Yemisi is a Health Systems Specialist working on designing effective systems for preventing and controlling the spread of infectious disease outbreaks. She is passionate about establishing a regionally scalable sports-4-development innovation center in West Africa for promoting healthy lifestyles and wellbeing.
Elizabeth is currently managing a global leadership development program at a startup in Bangkok focused on women in Asia as well as running her own yoga business. Her previous experience in facilitation, service innovation and research has taken her across Africa, Southeast Asia and South America.
Jamie is the Uganda Country Manager for Viamo Inc where she works with partners to help them integrate innovative ICT approaches to Behavior Change Communication and Monitoring & Evaluation. With a background in International Development she loves applying tech solutions across sectors.|
Meg is a Manager at IDinsight in Manila, where she supports international development policy makers generate and use rigorous evidence to improve their programs. She has a background leading and supporting community-based public health programs, primarily in Battambang, Cambodia.
Brianna is transforming sexuality education to create a more intimate world. Her approach is kind, not severe; works to integrate sexuality, not manage it into submission; and recognizes the need for sexuality to become a strength of individuals, relationships, & communities rather than a liability.
Christa is the manager of the San Francisco Financial Justice Project, a first-of-its kind city-led effort to assess and reform how fines and fees impact low-income people. Throughout her career, Christa has managed programs and advocated for policies the break the generational cycle of poverty.
Daisy is passionate about finding innovative and research-backed solutions to globally pervasive problems and has worked in entrepreneurship, agriculture, energy, health, and education. She is committed to creating innovative, local, and sustainable solutions to challenges in West Africa.
Joyce is a cofounder of The Seventh Wave, a nonprofit arts + literary org that tackles timely social issues via editorial work, events, mentorship, and education. She believes in storytelling as a way to engage communities in difficult but necessary conversations in order to enact positive change.
Zuzia is a multimedia storyteller, providing human rights organizations with strategic guidance for more effective communications. She is the Communications Director for IMPACT, an international non-profit transforming how natural resources are managed in areas where human rights are at risk.
At Skoll, Hannah works to identify social entrepreneurs with the potential to drive large-scale social change and solve the worlds most pressing problems. Prior to Skoll, Hannah worked in human rights and anti-human trafficking in multiple countries across SouthEast Asia and West Africa.
Working in healthcare and social impact for 10+ years, Azra focuses on solving critical issues in health and advocating for quality and equitable access to services. She is passionate about the intersection of health and technology and its ability to drive change and accelerate impact. |
Sophie is Monitoring, Evaluation & Reporting Manager for Internews in South Sudan. Disillusioned with antiquated development approaches, she was determined to do development better. Sophie has worked with numerous organizations to employ data-driven, dynamic approaches to drive their impact.
As the co-founder of Code.X, Jessie empowers youth in developing countries to become changemakers. She leverages her experiences as a product engineer and high school computer science teacher to equip students with the problem-solving skills to identify and build technology for their communities.
As Co Founder and CEO of the ethical fashion company Teysha, Sophie has led the creation of a supply chain which empowers artisans in Latin America to express their talents, while bringing handcrafted goods to the world market. Sophie is passionate about international development, fashion and travel
Nat Evans leads Strategic Partnerships at Nexleaf, a nonprofit designing sensor technologies and data analytics to improve human and planetary health. Nat is passionate about sustainable innovation, social equity and the environment. She enjoys filmmaking and comedy. Nat holds a B.A. from Harvard.
I am the co-founder of CatSpring Yaupon. I previously received my MBA from Acton, an entrepreneurship program after working for both lululemon athletica and Ernst & Young in Washington DC. Born and raised in Texas, I had to import my British husband. We currently live in Austin with our dog.
Lissa helps impact investors and entrepreneurs understand the social and environmental change they contribute to within the communities they reach. At the GIIN, she develops tools and guidance that help investors measure, analyze, and strengthen their impact.
Serri is the Director of Digital Training on NPR's Training team. In that role, she serves as editor and publisher for npr.org/training and helps public media journalists create intentional, distinctive stories for digital audiences.
From the UN to refugee camps to classrooms, Jessica has worked globally to positively impact the world and help others unleash their capacity to do the same. At Kiva, she builds partnerships and programs to educate and inspire others to find innovative means of overcoming global challenges.
Jamilla utilizes principles of community-driven, asset-based development with extremely low-income communities in the USA and Kenya. As Kenya Associate Director of Kounkuey Design Initiative, she bridges community vision to local and national resources for youth, housing and economic development.
Dima is the co-founder and CEO of Eewah Improv Theatre Co. From her career as a finance consultant, she noticed that the best strategies and plans fail due to poor organizational culture. she founded Eewah as a means of spreading the mindset of collaboration in her home country of Saudi Arabia.
Shruti is trained in statistics, economics and public policy and is passionate about working with policymakers to ensure decisions are driven by evidence and effective programmes are scaled up.
Sarah Jewell loves working with visionary leaders to turn their big picture plans into reality. She is the director of Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa-USA, which was founded by 2011 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Leymah Gbowee to support women and girls' rights and leadership in Liberia and West Africa.
Fatima Kamenge has spent most of her life traveling and living between a few African countries and Canada. She is a professional migrant and is looking forward to redefining the immigrant experience in the world. She cannot wait to build more bridges between the most remote and the closest cultures.
I am the Life skills empowerment and social impact manager at Abahizi Rwanda. I lead a program that teaches employees about Health and nutrition, Financial literacy, Leadership, English and provides a counseling program.
Emi is the founder of Beyond the Surface International, a nonprofit working with marginalized, remote coastal communities for socio-ecological resilience through nonviolent communication tools. Emi is pursing a Masters in Marine Biodiversity & Conservation at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography.
Sarah is passionate about centering communities in their own solution-building. She is the founder and Executive Director of Development in Gardening (DIG), a non-profit that develops sustainable gardens providing access to high quality food for nutritionally vulnerable people around the world.
Cynthia’s interests lie at the intersection of business, innovation & impact. She has helped launch many ventures, from community-run ecotourism businesses to a national strategy for sustainable tourism. She is the founder of Wello, an award winning social venture that co-creates innovations designed to provide better, reliable access to safe water.
Alana is an innovative global practitioner who excels at bridging the gap between research and implementation. She works at the intersection of gender, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and social justice. Alana founded Collective Impact to foster cross-sector collaboration.
As the Principal of Harlem Village Academies West Elementary, Meg is responsible for ensuring exceptional academic and social-emotional outcomes for the school's 500+ students. She is passionate about closing the opportunity gap that exists for children in New York City through this work.
Laura is passionate about education and social activism. As program manager for The Tiyya Foundation, she oversees Tiyya's adult and youth programs which provide community support to families of refugees, low-income immigrants, and displaced Americans. She also manages the 100+ volunteers per year.
After closing her company Agruppa, Verena is a social entrepreneur without an enterprise, exploring new avenues to generate impact . She is passionate about food systems, business model innovation and using markets to create a more inclusive future.
Jocelyn cares deeply about equitable access to opportunity and is passionate about creating diverse and safe teams within which individuals can thrive and contribute fully. She is currently leading a multinational team of Project Managers who design and implement M4D interventions globally.
Sara is passionate about increasing access to educational opportunities. Presently, she is the Director of EMERGE, which is a program that empowers and prepares high performing students from underserved communities to attend and graduate from selective colleges and universities across the nation.
Am the Operations Director at Maisha Meds. I have extensive experience leading complex field operations in Kenya, Uganda and Malawi; with a background in carbon financing, audits and survey administration at Evidence Action and operational research and development at Innovations for Poverty Action.
Ms. Mattingly is a speech-language pathologist (SLP), strategic consultant, and the Chief Programs Officer of the Traumatic Brain Injury Warrior Foundation (TBIWF). She has over twelve years of experience treating survivors of brain injury and, with her co-founders, recently launched TBIWF.
Lais is a World Bank Health Specialist from Brazil. She works globally with ministries of health in the development and implementation of health policies and programs, focusing on sexual and reproductive health and nutrition. She's interested in the transgenerational transfer of healthy habits.
Jennifer M̦ller-Gulland, a water economist, is an independent advisor to UNDP, the World Bank and other clients, on questions related to water management. She works with governments, private sector and civil society in developing countries to catalyze change, which enables sustainable development.
As Programs Lead at West Africa Vocational Education (WAVE), Noella is helping to level the playing field for systematically excluded youth in Nigeria. She is passionate about increasing access to quality education in Africa.
Melizsa is a partnerships and resource mobilization specialist who is passionate about unlocking funding for important causes. She supports nonprofits to grow their income and influence, and is currently Head of Partnerships at the Aga Khan Foundation East Africa, a leading poverty reduction agency.
A passionate science communicator, Dana has centred her work around creating moments of engagement and discovery. As Head of Programs at the Canadian Museum of Nature, she currently leads the development and delivery of programming that educates and inspires audiences about the natural world.
Kelsey works as a registered nurse in the Neuro ICU and serves on the Penn Medicine Opioid Stewardship and Education task force. She is passionate about harm reduction, working with Prevention Point Philadelphia to staff a mobile wound care clinic focused on providing humane care for IV drug users.
Bianca works to create equitable outcomes for all students in Los Angeles. She currently develops community-based programming for over 200 teachers and advocates as a Director of Corps Member and Alumni Impact with Teach For America Los Angeles. Bianca also teaches part-time at Loyola Marymount.
Kathryn is drawn to thoughtful technologies and teams with grit. She is the Deputy Director at Saha Global, whose work in Ghana is getting the cleanest water to the poorest people. She has a lasting love of human-centered design, mostly-accurate maps and motos.
Evgenia is founder & CEO of Teach For Bulgaria, an independent non-profit that aims to provide access to quality education to all children in her country by enlisting Bulgaria's most talented young professionals to be effective teachers and change agents in education and society.
Janae is changing how we think about leadership development. As a program designer and community organizer she's made a career of finding magic in what's mistaken as routine. She's the Director of Leadership and Education at the Harry Potter Alliance, and hopes one day she can impress SUE the T.rex.
I am Project Management and Supply Chain Management professional, I have studied and worked in six different countries and have experience in East and West Africa working for both social enterprises and NGOs. I am currently re-thinking how we create impact around us and how to improve mine!
Passionate about peace, justice and community wellbeing, Lisa directs the San Mateo County Pride Center -the first LGBTQ+ center in her home county. She previously worked as a Peace Studies teacher, program administrator, community organizer, youth program coordinator, and union representative.
Zara Rahman leads the Research and Engagement team at The Engine Room, an international non-profit organisation supporting civil society to use tech and data more effectively. Her work has focused on the intersection of technology, power, and social justice.
Laura is the Colombia Fellows Program Manager for Acumen.Passionate about human potential,social impact and leadership,she's working on adapting and launching the renowned program in her birth country.As an Acumen Fellow herself,she's in a journey to support building a Colombia post-conflict.
