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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Systems Entrepreneurship: A How-To Guide for a New Action Paradigm

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Session Description

The problems we seek to solve—from failed school systems to infectious disease—are too big and tangled for any single organization to address, no matter how innovative or well-funded. We need “systems entrepreneurs” who see large-scale problems require close collaborations across sectors–including governments, nonprofits, and businesses. This workshop will introduce the concept of systems entrepreneurship as an approach to drive large-scale change. We’ll hear live case studies of systems entrepreneurs at work, and you’ll discuss with peers successful methods to repair unjust systems.

When | Where

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM Thursday, April 6 Classroom 2 (WW)



Session leaders

  • Ellen Agler Facilitator
    CEO, The END Fund
    Ellen Agler currently serves as the CEO of the END Fund (, a private philanthropic initiative dedicated to ensuring that all people at risk of NTDs receive the treatment they need to live healthy and prosperous lives. The END Fund works to control and eliminate NTDs by: encouraging private sector engagement in the NTD movement; mobilizing and directing resources to where they can have maximum impact; and advocating for innovative, integrated and cost-effective NTD programs. Specifically, The END Fund focuses on scaling up treatment for intestinal worms, schistosomiasis, river blindness, lymphatic filariasis, and blinding trachoma. Since its launch in 2012, the END Fund has helped to provide NTD treatments to over 50 million people at risk of NTDs and train over 100,000 community health workers in 15 countries, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa. Ellen has worked for almost 20 years on global health programs across more than 50 developing countries in Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East and for organizations including Operation Smile and International Medical Corps. Ellen holds master’s degrees in global health from the Harvard School of Public Health, with a focus on humanitarian affairs, and in Development Studies from the London School of Economics, with a focus on child rights and NGO management. She has also completed postgraduate work in conflict resolution at Universidad de Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia. She previously worked as a journalist in political communications.
  • Jeffrey Walker Facilitator
    Chairman, New Profit
    Jeff Walker is Chairman of New Profit, a social change investment fund and is Vice Chair in the United Nations Envoy’s Office for Health Finance and Malaria. He also currently serves on the Boards of The University of Virginia, Berklee College of Music, Grammy Music Education Coalition, The Miller Center, CharityStrong, Just Capital, AMP for Health and University of Virginia’s Undergraduate Business School, where he was President for ten years. He was on the Visiting Committee at the Harvard Business School and is on the Advisory Boards of MIT Media Lab, Center for Contemplative Sciences at UVA (which he chairs), Harvard School of Public Health, Brookings Metropolitan Council and Previously, Jeff was Executive-in-Residence at Harvard Business School, focusing on social enterprises and collaboration, and a Lecturer at the Kennedy School. At Harvard, he also helped to develop and launch a course in exponential fundraising for nonprofit leaders at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations and studies system change and System Entrepreneurship. He served as the Chairman of Millennium Promise, with the United Nations and Columbia University, an incubator to eliminate extreme poverty, and was the Chairman of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation (Monticello. Jeff Co-Founded and was Chairman of Npower, an organization that provides shared technology services to nonprofits.  Jeff co-authored a book, “The Generosity Network”, about new approaches to gather resources to address causes each of us are passionate about. He also received the John C. Whitehead Award for Social Enterprise. For twenty five years Jeff was CEO and Co-Founder of CCMP Capital, the $12 billion successor to JPMorgan Partners, JPMorgan Chase & Co’s global private equity, Vice Chairman of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Chairman of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation. He has an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. from the University of Virginia.
  • Raj Panjabi Facilitator
    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.