PROFILEHon. Akila Viraj Kariyawasam assumed the office as the Minister of Education with added responsibilities of Culture, Archaeology, Library Services and National Archives in January 2015. He is the Deputy General Secretary of the ruling United National Party and the leader of the Trade Union. He is also the media spokesman of the Party. He functions as the political leader of the Kurunegala district. He is a graduate of the University of Colombo specializing in Economics, Political Science and International Relations. He is also a lawyer by profession.
PROFILEAfter spending three years as a Formula One photographer, Karen Sutton set up a design agency in Brooklands, near London, UK.
Tena is a Social impact consultant passionate about women empowerment, community development and creating shared value for companies and the socially conscious consumer. She is based in Dubai with extensive experience in the Middle East, Caribbean, and South and Southeast Asia. She is a Co-founder and CEO of The Sustainability Platform, a social impact consultancy dedicated to integrating social business principles into core business operations. Tena is a regular speaker, panelist and moderator at global conferences and contributes to leading publications in the social enterprise sector. She is also Head of Social Impact for C3-Consult and Coach for a Cause, the largest network of social businesses in UAE.
She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Entrepreneurial Economics from VERN University of Applied Science and a Master of Social Entrepreneurship from Hult International Business School and is a certified expert author for Training Magazine Middle East.
Aglaia Ntili is the Managing Director of Sustainability Knowledge Group, providing Sustainability and CSR advisory and training services at international corporate level. Aglaia is the founder of CSR Coaching, supporting professionals in Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability. Aglaia is the Chair of the UAE chapter of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP), currently the only professional body for Sustainability professionals in the region and the 1st and only open platform to support active learning and knowledge sharing on CSR and Sustainability in the UAE.
Aglaia has nearly 15 years of international experience across a wide range of sustainability fields and has made important contributions as a practitioner, trainer, coach, and advisor.
She has been involved in diverse CSR and Sustainability training and advisory projects in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia and the USA, in multiple sectors, including Construction, Consulting, Banking, FMCG, Education, Local Authorities, Oil and Gas, Telecommunications, Pharmaceuticals, Cosmetics, Technology, Shipping, Facility Management, Concessionaire, Hospitality and NGOs.
Aglaia is a founding and Board Member of the Greek Green Business Council, the founder of Startegy, a social enterprise helping closet entrepreneurs to unleash talent and a longstanding member of Toastmasters International.
Her mission is to help companies and organisations to "make Sustainable business a choice".
Founder of Sustainability PlatformSocialbrandinghonoured with the Hungarian Media for Society Award. Author of the books titled"This is Branding – 51 branded dialogues", "This is CSR – 51 responsible dialogues" and Academic Head of CSR Studies in Hungary. András Kőszegi is the founder of BrandTrendKft in Hungary and BrandTrend GmbH in Austria. He is the founder and co-owner of branding and sustainability media platforms of Hungary.
He obtained hisMasters degree in mediatheory studies. He started his professional career and familiarisation with public life at the Hungarian Radio in 1985. He participated in the launch of GazdaságiRádió (Business Radio) as Director of Communication and editor-presenter. He considers brands as one of the key orientation drivers of today's society, therefore they carry incredibly large responsibility in our world. Consequently, the dialogue between stakeholders and variousfurther players of society and their involvement in all the processes are essential in his view. Together with his managing partner he consults companies on responsible brand building and promotes the integration of sustainability values in the brand to increase brand value.
He is one of the few experts who conducted interviews with the highest number of executives and experts in the area of CSR and Branding. He is convinced that the persons are the most important behind the brands. He conducted the interviews to receive answer to the why-questions. His book is a unique collection of the branding and sustainability views of today's brands and shows the wide range of possibilitieshow to integrateand transform sustainability values in brand values. AndrásKőszegi is committed to the education of corporations in the area of sustainability and branding and to the attitude formation of emerging generations. He is member of the jury of Pro Volunteering award at the Volunteer Centre Foundation. Between 2005-2008 member of the Board of the Hungarian Marketing Association. Founding member of the Sponsoration Table.
Member of the "Good CSR " Jury and the Effie Jury since 2007
External lecturer of the branding courses, head of CSR Studies. Guest lecturer at other universities and colleges: BGF, Pázmány, Mathias Corvinus Collegium. Moderator of prominent conference and round table discussions.
Several corporations follow his speeches and lectures on branding andCSR. In addition to Telekom, E-ON, HP, Mercedes, XEROX, TDK, SIEMENS, COCA-COLA, MVM, DM, BASF, SPAR global players, the hungarian media world also follows his coming outs and revelations.
PROFILEMr. Arish Syed has recently joined Fight Hunger Foundation as the Executive Director. Arish manages the overall Foundation operations and has over two (2) decades of cohered experience within corporate, consulting and not for profit sector with proven leadership in devising/executing strategies to manage and operate complex programs as well as drive growth. Prior to Fight Hunger Foundation, Arish has worked with several organizations like Jaldhaara, Save the Children, Magic Bus India Foundation, UNICEF and Deloitte in various capacities.
