Keynote Speakers

Kim Kolt

Kim Kolt

Co-founder and General Partner | Bay Bridge Ventures

Kim Kolt is Co-founder and General Partner at Bay Bridge Ventures, created upon the belief that the future’s most successful companies will be those that solve critical problems facing the environment and humanity.

She was formerly the Founder & President of For Good Ventures, a family office investment firm that invests in disruptive, exceptional technologies and platforms benefiting humanity and the environment.  Investment verticals include environmental technologies such as clean tech, biotech and the future of food and agriculture, as well as health care, education, and financial access for underserved communities.

Prior to For Good Ventures, Kim worked with Goldman Sachs in their Technology, Media and Telecom Investment Banking Groups in San Francisco and Los Angeles and previously M&A at Deutsche Bank in NYC. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Kim is a board member and/or advisor to a number of early stage companies in ESG and actively involved in non-profits that focus on the same missions.  She is fundamentally passionate about technologies that contribute to saving lives and reversing climate change.

Kim has held a number of licenses and designations including USGBC LEED, Series 79, and CCIM.  Kim is also a venture partner at a to-be-announced institutional ESG Fund, Gratitude Railroad Partner, Astia Angels member, Unreasonable Group member, Summit Fellow, X-Prize and more.

 

Ashvin Dayal

Ashvin Dayal

Senior Vice President, Power & Climate | The Rockefeller Foundation

Mr. Dayal leads The Rockefeller Foundation’s global Power & Climate Initiative, aimed at scaling up energy access, and an inclusive energy transition that drives economic and social development. He currently also served as the Interim Chief Executive Officer of the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet, where he provided strategic oversight to operationalize and develop key partnerships to build a unique new global effort. Over more than a decade with the Foundation, Mr. Dayal has overseen investments in urban climate change resilience and renewable energy, and led the establishment of Smart Power India, a dedicated platform to support the acceleration of last-mile electrification.
Mr. Dayal joined The Rockefeller Foundation in 2008 as its Asia Managing Director, running the Foundation’s regional office in Bangkok, Thailand. From there he led the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network, a major nine-year partnership that equipped over 50 Asian cities to better cope with climate change impacts. He also oversaw the Foundation’s global Inclusive Economies portfolio, a policy and research effort to advance development and impact investments that drive more broadly shared prosperity. Before joining the Foundation, he held a range of senior leadership roles over 15 years with Oxfam in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. This included leading its largest-ever relief and recovery effort in the aftermath of the 2004 Asian Tsunami, and overseeing the creation of Oxfam India.
In addition to his experience across Asia, Ashvin also spent several years working in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, supporting post-conflict reconstruction and economic development programs in Bosnia, Yemen, Egypt, Lebanon, Israel and the Palestinian Territories. Ashvin holds a bachelor’s degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, and a master’s degree from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins.

Dr. Ajay Mathur

Dr. Ajay Mathur

Director General | International Solar Alliance

Dr Ajay Mathur is the Director General of  the International Solar
Alliance.  He earlier headed The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), and the Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), and was responsible for mainstreaming energy efficiency in houses, offices and industries through a number of innovative initiatives.  He was a leading climate change negotiator, and was the Indian spokesperson at the Paris climate negotiations. He served as the interim Director of the Green Climate Fund during its foundational period.

At TERI, he has spearheaded the move to accelerate action towards a low-carbon and cleaner economy through the adoption of renewable energy in the Indian electricity sector, enhancing efficiency in buildings and industry, and promoting environmental quality through recycling of material wastes and biotechnology-based solutions. He also anchored the annual World Sustainable Development Summits during his tenure at TERI.

He was also a member of Indian Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change and co-chairs of the global Energy Transitions Commission.

 

Sean Kidney

Sean Kidney

CEO | Climate Bonds Initiative

Sean Kidney is CEO of the Climate Bonds Initiative, an international NGO working to mobilize global capital for climate action. Projects include a green bond definitions and certification scheme with $34 trillion of assets represented on its Board and some 200 organizations involved in its development and governance; working with the Chinese central bank on how to grow green bonds in China; and market development programs in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Nigeria and East Africa.
He is a member of the European Commission’s Platform on Sustainable Finance, and was a member of its predecessors, the 2017 EU High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance and the EU Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance. He is also a member of green finance advisory groups in China, India, Mexico and Kazakhstan and an Advisory Board member of the International Sustainable Financial Centre in Prague.
He has previously been a consultant on green bonds to the United Nations Secretary General, a member of the Peoples Bank of China Green Finance Task Force and a member of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Expert Committee on Climate Finance.
Sean is also a Professor in Practice at SOAS University of London.
For the past three years he has been voted GlobalCapital magazine’s “Most Influential Champion” of the sustainable finance market.

Makhtar Diop

Makhtar Diop

Managing Director | IFC

Makhtar Diop is IFC’s Managing Director. Before this, he was the World Bank’s Vice President for Infrastructure, where he led the Bank’s global efforts to build sustainable infrastructure in developing and emerging economies. Prior to this, Mr. Diop served for six years as the World bank’s Vice President for Africa. A passionate advocate for Africa’s right to clean and affordable energy, he called for greater investment in renewables and pushed for greater investment in climate adaptation. An economist by training who started his career in the banking industry before joining the IMF and later the World Bank, he has also held government positions, most notably as Minister of Economy and Finance of Senegal. A recognized opinion leader in the economic and social development field, Mr. Diop has been named one of the 100 most influential Africans in the world.

About IFC:
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest development finance institution supporting the private sector in emerging markets. IFC works in more than 100 countries, using its capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in developing and emerging economies. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.

Ayesha Vera-Yu

Ayesha Vera-Yu

CEO, Co-Founder | ARK

Ayesha, a banker turned farmer and social impact innovator

Ayesha Vera-Yu is CEO and Co-Founder of ARK, a social impact innovator that co-invests WITH rural communities in the developing world who want to be food secure and self-sustaining.

In 2020, at the height of the pandemic that triggered acute hunger among farmers and fisherfolk who feed the world, Ayesha steered ARK to pivot its award-winning and the world’s only self-sustaining, 5-cent school lunch to a food security program that benefited everyone in the community.

Feed Back is a community-based vegetable exchange that is solving hunger in just 5 weeks. It creates a path for families to source food from their backyards, exchange excess produce with their neighbors, and sell to their own community, nearby villages and towns. It enables communities to work together, be food secure and resilient. It launches new entrepreneurs and new local, regenerative and equitable food systems. The program is 16 weeks and requires a one-time investment of $45/family or $15,000/community.

Because of its immediate and sustainable impact, Feed Back is one of only two (the only one that is self-sustaining) food security solutions that the national government and a consortium of leading corporations and foundations are endorsing in the Philippines.

Ayesha and ARK dream to secure and transform a million lives in the next 3 years. Starting in the Philippines, ARK plans to partner with 150 communities who will lead other communities to be food secure. ARK is also developing a playbook, a do-it-yourself guide, so that hard-to-reach communities in the Philippines and beyond can secure their food on their own.

In addition to being a solution maker, Ayesha is a future maker. Through ARK, she is creating a new path in the world that is catalytic and not colonistic. She truly believes in the agency, brilliance and innovation of her rural partners who have been overlooked or perceived as dependent “beneficiaries”. With them, Ayesha sources and designs solutions from within, that communities invest in and execute, and that create a near-term exit for catalytic investors.

