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Tumi Makgabo, Executive Director, AfricaWorldwide Media
Tumi Makgabo
Executive Director, AfricaWorldwide Media

A businesswoman and entrepreneur, Tumi Makgabo runs AfricaWorldwide Media, a company that aims to provide more opportunities for Africans to tell their stories through the production of Africa and development focused content and the use of online platforms as well as the creation and implementation of effective media and communication strategies. In addition, she is the founder of Tumi Makgabo Enterprises which invests in opportunities throughout the continent. An accomplished broadcaster in both her native South Africa and for global news network CNN International, Tumi uses her voice on global platforms to advocate for action on some of Africa's most pressing issues, particularly the empowerment of women and equity more broadly. She currently serves on the boards of Sun International, where she chairs the Social and Ethics Committee, The Foschini Group, and South African Tourism, where she chairs the Marketing Committee.

Shelly Batra, Co-founder and President, Operation ASHA
Shelly Batra
Co-founder and President, Operation ASHA

Dr. Shelly Batra co-founded Operation ASHA and has led the organization as President since 2005. Shelly was selected Social Entrepreneur for the year 2014 by the Schwab Foundation. She is an Ashoka Changemarker and a best-selling Penguin author. She is a highly renowned Senior Obstetrician and Gynecologist in New Delhi, India. Her dedication to ‘reaching the unreached’ started in 1991, when she went into the heart of the slums in Delhi, providing pro-bono life-saving treatment, operations, consultations, medicines and counseling. Shelly has taught on Global Health Issues and has lectured at major universities such as the University of Chicago, Harvard, UC Berkeley and Cambridge. Shelly has been the recipient of multiple awards and recognitions, including the Exemplary Contribution Award for selfless work for the underserved, given by the Indian Medical Association. She holds an M.D. from King George’s Medical College, India. She is a powerful advocate for better policies in TB across the world.

Christin Clyburn, Poet, Washington DC
Christin Clyburn
Poet, Washington, DC

Christin is a national award-winning 12-year-old poet from Washington DC and won the 2014 River of Words Anacostia Watershed Prize for her poem, Nowhere to Go. Conducted in affiliation with the Library of Congress Center for the Book, the annual River of Words contest is the largest youth poetry and art competition in the world. The program inspires children and youth to translate their observations about their local watersheds and environment into creative expressions in poems and paintings. In addition, Christin’s poem, “Starlight,” was one of the winning poems at the Parkmont Poetry Festival. In the 2014 Letters about Literature Contest sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, she was a finalist for her letter to the author Wendy Mass. She was one of the winning poets for her poem, “Destiny,” for the Dare to Dream…Change the World Second Annual Writing Contest. Christin is a native Washingtonian.

Claudia Costin, Senior Director, Global Practice on Education, World Bank Group
Claudia Costin
Senior Director, Global Practice on Education, World Bank Group

Claudia Costin is a Senior Director at the World Bank Group. Prior to joining the Bank, she was Secretary of Education, Rio de Janeiro. Under her stewardship, learning results rose by 22 percent in the city. She also implemented a strong Early Childhood program, working seamlessly across sectors with the Health and Social Protection secretariats. Claudia has been vice-president of the Victor Civita Foundation, dedicated to raising public education quality. Believing in the transformational power of education, she helped create the civil society movement Todos pela Educação. Convinced that teacher motivation is critical for real learning, Claudia communicates with thousands of teachers using social media. Her former positions include Secretary of Culture, Sao Paulo State and Federal Minister, Public Administration and State Reform. She has also served as Executive Secretary, Helio Beltrao Institute and CEO, Promon Intelligens. She previously worked at the Bank as a Sector Manager in Latin America and also advised several African governments on public policy and state modernization.

