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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
    Acting Chair, Skoll Global Threats Fund
    Larry Brilliant, MD, MPH, 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 acting Chairman of the Board of the Skoll Global Threats Fund whose mission is to confront global threats like: Pandemics, Climate Change, Water, Nuclear Proliferation and the Middle East Conflict. He is also a Senior Adviser at the Jeff Skoll Group. Dr. Larry was formerly Skoll Global Threats Fund’s President and CEO. Before that, he was Vice President of Google and Executive Director of He is board certified in preventive medicine and public health and co-founder of The Seva Foundation, an international NGO whose programs and grantees have given back sight to more than 3.5 million blind people in over 20 countries. Dr. Larry 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 was professor at the University of Michigan and founding chairman of the National Biosurveillance Advisory Subcommittee. Prizes: Time 100, TED Prize, two honorary doctorates. He is on the boards of the Skoll Foundation and Salesforce Foundation.
  • 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.