Prior to ARK, Ayesha worked at BNP Paribas for 11 years where she led multi-billion dollar, cross border leverage buy-outs (LBO) and mergers & acquisitions (M&A) transactions across a wide variety of industries. Ayesha also fell in love with farming and restructured her family’s farm to be the first in the Capiz province to go back to organic and regenerative methods.

Ayesha has been recognized as a Young Global Leader in the World Economic Forum and an Ashoka Fellow. She was selected for Facebook’s Community Accelerator Program (2020) and Morgan Stanley’s Strategy Challenge Program (2019). Ayesha studied biochemistry, third world politics and art history at Mount Holyoke College. She has an executive MBA degree from Columbia University.

Poverty Alleviation in Developing Markets

Saturday, 10:05am - 11:00am

How might we serve needs across the poverty spectrum? What is working and where do we get stuck? What is the role of business solutions, and how might we manage institutional gaps / absence of markets? What needs to happen in the next decade to put us on a fundamentally better trajectory?

Saskia Bruysten

Saskia Bruysten

Co-Founder and CEO | Yunus Social Business

A leader in the social business movement, Saskia co-founded Yunus Social Business (YSB) together with Nobel Peace Laureate Prof. Muhammad Yunus. YSB Funds invests in social businesses in developing countries with affordable financing and growth support. Their portfolio of social businesses provides employment, education, healthcare, safe water and clean energy to over 13 million people worldwide. YSB Corporate Innovation partners with established corporations to help them use their core competencies to address social problems. 

Saskia is ranked amongst the Top 100 women in Social Enterprise by Euclid Network and has been awarded the Vordenker Award 2020 by BCG and Handelsblatt, the BOLD Woman Award 2020 by Veuve Clicquot and Capital’s Young Elite 2017, 2018. She is a member of the Young Presidents Organisation and an advisory member of Zeit magazine’s Green Council. 

Together with the World Economic Forum she co-initiated the COVID Alliance for social entrepreneurs spanning 80 leading impact-first organizations and networks. Saskia was appointed to the EU Commission’s expert group on social business and has advised on Ban Ki-Moon’s UN MDG Advocacy Group as well as Richard Branson’s B-team. She has lectured at several universities and events, including the World Economic Forum and the Clinton Global Initiative. She co-authored a report with the Boston Consulting Group on the experiences of building large-scale social business joint ventures with corporations. 

Prior to YSB, Saskia was the Co-CEO of the Grameen Creative Lab and a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group in Munich and New York. She holds an MBA from the European Business School in Germany and an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences. Saskia holds a German and Canadian citizenship.

Dr. Greg Munro

Dr. Greg Munro

Director | Cities Alliance

Dr Greg Munro has a background in Public Health, local government, and has wide international development experience having worked as a senior local government official in South Africa, as a long-term consultant to a World Bank project supporting three large Global Fund programmes in Lesotho, and based in Kenya, leading capacity development for government and civil society across multiple countries in Eastern and Southern Africa within the UNAIDS technical support facility. He subsequently joined the international NGO sector where he led capacity development for civil society across 40 countries and managed significant global development contracts, supporting some of the most marginalised and vulnerable sectors of society. In 2016 he joined the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF) in London as Secretary-General, supporting local democracy and decentralisation in the 54 Commonwealth nations.

In April 2021 Greg was appointed as Director of Cities Alliance, a partnership hosted by UNOPS, which seeks to address the challenges of urban poverty and informality, particularly in secondary cities. Based in Brussels, Cities Alliance also implements programmes through three country offices.

Greg has worked with many stakeholders in the urban development field, also participating in the Global Task Force for Regional and Local Government.  He served for many years as an Honorary Lecturer at the Africa Centre at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, and has a number of publications and thought pieces relating to his fields of interest and expertise. 

 

Donella Rapier

Donella Rapier

President and CEO | BRAC USA
Adrian Merryman

Adrian Merryman

Chief Development and Impact Investment Officer | VisionFund

Adrian has served in senior leadership positions in investment banking, venture capital, technology-focused businesses and non-profit microfinance.

Since retiring from the business world in 2003, Adrian has focused on addressing poverty in fragile regions by developing microfinance banks that provide economic opportunities to the most vulnerable. He currently serves as Chief Development & Impact Investment Officer of VisionFund International, a global microfinance network operating in 28 less developed countries across Africa, the Asia Pacific Rim, Latin America and Eastern Europe. While with VisionFund he has also served as CEO of VisionFund Cambodia and of VisionFund Tanzania. Prior to joining VisionFund, Adrian served as CEO of Opportunity International, which operated in 35 less developed countries. 

Adrian has also served as CEO of Screen plc, as Chief Investment Officer of Interregnum plc, as CEO of Temenos Systems S.A., as Head of European Investment Banking for CIBC Oppenheimer Corp., and as an investment banker for Merrill Lynch & Co.. Adrian has also chaired and served on numerous for-profit and non-profit boards. 

Adrian has an MBA from the Harvard Business School and BA from Swarthmore College. He resides with his wife and children on Cape Cod. 

 

Achieving Global Equity: How do we reduce the Global North/South divide with sustainable means of economic development

Saturday, 10:05am - 11:00am

Technology and globalisation have changed the way in which economies interact on the world stage at cultural, economic and political levels. The recent COVID 19 pandemic exacerbated the divide between wealthier and poorer countries as the pandemic affected the latter disproportionately. While paving the path to recovery, how are wealthier countries creating mechanisms to close recovery gap between North and South? How can leading global organizations foster sustainiability in the ecosystems in which they operate? How will they aim to preserve a healthy interdependence between the Global South and the Global North?

Grace Njunge

Grace Njunge

Global Chief of Staff | Dalberg Global Development Advisors
Ami Dalal

Ami Dalal

Global Lead - Upstream, Disruptive Technologies and Funds | IFC
Natasha Sunderji

Natasha Sunderji

Global Health Lead | Accenture Development Partnerships

Natasha Sunderji is the Global Health Lead for Accenture Development Partnerships – an innovative business unit at Accenture that works to address the world’s social, economic and environmental issues. She also co-leads Accenture’s Health Equity Center of Excellence. 

Natasha has 15+ years of experience advising multinational companies, NGOs, donors, and multilateral agencies on social business model design, digital health, and cross sector partnerships. She has worked with leading global health actors to design patient centric solutions, supported 30+ inclusive business models in LMICs, and advised policy makers on the regulations and investments needed to create robust digital health ecosystems. She has written multiple articles and reports on the future of healthcare in collaboration with Devex, the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, IFC, and others. She was named one of the Top 50 Innovators in 2020 by the World Summit AI community. 

Natasha holds a Bachelors in Biomedical Engineering from University of Toronto, and a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School.

 

What should the role of the private sector be?

Saturday, 10:05am - 11:00am

The private sector is the foundation of any economy and a critical source of employment and wealth. How private companies choose to engage not only with their employees but the broader community around them can create a massive impact to society. How should private sector companies be thinking about their responsibility to ``do good`` and still balance that with their profitable investments? As global issues of climate change, migration and disease become ever more prominent, how tied together are doing good and making profits?

Ezgi Barcenas

Ezgi Barcenas

CSO | AB Inbev

AB InBev’s global sustainability strategy and ESG reporting. In her role, she oversees the leading brewer’s efforts to build environmental resilience and promote inclusive growth across its value chain. Since joining the company in 2013, Ezgi has held key roles within the Corporate Affairs and Procurement functions. She most recently served as the Global Vice President of Sustainability. Prior to joining AB InBev, she worked in international trade, public health and international development. Born in Cyprus, Barcenas holds a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University, a master’s degree in Environmental Health from Harvard School of Public Health and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Tariq Fancy

Tariq Fancy

CEO | Rumie Initiative

Tariq Fancy previously served as the Chief Investment Officer for Sustainable Investing at BlackRock in 2018 and 2019, where he was responsible for the integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations across the investment activities of the world’s largest asset manager.

