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CEO, Deutsche Post DHL Group

As CEO of Deutsche Post DHL Group, Frank Appel is responsible for the world’s leading logistics and mail communications company. Deutsche Post DHL Group operates under two brands: Deutsche Post and DHL. Deutsche Post is Europe’s leading postal service provider. DHL is uniquely positioned in the world’s growth markets, with a comprehensive range of international express, freight transportation, eCommerce, and supply chain management services. Deutsche Post DHL Group employs more than 497,000 employees in over 220 countries and territories worldwide. The Group generated revenues of more than 59 billion Euros in 2015.

Frank Appel joined the Group in 2000 as Managing Director of Corporate Development and has been a member of the Group’s Board of Management since 2002. In 2008 he assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Management. Prior to joining the Group, Frank Appel was a managing partner at McKinsey & Co., Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He has a MSc in chemistry from the University of Munich and a PhD in neurobiology from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.

As CEO of Deutsche Post DHL Group, Frank Appel is responsible for the world’s leading logistics and mail communications company. Deutsche Post DHL Group operates under two brands: Deutsche Post and...

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Vice President, Business in the Community

Dame Julia Cleverdon DCVO, CBE is a passionate and practical campaigner who has gained an international reputation for 'connecting the unconnected,' inspiring individuals and organizations to work together for the common good.  As Vice President of Business in the Community and former Special Adviser to The Prince’s Charities, concentrating on responsible business practice, she promotes collaboration among senior leaders from business, government, education and community organizations to build a more robust civil society.

Julia also plays senior leadership roles in charities aiming to transform education and opportunities for young people. As chair of Teach First from 2006 to 2014, and now Vice Patron, Julia has pioneered efforts to address educational disadvantage by transforming exceptional graduates into effective, inspirational teachers in low-income communities across the UK. Julia was appointed to chair the National Literacy Trust in 2013 and chairs Read On. Get On., the national campaign to ensure all children are reading well by the age of 11.

Julia is a co-founder and trustee of Step Up To Serve, which aims to get 60 percent of young people involved in practical action in the service of others by 2020 and is also a board member of National Citizen Service, Teach For All, The Careers and Enterprise Company, and the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation. 

 

Dame Julia Cleverdon DCVO, CBE is a passionate and practical campaigner who has gained an international reputation for 'connecting the unconnected,' inspiring...

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Chairman, Rolls-Royce plc

Ian Davis is an independent nonexecutive director of Rolls-Royce plc, BP plc, Johnson and Johnson, and Teach For All. He is also an independent non-executive member of the UK Cabinet Office board.

He was a partner of McKinsey & Company for 31 years and served as Chairman and Worldwide Managing Director 2003–2009.

He was educated at Oxford University and is married with two children.

Ian Davis is an independent nonexecutive director of Rolls-Royce plc, BP plc, Johnson and Johnson, and Teach For All. He is also an independent non-executive member of the UK Cabinet Office board.

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Executive Chairman, Actis; Co-founder, Emerging Markets Private Equity Association

Paul Fletcher joined CDC Group plc in 2000 from Citibank, where he held various roles in Tokyo, New York, Nairobi and London. He was appointed CEO of CDC in 2002 and oversaw the spin off which created Actis. He now provides overall leadership to the firm with specific focus on strategy, investors and enhancing the firm’s commitment to an ethos of responsible investment. 

Prior to Actis, Paul spent 23 years in the financial services industry. He led the strategy unit for Citibank’s emerging markets business and previously ran the bank’s business in East Africa. Paul is a founding director of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association.

Paul Fletcher joined CDC Group plc in 2000 from Citibank, where he held various roles in Tokyo, New York, Nairobi and London. He was appointed CEO of CDC in 2002 and oversaw the spin off which created...

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Special Advisor, The Omidyar Group

Sal leads the human capital and operations functions of Omidyar Network. In this role, he works to develop and scale the talent at Omidyar Network and its portfolio organizations. Sal brings a wealth of executive experience in human resources management to his role as a partner at Omidyar Network.

From 2000 to 2009, Sal served as the vice president of human resources and administration for PayPal and eBay Inc. Prior to joining PayPal, Sal worked for KPMG as the national recruiting manager for the information, communications, high-tech, and entertainment consulting practices, while also leading KPMG's collegiate and MBA recruiting programs. Previously, Sal directed human resources at Tech One, Inc. and held positions at Ernst & Young and ESS Technology, Inc. Sal began his career working in the public sector in a variety of roles, primarily in education and hospital ministries.

Sal holds an MA in philosophy from Fordham University, a Masters of Divinity from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and an AB in economics and political science from Columbia University. Sal is also currently a lecturer for the University of San Francisco School of Management Silicon Valley Immersion Program. Sal is also on the board for the Global Innovation Fund.

 

Sal leads the human capital and operations functions of Omidyar Network. In this role, he works to develop and scale the talent at Omidyar Network and its portfolio organizations. Sal brings a wealth of...

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CEO & Co-Founder, Teach For All

Wendy Kopp is CEO and Co-founder of Teach For All, a global network of independent organizations that are cultivating their nations’ promising future leaders to ensure their most marginalized children have the chance to fulfill their true potential.

Wendy founded Teach For America in 1989 to marshal the energy of her generation against educational inequity in the United States. Today, more than 10,000 Teach For America corps members—outstanding recent college graduates and professionals of all academic disciplines—are in the midst of two-year teaching commitments in 50 urban and rural regions, and Teach For America has proven to be an unparalleled source of long-term leadership for expanding opportunity for children. After leading Teach For America’s growth and development for 24 years, in 2013, Wendy transitioned out of the role of CEO. Today, she remains an active member of Teach For America's board.

