Introduction to World Entrepreneurship Day (WED) by Lauren Amarante & Troy Byrd; presentation by WED Oakland Office of the Mayor, WED municipals representative; presentation by Oumar Diaw, WED Africa representative; presentation by Tyler Metcalf, Arizona State University, WED Colleges representative.
Amir Dossal delivers a keynote on Millennium Development Goals: Challenges & Opportunities - Why & How Entrepreneurs Can Get Engaged with an introduction by Wendy Diamond.
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Lauren Amarante is co-founder of World Entrepreneurship Day.
Troy Byrd is a co-founding advisor and representative of World Economic Day.
Wendy Diamond is a cause-related entrepreneur, author of two cookbooks, founder and editor of Animal Fair magazine, and frequent media personality. She is also the creator of Paws For Style, the first ever pet fashion show, as well as Yappy Hour, a nationwide tour that hosts parties for singles and their dogs
Amir Dossal is the Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Partnerships and as such is the United Nations representative for public/private partnerships. He guides the development of strategic alliances with corporations, foundations and philanthropists in achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Amir is the UN's Chief Liaison for Ted Turner's $1 billion donation for UN causes, which involves over 450 programs and projects in children's health; women and population; climate change; and biodiversity. This includes "investments" of over $560 million from other donors and partners (such as the American Red Cross, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Coca-Cola Company, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Rotary International, Vodafone, etc.).
He also oversees management of the UN Democracy Fund, which he established in 2005 to strengthen democratic institutions and enhance democratic governance in new or restored democracies. Amir has engaged the United Nations in numerous partnerships, including those with the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, Commonwealth Business Council, Dow Chemical, European Foundation Centre, Google.org, LTB Foundation, The Synergos Institute, US Chamber of Commerce, Wal-Mart, and others. He has also spearheaded the UN's engagement in new areas in the technology sector working with Cisco Systems, Ericsson, Microsoft and Vodafone.
Prior to joining the United Nations, Amir worked in the business community for over 15 years. Amir has lived and worked in Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Middle East, and North America. He is married with one son.
Tyler Metcalf is a World Entrepreneurship Day Colleges representative from Arizona State University.
Theo Oliphant brings a sophisticated corporate and private equity practice to Gibbs & Oliphant LLP. He is a former partner of a large International Firm that also has deep roots in Silicon Valley. Theo has served as a trusted business advisor to senior management of numerous middle market and start-up companies across a broad array of industries.