Judging Committee

Meet our wonderful panel of judges for 2013. They are recognized experts in their field who are responsible for reviewing the second round Prize Plans submitted and voting for the top five Children’s Prize finalists.

Dr. Francesco Aureli
Dr. Francesco Aureli
Representative to the International Institutions, Save the Children

Dr. Francesco Aureli is currently based in Rome, Italy, serving as Save the Children’s Representative to the International Institutions, with a mandate that particularly focuses on promoting the policy change that can facilitate the adoption of health and nutrition interventions with the greatest possible impact for the reduction of child and maternal mortality in high-burden countries.

Prior to this appointment, Dr. Aureli worked in New York as Save the Children’s Representative to the United Nations for its Global Campaign, which focused on the achievement of Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 with a particular spotlight on Health Workers, Nutrition and Equity. Prior, Dr. Aureli worked for several years in Developing Countries, mainly dealing with primary healthcare, and training programs in Africa, Asia, former Yugoslavia and Central America.

Dr. Aureli was Director General of the African Medical and Research Foundation in Italy, and for the past few years he has also been widely involved with the work of the World Health Organization (WHO) and of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH), and under his role with PMNCH he also served as a member of the Health Experts’ Group of the G8 Governments. He graduated from the University of Rome, La Sapienza, with a degree in Law.

emmalee bandstra
Dr. Emmalee S. Bandstra
University of Miami Department of Pediatrics

Emmalee S. Bandstra, M.D., is Professor of Pediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Miami (UM) Miller School of Medicine and an Attending Neonatologist at Holtz Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Dr. Bandstra is the Director of the UM Specialized Center of Research on Addiction and Health in Women, Children and Adolescents as well as the UM Perinatal Chemical Addiction Research and Education (CARE) Program. For over two decades, she has conducted research on the acute and long-term effects of prenatal exposure to cocaine and other drugs within a large NIH-funded prospective study of high-risk prenatally cocaine-exposed and non-exposed infants, enrolled at birth and followed through late adolescence. The investigative team has also developed and provided valuable multidisciplinary prevention and intervention services to thousands of infants and young children affected by parental substance abuse and other mental health problems in Miami-Dade.

Dr. Bandstra is the former President of the Southern Society for Pediatric Research. She is included among the Castle Connolly Best Doctors, Florida Super Doctors, and Who’s Who in America. Her prizes and awards include the 1994 UM Project Newborn Genevieve Abraham Award for Medical Excellence. She received her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Alabama.

Barry R. Bloom
Dr. Barry R. Bloom
Harvard School of Public Health

Dr. Barry R. Bloom is Harvard University’s Distinguished Service Professor of the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases and Former Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health. He received a bachelor’s degree and an honorary ScD from Amherst College, and a PhD from Rockefeller University.

Dr. Bloom is widely recognized for his work in the area of infectious diseases, vaccines, and global health. He has made important discoveries in immunity to tuberculosis and leprosy. He served as a consultant to the White House on International Health Policy from 1977 to 1978, was elected President of the American Association of Immunologists, and served as President of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. Bloom was an Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He has received numerous awards for his scientific work including the first Bristol-Myers Award in Infectious Diseases, Robert Koch Gold Medal, and the Novartis Award in Immunology.

He has been extensively involved with the World Health Organization (WHO) for more than 40 years. He was a member of the WHO Advisory Committee on Health Research and chaired the WHO Committees on Leprosy Research and Tuberculosis Research, and chaired the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee of the UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases. He as served on the National Advisory Councils of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH, and the Center for Infectious Diseases of the CDC and currently serves on the National Advisory Board of the Fogarty International Center at NIH. He was elected to membership of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.

