Thursday, April 6, 2017

Common Ground Story Studio: Emerging Leaders Initiative

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Session Description

Creating common ground is crucial for positive human progress. This lunch session will explore that idea through the lens of the next generation of social entrepreneurs. Listen to diverse changemakers from around the world, selected for the 2017 Emerging Leaders Initiative. Together they will share their inspiring stories, and their unique perspectives on forging common ground.

When | Where

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM Thursday, April 6 Classroom 2 (WW)


Skoll shorts

Session leaders

  • Amanda Yembrick Speaker
    Director of Impact, Medic Mobile
    Amanda is Medic Mobile's Director of Impact. She determines what metrics to measure across Medic's project implementations and builds systems to accomplish it. Amanda is passionate about leveraging data to design and scale technologies and workflows that have increasingly greater impact in the communities in which we work. Using principles of Human Centered Design, she also leads the organization's efforts in piloting new use cases. Previously, Amanda spearheaded the organization's data visualization efforts, designing and building dashboards to support operational decision making and impact monitoring for CHWs, clinics, and ministries of health. While working at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Amanda became passionate about using mobile data collection for information and decision support during a disaster. After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, she led the analysis on a large, multi-sector needs assessment and saw firsthand how access to real-time quantitative information could enhance aid distribution and prioritization decisions. Since then, Amanda has found a new passion in applying a similar philosophy to health systems, using access to information and communication to positively influence health outcomes. She has worked with Partners In Health to design and implement an mHealth system to manage a cholera vaccination campaign in rural Haiti. Amanda studied applied physics and astronomy at Cornell University.
  • Aye Kyithar Swe Speaker
    Research Manager, Proximity Designs
    Aye joined Proximity Designs in 2014 and leads the economic research team. The research projects, conducted in partnership with the Harvard Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, focus on Myanmar’s natural resources, conflict and public finance. Their work provides valuable insights into today’s Myanmar as the country’s recent transition to democracy is challenged by the ongoing civil war over the use of resources. Aye is also highly involved in Proximity Designs’ work in the agricultural sector which provides much needed access to irrigation products, farm knowledge and credit to Myanmar’s smallholder farmers. Prior to returning to Myanmar, Aye worked in India and Singapore for five years with Tata Motors, Dow Jones and Control Risks. Her previous work in corporate social responsibility, business intelligence and risks consulting led her to appreciate a strong partnership between private and public sectors in tackling development challenges. Her international experience, combined with in-depth research in Myanmar, has enabled her to develop a nuanced understanding of the country in political and economic transition.
  • Program Manager, Life Support for Persons with Disabilities
    Dorcus has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Computing. Dorcus’ personal struggle has inspired her to work with Life Support Organization for Persons with Disabilities to ensure that no one else has to endure her experience. Dorcus encourages women in her community to join rotational savings group and use the funds to start small businesses. Dorcus is making sure that women living with disability are joining the savings scheme and participating actively in community initiatives. Following her inspiration from YALI entrepreneurship, in her efforts to economically empower women with disabilities in her community, she initiated a skills development program for women with disabilities, in this program, she engages women with disabilities in making detergents like liquid and bar soap, jick, and Vaseline. They market these products and use the profits to meet their daily needs and education needs of their children.
  • Joony Moon Moderator
    Analyst, Analysis and Insight, Skoll Foundation
    As an Analyst with the Analysis & Insight practice center, Joony Moon provides research support on environmental scans of issue and sub-issue areas as well as specific grant-making opportunities. His focus areas are health, peace and human rights, and sustainable markets. Joony is also the project coordinator of the Skoll World Forum’s Emerging Leaders Initiative. Prior to working at Skoll, Joony worked in India as an Impact Investing Fellow in Ahmedabad, India, where he helped organize Global Entrepreneurship Week events across the country. Before his fellowship, Joony worked as a consultant in the federal healthcare practice at Deloitte. Joony is originally from the Washington DC metro area and completed his undergraduate studies at Harvard University in Economics.
  • Director of Innovation, iLab Liberia
    Kpetermeni is a native of Liberia but spent his formative years between Liberia and Ghana during the civil wars in his home country. Whilst a MasterCard Foundation scholar at Ashesi University, Kpetermeni helped combat the Ebola outbreak by drastically shortening the time it took health officials to get actionable data from the field. Additionally, his contributions to developing his university’s cashless cafeteria and an electronic library and social platform to connect students and teachers with educational resources without Internet connection, among others, helped earn him the President's Award, the highest honour at Ashesi. Upon graduation, Kpetermeni returned to iLab Liberia where he supports the training of medical residents and has developed numerous tools, including a platform for tracking child labour in Liberia, robust payrolls for social cash transfers to low-income and Ebola-affected households, and an anti-corruption platform for the government of Sierra Leone. He is also currently helping set up an innovation campus in Liberia (iCampus). Kpetermeni also volunteers to manage the infrastructure at the Liberia Internet Exchange Point Association (LIXPA).
  • Chairman, Advisory Board, Tanzania Renewable Energy Association
    Name: Godwin David Msigwa Age: 32 Country: Tanzania Organisation: Tanzania Renewable Energy Association Title: Chairman, Advisory Board Email: I am a co-founder of BLISS UNIVERSAL, a renewable energy company as well as a renewable energy enthusiast and entrepreneur serving as the chairman of the Tanzania Renewable Energy Association advisory board for the last 6 years. In my career in the renewable energy sector, I developed the first solar PV manual for solar technicians in Tanzania which is available in the local language, Kiswahili. I am also a national solar trainer for upcoming solar technicians, solar dealers and trainer of trainers in Tanzania. So far, I trained more than 700 young solar technicians nationwide including youth under OYE project, (funded by the MasterCard foundation) in Tanzania, SIDA, GiZ, Maxx Solar Academy, Commission for Science and Technology, BFZ. I am an advocator for environment and renewable energy locally and internationally whereas through radio and TV programs, he advocated and was successful in lobbying for tax waiver of renewable energy components in Tanzania. Currently, I am in the process of establishing a renewable energy technical school where young underprivileged Tanzanians skills will be developed through technical secondary education biased in renewable energy and energy efficiency. My efforts in the renewable energy sector include waste management from slaughter houses as a means of income generation where waste from slaughter houses will be used to produce gas that will be stored in containers as a cooking energy.
  • Kevin Asinde Speaker
    Managing Director, Amarin Financial Group
    Kevin Asinde is the founder and Managing Director of Amarin Financial Group, a business and financial services company providing affordable business and financial support services to individuals and SMEs in Uganda. Amarin collaborates with Swisscontact, USAID Feed the Future CPMA, Bank of Uganda, the U.S. Embassy and Goal Uganda, among others, in offering business support services to over 1200 entrepreneurs (including 725 young people) and 95 business entities. As a role model for many young entrepreneurs, she has worked with Swisscontact to also offer business support services and deliver motivational speeches to young people at business forums. Kevin is also a gender advocate and is part of a medical legal team that sensitizes professionals in the medical legal fraternity