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Kate became CEO in March 2016, having run CIFF's Climate Change team since 2009.
Kate is a member of the FP2020 Reference Group, a Champion of the She Decides movement, and she sits on the board of the European Climate Foundation. She has also been featured in the top 100 Profiles of Paris, a collection of stories from the key people who created the Paris Agreement, and is currently co-chairing a project for the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) on China’s contribution to global climate governance.
Kate’s career spans roles in government, finance, consulting, a think tank and NGOs. Before joining CIFF she was Head of Policy at Climate Change Capital, a boutique investment firm with $1.5 billion under management, advising asset managers and multinational companies on clean energy opportunities. She has also advised policy-makers in a number of roles, including as Senior Policy Advisor for the United Kingdom's G8 and EU presidencies in 2005, and as a Sherpa to the EU High-Level Group on Competitiveness, Energy and Environment in 2007.
In 2008, Kate was named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. She holds a BSc. from the London School of Economics and a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, where she was a Fulbright Scholar. She speaks French and Spanish fluently.
Osman is an impact investment advisor, tech entrepreneur, and author.
Osman is the Managing Director of Heroes Capital, an advisory and impact investment firm focused on health tech, ed tech, and renewable energy startups in Asia.
Previously, Osman worked as the Pakistan CEO and Managing Director of BIMA Mobile Pakistan, a subsidiary of Milvik AB (“BIMA”), one of the world’s leading microinsurance and telehealth organizations that reached over 30 million subscribers and had operations in 14 countries. Osman oversaw the development and launch of BIMA's products and operations in Pakistan, where he led a team of 1200 employees providing services to nearly 4 million customers.
He has written op-eds for a newspaper in Pakistan on the startup ecosystem and the need for cleantech. He also enjoys struggling to write fiction, and his debut novel, Blasphemy:The Trial of Danesh Masih, was published by an independent publisher in India in 2020.
He was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2017. Osman graduated with an MBA and an MA in International Relations from Yale University.
Mark Hanis is a serial social entrepreneur. He is co-founding two startups: Inclusive America (a nonprofit to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in government) and Progressive Shopper (a technology company to harness conscious consumption). Mark is also serving as an Associate Fellow at the European campus of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS Europe) and as a Senior Lang Fellow at Swarthmore College.
Previously, Mark has helped found several social impact organizations: the Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation at Georgetown University to engage global leaders to drive social change at scale; the Organ Alliance (now Organize) to address the unnecessary deaths due to a shortage of transplantable organs; and United to End Genocide to empower citizens and communities with the tools to prevent and stop genocide.
Mark also served as a White House Fellow working in the Office of Vice President Joe Biden as the National Security Affairs Special Advisor for South America, Africa, and Human Rights. He also served as a Research Fellow with Stanford University's Center for Human Rights and International Justice.
Mark has been awarded several fellowships for social entrepreneurship, including Ashoka, Echoing Green, Draper Richards Kaplan, and Hunt Alternatives Prime Movers. He was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Hanis graduated from Swarthmore College with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Public Policy. He is the grandchild of four Holocaust survivors and was raised in Quito, Ecuador.
Dave is founder and CEO of Tomorrow, a financial services app that aims to bring economic security to millions by empowering anyone to make a plan, receive free estate planning, and receive recommendations for financial products.
Previously, Dave founded Banyan Branch (acquired by Deloitte, 2013), a leading social media marketing agency that propelled blue-chip companies into the new world of engaging customers on social platforms.
Dave’s love of music and technology positioned him to lead product development for the Rhapsody Music Service, where he helped bring the service natively to the web, then to a multitude of social sites.
Dave along with Rhapsody colleagues built a social network for readers called Shelfari. Shelfari grew rapidly through solely social and viral marketing—reaching millions of members within 18 months—and was acquired by Amazon.com.
Dave’s entrepreneurial efforts in microcredit banking include founding and editing the first academic journal and the largest conference on the subject, advising education microloan innovator Vittana, and authoring *Grameen Reference* while a Fulbright scholar with Muhammad Yunus at Grameen Bank.
Assaf is a serial entrepreneur, impact investor, and owner of Colmobil Corp, Israel's largest car importer, distributor and retailer ($3.5B sales).
He is currently leading his family business through the next stage of its business growth while leading the charge in redefining Israel's stakeholder capitalism and investing in promising, early-stage entrepreneurs. Assaf has recently launched Future Mobility Israel - a think tank + policy lobby group with a vision to turn Israel into one of the global leaders of implementing and leveraging the transportation revolution.
Assaf is the co-founder of MEET, an educational program for outstanding Israeli and Palestinian high school students, in affiliation with MIT. MEET's program has been hailed by President Barak Obama as one of the best examples of how innovation is reshaping the Middle East.
Previously, Assaf served as the Founder and CEO of Switch.co.il an online used car marketplace and as VP of Business Development at Colmobil Corp. Between 2010-2012, Assaf led the relaunch of the smart car in Israel.
Assaf is a graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS 2015) at the University of London in Japanese studies and received an MBA from Harvard business school (2010). He was selected by the World Economic Forum to become a young global leader in 2015.
Assaf lives in Tel Aviv with his wife Shelly and four daughters, Zoe, Amelia, Eleanor and Naomi
Combining elements of computer science, anthropology, visual art and storytelling, Jonathan Harris designs systems to explore and explain the human world. His projects range from building the world's largest time capsule (with Yahoo!) to documenting an Alaskan Eskimo whale hunt on the Arctic Ocean (with a warm hat). He is the creator of wefeelfine.org, which continuously measures the emotional temperature of the human world through large-scale blog analysis and has made other projects about online dating, modern mythology, anonymity, news and language. After studying computer science at Princeton University, he won a 2005 Fabrica fellowship and three Webby Awards. His work has also been recognized by AIGA, Ars Electronica, the state of Vermont, and by Print Magazine, which named him a “2008 New Visual Artist”. His projects have been shown at The Museum of Modern Art (New York), Le Centre Pompidou (Paris), and have appeared on CNN, NPR, BBC and Bhutanese television. He lives in California.
