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Friday, March 30, 2012

Connect & Collaborate Sessions (Repeated)

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Session Description

Back again for 2012 we present our “Connect and Collaborate” sessions held at the Exam Schools in Oxford. These are facilitated conversations designed for small group learning, engagement and networking. Contributors will start conversations, but be prepared to join the discussion.

Note: These sessions are a repeat of the earlier connect and collaborate sessions held between 11:15 – 12:30 at the exam schools

Session Options (Friday 1:30-2:45)

Frugal Innovation :
Location: Exam Schools (Room 6)
Smaller, cheaper, faster and better? Join us to discuss how the needs of emerging market customers are put squarely in the centre to develop innovative new products and services. Proven practitioners of this approach will kick-start the discussion by highlighting how they went about designing, marketing and disseminating their innovations.
Session contributors: James KochLesley SilverthornShona McDonaldMarc KoskaNaganand Murty, Yusuf Randera-Rees

Branding: More than a Logo – A Tool for Social Change :
Location: Exam Schools (Room 7)
Is your brand helping to achieve your goals? Is it clear and memorable? Does it differentiate you? Are you promoting it? Monitoring it? Does it authentically align with what you do? In this fun, practical, jargon-free and interactive session we will walk you step-by-step through the stages to (re)-defining, activating and monitoring your brand via case studies, new research and peer-review.
Session contributors: Lisa WitterAlison Lucas

Organising Nonprofit Operations in Multiple Countries :
Location: Exam Schools (Room 8 )
Funders regularly encourage non-profits to increase scale across borders.  International expansion generates, though, a new level of financial, administrative, and operational complexities—and the overheads associated with them.  How are successful non-profits addressing these challenges and paying for them?  Operations expert David Torres will discuss successes, failures and challenges.
Session contributors: Ed DienerDavid Torres

Communities of Faith as Communities of Action :
Location: Exam Schools (Room 9)
Communities of faith are key actors in international development as religion often provides a moral framework that encourages concern for the vulnerable. What are some of the best examples of engaging faith communities and how can we leverage the values of service, sacrifice, and compassion to partner with them?
Session contributors: Christo Greyling

Managing Risk in a Warming World :
Location: Exam Schools (Room 10)
Many of the world’s poorest remain mired in poverty due to their vulnerability to natural shocks. Microinsurance is emerging as a promising tool to help the poor hedge against these risks. Join a lively discussion on its virtues and pitfalls as we focus on the role of public-private partnerships and emerging climate finance mechanisms to help those most in need.
Session contributors: Pablo Suarez

The Rise Of The 99% – Why? Who? And So What? :
Location: Exam Schools (Room 11)
A singular event — January 2011 in Tunisia — ignited a year of protests around the world. Claiming the streets, millions of ordinary citizens stepped out in solidarity to send an extraordinary message: We Want Change Now. Join a global and diverse delegate group to learn and share your perspectives on this phenomena and how it has changed our future forever.
Session contributors: Lakshmi Karan

Inspired by Faith: Wrestling with your Calling :
Location: Exam Schools (Room 14)
Many social entrepreneurs feel inspired by faith to serve, yet they grapple with that calling as their courage and resilience are tested again and again. Join Matt Flannery (Kiva), Bart Weetjens (APOPO), and others to discuss how people of diverse beliefs cope with, and grow positively from, the spiritual wrestling match that is a common aspect of the social entrepreneurial journey.
Session contributors: Alex Hofmann

Empathy: How to Lead in an Everyone a Changemaker™ World :
Location: Exam Schools (Room 15)
How can today’s leaders keep up with and contribute to positive social change in a rapidly evolving world? Join Bill Drayton, CEO and Founder of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public and Mary Gordon, Founder of Roots of Empathy and Ashoka Fellow, to discuss empathy as a critical leadership skill.
Session contributors: William DraytonMary Gordon