PROFILEAruna Narayanan is currently the Head of Marketing, Customer Service and CSR at Dulsco, a leading Human Resource and Waste Management solutions provider. In her 15 years of professional career, Aruna has handled marketing and CSR related responsibilities at various global organizations. She is a firm believer and a true advocate of the fact that Corporate Social Responsibility is a critical ingredient of business success and can deliver measurable business results. By leveraging CSR as a tool for marketing and client engagement, she has created a compelling business case for CSR. She is actively involved in sustainability focused associations like the Dubai Chamber of Commerce's Centre for Responsible Business and enthusiastically volunteers for causes like Education for the under privileged and environmental awareness. She is a speaker and panelist at various industry forums on diversity and climate change. Aruna is an alumni of the prestigious Harvard Business School.
PROFILEAnne de Villiers is development professional with a MSc. in Tropical Agricultural Development. She began her career in the Caribbean and Solomon Islands. She is a trainer in participatory research methodologies, has consulted in the project management cycle (appraisal, monitoring, evaluation) in agriculture in Tanzania, and Togo, on conflict between pastoralists and farmers in the Maasai Steppes, social rehabilitation in Liberia, wildlife conservation and poaching in the Serengeti, fish ranching in the Rufiji Delta, CSR intervention on behalf of oil and gas companies in Tanzania. At home, she is a pioneer, in partnership with her husband Dr J.P de Villiers, of a responsible tourism model, through the Chole Mjini Conservation and Development Co. Ltd. / Chole Mjini Lodge, and responsible marine encounters/Kitu Kiblu, in Mafia Island, Tanzania that exist to bring real benefits to their communities and support wildlife and cultural heritage conservation. Since 1993 Chole Mjini has been driving rural development in a remote part of the poorest District in Tanzania. This paradigm for business and development has been recognized with the World Responsible Tourism Gold Medal. Anne continues in consultancy, helping businesses to define CSR strategies and processes for sustaining meaningful positive outcomes in their communities.
PROFILEAzam Bakeer Markar is the Head of Sustainability and General Manager, Group Business Development of Aitken Spence PLC. He manages the sustainability, communications, branding and new ventures functions of the Colombo-listed diversified business group with operations in three continents.
PROFILETomiwa is currently the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Manager for Sahara Foundation; a subsidiary of Sahara Group Limited. As the Foundation Manager, he focuses on facilitating the identification, development and implementation of Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives for the Group within and outside Nigeria while working with staff, Government institutions, partners and other local, national as well as international agencies, business neighbours and stakeholders towards achieving Sahara Groups overall CSR objectives.
PROFILEDonald Gwira is a professional with a strong background in development and corporate communications, advocacy and project management. He joined Afriwave Telecom in 2015 as Director of Corporate Affairs from Airtel Ghana where he was the head of Corporate Communications, External Affairs and CSR. In 2014, he was awarded the PR Discovery of the Year at the 3rd Public Relations Excellence Awards.
PROFILEDushyant Prasad is a non-profit and healthcare professional.
ProfileDr. Thorpe is a senior mining executive with over 30 years working both in mining operations and as an international corporate responsibility consultant working on mining projects from potash to diamonds and gold. His experience spans five continents and covers mining from greenfields exploration to closure and post-closure management. Having lived and worked in Latin America and Africa, Dr. Thorpe's experience includes permitting a mine in a tropical rainforest area of Venezuela with several regulatory changes and working with the project teams to reduce the LTIFR at a mine in Africa from 2.1 per million hours worked to 0.15 per million hours worked. Dr. Thorpe holds a Ph.D. in mine land rehabilitation from the University of Saskatchewan and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Canada Mining Innovation Council.
PROFILEElmarie Potgieter is CEO of the Malaysian Collective Impact Initiative which aims at improving education outcomes for students through innovative collaboration between various stakeholders. Elmarie has extensive international experience in education transformation, management, training and leadership. Prior to her role with MCII, she led the team responsible for the design and implementation of national public education transformation programmes such as the Yayasan AMIR Trust Schools Programme, Project PreSTasi and Project GUSTO – highly successful initiatives that have shown measurable and sustainable impact on school leadership, teacher practice and student outcomes in hundreds of public schools across Malaysia. Elmarie's approach to transformation is grounded in a deep understanding of the learning needs of adults and children and the belief that change should be embedded through a comprehensive bottom up and top down strategy that involves the commitment of multiple stakeholders. Elmarie is the ideator of ThinkWise, a programme aimed at embedding thinking skills in the Early Years. She is regularly invited to present on topics such as school transformation, promoting a thinking culture, emotional intelligence, brain-based learning, engagement and social networking. She is an accredited Emotional Intelligence Coach and welcomes collaborative initiatives and dialogues about new trends in professional development.
PROFILEEsmeralda is an experienced and passionate professional with over 10 years' experience in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Communications with global public, private, and non-profit organisations, where she has developed significant award-winning initiatives. She's also an independent consultant and keynote speaker in topics such as CSR, Communications and Shared Value, amongst others.
PROFILEPGGM is a Dutch pension service provider, working for multiple pension funds, with €200 bln assets under management and working for 2.7 million participants. PGGM is a cooperative with 715.000 members, an association for people who works or have worked in health care or social services. Frido is responsible for the PGGM's cooperative principles, the societal agenda of PGGM and the corporate social responsibility program. He is also a board member of the Cooperative WeHelpen, Deltaplan Dementia (a nationwide program to fight Alzheimer's disease) and chairs an international working group on the role of money and finance in the transition to a circular economy. Before Frido joined PGGM he worked for the Netherlands' Ministry of Health care, Welfare and Sports, lately as a deputy director for Macroeconomic policy and Labor relations. Besides that he was the Netherlands' delegate and council member of the Health Committee of the OECD. Frido has a degree in business administration.
