meet our speakers

Cormac Russell

Managing Director, Nurture Development and Director, ABCD Europe

Cormac Russell is an internationally renowned thought leader, author, trainer and speaker in Asset Based Community Development (ABCD). HE has published extensively in professional journals on Asset-Based approaches to Probation, Ageing Well, Community Housing, Community Development in the Global South. He is also the author of: Asset-Based Community Development: Looking Back to Look Forward. Cormac is the Managing Director of Nurture Development, an international ABCD training, research and development organization that has worked with Governments, NGOs/NPOs, and communities around the world since 1996. He is also a faculty member of the ABCD Institute, Northwestern University, Illinois. Over the course of the last twenty years Cormac has supported the establishment of over 30 ABCD learning sites in Rwanda, South Sudan, Kenya, Canada, Sweden, the Netherlands, Ireland and across the United Kingdom. He has also delivered high profile ABCD training/keynote addresses in Australia, Singapore, Belgium, Denmark, South Africa and India. In January 2011, Cormac was appointed to the Expert Reference Group on Community Organizing and Communities First, by Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society in the UK which he served on for the term of the Group. He is currently working on two book projects, the development of 12 ABCD beacon projects in the UK and is busy on the international speaking circuit where he promotes Asset-Based approach to some of the world’s most inscrutable challenges.

An Asset-Based Approach for Community Development: “Using what we have to secure what we need

Abdul Bari Khan

Chief Executive Officer,
The Indus Hospital

KDr. Abdul Bari Khan (FCPS), a Cardiac surgeon by profession, is a social activist and has a long history of community services. Currently, he is working as a Professor Cardiac Surgery at Dow University of Health Sciences & Civil Hospital, Karachi and is the Chief Executive Officer of The Indus Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan. Apart from creditable academic achievement as a student and professional, he has played a pivotal role in establishing many health projects to provide quality healthcare services for the poor & the needy. Some of them include initiation of the project to expand the operational facilities of National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (a public sector project) by engaging private donors, expansion of Emergency Department of Civil Hospital Karachi by engaging private donors and the development of Free Cardiac Surgery Department at Civil Hospital Karachi, the largest public sector hospital of Pakistan. Together with his few professional colleagues, Dr Khan initiated the project of The Indus Hospital (TIH). TIH is a one of its kind tertiary care facility providing Quality Care Free of Cost. Many people doubted the success of this facility, but Dr Khan and his team’s firm belief in Allah swt and determination to succeed has made this possible. Now, TIH is a country wide network and has served 2.5 million patients till date. Dr Khan is member of various professional boards including being the Member Syndicate Dow University of Health Science, Karachi, and many more. In recognition of Dr Khan’s credentials and services, Government of Pakistan has awarded him various national awards and was recently awarded TAMGHA-E-IMTIAZ on services in Health Sector on March 2015 ,23 by the President of Pakistan.

Success Stories & Best Practices (Zakat-Based Hospital)

Murray Baird

Executive Director
Social Progress ImperativeAssistant Commissioner

Michael Green is Executive Director of the Social Progress Imperative. An economist by training, he is co-author (with Matthew Bishop of 'The Economist') of Philanthrocapitalism: How Giving Can Save the World and The Road from Ruin: A New Capitalism for a Big Society. Previously Michael served as a senior oficial in the U.K. Government's Department for International Development, where he managed British aid programs to Russia and Ukraine and headed the communications department. He taught Economics at Warsaw University in Poland in the early 1990s. Michael is @shepleygreen on Twitter.

The Power of Data in Guiding Development

Michael Thatcher

President and CEO
Charity Navigator

Michael provides direction and leadership toward Charity Navigator’s mission of increasing intelligent giving in an effort to advance a more effcient and responsive philanthropic marketplace. Prior to joining Charity Navigator, Michael spent more than 15 years with Microsoft, the last 10 of which as a their Public Sector Chief Technology Officer (CTO) responsible for technology policy initiatives and engagements with government and academic leaders in the Middle-East, Africa and Asia. Michael has held various board seats within the nonprofit sector focused on humanitarian issues, the arts, the environment and IT standards development. His experiences also include technically supporting oceanographic research for Wood Hole Oceanographic Institution and co-founding and directing an international performing arts organization. He holds several patents in enterprise systems management and has a degree in Music from Columbia University in New York.