He currently serves as CEO of Rumie, an education technology non-profit that he originally founded in 2013. Rumie uses innovative and free mobile-based microlearning to close learning gaps and today reaches learners in over 200 countries, including allowing Afghan women and girls to learn safely from anywhere in local languages through mobile phones. Rumie is a graduate of Y-Combinator and is the subject of business school case studies by INSEAD and Harvard Business School.

Tariq began his career in Credit Suisse First Boston’s technology-sector investment banking group in Silicon Valley in 2001. In late 2003, he joined New York-based private equity firm MHR Fund Management, where he focused on distressed and special situations investing and became the firm’s youngest partner in 2006. From 2010 to 2012 he helped build out and invest new strategies at the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB).

Tariq holds an honours BA with distinction from Brown University, an MBA from INSEAD and a Masters in Economics and Public Policy from Sciences Po Paris. Tariq has been featured in such media outlets as Bloomberg News, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Independent, The Globe and Mail, Mother Jones, The Economist, Reuters, FT, MSNBC, ABC, among others.

Tariq has also written a three-part series “The Secret Diary of a Sustainable Investor”  which you can find using the following links ( Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)

 

 

Sir Ronald Cohen

Sir Ronald Cohen

Chairman | The Portland Trust and Bridges Ventures

Sir Ronald Cohen is a pioneering philanthropist, venture capitalist, private equity investor, and social innovator, who is driving forward the global Impact Revolution. He serves as Chair of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment, The Portland Trust and The Impact-Weighted Accounts Initiative at Harvard Business School. He is a co-founder and former Executive Chairman of Apax Partners Worldwide, a global private equity firm. He is a co-founder of Social Finance UK, USA, and Israel; and co-founder Chair of Bridges Fund Management and former co-founding Chair of Big Society Capital. He graduated from Oxford University and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is the author of the Wall Street Journal Best Seller IMPACT: Reshaping capitalism to drive real change. (Download book here)

 

Workforce Development: how do we connect the world's youth to stable & fulfilling jobs?

Saturday, 10:05am - 11:00am

Youth unemployment has reached staggering levels, particularly in emerging markets. How can we build and reinforce an education-to-employment pipeline that will connect the world's young people to stable, dignified jobs? What can we learn from innovative new approaches to skills development and job creation? What role do public institutions and private entrepreneurs have to play?

Sharmi Surianarain

Sharmi Surianarain

Chief Impact Officer | Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator in South Africa

Sharmi Surianarain serves as the Chief Impact Officer for Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator in South Africa. Sharmi is a fierce advocate for opportunity and social justice for young people and women across the African continent, and is a keen analyst and thinker on the future of work.

Sharmi leads on Harambee’s impact and systems change agendas, and oversees Harambee’s work in new markets. Sharmi is the Founder of Making Caring Count, a social enterprise that aims to build impactful solutions around care work in Africa. Sharmi brings extensive experience in human capital management, education, and facilitating links to employment across Africa, India, and the United States.

Prior to Harambee, Sharmi served as Vice President of Lifelong Engagement at African Leadership Academy (ALA) where she oversaw a network of 2,000 young African leaders, managed ALA’s Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program, Africa Careers Network, and ALA’s alumni engagement team.

Sharmi is an Aspen African Leadership Initiative Fellow, Class of 2020, an RSA Fellow, and sits on the Boards of Emerging Public Leaders, Metis, Instill Education and is on the 2021 G7 Impact Taskforce. Sharmi’s work has been featured in The Huffington Post, The Daily Maverick, The Mail and Guardian, and The Economist. Sharmi holds a B.A. from Harvard University, a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Mona Mourshed

Mona Mourshed

Founding Global CEO | Generation

Mona Mourshed is the founding CEO of Generation: You Employed, a global employment non-profit. Mona has decades of experience as a leader in the education and workforce space and has authored widely cited reports and articles. Mona previously founded and led McKinsey & Company’s global education practice. She was selected as one of Fortune Magazine’s ’40 under 40’, sits on the boards of New America, Teach for All, and Last Mile Health, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Mona has a B.A. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from MIT.

 

Mariana Costa Checa

Mariana Costa Checa

Co-founder and CEO | Laboratoria

Mariana is the co-founder and CEO at Laboratoria, an organization empowering women
who dream of a better future to start and grow careers in technology. With learning centers
across Latin America, Laboratoria is helping shape a more diverse, inclusive and
competitive digital economy in Latin America that can create opportunities for every
woman to develop her potential. For her work as a social entrepreneur Mariana has been
named one of Peru’s leading innovators by the MIT, and had the honor of sharing a panel
with President Obama at the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit. Aside from her work
at Laboratoria, Mariana is involved in multiple initiatives that promote the growth of social
entrepreneurship in her home country Peru, such as being a Board member at Angel
Ventures Peru (seed stage fund) and Kunan (entrepreneurial ecosystem builder). Prior to
starting Laboratoria Mariana worked in development programs through Latin America as a
Project Manager at the Organization of American States. She holds a BSc in International
Relations from the London School of Economics and a Masters Degree in Public
Administration from Columbia University in New York.

Wealth Inequality

Saturday, 10:05am - 11:00am

Global wealth inequality is the defining socioeconomic issue of our times. During the pandemic the wealth of world's 10 richest men doubled whilst 160 million more people were pushed into poverty. The increasing concentration of wealth has led to a fundamentally unbalanced society, with a tiny minority benefitting from access to the best social, economic and political opportunities. We want to discuss this issue, and consider how redistributing wealth could rebalance this power.

Ryan Alam

Ryan Alam

Senior Vice President of Impact Investing | Citi
Abby Maxman

Abby Maxman

CEO and President | Oxfam USA

Fireside Chat: Redesigning the Future with a Circular Economy

Saturday, 12:05pm - 1:00pm

Join us to discuss how the Circular Economy can redesign our planet’s future, creating a better tomorrow for business, society, and the natural world. Innovation in the circular economy helps solve great world problems like pollution, waste, and climate change. BlackRock will lead a live discussion with a special welcome and video presentation by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, BlackRock’s knowledge partner who has been recognized as a global think tank leading the development and acceleration to transition to a circular economy.

Quyen Tran

Quyen Tran

Director of Impact Investing and Head of Fundamental Equities Sustainable Investing Research | BlackRock

Quyen Tran is the Director of Impact Investing at BlackRock and Head of Fundamental Equities Sustainable Investing Research. Her research creates BlackRock’s core criteria for impact investing across asset classes and best practices in impact measurement. She works with investment teams across public and private markets to create impact strategies across asset classes. Quyen develops the concepts and leads the authorship of foundational publications, making the case for impact in public equities, the case for outperformance, and the role of impact investing in an asset allocation strategy.

Committed to advancing the sustainable investing ecosystem, Quyen partners with academia and industry practitioners. She has been appointed Professor of the Practice of Impact Investing at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, is a member of Harvard Business School’s Alumni for Impact Initiative, and is a Board Advisor for Bentley University’s Sustainable Investment Group. Quyen has served on working groups at the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) and Impact Management Project (IMP) and is a frequent speaker at industry events, including global forums at Milken Institute, the Global Steering Group, and the United Nations Global Compact Leaders Summit. 

