Michael Green is Chief Executive Officer of the Social Progress Imperative. An economist by training, he is co-author (with Matthew Bishop of ‘The Economist’) of Philanthrocapitalism: How Giving Can Save the World and The Road from Ruin: A New Capitalism for a Big Society. Previously Michael served as a senior official in the U.K. Government’s Department for International Development, where he managed British aid programs to Russia and Ukraine and headed the communications department. He taught Economics at Warsaw University in Poland in the early 1990s. His TED Talks have been viewed more than two million times, and his 2014 Talk was chosen by the TED organization as one of the ‘most powerful ideas’ of 2014 and by The Telegraph as one of the 10 best ever. In 2016, he was named one of “The 100 Most Connected Men in Britain” by GQ Magazine and one of the NonProfit Times‘s “Power & Influence Top 50.” Michael is @shepleygreen on Twitter.
Luke Greeves is Chief Operating Officer at the Social Progress Imperative. For more than two decades he has focused on driving social change at scale and pioneering approaches to alleviate human suffering and strengthen community resilience. Most recently he led global planning and operations for the American Red Cross, growing revenue streams and building new and innovative programs and partnerships to deliver humanitarian assistance to more than 200 million people annually. Earlier in his career with the Red Cross, Luke led the American Red Cross global disaster preparedness and health programs, and worked in the Caribbean supporting communities to prepare for disasters and prevent the spread of HIV. Luke holds an MBA in international marketing from American University and a BS in finance and economics from La Salle University.
Abi Weaver is Global Director of Communications and Marketing at the Social Progress Imperative. For the past 15 years, she has helped raise the public profile of some of the world’s most recognized causes. Abi led a range of influential campaigns on public health and disaster response to gun violence prevention and education, and brings a wide network and creative toolkit to draw upon while advancing social progress. Most recently, Abi drove a global initiative at the American Red Cross to help 190 countries shape the data and technology revolution for better social outcomes. She holds a BA in journalism and public relations from Western Washington University.
Amy Wares is Research Director at the Social Progress Imperative. A specialist in international development and competitiveness, she has worked for more than a decade with governments, non-profit organizations and consulting firms to design activities that improve the competitiveness of emerging economies. Ms. Wares served as a Senior Competitiveness Advisor in the U.S. Agency for International Development, providing technical assistance to field missions on economic growth programs. She also managed USAID’s collaborative activities with the World Bank’s Doing Business project, overseeing sub-national diagnostics and case study research. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kyrgyzstan and has taught courses in economic development at Columbia University’s School for International and Public Affairs. Ms. Wares holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in economics from the College of William & Mary.
Steve Chaplain is the Operations Manager at the Social Progress Imperative. He has focused his management expertise on assisting nonprofits build and strengthen their operations. Previously, Mr. Chaplain spent over three years at Youth Service America developing and institutionalizing human resources, finance, legal, board and other operational processes. Early in his career, Mr. Chaplain spent two years helping to reduce recidivism in prisons while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Commonwealth of Dominica, West Indies. Steve Chaplain holds an MBA from the Carey School of Business at Johns Hopkins University and a MA from the School for International Training.
Jonathan Talbot is Director of Communications and Outreach at the Social Progress Imperative. He has focused for more than a decade on translating complex original research for a variety of audiences, with an emphasis on comparing governance in different countries. He most recently managed the communications team at The Institute for Inclusive Security, the world’s leading organization elevating the role of women in preventing and resolving armed conflict. Previously, Mr. Talbot worked at the World Resources Institute, including managing communications for its institutions and governance program and co-authoring a book on increasing civil society participation in environmental decisions. He holds an MS in science and medical journalism from Boston University and a BA in Science & Technology Studies from Cornell University.
Justin leads the development of the Social Progress Network throughout North America by fostering cross-sector partnerships between businesses, local governments, and civil society who together build collaborative strategies to improve social outcomes in their communities. Justin has spent the past decade focused on US philanthropy, international development, and social innovation. He previously led communications at the World Wide Web Foundation, overseeing the inaugural launch of their flagship Web Index, which aims to measure the Web’s contribution to social, economic and political progress around the globe. Prior to that, he led a small marketing and communications team at Exponent Philanthropy, a non-profit serving nearly 3,000 charitable foundations and individual donors across the US, and consulted with the Johnson Center for Philanthropy’s Foundation Review at Grand Valley State University.
