ILA committee

The Inspired Leadership Award winners are chosen by a committee. The committee also nominate potential winners and provide strategic direction on the Award.

ILA Chairman: Jeremy Hillman
DIRECTOR, CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS, WORLD BANK GROUP

Jeremy Hillman is Director of corporate communications for the World Bank. Prior to this he was Director of external communications at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and he has also worked at the BBC in a number of senior roles.

Jeremy Hillman is Director of corporate communications for the World Bank. Prior to this he was Director of external communications at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and he has also worked at the BBC in a number of senior roles.

Manjula Dissanayake
FOUNDING PRESIDENT, EDUCATE LANKA FOUNDATION

Manjula Dissanayake is Founder of Educate Lanka, a non-profit that merges online technology with public-private partnerships to improve access to education and employment for aspiring leaders from marginalised backgrounds. Manjula was 2016 Award nominee.

Manjula Dissanayake is Founder of Educate Lanka, a non-profit that merges online technology with public-private partnerships to improve access to education and employment for aspiring leaders from marginalised backgrounds. Manjula was 2016 Award nominee.

Bill Drayton
CHAIR & CEO, ASHOKA

Bill Drayton is Chair and CEO of Ashoka. A social entrepreneur with a long record of founding organisations and public service, he is also chair of three other organisations: Youth Venture, Community Greens, and Get America Working!

Bill Drayton is Chair and CEO of Ashoka. A social entrepreneur with a long record of founding organisations and public service, he is also chair of three other organisations: Youth Venture, Community Greens, and Get America Working!

Jeremy Heimans
CO-FOUNDER & CEO, PURPOSE

Jeremy Heimans is co-founder and CEO of Purpose, a home for building 21st century movements and crowd-based social and economic models to tackle the world’s biggest problems. Jeremy won the Inspired Leadership Award in 2015.

Jeremy Heimans is co-founder and CEO of Purpose, a home for building 21st century movements and crowd-based social and economic models to tackle the world’s biggest problems. Jeremy won the Inspired Leadership Award in 2015.

Jack Leslie
CHAIRMAN, WEBER SHANDWICK

Jack Leslie is Chairman of Weber Shandwick, one of the world’s leading public relations and public affairs firms. He was previously appointed by President Obama in 2009 as Chairman of the board of directors of the US African Development Foundation.

Jack Leslie is Chairman of Weber Shandwick, one of the world’s leading public relations and public affairs firms. He was previously appointed by President Obama in 2009 as Chairman of the board of directors of the US African Development Foundation.

Sarah Lewis
STRATEGY & COMMUNICATIONS CONSULTANT

Sarah Lewis was last Xynteo’s Head of Communications. She previously spent five years at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in communications roles, including advancing the Foundation’s work in India. She’s also led financial and sustainability reporting for Standard Chartered Bank.

Sarah Lewis was last Xynteo’s Head of Communications. She previously spent five years at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in communications roles, including advancing the Foundation’s work in India. She’s also led financial and sustainability reporting for Standard Chartered Bank.

Heather McGregor
MANAGING DIRECTOR & PRINCIPAL SHAREHOLDER, TAYLOR BENNETT

Heather McGregor is Managing Director and principal shareholder of communications headhunters Taylor Bennett. She also founded the Taylor Bennett Foundation, which works to promote diversity in the communications industry.

Heather McGregor is Managing Director and principal shareholder of communications headhunters Taylor Bennett. She also founded the Taylor Bennett Foundation, which works to promote diversity in the communications industry.

Michael Nobel
CHAIRMAN, NOBEL CHARITABLE TRUST

Michael Nobel is Chairman of the Nobel Charitable Trust. He also serves as Chairman or board member for eight global companies, as well as several not-for-profit organisations that focus on scientific, medical and charitable initiatives.

Michael Nobel is Chairman of the Nobel Charitable Trust. He also serves as Chairman or board member for eight global companies, as well as several not-for-profit organisations that focus on scientific, medical and charitable initiatives.

Ory Okolloh
CO-FOUNDER, USHAHIDI

Ory Okolloh, a Kenyan blogger and open-government activist, is co-founder of Ushahidi, a crowdsourced crisis information platform used to monitor elections in Kenya, Mexico and India, track violence in the Eastern Congo and map post-earthquake crisis in Haiti.

Ory Okolloh, a Kenyan blogger and open-government activist, is co-founder of Ushahidi, a crowdsourced crisis information platform used to monitor elections in Kenya, Mexico and India, track violence in the Eastern Congo and map post-earthquake crisis in Haiti.

Archna Vyas
DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS, INDIA, BILL & MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION

Archna Vyas is Deputy Director of Communications, India, for the Gates Foundation. She was previously Southeast Asia regional manager of communication and media for multinational consumer goods company Reckitt Benckiser.

Archna Vyas is Deputy Director of Communications, India, for the Gates Foundation. She was previously Southeast Asia regional manager of communication and media for multinational consumer goods company Reckitt Benckiser.

Chloe Danwei Zhang
VICE DIRECTOR, INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS, FOUNDER GROUP

Chloe Danwei Zhang is Vice Director of international business for the Founder Group. She’s now also an advisor for a number of Chinese startups. Prior to this she worked in consulting and media for three years, and founded a media startup in London.

Chloe Danwei Zhang is Vice Director of international business for the Founder Group. She’s now also an advisor for a number of Chinese startups. Prior to this she worked in consulting and media for three years, and founded a media startup in London.