Frequently asked questions about the Skoll World Forum

How do I get an invitation to the Forum?

Each year, demand to attend the Forum far exceeds our capacity. Our delegates are hand-selected and we curate invitation lists to match programming.

Although the Skoll World Forum is an invite-only event, this year we are allocating a small number of spaces to be provided to individuals outside of this year’s guest list. Interested individuals are asked to participate in a simple application process. The application process is broken into two (2) rounds, after which ten (10) individuals will be selected to attend the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship.

In addition, there are several other opportunities to engage with the Forum:

  • The three plenary sessions at the New Theatre in downtown Oxford will be open to the public. Ticket prices range from $25-$60 per event.  For more details on each plenary session and to purchase tickets, click here.
  • Several social entrepreneurship-oriented organizations use the Forum timeframe to schedule meetings and gatherings simultaneously in Oxford. Many of these are posted on an event listings platform called Marmalade. Check here to see what Marmalade gatherings are happening during the Forum timeframe.
  • The Forum will be live streamed on
  • Session videos will be posted to immediately following the Forum.
  • Join the conversation on Twitter by following @skollfoundation and #SkollWF.

What are the dates for the Forum?

The 2017 Skoll World Forum will take place April 4-7, 2017.

It’s my first time attending the Forum. How do I make the most of my time in Oxford?

We’ve created an Orientation Video for newcomers with important information to help you in pre-planning for the Forum and to give you insights into how to make the most your time once you are at the Forum.

What is the attendance fee?

The attendance fee for the 2017 Skoll World Forum ranges from $1,250 to $3300 USD, plus 20% VAT. The attendance fee is determined by the sector in which the delegate works. There is no ‘early bird’ registration. Please click here for specific pricing tiers.

What is VAT and why is it being added to my fee?

Valued-Added Tax or VAT is a form of consumption tax. Per the UK government, we are required to charge 20% VAT for each registration purchased for the Forum. Some delegates may be eligible to obtain a refund of this VAT from the UK government by submitting a valid claim within the statutory deadline.

Can I bring a personal guest to any of the Forum sessions?

Each invitation is specific for each person. Personal guests are not permitted to attend Skoll World Forum activities at Saïd Business School. Plenaries held at New Theatre, however, are open to the public and tickets will be sold in the months leading up to the event.

Can I suggest someone to take my place at the Forum?

While the invitation is specific to each person, we will take recommendations on a case-by-case basis. Please submit your suggestion in the Contact Us form here and select “Skoll World Forum.”

What is your cancellation policy?

Cancellation refunds will be made on requests received on or before Friday, March 24, 2017. Due to the nature of our merchant account, any refunds requested more than 60 days after you register for the Forum must be processed via a Paypal online money transfer and will be subject to Paypal’s online money transfer fees. Please note that refunds will not be available after March 24, 2017.

How can I participate in communicating about the Forum before, during, and after the event?

Engage with our online community year-round! You can follow Skoll Foundation on Facebook and @SkollFoundation on Twitter for live updates. Join the conversation using #SkollWF.

What happens if there is an emergency onsite at the Skoll World Forum?

Our primary mode of communication will be to utilize mobile technology and email to send emergency notices out directly to those affected. When registering online, be sure to include the mobile phone number you will be utilizing at the Forum.  In addition, become active and will be viewable by all Skoll World Forum online community members. This website will serve as an alternative route to communicate updates.

How can I offset my carbon emissions to the Forum?

If you wish to offset your carbon emissions, ClimateCare is a service that can help individuals and organizations to calculate their carbon offset and make contributions to stem the effects of climate change. The Skoll Foundation offsets calculated carbon emissions for our staff on a regular basis.

To minimize the footprint of the Skoll World Forum, we have taken great care to ensure that the entire event prioritizes sustainable practices. Therefore, every product you see at the Forum—including the signage, production sets, and furniture—has been made using local, sustainable products and reused from prior years when possible. Meals include fair trade products and local produce.

I was informed that I would be receiving an invitation to the upcoming Forum but I am not seeing it in my inbox.

On occasion, the Skoll World Forum invitations and other email outreach may get caught in spam filters and fall into junk folders. We recommend checking your spam/junk folder before reaching out to us. If you still cannot locate your invitation, please send your inquiry to Consider adding to your Contact list to ensure that all related emails make it into your inbox.

For any additional questions, who can I contact?

For additional questions about registration or media inquiries, please Contact Us and select “Skoll World Forum” or “Media,” depending on the nature of your question.