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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Partnering With Academia: Balancing Tradition And Transformational Change

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Session Description

While educational institutions have been historically slow to respond to societal change, a new generation of educational innovators recognises the critical intersection between academia and practitioners working for social change on the ground. How are universities responding to global challenges and catalysing efforts to advance knowledge, thought leadership, and talent in an uncertain world? This session will explore the synergies, disconnects, and future opportunities for collaboration between academic actors and social entrepreneurs.


When | Where

11:00 - 12:30 Thursday, April 15

Session leaders

  • Helmy Abouleish Speaker
    Managing Director, SEKEM Group
    Helmy Abouleish is the Managing Director of SEKEM Group in Egypt. Under his stewardship, SEKEM received the Right Livelihood Award 2003, better known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’, and became a member of the Schwab Foundation. He is a recognised leader of sustainable change in the Arab world, driving manifold initiatives in fields such as Organic Agriculture, Social Entrepreneurship and Responsible Competitiveness.
  • Ian Goldin Speaker
    Director, Oxford Martin School
    Professor Ian Goldin is Director of the Oxford Martin School and Professor of Globalisation and Development at Oxford University. Ian was previously Vice President of the World Bank and its Director of Development Policy after serving as advisor to President Mandela and Chief Executive of the Development Bank of Southern Africa. He has a BSc and BA(Hons) from UCT, MSc from LSE and Doctorate from Oxford University. He has published 19 books, his most recent being The Butterfly Defect (Princeton) and Is the Planet Full? (Oxford) and has been knighted by the French Government. See:
  • Kalsoon Lakhani Speaker
    Founder and CEO, Invest2Innovate
    Kalsoom Lakhani is the Founder & CEO of Invest2Innovate, which supports early-stage enterprises in frontier markets by providing business support, access to capital and partnerships with local and global organizations. i2i launched its pilot in Pakistan in September 2011, and is working to strengthen the pipeline for social entrepreneurs in the country. Kalsoom is also the Founder of CHUP, or Changing Up Pakistan, a current affairs blog on Pakistan, and tweets way too often @kalsoom82.
  • Laura Parkin Speaker
    CEO, National Entrepreneurship Network
    Laura is the CEO of the non-profit National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN), a Wadhwani Foundation initiative, which she co-founded in 2003 as Executive Director of the Wadhwani Foundation. NEN now comprises the largest entrepreneurial community in India, with more than 75,000 members, and has developed a highly effective model for rapidly scaling entrepreneurship education. Laura is a serial entrepreneur, having founded four companies. She was also a Vice President at Ashoka, and a venture capitalist at Highland Capital Partners.