Speakers & Moderators

Guest of Honour

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Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong

Former Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore, Senior Advisor to the Monetary Authority of Singapore

Mr Goh Chok Tong was Singapore’s Prime Minister from November 1990 to August 2004. He was first elected into Parliament as a Member of Parliament following the 1976 elections and remains a Member of Parliament till today. Prior to his appointment as Prime Minister, he served as Senior Minister of Finance (1977-1979), Minister for Trade & Industry (1979-1981), Health (1981-1982) and Defence (1982-1990) and Deputy Prime Minister (1985-1990).

Following his term as Prime Minister, he remained in the Cabinet as Senior Minister (2004-2011) and was appointed Chairman of Singapore’s central bank, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), during the same period. He currently holds the honorary title of Emeritus Senior Minister, serves as a Senior Advisor to MAS and is a patron for the Institute of Policy Studies, a government think-tank.

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Stuart Hart

President and Founder of Enterprise for a Sustainable World, Founder of BoP Global Network, Founding Director of the Emergent Institute

Professor Stuart Hart is one of the world’s leading authorities on business and poverty solutions as well as on the implications of sustainable development and environmentalism. He has published over 70 papers and authored and/or edited seven books, with over 20,000 Google Scholar citations. His article “Beyond Greening: Strategies for a Sustainable World” won the McKinsey Award for Best Article in the Harvard Business Review for 1997 and helped launch the movement for corporate sustainability. With C.K. Prahalad, Hart co-wrote the seminal 2002 article “The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid” which highlighted how businesses could profitably meet the needs of the 4 billion poor in the developing world. His best-selling book ‘Capitalism at the Crossroads’, published in 2005, was recognised by Cambridge University as one of the top 50 books on sustainability. Hart has also served as a consultant, advisor or management educator for many corporations and organisations such as, Dupont, S.C. Johnson, General Electric, the World Economic Forum and the Clinton Global Initiative.

Hart is the Steven Grossman Endowed Chair in Sustainable Business at the University of Vermont Business School and Co-Director of the School’s Sustainable Entrepreneurship MBA (SEMBA) Program. He is also the S.C. Johnson Chair Emeritus in Sustainable Global Enterprise and Professor Emeritus of Management at Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management, where he founded the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise.

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Jayanth Bhuvaraghan

Chief Corporate Mission Officer at Essilor International

Jayanth Bhuvaraghan is responsible for raising global awareness of the importance of good vision and leading initiatives to address the needs of the 2.5 billion people around the world who don’t have access to good vision today.

Jayanth has successfully established the 2.5 New Vision Generation, the inclusive business arm of Essilor to create awareness, develop infrastructure and bring the right eye care solutions to the consumers at the Base of the Pyramid. He also launched and developed the Essilor BoP Innovation Lab supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board. It is a unique platform to ideate, incubate and develop scalable solutions to address the needs of the BoP consumers.

Mr. Bhuvaraghan was responsible for successfully launching and developing operations. He was appointed President South Asia, ASEAN, Emerging Brands, Lab Operations & IT for the AMERA region, in 2007 and has served as a member of the Essilor International executive committee since January 2010. He is also the Chairman of the Essilor Social Impact fund that is dedicated to creating social impact through vision care globally.

He has over 33 years of diversified experience, including 20 years in the ophthalmic optics industry, and previously served in leadership and business development positions in chemical engineering and automobile industries in India.

 

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Mark Richards

APJ Business Head Unit (Digital Service Management) at BMC Software

Mark Richards has over 15 years’ of experience in service management, outsourcing, channel management and strategy, managed services, and project management having held roles at Applaud, Dell, Commonwealth Bank, Telstra, ING Bank and IBM. During his career he has lead Service Management transformation programs in finance, manufacturing, retail, health and Government. He’s developed and published enterprise IT service desk strategies, launched an ITSM consulting practice for a leading hardware vendor, implemented ITIL service desk quality programs, and managed service desk operational support teams. Richards joined BMC Software in 2013 as the ASEAN Product Manager for IT & Digital Services Management. He recently took on the role of APJ Business Unit Head for Digital Service Management and is responsible for driving growth and the development of relationships across BMC’s ecosystem. He collaborates with BMC’s Asia Pacific and Japan customers and partners to transition them from ITSM excellence to Enterprise Service Management and achieve digital innovation through Digital Service Management.

