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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship

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Session Description

The Skoll Awards Ceremony is the highlight of an exciting and inspiring week. The Skoll Foundation invites you to honor the recipients of the 2017 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, and to celebrate the importance of finding common ground in advancing a more peaceful, prosperous, and sustainable world.

MASTERS OF CEREMONIES
Sally Osberg, President and CEO, Skoll Foundation
Jeff Skoll, Chairman, Jeff Skoll Group, Skoll Foundation, Skoll Global Threats Fund, Participant Media, and Capricorn Investment Group

FEATURING
Bono, Lead Singer of U2; Co-founder of ONE and (RED)

RECIPIENTS OF THE 2017 SKOLL AWARD FOR SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Kola Masha, Managing Director, Babban Gona
Elizabeth Hausler, Founder and CEO, Build Change
Bradley Myles, Chief Executive Officer, Polaris
Raj Panjabi, Chief Executive Officer, Last Mile Health

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE
Michael Franti, Musician, Humanitarian, and Co-Founder of Do It For The Love Foundation

Doors open at 3:30pm and seating is general admission.

When | Where

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Wednesday, April 5 New Theatre

Format

Plenary

Session leaders

  • Bradley Myles Speaker
    Chief Executive Officer, Polaris
    Bradley Myles serves as CEO of Polaris, a global leader in the fight to eradicate human trafficking and to restore freedom to survivors. For the past 15 years, he has devoted himself to combating human trafficking and modern slavery on a local, national, and global scale. Mr. Myles' early efforts focused on directly serving survivors, researching local human trafficking markets, and helping to build Washington DC's first-ever Human Trafficking Task Force. Under Myles' leadership, Polaris has worked to strengthen the U.S. national movement against human trafficking through policy advocacy in all 50 states and through a wide range of training and capacity-building programs. He also helped create and launch Polaris's operation of the United States national human trafficking hotline (1-888-373-7888), which has now identified and responded to more than 32,000 cases of human trafficking nationwide, and formulated a unique typology of the 25 major types of human trafficking that exist in the present-day U.S. This hotline and data hub model is now regarded as one of the best-functioning anti- trafficking hotlines in the world and has become a focal point of Polaris' growing global programs.
  • Founder and CEO, Build Change
    Dr. Elizabeth Hausler is the Founder and CEO of Build Change, an international non-profit social enterprise based in Denver, Colorado, USA, with operations in Indonesia, Haiti, Colombia, Guatemala, Nepal, the Philippines, and formerly, China. Build Change saves lives in earthquakes and windstorms by working with people in emerging nations to design, build and finance disaster-resistant schools and houses, creating jobs and building human capital in the process. Dr. Hausler was named a 2011 US Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the Schwab Foundation, and is the winner of the 2011 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability. Elizabeth is a 2004 Echoing Green Fellow, a 2006 Draper Richards Kaplan Fellow, a 2009 Ashoka-Lemelson Fellow, a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur, and was a Fulbright scholar to India in 2002-2003. Build Change won the 2008 Tech Award for Technology Benefiting Humanity in the Equality Category for making earthquake-resistant housing solutions available to homeowners regardless of income level. Elizabeth and Build Change’s work have been featured in the New York Times, BBC website, NPR All Things Considered, abcNEWS World News Tonight Person of the Week, Elle Magazine, and Bloomberg Businessweek. Elizabeth is a skilled brick, block, and stone mason with an M.S. and Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Colorado, and a B.S. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Elizabeth was inducted into the UC-Berkeley Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering Academy of Distinguished alumni in 2014, and delivered the Fall 2015 distinguished lecture. Before graduate school, she spent five years in the engineering consulting industry in Chicago and Denver. Elizabeth has written or contributed to publications on NGO, public, and private sector involvement in preventing and rebuilding after disasters.
  • Kola Masha Speaker
    Managing Director, Babban Gona
    Prior to BabbanGona, Kola was a Managing Director and CEO of a major subsidiary in the Notore Group, one of Nigeria’s leading agricultural conglomerates, where he raised US$24 Million to develop an integrated agricultural trading, production and processing business. Furthermore, he led the development and execution of Notore’s commercial strategy across West and Central Africa, preparing the company to sell one million tons of fertilizer and establish a modern seed business. He led the effort to raise $130 million in equity and the restructuring of $360 Million in debt. Kola brings significant leadership experience in venture capital, corporate finance, business development, marketing and operations, across four continents with multiple global companies, including GE, Notore and Abiomed. In addition, Kola brings extensive public sector experience as Senior Advisor to the Nigerian Minister of Agriculture. Kola is globally recognized as a thought leader in African Agricultural Impact Investing, with several global awards including the prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship. Kola holds an MBA (Honors) from Harvard and a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • Raj Panjabi Speaker
    Chief Executive Officer, Last Mile Health
