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Thursday, March 30, 2006

2006 Skoll Awards Ceremony

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Session Description

Jeff Skoll, Sally Osberg, Robert Redford and Sir Ben Kingsley present the 2006 Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship to this years recipients.

When | Where

18:00 - 19:45 Thursday, March 30

Session leaders

  • J.B. Schramm Speaker
    Co-Chair, College Success Initiative, New Profit
    J.B. Schramm currently chairs the Learn to Earn initiative at New Profit, a venture philanthropy and social innovation organization that provides funding and strategic support to help the most promising social enterprises achieve scale. J.B. leads the organization’s ecosystem innovation work for college access, postsecondary education and career, helping colleagues in the field equip 10+M more Americans for career success by 2025. Forbes named J.B. to its 2012 Impact 30 list of top global social entrepreneurs for his work founding and leading College Summit, the organization President Obama saluted with a portion of his Nobel Peace Prize award in 2009. J.B. is the recipient of Honorary Doctorates of Public Service from Regis University and the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium), and is a fellow of the Aspen Institute, Skoll Foundation, Ashoka, and the Manhattan Institute. He has been interviewed by, and published in, numerous media outlets including The New York Times, the Washington Post, and People. J.B. is a graduate of the Denver Public Schools, Yale College, and Harvard Divinity School. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and three children.
  • Actor,
    Sir Ben Kingsley, CBE (born Krishna Pandit Bhanji; 31 December 1943) is a British actor. He has won an Oscar, BAFTA, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards in his career. He is known for starring as Mohandas Gandhi in the film Gandhi in 1982, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor. He is also known for his performances in the films Schindler's List (1993), Sexy Beast (2000) and House of Sand and Fog (2003).
  • Jeff Skoll Speaker
    Founder & Chairman, Jeff Skoll Group
    Jeff Skoll is an entrepreneur devoted to creating a sustainable world of peace and prosperity. Over the last 17 years, he has crafted an innovative portfolio of philanthropic and commercial enterprises, each a distinctive catalyst for changing the trajectory of issues that most affect the survival and thriving of humanity. This portfolio includes the Skoll Foundation, Skoll Global Threats Fund, Participant Media, and Capricorn Investment Group—all coordinated under the Jeff Skoll Group umbrella. The Skoll entrepreneurial approach is unique: driving large-scale, permanent social impact by investing in a range of efforts that integrate powerful stories, data, capital markets, technology, partnerships, and organized learning networks. Operating independently from one another yet deeply connected through a shared vision, Skoll organizations galvanize public will, influence policy, and mobilize resources to accelerate the pace and depth of change. Jeff was the first full-time employee and President of eBay, where he experienced firsthand the power of combining entrepreneurship, technology, and trust in people. His work today embodies those fundamental lessons. All of Jeff’s organizations rely on the premise that people are fundamentally good, and that given the opportunity to do the right thing, they will.
  • Sally Osberg Speaker
    President and CEO, Skoll Foundation
    Sally Osberg has been an entrepreneurial leader and catalyst for social change throughout her career. She propels those around her with her life philosophy and mantra, captured in one word: "Onward!" As President and CEO of the Skoll Foundation, she partners with Founder and Chairman Jeff Skoll and guides the organization in its search and support of innovators pioneering scalable solutions to pressing global problems. Under Sally’s leadership, the Foundation has invested in more than 100 ventures led by social entrepreneurs worldwide; established the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the Saïd Business School of Oxford University; created the annual Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship; and brokered cutting-edge partnerships with organizations including TED, the Sundance Institute, and the Social Progress Imperative. In 2015, she co-authored Getting Beyond Better: How Social Entrepreneurship Works with Roger Martin. Together, she and Roger received the Thinkers50 Social Enterprise Award. Sally’s work has appeared in CNN, Financial Times, Bloomberg TV, Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review, the MIT Technology Review, Rotman Magazine, and others. She has been recognized as one of Silicon Valley’s Millennium 100 by the San Jose Mercury News and among the social sector’s 50 most influential leaders by The NonProfit Times.
