3BL was co-founded in 2010 by Bahraini siblings Leena and Tariq Al Olaimy,
in partnership with the Gulf Marcom Group and Al-Muqla Investments.
Mary Anne Muller is a World Economic Forum Schwab Foundation ‘Social Entrepreneur of the Year’. Renowned for her work as therapist, workshop facilitator, and instructor of the Bodhisattva Peace Institute & Chagdud Gonpa. Since 1991 Mary Anne has served as the Executive Director of Foundacion Origen and Agro-ecological School of Pirque, both of which are dedicated to technical and sustainable education for at-risk and socially vulnerable youth, small farmers and teachers. She also recently established the School for Peace & Sustainable Education to train South American teachers and social leaders. Mary Anne has developed and facilitated workshops for women who have survived violence and who seek empowerment and social inclusion. She has also participated in the creation of various volunteer groups in prisons and hospitals and at-risk women training centers. Her work on cultivating peace and compassion has spanned the Americas, Europe and the Middle East.
Jamal has been a partner at KPMG Fakhro since 1982 and became Managing Partner in 1987. Jamal is currently the relationship partner for a select group of high profile clients in Bahrain and Qatar. His key areas of expertise typically includes financial services (including Islamic finance), strategic planning and investments, G.C.C and emerging markets insights, corporate governance and family governance. Jamal was the Chair of KPMG’s Middle East and South Asia Board from 2010 until 2014 and represented the region on KPMG’s EMA board, KPMG’s International Board and International Council. Jamal is the Founder of the Jassim Fakhro fund, which supports young Bahrainis to achieve professional qualifications/ education. He is a Founding Board Member of the Pearl Initiative – a leading private sector-led not-for-profit organization set up to improve transparency, accountability and business practices in the Gulf region. He also sits on the advisory board of a number of NGOs and Not-for profit organizations in Bahrain and the region. Jamal is a veteran Bahraini Legislator, and has been an active member of the Bahrain Shura Council (Consultative Council – Majlis al-shura is the name given to the upper house of the National Assembly) since 1992. He has been the ‘First Vice Chairman’ for a number of legislative terms.
John Elkington is a writer and thinker, a serial-entrepreneur and an ‘advisor from the future’. He is Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Volans, a change agency, that aims to stretch leaders – towards “Breakthrough”; that is, to look beyond incremental change towards systemic challenges. John is leading a 2-year program in partnership with the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) focussing on the market opportunities around 'Exponential Sustainability’. John is also Honorary Chairman of SustainAbility, and sits on an A-Z of some 30 boards and advisory boards. He has written 19 books, and his latest is co-authored with Jochen Zeitz, former CEO of PUMA and now co-chair, with Sir Richard Branson, of The B Team. The book, entitled "The Breakthrough Challenge: 10 Ways to Connect Today’s Profits with Tomorrow’s Bottom Line" comes full circle from John’s 1997 "Cannibals with Forks", where he first introduced the Triple Bottom Line concept. John published The Stretch Agenda in 2015 - a dramatisation spotlighting top team dynamics and conversations in the fictional boardroom of a major global company, and their exploration of the opportunity spaces in the decade running 2016-2025. Volans have labeled this period The Breakthrough Decade.
Menno van Dijk is co-founder and managing director of THNK, the School of Creative Leadership, which offers an international executive program for social entrepreneurs, commercial entrepreneurs and innovation managers focused on developing creative solutions to large societal challenges. Before that, he worked for 22 years as a consultant, Partner and Director at McKinsey & Company, with a functional focus on innovation and growth and a sector focus on Media, High Tech and Clean Energy. Menno has worked and lived in the Netherlands, Australia and South Africa and has led projects in most European countries, the US, China and India. He was leading McKinsey’s European Media Practice and built McKinsey’s first software business, called NM Incite, in a JV with Nielsen. Menno has been board member of various initiatives in the Netherlands focused on science, innovation, growth and social change. He received his MSc in Physics from the State University of Leiden in the Netherlands and his MBA from INSEAD, France.