Quyen earned her MBA from Harvard Business School and her BA, cum laude, in philosophy from Mount Holyoke College where she was awarded the J.M. Warbeke Prize in Philosophy. She studied philosophy abroad at the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies in Sarnath, India. In her former role at Cambridge Associates, Quyen served as a senior investment consultant advising endowments, foundations, and other non-profit institutions on investment strategy. On a volunteer basis, Quyen taught English as a classroom teacher in Vietnam and worked for the advancement of grade-school children in the US.

 

Emily Healy

Emily Healy

Finance Initiative Lead | Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Emily Healy leads the Finance Initiative at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, which aims to catalyze finance at scale for a circular economy. As part of this work, she is a member of the Expert Working Group advising EFRAG’s PTF-ESRS on the European Sustainability Reporting Standards, and a member of the EU Platform on Sustainable Finance working on the EU Taxonomy. 

Emily has led and co-authored thought leadership reports on the intersection between circular economy and finance, risk, and artificial intelligence, and was involved in the co-development of the Foundation’s measurement tool, Circulytics. Prior to joining the Foundation, Emily worked in financial consulting and international tax. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a Masters degree in Materials Science from the University of Oxford.

 

Sumana Manohar

Sumana Manohar

Co-Portfolio Manager of Circular Economy strategy | BlackRock

Sumana Manohar is a co-Portfolio Manager of BlackRock’s Circular Economy strategy which was launched in October 2019. The strategy has over US$2 billion in assets under management and invests in global listed equities with positive exposure to the shift towards a more circular economy.  

Sumana joined BlackRock in October 2018 as the head of Thematic Research for Fundamental Active Equities. Previously she worked at Goldman Sachs for ten years, primarily in the Thematic Research team. Her role involved covering global investment themes such as demographics, tech disruption, consumer behaviour and resource scarcity as well as identifying stock opportunities with relevant exposure. Sumana earned an MBA from XLRI Jamshedpur, India in 2008.

 

 

Racial disparities

Saturday, 12:05pm - 1:00pm

Global wealth inequality is the defining socioeconomic issue of our times. During the pandemic the wealth of world's 10 richest men doubled whilst 160 million more people were pushed into poverty. The increasing concentration of wealth has led to a fundamentally unbalanced society, with a tiny minority benefitting from access to the best social, economic and political opportunities. We want to discuss this issue, and consider how redistributing wealth could rebalance this power.

Tiffany Eubanks-Saunders

Tiffany Eubanks-Saunders

Head of Diverse Segments | Private Bank Business, Bank of America

Tiffany Eubanks-Saunders serves as the Head of Diverse Segments for the Private Bank business at Bank of America Corporation. Reporting to the President of the Private Bank,
Tiffany is responsible for leading strategies that cultivate business development with traditionally underserved client segments such as women, people of color and the LGBT+
community.

Tiffany also serves as the Market Executive for the Tennessee
Private Bank. Under her leadership, the market has achieved
significant business growth, targeting high net worth families,
institutional clients and prospects throughout Tennessee and Kentucky. Prior to this role, Tiffany served as the Carolinas-Tennessee Market Sales Executive for U.S. Trust, responsible for leading Private Client sales teams to drive asset acquisition and
sales revenue.

Before joining the Private Bank, Tiffany served as Bank of America’s Supplier Diversity and Development Executive, responsible for achieving Bank of America’s corporate commitment to spending $10 Billion with diverse-owned businesses. As a result of Tiffany’s leadership, Bank of America was the first financial services institution inducted to The Billion Dollar Roundtable for Supplier Diversity in 2014.

Since joining Bank of America in 1993, she has held various positions in Consumer and Retail Banking, Global Banking and Markets, Global Technology and Operations, Corporate Finance, as well as Global Marketing and Corporate Affairs.

She is involved in wide variety of professional and civic organizations, including the Executive Leadership Council (ELC) and the National Minority Supplier Development Council Board of Directors. Additionally, Tiffany serves on Executive Advisory
Councils for both the North Carolina A&T State University – Deese College of Business Executive and the Tennessee State University School of Business. Among other honors, Tiffany has been recognized as a Top Woman in Business by the Charlotte Business Journal. And, in 2019, Oprah Winfrey honored Tiffany with the prestigious UNCF Maya Angelou “Women Who Lead” award.

Philip Reeves

Philip Reeves

Founding Partner | Apis and Heritage Capital Partners

Philip Reeves is a Founding Partner at Apis & Heritage Capital Partners, a mezzanine debt private equity fund that preserves legacies for founders, delivers impact and returns for investors, and builds wealth for workers of color using employee ownership. He is a seasoned entrepreneur and business leader with a background in business development, mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance and executive management.
 
Previously, Philip partnered with 1863 Ventures, where he led an industry-agnostic program focused on scaling New Majority businesses through operational improvements, sustainable sales processes, human capital best practices and financial management. Philip’s background includes serving as the Manager of Small Business Technology and Innovation for the Government of the District of Columbia and working in corporate development for a growing government contractor, where he was responsible for mergers and acquisitions, strategic partnerships and business development. Philip began his career in private equity at Lehman Brothers.
 
He is the former President (Curator) of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Washington, DC Hub and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Morehouse College

Mo Cowan

Mo Cowan

Chief Legal and External Affairs Officer | Devoted Health, Former US Senator

U.S. Senator William “Mo” Cowan (retired) serves as Chief Legal and External Affairs Officer for  Devoted Health, Inc. A member of Devoted Health’s executive leadership team, Mo is  responsible for all legal, corporate governance, regulatory, and public affairs functions for this  next generation, tech-enabled, vertically integrated payor and provider of healthcare services. 

Before joining the Devoted team, Mo led global government affairs and policy; and, previously  global litigation for General Electric Co. Earlier in his career, Mo was a partner at a national law  firm and served as chief executive officer of a government relations consulting firm. 

In 2013, Mo served as the interim U.S. Senator representing Massachusetts. From 2009-2013, Mo  held senior leadership roles – Chief Legal Counsel, Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor – in the  administration of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick 

Mo serves on governance and advisory boards for several nationally recognized institutions  including, the Massachusetts General Hospital, Duke University, Goldfinch Bio, Edward M.  Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Eastern Bank Corporation, MassChallenge,  Stackwell Capital, and Mass General Brigham. 

Mo is a graduate of Duke University and Northeastern University School of Law. He holds  honorary degrees from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business,  Bridgewater State College and Newbury College.

 

Dr. John H. Jackson

Dr. John H. Jackson

President and CEO | Schott Foundation for Public Education

Dr. John H. Jackson is President and CEO of the Schott Foundation for Public Education. In this role, Dr. Jackson leads the Foundation’s efforts to ensure a fair and substantive opportunity to learn for all students regardless of race or gender. Dr. Jackson joined the Schott Foundation after serving in several senior level positions. Among them, National Director of Education and Chief Policy Officer of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) from 2000- 2007. In 1999, President William Jefferson Clinton appointed Dr. Jackson to serve as Senior Policy Advisor in the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education. 

Dr. Jackson has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Race, Gender, and Public Policy at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute. Earlier in his career, Dr. Jackson conducted extensive research at the Harvard Civil Rights Project on civil rights and opportunity gap issues. 

Dr. Jackson has been elected or appointed to serve on many boards and commissions. Among them the Xavier University of Louisiana Board of Directors, Nellie Mae Education Foundation Board of Directors, Harvard University Board of Alumni, Association of Black Foundation Executives, American Bar Association At-Risk Commission. Dr. Jackson also served on the Obama-Biden transition team as a member of the President’s 13-member Education Policy Transition Work Group. 

