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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Local Talent On A Global Scale: HR Strategies For Sustainability

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Session Description

This interactive session looks at cultivating talent throughout an organisation for scale and impact, whether you are working to convert local beneficiaries into operational staff, building a team to scale your organisation at a global level, or strategising around succession planning. Draw on the experience of top-level social entrepreneurs, consumers-turned-managers, and sector consultants to help you problem solve your toughest HR challenge.


When | Where

14:00 - 15:30 Thursday, April 15

Session leaders

  • Jill Finlayson Speaker
    Director of Mentorship, SU Ventures, Singularity University
    Jill Finlayson heads up mentoring and designs and runs incubator and SU Ventures programs at Singularity University, whose mission is to educate, inspire, and empower leaders to apply exponential technologies to address humanity’s grand challenges. She has 20+ years of experience as a strategic leader building online communities, growing thought leadership, and leading marketing and branding for Silicon Valley nonprofits and startups. She ran the Toys category for five years at eBay, managed a community of social entrepreneurs at the Skoll Foundation, led marketing at various startups, and consulted for the World Bank. She has also mentored TechWomen and coached entrepreneurs and judged student startup competitions. Finlayson is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.
  • Chief People Officer & COO, Digital Divide Data
    Mai Siriphongphanh received her MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship in 2002. In 2004 she participated in the Global Social Benefit Incubator Program. In 2008, she received the Skoll Foundation Award for Social Entrepreneurship. When joining DDD, Mai took the spirit of leadership, refining its social enterprise model, focusing on human development and re-innovating it as a mechanism for training a new generation of leaders.
  • Pari Jhaveri Speaker
    Executive Director, Third Sector Partners
    Pari Jhaveri heads Third Sector Partners, a high end executive search firm which recruits senior management and boards across verticals of NGOs, CSR, BOP markets. Pari is Co-founder of, India’s first interactive job portal for NGO sector and Katalyst, an initiative for underprivileged girls enabling their higher education and economic emancipation.
  • Rohan Paul Speaker
    , Oxford Mobile Robotics Group
    Rohan is an innovator, roboticist and an aspiring social entrepreneur. A Rhodes Scholar from India and IIT Delhi alumnus, he is presently a DPhil candidate at the Oxford Mobile Robotics Group. He has co-invented mobility devices for visually impaired persons and steers an industry-academia-NGO alliance to bring these products to market.
  • Sam Goldman Speaker
    CEO, D.light Design
    Sam Goldman is D.light’s co-founder and CEO. He has founded and managed ventures in India and Africa for 10 years, including improved agriculture and construction businesses, an agricultural training centre, and a for-profit NGO cultivating the miracle tree Moringa. He has distributed low-cost latrines, cook stoves and rain cisterns in rural Africa. Sam has lived in Cameroon, Mauritania, Pakistan, Peru, India, Rwanda, Canada and USA. He has an MSc Biology and MBA from Stanford. Read Sam’s blog on Social Edge.
  • Sebastien Marot Speaker
    Founder, Executive Director, Friends-International
    Sébastien Marot is the Founder and Executive Director of Friends-International, an internationally acclaimed global social enterprise supporting over 90,000 marginalized children and youth each year. With his team of 700 staff he has led the expansion of the organization into 12 countries across 4 continents, developing best practice programs that provide protection and social reintegration services including access to employment for youth and family members, school reintegration for children and family conservation. To support this expansion, Friends-International is using a series of social business models providing training opportunities and financial sustainability for the organization, and has franchised its training restaurants model (the TREE Alliance). In order to support the development of quality services for children, youth and families across the world, Friends-International has established and is powering the ChildSafe Movement. This Movement selects, trains, certifies and supports businesses, private individuals and tourists to better protect children and develops a large partnership of 60 organizations that work together to develop and coordinate best quality services. In recognition of his work Sébastien has been awarded various accolades including the Order of Australia for “service to humanity”, the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, was voted Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2009 in Asia by the Schwab Foundation and Friends-International was recognized as one of the top 100 NGO’s by The Global Journal in 2012 and 2013.