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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Lunchtime Delegate-Led Discussions

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Session Description

Grab a portable lunch and join peer-to-peer lunchtime discussions of subjects suggested by fellow Skoll World Forum delegates. Discussions begin at 11:45am.


Financing Renewable Energy in Emerging Economies


Annual investment in renewable infrastructure exceeded $300 billion over the past three years. Concentrated in OECD countries and China, most investment excludes emerging economies. How can we finance renewable infrastructure and scale emerging models?

Henry McLoughlin, Capricorn Investment Group


Financing Scale: Lessons Learned from Leading Social Ventures


How do funding choices propel or hinder scaling impact? Hear from leading social ventures about financing their scaling journeys in the latest installment of the Scaling Pathways series, a partnership between CASE at Duke, the Skoll Foundation, USAID, and Mercy Corps.

Cathy Clark, Faculty Director of CASE and CASE i3, Duke University


Good News for a Change: Driving Impact & Engagement through Solutions Journalism


News doesn’t have to be bad. While holding the powerful to account and uncovering wrong-doing, news organizations can also report on pioneers and trailblazers, ideas that work, and promising innovations.  What role can this solutions journalism play in driving action and impact among readers?

Rachel White, Foundation


Self-Care: What It Is and Why It Matters


Stress is the leading global cause of absence from work. However great your ideas or intentions are, you won’t be able to fulfill them unless you look after yourself. Join us to think about your own personal resilience and discuss strategies for self-care.

Adrian Sell, BasicNeeds


Strengthening Systems to Keep the Water Flowing


Delivering lasting basic services to the poor—water, sanitation, healthcare, energy, education—calls for strengthening local systems. We’ll explore successes, challenges, and innovations in local service delivery.

Louis Boorstin, Osprey Foundation


The Case for Community-Driven Development


How can we shift global aid from being prescriptive to community-driven? Join to discuss how funders, civil society, and social entrepreneurs can foster strong, community-based systems and redefine development at the grassroots.

Sasha Fisher, Spark MicroGrants


The Equity of Grant-Making: Disrupting the Status Quo


New online tools, competitions, and assessment methods are changing how we fund social enterprises. With these new approaches, we can do much more than just name winners. Join funders and others to discuss how that process is being disrupted.

Jaison Morgan, Common Pool


The Power of Social Enterprise to Educate Uprooted Children

To achieve SDG4’s aims of delivering quality education by 2030, we must address the growing gap in services for displaced children. How can we address critical gaps to ensure an entire generation does not slip through the cracks?

Avary Kent and Sujatha Sebastian,


The Tightrope: Balancing Environmental and Human Needs


Reconciling conservation and development in a rapidly changing world is a critical challenge. How do we ensure environmental justice and build a broad-based environmental ethic across different sectors in society?

Kartik Shanker, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and The Environment


Three Dials: A Simpler Approach to Behavior Change


Impact comes from people doing something different: if you’re in the social sector, you’re a behavior change organization. Join to hear about the Three Dials approach we use to teach our fellows how to think systematically about behavior without getting too deep in the weeds.

Kevin Starr, Mulago Foundation


To RCT or Not to RCT? That is the Question

Though considered the measurement gold standard, Randomized Control Trials (RCTs) can be costly and infrequently generalizable. Join VisionSpring, Target, and Mulago Foundation to explore when RCTs makes sense for social enterprises and investors.

Ella Gudwin, VisionSpring


Good News for a Change: Driving Impact & Engagement through Solutions Journalism


News doesn’t have to be bad. While holding the powerful to account and uncovering wrong-doing, news organizations can also report on pioneers and trailblazers, ideas that work, and promising innovations. What role can this solutions journalism play in driving action and impact among readers?

Rachel White Foundation

When | Where

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM Wednesday, April 11 Said Business School

