Director, Africa Initiative, Director , Community Reinvestment, Professor of Practice, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University, USA
America, Richard F., author, educator, and policy analyst, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He received his BS in Business Administration from Pennsylvania State University, and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Harvard University. America then joined Stanford Research Institute in Menlo Park, California. He worked there for four years as a Development Economist in the Urban and Regional Economics Group, on economic development, industrial location, urban transport, housing and education projects.
His first major article, was, “What Do You People Want?” in Harvard Business Review. It proposed a new focus on larger scale businesses and Federal subsidies for major acquisitions by African Americans, rather than simply small start up assistance. He advocated for equity and meaningful and competitive participation in all industrial and commercial sectors. The following years America spent at the Haas School of Business Administration at the University of California, Berkeley. He was a Lecturer and Director of Urban Programs. He then moved to Washington, DC first in consulting and then in the Federal Government.
He teaches an enterprise development course as a Visiting Professor at the Institut Superieur de Management, ISM, in Dakar, Senegal, annually.
He created a partnership, with funding from the Kellogg Foundation, with the University of Botswana and the University of Pretoria, and established the Southern African Development Community Business School Network, with 50 schools, to help strengthen management education in that region. He has visited 25 countries and 40 universities in Africa, to advance the pace of business school development.
America served 20 years in the U S Government at the Department of Commerce and the Small Business Administration, working on policy and economic development in distressed areas and revitalization strategies.
As a Professor of the Practice, Director of the Africa Initiative, and Director of Community Reinvestment, America teaches courses in community reinvestment and economic development at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He is also working with business schools in Africa to help them improve the teaching of management and to function as problem solvers and drivers of development. He travels there frequently and has established a host of relationships in the business community. America continues to analyze the problems of economic reform, economic development, and community reinvestment for African Americans, and also in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Syed Babar Ali
Chairman, Packages Limited, Pakistan
As an entrepreneur and industrialist, Syed Babar Ali envisioned and set up Packages Limited (Pakistan’s largest paper & board mill), Milkpak Limited – now Nestle Pakistan Limited - (the largest food processing company in Pakistan); Tetra Pak Pakistan Limited, IGI Insurance Company Limited, Tri-Pack Films Limited, and IGI Investment Bank. He is Chairman of Sanofi-Aventis Pakistan Limited, Siemens Pakistan Engineering Company Limited, and Coca-Cola Beverages Pakistan Limited. He believes in the joint venture philosophy and most of his businesses are joint ventures with major multinationals.
As an educationist, he led the establishment of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) in 1985 of which he is the first Pro-Chancellor. LUMS is Pakistan’s premier management education institution. In 1992, he founded Ali Institute of Education for training of primary and secondary school teachers. He is a member of the Board of the following important educational institutions of Lahore: Aitchison College, F.C. College, Kinnaird College, and Lahore School of Economics. He is a member of the Regional Advisory Board of London Business School and a Member of the Initiative on Social Enterprise of Harvard University.
He promoted the cause of the World Wide Fund for Nature (earlier World Wildlife Fund) where he served in various capacities, both in Pakistan and internationally, from 1972 to 1996. He was International President of WWF from 1996 to 1999 succeeding HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. He is now Vice President Emeritus, WWF International, and President Emeritus WWF-Pakistan.
He is Co-Chair of South Asia Centre for Policy Studies currently based in Nepal. He served as Pakistan’s Minister of Finance, Economic Affairs & Planning in 1993.
He set up Babar Ali Foundation in 1985. The Foundation gives about a million dollars a year primarily for education and health in Pakistan. He is also a member of Layton Rehmatullah Benevolent Trust Karachi and Shalamar Hospital Lahore.
He received honours and awards from the Government of Sweden, the Netherlands, an OBE from Britain (1997), and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree of Laws from McGill University, Montreal, Canada (1997).
President and CEO, Zephyr Management, L.P., USA
Thomas C. Barry is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Zephyr Management, L.P., an investment management company which he founded in 1994. Zephyr sponsors thirteen specialized investment funds with approximately US $2 billion in committed capital. Zephyr’s private equity funds invest in Mexico, Africa (Kingdom Zephyr Africa Management Company) and India; debt of housing and healthcare facilities in USA. Zephyr’s marketable securities funds invest in stock markets of developing countries.
Prior to founding Zephyr, Mr. Barry was President and CEO of Rockefeller & Co., the investment management arm of the Rockefeller family, from 1983 to 1993. Previously, Mr. Barry was employed by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. from 1969 to 1982.
Mr. Barry received an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1969 and an undergraduate degree from Yale University in 1966 where he majored in Latin American Studies. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Mr. Barry is active in numerous not-for-profit institutions, including Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration (former member of Visiting Committee; Alumni Association Board of Directors), Harvard Kennedy School of Government (Dean’s Council), Yale University President’s Council on International Affairs, Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (founder, Director), TechnoServe (Director), Trickle-Up (Director).