  • Sakena Yacoobi Speaker
    Dr. Sakena Yacoobi is the CEO of the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL), which she founded in 1995 in response to the lack of education and healthcare that the Afghan people were facing after years of war and strife. Using a community-based approach, AIL has greatly increased access to quality education and health for women and children through its innovative Learning Centers, its mobile literacy and fast track classes and student-centered teacher training programs. A leader in providing human rights, leadership, peace and health training for women and youth, AIL has impacted the lives of more than 15 million Afghans and its programs have been replicated throughout Afghanistan. In addition, Dr. Yacoobi has established four private schools, one private hospital and a radio station in Afghanistan. She is the recipient of six honorary doctorates from institutions including Princeton University. In 2017, Dr. Yacoobi was named as one of the Sunhak Peace Prize Laureates; was chosen to be on the citizenship wall in the Afghan Presidential Palace as one of the top civilian and cultural women in Afghanistan; was named by BBC as one of 100 inspirational and innovative women; and received the Sri Sathya Sai Award for Human Excellence in Education. Other of her many awards include the 2015 WISE Prize for Education and the 2013 Opus Prize. Dr. Yacoobi is a Skoll Social Entrepreneur, Schwab Social Entrepreneur and has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. She is Vice President of Creating Hope International (CHI) and is a former board member for the Global Fund for Women. She is an advisor for the Fetzer Institute, an Ashoka fellow, Kravis Prize Awardee, a Gruber Prize Awardee and is a member of the US - Afghan Women’s Council. Before founding AIL, Dr. Yacoobi was a professor at D’Etre University in Detroit, MI and was Coordinator of the Women’s Programs for the International Rescue Committee in the Afghan refugee camps in Peshawar, Pakistan.
  • Founder, Child and Youth Finance International
    The founder of several innovative and award-winning NGOs, Jeroo Billimoria encapsulates what it means to be a social entrepreneur. She is a Skoll awardee, and an Ashoka and Schwab Fellow. Jeroo is considered among the world’s leading social entrepreneurs and is now working on her ninth entrepreneurial venture. Among her organizations are Childline India and ChildHelpline International, which have facilitated a global movement for protection of children and youth and are active in more than 181 countries – having responded to over 160 million calls. Her previous organization, Aflatoun, has succeeded in working with global partners to provide social and financial education to over 2 million children in 100 countries. Jeroo is the founder and currently a board member of Child & Youth Finance International, a leading organization in Collaborative Systems Change.
  • Jim Fruchterman Speaker
    Founder and CEO, Benetech
    Jim Fruchterman is the founder and CEO of Benetech, a Silicon Valley nonprofit technology company that develops software applications to address unmet needs of users in the social sector. He is the recipient of numerous awards recognizing his work as a pioneering social entrepreneur, including the MacArthur Fellowship, Caltech’s Distinguished Alumni Award, the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, and the Migel Medal—the highest honor in the blindness field—from the American Foundation for the Blind. Benetech’s work has grown to touch thousands of organizations and the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. Benetech’s suite of tools and services has transformed the ways in which people with disabilities such as dyslexia and vision impairment access printed information, at-risk human rights defenders safely document abuse, and environmental practitioners protect species and ecosystems. Today, through Benetech Labs, its innovation arm, Benetech explores new software-for-good ideas that have the potential to make life better for millions. JJim has also been active in public policy and thought leadership. He has served on three federal advisory committees on technology policy, as well as repeatedly testifying before Congress on innovation and technology subjects. He speaks and writes extensively on social entrepreneurship, disability and technology topics, and lectures regularly at universities around the United States and the world. He was on the original drafting team for the Treaty of Marrakesh, the first pro-consumer intellectual property treaty passed by the United Nations, which went into international legal effect in 2016. Through his work with Benetech and as a trailblazer in the field of social entrepreneurship, Jim continues to advance his vision of a world in which the benefits of technology reach all of humanity, not just the wealthiest and most able five percent.
  • Mindy Lubber Speaker
    President, Ceres
    Mindy S. Lubber is the CEO, President, and founding board member of Ceres, a non-profit organization that is mobilizing many of the world’s largest investors and companies to take stronger action on climate change, water scarcity and other global sustainability challenges. She directs Ceres’ Investor Network on Climate Risk and Sustainability, a group of 130 institutional investors managing over $17 trillion in assets focused on the business risks and opportunities of climate change. Mindy also oversees engagements with 100-plus companies, many of them Fortune 500 firms, working towards improving their commitments to sustainable business practices and the urgency for strong climate and clean energy policies. Under Mindy’s leadership, Ceres launched The 21st Century Corporation: The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability and The 21st Century Investor: Ceres Blueprint for Sustainable Investing, visionary guides highlighting environmental and social performance improvements companies and investors must achieve to succeed in the resource-constrained 21st century global economy. In 2016, Mindy received the Climate Visionary Award from the Earth Day Network, and the William K. Reilly Award for Environmental Leadership from the Center for Environmental Policy at American University. The December 2015 online edition of Vogue Magazine featured Mindy as one of their “Climate Warriors”, one of the top 13 women advancing the Paris Climate Agreement at the UN Conference at COP21. In 2010, Mindy was honored by the United Nations and the Foundation for Social Change as one of the “World’s Top Leaders of Change” for her work in mobilizing leading companies to integrate environmental challenges into core business strategies. She is a recipient of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and was named one of “The 100 Most Influential People in Corporate Governance” by Directorship magazine.
