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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Opening Plenary

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Session Description

MASTER OF CEREMONIES
Stephan Chambers, Chairman, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship; MBA Director, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

WELCOME REMARKS
Jeff Skoll, Founder, Skoll Foundation, Skoll Global Threats Fund, Participant Media

PASSION AND PERSEVERANCE: FROM THE FRONTLINE
MODERATOR: Mabel van Oranje, Chair, Girls Not Brides
Gro Brundtland, Former Prime Minister of Norway; Member, The Elders
Paul Farmer, Co-Founder, Partners in Health
Bill Strickland, President and CEO, Manchester Bidwell Corporation

DISRUPTING THE STATUS QUO: FROM ECONOMIC GROWTH TO SOCIAL PROGRESS
Michael Porter, Bishop William Lawrence University Professor, Harvard Business School

THE PURSUIT OF POSSIBILITIES
Ken Brecher, President, Library Foundation of Los Angeles

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE
Ingoma Nysha

When | Where

17:00 - 18:30 Wednesday, April 10 New Theatre

Session leaders

  • Mabel van Oranje Moderator
    Board Chair, Girls Not Brides
    A global advocate for freedom, justice and development for over two decades, Mabel van Oranje is the initiator and chair of ‘Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage’. She is also co-founder and the executive chair of the European Council on Foreign Relations. She is a member of the (advisory) boards of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court, Crisis Action, Global Witness, the Malala Fund, the Open Society Foundations and The Elders. In 1993, Mabel founded the European Action Council for Peace in the Balkans and was its CEO until 1997. In 1997, she joined the Open Society Foundations in Brussels as Executive Director, becoming OSF’s London-based International Advocacy Director in 2003. From 2008 until 2012, she was the first CEO of The Elders. Mabel helped found the Dutch foundation War Child (1995), the global NGO coalition ‘Publish What You Pay’ (2002) and the Independent Commission on Turkey (2004). She has been actively engaged in the fight against HIV/AIDS and in global efforts that led to the establishment of the International Criminal Court in 2002. Mabel is a founding patron of the Dutch Masters Foundation which champions the advancement of Dutch arts by supporting three of the Netherlands’ leading cultural organisations: the Nederlands Dance Theater, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis. Mabel holds masters degrees in Economics and Political Science (cum laude) from the University of Amsterdam. In 2005, the World Economic Forum named her one of its Young Global Leaders. Mabel received a Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship (2014), the John Diefenbaker Defender of Human Rights and Freedom Award (2014) and the ICRW Champions for Change Award for Innovation (2015) for her work with Girls Not Brides. You can follow her tweets @MabelvanOranje
  • Michael Porter Speaker
    University Professor, Harvard Business School
    BSE (Hons) in Aerospace and Mech. Eng., Princeton Univ.; MBA (Hons), Harvard Bus. School; PhD in Business Economics, Harvard Univ. Bishop William Lawrence Univ. Prof., Harvard Bus. School. Authority on company strategy, the competitiveness of nations and regions, and strategic approaches to societal problems. Chairs Harvard Bus. School's progr. for newly appointed CEOs of multibillion dollar corporations. Adviser to business, government and the social sector. Active role in US economic policy. Founder: The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City; Center for Effective Philanthropy; FSG. Author of 19 books and numerous articles. Awards and honours.
  • Former Prime Minister of Norway and Deputy Chair, The Elders
    Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway, served as Director General of the World Health Organization from July 1998-2003. From 2007-2009, she was the UN Secretary-General`s Special Envoy for Climate Change. Dr. Brundtland has served on the UN Secretary-General`s High Level Panel on Global Sustainability since its launch in August 2010. As Deputy Chair of The Elders, she contributes her wisdom, independent leadership and integrity to tackling the world’s toughest problems, with the aim of making the world a better place.
