Founding Director of the university-wide Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University
Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D., is the Julius B. Richmond FAMRI Professor of Child Health and Development at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard Graduate School of Education; Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital; and Founding Director of the university-wide Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. He has served as Chair of the Board on Children, Youth, and Families at the National Academy of Sciences and led a blue-ribbon committee that produced the landmark report, From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Science of Early Childhood Development. Dr. Shonkoff has received multiple honors, including elected membership to the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine) of the National Academy of Sciences, the C. Anderson Aldrich Award in Child Development from the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Public Policy for Children from the Society for Research in Child Development. In 2011, he launched Frontiers of Innovation, a multi-sectoral, R&D platform that engages researchers, practitioners, policymakers, community leaders, parents, investors, and experts in systems change who are committed to driving science-based innovation that achieves breakthrough impacts on the development and lifelong health of young children and families facing adversity.
Vice President, LEGO Foundation
Kasper Ottosson Kanstrup heads up the LEGO Foundation’s programme called Communities of Learning through Play. With this programme, the LEGO Foundation hones in on individual countries in
which they work to establish and develop Learning through Play through-out the learning ecosystem for children aged 0-12 years. The LEGO Foundation currently focuses its efforts with projects in
four countries: South Africa, Mexico, Denmark, and Ukraine.
Kasper holds international experience from market leading organisations in the fields of social, financial, and political development. Prior to joining the LEGO Foundation, Kasper accumulated
extensive experience in different leadership positions. Most recently, he held the position of International Director for Western Europe, North America and Australia in SOS Children’s Villages
International situated in Austria.
Kasper has studied International Development and Public Administration at Roskilde University in Denmark and Public Health at University of the Witswatersrand in South Africa.
Kasper lives in Copenhagen, is married and has a son.
Chairman of the Board and Founder of Social Promotora México
Chairman of the Board and Founder of Social Promotora México, Venture Philanthropy and Impact Investing pioneer organization in Mexico. Founder of Un Kilo de Ayuda, NGO that works promoting Early Childhood Development in Mexico 30 years ago. He has ventured also into the fields of Health with the COFAS hospitals system in rural areas, in education as Founder and Board Member of “Mexicanos Primero” policy incidence NGO to improve education quality in Mexico and in the Economic Development not only with PSM but also with Mi Tienda an innovative rural supply chain of rural stores in Mexico. Founder and Board of Grupo Gentera.
Executive Director of Televisa Foundation
Alejandro Villanueva is the Executive Director of Televisa Foundation (TF), a US registered 501c3 that aims to propel Latino families through innovative education and entrepreneurship programs. The foundation strategy has a strong leverage on technology and a particular focus in STEM with a gender angle. Before joining TF, he served as Regional Director of Programs at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Alejandro also worked in the financial sector and helped organizations around the world with McKinsey & Company. He has a master degree in business and several certificate programs in strategy, philanthropy, innovation and entrepreneurship.
IDB Country Representative in Mexico
Verónica Zavala, is currently Country Representative in Mexico. Ms. Zavala, a Peruvian citizen, holds a Law Degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and a Master in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University.
During her path at the IDB she has been General Manager of the Country Department Andean Group, IDB Strategic Planning Manager and Executive Director for Peru.
She has also been Sector Manager at the World Bank in the Public Sector for Latin America.
Before the race in multilateral organisms was Minister of Transport and Communications in Peru, Secretary of Public Management of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers of Peru among other positions related to the reform of the state and the promotion of private investment.
Corporate Social Responsibility of the three Johnson & Johnson companies in Mexico
Paola Martínez Chiñas has a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Public Policy from Universidad Ibero-Americana and Tecnológico de Monterrey.
Paola focused her career on the development and empowerment of individuals and communities through the exercise of human rights.
Education and cooperation for development are the center of her professional duties at the Mexican Senate; the Ministry of Education; the Ministry of Health and at the United Nations Children’s Fund – UNICEF. From 2015 to date, she leads Corporate Social Responsibility of the three Johnson & Johnson companies in Mexico.
Founder & CEO of The Social Impact Studio
Jessica Mason is Founder & CEO of The Social Impact Studio, a niche consulting firm that partners exclusively with mission-driven organizations to spur social innovation that creates more equitable, just, and prosperous communities. During her career, Jessica has developed a reputation for using human-centered design to help organizations around the globe confront audacious challenges, build world-class programs, and achieve greater impact.