Wendy led the development of Teach For All to be responsive to the initiative of inspiring social entrepreneurs around the world who were determined to adapt this approach in their own countries. Now in its eighth year, the Teach For All network is comprised of partner organizations in more than 35 countries around the world, including its founding partners Teach For America and the U.K.’s Teach First.

Wendy has been recognized as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People and is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees and awards for public service. She is the author of A Chance to Make History: What Works and What Doesn’t in Providing an Excellent Education for All (2011) and One Day, All Children: The Unlikely Triumph of Teach For America and What I Learned Along the Way (2000). She holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, where she participated in the undergraduate program of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Wendy resides in New York City with her husband Richard Barth and their four children.

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Wendy Kopp is CEO and Co-founder of Teach For All, a global network of independent organizations that are cultivating their nations’ promising future leaders to ensure their most marginalized children...

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Senior Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group

Dr. Antonella Mei-Pochtler is a Senior Partner and Managing Director of The Boston Consulting Group. She was born in Rome and went to the German School, where she graduated in 1976. As part of her extracurricular activities, she was the captain of the German School’s handball team, with which she was elected Italy’s Junior Athlete of the year.

With a scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), she studied business administration at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, where she graduated in 1981. She then earned her PhD in business administration at the University of Rome and an MBA at INSEAD in 1983 with the Dean’s List Award.

Dr. Antonella Mei-Pochtler joined BCG’s Munich office in 1984 and was promoted to Partner in 1990 and to Senior Partner and Managing Director in 1998. She has held many different leadership positions including Head of the German Consumer Goods practice from 1990 to 1997, she opened BCG’s Vienna Office in 1997, became the Global Branding Topic Leader in 1999, a member of the European Management Team in 2004, and a member of the global Executive Committee in 2006. Since 2011, she has been leading the media sector of the firm.

Her client work has been mainly focused on the development and implementation of strategic and organizational change and on branding issues, particularly in the consumer goods, retail, and media sectors. In 2008, she was voted one of the world’s 10 best consultants by Consulting Magazine. In addition to her project work, she created and for more than 10 years has been organizing the Brand Club, a top marketing- and media-focused conference for CEOs in Germany. She is also a co-initiator of BCG’s educational initiative business@school, for which she received the Freedom and Responsibility award from the German government in 2002.

She is also engaged in other pro bono activities, like the German Bone Marrow Donor Association (DKMS) as well as Europe’s 500—Entrepreneurs for Growth, the European association of fast-growing companies. She became involved with Teach For All in 2011 and supported the start-up phase of Teach For Austria.

She has written many articles on a wide range of topics, and a selection of essays has recently been published in her book “Acupuncture for Management.”

Antonella Mei-Pochtler is married to Christian Pochtler, an Austrian entrepreneur, and has three daughters. She speaks four languages and is a passionate skier.

Dr. Antonella Mei-Pochtler is a Senior Partner and Managing Director of The Boston Consulting Group. She was born in Rome and went to the German School, where she graduated in 1976. As part of her...

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CEO, Teach For India

Shaheen Mistri is the CEO of Teach For India, and serves as one of its founding board members.  She has earned global recognition for her dedication and commitment to the fight for educational equity.

Born in Mumbai, Shaheen lived in 13 different countries while growing up.  At the age of 18 she returned to Mumbai, where she soon realized that children living in the city’s slums lack access to quality education and are deprived of the skills necessary to compete in India’s formal, competitive job market. She founded the first Akanksha Center in 1989, enrolling 15 children and employing college friends as volunteers. The center eventually evolved into the Akanksha Foundation, a non-profit education project that provides after-school tutoring to children from low-income communities. Over the past 25 years, the Akanksha Foundation has expanded from serving 15 children in one center to almost 4,500 children in 51 centers and 16 schools in Mumbai and Pune.

As the recognition of Akanksha’s work grew, Shaheen saw an opportunity to expand her reach even further and work for more transformative changes when she met Wendy Kopp, the founder of Teach For America. Along with five colleagues, Shaheen launched Teach For India in 2008. Since then, the organization has recruited, trained, and placed nearly 1700 Fellows in schools across seven cities. More than 1200 Teach For India alumni are now working to realize the organization’s mission from within and outside of education.

Shaheen is an Ashoka Fellow (2001), a Global Leader for Tomorrow at the World Economic Forum (2002), and an Asia Society 21 Leader (2006).  Shaheen also serves on the boards of Ummeed, The Thermax Social Initiatives Foundation, The Akanksha Foundation, The Indian School Leaders Institute, and Design For Change, and is an advisor to the Latika Roy Foundation. She also serves as a committee member for the National Council for Teacher Education. Shaheen has a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Manchester, England.

Shaheen Mistri is the CEO of Teach For India, and serves as one of its founding board members.  She has earned global recognition for her dedication and commitment to the fight for educational equity...

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Director Ejecutivo, Enseña Chile

Tomás Recart began to think of education as a systematic problem while he worked as a civil engineer for four and a half years with low-income municipalities in the Metropolitan Region of Chile. In 2006 he began to pursue his master’s degree at Harvard’s Kennedy School. During his first month at Harvard, Recart attended a presentation in which he heard Wendy Kopp speak about Teach For America and its Theory of Change. Recart immediately contacted other friends from Chile who had similar ideas for improving education and together they met Kopp in November of 2006 to discuss their vision of starting a program similar to Teach For America in Chile.

After a lengthy process of launching a feasibility study, in 2008 Recart assumed the responsibility for directing the launch of Enseña Chile. Recart was granted the Raymond Vernon Award from the Harvard Kennedy School; this award is given to the student who best exemplifies the values of the Master’s in Public Administration/ International Development program, for commitment to international development, academic achievement, citizenship, and potential future leadership.