President & Co-Founder, Climate Civics Institute/Managing Director & CEO, SustainabilityCXO Partners Worldwide, India
Unmesh Brahme is a Yale World Fellow, President and co-founder of Climate Civics Institute, a community centric initiative in climate adaptation and policy innovation, and Managing Director & CEO of SustainabilityCXO Partners Worldwide, a high end boutique global advisory working with CEOs, top management and boards, which he founded in collaboration with global sustainability leadership practitioners and thinkers.
Unmesh's continuing and interdisciplinary area of focus is research, impact modeling, business structuring and policy dialog on social entrepreneurship, climate change, social venture funds and the broader theme of sustainability and corporate strategy in its application to emerging economies.
Unmesh's experience spans over eighteen years across niche disciplines and issues at the corporate community interface. He has worked extensively across verticals and domains in corporate strategy, development finance, community development, corporate responsibility, sustainability, advertising, marketing, brand management with corporations, development agencies and many civil society institutions.
Unmesh has contributed in a significant way to the development of corporate responsibility and strategic community investment during his extensive work with OXFAM, World Bank, Ogilvy & Mather, and more recently HSBC, where he headed the sustainability practice for India and has been responsible for HSBC's foray into a number of business aligned initiatives including significant Bottom of Pyramid (BOP) work in microfinance, financial literacy, environment, sustainability, climate change adaptation and mitigation, renewable energy, community investment, supply chain, employee volunteering, social enterprises and stakeholder engagement. During Unmesh's tenure with HSBC, the bank established itself as a key player on the India sustainability scene and led the financial institutions sector on a number of fronts in cutting edge sustainability work. Among other awards, HSBC's work was commended at the FICCI-Businessworld Award and the Economic Times Corporate Citizenship Award.
At Ogilvy, Unmesh established India's first cause related marketing and brand social responsibility practice, working with a key international and local clients to deliver brand affinity communities, tactical communication, both mass media and below-the-line rural marketing, scalable issue impact and brand saliency. His work in brand reputation management and creative consumer connect fetched Ogilvy the Asian Brand Marketing Effectiveness Award and the PR Week Asia Award, among many other awards, accolades and citations.
Unmesh is the moving force behind niche initiatives in brand-cause connect, fair trade, energy needs at the bottom of pyramid, microfinance, social venture investing, inclusive international relations and public diplomacy, and is presently working with global partners to launch social enterprises in these domains.
Unmesh plays an advisory role to a number of sustainability and not-for-profit institutions and is a mentor to students in business schools and graduate institutions. He serves on the board of Net Impact, Frontier Markets, PoverUp and Sesame Workshop India.
Unmesh Brahme teaches and speaks on sustainability strategy, BOP markets, climate change, microfinance, international relations, geopolitics and emerging markets at business schools worldwide and at number of national and global forums.
Principal, AirLearn, USA
Rob Britton is the principal of AirLearn, a consultancy that helps suppliers, partners, insiders, and student understand the complexities of the airline industry, and provides general marketing and leadership advice for a range of organizations. In 2006 he retired as Managing Director, Brand Development and Advertising at American Airlines, where he was responsible for bran stewardship, worldwide media advertising, direct marketing, promotion and customer research – he was part of the team that helped rebuild the brand after the September 11 attacks. He has spent 44 years in and near the travel and tourism industry, in a variety of roles. Rob earned a Ph.D. in economic geography from the University of Minnesota, and completed postdoctoral work at The Wharton School, university of Pennsylvania. He held staff and field positions with Republic Airlines and Northwest Airlines. Rob joined American in 1987, and worked across the enterprise, in marketing, international affairs, corporate communications, and operations. He has published over 70 articles in major newspapers and magazines, in travel-trade publications, and in academic journals. Originally a geography professor, he lectures annually at more than 25 business schools worldwide, including Kellogg, Wharton, Darden, UT-Austin, USC Marshall, Rotman (Toronto), Judge Business School at Cambridge University, INSEAD, and U. Catolica (Santiago, Chile); he serves on advisory boards at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University in Montreal, and the Business School at Umea University, Sweden. Rob is a board member of the American Airlines Federal Credit Union. He is married to Linda, an attorney, and has two adult children and two grandchildren.
Managing Director/Chief Economist, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, USA
Dr. Harry G. Broadman is Managing Director in PricewaterhouseCoopers' Advisory practice and serves as Chief Economist and Leader of the Emerging Markets, Governance, and International Investment & Trade practice group - part of PwC’s Forensics Services. He focuses on helping clients develop and implement strategies and processes to help them seize market opportunities, mitigate risks, solve policy challenges and improve commercial and economic performance. Previously, he was Senior Vice President of Albright Stonebridge Group LLC, a global strategy firm that works with multinational firms and large institutions to seize market opportunities, assess and manage risk, and solve short-run and long-run operational, investment and strategic challenges worldwide. Dr. Broadman also served as Chief Economist of Albright Capital Management LLC, a registered investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets. He is globally recognized as an expert international negotiator, seasoned policy maker, and thought leader on foreign investment and trade policy; anti-corruption and governance reform; competition policy and regulation; privatization and enterprise restructuring; and energy and natural resources markets. In addition to his extensive work throughout the OECD countries, Dr. Broadman’s work experience spans all key emerging markets, especially China, Russia, India, the Balkans, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Vietnam, Thailand, Mongolia, and much of the sub-Saharan African continent.
