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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Opening Plenary Of The 2008 Skoll World Forum

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Session Description

The 2008 Skoll World Forum kicked off with a warm welcome from Stephan Chambers, Chairman of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, and Jeff Skoll.

Lord Anthony Giddens of the House of Lords talked about the politics of climate change.

The opening panel was “The dynamics of working cross culturally – experienced voices from the field.Pat Mitchell, president of the Paley Center for Media is the moderator, Panelists included Nafis Sadik, MD, UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Asia and the Pacific; Karen Tse, founder and CEO of International Bridges to Justice, and Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Nobel Women’s Initiative

Phil Hope, MP, parliamentary secretary, Minister for the Third Sector, spoke on Culture, Context and Policy Innovation.

Stephan Chambers gave closing remarks.

When | Where

16:30 - 18:30 Wednesday, March 26

Session leaders

  • House of Lords,
    Anthony Giddens, Baron Giddens is a British sociologist who is known for his theory of structuration and his holistic view of modern societies. He is considered to be one of the most prominent modern contributors in the field of sociology, the author of at least 34 books, published in at least 29 languages, issuing on average more than one book every year. In 2007, Giddens was listed as the fifth most-referenced author of books in the humanities.
  • Andy Thornton Speaker
    Director, Smallholder Solutions
    Andy is a Director of Smallholder Solutions who design and execute projects that integrate smallholders into commercial value chains and share the value created. This can be done through creating stand-alone businesses that work exclusively with smallholders, or incorporating them within established commercial businesses looking to expand. Prior to this he was Deputy CEO of a for-profit social enterprise that developed a new, scalable business model for the palm oil sector in West Africa centred on smallholders. He also spent 9 years at AfriKids, a child rights organisation that operates in northern Ghana; here he was a Director focussed on developing and running Ghanaian social projects and social business. Andy holds a BA in International Studies and Political Science from the University of Birmingham and an MBA from the University of Oxford where he studied as a Skoll Scholar.
  • Jody Williams Speaker
    Founder, Nobel Women’s Initiative
    Jody Williams served as the founding coordinator of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines until February 1998. Beginning in early 1992 with two non-governmental organisations and a staff of one – Jody Williams – she oversaw its growth to over 1,300 organisations in 95 countries working to eliminate antipersonnel landmines. In an unprecedented cooperative effort with governments, UN bodies and the International Committee of the Red Cross, the organisation dramatically achieved its goal of an international treaty banning antipersonnel landmines during a diplomatic conference held in Oslo in 1997. Three weeks later, Jody Williams and the ICBL were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In 2006, along with sister Laureate Shirin Ebadi, Jody Williams established the “Nobel Women’s Initiative,” which uses the prestige and access afforded by the Nobel Prize to promote the efforts of women’s rights activists, researchers and organisations working to advance peace, justice and equality for women.
  • Phil Hope Speaker
    Minister for the Third Sector,
    Phil Hope was elected Member of Parliament for Corby and East Northamptonshire in 1997 and was appointed Minister for the Third Sector in June 2007. As of January 2008 he is also Minister for the East Midlands. Previous to this, he was the Minister for Skills at the Department for Education and Skills from May 2005-June 2007. He served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to John Prescott, the Deputy Prime Minister and to Nick Raynsford as Minister of State for Housing and Planning. Phil was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) in June 2003 with responsibility for building regulations, regulatory and public sector reform, e-local government, the Fire Service College and the Local Government Pension Scheme. At ODPM he also supported the Minister for Local Government, regional governance and fire, Nick Raynsford. He was elected to Kettering Borough Council during the 1980s and Northamptonshire County Council between 1993 and 1997 where he chaired the Equal Opportunities Committee. Formerly a teacher at Kettering School for Boys, he has also been a youth policy adviser to the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, Head of the Young Volunteer Resources Unit at the National Youth Bureau and a management consultant to not-for-profit organisations.
