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Patricia Parker is the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the non-profit, Kids for Kids,  www.kidsforkids.org.uk  Kids for Kids helps children in the remote villages of  Darfur, Sudan where over 4 million people are struggling to survive. The non-profit provides long term self sustainable projects identified by the communities themselves. It was one of three nominees for International Charity of the Year at the UK Charity Awards.

Despite being deaf since birth, Stephen J. Hopson enjoyed fifteen years of extraordinary success in the turbulent world of Wall Street before switching gears in 1996 and becoming a transformational speaker, author and eventually pilot.  His latest book is Obstacle Illusions, Transforming Adversity Into Success.

Patricia Parker is the founder of KIDS FOR KIDS, an organization that helps children living in remote villages in Darfur, Sudan, who live lives of inexcusable hardship. It is the only organisation created specially to help children in Darfur. By strengthening whole villages they are enabling people to return to their homes - conflict resolution in practice. www.kidsforkids.org.uk

Helen ThomasHelen Thomas: Commonly referred to as "The First Lady of the Press," former White House Bureau Chief Helen Thomas is a trailblazer, breaking through barriers for women reporters while covering every President since John F. Kennedy.

Omer Ismail: Omer Ismail, born in El Fashir, Western Sudan. After graduating from Khartoum University, he worked as research assistant to Dr. Mansour Khalid, the former Minister of Foreign Affairs in Sudan. His work with international relief and development organizations continued until 1988 when he became the Operations Manager for the United Nations Operation Life Line Sudan, the largest relief operation in the world at the time. He fled Sudan after the NIF (National Islamic Front) took power in 1989 and since lived as a refugee in the US. He returned to the United Nations to serve in Somalia between 1992-1994.

GEORGE VERSCHOOR - Mr. George Verschoor is an Emmy nominated producer, director, and writer. Mr. Verschoor is considered one the pioneers of reality programming, having first introduced the television audience to the seven strangers picked to live in a loft of the The Real World, the noir universe of Murder in Small Town X, and the hip-hop misadventures of Jamie Kennedy’s Blowin’ Up.

DEVANNA DE LA PUENTE-FORTE - Ms. De La Puente-Forte, a graduate of Maharishi University of Management, is a humanitarian aid worker whose focus is Women’s rights. Ms. De La Puente-Forte began her work in Calcutta working on an HIV & AIDS project. She also worked in Bangladesh where she founded a project to help adolescent girls who were the victims of early marriage. She then went to Honduras where she worked for the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). Devanna has worked in Darfur with the International Rescue Committee, as the Gender Based Violence program manager.

Patricia Parker is the founder of KIDS FOR KIDS, an organization that helps children living in remote villages in Darfur, Sudan, who live lives of inexcusable hardship. It is the only organisation created specially to help children in Darfur. By strengthening whole villages they are enabling people to return to their homes - conflict resolution in practice. www.kidsforkids.org.uk

Rashi Glazer is Professor at the Walter A. Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley and Co-Director of the School's Management of Technology Program. He has also served as the Director of the Haas School’s Center for Executive Education and the Director of the Center for Marketing and Technology. He has an MBA in 1979 and a Ph.D. in 1982 from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business and from 1982-1989 was on the faculty at Columbia University's Graduate School of Business.