Leadership for Peace and Prosperity

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Confirmed Speakers

Steve Killelea, Founder, Institute for Economics and Peace

Steve Killelea is an accomplished entrepreneur in high technology and international business development and at the forefront of philanthropic activities focused on peace and sustainable development. With over 30 years experience in the information technology industry, Steve is highly skilled in international marketing, business and product strategy, and has developed two highly profitable global companies with exceptional track records.

Over the last two decades, he has applied these skills to his global philanthropic activities, first establishing The Charitable Foundation, then the Institute for Economics and Peace and the Global Peace Index.

Vidal Garza, Director, FEMSA Foundation, Mexico

Vidal Garza Cantú has led the FEMSA Foundation since its inception in 2008 and is a professor of public policy and economics at Tecnológico de Monterrey. He was Associate Dean and Founder of the Public Administration and Public Policy Graduate School (EGAP) at Tec de Monterrey from 2003 to 2006 and has published two books as well as several academic articles in specialized journals. Garza has been awarded with the Medalha da Inconfidencia for helping to get water to isolated communities in Brazil and the CK Prahalad Award for his work in bringing together all sectors to further conservation, research and access to water in Latin America. He earned his Master's Degree in Public Policy from Harvard and his Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Texas at Austin.

Molly Gavin, Senior Director, Government Affairs, Qualcomm Inc.

Molly Gavin is Senior Director of Government Affairs at Qualcomm Incorporated. In this capacity, Ms. Gavin directs Qualcomm’s public policy agenda on issues related to sustainability, privacy, and data protection. Gavin engages domestic, regional, multilateral and international institutions, trade associations, and non-governmental organizations on a range of subjects, including climate change, sustainable product governance, human rights, energy efficiency, and data privacy and security. She serves as Chairwoman for Qualcomm’s Socially Responsible Products Committee, as a mentor for Qualcomm’s Women in Science and Engineering program, and as an advisory committee member of the San Diego Foundation’s Climate Initiative.

Molly Gavin has been at Qualcomm since 2000 and served from 2006-2009 as Senior Director of Government Affairs for Southeast Asia based in Hong Kong. In that role, Gavin directed Qualcomm's public policy agenda and its relationship with government entities in Southeast Asia. She worked with ministries of communication and independent regulators on national frequency allocation plans, 3G regulations, and 3G licensing.

Debbie Haski-Leventhal, Editor, Business, Peace and Sustainable Development

Debbie Haski-Leventhal is a Senior Lecturer of Management at Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM) and the Faculty Leader of Corporate Citizenship. She is the editor of the journal “Business, Peace and Sustainable Development (BPSD)”.

As a scholar on corporate social responsibility (CSR), Debbie Haski-Leventhal initiated and leads the MGSM CSR Partnership Network, a network of leading Australian and international companies, governmental departments and NFPs aimed in developing an evidence-based dialogue on CSR. She further works with the United Nation Principles for Responsible Management Education, conducting international studies on MBA students. Dr Haski-Leventhal was a consultant for United Nations Volunteers and co-wrote the State of the World Volunteerism Report. She has published widely on different aspects of volunteerism and CSR.

Avary Kent, Cofounder, Impact IQ

Avary Kent is the Co-Founder of Impact IQ, a powerful media platform highlighting the deals happening in the Impact Investing Marketplace. Impact IQ's mission is to accelerate the movement of capital by increasing transparency, around social and environmental impacts as much as financial performance. Avary Kent has led the aggregation of the Impact Accelerator Network and bringing the Impact Accelerators onto F6S, a common platform for applications.

Avary bridges science with business to create metrics and other evaluation tools for social enterprises and impact investors. She has technical training and five years of lab experience in Genetic Engineering and Geobotanical Field Ecology and an MBA in Sustainable Enterprise with four years in the Impact Investing sector with HIP Investor, a registered investment advisory firm. In her work with HIP, which stands for Human Impact + Profit, she helped launch the HIP Check Private Equity Scorecard and specialized in impact metrics and holistic due diligence.

