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Friday, April 1, 2011

Closing Plenary 2011 Skoll World Forum

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Session Description

After three days of intense collaboration, delegates of the forum come together at the closing plenary.  Pamela Hartigan, Director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, says goodbye with an Irish farewell.

Lord (David) Sainsbury talks about his passion for genetic research, especially genetically improving the resistance of plants to disease. He shares how he began his work as a social entrepreneur, and how this contrasted from his work in government.

Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan talks about the great change happening in the Middle East, saying we should not be surprised. She touches upon the of role social networking, women’s rights, and unemployment among youth, and gives examples of Arabs mobilizing for change in small ways, such as cleaning up their neighborhood in Cairo. “We are watching unfold before us a breathtaking experiment in collective action, by young people armed only with cellphones and computers, protected only by social networks united in their willingness to speak out and sacrifice for change. We can learn much from their courage and dedication.”

Last to speak is Fadi Ghandour, Founder and CEO of Aramex International, the first company from the Arab world traded on NASDAQ. He discusses the crisis in the Middle East, and his solution: Ruuwad, or the Arab Foundation for Sustainable Development. “Ruuwad is a group of entrepreneurs, who decided to venture into social entrepreneurship and bring our skills, resources and networks to the Arab world’s downtrodden and forgotten. It … offers education to economically and socially marginalized youth in exchange for community service.”

When | Where

14:30 - 16:00 Friday, April 1

Session leaders

  • Fadi Ghandour Speaker
    Chairman, Wamda
    Fadi Ghandour is the Founder and Vice Chairman of Aramex, one of the leading global logistics and transportation companies. He is currently Executive Chairman of Wamda Capital, a new Venture Capital fund focusing on technology investments in the Arab World. Fadi is also the Managing Partner of MENA Venture Investments, a seed capital investment company investing in early stage tech companies. He is Member of the Board of Abraaj Capital, Member of the Board of Endeavor Global, Member of the Advisory Council of the MIT Media Lab and Member of the Board of Trustees at the American University of Beirut (AUB). Passionate about social entrepreneurship, Fadi is the Founder and Chairman of Ruwwad for Development, a private-sector led community empowerment initiative that helps disadvantaged communities across the region overcome marginalization through activism, civic engagement, education and financial inclusion with support from the Ruwwad Micro Venture Fund, an equity-based fund providing seed capital and support for microbusinesses and micro-entrepreneurs.
  • Chairperson, King Hussein Foundation
    Queen Noor is an international public servant and an outspoken voice on issues of world peace and justice. She plays an active role in promoting international exchange and understanding of Arab and Muslim culture and politics, Arab-Western relations, and conflict prevention and recovery issues such as refugees, missing persons, poverty and disarmament. Her conflict recovery and peace building work has focused on the Middle East, the Balkans, Central and Southeast Asia, Latin America and Africa. Since 1978, Queen Noor’s work in Jordan and the Arab world has focused on education, conservation, sustainable development, human rights and cross-cultural understanding. Pioneering programmes in poverty eradication, women’s empowerment, microfinance, environmental conservation, and arts as a medium for development and cross-cultural exchange have become internationally acclaimed models for the developing world.
  • Settlor, Gatsby Charitable Foundation
    Lord Sainsbury was Finance Director of J. Sainsbury plc from 1973–1990, Deputy Chairman from 1988– 1992, and Chairman from 1992–1998. He became Lord Sainsbury of Turville in October 1997 and was appointed Minister of Science and Innovation from July 1998 until November 2006. In 2007 he produced for the government a review of the government’s science and innovation policies, The Race To The Top. He is the Settlor of the Gatsby Charitable Foundation.
  • Pamela Hartigan Speaker
    Dr. Pamela Hartigan was Director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Said Business School at the University of Oxford from 2009 until her passing in 2016. She was also founding partner of Volans Ventures, an organization focused on building innovative scalable solutions to challenges affecting our future. Prior to starting Volans, Dr. Hartigan spent eight years as the Founding Managing Director of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, a sister organization of the World Economic Forum, where she was also a member of the Managing Board. Of Ecuadorian origin, Dr. Hartigan first came to the United States at 17 years of age to study at Georgetown University; she went on to complete a PhD in human developmental psychology at the Catholic University of America. Throughout her career, she held varied leadership positions in multilateral organizations and educational institutions, as well as in entrepreneurial ventures. She was responsible for conceptualizing and creating new organizations, departments, and programs across a variety of institutions and platforms. Dr. Hartigan was a frequent lecturer on entrepreneurship and innovation at graduate business schools in the USA, Europe, and Asia, and an Adjunct Professor at the Columbia Business School and at the University of Technology Sydney. She co-authored a book with John Elkington, founder of SustainAbility (UK), entitled The Power of Unreasonable People: How Entrepreneurs Create Markets to Change the World, which was published by Harvard Business Press in 2008. She was a trustee of social investment organizations, publicly listed companies, and social impact focused organizations around the world. Dr. Pamela Hartigan died on August 12, 2016, at her home in France.