Dr. Paul Zeitz is the co-founder of the SDG Compacts. He is a physician, an epidemiologist, and a tenacious, energetic, award-winning advocate for global justice and the realization of human rights. Most recently (2014-2017) he served as Director of the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development at the U.S. Department of State, where he helped create and launch the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data and innovative data-driven programs around the world to advance global health, the control of AIDS, climate resilience, and sustainable development.
Dr. Zeitz is currently focused on waging justice to ensure the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. He co-founded the SDG Compacts, an initiative incubated at the Global Development Incubator that drives mutual accountability agreements between local-level stakeholders to allow cities, counties, and regions to make progress toward achieving the SDGs.
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Alice is a Director at GDI where she works with large corporations, commercial investors and INGOs to integrate social impact, innovation and social entrepreneurship efforts into their portfolios, and helps philanthropists and social enterprises more effectively create systems-level change. Prior to joining GDI, Alice worked at Bridgespan, Bain & Co, the World Bank and the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi. She is the co-founder and executive director of The Muskoka Foundation, as well as the co-founder and chief strategy officer of AppMkr.
Alice earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and has a double major BA in International Economics and East Asian Studies from Columbia University and Stanford Japan Center.
Marina Kaneti works as a Senior Manager at the Global Development Incubator (GDI). She is also an Assistant Professor in Global Studies and Social Impact at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. As part of GDI, Marina supports the development of multi-stakeholder partnerships, and specializes in theory of change, strategy, and governance structures. She brings in prior experience working with various United Nations Agencies on public-private partnerships, corporate responsibility, and poverty alleviation. Her academic research focuses on questions of globalization, migration, and social impact.
Marina holds a PhD degree in Political Science from the New School for Social Research;Masters degree in Social Enterprise Administration from Columbia University, andBA in East Asian Studies from Columbia University.
The Global Development Incubator (GDI) serves as the Interim Secretariat for the SDG Compacts.
GDI builds startups, incubates partnerships, and strengthens existing organizations for social impact around the world. Our work with initiatives usually includes a combination of strategic, programmatic, and operational support, and we’re always thinking about an organization’s endgame.
In recent years, we’ve helped launch a first-of-its-kind matchmaking platform for blended finance, supported the placement of dozens of young Liberian leaders into civil service positions, and challenged corporations to think differently about their social impact responsibilities – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.