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Lord Jim Knight

March 24, 2021 |by secon2017 | Comments Off on Lord Jim Knight

Jim Knight works in education, medtech and as a legislator. He’s the chief education and external officer at Tes Global Ltd., a news, training, jobs and resource sharing service for teachers, where he’s responsible for Tes resources, communications and public affairs. He founded Tes Institute in 2014, which is now the fifth largest qualifier of teachers in England. Knight is also a founder of XRapid, an innovative business that uses artificial intelligence to power the diagnosis of malaria and asbestos fibres using iPhones. As a UK government minister, his portfolio includes rural affairs, schools, digital and employment. He was a member of former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s cabinet from 2009-2010, before joining the House of Lords after the 2010 general election. He’s also a visiting professor at the Knowledge Lab of the UCL Institute of Education and chair of Whole Education.


Chris Jurgens

March 18, 2021 |by secon2017 | Comments Off on Chris Jurgens
Chris Jurgens' Bio
As a director of the Reimagining Capitalism team at the Omidyar Network, Chris leads the firm’s strategy and portfolio of work focused on how corporations and capital markets can contribute to a more inclusive capitalism. He also oversees impact investing field-building strategy and portfolio, working to increase the reach and effectiveness of the industry.

Chris serves in advisory and/or governance roles for ANDE, Blue Haven Initiative, the Catalytic Capital Consortium, the Collaborative for Frontier Finance, Social Finance US, the Tipping Point Fund, and the US Alliance for Impact Investing.

Prior to joining the firm, Chris was director of global partnerships at USAID’s Global Development Lab, where his team managed the Global Development Alliance, USAID’s flagship model for building shared value partnerships with the private sector. Chris also oversaw the Lab’s entrepreneurship and impact investing portfolio, including the Partnering to Accelerate Entrepreneurship (PACE) initiative. He also led an effort to create the Scaling Off-Grid Energy – Grand Challenge for Development, a multi-donor partnership focused on scaling the household solar sector in sub-Saharan Africa, in support of President Obama’s Power Africa initiative. Chris previously served as director of global programs for Accenture Development Partnerships (ADP), Accenture’s not-for-profit international development consulting practice, where he oversaw ADP’s global portfolio of work with over 50 NGOs and donor agencies. Additionally, Chris has experience working in Bolivia with the IFC, in Poland with a microfinance network, and with a range of nonprofit organizations across Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Chris has a Master’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and a B.A. in economics and international studies from Miami University, where he was a Truman Scholar.


Myriam Sidibe

March 18, 2021 |by secon2017 | Comments Off on Myriam Sidibe
Myriam Sidibe' Bio
Professor Myriam Sidibe is the Chief Mission Officer and Founder of Brands on a Mission, a B-Corp aiming to get Brands and Companies to drive impact in health and well-being through their business models. She is also the co-founder and Chair of the Kenya National Business Compact on Coronavirus and the woman behind the multi-award winning and UN recognized Global Handwashing Day now celebrated in over 100 countries. From within Unilever, she has created a movement to change the handwashing behaviors of one billion people, the single biggest hygiene behavior change program in the world. In addition, Myriam is a Research Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government of Harvard Kennedy School and a honorary Professor of the Practice at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is the author of the best-selling book #1 Business Ethics Brands on a Mission : How to Achieve Social Impact and Business Growth through Purpose (Routledge 2020) and her TED talk The Simple Power of Handwashing has been viewed more than 1 million times. She is a regular contributor to the Entrepreneur and is regularly featured in FT, Forbes, HBR, The Guardian, Huffington Post, Reuters and CNBC.