Richards regularly speaks at industry events. He is passionate about the evolution of IT Services delivery and takes a forward-looking view of digital services, principles and platforms to improve business operations.

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Naveed Akbar

Head of Strategy, Social Enterprises, BRAC

Naveed Akbar, as Head of Strategy for BRAC Enterprises, currently leads strategic and growth initiatives for 16 social enterprises of BRAC that had annual turnover of USD 175million in 2015. These enterprises include Aarong (most popular retail brand in Bangladesh- selling crafted production made by 65,000 artisans networks), BRAC Dairy (major domestic dairy processing enterprise), agricultural, health and service oriented social enterprises that engages thousands of micro and small entrepreneurs as suppliers or customers within its business operations.
Naveed joined BRAC in December 2015, with extensive experience of working with global development partners focusing on enterprise growth in various sectors. He has hands-on knowledge in developing and implementing sectoral strategies that aim at appropriate business innovations, stakeholder engagement and ensuring right eco-systems- to realize successes of inclusive markets for the micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. He has been engaged in designing and reviewing programs and strategies for agricultural, aquaculture, healthcare, tourism, ICT, food-processing, retailing, furniture and crafts sectors in South & South-East Asia, and Eastern Europe.
Naveed has educational training in Economics and Public Administration, with professional qualification for project management and business advisory services.

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Anthony Hehir

Director of Nutrition Improvement Program, Human Nutrition & Health at DSM

Anthony Hehir is a South African and Irish national and was born and raised in Zimbabwe and Botswana in Southern Africa. He holds higher degrees in Human Physiology, Nutrition and Dietetics, Business Administration and Social Impact Strategy. Prior to joining DSM, Anthony worked as a clinical and public health Dietitian in rural South Africa, rolling out an integrated nutrition programme for at-risk groups as well as overseeing the nutritional support of patients on the national HIV care programme. Anthony has been with DSM since 2005, first based in South Africa where he was responsible for the countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, driving co-development of staple food fortification programmes. Since then Anthony has been based in Switzerland and held several global and regional marketing, communications and business development roles within DSM, having the opportunity to work globally and across cultures.

Anthony is currently the Director of DSM’s Nutrition Improvement Program, a specialist team in DSM whose mission is to positively impact public health by developing and implementing effective nutrition solutions, and leveraging their expertise and partnerships to reach and serve the 4 billion people at the base of the pyramid.

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Christy Davis

Regional Director at World Vision International,
Head of Asia Pacific P3 Hub

Christy Davis is World Vision International’s South Asia & Pacific Regional Director for Partnerships Development and the head of the new Asia Pacific P3 Hub, a cross-sector incubator based in Singapore. She provides strategic leadership & support for partnerships for development, humanitarian affairs and advocacy with key stakeholders, networks and government bodies across Asia Pacific. She identifies, leads and supports innovative & collaborative opportunities, which includes convening multi-stakeholder forums and dialogues to strengthen relationships, identify shared value opportunities, and help develop WVI regional capability for internal and external engagement. Reinforcing the importance World Vision places on partnerships, the launch of the Asia P3 Hub in July 2016 is an exciting innovative venture which brings together business, government, academia and non-profit organizations to collectively generate new market-based solutions for development opportunities and problems. The initial focus area of the Asia P3 Hub will be the area of water.

