Global Practitioner Council
The Global Practitioner Council provides the Program with counsel on issues relating to social entrepreneurship, curriculum design, and practical considerations, including; resources, networking and capacity building for entrepreneurs in residence. Current members include:
Maya Ajmera is the founder of The Global Fund for Children, a nonprofit organization that seeks to advance the dignity of children and youth by making small grants to innovative community-based organizations working with some of the world’s most vulnerable children and youth. She is a co-author of several Global Fund for Children books. She is currently a visiting scholar at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Ajmera has received numerous leadership awards and is sought out nationally and internationally to address audiences on local and global philanthropy, global children’s rights, early childhood development, and social entrepreneurship.
Filiz Bikmen is the director of programs and international relations at the Sabanci Foundation, serving as one ofTurkey and Europe’s largest foundations. She started working in 2007 as a strategic advisor and in 2008 as head of programs to design, develop and implement a new program strategy focused on youth, women, and persons with disabilities. She is a recipient of the Emerging Leaders International Fellowship at The Graduate Centre in New York City where she has enjoyed several opportunities to learn from and contribute to global communities of practice in philanthropy and civil society. Filiz currently serves as vice chairman of the Executive Board of International Center for Not for Profit Law which works with over 90 countries.
Eve Blossom is the founder and CEO of Lulan Artisans where designers and producers of sustainable textiles merge original contemporary designs with centuries-old weaving techniques. She works in partnerships with more than 800 weavers, spinners, dyers and finishers. Lulan Artisans has small workshops in Cambodia, India, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. Blossom seeks to empower artisans through an economic engine and celebrate their spirit, talents, and traditions. Lulan Artisans integrates Blossom’s design sensibility with her yearning to create social change and the company is charting new territory as a for-profit social venture.
Terry Greenblatt is the executive director and CEO of the Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights, an organization that supports and advocates for women’s human rights defenders working to create cultures of justice, equality and peace. She consults and speaks nationally and internationally on women’s roles in ongoing peace efforts and on agents of social and political change. Greenblatt is currently serving on the board of trustees of the Sarvoyada Ghandi Foundation in India. She is the recipient of several awards that have honored her efforts in supporting and advocating for women’s human rights.
Marielena Hincapie is the executive director of the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), an organization dedicated to defending and advocating the rights of low-income immigrants in the U.S. She is also a public interest lawyer who specializes in protecting and advancing the rights of immigrant workers, particularly those who are undocumented. NILC grew under her executive leadership due to her strategic combination of litigation, policy, communications, and alliance-building strategies that effects social change for everyone striving to achieve the American dream. Hincapie is a frequent lecturer at national and international conferences addressing issues of immigration. She is a bridge builder within the immigrant’s rights field as well as across broader social justice sectors, committed to supporting community and labor organizing efforts.
Founder & CEO
Jensine Larsen is the founder and CEO of World Pulse; a global media enterprise devoted to bringing women a global voice. She pioneered World Pulse magazine, enabling grassroots women’s citizen journalism training, and an interactive website that enables women from over 185 nations to speak for themselves and connect to solve global problems. Larsen is a social media entrepreneur and international journalist. Larsen’s leadership has garnered partnerships with the world’s top international women’s organizations and endorsements from global luminaries and visionaries. She is connecting women worldwide by continuing to run this interactive global media company.
Kumi Naidoo is the international executive director of Greenpeace International, an international environmentalist group. Naidoo was involved in the development of Greenpeace’s work in Africa and became a board member of Greenpeace Africa when its offices opened in Johannesburg and Kinshasa in 2008. Recently he has served as a Chair on the Civil Society Alliance ‘Global Campaign for Climate Change Action’, of which Greenpeace was a founding member. Naidoo has gained recognition and titles through his work pertaining to poverty, human rights issues as well as working closely with African government coalitions. He is a Rhodes scholar at Oxford University and earned a doctorate in political sociology.
Diane Osgood, Ph.D.
Diane Osgood is the founder of Osgood Sustainability Consulting, offering global business sustainability expertise to allow clients to profitably deliver goods and services that benefit their customers and the planet. Osgood has developed new products and services, initiated codes of conduct to guide companies on tricky issues, and created groundbreaking multi-sector partnerships. She advises Fortune 500 companies and is senior advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative and Business for Social Responsibility. Osgood focuses on integrating sustainability into the innovation of goods and services; creating new markets and client bases, and fostering partnerships and stakeholder relations.
