2015 Global Philanthropy Forum Conference

April 22-24, 2015
Washington, DC

Disruptors and Decision Makers

DAY 1: Wednesday, April 22
7:30 AM Breakfast (Foyer)
10:00 AM Speed Networking (Roosevelt, Culpepper & Latrobe)
Jump-start the Conference Wednesday morning with timed, 6-minute “speed introductions.”
10:45 AM Break
11:00 AM Disruptors and Decision Makers: It Takes Us All
The international community has achieved its bold goal of cutting in half the number of individuals who were living in abject poverty at the time the Millennium Development Goals were set. Buoyed by this success, the World Bank has established an even more ambitious objective, and that is to end poverty by 2030. The United Nations will soon follow suit when it adopts the Sustainable Development Goals. Success will take extraordinary efforts and the engagement of the public, private and charitable sectors, working in tandem to get the job done. Smart national policies have unleashed private capital flows, raising the GDP of fast growing economies. But in order for the benefits to be felt by the bottom 40% of the economic ladder, sound policy, strategic philanthropy and sustained, long-term investment will be required. Key to this effort will be the conquering of the jobs challenge by addressing the mismatch between the skills required for the jobs that await and the education and training currently available to the workforce of today and tomorrow. Dr. Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank Group, leads an institution that seeks to “disrupt” the cycle of poverty. That is a shared goal of the entrepreneurs, philanthropists, investors and policymakers who gather at the Global Philanthropy Forum.WELCOME: Jane Wales, CEO, Global Philanthropy Forum and World Affairs Council; Vice President, The Aspen Institute @JaneWales

Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group @WorldBank

12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Global Trends, Risks and Rewards — Where Are We Now, Where Are We Going? (Ballroom)
In order to have a clear understanding of global problems and their potential solutions, we need to examine the challenges within the context of broad economic, political, technological and environmental trends. This plenary will explore these trends and the risks and rewards associated with them — from the dangers linked to weak global governance and socio-economic inequality to the potential benefits of info-, bio and nanotechnologies.WELCOME: Peter Robertson, Chairman, Board of Trustees, World Affairs Council @world_affairs

REMARKS: Seán Cleary, Chairman, Strategic Concepts; Executive Vice Chair, Future World Foundation

1:20 PM Coming Together to Support Communities in Times of Crisis (Ballroom)
Crisis situations — from acute shocks to chronic stresses — often illuminate each sector’s skills, pressures, requirements and need for nuance. For example, philanthropy’s flexibility and ability to act fast allows it to play a unique role in supporting individual communities through hard times. The private sector’s capacity to create and leverage innovative technologies and distribute goods and services can help rebuild cities. And finally, governments play a vital role by setting standards, establishing policies, mobilizing resources and coordinating action. It is during crises that cross-sector collaboration becomes truly imperative. And it is only through integrated prevention and response strategies that long-term resilience can be achieved.• António Guterres, High Commissioner for Refugees, United Nations @UN
• Neal Keny-Guyer, CEO, Mercy Corps @nealkg
• Olara Otunnu, President, Uganda People’s Congress; President, LBL Foundation for Children
• Gayle Smith, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director, National Security Council @NSCPress
• Moderator: Zia Khan, Vice President for Initiatives and Strategy, The Rockefeller Foundation @ZiaKhanNYC
2:40 PM Harnessing the Power of Invention (Ballroom)
The catalyst of invention, especially when the resulting products can be scaled and applied in multiple settings, can be a powerful tool for improving the lives of people in both the developed and developing world. But what are the attributes of a great inventor? How might their innovations be put to the service of inclusive development?• Manu Prakash, Assistant Professor of Bio engineering, Stanford University @Stanford
• Moderator: Carol Dahl, Executive Director, The Lemelson Foundation @LemelsonFdn
3:15 PM Working GroupsCombating Deadly Disease Epidemics (Sulrave)
This Working Group will consider public, private and social sector strategies to meet the immediate needs of those affected by disease epidemics and strengthen local healthcare delivery systems. Working Group participants will also examine the ways in which technology, data and scientific discovery can be used to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment techniques.

• Sophie Delaunay, Executive Director, Médecins Sans Frontières US @Sophie_Delaunay
• Daniel Wattendorf, Program Manager, Biological Technologies Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency @DARPA
• Facilitator: Nick Thompson, CEO, African Governance Initiative @NP_Thompson

Eradicating Slavery from Supply Chains (Dumbarton)
Nearly 21 million people are victims of forced labor across the world, 90 percent of which are exploited in the private economy by individuals or enterprises. This Working Group will seek to build upon previous conversations, such as those that took place at the 2013 GPF Conference, and encourage further cross-sector dialogue and action with particular emphasis on values that are shared, actions that can be taken and barriers that can be removed.

