Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation
Chelsea Clinton, vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, works alongside her parents, President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, to drive the vision and work of the Clinton Foundation. She is also a special correspondent for NBC News. Clinton previously worked at McKinsey & Company and Avenue Capital. Clinton serves on the boards of the Clinton Health Access Initiative, the School of American Ballet, Common Sense Media, the Africa Center, and the Weill Cornell Medical College. She is also co-chair of the advisory board of the Of Many Institute at New York University. Clinton holds a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford, a Master of Philosophy from Oxford, a Master of Public Health from Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, and a doctorate in international relations from Oxford University. She and her husband, Marc, currently live in New York City.
Clinton FoundationView Bio
President Bill Clinton
Founding Chairman, Clinton Global Initiative; 42nd President of the United States
Elected president of the United States in 1992 and 1996, President Bill Clinton was the first Democratic president in six decades to be elected twice. Under his leadership, the United States enjoyed the strongest economy in a generation and the longest economic expansion in its history. His administration resulted in moving the nation from record deficits to record surpluses; the creation of over 22 million jobs; low levels of unemployment, poverty and crime; and the highest home ownership and college enrollment rates in history. He also increased investment in education, expanded access to technology, encouraged investment in underserved communities, protected the environment, and countered the threat of terrorism while promoting peace and strengthening democracy around the world. After leaving the White House, President Clinton founded the Clinton Foundation with the mission to strengthen the capacity of people in the U.S. and throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence.
President Bill Clinton
Founding Chairman, Clinton Global Initiative; 42nd President of the United StatesView Bio
Founder, Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership
Frank Giustra is CEO of the Fiore Group, a private firm managing a broad portfolio of private equity investments. Frank has an established track record of building natural resource companies through access to capital and creative deal-making. Frank’s entrepreneurial success also includes being the founder of Lionsgate Entertainment, now one of the world’s largest independent film companies. Frank is a strong believer in philanthropy, and devotes much of his time to a variety of causes. In 1997, he established Radcliffe Foundation and in 2007, with the partnership of President Bill Clinton, together they launched the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (CGEP). Since 2005, he has also been an active executive member and supporter of the International Crisis Group. Frank is on the board of Lionsgate Entertainment, Endeavour Mining, Thunderbird Films and Petromanas Energy, Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership, Radcliffe Foundation and Streetohome Foundation.
Clinton Giustra Enterprise PartnershipView Bio
Executive Director, UN Women
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka was appointed United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women in August 2013. As a former South African Government Minister and Deputy President, she oversaw programmes to combat poverty and share the benefits of economic growth, with a particular focus on women. Actively involved in civil society and the struggle to end apartheid, she is a longtime champion of social justice, women’s rights, and gender equality.
UN WomenView Bio
Founder and CEO, Acumen
Under Jacqueline’s leadership, Acumen has invested over $88M in 82 companies in South Asia and Africa focused on delivering healthcare, water, housing, education and energy to the poor. These companies have created and supported 60,000 jobs, bringing basic services to over 123M people. Before Acumen, Jacqueline founded and directed the Rockefeller Foundation’s The Philanthropy Workshop and The Next Generation Leadership programs, co-founded Duterimbere, a micro-finance institution in Rwanda, and began her career in international banking with Chase Manhattan Bank. Jacqueline has been featured on the cover of Forbes magazine and sits on several advisory councils and boards, such as the Aspen Institute and IDEO.org. Her best-selling memoir The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World chronicles her quest to understand poverty and challenges readers to grant dignity to the poor. She holds an MBA from Stanford and a BA from the University of Virginia.