Jeffrey Brosco
Dr. Jeffrey P. Brosco
University of Miami Department of Pediatrics

Dr. Jeffrey P. Brosco is a clinician, educator, researcher, and administrative leader in pediatric systems of care. He has taught and practiced both general pediatrics and developmental-behavioral pediatrics since 1995. His teaching responsibilities also include history, ethics, and professionalism, and he chairs the Pediatric Bioethics Committee at Holtz Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Brosco serves as Regional Medical Director for Florida’s Title V program in Miami-Dade County, which coordinates medical and developmental services for 10,000 children with special health care needs. At a national level, Dr. Brosco’s research and service aim to integrate history and ethics into the study of health care systems for children with developmental disabilities. More recently, he has focused on the history of newborn screening programs by co-authoring a book with Diane Paul: The PKU Paradox: A Short History of a Genetic Disorder (Johns Hopkins University Press, forthcoming 2013). Dr. Brosco also Co-Chaired the Long-Term Cognitive Outcomes and Follow-up section of the NIH Phenylketonuria Planning Group, and continues to serve as Co-Chair of the Ethics and Legal Workgroup for the NICHD Newborn Screening Translational Research Network organized by the American College of Medical Genetics.

Dr. Brosco served as chief resident after training in pediatrics at the University of Miami/
Jackson Memorial Hospital, and he is board-certified in Pediatrics and in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics. He completed his tenure as a Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Faculty Scholar in 2003, and he continues to teach and practice both general pediatrics and developmental pediatrics. Dr. Brosco completed an M.D. and a Ph.D. in the history of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Erik Detiger Erik Detiger, Managing Director at Fundsforngos.org and Founder and Managing Director at Philantropia Inc.
Erik Detiger has nearly two decades of experience working in the field of international philanthropy and fundraising. His international experience includes growing up in Europe and working in Asia, Africa, and the United States. Erik holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the Free University of Amsterdam and a Professional Certificate in NGO Management from New York University.

After working as a corporate manager in Thailand, he started his non-profit career in the Netherlands for a grass-roots human rights organization. Moving to UNICEF New York in 1995 Erik managed human rights projects and large-scale national vaccination campaigns; he worked in Tanzania for UNICEF’s refugee program and in Nepal for the International Labor Organization’s Child Labor Elimination Program. As the Deputy Director of Development for the International Center for Transitional Justice, he was instrumental in securing major support from European and Asian institutional donors.

A highly successful international project manager and fundraising professional, Erik is the Founder and Managing Director of Philantropia Inc.- a consultancy firm specializing in cross-border fundraising and philanthropy. He more recently joined fundsforngos.org as a co-owner and managing director. Fundsforngos.org is one of the largest online initiatives working for the sustainability of NGOs. Millions of NGO professionals around the world use fundsforngos.org to access donor funding, resources, and tools.

He is a frequent speaker and regularly teaches International Fundraising at the Human Rights Advocates Program (HRAP) at Columbia University in New York.

Anne Marie Burgoyne
Anne Marie Burgoyne, Managing Director for Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
Anne Marie Burgoyne is responsible for identifying and supporting Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Entrepreneurs and for building our learning community.

Before joining Draper Richards Kaplan, Anne Marie was the Executive Director of United Cerebral Palsy of the Golden Gate where she undertook a successful financial and operational turn-around and organizational merger. Prior, Anne Marie was a Roberts Enterprise Development Fund (REDF) Farber Fellow at Community Gatepath, a non-profit that provides services to children and adults with developmental disabilities. Before entering the non-profit arena, Anne Marie was the Vice President of Service at Digital Impact, a publicly-traded email marketing company, and an Associate at Robertson Stephens, where she did investment banking with emerging market clients.
Currently Anne Marie serves on the boards of several organizations including Equal Opportunity Schools, Global Citizen Year, Mission Continues, and Wild4Life. Previously, she served on the boards of several organization which include Build Change, Grassroot Soccer and Little Kids Rock, LivingGoods, One Acre Fund, RefugePoint (formerly Mapendo International).

She is on the advisory councils of IDEO.org, Net Impact, the Global Social Venture Competition and Photo Philanthropy and enjoys collaboration with Santa Clara University’s Global Social Benefit Incubator and Social Venture Partners. She is a judge for the Manhattan Institute Social Entrepreneur Award and the Social Venture Network Innovation Awards program. Anne Marie has written about dashboards and the use of metrics by early-stage organizations, and has had pieces published by Stanford Social Innovation Review and in blogs by Good Magazine and Sasha Dichter.
Anne Marie received her Master of Business Administration and Public Management Program certificate from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and was selected by her peers as the recipient of the Ernest C. Arbuckle Award. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and its Wharton School, respectively.

