Thought Leadership in action

Parag Khanna

Global Strategist

Parag Khanna is an international relations expert and best-selling author. He is a CNN Global Contributor and Senior Research Fellow in the Centre on Asia and Globalization at the Lee Kaun Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He is also the Managing Partner of Hybrid Reality, a geostrategic advisory firm, and Co-Founder & CEO of Factotum, a boutique content strategy agency. A widely cited global intellectual, Dr. Khanna provides regular commentaries for international media. He is currently a CNN global Contributor. His 2008 cover story for the New York Times Magazine titled “Waving Goodbye to Hegemony,” is one of the most globally debuted and influential essays since the end of the cold War. His articles have appeared in major international publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Washington Post, Harvard Business Review, TIME, Foreign Affairs, Forbes, The Atlantic, Quartz, Foreign Policy, Harper’s, BusinessWeek, The Guardian, The National Interest, McKinsey Quarterly, The American Interest, Stratfor, Esquire, Slate.com, and Die Zeit. He is a contributing editor to WorldPost and serves on the editorial board of Global Policy and as a consultant to the National Geographic series Origins. @paragkhanna.

Dr. Peter H. Diamandis

Visionary

Dr. Peter H. Diamandis is an international pioneer in the fields of innovation, incentive competitions and commercial space. In 2014 he was named one of “The world’s 50 Greatest Leaders”-by Fortune Magazine. In the field of Innovation, Diamandis is Founder and Executive chairman of the XORIZE Foundation, best known for its $10 million Ansari XPRIZE for private spaceflight. Diamondis is also the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Singularity University, a graduate-level Silicon Valley institution that studies exponentially growing technologies, their ability to transform industries and solve humanity’s grand challenges. In the field of commercial space, Diamandis is Co-Founder/Co-Chairman of Planetary Resources, a company designing spacecraft to enable the detection and prospecting of asteroid for precious materials. He is also the Co-Founder of Space Adventures and Zero-Gravity Corporation. Diamandis is the New York Times Bestselling author of Abundance – The Future Is Better Than You Think and BOLD– How to go Big, Create Wealth & Impact the World. @PeterDiamandis

Marc Russell Benioff

Visionary & Doer

Marc Russell Benioff is an American internet entrepreneur, author and philanthropist. He is the founder, chairman and CEO of Salesforce, a large enterprise cloud computing company. Benioff started Salesforce in March 1999 in a rented San Francisco apartment and defined its mission in a marketing statement as “The End of Software”. According to Salesforce’s promotional materials, Benioff is credited with turning the software industry on its head” by using the Internet to “revamp the way software programs are designed and distributed.”

Marc Benioff is a firm believer in what he refers to as “pay as you go” philanthropy, an idea he has credited to Mata Amritanandamay. He once penned a blog post that turned a lot of heads when he suggested that those fortunate enough to become rich should give their money away now, rather than to wait until they’re finished making money to figure out what to do with it. Here’s how Benioff explains what he refers to as “pay as you go” or “1/1/1” philanthropy:

……when it comes to philanthropy, I have one pitch, and it’s been the same since the founding of our company 13 years ago: the 1/1/1 model of integrated corporate philanthropy. The 1/1/1 model, like Salesforce.com’, business model, operates on a “pay as you go “model. When we started Salesforce.com, we took one percent of our equity, one percent of our profit in the form of product donations and one percent of all of the our employees’ time and put it into a 501(C)(3) public charity. @Benioff


Raj Sisodia

Global Strategist

Raj Sisodia is a thought leader of the conscious Capitalism movement and the FW Olin distinguished Professor of Global Business and Whole Foods Market research Scholar in Conscious Capitalism t Babson collage. He is also co-founder and Co-Chairman of Conscious Capitalism Inc. He was previously Trustee Professor of Marketing and the founding director of the Center for Marketing Technology at Bentley University. He has a Ph.D. in Business from Columbia University. Raj is the co-author of the New York Times bestselling book conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic spirit of Business, Wall Street Journal Bestseller everybody Matters and Shakti Leadership: Embracing Feminine and Masculine Power in Business. Bentley University honored him with the Award for Excellence in Scholarship in 2007 and the Innovation in Teaching award in 2008. He was named one of Ten Outstanding Trailblazers of 2010 and one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior for 2010 and 2011. @RajSisodiaCC


Bill Gates

Visionary & Doer

Bill Gates is one of the world’s leading philanthropists. Having already given more than $28 billion toward initiatives that predominantly focus on health, education, and economic development in developing countries, he is second only to Warren buffet in the amount he has donated to charitable causes. He cofounded the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation in 2000 and has made philanthropy his full-time job since 2006, when he stepped down from his full-time position at Microsoft. In 2010, he and Warren Buffet started the Giving Pledge, a campaign that encourages the wealthiest people in the world to give at least half their wealth to philanthropic causes and now has well over 100 signatories. With such a vast fortune, Gates has a chance to create an impact on a truly global scale, which is why he has chosen to focus on challenges that can e addressed at a global level and then scale the solutions down to a local level. Gates takes a very strategic approach to grantmaking, first identifying a particular problem and its potential solutions, defining a long-term goal with specific results, and determining the best cause of action and resources the foundation can bring to bear. Though his foundation, Gates then seeks innovative organizations that are willing to take risks and offer bold solutions. He works collaboratively with them to define what success looks like and the measureable outcomes that can be achieved. As gates as said, ”some of the projects we fund will fail. We not only accept that, we expect it –because we think an essential role of philanthropy is to make bets on promising solutions that governments and businesses can’t afford to make. As we learn which bets pay off, we have to adjust our strategies and share the results so everyone can benefit.” @BillGates


Melinda Gates

Visionary & Doer

Melinda Gates is best known as the wife of Microsoft founder, Bill Gates. However, her lasting legacy will be her demonstration of incredible philanthropy work throughout the world. The love she developed for computers and interactive media began at an early age. She earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from duke University in 1986 and followed it up with a master’s in business administration the next year from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Melinda Gates was extremely instrumental in expanding the focus of the foundation in 2011 to include global health, education, access to digital media at libraries, and supporting at –risk families in the Washington/Oregon state area. The foundation has been involved in developing prevention, vaccines, and treatments for illnesses like malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS. Melinda Gates recently released the annual letter composed with her husband titled ”Our Big Bet for the Future.” It gives an insight into ways she will be using her power, influence, and funding to change the current state of global poverty. Melinda Gates continues to be an influential role model providing access to life-preserving and changing services.