Marcos Eguiguren is Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV). He has a wealth of experience including banking, consulting, management, research, and training and development in the corporate, banking and telecom sectors. Next to his involvement in GABV, he is entrepreneur and co-founder of SingularNet, a professional services firm focused on helping organizations incorporate sustainability in their business operations, Professor of Business Administration at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Spain), and Supervisory Board member of Triodos Bank.
In international cooperation since 2001 Erik Engel's work has focused on food security and natural resource management. He oversaw microfinance projects and cash based interventions in Tajikistan and Uganda and guided teams of consultants for SLE in participatory strategy development and assessments. With a master in Geography and Anthropology from Berlin he currently studies Environmental Management in London.
Linda Engel studied Political Science and attended afterwards the Centre for Rural Development (SLE) at the Humboldt University in Berlin. She was one of six team members to conduct the study for the KfW. Linda has just started working for the German development cooperation GIZ in Dar es Salaam.
Comfort Ero, as Crisis Group's Africa Program Director, oversees the organisation's work in West, Central, Southern and Horn of Africa.
She first joined the organisation in 2001 as West Africa Project Director, before serving for three years as the Political Affairs Officer and Policy Advisor to the Special Representative of the Secretary General in Liberia.
Prior to Crisis Group, she was Deputy Director of the Africa Program at the International Center for Transitional Justice.
Alison Evans is an economist with over 25 years experience working in international development. She has been Director of ODI, the UK's leading think tank in international development and humanitarian policy and practice, since 2009. Alison has extensive experience working in research, policy and evaluation with strong geographic expertise in southern and eastern Africa, southeast Asia and the Balkans. Alison is a frequent participant in advisory boards across the bilateral and multilateral development system.
Alison Evans participated in the Minds for Change conference:
Kenny Ewan, CEO and founder of WeFarm, obtained a degree in his native Scotland before moving to Peru to work with an international development NGO as Regional Director for Latin America. He was based in Latin America for 7 years, specialising in work with isolated, indigenous communities across the region, supporting local people in designing and implementing sustainable and practical development projects. Kenny returned to the UK in 2009 where he led the development of WeFarm as part of a UK charity's start-up initiative.
Dr. (Chief) Joy Ngozi Ezeilo is the United Nations Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children. She is a human rights lawyer and a professor at the University of Nigeria.
She has served the Nigerian government in various capacities, including as Honourable Commissioner for the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development in Enugu state and as a Delegate to the National Political Reform Conference. She has consulted for various international organizations and is also involved in several NGOs, particularly as Founding Director of WomenAid Collective (WACOL), working on women's rights and democratic governance.
Joy Ngozi Ezeilo has published extensively on a variety of topics in the field of law, gender, human rights, peace and conflict resolution. Furthermore, she has received several prestigious national and international awards.
In 1999, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo was a Fellow-in-Residence at the Humanities Research Institute, University of California, Irvine, and in 2001 she was invited to the University of California, Riverside, as a Regent Professor. She was conferred with a national Honour-Officer of the Order of Nigeria (OON) in 2006 in recognition of her outstanding contributions to nation building in the area of legal scholarship, advocacy, civil society movement and community service.