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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Woman, Culture And Social Change

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Session Description

Increasingly, social entrepreneurs working in healthcare, education and economic development are relying on women and girls to create and sustain change in communities around the world. What’s driving this focus on women and girls? What are the models and opportunities for success? What are the challenges and cultural barriers faced by these approaches? And how are traditional, often male-dominated, cultural and community institutions accommodating this changing landscape? Join these panellists for for a vigorous, candid and real world conversation on the myths, pitfalls and imperatives surrounding this topic.

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10:00 - 12:00 Thursday, March 27

Session leaders

  • Andy Thornton Speaker
    Director, Smallholder Solutions
    Andy is a Director of Smallholder Solutions who design and execute projects that integrate smallholders into commercial value chains and share the value created. This can be done through creating stand-alone businesses that work exclusively with smallholders, or incorporating them within established commercial businesses looking to expand. Prior to this he was Deputy CEO of a for-profit social enterprise that developed a new, scalable business model for the palm oil sector in West Africa centred on smallholders. He also spent 9 years at AfriKids, a child rights organisation that operates in northern Ghana; here he was a Director focussed on developing and running Ghanaian social projects and social business. Andy holds a BA in International Studies and Political Science from the University of Birmingham and an MBA from the University of Oxford where he studied as a Skoll Scholar.
  • Innovative Finance Advisor, Individual
    Aunnie Patton Power is the Innovative Finance Lead at the Bertha Centre and an Associate Fellow at the University of Oxford’s Saïd School of Business. In these roles, she manages projects on Social Impact Bonds/Development Impact Bonds, Impact Investing and sustainable philanthropy, consults to a range of organisations including start-ups, financial intermediaries, investment funds, family offices and foundations on social investment strategies, and researches and lectures in financial modeling, social finance and impact investment. Aunnie’s work has been published throughout the world, including by the Oxford University Press, the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR), the World Economic Forum, the Impact Investing Policy Collaboration. She has experience in both the mainstream and the impact-oriented venture capital and investment banking sectors in North America, the United Kingdom, Africa and Asia. She has most recently worked with Unitus Capital, BMO Capital Markets, and the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology. She has a B.A. in International Political Economy from DePauw University and an M.B.A. from the University of Oxford's Saïd Business School.
  • Bunker Roy Speaker
    Founder and Director, Barefoot College
    Bunker Roy’s “real” education started when after being educated in Doon School(1956-1962) and St Stephens College(1962-1967)-he dug open wells for drinking water as an unskilled labourer for 5 years (1967-1971). It is the only College in India built by the poor and managed by the rural poor who earn less than $ 1/day. Almost the only College left in India that respects and practices the work style and life style of Mahatma Gandhi. It is a College where the teacher is the learner and the learner the teacher. It is the only College in India where traditional knowledge and practical skills of the poor are given more importance and priority than paper degrees or qualifications. In the 20 years that the demystified and decentralized community based Barefoot approach has been implemented in over 78 of the Least Developed Countries, a total of 40,000 houses in over 1,000 villages have been solar electrified by nearly 800 illiterate rural grandmothers. Only using sign language in 6 months they are solar engineers. Bunker Roy gave a TED talk at TED Global in Edinburgh in October 2011. 3.5 million hits translated into 45 languages. TED talk 2011 http://www.ted.com/talks/bunker_roy.html RECOGNITION The Schwab Foundation for Outstanding Social Entrepreneurs, World Economic Forum Switzerland September 2002: The Stockholm Challenge Award Sweden October 2002: Tech Museum California November 2002: St Andrews Prize for the Environment, Scotland May 2003: Tyler Prize April 2004 California USA: The Skoll Foundation 2005: US $ 1 million ALCAN Award for Sustainability 2006: The Sierra Club Green Energy Award :Robert Hill Award For Promotion of Solar Energy Hamburg Germany September 2009 : Asian Excellence Awards, London, November 2011, Social Entrepreneur of the Year. April 2010 identified by TIME magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world Blue Planet Prize Japan November 2011: Clinton Global Citizen Award New York September 2013:
  • Iman Bibars Speaker
    Regional Director for MENA, Ashoka
    Based in Cairo, Iman Bibars is responsible for launching Ashoka’s program in the Arab World. Iman has a BA and an MA in Political Science from the American University in Cairo, and a PhD in Development Studies from Sussex University. Iman also joined the Georgetown University Arab Studies MA Program and was a Parvin Fellow at Princeton. Iman is a regional expert with more then 22 years’ experience in the social sector of the Arab World and the Africa region. She has committed her life to working with voiceless groups, such as female heads of households in the poorest slums of Egypt, street children, street vendors and garbage collectors. She has worked with many international agencies and NGOs, including UNICEF, Catholic Relief Services, CARE-Egypt, GTZ and KFW. Iman co-founded and chaired The Association for the Development and Enhancement of Women (ADEW), an NGO providing credit and legal aid for poor women who head their households.
  • Jensine Larsen Speaker
    Founder, CEO, WORLD PULSE
    Jensine (Yen-See-Nah) Larsen, an award-winning social media entrepreneur and international journalist is the founder of World Pulse, a digital communication network connecting women worldwide and bringing them a global voice. Today World Pulse is powered by tens of thousands of women from 190 countries who are collectively improving the lives of 2.2 million people. Jensine has pioneered World Pulse magazine, grassroots women’s digital empowerment training, and an interactive website that enables women on the ground to speak for themselves and connect to solve global problems – including those using internet cafes and cell phones from rural villages and conflict zones. For over a decade Jensine has made it her job to listen to women on the ground around the world. She is a frequent speaker on how social media and technological innovation is a powerful accelerator for women’s global empowerment, appearing in media and on stages from NPR and the Clinton Global Initiative to TED. In his best selling book, “Half the Sky” New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof recommends joining World Pulse as one of the top 4 things you can do in 10 minutes to support women globally.
  • Rhett Butler Speaker
    Founder, mongabay.com
    Rhett Butler founded mongabay.com in 1999 with the mission of raising interest in and appreciation of wild lands and wildlife, while examining the impact of emerging local and global trends in technology, economics, and finance on conservation and development. Today he serves as president and editor-in-chief of the web site. He is also the senior writer and photographer, creating much of the site's content. Rhett Butler has advised a wide range of organizations, including governments, multilateral development agencies, media outlets, academic institutions, foundations, and private sector entities. He has been an information source for the BBC, CNN, CBS, NBC, Fox News, National Geographic, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, Business Week, Bloomberg, the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Reuters, Voice of America, the Associated Press, the San Francisco Chronicle, the L.A. Times, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Forbes, among others.