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Friday, April 1, 2011

BBC Forum: Is Heroism Obsolete?

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Session Description

Join celebrated thinkers and doers from different cultures and perspectives for this intellectually provocative conversation around the question “Is Heroism Obsolete?” Drawing upon themes relevant to social entrepreneurs, host and BBC correspondent Bridget Kendall engages participants and audience members in this special taping of the acclaimed BBC Forum radio programme airing to 40 million globally. Come prepared to engage.


When | Where

09:00 - 10:30 Friday, April 1

Session leaders

  • Bridget Kendall Speaker
    Diplomatic Correspondent and Presenter, BBC
    Bridget Kendall is BBC Diplomatic Correspondent, covering major international developments, with a particular interest in Russia. She is also host of The Forum, the flagship ideas programme for the BBC World Service.
  • 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.
  • Larry Brilliant Speaker
    Chairman, Ending Pandemics
    Larry Brilliant, M.D., M.P.H. Author, Philanthropist, Entrepreneur Chairman, Ending Pandemics Dr. Larry Brilliant is the author of Sometimes Brilliant: The Impossible Adventures of a Spiritual Seeker and Visionary Physician Who Helped Conquer the Worst Disease in History. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Ending Pandemics. Larry is also a Senior Advisor at the Jeff Skoll Group. He previously served as the Skoll Global Threats Fund’s President and CEO, the Vice President of Google, and as a founding Executive Director of Dr. Brilliant is board certified in preventive medicine and lived in India for more than a decade working as a United Nations medical officer where he played a key role in the successful World Health Organization (WHO) smallpox eradication program in South Asia. He is also the co-founder of Seva Foundation, an international NGO with programs and grantees that have given back sight to more than 3.5 million blind people in over 20 countries.He has worked with four Presidents, the United Nations, G8, and Chaired the National Biosurveillance Advisory Subcommittee. He co-founded one of the first digital social networks, the Well. He was also a professor at the University of Michigan and founding chairman of the National Biosurveillance Advisory Subcommittee. Dr. Brilliant has been recognized as one of the “100 Most Influential People,” by Time Magazine, received the TED Prize, and two honorary doctorates. He currently serves on the boards of Skoll Foundation, Salesforce Foundation, and Dharma Platform.
  • Roshaneh Zafar Speaker
    Managing Director, Kashf Foundation
    Roshaneh Zafar founded the Kashf Foundation, the first specialised microfinance organisation in Pakistan, in 1996. Today, one of the fastest growing MFIs in the country, Kashf Foundation was the first microfinance institute in Pakistan to achieve financial self-sufficiency and demonstrated the business case for investing in women’s economic empowerment.