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Sofie Blakstad


Founder and CEO of hiveonline the financial trust platform for small businesses and sustainable finance launching in 2018 Fintech Advisor to UN G20 Leader Climate Chain Coalition SDG group Author Fintech Revolution (Palgrave Macmillan Summer 2018) with Robert Allen Advisor to Fintech Hub GlobalTop 100 Women in Fintech Passionate about disruptive technology applications to solving real world economic imbalance Global strategic banking change expert. 8 banks 25 years billion programmes Writer cyclist opera lover geek.Sofie has spent most of her career building banks including the first online bank for UBS. She has worked across disciplines from technical infrastructure to business transformation acquiring knowledge of technology financial services design economic structures information science behavioural economics organisational design and programme delivery on the way. Sofie has led global teams across many countries cultures and languages so leading a global team like hiveonlne comes naturally.Organisations Sofie has worked for prior to founding hiveonline include UBS RBS Citigroup Goldman Sachs Merrill Lynch Chase Manhattan Nordea Accenture and Lehman Brothers (a long time ago). Sofie supports a range of NGOs and governments with advice on Fintech particularly applications of blockchain and cryptocurrencies and has been a long term collaborator with the UNDP's Inquiry into a Sustainable Financial Future.

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Eric Schwarz


Eric Schwarz is the Co Founder and CEO of the College for Social Innovation which incorporated in July 2015. Eric is also Co Founder and former CEO of Citizen Schools a successful social enterprise that has scaled to a $30 million annual budget and has had a positive impact on the after school and extended learning time fields across the U.S. Among other accomplishments at Citizen Schools Schwarz and his team crafted four different degree granting partnerships with U.S. universities to offer master s degrees in education to Citizen Schools Teaching Fellows through special courses and seminars including an education reform course taught by Schwarz and others. Schwarz is also the author of the critically acclaimed book The Opportunity Equation published by Beacon Press in 2014 the co editor of The Case For 21st Century Learning a 2006 book published by Jossey Bass and the author of numerous articles and book chapters including Calling All Citizens in The New York Times best selling Waiting For Superman published in 2010 by Public Affairs.

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Jason Warwin


Jason Warwin is the Co Founder and Associate Executive Director of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol. He is an expert in the field of youth development and a specialist in the design of transformative programs and experiences. His focus during the past two decades has been creating programs that directly support the development of Black and Latino youth in the Americas. The organizations and programs he has co created including The Brotherhood Sister Sol the Community Service and Development Program International Study Program The Liberation Program Diaspora Soliaaria and Irmaos Unidos have long records of success and have received widespread acclaim in the United States and internationally.

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Uttara Bharath Kumar


Uttara Bharath Kumar is the co founder of Nalamdana a non profit NGO for health communication and served as its Executive Director until 1996. Previously she worked for the Johns Hopkins University/Center for Communication Programs (JHU CCP) in Baltimore and later worked in their Zambia field office supporting Southern and East Africa programs. She continues to actively serve on Nalamdana's Board of Trustees and provides technical guidance to Nalamdana's projects research and planning as well as training and workshops. She is currently a Senior Program Officer for JHU CCP based in Chennai providing support to programs in India Asia and Africa. Uttara holds a Master's degree in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a BA from Wellesley College.

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Jennifer Fong


Jen Fong is a Central Office Administrator for the San Francisco Unified School District overseeing College and Career Readiness. Jen is responsible for increasing high school graduation rates and access to post secondary through concurrent enrollment in community college courses. For six years Jen supervised instructional and support services for the district s English Learners in Middle and High Schools which resulted in a tripling of the High School rate of reclassification. As an Assistant Principal and Science Teacher at Mission High School in San Francisco for 11 years Jen turned around an underperforming school tripling the four year college going rate. Jen earned the highest teaching honor in the United States by winning the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching presented by President George W. Bush. Prior to moving to San Francisco Jen taught in the New York City Public Schools system and the United Arab Emirates. She converted vacant lots to community gardens in the Bronx and New Haven where she earned her Bachelor s degree from Yale. Jen won the inaugural Gates Millennium Scholarship to study urban school reform through a Master s at Stanford and Doctorate at UC Berkeley.

