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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Leadership Challenges: Balancing Creativity And Control

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Session Description

Social entrepreneurs may have comparative advantage in generating new ideas or innovations, but may struggle with execution and control. Is it possible to build innovative institutions that are around for the long haul without crowding out the charismatic element of social entrepreneurship? Can visionaries build high-performing teams, and if so how? In a climate of increased expectation around legitimacy, transparency and measurement, how can one get the balance right? Join leading practitioners and thought leaders for a candid discussion on this vitally important success factor.


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09:00 - 10:30 Thursday, March 26

Session leaders

  • Bill Drayton Speaker
    Founder and CEO, Ashoka
    Bill Drayton is a social entrepreneur with a long record of founding organizations and public service. As the founder and CEO of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, Bill Drayton has pioneered the field of social entrepreneurship, growing a global association of over 3,900 leading social entrepreneurs who work together to create an ‘Everyone a Changemaker’ world. Ashoka Fellows bring big systems-change to the world’s most urgent social challenges. Over half have changed national policy within five years of launch. As a student, he founded organizations ranging from Yale Legislative Services to Harvard’s Ashoka Table, an inter-disciplinary weekly forum in the social sciences. After graduation from Harvard, he received an M.A. from Balliol College in Oxford University. In 1970, he graduated from Yale Law School. He worked at McKinsey & Company for ten years and taught at Stanford Law School and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. While serving the Carter Administration as Assistant Administrator at the Environmental Protection Agency, he launched many reforms including emissions trading, a fundamental change in regulation that is now the basis of much global as well as US regulatory law, including in fields beyond the environment. Bill launched Ashoka in 1980; in 1984, he used the stipend he received when elected a MacArthur Fellow to devote himself fully to Ashoka. Bill is Ashoka’s Chief Executive Officer. He also chairs Ashoka’s Youth Venture, Community Greens, and Get America Working! Bill has won numerous awards and honors throughout his career. He has been selected one of America’s Best Leaders by US News & World Report and Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership. In 2011, Drayton won Spain's prestigious Prince of Asturias Award, Other awards include Honorary Doctorates from Yale, NYU and more.
  • Founder and Director of Development and International Affairs, Unidos Lo Lograremos AC
    Estela Villareal Junco, Ashoka Fellow in Mexico since 2002, is the Founder and Head of International Affairs of UNIDOS Lo Lograremos, A.C., a NGO dedicated to the social integration of people with disabilities, due to her personal experience with two siblings. For more than 20 years, she has been expanding it to many cities in Mexico. For her activity in Unidos, she has received many awards, distinctions, and nominations, among them INDESOL’s “1 of the 24 best national social practices,” Global Leaders for Tomorrow, and on several occasions Medal for Civic Merit.
  • 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.
  • Global Head, Philanthropy Services, UBS
    Maximilian Martin is Global Head and Managing Director of Philanthropy Services at UBS AG. He also serves as a Visiting Professor at the University of Geneva. Previous engagements include serving as Head of Research at the Schwab Foundation, Senior Consultant with McKinsey & Company, instructor at Harvard’s Economics Department, and Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. In 2003, he developed the first university course on social entrepreneurship in Europe for the University of Geneva and the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. In 2003-2004, he set up UBS Philanthropy Services and the UBS Philanthropy Forum. Dr. Martin holds a Master in Anthropology from Indiana University, a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University, and a PhD in Economic Anthropology from the University of Hamburg, Germany.
  • Samuel Azout Speaker
    Chairman, Fundacion Futbol con Corazon
    Samuel Azout is the Founder and Chairman of “Futbol con Corazon” (, an NGO dedicated to creating safe and peaceful neighborhoods in Colombia by improving life opportunities for children and young adults in underprivileged areas. His work is specifically directed at reducing youth violence, preventing recruitment by illegal forces and promoting gender equality. Mr. Azout was born in Barranquilla, Colombia in 1959. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Cornell University (1981) and a degree of Master in Public Administration from Harvard University (2007). Before becoming a social entrepreneur, Samuel held the CEO position at Carulla Vivero S.A., the second largest retailer in Colombia, for 10 years, until he led its sale to Grupo Exito in 2006. He has served a member of the Board of Directors of Almacenes Exito, Bavaria SabMiller, Aerorepublica, Fundacion Colombia and Fundacion Pies Descalzos, the NGO founded by Colombian singer and celebrity Shakira. He also belongs to the Ashoka Support Network (ASN). In addition, Mr. Azout was the Chairman of the Board of Fundación Carulla for three years and founded Aeiotu (, the largest NGO in Colombia in the field of early childhood development. Samuel Azout served as Senior Advisor for Social Prosperity to the President of Colombia (2010 -2011) and as Director of the National Agency for Overcoming Extreme Poverty (ANSPE) 2011-2013. Samuel has been married to Margarett Kassin for 33 years, and has two daughters, ages 30 and 29, and a son, age 27.