Adrienne Bernhard (editorial assistant of this volume) is a freelance editor and, most recently, assistant to the Deputy Editor at The New Yorker Magazine. She is currently pursuing a second Master’s degree, in Education, at Columbia University. Ms. Bernhard has worked as a freelance writer and editor for numerous periodicals and publishing houses, including Random House, The New York Times, Farrar Straus & Giroux, Encounter Books, The New Criterion, The Jewish Review of Books, and Abroad Magazine.
Ms. Bernhard earned her first Master’s degree, in American Literature, from Yale University in 2008. She presented twice at the American Comparative Literature Association … Read More
Ari Alexander was a co-founder and co-Executive Director of Children of Abraham. He currently serves as the Director of Independent Software Vendor and Channel Sales Enablement at Salesforce.com, an enterprise cloud computing company that was named the world’s most innovative company by Forbes Magazine. From December 2009 to September 2011, Mr. Alexander served as Senior Advisor to the Administrator and the Director of the Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives at USAID. In recognition of his contributions to USAID and the Obama Administration, Mr. Alexander was invited to the Oval Office for a one-on-one meeting with President Obama. Previously, … Read More
Emily E. Arnold-Fernández, the founder and Executive Director of Asylum Access (AA), is a social entrepreneur and human rights pioneer. A lawyer who has advocated nationally and internationally for the human rights of women, children, and other vulnerable individuals, Ms. Arnold-Fernández first became involved in refugee rights in 2002, when she represented refugees in UN proceedings in Cairo, Egypt. Her first client was a young Liberian who had fled to Egypt to avoid being abducted and forced to fight as a child soldier. Denied refugee status, he was at constant risk of arrest, detention, and deportation by Egyptian authorities … Read More
Amy Chua is the John M. Duff, Jr. Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Professor Chua is the author of World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability (Doubleday, 2002), Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance – And Why They Fall (Doubleday, 2007), and Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother (Penguin Press, 2011).
Professor Chua is an expert on international business transactions, law and development, ethnic conflict, and globalization and the law. She has an A.B. and a J.D. from Harvard University. In 2011, Time named Professor Chua one of the … Read More
Mauro De Lorenzo was a founding board member of Asylum Access and continues to serve as an advisor to the organization. He is Senior Research Scholar and Deputy Director of the Urbanization Project at the Stern School of Business, New York University. From 2009 to 2012, he was Vice President for Freedom and Free Enterprise at the John Templeton Foundation. From 2006 to 2009, he was a Resident Fellow in foreign and defense policy at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he led a project to re-imagine the place of foreign aid and development policy in U.S. foreign policy toward … Read More
Dr. Cheryl L. Dorsey is the President of Echoing Green. She is the co-author of Be Bold: Create a Career with Impact (Echoing Green, 2006).
An accomplished social entrepreneur with expertise in health care, labor issues, and public policy, Dr. Dorsey is the first Echoing Green Fellow to lead this global non-profit organization, which has awarded more than $30 million in start-up capital to over 500 social entrepreneurs worldwide since 1987. In 1992, Dr. Dorsey’s Echoing Green Fellowship enabled her to launch the Family Van, a community-based mobile health unit that provides basic health care and outreach services to at-risk residents … Read More
Bill Drayton is the Founder, Chair, and CEO of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, the global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs. Ashoka: Innovators for the Public supports individual social entrepreneurs – financially and professionally; brings communities of social entrepreneurs together to help leverage their impact, scale their ideas, and capture and disseminate their best practices; and helps build the infrastructure and financial systems needed to support the growth of the citizen sector and facilitate the spread of social innovation globally. Since 1981, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public has elected over 3,000 leading social entrepreneurs from more than 70 … Read More
David ‘Dai’ Ellis co-founded Generation Rwanda. He currently serves as CEO of the Bostonbased Excel Academy charter school network, where he is responsible for leading Excel’s expansion. Excel is building a leading network of high-performing charter schools in Boston and eventually beyond.