Sarah is a Senior Associate for New Vaccine Introduction on the Global Vaccines Delivery Team at the Clinton Health Access Initiative. Sarah's work focuses on accelerating access to life-saving vaccines, such as HPV, in Africa and Asia and identifying opportunities to strengthen global policy.
Andrea's passion for economic empowerment stems from her service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras and El Salvador, where she worked to promote entrepreneurship and financial inclusion in rural and indigenous communities. She now manages similar programs for refugees with the IRC in San Diego.
Amanda is passionate about using data to improve development effectiveness. She currently works with Social Impact Inc. as a Senior Program Manager where she manages and implements utilization-focused evaluations throughout Asia. She lives in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Meghan serves as Program Director at Spark, where she works to advance gender equality. She is passionate about equalizing opportunities, especially for under-represented populations, and the power of visual media to build bridges. In her spare time she enjoys bringing together friends over food.
As Senior Manager of College Match, Katie works with KIPP College Counseling teams to surface bright spots and challenges, and supports the network with training and tools. Katie is passionate about serving a network that prepares first-generation students to be leaders and live choice-filled lives
Katie is co-founder & CEO of Khethworks, which makes solar powered irrigation systems that enable small-plot farmers to cultivate year round. Driven by the transformative power of affordable & reliable irrigation, Katie & team moved to India in 2016 to launch Khethworks.
Hima is the Founder of InquiBox, a start-up that aims at developing 21st-century skills including creativity, curiosity and critical thinking in children, with a focus on experiential learning through play. She is a NASA Datanaut; and also works with non-for-profits in addressing diversity and coaching SMEs in developing countries.
Katie is passionate about the potential for innovation to solve systemic problems, particularly in developing regions. Katie helps social entrepreneurs enhance their impact through financial modeling and strategic management. Leading the finance team at Sanergy, she has been a driving force in scaling the organization's safe sanitation value chain through organizational restructuring, publications, and strategic finance work.
As Co-Founder and Deputy Executive Director of Girl Up Initiative Uganda, Kim is dedicated to empowering girls to speak their truths while challenging deeply held gender inequalities. Kim is a social entrepreneur, yoga teacher, and nature lover splitting her time between Norway, Uganda and the US.
As Senior Manager of Reporting & Contributions at World Relief, Cara enjoys using her background as a CPA to help maximize the organization's financial resources. She is passionate about building up under served communities from within by investing in and elevating the voices of indigenous leaders.
Nadila is a Posse Alum and Fulbright Scholar and is a graduate of Wheaton College and UPenn. She serves on the National KIPP Foundation team and manages the national persistence strategy and projects for the network. Nadila is passionate about women's leadership, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Lola is dedicated to enabling access to STEM education for disadvantaged communities and leveraging technology to create solutions for challenges faced in Africa. At Global Minimum we inspire a generation of young African innovators and leaders through maker education and project-based learning.
Michelle is the Acting Manager at the Government of Ontario's Social Enterprise Unit. Through the implementation of Ontario's Social Enterprise Strategy, she works on a series of program and policy initiatives designed to accelerate the growth of the social enterprise sector.
As International Projects Manager at The Change.org Foundation, Katherine works with partners on programs that put people's lived experiences at the center of social change campaigns. She is passionate about tackling inequality and lack of access to resources in social movements and civil society.
Meredith Baker currently serves as the Country Director for the Democratic Republic of Congo with Voto Mobile/Human Network International. Ms. Baker is an ICT4D specialist with more than seven years of experience in the global digital health sector.
Marcela is a Nicaraguan American and has dedicated her work to social justice, equity and cultural diversity. In 2012 she joined Global Glimpse, a non-profit that prepares US high school juniors to be responsible global citizens through travel. She now serves as the VP of International Programs.
Hayley has focused her career on developing emerging leaders within social enterprise in Sub-Saharan Africa. Previously running fellowships for EWB Canada and working with youth leaders in small-holder farming communities, she is currently the Director of People and Culture at PEG Africa.
Julia is passionate about the power of business to bring positive social as well as commercial impact. She currently leads projects aiming to unlock the transformative power of mobile technology at a national level in emerging markets for the GSMA.
I am passionate about nurturing and restoring people's relationships with nature. As the incoming Director of Global Diversity Foundation, I oversee field projects for community conservation in Morocco and a global environmental leadership training programme. I live on a rural smallholding in Italy.
Lakeya is the CEO of the Network for Social Work Management, an international organization dedicated to strengthening social work leadership in health and human services. She's passionate about social justice and believes that by investing in leaders you are investing in stronger communities.
Arianna has spent 6 years in Philanthropy as a Program Officer and consultant developing, implementing, and evaluating strategies that advance equity. She has experience in early childhood development and education, policy and advocacy, and research and evaluation at regional and global levels.
I am an advocate for women's entrepreneurship, innovation and rights. I launched Led By HER an incubator to help women who have suffered from violence become entrepreneurs through courses, mentoring and events. We have a community of 250 volunteers, large companies and international organizations.
Andy Coravos is a software engineer and digital rights activist. She's the CEO & co-founder of ElektraLabs.com, a digital medicine platform. Andy is on the Board of VisionSpring, an affordable eyewear social enterprise. Previously, she co-founded CODE@HBS and worked at KKR and McKinsey.
As Chief of Staff of private development at World Relief, Joy finds it a privilege to effectively share the compelling story of community-led transformation across the world. She is continuing to explore her passions for international business and women in leadership through a Global MBA from IE.
Alyza is passionate about finding opportunities where technology innovation, and a lean, user-centered approach can make international development more efficient. She believes in bringing the rigour of the tech world to the fight against poverty and inequality. She currently does Product for myAgro.
Amira Dhalla is the Lead for Women and Web Literacy at Mozilla working to create a more equal, open and accessible web for everyone. Amira has worked for many years building communities and movements among nonprofits, startups, social enterprises and technology-focused organizations.
Jacklina is a social entrepreneur who is deeply engaged in Social Activism and change. She is the co-founder of Beinco, a social venture that facilitates transformative entrepreneurial workshops to enable communities and organizations to realize their collective wisdom and co-create positive change.
Jess helps great social entrepreneurs grow their impact. With Kiva, she has been a driving force in scaling Kiva US to new cities, creating corporate engagement programs, and launching a fund to support refugee entrepreneurs. Previously, she was Director of Partnerships at Ashoka Changemakers.
Nadiya has a passion for working with emerging leaders and social change initiatives. She is Dean of Scholarships at the Rhodes Trust, Oxford. Her experience spans strategic projects, policy advisory, coalition building from her home in the Caribbean to her alma maters Stanford & Oxford Universities
Maria Franco searches for lasting solutions to poverty that can scale. She runs two fellows programs at the Mulago Foundation that focus on the design of an impact model and building an organization that can deliver. Prior, Maria ran impact evaluations at MIT's Poverty Action Lab in Chile.
Susanne is passionate about Sport and development. She currently works at the German Olympic Sports Confederation where she is responsible for projects all around the world to use sport as a tool to contribute to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, e.g. in Namibia, Turkey, Rwanda, Uganda or Brazil.
Kathryn is passionate about promoting wellbeing. She has done this through advocacy, developing peer support networks, curating wellbeing festivals and being part of The Big campaign team which empowers people to connect with their neighbours to improve peoples sense of belonging to where they live.
Emily Graslie is Chief Curiosity Correspondent for The Field Museum in Chicago, and the creator, host, writer and producer of The Brain Scoop, an educational YouTube channel that explores the research and collections work of natural history museums. Loves anything that makes her go, 'Huh. Cool!'
Hanna co-owns Dorsu, an ethical clothing company operating in Kampot, Cambodia, creating high quality clothes, and selling to conscious individuals and companies across the world. Hanna leads a passionate, progressive team who are committed to doing business right by people and the planet.
Elena Harman leads Vantage Evaluation, specializing in transforming how organizations think about and use evaluation. With the brain of an evaluator and the heart of a capacity-builder, her dream is that evaluation will become an indispensible strategic tool for all purpose-driven organizations.
Judith is a trainer, poet, and engineer by training. She lives, loves and works in Tanzania where she builds up talent systems for Mobisol, an East African solar off-grid company. Judith is looking for ways to enhance her impact in making organizations more human, so people can truly develop within.
Casey is committed to aligning resources behind social causes she believes in. She is currently leading development at Indivisible, an organization that exists to serve 6000 groups that are defending progressive policy across the country. Her background is in peacebuilding in the MENA region.
Dana is a graphic designer and social entrepreneur. Through her design agency, Holliday Ink, she partners with purpose-driven companies to accelerate impact. She is also the Co-Founder and Creative Director of SOLO Eyewear, an eco-friendly sunglass company that restores vision for people in need.
Sarah-Marie is a German-American social innovation strategist and designer. Through Ashoka U, she equips universities globally to embed social innovation into their culture, programming and operations. Through Thriving in a Noisy World, she builds community and tools to unleash the power of quiet.
Blaire connect the dots of the work of the Boston Public Schools Department of Early Childhood. She leverages her background in strategic planning, finance, and project management to work with her team to invest in high quality early education projects that close opportunity and achievement gaps.
Sunkyo is the Director of Customer Experience and Talent at Fenix International, a next generation energy company with a mission to transform the quality of life of our customers through innovation in energy and financial services.
Caught at the intersection of social innovation and entrepreneurship, Priyanka has always worked on the front lines with mission-driven organizations. Presently, she is the co-founder of GirlzFtw, a mentorship program empowering young girls to achieve their dreams and new levels of success.
Aude has a 10-year experience in the environmental sector and she is an expert in communications and sustainability. In 2015, she started a social startup incubator in Mexico City dedicated to find new solutions to water issues. She is passionate about positively impacting the world.
Melissa manages operational partnerships between One Acre Fund and financial service providers with the goal of improving the poor access that smallholder farmers currently have to revenue generating agrifinance products and services.
Julia Kloiber is the Co-Founder of Code for Germany and the Prototype Fund. She works as a Head of Strategy and Civic Tech for the Berlin based non profit Open Knowledge Foundation. She's passionate about growing open communities and applying creative solutions to difficult problems.
Courtney Lawrence is a Southeast Asia based founding CEO and curator of Designing for Social Innovation and Leadership (DSIL) Course. Currently Courtney serves as Adjunct Facultat Thammasat University, School of Global Studies and Social Entrepreneurship (GSSE). Her academic research focuses on the intersection of sustainable economic development, social enterprise and design thinking.
Jennifer Lee protects the Pacific Northwest environment as Director of Policy and Planning for Puget Sound Partnership. She previously advised the White House on law and policy by using creative problem solving approaches to tackle complex challenges in science, technology, and marine conservation.
Nadia moved to Pakistan in 2010. She now runs Ecole des Lumieres, the only Western-owned school in the country. Because a school is only as good as its teachers, she aspires to make training, for private primary & preschool teachers and especially parents, the rule rather than an exception.
