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The Social Progress Imperative

The Social Progress Imperative (SPI) ... some of the people involved, contact information, their initiatives


Peter Burgess

The Social Progress Imperative
2101 L Street NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20037, USA

BOARD OF DIRECTORS The Social Progress Imperative is fortunate to have assembled a stellar team of directors, advisors, management, and staff from several nations. Our cross-sector collaboration focuses on delivering analysis that contributes to real-world change.

Biondi B Brizio Biondi-Morra, Chair Brizio Biondi-Morra is Chair of Avina Americas, the sister organization of Fundación Avina in the United States. After being President and Chair of Fundación Avina for ten years (2003-2012), he continues to be a member of its board. Both organizations work in partnership with civil society and business leaders toward sustainable development in Latin America and the world. Dr. Biondi-Morra is Chair Emeritus of INCAE Business School, the leading business school in Latin America, where he served as Chair (1999-2012) and Dean (1991-1999). He also served as Chair of Fundes International, a foundation promoting small and medium enterprise development in Latin America, from 2000 to 2010. He holds a doctorate degree in Business Administration from Harvard University, and a doctorate degree in Economics from Bocconi University, Italy.

Loria R Roberto Artavia Loría, Vice Chair Roberto Artavia Loría is President of VIVA Trust, an organization that combines strategic investments in productive endeavors, particularly in forestry and fair trade, with philanthropic activities, focused mainly on the promotion of leadership, innovation and the formation of civil society networks in Latin America. He is also President of Fundación Latinoamérica Posible, which promotes corporate social responsibility and sustainable development in Latin America. Dr. Artavia founded the Latin American Centre for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development (CLACDS) where he worked extensively with the World Economic Forum to promote, deploy and position its indices – particularly the Global Competitiveness Report – in Latin America. He holds a doctoral degree in business from Harvard University.

Steve Almond Steve Almond Chairman of the Global Board, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (Deloitte) Steve Almond is Chairman of the Global Board of Directors, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (Deloitte Global), one of the largest professional services networks in the world. He brings over three decades of experience in the financial services sector, including a secondment to the Bank of England and eight years serving on the Global Executive of Deloitte. Mr. Almond sits on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Anti-Corruption and is a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the International Integrated Reporting Council. His combined experiences bring a unique insight into both the worlds of finance and sustainable development.

Osberg S Sally Osberg Sally Osberg is President and CEO of the Skoll Foundation, which aims to drive large-scale change by investing in, connecting, and celebrating social entrepreneurs and the innovators who help them solve the world’s most pressing problems. She serves on the boards of the Skoll Global Threats Fund, the Oracle Education Foundation and the Palestine-based Partners for Sustainable Development, and the advisory council of The Elders. She received the John Gardner Leadership Award from the American Leadership Forum, was inducted into the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame, and was named by the San Jose Mercury News as one of the “Millennium 100” for her role in shaping and leading Silicon Valley.

Arregui A Álvaro Rodríguez Arregui Álvaro Rodríguez Arregui is co-founder and Managing Partner of IGNIA Partners, LLC, an impact investing fund for Latin America focused on commercial enterprises that serve the base of the pyramid. He is also the Chair of Compartamos Banco, the largest microfinance institution in Latin America. Previously, Mr. Rodríguez served as Chief Executive Officer of Farmacias Benavides, the largest drugstore chain in Latin America and Chief Financial Officer of Vitro and Grupo Salinas’s retail arm, Elektra. Mr. Rodríguez was named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2005 and was included on the Forbes list of the world’s top 30 social entrepreneurs in 2011.

ADVISORY BOARD The Social Progress Imperative is fortunate to have assembled a stellar team of directors, advisors, management, and staff from several nations. Our cross-sector collaboration focuses on delivering analysis that contributes to real-world change.

