Ellen Agler

CEO, The END Fund

Ellen is the Chief Executive Officer of the END Fund. Previously, she served as Operation Smile’s Senior Vice President for International Programs, managing programs to provide comprehensive care to children with cleft lips and cleft palates in over 60 countries in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. She also led Operation Smile’s global public policy, collaboration and advocacy efforts to promote essential surgery as an integral component of global health policy and programming. Ellen holds graduate degrees in International Health from the Harvard School of Public Health, with a focus on humanitarian affairs, and in Development Studies from the London School of Economics, with a focus on non-profit management and child rights. She has also done postgraduate studies in Conflict Resolution at Universidad de Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia.

Awa Marie Coll Seck

Minister of Health and Social Action, Republic of Senegal

Awa Marie Coll Seck has served as Minister of Health of the Republic of Senegal since 2012. She was Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RMB) from 2004-2011 and served as Director of the UNAIDS Department of Country and Regional Support from 1996-2001. She was Minister of Health and Prevention of Senegal from 2001 to 2003. Dr Coll Seck was elected as chairperson of Committee B of the World Health Assembly and as president of the Assembly of the Ministries of Health of the West African Health Organization in 2002. She has been awarded numerous professional and academic honours, including the Knight of the Order of Merit of the French Republic, Chevalier, Ordre des Palmes académiques; Officer of the Order of Merit Senegalese; and Knight of the Order of Merit of Burkina Faso. She is an honorary member of the Academy of Sciences and Technologies of Senegal and is the author of more than 150 scientific publications. Dr Coll Seck earned her medical degree from the University of Dakar in 1978.

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.

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