Ashley Lewis is an Investment Officer with Accion Venture Lab, a fund focused on fintech for financial inclusions, and leads the organization's investment work across West Africa. She is also the co-founder of Invest With Impact, the first talent agency for the impact investing space.
What bothers Mriganka most, is the lack of basic human dignity afforded to all, based on where they are born. Currently Associate Director with Microenergy Credits in Nairobi, she led the development of the world's first clean-energy mobile loan. She has worked across S.Africa, the USA and India.
Rui is a founder of Rookie Fund, a nonprofit dedicated to investing in the best student-led startups in Asia. She has nearly 15 yrs experience in tech and investing, and is currently focused on neurotechnology and mental health. She's an advisor to several funds and startups globally.
Jessica is the founder of Reconsidered, a boutique consultancy that helps organizations build impactful social responsibility strategies, communications and community - all with the goal of driving positive behavior change.
Lucy is a pediatrician & the co-founder of StreetCred, an anti-poverty intervention providing free tax preparation to low-income families in pediatric clinics. She became interested in the health-wealth connection as a Peace Corps volunteer working with a women's microfinance initiative in Namibia.
Gloria is the new Partnerships and Community Engagement Manager at NYC Kids RISE, a non-profit that provides scholarships for low income public school kindergarteners. Passionate about social justice, and a native New Yorker, Gloria received her BA in Philosophy from Wellesley College.
Passionate about financial inclusion and community-led development, Emily currently works at Kiva, managing two of Kiva's three volunteer programs. She has also worked in rural finance in Senegal, West Africa and with refugees in Sacramento, CA.
Kristy is a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State and the Founder & President of the Young Professionals in International Affairs (YPIA). She founded YPIA with the goal of creating an interconnected international community that better understands the world around us.
I live to make meaningful connections (partnerships) that lead to higher impact and innovation where 1+1=100. Overall I'm a social entrepreneur, artist, motivational speaker and food critic but most importantly I am a life-long learner, thinker and aim to live a meaningful and impactful life.
Cezarina is originally from Romania and now living in Mexico. She is passionate about social entrepreneurship and moved to Latin America to consult and accelerate impactful ventures across the region. Her interests include design thinking, marketing, business and financial consulting and coaching.
Shubra is a Chicago based attorney seeking to incorporate international human rights principals to domestic civil rights advocacy. At the People's Law Office, she represents people who have suffered from police misconduct, government misconduct and wrongful convictions.
Erin is a designer and software engineer hybrid and entrepreneur. She works on artificial intelligence and augmented reality focused on advancing Alzheimer's research. She co-founded two education and professional development organizations, Filipino Americans in Silicon Valley Tech and ARVR Academy.
Tati is a World Bank Transport and Technology Specialist from Costa Rica. She focuses on operationalizing, mainstreaming and piloting the use of digital data, analytics & innovative tech for transport. She has studied Transport Engineering Urban Planning & Mathematics from Harvard University and MIT
As Sr. Manager, Product Marketing and Community at Kiva, Laura uses customer and marketing insight to help build impactful products to create opportunity across the globe. She believes technology has the power to build empathy and connection, which can spark positive social change wherever you are.
Deepa is a young, brown, Indian feminist passionate about amplifying the voices and stories of young feminist activists. She is interested in learning about new media and technologies that shape strategic communications and storytelling and believes in the immense power and reach of social media.
As the Executive Director of Lwala Community Alliance, Ash leads a team of 140+ in an all-out effort to reduce maternal & child mortality. Previously, Ash worked for Segal Family Foundation, Komo Learning Centres & HELP International. Ash is a mother, a survivor, and an advocate for women's health.
Irene is passionate about education equity and providing access to quality education to all students. She currently works at Khan Academy, where she oversees Asia markets to spread the mission to provide a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere.
Donna works at the intersection of gender justice + philanthropy. She works with partners on both sides of the resource mobilization aisle - grantseekers and grantmakers - to move meaningful change for women, girls and trans folks forward. Channeling critical resources to activists is her activism.
As a former high school English teacher, education has always been Ashley's passion. She currently works to support first and second year teachers and the coaches and mentors who support them. Ashley works full-time for Teach For America and is part-time faculty at Loyola Marymount University.
Kristen is the General Manager of Numeric in Cape Town. Numeric addresses the critical shortage of maths skills in South Africa by delivering high-impact after-school maths classes to 2200 children each week and by training maths teachers. Kristen believes in changing the world one teacher at a time
Lisa Wang is a 4x USA National Champion & Hall of Fame Gymnast, the Founder & CEO of SheWorx, the global platform empowering 20K+ women to build successful companies through access to top investors. She is a columnist for Forbes driving gender parity in entrepreneurship. She is a graduate of Yale.
Amara manages strategic projects at the KIPP Foundation, an education organization that supports a network of 200+ college-prep public charter schools across the U.S. She is passionate about education equity, civic engagement, social justice, and entrepreneurship.
Anna is a socially driven facilitator, strategist and storyteller. She designs and runs social enterprise programmes in New Zealand. Her passion lies in the potential of the outdoors as a way to tapping into one's potential.
Samantha Williams is the Chief of Staff at Teach For All, where she works with the CEO to ensure the overall effectiveness of the global organization. Before joining the executive team, Samantha spent five years heading and establishing Teach For All’s organizational presence in Africa.
Christina is co-founder of Global Agents, which invests in early stage social enterprises globally. Today, she is the Community Manager for the European Venture Philanthropy Association, a network of social investors, which aims to strengthen co-investment/collaboration across its members.
Jane is part strategic problem-solver, part data storyteller, and part teacher. A self-identified intrapreneur, her sweet spot is getting the hidden back office magic to work so that program-facing folks can deliver the most positive impact possible. Jane currently calls Chicago home.
Anthonia Akitunde is the founder and editor in chief of mater mea, a site that celebrates Black women at the intersection of career and family. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Fast Company, and more.
As R&D Manager at SolarNow in Uganda, Rose works on introducing and improving products to market and technology to operations; aiming to give customers a quality and sustainable energy experience. Rose’s passion for creating impact is expressed through 4Es: energy, engineering, education, equality.
Karin Attia is a freelance peacebuilder, human rights researcher and conflict prevention consultant. She is currently working on curriculum development for the Peace Project and as a communications manager for Young Peacebuilders. Passionate about women and girls’ rights, and conflict resolution.
Emma is Research Coordinator of The Policy Lab at The University of Melbourne. With a background in arts and cultural policy, and experience leading social innovation projects, she now focuses on exploring creative and participatory approaches to policy design and evaluation.
Julia is interested in the intersection between social justice, data-driven decision-making, and design. She previously managed Vera Solutions' consulting business in Africa where she supported social impact organizations to design and implement data systems. She is currently a Director at OpenFn.
Thea Maria Carlson is Co-Director of the Biodynamic Association, bringing vitality and renewal to the food system through regenerative agriculture. She is a leader, facilitator, educator, and farmer dedicated to building living soil, growing nutritious food, and nurturing vibrant communities.
I'm an entrepreneur. My passions are education, gender equality and using exponential technologies to have a positive impact in the world. In Peru, I teach entrepreneurship and I have a non profit to teach girls to code. In the past, I worked as a business consultant for large Fortune 500 companies.
Shena is a Program Officer at the International Women’s Health Coalition in New York, an international non-profit that works to advance the sexual and reproductive health of women, girls and adolescents by supporting women’s movements around the world.
Siobhan is a Manager on Ceres' Water Program, a NGO advocating for sustainability leadership across the capital markets. Her current focus is on advancing freshwater solutions to mitigate the global water crisis - working with a global network of stakeholders from companies, investors and partners.
Rachel is the co-founder and Chief Enthusiasm Officer of Yellow Leaf Hammocks, a social enterprise dedicated to defeating poverty through artisan job creation. She is passionate about empowering women in developing economies and spearheading a consumer revolution in socially conscious shopping.
Allison directs the Rights Claiming and Accountability Program at the Center for Economic and Social Rights. She's committed to ensuring that human rights activists have the research and advocacy tools they need to understand and address socioeconomic injustices as human rights violations.
Caitlin Corneliess is a Senior Program Development Advisor at Pathfinder International. She designs sexual and reproductive health programs and writes grant proposals to address public health challenges of low access to contraception, high HIV rates, and high maternal mortality in 19 countries.
Nadia leads business development and manages lending partnerships in 10+ countries across Africa at Kiva. She believes that social investors have the responsibility to go out of their comfort zone, seek risk, and target the most underserved to make a real impact, and strives to do this every day.
Nicole leads the Uganda office of Open Capital Advisors, a management consulting and financial advisory firm. She works with high-impact organizations across Africa to help them scale and raise capital to finance their growth.
Julie is passionate about providing access to education and opportunity for everyone, regardless of socioeconomic status. She currently works at Khan Academy, where she manages corporate partnerships to support its mission to provide a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere.
Patricia is a Haitian-American changemaker who is driven to connect traditionally underserved and forgotten communities to the networks and resources they need to thrive. She is excited about opportunities to get more involved in impact investing in Latin America.
Alexis is passionate about developing and investing in entrepreneurial approach to social change. At the Aspen Institute, she leads a portfolio of partnerships and programs to accelerate the impact of their global community of 2300 entrepreneurs and their social ventures.
Julia is a community builder and connector, managing social impact partnerships for Project Literacy, where she works to build capacity for literacy organizations around the world. She also runs a NYC-based women in social good networking group and serves as an ambassador for Continuum Collective.
Michelle Glauser is a software engineer, community organizer, diversity and inclusion advocate, and founder. She created the #ILookLikeAnEngineer ad campaign and founded Techtonica, a nonprofit that offers free tech training and jobs to local women and non-binary femme adults with low incomes.
After stumbling over an infant in an unsafe, make-shift daycare center in one of Nairobi's urban slums, Sabrina co-founded Kidogo, a social enterprise that provides high-quality, affordable Early Childhood Care & Education to low-income families living in East Africa.
Flavie Halais is a French, Montreal-based freelance journalist writing about social issues at home and abroad. She is the creator of Refugee Economics, a multiplatform reporting project looking at the economic dimension of forced displacement, focusing on East Africa.
Katie co-founded Kinyei & Soksabike to improve youth employment pathways through responsible tourism in Cambodia. She currently works on market based development initiatives at Pact Ventures and is preoccupied with ICT’s transformative power, social business models that disrupt markets, and coffee.
Monica Hayden serves as a Senior Program Director at uAspire, a nonprofit that supports students through the college affordability process. In this role, she oversees program partnerships, strategy, and implementation in the Bay Area. Monica is committed to educational equity and social justice.
Jara is a Dutch-Chilean medical doctor. She is passionate about gender equality and access to healthcare. Through her work in a public hospital in Chile she advocates for these issues on a daily basis. She also currently studies an MSc program in Global Health Policy to amplify her social impact.
Jennifer has dedicated her career to education equity. Whether working to support teachers as they grow or helping policymakers understand the implications of their decisions, she brings an analytical eye to ensuring that students receive the opportunities they need to succeed.