She made the jump from corporate to full time humanitarian work in March 2011 after working for UNDP immediately following the Asian tsunami, building on previous positions in the public and private sectors. Christy holds an Executive MBA, and graduated in the pioneer cohort with a Masters in Tri-Sector Collaboration from Singapore Management University. Christy serves as a trustee for the Awesome Foundation (Singapore chapter), and is a mentor with Protégé Singapore. Originally from the US, she has made her home across four countries in Asia Pacific for more than 25 years.

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Julie Gautier

Project Manager for Asia at Nutriset

Julie Gautier has been working at Nutriset for 3 years and is now specialized in Asian development projects, based in Singapore . She studied Business and Marketing in a reputed French Business School, with a specialization in Social Responsibility. She also studied abroad in Sweden and Mexico. She worked as Key Account Manager at Unilever Foodsolutions, as Product Manager at Fox Pathé Europacorp and as Specialist of Media and Marketing strategy at My Media. After her second world tour, she chose to work for Nutriset, a company close to her personal values.

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Kevin W. Moon

General Manager at 45Rice

Kevin Moon is the General Manager of 45RICE, a social enterprise dedicated to ending hidden hunger aka micro-nutrient deficiency. Kevin started his career working for a for-profit educational institution in NYC providing higher education opportunities for NYC students. He has also facilitated the strategies for the establishment of Brown Charity Group, a non-profit organization dedicated to building schools in Africa for children with HIV/AIDS. Afterward, he jumped to the social enterprise sector working for Nisolo, a fair trade leather goods company based out of the U.S and Peru. Kevin then moved to Singapore and joined the BoP HUB team. His focus at the BoP HUB has been on strategy development of working with MNCs and social entrepreneurs to coordinate multi-sector partnerships. His educational background is in International Development and Organizational Effectiveness from Vanderbilt University.

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Jimena Vallejos

Poverty Stoplight Coordinator at Fundación Paraguaya

Jimena Vallejos holds a Bachelor of Social Work and a diploma in Non-profit management from Washburn University in Kansas, USA. She joined Fundación Paraguaya in 2012, and has served as manager of the project “Inclusive Microfinance Opportunities” which seeks to provide financial opportunities for people with disabilities and their families, and for the past two years as Manager of the Poverty Stoplight, a methodology which aims to support families in the process of assessing and eliminating poverty around the world.

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Loring Harkness

Founder of Ngwe.Su

Loring Harkness has 5+ years building technology startups in Myanmar and across SE Asia. He is currently Founder of Ngwe.Su, which creates financial inclusion tools for the under-banked. He was Co-founder and CEO of Next Billion, which connects positive organisations to the next billion mobile consumers via mobile video, radio, apps and messaging platforms. He was curator of TEDxYangon (2012) "People, Planet, Profit". He holds a Bachelor of Arts from St. Olaf College in the United States and a Master of Laws from Monash University in Australia.

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José Alexander Mosquera Manchola

Coordinator of Emerging Markets Initiatives at Externado University of Colombia

Industrial Engineering, MBA of University Externado de Colombia, deep background in strategy consulting base on innovation addressing to Sme´s. Experience and knowledge in development of programs to encourage Smes to create products/services in the Base of Pyramid (Bop); high vocation to work with vulnerable communities through the development and implementation of inclusive Business and social innovation. Field work with vulnerable rural communities in order to create and enhance associative rural models, rural entrepreneurship and rural Smes strength; always aiming to generate social and economics impacts in low incomes communities.

Coordinator of the International Program “Bop Challenge” addressing to promote the creation of products/services in the Bop markets, professor of “Plan Padrinos International”, trainer of the Program “Rural associativity” with Finagro (Rural government agency) and trainer of the program “Green and inclusive Business” in alliance with GIZ and Sena (Education government Institution). Currently Coordinator of EMI (Emerging Markets Initiatives), international program addressed to foreigners students coming from universities around the world in order to participate in Social workshops with Sme´s and communities in Colombia.

 

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Ashwin Naik

Founder and Director at Vaatsalya

Director of Vaatsalya Healthcare, an award winning
social enterprise, focused on building a network of hospitals in Tier II and Tier III
towns in India. He is a Resident Fellow at Ashoka and Chairs the National Association
of Social Enterprises, India.