A native of the Southside of Chicago and product of the public school system, Dr. Jackson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Xavier University of Louisiana; A Master of Education in Education Policy from the University of Illinois’ College of Education; and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Illinois’ College of Law. In addition, Dr. Jackson received a Master of Education and Doctorate of Education in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

 

Agriculture and Food Security

Saturday, 12:05pm - 1:00pm

Agriculture development is key to healthy, sustainable and inclusive food system. 65% of the global working population rely on agriculture for a living. Yet, 10% of the world's population went hungry in 2020 post-pandemic, and climate change is making farmers more vulnerable than ever. What is the role of social enterprise in reshaping the agriculture ecosystem? What are the innovative products and business models emerging from social enterprises? How are the private, public, and nonprofits working to build a better food system around the world?

Ariana Day Yuen

Ariana Day Yuen

Founder and CEO | Forested

Ariana started her career as a management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton in their DC and New York City offices where she advised clients across the government, non-profit, and private sectors. She then joined TechnoServe as a Fellow in their Ethiopia office and joined them full-time thereafter supporting a range of projects with Nespresso, Mondelez, Gates Foundation, JDC, the Swedish Government, and Diageo to ultimately design and build more sustainable and equitable value chains and market systems. Her accumulated experiences, passion for sustainable and delicious food, and deepening sense of responsibility to tackle complex societal issues are what led to Forested Foods. Prior to Forested, Ariana co-founded Common Farms, an indoor farm in Hong Kong, as well as a North Korean arts fundraising series.

Ariana grew up in Hong Kong before she moved to the United States to attend Syracuse University, where she triple-majored in Advertising Communications, Entrepreneurship, and Economics. She recently received her MBA from Yale’s School of Management, with a concentration of courses from Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

 

Kamran Ahmed

Kamran Ahmed

CEO | Kivu Choice and Director of Expansion | Victory Farms

Kamran joined Victory Farms in 2020 as their Director of Expansion, and led strategic initiatives including designing and scaling the company’s community outgrower model, optimizing their distribution process, and developing their East Africa expansion strategy. In September of last year, Kamran led a team of Victory Farms veterans to launch the organization’s first international expansion into Rwanda, founding Kivu Choice, which aims to become the largest and most sustainable fish farm in the country, serving the Rwanda, DRC, and Burundi markets. Kamran holds MScs from Imperial College London and Oxford University, and an MBA from Stanford University, with prior work experience in the tech and oil and gas sectors.

Jim Taylor

Jim Taylor

CEO and Co-founder | Proximity Designs

Jim Taylor is Co-founder and Chief Executive of Proximity Designs, a social business operating in Myanmar since 2004, that delivers affordable and innovative products and services for farm families living in poverty. A social entrepreneur with over 25 years of public and private sector experience in Asia, Jim continues to lead the organization during the ever-changing political and economic landscape in Myanmar. With previous experience at leading providers of supply chain management software for the global fresh foods industry and Fortune 400 agri-business companies, Jim has also built experience working as an economist in Indonesia and managing a development assistance program in Cambodia. He has worked in India, Bangladesh and Singapore as a consultant. Jim holds an MBA from the University of Southern California and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School. In 2012, he received awards from the Schwab Foundation (World Economic Forum) and Skoll World Forum for Social Entrepreneurship.

 

Ableism

Saturday, 2:05pm - 3:00am

The power of ableism is the power to define what is “normal” and what is not. The power to define who has worth and who doesn't. The power to create barriers for those who are different, and the power to make it seem like those barriers are insurmountable. People with disabilities are often excluded from society because of their disability, but also because of ableism. This exclusion can be seen in employment rates, education levels, housing opportunities, health care access, socialization opportunities, etc. What mechanisms and actions can we take to reduce the unequal power dynamics and close the gap between able-bodied people and people with disabilities?

Collin Killick

Collin Killick

Executive Director | Disability Policy Consortium

Colin Killick (he/him/his) is the Executive Director of Disability Policy Consortium (DPC), a statewide civil rights advocacy and research organization run by and for people with disabilities. He first joined DPC as a community organizer in 2014, and that year he co-founded the Housing Advocacy Leadership Team (HALT), a joint project of DPC and the Boston Center for Independent Living that develops leaders within the disability community to advocate for affordable housing. Since 2014, HALT has grown the state’s Alternative Housing Voucher Program for low-income people with disabilities from $3.45 million to $12.5 million today. He attended Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he earned his Masters in Public Policy in 2018 and was awarded the school’s RFK Award for Public Service, before returning to DPC, becoming its Executive Director in 2019. He has motor dysgraphia, executive function disorder, and major depression, and credits the accommodations he received thanks to prior generations of disability rights advocates for being able to do this work.

Regina Kline

Regina Kline

Founder and CEO | SmartJob

Regina “Gina” Kline is an entrepreneur, civil rights lawyer, and thought leader. She serves as the Founder and CEO of SmartJob, LLC, a global company with the core mission of closing the disability wealth gap. For well over a decade as a nationally recognized civil rights attorney, Gina led efforts to dramatically improve working conditions and the employment of people with disabilities. Gina filed and resolved the United States’ first cases under the Americans with Disabilities Act to challenge segregated and often exploitative disability work settings. During the Obama administration, Gina served as Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Justice, where she provided legal and policy counsel regarding efforts to implement the Americans with Disabilities Act. Gina is the author of multiple government reports and evaluations of the U.S. disability employment system, provided public testimony in front of federal and state government entities and commissions, and has advised public and private leaders and organizations on disability.

Chris Soukup

Chris Soukup

CEO | CSD

Chris Soukup began his career with CSD serving as coordinator of the company’s adult basic education (ABE) program in 1996. After graduating with a business degree from Gallaudet University 2001, he returned to CSD to be part of the team that launched the first nationwide Video Relay Service (VRS). Over the past twenty years, Chris has worked in diverse and progressively responsible roles within and throughout CSD. He became CEO in 2014 and thus far during his tenure he has led CSD’s transformation to become a fully virtualized organization; the creation of the first social venture fund dedicated to deaf and disabled entrepreneurs; the launch of a jobs marketplace for deaf and disabled professionals seeking contract work and full time employment opportunities; the introduction of a new community foundation dedicated to strengthening the capacity of nonprofit organizations serving deaf and disabled people; as well as a continuum of innovative communication solutions to bolster the relationship between government and corporate entities with deaf and disabled customers. Chris has worked relentlessly over the past eight years to support the advancement of deaf and disabled communities through keynote presentations, published articles, and frequent collaboration with national media. He has served and continues to serve on a number of boards and he regularly advises and collaborates with businesses and organizations on deaf and disability topics. He currently resides in Austin, Texas with his family.

 

Technology - A Double Edged Sword

Saturday, 2:05pm - 3:00am

Technology is a powerful tool for innovation and disruption, but it has a dark side. An industry formed out of sub-culture to improve lives through democratized access to goods and services is now a major driver of inequality. How do we balance the benefits technology provides with the concentration of wealth and power it creates? How can technology be used as a tool to address societal problems in a post-pandemic world?