  • Taddy Blecher Speaker
    Dr Taddy Blecher is the CEO and co-founder of the Maharishi Institute, and Imvula Empowerment Fund in South Africa, which facilitates access to holistic post-secondary education for unemployed youth from 17-countries across Africa. He is a pioneer of the free university-education movement in South Africa, and co-founded the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship with Sir Richard Branson. As a result of his work, over 17,580 unemployed South Africans have been educated, found employment and moved from poverty to the middle-class. These formerly unemployed youth (70% of whom are women) now have combined salaries in excess of R1.05 billion p.a. and expected life-time earnings of approximately R28.5 billion. Over 600 000 young South Africans reached with 1-week life-skills training. He is co-founder of Tendrel, a global organization for Social Impact Leaders to support each other. He is the Former Chairperson of the Enabling Entrepreneurship Task Team, of the HRDC (Human Resource Development Council), and emerging from that work, has worked with the national Department of Basic Education on the Entrepreneurship in Schools initiative and Sector Plan, and with the national Department of Small Business building the National Virtual Incubator, a set of mobile-phone based tools to support small business in SA, and the Services SETA on their national Entrepreneurship Development Institute. Awards include: Chosen as one of South Africa's Icons in the 21 Icons initiative. World Economic Forum "Global Leader of Tomorrow" awardee, a World Economic Forum "Young Global Leader" awardee, a Skoll Global Social Entrepreneur winning a $1 million prize for his work, an Ashoka Fellow, and has received two honorary doctorates. His work on education and youth employment has been profiled in over 50 published books. He was named by author Tom Peters as one of his top 5 most influential entrepreneurs in the world over the last 30 years.
  • Gary Cohen Speaker
    Co-Founder and President, Health Care Without Harm
    Gary Cohen has been an advocate in the environmental health community for over thirty years. For many years he worked for an organization that provided technical assistance to community leaders living in polluted places. Over the last twenty years he has led Health Care Without Harm, whose mission is to address the environmental footprint of the health sector and transform health care organizations into community anchors for resilience and sustainability. Cohen received a MacArthur Award in 2015. He is married to a yoga teacher and has a daughter who is training to be a horse whisperer.
  • Quratulain Bakhteari grew up in a refugee camp on the outskirts of Karachi after the creation of Pakistan in 1947. When Quratulain was earning her B.A. degree as a student between 1978 and 1982, she worked as a volunteer, organizer, and researcher in the squatter settlements in and around Karachi. She made major contributions both to public health and sanitation during this time, providing toilets to 5,000 households through community actions, effectively changing the sanitation and hygiene practices for more than 35,000 people from 1979 to 1987. After completing her B.A. degree, she helped new refugees coming from Bangladesh by providing them with access to basic health care and education. Later, she earned a master’s degree and Ph.D. and established 2,000 government girls’ primary schools in rural Balochistan, resulting in the enrollment of 200,000 girls — a record in Pakistan’s history. Frustrated with a lack of efficacy in internationally sponsored development projects, she wrote a concept paper that became the blueprint for Institute for Development Studies and Practices (IDSP), and was subsequently funded by The Asia Foundation for three years. She formulated the curriculum, recruited, and trained faculty in advance of the formal launch of IDSP in 1998. Since then, she has focused her attention toward safe spaces for young people in Pakistan, and IDSP has set a major strategic goal of establishing a university of its kind in the field of community development in order to work with marginalized youth for a greater social, political and economic change in societies. Currently, IDSP is designing its university curriculum and faculty development trainings in conjunction with the campus construction in Quetta. Quratulain is an Ashoka Fellow and has spoken at prestigious conferences, including the Global Philanthropy Forum and TEDx. She also received a lifetime achievement award from the Balochistan government.