Before joining Excel, Mr. Ellis spearheaded the Clinton Foundation’s work on improving the marketplace for HIV/AIDS and malaria drugs, diagnostics, and other essential health products. While at the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) he built an expert in-house technical team of former pharmaceutical industry chemists and sourcing specialists; this team helped CHAI develop proprietary new chemistry and support … Read More
A corporate attorney turned social entrepreneur, Conor French is the CEO of Indego Africa (IA) and a committed business partner to more than 500 women entrepreneurs in Rwanda. IA provides market access and educational opportunity to create jobs, promote sustainable livelihoods, and unlock economic growth in artisan sector communities in Rwanda.
Prior to joining IA, Mr. French practiced law at the global law firm of Latham & Watkins LLP. He represented public and private companies, investment banks, private equity firms, and investors in a wide range of leveraged finance and other capital-raising transactions. As pro bono counsel to … Read More
Seth Green is the founder and a current Board Member of Americans for Informed Democracy (AID), and served as AID’s chief executive from 2002 to 2007. During his time leading AID, Mr. Green built a network that includes more than 23,000 members; created partnerships with leading think tanks, NGOs, businesses, and foundations; and raised over US$1 million for the organization’s programming. Mr. Green has also worked at the Brookings Institution, the American Prospect, Taxpayers for Common Sense, Lazard Freres, McKinsey & Co., the Job Opportunity Investment Network, and Youth Organizations Umbrella.
Mr. Green is an expert on youth social … Read More
Scott Grinsell is a Partner in and Project Director for Uganda of Orphans Against Aids (OAA), where, in addition to co-founding OAA’s program in Uganda, he has focused his work on issues of governance and the formation of the organization’s Board of Directors. Mr. Grinsell graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Williams College, where he received the Erastus C. Benedict Prize. He then studied as a Marshall Scholar at Magdalen College, University of Oxford, where he received an M.Phil., with Distinction, in Modern History.
Mr. Grinsell received a J.D. from Yale Law School in 2009, where … Read More
Dr. Barbara Harrell-Bond is a global leader in refugee studies and refugee rights advocacy. She was the founding director of the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford (1982–1996), the world’s first institution dedicated to the study of refugees. She went on to establish the Refugee Law Project at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda (1997) and a refugee legal aid program in Cairo, Egypt (2000) that is now AMERA-Egypt. Dr. Harrell-Bond currently sits on the Board of Directors of AMERA-UK, AMERA-Egypt’s parent organization. She also previously chaired the Board of Directors of Asylum Access (2005–2009), and remains a Founding … Read More
In July 2011, Jamie joined Generation Rwanda (GR) as Executive Director. He came to GR from Birch Run Capital, an investment fund in New York City, where he analyzed businesses and served as legal counsel. Prior to joining Birch Run, he was an Associate in the New York office of the law firm Sullivan & Cromwell, where he advised companies in the finance and energy sectors. Jamie also worked as a manager on the Obama presidential campaign, and internationally as a political and economic reporter. He has a J.D. from Yale Law School, an M.P.P. from Harvard University, … Read More
Andrew Klaber is the founder and president of Orphans Against AIDS. A summa cum laude Ethics, Politics & Economics and International Studies graduate of Yale College, Mr Klaber earned dual M.Sc. degrees in Financial Economics and Economic History as a Marshall Scholar at the University of Oxford. Mr. Klaber also holds a J.D./M.B.A. from Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School, where he graduated with Distinction. He received the President’s Environmental Youth Award at the White House and was invited to speak at the World Economic Forum in Davos. He has been named a USA Today Academic All-American, a … Read More
Rachel Levitan is an independent consultant based in Washington, D.C., where she works with non-profit organizations and international agencies engaged in human rights advocacy, rule of law, and refugee protection issues. She conducts training and program evaluation, coordinates thematic working groups, and designs campaigns and field-based research. Until early 2012, Ms. Levitan worked as the Director of Advocacy for the Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration (ORAM), where, through legal representation and policy advocacy, she worked to increase international protection for individuals who flee persecution based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Before joining ORAM, Ms. Levitan co-founded the Refugee … Read More
Leah Maloney served as a Senior Political Analyst at Americans for Informed Democracy during the summer of 2006. She graduated magna cum laude and was elected Phi Beta Kappa at Boston College, earning highest honors in the Political Science Department’s honors program, with a dual major in Islamic Civilizations and Political Science. While at Boston College, Ms. Maloney was editor-in-chief of the Political Science Department’s journal Uncommon Sense. Ms. Maloney served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Jordan teaching English and working on women’s development projects. She is currently attending George Washington University Law School, where she is focusing on … Read More
Matthew T. Mitro is the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Indego Africa (IA). Mr. Mitro’s founding vision for IA is to use the power of social enterprise to transform the lives of economically-vulnerable but highly-skilled artisans in Africa. Mr. Mitro has a longstanding interest in African development, stemming from his six years living in Nigeria and his personal experience working with African women.