• Bama Athreya, Senior Specialist, Labor and Employment Rights, USAID @USAID
• Kohl Gill, CEO and Founder, LaborVoices, Inc. @kohlgill
• Dan Viederman, CEO, Verité @Verite_DanV
• Facilitator: Ed Marcum, Vice President, Investments, Humanity United @HumanityUnited

Noncommunicable Diseases — Innovative Approaches to Diagnosis and Treatment (Roosevelt)
Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) account for nearly 40 million deaths each year, almost three quarters of which occur in low- and middle-income countries. The impact of NCDs stretches far beyond the health of the individuals affected and into the overall social and economic wellbeing of communities throughout the world. The increased costs associated with health care deplete household resources and can obstruct poverty alleviation efforts. This Working Group will highlight innovative approaches to both the diagnosis and treatment of chronic diseases in poor countries where solutions must be inexpensive and easy to use.

• Sania Nishtar, Founder and President, Heartfile @SaniaNishtar
• Rajesh Panjabi, Co-founder and CEO, Last Mile Health @rajpanjabi
• Facilitator: Jocelyn Wyatt, Co-lead and Executive Director, @jocelynw

Sourcing New Ideas (Culpeper)
How do funders decide which problems to focus on? And once they have done so, how do they find new and innovative interventions with great potential? From contests and crowdsourcing to fellowship programs to monitoring trends and seeking advice from other funders and grantees, philanthropists and social investors are finding more and more ways to source new ideas. This Working Group will examine current and potential strategies and note areas for improvement in the infrastructure around discovering, selecting and supporting groundbreaking approaches to social change.

• Claudia Juech, Associate Vice President and Managing Director for Strategic Research, The Rockefeller Foundation @cjjuech
• Alexandre Mars, Founder and CEO, Epic Foundation @alexandremars9
• Francesca Perrin, Founder, The Indigo Trust @indigotrust
• Jason Rissman, Managing Director, OpenIDEO @jasonrissman
• Facilitator: Gabriel Kasper, Senior Manager, Monitor Institute @MntrInstitute

4:30 PM Break
5:30 PM Reception hosted by Charities Aid Foundation and CAF America (The Colonnade)
6:30 PM The Role of Political Satire (Ballroom)
Political satire can play a powerful role in interpreting and illuminating events at pivotal moments. Bassem Youssef joins us in conversation three years after he first appeared on the GPF stage, when he was fresh from comedic “coverage” of Tahrir Square.WELCOME: Walter Isaacson, President and CEO, The Aspen Institute @WalterIsaacson

• Bassem Youssef, Resident Fellow, Harvard University Institute of Politics @DrBassemYoussef
• Moderator: Jane Wales @JaneWales

7:00 PM Dinner
8:00 PM A Competition Between Systems: Good Governance or Corruption (Ballroom)
In the face of the pressures of fast paced change, systems of governance can be transparent and accountable, or opaque and corrupt, a choice that carries with it grave consequences for states, societies and citizens. What role can philanthropy, private enterprise and civil society play in enabling the former and calling out the latter, holding leaders to account?• Mo Ibrahim, Founder and Chair, Mo Ibrahim Foundation @Mo_IbrahimFdn
• Hadeel Ibrahim, Executive Director, Mo Ibrahim Foundation @Mo_IbrahimFdn
• Moderator: Jane Wales @JaneWales
8:30 PM Musical Performance by Mwangaza Children’s Choir
DAY 2: Thursday, April 23
7:30 AM Breakfast Buffet & Table Talks (Ballroom)
Breakfast Buffet begins at 7:30am. Table Talks begin at 8:00 am. A conference attendee leads each conversation, facilitates networking and encourages targeted knowledge-sharing.
7:45 AM Breakfast Discussion: Read-Out on the White House US-Africa Leaders Summit (Roosevelt)
• Gayle Smith, Special Assistant to the President and Director, National Security Council
• Grant Harris, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs, National Security Council
9:00 AM Leveraging Market Systems for Good: Transforming Global Supply Chains and Protecting those Within — The Case of Slavery (Ballroom)
Globalization has created opportunities to reach new customers in new markets and to source materials and even finished goods from all over the globe. But this increasing complexity of global operations presents considerable challenges with regard to supply chain management, requiring new strategies and systems for ensuring the safety and wellbeing of each employee. Addressing these issues is a priority for commercial actors. But others have an interest and a role to play. To combat modern-day slavery, policymakers have established norms and have enacted and enforced laws, and NGOs have partnered with businesses, working behind the scenes to audit their supply chains, while at the same time serving as public advocates.• Stella Dawson, Chief Correspondent, Governance and Anti-Corruption, Thomson Reuters Foundation @stelladawson
• Justin Dillon, CEO, Made in a Free World @justindillon
• Nina Smith, Executive Director, GoodWeave International @GoodWeave
• Dan Viederman, CEO, Verité @Verite_DanV
• Moderator: Randy Newcomb, President and CEO, Humanity United @randynewcomb

