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Where does the responsibility to solve the world's toughest challenges lie? Is it fair to silo it off to the charity sector? How do we measure social impact? Have the billions spent on aid in the past really made a difference?

These are just some of the questions we'll be asking this year at Founders Pledge Forum. In addition to exploring all things data-driven philanthropy, we will take a close look at the current trajectory of business and technology, asking where we are heading, and how all changemakers - social sector, public sector, academia and business included - can coordinate to create a fair and sustainable future.


8:30 - 09:15


09:15 - 09:25

David Goldberg and Jonnie Goodwin

09:25 - 09:35

Keynote: The Business of Doing Good
Richard Reed (Co-founder, Innocent Drinks)

09:35 - 09:50

How the Data Revolution Transformed the Social Sector
Dean Karlan (Founder, Innovations for Poverty Action)

09:50 - 10:40

PANEL: Philanthropy 2.0
Kanika Bahl (Evidence Action), Alix Zwane (Global Innovation Fund), Dixon Chibanda (Friendship Bench), Tris Lumley (New Philanthropy Capital)

10:40 - 11:20


11:20 - 11:40

Founder Story: Primary Education in the Knowledge Economy
Madhav Chavan (Co-founder, Pratham)

11:40 - 12:10

The Value of Everything
Mariana Mazzucato (Author & Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Value)

12:10 - 12:35

Eyes in the Sky, Feet on the Ground: Planet’s Quest for Social Impact
Robbie Schingler (Co-founder, Planet)

12:35 - 13:10

The Brain-changing (and World-changing) Effects of Altruism
Matthieu Ricard (Philosopher; Author, Caring Economics: Conversations on Altruism and Compassion, Between Scientists, Economists, and the Dalai Lama)

13:10 - 14:30


14:30 - 14:45

The Giving Games
Kellie Liket (Co-founder, Effective Giving)

14:45 - 15:05

Deep Tech Entrepreneurship as an Altruistic Tool
Ela Madej (Co-founder, Fifty Years VC & Base CRM)

15:05 - 15:45

PANEL: Malaria: Our Next Milestone?
Rob Mather (Against Malaria Foundation), Karen E Logan (Imperial College London), Chris Drakeley (LSHTM), Andy Hardy (Aberystwyth University)

15:45 - 16:15


16:15 - 16:35

Founder Story: Addressing the Market Failure of our Time
Kevin Conrad (Coalition for Rainforest Nations)

16:35 - 16:55

FIRESIDE CHAT: Tech Culture in the Age of Blockchain
Kathleen Breitman (Co-founder, Tezos)

16:55 - 17:00

Closing keynote
Stephan Chambers (Director, LSE Marshall Institute)

17:00 - 19:00



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    Matthieu Ricard is a Ph.D. in cell genetics turned Buddhist monk who has lived in the Himalayan region for the last fifty years. After earning a Ph.D. in cell genetics at the Pasteur Institute under Nobel Laureate Francois Jacob, he traveled to the Himalayas in 1967 and has studied with some of the greatest masters of Tibetan Buddhism. He is the author of The Monk and the Philosopher, a dialogue with his father Jean-François Revel, which has been translated in 23 languages; The Quantum and the Lotus, a dialogue with the astrophysicist Trinh Xuan Thuan; Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill, Why Meditate?; Altruism: The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World, A Plea For The Animals and Enlightened Vagabond and Beyond the Self: A conversation between Neuroscience and Buddhism.

    For the last 20 years he has been an active participant in scientific research on the effects of mind training and meditation on the brain, working in conjunction with the Mind and Life Institute and has been the French interpreter for the Dalai Lama since 1989. He lives at Shechen Monastery in Nepal (See www.shechen.org).

    Matthieu donates all proceeds from his books and conferences, as well as much of his time to 200 humanitarian projects in Nepal, India and Tibet (www.karuna-shechen.org) which serve over 300,000 persons every year in the fields of health care, education and social service. He is also active for the preservation of the Himalayan cultural heritage (www.shechen.org).

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    Co-founder, Base CRM & Fifty Years VC

    A serial entrepreneur and a Founding Partner at Fifty Years, an early stage VC fund that backs entrepreneurs solving the world’s biggest problems with technology. A Y Combinator alum who previously co-founded Base CRM, the software development company Applicake, and was a Partner at Innovation Nest, a Europe-focused VC firm. With Fifty Years, Ela has invested in over 38 private companies in areas such as synthetic biology, energy, space tech, health tech, food tech, autonomous vehicles, and more. Ela also runs Impact.tech, a platform for technologists in Silicon Valley who want to combine purpose with profit.