Beginning in 1993 Dr. Broadman was a senior official at the World Bank Group, working in: East Asia; Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union; and Sub-Saharan Africa. Before joining the Bank, Dr. Broadman served as Assistant United States Trade Representative in the Executive Office of the President from 1991-93, where he was responsible for global negotiations on trade agreements in all the services sectors, all bilateral foreign investment treaties, and science and technology agreements for the United States, including the negotiations leading to the creation of the WTO. From 1990-1991, Dr. Broadman worked in the White House on the President's Council of Economic Advisers as the Chief of Staff and Senior Economist. Dr. Broadman worked in the US Senate as the Chief Economist of the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, chaired by Senator John Glenn, from 1987-1990.
Prior to his government service, Dr. Broadman worked as a Consultant at the Rand Corporation; held the post of Assistant Director of the Center for Energy Policy at Resources for the Future, Inc.; was as Research Fellow in the Economic Studies Program at the Brookings Institution; and served on the faculties of Harvard University—with appointments both in the School of Arts and Sciences (the Department of Economics) and in the Kennedy School of Government—as well as the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.
Dr. Broadman received an A.B. in economics and history, magna cum laude, from Brown University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He also received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Bretton Woods Committee. He is also a non-resident Fellow at Johns Hopkins University’s SAIS Africa Studies Program.
Dr. Broadman has authored several books and numerous articles published in refereed professional journals. His most recent book is Africa’s Silk Road: China and India’s New Economic Frontier (2008)
Innovation Engagement Specialist, DAI, USA
Nora Brown (M.A., Johns Hopkins SAIS) has been managing multi-partner, higher education programs with the Global Business School Network since 2005. In her current role as Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Brown is responsible for overseeing the internal organization processes and managing the full portfolio of services and programs offered by the organization. In her time with GBSN, Ms Brown has negotiated new contracts and has brokered new partnerships with large corporations, private foundations, and international aid agencies including Goldman Sachs, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Bank.
As a Projects Consultant at the International Finance Corporation, Ms Brown managed private sector development programs in Kenya focused on strengthening local business education and designed a comprehensive business education program in Tanzania that was launched in 2008. Additionally she designed a fellowship program involving business schools on 6 continents. Prior to her work in development, Ms Brown worked in the financial sector, managing the investment portfolios of private clients. Ms. Brown has experience in designing new programs, negotiating partnerships, and managing multi-partner programs. She has worked throughout Africa in Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. Ms Brown earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies from the Johns Hopkins University and completed her Master of Arts degree in International Relations and Economics at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Managing Director, Results for Development Institute,USA
Nicholas Burnett has over 30 years of experience handling education and currently leads the global education portfolio of Results for Development Institute. His work centers on addressing tough, often neglected challenges in the field of global education. Current areas of activity include non-state education (through the Center for Education Innovations), education financing and innovative financing, the linkage between secondary education and skills for employment (especially for the informal economy), out-of-school children and early childhood education.
Burnett joined R4D after a distinguished career including UNESCO, the World Bank, the British government and his own consulting firm. At UNESCO, before becoming ADG, he was Director of the Education for All Global Monitoring Report, an independent team responsible for monitoring progress toward the EFA goals and the education Millennium Development Goals. At the World Bank, where he worked for 20 years, particularly on Africa and on the Caribbean, he was responsible for the Bank’s education policy paper in 1995 and managed its education, health and social protection work in 16 countries in West and Central Africa from 1997-2000 with a portfolio of about $2 billion.
He was educated as an economist at Oxford (BA), Harvard (Henry Fellow) and the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (MA, Ph D) and is currently a visiting Special Professor of International Education Policy at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom.
Baroness Chalker of Wallasey
Founder, Africa Matters Limited, United Kingdom
Lynda Chalker founded Africa Matters Limited (AML), a pan African group of advisers, in 1997. They seek to take investment into African businesses and keep them viable. With her considerable experience of African cultures and relationships, and of the numerous business and development issues crucial to Africa, she supports the work of AML, providing leadership and political insights which help make Africa Matters Limited unique. Parliament Lynda has been a member of the Lower and Upper Houses of the UK Parliament for over thirty years, she was one of only four Ministers who served continuously throughout the Thatcher and Major Governments and was made a Life Peer in 1992.
Lynda Chalker was a British Member of Parliament (for Wallasey in North West England) from 1974 to 1992; Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Social Security 1979-82; Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Transport 1982-83 and Minister of State there from 1983 to 1986. She was Minister of State at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office from 1986 until 1997 working on Europe until 1989 and throughout on Africa and the Commonwealth. In 1987 she was made a Privy Counsellor. Lynda was also the International Development Minister for the UK from 1989 until 1997.