Her expertise includes strategic planning, financial modeling, compassionate leadership, event planning, and analytical research. She has been a judge for The William James Foundation: Socially Responsible Business Plan Competition, Unreasonable Institute, Relay Foundation Business Plan Competition, and SOCAP Entrepreneur Selection process.

Douglas Smith, Director of Corporate Envrironment, Safety and Health, Sony Electronics

Doug Smith established policies and corporate guidelines, while also supporting the internal audit and ISO 14001 program for Sony's North American facilities. He currently serves on teh boards of Call2Recycle, PRBA and the City of San Diego Sustainability and Climate Change Task Force. From 2002-2006, Smith served on the EPA's Good Neighbor Environmental Board. Smith holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from California State University, Long Beach.

Sandra Stash

Sandra (Sandy) Stash has over 30 years of international management and board experience.  Her professional career spanned leadership positions in operations, project management and the global management of multiple functional organizations in the oil and gas sector, manufacturing, and the hard rock and coal mining industries.   Through her direct oversight of several very public and controversial natural resource, public health, and environmental issues in these sectors, Sandy has built unique capabilities in risk and crisis management, regulatory, public and government affairs, and corporate social responsibility.

From 2008 until May 2013, Sandy Stash served as Global Senior VP HSECR and Security, and Operations, Maintenance and Engineering Assurance at Talisman Energy in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. From 2006 through 2008, in her role as Vice President for Regulatory Affairs, she provided oversight and direction to BP’s response to Federal and State of Alaska regulatory compliance concerns in the wake of the largest oil spill in Alaska since the Exxon Valdez.  A petroleum engineer by training, Sandy spent her early career as one of the first women to work as a drilling and project engineer and drilling rig foreman at ARCO locations across North America.

David Stephens, Advisor to Professor Muhammad Yunus, Grameen Foundation

David Stephens is a social entrepreneur focused on creating social business solutions for the base of the pyramid. He is a Special Advisor to Professor Muhammad Yunus and the Yunus Centre. For the past 12 plus years, David has been a member of the Grameen Foundation Advisory Board and a founding member of the Grameen Foundation Technology Advisory Board, which works with technology to replicate self-sustaining programs that help the poorest of the poor become self-reliant.

David is a founding member of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Innovation Circle. The “iCircle” provides guidance and mentorship to UNHCR on innovation for effective refugee protection and strategic private and public partnerships. Recently, David became an Advisor for the Technology Partner Network of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

In 1996, Stephens, sold his interests in his computer system integration and software companies and began building and acquiring the technologies, patents, integration capabilities and business relationships that are now part of Satellite Broadband Holdings, Inc. This was done to meet his goals of providing affordable and ubiquitous access to Information, Communication and Technology to help end poverty and create opportunity in even the poorest and most remote areas of the world.

Eva Yazhari, CEO, Beyond Capital Fund

Eva Helene Yazhari is a Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Beyond Capital Fund. Throughout her career, Eva has been involved in management and investment efforts in both non-profit and corporate settings. Eva was previously a Vice President at EnTrust Capital Inc., an asset management firm where she worked on the fund of hedge fund investment team and specialized in due diligence and portfolio construction. Eva leverages her experience at EnTrust in ensuring that the capital allocated from the Beyond Capital Fund portfolio is put to effective use in accordance with due diligence best practices.

Eva Yazhari is a pioneer in the field of impact investing- going beyond capital in her interaction with colleagues and professionals interested in socially oriented investing. She holds regular roundtables in Switzerland for banks, foundations and individuals, in addition to being a panelist at SOCAP Europe and the Skoll World Forum. Eva recently gave a keynote speech at the Elite Summit in Montreux, Switzerland which described how family offices can use the same skills they apply in their asset management work to impact investing. Eva is also a member of the Milken Young Leaders Circle and the Young Presidents’ Organization Social Enterprise Network Ambassador in Southern California. Eva graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University with a B.A. in Mathematics, and lives in Los Angeles.