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    Co-founder, Innocent & JamJar Investments

    Richard is the Co-founder of innocent, the No.1 health drinks brand in Europe. Innocent was started from a market stall, now sells in 17 countries & was acquired by Coca Cola for $700m. Innocent’s mission is to ‘taste good & do good’, with sustainable business practices & a minimum of 10% of profits going to charity each year. Richard, along with his Co-founders, now runs JamJar Investments, a UK based start-up fund focusing on consumer facing brands that use creativity, craft & functional performance to create lifetime loyalty. Richard is also a Director of the independent press regulator Ipsos.

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    CEO, Global Innovation Fund

    Alix Peterson Zwane is Chief Executive Officer of the Global Innovation Fund. She has 20 years of experience advancing the agenda of evidence-based aid and international development as an investor, a social entrepreneur, and an innovator herself.

    Alix has worked at the intersection of the evidence and innovation agendas from a diverse set of posts. She was the first employee and Executive Director at Evidence Action, a non-profit that develops service delivery models to scale evidence-based programs. Under Alix’s leadership, Evidence Action catalysed school-based deworming for hundreds of millions of children around the world, and safe drinking water for millions of people in four countries. Alix launched Evidence Action Beta, an incubator for innovations in development. Alix has also advocated for evidence-based philanthropy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Google.org, where she set strategy and made investments to support new public service models that work for the poor and developed models for outcome-based grant-making. She began her career in management consulting and was a member of the faculty of the Agricultural and Resource Economics Department at University of California, Berkeley.

    Alix has published in Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and elsewhere. She previously served on the board of directors of Innovations for Poverty Action, the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation, and Evidence Action. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University and is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. Born and raised in Colorado, she divides her time between Washington, D.C. and London.

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    Executive Director, Coalition for Rainforest Nations

    Ambassador Conrad was Special Envoy for Environment and Climate Change for Papua New Guinea from 2005-2014 and founding Executive Director of the Coalition for Rainforest Nations, an intergovernmental initiative of over 50 developing nations. In this role, Amb. Conrad launched the initiative within the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) now known as REDD-plus: 'Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of forest carbon stocks.' He is a lead negotiator for the G77 & China focused on development, climate, and forests. Amb. Conrad was instrumental in the design and establishment of the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility and the United Nations UN-REDD Programme. Amb. Conrad has been a member of the Global Agenda Council on Ecosystems and Biodiversity Loss for the World Economic Forum.

    Past experience includes investment banking and operational experience. He has worked for and advised numerous international companies related to global strategy, international investment, and strategic alliances. In 2009, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) named Amb. Conrad a 'Champion of the Earth' for Policy Leadership. In 2008, TIME Magazine named him #1 in the "Leaders & Visionaries" category within its annual list of "Heroes of the Environment". Amb. Conrad was raised in Papua New Guinea and subsequently earned a BS from the University of Southern California and MBAs from both Columbia Business School and the London Business School – receiving the ‘Distinguished Service Award.’

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    Founder, Effective Giving

    Dr. Kellie Liket is the Founder of Effective Giving (EG). Effective Giving was founded by several philanthropists who share a strong desire to do as much good as they can. By developing data-driven frameworks and tools, they seek to improve the thought leadership on maximizing the impact of major donor's grantmaking and impact investing strategies. Dr. Liket completed her Ph.D. on impact measurement in 2014 (Erasmus University), she is a Development Economist (MSc London School of Economics), and is currently a Senior Fellow at the Impact Centre Erasmus. She has published extensively in academic journals in the fields of sustainability, business ethics, philanthropy and nonprofit management. Kellie has a deep passion to introduce evidence into our decision making in the social sector, a message she has been able to spread through the many podia, networks and initiatives that she is part of.

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    Founder, Innovations for Poverty Action

    Dean is a Professor of Economics and Finance at Northwestern University and Founder of IPA. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago's Harris Graduate School of Public Policy and Graduate School of Business, and received his Ph.D. in 2002 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dean is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), and the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship. In addition, he is on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL).

    His research focuses on microeconomic issues of poverty, typically employing experimental methodologies and behavioral economics insights to examine what works, what does not, and why in interventions in sustainable income generation for those in poverty, household and entrepreneurial finance, health behavior, and charitable giving. He works on issues for low-income households in both developing countries and the United States.

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    Director, The Marshall Institute

    In May 2016, Stephan Chambers took up the post of inaugural Director of the Marshall Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science. The Marshall Institute is committed to increasing the impact of private contributions to public benefit through teaching, research, and convening. Prior to Marshall, Stephan was the Co-founder of the Skoll World Forum and Chair of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Director of International Strategy at Oxford’s Saїd Business School, and Senior Research Fellow at Lincoln College Oxford. He sits on the advisory board of Princeton University Press and is a Director of the Britdoc Foundation, the Dartington Trust, the University of the People, and the Dragon School. He wrote a regular Entrepreneurship column for the Financial Times and in 2014 was special adviser to Larry Brilliant and Jeff Skoll at the Skoll Global Threats Fund in California. He teaches entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurial finance. From 2000 to 2014, he directed Oxford’s MBA, overseeing its rise in international influence and rankings. In addition, he was the Founding Director of Oxford’s Executive MBA and helped to found Oxford’s Man Institute for Quantitative Finance.