Business and Industry
Lady Chalker first served as a Unilever Advisory Director (1998 – 2004) and then as the first and then the only woman Non-Executive Board Director of both Unilever NV and plc from 2004 to 2007.
Lynda has been a non-executive director for a number of major companies, including Capital Shopping Centres Ltd (1997-2000), Freeplay Energy Plc (1997-2006), Ashanti Goldfields Co. Ltd (2000-2004) and Equator Exploration Ltd (2005-2007).
Lynda has been on the Board of Group 5 (Pty) Ltd in South Africa since 2001. She advises Lafarge International, MerchantBridge Group, the World Bank and is a member of the African Advisory Board of the Renaissance Group.
Her Board appointments have always covered business in Africa, governance matters and corporate social investment. She is a member of the Transparency International Advisory Council in the UK, and has worked on Codes of Business Principles for a number of Boards.
Investments and Development in Africa
Lynda is the co-coordinator of the Honorary International Investment Council, first for President Obasanjo and now for President Yar ‘Adua of Nigeria, and a member of both the Tanzanian and Ugandan Investment Round Tables and the Kenyan Economic & Social Council.
Public/Private Partnerships and Not for Profit bodies
Lynda is a founder Executive Trustee of the Global Leadership Foundation (GLF), set up by past President F W De Klerk, and of the Investment Climate Facility for Africa (ICF) and served as a Trustee of the Nelson Mandela Legacy Trust (NMLT) from its inception.
The Chalker Foundation for Africa was established by Lynda Chalker in response to the need to develop and support medical knowledge and training on the African continent.
For eight years she was Chairman of the Board of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and for many years a Vice President of the Liverpool School for Tropical Medicine. She was a Governor of The Ditchley Foundation for International Affairs from 1998 until 2007.
Lynda is Chairman of the Board of Medicines for Malaria Venture, President of Practical Action (formerly the Intermediate Technology Development Group), Vice-President of WaterAid and Honorary Vice President of British Red Cross. She is a Trustee of the African Medical and Research Foundation, University of Cape Town and Hives Save Lives (Africa). Additionally, Lynda is Patron of Afrikids, a Ghanaian Children’s charity based in Bolgatanga, Upper East Ghana.
Chairman, Mabati Rolling Mills Ltd., Kenya
Dr. Manu Chandaria Obe Ebs, born in Kenya, is engaged in work within the framework of a joint Indian family of seventy members with business interests in more than forty countries. He is the Chairman of Mabati Rolling Mills Ltd. and Kaluworks Ltd. in Kenya, and the Chairman of Aluminium Africa Ltd. in Tanzania.
Dr. Chandaria is also the Founding Chairman of the East African Business Council and a past Chairman of the Kenya Association of Manufacturers. He currently sits on other boards and councils in the manufacturing, insurance and higher education sectors. He is the founding and present Chairman of Kenya Private Sector Alliance, an umbrella body representing over two hundred sectors and organizations.
Senior Fellow and Director of Studies, Center for Global Development
Alan Gelb is a senior fellow and director of studies at the Center for Global Development. His recent research includes aid and development outcomes, the transition from planned to market economies, the development applications of biometric ID technology, and the special development challenges of resource-rich countries.
He was previously director of development policy at the World Bank and chief economist for the bank’s Africa region and staff director for the 1996 World Development Report “From Plan to Market.”
Financial Manager , Gates Foundation, USA
Mike is a Financial Manager for the Gates Foundation, based in DC. Previously Mike was a management consultant with BCG in Washington & India, and spent four years with a unit at the World Bank‘s IFC focused on African education, the work is now being driven by AABS and GBSN which he helped to build. Prior to that Mike ran a refugee camp in Zimbabwe for ICMC, served in the Peace Corps in Namibia where he created DeepRoots.org, and worked as an actuarial consultant in Seattle.
Lord Brian Griffiths of Fforestfach
International Advisor, Goldman Sachs International Limited, United Kingdom
Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach was educated at London School of Economics (LSE). He taught at LSE from 1965-76 and was Professor of Banking and International Finance at City University in 1976. He held the position of Dean of the University’s Business School from 1982-85, was a Director of the Bank of England from 1983-85, served as Head of Prime Minister’s Policy Unit from 1985-90 and was the special advisor to the Prime Minister for Domestic Policy Making. He was made a life peer on leaving 10 Downing Street. Lord Griffiths has been Vice-Chair of Goldman Sachs International and an International Advisor to the company on its development activities worldwide. He was Chairman of the School Examination Assessment Council and of the Centre for Policy Studies. He is Chairman of Land Securities Trillium and a Non-Executive Director of Times Newspaper Holdings Ltd. He is also Chairman of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lambeth trust and of Christian Responsibility in Public Life. Lord Griffiths is a member of the Board of Reference for TBN and a former board member of GBSN. He has written extensively and lectured on ethics and business.
