STUDIO SAMUEL GLOBAL AMBASSADOR
Julian Lennon's sensitive and poetic vision of life courses through his exquisite photography, philanthropic pursuits and his acclaimed music. In 2007, Julian founded the global environmental and humanitarian organization The White Feather Foundation. He produced the compelling documentary whaledreamers that was shown at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival and earned 8 International Film Festival Awards. He has emerged a renowned photographer and garnered many outstanding reviews for his iconic images. On June 4th 2013 he returned from his first album in 15 years, the stunning Everything Changes (Music From Another Room), a masterwork of powerfully vulnerable and sophisticatedly accessible adult pop.
INTERNATIONAL ADVISORY COUNCIL
Katie Albright, JD, (CE0 + President) joined Safe & Sound ten years ago, when it was called the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center. Her prior experiences include SF Deputy City Attorney representing our public schools; SF Education Fund Policy Director leading a campaign to improve teacher quality and increase student retention; and, Preschool California Co-Director of Policy & Outreach campaigning statewide for universal preschool. Prior to serving as an associate at Latham & Watkins and clerking for the US District Court in Maryland, she co-founded and taught in the Kayole-Gitau Nursery School & Community Center in Nairobi, Kenya.
Katie actively serves on local and national, non-profit and government boards and commissions. She received an Ascend Fellowship from The Aspen Institute and Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship at Stanford University. Katie graduated with honors from Georgetown University Law Center and Williams College.
For over 15 years Kimberley has worked in areas of strategic planning and external relations, advising on a wide-range of development issues for stakeholders at global headquarters and in the field, including in Latin America, Africa and Eastern Europe. Experience in the U.N., governments, and the private sector has required communication skills in English, French and Spanish.
Most recently she has been working across Southern, Eastern and Western Africa, with UNICEF and partners, where she has led the development and roll-out of regional investment cases for adolescents She has successfully been developing the strategies for the partnerships and financing of the specific programmes in multiple countries.
Kimberley earned a graduate degree in Montreal in social sciences, focusing on international development and communications in Africa.
She is based in Kenya.
Mariella Furrer, Swiss/Lebanese, was born in Beirut and has lived in Africa her whole life. She attended the Documentary Photography & Photojournalism Program at the International Centre of Photography in NYC, and has since been working as a freelance photojournalist based between Kenya and South Africa. She has covered Africa extensively and has worked on stories in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Mariella has been awarded grants from the 3P Foundation, France and the Hasselblad Foundation,Sweden. She has received an Honorable Mention from Unicef Photo of the Year 2005 and has been nominated for the Santa Fe Prize for Photography 2006. All for an ongoing project on child sexual abuse in South Africa.
Mariella's work has appeared in publications such as Time, Newsweek, Life, New York Times, Marie Claire, Outside Magazine, Talk Magazine, Paris Match, Der Spiegel, among others. She has also participated in several book projects and her work has been shown at group exhibitions.
Mariella has also worked for or her work has been used by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Carter Center, MSF, UNICEF, UNHCR among others.
Stewart Krentzman has enjoyed a career across many industries, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies.
In 2018 he founded startup Scentanicals, which scents and blends dried botanicals, providing a safer alternative for the scented candle user. He has founded startup dollarwatcher, Inc., a mobile/web platform in Philadelphia, PA. for small business owners who are underserved / overcharged for technology. Dollarwatcher was accepted into the prestigious Facebook Start Program in 2016. He, has also founded The BBQ Cleaner, a small business opportunity launched in 2009 that has expanded to 202 locations in the United States. He also founded New Taste Dimensions Foods which has actively participated in the new product development process of the McDonald's Corporation in the USA, Hong Kong and Singapore.
In the healthcare sector Stew developed the rollout plan for Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health - Weill Cornell Medical College / NY Presbyterian Hospital and with several doctors, he consulted for Sheik Mohammed bin Khalifa of the UAE to establish concierge medicine models.
Previously he was the President and CEO of Oki Americas, a division of Oki Electric, a $5.4B Japanese technology company. He served as a Board Member of the parent company in Tokyo. The company focused on specialty printing, iris scan recognition, MPEG4 and other hi tech solutions. He was chosen by CRN Magazine as a Top 100 Influential Executives in Technology.