When | Where

11:15 - 12:30 Friday, March 30

Session leaders

  • CEO, Awethu Project
    Yusuf Randera-Rees was born in South Africa and studied at Harvard and as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. Struck by the number of poor South Africans with entrepreneurial flair yet hindered by lack of formal training and resources, Yusuf set up the Awethu Project, which identifies and develops high-potential young entrepreneurs and invests in businesses alongside them. The goal is to replicate this model across Africa, creating a generation of entrepreneurial leaders from poor backgrounds to drive the continent’s development. Yusuf was selected as an Echoing Green Fellow in 2011.
  • Lisa Witter Speaker
    Partner and Chief Change Officer, Fenton
    Lisa Witter is Partner and Chief Change Officer of Fenton, a global public-interest communications firm. She is a strategist and social entrepreneur with expertise in philanthropy, politics, health, innovation, new media, development, and corporate responsibility. Lisa is the co-author of The She Spot: Why Women are the Market for Changing the World and How to Reach Them. She has appeared on Showtime, NPR, MSNBC, CBS and has published in numerous publications. In 2010, she was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
  • David Torres Speaker
    Special Advisor to President & CEO, Mothers2mothers
    David Torres serves as Special Advisor to the President and CEO of mothers2mothers. He is responsible for a range of initiatives across mothers2mothers, including partnership and donor relationship management across Sub-Saharan Africa, and strategic and relationship support for the international fundraising and business development teams. David is also working with the CEO to develop fee-based Organizational Development, Technical Assistance, and Advisory service lines of business for m2m. Former roles at mothers2mothers have included management and oversight of international fundraising and business development, and the original establishment and staffing of m2m's European affiliate. David is a member of the mothers2mothers Senior Management Team, and serves as the Secretary for the Board of Directors of mothers2mothers International. Prior to joining m2m in 2006, David worked in a variety of roles across a number of different countries in Latin America, the US and UK for JPMorgan Chase and Co, and predecessor firm The Chase Manhattan Bank.
  • Pablo Suarez Moderator
    Consultant, Oxfam America
    Pablo Suarez supports Oxfam's work in microinsurance for climate risk management. He is also Associate Director of Programs for the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre and faculty member at the Parsons School in New York. He has worked in more than 45 countries. His current work addresses institutional innovation - including the design and facilitation of participatory games for learning and dialogue.
  • Co-Founder and CEO, Angaza Design Inc.
    Lesley Silverthorn is the Co-Founder and CEO of Angaza Design, Inc., a for-profit social venture that uses human-centred design to create solar home systems with embedded pay-per-use technology, inspired directly by the needs of the rural poor. A product designer and mechanical engineer from Stanford University, she has also worked as a design engineer on a large variety of products from the Amazon Kindle eReader to medical devices.
  • Naganand Murty Speaker
    Co-Founder and President, Technologies, Embrace
    Nag Murty manages Embrace’s Clinical product line and the technology-related activities. In this role, he has overseen the Thermpod product through from market research to a market pilot and regulatory approval. Nag brings a solid blend of engineering skills and life science business experience to the team. He has work experience in strategy consulting and venture financing with global pharmaceutical and med-tech companies. Nag holds an MS from Stanford University, and a BS and MS degree in Aerospace Engineering from IIT Bombay.
  • Shona McDonald Speaker
    Director, Sonaquip
    Shona McDonald runs Shonaquip, a socially driven business providing user appropriate assistive devices and services that support the inclusion and equal opportunities of persons with disabilities. Her team designs, builds and provides developing countries with appropriate postural support wheelchairs, and support and training on safe wheelchair provision for therapists, rehab workers, wheelchair users, their care providers and families.
  • Alison Lucas Speaker
    Director of London, Fenton
    Alison Lucas recently opened a London office for Fenton, whose unique mission is to serve the public interest by creating powerful issue campaigns that make change. Alison has 20 years of professional international communications experience with strong emphasis in branding and messaging, special events, campaigns and media strategy, in both the commercial and charitable sectors. In 2004, Alison co-founded The Climate Group and previously ran an environmental communications consultancy.
  • Marc Koska Speaker
    Founder, SafePoint Trust