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    Director of Innovation, NPC

    Tris leads NPC’s work on innovation, researching and developing innovative approaches, new models and new ventures to create significant, long-term contributions to the capability and capacity of the social sector. Working with partners in the UK and globally, Tris develops initiatives to maximise the value of existing and emerging innovations in all sectors, through their application in the social sector. NPC’s focus within the area of innovation is on the use of digital technology and data to transform the delivery of activities, products and services, and to transform the relationships between funders and investors, the charities and social enterprises they support, and the people they all aim to serve.

    Tris helped initiate and develop NPC’s Digital Transformation Programme, which is currently focused on creating practical collaborations on digital technology in areas like the youth sector and women’s empowerment, and the Inspiring Impact programme which aims to improve impact practice across the UK charity sector. He is also a board member of Social Value International, a member of the Leap of Reason Ambassadors Community, and is a regular speaker at international conferences in Europe, Asia, Australia and the U.S.

    Before joining NPC in 2004, he worked in consulting, emerging technology research, and scientific and engineering innovation.

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    CEO, Evidence Action

    Kanika Bahl is CEO of Evidence Action, a nonprofit organization which measurably reduces the burden of poverty globally by scaling proven solutions backed by rigorous evidence. The organization reaches over 200 million people in Asia and Africa through its Deworm the World and Dispensers for Safe Water program.

    Previously, Kanika served as Managing Director at Results for Development (R4D), where she established and led the Market Dynamics practice. The practice increased access to lifesaving products such as childhood pneumonia treatments and malaria bed nets for millions of individuals. Prior to R4D, Kanika served as an Executive Vice President at the Clinton Foundation Health Access Initiative (CHAI) where she launched the organization’s work across twenty African countries while based in Zambia and Kenya for four years. Kanika received her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and her BA in Mathematical Economics from Rice University.

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    Co-founder, Inuka

    Dixon Chibanda is the director of the African Mental Health Research Initiative (AMARI). He's based in Zimbabwe, where he works on the Friendship Bench program, a cognitive behavioral therapy–based approach to kufungisisa, the local term for depression, literally translated into “thinking too much.” At the Friendship Bench, patients receive individual problem-solving therapy from a specifically trained lay health worker.

    Chibanda is passionate about connecting with ordinary people in ways that improve their lives using simple but effective programs that can be carried out by non-specialists or professionals. He likes to think outside the box as he explores ways of helping people with conditions such as depression, PTSD and ADHD.

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    Co-founder, Pratham

    Madhav Chavan moved from the field of Chemistry to the field of literacy a few years after his return to India having acquired a Ph. D. in the United States and some post-doctoral experience there. He worked in the field of adult literacy from 1989 to 1994 inspired by the National Literacy Mission launched by late Mr. Rajiv Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India. In 1994, Unicef in Mumbai put him in charge of creating a ‘societal mission’ to universalize primary education in the city of Mumbai. As a result he co-founded Pratham that started in 1994-95 as a Mumbai based organization and has now grown to be one of India’s largest NGOs working across the country with millions of children every year with a focus on basic learning outcomes including reading and math. Its flagship programs, Read India and the Annual Status of Education Report have earned the organization a reputation as a pedagogy and advocacy innovator that has influenced policy and practice at the national and international level. He stepped down as CEO of Pratham Education Foundation but continues to be on its Board and actively leading the new experimentation in use of technology for education.

    Madhav has been personally recognized for his work with the WISE Prize and The Skoll Award for social entrepreneurship as his organization has received the Kravis Prize for Leadership and the BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge Award for developmental work.

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    Founder & CEO, Against Malaria Foundation

    Rob was inspired to found AMF by a previous charity effort, a three person fundraising swim for a 90%-burns victim, which ‘accidently’ developed into 150 swims in 75 countries involving 10,000 people and raised sufficient funds to secure the child, Terri’s, future.

    He scaled up this model, starting AMF with a worldwide swim which grew to involve 250,000 people in 130 countries. AMF has now raised more than $135 million and provided more than 50 million anti-mosquito bed nets protecting 90 million people in 35 countries, mainly in Africa. AMF uses technology, rigorous processes and clear accountability to ensure aid is delivered effectively. 

    For five of the past six years, and currently, AMF has been the US independent charity evaluator GiveWell’s top-ranked charity globally and has held the same top-ranked position for the last six years at ranking organizations in the UK (Giving What We Can) and Australia (The Life You Can Save).

