The Collaborative Decade

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In this episode, we're interested in how collaboration works across a broad spectrum: from corporations to non-profit organizations to city governments to startups...even to artistic endeavors.

This podcast’s wide-ranging conversations reveal the value of collaboration among individuals as well as major institutions.  Just why does it work, and how do results differ from “go it alone” efforts?  

We also consider the pitfalls that result in failed efforts to collaborate.  Why do some attempted collaborations never get off the ground?  And further, how do we prevent collaborative “burn-out,” when people feel that efforts to collaborate are hindering rather than helping their efforts to be productive, when there are simply too many emails, too many meetings, too many time demands and the whole project gets weighed down in interactive activities rather than results?

We’ll look at these issues and more in this fascinating Episode 2 of the Reed Smith Conversations.

Our panelists on this podcast

Fredrik Anderson

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Experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the international trade and development industry. Strong business development professional skilled in Negotiation, Customer Service, Sustainability, Pulp, and Business Development.

CellMark is an innovative global resource network trading on behalf of companies from every major market on the planet. We put buyers and sellers together, facilitating trade and business development in almost every industry. With expertise across all of the disciplines needed to master international, few other partners offer the same holistic approach to global trade. Or make it so quick and easy. Now we’re turning that global presence, expertise and experience into instant access to a world of opportunity.

Rob Cross


Rob Cross is the Edward A. Madden Professor of Global Business at Babson College. For almost twenty years, his research, teaching and consulting have focused on applying social network analysis ideas to critical business issues for actionable insights and bottom-line results. He has worked with over 300 leading organizations (companies, government agencies, and non-profit organizations) across industries on a variety of solutions including innovation, revenue growth, leadership effectiveness and talent management.

Ideas emerging from his research have resulted in three books, the most recent one titled, “Driving Results through Social Networks.” Rob has written over 50 articles, many of which have won awards. In addition to top scholarly outlets, his work has been repeatedly published in Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, California Management Review, Academy of Management Executive and Organizational Dynamics. His work has also been featured in venues such as Business Week, Fortune, The Financial Times, Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, CIO, Inc. and Fast Company.

Leonardo Drew

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Leonardo Drew is known for creating reflective abstract sculptural works that play upon the dystopic tension between order and chaos. Recalling Post Minimalist sculpture that alludes to America’s industrial past , as well as the plight of African Americans throughout U.S. history. One could find many meanings in his work, but ultimately the cyclical nature of life and decay can be seen in his grids of transformed raw material to resemble and articulate entropy and a visual erosion of time.

Drew was born in 1961 in Tallahassee, Florida, and he grew up in Bridgeport, Connecticut. His natural talent and passion for art was recognized at an early age, first exhibiting his work at the age of 13. He went on to attend the Parsons School of Design and received his BFA from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and art in 1985. His works have been shown nationally and internationally and are included in numerous public and private collections. Public institutions include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Guggenheim, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC; and Tate, London, among others as well as  collaborating with Merce Cunningham on the production of “ Ground Level Overlay.”  New York Times art critic Roberta Smith describes his large reliefs as “ pocked, splintered, seemingly burned here, bristling there, unexpectedly delicate elsewhere. An endless catastrophe seen from above. The energies intimated in these works are beyond human control, bigger than all of us”.  He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Stephen Goldsmith

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Stephen Goldsmith is the Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government and the Director of the Innovations in Government Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He currently directs Data-Smart City Solutions, a project to highlight local government efforts to use new technologies that connect breakthroughs in the use of big data analytics with community input to reshape the relationship between government and citizen. He also directs the Project on Municipal Innovation, a platform for cities' mayoral senior staff to share and adapt best practices and innovative policy ideas that increase efficiency and improve the lives of citizens, as well as the Civic Analytics Network, which accelerates the use of data and analytics in municipal governance through the sharing of tools and learnings between chief data officers. Additionally, he leads Operational Excellence in Government, a project for state and local governments that pinpoints opportunities for cost savings, recommends proven efficiencies and provides implementation guidelines. 