Founder and CEO
Co-founder and CEO, Last Mile Health
Raj Panjabi is Co-Founder and CEO of Last Mile Health and Associate Physician in the Division of Global Health Equity at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital. At age 9, Raj narrowly escaped a civil war in his home country of Liberia. He returned to serve the people he had left behind, co-founding Last Mile Health, an enterprise creating a new workforce to save lives in the world’s most remote villages by employing local villagers and giving them the training, equipment, and support they need to become professional health workers. Described by Forbes as “a healthcare model for 1 billion people”, Last Mile Health has been featured by the Wall Street Journal, Aspen Institute and Big Bang Philanthropy. Dr. Panjabi is a Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Social Entrepreneur, Echoing Green Fellow, recipient of the Global Citizen Movement Award and Advisor at Clinton Global Initiative and the Global Impact Forum.
Co-founder and CEO
Last Mile HealthView Bio
Chief Executive, Unilever
Paul Polman has been the CEO of Unilever since 2009. Under his leadership, Unilever has set out an ambitious vision to double its size while reducing its overall environmental footprint and increasing its positive social impact. Polman additionally acts as Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and serves on the Boards of UN Global Compact and the Consumer Goods Forum. He recently served on the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel looking at Post 2015 Development Agenda, and was co-chairman of the B20 group reporting to the G20 on Food Security. He is a member of the European Resource Efficiency Platform, is on the International Council of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, and has been non-executive director of Dow Chemical Company since 2010. In recognition of his accomplishments he was invited by the Prime Minister to be a British Business Ambassador, and has received the Atlantic Council Award for Distinguished Business Leadership, the CK Prahalad Award for Global Sustainability Leadership, the WWF Duke of Edinburgh Conservation Medal, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Rainforest Alliance.
President, American Federation of Teachers
Randi Weingarten is president of the 1.6 million-member American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, which represents teachers; paraprofessionals and school-related person¬nel; higher education faculty and staff; nurses and other healthcare professionals; local, state and federal government employees; and early childhood educators. Weingarten has launched major efforts to place real education reform high on the nation’s and her union’s agendas. Under her leadership, AFT has developed a model to transform teacher evaluations; called for high entry standards for prospective teachers; and advocated for reforms grounded in evidence, equity, scalability and sustainability. Weingarten promotes what she calls “solution-driven unionism”—an approach to collective bargaining and collec¬tive action that unites the interests of union members and those they serve in the pursuit of solutions that benefit students, schools and communities. Prior to her election as AFT president in 2008, Weingarten served president of the United Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 2; chaired New York City’s Municipal Labor Committee; taught history at Clara Barton High School in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood; and worked as a lawyer for the Wall Street firm of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan. Weingarten holds degrees from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and the Cardozo School of Law.
American Federation of Teachers
President, Corporate Affairs, Nestle, U.S.
Paul Bakus is President of Nestlé Corporate Affairs leading their Washington, D.C. office. In his role, Bakus is leading this charge in an effort to ensure consumers everywhere have access to products and information that promote health and wellness — in line with Nestlé’s “Good Food, Good Life” promise. Paul started his 27-year Nestlé career in PetCare, marketing the Fancy Feast® brand. He then moved into various marketing roles with Stouffer’s and Lean Cuisine, based in Solon, Ohio. In 2003, he was named Vice President of Operations Zone Americas at Nestlé’s corporate headquarters in Switzerland, reporting to Paul Bulcke, who is now the global Chief Executive Officer for Nestlé, S.A. He was later promoted to General Manager of the Nestlé Baking Division and then served as President of the Nestlé Pizza Division before moving into his current position in January 2014. Paul is a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Obesity Solutions and is a Program Advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI).
President, Corporate Affairs
Nestle, U.S.View Bio
Chief Medical Officer, GE Foundation
David M. Barash, M.D. is the Executive Director of the Global Health Portfolio and Chief Medical Officer for the GE Foundation. At the GE Foundation, Developing Health initiatives are approached with the belief that simple interventions, along with strong partnerships and leaders, are often the answer to some of healthcare’s most complex problems. Dr. Barash is a practicing emergency medicine physician with more than 30 years’ experience. He has focused a great deal on understanding how new technologies can be commercialized and delivered to effectively close the gap between brainstorm and bedside. Prior to joining the GE Foundation, Dr. Barash was Chief Medical Officer of Life Care Solutions and Executive Medical Director of Health Care Services for GE Healthcare. He was also Founder and President of Concord Healthcare Strategies, where he provided strategic and operational expertise to medical technology investors and development stage medical technology companies. He received his Bachelor of Arts and his Medical Degree with Honors from Cornell University, and is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, an inventor of pending patents and an author of several clinical publications.
