Priscila Cruz, Founder & Executive President, Todos Pela Educação
Priscila Cruz holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, an undergraduate degree in both Business Administration from Getúlio Vargas Foundation and Law from the University of Sao Paulo as well as professional development studies at Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School. Before entering into the not-for-profit sector, Ms. Cruz worked as a strategic consultant at Bain & Co. and Marsh McLennan and acted as the general coordinator of the United Nations International Volunteering Year in Brazil in 2001, an effort that awarded the initiative a special distinction (amongst 123 countries) from the UN.
In 2002 Ms. Cruz founded the Faça Parte (""Be a Part"") Institute, an NGO that focuses on engaging students from public schools into educational volunteering programmes (i.e. service learning). In 2005, she coordinated the launching of the Todos Pela Educação (""All for Education"") movement, currently one of Brazil's most respected NGO's that aims to transform the quality of Brazil's Basic Educational system by “raising the Education flag” through Brazil’s main media channels and by advocating for specific policy change at the national level. As the Executive President of Todos Pela Educação, Mr. Cruz has been responsible for leading national campaigns and has spoken at a great number of events throughout the country and abroad. In 2012, she received the Young Leader in Education Award, sponsored by the Grupo Estado, one of Brazil's most prominent media conglomerates.
Ben Goldhirsh, Co-CEO & Co-Founder, GOOD Worldwide
Ben Goldhirsh is Co-CEO and Co-Founder of GOOD, a global community of, by, and for pragmatic idealists working towards individual and collective progress. Outside of GOOD, Ben is chairman of The Goldhirsh Foundation, an organization built to help social innovators implement and scale solutions to critical societal challenges. A co-founder and board member of City Year Los Angeles, Goldhirsh graduated from Brown University and resides in Los Angeles.
Jeff Hoffman, Entrepreneur and Founder of Priceline.com
Jeff Hoffman is a successful entrepreneur, proven CEO, worldwide motivational speaker, Hollywood film producer, and a producer of a Grammy-winning jazz album in 2015. In his career, he has been the founder of multiple startups, he has been the CEO of both public and private companies, and he has served as a senior executive in many capacities. Jeff has been part of a number of well-known companies, including Priceline.com. uBid.com, CTI, ColorJar, and more.
Jeff serves on boards of companies in the US, Europe, South America, Africa, and Asia, supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses in more than 150 countries. He supports the White House, the US State Department, the United Nations, and many foreign governments on economic growth initiatives and entrepreneurship programs.
Jeff is a frequent keynote speaker, having been invited to speak in over 50 countries. He speaks on the topics of innovation, entrepreneurship, and business leadership, and is the co-author of the book SCALE, a how-to guide for growing your business. Jeff also teaches innovation workshops to major corporations on a regular basis.
Jeff is a featured business expert seen on Fox News, Fox Business, CNN, CNN International, Bloomberg News, CNBC, ABC, and NPR, and in publications including Forbes, Inc., Time, Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal, and more.
Outside of the world of technology, Jeff has produced movies, has produced musical events including concerts, tours, and charity events with such artists as Elton John, Britney Spears, NSYNC, and others, and serves on numerous charity and non-profit boards.
Kate James, Former Chief Corporate Affairs and Global Marketing Officer, Pearson; Spokesperson, Project Literacy
Kate James was Project Literacy's main spokesperson in her former capacity as Chief Corporate Affairs and Global Marketing Officer at Pearson.
Prior to joining Pearson, Kate was Chief Communications Officer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to Gates, she held senior leadership roles in the financial services industry including heading communications globally at Citibank and leading advocacy and sustainability at Standard Charter Bank. She serves on the boards of Vital Voices Global Partnership and America’s Promise Alliance.
Michael Lombardo, CEO, BookNook
Michael Lombardo is the Founder & CEO of BookNook, a social enterprise that uses artificial intelligence and other adaptive technologies to support literacy for children and youth at school, at home, and in the community. Previously, he served as CEO of Reading Partners, building it into one of the largest children’s literacy nonprofits in America. Michael also serves as a Social Entrepreneur in Residence at Stanford University and is a founding Advisory Council member of the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, President Obama’s signature initiative focused on supporting boys and young men of color. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Jane Nelson, Senior Fellow and Director of Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School
Jane Nelson is Director of the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School, and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. She was a Director and senior advisor at the International Business Leaders Forum from 1993 to 2009, and has been a senior associate with the Institute for Sustainability Leadership at Cambridge University, and an advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative.
In 2001, she worked with the United Nations Global Compact in the office of the UN Secretary-General preparing a report for the General Assembly on cooperation between the UN and the private sector.