Ashwin is a trained physician and has written and spoken about leadership, entrepreneurship, rural health and social entrepreneurship at various forums around the world, including World Health Congress, NHS Alliance, Ashoka Future Forum, Global Philanthropy Forum, and Africa Health summit (KPMG). Ashwin has been recognized as a Economic Times Leaders under 40, Young Global Leader (YGL) 2012 By World Economic Forum, Young Leader by Asia Society
Asia21 in 2011, Senior Ashoka Fellow in 2010, Finalist for the India Social
Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2010 by Schwab Foundation, Ted India fellow for 2009. Dare Magazine India in its April 2011 edition profiled Ashwin as 50 inspiring Entrepreneurs of India. Previously, he was the Vice President of

Business Development and Informatics at Triesta Sciences, a clinical genomics company. Ashwin has been part of the human and mouse genome projects at Celera Genomics. He was instrumental in coordinating multidisciplinary teams to compile and analyze human and mouse genomes. He holds three patents and has contributed a chapter on the Origin of Life. Ashwin has a medical degree from Karnatak Medical College, Hubli and a Masters from University of Houston, Texas.

 

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Murali Shanmugan

CEO at Arteron Global Systems Pte Ltd

A builder with a genuine passion for building, his 26 year career spreads across a very diverse spectrum of industries, largely built upon experience and deep involvement in building businesses from the ground up.

Beginning with Hotel Properties Limited, a regional food & beverage group, operating out of Singapore with international brands such as The Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental and the Concorde Hotel, he opened & operated Hard Rock Cafe establishments around the region as part of their core setup team. A natural progression from that was to move into consultancy in the food & beverage industry, providing setup & operational advice that covered a gamut of areas from business concepts and market positioning, through to training programs and operational systems, policies, cost management and financial reporting. He later moved into development of cutting edge digital media software with Game Brains, designing audio architecture and content for video games for Sony and Nintendo. With experience garnered from these fields, in 2005 he founded the award winning branding agency, MSG with a specialization in the then emerging field of acoustic branding; essentially branding through the use of sound.

In 2010 he founded Arteron, a water treatment systems company dedicated to solving the growing water problems in Asia and the developing world where he developed a unique proprietary range of robust ultra compact water treatment systems for use in decentralized infrastructural and mission critical disaster relief applications.

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Olivier Kayser

Founder and MD at Hystra

Olivier founded Hystra (www.hystra.com) in 2009. It is a global, hybrid consulting firm that works with business and social sector pioneers to design and implement hybrid strategies, innovative business approaches that are profitable and eradicate social and environmental problems and require to combine the insights and resources of business and citizen sectors. Hystra has served large corporations (Unilever, Danone, Ericsson, GDF Suez, Lafarge, LVMH, Orange, Schneider Electric, Suez Environnement, Total, Unilever, Veolia), social businesses (d.light, KickStart, Solarenergie), foundations (The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Shell Foundation, The Children Investment Fund Foundation, ICCO), NGOs (Ashoka, GAIN) and public sector (AFD, DFID, IDB, SDC, EC, IFC, Proparco, TNO). Hystra has worked in the sectors of Energy, Water, Housing, ICT, Nutrition, Sanitation, Small farmers and Marketing & Sales.

Prior to Hystra, Olivier spent 6 years with Ashoka where he founded the Ashoka Support Network and 18 years with McKinsey where he was a senior partner. He is also the co-author of “Scaling Up Business Solutions to Social Problems” published in 2015 by Palgrave Macmillan.