He previously served as Deputy Mayor of New York and Mayor of Indianapolis, where he earned a reputation as one of the country's leaders in public-private partnerships, competition, and privatization. Stephen was also the chief domestic policy advisor to the George W. Bush campaign in 2000, the Chair of the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the district attorney for Marion County, Indiana from 1979 to 1990. He has written The Power of Social Innovation; Governing by Network: the New Shape of the Public Sector; Putting Faith in Neighborhoods: Making Cities Work through Grassroots Citizenship; The Twenty-First Century City: Resurrecting Urban America; and, most recently, The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance. He is currently working on a new book on creating an operating system for government.

Kevin McCarthy

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Kevin McCarthy is a Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel of BNY Mellon. A member of the company’s Executive Committee, Kevin heads BNY Mellon’s Legal Department, and also has overall responsibility for Government Affairs, the Corporate Secretarial function and Global Corporate Security. He is the Executive Committee sponsor for VetNet, an Employee Resource Group that supports employees who are former military or have family members who have served. VetNet is one of six ERGs that reflect BNY Mellon's commitment to diversity and workplace excellence by supporting employees with shared interests.

Kevin was appointed to his current position in April 2014. He joined BNY Mellon in 2010 as Deputy General Counsel and led the Litigation, Enforcement and Employment Law functions. In 2013 he was appointed Senior Deputy General Counsel and assumed additional responsibility for the legal teams supporting the company’s Asset Servicing businesses and corporate center functions.

Prior to joining BNY Mellon, Kevin was General Counsel of Cowen Group, Inc., a diversified investment bank and financial services firm. From 2004 to 2007, he was a partner at Wilmer Hale, focused on securities and litigation matters. From 1996 to 2004, Kevin was at Credit Suisse First Boston in a variety of roles, most recently as Managing Director and Global Head of Litigation. Kevin began his legal career as an associate at Willkie Farr & Gallagher.

Mr. McCarthy received a B.A. from Siena College and his J.D. from Albany Law School of Union University.

Perry Napolitano


Perry's commercial litigation practice focuses on individual, derivative and class actions in the banking, consumer finance, investment management, and insurance industries, as well as class actions of all sorts, and representation of loan servicing operations regarding inquiries by the United States Trustee and Chapter 13 Trustees in bankruptcy. He also provides risk management counseling concerning such issues. He has broad experience in general commercial and other complex litigation. Perry has defended dozens of putative class actions in Alabama, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

In addition, Perry has published and lectured on various topics in the areas of complex litigation, class actions and class action reform, financial services litigation, attorney-client privilege and diversity. He also makes private presentations for various clients on rules and risks regarding attorney-client privilege and the work product doctrine in the in-house context. Perry has served as a guest lecturer on complex litigation at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and as an adjunct professor at Duquesne University Law School.

Carolyn Pepper

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Carolyn is a partner at Reed Smith specialising in commercial disputes, media and intellectual property. She is also a keen advocate of diversity and inclusion and collaborative working practices. Her areas of expertise include: 
•    Commercial litigation
•    Intellectual property and media including trade mark, copyright, breach of confidence, libel, privacy and advertising. Carolyn’s intellectual property practice includes transactional work such as rights, IT and IP contract negotiations as well as litigation
•    Inquiries (in particular in the media industry) 
•    Social media
•    Media regulation
•    Publishing and broadcasting (television and radio) 

Carolyn was acting General Counsel for one of Europe’s largest media groups in 2013/2014. She is a member of The Law Society’s Intellectual Property Law Committee and has sat on Reed Smith’s Executive Committee. 

Carolyn was one of the WeAreTheCity’s Rising Star Champions for 2016 and was shortlisted for Woman Lawyer of the Year at the 2016 Law Society’s Excellence Awards. She won a Client's Choice Award 2017 after having been nominated by her clients. 

In 2015 Carolyn was named one of Brummell Magazine’s Inspirational Women 2015: City Champions of Diversity. 