  • Karen Tse Speaker
    Karen Tse, Skoll Awardee, founded International Bridges to Justice in 2000. An international human rights lawyer, ordained minister and former San Francisco public defender, Karen first developed her interest in the nexus of criminal law and human rights in 1986, after witnessing Southeast Asian refugees detained in a local prison without trial. In 1994, she moved to Cambodia to train the country’s first core group of public defenders and subsequently served as a United Nations Judicial Mentor. Karen formed IBJ after witnessing hundreds of prisoners of all ages being held without trials, usually after being tortured into making 'confessions’. IBJ is creating the conditions for a “new normal in justice” in which citizens will have access to justice and ending the use of torture as an investigative tool. IBJ now has a presence in over 47 countries, with permanent country programs in 11 countries. Over 18 years, IBJ has supported more than 30,000 lawyers and defenders who have represented more than 220,000 detainees. IBJ has also reached over 25 million people through rights awareness campaigns around the world. Working globally both on the ground and online, IBJ has an active online presence through Criminal DefenseWiki pages for 87 countries and 152 eLearning modules for over 20 countries, with over 15 million hits for both platforms combined since its creation. Karen is a graduate of UCLA Law School and Harvard Divinity School. Among others, Karen is a recipient of the Skoll Award for Social Innovation, the American Bar Association Human Rights Award and named as one of America’s best leaders by the US News and World Report. To learn more about Karen’s work and International Bridges to Justice, please watch her TEDTalk (https://www.ted.com/talks/karen_tse_how_to_stop_torture).
  • Vera Cordeiro Speaker
    Founder and Board President, Saúde Criança
    Founder and Chairwoman of the Board of Associação Saúde Criança was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She received her MD as a general practioner in 1975 from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. From 1978 to 1998, she worked at the Hospital da Lagoa founding in 1979 the Psychosomatic Department. In 1991, she founded the Associação Saúde Criança, a social organization that uses a pioneering methodology to promote the well-being of socially vulnerable families, with long-term results, proven by researchers at Georgetown University (link: http://www.saudecrianca.org.br/wp-content/uploads/Saude-Crianca-Brief-English-Final-1.pdf). It has also an impact on public policy in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, helping thousands of people through city government. ASC was elected by NGO Advisor in 2017 the best social organization of Latin American and the 19ª best of the world. Dr. Vera is an Ashoka fellow, a Skoll Foundation awardee, Schwab Foundation social entrepreneur, an Avina leader, a member of the World Council of Ashoka, and from 2005-2011 a Board member of PATH: A Catalyst for Global Health.
  • Andrea Coleman Speaker
    Founder, Riders for Health International
    Andrea co-founded Riders together with Barry Coleman, her husband, and motorcycle sporting hero, Randy Mamola in 1996. She has worked for 25 years to show that a systematic approach to managing motorcycles and motorised vehicles in Africa means health care can be delivered – predictably and reliably, however harsh the conditions or however remote the community. Embedding systems into local management means assets remain assets, money is saved, people are employed and trained to a very high standard. Andrea’s motorcycle racing life and her work in promotion and sports management provided her with a practical outlook. Andrea says ‘ A practical approach to development is vital. Reaching everyone, everywhere, every day means well maintained vehicles lead to a strong and reliable supply chain. Supply chain underpins all aspects of access to health care for rural communities in Africa. Is this boring? Too much of the greasy hands stuff? For some, yes. But without it everything and everyone is grounded’. In 2013 Andrea won the Women of the Year Award, sponsored by Barclays Bank for her part in revolutionising medical provision across Africa. In 2006 she won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award. Andrea is a awardee of the Skoll Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship since 2005, a senior fellow of Ashoka and a member of the Schwab Foundation for Social Enterprise. Andrea founded Two Wheels for Life in 2016. TWFL supports the work of Riders for Health and issues that support access to health care where there is no formal infrastructure. She believes that a social entrepreneur needs to be persistent and resilient. Fortunately, she is both.
  • Barry Coleman Speaker
    Co-founder, Riders for Health International
    I am the co-founder of the social enterprise, Riders for Health. My focus is on sustainable systems and infrastructure building. I have a strong belief in African leadership and management and my work has supported that throughout my career. I studied philosophy at Manchester University. I was a journalist for The Guardian newspaper before co-founding Riders for Health with my wife, Andrea in 1996. We have three children. And I am a published author.
  • John Wood Speaker
    Founder & Executive, Chairman, Room to Read
    John Wood left his position as Microsoft’s Director of Business Development for the Greater China Region in 1999 to start Room to Read, a nonprofit organization that “combines the heart of Mother Theresa with the scalability of Starbucks” to help children across the developing world break the cycle of poverty through the power of education. The organization developed from an idea and a donkey-load of donated books into a network of 7000 libraries, 750 schools, 7,000 longterm girls scholarships and 5 million donated children’s books. Over 2 million children have access to this network of schools and libraries in nine countries in Africa and Asia. John is also the author of Leaving Microsoft to Change the World, which was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show.