Session leaders

  • Co-Founder,
    Sujatha thrives on helping mission-driven leaders engage in transformational conversations for positive change. She is a co-founder of, and a seasoned network builder, facilitator and capacity builder. In her role as a managing director, she led the development of’s membership and advisory service programs. Building on this work she is now preparing to launch a new organization focused on convening design. Sujatha has worked with several mission-driven organizations including the Aspen Institute, C&A Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, Open Society Foundations, the Paul and Daisy Soros Foundation for New Americans, and the Skoll World Forum. She is a dynamic and experienced consultant and facilitator who has worked across a variety of issue areas ranging from health equity to transparency in supply chains, and from education to cyber security. She has moderated discussions and conference sessions for a broad spectrum of institutions ranging from West Point Military Academy to the US Small Business Administration, and from the New Mexico Community Foundation to the Latin American Impact Investing Forum. Sujatha grew up in a multicultural household, the daughter of an immigrant entrepreneur and a midwife. She brings a diverse background in community economic development, international relations, and education to her work. She received her BA in Peace & Conflict Studies from Bryn Mawr College and completed her graduate studies at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
  • Adrian Sell is Chief Executive Officer of BasicNeeds UK. He has successfully steered BasicNeeds into a merger with CBM UK and recently secured over a million dollars in funding from an online games company. He has over twenty-five years experience in the charity, social enterprise, government and private sectors. His experience covers mental health, international work as well as considerable experience of scaling complex social interventions. He holds a Masters in Consulting and Leading in Organizations from the Tavistock and Portman Clinic. Previously he was Executive Director at OXPIP: Oxford Parent Infant Project a pioneering organization working to ensure a loving and secure start to life. With backing from Impetus-Private Equity Foundation and others he successfully doubled the turnover of the organization. His other roles have included Director of Services for an older people’s charity, Operations Manager for a social enterprise, working on organizational change in a county council as well as front line roles in a hospital, a care home and an insurance company. He is married with two children and enjoys cycling, running, walking, reading and spending time with friends and family.
  • Executive Director,
    Avary Kent is a serial Social Entrepreneur with deep expertise in making ideas a reality. Currently she is the Founding Executive Director of building the impact ecosystem through more effective convening, accelerators, and mapping initiatives. Her expertise in experience design supports her clients in the development of participant focused events integrating human centered design techniques that deliver outstanding feedback and results. As an on-site facilitator she has worked with politicians, academics, cyber security experts, factory owners and workers, Fortune 100 brands, investors, and foundation leaders. She is adept at navigating challenging conversations and supporting groups towards productive dialogue and action. She was also the co-founder of ImpactAlpha, The Happiness Institute, and Puzzlebox LLC. She received a BS in Genetics and Geobotanical Field Ecology from George Washington University and an MBA in Sustainable Enterprise from Dominican University.
  • President, VisionSpring
    Ella Gudwin is the President of VisionSpring, a leading social enterprise working to create access to affordable eyeglasses, everywhere. Ella leads an international team that is reaching low-income consumers in thirteen countries, with significant operations in India and growth in frontier markets. In 2015, VisionSpring will distribute its three millionth pair of glasses, creating a total of $280 million in economic impact. Our motto is 'See well. Do well.' Ms. Gudwin came to VisionSpring with extensive experience in global health and international development. As Senior Vice President of Strategy and Program Development at the global health and emergency response organization, AmeriCares, Gudwin led the development of the organization’s ten-year strategic plan and capacities to improve health outcomes in low-resource settings. Over almost nine years with AmeriCares, Gudwin helped the organization become the leading nonprofit provider of donated medicines and medical supplies, delivering over $500 million in quality medical products and relief supplies annually to a network of health care institutions around the world. As Vice President of Emergency Response, she managed humanitarian operations for major disasters including the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami, and as Director of Asia and Eurasia partnerships, oversaw the delivery of medical assistance and health programs in 10 countries. Prior to joining AmeriCares, Gudwin served as Head of Foreign Government Relations at the Population Council. She lived in Indonesia for three years where she taught at the University of Sanata Dharma and conducted research with the World Bank. Gudwin earned an MA with distinction in international economics and Southeast Asia studies at the School for Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, and a BA with honors from Vassar College. Gudwin is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
  • Director, Corporate Development, Capricorn Investment Group
    Henry joined Capricorn in June 2015 where he oversees new initiatives and policy issues. Prior to joining CIG, Henry was a consultant for 5 years, with the Boston Consulting Group in Paris and Dubai and with Oliver Wyman in New York. During that time, he worked on approximately 20 projects in a dozen countries with a focus on infrastructure and government policy. His last year as a consultant was spent with the World Economic Forum where he was in charge of the infrastructure finance initiative. Henry is a former reserve officer in the French Marine Infantry, serving within NATO forces in Afghanistan in 2007. He is a graduate of Ecole Normale Superieure (rue d’Ulm), of Ecole Superieur de Commerce de Paris and of the Saint-Cyr Special Military School (ROTC).