Doreen is COO at Ubongo, a social enterprise that creates edutainment content for learners in Africa. At Ubongo she is instrumental in the growth of the organization, innovating, failing forward and finding ways to continually deliver fun learning to over 5 million kids in East Africa!
Shougat Nazbin Khan is an advocate of education & clean energy technologist from Bangladesh. She founded H.A. Digital School & College that seeks sustainable development through quality education. Shougat is Commonwealth Youth Awarde '16, Asia Young Person of the Year '16 & Green Talent Awardee '15
Hilary is a public health and social enterprise consultant. She is currently working with Population Services International to introduce a financially sustainable business model that will increase the health impact of social franchising in East Africa.
Terah Lyons is a former Policy Advisor to the U.S. Chief Technology Officer in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where she led a policy portfolio in the Obama Administration focused on emergent technology related to machine intelligence, including AI and autonomous systems.
Katie is an entrepreneurship enthusiast with experience in international development, business acceleration, and strategic partnerships within the cleantech sector.
A human-centered designer, photographer and social entrepreneur, Raïsa delivers impactful products and services to customers at the base of the pyramid. After 3 years implementing new delivery models at One Acre Fund in East Africa, she joins GRID Impact, a behavioral research and design collective.
Hodan Mohamed, BA (UofT), M.A. (OISE) diaspora Somali Canadian with a focus on community researcher, public policy, leadership facilitation, social justice, gender equity and youth advocacy.
Síle is an Epidemiologist at St George’s, University of London involved in research to reduce morality associated with cryptococcal meningitis in resource-limited settings. She is passionate about advocating for improved access to essential antifungal drugs across Africa
Nadia is a management consultant, facilitator and lecturer. She is half Dutch, half Bahraini and has always been fascinated by interpersonal and cross-cultural dynamics. She has a passion for tackling people-centered issues in organizations and in society.
Emilia is an intersectional feminist currently founding the European Center for Intersectional Justice, a Berlin-based organisation fighting intersecting forms of inequality and discrimination in Europe. She’s passionate about social justice and committed to advancing equality and justice for all.
Claudia is a postdoc in neuroscience at the University Hospital Zurich and is very passionate about the importance of science for our society. Having studied different disease paradigms in the past, Claudia is currently transitioning into a biotech startup aimed at developing novel therapeutics.
Astrid worked globally with governments, startups, NGOs and international organisations as a trainer, project leader or management consultant. She is the Founder of The Arc, providing leadership retreats for young visionaries: Tech startup CEOs, artists, bankers or social entrepreneurs - you name it.
Laura's passion is social innovation. Co-founder of Impact Hub Phnom Penh, Cambodia's largest co-working community and first social impact incubator, her focus is the design and implementation of diverse programs. She is an INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Program Alumni and loves exploring new places
Samantha is the Founder & CEO of Hacktivision, a crowd-source impact innovation accelerator. Hacktivision brings together technologists, industry experts, & end-users to help corporations innovate around the sustainable development goals.
Danielle is the CFO of CoSchool, a for-profit social enterprise in Colombia. She believes personal success, and cohesive communities need young people who have developed key life skills (self-awareness, conflict resolution, grit & decision making) - skills the traditional education doesn’t deliver.
Josie is a passionate advocate for young women's leadership: currently the Co-Chair of YWCA Great Britain, undertaking Masters research on young women's leadership and Artificial Intelligence (those things do go together!), and working in digital transformation for local government in the UK.
Yuliya's career path is explained by the desire to demystify and humanize finance and passion to create. She co-founded CNote, a financial technology company that is transforming financial products to bring back inclusivity, integrity and democratize financial freedom.
Marilyn’s vision is a world where social cohesion, environmental consciousness, intergenerational equity, and economic health drive business practices. Author of Sustainability at Work, she leads the energy practice at Village Capital, founded SustainableVisit, and serves on two non-profit boards.
Eloise is Program & Systems Manager at Resonate, a startup using storytelling to unlock women’s leadership in East Africa. A SAIS graduate with experience working with survivors of sexual violence in the UK and South Africa, she works to build communities where women feel supported and valued.
Nell Watson FBCS, FIAP, FRSA is an engineer, entrepreneur, and futurist thinker who grew up in Northern Ireland. She has a longstanding interest in the philosophy of technology, and how extensions of human capacity drive emerging social trends.
Saskia works for an impact investing organization, Shuraako, in Somalia. She is passionate about designing programs that support entrepreneurs, create employment opportunities for women and youth, and catalyze key economic sectors.
After co-founding a student business and sailing around the world as the associate director for the global accelerator, Unreasonable at Sea, Shira has spent the past few years as the content and programming director at Summit Series crafting conversations and content from the mountains to the sea.
Jamie is a climate change and sustainable development consultant with clients including USAID, IDEO and the UN. Jamie is also in the process of establishing her own business to provide consumers with innovative new ways to practice more sustainable consumption in their everyday lives.
With over a decade of experience in across education, technology, and social impact organizations, Oakland native Lajuanda M. Asemota has proudly worked with thousands of global entrepreneurs and executives to fuel innovation at the intersection of technology and social impact.
Rohini is the founder of One World Dialogue (OWD), a non-profit transforming how communities come together to solve social issues. OWD is building a culture of peace through art, design and education. She is a strategy consultant, passionate about how business and tech build positive impact.
Tabitha Bonilla is a professor at the Institute for Policy Research. She examines the impact of rhetoric on voter support of candidates and public policies. She is particularly interested in finding ways of using rhetoric to bridge divides between polarized communities.
Julia Bossmann is the president of Foresight Institute, a leading non-profit for breakthrough technologies. She speaks on Artificial Intelligence, innovation, the future, and how technology transforms society. Julia serves on the Global Future Council at the World Economic Forum.
Emma is a community builder. As Co-Founder and Co-Chair of Camp Reset (a summer camp and digital detox for adults), Emma is focused on creating a movement for play and wellness. Previously, she was extensively involved in establishing and growing TEDxToronto to be one of Canada’s top TEDx events.
Taylor is a problem solver and partnership builder. Passionate about leadership and talent, she builds small teams that are designed to catalyze big change. Taylor has worked with private and public sector organizations in the US, Africa and Asia. She currently leads the work of Born Free Africa.
Passionate about social and economic justice for young adults, Kailey has served at Year Up for over 8 years. Currently serving as the Director of Staff Learning, Kailey is leading the development and implementation of onboarding training for over 500 new staff members to the growing organization.
Kate is passionate about finding simple solutions to complex global problems. She is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Saha Global, a non-profit that provides affordable clean water to the poorest of the poor.
Stephanie is an Anthropologist, who is passionate about creating spaces that positively impact the humans entering it. Initiating one of the first job fairs for refugees in Europe lead hear to start her organisation 'Tawila', which has the mission to kickstart refugee integration across Europe.
Sarah is a Program Coordinator at Global Health Corps, a nonprofit building the next generation of leaders for health equity. Previously, she trained and supported student leaders as a Program Director at GlobeMed. Sarah gets excited about design thinking and leadership as a tool for social justice.
Agustina is a tech entrepreneur. She attended the GSP at Singularity University in NASA where she founded Muzi:remote health diagnostics for developing countries.Partner and the US Managing director at Wolox, she co-founded BA Tech,Code for BA and is currently working on an impact startup accerator.
Noa Gafni Slaney is the Founder and CEO of Impact Squared, which works with social causes to elevate their message, motivate people to act and evaluate their impact.
Jessica Galeria is Director of Strategic Development at TechSoup, a nonprofit social enterprise that builds global social sector capacity. Jessica is a career nonprofit professional with an MBA from UC Berkeley and a strong desire to make social benefit organizations more efficient and effective.
As the Director of Portfolio Operations at Kiva, Meg is focused on increasing efficiency to facilitate sustainable growth. Through a mix of process development, product management and testing new ideas, she loves making things work better, especially when alleviating poverty is the goal.
Alice has traveled to the fringes of Global Markets and implemented Waste Management processes in extreme environments. In Agora Rollberg Alice is engaged in developing an interdisciplinary space around circular practices, as a prototype for a regenerative lifestyle.
Ellen works for the World Bank's Trade & Competitiveness Group in Nairobi, where she is focused on private sector development. Passionate about the power of business to engender change, she previously worked across Africa with I-DEV International and with healthcare fund Oxeon Partners in the US.
Khadija is the CEO and Founder of SEJAAL, a mobile application that connects young people to learning resources in the Middle East and North Africa to become leaders of their own life. She aims to become a one-stop shop for education for youth.
Having grown up internationally, Andrea is a world citizen. After 7 years in the US working in community & youth development, she will start 2017 in Beijing. Andrea is creating community spaces that promote self-driven learning, civic engagement, & youth leadership for a stronger global community.
Laura works to cultivate sustainable food systems in Canada and internationally. As a program management officer at the International Development Research Centre, she implements a fund that invests in research-based innovations to improve the food security of smallholder farmers in the Global South.
Zahra is Founder & CEO of Monti Kids, a start-up that helps parents maximize their child’s potential from birth to age 3. Monti Kids is designed to reach families at all income levels through its donation program. She has been nominated for the 2016 Dalai Lama Unsung Heroes of Compassion Awards.
YeSeul Kim is many things, but at her core, she is a social entrepreneur. She founded the MIT Leadership Training Institute in order to activate a pay it forward movement. She works full time at Ashoka and part-time on her video web series that portrays cities from the eyes of different citizens.
Katrina Klett is a graduate student at the Chinese Academy of Science, in the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden Division. In addition, she is the co-founder of Elevated Honey Co, a social enterprise helping beekeepers and elevating consumer safety through a healthy supply chain.
Ariele is a community based psychotherapist and a Senior Program Manager with the Policing Project at NYU Law School, where she leads community engagement efforts. She previously developed programs around mental health and opioid abuse prevention with the Clinton Foundation.
Rachel is a Portfolio Manager at Kiva based in Nairobi, Kenya working across eight African countries. She is passionate about using flexible social capital to support and unlock potential for the next generation of African entrepreneurs who are making a difference in their communities and beyond
Beth Lyons is the executive director of the New Brunswick Women's Council, an independent public advisory body on women's equality on Canada's East Coast. She is also a member of YWCA Canada's Board of Directors.
Diana Madson is Founder and Executive Director of the Mountain Pact, which mobilizes mountain communities across the American West on federal policy issues related to climate change and public lands. She also directs the Sierra Climate Adaptation & Mitigation Partnership at Sierra Business Council.
Erina is the Social Impact Programs Director at the Middlebury Institute's Center for Social Impact Learning where she oversees learning and talent development in order to connect social enterprises and impact funds around the world with purposed-driven professionals.
As a human rights lawyer Katja worked in Asia,Africa,Europe advocating/lobbying for stronger rights and recognition of minority populations. Katja co-founded UrbanLab, a nonprofit working in low-income urban areas towards sustainable communities that are empowered, inclusive, healthy and equitable.