Chief Medical Officer
GE FoundationView Bio
Alumni, New York Harbor School
Hassan Barksdale is a graduate of the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School. During his time at Harbor School, Hassan interned with the Staten Island Ferry and Water Taxi. Upon graduating in 2007, he attended State University of New York Maritime College, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation. Starting out as an Ordinary Seaman with Kirby Offshore Marine, he’s now an officer, rated Third Mate. As such, he is a watchstander, and the officer in charge of safety and lifesaving equipment. Through the International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots, he has shipped on the Maersk Detroit and the APL Belgium, helping to guide these cargo vessels to various ports of call. He has sailing experience as well: during college, he crewed on board the Classic Harbor Line schooners Imagine and Adirondack, and the schooner Lettie G. Howard during his time at Harbor.
New York Harbor SchoolView Bio
Senior Vice President, Root Capital
Liam Brody serves as Senior Vice President for Root Capital, a pioneering agricultural impact investor. Since its founding in 1999, Root Capital has disbursed nearly $800 million in credit to 550 businesses, representing 1.1 million smallholder farmers. Liam has played a critical role in leading the organization through a half-dozen years of explosive growth; building the organization’s business development, value chain relations, fundraising, marketing, and impact assessment functions. He draws on nearly 20 years of experience working in economic development and agricultural supply chains in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Prior to joining Root Capital, Liam was director of sustainable coffee for Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (now Keurig Green Mountain). He has also worked as a program manager, campaign director, and private sector advisor for Oxfam. He holds a Master of Education in social policy from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science in agricultural and extension education from Cornell University.
Senior Vice President
Root CapitalView Bio
Mary de Wysocki
Senior Director, Corporate Affairs, Cisco Systems
Mary leads the Corporate Affairs Strategy and Portfolio team focused on the development of the CSR strategies to create pathways for people and societies to innovate and succeed in the new economy created by the Internet of Everything. Earlier in her career, Mary led Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group’s (IBSG) Innovations Practice. Moving into CSR, she played a critical role as the Executive Director for Cisco’s 21st Century Schools initiative. As part of the Global Education team, Mary’s team created a transformation methodology to support school districts’ journeys to meet the needs of 21st century learners. Most recently, Mary developed the Collaboration for Social Benefits (CSB) point of view, partnering with Health Care Without Harm and other social entrepreneurs to understand what enables cross-sector collaboration.
Mary de Wysocki
Senior Director, Corporate Affairs
Cisco SystemsView Bio
Assistant Director for Learning and Innovation, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Kumar Garg is the assistant director for learning and innovation at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy focusing on education and broader innovation policy. In particular, Garg leads President Obama’s Educate to Innovate campaign to improve science, technology, engineering, and math education (STEM). As part of Educate to Innovate, which already has secured over $700 million in private sector commitments, Garg works with a broad range of industry, foundations, philanthropists, states, non-profits, professional societies, and federal agencies to build on the President’s call to action. Prior to his time in government, Garg worked on behalf of parents and children seeking educational reform as an education lawyer and advocate. He served as a supervising clinical lecturer at Yale Law School, supervising students in complex litigation in education. Garg is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Yale Law School.
