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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Structuring Collaboration: Mergers, Partnerships And New Business Models

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Session Description

To achieve impact at scale, social entrepreneurs are inventing new ways to collaborate with a diversified range of partners. This session will share three successful approaches that have led to sustainable scale: merging two social ventures as a means for collaboration and growth; partnering with government, private sector, banks and endusers, and shaping sustainable development practices through new business models such as spin-offs structured for growth and leverage.


When | Where

09:00 - 10:30 Thursday, April 15

Session leaders

  • Andrea Coleman Speaker
    Founder, Riders for Health International
    Andrea co-founded Riders together with Barry Coleman, her husband, and motorcycle sporting hero, Randy Mamola in 1996. She has worked for 25 years to show that a systematic approach to managing motorcycles and motorised vehicles in Africa means health care can be delivered – predictably and reliably, however harsh the conditions or however remote the community. Embedding systems into local management means assets remain assets, money is saved, people are employed and trained to a very high standard. Andrea’s motorcycle racing life and her work in promotion and sports management provided her with a practical outlook. Andrea says ‘ A practical approach to development is vital. Reaching everyone, everywhere, every day means well maintained vehicles lead to a strong and reliable supply chain. Supply chain underpins all aspects of access to health care for rural communities in Africa. Is this boring? Too much of the greasy hands stuff? For some, yes. But without it everything and everyone is grounded’. In 2013 Andrea won the Women of the Year Award, sponsored by Barclays Bank for her part in revolutionising medical provision across Africa. In 2006 she won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award. Andrea is a awardee of the Skoll Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship since 2005, a senior fellow of Ashoka and a member of the Schwab Foundation for Social Enterprise. Andrea founded Two Wheels for Life in 2016. TWFL supports the work of Riders for Health and issues that support access to health care where there is no formal infrastructure. She believes that a social entrepreneur needs to be persistent and resilient. Fortunately, she is both.
  • David Bornstein Speaker
    CEO, Solutions Journalism Network
    David Bornstein is CEO and co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network, which works to establish the practice of solutions journalism — rigorous reporting that examines responses to social problems — as an integral part of mainstream news. He has been a newspaper and magazine reporter for 25 years, having started his career working on the metro desk of New York Newsday. Since 2010, he has co-authored, with Tina Rosenberg, the “Fixes” column in The New York Times. He is the author of three books: How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas (2003, Oxford University Press), The Price of a Dream: The Story of the Grameen Bank (1996, Simon & Schuster), and Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know (2010, Oxford University Press).
  • 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.
  • 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. A new digital platform will enable more people to take action on sustainability. Sue and the team are working with partners to create One Planet Communities and circular economy products and services which enable us to live a good life with a sustainable carbon footprint and the natural limits of our one planet. Sue draws on the work of Bioregional and partners to change policy and industry practice from zero carbon policy to eco-towns. A big focus of Sue's work since 2011 has been the UN Sustainable Development Goals, where Sue and colleagues were instrumental in championing the goals, holding the first side event with the Government of Colombia, and then working as the NGO global focal point for Sustainable Consumption and Production. Bioregional are now working on implementing the SDGs in Africa and around the world. Sue is a Skoll and Schwab award winning social entrepreneur. Sue is a London and SE region winner in the 2011 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Sue was a London Sustainable Development Commissioner from 2002-2014. In 2013 Sue was awarded an OBE by the Queen for her work on sustainable business and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
  • Victor d'Allant Speaker
    Founder & CEO, Dallant Networks, LLC
    Paris-born Victor d’Allant is a cultural anthropologist turned digital media practitioner. His work includes field research on French truck drivers in the Middle East, mental health issues in India for the World Health Organization, and agricultural development in Burkina Faso for the World Bank. He is the Founder and CEO of San Francisco-based Dallant Networks, the social enterprise building online communities for large foundations and international organizations. Current and past clients include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Skoll Foundation and the World Bank Institute. He started his career as a photojournalist and his photographs have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris. He holds an MA/ABD in social anthropology from the Sorbonne and an MBA from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business. His motto: “Only jet. No lag.”