- The Power of Data in Guiding Development

Joe Madiath

Gram Vikas

Joe Madiath is an Indian social entrepreneur. Born in December 1950, he is the founder of Gram Vikas, a non-governmental organisation based in Orissa, India. Gram Vikas uses common concerns for water and sanitation to unite and empower rural communities, Jacob Harold is the President & CEO of GuideStar, the world’s largest source of information about nonprofits. Each year more than 7 million users seek answers from GuideStar’s 2.5 billion pieces of data. including adivasi communities. Since 1979, with Joe Madiath serving as Executive Director, Gram Vikas has worked mostly with adivasi communities in rural Orissa on a number of development projects, including biogas promotion, community forestry, rural habitat development, and education. The bulk of Gram Vikas' efforts have been on water and sanitation solutions for the rural poor of Orissa. Gram Vikas uses the "universally important needs of drinking water and sanitation" to bring villagers together and realise how collective action can lead to gains for the community. The fundamentals of Gram Vikas' approach are %100 participation from all villagers, with "clearly defined stakes and mechanisms for institutional and financial sustainability. As of March 2015, Gram Vikas has reached over 1200 communities, with a total population of over 400,000 mainly in Orissa, but, in a small way, in Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal.

Development of the local society

Jacob Harold

President & CEO

Jacob Harold is the President & CEO of GuideStar, the world’s largest source of information about nonprofits. Each year more than 7 million users seek answers from GuideStar’s 2.5 billion pieces of data. In 2014 he was named to the Nonprofit Times Power and Influence Top 50 and appointed a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Harold came to GuideStar from the Hewlett Foundation, where he led grantmaking for the Philanthropy Program. Between 2006 and 2012, he oversaw 30$ million in grants which, together, aimed to build a 21st century infrastructure for smart giving. Before that, he worked as a consultant to nonprofits and foundations at the Bridgespan Group and as a climate change campaigner and strategist with the Packard Foundation, Rainforest Action Network and Greenpeace USA. Harold has written extensively on climate change and philanthropic strategy. His essays have been used as course materials at Stanford, Duke, Wharton, Harvard, Oxford, and Tsinghua. He earned an AB summa cum laude from Duke University and an MBA from Stanford. Harold has further training from Green Corps, Bain, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and SIT. Harold is from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where his parents ran small community-based nonprofit organizations.

The Power of Data in Guiding Development

Richard Pichler

CEO/Secretary General
SOS Children’s Villages International

An Austrian, Richard Pichler graduated from the University of Vienna in 1988 with a degree in Business Administration and in May of 1988. He joined SOS Children's Villages in May of the same year as personal assistant to the SOS Children's Villages President,Helmut Kutin. Within a very short time he was heading east when his first assignment took him to South Korea and shortly afterwards he moved on to Manila,where he served as National Director of SOS Children's Villages Philippines. In 1992 Richard became Regional Director of South East Asia. During this time, Richard oversaw the development of new SOS Children's Villages projects across the region. He also supported the SOS Children's Villages' national associations in strengthening their capabilities to deliver programmes locally. In 1995, Richard was appointed Secretary-General of SOS Children's Villages International. Driving the organization's strategy,Richard has led the process to grow the delivery of SOS Children's Villages across three key areas: • Direct care for children; •Strengthening of families with children in vulnerable situations and; • Advocacy for the rights of children,in particular of children who find themselves living within alternative care institutions Respected in his field, Richard is active in the promotion of SOS Children's Villages and its unique child-centred model across regional and international government and NGO forums. Furthermore, based on his vast experience in this field, he continues to increase the engagement of the organization in the advocacy of a child's right to a loving home;a safe environment where he or she can flourish. Richard is the proud father of two daughters.

