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Friday, March 27, 2009

Closing Plenary Of The 2009 Skoll World Forum

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Session Description

After an inspiring three days, the forum came to a close with inspiring talks.

Pamela Hartigan, Director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, said that “we live in two realities.”

Lord Puttnam of Queensgate, C.B.E., talked about “Citizens, Institutions and Shifting Power” and showed an emotional 7-minute video on the state of the education in the world and how we need to improve.

Soraya Salti, senior vice president MENA of INJAZ Al-Arab, gave “A Social Entrepreneur’s Perspective on Power.” She said we have drifted far from the days when education and learning was critical. “The education systems across the Arab world have failed its youth,” she said.

Jeff Skoll said goodbye with his talk, called “Collective Power: A Call for Urgency,” about urgency and hope. “Urgency is on an upward path. We’ve made some progress on the big challenges in the world, but each passing day raises the stakes,” Skoll said.

Ending the Forum was Colin Mayer, Peter Moores Dean and Peter Moores Professor of Management Studies at Said Business School. “History is on our side,” he said. “The great periods of institutional innovation have indeed emerged out of crisis.”

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14:30 - 16:00 Friday, March 27

Session leaders

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    David Puttnam spent thirty years as an independent film producer. His many award winning films include The Mission, the Killing Fields, Local Hero, Chariots of Fire, Midnight Express, Bugsy Malone, and the Memphis Belle. He retired from film production in 1998 and now focuses on his work in education and the environment. The appointments he currently holds include Chancellor of the Open University, Deputy Chairman of Channel Four, and Chairman of Futurelab. David was awarded a CBE in 1982, received a Knighthood in 1995 and was appointed to the House of Lords in 1997.
  • Soraya Salti Speaker
    Senior Vice President of Middle East/North Africa for Junior Achievement Worldwide, INJAZ Al-Arab
    Soraya Salti is Senior Vice President of Middle East/North Africa for Junior Achievement Worldwide, INJAZ Al-Arab. Her efforts have led to the expansion of INJAZ to 15 countries, in the most successful private public sector partnership in education reaching more than 1 million youth, in the region with the world’s highest youth unemployment. She won the 2006 Schwab Social Entrepreneur award for Jordan, became a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and was the first Arab woman to win the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.
  • Colin Mayer Speaker
    Peter Moores Dean, Peter Moores Professor of Management Studies, Saïd Business School
    Colin Mayer is Peter Moores Dean of the Saïd Business School, Professor of Management Studies and Professorial Fellow of St Edmund Hall, Oxford. Mayer was the first professor at the Saïd Business School, the Peter Moores Professor of Management Studies. He has served on the editorial boards of several leading academic journals and was instrumental in creating the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)). He has held visiting fellowships at Stanford, MIT and Brussels University (ULB), where he was the first Leo Goldschmidt Visiting Professor of Corporate Governance. He is a Fellow of the European Corporate Governance Institute and an Honorary Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford. Mayer is Chairman of Oxera Holdings Ltd, one of the largest independent economics consultancies in the UK.
  • 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.
  • Pamela Hartigan Speaker
    Dr. Pamela Hartigan was Director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Said Business School at the University of Oxford from 2009 until her passing in 2016. She was also founding partner of Volans Ventures, an organization focused on building innovative scalable solutions to challenges affecting our future. Prior to starting Volans, Dr. Hartigan spent eight years as the Founding Managing Director of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, a sister organization of the World Economic Forum, where she was also a member of the Managing Board. Of Ecuadorian origin, Dr. Hartigan first came to the United States at 17 years of age to study at Georgetown University; she went on to complete a PhD in human developmental psychology at the Catholic University of America. Throughout her career, she held varied leadership positions in multilateral organizations and educational institutions, as well as in entrepreneurial ventures. She was responsible for conceptualizing and creating new organizations, departments, and programs across a variety of institutions and platforms. Dr. Hartigan was a frequent lecturer on entrepreneurship and innovation at graduate business schools in the USA, Europe, and Asia, and an Adjunct Professor at the Columbia Business School and at the University of Technology Sydney. She co-authored a book with John Elkington, founder of SustainAbility (UK), entitled The Power of Unreasonable People: How Entrepreneurs Create Markets to Change the World, which was published by Harvard Business Press in 2008. She was a trustee of social investment organizations, publicly listed companies, and social impact focused organizations around the world. Dr. Pamela Hartigan died on August 12, 2016, at her home in France.