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Friday, March 30, 2012

Catastrophic Risk and Threats to the Global Commons

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Session Description

Location: Rhodes Lecture Theatre
This year marked the arrival of 7 billion people, ongoing globalization, accelerating technological change and rising expectations.  While millions have emerged from poverty, the “tragedy of the commons” now hits at the planetary level.  Climate change, water mismanagement, pandemics, and nuclear proliferation all undermine global public good, demanding collective action. Yet the global political economic system has yet to deliver solutions that work. This session will discuss commonalities across these threats, consider innovative ways to tackle them and explore implications for work on the ground.

When | Where

09:00 - 10:30 Friday, March 30

Session leaders

  • President and Editor-in-Chief, The Huffington Post
    Arianna Huffington is the President and Editor-in-Chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of thirteen books. In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked-to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. Originally from Greece, she graduated from Cambridge University with an MA in Economics.
  • Helene Gayle Speaker
    President and CEO, CARE
    Helene Gayle is President and CEO of CARE USA. Dr. Gayle previously held positions with the CDC and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and serves on several boards, including the Rockefeller Foundation and the US Department of State’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. Helene earned a BA from Barnard College, an MD from the University of Pennsylvania and an MPH from Johns Hopkins University.
  • 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:
  • President, Ploughshares Fund
    Joe Cirincione is president of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation. He previously served as Vice President for National Security and International Policy at the Center for American Progress and Director for Non-Proliferation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Joe is the author of the books Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World Before It Is Too Late, Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons and is the author or editor of five other books on nuclear weapons and national security policy. Joe serves on the Secretary of State’s International Security Advisory Board, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and teaches at the graduate School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He worked for nine years in the U.S. House of Representatives on the professional staff of the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on Government Operations.
  • 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.