Tamar Hellman is a Research Manager at Social Progress Imperative. With a background in education and international development, she has conducted research on both U.S.-based and international initiatives. Most recently, Ms. Hellman was a researcher at Policy Studies Associates, evaluating the implementation and outcomes of education programs across the United States. Prior, she worked with a number of nonprofit organizations to research and evaluate programs in Vietnam and the Middle East, as well as interned at the U.S. Department of Education, where she analyzed the preliminary results of a national grant program. Ms. Hellman holds an MPA from New York University and a BA in International Studies and Music Performance from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Franklin Murillo is Network Coordinator of the Social Progress Imperative where he facilitates collaboration with regional teams and local networks that translate Social Progress Index data into policy-oriented actions across the world. Previously, he was General Manager of Fundación Gente, a non-profit Costa Rican organization that seeks to strengthen the national education system through public-private partnerships. He also founded Miguía, a social enterprise that provides support to more than 40,000 mothers in Latin America. Franklin holds a BA in Education from Universidad Latina de Costa Rica, an MBA and an MA in Project Management from Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnología. He is also recognized as a One Young World Ambassador, a Young Challenger by Grameen Creative Lab, and a Global Thinker.
Petra Krylova is Senior Analyst at the Social Progress Imperative. Petra joins from the Center for Global Development where she worked as Policy Analyst on the Commitment to Development Index and Policy Coherence for Development. She previously lectured and researched on project management, evaluation, and development assistance at Palacky University, Czech Republic. Petra has been a member of several evaluation teams, worked for an NGO that focused on education and awareness raising about international development, and served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Czech national platform of development NGOs. Petra is a graduate from Palacky University with an MA (Hons) in International Development Studies.
Carlos Jáuregui is an Atlas Corps/America Solidaria Fellow (Communications) at the Social Progress Imperative. He has focused for eight years on advocating for children’s rights and opportunities for vulnerable populations in the nonprofit sector in Peru and Haiti. While working for the Peruvian Ministry of Health, he monitored communication strategies and activities to reduce early childhood malnutrition. Carlos also worked for Young Lives Peru, an international longitudinal study on childhood poverty. His international experience includes working at Groupe d’Appui aux Rapatriés et Réfugiés in Haiti, where he supported the communication office, and carried out workshops about ICT and photography. He holds a BA in Communication for Development from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.
Bishop William Lawrence University Professor, Harvard Business School
Michael Porter is an economist, researcher, author, advisor, speaker and teacher. Throughout his career at Harvard Business School, he has brought economic theory and strategy concepts to bear on many of the most challenging problems facing corporations, economies and societies, including market competition and company strategy, economic development, the environment, and health care. His extensive research is widely recognized in governments, corporations, NGOs, and academic circles around the globe. His research has received numerous awards, and he is the most cited scholar today in economics and business. While Michael Porter is, at the core, a scholar, his work has also achieved remarkable acceptance by practitioners across multiple fields.
Hernando de Soto is President of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy in Lima, Peru. Currently, he is focused on designing and implementing capital formation programs to empower the poor in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and former Soviet nations. With former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Mr. de Soto co-chaired the UN Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor, and serves as honorary co-chair on various boards and organizations, including the World Justice Project. He is the author of two international bestsellers on economic and political development: The Other Path and The Mystery of Capital.
Judith Rodin is president of The Rockefeller Foundation and previously president of the University of Pennsylvania and provost of Yale University. A widely recognized international leader in academia, science and development issues, Dr. Rodin has actively participated in the World Economic Forum, Council on Foreign Relations, Clinton Global Initiative and the United Nations General Assembly. Dr. Rodin is the author of more than 200 academic articles and has written or co-written 12 books. She has received 18 honorary doctorate degrees and was recognized as one of Forbes Magazine’s World’s 100 Most Powerful Women in 2011. Dr. Rodin earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from Columbia University.
