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Friday, April 7, 2017

Understanding the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship

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Session Description

Join Skoll Foundation staff for an open discussion about the Skoll Award, its criteria, and selection process. This session is intended for both social entrepreneurs and funders who are interested in understanding the Award, its intent, and signalling power.

When | Where

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Friday, April 7 Seminar Room A

Session leaders

  • Hannah Darnton joined the Skoll Foundation in 2015 and currently serves as a Analyst on the Portfolio & Investments Team. As an Analyst, Hannah focuses on identifying social entrepreneurs with the potential to drive large scale social change and solve the worlds most pressing problems. Prior to joining Skoll Hannah worked with multiple anti-human trafficking organizations across West Africa and Southeast Asia. For the three years prior to joining Skoll, she worked as Asia Program Manager for the San Francisco-based anti-trafficking non-profit, Not For Sale. Hannah holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and French from the University of Michigan and a Masters in NGOs and Development from the London School of Economics.
  • Principal, Skoll Foundation
    Motivated by a passion for building resilient organizations and leaders, James Nardella serves as a Principal on the Portfolio & Investments Team at the Skoll Foundation. He identifies organizations with the potential to drive large scale social change, screens these organizations for the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, leads the Foundation’s relationship with a portfolio of current Skoll Awardees, and contributes thought leadership to the field of social entrepreneurship. Prior to joining Skoll, James led the Lwala Community Alliance, a Kenyan health and development organization affiliated with Vanderbilt University. Lwala targets a rural population with acute needs and is best known for its community approach to increasing child survival, improving access to primary healthcare, and increasing school completion for girls. James oversaw the expansion of programs to provide 20,000 people with healthcare, 6,000 students with after-school programming, and 180 Kenyans with meaningful employment. James holds a B.F.A. in Theatre Arts from Boston University and a M.Ed. in International Education Policy and Leadership from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. James is married to Jena Lee Nardella, the co-founder of Blood:Water Mission and the author of One Thousand Wells. The Nardellas met through their mutual work in Africa and have two young children. James enjoys writing and speaking and has contributed content for One, Impatient Optimists, Clinton Global Initiative, Girls Globe, and The Mother and Child Project.