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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Thursday Morning Plenary

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Session Description

Pamela Hartigan, Director, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales


Jacqueline Novogratz, Founder and CEO, Acumen Fund
Molly Melching, Founder and Executive Director, Tostan
Adrian Anantawan
Marina Silva, President, Marina Silva Institute
Richard Jefferson, Founder and CEO, Cambia; Professor, QUT; Director, NICTA

When | Where

10:00 - 11:30 Thursday, April 11 New Theatre

Session leaders

  • Pamela Hartigan Speaker
    Director (2009-2016), Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
    Dr. Pamela Hartigan was Director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Said Business School at the University of Oxford from 2009 until her passing in 2016. She was also founding partner of Volans Ventures, an organization focused on building innovative scalable solutions to challenges affecting our future. Prior to starting Volans, Dr. Hartigan spent eight years as the Founding Managing Director of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, a sister organization of the World Economic Forum, where she was also a member of the Managing Board. Of Ecuadorian origin, Dr. Hartigan first came to the United States at 17 years of age to study at Georgetown University; she went on to complete a PhD in human developmental psychology at the Catholic University of America. Throughout her career, she held varied leadership positions in multilateral organizations and educational institutions, as well as in entrepreneurial ventures. She was responsible for conceptualizing and creating new organizations, departments, and programs across a variety of institutions and platforms. Dr. Hartigan was a frequent lecturer on entrepreneurship and innovation at graduate business schools in the USA, Europe, and Asia, and an Adjunct Professor at the Columbia Business School and at the University of Technology Sydney. She co-authored a book with John Elkington, founder of SustainAbility (UK), entitled The Power of Unreasonable People: How Entrepreneurs Create Markets to Change the World, which was published by Harvard Business Press in 2008. She was a trustee of social investment organizations, publicly listed companies, and social impact focused organizations around the world. Dr. Pamela Hartigan died on August 12, 2016, at her home in France.
  • Founder and CEO, Acumen
    Acumen CEO and Founder, Jacqueline’s work began in 1986 when she quit her job on Wall Street to help open Rwanda’s first microfinance institution, Duterimbere—an experience that inspired her to write the bestseller, The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap between Rich and Poor, and create Acumen. Indeed, when she founded Acumen in 2001, few had heard of the words impact investing. Fifteen years later, under Jacqueline’s leadership, Acumen has invested $103 million to build more than 96 social enterprises in countries like Uganda, Kenya, Ghana, Pakistan, India, Colombia, the U.S. and others. These companies have created and supported 60,000 jobs, leveraged an additional $522 million, and brought basic services such as affordable education, health care, clean water, energy and sanitation to more than 200 million people. Fast Company named Acumen one of the world’s Top 10 Most Innovative Not-for-Profits in 2015. Prior to Acumen, Jacqueline founded and directed The Philanthropy Workshop and The Next Generation Leadership programs at the Rockefeller Foundation. Jacqueline serves on the Aspen Institute Board of Trustees and the board of She is a frequent speaker at forums including the Clinton Global Initiative, TED, and the Aspen Ideas Festival. Her best-selling memoir The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World chronicles her quest to understand poverty and challenges readers to grant dignity to the poor and to rethink their engagement with the world. In June 2016, Jacqueline received the Forbes 400 Lifetime Achievement Award for Social Entrepreneurship. She holds an MBA from Stanford and a BA in Economics/International Relations from the University of Virginia.
  • Molly Melching Speaker
    Founder and Creative Director, Tostan
    Molly Melching is the Founder and Creative Director of Tostan. Having lived and worked in Senegal since 1974, Molly has received international recognition for her groundbreaking educational programs. Melching’s early experiences in Senegal reinforced her beliefs that many development efforts were not addressing the needs and realities of African communities. In collaboration with Senegalese villagers, Melching developed a new type of education program that actively involved both adults and youth by using African languages and traditional African methods of learning. Their efforts grew throughout the 1980s, leading Melching to found Tostan in 1991. The Tostan Community Empowerment Program (CEP) is a scalable, cross-cutting reference model at the global level for community-led development and large-scale social transformation. Implemented in local languages, the CEP engages community members in learning and reflecting on their values and vision for the future. By empowering communities to lead their own development, Tostan has catalyzed a grassroots movement in West Africa for the promotion of human rights and the abandonment of harmful practices, including female genital cutting (FGC) and child marriage. Recent post-program modules include Peace and Security and Early Childhood Development. Molly was CEO of Tostan for 26 years and led a transition process to welcome a new CEO to Tostan on September 1, 2017. Molly and the Tostan program have received numerous international awards and results include women's leadership, more than 8,000 communities in eight African countries abandoning FGC and child marriage.
  • Adrian Anatawan Performer
    Researcher, Harvard Graduate School of Education
    Adrian Anantawan is a violinist, educator and researcher in the field of arts education, specifically the use of adaptive musical instruments within universally designed curricula in the United States. He is a graduate of Yale and Harvard University, and maintains an active performance career while directing an orchestra at the Conservatory Lab Charter School in Boston, MA.
  • Marina Silva Speaker
    President, Marina Silva Institute
    Marina Silva has dedicated over 30 years of service to public life. She has been elected councilwoman, state representative and twice as a senator. She was Minister of the Environment and Presidential Candidate for the Green Party. She has received more than 50 national and international awards. In 2012 she was honoured during the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics for her efforts to develop world peace. In 2012, she became an Honorary Member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the World Conservation Congress.
  • Founder and CEO, Cambia, Professor, QUT, NICTA
    Richard is a prominent molecular biologist, social entrepreneur and innovation systems strategist. He founded Cambia, an independent non-profit social enterprise to democratise problem solving using science-enabled innovation. Richard developed the landmark hologenome theory of evolution, the Biological Open Source Movement (BiOS) and Patent Lens. Richard is also Professor of Science, Technology & Law at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and Rogue at National ICT Australia (NICTA), where he directs The Lens, a global open platform for innovation cartography.