PROFILELINDA GURNING, Sustainability Implementation Division, Sinar Mas Agro Resources and Technology (SMART) Tbk
Mohini Daljeet Singh, a social worker and an educationist, is widely travelled. She started her social service journey by volunteering as a student with Mother Teresa's Home "Prem Niwas", in Lucknow, where she learnt her lessons of compassion and selfless social giving.
An army daughter and army wife, she has spent more than three decades on "hands-on" social and welfare work to benefit army families in the health, education and personal counselling areas.
As CEO of Max India Foundation, Mohini Daljeet Singh has worked for the underprivileged on the health platform benefitting 26.8 Lakh beneficiaries at 713 locations and partnering with 414 NGOs. The Foundation has adopted two villages in Uttarakhand in 2015 for intervention on the issue of health and hygiene.
Mohini has also represented Max India Foundation as a panellist and anchor at various CSR platforms in India and abroad, including that of CII, ASSOCHAM, PHD Chamber of Commerce, CSR Live week, BRICS CCI centre for CSR and IICA.
Under her stewardship as the founding CEO, Max India Foundation has won several awards including the Golden Peacock Award for CSR for four consecutive years. Recently she has been awarded 'Best Women Leadership Excellence award in CSR' at The South Asian Partnership Summit & Business Awards held in Colombo and the Hari Chand Award for Corporate Citizen of the year 2015 by Ludhiana Management Association. Earlier, she received the award for "Excellent Social Accomplishments" by 'Samast Bharat'. The award was given away by His Holiness Dalai Lama at Dharamsala.
Committed to the cause of uplifting the lives of the less privileged, she has plans to cover the miles of Max India Foundation's journey with Seva Bhav and Excellence, the Max Hallmark.
PROFILENemkumar (Nemy) Banthia is a Distinguished Professor and Senior Canada Research Chair at University of British Columbia, Canada. One of the most cited in the field of civil infrastructure, Dr. Banthia specializes in performance of concrete structures, low carbon construction and sensorial networks for monitoring of critical structures. To his credit are 5 patents, over 400 refereed papers and 20 volumes. He serves on eight Editorial Boards and is the Editor-in-Chief of J. of Cement and Concrete Composites—a journal with the highest Impact Factor. His awards include Wason Medal of American Concrete Institute (ACI), Solutions Through Research Award of the BC Innovation Council, Wolfson Merit Award of the Royal Society of the UK, Killam Research Prize of Killam Foundation, Horst Leipholz Medal of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE), Mufti Medal of Excellence of the International Society for Health Monitoring of Infrastructure (ISHMII), and the Leadership in Science and Technology Award of the Drishti Foundation. He is the fellow of the ACI, CSCE, Indian Concrete Institute, Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society of Canada. Recently, Dr. Banthia was invited by Prime Minister of Canada to lead the Canada-India Research Center of Excellence (IC-IMPACTS) as its Scientific Director and CEO.
PROFILENorhayati Nordin is a senior research officer heading the Corporate Communication Unit (CCU) of the Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM). She has nearly 30 years experience in the field of customer and stakeholder relations, technology transfer, and communication.
PROFILENurfarini is co-founder and CEO at myHarapan, a Foundation established in 2010 dedicated to helping youth achieve their true potential by empowering them to make positive social impact. She was previously the General Manager for 1½ years before assuming her role as CEO.
PROFILERamona da Gama is a business and strategy growth coach who helps SMEs accelerate growth, entrepreneurs move from employment to starting their own businesses, and large corporations increase their value through sustainability, employee engagement initiatives and change management. It is Ramona's first-hand experience of founding and running three businesses – a media sales consultancy, a Kensingtonbased jazz club, and her coaching practice – as well as being instrumental in large organisations' business strategies, such as working with Sir Stelios with the launch of EasyJet that qualifies her to coach and train others. She has also worked with Rupert Murdoch at Times Newspapers, Lord Rothermere during the re-launch of The Mail on Sunday, Virgin Atlantic and with the Shirlaws team on The Lloyds Bank/TSB Group merger.
PROFILERoyston joined Grameen Capital in 2007 to launch the organization as CEO. He currently oversees all aspects of operations in India.
PROFILEMs. Ruhi Murshid Ahmed, Head of CSR, PR & Communication, BSRM Group of Companies, Bangladesh - the first and pioneering steel rolling mill of the country operating since 1952. BSRM produces high-strength reinforced steel that confirms to 10 global standards under the brand name Xtreme-5OOW.
PROFILERuna Khan, an Ashoka fellow and Schwab Foundation social entrepreneur, is the Founder and Executive Director of Friendship, an NGO supporting remote communities in Bangladesh. Established in 2002, Friendship now serves 4.2 million lives a year, providing integrated services in the Health, Education, Sustainable Economic Development, Disaster Management, Good Governance and Cultural Preservation sectors. She is the Board Member of Global Dignity and Country Chair of Global Dignity Bangladesh and the Founder of Friendship International, which operates from four European countries, fundraising and building relationships for Friendship in Bangladesh. Her work is based on simple logic, empathy, respect, deep sense of justice and innovation.