Madeleine leads the Innovation Team at PSI/Tanzania and is excited about infusing human centered design and other innovative approaches into the public health world. She believes that making programs more desirable to end users will ultimately make them more successful and more sustainable.
Karla is a passionate development economist dedicated to reforming production practices and supporting livelihoods through quality job creation and access to capital. As the Founder and Managing Partner of Alante Capital, she invests in the sustainable and ethical production of apparel and textiles.
Katharine is a labour economist at the OECD in Paris where she engages with policy makers around the world to improve the matching of skills and jobs.
Lauren is an international development and gender finance specialist with experience in SME banking, microfinance, women’s entrepreneurship, and the private sector in Latin American and the Caribbean. She’s currently an Investment Officer at the Inter-American Investment Corporation.
Carolyn Nash is the founder of the Myanmar Center for Civic Leadership. She designs and oversees programs on peacebuilding, inter-faith and inter-ethnic dialogue, and youth empowerment. She has worked previously on political and social development projects in Indonesia, East Timor, Kenya, and Uganda
Shannen O'Brian is the Founder and Executive Director of Create Change Foundation, a non-profit that eduates and trains girls and youth to lead of sustainable model of change that is creating equality and prosperity for marginalized youth in the developing world.
Mary Phillips is an Associate Program Manager at Population Services International. Phillips was a Thomas J. Watson Fellow and spent a year researching “safe spaces” for adolescent girls. She holds a BA in Comparative Literature from Hamilton College.
Chaya is a CEO of ARINGO, an educational consulting company and is a Global Shaper and Rotary member. Chaya previously served as Chairperson of the World Union of Jewish Students, founded several non-profits focusing on youth development and works globally to empower women and youth.
As Executive Director at City Seed, Amelia provides leadership and innovative direction to run dynamic, community-based food justice programming. She draws upon her background in public health and food security work with refugee and immigrant populations, and experience in implementation research.
Rachel is a director at Arabella Advisors, where she advises foundations on strategy development, evaluation, and project implementation. She is passionate about social justice and human rights and works with her clients to address these challenges around the world.
Ruthie develops aspirational sanitation products and services for residents of urban slums at Sanergy, a social enterprise in Nairobi, Kenya. She is passionate about harnessing the value of human waste instead of flushing it away, and is quite fond of a good toilet pun.
Lorenn Ruster is passionate about the intersection of moral leadership, exponential technology and the role of corporations in creating social impact through cross-sector collaboration. She is an Acumen Global Fellow who worked in solar energy in Uganda and an alumnus of Singularity University.
Jenny Schechter is Co-Founder and CEO of Hope Through Health, which is reimagining the way primary healthcare is delivered in Togo, West Africa. Jenny is a Rainer Arnhold Fellow with the Mulago Foundation and recipient of the Sargent Shriver Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service.
Aisha is a strategy consultant at Stanford, and design teacher at Nueva School in Silicon Valley. Using innovation strategies like design thinking for problems like climate change, she trains corporates and students. Aisha has also worked in social impact design in Toronto, Nairobi, Amman and London.
Caroline is the Founder and Executive Director of Chai Khana, an NGO working to promote confidence-building and support innovative media development across three conflict zones in the South Caucasus. She is passionate about civic activism, feminism and social entrepreneurship.
Kendra believes in providing equal access to opportunity for all. As the Portfolio Manager for Europe & Central Asia at Kiva, she supports organizations located in 11 countries to leverage crowdfunding to better serve those most in need. She currently calls Istanbul home.
Ashley’s committed to tackling challenges of equity and cultivating diverse communities by applying interdisciplinary, data-driven social science research and community-based solutions. She honed her skills while working at Stanford, OpenIDEO and the University of Colorado Entrepreneurship Center.
Nadia serves as Director of the National Network for Arab American Communities, a project of ACCESS that brings together 24 Arab American nonprofits in 12 states. She’s a nonprofit leader, activist, community and movement builder, wife and mom who is passionate about racial and social justice.
Rachel Wald leads GLG’s Social Impact Fellowship. She previously was Metrics Manager at Grassroots Business Fund, and on the founding team of The Mission Continues. She graduated from the LBJ School of Public Affairs and Duke. In her spare time, Rachel sees as much theater as her wallet will allow.
Anne has been leading Gardens for Health International (GHI) in Rwanda since May 2015, and has worked across academic, policy, and community settings. Anne is passionate about ethics and development. GHI leads with its values in close partnership with communities.
Komal is the founder and CEO of COPIA, a company that has recovered over 820,000 pounds of food, and is on its way to feeding 1 million people. Komal was recently chosen by Toyota as Toyota’s Mother of Invention for her efforts in solving what she believes to be the world’s dumbest problem: hunger.
As a ‘Public Health Specialist/Expert’ have accumulated professionally rich & strategically sound experience in different thematic areas, specializing in Health System Strengthening (HSS), EPI interventions, Maternal and Child Healthcare (MnCH), Nutrition, Family Planning & Reproductive Health.
Simone Alexander loves community building and is the founder of Oleada where she’s exploring the world of cross-cultural physical spaces and the creation of engaged, multidisciplinary communities. Her previous role at TED nurtured her love for global multidisciplinary community building.
Kari is the Lead Instructor at Ada Developers Academy, a nonprofit dedicated to increasing the number of underrepresented skilled software developers in tech. She is also on the Board of Directors for RailsBridge. She is very passionate about increasing diversity in the technology industry through.
Amy Benziger is CMO for Parsley Health. Previously, Amy served as the Managing Director of Lovesocial, a social impact agency, and Producer of the Social Capital Markets Conference. Amy is a proud board member of The International Crisis Group and National Public Radio.
Katie is a lawyer and social worker who seeks to improve justice system responses to both victims and defendants through her work at the Center for Court Innovation. She is also the co-founder of PupJournal, a media company that promotes the wellbeing of dogs and the humans who love them.
Elizabeth is a Portfolio Manager at Kiva based in Nairobi, Kenya and working across nine African countries. She strives to support the next generation of African leaders and entrepreneurs who are making a difference in their communities and beyond.
A passionate advocate for health justice and policy guru, Rebecca has lead effective campaigns on access to clean drinking water, driver licenses for immigrants, farmworker rights, and sugary beverage fees in the state of California. Rebecca speaks Spanish and Mandarin and enjoys playing soccer.
Dara, a pioneer in the field of additive manufacturing, is Design Lead and Co-founder of Field Ready, a nonprofit manufacturing humanitarian supplies as needed, where needed post-disaster. Her focus and passion are on supporting those living in the extremes, from outer space to the edge of disaster.
Passionate about public health, Ashley has spent her career focused on international and national projects addressing the sustainable access to healthcare and education. Through partnership-based solutions, she works to find connections between need, resources, and creative solutions!
Victoria Fram is the Managing Director and co-founder of VilCap Investments, an investment fund focused on early-stage companies solving social and environmental problems around the world. She previously worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Metropolitan, a private equity fund of funds.
Evelyn is a STEM educator that is passionate about bringing hands-on STEM experiences to underserved communities. As DIY Girls’ Director of Programs, Evelyn is responsible for the program success ensuring seamless team management and development, program delivery, and quality control and evaluation.
Sophia is a Medical Doctor, a Sports Medicine specialist who practices at a clinic focused on exercise for obese patients. Passionate in women’s issues, she co-Founded Selamatkan Ibu, a movement on maternal health and Lentera Sintas Indonesia, a support group for sexual violence survivors.
Jamila is the Managing Director of Health GAP, an org that campaigns to ensure people living with HIV worldwide have access to treatment. Nonprofit leader, policy wonk, activist, she is passionate about building people power for health justice. She is a Rhodes Scholar with a PhD in Public Health.
Laurin often says she did not pick prison; prison picked her. It was the unexpected incarceration of her mother, which motivated her to craft a social entrepreneurial career as a millennial woman of color. She oversees the day-to-day development of the organization and serves as the vision keeper.
Sara is passionate about supporting social entrepreneurs who will change the world. In 2016, Sara joined Zasaka – a for-profit social enterprise increasing income for smallholder farmers in Zambia. Prior to Zasaka, Sara Johnson managed the Rainer Arnhold Fellows Program at the Mulago Foundation.
Anna Kim leads advocacy and communications for health at the International Rescue Committee. She works to influence policies and practices to improve the health outcomes of populations affected by humanitarian crisis. She serves on the board of SAFER, Students Active For Ending Rape.
Romy is the Managing Director of the Guerrilla Foundation. Previously, she developed and was the Director of the DO School’s social entrepreneurship education program. She will defend her PhD on transnational anti-mining activism this year and also teaches Business Ethics and CSR.
Christine Lai is a cross-sector collaboration catalyst, connecting ideas, individuals, and organizations for positive social change. She is invested in creating access to opportunity at massive scale, and inspired and invigorated by communities and bringing people together to do epic things.
Tina is at the intersection between technology and social impact. Tina develops new public-private partnership opportunities at NetHope to support technology programs in the NGO humanitarian community. At GPF, Tina worked with philanthropists to advance international giving and social investing.
Head of 1+1 Production, TV Producer. Creating TV content, that positively changes people’s imagination of the world. Motto – together everyone achieves more. Aim is to create a platform to connect women from the former Soviet territories, to give them instruments for self-confidence and leadership.
Emily is a British-Japanese TCK who has lived and worked in 8 countries, is deeply committed to social impact and is currently building and running LegWorks, a social enterprise that aims to revolutionise access to high-quality prosthetics for amputees around the world.
Jess is a passionate advocate for gender equity. She’s worked as a researcher, consultant, & writer on issues of reproductive rights worldwide. She currently leads advocacy & communications for Global Health Corps, a global community of emerging leaders building the movement for health equity.
Nikita is the Founder of Move Up, a nonprofit which empowers hundreds of under-served women to start small businesses and find employment. She is passionate about combining technology and grassroots mentoring to connect women with companies looking for talent. PM at Nutanix, McKinsey & Cal Alum.
Nicole is a social impact consultant who has dedicated her career to empowering organizations and individuals to enact transformational change. With experience working across Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, what she loves most about her work is seeing human potential realized.
Stephanie Marienau Turpin is a leader in connecting the non-profit sector and the impact investing movement. She is now Managing Director of Pact Ventures’ work scaling high-potential, early-stage impact enterprises in emerging markets.
Dawn is a civic tech/open gov professional passionate about building community in Philadelphia. She is the executive director of the emerging nonprofit, Code for Philly using tech and data as a mode of civic engagement. Her work promotes the role of civic innovation in transforming urban systems.
Karen is a global product and community builder with a vision to increase access to economic opportunity through technology. She currently works on expanding online infrastructure globally at Stripe; prior to this she co-founded a social enterprise building mobile applications for illiterate women.
Katy Moonan is passionate about community-led development and the arts. She is the Founder and Director of ArteSana (prev. Tejo Holyoke), a social enterprise increasing economic, educational, and creative opportunities for women in Holyoke, MA. She is a strong believer in chocolate on the daily.