Carolyn is on the leadership Board of Reed Smith’s LEADRS affinity group aiming to increase the numbers of people with disabilities in the firm. She is also an Aspiring Solicitors’ Professional Ambassador advising a diverse range of young people who are interested in joining the legal profession. 

Sai Pidatala

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Sai Pidatala has worked as an attorney at law firms in New York, Washington, D.C. and the United Arab Emirates. He concentrates in mergers and acquisitions, cross-border transactions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, reorganizations, financing transactions (whether debt or equity) and other corporate & securities laws matters for domestic and international clients. His practice has included broad representation of public and private corporations, private funds and investment vehicles, family groups, investment offices, high net worth individuals, active shareholders and other entities in a variety of industries throughout the United States and globally, including in the Middle East-North Africa and South Asia regions.

Sai is one of the few legal authorities in the region who provides strategic counseling to early-stage, emerging and high-growth companies and their funders -- be they venture capital funds or angel investors. To this end, he is experienced in creating optimal corporate structures, drafting and negotiating operative agreements and facilitating financings of different values.

An experienced shipping attorney, Sai has advised on vessel sales and purchases, vessel financings, charterparty arrangements, sale-andleaseback transactions, ship arrests and other maritime regulatory issues. In 2014, he led the ship sale closings of 20 tanker vessels from a subsidiary of Saudi Aramco to the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia in a USD 1.3 billion merger creating one of the world’s largest shipping companies and resulting in the largest merger in the history of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Additionally, Sai advises individual and corporate clients with business interests in and related to India. Adept at advising foreign clients on entering the Indian market and structuring investments, Sai maintains relationships with legal and business contacts throughout India.

Prior to joining Reed Smith LLP, Sai was a founding Partner at a law firm based in Washington, D.C. where he represented food & beverage industry clients, e-commerce portals, franchises, startups, investors and new/digital media companies of various sizes. He was also a Senior Associate and interim head of the Corporate Department at an international law firm based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

He commenced his legal career at a leading full-service law firm in New York where he represented investment advisors and focused on the structure and launch of private funds with up to billions of dollars of assets under management.

Before practicing law, Sai worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and at the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice where he assisted in United States federal prosecutions.

A member of various bar associations and professional organizations, he regularly publishes articles on cross-border legal matters in addition to speaking at global conferences and before prominent trade groups.

Sai is a member of the Asia Society where he is the firm’s Diversity Chairman (Abu Dhabi and Dubai) on the Asia Society’s Asia Talent and Diversity Council.

Sai is also a member of the Board of Directors of the American Business Council of Dubai & the Northern Emirates.

Rick Reed

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Rick Reed has been serving as a Senior Advisor to the Garfield Foundation since 2003. In 2004, he co-conceived and co-founded the RE-AMP Network with Garfield Foundation support. Rick’s career includes working as an organic farmer and serving as the program director for one of California’s most successful sustainable agriculture advocacy organizations. He started his own consulting firm in 1996, assisting foundations and non-profits focused on advancing sustainability, and later working with foundation clients interested in building collaborations.  Rick holds a BA in journalism and environmental studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and an advanced degree in molecular biology from the University of California at Davis.

Steven Reubenstone

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Steven Reubenstone is the Founder & CEO of Collaborizm. Collaborizm is a virtual startup incubator and tech talent marketplace which pairs aspiring entrepreneurs from developed markets with technically savvy engineers in emerging markets (e.g., India) who are looking to build their online credentials, find jobs and receive help with their own startup ventures. Steven has a passion for providing new, more efficient ways, for entrepreneurs to bring their dream ideas to market. Steven is a Mechanical Engineer by trade, avid tinkerer, and physics aficionado. 

Do Values Matter...Now?

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Some say we’ve lost our truth north…as individuals, as companies, as countries.  We’ve abandoned the values that formed the basis for our behavior.  We’re more focused on what benefits us and our families, without much regard for our communities or our country.  Is that so?  If so, what has caused it and what are the ramifications of such a fundamental shift in behavior?  Does it threaten democracy itself?  