Sharon Jackson: Founder/CEO, European Sustainability Academy, Crete (ESA), a globally unique, purpose built, bioclimatic, off-grid sustainable training centre for international executive education and research in how to manage and lead sustainable business.
Since 2000 Sharon has developed ground-breaking, transformational 'Corporate Responsibility Leadership' programmes for directors and senior-managers from global businesses in Europe, Australia and China. ESA is the manifestation of Sharon's vision of the need for 'experiential learning' for business leaders to fully understand how to embed Corporate Responsibility and sustainable practices at the heart of organisational development and strategy. ESA recently completed a 2 year project (WISE) in collaboration with ESADE University, to train women in Greece, Spain and Croatia to set up Social Enterprise.
Also: Director: Carlton CSR -UK, Associate Faculty: Cranfield School of Management, Associate Scholar: University of Cumbria (Institute for Sustainability and Leadership), Visiting Lecturer: Murray Edwards College- Cambridge University, Visiting Research Fellow: Athens University of Economics and Business.
Academic work includes Doctoral study of the reasons for disconnect between organisational intentions to embed CSR and actual CSR activities in business. Sharon's recent research paper 'Lessons from Sustainable Entrepreneurship towards Social Innovation in Healthcare: How green buildings can promote well-being' with ESA as the case study, will be published in 2016
PROFILEMr. Shina Atilola is currently the Group Head, Strategy & Communications of Sterling Bank Plc. Nigeria, one of the fastest growing and most capitalized financial institutions in the West African sub region. With almost two decades of professional experience, Mr. Shina Atilola has established himself as a reputable banker with bias for promoting the sustainability tenets in the organizations he has worked at.
PROFILEArun Lakhani is a technocrat, Social Entrepreuneue . He has done his M.Tech in Petro-Chem. He is pioneer in 24x7 water distribution program for 2.7 million population town of Nagpur. This project was acknoledged as best practice by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. He is also promoter of first of its kind PPP , in Sewage treatment and reuse project of 200mld on 100% private funding. Both these unique projects are acknoledged widely at international and national forums and are being emulated by many towns , and in the govt policies.
PROFILEDr. Sommariva, who was the President of IDA for the term 2011-2013, served as Co-Chairman of the Technical Program for the 2009 IDA World Congress in Dubai .
PROFILEDr. Pranav Joshi is a water and environmental professional with a strong scientific, management and regulatory background.
Dhesigen Naidoo is a leader, a scientist and an activist for social change. He has, as CEO, led the Water Research Commission(WRC), South Africa's dedicated national water and sanitation Innovation, Research and Development Agency since 2011. He has previously served in senior positions in the South African national government and South African universities having begun his career as a medical scientist in a specialist paediatric hospital.
He works with the fundamental belief that the removal of water as a development constraint and the restoration of human dignity through improved sanitation will positively change the future for billions in the developing world. He also has dedicated his and the efforts of the WRC, in vital local and global partnerships, to achieve the goals of universal access to water and sanitation through knowledge solutions and innovation. The WRC itself operates under the banner of "Amandla Olwazi Kubantu" or "Power of knowledge to the People" as the means to empower a journey to global sustainable development and a better life for all.
PROFILEIR. MOHD FAUZI BIN MOHAMAD was born in 1959 and holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Civil Engineering (1983) and a Master in Hydrology And Water Resources (2009). Professional Engineer, registered with Board Of Engineer Malaysia (BEM) and Institution of Engineer Malaysia (IEM).
Jayant Bhagwan, is the Executive Manager of the key strategic area of Water Use and Waste Management at the South African Water Research Commission, which focuses
on the management of water and wastewater in the Domestic, Mining and Industrial sector. He has been instrumental in creating the portfolio of research projects and
innovations related to water supply and wastewater management. He completed his Masters Degree in Tropical Public Health Engineering from Leeds University, UK. With his
knowledge and experienced gained in implementation of water and sanitation projects, he has played and participated in the shaping of national water policy and legislation.
He held the posts of the President of the Water Institute of Southern Africa, Chairperson of the Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry Water Advisory Committee, as well as international advisory positions with the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council, IWA- Global Development Agency and UNEP. He continues to be actively involved in a broad range of areas in the field of water supply, wastewater and sanitation, with current focus being on sanitation technologies for the future, technology innovation and application, social franchising of O&M, conduit hydropower, benchmarking, reuse and reclamation of effluents.
Recent initiatives of his are Conduit Hydropower Generation from pressurised supply of water as a green solution for energy offsetting and compensation. Urban water sensitive design with the intention of developing an urban water cycle which is much more resilient and less dependent on transfers, using reuse, recycle and recovery options.
As part of recycle and reuse area, he has special interest in Sanitation Technology Game Changing: Shifting the technology and paradigm from waterborne to off the grid solutions dealing with human wastes beneficially at source. Currently, few of these technologies are being scaled up for demonstration in South Africa and are led by Jay..
PROFILEStarted my career with NIIT Computer education, working with a Franchisee and then moved up the ladder to join NIIT Ltd. Where I was handling the Central zone of MP/CG & Vidharbha under the K12 program, which represented IT education in the school, my territory contributed 18% of the revenue for our department.