Senior Managing Director, International Executive Service Corps, Pakistan
Javed Hamid worked in the International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group) from 1979 to 2006. He was a member of the management group of IFC and for the last nine years, he was the Regional Director responsible for IFC's business in East Asia and the Pacific Region. During this period, he was the chief architect of IFC's investment strategy in China. Before that, Javed held various senior positions in IFC, including manager of IFC investments in Middle East and Central Asia, and Lead Economist of IFC' Economics Department. Javed took a leave of absence from IFC from 1984-88 and directed the establishment of the first privately financed university in Pakistan, the Lahore University of Management Sciences. Today, LUMS is the leading business school in Pakistan. Javed chaired the IFC steering committee for the Global Business School Network from 2004-2006. He also chaired the first international conference of African Business School deans in Accra in 2005. Javed has been a regular speaker at international conferences and has published in the Asian Wall Street Journal, the Far Eastern Economic Review, and various other academic journals. He has a BA (Hons) degree in economics from Cambridge University, England, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Javed sits on the Boards of several companies, including an insurance company in Pakistan and a bank training institution in China. Javed is also the chair of the International Advisory Board for the Karachi Business School for the Karachi Education Initiative.
Director, Africa Practice, United Kingdom
David Hampshire was responsible for the Guinness business in Africa from 1988 until his retirement from the position of chairman in 2005. He was a member of the Guinness Executive Board from 1993 until the merger of Guinness and UDV in September 2000 when he became the managing director of Diageo Africa. He merged the African spirits business with the brewing operations to form an integrated drinks business operating in 26 African countries, with over 4000 employees and a turnover of c. $1,000m.
In addition to serving as Chairman of Diageo Africa, Mr. Hampshire was Chairman of Guinness Ghana and Seychelles Breweries, Vice-Chairman of Guinness Nigeria, Deputy Chairman of East African Breweries, and a Director of Monrovia Breweries, Kenya Breweries, Uganda Breweries, Sierra Leone Breweries, Guinness Cameroon and Namibia Breweries. He negotiated the three way joint venture in South Africa with Heineken and Namibia Breweries to form ‘brandhouse’ which is now about to open its new brewery in South Africa, and was the first chairman. Mr. Hampshire is now a director of Africa Practice, the leading communications consultancy specialising in Africa, and on the boards of their subsidiaries in Kenya and Nigeria.
Nazeer Aziz Ladhani
Senior Advisor, Aga Khan Development Network, Kenya
A Senior Advisor with the Aga Khan Development Network, Mr. Ladhani currently serves as the Project Director for three graduate professional schools under development in East Africa by the Aga Khan University (AKU): the Graduate School of Media and Communications, Graduate School of Management, and Graduate School of Leisure and Tourism.
A proven leader and strategic manager in multinational academic, philanthropic and corporate settings, Mr. Ladhani brings to his current position a record of longstanding global engagement and experience. Specific areas of interest and expertise include: international higher education; international development and poverty alleviation; pluralism and democracy; and international relations.
Prior to his appointment with AKU, Mr. Ladhani served as the Director General of the University of Central Asia, a unique, internationally chartered higher education institution in the process of establishing programmes and purpose-built campuses in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. He was also the founding Chief Executive Officer of Aga Khan Foundation Canada, which he led from a start-up to to a ‘premier private international development agency’ in Canada, with a strong organizational culture; a dedicated, multi-skilled team of professional staff, consultants and resource bases; a solid financial base; and a reputation for quality, excellence and probity. While at AKFC, Mr. Ladhani led efforts to establish the Global Centre for Pluralism in Canada.
Born in Tanzania, Mr. Ladhani participated in the senior executive program of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and holds an MBA (with distinction) from INSEAD. He is a Fellow of Chartered Certified Accountants in the United Kingdom; a Certified Management Accountant (Canada) and Chartered Management Accountant (United Kingdom). He currently resides in Nairobi, Kenya.
COO, Rescue Social Change Group,USA
Wayne Lifshitz is the Chief Operating Officer of Rescue Social Change Group, a social branding company delivering behavior change marketing programs and events for youth. Rescue SCG provides research, strategy and marketing services to improve the lives of adolescents. RSCG is a niche business that only works with clients seeking positive social change amongst youth and young adults. This focus has resulted in an unrivaled blend of expertise in academic research, understanding of youth cultures, and experience implementing dozens of social change initiatives.
Prior to joining Rescue SCG, Mr. Lifshitz was a management consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton and worked with several multilateral non-profit organizations, such as CARE, Africare, NCSE and Pathfinder designing, managing and implementing international relief and development projects in more than twenty countries where he built numerous public-private partnerships.
Mr. Lifshitz received an MPH from Boston University in 1997 where he majored in International and Environmental Health and an undergraduate degree from U.C. Berkeley in 1994 where he majored in Economics and Biology. Mr. Lifshitz is a certified Partnership Broker and holds a PMP certificate. He is also Board Secretary for the Rational Games Foundation.