Success Stories & Best Practices (SOS Children’s Villages International)

Nick Hurd

Member of Parliament for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner London, United Kingdom

Nick Hurd is the UK Member of Parliament for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner. He was elected as an MP in 2005 and represented the fourth successive generation of his family to serve as an MP. Nick served as Minister for Civil Society from 2010 until July 2014 and and previously held the shadow position serving as Shadow Minister for Charity, Social Enterprise and Volunteering from 2008 until 2010. Before his career in politics, Nick spent 18 years in business including ve years representing a British bank in Brazil.

Results-based Financing: Accelerator of Progress in the Social Sector

Lester Salamon

Professor, Johns Hopkins University and Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies

Lester M. Salamon is a Professor at The Johns Hopkins University, Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies; Research Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies Bologna Center; and Research Director of the International Laboratory for Nonproft Sector Studies at Russia’s Higher School of Economics. Dr. Salamon previously served as Director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies, Director of the Center for Governance and Management Research at The Urban Institute in Washington, D.C. and as Deputy Associate Director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Office of the President. Before that, he taught at Duke University, Vanderbilt University, and, in the mid1960-s, at Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, Mississippi. Dr. Salamon is a pioneer in the empirical study of the nonprofit sector in the United States and, more recently, throughout the world. His 1982 book, The Federal Budget and the Nonprofit Sector, was the first to document the scale of the American nonprofit sector and the extent of government support to it. As director of the Johns Hopkins Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project, Dr. Salamon has extended this analysis internationally, producing the first comparative empirical assessment ever undertaken of the size, structure, financing, and role of the nonprofit sector globally. The results of this work have been published in Dr. Salamon’s 1994 book, The Emerging Sector, in a series of volumes entitled Global Civil Society: Dimensions of the Nonprofit Sector, and in an entire series of books published by Manchester University Press. Based on this work, Dr. Salamon worked with the UN Statistics Division to produce an official UN Handbook to guide statistical agencies in capturing the nonprofit sector for the first time in national economic statistics and he has been working since then with statistical agencies globally to promote its implementation. In addition to his work on the nonprofit sector, Dr. Salamon has formulated a new approach to public administration focusing on the tools of government. This work was captured most recently in Dr. Salamon’s 2002 volume, The Tools of Government: A Guide to the New Governance, published by Oxford University Press and soon-to-be issued in Chinese by Peking University Press. In addition to the previous publications, Dr. Salamon is the author or editor of more than a dozen books and has contributed articles to more than 50 different journals. His book, America’s Nonprofit Sector: A Primer, now in its third edition, is a standard text used in college-level courses on the nonprofit sector in the United States and elsewhere. His book, Partners in Public Service: Government and the Nonprofit Sector in the Modern Welfare State, published by Johns Hopkins University Press, won the 1996 ARNOVA Award for Distinguished Book in Nonprofit Research and has just been awarded the Aaron Wildavsky Prize by the American Political Science Association honoring a book published in the past 20-15 years that has made the most enduring contribution to the Political Science profession and to the field of Public Policy. Dr. Salamon’s most recent books are Global Civil Society: Dimensions of the Nonprofit Sector, Volume II (Kumarian 2004), The State of Nonprofit America, published originally by the Brookings Institution Press in 2002 and issued in a second edition in June 2012, Rethinking Corporate Social Engagement: Lessons from Latin America (Kumarian, 2010), New Frontiers of Philanthropy: The New Actors and Tools that Are Reshaping Global Philanthropy and Social Investing (Oxford 2014), and Philanthropication thru Privatizaton: Building Permanent Assets for the Common Good (il Mulino 2014). Dr. Salamon received his B.A. degree in Economics and Policy Studies from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University. He served until recently as Board Chair of the Community Foundation of the Chesapeake, and serves on the Editorial Boards of Voluntas, Administration and Society, Society, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, and Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics. Lester Salamon Professor, Johns Hopkins University and Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies Top^

Ten Great Myths of Global Civil Society
New Frontiers of Philanthropy: The New Governance and The Nonprofitizataion of the Welfare State

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