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Thursday, March 26, 2009

2009 Skoll Awards For Social Entrepreneurship

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Session Description

Skoll Awardes at the 2009 Skoll World Forum receiving their awards: Bart Weetjens of APOPO; Soraya Salti of INJAZ Al-Arab, JA Worldwide; Jordan Kassalow of VisionSpring; Paul Van Zyl and Juan Mendez of ICTJ; Martin von Hildebrand of Fundacion Gaia Amazonas; Wendy Kopp of Teach for All; Pooran Desai and Sue Riddlestone of BioRegional Development Group; Gary White of; Munqeth Mehyar, Nader Khateeb and Gidon Bromberg of Ecopeace/Friends of the Earth Middle East.

Featuring Remarks by:
Dr R.K Pachauri, Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the 2009 Skoll Awardees

Musical performance by:
KT Tunstall

When | Where

17:30 - 19:00 Thursday, March 26

Session leaders

  • K T Tunstall Speaker
    Musician / Singer,
    Kate Victoria "KT" Tunstall is a Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist from St Andrews, Scotland. She broke into the public eye with a 2004 live solo performance of her song "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" on Later... with Jools Holland. She has enjoyed commercial and critical success since, picking up three nominations before winning a BRIT Award, and a Grammy Award nomination. She is also the recipient of an Ivor Novello Award. She has released three studio albums internationally: Eye to the Telescope (2004), Drastic Fantastic (2007) and Tiger Suit (2010).
  • Paul van Zyl Speaker
    Founder & CEO, Maiyet
    Paul van Zyl grew up in South Africa during the apartheid era. He spent many years actively opposing apartheid, and served as the Executive Secretary of South Africa’s post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission from 1995 to 1998. He received a law degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg in 1996 and an LL.M. in international law from the University of Leiden in the Netherlands in 1997. He also earned an LL.M. in corporate law from the NYU School of Law’s Hauser Global Law Scholar Program in 1999. In 2001, Paul co-founded the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), an international human rights organization based in New York City. Paul initially served as Program Director and Executive Vice President of ICTJ, in which he shared his expertise on delivering truth and justice to victims of mass human rights violations. Paul has served as an adviser and consultant to many NGOs and governments on transitional justice issues in countries including: Colombia, Indonesia, East Timor, and Bosnia-Herzegovina. He received the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2009 with Juan E. Mendez, the former ICTJ President, for their contributions to transitional justice. He also was awarded the 2009 Recent Graduate Award from NYU Law, and was chosen as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2008. He is a member of the Monitor Talent Network and the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Fragile States, and has been an adviser to the Sundance Documentary Film Program. He was also the Director of New York University School of Law’s Transitional Justice Program and a professor of law in both New York City and Singapore Currently, Paul is the Co-Founder and CEO of Maiyet, a luxury fashion brand that celebrates and cultivates traditional design and culture by partnering with global artisans to incorporate exquisitely handcrafted details into the collections. Along with his most recent venture The Conduit…
  • Juan Mendez Speaker
    A native of Argentina, Juan Méndez came of age during a time of great upheaval in Latin America. As a result of his legal and advocacy work, he was arrested, tortured and exiled. He refused to be broken and dedicated his life to pioneering ways to protect human rights. Juan joined ICTJ as president in 2004. Paul van Zyl, a native of apartheid-era South Africa, committed to working against intolerance at a young age. He helped draft legislation to establish the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission and was hired by Archbishop Tutu as its Executive Secretary. Paul co-founded ICTJ in 2001.
  • Pooran Desai Speaker
    Pooran studied at Oxford and Cambridge Universities before co-founding Bioregional Development Group in 1994. He has worked on Bioregional projects and enterprises in sustainable forestry (woodland management and products), farming (reviving the lavender industry of south London), recycling (converting tree surgery waste into biomass for energy) and real estate development. In 1997 he initiated the BedZED project, which in turn led him to initiate the Z-squared (Zero Carbon Zero Waste) and One Planet Living concepts. He has since worked to implement these concepts in projects around the world, leading teams which have written sustainability strategies for over $30 billion of real estate development. He has worked as a real estate developer, for example on the One Brighton development. Pooran has also worked on policy, chairing the UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ advisory group which recommended A-G mandatory energy ratings for homes which became national UK policy in 2007. He was voted in the UK’s top five most influential people in construction for the decade in 2010, received a 2009 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and a World Economic Forum 2011 Schwab Award as European Social Entreprenuer of the Year. Pooran is married to Bioregional co-founder Sue Riddlestone and lives at BedZED.
  • Munqeth Mehyar Speaker
    Chair and Jordanian Director, EcoPeace Middle East
