Gopi Gopalakrishnan and World Health Partners:  Health Services Within  Walking Distance

Gopi Gopalakrishnan and World Health Partners: Health Services Within Walking Distance

Gopi Gopalakrishnan has over 30 years of experience in implementing large-scale service-delivery programs in low-resource settings. He has founded two large organizations so far—World Health Partners (WHP) which focuses on delivering primary health care to rural communities by innovatively harnessing existing resources and earlier Janani (an affiliate of DKT International) which delivers reproductive health services. WHP’s programs have largely been implemented in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, two of the largest and poorest states of India, and in Homa Bay County, western Kenya. 

Eleanor Allen and Water for People: Ensuring the Waters Flow Forever

Eleanor Allen and Water for People: Ensuring the Waters Flow Forever

Eleanor Allen is CEO of Water for People. A compassionate truth-teller and advocate of empowered equality for people across the globe, Eleanor is a world-leading water expert dedicated to helping billions of people access safe and sustainable water and sanitation services needed to save lives, stay healthy, find jobs, and thrive.

Chris Gruits: Curating Innovative and Groundbreaking Programs at the Annenberg Center

Chris Gruits: Curating Innovative and Groundbreaking Programs at the Annenberg Center

Chris Gruits is the executive and artistic director of the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Pennsylvania. His vision returns the Annenberg Center to its roots as Philadelphia’s premier curator of innovative and groundbreaking programs, and a wide range of collaborations in dance, music, theater and more. A signature of his leadership is the cultivation of partnerships across the community, reflecting the Annenberg Center’s commitment to serving the University of Pennsylvania, the surrounding West Philadelphia neighborhood and the Greater Philadelphia region.

Orit Kopel and Glass Voices: Striving for an Equal Voice in the Workplace & World

Orit Kopel and Glass Voices: Striving for an Equal Voice in the Workplace & World

Orit Kopel is a human-rights activist and founder of Glass Voices—an organization striving to empower women to pursue leadership roles in society and amplify their voices in the public sphere and the workplace.

Safia Minney and PeopleTree: When Aesthetics Meet Ethics in Fashion

Safia Minney and PeopleTree: When Aesthetics Meet Ethics in Fashion

Safia Minney, MBE, is an award-winning social entrepreneur and internationally recognized for the company she founded, People Tree, the pioneer of sustainable fashion. She led the business as global CEO for 20+ years in Japan and the UK. Safia has been recognized by the World Economic Forum as an Outstanding Social Entrepreneur and is a leading influencer in sustainability, anti-modern slavery and fair trade.

Andreas Heineke and Dialogue in the Dark: Mitigating Social Gaps and Fostering Empathy

Andreas Heineke and Dialogue in the Dark: Mitigating Social Gaps and Fostering Empathy

Globally, it is estimated that 1.3 billion people live with some form of distance or near vision impairment. Prejudice about blindness is widespread; blind people do not have equal access to education and the labor market. Social entrepreneur Andreas Heinecke was determined to do something about it. He founded Dialogue in the Dark—in which blind people lead the audience in small groups through a set of real-life scenarios in total darkness to share this experience.

Matías Tarnopolsky and The Philadelphia Orchestra: Excellence, Innovation and Creativity Onstage & Offstage

Matías Tarnopolsky and The Philadelphia Orchestra: Excellence, Innovation and Creativity Onstage & Offstage

The Philadelphia Orchestra creates and shares music of the highest caliber for people of all ages and backgrounds, and is actively involved in community outreach activities. Matías Tarnopolsky was appointed president and chief executive officer of the Orchestra in 2018.

Murali Krishnamurthy of the Sankara Eye Foundation: Bringing the Gift of Vision

Murali Krishnamurthy of the Sankara Eye Foundation: Bringing the Gift of Vision

India has the largest blind population in the world. Eight million people are totally blind, 55 million are visually impaired and 80% are either preventable or curable. The Sankara Eye Foundation brings quality and timely eye care to the doorsteps of rural India through its award-winning Gift of Vision outreach program.

Tim Jones of Artscape: the Art of Creative Placemaking

Tim Jones of Artscape: the Art of Creative Placemaking

Tim Jones, CEO of Artscape, is a city builder, social entrepreneur and change agent who works at the intersection of arts and culture, urban development, community activism, philanthropy and public policy. Under his direction since 1998, Artscape has grown from a Toronto-based artist studio provider to a globally recognized leader in creative placemaking. In 2014, Tim was recognized by the Geneva-based Schwab Foundation as Social Entrepreneur of the Year.

David Ross and The Task Force for Global Health: Strengthening Public-Health Systems Worldwide

David Ross and The Task Force for Global Health: Strengthening Public-Health Systems Worldwide

Dave Ross, ScD, is president and chief executive officer (CEO) of The Task Force for Global Health. In this role, Dr. Ross provides strategic direction to The Task Force and oversees seven programs focused on neglected tropical diseases, vaccines, field epidemiology, and public health informatics. He assumed leadership of The Task Force on May 1, 2016, after 16 years as director of The Task Force’s Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII) and its predecessor All Kids Count.

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