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Founder of Gawad Kalinga Movement

Founder of the Gawad Kalinga Foundation (GK), a poverty alleviation movement implemented in almost 2,500 communities in the Philippines and other developing countries such as Indonesia, Cambodia and Papua New Guinea, Tony Meloto left his job at Procter & Gamble on an ambitious mission to end poverty for 5 million families. GK not only provides housing but also trains its beneficiaries to develop sustainable sources of income. Exposed to poverty and squalid living conditions at a very young age, Meloto was inspired to work with the poor in slum communities and he hopes that through GK he can inspire fellow Filipinos to create shared prosperity where the poor can thrive.

Meloto is now building an inclusive platform for global partnerships in Europe that aims to promote social entrepreneurship for inclusive growth. With the Philippines as the hub, he wants to connect Europe with the emerging economies in Asia that are abound with vast social development opportunities. In the last 5 years, he has been invited to speak in many global forums, bringing attention to this unique model for sustainable development that addresses humanity’s most pressing challenges—climate change, extreme poverty and food security. He is also in the midst of developing Farm Village University, a one-of its kind incubating hub for 500,000 social entrepreneurs passionate about making communities sustainable through social tourism, education and business.

 

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Bavidra Mohan

Head of Leadership and Strategic Partnerships at Acumen India

Bavidra started his career as a Social Strategy Consultant with JWT, helping Fortune 500’s create shared value by aligning social impact with overarching business strategy. In 2011, Bavidra was selected as an Acumen Global Fellow where he was placed with d.light design in Shenzhen and New Delhi, working on brand development, product launches and new product innovation.  Upon completion of the Global Fellowship Bavidra Co-Founded a technology start-up in San Francisco that built mobile products for sustainable urban mobility. For the past two years, Bavidra has been working with Acumen in Mumbai to launch their Leadership and Strategic Partnerships functions in India. He holds a BA(h) in Sociology from Queen’s University and an MA from Kingston University.

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Naina Subberwal Batra

CEO of Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN)

Naina Subberwal Batra is the CEO of Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN). AVPN is a unique funders’ network committed to building a vibrant and high impact philanthropy and social investment community across Asia. AVPN’s mission is to catalyse the movement from traditional philanthropy to social investing for a more strategic, collaborative and outcome focused approach to addressing key social challenges facing Asia.Naina’s past experience of over 20 years includes being part of the senior leadership team at Monitor Inclusive Markets, a mission driven consulting unit of the Monitor Group that aimed at catalyzing market based solutions for social change. In addition she has worked in organizations such as KPMG and Citibank.

Naina has a master’s degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University where she graduated at the top of her class. She also holds a bachelor degree in Economics and International Relations from Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts, USA and a General Course Diploma in economics from The London School of Economics.

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Amit Kapoor

Honorary Chairman at the Institute of Competitiveness, India & President & CEO at India Council on Competitiveness

Institute for Competitiveness, India is the Indian knot in the global network of the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School. Institute for Competitiveness, India is an international initiative centered in India, dedicated to enlarging and purposeful disseminating of the body of research and knowledge on competition and strategy, as pioneered over the last 25 years by Professor Michael Porter of the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School. Institute for Competitiveness, India conducts and supports indigenous research, offers academic and executive courses, and provides advisory services to the Corporate and the Governments. The institute studies competition and its implications for company strategy; the competitiveness of nations, regions & cities and thus generate guidelines for businesses and those in governance; and suggests and provides solutions for sociology-economic problems.

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Shweta Shukla

Communications, CSR & Government Affairs

Shweta Shukla is Director & Head – Communications, CSR & Government Affairs for Kimberly-Clark Asia Pacific. Kimberly-Clark Corp. (NYSE: KMB) is an $18.6Bn Fortune 200 Company headquartered in Dallas, US. With a 144 year heritage, its brands like Huggies, Kleenex, Scott, Kotex and Depend are household names and provide the essentials for a better life in more than 175 countries.
Shweta has over 16 years of experience in Brand & Corporate Communications, Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability, Government Affairs, Employee Communications, Issues & Crises Management. Shweta began her career with an internship with Unilever India and went on to lead External Relations for Procter & Gamble (P&G) India and Asia across its portfolio of Health Care; Fabric & Home Care; Beauty & Grooming; Baby & Feminine Care before joining Kimberly-Clark. She is named among PR Week’s global list of Top 500 Communications Heads (2015 and 2016)
Shweta leads all external & internal communication for Kimberly-Clark Asia Pacific including employer branding, media relations, executive communications and partnerships with key stakeholders like the EDB(Economic Development Board), WWF (World Wildlife Fund) on sustainable sourcing, Toilet Board Coalition on social entrepreneurship and the US Embassy among others. She is the key Company representative in industry chambers like the Singapore Business Federation, AMCHAM, spokesperson at key industry forums and a guest lecturer at the Singapore Management University.