Upon completing his master’s degree, Recart returned to Chile in July of 2008. Within six months, Enseña Chile secured public and private support, and funds to be applied over a three year period. In light of Enseña Chile’s first two years of success, Tomas Recart was named the 2010 Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the year in Chile and in 2011 a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. As Enseña Chile begins to embark on its fourth year, it is planning to place its largest cohort of participants (100+), a cohort that will more than double the size of the 2011 cohort.

Recart loves music and sports, specially mountaineering, a passion that he shares with his wife, Fernanda. Together, in 2005 they climbed the highest peak in the Americas (Mt Aconcagua, 6,859m). Both of them hope to share this passion with their daughter Ana, Matias and their third child to come!

Tomás Recart began to think of education as a systematic problem while he worked as a civil engineer for four and a half years with low-income municipalities in the Metropolitan Region of Chile. In 2006 he...

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Director, International Education Policy Program, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Fernando Reimers is the Ford Foundation Professor of the Practice of International Education and Director of both the Global Education Innovation Initiative and the International Education Policy Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. An expert in the field of Global Education, his research and teaching focus on the relationship between education policy, innovation, leadership, and quality improvement to support children and youth in developing the skills they need to thrive in the 21st century.

Professor Reimers’s writings have conceptualized and defined the profile of a globally competent graduate in the 21st century. His current research focuses on the study of educational policies and programs that develop 21st century competencies in a cross-national study. He has also studied the impact of entrepreneurship education with youth in the Middle East and on the impact of citizenship education programs on youth in Latin America.  He is the founding director of the International Education Policy Master’s Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, a program focused on the development of innovative leaders committed to expanding global educational opportunity. He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Education and works with education policy makers in the United States, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. He is also a member of the US Commission for UNESCO and of the Massachusetts State Board of Higher Education and serves on the boards of various educational organizations including Room to Read, Global Cities, and the Latin American Scholarship Program for American Universities.

Fernando Reimers is the Ford Foundation Professor of the Practice of International Education and Director of both the Global Education Innovation Initiative and the International Education Policy Program at...

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Director, OECD Directorate for Education and Skills
Andreas Schleicher is Director for Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. As a key member of the OECD Senior Management team, Mr. Schleicher supports the Secretary-General’s strategy to produce analysis and policy advice that advances economic growth and social progress. He promotes the work of the Directorate for Education and Skills on a global stage and fosters co-operation both within and outside the OECD. In addition to policy and country reviews, the work of the Directorate includes the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the OECD Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC), the OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS), and the development and analysis of benchmarks on the performance of education systems (INES). Before joining the OECD, Mr. Schleicher was Director for Analysis at the International Association for Educational Achievement (IEA). He studied Physics in Germany and received a degree in Mathematics and Statistics in Australia. He is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the “Theodor Heuss” prize, awarded in the name of the first president of the Federal Republic of Germany for “exemplary democratic engagement.” He holds an honorary Professorship at the University of Heidelberg.
Andreas Schleicher is Director for Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. As a...
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Co-founder of Teach For All; Founder and CEO of Teach First

Brett Wigdortz is the Co-Founder of Teach For All and has led Teach First as its CEO since its launch in July 2002. Brett wrote the original business plan for the charity while working as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company and then took what was originally planned as a six-month leave of absence in February 2002 to develop and build support for the idea.

Before coming to London, his previous time at McKinsey was spent as a consultant in Southeast Asia. Prior to this, Brett developed southeast Asia policy and business programmes at the Asia Society in New York City. He has also worked as a journalist in Asia and as a researcher at the East- West Center in Honolulu, focusing on energy and economic development issues.

He is originally from New Jersey and has an Honors Bachelors degree in Economics from the University of Richmond and a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Hawai’i. He currently serves as a trustee of Future Leaders, which recruits and trains the next generation of outstanding headteachers for challenging urban secondary schools.

He was named the 2007 UK Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year and the 2010 CASE (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education) European Leadership Award. He was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2013 New Years Honours List. His book, Success Against the Odds—Five lessons on how to achieve the impossible was selected as WHSmith’s business book of the Month in September 2012.

Brett is married with three small children.

Brett Wigdortz is the Co-Founder of Teach For All and has led Teach First as its CEO since its launch in July 2002. Brett wrote the original business plan for the charity while working as a management...

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Former Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Visa Inc.

Joseph W. Saunders was named Chairman of the board and Chief Executive Officer of Visa Inc. upon its formation in May 2007, and retired from Visa in March 2013. As chairman and chief executive officer of Visa Inc., Joseph W. Saunders leads a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions, and governments in more than 200 countries and territories. He was elected to this role in May 2007, after serving Visa International as executive chairman of the Transition Governance Committee.

During his tenure at Visa, Saunders has strengthened Visa’s position as the world’s leading payments technology company. Under his leadership, Visa transformed from a private association of banks into a public company that in 2008 completed what was then the largest initial public offering in U.S. history. Since then, Saunders has built on Visa’s history of innovation, diversifying its business and expanding its product offerings through the acquisitions of CyberSource, PlaySpan and Fundamo as well as the introduction of Visa’s digital wallet—V.me.

Prior to this role, Mr. Saunders was President and Chief Executive Officer of Providian Financial Corporation from November 2001, and Chairman of the board of directors from May 2002, until Washington Mutual’s acquisition of Providian in 2005. Following the acquisition Mr. Saunders agreed to remain with Washington Mutual as President of Card Services, for a transitional period from October 2005 to February 2007. From 1997 until 2001, Mr. Saunders served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fleet Credit Card Services at FleetBoston Financial Corporation. Prior to joining FleetBoston, Mr. Saunders spent 12 years at Household International, Inc., where he held various senior roles including Chief Executive of Card Services and head of the private label credit card business.

