The four new recipients of the Skoll Scholarship at Oxford are Nora Petty of Ann Arbor, Michigan, who has worked with the Clinton Health Access Initiative and the Malaria Consortium to help end deaths from malaria; Nikhil Nair of Hyderabad, India, who has worked to deliver solar energy services in India and East Africa; José Miguel Alfaro Gómez of San Jose, Costa Rica, an attorney and founder of s.e.e.d., a law firm specializing in legal, political, and strategic counsel for social businesses; and Patrick Beattie of Cambridge, Massachusetts, whose career has been focused on using novel technologies to address unmet needs in global health and development, including six years at Diagnostics For All, a medical diagnostics development nonprofit.
Now in its tenth year, the program provides competitive scholarships to incoming MBA students interested in pursuing entrepreneurial solutions to urgent social and environmental challenges.
"The selection process is never easy, and this was one of the toughest for me since coming to the Skoll Centre," said Pamela Hartigan, the center's director. "There are many aspiring social entrepreneurs, but few who actually measure up to the challenge of having led initiatives focused on coming up with innovative, pragmatic solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems. We know that these four new Skoll Scholars will flourish at Oxford and will enrich our school and community while they are here."