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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Understanding the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship

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Session Description

Join Skoll Foundation staff for an open discussion about the Skoll Award, its criteria, and selection process. This session is intended for both social entrepreneurs and funders who are interested in understanding the Award, its intent, and signalling power.

When | Where

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Thursday, April 12 Classroom 2 (TBEC)

Session leaders

  • Principal, Skoll Foundation
    Shivani Garg Patel is a Principal at the Skoll Foundation, where she identifies, invests in and advises high-performing social enterprises. Shivani is a former Microsoft product manager, McKinsey strategy consultant turned social entrepreneur and advisor. Prior to Skoll, she was Co-Founder and Managing Director of Samahope, a non-profit that invested in local medical providers who provide critical medical care to women and children in poor communities around the globe. Samahope built the capacity of these providers, enabling access to care to over 17,000 patients in need. In 2015, Samahope joined forces with, a platform for global health funding and awareness powered by Johnson & Johnson. Her technology-driven social innovation work has spanned the Grameen Foundation, World Bank and World Health Organization. She has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a B.A. in Cognitive Science from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management.
  • Ben Pyne Delegate
    Analyst, Portfolio & Investments, Skoll Foundation
    As an Analyst on the Portfolio & Investments Team, Ben works to understand the innovative models and impact of social entrepreneurs and surface opportunities for Skoll engagement and investment. Before joining Skoll, Ben most recently completed a Global Health Corps fellowship with IntraHealth International in Uganda focused on addressing the problem of health worker absenteeism. Prior to his transition into the social impact space, Ben was a management consultant in Deloitte’s Strategy & Operations practice, where he worked across multiple industries and functions. Ben holds degrees in Business Honors and Finance with a minor in Spanish from the University of Texas. In his free time, he loves to explore the outdoors, take an excessive number of photos on his travels, and watch a good baseball game.