You may feel such fears are overblown, that we are still operating from a set of values we believe in and are proud of.  If so, what are some examples?  Who is getting it right?

In this episode of The Reed Smith Conversations, you’ll hear from people on all sides of this issue…tell us what you think!

Our panelists on this podcast

Chris Anderson

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Chris Anderson is the Curator of TED, a nonprofit devoted to sharing valuable ideas, primarily through the medium of ‘TED talks’ – short talks that are offered free online to a global audience. 

Chris was born in a remote village in Pakistan in 1957.  He spent his early years in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, where his parents worked as medical missionaries, and he attended an American school in the Himalayas for his early education.  After boarding school in Bath, England, he went on to Oxford University, graduating in 1978 with a degree in philosophy, politics and economics.

Chris then trained as a journalist, working in newspapers and radio, including two years producing a world news service in the Seychelles Islands.

Back in the UK in 1984, Chris was captivated by the personal computer revolution and became an editor at one of the UK’ s early computer magazines.  A year later he founded Future Publishing with a $25,000 bank loan. The new company initially focused on specialist computer publications but eventually expanded into other areas such as cycling, music, video games, technology and design, doubling in size every year for seven years.  In 1994, Chris moved to the United States where he built Imagine Media, publisher of Business 2.0 magazine and creator of the popular video game users website IGN.  Chris eventually merged Imagine and Future, taking the combined entity public in London in 1999, under the Future name. At its peak, it published 150 magazines and websites and employed 2,000 people.

This success allowed Chris to create a private nonprofit organization, the Sapling Foundation, with the hope of finding new ways to tackle tough global issues through media, technology, entrepreneurship and, most of all, ideas. In 2001, the foundation acquired the TED Conference, then an annual meeting of luminaries in the fields of Technology, Entertainment and Design held in Monterey, California, and Chris left Future to work full time on TED.

He expanded the conference’s remit to cover all topics, including science, business and key global issues, while adding a fellows program, which now has some 300 alumni, and the TED Prize, which grants its recipients “one wish to change the world”.  The TED stage has become a place for thinkers and doers from all fields to share their ideas and their work, capturing imaginations, sparking conversation and encouraging discovery along the way.

In 2006, TED experimented with posting some of its talks on the Internet. Their viral success encouraged Chris to begin positioning the organization as a global media initiative devoted to ‘ideas worth spreading’, part of a new era of information dissemination using the power of online video. In June 2015, the organization posted its 2,000th talk online.  The talks are free to view, and they have been translated into more than 100 languages with the help of volunteers from around the world. Viewership has grown to approximately one billion views per year.

Continuing a strategy of radical openness’, in 2009 Chris introduced the TEDx initiative, allowing free licenses to local organizers who wished to organize their own TED-like events. More than 9000 such events have been held, generating an archive of 80,000 TEDx talks.  And three years later, the TED-Ed program was launched, offering free educational videos and tools to students and teachers.

The TED organization is based in New York where Chris lives with his wife Jacqueline Novogratz.

Ranajoy Basu

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Ranajoy has several years experience in structured finance, securitisations, derivatives, debt capital markets and debt restructurings. He has advised a wide range of participants, including arrangers, originators, servicers and trustees, in connection with the securitisation of a wide variety of assets in numerous jurisdictions. His experience includes Covered Bond transactions, standalone RMBS deals, emerging market securitisations, infrastructure financings, segregated asset pool programmes, Master Trust programmes, ABCP conduits, Medium Term Note programmes, renewable energy project bonds and synthetic securitisations. He is dual qualified in England and India.

Tamara Box

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Tamara Box is an internationally recognised expert in financial structuring and in strategic financial advice, with more than 24 years of experience establishing and growing successful businesses in several jurisdictions.   As the Managing Partner, Europe & Middle East at international law firm Reed Smith LLP, she is a member of the six partner senior management team of the global firm and also responsible for the six offices in Europe and the Middle East, including more than 500 lawyers.  Tamara sits on the global board of the firm, one of the largest law firms in the world with over $1.1 billion in revenues and more than 27 offices in the US, Middle East, Europe and Asia. 