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Mabel Woo

Program Director at Yidan Prize Foundation

Miss Mabel Woo serves as program director of the Yidan Prize Foundation.
In her current role, she oversees program development of the Yidan Prize, the largest educational award in the world. She has over a decade of experience in public and social sector with track record in organizing international programs and mega fund-raising events. In her previous capacity as project manager at The Dragon Foundation, a foundation dedicated to youth development and education, she was responsible for the foundation’s flagship programs Dragon 100 and Global Citizenship Program.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences and a master’s degree in Counselling from The University of Hong Kong.

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Michael Norton

Director at Center for Innovation in Voluntary Action, Co-Founder of Centre for The International Center for Social Franchising

Michael Norton OBE is a social innovator and entrepreneur. Through Center for Innovation in Voluntary Action he develops innovative projects including: a banking system for street children in South Asia; village publishing in India; and Changemakers, YouthBank and MyBnk in the UK which provide opportunities to young people to engage in society. He co-founded UnLtd, to support social entrepreneurs and the International Center for Social Franchising to help successful projects scale up.

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KC Mishra

Ashoka Global Fellow, Founder of Svadha WASH Pte Ltd, Founder of eKutir Social Business

KC Mishra is an Ashoka Global Fellow, recognised for his innovation on the Last Mile Micro enterprise model for social development, called the PIE (Participatory, IT Enablement, Enterprise) model. He has vast experience in the area of BoP market development and has served leadership roles in development banks. Mishra is also a serial social entrepreneur, having successfully established 5 for-profit social businesses in BoP and non-BoP markets in India as well as USA. He is the founder of eKutir, a social venture engaged in innovating new products, services and sustainable business models at the BoP market, and its subsidiary initiatives Veggie Kart Marketing (linking small vegetable farmers to the market through e-commerce), ONE Acre Venture (leveraging on a market-based value chain platform to crowd-fund for farmers) and Svadha WASH Social Business (bringing sanitation solutions to the community). He is also the founder of Veggie Health Global in USA. In addition to establishing these ventures, Mishra has also designed various IT application for small and marginal farmers in India.

Mishra currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Global Knowledge Partnership Foundation and is a Board Member for BoP Hub Ltd. He is an awardee of Facebook Innovation Award, Grand Challenges India award (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), Grand Challenges Canada award. He was also most recently invited to the UN Economic & Social Council to share about his innovations that have positively impacted the Indian community.

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Guillermo Jaime Calderon

Founder and President of Group MIA, Founder of Walltech International, Founder of MeXvi

Guillermo Jaime Calderón is the founder and president of Grupo “Merjoramiento Integral Asistido” (Assisted Integral Improvement), also known as, Group MIA. Group MIA, a social enterprise, was established in 2009 to respond to the need for good quality and low-cost housing for rural and semi-urban populations in Mexico. Group MIA’s mission is to provide dignified, quality housing solutions to low-income families in a profitable and sustainable way. This social enterprise’s business model includes three key components: Finance, Technology and Community Involvement. Group MIA connects homeowners to government organisations or NGOs facilitating microloans (finance), provides low-cost construction solutions to build durable houses quickly (technology), and brings together individuals to form communities that help to build each other’s houses (community). Thus far, Group MIA has built homes in eight Mexican states as well as several African countries and Nicaragua.