    Marc Koska OBE is the inventor of the K1 and following Auto-Disable syringes, the founder of Safepoint Trust (a UK-registered charity) and a highly regarded advocate around the world for needle safety in both immunisation and therapeutic sectors. Marc’s engineering company StarTek leads the world in syringe manufacturing consultancy. His mission in life is the mandatory use of auto-disable syringes globally, to reduce cross-infection through dirty needles and needle-stick injuries, the world’s ninth biggest killer annually. If needles cannot be used twice, this tragic man-made cause of death and illness can be prevented completely. Marc has spent nearly twenty years promoting the use of any Auto-Disable device and persuading the global health community of the enormous benefits of a switch in terms of lives saved – over a million and a half every year – and healthcare costs saved – over half a billion dollars annually. He has created successful behavioral change / public safety campaigns – for example in India, where in 2008 Safepoint Trust created One Injection One Syringe - one of the largest ever public health campaigns in India, leading to mandatory use of auto-disable syringes in all governmental and subsequently all private hospitals. More recently Marc and the SafePoint Trust have catapulted safe injections to the top of the international health agenda, as on 23 February 2015, Margaret Chan, DG WHO announced a new global policy on injection safety.
  • Alex Hofmann Moderator
    Alex Hofmann is a Founder of DAC Digital Media, a boutique consulting practice that helps socially- and culturally-oriented media organisations generate mission-aligned revenue through licensing and distribution partnerships. He is also Founder of, a social-media driven storytelling platform dedicated to helping a global network of Change Agents connect with people, organisations, and companies that want to support their work.
  • Christo Greyling Moderator
    Director, HIV and Infectious Diseases, World Vision International
    Christo Greyling is World Vision’s Director for HIV and Infectious Diseases. His vision is to see World Vision contribute towards reaching ZERO new HIV infections in children by the end of 2015. As an HIV positive faith leader, he realised the potential of faith communities and co-developed the Channels of Hope methodology to equip local faith leaders and congregations to respond effectively to HIV and AIDS. He served as board member of HIV focused NGOs such as INERELA+, CABSA and EAA.
  • Edward Diener Moderator
    General Counsel, Skoll Foundation
    As General Counsel, I am responsible for the Skoll Foundation's legal and tax matters. I also actively support the impact agenda by working on complex grants and social purpose or program related financial investments. My professional background began with +15 years of work in professional services firms as an attorney and certified public accountant, and followed with +20 years in the philanthropic sector in senior legal and financial roles.
  • Mary Gordon Speaker
    Founder and President, Roots of Empathy
    Mary Gordon is Founder and President of Roots of Empathy, a citizen-sector organisation harnessing the power of the parent-infant attachment relationship to build empathy in elementary school children. This programme – evidence-based to reduce aggression and bullying – has reached hundreds of thousands of children on three continents.  An internationally recognised social entrepreneur, educator, author and child advocate, Mary is an Ashoka Globalizer Fellow and in 2011 received a Manning Innovation Award as Canada’s top social innovator.
  • James Koch Moderator
    Executive Director, Global Social Benefit Incubator
    Jim Koch is the Bill Terry Professor of Management and Director of the Global Social Benefit Incubator Network and Sector Strategy.  GSBI Network is comprised of mission-aligned universities that seek to spread social enterprise incubation capacity by localising Santa Clara University's successful model and its Silicon Valley approach to technology and business model innovation. GSBI Sector Strategy focuses on systems change and the potential to replicate demand-based solutions to global challenges.
  • Bill Drayton Speaker
    Founder and CEO, Ashoka
    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 3,600 leading social entrepreneurs who work together to create an ‘Everyone a Changemaker’ world. Mr. Drayton is the Chair of Youth Venture, Community Greens, and Get America Working!, and previously served as Assistant Administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, founded Save EPA, and worked at McKinsey. He is a graduate of Harvard, Balliol College at Oxford University, and Yale Law School.
  • Lakshmi Karan Moderator
    Director, Global Strategy, Riders For Health
    Lakshmi Karan is Global Strategy Director of Riders for Health, a social enterprise delivering transportation solutions to millions in the last mile. In the social sector, she was the Skoll Foundation’s Director of Impact Assessment and served as a strategic advisor to global non-profits. In the private sector, she was a management consultant to Fortune 500 companies. Her expertise is in growth strategy and social impact.