Assistant Director for Learning and Innovation
White House Office of Science and Technology PolicyView Bio
UN Special Envoy on Tuberculosis; Director, Institute for Global Health Delivery and Diplomacy, Global Health Sciences, University of California, San Francisco
Eric Goosby has dedicated his professional life to fighting HIV/AIDS, from treating patients to running international programs. After serving four years in the U.S. State Department as Ambassador-at-Large and U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, overseeing the implementation of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Ambassador Goosby returned to the University of California, San Francisco, where he is a Professor of Medicine and the Director of the Institute for Global Health Delivery and Diplomacy. While at the State Department, Goosby also led the Office of Global Health Diplomacy, advancing the United States’ global health mission to improve and save lives and foster sustainability through a shared global responsibility. As CEO and Chief Medical Officer of Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation, 2001-2009, he played a key role in the development and implementation of HIV/AIDS national treatment scale-up plans in South Africa, Rwanda, China and Ukraine. During the Clinton Administration, Ambassador Goosby was Director of the Ryan White Care Act at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and later, served as Deputy Director of the White House National AIDS Policy Office and Director of the Office of HIV/AIDS Policy at HHS.
UN Special Envoy on Tuberculosis; Director, Institute for Global Health Delivery and Diplomacy
Global Health Sciences, University of California, San FranciscoView Bio
Senior Vice President, Policy and Partnerships, One Acre Fund
Stephanie Hanson joined One Acre Fund as the Director of Policy and Outreach in 2009. From 2006 to 2009, she covered economic and political development in Africa and Latin America for CFR.org, the website of the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2008, she won a News and Documentary Emmy for Crisis Guide: Darfur, an interactive media guide that explores the history and context of crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan.
Senior Vice President, Policy and Partnerships
One Acre Fund
Vice President, Social and Sustainable Finance, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Leslie Harwell is part of the J.P. Morgan Social and Sustainable Finance Group, a unit launched in 2007 to service the growing market for impact investments – those intended to generate positive impact alongside financial return. Social and Sustainable Finance invests J.P. Morgan’s own capital in impact investment funds, publishes market research, and is now building out its advisory and product platform to respond to increasing demand from corporations, institutional and individual clients. Prior to joining Social and Sustainable Finance, Leslie worked in Debt Capital Markets at Credit Suisse, helping Public Sector entities in Latin America access the international capital markets. In addition to her responsibilities in Debt Capital Markets, Leslie supported strategic relationships with Development Finance Institutions. Leslie holds a Bachelors of Science in Foreign Service and a Certificate in Contemporary Arab Studies from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, supplemented with studies at the American University in Cairo.
Vice President, Social and Sustainable Finance
JPMorgan Chase & Co.View Bio
Vice President, Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility, Sodexo
Deborah joined Sodexo in 1991 as a District Manager in the Healthcare segment and progressed into roles with increasing responsibility including Director of Strategic Marketing, Senior Director of Strategic Planning, Vice President of Strategic Planning for Healthcare and most recently, Senior Vice President of Planning and Strategy for the Healthcare Market. In addition, she held an international position as Vice President of Sodexo Group Planning, based in France, and started and led Sodexo’s wellness initiative in the United States. In May of 2012, Deborah assumed responsibility for the Office of Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility for Sodexo North America. With a team of seven subject matter experts, the Office is responsible for championing and deploying Sodexo’s Better Tomorrow Plan, its road-map for sustainability and CSR. Deborah also serves as the Chair of Sodexo’s global Nutrition, Health and Wellness Working Group. Prior to joining Sodexo, Deborah spent several years in the U.S. textile industry. Deborah also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Brazil. She is a graduate of Vassar College.