  • CEO, Common Pool
    Jaison Morgan is the CEO of Common Pool (, an agency that funds social enterprises through an open, transparent, and fair process of granting awards, prizes, fellowships, and other forms of incentive-based programs. In 2017, Common Pool was responsible for facilitating over $200 million in total resources to registrants around the world. Jaison Morgan has been recognized by the BBC as "the world's expert" in designing prizes to drive innovative breakthroughs. He helped establish a lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2007 to study how targeted rewards can be used to induce new approaches to engineering challenges. He has served as an Advisor to the Office of the First Minister of Scotland, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the government of the United Arab Emirates, and many multi-national interests to counsel their use of challenge competitions for solving large-scale public problems. Jaison completed graduate studies at the University of Chicago and is a frequent lecturer on the subject of incentive engineering (
  • Director, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and The Environment
    Kartik Shanker the Director of the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bangalore. He is an ecologist with interests in inter-disciplinary research as well as conservation action and outreach. He is on deputation from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore where he has worked on various aspects of the distribution and diversity of flora and fauna in terrestrial and marine ecosystems, with applications for conservation decision making. He is also a founder trustee of Dakshin Foundation, an NGO which works largely on coastal and marine conservation and livelihoods. Shanker has worked on the biology and conservation of sea turtles for the last 25 years, and has ongoing projects on olive ridley turtles in Orissa, and leatherback turtles in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. He has been involved in initiating national and regional networks for the conservation of sea turtles and their habitats. He has started newsletters and websites and conducted international symposiums on sea turtles. He has also served as President of the International Sea Turtle Society and is Regional Vice-Chair of the IUCN/SSC Marine Turtle Specialist Group. He served as the editor of Conservation and Society for 10 years, is the founding editor of the magazine, Current Conservation. He is the author of the book ‘From Soup to Superstar’, a historical account of sea turtle conservation in India. He is the author of several children’s books, including Lori’s Magical Mystery, Turtle Story and The Adventures of Philautus Frog.
  • Managing Director, Mulago Foundation
    Kevin Starr directs the Mulago Foundation which is focused on scalable solutions to meet the basic needs of the very poor. Kevin had a perfectly good career in medicine when he stumbled into philanthropy in 1994. His friend and mentor Rainer Arnhold died suddenly when they were working together in Bolivia, and the Arnhold family asked Kevin to help carry on Rainer's work through the Mulago Foundation. He spent the next decade working with projects from Afghanistan to Zambia, trying to figure out what makes for real impact at big scale. Kevin established Mulago's Fellows Program in 2003 to apply principles and tools that help social entrepreneurs turn good ideas into lasting change at scale. The program gives fellows a chance to design for impact that can go big. Kevin teaches and mentors fellows in numerous other programs for social entrepreneurs and serves as the chairman of Big Bang Philanthropy, a group of funders working together to direct more money to those best at fighting poverty. Kevin went through medical school and residency at UC San Francisco and has lived in SF ever since.
  • Managing Director, Osprey Foundation
    Louis is Managing Director of the Osprey Foundation, where he leads programs on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and sustainable energy. In addition to managing a portfolio of grants and impact investments, Louis works to advance these sectors through wide-scale systems change. From 2005-2013, Louis founded and led the WASH program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, building a portfolio of more than US$ 400 million, assembling a cross-disciplinary team, and focusing the program on non-piped sanitation. Prior to that, he worked for 15 years at the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group, where he led the environmental finance team from 1997 to 2004. In that capacity, he helped pioneer the impact investing field by building a portfolio of over 30 ventures, ranging from solar power to clean drinking water, totaling US$ 250 million. Louis currently sits on the boards of IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, the RICE Institute and Sanergy and serves as a senior adviser to several other social ventures and non-profits. He holds a BA in economics from Yale University and an MBA and MA (Development Economics) from Stanford University.
  • Co-Founder & Executive Director, Spark MicroGrants
    Sasha is the co-founder and executive director of Spark MicroGrants. Spark supports governments and civil society to develop inclusive democratic processes across Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ghana. Spark has developed a streamlined village planning process paired with a seed grant that equips families facing poverty to launch a project of their choice together, such as a farm or school. Since 2010 Spark has reached over 170 villages across five countries with 94% of villages continuing to meet on a regular basis.
  • President, Foundation
    Rachel is president of and executive vice president, philanthropic and strategic partnerships at Guardian News & Media., a US-based non-profit, was publicly launched in August, 2017 to support independent journalism on issues related to climate change, human rights, inequality, and other topics. Prior to joining the Guardian, Rachel served as executive vice president and interim president of the Washington D.C.-based, journalism-centered think tank New America Foundation. Working across media, policy, government, the private sector, and philanthropy, she led the organization in advancing new thinkers and new ideas to address the next generation of challenges facing the United States. From 1995 to 2005, Rachel worked for the World Wildlife Fund.