Anna is the Co-founder of SocialStarters, an international volunteer programme matching skilled professionals with social entrepreneurs who need support. They currently run their 6 week Immersion Programmes in India, Sri Lanka and Brazil.
Victoria is the Founder & Chairperson of ‘The Moldova Project’ Charity. She works with Europe’s most vulnerable families, supporting them to find long-term solutions so that they can have happier, safer and more independent lives.
Jana is the Government Relations and Corporate Responsibility Director for Latin America for Bacardi. She was born and raised in the Brazilian Amazon, served as a U.S. diplomat for many years, and in her spare time has 2 social entrepreneurship projects: The Orange Book and USMexico Young Leaders.
Nupur Nischal is a Physician, Digital Health Innovator, and Design Enthusiast. She is passionate about creatin engaging interventions for patients that encourage them to adopt healthy behaviors. She is a Clinical Fellow in Healthcare & Patient Experience Innovation at Thomas Jefferson University.
Chloe Safier is a gender justice & global development consultant who has worked with FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund, Oxfam, and UN Women. She specializes in strengthening gender equality through innovative program design, advocacy, coordinating partnerships, research & supporting feminist activism.
A former Glamour Magazine’s Top 22 College Women in America in 2005 and 2004 USA Today’s Academic College Team Honoree, Tamira serves as the Houston Independent School District’s New Teacher Support Manager in the Office of School Leadership and is the Founder of Voices Collective Network.
Anna is co-founder and CTO of WattTime, a cleantech nonprofit that connects people and smart devices to cleaner electricity. Her passion for climate solutions has led to a Echoing Green Climate Fellowship, Forbes 30 under 30 in Energy, and a PhD from UC Berkeley.
Claudia is an MBA candidate at the Yale School of Management, who’s passionate about human-centered design, business strategy, and environmental sustainability. Previously, she led product design projects to create affordable agricultural equipment for Myanmar farmers at Proximity Designs.
Karin is the Kenya Health Program Manager at One Acre Fund, an award-winning social enterprise serving smallholder farmers. She manages a portfolio of health work, which has including testing and scaling up the sale of health products like reusable sanitary pads to over 200,000 farmers in Kenya.
Jessica is a Social Strategy Manager at Praytell Agency where she primarily leads creative strategy and community management for Twitter @video. Previously she managed communications for the nonprofit Amazon Watch, and launched two nonprofits that promote truth through journalism and storytelling.
I am a Counseling Psychologist in HIAS Refugee Trust Kenya, an NGO that deals with urban refugees. As a Psychologist I strive to make a positive impact in the life of refugees through the restoration of hope. To me one of the greatest successes in life is the impact you leave on an individual life.
Passionate about the power of education, Hala is a project manager at the Bahrain Ministry of Education by day and non-profit activist by night. She is a member of the WEF Global Shapers Community and the founder of Wish Youth Service program, a mentoring program targeting disadvantaged youth.
I am passionate about bringing about behavioural/perception change by leveraging the network and outreach of media in Pakistan. I am currently the communications lead for Raftaar – a nationwide media campaign that aims to push for reforms in the areas of taxation and energy.
Meredith Bates is the Chief Impact Officer at the New Forests Company, maximizing the social, economic and environmental impacts of their sustainable forestry operations throughout rural East Africa. She loves creating shared value business models that are scalable and transformative.
From a mixed British & Bolivian heritage, Tamya works as a coach/programme manager in a criminal justice charity. She supports ex-offenders into work and to sustain work. She is passionate about women’s rights & empowering marginalised communities through creative personal development.
Mashall runs Reading Room Project (RRP), which builds vibrant community learning environments for Pakistani students. RRP teaches them intensive English, Digital Literacy and how to self-learn. She believes learning is a joy and thinks every human on the planet should have the chance to be literate.
Patricia is Co-Founder of I-DEV, a global strategy & investment advisory firm focused on frontier markets business growth. Patricia led I-DEV’s expansion into Africa and oversees global strategy consulting for SMEs and the NGOs/investors that support them. She has an MBA from NYU Stern.
Elaine is a Principal at Omidyar Network, where she evaluates investment opportunities in high-impact social entrepreneurs. Elaine previously worked in microfinance in China, and in M&A investment banking. She holds an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from NYU.
Courtney has spent a decade working in public service, primarily on foreign policy and national security issues in Latin America and South Asia. She currently serves as the Director for Afghanistan on the National Security Council staff at the White House.
Renee DiResta is part of the founding team at Haven, the automated freight procurement platform. She’s an angel investor in IoT & HW startups, co-author of the book, 'The Hardware Startup: Building Your Product, Business, and Brand' and a data-driven policy advocate for immunization.
Sonya manages the SF Bay Area branch of Grameen America, a micro-finance institution that provides affordable capital to low income women starting businesses. Her branch has disbursed over $25 million to 3,500 entrepreneurs throughout the Bay Area and maintains less than 1% portfolio at risk.
Aria is CEO of DoSomething.org, the largest org for young people and social change in the world. She uses her expertise on all things youth + tech to lead a diverse team that activates millions of young people to make a difference. NYU Adjunct. YGL. Founder TMI Agency. Proud mom.
Jennifer is a Senior Associate for Immunization Strategic Planning & Execution with the Global Vaccine Delivery team at the Clinton Health Access Initiative. Jennifer’s work focuses on strengthening the performance of national immunization programs in Cameroon, Kenya, Lesotho and Uganda.
Dana is a visionary and determined systems thinker, innovator, and leader in the sustainable food movement. With a passion to reduce waste and hunger, Dana launched Food Shift in 2012 to develop new models that strengthen food recovery infrastructure, provide jobs, and improve access to nutrition.
Kyla Fullenwider is an entrepreneur, educator, and social designer and faculty at the School of Visual Arts and at Johns Hopkins/ Maryland Institute College of Art where she teaches social design and entrepreneurship. She is currently serving as a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow.
Rebecca is passionate about women and girls’ empowerment and transforming harmful gender norms. At the UN Foundation she has helped to build Data2X, a global program on improving gender data so that statistics accurately reflect women and girls’ lives.
Salome Heusel is the Deputy Director of the TEDx Program at TED Conferences, LLC (www.ted.com) where she directs program strategy and manages all aspects of the TEDx department. Her main interest lies in brand and community building, a passion she pursues at her work every day.
Gwen is Chief of Staff at Global Health Corps, a nonprofit building the next generation of leaders for health equity. Previously, she managed a network of community clinics in Los Angeles and led a reproductive health initiative at the Aspen Institute. Gwen is passionate about social sector talent.
Ashley Jablow is a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow working on tech innovation projects in the federal government. Previously she led challenge strategy and client relationships for OpenIDEO at IDEO. She’s excited about designing for collaboration, empathy and impact.
Born and raised in Mexico City, Leticia has presented her work on remittances, women’s entrepreneurship, women’s economic empowerment and gender equality at the Wharton School of Business, the OAS, the OECD and the WEF Davos Annual Meeting, amongst others. In 2008, Leticia founded Crea.
Zeba Khan is a writer and social commentator focused on Islam, and more generally, race, religion and politics in the U.S. She’s written for numerous outlets including The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, CNN, and The Root.
Katherine focuses her energy on helping people reach their potential. Most recently, Katherine became the first solo woman to break the $1M mark on Kickstarter and secured five offers for investment on Shark Tank for BetterBack: a posture strap that allows you to effortlessly sit in perfect posture.
Natalie is the Program Director at Girls on the Run of the Bay Area, a nonprofit that builds confidence in girls through a curriculum-based running program. She is passionate about improving processes and engaging people in building healthy communities.
Sasha is a founding data scientist at Polynumeral, helping organizations like NASA and WNYC do cool stuff with their data. She was previously an early employee at Codecademy, and before working in tech, taught physics and neuroscience. She founded Women Who Code and is an alum of the Recurse Center.
Maria is the CXO and Co-founder of Transterra Media – an innovative online marketplace that is changing the way companies source news and marketing video. She has a proven track record of creating impactful projects and disruptive technology solutions to entrepreneurs and civil society groups.
Meghan is a monitoring and evaluation professional committed to improving social programs by measuring effectiveness and distilling lessons for strategic implementation. Currently a Policy Manager at J-PAL, she works to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by rigorous evidence.
Neha Misra is the Co-Founder & Chief Collaboration Officer of Solar Sister, an award winning social enterprise empowering African women with their own clean energy businesses to bring light, hope and opportunity to over 400,000 people so far. In 2015, Neha climbed the highest mountain in Africa.
Jasmine spearheads communications efforts for Members of Congress in Washington, DC. As Communications Director, she finds creative ways to inform and engage Americans in the political process. Jasmine has over 6 years of work experience in government, politics, and education.
Sterling Morriss is Senior Manager of Fellowships at Equal Justice Works, where she both manages and raises the funds for the largest postgraduate public interest legal fellowship program in the country. She also serves on the Board of the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless in DC.
Heddy is a seasoned organizer & social justice advocate who is a native of Seoul, grew up in NYC, and resides in LA. She serves as Director of the South Los Angeles Transit Empowerment Zone (SLATE-Z), an inter-sectoral collaborative working to move South LA residents to economic opportunity.
Maria is passionate about agricultural development and education. She is currently a Program Manager at One Acre Fund, where she manages a team of 1,300 across rural western Kenya to provide farmers with quality agricultural inputs and training.
I am the Community Programs Director at Lwala Community Alliance, a health and development organization in Western Kenya. I am a community health and development specialist passionate about community-led development as a means to improving the well-being of local communities.
Liana Paris has nine years of experience in social impact consulting and humanitarian aid operations in Jordan, Iraq, Brazil and the U.S. She is passionate about building strategy, systems and teams for organizations that do good in the world.
CEO of HackerYou & Founder of Ladies Learning Code. Angel Investor. One of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women.
Sabeen is the Executive Director of Florida Nonprofit Alliance, the collective voice for nonprofits in Florida. She is a former Aspen Ideas Fellow and Executive Producer of TEDxJacksonville. An avid traveller, she has visited 35 countries and hopes to visit 100 in her lifetime.
Karolle has experience in communications and partnerships for social impact. She leads communications strategy for the Online News Association, working to connect digital journalists to professional development opportunities. Her interests include technology, media, culture, gender and human rights.
As Recruitment Manager for the KIPP network of college-prep public charter schools, Maggie helps identify, prepare and select leaders to found high-performing schools across the nation. She is passionate about increasing educational equity and also worked at Teach For All and DC Public Schools.
Jackie Rotman is Executive Director of Spark, the largest network of Millennial donors for gender equality. Previously, Jackie founded and nationally expanded Everybody Dance Now! to positively transform the lives of at-risk youth through dance. Jackie obtained her BA in Public Policy from Stanford.
Melissa is a Co-Founder of Ladies Learning Code. She’s a fierce advocate for providing women and youth the critical skills, confidence and opportunities they need to become passionate builders – not just consumers of technology and to thrive in our increasingly digital world.