An American citizen who is dual-qualified to practice law in both the US and the UK, she has worked and lived in the US, Asia, and Europe, while advising clients all over the world, including in the Middle East, Turkey, South Africa, Russia, Eastern Europe, the UK and Asia. 

She has lived in London since 1997 and has established herself not only in legal and financial circles but also in areas of sponsorship, mentoring and networking.  She is a founding member of the Steering Committee of the 30% Club, a group of Chairmen and CEOs dedicated to increasing the gender balance of corporate boards and the executive pipeline.  Tamara is a member of the Court of Governors of the London School of Economics (LSE) as well as a member of the Audit Committee of the LSE.  She is also a member of The Committee of 200 (C200), an invitation-only membership organisation of the world’s most successful women business leaders. 

Tamara is the chair of the “Women of Influence” campaign for the charity Cancer Research UK, which both fundraises to support women scientists in the world of cancer research and provides cross industry mentorship to such female scientists. Finally, Tamara also sits on the Advisory Board of Theirworld, an international children's charity founded by Gordon and Sarah Brown that seeks to change the lives of children all over the world through various health and education initiatives.

Her expertise in finance has contributed to her receiving numerous awards, including being nominated every year since its inception in 2011 and the only two time winner of “Best in Structured Finance” at Euromoney’s Women in Business Law Awards.  She is annually included in the list of The Legal 500’s Legal Experts, the Chambers’ UK Guide, and the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers and was recognised as one of the “Hot 100” by The Lawyer magazine for 2014.   She was also nominated by clients for an award for leadership in client service by The Lawyer magazine in 2014.  She was named a top 30 Inspirational Woman and Champion of Diversity by Brummel Magazine in 2015.  She was awarded Rising Star Champion in the We Are the City Rising Star Awards in 2016 and also won the Women of the Future’s Mentor of the Year award in 2016.

Tamara holds an honours degree in Monetary Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science as well as an honours degree from Georgetown Law Centre in Washington, D.C. 

Peter Cappelli

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Peter Cappelli is the George W. Taylor Professor of Management at The Wharton School and Director of Wharton’s Center for Human Resources.  He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, MA, served as Senior Advisor to the Kingdom of Bahrain for Employment Policy from 2003-2005, and since 2007 is a Distinguished Scholar of the Ministry of Manpower for Singapore.  He has degrees in industrial relations from Cornell University and in labor economics from Oxford where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He has been a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution, a German Marshall Fund Fellow, and a faculty member at MIT, the University of Illinois, and the University of California at Berkeley. He was a staff member on the U.S. Secretary of Labor’s Commission on Workforce Quality and Labor Market Efficiency from 1988-’90, Co-Director of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center on the Educational Quality of the Workforce, and a member of the Executive Committee of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center on Post-Secondary Improvement at Stanford University.  Professor Cappelli has served on three committees of the National Academy of Sciences and three panels of the National Goals for Education.  He was recently named by HR Magazine as one of the top 5 most influential management thinkers, by NPR as one of the 50 influencers in the field of aging, and was elected a fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources.  He received the 2009 PRO award from the International Association of Corporate and Professional Recruiters for contributions to human resources.  He served on Global Agenda Council on Employment for the World Economic Forum and a number of advisory boards. 

Professor Cappelli’s recent research examines changes in employment relations in the U.S. and their implications.  These publications The New Deal at Work: Managing the Market-Driven Workforce, which examines the decline in lifetime employment relationships, Talent Management: Managing Talent in an Age of Uncertainty, which outlines the strategies that employers should consider in developing and managing talent (named a “best business book” for 2008 by Booz-Allen), and The India Way: How India’s Top Business Leaders are Revolutionizing Management (with colleagues), which describes a mission-driven and employee-focused approach to strategy and competitiveness.  His 2012 book Managing the Older Work (with Bill Novelli) dispels myths about older workers and describes how employers can best engage them. Why Good People Can’t Get Jobs identifies shortfalls with current hiring practices and training practices and has been excerpted in Time Magazine(online) and reviewed in the Wall Street JournalThe New Yorker, and most major business publications. Will College Pay Off? explores the relationship between college degrees and jobs, identifying the factors that determine whether investments in college degrees will lead to good jobs. It was reviewed in the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, and excerpts appeared in Time Magazine, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, and other publications.  Related work on managing retention, electronic recruiting, and changing career paths appears in the Harvard Business Review where the article Why We Love to Hate HR was the cover story of the August,2015 issue. The Performance Appraisal Revolution with Anna Tavis appear in the November issue of HBR in 2016