PROFILEMr Govender is currently the General Manager: Water and Environmental Operations within Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. His current role and accountabilities include:
PROFILESamantha Yates is the Secretary General of the Global Water Leaders Group, a non-profit organisation which aims to create a better story for water. Samantha was appointed to this role at the inception of the Global Water Leaders Group in January 2013. In this role, she coordinates a network of thousands of water and wastewater utility CEOs and Water Ministers from around one hundred countries. She is also the Editor of Water Leader magazine for which she spearheads the primary research into various aspects of the value of urban water and wastewater services and reports on the latest utility performance turnarounds. Prior to this, Samantha worked in various research and consultancy roles including with the Group's Publishing and Events Partner – Global Water Intelligence. Samantha also has a strong and diverse background in academic research into environmental communications to increase political engagement of urban communities during the Millennium Drought in Australia's Murray-Darling Basin, and also the adoption and usage efficiency of household-level environmental technologies in the UK. Samantha has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney, and a Master of Science in Water Science, Policy and Management from the University of Oxford.
PROFILESteve Nicol, CEO of Scarab Water (Pty) Ltd and the late Gordon Nicol established the Scarab brand early in 2001. Intense research and development resulted in a prototype that exceeded the performance of any other known system in its class. This prototype is still operational today. Since these early days, Scarab has achieved more recognition and awards than any other system in South Africa, and possibly the world.
PROFILEGuy Perry is committed to shaping more sustainable urban environments and creating healthier living patterns for citizens. He has three decades of experience in planning, designing and developing urban districts that redefine living standards and well-being around the globe. Mr. Perry combines design and development expertise to create economically viable, environmentally sustainable, human focused environments.
PROFILEBorn in 1955 in Tokyo Japan, Graduated from Waseda University, commercial science. Worked for IBM Japan from 1982 – 2015, as a leader of the Smarter city initiative. Participated many smartcity projects from New Orleans USA to mountain side small village projects. Considering Smartcity as one category of business that can only save people continuously.
PROFILEBest known as director of the George Town Festival (GTF), Joe Sidek has established himself as one of Malaysia's strong advocates for the arts. GTF is an annual month-long festival that turns the town into a brilliant canvas for local and international performances, visual arts, culture and community-infused activities.
PROFILEMathias is Executive Vice President and Regional Manager Asia Pacific for 'Energy and Renewables Advisory' and member of the Executive Leadership Team of DNV GL – Energy. Before the merger of DNV and Germanischer Lloyd in September 2013 Mathias was the Regional Manager of GL Garrad Hassan Asia Pacific. His position involves managing a team of over 130 Inspectors and Engineers specializing in Energy located in offices in Singapore, China, Thailand, India, Australia, Korea and Japan. Based in Singapore, Mathias has 13 years of experience in the renewable energy industry. During this time he has performed a wide range of tasks as an expert in charge of structural components of wind turbines including reviews, inspections, expert opinions, failure analysis, technical due diligence, guideline development and technical seminars.
PROFILEOlaf-Gerd Gemein is a passionate Serial Entrepreneur and Business Architect with a specific ambition: to be a change catalyst!
PROFILERizwan Hussain is the Smarter Cities Leader for IBM's Middle East and Africa business. He leads IBM's vision, solution strategy and business development efforts for teams active in cities within the region. The integration of transport, water management, public safety, energy, social services, health and urban management are at the heart of IBM's Smarter Cities initiative.
PROFILEDr Atef Elshabrawy occupied top positions in the different sectors of social & economic ecosystem: government, Banks, Social Funds, NGO's, academic & Research Centers. Founder-CEO of Family Bank-Bahrain (1st social bank in the Middle East), advisor to the Ministry of Development in Bahrain, General Manager in Bahrain Development Bank, Director in Social Fund for Development in Egypt, advisor to Centennial Fund in KSA, Global Expert-MENA region at ICSB, and CEO-founder of www.socialinnovationexpert.com. He provided advisory services to tens of Ministries of Trade, Social Affairs, Industry and Planning in the MENA region, and organizations like: UNDP, UNFPA, UNIDO, UNESCO, IFC, Family foundations, NGO's, Federation of GCC Chamber of Commerce, in Gulf countries, etc. Dr Atef engaged in several strategic projects like: Bahrain Economic vision 2030, Bahrain Social Policies, Oman Social Policies, National Innovation System and National Incubation programs in Egypt, SME's Authority in Libya, Youth Empowering body in Qatar, SME's strategy in GCC, Home-Based Laws in Bahrain, Governmental Subsidy Reform, plus short assignments in India, Bangladesh, Somaliland, Bosnia, Malaysia, and Indonesia. More, he publish 25 articles and 4 books on Incubation, Social Businesses, Poverty & NGOS" and Social & Economic Development of Muslim Societies. He got his Ph.D from L'institut National Polytechnique de Lorraine (INPL) and a D.E.A from Ecole des Mines de Nancy, France and a BSc. from Cairo University, followed by several certificates in development, finance, and innovation management from France, UK, USA, China, IFC, etc. Dr Atef was awarded by several prizes like: prize of Mohammed Bin Rashid Award for "Young Leaders", "Young Researchers" in France, and International Research Award from Bahrain.