D'Banj, Singer and UN Ambassador for Peace
Singer and UN Ambassador for Peace

D’Banj was born as Dapo Daniel Oyebanjo in the Northern city of Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria to an artillery Officer and a church dignitary who hailed from Shagamu in Ogun state. Although D’Banj was expected to follow in his father’s footsteps and join the military, at age 14 he picked up a more peaceful weapon: the harmonica, which belonged to his older brother, who tragically died in a plane crash at age 17. He taught himself to play the harmonica and became more involved in music. His song "All The Way" is about the struggles he has faced with his parents over his chosen career. He adopted the elegant, almost French-sounding name "D’Banj," a combination of his first name Dapo and his surname Oyebanjo. He has recorded songs with established artistes like Kanye West, Akon, Snoop Dogg, Big Sean, and Actor Idris Elba. He has won numerous awards, including Best African Act – 2007 MTV Europe Music Awards, Best African Act -2011BET Awards, Best African Act-2012 MTV Europe Music Awards, 2014 World Music Awards-Best Selling African Act with his Top 10 Hit Oliver Twist. In his Humanitarian role as Ambassador for he successfully organized over 2 million signatures for the Do Agric Global Africa Campaign. He is Ambassador for Nigerian Agricultural Entrepreneurs and was recently appointed Nigeria’s first UN Youth Ambassador for Peace.

Susan Davis, President and CEO, BRAC USA
Susan Davis
President and CEO, BRAC USA

Susan is an author, speaker, and thought leader in international development and civil society innovation. In 2006, she founded BRAC USA, an organization created to advance the global mission of BRAC, the world's largest nonprofit organization. BRAC USA mobilizes resources for, provides strategic and programs services to, and educates the public about BRAC's pioneering work to alleviate poverty and create opportunity for the poor. In 2010, she co-authored the book Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know with David Bornstein of The New York Times. Susan first became acquainted with microcredit - and specifically with the holistic anti-poverty approach of BRAC and its founder, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed - from her years with the Ford Foundation in Bangladesh and with Women's World Banking. She is a founding (and current) board member and past chair of the Grameen Foundation. Susan has appeared on CNN and ABC News, and her work on microfinance and entrepreneurship creation in developing countries has appeared in Innovations and Harvard Business Review.

Reza Deghati, Photojournalist

A philanthropist, idealist, humanist, architect by training and famous photojournalist, primarily for National Geographic, Reza, lives to photograph another day. For the past 30 years he has traveled the world bearing witness to moments of war and peace. Reza is not just a photographer; he has trained women and children in visual media and communications to help them strive for a better life. In 2001, he founded Aina in Afghanistan, an NGO that uses media and education as a tool for development and encourages media training for women and youth worldwide. Reza`s work has been exhibited globally, notably at Crossed Destinies, War + Peace, One World One Tribe, Hope, Windows of the Soul and Soul of Coffee. He lives in Paris and has authored 27 books. A Fellow of the National Geographic Society and Senior Fellow of the Ashoka Foundation, he has been awarded numerous prizes including the World Press Photo Award and the Infinity Award and academic honors, including Doctor Honoris Causa from the American University of Paris, the Medal of Honor from the University of Missouri, and the Medal of Chevalier de l’ordre national du Mérite from the French government.

Eleni Gabre-Madhin, Co-founder and CEO, eleni LLC
Eleni Gabre-Madhin
Co-founder and CEO, eleni LLC

Dr. Eleni Gabre-Madhin is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of eleni LLC, a newly formed company with equity investments by Morgan Stanley, IFC, and 8 Miles Fund, that is positioned to be the industry leader in designing, building, and supporting the operations of commodity exchange eco-systems in frontier markets. The company’s business model is to deliver exchange turnkey projects on a Private-Public Partnership (PPP) basis. Eleni Gabre-Madhin is the founder and former CEO of the highly acclaimed Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX), which she founded and managed from 2008 to late 2012, successfully trading $1.2 billion annually after 3 years of operation. A globally recognized thought leader on agricultural commodity markets and African development, she has held prior roles at the World Bank, the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, and UNCTAD in Geneva. Eleni has been named among the 125 Global Women of Impact by Newsweek in April 2013, among 100 Most Influential Africans by New African in 2012, and received the prestigious Yara Prize for Agricultural Transformation in Africa and the African Banker Icon Award, both in 2012.