Porter M Michael E. Porter, Chair Bishop William Lawrence University Professor, Harvard Business School Michael Porter is the Bishop William Lawrence University Professor at the Harvard Business School. He is a leading authority on competitive strategy, the competitiveness and economic development of nations, states, and regions, and the application of competitive principles to social problems such as health care, the environment, and corporate responsibility. Dr. Porter is the author of 18 books and over 125 articles and has served as a counselor on strategy to the governments of many nations, to leading international corporations, and to nonprofit community organizations. He holds a Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard University.

Bishop M Matthew Bishop U.S. Business Editor and New York Bureau Chief, The Economist Matthew Bishop is the U.S. Business Editor and New York Bureau Chief of The Economist and co-author of Philanthrocapitalism: How Giving Can Save the World and The Road from Ruin: A New Capitalism for the Big Society. Before joining The Economist, Mr. Bishop was on the faculty of the London Business School, where he co-authored three books for Oxford University Press. Mr. Bishop participated in the Advisors Group of the United Nations International Year of Microcredit 2005 and chaired the World Economic Forum’s Council on Philanthropy and Social Innovation. He is a graduate of Oxford University.

Desoto H Hernando de Soto President, Institute for Liberty and Democracy Hernando de Soto is President of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy in Lima, Peru. Currently, he is focused on designing and implementing capital formation programs to empower the poor in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and former Soviet nations. With former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Mr. de Soto co-chaired the UN Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor, and serves as honorary co-chair on various boards and organizations, including the World Justice Project. He is the author of two international bestsellers on economic and political development: The Other Path and The Mystery of Capital.

Rodin J Judith Rodin President, The Rockefeller Foundation Judith Rodin is president of The Rockefeller Foundation and previously president of the University of Pennsylvania and provost of Yale University. A widely recognized international leader in academia, science and development issues, Dr. Rodin has actively participated in the World Economic Forum, Council on Foreign Relations, Clinton Global Initiative and the United Nations General Assembly. Dr. Rodin is the author of more than 200 academic articles and has written or co-written 12 books. She has received 18 honorary doctorate degrees and was recognized as one of Forbes Magazine’s World’s 100 Most Powerful Women in 2011. Dr. Rodin earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from Columbia University.

Stern S Scott Stern School of Management Distinguished Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Scott Stern is the School of Management Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management Group at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He works widely with both companies and governments in understanding the drivers and consequences of innovation and entrepreneurship, and the role of innovation and entrepreneurship in competitiveness and regional economic performance. Dr. Stern is the director of the Innovation Policy Group at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He holds a B.A. in economics from New York University and a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University. In 2005, Dr. Stern was awarded the inaugural Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship.

Ngaire For Web Ngaire Woods Dean, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford Professor Ngaire Woods is Dean of the new Blavatnik School of Government and Professor of Global Economic Governance at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on global economic governance, globalization, global development, and international institutions. Dr. Woods founded and is Director of the Global Economic Governance Programme. She is the author of several books and numerous articles on international institutions, globalization, and governance. Dr. Woods has served as an advisor to the IMF Board, to the UNDP’s Human Development Report, and to the Commonwealth Heads of Government. She earned a D.Phil and M.Phil in International Relations from at Balliol College, Oxford, and a LLB (Hons) in law and a BA in economics from the University of Auckland.

TEAM The Social Progress Imperative is fortunate to have assembled a stellar team of directors, advisors, management, and staff from several nations. Our cross-sector collaboration focuses on delivering analysis that contributes to real-world change.

Green M Michael Green, Executive Director 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 official 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.

Antonio Aranibar Antonio Aranibar Antonio Aranibar is Network Director of the Social Progress Imperative where he fosters engaged, multi-sector networks across Latin America that translate the Imperative’s research into policy-oriented actions. Previously, he was Latin American coordinator of the Political Analysis and Prospective Scenarios Project of the United Nation Development Programme, specializing in strategic political advising for development projects. He also led the political incidence process in fifteen countries in Latin America, the Middle East, and the Balkans while working globally through the UNDP network of regional centers. Antonio holds a BA in Development Economics from the University of Paris IX, and a PhD(c) in econometrics and economic modeling from the Autonomous University of Madrid.

