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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Innovators In Action Masterclass — Social Entrepreneurs in Human Rights

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Session Description

Innovators In Action Masterclasses
Join Skoll social entrepreneurs for a series of lively masterclass discussions on real world innovations from the field. These practitioners generously share their approaches, insights, impact and examples of success. Pick your issue area and take advantage of this opportunity to learn and be inspired!

When | Where

12:40 - 13:40 Wednesday, March 28

Session leaders

  • Gillian Caldwell is an award-winning executive director, campaigner, social entrepreneur, attorney, author and filmmaker. She is CEO of Global Witness, which campaigns to end the corruption, environmental and human rights abuses driven by natural resource exploitation. She has received many awards including an echoing green fellowship, the Skoll Award, the Schwab Foundation Award, Director’s Fellowship from MIT’s Media Lab and the Rockefeller Foundation Next Generation Leader Award. Gillian earned her BA from Harvard University and J.D. from Georgetown University.
  • 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, an Ashoka and Schwab Fellow and is considered to be among the world’s leading changemakers. Among her organizations are Child and Youth Finance International (CYFI) and Aflatoun International. CYFI leads the Child & Youth Finance Movement to ensure financial inclusion and Economic Citizenship Education for young people worldwide, while Aflatoun International has succeeded in working with global partners to provide social and financial education to over 1 million children in 84 countries. Prior to this, Jeroo founded 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. Billimoria is a globally respected speaker and advocate of economic empowerment for children. Her social and humanitarian work has reached lives of millions of children around the world. She has been a speaker at the World Economic Forum, the Skoll World Forum for Social Entrepreneurship, provided several TEDx talks, and presented at a range of international corporations and universities. Additional awards include: • Jeroo listed as #4 in the 2015 edition of “De Dikke Blauwe Top 100” Philanthropy Year Guide • Jeroo ranked 3rd in the charity and non-profit category of Opzij's Top 100 Influential Women 2015 • CYFI listed among Global Journal's Top 100 NGOs (2016) • Aflatoun named to Global Journal's Top 100 NGOs (2012 and 2013) • Innovators for the Public Fellowship awarded by Ashoka: Innovators for the Public • Schwab Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurs • 2012 Outstanding Social Entrepreneur • Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship • One of the Phoenix 50 for her work with Aflatoun • Union of Arab Banks Award for her work with CYFI
  • 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 has a presence in over 40 countries and supports more than than 29,000 lawyers and defenders who have represented more than 220,000 detainees. 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 (
  • Nina Smith Speaker
    CEO, GoodWeave International
    Nina Smith is the founding Chief Executive Officer of GoodWeave International. Since 1999, Ms. Smith has developed and led GoodWeave operations, which stops child labor, forced labor and trafficking in supply chains. Ms. Smith is an advocate for children’s rights and an expert on addressing labor rights violations in manufacturing supply chains. She is a winner of the The Schwab Foundation’s 2016 Social Entrepreneur of the Year award and the 2005 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, acknowledging her work to employ market strategies to tackle the worst forms of child labor and slavery. She is also a recipient of The Center for Nonprofit Advancement’s EXCEL Award for excellence in chief executive leadership. A fair trade advocate and expert for two decades, Ms. Smith was formerly the executive director of The Crafts Center and a crafts export consultant to the Tibetan Government-in-Exile in Dharamsala, India, where she oversaw the development of new market-driven product lines and artisan training. Ms. Smith was also president and board member of the Fair Trade Federation and has served on the board of The Tibet Collection. Currently she sits on the board of the Fair Labor Association and is a practitioner affiliate of the Social Enterprise Graduate Degree program at American University. Ms. Smith is a graduate of Tufts University.