Marcelo Giugale, Senior Director, Global Practice on Macroeconomics and Fiscal Management, World Bank Group
Marcelo Giugale
Senior Director, Global Practice on Macroeconomics and Fiscal Management, World Bank Group

Marcelo Giugale is the Senior Director of the World Bank Group’s Global Practice on Macroeconomics and Fiscal Management, the professional home of the Group’s 300-plus macroeconomists. An international development leader, his twenty-five years of experience span the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Latin-America, and Africa, where he led senior-level policy dialogue and over thirty billion dollars in lending operations across the development spectrum. He has published on macroeconomic policy, finance, subnational fiscal rules, development economics, business, agriculture and applied econometrics. Notably, he was the chief editor of collections of policy notes published for the presidential transitions in Mexico (2000), Colombia (2002), Ecuador (2003), Bolivia (2006) and Peru (2006). In 2014, he authored “Economic Development: What Everyone Needs to Know”, a featured volume by Oxford University Press. He pioneered the World Bank Group’s first sub-national budgetary support operation (Mexico, 2000), the “Listening to Latin America” and “Listening to Africa” initiatives, in which mobile phones were used to conduct continuous household surveys, the Africa Gender Lab impact evaluation unit, and the Human Opportunity Index. His opinion editorials are published in the leading newspapers and blog-sites of the USA, Latin-America and Africa. He received decorations from the governments of Bolivia and Peru, and taught at the American University in Cairo, The London School of Economics, and the Universidad Católica Argentina. A citizen of Argentina and Italy, he holds a PhD and a MSc in Economics from The London School of Economics, and a Summa-Cum-Laude BA in Economics from Universidad Católica Argentina. You can follow Marcelo on Twitter at @Marcelo_WB.

Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group
Jim Yong Kim
President, World Bank Group

Jim Yong Kim, M.D., Ph.D. is the President of the World Bank Group. Soon after he became president in July 2012, the organization established two goals: ending extreme poverty by 2030 and boosting shared prosperity for the bottom 40 percent of the population in developing countries. Kim’s career has been focused on health, education, and delivering services to the poor. Before joining the World Bank, he served as President of Dartmouth College and held professorships at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. From 2003-2005, as Director of the World Health Organization’s HIV/AIDS Department, he led the “3 by 5” initiative, the first-ever global goal for AIDS treatment, which helped to expand AIDS treatment in developing countries. In 1987, Kim co-founded Partners In Health, a non-profit medical organization now working in poor communities on four continents. Trained as a physician and an anthropologist, he has received several awards, including a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, and recognitions such as one of America’s “25 Best Leaders” by U.S. News & World Report,and in 2006 TIME magazine named him as one of its “100 Most Influential People in the World.”

Rafael Parente, Director, LABi
Rafael Parente
Director, LABi

Rafael Parente has a master's degree in education from PACE University and is a PhD in international education development from New York University. He is the director of LABi, a laboratory of educational innovation, he assists the movement Todos pela Educação in matters related to innovation, he is the general coordinator of GELP Brasil, and he was the deputy secretary in charge of innovation at the Municipal Secretariat of Education of Rio de Janeiro from 2009 to 2013. During this period, he idealized and implemented innovative programs and concepts such as Educopédia (platform of digital classes), Pé de Vento (mash-up of literacy course, games, and ebook), Rioeduca (a portal for the exchange of best practices), and GENTE (a new model of school that centralizes the learning process).

Jeff Risom, Managing Director of Gehl Studio - New York | San Francisco
Jeff Risom
Managing Director of Gehl Studio - New York | San Francisco

As Managing Director of Gehl Studio – New York|San Francisco, Jeff leads the US subsidiary of Gehl Architects Copenhagen, overseeing design, planning and research projects throughout the Americas. Jeff works at the intersection of urban design, governance, business and culture to deliver projects that are economically viable and socially equitable while efficiently using energy, land and time. Jeff has worked with both public and private clients as well as non-governmental organizations in Europe, the USA, Latin America, India and China. Jeff is an active teacher and lecturer, speaking at conferences around the world and is guest lecturer at Harvard GSD, U. Penn, London School of Economics, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art and the Danish Institute for Study Abroad. He holds a MSc in City Design & Social Science and is an Architectural Engineer.