Reem Khouri is passionate about redesigning business models for social inclusion. She founded Kaamen (meaning untapped potential, hidden, inherent, implicit), a social enterprise that designs and implements shared interestsbased investments—where the interests of an organization meet the interests of communities, NGOs and the public sector—and measures their financial and social return on investment. Reem previously worked with Aramex, the first company from the Arab world to go public on the NASDAQ stock exchange, serving on its sustainability council and working with the company's founder and CEO on sustainability, strategy, research and entrepreneurial initiatives. Reem serves on the board of directors of Ruwwad for Development, a regional not for profit private sector-led community empowerment organization that operates in Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon and Egypt. She is also serving on several boards such as Ruwwad Micro Venture Fund, the National Micro-finance Bank of Jordan and Nakhweh, the first Arab volunteer web-matching platform. Reem recently joined the board of advisors of the Demeter Network, an entrepreneurs support network in growth markets. She was recently listed as one of the 100 most powerful Arabs under 40 by Arabian Business magazine.
Heidi Boisvert is a new media artist, creative technologist, experience designer and writer. She founded and serves as the CEO and Creative Director of the futurePerfect lab, a boutique creative agency that works with non-profits to develop imaginative applications of integrated media and emerging technology. Heidi was formerly the Media Director at Breakthrough where she designed, developed and promoted a range of viral, new media and pop culture campaigns that helped raise awareness and instigate policy change on pressing social issues. She created the first 3D social change game, ICED (I Can End Deportation), to shift the frame around unfair U.S. immigration policies. ICED was downloaded by over 250,000 players in 166 countries, and earned tremendous media attention. Heidi also designed America 2049, an alternative reality game on Facebook about pluralism, which was nominated for Games for Change and Katerva Awards. Most recently, she co-founded, XTH, an open-source creative biowearable start up, and was named a Harvestworks Creativity + Technology = Enterprise Fellow. She received her Ph.D in Electronic Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is currently a Media Impact Fellow at the Harmony Institute.
Mark is a strategist, author, and entrepreneur. His work combines collective intelligence with networks, complex systems, behavioral science and neuroscience. He is the founder of Orcasci, a consulting firm designing scaling and growth strategies with recent clients including the $1m Global Teacher Prize with the Varkey Foundation. Mark is also the CEO and founder of Vork, a business social networking application. Previously Mark co-founded Imaginatik plc, a pioneer in crowdsourcing and collaborative problem solving for innovation. During his 16 years at Imaginatik, Mark worked with hundreds of companies, including Allianz, Bayer, Cargill, IBM, Merck, Novartis, Pfizer, Whirlpool and Xerox. The World Economic Forum nominated him a Technology Pioneer and a Young Global Leader. Mark is an Associate Professor at Hult International Business School. He is based in Berlin and has worked in Middle East, US, Europe, South Africa.
Adam is the Managing Director of iceHubs Global – an international network of technology innovation hubs transforming local sustainability challenges into sustainable businesses. Over the last 4 years, he also co-created two other organisations; icecairo – Egypt’s leading green tech innovation hub and “maker” space and Nawaya – a social enterprise advocating sustainable agriculture and agri-business based entrepreneurship. Adam has a passion towards bringing people together around complex challenges and turning these challenges into opportunities. He believes that by combining innovation and entrepreneurship methodologies with the “maker” movement and the power of the crowd, even the most complex challenges can be transformed into opportunities for the formation of green businesses. Adam is an Ashoka Fellow. His work in eco-innovation has allowed him to be part of a movement using Social Enterprises to create triple-bottom-line products and services, improving the livelihoods of communities and creating jobs for youth – helping grow Green Economies and activating emerging futures.
Rudayna is an expert at envisioning, creating and tailoring solutions to challenging housing, land use, and urban transport issues across diverse urban geographies including the Gulf Region. Share resources, work smartly and efficiently, eliminate waste and help one another. These are the values that drive Rudayna on a personal and professional level. She is now taking a side-step from her 20+ year career in urban planning to pour her energy into the creation of Thaki, an organization that brings gently used computers, with educational content, to refugee and disadvantaged children needing help with their learning. Rudayna was the founding Director of Planning at Otak International and the Director of the American Institute of Certified Planners (American Planning Association). She is a frequent speaker at conferences and has authored numerous articles in peer reviewed publications. Rudayna has a bachelor’s degree in Architectural Studies from MIT, and a master’s degree in Urban Planning from McGill University.