Steve C Steven Chaplain Steve Chaplain is the Operations Manager at the Social Progress Imperative. He has focused his management expertise on assisting nonprofits build and strengthen their operations. Previously, Mr. Chaplain spent over three years at Youth Service America developing and institutionalizing human resources, finance, legal, board and other operational processes. Early in his career, Mr. Chaplain spent two years helping to reduce recidivism in prisons while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Commonwealth of Dominica, West Indies. Steve Chaplain holds an MBA from the Carey School of Business at Johns Hopkins University and a MA from the School for International Training.

Talbot J Jonathan Talbot Jonathan Talbot is Director of Communications and Outreach at the Social Progress Imperative. He has focused for more than a decade on translating complex original research for a variety of audiences, with an emphasis on comparing governance in different countries. He most recently managed the communications team at The Institute for Inclusive Security, the world’s leading organization elevating the role of women in preventing and resolving armed conflict. Previously, Mr. Talbot worked at the World Resources Institute, including managing communications for its institutions and governance program and co-authoring a book on increasing civil society participation in environmental decisions. He holds an MS in science and medical journalism from Boston University and a BA in Science & Technology Studies from Cornell University.

Wares A Amy Wares Amy Wares is Research Director at the Social Progress Imperative. A specialist in international development and competitiveness, she has worked for more than a decade with governments, non-profit organizations and consulting firms to design activities that improve the competitiveness of emerging economies. Ms. Wares served as a Senior Competitiveness Advisor in the U.S. Agency for International Development, providing technical assistance to field missions on economic growth programs. She also managed USAID's collaborative activities with the World Bank's Doing Business project, overseeing sub-national diagnostics and case study research. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kyrgyzstan and has taught courses in economic development at Columbia University’s School for International and Public Affairs. Ms. Wares holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in economics from the College of William & Mary.

Justin E Justin Edwards Justin Edwards is Communications Officer at the Social Progress Imperative, where he focuses on designing and producing publications and visual assets. He has spent nearly a decade enhancing publishing, marketing and communications outputs, with a focus on US philanthropy and international development. He most recently led communications at the World Wide Web Foundation, where he supported the inaugural launch of the foundation's Web Index. Previously, he led a small team of marketing and communications professionals at the Association of Small Foundations, a non-profit serving a national network of small-staffed and unstaffed charitable foundations across the US. He holds BAs in English Literature and Global Studies in International Development from the University of Iowa.

Sarah O Sarah Orzell Sarah Orzell is Senior Research Associate at the Social Progress Imperative. Ms. Orzell most recently worked as a Research Analyst on the Global Indexes group at Russell Investments producing global market indexes and country research. She recently graduated from Georgetown University with a Masters in Public Policy. During her time in graduate school she completed internships with Millennium Challenge Corporation and the White House Council of Economic Advisers. She also holds a BS in Mathematics from the University of Puget Sound.

Jaime Garcia Jaime Garcia Senior Methodological Associate Jaime Garcia is Senior Methodological Associate at the Social Progress Imperative, where he develops methodological approaches and projects for subnational social progress indices. An economist specializing in applied economics, Mr. Garcia has worked on projects for organizations including the US Agency for International Development, The London School of Economics, the Ministry of Finances in Mexico, and the Mexican Central Bank. Most recently, he developed civil society projects focused on the intersection of the digital world and social, political and economic environments, in order to unlock the potential of new media and digital tools as new sources of data and research mechanisms. His areas of expertise include regional development, poverty, welfare indicators, project appraisal, and data visualization. He holds master's degrees in Social Policy, and in Population and Development, both from The London School of Economics.​

Gabriela Campos Gabriela Campos Network Manager Gabriela Campos is Network Manager at Social Progress Imperative. Her focus is to deploy, support and expand engagement of networks across countries and the execution of actionable social progress initiatives. She brings extensive experience in retail business, financial services, and strategic franchise development across several countries in South and Central America. Most recently she managed sustainable project developments in the hospitality sector. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Universidad Internacional de las Americas and an MBA from INCAE Business School.

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