John Harthorne is Founder and Managing Director of Two Lanterns Venture Capital, a seed fund investing in software startups in the US and Israel.
Prior to launching Two Lanterns, John was the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of MassChallenge, the largest-ever start-up accelerator and the first to support high-impact start-ups with no strings attached. MassChallenge is the most startup-friendly accelerator on the planet. No equity and not-for-profit, we are obsessed with helping entrepreneurs across any industry.
We also reward the highest-impact startups through a competition to win a portion of several million dollars in equity-free cash awards. Through our global network of 9 accelerators in 7 cities and 4 countries, and unrivaled access to our corporate partners, we are creating a massive impact - driving growth and creating value the world over.
As of early 2021, MassChallenge's 2,900+ startups have raised $8.5B+ in funding, generated 3.5B+ in revenue and created over 185,000 jobs.
The Boston Business Journal has identified Harthorne as one of Boston's 50 Most Influential Business Leaders. Harthorne received his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 2007. While at school, he won the Grand Prize in the 2007 MIT $100K Business Plan Competition and the 2007 Patrick J. McGovern Award for impact on quality and visibility of entrepreneurship at MIT.
Sahar Hashemi co-founded Coffee Republic, one of the United Kingdom's leading coffee chains, in 1995. She also started Skinny Candy, a guilt-free confectionery brand, which was sold to Glisten in 2007. Hashemi left Coffee Republic in 2001 and co-wrote the best-selling book, Anyone Can Do It: Building Coffee Republic from our Kitchen Table, which has been translated into six languages and is the second highest selling book on entrepreneurship in the United Kingdom. Her latest book, Switched On, is about entrepreneurial behaviour in established companies. Hashemi lectures around the world on how to use entrepreneurial habits to promote innovation and creativity in the corporate world. She was awarded an OBE for services to the United Kingdom's economy and to charity in the Queen's 2012 birthday honours list. Hashemi studied Law at Bristol University and qualified as a corporate lawyer at Frere Cholmeley in London.
Abdulsalam Haykal is CEO of Haykal Group, headquartered in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Haykal includes companies in enterprise software, mobile payment, and digital services (Transtek Systems Group, Compass Enterprise Software), media (Haykal Media Group, publisher of the Arabic editions of Harvard Business Review, MIT Technology Review, Popular Science, Aliqtisadi.com, Manhom); and through Labeeb Labs, it develops Arabic-language NLP and AI-based products.
Haykal serves on the Board of Trustees of the American University of Beirut. He is a member of the UAE government's Arabic Language Advisory Council. He was named as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and received the Arab Thought Foundation's Innovation Award. Haykal is a graduate of the American University of Beirut and SOAS, University of London.
Studies, Harvard University and University of Sydney. Began career with McKinsey and Co. 2004, Co-Founder, an advocacy group in US presidential elections that ran a highly publicized online and media campaign. 2005, Co-Founder, GetUp.org, an Australian political movement and internationally recognized social movement. 2007, Co-Founder, Avaaz.org, the world's largest online citizens' movement. Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Purpose.com. Chair, Global Agenda Countil on Civic Participation and Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum. Work recognized in several publications. Recipient, 75th Anniversary Visionary Award, Ford Foundation.
Bettina is a serial software entrepreneur that has built technology companies in both Europe and the United States. She is most recently the founder of juli, a digital health company, her third software company. She is also the founder of Pixability, a video advertising company in Boston. Prior to Pixability, Bettina co-founded SVOX, the Swiss-based speech technology company which was acquired by Nuance Communications (NUAN) for $125 million. Bettina has received numerous awards and recognitions such as the 2018 Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year Award, World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, L’Oreal NEXT Generation Award, and The Boston Business Journal’s “40 Under 40 Award.” Bettina holds an MS degree from MIT, a law degree from the University of Constance, and a business degree from the University of St. Gallen. She holds a software patent in video distribution optimization and is the author of "Video Marketing for Dummies".
As founding CEO of P33, Brad is leading the nonprofit organization to drive global technology leadership for Chicago and inclusive economic growth for all. He brings twenty-plus years of professional experience and brings a deep understanding of how to unlock economic opportunities that benefit businesses and individuals to P33’s efforts.
Brad joined from Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where he was senior partner and managing director in the Chicago office. Originally from a small town in southern Ohio, he received a scholarship to attend the University of Chicago, which he credits to changing his life. Brad joined BCG as a summer associate in 2000, and quickly rose through the ranks to spend 2006 in the Mumbai, India office as part of the BCG Ambassador Program and later lead BCG’s North American Operations Practice.
Brad is an active leader in the Chicago community, serving on the board of trustees for the Chicago History Museum, the Association House in Humboldt Park and Interfaith Youth Core. He also serves on the board of ACCION US Network, which provides capital and business support to business owners of color and female business owners, and Impact Engine, a socially-responsible investment firm. He was a BCG Bruce Henderson Institute (BHI) Fellow focused on impact and socially-responsible investing and is a member of the World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders program.
A Rhodes Scholar, Brad has earned multiple degrees with distinction, including a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with Honors (1997-2001) and Master of Arts in Social Science from the University of Chicago (2000-2001), a Master of Science in Economic and Social History from University of Oxford Balliol College (2001-2002) and a Master of Business Administration from University of Oxford Saïd Business School (2002-2003).
Brad lives in Chicago with his wife and two children.