Erik Brynjolfsson

Erik Brynjolfsson

Director | Stanford Digital Economy Lab

Erik Brynjolfsson is the Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Professor and Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered AI (HAI), and Director of the Stanford Digital Economy Lab. He also is the Ralph Landau Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR), Professor by Courtesy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Stanford Department of Economics, and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).
One of the most-cited authors on the economics of information, Brynjolfsson was among the first researchers to measure productivity contributions of IT and the complementary role of organizational capital and other intangibles. He has done pioneering research on digital commerce, the Long Tail, bundling and pricing models, intangible assets and the effects of IT on business strategy, productivity and performance.
Brynjolfsson speaks globally and is the author of nine books including, with co-author Andrew McAfee, best-seller The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies, and Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future as well as over 100 academic articles and five patents. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from Harvard University in applied mathematics and decision sciences and a PhD from MIT in managerial economics. His papers can be found at https://www.brynjolfsson.com/research

Elise Smith

Elise Smith

CEO | Praxis Labs

Elise Smith is the co-founder and CEO of Praxis Labs, an enterprise immersive learning company. Currently focused on justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) topics, they advance equity and inclusion for their clients by providing immersive learning journeys that combine VR-based simulations with actionable insights on their ‘learning & listening’ platform. They’re partnering with organizations like Google, ServiceNow, Morgan Stanley, Uber, and others to help make workplaces -and ultimately society- more equitable. Their work and their flagship learning journey, Pivotal Experiences, have been featured in Inc., Washington Post, Protocol, and more.

Kimberly Bryant

Kimberly Bryant

Founder and CEO | Black Girls CODE

Kimberly Bryant is the Founder and CEO of Black Girls CODE, a non-profit organization dedicated to “changing the face of technology” by introducing girls of color (ages 7-17) to the field of technology and computer science with a concentration on entrepreneurial concepts. Prior to starting Black Girls CODE, Kimberly enjoyed a twenty year engineering and technical leadership career in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries for various Fortune 50 companies such as Genentech, Merck, and Pfizer. Since 2011 Kimberly has helped Black Girls CODE grow from a local grassroots initiative serving only the Bay Area, to an international organization with fourteen chapters across the U.S. and in Johannesburg, South Africa. Black Girls CODE has currently reached over 18,000 students and continues to grow and thrive. Kimberly is a nationally recognized thought leader for her work to increase opportunities for women and girls in the technology industry and has received numerous awards for her work.Kimberly has been awarded the Jefferson Award for Community Service for her work to support communities in the Bay Area, named by Business Insider on its list of “The 25 Most Influential African-Americans in Technology,” and included in The Root 100 and the Ebony Power 100 lists in 2013. Kimberly has been named one of FastCompany’s Most Creative People. In 2015, the White House honored her as a Champion of Change for her work in tech inclusion , and she received an Ingenuity Award in Social Progress from the Smithsonian Institute among many other awards and recognition. She has spoken nationally and internationally on diversity, equity, and inclusion at conferences and is a thought leader in tech education for underserved students

The Future of ESG

Saturday, 2:05pm - 3:00am

How do we bring accountability to ESG metrics? What should be measured as impact?

Martin Whittaker

Martin Whittaker

CEO | JUST Capital

Martin Whittaker is the founding CEO of JUST Capital and is responsible for the overall leadership of the organization. He is also co-founder and Board member of the CREO Syndicate, a family office investment network; a Board member of the Carbon Disclosure Project U.S.; and a member of the Forbes Finance Council and Forbes Contributor. He was recently named to the 2020 NACD Directorship 100 – the annual list of the most influential people in the boardroom and on corporate governance – and to Business Insider’s 2020 List of 100 People Transforming Business.

Previously, Martin was a founding partner and investment committee member at Sonen Capital, an impact investing firm, where he led private equity, real asset, and direct investing activities. Martin has also served as Director of MissionPoint Capital Partners, a family office-led private equity firm; Senior Vice President at Swiss Re, where he was part of the Environmental and Commodity Markets team; and Managing Director at Innovest Strategic Value Advisors, Inc., a pioneering sustainable investment advisory and research firm.

Martin received his Ph.D. from University of Edinburgh, an MBA from the University of London, an M.Sc. from McGill University and a B.Sc. from University of St. Andrews.

Martin has also served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto, provided expert testimony on environmental markets to the U.S. Senate, guest lectured at multiple business schools, consulted to major corporations on sustainability- and impact-related matters, and been an invited speaker, published writer, and contributor via television, print, social media, and conferences throughout his career.

Todd Bridges

Todd Bridges

Partner & Global Head of Sustainable Investing and ESG Research | Arabesque

Mr. Bridges has led award-winning teams on projects in finance, technology, and sustainable development for more than 10 years. His experience in investment management, technology startups, academia, think-tanks, and research institutes have allowed him to acquire a diverse skill set-including leadership skills (led global teams, built strategic partnerships, advised executive leadership) and analytical skills (ESG analytics, financial modeling, quantitative + qualitative research design).

He is also the author of research articles in leading academic journals and presented at pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, central banks, national conferences, and international conferences. His specialties are sustainable investing, sustainable finance, ESG integration, ESG data analytics, investment ecosystems, fiduciary responsibility, corporate governance, shareholder engagement, regulatory frameworks, innovation, research design, strategy development, and sustainable climate models.

Mr. Bridges has a Ph.D. and a Master on Organizational Behavior from Brown University. He was also a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University and A visiting fellow in Oxford.

Eric Kane

Eric Kane

Head of ESG Research, Americas | Bloomberg Intelligence

Eric Kane is the Director of ESG Research for Bloomberg Intelligence (BI), a research platform that provides context on industries, companies, government, litigation, and the economy, available on the Bloomberg Professional Services at BI.

Mr. Kane’s leads the development of Bloomberg’s Environmental and Social scores as well as BI’s Carbon Scores. His research focuses on identifying current and future trends, including climate change, resource scarcity, and data security, and linking performance to financial value. Mr. Kane also specializes in understanding ESG disclosure and how key metrics can be incorporated in traditional company analysis.

Prior to joining Bloomberg, Mr. Kane was the Health Care Sector Analyst at the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and a Senior Analyst at Innovest Strategic Value Advisors. Mr. Kane holds a Master of Public Administration from NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a degree in political science from Bates College.

Stakeholder Capitalism: Myth or Achievable Goal?

Saturday, 02:05pm – 03:00pm

Corporate leaders increasingly recognize that the private sector's focus on increasing shareholder value has failed to maximize societal welfare. Instead, organizations from the World Economic Forum to the Business Roundtable have embraced a new doctrine of stakeholder capitalism, which charges companies with creating long-term value by optimizing for the interests of all their stakeholders. Is stakeholder capitalism truly a better approach to doing business, or is it merely a publicity move to resuscitate the image of big business? What role should business have in tackling complex global challenges like climate change and economic inequality? If stakeholder capitalism is the answer, how can companies manage the disparate interests of shareholders, customers, employees, governments, and other groups in an age of extreme political polarization?

Ethan Rouen

Ethan Rouen

Assistant Professor of Business Administration | Harvard Business School

Ethan Rouen is an assistant professor of business administration in the Accounting and Management Unit, where he teaches the elective course Reimagining Capitalism, and serves as the faculty co-chair of the Impact-Weighted Accounts Project at Harvard Business School.

His current research interest focuses on understanding economic inequality and the measurement of human capital. He has been awarded from the American Accounting Association the Competitive Manuscript Award, the Deloitte Foundation Wildman Medal, and the Best Dissertation Award in the Financial Accounting and Reporting Section. His research has been published in The Journal of Financial Economics, The Accounting Review, Management Science, and The Review of Accounting Studies, and his journalism and opinion articles have appeared in the Boston Globe, Le Monde, HuffPo, The Hill, CEOWORLD Magazine, and Fortune.com, among others. He appears frequently in national and international media outlets.

