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Friday, March 27, 2009

Who Matters? Impact, Power And Accountability

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Session Description

A laser focus on impact can shift power from funders and social entrepreneurs to the people they intend to serve. What is the connection between impact, power and accountability? What lessons can we learn from thoughtful funders and social entrepreneurs who have struggled with this issue? Funders, social entrepreneurs and beneficiaries explore what works and what hasn’t in the race towards lasting, positive, social impact.


When | Where

09:00 - 10:30 Friday, March 27

Session leaders

  • Gregory Dees Speaker
    Professor, Duke University
    J. Gregory Dees is Professor of the Practice of Social Entrepreneurship and cofounder of the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. In 2007, the Aspen Institute and Ashoka recognized his pioneering work with their first Lifetime Achievement award in Social Entrepreneurship Education. He has published extensively on social entrepreneurship, and previously taught at the Yale School of Management, Harvard Business School, and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. He has also worked on economic development in the Central Appalachian region of the United States, and served as a consultant with McKinsey & Company.
  • Jonas Rigodon Speaker
    Country Director-Malawi, Partners in Health
    Jonas Rigodon is the incoming Country Director of Partners in Health(PIH), Malawi. Working with the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and affiliated with Harvard Medical School, the Clinton Foundation and the Malawian Ministry of Health, PIH-Malawi seeks to improve comprehensive health services for the rural poor. Born to a family of four, Dr. Rigodon holds an MD from the Faculte de Medecine-Haiti and an MPH from Universite Libre de Brussel. Dr Rigodon has previously served as the Director of STI/TB/HIV and AIDS programs in the Haitian Central Plateau for Partners In Health-Zamne Lasante and as a Consultant Physician for PIH-Lesotho. Dr. Rigodon’s work abides by the Partners in Health mission of health care as a human right; first in his native Haiti and then throughout the world.
  • Juan J. Alarcon Speaker
    Project Director, Limmat Stiftung
    Juan J. Alarcon is the Project Director of the Limmat Foundation in Zurich, an international foundation specializing in training of trainers, vocational training, and development programs for women and street children. Prior to joining the Limmat Foundation, Alarcon served as Financial Director of Noga S.A., an international trading company. He holds a masters degree in economics from the University of Barcelona and received his MBA from the University of Geneva. He speaks Spanish, French, English, German and Italian.
  • President and Executive Director, Visayan Forum Foundation
    Ma. Cecilia Flores-Oebanda (Cecilia) spent most of her life as a Freedom Fighter. She fought against the Marcos regime as a freedom fighter. She was captured when she was pregnant with her second child and for four years, raised two of her kids in jail. Upon her release after the People Power revolution, she established the Visayan Forum Foundation, Inc. (VF), a non-proft recognized worldwide for its innovative solutions to end modern slavery. She is an Anti-Slavery Awardee, a Trafficking in Persons Hero, and the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship Awardee. She was featured by The CNN Freedom Project in a full-length documentary entitled “The Fighters". She is also featured in BBC, PBS-US and CCTV. The safehouse VF operates now houses trafficking victims who are on the way to healing, economic empowerment, prosecution of their abusers and re-integration to mainstream society.
  • President and CEO, The Family Independence Initiative
    Maurice Lim Miller is the Founder of The Family Independence Initiative. Prior to this initiative, Maurice was the Executive Director of Asian Neighborhood Design (A.N.D.) in California. Maurice was honoured by former President Clinton with an invitation to sit with the First Lady at the President’s 1999 State of the Union address. Maurice graduated from U.C. Berkeley with an engineering degree and whilst working was drafted and served in the Vietnam war. Upon returning, Maurice obtained a Master of Arts in Design from U.C. Berkeley as well as teaching community design there for two years. Maurice has authored several articles and policy papers related to anti-poverty work as well as lecturing and presenting nationally.