Ken Doctor

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Ken Doctor is an analyst with a ringside seat at the greatest story ever told about the global news media industry. As a media analyst and consultant for his own Newsonomics company, he fully employs more than 40 years of experience across a wide range of media. His quest: find and share new sustainable business models that will employ the next generation of journalists.

He’s become a go-to speaker, press source and consultant for legacy and emerging press around the world, talking about emerging Newsonomics.

Ken can be found at @kdoctor on Twitter. He writes regularly on the business of media change for The Street, POLITICO and Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab.

He is at work on his second book, following “Newsonomics: Twelve New Trends That Will Shape the News You Get,” which has been translated into Mandarin Chinese, Korean, Portuguese and Russian. All of his work is freely available on his the website.

John Fairhurst

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John Fairhurst was appointed Executive Director of Programs in July 2015. Prior to this he was the COO at the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), a Geneva based organisation focusing on improving nutrition in developing countries, primarily through public private partnership and increasing the impact of markets that the poor access.

His career has bridged the private sector and not-for-profit sectors and his drive has been to bring a greater convergence of the value that both provide. He helped establish and manage the program portfolio of the largest private foundation on international development in the UK, the Children's Investment Fund (CIFF). He has worked for Oxfam as a Regional Manager in East Africa overseeing development and humanitarian programs in an area covering from the Democratic Republic of Congo to Eritrea, as well as working as the Country Director in Afghanistan, and in Northern Sri Lanka. He was also a board member of the Mines Advisory Group (MAG), a major mines clearance organisation.

Safeena Husain

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Safeena Husain is the Founder and Executive Director at Educate Girls – a non-profit organisation that aims at tackling issues at the root cause of gender inequality in India’s education system.

After graduating from the London School of Economics, Safeena spent 15 years working with grassroots projects in Ecuador, Mexico, Bolivia, South Africa & Asia. In India, Safeena chose the agenda closest to her heart – girls’ education. Safeena together with a local team, conducted a 50- school project in Pali district, Rajasthan. Post its successful test phase, Safeena established Educate Girls as an NGO in 2007. With focus on enrollment, retention and learning, in the last eight years, Educate Girls has metamorphosed into a 12,000+ schools program with over 3.8 million total beneficiaries of its programmatic interventions.

Safeena’s efforts to bridge the gender gap in education in India have been widely recognized. Under her leadership, Educate Girls has received the prestigious 2015 Skoll Award, 2014 WISE Award, the 2014 USAID Millennium Alliance Award and the 2014 Stars Impact Award and the India Development Marketplace Award in 2011 from the World Bank. Moreover, in 2013, she received the British Asian Trust’s Special Recognition Award from HRH Prince Charles for outstanding contribution in education.

PD Villarreal

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Elpidio (“PD”) Villarreal is Senior Vice President - Global Litigation of GlaxoSmithKline.  He leads a team of approximately 50 lawyers, paralegals and other professionals, and has responsibility for all of the Company’s non-patent litigation.  Prior to joining GSK, PD was Vice President for Litigation at Schering Plough from 2005 to 2009.  From 1995 to 2005, PD was Senior Litigation Counsel for the General Electric Company.  Before GE, PD was a partner at what is now the Dentons firm in Chicago.  He is a 1982 graduate of Columbia University (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and a 1985 graduate of the Yale Law School.  He clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago for the Late Honorable Luther M. Swygert.