Jen Scott is the founder of Rise, a collaborative funding and thought leadership platform that supports women and their enterprises in emerging markets. A passionate champion for women’s economic empowerment, Jen’s vision is to create environments that invest in women to lead, succeed and thrive.
Shiza Shahid is a social entrepreneur, television personality, speaker and women’s rights advocate. Shiza co-founded the Malala Fund. She is passionate about leveraging philanthropy, venture capital, technology and the media to drive scalable social impact and women’s empowerment.
Samantha is the Founder & CEO of Hacktivision, a crowd-source impact innovation accelerator. Hacktivision brings together technologists, industry experts, & end-users to help corporations innovate around the sustainable development goals.
Emerita Torres is passionate about health, public policy and good governance. With nearly a decade of public sector experience, Emerita is in the process of establishing her own social enterprise aimed at increasing low-income communities’ access to quality food, health education, and fitness.
Sara is currently co-running Avatech, one of Irans first startup Accelerators running a six month program to support iranian entrepreneurs. Her passion for entrepreneurship roots in the question how entrepreneurship can help to solve some of the worlds biggest challenges.
Marisa is currently the Executive coordinator of RESURJ. She is from the Brazilian Amazon and has been a social justice advocate since the age of 18. She has led young feminist organizing at the global, regional, and national levels. Marisa is a Master in Public Health from Columbia University
Shruthi is passionate about developing young people and rethinking how we do business to create a thriving, sustainable, and peaceful future. She is the Learning & Development Manager at Inspiring Stories, supporting young social entrepreneurs across NZ, and a Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum.
Claire Walsh is a Policy Manager at J-PAL at MIT where she works with policymakers to ensure that poverty reduction programs are informed by scientific evidence. She previously worked for NGOs working to improve the quality of education and employment opportunities for youth in East Africa.
Katherine works with Evidence Action’s Deworm the World Initiative, partnering with governments in Africa and Asia to design and scale up school-based deworming programs. She is a runner, an optimist, a Global Health Corps alumna, and has Masters degrees in social work and public health.
Saira Zaidi is a vaccine analyst at Clinton Health Access Initiative in Nigeria. She works on health financing and is passionate about healthcare in the developing world. Her primary focus is on strengthening supply chain and improving vaccine access.
Mara is the Co-Founder of The Flow Collective, a co-working space and tech school focused on mindfulness and diversity. Previously she served as Global Partnerships Manager for the Nike Foundation, as well as led an organization teaching journalism to citizens in conflict / underreported regions.
Hallie Applebaum is an Open Innovation Specialist at the World Bank in DC. She works globally with entrepreneurs and governments to use technology, art, open innovation, and design thinking to develop tools and policy that modernize government and enable economic development.
I help New Yorkers with chronic illnesses navigate the health insurance system as a health care lawyer. I am interested in improving the health care system for the people who use it.
Julia Chou is the President and co-founder of Binti, which helps find a loving family for every child through making adoptions easier and more affordable. Julia previously worked at Google and YouTube, helping to bring mobile technologies to emerging markets.
She dreams of a citizen driven world where solidarity rhymes with growth. She has served in a number of leadership positions, co-founded the Lazord Foundation and chaired a series of collective decision-making conferences for recommendation formulation in the Euro-Med region around civic education.
Jennie works to increase opportunity and access to higher education for all students. Currently, she is National Director of Partnerships for College Advising Corps, a nonprofit that increases the number of low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students entering and completing college.
Jessica has spent a decade in the nonprofit sector developing high-impact programs for students, corporate leaders, and policymakers. She currently curates the Skoll World Forum’?an international platform for advancing entrepreneurial approaches and solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.
I am passionate about entrepreneurship and women’s empowerment. As VP of Mentorship & Partnership of Unreasonable East Africa, I get the best resources to help social entrepreneurs unlock their business potential. I sit on junior boards of several nonprofits focusing on women and youth empowerment.
Co-founder of SocialStarters, a one yr old start-up that creates the spaces & opportunities to ignite the social changer in you. _SocialStarters currently match global skilled professionals seeking a more meaningful career, with social entrepreneurs in developing countries who need their support.
Rebecca is developing a 50MW power project using a unique biogas resource in Lake Kivu to fuel Rwanda’s growth. She spent 4 ys launching two companies committed to social impact before transitioning to the power sector. She graduated from Princeton in Astrophysics but remains earth-bound.
Cynthia Hellen is a Peruvian-American, entrepreneur, writer-producer-director and technologist. She is the Founder and CEO of SMPLCT Lab, a global creative company that takes a human-centered, designed-based approach to help develop sustainable products, services and experiences.
Frederique is the founder of Her Corner, a organization for women business owners committed to growth in their business. Through the use of peer groups, accelerator programs, and role models, Her Corner has helped hundreds of women grow their businesses.
Cher Jacques has over 10 years of experience in international development, financial inclusion, impact investing and social entrepreneurship. Cher is the Regional Director for Africa at Kiva, and sits on the board of directors for the African Entrepreneur Collective.
Passionate about young women led change, Ruby is Co-Director of FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund, a global fund supporting young women’s leadership in over 60 countries and innovating in philanthropy. Ruby has diverse experience in gender equality and human rights in Cambodia and Mexico & beyond.
Wes Kao is the director of Seth Godin’s altMBA, a 4-week online workshop for fast-growing companies who want to create change in the world. Alumni are from like Kickstarter, Chobani, Nike, Hubspot, Google, Lululemon. As the general manager, she leads growth strategy, product, and operations.
Jennifer Kye is a legal aid attorney and Borchard Fellow in Law and Aging at Community Legal Services of Philadelphia. Her work focuses on increasing low-income seniors’ access to health and disability benefits through direct representation, community education, and policy advocacy.
Tania moved to Kenya in 2011 and co-founded LivelyHoods with the mission to create jobs for youth and women in slums. As Executive Director, she has grown the organization to 8 branches throughout Nairobi that train sales agents to distribute life-changing products in their own communities.
Brittany is Editor of UNREASONABLE.is, working at the intersection of entrepreneurship, storytelling and social change. Previously, she worked for Soccer Without Borders and led trips with Nat Geo Student Expeditions. She is especially passionate about increasing economic opportunities for women.
Eugenia is passionate about anthropology, community, and culture. She consults on impact and international development. A global adventurer, she’s worked on three continents, with a focus on East Africa. Eugenia has written for The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and Public Radio International.
Anytime science advances faster than our ability to understand it, it can produce fear, suspicion, and uncertainty. Using her extensive design background, Julie Legault works to translate these complex advancements into relatable, playful experiences that can help shift cultural acceptance.
Theresa is an entrepreneur and neuroengineer, focusing on dynamic networks, deep learning, predictive modeling, and A.I. ethics. She currently serves on Working Groups at Harvard University, advising stakeholders on exponential technologies, innovation, and digital privacy. Singularity GSP alumna.
I am a writer and advocate working to illuminate sustainable pathways for future water security. I direct the program to shift global water infrastructure at the national nonprofit Ceres, and in my free time I’m immersed in the politics of water in Central Texas, where I live.
Tamara is the co-founder and CEO of NextRequest, a web platform that streamlines public records requests. A 2013 Code for America Fellow, she is committed using design thinking to build cities, governments, and technologies that are equitable and delightful.
With ten years’ experience in international development, Wendy is passionate about empowering others to rise above poverty. An entrepreneur at heart, she is in the processing of establishing her own socially responsible business to provide women in poor communities income generating opportunities.
Pálína is an advisor with the Icelandic Foreign Service, focusing on international development finance. She transitioned from the private to the public sector after realizing that following her passion for human rights and poverty alleviation was more important than a well-paid career in finance.
Jourdan is the Kenya Program Manager for One Acre Fund, an award-winning social enterprise serving over 300,000 small-holder farmers across Africa. Jourdan leads 1AF’s marketing, business expansion and operations, seeking to support more farmers as they grow themselves out of poverty.
Kellea Miller is a global women’s rights consultant and researcher. She specializes in transforming funding and data into powerful social justice resources. She works with leading funders, including Global Fund for Women, UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality, and Astraea Foundation.
Jessica Minhas is a writer, media commentator, and the Founder and CEO of I’ll Go First – a nonprofit organization dedicated to leveraging advances in healthcare technology in order to make mental health care accessible to marginalized trauma populations throughout the developing world.
Rosey is Founder of Incite, an enterprise that has helped secure $100M for organizations, nationally. She is active in student venture, anti-human trafficking, & economic development efforts along the U.S./Mexico border. Impatient with the state of the world, Rosey desires a better tomorrow, today.
Megan is the Program Manager for General Assembly (GA)’s Opportunity Fund. She is a StartingBloc fellow and previously worked for Middlebury College and the American School of Tangier. Amongst other things she is interested in design, urban planning, organizational development, and travel.
Afua Osei is a Co-Founder of She Leads Africa, a community that provides smart young African women with tools and opportunities to build successful careers and businesses. She previously worked at the White House and EMILY‘s List and graduated from Allegheny College and the University of Chicago.
Multi-platform journalist, trainer and production manager. Specialist on humanitarian and development contexts and a focus on Myanmar/Burma. Her work has appeared on National Public Radio (NPR) Morning Edition, BBC Radio 4/World service’s Crossing Continents, From Our Own Correspondent and PRI.
Cecilia develops programs at the intersection of technology and sustainable development. Her goal is to help equip youth to participate in the 21st century economy as empowered actors, creative problem solvers, and drivers of bottom-up innovation for resource efficiency and resilience.
I’m an anthropologist teaching critical thinking and red-teams for the DoD. I’ve conducted extensive global fieldwork with projects in Latin America, Kenya and Afghanistan. I’m interested in applying critical thinking and entrepreneurship to contemporary security, diplomacy and global health issues.
As the Network coordinator for the International Development Innovation Network (IDIN), Jona Repishti supports a diverse, global network of over 450 innovators working in 50+ countries to design, develop, and disseminate low-cost technologies to improve the lives of people living in poverty.
Sonia Sarkar is Chief Policy & Engagement Officer at the Baltimore City Health Department. She discovered her passions, public health and social entrepreneurship, as an advocate/staff member at Health Leads, a national nonprofit. Sonia is a Truman Scholar, a WEF Global Shaper, and a published poet.
Sarah Seiter is the Associate Curator of Natural Sciences at the Oakland Museum of California, where she makes exhibits that celebrate the art, history and science of California. She can also be found riding her bike around her adopted city and volunteering for civic tech group Open Oakland.
As a resident physician and psychiatrist in training at Stanford Health Care, Shebani’s professional work is in the overlap of obesity and psychiatric illness to improve pt care. She is a leading advocate and innovator in mental health as it relates to nutrition and clinical management of obesity.
Working to better change the world in many different avenues. Through pictures and fashion I am able to contribute a confidence and empowerment that travels through consumers. I have a passion for mentoring the younger generation to future build into our society as a hole and inspire those in need.