Mr. Saunders also was a member of the Visa U.S.A. board of directors from October 2002 to February 2007, a member of the Visa International Service Association board of directors from October 2005 to February 2007, and the Executive Chairman of Visa International’s Transition Governance Committee until the formation of Visa Inc. in May 2007. From 1993 to 1997, while Mr. Saunders was at Household International, Mr. Saunders served as a member of the boards of MasterCard International Inc. and MasterCard U.S.A., and was elected Chairman of MasterCard International’s board in 1996. He also served as a director of NewStar Financial, Inc. from December 2006 to October 2007.

A Chicago native, Saunders holds both a B.S. in business administration and an MBA from the University of Denver. He remains active in alumni activities and serves as chairman of the board for Teach For All, the Global Network for Expanding Educational Opportunity.

Joseph W. Saunders was named Chairman of the board and Chief Executive Officer of Visa Inc. upon its formation in May 2007, and retired from Visa in March 2013. As chairman and chief executive officer...

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Master, Ormond College, University of Melbourne

Rufus Black is the Master of Ormond College at the University of Melbourne. A strategic advisor, ethicist and theologian, he works on public policy, ethical, and education issues.

He is also the Deputy Chancellor of Victoria University and the Founding Chair of the Board of Teach for Australia. He is a Director of the law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth and of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute.

His advisory work for government at federal and state levels has involved work on defense, security, healthcare, and education, and he is the author of three major government reviews.

Before becoming Master of Ormond College, Rufus worked at McKinsey & Company for nine years where he was a partner. He holds degrees in law and politics from the University of Melbourne and graduate degrees in moral theology from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

Rufus Black is the Master of Ormond College at the University of Melbourne. A strategic advisor, ethicist and theologian, he works on public policy, ethical, and education issues.

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CEO, Rosc Global LLC; Former Chairman and CEO, Monitor Group

Mark B. Fuller is the Chairman and CEO of Rosc Global, a firm providing merchant banking and advisory services to governments, corporations and nonprofits. Mark also sits on a number of for profit and nonprofit boards including the Asian Institute of Management, Teach for All, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, RevJen, and the South Asia Initiative of Harvard University.

From 1983 to 2010, Mark was the founding Chairman and CEO of Monitor Group, an international consulting and investment firm. Previously, he served as an Assistant Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, teaching courses in strategy formulation, implementation, and industry and competitive analysis. He is the author of more than two hundred books, articles and teaching cases. Mark is a graduate, with High Honors, of Harvard College, Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School.

Mark B. Fuller is the Chairman and CEO of Rosc Global, a firm providing merchant banking and advisory services to governments, corporations and nonprofits. Mark also sits on a number of for profit and...

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President & CEO, Robertson Foundation

Sir John Hood was an executive of Fletcher Challenge for 19 years and is a former vice-chancellor of the Universities of Auckland and Oxford. He currently serves as President and CEO of the Robertson Foundation, Chairman of the Rhodes Trust, as a director of BG Group, plc and WPP, plc, and as chairman of Urenco Limited, Study Group Limited and Matakina Limited. He also sits on a number of not for profit boards and advisory boards.

Sir John earned a Bachelor of Engineering and a PhD in Civil Engineering from The University of Auckland. Upon completing his doctorate, he was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study at the University of Oxford. There he read for an MPhil in Management Studies and was a member of Worcester College.

Sir John Hood was an executive of Fletcher Challenge for 19 years and is a former vice-chancellor of the Universities of Auckland and Oxford. He currently serves as President and CEO of the Robertson...

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CEO, Deutsche Post DHL Group

As CEO of Deutsche Post DHL Group, Frank Appel is responsible for the world’s leading logistics and mail communications company. Deutsche Post DHL Group operates under two brands: Deutsche Post and DHL. Deutsche Post is Europe’s leading postal service provider. DHL is uniquely positioned in the world’s growth markets, with a comprehensive range of international express, freight transportation, eCommerce, and supply chain management services. Deutsche Post DHL Group employs more than 497,000 employees in over 220 countries and territories worldwide. The Group generated revenues of more than 59 billion Euros in 2015.

Frank Appel joined the Group in 2000 as Managing Director of Corporate Development and has been a member of the Group’s Board of Management since 2002. In 2008 he assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Management. Prior to joining the Group, Frank Appel was a managing partner at McKinsey & Co., Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He has a MSc in chemistry from the University of Munich and a PhD in neurobiology from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.

As CEO of Deutsche Post DHL Group, Frank Appel is responsible for the world’s leading logistics and mail communications company. Deutsche Post DHL Group operates under two brands: Deutsche Post and...

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Chairman, Rolls-Royce plc

Ian Davis is an independent nonexecutive director of Rolls-Royce plc, BP plc, Johnson and Johnson, and Teach For All. He is also an independent non-executive member of the UK Cabinet Office board.

He was a partner of McKinsey & Company for 31 years and served as Chairman and Worldwide Managing Director 2003–2009.

He was educated at Oxford University and is married with two children.

Ian Davis is an independent nonexecutive director of Rolls-Royce plc, BP plc, Johnson and Johnson, and Teach For All. He is also an independent non-executive member of the UK Cabinet Office board.

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Special Advisor, The Omidyar Group

Sal leads the human capital and operations functions of Omidyar Network. In this role, he works to develop and scale the talent at Omidyar Network and its portfolio organizations. Sal brings a wealth of executive experience in human resources management to his role as a partner at Omidyar Network.

From 2000 to 2009, Sal served as the vice president of human resources and administration for PayPal and eBay Inc. Prior to joining PayPal, Sal worked for KPMG as the national recruiting manager for the information, communications, high-tech, and entertainment consulting practices, while also leading KPMG's collegiate and MBA recruiting programs. Previously, Sal directed human resources at Tech One, Inc. and held positions at Ernst & Young and ESS Technology, Inc. Sal began his career working in the public sector in a variety of roles, primarily in education and hospital ministries.