Mr. Mitro’s professional training includes three years spent as a practicing attorney at Akin Gump LLP in Washington, D.C., where he coordinated the legal aspects of financing large-scale infrastructure projects in developing … Read More
Gul Rukh Rahman is currently consulting with the Edmond de Rothschild Foundation in New York. From 2005 to 2009, Ms. Rahman served as the co-Executive Director of Children of Abraham (CoA). On behalf of CoA, in February 2008 she relocated to Paris, where she worked with a division of France’s Ministry of Defense to create an educational and experiential center that would address intercultural, interfaith, and intra-community dialogue between young French men and women. The experiential center aimed to address issues of social cohesion through economic empowerment and education. Ms. Rahman earned her Master’s degree at Tufts University’s … Read More
Sophie Raseman is former full-time director of the National Vision for Sierra Leone (NVSL) and was one of its founding members as it transitioned into an independent organization. In addition to working at the NVSL, Ms. Raseman has served in a range of public interest positions, including in the non-profit and public sectors. Ms. Raseman currently holds a position at the U.S. Department of Treasury, in the Office of Financial Institutions, where she specializes in financial services policies affecting consumers. Ms. Raseman has also worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Co. in New York City, where she … Read More
Dr. Oliver Rothschild founded and continues to chair the board of Generation Rwanda. He currently works as a consultant with McKinsey & Co. advising clients working in international development and global health as well as a range of healthcare clients in the private sector.
Dr. Rothschild came to McKinsey & Co. from rural Rwanda, where he served as Special Advisor to the Director at Partners In Health-Rwanda under Dr. Paul Farmer, helping to manage a network of hospitals providing care to more than 10 percent of Rwanda’s population and advising the Ministry of Health on HIV/AIDS policy. Prior to joining … Read More
As Director of Small Business and Start Up Development at American Express OPEN, Benjamin D. Stone spearheads the company’s multifaceted initiatives to spur economic growth in the United States. Prior to joining American Express, Mr. Stone built and led Indego Africa (IA), an award-winning social enterprise unleashing the potential of more than 500 women artisan entrepreneurs in Rwanda. Before that, Mr. Stone was an attorney at the global law firm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, where he defended technology manufacturers, energy companies, and individuals in business disputes and government investigations. Mr. Stone currently serves as Vice Chairman … Read More
Anthea Zervos is a founding member and was the longest-serving director of the National Vision for Sierra Leone (NVSL). Ms. Zervos has worked on a number of rule of law and justice initiatives in post-conflict West Africa since 2003. These include the NVSL project with the Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Outreach Section of the Liberia Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the Labor Law Reform initiative with the Liberia Ministry of Labor. From October 2009 through December 2011, Ms. Zervos worked with the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative in Liberia in the position of … Read More
This splendid book is more than a primer on social entrepreneurship for human rights in the developing world. It is also a compendium of searing testimony about the immense practical challenges that idealistic changemakers can overcome by dint of their unflagging energy, incandescent visions of humanity and justice, and on-the-ground skills and resourcefulness. Zachary Kaufman has performed a great public service in orchestrating this admirable volume about how hope for the future can be vindicated even under the most unpromising conditions.”