Jeff Skoll is an entrepreneur whose commitment to peace, sustainability, and human welfare inspired a diverse portfolio of philanthropic and commercial enterprises over a 17-year span. This portfolio includes the Skoll Foundation, Participant Media, Skoll Global Threats Fund, and Capricorn Investment Group. Overseen and coordinated under the Jeff Skoll Group umbrella, these organizations are designed to challenge some of the greatest threats to mankind and the environment today. As the first full-time employee and former president of eBay, Mr. Skoll developed an expertise for combining entrepreneurship and technology to inspire pivotal change. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Toronto and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Mr. Skoll was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2012.
The Skoll Foundation’s Skoll Award has been given to 122 social entrepreneurs working in 100 organizations in 177 countries. Participant Media has produced over 80 full-length narrative and documentary films that inspire people globally to action against the world’s most pressing issues. Films include Spotlight, Beasts of No Nation, Lincoln, Good Night and Good Luck, Food, Inc., He Named Me Malala, Citizenfour, An Inconvenient Truth, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, and Waiting for “Superman.”