Sal holds an MA in philosophy from Fordham University, a Masters of Divinity from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and an AB in economics and political science from Columbia University. Sal is also currently a lecturer for the University of San Francisco School of Management Silicon Valley Immersion Program. Sal is also on the board for the Global Innovation Fund.

 

Sal leads the human capital and operations functions of Omidyar Network. In this role, he works to develop and scale the talent at Omidyar Network and its portfolio organizations. Sal brings a wealth of...

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Senior Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group

Dr. Antonella Mei-Pochtler is a Senior Partner and Managing Director of The Boston Consulting Group. She was born in Rome and went to the German School, where she graduated in 1976. As part of her extracurricular activities, she was the captain of the German School’s handball team, with which she was elected Italy’s Junior Athlete of the year.

With a scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), she studied business administration at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, where she graduated in 1981. She then earned her PhD in business administration at the University of Rome and an MBA at INSEAD in 1983 with the Dean’s List Award.

Dr. Antonella Mei-Pochtler joined BCG’s Munich office in 1984 and was promoted to Partner in 1990 and to Senior Partner and Managing Director in 1998. She has held many different leadership positions including Head of the German Consumer Goods practice from 1990 to 1997, she opened BCG’s Vienna Office in 1997, became the Global Branding Topic Leader in 1999, a member of the European Management Team in 2004, and a member of the global Executive Committee in 2006. Since 2011, she has been leading the media sector of the firm.

Her client work has been mainly focused on the development and implementation of strategic and organizational change and on branding issues, particularly in the consumer goods, retail, and media sectors. In 2008, she was voted one of the world’s 10 best consultants by Consulting Magazine. In addition to her project work, she created and for more than 10 years has been organizing the Brand Club, a top marketing- and media-focused conference for CEOs in Germany. She is also a co-initiator of BCG’s educational initiative business@school, for which she received the Freedom and Responsibility award from the German government in 2002.

She is also engaged in other pro bono activities, like the German Bone Marrow Donor Association (DKMS) as well as Europe’s 500—Entrepreneurs for Growth, the European association of fast-growing companies. She became involved with Teach For All in 2011 and supported the start-up phase of Teach For Austria.

She has written many articles on a wide range of topics, and a selection of essays has recently been published in her book “Acupuncture for Management.”

Antonella Mei-Pochtler is married to Christian Pochtler, an Austrian entrepreneur, and has three daughters. She speaks four languages and is a passionate skier.

Dr. Antonella Mei-Pochtler is a Senior Partner and Managing Director of The Boston Consulting Group. She was born in Rome and went to the German School, where she graduated in 1976. As part of her...

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Director Ejecutivo, Enseña Chile

Tomás Recart began to think of education as a systematic problem while he worked as a civil engineer for four and a half years with low-income municipalities in the Metropolitan Region of Chile. In 2006 he began to pursue his master’s degree at Harvard’s Kennedy School. During his first month at Harvard, Recart attended a presentation in which he heard Wendy Kopp speak about Teach For America and its Theory of Change. Recart immediately contacted other friends from Chile who had similar ideas for improving education and together they met Kopp in November of 2006 to discuss their vision of starting a program similar to Teach For America in Chile.

After a lengthy process of launching a feasibility study, in 2008 Recart assumed the responsibility for directing the launch of Enseña Chile. Recart was granted the Raymond Vernon Award from the Harvard Kennedy School; this award is given to the student who best exemplifies the values of the Master’s in Public Administration/ International Development program, for commitment to international development, academic achievement, citizenship, and potential future leadership.

Upon completing his master’s degree, Recart returned to Chile in July of 2008. Within six months, Enseña Chile secured public and private support, and funds to be applied over a three year period. In light of Enseña Chile’s first two years of success, Tomas Recart was named the 2010 Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the year in Chile and in 2011 a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. As Enseña Chile begins to embark on its fourth year, it is planning to place its largest cohort of participants (100+), a cohort that will more than double the size of the 2011 cohort.

Recart loves music and sports, specially mountaineering, a passion that he shares with his wife, Fernanda. Together, in 2005 they climbed the highest peak in the Americas (Mt Aconcagua, 6,859m). Both of them hope to share this passion with their daughter Ana, Matias and their third child to come!

Tomás Recart began to think of education as a systematic problem while he worked as a civil engineer for four and a half years with low-income municipalities in the Metropolitan Region of Chile. In 2006 he...

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Director, OECD Directorate for Education and Skills
Andreas Schleicher is Director for Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. As a key member of the OECD Senior Management team, Mr. Schleicher supports the Secretary-General’s strategy to produce analysis and policy advice that advances economic growth and social progress. He promotes the work of the Directorate for Education and Skills on a global stage and fosters co-operation both within and outside the OECD. In addition to policy and country reviews, the work of the Directorate includes the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the OECD Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC), the OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS), and the development and analysis of benchmarks on the performance of education systems (INES). Before joining the OECD, Mr. Schleicher was Director for Analysis at the International Association for Educational Achievement (IEA). He studied Physics in Germany and received a degree in Mathematics and Statistics in Australia. He is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the “Theodor Heuss” prize, awarded in the name of the first president of the Federal Republic of Germany for “exemplary democratic engagement.” He holds an honorary Professorship at the University of Heidelberg.
Andreas Schleicher is Director for Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. As a...
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Former Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Visa Inc.

Joseph W. Saunders was named Chairman of the board and Chief Executive Officer of Visa Inc. upon its formation in May 2007, and retired from Visa in March 2013. As chairman and chief executive officer of Visa Inc., Joseph W. Saunders leads a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions, and governments in more than 200 countries and territories. He was elected to this role in May 2007, after serving Visa International as executive chairman of the Transition Governance Committee.

During his tenure at Visa, Saunders has strengthened Visa’s position as the world’s leading payments technology company. Under his leadership, Visa transformed from a private association of banks into a public company that in 2008 completed what was then the largest initial public offering in U.S. history. Since then, Saunders has built on Visa’s history of innovation, diversifying its business and expanding its product offerings through the acquisitions of CyberSource, PlaySpan and Fundamo as well as the introduction of Visa’s digital wallet—V.me.