Vice President, Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility
Environment Director, Grupo Puntacana
Jake Kheel is Environmental Director for Grupo Puntacana, one of the most successful development companies in the Dominican Republic. For the past ten years, Jake has overseen corporate environmental affairs for the resort, while also serving as Director of the Puntacana Ecological Foundation. Since its inception 15 years ago, the foundation has successfully implemented innovative solutions to numerous social and environmental issues in the region, ranging from implementation of the largest recycling operation in the country, conservation of endangered species, and coral reef restoration. Under Jake’s leadership, Grupo Puntacana has received numerous international awards, including the prestigious WTTC “Tourism for Tomorrow” award, the Conde Nast Traveler “World Saver’s Award” and the “Global Vision” award by Travel & Leisure. Most recently, Grupo Puntacana was recognized with the National Geographic Traveler “Leader in Sustainable Tourism Award.” Jake has a Master’s in Environmental Management from Cornell University and BA from Wesleyan University.
Grupo PuntacanaView Bio
Senior Advisor, Bernard van Leer Foundation
Joan Lombardi is an international expert on early childhood development and social policy. Joan has served in a number of positions in the US Department of Health and Human Services, including as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Development (2009-11). She currently serves as a Senior Advisor on global strategies for the Bernard van Leer Foundation and to the Buffett Early Childhood Fund on domestic issues. She is the author of numerous publications including “Beacon of Hope: The Promise of Early Had Start for America’s Youngest Children”.
Bernard van Leer FoundationView Bio
Billion Oyster Project Director, New York Harbor Foundation
Peter Malinowski has taught marine science and aquaculture at New York Harbor School since 2008 and since 2010 has served as the school’s Aquaculture Program Director. In April 2014 he was named Director of the Billion Oyster Project, which he developed with Murray Fisher. Pete has played a lead role in local marine restoration efforts, notably in connection with the Oyster Restoration Research Project (ORRP) in New York Harbor. Prior to joining Harbor School, he worked as a tall ship educator and deckhand at Ocean Classroom Foundation, and as a seasonal foreman at the Fishers Island Oyster Farm. Pete holds a B.A. from Vassar College, and is a Coast Guard licensed captain.
Billion Oyster Project Director
New York Harbor FoundationView Bio
Founder and Executive Director, Restore the Earth Foundation, Inc.
Before co-founding Restore the Earth Foundation with her husband Marvin Marshall, PJ Marshall spent more than 40 years as a top strategic marketing consultant for leading professional services firms such as Bechtel Corporation, Halliburton, and Fulbright & Jaworski LLP. Her broad experience working with senior-level executives in major international corporations makes her particularly suited to developing and leading the cross-sector partnerships that are at the heart of the REF strategy and business model. As a philanthropist, and original Rainmaker to REF, PJ has also been responsible for major fundraising campaigns for organizations such as the Royal Ontario Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Houston Symphony, raising more than $50 million. She co-founded Heart to Hand Toronto, a grassroots community organization that provides food to more than 200 disadvantaged families each year in the Toronto, Ontario region of Canada by connecting them directly and personally with volunteer and supporting families in the community. This initiative is still going strong after 20 years. PJ is a natural collaborator who thrives on bringing a wide range of people together for the common good. She is a passionate advocate for the environment and deeply committed to landscape-scale forest restoration as an approach that both inspires collaboration and effectively brings the Earth’s ecosystems into balance. She serves on the advisory board of Cornell Plantations.
Founder and Executive Director
Restore the Earth Foundation, Inc.View Bio
President and CEO, Education For Employment (EFE)
Jamie McAuliffe is the President & CEO of Education For Employment (EFE), a network of nonprofits dedicated to creating job opportunities for disadvantaged unemployed youth in the Middle East and North Africa. Before joining EFE, Jamie served as Portfolio Manager at the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, an organization that pioneered a “scaling what works” grant-making strategy to support leading youth development non-profits in the United States. At the OTF Group, a spin-off of Monitor Consulting Group, Jamie provided strategic consulting services to spur exports and competitiveness in the small and medium business sector in Brazil. Early in his career, Jamie launched new programs and markets at Ashoka. Between receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Georgetown University and his Master’s in International Studies from John Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, Jamie served as an inner-city school teacher for Teach for America. At the World Economic Forum (WEF) in 2012, Jamie was named a Schwab Foundation Global Social Entrepreneur for the transformative impact that EFE is driving in youth employment. From 2012-2014, he chaired the WEF Global Agenda Council on Youth Unemployment, and he currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Future of Jobs Global Agenda Council.
