What is the RSA’s vision for the future? What can we learn from Fellows across different sectors, countries and regions? What questions do we need to be asking now, and what actions can make this change possible?
Fellows representing a range of regions and sectors will join this virtual table with RSA’s new Chief Executive, Andy Haldane. The session will kickstart with an introduction by Andy Haldane, followed by a conversation with the panellists, moderated by the Head of RSA Scotland, Jamie Cooke. The chat will also be open for reflections and questions from participants.
Our global panellists are:
- Nate Wong is a technologist turned serial social intrapreneur who has launched impact units within larger organizations at Deloitte Consulting, at BCG's Centre for Public Impact, and at Georgetown University, where he helped direct strategy and innovation at the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation with a particular lens around equity and inclusive innovation. Nate will be starting as a Partner at The Bridgespan Group, a social impact consulting firm, where he'll work on efforts to reimagine capitalism for equitable impact as well as models to shift power for all. He has worked in over 10 different countries on issues around economic development/ mobility, impact investing, and inclusive entrepreneurship including stints at Obama Foundation, Acumen, Endeavor, and TechnoServe. Nate has been an RSA Fellow since 2017 and serves as a DC Ambassador to RSA US. He also has collaborated with the RSA including the launch of an open-sourced course at Georgetown University called Building a Social Impact Consciousness and innovation lab efforts related to the Future of Work. Based in Washington, DC., you can also find Nate exploring the local food scene, throwing ceramics, or improving his boxing technique.
- Sharmi Surianarain serves as the Chief Impact Officer for Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator in South Africa. Sharmi is a fierce advocate for opportunity and social justice for young people and women across the African continent, and is a keen analyst and thinker on the future of work. Sharmi leads on Harambee's impact and systems change agendas, and oversees Harambee's work in new markets. Sharmi is the Founder of Making Caring Count, a social enterprise that aims to build impactful solutions around care work in Africa. Sharmi brings extensive experience in human capital management, education, and facilitating links to employment across Africa, India, and the United States. Prior to Harambee, Sharmi served as Vice President of Lifelong Engagement at African Leadership Academy (ALA) where she oversaw a network of 2,000 young African leaders, managed ALA’s Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program, Africa Careers Network, and ALA’s alumni engagement team. As a Fellow of the RSA, Sharmi has been involved in the RSA’s pilot network of Future of Work practitioners, The Good Work Guild.
- Courtney Savie Lawrence has lived, worked and travelled across more than 70 countries in pursuit of positive impact using design and participatory based approaches, with a focus on systems transition design for climate and social innovation. She is the cofounder of The Circular Design Lab based in Bangkok, Thailand, which launched with support from an RSA global network grant. Courtney currently works with the UNDP Chief Digital Office, coleading the Oxford Climate Tech Initiative and consulting for the UNICEF Global Office of Innovation team on climate tech and innovation R+D. She is the coauthor of Inclusive Innovation - Bridging Theory, Policy and Practice, published this year in the Routledge Innovation and Technology Horizons Seriesand is currently studying at the Oxford Saïd Business School as a recipient of the Executive MBA Director's Award. As a volunteer she serves on the School of International Futures Next Gen Foresight Practitioners Steering Committee.
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