Jeff Skoll

Founder and Chairman,
Skoll Foundation

Entrepreneur Jeff Skoll has a track record of launching businesses that result in positive social change. As eBay’s founding President, he developed the company’s first business plan, creating entrepreneurial opportunities for millions of individuals around the world. He also pioneered creation of the eBay Foundation through the allocation of pre-IPO shares. In 1999 Mr. Skoll launched the Skoll Foundation, which provides unrestricted financing and services to leading social entrepreneurs whose innovations are poised to achieve large-scale impact. The foundation’s leveraged strategy derives from his core belief that it is in everyone’s interest to shift the overwhelming imbalance between the “haves” and “have-nots” in order to bring about a more peaceful and prosperous global community. In January 2004 Mr. Skoll founded Participant Productions, a global media company that produces entertainment to inspire and compel social change. Among Participant’s 2007 films are Darfur Now, The Kite Runner, Charlie Wilson’s War and Jimmy Carter Man From Plains. One of its 2006 releases, An Inconvenient Truth, garnered two Academy Awards and has inspired an unprecedented grassroots commitment to address climate change. Mr. Skoll received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Toronto and an MBA from Stanford University, and he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Toronto. He serves on the boards of directors of the National Center for Arts and Technology and the X Prize Foundation. He is also a founder of The Elders. In 2006 Mr. Skoll was named as one of TIME Magazine’s 100 People of the Year.