Since 1994, Neal Keny-Guyer has served as chief executive officer of the global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps. Under his leadership, Mercy Corps has grown into one of the most respected international relief and development agencies in the world, with ongoing operations in more than 40 countries, a staff of nearly 5,000, and global revenue of roughly US$450 million. Fast Company ranked Mercy Corps one of the most innovative social-change organizations in the world and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof calls Mercy Corps “a first-rate aid group.” A former trustee of the Yale Corporation, Keny-Guyer remains very involved with the University, serving on the Yale President’s Council on International Affairs and the Board of Advisors of the Yale School of Management. He is chairman of the board of InterAction, the largest alliance of U.S.-based international NGOs; a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on the Humanitarian System.
Shamina Singh is the executive vice president of sustainability at Mastercard and president of the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth. In this role, she is responsible for advancing equitable economic growth and financial inclusion around the world. Previously, Singh was Mastercard’s global director of government services and solutions, where she worked to digitize social subsidy programs in more than 40 countries. In 2015, she was appointed by the U.S. President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to a six-year term to the board of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Prior to joining Mastercard, Singh led government and public affairs for Nike and spent five years with Citi’s Global Community Development Group. Over a 15-year career in the public sector, Singh has held senior positions in the White House and the U.S. House of Representatives.
Steve Kaufer cofounded TripAdvisor in 2000 with the mission to help travelers around the world plan and book the perfect trip. Under his leadership, TripAdvisor has grown into the largest travel site in the world. As CEO, Kaufer has led the growth of TripAdvisor, Inc., which includes 24 other travel media brands that operate in 48 markets worldwide. Prior to cofounding TripAdvisor, he was president of CDS, Inc., an independent software vendor, and prior to that, was cofounder and vice president of engineering of CenterLine Software. Kaufer holds several software patents and has won a number of awards for his entrepreneurship and leadership in the travel industry, including being inducted into the 2015 British Travel and Hospitality Hall of Fame and receiving the 2015 Pioneer Award by the International Society of Hospitality Consultants and 2005 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
The global economy is being transformed in profound ways, creating radical new sustainability challenges and opportunities. How these play out, and how we respond to them, is uncertain. True sustainability is about being fit for the future and to do so requires not just more of the same, but being able to think differently. We need to explore various possible futures and use our imaginations to manifest the world we want to live in. As Albert Einstein said, “We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.”
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