Ellen Agler

CEO, The END Fund

Ellen serves as the CEO of the END Fund, and works to see an end to the suffering caused by five neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) affecting 1.5 billion people. She has worked in global health and humanitarian response for over 20 years in more than 70 countries, for organizations including International Medical Corps and Operation Smile. She holds graduate degrees in International Health from the Harvard School of Public Health and in Development Studies from the London School of Economics.

In addition to Panorama Global, she currently serves on the boards of the Legatum Institute, the World Economic Forum’s Global Health Security Advisory Board, and Uniting to Combat NTDs. Ellen’s book, Under the Big Tree: Extraordinary Stories from the Movement to End Neglected Tropical Diseases (foreword by Bill Gates) was published in January 2019 by Johns Hopkins University Press. She was also named as one of Fortune Magazine’s “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” for 2019.

Ned Harvey

Managing Director, Rocky Mountain Institute

Ned Harvey is a Managing Director at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) an independent, nonpartisan nonprofit.

As Managing Director, Harvey is responsible for leading RMI’s Carbon War Room (CWR). The CWR was founded as a global NGO by Sir Richard Branson and a group of like-minded entrepreneurs in 2009.

Ned’s tenure at RMI and CWR leverages his twenty years of diverse business leadership experience. Prior positions at RMI include serving as the institute’s Chief Operating Officer, Program Director for the Solar Market Transformation Program and head of Development.

Prior to RMI, Ned founded and led several Renewable Energy Development companies and served as an executive for a global consultancy. In his early career, he spent eight years as an officer in the United States Navy, serving aboard nuclear submarines and in the Tomahawk cruise missile program office.

Ned serves on the boards for the Harvard Business School Club of Colorado and the Colorado Clean Tech Industry Association. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at San Diego and MBA from Harvard Business School.

Peter McDermott

Director, Fajara Associates

Peter is the Director of Fajara Associates, and is an internationally renowned development expert with over 25 years’ experience in the design and successful delivery of global initiatives for women and children living in poverty, affected by disease and impacted by conflict. A mission-driven leader, with extensive international experience including under the most difficult circumstances. Over ten years’ experience as a Board member/trustee with executive leadership in philanthropy. Strong diplomatic skills and a track record developing strategic partnerships and a proven ability to convene, persuade and facilitate the building of consensus among diverse groups and individuals. At ease working with heads of states, executive leadership of international organizations as well as community leaders. In collaboration with the co-founders, shaped one of the UK’s largest foundations into an increasingly strategic and effective organization with a growing reputation for rigor and results for children and women.

Dr. Mairo Mandera

Obstetrician/Gynecologist, Public Health Physician

An Obstetrician/Gynecologist and Public Health Physician with extensive knowledge and experience in strategic planning and implementation of health and social transformation initiatives, Mairo has worked with local and international stakeholders, including high-level government officials, traditional and religious leaders, women’s groups, and civil societies across Africa.

In addition to her work as a gynecologist, Mairo has had many roles, including Senior RH/HIV Advisor for USAID, Health Systems Specialist for University of Columbia, and Country Representative of Packard Foundation and Gates Foundation. She is currently a Senior Fellow with the Children Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) UK and supports the localization of the foundation’s programming in Africa, where CIFF focuses on Universal Health Care and PHC initiatives, as well as leading on Keeping Girls in School in Africa Initiative.

As part of her civic responsibility, Mairo is the founder and Board Chair of Girl Child Concerns, an NGO dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls through educational opportunities and life-saving skills. As part of this initiative, Mairo has been deeply involved in efforts to rebuild the Boko Haram-ravaged North East Nigeria, and ensure girls affected get by insurgency receive quality education and women have income generation activities to rebuild their dignity.

Mairo is presently a member of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Group on Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) that helps to shape and continuously improve the performance of the UN Central Emergency Response Funds. The Group also advises the UN Secretary General on global emergencies, and responses.

Mairo is a Visiting Senior Lecturer at University of Maiduguri, and Ahmadu Bello University Zaria Dept of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She serves a member of the Governing Council of Nile University Abuja, the Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology of Nigeria and Advisory Council of Ondo State University of Medical Sciences.

Mairo is also currently the Special Adviser and Coordinator Sustainable Development, partnerships and humanitarian Support to the Executive Governor of Borno State.

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