Prior to 1993, Nelson worked for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development in Africa, for FUNDES in Latin America, and as a Vice President at Citibank working for the bank's Financial Institutions Group in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. She has co-authored five books and over 80 publications on corporate responsibility and the role of the private sector in development, and five of the World Economic Forum's Global Corporate Citizenship reports.
Nelson serves on the Boards of Directors of Newmont, the Abraaj Group, FSG, Chevron's Niger Delta Partnership Initiative, the ImagineNations Group. She serves on advisory councils for the IFC, Bank of America, Abbott, ExxonMobil, GE, Merck Vaccine, APCO Worldwide, the Center for Global Development, the Initiative for Global Development, InterAction and the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center. A graduate of the University of Natal in South Africa and Oxford University, she is a former Rhodes Scholar and recipient of the Keystone Center's 2005 Leadership in Education Award.
Marianne Ponsford, Director, CERLALC - Centro regional para el fomento del libro en América Latina y el Caribe
Marianne Ponsford is the director of the Regional Centre for Book Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLALC) since October 2015. She has a degree on Communication Sciences from the Javeriana University (Bogota, Colombia), and a master's degree on Hispanic Studies from the University College (London, England).
Marianne has worked as editor in Siruela, Planeta and Turner. In Turner, she edited the Castro Library of Spanish Classics (1994-1995) and took part on the creation of the essay collections 'Weapons and Letters' and 'Noema' (2001- 2002).
She co-founded in 1996 the cultural magazine El Malpensante. She was the director of the weekly magazine Cromos from 1998 to 2001. In 1999, she won the National Journalism Prize 'Simón Bolívar', on the chronicle category, for her article 'The resurrection of Chavela Vargas'. From 1999 to 2001, Marianne was a member of the Editorial Board of the Colombian journal El Espectador, where she was also Sunday columnist from 2002 to 2008.
In 2005, she created for Semana Publishing House the cultural magazine Arcadia. She was the director of this magazine until 2014, when its 100th number was published. Marianne created and promoted the 'Arcadia Bookstores' Festival', celebrated in Bogota from 2012 to 2013, in which 25 local bookstores took part.
Marianne has also collaborated to different media in Colombia and Latin America, and she has been jury of literary and journalism awards.
Rapelang Rabana, Chief Digital Officer, BCX
Rapelang Rabana is the Chief Digital Officer for BCX. She is also an internationally lauded entrepreneur, featured on the cover of Forbes Africa magazine before the age of 30; named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and Entrepreneur for the World by the World Entrepreneurship Forum.
Rapelang brings to BCX a wealth of knowledge and entrepreneurial spirit. Her considerable experience has been gained through several years at the forefront of digital innovation that include her roles as Founder of Rekindle Learning, a learning technology company, and as the founding CEO of Yeigo, an innovative startup that developed some of the earliest mobile VoIP apps.
She obtained B. Business Science (Computer Science Honours) from the University of Cape Town, giving her a technical and business background. She has since believed that there had to be better, simpler more effective ways to do things – and there is: technology
Amy Rosen, Multi-Sector Executive, Social Entrepreneur, Strategy Adviser (Special guest)
Amy Rosen is an entrepreneur at heart. She is a results-driven leader who has spent her career managing transformational change in multiple sectors. Heading both public and private enterprises, she has built a successful track record developing and executing ambitious growth plans, fostering data-driven cultures, working with diverse constituencies, building teams, and overseeing the development of large social media campaigns. Comfortable in public leadership roles, she has served as a presidential appointee for three U.S. presidents and an adviser to local and national leaders around the globe.
An expert on global challenges facing youth education and employment, Amy has focused on reforming education systems and working to provide young people a path to successful futures within the transitioning economy. As CEO of NFTE, the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, she transitioned the organization to become a global NGO working with close to a million young people. In addition to leading and advising organizations involved in this work, she has written, taught, and been a frequent speaker on these issues. She has recently teamed with Dov Seidman author of "HOW" and founder of LRN, to co-found howED, which is a mission-driven company dedicated to helping young people thrive in a world that has been reshaped by the profound social, economic, and technological change.
Amy spent nearly 20 years in the transportation field, gaining a reputation as an entrepreneurial leader of urban transit systems and an advocate for national investment in our infrastructure. Her experience included running a state Department of Transportation, chairing the Board of NJTransit, spending eight years in leadership positions on the Amtrak Board of Directors and the cofounding a transportation company acquired by Lockheed Martin. As a leader in this field she was inducted into the NJ Transit Hall of Fame and named Board Member of the Year by the American Public Transportation Association.
Amy is a contributor to Forbes and Entrepreneur magazines and a frequent guest on CNBC and Bloomberg News.