  • Bill Strickland is the President and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation and its divisions, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (MCG) and Bidwell Training Center (BTC), both founded in 1968, and National Center for Arts and Technology in 2005. As president and CEO his duties include: developing and implementing major fund-raising plans of action; working with Boards of Directors and Industrial Advisory Boards; encouraging participation of corporate executive officials from major multi-national Pittsburgh corporations. Strickland has completed the development of a 40,000 sq. ft. production greenhouse, created for the development of Phalaenopsis orchids and hydroponics vegetables, and a 62,000 sq. ft. facility as a mortgage free asset for both MCG and BTC. The facilities include a 350-seat music/lecture hall, library, arts studios and labs, dining and meeting rooms, state-of-the-art award winning audio and video recording studios, serve as a demonstration site for Hewlett Packard and Steelcase equipment and are home to 25,000 Phalaenopsis orchids that are cultivated for wholesale distribution. The National Center for Arts & Technology (NCAT) a division of the Manchester Bidwell Corporation (MBC,) was created to assist interested communities in opening and sustaining local educational organizations that replicate the MBC Model. There are currently nine operational centers in the United States and one center in Israel. Throughout his distinguished career, Strickland has been honored with numerous prestigious awards for his contributions to the arts and the community.
  • Paul Farmer Speaker
    Co-founder and Chief Strategist, Partners In Health
    Medical anthropologist and physician Paul Farmer has dedicated his life to improving health care for the world's poorest people. He is Co-founder and Chief Strategist of Partners In Health (PIH), an international non-profit organization that since 1987 has provided direct health care services and undertaken research and advocacy activities on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty. Dr. Farmer and his colleagues in the U.S. and abroad have pioneered novel community-based treatment strategies that demonstrate the delivery of high-quality health care in resource-poor settings. Dr. Farmer holds an M.D. and Ph.D. from Harvard University, where he is the Kolokotrones University Professor and the Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School; he is also Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston. Additionally, Dr. Farmer serves as the United Nations Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Community Based Medicine and Lessons from Haiti. Dr. Farmer has written extensively on health, human rights, and the consequences of social inequality. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Margaret Mead Award from the American Anthropological Association, the Outstanding International Physician (Nathan Davis) Award from the American Medical Association, a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and, with his PIH colleagues, the Hilton Humanitarian Prize. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • Director, London School of Economics
    Stephan Chambers is Director of the Marshall Institute at the LSE, dedicated to applying social science research to private interventions for public good. Formerly he was Chairman of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, which he helped to found and director of international strategy at Oxford’s Saïd Business School. Stephan is a Senior Research Fellow at Lincoln College Oxford. He sits on the advisory boards of Princeton University Press, the Britdoc Foundation, the Dartington Trust, the University of the People, and the Dragon School.
  • Jeff Skoll Speaker
    Founder & Chairman, Jeff Skoll Group
    Jeff Skoll is an entrepreneur devoted to creating a sustainable world of peace and prosperity. Over the last 17 years, he has crafted an innovative portfolio of philanthropic and commercial enterprises, each a distinctive catalyst for changing the trajectory of issues that most affect the survival and thriving of humanity. This portfolio includes the Skoll Foundation, Skoll Global Threats Fund, Participant Media, and Capricorn Investment Group—all coordinated under the Jeff Skoll Group umbrella. The Skoll entrepreneurial approach is unique: driving large-scale, permanent social impact by investing in a range of efforts that integrate powerful stories, data, capital markets, technology, partnerships, and organized learning networks. Operating independently from one another yet deeply connected through a shared vision, Skoll organizations galvanize public will, influence policy, and mobilize resources to accelerate the pace and depth of change. Jeff was the first full-time employee and President of eBay, where he experienced firsthand the power of combining entrepreneurship, technology, and trust in people. His work today embodies those fundamental lessons. All of Jeff’s organizations rely on the premise that people are fundamentally good, and that given the opportunity to do the right thing, they will.
  • 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.
  • Ingoma Nshya Performer
    Performers,
    Rwanda’s first-ever women's drumming group brings a new and important female voice to the cultural development of Rwanda. Aspiring to twin goals of healing and empowering through positive methods - these Rwandan women, from all walks of life, play and perform to reconcile with the violent past of their country and personal tragedies.