School of Management Distinguished Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Scott Stern is the School of Management Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management Group at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He works widely with both companies and governments in understanding the drivers and consequences of innovation and entrepreneurship, and the role of innovation and entrepreneurship in competitiveness and regional economic performance. Dr. Stern is the director of the Innovation Policy Group at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He holds a B.A. in economics from New York University and a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University. In 2005, Dr. Stern was awarded the inaugural Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship.
Dean, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford
Professor Ngaire Woods is Dean of the new Blavatnik School of Government and Professor of Global Economic Governance at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on global economic governance, globalization, global development, and international institutions. Dr. Woods founded and is Director of the Global Economic Governance Programme. She is the author of several books and numerous articles on international institutions, globalization, and governance. Dr. Woods has served as an advisor to the IMF Board, to the UNDP’s Human Development Report, and to the Commonwealth Heads of Government. She earned a D.Phil and M.Phil in International Relations from at Balliol College, Oxford, and a LLB (Hons) in law and a BA in economics from the University of Auckland.
Brizio Biondi-Morra is the former President and Chair of Fundación Avina, and former Chair of Avina Americas, the sister organization of Fundación Avina in the United States. He continues to be a board member of both organizations, which work in partnership with civil society and business leaders toward sustainable development in Latin America and the world. Dr. Biondi-Morra is Chair Emeritus of INCAE Business School, the leading business school in Latin America, where he served as Chair (1999-2012) and Dean (1991-1999). He also served as Chair of Fundes International, a foundation promoting small and medium enterprise development in Latin America, from 2000 to 2010. He holds a doctorate degree in Business Administration from Harvard University, and a doctorate degree in Economics from Bocconi University, Italy.
Roberto Artavia Loría is President of VIVA Trust, an organization that combines strategic investments in productive endeavors, particularly in forestry and fair trade, with philanthropic activities, focused mainly on the promotion of leadership, innovation and the formation of civil society networks in Latin America. He is also President of Fundación Latinoamérica Posible, which promotes corporate social responsibility and sustainable development in Latin America. Dr. Artavia founded the Latin American Centre for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development (CLACDS) where he worked extensively with the World Economic Forum to promote, deploy and position its indices – particularly the Global Competitiveness Report – in Latin America. He holds a doctoral degree in business from Harvard University.
David Cruickshank is Chairman of Deloitte’s global organization, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, and was elected into this role in June 2015 having served on its Global Board for eight years from 2007. Prior to this, he was Chairman of the Deloitte UK member firm from 2007 – 2015.
Prior to becoming the Deloitte UK member firm Chairman in 2007, David led Deloitte’s tax practice in the UK for eight years, during which time he was a member of the UK firm’s Executive Group and a member of the global organization’s tax management group. He is a Chartered Accountant and a graduate in business and economics from the University of Edinburgh.
Outside the firm, David is a member of the World Economic Forum Chairman’s group, a council member of the International Integrated Reporting Council, a Board Member of the Social Progress Imperative and, in the UK, he chairs the board or Trustees of the Education and Employers Taskforce and is one of the founder chairman of the 30% Club.
Álvaro Rodríguez Arregui is co-founder and Managing Partner of IGNIA Partners, LLC, an impact investing fund for Latin America focused on commercial enterprises that serve the base of the pyramid. He is also the Chair of Compartamos Banco, the largest microfinance institution in Latin America. Previously, Mr. Rodríguez served as Chief Executive Officer of Farmacias Benavides, the largest drugstore chain in Latin America and Chief Financial Officer of Vitro and Grupo Salinas’s retail arm, Elektra. Mr. Rodríguez was named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2005 and was included on the Forbes list of the world’s top 30 social entrepreneurs in 2011.
Matthew Bishop is the Globalisation Editor of The Economist and co-author of Philanthrocapitalism: How Giving Can Save the World and The Road from Ruin: A New Capitalism for the Big Society. Before joining The Economist, Mr. Bishop was on the faculty of the London Business School, where he co-authored three books for Oxford University Press. Mr. Bishop participated in the Advisors Group of the United Nations International Year of Microcredit 2005 and chaired the World Economic Forum’s Council on Philanthropy and Social Innovation. He is a graduate of Oxford University.
