100 Most Inspiring Women in the World), EY (Nominee for Social Entrepreneur of the Year) and Diversity 50.

She currently serves as a Board Member for Music Canada, RefugePoint and G(irls)20 and is a Global Advisor for Apolitical Academy. She was a Board Member for The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, the Ontario Science Centre, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Canadian Club of Canada and the Co-Anchor, Clinton Global Initiative’s Network on Investing in Girls and Women. Farah was born in Uganda and in 1972, her family fled when Uganda’s dictator, Idi Amin gave Asian Ugandans 90 days to leave the country. She and her family sought refuge in Canada. She lives in Toronto.


Keynote Speech
Sunday, March 278h, 2021 8:45 a.m. EST


Mariana Mazzucato

March 18, 2021 |by secon2017 | Comments Off on Mariana Mazzucato
Mariana Mazzucato's Bio

Mariana Mazzucato (PhD) is Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London (UCL), where she is Founding Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose (IIPP). She received her BA from Tufts University and her MA and PhD from the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research. Her previous posts include the RM Phillips Professorial Chair at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at Sussex University. She is a selected fellow of the UK’s Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS) and of the Italian National Science Academy (Lincei).

She is winner of international prizes including the 2020 John von Neumann Award, the 2019 All European Academies Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural Values, and the 2018 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought. She was named as one of the ‘3 most important thinkers about innovation‘ by The New Republic, one of the 50 most creative people in business in 2020 by Fast Company, and one of the 25 leaders shaping the future of capitalism by WIRED.

She is the author of three highly-acclaimed books: The Entrepreneurial State: debunking public vs. private sector myths (2013) which investigates the critical role the state plays in driving growth; The Value of Everything: making and taking in the global economy (2018) which looks at how value creation needs to be rewarded over value extraction; and the newly released Mission Economy: a moonshot guide to changing capitalism (2021).

She advises policy makers around the world on innovation-led inclusive and sustainable growth. Her current roles include being Chair of the World Health Organization’s Council on the Economics of Health for All and a member of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisors, the South African President’s Economic Advisory Council, the OECD Secretary General’s Advisory Group on a New Growth Narrative, the UN High Level Advisory Board for Economic and Social Affairs, Argentina’s Economic and Social Council, Vinnova’s Advisory Panel in Sweden, and Norway’s Research Council. Previously, through her role as Special Advisor for the EC Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation (2017-2019), she authored the high-impact report on Mission-Oriented Research & Innovation in the European Union, turning “missions” into a crucial new instrument in the European Commission’s Horizon innovation programme.


Fireside Chat with Mariana Mazzucato, in conversation with Dani Rodrik: Mission Economy: A Moonshot Guide to Changing Capitalism

Saturday, March 27, 2021, 4 p.m. EST


Deval Patrick

March 18, 2021 |by secon2017 | Comments Off on Deval Patrick
Deval Patrick's Bio
Originally from the South Side of Chicago, Patrick came to Massachusetts at 14, when he was awarded a scholarship to Milton Academy through the Boston-based organization A Better Chance. After graduating from Harvard College and Harvard Law School, he clerked for a federal appellate judge and then launched a career as an attorney and business executive, becoming a partner at two Boston law firms and a senior executive at Texaco and Coca-Cola. In 1994, President Clinton appointed Patrick to the nation’s top civil rights post, Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights.


In 2005, in his first bid for public office, he became the first African-American governor of Massachusetts. During his eight year tenure, Patrick helped revive a battered economy through the expansion of affordable health care to more than 98 percent of state residents, launched initiatives stimulation clean energy and biotechnology, won a national Race to the Top educational grant, steered the state to a 25-year high in employment, and made unprecedented investments in Massachusetts public schools. By the end of Governor Patrick’s term, the state ranked first in the nation in student achievement, energy efficiency, veterans services, and entrepreneurship.


From April 2015 to December 2019, he served as a Managing Director of Bain Capital LLC, where he focused on investments that deliver both a competitive financial return and significant positive social impact. He is the Founder & Chairman of TogetherFUND, a political action committee supporting progressive politics and grassroots groups working to drive turnout and engagement among disenfranchised and marginalized voters.


Patrick is a Rockefeller Fellow, a Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, and the author of two books, A Reason to Believe: Lessons from an Improbable Life and Faith in the Dream: A Call to the Nation to Reclaim American Values.


Opening Keynote Speech
Saturday, March 27th, 2021 9 a.m. EST