President and CEO
Education For Employment (EFE)View Bio
Carine Sigfrid de Meyere
Chief Executive Officer and Chief Inspirational Officer and Knowledge Broker for Impact Investors and Social Entrepreneurs, Connecting the Dots through People
Carine Sigfrid de Meyere is a visionary global professional fundraiser, knowledge broker and humanitarian, bringing together impact investors and social entrepreneurs who truly add value and who want to make a difference on this planet. She was amongst others educated at Harvard University’s Kennedy School and Business School with a specialization on Social Entrepreneurship and Impact Investing and how to make sustainable investments a profitable business. By connecting her global network to the causes she stands for ( WCT, the Waka Waka, the Wonderbag, Same Sky, Room to Read, CEIBS Africa) she wishes to positively contribute to the lives of people living in remote and rural areas around the globe by improving their living circumstances on a daily basis in order for them to be able to reach their full potential, to lead a healthy, sustainable and prosperous life so that they can also realize their dreams. She is a true global citizen with a mission to simply connect the right dots through the right people.
Carine Sigfrid de Meyere
Chief Executive Officer and Chief Inspirational Officer and Knowledge Broker for Impact Investors and Social Entrepreneurs
Connecting the Dots through People
Managing Director, Education, IDEO
Sandy Speicher is an Associate Partner at the global design and innovation firm IDEO, and Managing Director of their Education practice. Her teams look to people’s unmet needs to inspire new solutions ranging from the ways people learn to the ways systems operate. Working with organizations across the public, private, and social sectors, Sandy has helped create an affordable school system in Peru, strategies to improve schools for the poor in India, and global online learning platforms that engage today’s working adults. She helped Carnegie Corporation launch 100kin10, which President Clinton referred to as a new model for social change. Sandy holds an Master’s in Education from Stanford and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Washington University.
Managing Director, Education
Executive Secretary, CGIAR Fund Council, CGIAR Fund
Jonathan Wadsworth heads the CGIAR Fund, the largest public vehicle for financing the agricultural research advances needed to meet global food security challenges. He is currently spearheading efforts to double CGIAR’s spending for international agricultural research to $2 billion by 2020. This investment will help CGIAR and its partners develop the scientific, technological and policy innovations needed to feed and nourish the world’s growing population while protecting the planet, improving farmers’ resilience to climate change, and reducing agriculture’s environmental footprint. Wadsworth was previously senior agriculture research advisor for the UK Department for International Development (DFID). A livestock scientist, he spent most of his career in the field working to develop and disseminate life-saving agricultural technologies to smallholder farmers and designing and implementing projects in Latin America.
Executive Secretary, CGIAR Fund Council
CGIAR FundView Bio
Director, New York City Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency
Daniel Zarrilli was appointed in March 2014 by Mayor Bill de Blasio as the Director of the Office of Recovery and Resiliency, leading the implementation of A Stronger, More Resilient New York, the City’s comprehensive climate resiliency program to strengthen coastal protections, upgrade buildings, improve infrastructure, and make neighborhoods safer and more vibrant. Daniel was appointed in 2014 to FEMA’s National Advisory Council and is serving on the Resiliency Technical Advisory Panel for Louisiana’s 2017 Coastal Master Plan update. From February until December 2014, he also served as the Acting Director of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability. Prior to this, he was named the City’s first Director of Resiliency after serving on the Mayor’s Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency, leading the City’s post-Sandy efforts to develop a comprehensive coastal protection plan for the five boroughs. Daniel previously worked as the Senior Vice President for Asset Management at the NYC Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), and spent five years with Bechtel Infrastructure Corporation. He is a Professional Engineer in the State of NY and holds an MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from MIT and a BS in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University.
New York City Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency