Sister Fa is a hip hop artist, human rights defender, and winner of the 2011 Freedom to Create Prize for her important work to bring awareness through music and activism of the harmful consequences of female genital cutting. Like Art Works for Change she believes in the transformative power of the arts to create positive social change.
Joel is chairman of GreenBiz Group and author and co-author of more than a dozen books on business and the environment. An international speaker, the Associated Press has called him the “guru of green business practices.”
Alisa Swidler is a leading activist and campaigner for funding and awareness across a host of health and human justice issues in the developing world. Alisa has partnered with President Bill Clinton’s foundation to provide access to vaccines in Asia, with Sir Richard Branson’s foundation to promote the use of solar energy across Africa, and serves on the Development Board of Prince William’s Centrepoint for homeless youth, to name a few of her many initiatives.
Lilly Wei is a New York-based independent curator and critic who has written regularly for Art in America since 1982 and is a contributing editor at ARTnews and Art Asia Pacific, She has frequently reported on international biennials such as those of Sydney, Cairo, Athens and Reykjavik and has been the essayist for many exhibition catalogues on contemporary art, including publications for the Albright-Knox Art Gallery; the Neuberger Museum of Art; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and the Marlborough and Pace Wildenstein Galleries
John Davies is an entrepreneur, author, sustainability leader, and experienced supply chain professional. Currently, John serves as vice president and senior analyst at GreenBiz Group where he leads the GreenBiz Executive Network, a member-based, peer-to-peer learning forum for sustainability professionals.
Anne is a Chicago-based writer and the founder of The Voices and Faces Project, a national documentary initiative created to bring the testimony of sexual violence survivors to the attention of the public. A former Senior Vice President and Group Creative Director at Leo Burnett USA, Anne believes that creative and media-driven ideas can play an important role in social movements.
Priti has a depth of international experience on environmental, social and developmental issues. She spent a decade with Shell International in various assignments across the globe that focused on external affairs, environmental management, sustainable development and community relations. She spearheaded the successful growth of a global foundation for a private investor based in Singapore that focused on the use of arts as a tool to drive social change.
With a focus on education, Molly has worked with senior government leaders, private sector partners from the U.S. to China, teachers in Chicago and the northwest frontier of Pakistan. She has held senior positions with the U.S. Dept. of State under Hillary Clinton, the World Bank, the Int’l Council for Science and major non-profits including the World Wildlife Fund; and has served in the Peace Corp in Nepal and taught courses at Harvard and Johns Hopkins.