Dr. Gavin Armstrong is committed impact entrepreneur. He is currently serving as the Founder and President of Lucky Iron Fish™, a social enterprise attempting to alleviate iron deficiency around the world using a simple health innovation. Through this role he was awarded the prestigious Forbes 30 Under 30 in the Social Entrepreneur category in 2016.
A long term advocate and activist against hunger and malnutrition, Gavin is the first Canadian to receive the William J. Clinton Award for international work against hunger and is the inaugural recipient of the international Michaelle Jean Emergency Hunger Relief Award. He has also helped Lucky Iron Fish win multiple Cannes Lion awards including the Grand Prix and several Clio Design Awards including the Grand Prix in health. He has also received a Silver Innovation Award from the Edison Foundation. In 2015 Conscious Company Magazine featured Gavin as one of the seventeen 'Rising Social Entrepreneurs' of the year. In 2016 He was awarded with the Social Innovator of the Year Award from the Lewis Institute at Babson College.
As an undergraduate student, Gavin signed the University of Guelph up to be the first Canadian University to become members of Universities Fighting World Hunger (UFWH), an organization of universities worldwide dedicated to promote awareness of, and take action against, hunger and malnutrition. He served as the coordinator of the 6th Annual UFWH Summit, the first time that the conference had been held in Canada, and attracted more than 450 delegates, 50 speakers and raised more than $130,000 to support the conference. Gavin also instituted an annual event at the University to pack food for emergency relief: Since 2011 this event has packaged over 1 million meals and Gavin has raised over $250,000 to support the initiative.
Gavin is also a strong supporter for increasing educational opportunities for the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya, developing new opportunities to fund a solar power program that will power the schools and raising money to build a new school in the camps. He has also developed links between the University of Guelph and Universite de Nouakchott (Mauritania) to boost food production and capacity in one of the poorest regions of Africa. He is also currently serving on the Executive Committee for the Cambodian Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
Gavin holds an honours bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Guelph. During this time he was elected as the Communications and Corporate Affairs Commissioner for the student union, served on the Senate, the Board of Governors, the Presidential Task Force on Sustainability, the BetterPlanet Project steering committee and cabinet (the capital campaign of the University), and as the student co-chair for the United Way Campaign.
He is also a 2015 fellow at the Unreasonable Institute in Boulder Colorado and has a PhD in biomedical science from the University of Guelph
PROFILEIn 2008, Fadly Bakhtiar started his career working as a Business Development Officer at a motorsport-based company at that time was developing a state-of-the-art, multipurpose racetrack in Kuala Lumpur. He was introduced to EcoKnights, which was at that time looking for volunteers to help with their inaugural Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Fest 2008 and helped to organise roadshows at colleges and universities. In 2009, he decided to work full-time for EcoKnights and hasn't looked back.
PROFILEAs founder & Director of ''Umbo Human Potential Solutions, Hema Parbhoo's passion lies in creating Direction, Alignment and Commitment across organisations and individuals, thereby ''Igniting Potential.'' She has worked for over 16 years with leaders from all spheres across various sectors. She is a registered IOP (Industrial & Organisational Psychologist) and has a diverse Communications, Journalism and Marketing academic background. She has extensive experience in leadership development, learning & design, executive coaching, innovation, product & business development. She has worked with diverse clients across SA, Africa, Europe and Asia. She was appointed at various Executive levels which included, Head of Leadership Solutions: Centre for Creative Leadership (CCL) Sub-Saharan Africa and HR Head: Corporate Executive Office (Nedbank). She has lectured at the University of Witwatersrand (SA) and has presented at various conferences. She is currently involved with GIBS, one of the leading business schools in Africa, on a Women Leadership in Emerging Markets book. As a business consultant and aspiring social entrepreneur, she works closely with global business simulation & learning t echnologies in terms of enhancing people and organisational growth. She has been key in pioneering leading edge ''Accelerated Learning / Leadership / Entrepreneur Labs'' that enhances the experiential learning process. Her passion for human potential and entrepreneur development, continues to be her driving force.
PROFILEYasmin Rasyid is a marine biologist by profession and an environmentalist by passion. She has a degree in Marine Biology and a minor in Contemporary Religion from Duke University, a M.Sc. from University Malaya in Biotechnology and is now currently pursuing her Ph.D. at University of Malaya at the Faculty of Sciences.
PROFILEMartin Fernando Jakobsen is the founder and CEO of Turning Tables that is the leading global social enterprise working to empower socially, politically and economically marginalized youth by providing them with the means to express their grievances, hopes and dreams in music and film. We build creative environments through inspiration, learning and transfer of technology that enable artistic self-expression in spaces where this would otherwise have been thought impossible.
PROFILEMedea Nocentini is Vice President, Corporate Development, at OSN, the leading Pay TV platform in the MENA region, where she is responsible for strategy planning and management, market intelligence and consumer insights. While at OSN, Medea founded Consult and Coach for a Cause (C3), a UAE-based social enterprise fostering the social enterprise ecosystem in the MENA region by mobilizing corporate professionals to support emerging social entrepreneurs on a volunteer basis. Before joining OSN, she worked in Business Development at McGraw-Hill and prior to that she spent several years at Booz & Co developing strategies for media, consumer, and social sector's clients across Europe, the United States, and Middle East. She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School (New York, USA), a BA in mechanical engineering from Politecnico di Torino (Italy) and an engineering diploma from Ecole Centrale Paris (France).