Sanja is a co-founder and CEO of Edu:Manufaktura, a social start-up with aim to bring higher education opportunities closer to the Western Balkan students. Previously, Sanja worked as an analyst and a consultant in the US and Portugal. She holds a Master’s of Public Policy from HSoG.
Sondy is a planetary astronomer developing the future of space exploration. Presently at the University of Arizona, she spent two years at Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico using radar to detect asteroids. She’s worked for NASA and JAXA, and taught in Jerusalem and Accra.
Asya is a social entrepreneur focused on leveraging technology to (re)create systems, institutions and organizations that enhance global collaboration and consciousness. An adventurer at heart, she has explored 40+ countries and has worked within social impact while in Iran, India, France, the USA.
Nomusa Taylor-Dube is the managing director and lead consultant at Taylor-Dube Consulting, a firm specializing in strategy & operations consulting for new businesses in East Africa, leveraging mobile & web tools.
Kristy Tillman serves as the Design Director for Society of Grownups, a new venture with a mission to change the face of financial literacy for young adults. There she is dedicated to leading teams responsible for crafting digital, brand and spaces experiences.
Dr. Nina Vasan is a Psychiatry Resident at Stanford and co-author of #1 Amazon Best Seller ‘Do Good Well’. A Clinical Advisor at Lyra Health, Nina aims to develop systems, technologies, and policies that optimize mental health for all. She graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Medical School.
Tracey Vitchers is Chief Development Officer at Sexual Health Innovations, a nonprofit dedicated to creating technology that advances sexual health and wellbeing in the United States. She is a leader in the college sexual assault prevention movement and serves as Chair of the Board at SAFER.
Corinne is a passionate advocate for community-centered movements and their power to change the world. She is the Executive Director of Girl Develop It, a national nonprofit that offers affordable, judgment-free software development classes to adult women.
Hanan is a tech start-up builder and supporter. She founded Catalyst, an early stage investment and acceleration program supported by A15, in MENA. She focuses on products that improve local access to services, and accelerates their growth through capital, mentor-ship and business development.
Yomi Abiola is the founder of Stand Up For Fashion (STUFF) a platform that generates creative solutions to social issues within the fashion industry. She is a Model, activist, journalist, and Associate to the UNESCO Chair for Human Rights.
After 9 years of professional career in the ICT sector, currently I am living my dream by being the learning manager & Co-founder of Gaza Gateway, the 1st ICT outsourcing social Enterprise in Palestine. On a personal level, I’ve two adorable daughters, write Arabic poetry and loves classical music.
Suzanne recently transitioned from market analysis and agriculture technology to a project working on coordinating social welfare services for vulnerable children. She is interested in strengthening coordination between health and social welfare services and the roles and capacity of the workforce.
I am a fashion model of mixed Chinese & British heritage. I’m passionate about promoting sustainable fashion through my work as a model. My project Beyond the Runway helps models develop new careers outside modeling. I’m on the advisory board of The Model Alliance, a labor group for models.
Working alongside leading thinkers, entrepreneurs and community champions, Lauren has played an instrumental role in growing collaborative consumption into a global economy and movement over the last 5 years. She is passionate about social innovation business models, and is also a yoga teacher.
Felicia is the co-founder and CEO of Binti. Binti’s mission is to use technology to make adopting a child easier and more affordable for parents. Felicia previously worked at FundersClub and McKinsey. She graduated from the Wharton School, at the University of Pennsylvania.
Kjerstin Erickson (KJ) is the founder and CEO of Simbi, an online marketplace for freelancers to cashlessly exchange services. Previously, she founded FORGE (serving 70k African refugees), was a Skoll Scholar at Oxford (MBA, Social Entrepreneurship) and a dropout at Stanford (BA, Public Policy).
As a Policy Manager at J-PAL at MIT, Alison works to improve the effectiveness of poverty reduction efforts by ensuring policy is informed by rigorous evidence. She previously worked on programs supporting economic growth and service delivery in Afghanistan, Indonesia, and Jordan.
Ruvani Fonseka is passionate about gender equity and health. She is currently a LankaCorps Fellow, working with Women in Need, Sri Lanka’s only organization providing psychological and legal support to survivors of domestic violence, and studying women-headed households across the country.
Alanna is Innovator-in-Residence at PSI, an international development organization that provides health products for women in 65 countries. Her professional experience spans 5 continents, and her work has been featured in the Guardian and Huffington Post.
I am a social entrepreneur and systems builder. I recently transitioned back to the US after several years working abroad to begin work as a co-director of FoodLab Detroit, a network of over 145 good food entrepreneurs committed to growing triple-bottom-line food businesses in Detroit, Michigan.
Felicity co-founded Power of Engineering which has inspired over 2,800 year 9 and 10 high school students across Australia about creative and innovative engineering careers. She is a Founder of Machinam which creates alternatives to traditional textbooks and aims to increase diversity in STEM.
By profession, I advise companies on sustainability and corporate social responsibility issues at BSR. With passion, I support women’s empowerment and international development initiatives through volunteer work ranging from teaching in Tanzania to serving as a board member for SparkSF.
Cosima is a doctor, health tech consultant and entrepreneur. She works with Outcomes Based Healthcare on a project using machine learning and smartphone behaviometrics to monitor health outcomes in diabetics. She is the founder of AXNS Collective, creating new ways of engaging the public with science.
Jacky Habib is a freelance writer and a fellow at the School for Social Entrepreneurs. She has worked in TV, radio and online media and trained citizen journalists and reporters in Ghana through Journalists for Human Rights.
Bethany is passionate about unlocking the world’s creative potential. She’s most recently worked with THINK Global School to empower the next generation of leaders through travel and cultural immersion and is now pursuing several exciting passion projects.
Beth integrates social & environmental issues into strategy development and execution. At Shift, she helps companies embed human rights into business decisions. Previously, she led Timberland’s efforts to integrate social responsibility, and advised companies on reporting and engagement at Ceres.
I am a Humanitarian Policy and Advocacy Adviser and during my career in humanitarian aid have led and supported emergency responses across Asia, the Middle East and Africa. I have a Bachelor of Journalism, a Masters of International Studies and am currently studying a Masters in International Law.
World citizen, passionate for social change through entrepreneurship, sustainability advocate & music lover. Colombian lawyer, graduate of the Paris School of International Affairs and fellow of LGT Venture Philanthropy.
Tia is an award-winning entrepreneur. She is the founder and director of Kansara Hackney Ltd. (KH), a partnership with Dr Rod Hackney (Past President Royal Institute of British Architects and Union of International Architects). KH are the first sustainable lifestyle consultancy in the UK.
Nafessa is the Director of Global Engagements & founding team member at MovingWorlds. Previously Nafessa worked in Indonesia & India on global development projects and has worked in juvenile justice. She holds a dual Master’s in Global Public Health & Social Work focused on Social Entrepreneurship.
Nafeesa Ladha is a dedicated and driven professional with over 10 years of experience in health care with a passion for global impact. Her projects have included work in Africa, Canada and the Middle East in community health, capacity building and quality improvement.
Halla is the Director of Iceland School of Energy at Reykjavik University. She’s an energetic world lover who’s been working for Harvard, the OECD, the Foreign Service in Brussels and farmers in Togo, before moving back to Reykjavik. In her spare time, hiking and dancing are her favorite activities!
Emma Mayerson is the founding Director of Alliance for Girls, a membership association of 90 organizations and individuals serving more than 216,000 girls in 5 Bay Area counties. Ms. Mayerson is an experienced organizer and advocate for women and girls.
Katalina is the co-founder and CEO of El Camino Travel. El Camino curates off-beat experiences for groups of 10-12 people to unique locations. The trips all come with a creative photographer in tow, so that their travelers can live in the moment rather than worrying about capturing the moment.
Kathryn Minshew is the CEO & Founder of TheMuse.com, a career platform helping over 20 million millennials find great jobs and get the career advice they need when they need it. Kathryn has spoken at MIT and Harvard, appeared on The TODAY Show and CNN, and previously worked at McKinsey & CHAI.
I am a human rights lawyer and Iran expert. I’ve led non-profit organizations dedicated to human rights in Iran for almost 4 years now. Prior to my Iran work, I worked on war crimes and crimes against humanity trials at international criminal courts in The Hague, The Netherlands.
Amanda joined WWF in 2010, focusing on land use change, sustainable agriculture, and fundraising projects in S. America. Amanda is completing an EMBA at IE University in Madrid. She is originally from the USA and is passionate about nature, traveling, animals, photography, and scuba diving.
Kathryn Peters is a co-founder of Democracy Works, an organization that brings the awesomeness of the Internet to the process of voting. Her work has served over a quarter of a million voters nationally.
Lelemba is the group head of talent and managing director for Zambia and Malawi for Zoona, a mobile payments business that enables people in Africa to send and receive money when they need to most. She is an award winning financial educator, keynote speaker and development professional.
I’m on a mission to save the world through robotics. Roboticist for the past 15 years in industry/academia/startup. Research interests are on the development of intelligent robotic systems that can aid humans in performing skillful tasks more effectively.
Tylea Richard is the founder of Thundress, an intimate apparel company for “raw” and low-impact underwear. She has several years of experience in social compliance, logistics, sourcing, and product development. Tylea currently splits her time between Brooklyn NY and a one-room cabin in Massachusetts.
I am a child/adolescent & adult psychiatrist with a passion for preventing violence and helping survivors realize their life-potential. My work spans sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and the U.S. with invisible populations in areas of armed conflict (survivors of torture, former child soldiers).
A social enterprise practitioner with a background in corporate strategy, operational management, impact investing, microfinance, and international development, Coryell is Chief Operating Officer of One Degree Solar, an award-winning manufacturer of off-grid energy and technology solutions.
VP of Alliances & General Counsel of TechSoup Global, a nonprofit social enterprise that supports NGOs in 140+ countries. Designed and launched www.ngosource.org. Successfully lobbied the Treasury Department and IRS to change US grantmaking laws for the first time in 20 years. Harvard Law grad.
Jenna Wortham is a staff writer at the New York Times magazine. Her work examines how the Internet is (re)shaping society, cultural norms and hidden hierarchies. She is also working on an art book called BlackFuture.us.
Samantha is passionate about the power of storytelling to create global change. As Girl Rising’s VP of Global Programs, Samantha sets the vision for how to best use powerful storytelling to inspire action that gets girls into classrooms. She is currently leading the set-up of Girl Rising India.
Rahama Wright is a social entrepreneur passionate about women’s economic development. Her socially responsible business markets a high end shea butter skincare line sourcing ingredients from cooperatives in Ghana. Products are sold in Whole Foods Markets & provide living wages to women shea farmers
Courtney Young is the founder of Think Young Media Group, LLC, a creative media firm based in NYC and Southwest Louisiana. She is a board member of Hollaback and a co-founder of the platform Heartmob. She is currently working on her first book, a collection of short stories entitled, I Surrender.
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