  • Karen Tse Speaker
    Karen Tse, Skoll Awardee, founded International Bridges to Justice in 2000. An international human rights lawyer, ordained minister and former San Francisco public defender, Karen first developed her interest in the nexus of criminal law and human rights in 1986, after witnessing Southeast Asian refugees detained in a local prison without trial. In 1994, she moved to Cambodia to train the country’s first core group of public defenders and subsequently served as a United Nations Judicial Mentor. Karen formed IBJ after witnessing hundreds of prisoners of all ages being held without trials, usually after being tortured into making 'confessions’. IBJ is creating the conditions for a “new normal in justice” in which citizens will have access to justice and ending the use of torture as an investigative tool. IBJ has a presence in over 40 countries and supports more than than 29,000 lawyers and defenders who have represented more than 220,000 detainees. Karen is a graduate of UCLA Law School and Harvard Divinity School. Among others, Karen is a recipient of the Skoll Award for Social Innovation, the American Bar Association Human Rights Award and named as one of America’s best leaders by the US News and World Report. To learn more about Karen’s work and International Bridges to Justice, please watch her TEDTalk (
  • Pat Mitchell Speaker
    Founder and President, Pat Mitchell Media
    Pat Mitchell is known for her leadership in the media industry as a CEO, producer and curator. Her career has focused on using media as a force for social change, with an emphasis on the representation of women’s stories. Ms. Mitchell is the former president of CNN Productions, where she executive produced programs that have received 35 Emmy Awards and five Peabody Awards. In 2000, she became the first woman president and CEO of PBS. Mitchell also served as president and CEO of the Paley Center for Media. In 2011, Ms. Mitchell partnered with TEDTalks to co-curate the TEDWomen global conference, which will be held this year New Orleans on November 1st – 3rd. Ms. Mitchell is especially proud to have been recognized by The Women’s Media Center with its first Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is given annually to other women for advancing women through media. She also advises foundations and corporations on women’s empowerment issues and leadership development as well as media relations and governance. She is the chair of the Jordan River Foundation US Board, the Women’s Media Center and the Sundance Institute boards, a founding board member of V-Day, a member of the board of the Acumen Fund, the Skoll Foundation, Participant Media, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia, Mitchell holds bachelor's and master's degrees in English literature. She has taught at the University of Georgia, Virginia Commonwealth University, and at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics.
  • Director, London School of Economics
    Stephan Chambers is Director of the Marshall Institute at the LSE, dedicated to applying social science research to private interventions for public good. Formerly he was Chairman of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, which he helped to found and director of international strategy at Oxford’s Saïd Business School. Stephan is a Senior Research Fellow at Lincoln College Oxford. He sits on the advisory boards of Princeton University Press, the Britdoc Foundation, the Dartington Trust, the University of the People, and the Dragon School.
  • Jeff Skoll Speaker
    Founder & Chairman, Jeff Skoll Group
    Jeff Skoll is an entrepreneur devoted to creating a sustainable world of peace and prosperity. Over the last 17 years, he has crafted an innovative portfolio of philanthropic and commercial enterprises, each a distinctive catalyst for changing the trajectory of issues that most affect the survival and thriving of humanity. This portfolio includes the Skoll Foundation, Skoll Global Threats Fund, Participant Media, and Capricorn Investment Group—all coordinated under the Jeff Skoll Group umbrella. The Skoll entrepreneurial approach is unique: driving large-scale, permanent social impact by investing in a range of efforts that integrate powerful stories, data, capital markets, technology, partnerships, and organized learning networks. Operating independently from one another yet deeply connected through a shared vision, Skoll organizations galvanize public will, influence policy, and mobilize resources to accelerate the pace and depth of change. Jeff was the first full-time employee and President of eBay, where he experienced firsthand the power of combining entrepreneurship, technology, and trust in people. His work today embodies those fundamental lessons. All of Jeff’s organizations rely on the premise that people are fundamentally good, and that given the opportunity to do the right thing, they will.