In recognition of his innovative business model that not only contributes to social impact but also to job generation and profit-making, Calderón received recognition from Forbes magazine as one of the top 30 most promising businesses of 2016. He was also the winner of the OPM50 Idol contest (Business Pitch Competition) at Harvard Business School.

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Lieselotte Heederik

Director and Co-Founder of Nazava Water Filters

Lieselotte Heederik (Lisa) is a social entrepreneur and development professional. She spent her childhood growing up in Bolivia, Kenya and Yemen and studied Rural Development Sociology at the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands and Advanced Development Studies at the Radboud University. During her studies she specialized in micro-credit and empowerment of rural women. In 2004 she won the Dutch student of the year award for her involvement in strengthening student unions in the Ukraine. In 2007 she and her husband Guido van Hofwegen moved to Banda Aceh in Indonesia to work for several NGOs on the reconstruction after the Tsunami. Whilst living in Aceh it was very difficult to obtain safe, affordable drinking water. So Guido and Lieselotte decided to make their own device for their household. Friends and neighbours were very interested to obtain a water filter as well. Realizing the enormous need for safe & affordable drinking water, Nazava Water Filters was born. Nazava, meaning clean in Arabic, was established as a for-profit and has as mission to provide safe, affordable drinking water to everyone everwhere.  In 2010 Nazava won the Business in Development Challenge from the NCDO in the Netherlands, which also provided the connection to its first investors, in the same year Guido and Lieselotte also become parents.

In 2012 Lieselotte was awarded a scholarship for the Global Social Benefit Incubator at the University of Santa Clara in California. In 2013 Nazava won the prestigious Tech Awards in the Nokia Health Category for the best social enterprise benefiting humanity and in 2015 Nazava received the Frost and Sullivan Excellence Award for best Water Filtration Price/Performance Value Leadership. It was also a runner up in the Sankalp Indonesia Awards. In 2016 Nazava won the Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy and Water.

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Dr. Bernard Leong

Head of Digital Services at Singapore Post Pte Ltd

Dr. Bernard Leong currently serves as the Head of Digital Services at Singapore Post Pte Ltd. He oversees the Group’s digital, mobile and social media strategy and is also responsible for product development and innovations across the organisation. One of the most recent and notable projects that Dr. Leong directed is the authenticated drone delivery system, in collaboration with the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, which received worldwide coverage.

While not in his corporate hat, Dr. Leong is an angel investor and plays a key role in strengthening Southeast Asia’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. He is currently an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at INSEAD Business School (Asia Campus), selected for his expertise in startups, angel investing, social media, product management and agile methodologies. He is also the creator of a weekly podcast called ‘Analyse Asia’, which discusses the latest trends in business, technology and media in Asia.

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Toshi Nakamura

Co-Founder and CEO at Kopernik

Toshi co-founded Kopernik in 2009 to connect simple, life-changing technology with people in the last mile. The idea was driven by insights from his extensive career in international development, management consulting and academics. Toshi dealt with governance reform, peace building processes and post-disaster reconstruction during his ten years with the United Nations (UN) in Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Sierra Leone, the United States and Switzerland. Prior to joining the UN, Toshi was a management consultant for McKinsey and Company in Tokyo. He holds an LLB from Kyoto University and MSc Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and is a Guest Associate Professor at Osaka School of International Public Policy, Osaka University. Toshi was selected as a World Economic Forum (WEF) Young Global Leader in 2012, and was a member of the WEF Global Agenda Council on Sustainable Development 2014-2016.

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Dr. Al Hammond

BoP Consultant, Co-Founder of Healthpoint Services India Pvt Ltd

Dr. Allen Hammond is a global leader on Base of Pyramid (BoP) markets and sustainable business solutions to poverty and a serial social entrepreneur, having led 6 start-ups. He is also a widely published author, having written or contributed to 16 books and over 150 articles in journals like Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy and Harvard Business Review.  He has contributed much to the literature on science, policy research and business. Most notably, his groundbreaking report ‘The Next 4 Billion’ propelled the BoP movement and highlighted the market potential of the BoP, the needs of the BoP community and business strategies to meet these needs.

