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Friday, April 11, 2014

The Promise of Better Governance: What is Working and its Implications

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Session Description

The World Bank’s Jim Yong Kim has declared corruption “Public Enemy Number One.” Its corrosive effects on society are deep and numerous. Fortunately, there is more attention today on transparency, strong leadership, and creative solutions needed to stem corruption, build the rule of law, and provide citizens with accurate information. Technology such as mobile phones, location-aware technologies, and the Internet are accelerating this trend. Panelists who have created international indices, found innovative uses for technology, and enabled citizen voices to change behavior will explore what it takes to create accountable and democratic institutions, empower citizens, and drive development forward.

When | Where

10:00 - 11:15 Friday, April 11 SBS, Rhodes Trust Lecture Theatre

Session leaders

  • Ian Goldin Moderator
    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:
  • Charmian Gooch Speaker
    Co-Founder and Board Member, Global Witness
    Chamian Gooch jointly led Global Witness's first campaign, exposing the trade in timber between the Khmer Rouge and Thai logging companies and their political and military backers. Subsequently, Charmian developed and launched Global Witness’s ground-breaking campaign to combat ‘blood diamonds’; Global Witness was nominated for the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize as a result of this work. She is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader Alumni. In 2014 Charmian was awarded the TED Prize, given to an ‘extraordinary individual with a creative and bold vision to spark global change’. In 2014, Charmian and Global Witness co-founders Patrick Ally and Simon Taylor, received the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, awarded to ‘transformative leaders who are disrupting the status quo’. In 2014 she was named one of Bloomberg’s 50 Most Influential Thinkers of 2014, and one of Fast Company’s 100 most creative people in business.
  • Founder, President and CEO, World Justice Project
    Mr. William H. Neukom is the Founder, President and CEO of the World Justice Project. Based in the Seattle office of K&L Gates, he was also owner of the San Francisco Giants major league baseball team, where he served as CEO from 2008 - 2011. He is a past president of the American Bar Association (2007-2008) and trustee emeritus of Dartmouth College. Mr. Neukom served as the lead lawyer for Microsoft from 1978 - 2002. As Executive VP of Law and Corporate Affairs, Mr. Neukom managed Microsoft’s legal, government affairs, and philanthropic activities. Under Mr. Neukom, Microsoft initiated the Microsoft Giving Campaign, Microsoft Matching Gifts Program, Microsoft Volunteer Program, and Libraries on Line. Mr. Neukom is on the Dean’s Council at Stanford Law School, the Board of the Pacific Council on International Policy, the Advisory Board of the William D. Ruckleshaus Center, and the Board of Fortinet, Inc. In 1995, Mr. Neukom and his four children founded the Neukom Family Foundation.
  • David Tolbert Speaker
    David Tolbert was appointed president of the International Center for Transitional Justice in March of 2010. Previously he served as registrar (assistant secretary-general) of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and prior to that was assistant secretary-general and special expert to the United Nations secretary-general on United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials. From 2004 to 2008 Mr. Tolbert served as deputy chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). He had previously been the deputy registrar of the ICTY and at an earlier time served at the ICTY as chef de cabinet to President Gabrielle Kirk McDonald and Senior Legal Adviser, Registry, serving a total of 9 years at the ICTY. From 2000 to 2003 Mr. Tolbert held the position of executive director of the American Bar Association’s Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative, which manages rule-of-law development programs throughout Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. He al
  • Sabri Saidam Speaker
    Executive Chairman (Netketabi), Former Presidential Advisor, Education/Government
    Senior lecturer at Birzeit University. Served as an advisor to the Palestinian President on Telecom, ITand Technical Education. Former minister of Telecom & IT. Led telecom market liberalization in Palestine in 2006 introducing the second mobile phone operator. Also led the introduction and ratification of the Palestine Telecom Regulatory Authority (PTRA) law. Introduced a series of initiatives inclusive of e-Gov, the National Academic Network, Falastinyia (enhancing women participation in ICT),the Palestine Education Initiative (PEI). Helped launch .PS, the Palestinian National Internet Naming Authority (PNINA). Founded the award winning Palestine Digital Library in 2004 and the Palestine e-Republic in 2007. Also co-founded the Internet Society- Palestine Chapter (ISOC-PS), PC & Net 4 All (for providing PCs and internet connectivity to deprived Palestinians. Holds a PhD from Imperial College and a certification in Human Development form Oxford University. Born 1971.