Professor Rouen earned a BA in history and English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an MS in journalism at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. From Columbia Business School, he received an MBA in finance and accounting, an M.Phil. in accounting, and a PhD in accounting.

Shiva Rajgopal

Shiva Rajgopal

Kester and Byrnes Professor of Accounting | Columbia Business School

Shiva is the Kester and Byrnes Professor of Accounting at Columbia Business School. He is a leading expert on measuring how well managers serve as responsible stewards of the corporation’s resources. Apart from conducting pioneering research on short- termism, Shiva’s extensive body of work covers a wide range of contemporary issues in financial reporting, fiscal responsibility and corporate governance.

Shiva has been internationally recognized for his scholarship on several occasions. He has a passion for bridging academic theory with policy setting and corporate practice. He publishes op-eds in the Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal and Barron’s. His work is frequently cited in the popular press, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Bloomberg, Fortune, Forbes, Financial Times, Business Week, and the Economist.

Shiva was born and raised in Mumbai, India. He holds a Ph.D. in Accounting from the University of Iowa. In addition, he holds a Chartered Accountancy certification and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from India. He worked at Citibank N.A. for three years before deciding to pursue his doctoral studies. Prior to Columbia, he served on the faculty of Emory University, the University of Washington and, Duke University.

Shiva enjoys exploring new countries and foods with his family. He lives and runs in NYC with his wife and daughter.

Live Case Workshop

Saturday, 4:00pm – 05:20pm

Identifying, analyzing, and evaluating social opportunities.

Prof. Lynda Applegate

Prof. Lynda Applegate

aker Foundation Professor | Harvard Business School

Gender disparities

Sunday, 09:35am – 10:30am
Globally, women and girls are at greater risk of poverty than men. They are more likely to be malnourished and less likely to be educated.They are less likely to run businesses or be in positions of leadership. Social enterprise is playing a growing role in women’s empowerment through its impact on beneficiaries, entrepreneurs, employees and social norms. Women are doing work in skill development, education, health, job creation, and more. We seek to explore the stories of: who are female social entrepreneurs, what kind of work do they do, what are barriers to their success, and how can we promote and enhance their work?

Elaine Martyn

Elaine Martyn

Senior Vice President | Private Donor Group, Fidelity Charitable

Elaine Martyn has dedicated her career to the pursuit of justice, health, and dignity for all through strategic advocacy, policy, fundraising, and grantmaking in the US, Europe, Asia, and the United Kingdom.  She has been a lifelong advocate for refugees, immigrants, medical education and women’s economic empowerment and rights, and has a passion for the arts.  Elaine serves as Senior Vice President for the Private Donor Group at Fidelity Charitable®, an independent public charity that has helped donors support more than 240,000 nonprofit organizations with over $50 billion in grants since inception in 1991.  Elaine is passionate about family philanthropy, impact investing, international grant-making and values-based giving, and oversees a philanthropic strategies team who support donors make over $5 billion in annual grants. 

Ms. Martyn previously served as vice president of development at Global Fund for Women and leverages her experiences in executive roles at Refugees International, King’s College London, the British Medical Association, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Medical School to formulate strategies which help ultra-high net worth donors achieve their family and philanthropic goals.

Ms. Martyn double majored in medical studies and English literature and communications at Gannon University, and has a Master’s degree in Victorian literature from the University of Leeds.  In 2013, she was appointed as a special international advisor to the U.S. State Department’s Under Secretary of Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy.  One of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Next Gen 2018, 2019, and 2021, she was named one of Save the Children’s Centenary Changemakers for Children in 2019. She has published on topics including equal opportunities, medical education, mentorship and philanthropy. She serves on the advisory boards of Prosperity Catalyst, North Carolina Women United and Partners in Health.

 

Dr. Ranjana Kumari

Dr. Ranjana Kumari

Director | Center for Social Research, Chairwoman | Women Power Connect

Dr. Ranjana Kumari is a prominent activist and widely regarded as a leading force in the women’s movement in India. Dr. Kumari is President of Women Power Connect (WPC), comprising 1000 organizations. 

Dr. Kumari has been a member of the Task Force on Industrial Relations for the International Labor Organization (ILO) at the United Nations in Geneva, and worked as a senior professional at the United Nations. Currently, she is a member of the Global Advisory Board of Facebook and the Trust and Safety Council on Twitter. 

She has written nine books, some among them are globally known, such as Brides Are Not for Burning and Women in Decision Making, and presented numerous papers in international and national forums. An activist in the women’s movement and an ardent supporter of the reservation of seats for women leaders in the Indian Parliament, Dr. Kumari also is involved in research, advocacy, lobbying, and training for the protection of women’s human rights.

Reimagining Health Equity

Sunday, 09:35am – 10:30am

COVID-19 forced dramatic upheaval upon a healthcare industry historically reluctant to change. Despite pockets of bright spots and innovation, the U.S. pandemic response further underscored the state of inequity within our current health system. As we look towards a post-pandemic world, how do we rebuild our healthcare infrastructure to better serve our most vulnerable populations? Where is there political will for transformational public policy? What industry trends, particularly around value-based care and social determinants of health (SDOH), should we be most optimistic about?

Dr. Anand Shah

Dr. Anand Shah

Vice President | Social Health at Kaiser Permanente
Tom X Lee

Tom X Lee

CEO and Founder | Galileo Health , Founder | One Medical

Tom is the CEO and visionary behind Galileo — a next-generation health care delivery model designed for the future. Using innovative technology and human-centered design, Galileo improves clinical outcomes while reducing total cost of care across broad, complex and diverse populations.

Prior to Galileo, Tom helped build One Medical into the leading, independent primary care system in the country. And previously helped launch Epocrates, the #1 mobile app used by clinicians at the point of care.

Tom is a board-certified internist who completed training at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  He received his BS from Yale University, MD from the University of Washington School of Medicine, and MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

 

Liz Fowler

Liz Fowler

Director | Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation

Unlikely Allies: Building coalitions with instiutions and people that disagree with you

Sunday, 11:05am – 12:00pm
Advancing systemic change on the issues we care about - whether economic and racial equity, climate, or education - often require working with people outside of our tribal silos who have very different backgrounds than our own. Often, relating to and influencing others of different sectors, lived experiences, and political ideologies is key to their joining our cause. This panel will bring together academics as well as innovative leaders working on the ground who are forging alignment between urban-rural, black-white, police-community, corporate-workers, and climate activists-skeptics, helping provide examples of how to build broad-based coalitions that drive transformative change.

Maurice Jones

Maurice Jones

CEO | OneTen

Maurice A. Jones is CEO of OneTen, a coalition of leading chief executives and their companies who are coming together to upskill, hire and promote one million Black Americans over the next 10 years who do not yet have a four-year degree into family-sustaining jobs with opportunities for advancement. Prior to joining OneTen, Maurice was the President of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), one of the country’s largest organizations supporting projects to revitalize communities and catalyze economic opportunity for residents. He previously served as Secretary of Commerce and Trade for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Maurice received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Hampden-Sydney College and attended Oxford University in England on a Rhodes Scholarship, where he received a Master of Philosophy in International Relations. He later received a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia.

 

Inimai Chettiar

Inimai Chettiar

Federal Director | Justice Action Network

Inimai Chettiar is the Federal Director for the Justice Action Network. She spearheads federal legislative priorities and policy in Washington, a key focus as the bipartisan organization gears up for a major push to build on the progress of recent successes.