Frank Lysy is now a consultant after retiring in 2010 from his position as the Chief Economist and Director of the Economics and Policy Group of the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), the political risk insurance arm of the World Bank Group. His group was responsible for assessing project and country risks; for ensuring projects supported by MIGA were socially, environmentally, and developmentally sound; and for ensuring operations were consistent with good economic policy.
Prior to joining MIGA in 2004, Frank was Senior Advisor in the Office of the Chief Economist of IFC. While in that position, Frank worked closely with Guy Pfeffermann in the launching at IFC of the Global Business School Network. Prior to that, Frank held various senior level positions in the World Bank, including Sector Leader for Macroeconomics, Central Europe; Lead Economist, Southeastern Europe (Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria, and Macedonia); Lead Economist for Mexico and Venezuela; Economic Adviser to the Senior Vice President of Operations; and other positions.
Frank started his career teaching Economics at The Johns Hopkins University. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University, and a BA in Economics from Princeton.
Director, Green Resources AS, Kenya
Mutuma is an investor and company director located in Nairobi, Kenya. He is involved in forestry, non – renewable and renewable energy companies, as well as real estate, all focussed in sub – Saharan Africa. Since 2003, he is a Director and major shareholder in Green Resources AS, the largest afforestation company in Africa.
Mutuma has been involved in the physical commodity sector for almost 20 years, having worked at Glencore AG for more than 12 years of that time in London as a market analyst and physical trader. Prior to this period, he was a financial analyst at Morgan Stanley and commodity trader trainee at Philipp Brothers in New York.
Mutuma has a BA in Economics from Vassar College, NY, USA, an MPhil in Economics and Politics of Development from Cambridge University, UK, and an MBA in Finance from Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania, PA, USA.
Mutuma is actively involved in several charities in the field of education. He has been on the Board of SEO London, a UK registered charitable organization involved in placing and mentoring penultimate year students of diverse geographic, ethnic, religious and gender backgrounds in the field of investment banking. This has been followed up by participation as a member and Co – Chairman of the Vassar College President’s Advisory Council and the Vassar College President’s International Advisory Council. Mutuma is also serving on the Vassar College Campaign Steering Committee and Vassar President’s International Advisory Council.
Partner, Sierra Asia/Former Professor of Intl Business, Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business, USA
Joe Massey is a partner in Sierra Asia, an investment advisory and cross-border consulting firm with offices in Shanghai, Beijing, Washington, DC and Seattle.
From the Seattle office, Massey manages the firm’s U.S. client services in sectors including, among others, medical devices and health care, clean energy and the environment, new materials, telecom and automotive technologies.
Prior to joining Sierra Asia in 2009, Massey was Professor and Founding Director of the Center for International Business at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business from 1992 to 2007, where he taught graduate courses on international business, doing business in China and Japan, and corporate political strategy. He initiated and directed Tuck’s international business consultancy, which during his tenure conducted 115 assignments for more than 50 multinationals, local companies, NGO’s and governments in over 30 countries.
Massey led the US team that helped launch Vietnam‘s first modern business school, the Hanoi School of Business at the Vietnam National University, Hanoi. He supervised the training of more than 350 senior executives of companies that today account for approximately 35 percent of Vietnam’s GDP. In 2006, the Hanoi School of Business dedicated the Professor Joseph Massey Lecture Hall to honor his contribution to business education in the country.
From 1982 to 1992, Massey held White House posts at both the Office of the U. S. Trade Representative (USTR) and the Office of Policy Development. As chief U.S. trade negotiator with China and Japan, he led U.S. negotiating team in all talks with China from 1985 to 1992, resulting in landmark agreements on intellectual property protection and market access, and with Japan in many sectors including autos, satellites, semiconductors, mobile telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, insurance, agriculture and forest products among others. Prior to his White House service, he was a corporate strategy consultant with Braxton Associates (now Deloitte Touche) where he led cases on Asian markets for multinational clients.
A frequent speaker to audiences around the globe, Massey has been a keynoter at Business Week’s Asian Leadership Forum and an invited speaker at industry conferences, leading universities and business schools, and international organizations including the OECD in Paris as well as the International Business Leaders Advisory Council of the Mayor of Shanghai.
He has a Ph.D. and two Master’s degrees from Yale and was a Visiting Research Scholar at Tokyo University.
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, African Development Bank, Zimbabwe
Nkosana D. Moyo is a national of Zimbabwe. He holds a PhD in Physics from Imperial College, University of London and an MBA from Cranfield School of Management, UK, an Eisenhower fellow. He is married and has two children.
Before joining the AfDB, Dr. Moyo served at Actis Capital LLP as partner and Chairman of the Actis Africa Advisory Board. He also served on the boards of a number of companies in the cement, sugar, finance, tourism, mining, airline and food sectors. He served as well as Minister of Industry & International Trade of Zimbabwe.
He is currently on the Board of Trustees of the Investment Climate Facility (ICF) and a Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the future of Africa.