Jürgen is the founder and chief executive officer at streetfootballworld, using the beautiful game as a tool to drive social change in eight key areas: education, youth leadership, health, employability, social integration and gender equality. Enthusiastic about system change and football (soccer) as a force for social good, he gathers the best in class social enterprises that promise to increase and/or accelerate impact significantly by integrating football into their local solutions. He has created a global network of more than 100 community organisations in over 60 countries, that rally behind one common goal: changing the world through football. Currently they reach over 1.3 million youth per year. Now Jürgen is mobilising the football industry to contribute and scale the impact. Jürgen is a Schwab Foundation Fellow of the World Economic Forum, a Senior Leadership Fellow at the Synergos Institute, and an Ashoka Fellow. He has been awarded by Laureus Sport for Good and FIFA Fair Play, and has studied the Art and Science of System Change at Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Courtney Lawrence is a SE Asia based university lecturer and the founding director and curriculum curator of Designing for Social Innovation and Leadership (DSIL Global), a social innovation company dedicated to scaling positive impact from the grassroots. Her practice and research focuses on the intersection of sustainable economic development, social enterprise and human centered design. Previous experience includes launching and scaling a Japan based, foundation funded ‘Global Studies, Peace and Leadership Summer Seminar'; a program that included fieldwork with students from more than 40 countries to India, Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines. From 2006-2014 she served on the Executive Committee of the of the Swiss-based NGO, World Alliance of YMCAs. Previous to co-founding a US social enterprise in 2011, she worked with Ashoka's Full Economic Citizenship initiative in the Washington, D.C. area and has facilitated multiple trainings across Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, North and South America. She holds a Master’s in Sustainable Economic Development and Responsible Management from UPEACE, the UN Mandated Graduate School of Peace and Conflict Studies and has lived, worked and traveled across more than 50 countries
Rym Baouendi is an urban sustainability catalyst and a social entrepreneur on a mission “to accelerate urban wellbeing for people and the planet”. She brings over a decade of experience in the fields of urban sustainability and social innovation and has worked on a range of projects globally with focus on urban policy, sustainable planning & design, social entrepreneurship and impact measurement. She is the founder of Medina Works, an urban consultancy and innovation workshop shaping urban spaces, skills and ventures to further liveability, sustainability and resilience in cities of the Mediterranean and the Middle East region. She is also the co-founder of CITY//CHANGEMAKER a regional platform for urban innovation connecting urban professionals, social entrepreneurs, creatives, tech innovators and other city changemakers and empowering them to realize impactful projects in their cities. Rym also co-founded Cogite, the first coworking space in Tunisia supporting a grwoing community of entrepreneurs and changemakers in the capital. She previously worked as a consultant for the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council leading the development of the Estidama Pearl Rating System program, a pioneering green building rating system in the region; and is currently an active member of the World Green Building Council network involved as a consultant supporting capacity development of green building councils in MENA. Rym is a THNK fellow and holds two Masters degrees in Building Engineering from Concordia University (Montreal, Canada) and in Civil Engineering and Urban Planning from INSA de Lyon (France). She also holds a diploma in Initial Studies in Architecture from Ecole d’Architecture de Lyon. She is also a mother of two digital natives and a global nomad currently living between Istanbul, Tunis and the UAE.
Hisham is a sports expert with an interest in the intersection of sport, technology and health. He has been in sport for most of his life, as an athlete at the Olympic Games, as an administrator, as an event manager and as a volunteer. Leading an active lifestyle is key to the advocacy that Hisham has worked to bring to the projects he has worked on. He now resides in Switzerland where he works at the International Olympic Committee on projects related to the development of the Olympic Programme, sport for all, and legacy of sport events on the communities they are hosted in. Previously, he worked as marketing manager at the Bahrain Olympic Committee promoting sport administration courses across the Middle East while coaching and educating national sports federations on optimising the marketing mix for the benefit of sport development. His other experiences span five years in public sector reform and investment banking. Along with 3BL, Hisham is a co-founder of Bahrain’s first online diabetes portal, diabetes.bh and continues to work on sport for development projects. He also works closely with different organisations in the Gulf focusing specifically on strategic planning for large-scale sport events, legacy planning, sport development, sport marketing and sport technology. Hisham holds a Master’s in Sport Administration and Technology.