    Rob studied Chemical Engineering at Cambridge University and has an MBA from Harvard. He is fluent in Italian and French.

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    Founder, UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose

    Professor Mariana Mazzucato (PhD) holds the Chair in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London (UCL), and is Founder and Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose (IIPP).

    She is winner of the 2014 New Statesman SPERI Prize in Political Economy, the 2015 Hans-Matthöfer-Preis, and the 2018 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought. She was named as one of the '3 most important thinkers about innovation' by the New Republic.

    Her highly-acclaimed book The Entrepreneurial State: debunking public vs. private sector myths (Anthem 2013; Public Affairs, 2015) was on the 2013 Books of the Year list of the Financial Times. Her new book The Value of Everything: making and taking in the global economy was published in April 2018 the UK (Penguin) and is forthcoming in the USA in September 2018 (Public Affairs).

    She advises policy makers around the world on innovation-led inclusive growth and is currently a member of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisors; the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network Leadership Council; and SITRA’s Advisory Panel in Finland. She is currently a Special Advisor for the EC Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, and has recently authored a high impact EC report Mission-Oriented Research & Innovation in the European Union. She is also a Special Advisor to the Secretary General of the OECD, Angel Gurría, for the OECD’s New Growth Narrative.

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    Professor, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

    Chris Drakeley is malariologist and Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine with 30 years research. He spent 15 years living and working in sub-saharan Africa firstly in The Gambia, then in Tanzania and now works with partners in Africa, south east Asia and South America. His research centres on developing a better understanding of transmission of malaria parasites in different settings. This includes studies aimed at understanding the fundamentals of malaria transmission dynamics including risks factors for transmission in endemic populations and defining the infectious reservoir of malaria. His group is involved in the comparison and optimisation of approaches to measure transmission with a focus on serological markers for exposure to infection. These components are linked together by the evaluation of strategies designed to reduce and block transmission including transmission blocking vaccines and drugs. He is current director of the LSHTM Malaria centre and provides expertise through teaching and as advisor to country and regional programmes as well as to WHO.

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    Co-founder, Tezos

    Kathleen Breitman is a co-founder of Tezos. Tezos is a blockchain-based smart contract platform with an on-chain governance mechanism to coordinate and push upgrades to its network. Prior to Tezos, Kathleen was a senior strategy associate for R3, a blockchain consortium of more than 70 financial firms. She has also worked at Accenture, Bridgewater Associates, and the Wall Street Journal. She holds a degree from Cornell University.

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    Senior Project Manager & Network Coordinator, Target Malaria

    Dr Karen E Logan is the Senior Project Manager and Network Coordinator for the Target Malaria project, an international not-for-profit consortium of 14 research institutions seeking to develop the new tool for vector control in the most heavily affected malaria regions of Africa.

    Karen, was born and raised on the west coast of Scotland, and is an immunologist by training, gaining her PhD in Veterinary Immunology from the University of Glasgow Veterinary School. Karen worked initially as a bench scientist on vaccines for bacterial infectious diseases in humans and animals before transitioning over 15 years ago to Project Management.

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    Lecturer in Remote Sensing, Dept. Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University

    Dr Andy Hardy is a lecturer in Remote Sensing and Geographical Information Systems in the Dept of Geography and Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University. His main area of expertise is the analysis of satellite and drone imagery for environmental and hydrological applications.

    Over the last seven years, Andy has focussed his research on the use of remote sensing for deriving spatial intelligence for understanding and controlling diseases like malaria. This has included UK Research Council funded projects (total ~£1.3m) studying the hydrological controls on malaria vector distribution and an innovative approach to malaria habitat mapping using satellite data and flood modelling. At a more local scale, Andy has secured fund from the Royal Geographical Society and the Innovative Vector Control Consortium (total ~£0.9m) to develop novel ways of combatting malaria using drone technology.

    Andy is also involved in a range of other projects including the use of satellite imagery for supporting precision agriculture in South America (~£1.2m); satellite mapping and monitoring the world’s mangroves (~€12m); and the use of drones for extracting market-ready products (~£0.66m).

Getting there

The Cedar Entrance
The Grove Hotel,
Chandlers Cross,

How to get there:

The closest station is Watford Junction (<20 min train from Euston Station in Central London). Minibus shuttles will be running between the venue and station to take guests to The Grove, starting at 8.15am. Taxis will also be available outside the station. (<10 min drive)


A fast paced day with varied content and world leading speakers. Well done, well curated and well produced. Thank you!

Emily Brooke, Blaze founder & CEO


Damian KimmelmanCo-founder & CEO of DueDil
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Brynne KennedyFounder and CEO of MOVE Guides
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Christian HernandezManaging Partner, White Star Capital
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