Portfolio: Saturday

Prof Shelley Sacks

Shelley Sacks is a social sculpture practitioner, cultural activist, and theorist working internationally. Her transdisciplinary ‘connective aesthetics’ practice links imagination and transformation, and sees responsibility as an ‘ability to respond’. The capacity building processes and creative intervention formats she creates promote experiential knowing, ecological citizenship, and ‘paradigm shift in practice’. These ‘instruments of consciousness’ draw on her South African liberation struggle experience and the work of her teacher, Joseph Beuys. As social sculpture professor at Oxford Brookes University and initiator of the alternative university ‘Lab for New Knowledge and an Eco-Social Future’, Sacks offers a radical approach for moving toward a post-Anthropocene ecological era that highlights the human being as the solution.

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www.social-sculpture.org

sandra fishermartins

Sandra Fisher-Martins

Sandra founded Claro to simplify the way Portuguese businesses and government agencies communicate with the public, to help people with low literacy make informed choices about their health, education, welfare, and civil rights.

An active plain-language advocate, she has been invited to present to high-profile audiences around the world, including at the European Commission, the University of Barcelona, and the German and Swedish Ministries of Justice. Her TEDx Talk, The Right to Understand, was featured on the TED homepage.

Sandra was awarded a Skoll Scholarship and is currently doing a Master’s at the Saïd Business School.

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Micol Alexandria Chiesa

Micol Alexandria Chiesa

Micol Alexandria Chiesa is a doctoral student at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at the University of Oxford. She studies under the supervision of Prof Gordon Clark. Her work focuses on corporate environmental management in the consumer products industry and specifically on the effects of M&A on corporate performance during different phases of growth. She is an observer for the Green Bonds Principles and a member of the Strategic Management Society, the Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability, and the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. She holds a Master’s degree in International Economics from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s degree in Diplomatic Studies from the University of Bologna.

Mike Quinn

Michael Quinn

Mike Quinn is group CEO of Zoona, an African FinTech business that helps communities thrive. Since launching in 2009, Zoona has grown to an active customer base of 1.5 million consumers and 1,400 agents in Zambia and Malawi, and has processed over $1 billion in transactions. In 2015, the Nike Foundation and Unreasonable Institute selected Zoona for the inaugural Girl Effect Accelerator as one of the top start-ups in the world helping girls out of poverty based on our micro-franchise model that empowers girls and young women to become entrepreneurs.

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www.ilovezoona.com

Meryan Omi

Meryam Omi

Meryam is responsible for engaging on sustainability themes globally and for the development of responsible investment product solutions. She leads on the project to integrate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) aspects into the fundamental research of mainstream funds and to carry out sector/theme specific engagements on key sustainability topics, such as climate change, water, and corporate tax policy.

Meryam has over 12 years of investment experience in asset management companies, starting her career as a business proposal writer for fixed income funds. She joined LGIM in 2008 to set up a business proposal team and project managed various marketing and sales initiatives across a wide range of products and capabilities.

 

Marko Oroz

Marko Oroz

Marko Oroz is the managing director at Refugee Open Ware (ROW), a social enterprise that harnesses advanced technology to accelerate inclusive development in conflict-affected areas. Specifically, Marko oversees the development of fabrication laboratories and incubators for vulnerable populations (e.g. refugees, asylum-seekers, etc). Currently focused on Greece, Marko is coordinating the operations of a new social innovation lab and developing an impact investment vehicle. Previously, Marko was a management consultant at Deloitte Consulting focusing on strategy and operations for social enterprises. Marko graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service with a degree in science, technology, and international relations.

Juan Galeazzi

Juan M. Galeazzi

Juan is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford using a variety of neurophysiological and theoretical approaches to understand how brain regions interact and how these interactions mediate behaviour and different cognitive processes.

He recently completed his Doctor of Philosophy as a member of the University’s Oxford Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence, where he focused on using artificial neural network models to understand better how sensory signals are integrated and transformed in order to plan and execute motor actions.

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Joe Murphy

Joe Murphy

Joe manages the CE100 innovation platform and leads the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s day-to-day contact with emerging innovators. Joe has ample experience in sniffing out disruptive, systemically relevant innovations, both in his current role and his previous one, where he helped grow social enterprises working in education in London.

Clara Shen

Clara Shen

Clara Shen is the director of emerging markets at Mars, Incorporated / Catalyst. She co-leads the Mutuality Lab, which has developed a new business model and non-monetized metrics to help move from a profit maximisation model to a holistic value optimization approach across multiple forms of capital. This includes conceptualising and building inclusive business units to reach ’the last mile’ driven by micro-entrepreneurship, e.g. Maua in Kenya — that has healthy profitability and continues to scale in Africa and Asia. Prior to Mars, Clara co-founded a biotechnology start-up based at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Clara holds a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard and a Masters of Business Administration from INSEAD.

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Andy Middleton

Andy Middleton

Andy builds teams that connect the most competent, passionate, and creative people he can find. He helps them find good reasons to work together on ambitious, systemic change projects that shift the dial on global grand challenges. Walks in wild nature and sea / surf time feature strongly in his toolkit to connect head and heart. Project Slipstream’s flagship work is helping Wales become a country scale lab for sustainability change bringing government, business, community, and NGOs together. Andy is also Founder of B Corp The TYF Group that uses adventure to help people fall in love with nature so deeply it changes their lives for ever.

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