PROFILERajendra Joshi, a social entrepreneur, has been working with BOP segments through Saath, the NGO he founded in 1989, and now with a social enterprise incubator, affordable housing and livelihoods in Gujarat, Maharashtra and Rajasthan. His experience in development and social entrepreneurship has made significant impact in the base of the pyramid communities by partnering with government, civil society, academic and corporate institutions. By using market-based strategies to create inclusive societies in both poor urban and rural communities, he has facilitated substantial interventions in public health and education, livelihoods, infrastructure and basic services, financial inclusion, conflict resolution and disaster management. He has several papers and publications in the development area, including "Integrated Slum Development in the slums of Pravinagar-Guptanagar, Ahmedabad", 2002, and "The Role of the NGO sector in Slum Rehabilitation, 2008" in "Rehabilitation of Slums in Urban Areas – Challenges and Experiences the role of the NGO sector in Slum Rehabilitation". He is an Ashoka Fellow has been awarded the title Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2009 by the Schwab Foundation, UNDP and CII. Rajendra strongly believes that the quality of life of the urban poor will improve when they are approached as a significant market.
PROFILEHe belongs to the 1965 batch of IAS West Bengal Cadre. He has held responsible positions under the Government of West Bengal :- 1) Special Secretary, Finance and Commissioner Commercial Taxes, 2) Secretary, Rural Development and Panchayats and 3) Principal Secretary, Commerce and Industries.
PROFILEDon Mario Y. Dia is presently a Director and Treasurer of Bronzeoak Philippines, Incorporated. A company engaged in the development of Renewable/Alternative Clean Energy projects such as San Carlos Bioenergy, Inc. (the country's first integrated ethanol and co-gen plant in Negros Occidental). He is likewise the Vice Chairman of San Carlos Biopower, Inc., engaged in the development of a 20MW Biomass Power Plant inside the San Carlos Economic Zone and President of Central Tarlac Biopower, Inc. He is also the financial adviser of San Carlos Solar energy, Inc.(SACASOL), the first solar farm in the country.
PROFILEDr. Karl Kolmsee studied agricultural and philosophy at the universities of Hamburg and Goettingen, Germany. After his PhD he has spent most of his professional career in the energy business – first as consultant at A.T. Kearney later as manager at E.ON, Europe's largest private utility, and member of the board at Schmack biogas, one of the pioneers of the biogas market in Europe. In 2009 Karl Kolmsee has been nominated professor for energy management at Applied University of Kufstein, Austria. His main areas of academic work are international energy markets and renewable energy. In 2010 he founded Smart Hydro Power to focus on design and commercialization of kinetic pico hydro power systems with main focus on rural electrification for emerging markets like India, Colombia or Nigeria.
PROFILEI have been with the renewable energy industry for since 2005 where I started by Working with Developmental Association for Renewable Energies (DARE) as a co-founder and National Coordinator. Here I worked on the CDM project Efficient Cook Stoves for Nigeria, The Solar Lamps Assembly and sales training programme, Solar Dryers for Healthy foods project and a host of others. With the knowledge and experience gathered, I branched out to handle the commercial aspects of the renewable energy industry by launching Sosai. Sosai Renewable Energies offers efficient, reliable and sustainable products for example solar lamps, solar home systems and water filters to the people of mostly the rural and peri urban communities of Northern Nigeria. I have a Bachelor's degree in Accounting, A master's in Banking and Finance and currently at Dissertation level of PhD in Management (Finance). I also have acquired trainings in Energy and Environment like:
PROFILEHamisi Saidi Mikate, is an Electrical Engineer by profession, possessing Postgraduate Diploma in Electrical Power Engineering and Advanced Diploma in Electrical Engineering. Also, he has a diploma in Strategic Business Management from SIPU International and Jarskog Konsult under Sida's International Programme, this was one year program between February 2014 to February 2015. In 2016, he was one of the cohort of East Africa Stanford Seed transformation program, which is administered by Stanford University through Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies. In the year 2015 to 2016, Mr. Hamisi Mikate was selected to be in the team of professionals for a 'Practitioners' Dialogue on Climate Investments', specifically was responsible to develop a solution on 'Creating markets for off-and mini-grid renewable energy solutions'. This program was implemented by GIZ. Director and founder of Ensol Tanzania Limited, 16 years experience in Renewable energy business. Hamisi Mikate is the CEO of Ensol Tanzania Limited since 2004, before he worked as a Technical Director in the same company which was established in 2001. He is a Board Member of Energy Plus Limited, Bwelui Company Limited and Watu na Umeme Limited, subsidiaries of Ensol (T) Limited; all four subsidiaries are focused on Renewable Energy business. He is a founding member and a member of Executive Committee of Tanzania Renewable Association (TAREA), an umbrella organization for Renewable Energy stakeholders in Tanzania. Hamisi is also a member of Steering committee of the Tanzania Renewable Energy Incubator (TAREBI) and serves as a member of Solar Power Technical Committee of Tanzania Bureau of Standards.