Priority to joining the Coalition, Inimai directed the Justice Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, where she established the Center as a national force to end mass incarceration. As one of the leading progressive voices in the field, Inimai brings sixteen years of legal, policy, and empirical expertise in criminal law and implementing transformative reform agendas at the federal and state level. She is the editor of two books of essays by presidential candidates, and has authored and overseen over a dozen studies on crime, incarceration, sentencing reform, and policy innovations and legislation. Her advocacy was critical to the passage of federal sentencing reform. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, Wall Street JournalThe Economist, MSNBC, CNN, and NPR, among other outlets.

She launched Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration, the first effort to organize police and prosecutors to join the justice reform movement. Prior to the Brennan Center, Chettiar worked at the American Civil Liberties Union, where she helped launch their nationwide state legislative program to end mass incarceration. 

Chettiar also served as a fellow at the Center for American Progress, a legal fellow at the Institute for Policy Integrity at NYU School of Law, and a litigation associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. She holds a B.A. cum laude from Georgetown University and a J.D. cum laude from the University of Chicago School of Law, where she was Comment Editor of The Law Review

 

Vanessa Bohns

Vanessa Bohns

Social psychologist and Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior | Cornell University

Vanessa Bohns is a social psychologist and associate professor of organizational behavior at Cornell. She holds a PhD in Psychology from Columbia and an AB from Brown. Her research has been published in top academic journals in psychology, management, and law, and has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The Economist, and on NPR’s Hidden Brain. Her popular and business writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Harvard Business Review, and her first book You Have More Influence Than You Think (2021, Norton) was published last September.

 

John Marshall

John Marshall

CEO | Potential Energy Coalition

John Marshall is the founder and CEO of Potential Energy Coalition, a nonpartisan, nonprofit coalition that brings together America’s leading creative, analytic and media agencies to shift the conversation on climate change. Potential Energy aims to develop new narratives that help people understand the issue, engage audiences on a personal level, and build demand for a better, cleaner, more prosperous world. John is also a professor of marketing at DartmouthCollege and Senior Advisor to Lippincott. Prior to founding Potential Energy, John had a long career as a senior marketing executive – as the Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer at Lippincott, Global Head of Strategy and Analytics at the digital agency Digitas, President of the public education company The Princeton Review, and partner with
consulting firm Oliver Wyman. John has worked with the senior leadership teams of
clients such as 3M, Samsung, eBay, Bank of America, Bain Capital, and Caterpillar in
developing strategy and driving growth. He now dedicates his time to using these
marketing skills to address the climate crisis.

John graduated with an A.B. in Chemistry from Princeton University and an M.B.A. with
Distinction from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College, where he was a Tuck
Scholar. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.  He is a frequent industry
commentator and speaker, whose writing on marketing, growth and innovation have
appeared in the Harvard Business Review, Forbes, The New York Times, Wired, Fast
Company. John’s Ted Talk on how to effectively communicate climate change was
released on Earth Day 2021.

 

Steve Deline

Steve Deline

Co-Founder | New Conversations Initiative

Steve is Co-Founder of the New Conversations Initiative. He organizing work as a gay volunteer terrified to talk to anti-gay voters. But after his first few knocks and the experience of coming to understand someone on the other side and be understood himself, he was hooked. Over the next 8 years on the groundbreaking Leadership LAB team Steve helped develop the original deep canvass conversation model. 

He helped the LAB team partner with numerous other organizations to apply deep canvassing on the ground. In 2012 he embedded with the Minnesotans United marriage equality campaign as a Regional Field Director, mobilizing LGBTQ volunteers and allies in deep red Central Minnesota. That campaign ultimately organized over 14,000 volunteers to have more than 220,000 deep canvass conversations on the phones and ended in a victory that many thought impossible. 

He is deeply passionate about the superpowers of vulnerability and non-judgmental curiosity that we all carry within us, and the political and personal transformations that occur when we use those powers to bridge fear and difference. 

 

Education

Sunday, 11:05am – 12:00pm

Education is a great leveler, improving equity in opportunity and outcomes. However, we too often focus on only schools and what they can do rather than taking a more holistic approach to improving the lives of children. We want to think through what needs to be done within the wider education sector and how governments, school systems and social enterprise can support children beyond school to achieve their full potential.

Elisa Villanova Beard

Elisa Villanova Beard

CEO | Teach For America

Elisa’s passion for educational equity comes from personal experience. She grew up in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas and developed a deep commitment to Teach For America’s mission as a student at DePauw University, where she was one of just a few Mexican American students. Her journey with Teach For America started as a 1998 Phoenix corps member.

Elisa joined staff in 2001 to lead the organization’s work in her hometown as executive director of the Rio Grande Valley region. Four years later, she became chief operating officer, leading Teach For America’s field operations as the organization expanded from 22 to 48 regions, growing its network from 12,500 to more than 43,000 leaders in 2013 while improving student outcomes each year. 

In 2015, Elisa became chief executive officer of Teach For America. Today, under her leadership, Teach For America corps members reach hundreds of thousands of students each year in nearly 2,000 schools across 37 states and the District of Columbia. The Teach For America network of more than 66,000 leaders is working from every sector to ensure that all children have the access and opportunity to reach their full potential and achieve their dreams. 

Elisa holds a B.A. in sociology from DePauw University. She sits on the boards of the Holdsworth Center, City Fund, and Leadership for Educational Equity, and on the advisory board for the AT&T Aspire Accelerator. She was named in 2021 to ALPFA’s 50 Most Powerful Latinas list. 

Elisa lives in Houston with her husband, Jeremy, and their four sons.

 

Nick Simmons

Nick Simmons

Senior Advisor for School Reopening and Recovery in the Office of the Secretary | United States Department of Education

Nick Simmons is the Senior Advisor for School Reopening and Recovery in the Office of the Secretary at the United States Department of Education. In this role, Nick advises the Secretary of Education and leads the Department and Biden Administration’s efforts to safely reopen schools across the nation and to support students and staff with recovering from the fallout of the COVID-19 Pandemic.


Previously, Nick served as the Director of Strategic Initiatives for the State of Connecticut and Advisor to Governor Ned Lamont. In this role, Nick designed, led and coordinated policy priorities for the Lamont Administration focusing on issues of education, workforce development, economic development and infrastructure. Nick began his career in education serving as a seventh-grade math teacher, assistant-principal and acting school leader of middle schools in Harlem, New York. He holds a Master of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor’s Degree from Yale University.

 

Dr. Emily Frank

Dr. Emily Frank

Director | UCSF, Health Education Partnerships in UCSF's Center for Science, Education, and Outreach

Dr. Emily Frank is a general pediatrician and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco and works providing primary care and working in the Emergency Room. She also serves as the Director of Health Education Partnerships in UCSF’s Center for Science, Education, and Outreach, and teaches at Life Academy in the Oakland Unified School District. She serves on the American Academy of Pediatrics executive committee for the Council on School Health.

Dr. Frank graduated from Dartmouth College with a BA in Biology and a focus on education. She earned her Secondary Science Teaching Credential in Biology from Alliant University while teaching in Vallejo, California. She then earned her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine – Mainetrack Program where she graduated with Honos Civicus. She completed her residency in Pediatrics at the University of California in San Francisco in the PLUS:Pediatric Leaders Advancing Health Equity Program. She has taught middle school, high school, and community college courses.

Her interests include empowering young people with skills in health literacy and health advocacy and helping diversify the healthcare workforce through initiatives focused on developing interest and skills amongst high school students.

 

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