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Tara Ford


Tara Ford is the co director of Pegasus Legal Services for Children. She has been involved in children s legal issues for twenty years. Ms. Ford is a frequent speaker at national and state conferences regarding the important role of education in children s lives she often teaches as an adjunct faculty at the UNM School of Law and she regularly works with state and community stakeholders to develop policies that support children in New Mexico. Ms. Ford was awarded the 2004 Children s Champion in Legal Advocacy from Parents for Behaviorally Different Children. In 2005 the State Bar of New Mexico recognized Ms. Ford for her Outstanding Contribution to People with Disabilities. In 2010 Ms. Ford was honored to receive the Patty Jennings Citizen Advocacy Award from New Mexico Voices for Children. She has been recognized the National Association for Children as a Child Welfare Law Specialist since 2006. Pegasus Legal Services for Children was awarded the 2006 Justice Mary Walters Award from the UNM Women s Law Caucus and the Henrietta Pettijohn award from the New Mexico Women s Bar Foundation.

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Andrea Schorr


Andrea Schorr has more than ten years experience working with organizations that serve communities in the areas of education youth development and health. Most recently Andrea was the co founder and Associate Executive Director of Groundwork a new Brooklyn based organization that works with public schools to offer summer school and after school education programs mental health programs and other support services to children and families in high poverty New York City neighborhoods. Prior to Groundwork Andrea spent four years working in Washington D.C. as a program associate with the Morino Institute a foundation that manages Venture Philanthropy Partners a fund dedicated to supporting organizations that work with children and families in the D.C. region. Andrea's experience also includes program development and program management positions with Fund for the City of New York and Leadership Education and Athletics in Partnership (LEAP) a youth development organization.

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Matthew Klein


Matthew Klein is the Executive Director and first staff person of the Blue Ridge Foundation New York. Blue Ridge operates as an incubator identifying innovative high potential ideas and transforming them into institutions that demonstrate practical effective solutions to social problems. The Foundation is associated with Blue Ridge Capital an investment firm in New York City. Matt is also an adjunct professor at NYU Stern School of Business where he teaches courses on venture philanthropy and the nonprofit capital market. Matt's experience prior to Blue Ridge includes work in non profit management and civil rights law. He co founded Leadership Education and Athletics in Partnership (LEAP) a Connecticut based youth development agency performed legal work with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Inc. and the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and served as a law clerk in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York for the Honorable Robert L. Carter.

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Eric Rosenthal


Eric Rosenthal is an attorney and internationally recognized expert on the international human rights of persons with disabilities and the founder and executive director of Disability Rights International (formerly Mental Disability Rights International). Since establishing DRI in 1993 Eric has conducted investigations and supported the development of new advocacy movements in more than 25 countries of Europe the Middle East Asia and the Americas. He has published reports on the rights of people with disabilities in twelve countries bringing unprecedented worldwide press coverage and attention to the concerns of people with disabilities. In 2008 Eric received the Henry A. Betts Award from the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) for pioneering the field of international human rights advocacy for people with disabilities and bringing unprecedented international awareness to their concerns.

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Earl Phalen


For more than two decades Earl Martin Phalen has led entrepreneurial ventures recognized for their innovative effective and scalable approaches to increasing access to high quality out of school learning opportunities for all children. He is the founder of Summer Advantage U.S.A. CEO of Reach Out and Read and co founder and former CEO of BELL. Earl has been recognized at the BET Awards is a Mind Trust and Ashoka Fellow and is a three time recipient of Fast Company s Social Capitalist Award. In 1997 President Clinton awarded Earl the President s Service Award for outstanding community service. He holds a BA in political science from Yale University and a JD from Harvard Law School.

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