Johnson Fernandez- founder jsenviro, has over two decades of experience in working with business ideas in broad technology and innovative product development areas of waste water, automation, solid waste management, sanitation (e.g. mechanized cleaning) sectors. He believes in building a more innovation centric society and utilizing IT based technologies to collaborate with best experts globally for the same. His core expertise of linking technology and innovative concepts has resulted in sowing the thought of bringing more of the people, who could collaborate and/or contribute to develop more ideas, concepts and help numerous innovators. Working closely on water energy food nexus in his present projects. In this regard he also brings his years of expertise of networking with organizations, industries, institutions, government bodies, collaborations with government agencies (State & Center), NGOs etc. complimented most of what he wanted to bring in the consortium. He is co-founder of datamatrix infotech pvt ltd, advisory green energy foundation.
PROFILEMr Koen Peters is Executive Director of the GOGLA since August 2014. He has over two decades of international work experience in both public and private sector roles. Prior to joining GOGLA, Koen worked at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, being responsible for e.g. promoting private sector investment in renewable energy and household access to energy in Africa and Indonesia. Earlier, he worked as consultant supporting international business initiatives in developing countries. During this period he co-founded and co-managed a solar PV company in Tanzania and was project manager of one of the first projects aimed at solar mobile phone charging solutions, in Uganda. In earlier years of his career he worked for the Dutch government on international cooperation; for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; and for the British Department for International Development. Koen has a Master degree in Environmental Engineering from Wageningen University and a Master in Business Administration jointly from Nyenrode University and Kellogg School of Management.
PROFILEMo (Mohamed) El-Fatatry is the Founder & CEO of Masar, an award-winning serial entrepreneur, columnist and public speaker. Mo has recently received the TEDxAmsterdam award, one of the highest innovation awards in the Netherlands and has been named one of the Leading Innovators in Power & Storage by Shell Energy Fest. He has also received the President of Finland's Internationalization Award, was 3-times among entrepreneurs recognized by President Obama at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit and currently sits on the Task Force on Solar Power & Storage, an industry-led group driving market design reform discussions with the European Commission. Mo is a dual Finnish-Egyptian citizen who studied Computer Science at the American University of Sharjah (UAE) and International Business at Turku University of Applied Sciences (Finland).
PROFILE"Mr. Munawar Misbah Moin is the Managing Director of Rahimafrooz Renewable Energy Limited. He leads the Solar PV and Energy Services Business including Carbon Trading. Mr. Munawar Moin on behalf of the board leads the V2020 program to transform Rahimafrooz into one of the most admired and trusted world's leading access to Energy Company with rollout of "Rural Accelerator Initiative" bringing together access to Energy, Finance, Information, Enterprise that will meet and exceed multiple SDG goals with private sector leadership. He completed his undergraduate studies in Business from St John's University, Minnesota, USA and has over 24 years of experience in BOP markets with storage, clean tech and access to Energy solutions impacting millions of life".
PROFILEMr. Khan was born on 26th July, 1965 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is an Electrical Engineer, graduated from University of Wollongong, Australia in the year 1992. After that he worked Worked at BHP, Australia, one of the worlds largest mining industries. In 1993 Mr. Khan joined family business Bengal Fine Ceramics Ltd, one of the leading ceramics tableware manufacturing industry in Bangladesh and is very much involved with the various activities of the company, under his supervision and guidance BFC has able to enter sophisticated export market in countries like USA, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Australia, India, Pakistan, Etc.
Profilethe Malaysian Biomass Initiative (MBI) formulated under Global Science and Innovation Advisory Council (GSIAC) endorsed by The Honourable Prime Minister of Malaysia, Puvaneswari holds a bachelor degree in Environmental Science and a Masters in Environmental Management from the National University of Malaysia (UKM).
Rumjhum Chatterjee is one of the co-founders of Feedback Infra Group. She serves as a Director on the Board of Feedback Infra Pvt. Ltd. She is also the Chairperson of the Feedback Foundation Trust.
The Trust is implementing a Model Village Project in Mewat, Haryana as the CSR Project of the Feedback Infra Group. In a span of 1.5 years, this project has received two major awards in recognition of the outcomes it has achieved. It has recently been declared as the 1st Green Gold Rated Village in India by Indian Green Business Council (IGBC).
Rumjhum pioneered the practice of community led interventions for R&R post land acquisition for infrastructure projects. Her paper on 'Sustainable Rehabilitation Interventions through Community Engagement' was published in the India Infrastructure Report 2009, published by 3iNetwork.
A leading practitioner of the management of human capital in the infrastructure sector, she was recognized as one of the 20 Most Talented HR Leaders in India by the World HRD Congress in 2013.
She has a deep interest in the subject of women's empowerment. She is the Chairperson for the Jury of the Selection Committee for CII's Women Exemplar Award and has represented the industry's views on the subject before Parliamentarians in India. She also participated in a closed door interaction to discuss women's empowerment with Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Shinzo Abe, during his visit to India in January 2014.
Rumjhum is currently the Chairperson for CII's Northern Regional Council that comprises 9 States. She is the first woman to be nominated to this position.
She serves as a member of the Governing Body of HelpAge India and a Trustee of '3E Education Trust' (HDFC Schools).
Rumjhum is educated in Psychology from Calcutta University.
PROFILETobias Schwind is co-founder and managing director of Industrial Solar GmbH.
PROFILEValeria Cantello graduated in Electrical Engineering at the Politecnico of Turin (Italy). After a few years in consulting, in 2005 she joined in Energrid S.p.A., a leading Company in the Italian energy trading sector. Valeria Cantello is currently responsible for developing new business opportunities in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energy.