Freelance Writer and Editor, USA
Joseph O'Keefe is a freelance writer and editor currently working with the U.S. Department of State. Previously, he was the Senior Manager of Corporate Relations for the International Finance Corporation, The World Bank Group. Mr. O'Keefe was a speechwriter for the U.S. Secretary of Defence William S. Cohen (1997-2001) and U.S. Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky (1996-1997), an associate editor at Foreign Affairs magazine (1993-1996), and a researcher for the Foreign Affairs columnist of the New York Times, Leslie Gelb (1992-1993).
He was editor and co-author of Science at its Best, Security at its Worst (2000), a groundbreaking report for the White House Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board on security problems at U.S. nuclear weapons laboratories. The report led to a reorganization of the U.S. Department of Energy. He is a former journalist and graduate of Spring Hill College in Alabama (1984) and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (1992).
Vice Chairman, Computer Warehouse Group Plc, Nigeria
Austin Okere is the Founder CWG Plc and Entrepreneur in Residence, Columbia Business School, New York. He is a member of the World Economic Forum Business Council on Innovation and Intrapreneurship. He serves on the Board of the National Competiveness Council of Nigeria and Initiative for Global Development, a Washington based nonprofit organization that drives poverty reduction by catalyzing business growth and investment in the developing world. Austin Okere is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors of Nigeria, as well as a Fellow of the Nigerian Computer Society (NCS), and serves as a member of the Advisory Council of the Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria (ATCON).
Austin Okere was named the ICT Personality of the year 2014 by the Nigerian Computer Society, ICT Man of the Decade by ICT Watch Africa Digital Network in 2012; ICT Personality of the year by Technology Africa in 2010; and most outstanding ICT Personality of the Decade by ICT Watch Africa in 2010. Austin was also on the UK’s C.Hub Magazine 2016 100 Most Influential Creatives. His interests include mentoring and inspiring young people to achieve their full potential.
His Company Computer Warehouse Group (NSE: CWG PLC) is the largest security in the ICT sector of the Nigerian Stock Exchange. CWG is a Pan-African Systems Integrator with operations in Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda and Cameroon with annual turnover of over $100m and about 650 employees across the Group. The company provides technology solutions that enable growth with aspiration to be the number one Cloud Platform Provider in Africa by 2020.
Director, Operational Risk
The World Bank
Amedee Prouvost is the Director, Operational Risk at the World Bank. Amedee serves in a personal capacity on the GBSN Advisory Board and does not represent the World Bank Group.
Since joining the World Bank, he has served as Senior Adviser to the Group CFO, Director for Risk Management & CFO of MIGA (the political risk insurance arm of the Group), Finance Manager for IDA and the HIPC Debt Reduction Initiative, and Financial Representative in Europe. He also worked in a variety of roles in the World Bank’s Treasury, on both the asset and liability sides of the balance sheet.
He holds an MBA (with distinction) from Wharton, a Master’s degree in economics and statistics from ENSAE ParisTech, and a Master of Advanced Studies in economics and finance from Université Paris Dauphine.
As Director, Operational Risk, Amédée Prouvost is responsible for operational risk, business continuity, and enterprise risk governance – and he serves as Secretary of both the Finance & Risk Committee (under the CFO) and the Enterprise Risk Committee (under the CAO).
P.S. Amédée serves on the advisory board of GBSN in his personal capacity and does not represent the World Bank Group.
Carol Realini is a successful CEO, entrepreneur and board member with technology and financial services industry experience. She is a globally recognized technology innovator and has successfully led companies through initial public offerings, as well as into acquisitions. She is driven by a passion to improve people’s lives through technology.
Carol has extensive experience in financial services (mobile, payments) and technology (mobile, smart phone applications, payments and banking, enterprise software, distributed computing) and has worked extensively in India and Africa on mobile money. Her latest venture, Obopay, which she founded and served as CEO for 5 years and Executive Chair for one year, is a leading global mobile banking and payment provider. Learn more about Carol’s efforts in mobile financial services for the developing world in this video from the World Economic Forum.
Carol’s long history of entrepreneurship includes Obopay, Chrordiant (IPO), J. Frank Consulting (Acquired), and Legato (IPO). In addition, she has served on several boards of directors, including the NGOs Search for Common Ground and GlobalGiving, and corporate boards Obopay, Chordiant and Invio. Carol also mentors young entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, providing wisdom and lessons learned from her four successful startup experiences.
A recognized international expert in mobile money, Carol has presented to world business and political leaders at events including those hosted by the U.S. State Department, the World Economic Forum, and the Gates Foundation. In 2008, Carol was named one of the 50 Top Women in Technology by Corporate Board Member magazine, and in 2010, was recognized as one of the most influential women in Silicon Valley by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.
Follow Carol on Twitter @carolrealini and find out more about her work and her passion on her blog http://carolrealini.wordpress.com/
Managing Director, Promasidor Nigeria Ltd, Nigeria
Keith Richards OBE is currently the Managing Director of Promasidor Nigeria Ltd a food and beverages company based in Lagos. His career has spanned over thirty years of involvement in developing markets, especially Africa. Prior to his current position he has most recently been Managing Director of Guinness Nigeria Plc in Lagos and of International Equitable Association, in Aba, Abia State.