    Munqeth Mehyar received a degree in Regional Planning and Architecture from the University of Louisiana, USA in 1981, upon which he became the planning engineer for South Amman. Being a committed sportsman, he was the project manager for the German Balsam International Sports Company, and then the Middle East Manager of the Athlete Sports Contracting Company. He serves on the Board of Directors of both the Jordan Sports Federation for the Handicapped, and the Jordan Royal Ecological Diving Society. Mr. Mehyar was awarded a medal from Al Houssain Distinguished Giving for his charitable activities. Further to being co-founder of EcoPeace Middle East, Mr. Mehyar is also the Founder and Director of the Jordan Society for Sustainable Development, an environmental NGO based in Amman.
  • Former Palestinian Director, EcoPeace Middle East
    Nader Al-Khateeb served as Chief Engineer for the Bethlehem, Beit Jala and Beit Sahour Water Authority from 1984 to 1993, where he was responsible for planning and fundraising, as well as operations and maintenance of the distribution network. After returning from leave to acquire his M.Sc. degree, he also became the Project Manager for their drainage and sewerage project. From 1994 to 1997, Mr. Al-Khateeb was a senior water resource engineer with the UNDP's Water Resources Action Program, working as a consultant in the effort to formulate and establish the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA). He then became associated with the PWA itself, coordinating a host of water and wastewater projects.
  • Sue Riddlestone Speaker
    Chief Executive and Co-Founder, Bioregional Development Group
    Sue Riddlestone is Chief Executive of Bioregional, an international Skoll award-winning social enterprise and sustainability charity. Sue co-founded Bioregional in 1994 with her husband Pooran Desai. They initiated the iconic BedZED eco-village in south London, where they live and where Bioregional have their headquarters. Bioregional systematised their approach to create a sustainability framework called One Planet Living which has been used in over $30billion of real-estate development, as well as by municipalities, cities, organisations and companies around the world, including right here in Oxford. Sue and the team are working with partners to create One Planet Communities and eco-products and services which enable us to live a good life with a sustainable carbon footprint, within in the natural limits of our one planet. A new digital platform will enable more people to take action on sustainability in 2017. Bioregional are championing a better way to live. Sue draws on the work of Bioregional and partners to change policy and industry practice from zero carbon policy to eco-towns and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Sue was a London Sustainable Development Commissioner from 2002-2014. Sue and Pooran are Skoll and Schwab award winning social entrepreneurs. Sue is a London and SE region winner in the 2011 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2013 Sue was awarded an OBE for her work on sustainable business and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
  • Gary White Speaker
    CEO and Co-Founder,
    Gary White is the CEO and Co-founder of, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering people in the developing world to gain access to safe water and sanitation. White has led since its founding in 1990 and has positioned it as an innovative leader in the global water supply and sanitation space. He developed’s WaterCredit Program, creating new financing tools for people at the base of the economic pyramid to meet their water supply and sanitation needs. White is a leading advisor in the water and sanitation space, counseling organizations such as the Skoll Foundation, MasterCard Foundation, PepsiCo Foundation, IKEA Foundation and Caterpillar Foundation on responses to the global water crisis. White is a founding board member of the Millennium Water Alliance and Water Advocates. White's educational credentials include three degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Missouri University of Science & Technology.
  • Gidon Bromberg Speaker
    Israeli Director, EcoPeace Middle East
    Gidon Bromberg, Co-founder and co-director of EcoPeace Middle East, an Israeli-Palestinian-Jordanian environmental peacbuilding organization. Together with his Palestinian and Jordanian co-directors he was honored by TIME Magazine as Environmental Heroe of 2008 and was granted the prestigious Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2009, in addition to numerous other awards over the years. Mr. Bromberg is an attorney by profession and previously worked in public interest environmental law. He holds a Bachelor of Economics and a law degree from Monash University in Australia. As a fellow of the New Israel Fund, he completed a master's degree in international environmental law at the American University in Washington D.C. and has published over twenty academic and popular publications concerning Middle East environmental policy and water security issues. Mr. Bromberg speaks regularly on water, peace and security issues in various forums. He has presented before the UN Commission for Sustainable Development, the United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs, the European Parliament and the advisory meeting to the UN High Level Panel on Security. In 2007, Mr. Bromberg was invited to join the prestigious East West Institute's International Task Force for Preventive Diplomacy. In 2007 he was awarded a Fellowship at Yale University on global leadership and was in invited by Yale University in 2009 to serve as an Advisory Board Member for the World Fellows Program.
  • Jordan Kassalow Speaker
    Founder, VisionSpring