Hibaaq Osman is the founder of Karama, a network of activists across the Middle East and North Africa working to end violence against women. The Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian understanding at Georgetown University named her one of the 500 most influential Muslims in 2009. Osman was born in Somali and has lived in Cairo since 2005. She is a global political strategist who leads three regional non-governmental organizations: Karama, the Dignity Fund and the ThinkTank for Arab Women. She serves on the board of a number of organizations and is a member of the Expert Committee for Peace and Security at the League of Arab States.
Jacqueline Pitanguy de Romani
Jacqueline Pitanguy de Romani is the founder and director of Cidadania, Estudo, Pesquisa, Informacao e Acao, a non-governmental organization based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Pitanguy de Romani coordinates research on gender issues and facilitates advocacy and educational programs relating to violence against women and reproductive health. She has been a professor at the Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Rio de Janeiro and at Rutgers University where she held the Laurie New Jersey Chair in Women’s Studies from 1991-92. She serves on a number of international boards, including the Global Fund for Women, and was a former board member of the Women’s Learning Partnership. Pitanguy de Romani is a recipient of the medal of Rio Branco, the highest decoration of the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Regan Ralph is the founding executive director of the Fund for Global Human Rights, which works to secure basic freedoms worldwide, challenging abuse wherever it occurs. Before launching the Fund, Ralph was vice president for health and reproductive rights at the National Women’s Law Center in Washington, D.C. where she led advocacy, policy, and educational strategies to promote equality and availability of health care for women. Ralph helped build and direct the women’s rights division of Human Rights Watch where she promoted women’s rights in Russia, Egypt, Turkey, South Africa, Pakistan and Mexico. She serves on the boards of EG Justice and WITNESS, the advisory council of the Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program at Georgetown University Law Center, and the advisory committee for The Council for Global Equality. She is a Harvard University and Yale Law School graduate and studied international law at the London School of Economics and Arabic at the American University in Cairo.
Co-founder & VP Partnerships & Communications
Teju Ravilochan is the co-founder and VP of partnerships and communications at the Unreasonable Institute, solving the world’s biggest problems by providing adequate entrepreneurs with the mentorship, capital, and network to take them on. It is a charity-based approach to addressing issues such as poverty, social injustice, and climate change. Ravilochan works with the Institute to find fresh thinkers and systemic solutions by bringing together, incubating, and financing 25 young bold social entrepreneurs from around the world each year for a 10-week summer institute.
Katherine (Katie) Redford
Katherine Redford is the co-founder and U.S. office director of EarthRights International. She is a human rights lawyer and activist who is credited with spearheading a movement to hold international companies accountable for overseas abuse in their home court jurisdictions in the Western worlds, and in doing so, opened up new possibilities in human rights law.
Sarah Vaill is a producer, screenwriter, documentary filmmaker, and activist. She provides international consulting to Cause & Affect on social impact campaigns for documentary films, and serves as director of international advocacy for Karama. Vaill has written and produced several films pertaining to human rights. She is currently producing MY EVIL TWIN, a feature documentary about identical twins and shooting the activism of Arab women at the U.N. for an untitled documentary in progress.
Jane Wales is the president and chief executive officer of the World Affairs Council and the Global Philanthropy Forum and the vice president of the Aspen Institute. She hosts the nationally syndicated weekly National Public Radio interview show “It’s Your World.” Wales served in the Clinton Administration as special assistant to the President, in addition to her position as associate director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. During her tenure as national executive director of the Physicians for Social Responsibility, the organization’s international arm was recipient of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize.
Dr. Sakena Yacoobi
Dr. Sakena Yacoobi is the president and executive director of the Afghan Institute of Learning. Under Yacoobi’s leadership AIL has established itself as a groundbreaking, visionary organization which works at the grassroots and empowers women and communities to find ways to bring education and health services to rural and poor urban girls, women and other poor and disenfranchised Afghans. Yacoobi is the recipient of several distinguished international awards for her work with AIL. In addition, she has been recognized for her work as a social entrepreneur with prestigious fellowships from Ashoka and the Skoll Foundation. Yacoobi strives to focus attention on the urgent need for women’s rights and education and healthcare in Afghanistan.