Prior to this role, Mr. Saunders was President and Chief Executive Officer of Providian Financial Corporation from November 2001, and Chairman of the board of directors from May 2002, until Washington Mutual’s acquisition of Providian in 2005. Following the acquisition Mr. Saunders agreed to remain with Washington Mutual as President of Card Services, for a transitional period from October 2005 to February 2007. From 1997 until 2001, Mr. Saunders served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fleet Credit Card Services at FleetBoston Financial Corporation. Prior to joining FleetBoston, Mr. Saunders spent 12 years at Household International, Inc., where he held various senior roles including Chief Executive of Card Services and head of the private label credit card business.

Mr. Saunders also was a member of the Visa U.S.A. board of directors from October 2002 to February 2007, a member of the Visa International Service Association board of directors from October 2005 to February 2007, and the Executive Chairman of Visa International’s Transition Governance Committee until the formation of Visa Inc. in May 2007. From 1993 to 1997, while Mr. Saunders was at Household International, Mr. Saunders served as a member of the boards of MasterCard International Inc. and MasterCard U.S.A., and was elected Chairman of MasterCard International’s board in 1996. He also served as a director of NewStar Financial, Inc. from December 2006 to October 2007.

A Chicago native, Saunders holds both a B.S. in business administration and an MBA from the University of Denver. He remains active in alumni activities and serves as chairman of the board for Teach For All, the Global Network for Expanding Educational Opportunity.

Joseph W. Saunders was named Chairman of the board and Chief Executive Officer of Visa Inc. upon its formation in May 2007, and retired from Visa in March 2013. As chairman and chief executive officer...

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CEO, Rosc Global LLC; Former Chairman and CEO, Monitor Group

Mark B. Fuller is the Chairman and CEO of Rosc Global, a firm providing merchant banking and advisory services to governments, corporations and nonprofits. Mark also sits on a number of for profit and nonprofit boards including the Asian Institute of Management, Teach for All, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, RevJen, and the South Asia Initiative of Harvard University.

From 1983 to 2010, Mark was the founding Chairman and CEO of Monitor Group, an international consulting and investment firm. Previously, he served as an Assistant Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, teaching courses in strategy formulation, implementation, and industry and competitive analysis. He is the author of more than two hundred books, articles and teaching cases. Mark is a graduate, with High Honors, of Harvard College, Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School.

Mark B. Fuller is the Chairman and CEO of Rosc Global, a firm providing merchant banking and advisory services to governments, corporations and nonprofits. Mark also sits on a number of for profit and...

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Vice President, Business in the Community

Dame Julia Cleverdon DCVO, CBE is a passionate and practical campaigner who has gained an international reputation for 'connecting the unconnected,' inspiring individuals and organizations to work together for the common good.  As Vice President of Business in the Community and former Special Adviser to The Prince’s Charities, concentrating on responsible business practice, she promotes collaboration among senior leaders from business, government, education and community organizations to build a more robust civil society.

Julia also plays senior leadership roles in charities aiming to transform education and opportunities for young people. As chair of Teach First from 2006 to 2014, and now Vice Patron, Julia has pioneered efforts to address educational disadvantage by transforming exceptional graduates into effective, inspirational teachers in low-income communities across the UK. Julia was appointed to chair the National Literacy Trust in 2013 and chairs Read On. Get On., the national campaign to ensure all children are reading well by the age of 11.

Julia is a co-founder and trustee of Step Up To Serve, which aims to get 60 percent of young people involved in practical action in the service of others by 2020 and is also a board member of National Citizen Service, Teach For All, The Careers and Enterprise Company, and the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation. 

 

Dame Julia Cleverdon DCVO, CBE is a passionate and practical campaigner who has gained an international reputation for 'connecting the unconnected,' inspiring...

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Executive Chairman, Actis; Co-founder, Emerging Markets Private Equity Association

Paul Fletcher joined CDC Group plc in 2000 from Citibank, where he held various roles in Tokyo, New York, Nairobi and London. He was appointed CEO of CDC in 2002 and oversaw the spin off which created Actis. He now provides overall leadership to the firm with specific focus on strategy, investors and enhancing the firm’s commitment to an ethos of responsible investment. 

Prior to Actis, Paul spent 23 years in the financial services industry. He led the strategy unit for Citibank’s emerging markets business and previously ran the bank’s business in East Africa. Paul is a founding director of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association.

Paul Fletcher joined CDC Group plc in 2000 from Citibank, where he held various roles in Tokyo, New York, Nairobi and London. He was appointed CEO of CDC in 2002 and oversaw the spin off which created...

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CEO & Co-Founder, Teach For All

Wendy Kopp is CEO and Co-founder of Teach For All, a global network of independent organizations that are cultivating their nations’ promising future leaders to ensure their most marginalized children have the chance to fulfill their true potential.

Wendy founded Teach For America in 1989 to marshal the energy of her generation against educational inequity in the United States. Today, more than 10,000 Teach For America corps members—outstanding recent college graduates and professionals of all academic disciplines—are in the midst of two-year teaching commitments in 50 urban and rural regions, and Teach For America has proven to be an unparalleled source of long-term leadership for expanding opportunity for children. After leading Teach For America’s growth and development for 24 years, in 2013, Wendy transitioned out of the role of CEO. Today, she remains an active member of Teach For America's board.

Wendy led the development of Teach For All to be responsive to the initiative of inspiring social entrepreneurs around the world who were determined to adapt this approach in their own countries. Now in its eighth year, the Teach For All network is comprised of partner organizations in more than 35 countries around the world, including its founding partners Teach For America and the U.K.’s Teach First.