  • Heidi Kuhn Speaker
    Founder and CEO, Roots of Peace
    See www.rootsofpeace.org--BIO
  • John Marks Speaker
    Founder and Senior Advisor, Search for Common Ground
    John Marks was until 2014 the President of Search for Common Ground, a peacebuilding NGO he founded in 1982 that now has 600 staff with offices in 36 countries. He also founded Common Ground Productions and is still a Senior Advisor to both organizations. He is a best-selling, award-winning author, a former US Foreign Service Officer, a Skoll Awardee in Social Entrepreneurship and an Ashoka Senior Fellow. The UN’s University of Peace has awarded him an honorary PhD.
  • Peace Ambassador, Search for Common Ground
    Susan Collin Marks, Search for Common Ground’s Peace Ambassador, is an internationally renowned peacemaker and peacebuilder. For nearly three decades, she has worked in some of the most conflictual places on the planet, including mediating in the heart of her native South Africa’s transition from apartheid, facilitating ongoing dialogue in the Middle East, supporting peace initiatives in the former Soviet Union and Asia, and establishing national peacebuilding programs throughout Africa. In recent years, she has focused on mentoring and coaching high level political, institutional and civil society leaders worldwide, encouraging them to be leaders for the whole, not just their party, faction or group. In September 2014, she stepped aside after 20 years as senior vice president of Search for Common Ground (www.sfcg.org), and moved from Washington DC to Europe. Her book, Watching the Wind: conflict resolution during South Africa’s transition to democracy, USIP 2000, captures the compelling story of how peace can be built even in the most intractable conflict. She holds an MA in International Relations from the University of Kent at Canterbury, and a BA in Social Anthropology from the University of Cape Town. Honors include an Honorary Doctorate from the UN University for Peace in Costa Rica; Jennings Randolph Peace Fellowship at the United States Institute for Peace; Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship; President Jimmy Carter’s Waging Peace Award; Marvin Johnson Diversity Award, Association for Conflict Resolution; Exemplary Leadership Award from the University of Pittsburgh; and the Institute for Noetic Science’s Creative Altruism Award. She continues to speak, teach, coach, mentor, write, facilitate, and support peace processes and conflict resolution programs internationally. She holds a vision of a world of peace and dignity for all. She believes that our common humanity binds us together more than our differences divide us. She works to make it so.
  • Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors, VillageReach
    Born in Cameroon, Blaise Judja-Sato was a successful U.S. businessman until a devastating flood in Mozambique prompted his return to Africa. While helping with relief efforts, he saw both the suffering of the rural poor and the frustration of nongovernmental organizations that could not get medicines across the “last mile” of remote country to those in need. Judja-Sato founded VillageReach (VR) because he recognized that the solution involved building a reliable “pipeline” infrastructure. He also realized that these last-mile barriers affected industries and others who might be willing to pay into a shared system that benefited everyone. Blaise remains on the board of VillageReach however, over the past few years, he has increasingly been dedicating resources to the development of innovative, scalable solutions to help: (1) raise awareness on the world’s most pressing challenges; and (2) enable donors, and the advisors and institutions serving them, to become more strategic and effective in reaching their philanthropic objectives. For more information, please contact him at bjsato@gmail.com
  • Albina Ruiz Speaker
    Founder and President, Ciudad Saludable
    Founder and President of Ciudad Saludable, and President of Healthy Cities International Foundation, all belonging to Healthy City Group; external Consultant for the InterAmerican Bank – IADB and the World Bank. Albina obtained her Ph.D. summa cum laude in Chemical Engineering, at the Universitat Ramón Llull, Spain (2010). Graduated as Industrial Engineer at the UNI (National University of Engineering), and as Sanitary Engineer in Solid Waste, as second specialty, Peru. M.A. in Ecology and Environmental Management at Ricardo Palma University (2000), Peru. Ashoka Social Entrepreneur Fellow since 1996, she is considered among the world’s best social entrepreneurs. Also chosen by Schawb Foundation and by Skoll Foundation as Outstanding Social Entrepreneur and Avina Leader as well, as a result of the work she develops in environmental issues and especially in solid waste and water care; she has performed several environmental studies of the basin of the Santa River, of the Yarinacocha Lagoon, due to the impact that solid waste and sewage water have on this water stream. She is Board Member at the Global Fairness Initiative in USA.