John Finley
Rev. John Finley
Co-Founder, Epiphany School

The Rev. John H. Finley IV is the co-founder and head of Epiphany School, a tuition-free, independent Episcopal middle school for economically-disadvantaged children and children who have been abused and neglected. Rev. Finley has helped launch several other schools inspired by Epiphany’s example and has also been involved in other initiatives in education including the Nativity Preparatory School in Boston, the Nativity Schools Educational Network, Codman Academy Public Charter School, Esperanza Academy in Lawrence (MA), Urban Achievers, and Boston Scholars.

Rev. Finley serves on several boards including the Harvard College Overseers’ Visiting Committee for the Memorial Church, the Harvard Episcopal Chaplaincy, the Bethany House of Prayer in Belmont (MA), the Open Gate Foundation at Harvard, and Harvard’s Signet Society well as on the Advisory Board of Forward Movement Publications. He is also a trustee of the Stephen Phillips Scholarship Fund, which awards several million dollars a year in college scholarships. In his vocation as an Episcopal priest, he serves at St. Mary’s Church in Dorchester (MA), and he is also affiliated with the Church of the Redeemer in Chestnut Hill (MA).

Rev. Finley is a graduate of Groton School and Harvard College.

John Oddy
Mr. John Oddy
Senior Philanthropic Director, Foundation Source – Ex Officio

Mr. Oddy is an expert in the field of philanthropy and private foundations. At Foundation Source, he helps clients accomplish their philanthropic goals in various ways including research, strategic planning and grant-making and evaluation, governance and family engagement. John has over 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector.

Before coming to Foundation Source, he was Executive Director of The Royal Oak Foundation, a U.S. charity supporting the National Trust of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Prior to that, he was Program Officer at the Getty Grant Program, the philanthropic arm of the J. Paul Getty Trust, supporting conservation of significant art and architecture internationally. He also launched and managed various grant-making initiatives in previous positions he held at The Judith Rothschild Foundation and The J.M. Kaplan Fund of New York.

Mr. Oddy studied Art History as an undergraduate at Bard College and Urban Planning at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. John is married to Jane McNamara and they live in Jackson Heights, New York with their two sons, James (8) and George (5). He enjoys hiking, woodworking and flea markets. They are (gradually) restoring an 18th century farmhouse in Litchfield, Connecticut.

Ben Powell
Mr. Ben Powell
Founder and CEO, Agora Partnerships

Mr. Powell is the founder and CEO of Agora Partnerships, a global community of entrepreneurs, investors, mentors, and individuals dedicated to using the power of business to effect positive change in their communities. Agora’s Impact Accelerator program identifies and then connects promising entrepreneurs with the knowledge, networks, and financial capital they need to attract capital and grow.

Mr. Powell became convinced of the power of small business to transform poor communities in Mexico, where he co-founded CityGolf Puebla, a miniature golf course and family recreation center. After working as a Presidential Management Fellow at the Office of Management and Budget, he left to attend business school and launch Agora Partnerships. Since graduating in 2005, Ben has been named a Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Entrepreneur, a BMW Foundation Young Leader, and an Ashoka Fellow. He was a Social Venture Network Innovation Award honoree in 2009 and named one of 2010′s top 40 under 40 development leaders in Washington, DC.

Mr. Powell has a BA with high honors from Haverford College, where he co-founded Tres Nachos Quesadillas Delivery and the Lighted Fools improv troupe. He earned an MBA from Columbia University, where he was awarded the Inaugural Alumni Social Innovation Award, and an MSFS with distinction from Georgetown University.

Aditi Shekar
Ms. Aditi Shekar
Executive Partner, Ashoka Changemakers

Aditi Shekar leads Ashoka Changemakers as Executive Partner and is managing the team through a transition from a competitions platform into the largest network for and of early-stage changemakers.