Prior to founding The Social Impact Studio, Jessica worked at the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University where she directed a portfolio of early childhood innovation labs in Latin America and served as the technical expert on innovation methods.
She is a certified facilitator and coach of human-centered design, an instructor at the LUMA Institute, and teaches an executive education module on design for social impact at Harvard University. She holds an A.B. Magna Cum Laude from Brown University, an Ed.M in International Education Policy from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and postgraduate certificates in Behavioral Science and International Business Management.
Since 2008 he has worked in public administration.
He currently is the Head of the Vulnerable Population Attention Unit in the National System for the Integral Development of the Family, mainly addressing the following topics:
Subdirectorate of Exploration and Knowledge of the World of the Secretaría de Educación Pública
She has participated in government programs of early education in both modalities, collaborating in social and community development actions with a sustainable approach and attention to diversity in order to support the development of early childhood.
Author of the Design and production of the television program “TELEI, Early Education, first childhood” and the Radio program “IRADIO”.
She is currently responsible for the Subdirectorate of Exploration and Knowledge of the World of the Secretaría de Educación Pública, a sub-direction created to take charge of the Early Education Program.
Executive Director of Fondo Unido México- United Way México
Diana García graduated with honors from Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM) holding a BA in International Relations and an MBA form the same institution. Diana has specialized in Community Impact and Fundraising at Indiana University – Purdue (IUPUI) and in Social Responsibility and Corporate Philanthropy at ITAM. Before joining Fondo Unido Mexico, Diana García was an associate researcher in the Philanthropy and Civil Society project at ITAM. She stood out by coauthoring the first Mexican based study, with data from OECD, about the trends in public and private development aid in Mexico in the last decades.
Diana took part in linking the Mexican Social Development Ministry (SEDESOL) Migration and Social Development Program in the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, D.C. Diana García has been part of the United Way system for 9 years. She was selected by United Way Worldwide as a Global Resident Fellow, and she is a member of the Women’s Leadership Council at Fondo Unido Mexico.
Currently, Diana is the Executive Director of Fondo Unido México- United Way México. She has stood out by designing and enacting special initiatives of social investment, such as implementing models of Corporate Social Responsibility and Volunteerism.
P&G Director of Communications Latin America
Claudia was born in Mexico City. She graduated as an Industrial Engineer and has an MBA from Clemson University.
Her career at P&G Mexico began 25 years ago, where she has held various positions within the company living in Mexico, Switzerland, and Chile.
Claudia is responsible for building and protecting P&G’s reputation in Latin America, leading media relations, crisis and issues management, employee and executive communications, and P&G’s citizenship programs.
She is currently President of the Board for United Way Mexico and has a passion for developing female talent.
Psychologist of Universidad de Los Andes
Psychologist of Universidad de Los Andes with Master degree in development studies at the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam (Netherland). He is a skilled social project manager with an ample background in the design and implementation of strategies related to early childhood, education, human rights and gender, in public, academic and private settings. Currently, Manuel leads the backbone organization of Primero lo Primero, the first collective impact vehicle for early childhood development in Latin America.
Patagonia’s Vice President of Public Engagement
RICK RIDGEWAY is Patagonia’s Vice President of Public Engagement and represents and promotes the company’s core values with external stakeholders. In this role, he is one of Patagonia’s key spokespersons in all its global markets. During his 12-year tenure at the company he has worked with teams to develop and launch environmental and sustainability initiatives within the company, including Freedom to Roam, the Footprint Chronicles, the Responsible Economy Campaign and Worn Wear. He also was founding chairman of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, today the largest apparel, footwear and home textile trade organization in the world.
In addition, Rick is recognized as one of the world’s foremost mountaineers. With three companions, he was the first American to summit K2, considered the hardest of the world’s high-altitude mountain to climb, and he has done other significant climbs and explorations on all continents including the first direct coast-to-coast traverse of Borneo and a traverse of the Tibet’s Chang Tang plateau on a route never explored. His magazine articles have appeared in National Geographic and Harvard Business Review, and he is the author of six books, including Seven Summits, The Shadow of Kilimanjaro and Below Another Sky. National Geographic honored him with its “Lifetime Achievement in Adventure” award. He serves on the boards of Conservacion Patagonica and the Turtle Conservancy, and is on the Advisory Boards of World Wildlife Fund, Unilever USA, and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.
Rick lives with his wife Jennifer in Ojai, California, they have been married for 33 years, and they have three grown children.
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