Hammond is currently part of the leadership group of Ashoka, a global network of social entrepreneurs, where he heads health system transformation activities in partnership with over 600 social entrepreneur health innovators around the world. He is also a co-founder of Healthpoint Services, an enterprise incubated by Ashoka in 2009 with the intention to provide high-quality healthcare services to individuals in rural communities. He has previously served as a consultant to the White House science office, several US federal agencies, the United Nations, major corporations and private foundations.

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Regina Moench-Pfanner

Founder and CEO at ibn360

Dr Regina Moench-Pfanner is an international nutrition specialist with more than 30 years’ experience in the nutrition and health sector. She has and continues to serve as Advisor to governments, NGOs, the food industry and media on areas relating to food fortification, nutrition program interventions, and the complex dual burden of under-nutrition and obesity. Previously, she held regional and country roles with leading NGOs in the emergency and development sector, including the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Society, Helen Keller International and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition. At the global level, Dr Moench-Pfanner has brokered many noteworthy public-private-civic partnerships, including the implementation of nation-wide staple food fortification in Asia, Latin America and Africa; the introduction of micro nutrient powders to the emergency sector; and programmatic research in nutrition.

Dr Moench-Pfanner is a Fulbright Scholar, and holds a master’s of science degree in Human Nutrition from Michigan State University, USA and a Doctorate in International Nutrition from the University of Bonn, Germany. She is the author and co-author of more than 60 articles published in peer-reviewed journals; has presented at numerous conferences and workshops; and is a board member of the Rice Bowl Index and steering committee member of the Asian Round Table of Food Innovation for Improved Nutrition. In her current capacity as CEO of ibn360, Dr Moench-Pfanner works with clients in the public and private sectors to co-create solutions to sustainably improve nutrition, by strengthening linkages, translating ideas into action, and channeling investments into impact, so people around the world can achieve better nutrition.

 

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Gouri Mirpuri

Founder and CEO at The Learning Farm, Co-Founder of The Hub Singapore

Gouri Mirpuri is the founder of the award-winning The Learning Farm an organic farm that provides livelihood training for the street children of Indonesia. It was her experience and challenges with setting up this social enterprise that led to her co-founding the Impact HUB in Singapore, the first co-working space for social entrepreneurs in Asia. Today it is the largest co-work community in S E Asia. She is especially passionate about social entrepreneurship and youth assistance programs for the BOP as well as environmental sustainability.

Gouri is a Senior Adviser to both the BOP HUB and WTO (World Toilet Organization). She sits on the boards of several non-profits Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN), S&R Foundation which incubates startups in Washington DC, Billion Bricks which seeks to find breakthrough housing for the bottom billion and IMAGO Global Grassroots which helps nonprofits scale in South Asia.

Gouri has lived in various countries over the past two decades and currently resides in Washington DC. She has published books on wide-ranging topics and had her own regular environmental column in Globe Asia.

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Vinika Devasar Rao

Executive Director of Emerging Markets Institute, INSEAD

Vinika Devasar Rao is the Executive Director of the INSEAD Emerging Markets Institute. After completing her MBA from IIM, Bangalore, Vinika started her career with a multinational bank in India, went on to become General Manager of an American Asian JV in the field of industrial chemicals and later became the Managing Director of a listed real estate company in Indonesia. She co-founded a boutique advisory firm working with mid-cap SE Asian companies, before making a serendipitous transition to the education sector. She taught business strategy to MBAs & Executives, headed INSEAD’s career development centre in Asia, and then moved to develop the INSEAD Emerging Markets Institute. Vinika is frequently invited to speak on emerging markets strategy, management education, women in business and career management. She is frequently quoted in print media and television, and has published articles in leading publications.

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