Wendy has been recognized as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People and is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees and awards for public service. She is the author of A Chance to Make History: What Works and What Doesn’t in Providing an Excellent Education for All (2011) and One Day, All Children: The Unlikely Triumph of Teach For America and What I Learned Along the Way (2000). She holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, where she participated in the undergraduate program of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Wendy resides in New York City with her husband Richard Barth and their four children.

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Wendy Kopp is CEO and Co-founder of Teach For All, a global network of independent organizations that are cultivating their nations’ promising future leaders to ensure their most marginalized children...

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CEO, Teach For India

Shaheen Mistri is the CEO of Teach For India, and serves as one of its founding board members.  She has earned global recognition for her dedication and commitment to the fight for educational equity.

Born in Mumbai, Shaheen lived in 13 different countries while growing up.  At the age of 18 she returned to Mumbai, where she soon realized that children living in the city’s slums lack access to quality education and are deprived of the skills necessary to compete in India’s formal, competitive job market. She founded the first Akanksha Center in 1989, enrolling 15 children and employing college friends as volunteers. The center eventually evolved into the Akanksha Foundation, a non-profit education project that provides after-school tutoring to children from low-income communities. Over the past 25 years, the Akanksha Foundation has expanded from serving 15 children in one center to almost 4,500 children in 51 centers and 16 schools in Mumbai and Pune.

As the recognition of Akanksha’s work grew, Shaheen saw an opportunity to expand her reach even further and work for more transformative changes when she met Wendy Kopp, the founder of Teach For America. Along with five colleagues, Shaheen launched Teach For India in 2008. Since then, the organization has recruited, trained, and placed nearly 1700 Fellows in schools across seven cities. More than 1200 Teach For India alumni are now working to realize the organization’s mission from within and outside of education.

Shaheen is an Ashoka Fellow (2001), a Global Leader for Tomorrow at the World Economic Forum (2002), and an Asia Society 21 Leader (2006).  Shaheen also serves on the boards of Ummeed, The Thermax Social Initiatives Foundation, The Akanksha Foundation, The Indian School Leaders Institute, and Design For Change, and is an advisor to the Latika Roy Foundation. She also serves as a committee member for the National Council for Teacher Education. Shaheen has a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Manchester, England.

Shaheen Mistri is the CEO of Teach For India, and serves as one of its founding board members.  She has earned global recognition for her dedication and commitment to the fight for educational equity...

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Director, International Education Policy Program, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Fernando Reimers is the Ford Foundation Professor of the Practice of International Education and Director of both the Global Education Innovation Initiative and the International Education Policy Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. An expert in the field of Global Education, his research and teaching focus on the relationship between education policy, innovation, leadership, and quality improvement to support children and youth in developing the skills they need to thrive in the 21st century.

Professor Reimers’s writings have conceptualized and defined the profile of a globally competent graduate in the 21st century. His current research focuses on the study of educational policies and programs that develop 21st century competencies in a cross-national study. He has also studied the impact of entrepreneurship education with youth in the Middle East and on the impact of citizenship education programs on youth in Latin America.  He is the founding director of the International Education Policy Master’s Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, a program focused on the development of innovative leaders committed to expanding global educational opportunity. He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Education and works with education policy makers in the United States, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. He is also a member of the US Commission for UNESCO and of the Massachusetts State Board of Higher Education and serves on the boards of various educational organizations including Room to Read, Global Cities, and the Latin American Scholarship Program for American Universities.

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Co-founder of Teach For All; Founder and CEO of Teach First

Brett Wigdortz is the Co-Founder of Teach For All and has led Teach First as its CEO since its launch in July 2002. Brett wrote the original business plan for the charity while working as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company and then took what was originally planned as a six-month leave of absence in February 2002 to develop and build support for the idea.

Before coming to London, his previous time at McKinsey was spent as a consultant in Southeast Asia. Prior to this, Brett developed southeast Asia policy and business programmes at the Asia Society in New York City. He has also worked as a journalist in Asia and as a researcher at the East- West Center in Honolulu, focusing on energy and economic development issues.

He is originally from New Jersey and has an Honors Bachelors degree in Economics from the University of Richmond and a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Hawai’i. He currently serves as a trustee of Future Leaders, which recruits and trains the next generation of outstanding headteachers for challenging urban secondary schools.

He was named the 2007 UK Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year and the 2010 CASE (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education) European Leadership Award. He was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2013 New Years Honours List. His book, Success Against the Odds—Five lessons on how to achieve the impossible was selected as WHSmith’s business book of the Month in September 2012.

Brett is married with three small children.

Brett Wigdortz is the Co-Founder of Teach For All and has led Teach First as its CEO since its launch in July 2002. Brett wrote the original business plan for the charity while working as a management...

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Master, Ormond College, University of Melbourne

Rufus Black is the Master of Ormond College at the University of Melbourne. A strategic advisor, ethicist and theologian, he works on public policy, ethical, and education issues.

He is also the Deputy Chancellor of Victoria University and the Founding Chair of the Board of Teach for Australia. He is a Director of the law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth and of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute.

His advisory work for government at federal and state levels has involved work on defense, security, healthcare, and education, and he is the author of three major government reviews.

Before becoming Master of Ormond College, Rufus worked at McKinsey & Company for nine years where he was a partner. He holds degrees in law and politics from the University of Melbourne and graduate degrees in moral theology from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

Rufus Black is the Master of Ormond College at the University of Melbourne. A strategic advisor, ethicist and theologian, he works on public policy, ethical, and education issues.

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President & CEO, Robertson Foundation

Sir John Hood was an executive of Fletcher Challenge for 19 years and is a former vice-chancellor of the Universities of Auckland and Oxford. He currently serves as President and CEO of the Robertson Foundation, Chairman of the Rhodes Trust, as a director of BG Group, plc and WPP, plc, and as chairman of Urenco Limited, Study Group Limited and Matakina Limited. He also sits on a number of not for profit boards and advisory boards.

