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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, 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.
  • 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 (
  • Nina Smith Speaker
    CEO, GoodWeave
    Nina Smith is the founding Chief Executive Officer of GoodWeave International. Since 1999, she has developed and led GoodWeave towards its mission to end child labor in global supply chains. A longtime advocate for children’s rights and an expert on supply chain transparency and responsibility,, Nina has spoken about these issues at the Skoll World Forum, The World Economic Forum, Harvard University, Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, the American Bar Association, TedX–Dhaka, and other fora. Nina is winner of the Skoll and Schwab Awards for Social Entrepreneurship and also received 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 previously served as executive director of The Crafts Center and as a crafts export consultant to the Tibetan government-in-exile in Dharamsala, India, where she oversaw the development of market-driven product lines and artisan training. She has also served as a president and board member of the Fair Trade Federation, and 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.