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Thursday, April 6, 2017

We the People: Populism and Progress

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Session Description

In both the US and UK last year, voters voiced anxiety over demographic and economic shifts. Campaigns against the status quo on both the left and the right swept some of the world’s most prosperous nations, calling into question the strength of the social fabric that binds them. We’ll dive into the historical context, the economic drivers, and consider where governments have blind spots when it comes to the needs of certain groups. We’ll ask how we might constructively address the politics of “the elite” vs. “the ignored” and start working together toward a system that works for us all.

When | Where

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM Thursday, April 6 Nelson Mandela Lecture Theatre


Panel Discussion

Session leaders

  • Ernesto Zedillo Speaker
    Director, Yale Center for the Study of Globalization
    Ernesto Zedillo Ernesto Zedillo is Director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization; Professor in the Field of International Economics and Politics; Professor of International and Area Studies; and Professor Adjunct of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University. He served as President of Mexico from 1994-2000. Currently he is a member of The Elders, an independent group of global leaders using their collective experience and influence for peace, justice and human rights worldwide. He served as Chair of the Commission to recommend the future course of the International Atomic Energy Agency and from 2008 to 2010 as Chair of the High Level Commission on Modernization of World Bank Group Governance. He is the Chairman of the Board of the Natural Resource Governance Institute and Co-Chair of the Inter-American Dialogue. He also co-chairs the Shared Border, Shared Future working group of the Center for Global Development that is proposing a new bilateral agreement to regulate future flows of lower-skill labor between Mexico and the United States. He is a member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, the G30, and the Board of Directors of the Peterson Institute for International Economics. He has served on numerous international commissions, including as Vice Chair of the Global Commission on Elections, Democracy and Security with Kofi Annan. In 2011 he was elected an international member of the American Philosophical Society.
  • Gemma Mortensen Speaker
    Co-Founder, More In Common
    Gemma has worked in the media, for government, international organisations, non-profits and within the tech sector; all in a life-long quest to learn the skills needed to bend the arc of power, wherever it resides, towards the public interest and the least advantaged. She is abandoning sunny California, where she served as’s first Chief Global Officer overseeing teams in 17 countries, to return home to contribute to More in Common. She is co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Platforms and Systems, a board member of Intelligence Squared and co-founder of The Syria Campaign (with Tim Dixon). She was previously Executive Director of Crisis Action from 2008 to 2015 and received the 2012 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions and the 2013 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. CNN named her as one of their inspirational women for 2014 and she became a Yale World Fellow in 2015. She believes we are experiencing an unprecedented rate of change that will only intensify.
  • President and CEO, New America
    Anne-Marie Slaughter is the President and CEO of New America and the Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. From 2009-2011 she served as the director of Policy Planning for the United States Department of State, the first woman to hold that position. Prior to her government service, Dr. Slaughter was the Dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from 2002–2009 and the J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law at Harvard Law School from 1994-2002. She has written or edited seven books, including “the Chessboard and the Web: Strategies of Connection in a Networked World”, “Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family”, and “A New World Order”, and is a frequent contributor to a number of publications, including The Atlantic, Financial Times, and Project Syndicate. In 2012, she published “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” in The Atlantic, which quickly became the most read article in the history of the magazine and helped spark a renewed national debate on the continued obstacles to genuine full male-female equality. She is married to Professor Andrew Moravcsik; they live in Princeton with their two sons.
  • Emily Kasriel Moderator
    Head of Editorial Partnerships + Special Projects, BBC World Service Group
    As Head of Editorial Partnerships & Special Projects at the BBC World Service Group, Emily has set up and directs a number of high impact projects. These include the BBC Komla Dumor Award for African Journalists, the Chevening Partnership bringing 12 high calibre global journalists to the BBC for 4 months funded by the UK foreign office, and pioneering the Solutions-Focused Journalism project across BBC News, kick-starting a culture change inside the organisation. This has been achieved via running a solutions-focused multiplatform season, SoICanBreathe -looking at ways to cut air pollution – engaging all BBC News key outlets, from the Six and Ten O Clock bulletins to all 29 World Service languages and English regions. She has also delivered workshops from Nairobi to Delhi to Birmingham, and written tool kits and blogs. Emily is now working on upcoming pan BBC News solutions-focused season, Crossing Divides. Emily previously served as an award-winning broadcaster and editor at the BBC. She founded and edited The Forum, the flagship weekly ideas discussion show, ran the World Service Arts and Religion departments, was a founding senior journalist for The World, and a produce and reporter for the African Service, in all reporting and producing for the BBC across five continents. Emily has also been a Visiting Fellow at Said Business School, and has been a Senior Advisor to the Skoll Foundation, creating partnerships to source more diverse Social Entrepreneur awardees. Emily has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, Telegraph, Economist and the Financial Times, and chairs panels and hosts key note interviews at global conferences and events including the Skoll World Forum, Global Impact Investment Conference in Amsterdam, Ashoka UK’s 10th birthday event and the Sankalp Forum in Mumbai. Emily is also a BBC Executive Coach, and on the board of The HH Wingate grant-giving Foundation.