In her tenure, she has helped the team build a more sustainable and scalable platform – focusing on streamlining operations by 50% while building out long-term strategy and profitable revenue models for the evolution. Prior to this role, Aditi led the design and implementation of Changeshop – a dedicated marketplace on Changemakers.com where anyone with an idea for social change has the opportunity to connect to the resources they need to accelerate their impact. She has also served as the Director of Search during her time at Ashoka, revitalizing our recruiting criteria and processes to better serve the organization’s needs. Before Ashoka, Aditi worked with DonorsChoose, an online marketplace to drive philanthropy into public schools, where she learned how to create transparent and accountable platforms and helped expand their Bay Area office across the West Coast.

Aditi graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a double major in Business Administration and Psychology. Having lived and studied in six countries, her background has encouraged her to re-define the “box”. Aditi is proud to be a Sandboxer and a StartingBloc Fellow.

Dr. Barbara Stoll
Dr. Barbara J. Stoll
President and CEO of the Emory-Children’s Center

Dr. Barbara J. Stoll is the George W. Brumley, Jr., Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine and President and CEO of the Emory-Children’s Center. She received her AB degree from Barnard College, her MD degree from Yale Medical School, and completed clinical training in Pediatrics and Neonatology at Babies Hospital, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and Emory University School of Medicine. She served an Associate Scientist at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) for 4 years where she developed an appreciation of the causes of child mortality in developing countries and studied interventions to reduce mortality and improve child health. She established a hospital-based diarrheal disease surveillance system at ICDDR,B that is still on-going today. She worked at the University of Goteborg, Sweden and at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences before joining the faculty in the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Emory in 1986. She spent 1995-1996 at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, raising awareness of the importance of neonatal morbidity and mortality in developing countries and developing guidelines for the care of newborns in resource poor settings.

Dr. Stoll became Chair of the Emory Department of Pediatrics in 2004 and is also Professor of Public Health/Epidemiology in Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health. Dr. Stoll’s research interests include neonatal clinical trials and the epidemiology of, diagnosis, and treatment of neonatal infectious diseases. She has spent over two decades studying the causes of morbidity and mortality among pre-term and low birthweight infants, especially infectious diseases and has participated in numerous multi-center trials to improve therapies for and outcomes of sick newborns, both in the US and internationally. Dr. Stoll has authored over 250 scientific papers, review articles and chapters. She has served as a consultant to the WHO, CARE, Save the Children, USAID, the March of Dimes and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2004, she chaired an IOM committee to examine ways to improve birth outcomes in the developing world that has played an important role in focusing attention on the 40% of under 5 mortality that occurs in the newborn period.

Dr. Stoll is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a member of the AAP Section on Perinatal Pediatrics, and a member of the Board of the Georgia Chapter of the AAP. She was elected to the Society for Pediatric Research in 1986, to the Infectious Disease Society of America and the American Pediatric Society in 1998. Dr. Stoll is a member of the Executive Board of the Atlanta-based WHO Collaborating Center in Maternal and Child Health and a member of the Steering Committees of the NICHD Neonatal Research Network and Stillbirth Collaborative Research Network. She was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2009 and is the current President of the American Pediatric Society.

Dr. Rajiv Tandon
Dr. Rajiv Tandon
MD (Paediatrics), FIAP, FNNF, FIAPSM (Causa Honoris) & FAMS (Paediatrics) is the Save the Children India’s Senior Advisor-Maternal, Newborn, Child Health & Nutrition.

In his current assignment he plays a critical role in setting and implementing strategic, political and policy directions for the organization and lead the development of its newborn and child survival strategy and objectives. He is also responsible for achieving the objectives of the Saving Newborn Lives (SNL) program in India, including developing it’s strategies, annual work-plans, allocating resources optimally, ensuring the success of activities, including sub-grants, and collaborating with the global SNL program.

He also serves as member/trainer/spokesperson/coordinator to various Committees, Boards, Technical Advisory Groups, and Coalitions like global Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH), Coalition for Sustainable Nutrition Security in India (CSNSI) with Prof. M. S. Swaminathan as its Chair and Reproductive Maternal Newborn Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCHA+) Coalition with Additional Secretary & Mission Director-NRHM as its Chair; (which has led the development of the CSO/ FBO Mapping and declaration).

Prior to Save the Children/ SNL, he was the Division Chief-MNCHN at USAID India Mission, wherein he received 5 USAID/ USG awards for his outstanding performance.

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