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Past Members of the Board


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John Gachora, Regional Head of the Investment Banking Division, ABSA Bank
Gachora is the regional head of the Investment Banking Division responsible for sub-Saharan Africa.  John is working to redefine ABSA’s capital presence on the continent. Prior to his work at ABSA, he was an investment banker with Credit Suisse and served as managing director and head of structuring at Bank of America.
Jonathan Greenblatt, Co-founder, Ethos Water
Jonathan Greenblatt is the co-founder of Ethos Water, a former vice president of Starbucks Coffee Company, and an acknowledged thought leader on social entrepreneurship and sustainability. Ethos is the premium bottled water that helps children around the world get clean water. In 2005, Starbucks Coffee Company purchased Ethos Water, one of only a handful of non-coffee business acquisitions in Starbucks’ thirty-plus year history.

Derek Schrier, Founder and Chief Investment Officer, Indaba Capital Management
Derek Schrier is the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Indaba Capital Management, LLC and prior to that was a Partner at Farallon Capital Management. Derek also managed the elections research and polling for the African National Congress's political campaign during South Africa's first-ever democratic elections in 1994. Derek served on our Board from 2006-2012 and as our first chairman from 2009-2012. He is currently chair of the Advisory Board for the Boston Review and serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council at Stanford Law School. Derek received a JD from the Law School and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University as well as an AB from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
Kim SmithCo-Founder and Senior Advisor, NewSchools Venture Fund
Kim Smith co-founded NewSchools Venture Fund in 1998 to transform public education by supporting education entrepreneurs. NewSchools uses grants, loans and equity investments to support a portfolio that includes nonprofit and for-profit entrepreneurs who are building sustainable, scalable education ventures. Kim holds a bachelor's degree in political science and psychology from Columbia College and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

John Tedstrom, President and CEO, Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
John Tedstrom is president and CEO of the Global Business Coalition (GBC) on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. John joined GBC in August, 2006, and since that time has focused on leveraging the many gains made by GBC in its earlier years—a strong membership base, technical programs, and partnerships. He currently serves on the Global Health Advisory Committee of the Clinton Global Initiative.