Before joining Oki Americas he spent 23 years at global consumer package goods giant Unilever where he managed their Lipton Tea flagship brands during the Snapple & Tetley tea wars. He created and launched the sales strategy for Equal, the sugar substitute. Along with his team he helped to develop, launch and manage the $400M+ children's fruit snack category. His team returned Wish-Bone salad dressing to the number #2 market share position.
Stew and his wife Bonnie, along with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center have created New Jersey Friends of Memorial Sloan Kettering which raises money for their 3 outpatient hospital sites that serves New Jersey residents.
He and Bonnie are also very active supporters of breast cancer research efforts across the United States. With permission from Graceland, they have built the only authorized replica of Elvis’ famous 1955 pink Cadillac, which is used to raise money by breast cancer organizations across the country.
Stew was recognized as the Man of the Year by HBO/Octoberwomen and recognized by the NJ State Legislature and several other organizations for these charitable efforts.
He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business where he teaches Marketing Planning and Strategy to 3rd and 4th year Executive MBA and 2nd year full & part-time MBA candidates. Along with Facebook's Global Director of Strategic Partnerships he co-teaches the Social Media & Mobile Technology course to Executive MBA’s and 2nd year MBA candidates.
Nicole Laframboise is an economist, writer and mother of three who has focused her professional career on economic policy and development in emerging market and low-income countries. Motivated early on by the injustice of economic inequality and poverty, Nicole studied economics at the University of Western Ontario (Canada) and the London School of Economics (U.K.), earning a graduate degree in economics in 1987. She joined the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in 1996, working on country teams in North Africa, Egypt and Central Asia, in communications as a speechwriter for the Managing Director, and in recent years as the “mission chief” for Barbados, Grenada, Bolivia, and now Haiti. Her recent research projects have included studies on public investment, the macroeconomic impact of natural disasters, the effectiveness of social programs in the Middle East—including the impact on gender outcomes, and the tourism sector in the Caribbean, including using big data to better assess market competitiveness.
Nicole also worked early in her career at the federal Department of Finance in Ottawa, with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Mali, and in the research department of a large Canadian bank. This extensive experience has allowed Nicole to work closely with policymakers at all levels and to engage with outside stakeholders in an effort to design inclusive and sustainable policy solutions to economic and social problems.
An avid skier, cyclist, yoga enthusiast, nature-lover and untalented musician who speaks English, French and Spanish, she is based in Maryland where she lives with her husband and three sons.
Kennedy Odede is one of Africa’s best-known community organizers and social entrepreneurs. He is a New York Times best-selling author and the Co-Chair of the Youth Panel for the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity. He was raised in Kibera, the largest urban slum in Africa, where he experienced the devastating realities of life in extreme poverty. Still, he dreamed about changing his community. While working at a factory in 2004, Kennedy saved 20 cents, purchased a soccer ball, and started the Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) movement. Driven by the innovation and entrepreneurial spirits of the people of Kibera, SHOFCO became the largest grassroots organization in the slum.
Kennedy’s work has been featured in the PBS documentary Half the Sky, A Path Appears, by Chelsea Clinton and Maria Menounos on NBC, by President Bill Clinton, and on multiple occasions by Nicholas Kristof in The New York Times. Kennedy speaks six languages, is a senior fellow with Humanity in Action, and an Aspen Institute New Voices Fellow. He splits his time between Nairobi and New York City.
Essate Weldemichael is a social activist, feminist and lawyer from Ethiopia. She received her Master’s from UN mandated University for peace in Gender and Peace building. The Masters in Gender and Peace building (MA) has equipped her with a valuable skill set and knowledge of the interlocking systems of oppression that uphold and reinforce inequality. Essate has a four year work experience in the field of Law where she served in various posts within the Ethiopian Ministry of Justice. These include: working as a public prosecutor in a Federal Court, where she specifically dealt with prevention and response to cases of violence against women and children; dealing with cases of civil dispute as an assistant judge in Addis Ababa City Court, and providing workshops and trainings on gender based violence, gender equality and peaceful transformation of conflict. Essate also collaborated in various community outreach and advocacy activities for the enforcement of women’s rights and served as elected representative of her constituency in Addis Ababa City Council for two years, where she has developed leadership skills. She is currently working as a research officer at Femmes Africa Solidarite, an international NGO working on Women, Peace and Security agenda in Africa. Essate enjoys writing, family, philosophizing, dance and more, but her true love is reading and feeding her curiosity.