In recognition of his work with communities he has several Chieftaincy titles and is a fellow of Lagos State Polytechnic. He serves on the Boards of several industry groups, The Nigerian Economic Summit Group, The Advisory Panel of the Businessday Newspaper (where he has been a columnist) and the Development Board of Pan African University/ Lagos Business School. His collected columns on social, business and political life in Nigeria have recently been published.
Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School, USA
Leonard A. Schlesinger returned to the Harvard Business School as a Baker Foundation Professor of Business Administration in July of 2013 after concluding a five-year term as the 12th president of Babson College. At Babson he successfully managed the challenges of improving academic, reputational, and financial outcomes for a uniquely positioned college. The school has been ranked as the #1 institution for entrepreneurship for both its Undergraduate and Graduate programs by both Business Week and U.S. News and World Reports for the entire history of their reporting, i.e. 20 years at the Graduate level for U.S. News, for example.
His writings on entrepreneurship, service management and organizational management have been widely published. He is the author or co-author of eleven books, including Just Start: Take action, Embrace uncertainty, Create the future (Harvard Business School Press, 2012), Action Trumps Everything (Black Ink Press, 2010), The Value Profit Chain (Free Press, 2003), The Service Profit Chain (Free Press, 1997) and The Real Heroes of Business ... and Not a CEO among Them (Doubleday Currency, 1994), and has written over 40 articles for academic audiences as well as for The New York Times, Fast Company, and Harvard Business Review. He has served on the editorial boards of five major academic journals and has published numerous management case studies that have sold well over one million copies. He also has completed three video series on service management.
Schlesinger currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts (AICUM), a member of the Board of Directors of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), a Director of Viewpost, LLC, a member of the Corporation of the Winsor School, and is a member of the President’s Council of the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering. He also serves as an advisory council member of Goldman Sachs' 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative, and as a member of both the Council on Competitiveness and the Council on Foreign Relations. His work in corporate governance spans a broad range of privately held and public companies.
Schlesinger holds a Doctor of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, an MBA from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts in American Civilization from Brown University.
Senior Director of Health Systems Innovation, Intrahealth International, USA
A physician and global health specialist, Dr. Kate Tulenko has worked at the highest levels of health workforce, health financing, and health policy development with institutions around the world. She currently serves as IntraHealth International’s senior director of health systems innovation, as well as director of CapacityPlus, the USAID-funded and IntraHealth-led global project focused on the health workforce needed to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. She joined IntraHealth from the World Bank, where she coordinated the Bank’s Africa Health Workforce Program.
Tulenko has been an advisor to national governments on health policy and reform. She has served on expert panels for the World Bank, World Health Organization, American Public Health Association, Global Health Workforce Alliance, and American Hospital Association, and she currently serves on the National Physicians Alliance board of directors. She also holds academic appointments at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and the George Mason College of Health and Human Services. Tulenko holds an MD and MPH from Johns Hopkins University, and an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, Emmanuel College. Tulenko has published on a wide array of topics.
President, Global Management Challenge, USA
Zohra Zori is the President of Global Management Challenge USA and based in Washington, D.C. The Global Management Challenge is recognized as the world’s largest strategy and management (competition-based) training simulation platform, with operations in 40 countries and an extensive pipeline of more than 480,000 successful participants from the corporate and higher education sectors.
Prior to joining Global Management Challenge, Ms. Zori served as the Senior Vice President of a management consulting firm, CJA Consulting. With her signature project, she provided strategic leadership to the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Legends of Basketball division in Houston, Texas, an organization committed to providing professional and personal resources/guidance to retired NBA players. She lead the repositioning of the organization through infrastructural redesign, renewed marketing/branding efforts, development of strategic partnerships, cause-oriented events with local and international entities, and capacity building programs for legends. Additionally, she launched their first Business Advisory Council and served as its Lead, facilitating all council and leadership team activities.
Ms. Zori also lead a successful eight-year career with SIFE, a global non-profit, where she was the Vice President of International Programs and provided leadership for the worldwide network of 40+ countries. As a member of the President’s Council, Ms. Zori served as one of the primary leads for major initiatives that impacted the organization at its core. Some of her primary functions at SIFE included the design and implementation of training programs for country leaders and field staff, resource development, management of grant and strategic initiatives, development of all official program-related rules and guidelines, and oversight of national and global competitive events.
Ms. Zori is actively engaged in the international development arena and serves on the boards/councils of a few organizations including the Bayat Foundation and the National Basketball Retired Players Association. She has traveled to more than forty countries, is fully-fluent in Farsi, Dari, and English and moderately fluent in a few others. Ms. Zori has served as an expert panelist and trainer at many key global events and has received numerous recognitions/awards for excellence in leadership.