Sir John earned a Bachelor of Engineering and a PhD in Civil Engineering from The University of Auckland. Upon completing his doctorate, he was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study at the University of Oxford. There he read for an MPhil in Management Studies and was a member of Worcester College.

Sir John Hood was an executive of Fletcher Challenge for 19 years and is a former vice-chancellor of the Universities of Auckland and Oxford. He currently serves as President and CEO of the Robertson...

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Global Ambassadors

Recording Artist and Philanthropist

Nine-time Grammy® Award winner and Academy Award winner John Legend is a multi-talented artist whose distinctive voice and songwriting style have earned him legions of fans worldwide, along with a string of Top 10 platinum-selling albums.

From a young age, Legend aspired to use his position in the entertainment industry as a platform for social change. In an essay competition he won at age 15, he wrote of his dream to become a star recording artist and to use his influence and resources to give back to his community—and that is exactly what he has done throughout his career. Drawing inspiration from Dr. Martin Luther King and his contemporaries, Legend believes that all children deserve a quality education, and with that, we will be closer to achieving equality. In 2007, he launched the Show Me Campaign (showmecampaign.org), an organization committed to investing in solutions that have been proven to improve people’s lives and to give them the opportunities to survive, thrive, and succeed. The Show Me Campaign works to give every child access to a quality education as well as address systemic issues in the US criminal justice system that disproportionately impact the poor, minorities, and the disadvantaged.

In 2014, Legend launched LRNG (lrng.org) in partnership with The MacArthur Foundation and The National Writing Project. LRNG is a movement dedicated to inspiring innovation in the learning process so that education better reflects the world we live in today. LRNG invests in educators who are building tomorrow’s education system. Simultaneously, he is launching a campaign that will raise awareness and change policy and programming around the US criminal justice system with the goal of disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline. Legend also serves on the Board of Directors of Harlem Village Academies, Leadership For Tomorrow, and Stand for Children.

Nine-time Grammy® Award winner and Academy Award winner John Legend is a multi-talented artist whose distinctive voice and songwriting style have earned him legions...

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Founder and Chair, Emerson Collective

Laurene Powell Jobs is founder and chair of Emerson Collective, an organization that supports social entrepreneurs and organizations working in the areas of education, immigration reform and social justice.

Ms. Powell Jobs serves as president of the board of College Track, an after-school program she founded in 1997 to prepare underserved high school students for success in college. The program’s intensive academic and extracurricular program is designed to ensure admittance to and graduation from college. More than 90 percent of College Track high school graduates go on to college, and the program’s college graduation rate is more than double to that of low-income students.

In addition to her work with the Emerson Collective and College Track, she serves on the boards of directors of NewSchools Venture Fund, Conservation International, and Stanford University. She also serves on the Chairman’s advisory board of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Ms. Powell Jobs holds a BA and a BSE from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Earlier in her career, she spent several years working in investment banking and later co-founded a natural foods company in California.

Laurene Powell Jobs is founder and chair of Emerson Collective, an organization that supports social entrepreneurs and organizations working in the areas of education, immigration reform and social justice...

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Recording Artist and Philanthropist

Nine-time Grammy® Award winner and Academy Award winner John Legend is a multi-talented artist whose distinctive voice and songwriting style have earned him legions of fans worldwide, along with a string of Top 10 platinum-selling albums.

From a young age, Legend aspired to use his position in the entertainment industry as a platform for social change. In an essay competition he won at age 15, he wrote of his dream to become a star recording artist and to use his influence and resources to give back to his community—and that is exactly what he has done throughout his career. Drawing inspiration from Dr. Martin Luther King and his contemporaries, Legend believes that all children deserve a quality education, and with that, we will be closer to achieving equality. In 2007, he launched the Show Me Campaign (showmecampaign.org), an organization committed to investing in solutions that have been proven to improve people’s lives and to give them the opportunities to survive, thrive, and succeed. The Show Me Campaign works to give every child access to a quality education as well as address systemic issues in the US criminal justice system that disproportionately impact the poor, minorities, and the disadvantaged.

In 2014, Legend launched LRNG (lrng.org) in partnership with The MacArthur Foundation and The National Writing Project. LRNG is a movement dedicated to inspiring innovation in the learning process so that education better reflects the world we live in today. LRNG invests in educators who are building tomorrow’s education system. Simultaneously, he is launching a campaign that will raise awareness and change policy and programming around the US criminal justice system with the goal of disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline. Legend also serves on the Board of Directors of Harlem Village Academies, Leadership For Tomorrow, and Stand for Children.

Nine-time Grammy® Award winner and Academy Award winner John Legend is a multi-talented artist whose distinctive voice and songwriting style have earned him legions...

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Founder and Chair, Emerson Collective

Laurene Powell Jobs is founder and chair of Emerson Collective, an organization that supports social entrepreneurs and organizations working in the areas of education, immigration reform and social justice.

Ms. Powell Jobs serves as president of the board of College Track, an after-school program she founded in 1997 to prepare underserved high school students for success in college. The program’s intensive academic and extracurricular program is designed to ensure admittance to and graduation from college. More than 90 percent of College Track high school graduates go on to college, and the program’s college graduation rate is more than double to that of low-income students.

In addition to her work with the Emerson Collective and College Track, she serves on the boards of directors of NewSchools Venture Fund, Conservation International, and Stanford University. She also serves on the Chairman’s advisory board of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Ms. Powell Jobs holds a BA and a BSE from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Earlier in her career, she spent several years working in investment banking and later co-founded a natural foods company in California.

Laurene Powell Jobs is founder and chair of Emerson Collective, an organization that supports social entrepreneurs and organizations working in the areas of education, immigration reform and social justice...

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