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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Opening Plenary Of The 2009 Skoll World Forum

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Session Description

Taiko drumming’s magical sounds set the stage for the 2009 Skoll World Forum. This performance by Taiko Meantime combined traditional Japanese rhythms and techniques with eclectic, original compositions.

Stephan Chambers, chairman of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, and Jeff Skoll welcomed guests.

Roger L. Martin, dean of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto shared his findings of what qualities all great leaders share.

The opening plenary panel was called “Power to the People: Citizen Engagement and Social Transformation“. The moderator is Ray Suarez of The NewsHour on PBS and panelists are Kailash Satyarthi, chairman, global March Against Child Labour; Daniel Lubetzky, founder and president, PeaceWorks Group; The Honourable Mary Robinson, president, Realizing Rights.

Kenneth Brecher, executive director of the Sundance Institute, ended the opening plenary with his talk, “Unfinished Portraits of Powerful Ideas.” He discussed the significance of poetry and shared a powerful story about Stalin asking a woman to write a poem praising him in exchange for releasing her son.

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17:00 - 18:30 Wednesday, March 25

Session leaders

  • Mary Robinson Speaker
    President, Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice
    Mary Robinson is President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice. She served as President of Ireland from 1990-1997 and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997-2002. She is a member of the Elders and the Club of Madrid and the recipient of numerous honours and awards including the Presidential Medal of Freedom from the President of the United States Barack Obama. She sits on the advisory board of Sustainable Energy For All (SE4All) and is also a member of the Lead Group of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement. Between March 2013 and August 2014 Mary served as the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region of Africa and from August 2014 to end of 2015 she served as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Climate Change. A former President of the International Commission of Jurists and former chair of the Council of Women World Leaders she was President and founder of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative from 2002-2010 and served as Honorary President of Oxfam International from 2002-2012. Mary Robinson serves as Patron of the Board of the Institute of Human Rights and Business, is an honorary member of The B Team, in addition to being a board member of several organisations including the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and the European Climate Foundation. She serves as Chancellor of the University of Dublin since 1998. Mary’s memoir, Everybody Matters was published in September 2012.
  • Daniel Lubetzky Speaker
    Founder, President, PeaceWorks
    Daniel Lubetzky is CEO of KIND Healthy Snacks, makers of award-winning healthy foods, and Chairman of PeaceWorks, pursuing both peace and profit through neighbors striving to coexist in conflict regions. He is also the Founder of the PeaceWorks Foundation's OneVoice Movement, empowering moderate Israelis and Palestinians to achieve peace, and Co-Founder of Maiyet, forging partnerships with artisans in developing economies to create a new luxury fashion venture. Lubetzky received a BA in Economics and International Relations (magna cum laude) from Trinity University, and a JD from Stanford Law School. He has received many awards, including the Peace Security and Reconciliation Award, the Peace Makers Award and the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. He was also selected as Entrepreneur of the Year by Entrepreneur Magazine. Lubetzky was selected by the World Economic Forum as one of 100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow in 1997 and later as a Young Global Leader.
  • Chairperson / President, Global March Against Child Labour, GCE 
    The life and work of Kailash Satyarthi is synonymous with the crusade against child slavery. Kailash was born in 1954 in Vidisha in Madhya Pradesh, India. He has a degree in electrical engineering and a post-graduate diploma in high-voltage engineering. After a few years of teaching engineering in a college in Bhopal, Kailash founded Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save the Childhood Movement) in 1980. BBA symbolises the struggle against child labour and child servitude and initiated the South Asian Coalition on Child Servitude (SACCS). Kailash started “Rugmark” in 1994, a social labeling program in which rugs are labelled and certified to be childlabour-free. Recently, he has promoted the empowerment of children through a nationwide crusade for the formation of Child Friendly Villages. Kailash is a 2005 Skoll Awardee.
  • Ray Suarez Speaker
    Freelancer, Individual
    Veteran journalist Ray Suarez was most recently the host of Al Jazeera America’s daily news program, Inside Story. The program covered a wide array of national and international news stories, from the rise of Donald Trump to long-term unemployment to the Russian seizure of the Crimean peninsula to the arrival of the zika virus on US soil. Before coming to AJAM, Suarez spent 14 years as a correspondent and anchor at public television’s nightly newscast, The PBS NewsHour where he rose to become chief national correspondent. During his years at The NewsHour, Suarez covered the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington, four presidential elections, broadcast from the floor of seven party political conventions, moderated two presidential primary candidates’ debates, reported from the devastating Haitian earthquake, the 2006 Mexico elections, the H1N1 virus pandemic in Mexico, and on the explosion of tuberculosis/HIV co-infection in South Africa among hundreds of other stories. Before arriving at The NewsHour Suarez was the Washington-based host of NPR’s Talk of the Nation for six-and-a-half years. During Suarez’ time as host, the program’s carriage more than doubled to more than 150 radio stations, and the audience more than tripled in size to two-and-a-half million. The New York Times called Suarez the “thinking man’s talk show host,” and “a national resource.” The magazine Utne Reader called him a “visionary.” Talk of the Nation made history, broadcasting live coast to coast across South Africa and across the United States, connecting these two audiences to talk about the post-apartheid future during the first elections after liberation. During Northern Ireland’s first Christmas in peace after decades of The Troubles, Talk of the Nation became the first radio program ever simulcast over Ireland’s RTE, Britain’s BBC, and NPR in the United States.
  • Roger Martin Speaker
    Institute Director, Martin Prosperity Institute
    Roger Martin is the Institute Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute and the Michael Lee-Chin Family Institute for Corporate Citizenship at the Rotman School of Management and the Premier’s Chair in Productivity & Competitiveness. From 1998 to 2013, he served as Dean. In 2013, he was named global Dean of the Year by the leading business school website, Poets & Quants. He has published 10 books the most recent of which are Getting Beyond Better written with Sally Osberg (Harvard Business Review Press, 2015) and Playing to Win written with A.G. Lafley (Harvard Business Review Press (HBRP), 2013), which won the award for Best Book of 2012-13 by the Thinkers50. He has written 24 Harvard Business Review articles. In 2013, Roger placed 3rd on the Thinkers50 list, a biannual ranking of the most influential global business thinkers. In 2010, he was named one of the 27 most influential designers in the world by Business Week. In 2005, Business Week also named him one of seven global 'Innovation Gurus.' Roger is a trusted strategy advisor to the CEOs of companies worldwide including Procter & Gamble, Lego, IDEO and Verizon. A Canadian from Wallenstein, Ontario, Roger received his AB from Harvard College, with a concentration in Economics, in 1979 and his MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1981.
  • 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.
  • Ken Brecher Speaker
    President, Library Foundation of Los Angeles
    Kenneth S. Brecher is the President of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles. He has previously worked as the Executive Director of the Sundance Institute, President of the William Penn Foundation in Philadelphia, Director of the Boston Children’s Museum and Associate Artistic Director of the Mark Taper Forum in LA. Brecher was a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford and is an honours graduate of Cornell. He serves on a number of boards, and has lectured and published widely on current challenges facing arts leadership.