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Friday, April 16, 2010

Donor Collaboration For Issue Level Impact

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Session Description

What happens when multiple donors, social entrepreneurs, government and civil society actors collaborate for impact? A groundbreaking initiative funded by AVINA and the Skoll Foundation is a live case study in the power of cross-sector, cross border collaboration. Our panellists – leading funders, experts in policy reform and indigenous land ownership, and innovators in satellite monitoring and data analysis – will discuss the ups and downs of crafting this integrated, multi-network approach and its effect on deforestation reduction and poverty alleviation in the Amazon region.


When | Where

09:00 - 10:30 Friday, April 16

Session leaders

  • Beto Verissimo Speaker
    Senior Research, Imazon
    Beto Veríssimo is a senior research and co-founder of Imazon, a think-and-do tank NGO based in the Brazilian Amazon founded in 1990. He holds a master degree in Ecology from The Pennsylvania State University (USA) and graduate degree in Agriculture Engineer from the Federal Rural University of the Brazilian Amazon. He has published more than 170 scientific and technical articles and 25 books on conservation, natural resources management and public policies. His work has helped created about 25 million hectares of Conservation Units in the Brazilian Amazon and support forest management for more than 7 million hectares. In the last years he has work on different strategies to reduce the level of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. He is also AVINA Fellow and Ashoka Senior Fellow. In 2010 Veríssimo received the Skoll Foundation Award for Social Entrepreneurship. In 2015 he received the Globo Newspaper Brazilian Award on sustainability.
  • Director, AVINA Americas, AVINA Americas
    Brizio Biondi-Morra President of AVINA, a foundation working in partnership with civil society and business leaders in Latin America in their initiatives toward sustainable development; 19 offices in 14 countries. Chair of INCAE, the leading Latin American business school with campuses in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Previous experience includes: • Director, Oxfam America´s Board • Chair, Fundes International, a foundation promoting small and medium enterprise development in Latin America and operating in ten Latin American countries. • President, INCAE Business School. • Management consultant at Arthur D. Little, Cambridge, Massachusetts. • Founder and President of ICC, a chemical and paper processing company based in New York. Marketing for E. I. Du Pont de Nemours & Co. in Europe. Published books on development in Latin America for Cornell University Press, Editorial Siglo XXI and Nicaragua’s Central Bank. Doctor in Business Administration, Harvard University; doctor in Economics, Bocconi University, Italy.
  • Regional Director Latin America, Porticus Latin America Consultoria Ltda.
    Federico first trained as an environmental scientist and went on to specialize in leadership development and social entrepreneurship, also obtaining higher learning degrees in oceanography, environmental technology, and more recently international relations. For the past 16 years, Federico's career and interests have been shaped by addressing the question of how to live within Earth's limits, and what social, economic, and ecological arrangements must come into place in order to achieve this with dignity and prosperity. He is currently Regional Senior Director for Latin America for Porticus, a private philanthropic initiative whose, and oversees portfolios throughout Latin America in the fields of Education, Human Rights, and Sustainability. In his former role as senior program manager at the AVINA Foundation, Federico developed managed an international program for consolidating efforts to avoid deforestation in the nine countries of the Amazon Basin, in partnership with the region's social entrepreneurs and other international partners. Also with the AVINA foundation, Federico has developed international partnerships for socially inclusive markets in Latin America, and for adapting to the arid conditions of Brazil's vast and disadvantaged rural northeast. Federico has also worked as an institutional learning consultant for the Climate and Development Knowledge Network, a DFID-funded program present in 13 countries across Asia, Africa, and Latin America, as well as with Spain's international aid agency designing sustainable livelihoods programs in nine Latin American countries Born Italian, raised South American, and trained in Europe and the United States, Federico strives to develop a global and intercultural approach to understanding our common challenge as humans on a finite planet. Both through work or spare time, Federico has traveled to almost every country in Latin America, and partnered with organizations in the Americas and Europe.
  • 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.
  • 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.