Meera Ashish (Next Generation)
Kasim M. Kasuri (Beaconhouse)
Johann Olav Koss (Right to Play)
Clare Lockhart (Institute for State Effectiveness)
Vikas Pota (Varkey GEMS Foundation)
Lorna Solis (Blue Rose Compass)
Meera Ashish is a Columnist and Writer based in Uganda, Dubai and London, writing on travel and food.
She co-founded Mara Foundation three years ago, when she and her husband Ashish Thakkar, saw the need to improve education and facilities in government schools in Uganda.
She looks into overall strategy and fundraising for Next Generation Schools, as well as assisting with external communications.
Kasim Kasuri has been Chief Executive Officer of the Beaconhouse School System since 2004. Established in 1975, Beaconhouse is one of the largest private school networks in the world with over 180,000 students in eight countries. Kasuri is passionate about change in the educational status-quo and has been involved in a number of radical school initiatives including the establishment of TNS Beaconhouse - a “school of tomorrow” based in Lahore, Pakistan, which espouses project-based, experiential learning.
He is also actively involved in the development of the school network across Asia, Middle East and Europe. From 1996 to 2004, Kasuri was Chief Executive Officer of Beaconhouse-Informatics, a large chain of IT institutes in Pakistan offering corporate training and IT degrees. He has always maintained an interest in technology and publishing and managed to combine both when he launched Pakistan's first computer magazine in 1988 while at the Lahore American School. Kasuri completed his Bachelor's degree in 1994 from Tufts University in Massachusetts, USA, followed by a Master's degree from the Lahore School of Economics in 1996.
A four-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Johann Olav Koss is a legendary winter athlete and a pioneer in the field of Sport for Development. Outside his role as President, CEO and Founder of Right To Play, Johann is active in many sport-related causes. In 1997, Johann was appointed Chairman of the Norwegian Government Forum against Drugs and Doping. He is also on the board of an organization called “MOT” (Courage) that mobilizes Norwegian athletes in the fight against drugs and doping. He was a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Athlete’s Commission from 1998 to 2002. He also served as a founding and executive board member of the World Anti-Doping Agency (2000 to 2002) where he initiated the Athlete anti-doping passport. In 1994, Johann was appointed Special Representative for Sport for UNICEF International.
He has received numerous awards including Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated (1994) and the Child Survival Award by the Carter Center. Johann was also declared “One of 100 Future Leaders of Tomorrow” by TIME Magazine, and “One of 1,000 Global Leaders” by the World Economic Forum. Johann completed his undergraduate medical training at the University of Queensland, and his Executive MBA at the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. He has Honorary Doctor of Laws Degrees from Brock University and University of Calgary.
Clare Lockhart, Director of the Market Building Initiative and co-founder and Director of the Institute for State Effectiveness, is a specialist in law and public administration trained at Oxford and Harvard. After working as an investment banker and barrister in London, she managed a program on state transition at the World Bank.
She was then recruited as a UN advisor in Afghanistan during the Bonn process and advisor to the Government of Afghanistan during the Transitional Administration, designing and managing a series of national initiatives. While still in Afghanistan, she - with Dr. Ghani and a number of colleagues - began to codify this learning and advising high-level policy-makers in other transitional states.
Vikas Pota is Chief Executive of the Varkey GEMS Foundation, a corporate foundation seeking to improving global teacher capacity and promoting universal access to quality education. He has embarked on a programme to train 250,000 teachers in classroom pedagogy and is responsible for the development of a Global Teacher Status Index.
Pota serves on a number of global education panels, including the Girls & Female Education Panel, the Teachers Task Force and the Global Alliance of Corporate Partners for Education - all for UNESCO. He is also the Group Head of Corporate Affairs for GEMS Education, a company that owns and operates high performing K-12 schools globally.
In addition to her work with Blue Rose Compass Lorna is also the Director for Latin America & Africa at Institutional Investor for both the Magazine & Conference Division. She joined Institutional Investor in 1996, and as of February of 2009 she continues to provide many of these services to Institutional Investor on a contract basis. She worked at I.D.E.A (Independent Economic Analysis) on Wall Street as head of Latin America, and in previous years at Water and Air Research, an Environmental Consulting Firm where she helped establish national parks in Manaus, Brazil and the Bay of Tela in Honduras.
In 2010 Lorna was appointed as a Young Global Leader (YGL) by the World Economic Forum. She sits on the Advisory Board of Turtle Bay Capital, a Private Equity Firm in New York City specializing in Infrastructure Projects in Emerging Markets. Lorna is a graduate of the University of Florida and of the Harvard Kennedy Schools Global Leadership and Public Policy Executive Education program. She is also a figurative sculptor and has exhibited her work in New York City, including Lincoln Center and has won numerous prestigious awards.