Sally Osberg is President and CEO of the Skoll Foundation, which aims to drive large-scale change by investing in, connecting, and celebrating social entrepreneurs and the innovators who help them solve the world’s most pressing problems. She serves on the boards of the Skoll Global Threats Fund, the Oracle Education Foundation and the Palestine-based Partners for Sustainable Development, and the advisory council of The Elders. She received the John Gardner Leadership Award from the American Leadership Forum, was inducted into the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame, and was named by the San Jose Mercury News as one of the “Millennium 100” for her role in shaping and leading Silicon Valley.
Methodological Expert, Progreso Social Mesoamérica
Jaime Garcia is Senior Methodological Associate at the Social Progress Imperative, where he develops methodological approaches and projects for subnational social progress indices. An economist specializing in applied economics, Mr. Garcia has worked on projects for organizations including the US Agency for International Development, The London School of Economics, the Ministry of Finances in Mexico, and the Mexican Central Bank. Most recently, he developed civil society projects focused on the intersection of the digital world and social, political and economic environments, in order to unlock the potential of new media and digital tools as new sources of data and research mechanisms. His areas of expertise include regional development, poverty, welfare indicators, project appraisal, and data visualization. He holds master’s degrees in Social Policy, and in Population and Development, both from The London School of Economics.
Maria Jose is an expert on sustainable development and international cooperation, with an emphasis on social articulation, design and project management. Currently she works on communication and social capital for the Latin American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development (CLACDS) of INCAE Business School. She is responsible for coordinating the Social Progress Index national networks in Mesoamerica and supports the coordination of the Presidential Committee on Innovation and Human Talent. She worked for more than 10 years with civil society projects in Latin America with a focus on protection and promotion of human rights. Maria Jose holds a master’s degree in Development from the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University and a BA in International Affairs.
Antonio Aranibar is Strategy Advisor to the Social Progress Imperative where he fosters engaged, multi-sector networks that translate the Imperative’s research into policy-oriented actions. Previously, he was Global Network Director for the Social Progress Imperative. He was earlier Latin American Director of the Political Analysis and Prospective Scenarios Project of the United Nations Development Programme, specializing in strategic political advising for development projects. He has working experience in more than twenty-five countries, especially in Latin America and the Caribbean, but also in the Middle East, South East Asia and the Balkans. Antonio holds a BA in Development Economics from the University of Paris IX, and a PhD(c) in econometrics and economic modeling from the Autonomous University of Madrid.
Richard Woods is European Regional Representative for the Social Progress Imperative where he leads on liaison with the European Institutions and is building a European network of organizations and individuals using the Social Progress Index as an advocacy tool. Previously he was Head of European Investment for Northamptonshire County Council in Brussels. Earlier, he was strategic lead for the East Midlands region on all matters relating to European Structural Funds delivery, internationalization, innovation, and entrepreneurship policy. He has established and chaired various international networks including the Environmental Platform of Regional Offices spanning 300 European regions. Richard holds a BA in Modern Languages from the University of Exeter, and an MBA from Amsterdam Business School in the Netherlands and Vlerick Business School in Belgium.
Shariha is a Global Good Fund Ambassador and one of 25 +SocialGood Connectors in the world. Her ongoing work in creating environments that can support the ecosystem for the social economy and social impact has received the support of international partners. As Managing Director and CoFounder of Scope Group, she leads the firm’s health and development practice focusing on policy design, systems innovation and partnerships for impact.
Executive Director of the Fundación Corona, one of the most renowned institutions in the country, which has been working for the last 51 years in promoting social development in Colombia. Angela has a master’s in clinical psychology from Universidad de los Andes and worked in high level positions for 22 years in the public sector in the President’s Cabinet, Bogotá´s mayor office and the Ministry of Education. She has also been advisor of numerous international cooperation agencies in the areas of development, vulnerable population and economic and social inclusion. She has authored over 11 publication of national impact.
Her experience in the private sector, of over 13 years, has always been linked to Foundations both nationally and internationally in the implementation of programs of social development in Asia and Latin America.