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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Achieving the China Dream

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Session Description

The severe numbers in China are staggering: greenhouse gases, farming families without land rights, inadequate social services, and pollution. Social entrepreneurs have been lonely voices for change in a threatening landscape. Now they are finding interest in the Chinese media and new partnerships with the Chinese government. What does the future look like? Will urbanization push these issues to the forefront or the backburner? Many global issues cannot be solved unless China helps lead a global path forward. Should we be hopeful?

When | Where

13:15 - 14:30 Thursday, April 10 SBS, Lecture Theatre 4

Session leaders

  • Leslie Dach Moderator
    Former Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs & Government Relations, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Leslie Dach is currently a consultant to a variety of for profit and not for profit entities. Until the summer of 2013, he served as Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Walmart Stores Inc. He was responsible for public policy, government relations, corporate communications, philanthropy, and the company’s social responsibility and sustainability initiatives. Leslie’s efforts have been credited with developing a new model of public, private, and civil society partnerships and business impact. Before joining Walmart, Leslie was Vice Chairman of Edelman, a major global communications firm. He has been active as a strategist in Democratic politics and served the Clinton administration in a variety of project capacities. Leslie has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Yale and a master’s in public administration from Harvard. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Yale University Council and the Board of Directors of Sunrun and EDF.
  • Jenny Bowen Speaker
    Founder and CEO, OneSky
    A former screenwriter and independent filmmaker, Jenny Bowen founded Half the Sky in 1998 in order to give something back to China, her adopted daughters’ home country and to the many orphaned and abandoned children then languishing behind institutional walls. Today, Half the Sky has grown into a global NGO that has transformed the lives of many thousands of marginalized children and helped China to reimagine its entire child welfare system. Recognizing the universality of its approach to early education and nurture, Half the Sky has embarked on a new effort to bring its successful, scalable models for change to the world's most vulnerable children. To reflect its broader mission, Half the Sky has become OneSky… OneSky for all children. In 2008, Ms. Bowen received the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship; she was chosen by popular vote to carry the Olympic Torch on Chinese soil; and in that same year, Half the Sky became one of only a handful of foreign NGOs officially recognized and legally registered by the Chinese government. Ms. Bowen has been honored with the American Chamber of Commerce’s Women of Influence 2007 Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the 2016 Nonprofit Leader of the Year Award in Hong Kong and the Purpose Prize for Intergenerational Innovation. She serves on China’s National Committee for Orphans and Disabled Children and on the Expert Consultative Committee for Beijing Normal University’s Philanthropy Research Institute. She is the author of the memoir, Wish You Happy Forever: What China’s Orphans Taught Me About Moving Mountains, published by Harper Collins in 2014/2015.
  • Tim Hanstad Speaker
    Co-founder & Senior Advisor, Landesa
    Tim Hanstad is a 2012 Skoll Social Entrepreneur Awardee. While in law school, Hanstad joined Professor Roy Prosterman in his mission to strengthen land rights for the rural poor. Hanstad was instrumental in the formal founding of Landesa (then RDI), helping it grow from a two-person operation run out of the University of Washington School of Law to the world’s #1-rated human rights NGO with more than 150 staff around the world. As Landesa’s Co-Founder and Senior Advisor, Hanstad serves as a global ambassador for the organization and helps guide conversations about how global efforts on extreme poverty, gender equality, food security, and environmental stewardship can benefit from incorporating a land rights lens. He previously served as Landesa’s Executive Director and then CEO for more than two decades. During that time, Hanstad globally elevated both the organization and the importance of land rights. Hanstad is also a World Economic Forum Social Entrepreneur, a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Food Security, Global Washington board of directors, and adjunct faculty at University of Washington School of Law. He has authored numerous books and publications and his work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, Huffington Post, Stanford Social Innovation Review, CNN, and Fox News.
  • Wang Zhenyao Speaker
    Dean, Beijing Normal University China Philanthropy Research Institute
    Dr. Wang Zhenyao came to the Beijing Normal University China Philanthropy Research Institute after over 20 years of experience working at the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MOCA), most recently as the Director General of the Department of Social Welfare and Promotion of Charities. Dr. Wang is renowned for his strong support of philanthropic organizations and advocacy for public participation in charity. Dr. Wang is also a professor and doctoral advisor at Beijing Normal University, and holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard and a doctorate from Peking University.
  • C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
    Elizabeth Economy is the C.V. Starr senior fellow and director for Asia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Her most recent book, with Michael Levi, is By All Means Necessary: How China's Resource Quest is Changing the World (Oxford University Press, 2014), and she is the award-winning author of The River Runs Black: The Environmental Challenge to China's Future (Cornell University Press, 2nd edition, 2010). She has published widely on both Chinese foreign and domestic policy and is a frequent contributor to U.S. and international media on issues concerning China. Dr. Economy is vice chair of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on the Future of China and serves on the board of the China-U.S. Center for Sustainable Development. She received her BA from Swarthmore College, her AM from Stanford University, and her PhD from the University of Michigan.