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Friday, March 27, 2009

Religion, Social Entrepreneurship And Philanthropy: Three Perspectives

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Session Description

Philanthropic acts have become the pre-eminent means by which individuals attempt to realise their understanding of ‘doing good’ in society. Drawing on three world religions – Christianity, Judaism, and Islam – the panel will prompt reflection on how notions of ethics, values and power as expressed in each of these traditions, shape philanthropy and social entrepreneurship.


When | Where

09:00 - 10:30 Friday, March 27

Session leaders

  • David Green Speaker
    Serial Entrepreneur,
    David Green has worked with many organisations to make medical technology and health care services sustainable, affordable and accessible to all, particularly to the poorer two thirds of humanity. David is a MacArthur Fellow, Ashoka Fellow and is recognized by Schwab Foundation as a leading social entrepreneur. He will be honoured as the 2009 recipient of the “Spirit of Helen Keller” award. In 1992, David directed the establishment of Aurolab (India) and is now developing a social enterprise in Chicago to make affordable hearing devices. David has created an “eye fund” with Ashoka and Deutsche Bank. David is a Vice President of Ashoka, and also works with Pacific Vision Foundation and California Health Care Foundation, Grameen Health in Bangladesh and Venture Strategies.
  • Humera Khan Speaker
    Consultant on Muslim Affairs, An-Nisa Society
    Humera Khan is a freelance consultant and researcher and co-founded An-Nisa Society in 1985, an organisation managed by women working for the welfare of Muslim families. Recent projects have included working on Muslim fatherhood with Muslim boys and young men. As a freelance consultant Humera has written numerous articles for various publications including Q-News, Guardian and the Independent. She has also had various media and public appearances speaking on a wide range of issues from multiculturalism, Islamophobia and racism to social issues such as sexual abuse, generation conflicts, domestic violence and gender.
  • Canon Theologian, Westminster Abbey
    Nicholas Sagovsky is Canon Theologian at Westminster Abbey. He is also a Visiting Professor in Theology and Public Life at Liverpool Hope University. Before that, he taught at the universities of Newcastle upon Tyne, Durham and Cambridge. He was a Commissioner on the Independent Asylum Commission (, which published its recommendations for the reform of the UK asylum system in 2008. That work has now moved into a three year implementation phase in dialogue with the UK Border Agency. Nicholas Sagovsky has written widely on Christian theology and social justice. His most recent book is Christian Tradition and the Practice of Justice (London: SPCK).
  • Senior Research Fellow, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
    Sarabajaya Kumar is a Senior Research Fellow in the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship. Dr Kumar is a graduate of the Universities of London and Aston and holds a B.A. (Hons) in Sociology and Religion, an M.Sc in Public Sector Management, and a PhD in Management. She was an MSc Programme Director and Lecturer at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is also currently one of the founding members of GAIN - hosted by the James Martin Institute for the Future of Science and Civilisation. Prior to her academic career Dr. Kumar worked in the social entrepreneurship field in West Bengal, India and two, innercity London boroughs. She is a trustee of Praxis, a Governor of a secondary school, a member of the NCVO Advisory Council and the Institute of Volunteering Research’s Advisory Group.