2017 Social Ventures Summit

Summit Opening Speaker

Marc Blumenthal is Executive Director and founder of the Social Ventures Foundation. He is serial technology entrepreneur and innovator focused on doing business with a purpose and changing the paradigm of the poverty reduction industry.  

To read his full bio, see novationsinc.com 

Keynote Speakers 

'Pioneers of the New Paradigm'

Stuart L. Hart is one of the world's top authorities on the implications of environment and poverty for business strategy.  According to Bloomberg Businessweek, he is “one of the 

founding fathers of the ‘base of the pyramid’ economic theory.”  

To read his full bio, see his feature in our twelfth newsletter below.  

Dr. Paul Polak is the Founder and CEO of Windhorse International and Polak Enterprises.

Dr. Polak has been recognized by Scientific American as one of the world’s leading 50 

contributors to science, he was named Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the 

western states, and received the Florence Monito Del Giardino award for environmental 

preservation in 2008.

To read his full bio, see his feature in our thirteenth newsletter below. 

Introducing the EndPoverty 2017

Case Presenters

Neha Goel is currently a PhD student in Health Informatics at Johns Hopkins University. She is also a cofounder at Intelehealth, a technology non-profit, that develops mobile solutions for improving access to primary health care for underserved communities.

Oluwayemisi Eniola Ayansola is the HSE/Customer Engagement Manager at Wecyclers Nigeria Ltd. She holds a BS from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, and a master’s degree of Environmental Management from the University of Lagos.

Jim Chu founded DloHaiti in 2013 in partnership with the IFC (World Bank Group) and other funders. Jim has been an active entrepreneur and investor since 1994 and has been involved in humanitarian aid and development since 2004.

Dr. Mark Lung is the CEO of ECO2LIBRIUM. Mark has worked in Kenya for 20 years, using business solutions for social and environmental changes. He is a former professor of natural and environmental sciences. 

Erin Glabets is head of marketing at Pepperlane. Erin started her career as a journalist, and spent four years in marketing at the mobile app company Runkeeper as its user community grew from 12 million to 50 million users.

Dorris Walker is the Director of Events for Thistle Farms. Their mission is to support women victims of prostitution, addiction, and trafficking via employment, counseling, and housing services. 

Manal Kahi is a Co-Founder and the CEO of Eat Offbeat in NYC. Eat Offbeat delivers authentic ethnic meals prepared by refugees. She holds a degree from Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs.

Chad Berry is the Academic Vice President and Dean of the Faculty at Berea College. He has authored, edited, or co-edited four books. The East Tennessee Historical Society awarded him its Teaching Excellence Award. 

Satyan Mishra is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Drishtee. 

Satyan holds an MBA in International Business from the University of Delhi – Delhi School of Economics. 

Stuart Yasgur leads Ashoka’s Social Financial Services (SFS) globally. Earlier in his career, Stuart was Managing Partner of a New York-based consultancy and has taught at New York University and the London School of Economics. 

Lorna Solis is the Founder and CEO of Blue 

Rose Compass. Previously, she was Director of Latin America and Africa at Institutional Investor. She is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School's Global Leadership & Public Policy Executive Program.

Al Hollingsworth is the founder and CEO of the Aldelano Corporation and Aldelano Solar Cold Chain Solutions. He founded Aldelano in 1968. Today, Aldelano is an industry leader in solar technologies including Solar Power and Water Generation, and Solar Refrigeration.

Emily Young is a Cofounder of the Okoa Project, and an MIT senior studying mechanical engineering with a concentration in Global Product Design. She leads the design of the attachment and manufacturing process as well as helps with general design decisions.

Elizabeth Stodolski plans, implements, and oversees all marketing efforts at St. Mary's. She is active in several organizational-wide initiatives, and serves as a member of the Assets and Liabilities Committee.

Dr. Ferdando Fernandes has founded four startup ventures, each focusing on a different

area of health management and policy in Brazil.From those four startups, he gained a wealth of

knowledge pertaining to M&A processes. In

2011, he and Edgard Morato cofounded Sautil.

Jason Kass is founder and president of Toilets for People (TfP). Created in 2012, they design

and manufacture composting toilets. Jason, an environmental engineer by trade, has 15 years experience in water, sanitation and environmental cleanup. 

Yanki Tshering is the Founder and Executive Director of the Business Center for New Americans, developing economic development programs in New York City with refugee and immigrant populations. She is a

board member at Credit Builders Alliance.

Introducing the EndPoverty 2017 Roundtables 

'Biz Adoption' Round Table' Speakers

Reid Lohr transitioned his skills to the international development and business arena, after a rewarding career as a corporate executive for a multinational franchising firm.  He worked on behalf of the U.S. Government, serving as an Economic Development Advisor and Emerging Market Strategist. He currently serves as the Managing Director of the Economic Development Initiatives Group.

Dawn Wivell founded Firebrand International LLC, a New Hampshire-based firm which focuses on developing and implementing international business strategies. Previously, Dawn spent 21 years as the International Trade Director for the State of New Hampshire. She also established  the NH International Trade Resource Center, which was recognized as a national model.

Dr. Anita Tam is a Co-founder & Partner of the EDI Advisory Group.  Dr. Tam is a scientist-practitioner with 20-plus years of experience. Dr. Tam continues to direct various research projects in both the private and non-profit sectors, and is a full-time Psychology Professor. Dr. Tam is a member of the World Affairs Council and serves on the Board of Directors for Ten Thousand Villages. 

Tom Timberman, the President of The Metisien Group, Inc. (TMG) is an attorney, former senior Foreign Service officer, professor and author. For the past 15 years, he and TMG have been involved in socio-political- economic development in the 3rd World - four of them warzones. He views poverty as a fundamental cause of internal conflict, and its alleviation as the basic seed for resolution.

C. David Esch has worked internationally over 30-years for non- profits, for-profits, and USAID as a pro-poor/economic development strategist with a focus on building sustainable civil societies. He currently works with Design Thinkers Group, and was a guest at USAID’s Global Initiative Conference focusing on technological advances improving livelihoods through enterprise and education.

 'Biz Challenge' Round Table Speakers

Non-Profit Ownership of For-Profits: Supporting Sustainability

David A. Levitt holds a B.A., with distinction, from Cornell University, a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He is the Technical Editor of the Environmental Law Journal. He is admitted to the Bar in California and New York.

The Last Mile: Microfranchising
The Missing Link for Sustainability

Gabe Itoka III is a founding member of Icarus International provides analytical services to clients in Liberia. He designed the Recycle Liberia Project. Gabriel is a highly motivated leader, businessman and a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer ('13-'15). 

Camille Jackson is a highly accomplished foreign policy professional serving nearly a decade at the U.S. Department of State Bureau of African Affairs. Camille served in advisory roles for the implementation of the U.S. National Security Strategy and the U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Challenges of Raising Early Stage Capital and Getting Ventures to Scale

Inshan Meahjohn has nearly two decades of success in entrepreneurship, executive management and finance. He has consulted and invested in institutions in the areas of technology, finance, innovation, entrepreneurship, banking,  and leadership. 

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