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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 serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the END Fund, working to see an end of the suffering caused by the most prevalent neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) – including river blindness, lymphatic filariais, intestinal worms, schistosomiasis and blinding trachoma – affecting over 1.5 billion people. The END Fund is a collaborative platform for global philanthropic, corporate and individual donors to actively invest in a portfolio of NTD control and elimination programs through targeted investments in international and local NGOs, governments, health agencies, technical assistance, and research partners. The END Fund currently supports programs in almost 30 countries in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Previously, Ellen served as Operation Smile’s Senior Vice President for International Programs, managing programs to provide comprehensive care to children with cleft lips and cleft palates in over 60 countries in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. She also led Operation Smile’s global public policy, collaboration and advocacy efforts to promote essential surgery as an integral component of global health policy and programming. Ellen holds graduate degrees in International 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 non-profit management and child rights. She has also done postgraduate studies in Conflict Resolution at Universidad de Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia. She has a forthcoming book (summer 2018), Treatment Under the Big Tree: Stories from the Modern Fight to End Neglected Tropical Diseases (Johns Hopkins Press).
  • Jeffrey Walker Facilitator
    Chairman, New Profit
    Chairman of New Profit, a social change fund and is Vice Chair in the UN Envoy’s Office for Health Finance and Malaria. He also currently serves on the Boards of The University of Virginia, Berklee College of Music, Grammys Music Education Coalition, Just Capital, AMP for Health. He is a partner in Bridge Builders investment fund. Jeff is Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of The Quincy Jones Musiq Consortium, serves on the Dean’s Board of Advisors and 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), and the Harvard School of Public Health. 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), where he still serves as an Emeritus Trustee. 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 from the Harvard Business School Club of New York City. 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 group, Vice Chairman of JPMorgan Chase. MBA Harvard, BS UVA.
  • 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.