    Jordan Kassalow is the Founder of VisionSpring, and of the EYElliance. Jordan also founded Scojo New York and the Global Health Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations. Prior to his position at the Council, he served as Director of the River Blindness Division at Helen Keller International. Jordan is a fellow of Draper Richards Kaplan, Skoll, Ashoka, and is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute. He was named one of the Schwab Foundation’s 2012 Social Entrepreneurs, was the inaugural winner of the John P. McNulty Prize, and was recently was named to Forbes Impact 30. VisionSpring has been internationally recognized by the Skoll Foundation, the Aspen Institute, and the World Bank; is a three-time winner of Fast-Company's Social Capitalist Award; and a winner of Duke University’s Enterprising Social Innovation Award. Additionally, Jordan is a partner at Drs. Farkas, Kassalow, Resnick & Associates, a leading contact lens and laser specialty practice in Manhattan. Jordan earned a Doctorate of Optometry from the New England College of Optometry and a Fellowship in Preventive Ophthalmology and Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins.
  • Wendy Kopp Speaker
    CEO and Co-Founder, Teach for All
    Wendy Kopp is CEO and Co-founder of Teach For All, a global network of independent organizations that are cultivating their nations’ promising future leaders to ensure their most marginalized children have the chance to fulfill their true potential. Wendy founded Teach For America in 1989 to marshal the energy of her generation against educational inequity in the United States. Today, more than 10,000 Teach For America corps members—outstanding recent college graduates and professionals of all academic disciplines—are in the midst of two-year teaching commitments in 50 urban and rural regions, and Teach For America has proven to be an unparalleled source of long-term leadership for expanding opportunity for children. After leading Teach For America’s growth and development for 24 years, in 2013, Wendy transitioned out of the role of CEO. Today, she remains an active member of Teach For America's board. Wendy led the development of Teach For All to be responsive to the initiative of inspiring social entrepreneurs around the world who were determined to adapt this approach in their own countries. Now in its eighth year, the Teach For All network is comprised of partner organizations in more than 35 countries around the world, including its founding partners Teach For America and the U.K.’s Teach First. Wendy has been recognized as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People and is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees and awards for public service. She is the author of A Chance to Make History: What Works and What Doesn’t in Providing an Excellent Education for All (2011) and One Day, All Children: The Unlikely Triumph of Teach For America and What I Learned Along the Way (2000). She holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, where she participated in the undergraduate program of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Wendy resides in New York City with her husband Richard Barth and their four children.
  • Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
    Dr. Rajendra Kumar Pachauri is the Chair of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the scientific intergovernmental body that provides decision makers and the public with an objective source of information about climate change. He is also Director General of TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute), an independent research organisation providing knowledge on energy, environment, forestry, biotechnology, and the conservation of natural resources. He is active in several international forums dealing with the subject of climate change and its policy dimensions. He was awarded the second-highest civilian award in India, the ‘Padma Vibhushan’ and received the ‘Officier De La Légion D’Honneur’ from the Government of France in 2006.
  • Bart Weetjens Speaker
    Founder, APOPO
    Peace Punk, Rat Lover, Social Entrepreneur, Loving Dad, Wellbeing Prophet and Zen Monk
  • Soraya Salti Speaker
    Senior Vice President of Middle East/North Africa for Junior Achievement Worldwide, INJAZ Al-Arab
    Soraya Salti was Senior Vice President of Middle East/North Africa for Junior Achievement Worldwide, INJAZ Al-Arab. Her efforts had led to the expansion of INJAZ to 15 countries, in the most successful private public sector partnership in education reaching more than 1 million youth, in the region with the world’s highest youth unemployment. She won the 2006 Schwab Social Entrepreneur award for Jordan, became a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and was the first Arab woman to win the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. The Skoll Foundation mourns the loss of Soraya Salti, founder of INJAZ al-Arab. In 2015, Soraya and her sister, Jumana, both died tragically and unexpectedly.
  • 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.
  • Founder & General Director, Gaia Amazonas
    Martin von Hildebrand, PhD in Ethnology, Director and Founder of Gaia Amazon Foundation. He has dedicated his life since 1970 to the defense and promotion of the rights of the Indigenous Peoples and to the conservation of the rain forest in the Colombian Amazon. Thanks to his constant commitment, the Indigenous People, that in the 70´s were still being exploited in rubber camps and had no rights, are now owners of 26 million hectares of Amazon Forest, have set up in half this territory their own governmental system officially recognized by the State as Public Entities and are managing their social and environmental programs with national funding. In addition to many accolades for the breath of his accomplishment, Hildebrand received Colombia's National Environmental Prize in 1999, the Swedish Right Livelihood Award in 1999, the Skoll Foundation's Social Entrepreneur Award in 2009 and the World Economic Forum Social Entrepreneur Award in 2009.