    Raj Panjabi is CEO of Last Mile Health and Associate Physician in the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. At age 9, Dr. Panjabi escaped a civil war in his home country of Liberia. He returned as a 24-year-old medical student to serve the people he had left behind and co-founded Last Mile Health. Last Mile Health saves lives in the world’s most remote communities by partnering with governments to design, scale, and advocate for national networks of community health professionals. Last Mile Health’s work has been published in the Lancet, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and PLoS Medicine and has been featured by TIME, Fortune, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, and the New York Times. Most recently, Dr. Panjabi was announced as the winner of the 2017 TED Prize giving him the opportunity to reveal his wish for the world at the April 2017 TED Conference. In 2016, TIME Magazine named Dr. Panjabi to its annual list of the “100 Most Influential People in the World”, with a tribute from President Bill Clinton. In 2015, Fortune Magazine named Dr. Panjabi one of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders,” recognizing Last Mile Health’s work to support the Liberian Government to build a national community health workforce. Dr. Panjabi is a Forbes 400 Philanthropy Fellow, a Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Social Entrepreneur, and an Echoing Green Fellow. He is a recipient of the Clinton Global Citizen Award, Outstanding Recent Alumni Award from Johns Hopkins, the Distinguished Young Alumni Award from the University of North Carolina, and the Global Citizen Movement Award. Dr. Panjabi is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, received a Masters of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and was a Clinical Fellow at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital.
  • Michael Franti Performer
    Musician, Humanitarian, and Co-Founder, Do It For The Love Foundation
    A musician, filmmaker and humanitarian who is recognized as a pioneering force in the music industry. Long known for his globally conscious lyrics, powerful performances, and dynamic live shows, Franti has continually been at the forefront of lyrical activism, using his music as a positive force for change. ​ “I make music because I believe it can change people’s lives and make a difference in the world,” enthuses Franti, “music gives us new energy and a stronger sense of purpose.” He and his band Spearhead, known for their authentic and uplifting music, have found global success with multi-platinum songs like “Say Hey (I Love You)”, the chart breaking 2010 release of The Sound Of Sunshine. Franti and his band guarantee a show that will be thought provoking as well as energetic. ​ Franti has a brand new single, “Once A Day” from his upcoming debut album on Fantasy Records. “Once a Day” was inspired by his son’s diagnosis with a rare kidney disease called FSGS (Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis) in the hopes that this song would inspire anyone in the world who is going through challenging times. “My belief is that through music, dance and gratitude for this life we can all ‘rise up’,” explains Franti. “Once A Day” was produced by Supa Dups (Eminem, Damian Marley, Bruno Mars) and features special guest Sonna Rele. This new song has the same feel-good, inspiring vibe as “Say Hey (I Love You),” his 2x platinum hit single. ​ Giving back has always been at the heart of Franti’s mission, he has dedicated his life to spreading the joy of music and positivity to millions of people. Franti’s humanitarian, social justice, and peace efforts continue to inspire his music and are infused throughout his music.
  • Jeff Skoll Speaker
    Founder & Chairman, Jeff Skoll Group
    Jeff Skoll is an entrepreneur devoted to creating a sustainable world of peace and prosperity. Over the last 17 years, he has crafted an innovative portfolio of philanthropic and commercial enterprises, each a distinctive catalyst for changing the trajectory of issues that most affect the survival and thriving of humanity. This portfolio includes the Skoll Foundation, Skoll Global Threats Fund, Participant Media, and Capricorn Investment Group—all coordinated under the Jeff Skoll Group umbrella. The Skoll entrepreneurial approach is unique: driving large-scale, permanent social impact by investing in a range of efforts that integrate powerful stories, data, capital markets, technology, partnerships, and organized learning networks. Operating independently from one another yet deeply connected through a shared vision, Skoll organizations galvanize public will, influence policy, and mobilize resources to accelerate the pace and depth of change. Jeff was the first full-time employee and President of eBay, where he experienced firsthand the power of combining entrepreneurship, technology, and trust in people. His work today embodies those fundamental lessons. All of Jeff’s organizations rely on the premise that people are fundamentally good, and that given the opportunity to do the right thing, they will.
  • Bono Speaker
    Lead Singer of U2 and Co-Founder of ONE and (RED), ONE Campaign
    Bono is the lead singer of Irish rock band U2 who have sold over 157 million albums world wide, and won numerous awards, including 22 Grammys. He is a well-known activist in the fight against extreme poverty, whose belief in public advocacy led him to co-found ONE and (RED). ONE has 7 million members worldwide campaigning to persuade governments to adopt and resource policies proven to tackle extreme poverty and fight corruption. (RED) partners with iconic brands to raise public awareness and corporate contributions to fight AIDS, and has contributed more than $360 million to the Global Fund. Bono has also spearheaded efforts in the private sector with TPG to encourage and increase FDI to countries in Africa, and, alongside Jeff Skoll and Bill McGlashlan, recently co-founded Rise, a pioneering social impact fund. Bono has received a number of awards for his music and activism, including the Legion D’Honneur, TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year, and an honorary British knighthood.
  • Sally Osberg Speaker
    President and CEO, Skoll Foundation
    Sally Osberg has been an entrepreneurial leader and catalyst for social change throughout her career. She propels those around her with her life philosophy and mantra, captured in one word: "Onward!" As President and CEO of the Skoll Foundation, she partners with Founder and Chairman Jeff Skoll and guides the organization in its search and support of innovators pioneering scalable solutions to pressing global problems. Under Sally’s leadership, the Foundation has invested in more than 100 ventures led by social entrepreneurs worldwide; established the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the Saïd Business School of Oxford University; created the annual Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship; and brokered cutting-edge partnerships with organizations including TED, the Sundance Institute, and the Social Progress Imperative. In 2015, she co-authored Getting Beyond Better: How Social Entrepreneurship Works with Roger Martin. Together, she and Roger received the Thinkers50 Social Enterprise Award. Sally’s work has appeared in CNN, Financial Times, Bloomberg TV, Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review, the MIT Technology Review, Rotman Magazine, and others. She has been recognized as one of Silicon Valley’s Millennium 100 by the San Jose Mercury News and among the social sector’s 50 most influential leaders by The NonProfit Times.
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