REMARKS: Marcus Bleasdale, Documentary Photographer @marcusbleasdale

10:15 AM Break
10:45 AM Working GroupsMeeting and Anticipating Post-Conflict Needs and Fostering Peaceful Societies (Sulgrave)
This Working Group will consider lessons learned from successful post-conflict reconciliation efforts; the unique and common roles for the public, private and philanthropic sectors in anticipating and preventing future conflict; and what it takes to create and maintain peaceful and inclusive societies. The importance of understanding local context and the role of those working on the ground will be highlighted throughout.

• Elise Ford, Director of Investments, Humanity United @HumanityUnited
• Aubrey Fox, Executive Director, Institute for Economics and Peace – USA @aubreyfox1
• Iliana Montauk, Director, Gaza Sky Geeks, Mercy Corps @ilianamontauk
• Olara Otunnu, President, Uganda People’s Congress; President, LBL Foundation for Children
• Facilitator: Mark Gerzon, Founder and President, Mediators Foundation @CTL_Mediators

Creating Transparent Mineral Value Chains (Dumbarton)
Many companies are making progress in their efforts to use and invest in conflict-free minerals. What more needs to be done to ensure the responsible sourcing of minerals throughout global supply chains? What is the impact of conflict mineral regulations on business operations and on the level of violent conflict and human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and other conflict zones? And what is the role of philanthropy in eliminating the use of conflict minerals?

• Marcus Bleasdale, Documentary Photographer @marcusbleasdale
• Carolyn Duran, Director, Supply Chain Ramp and Regulations and Conflict Minerals Program Manager, Intel Corporation @carolynvanchai
• Lina Villa-Cordoba, Executive Director, Alliance for Responsible Mining
• Facilitator: Marshall Chase, Associate Director, BSR @mchase96

Advancing Financial Inclusion (Roosevelt)
Around the world, 2.5 billion people lack access to financial services. This Working Group will examine ways to accelerate financial inclusion and economic growth — from mobile banking to financial literacy and entrepreneurship training. And participants will be encouraged to consider new and existing opportunities for cross-sector partnerships between nonprofits, commercial banks, microfinance institutions and governments, among others.

• Alex Counts, President, Grameen Foundation @AlexCounts
• Isaac Kwaku Fokuo, CEO, African Leadership Network @Prosper4Africa
• Mary Ellen Iskenderian, President, Women’s World Banking @womensworldbnkg
• Douglas Sabo, Vice President, Head of Corporate Philanthropy and Responsibility, Visa Inc. @dsabo
• Shamina Singh, Executive Director, MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth @shaminasingh
• Facilitator: Randall Kempner, Executive Director, Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, The Aspen Institute @rkempner

Boosting Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes (Culpeper)
Reducing the risks associated with having a baby in the developing world requires strengthened health systems and innovative technology solutions. This Working Group will examine strategies for improving care for mothers and babies before, during and after childbirth — from the use of mobile phones to register pregnancies and raise awareness about prenatal care to increasing the uptake of newborn vaccinations to the creation of low-cost, clean birth kits.

• Zubaida Bai, Founder and Chief Executive, ayzh @zubaidabai
• Leith Greenslade, Vice-Chair, MDG Health Alliance
• Josh Nesbit, CEO, Medic Mobile @joshnesbit
• Facilitator: Janeen Uzzell, Global Director of Operations, Global Research and External Affairs and Technology Programs, GE @ruralhealthgirl

12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Special Address
2:00 PM Break
2:30 PM A Tri-sector Approach to Sustainable Development (Ballroom)
Through the collective efforts of the public, private and charitable sectors, we’ve met the Millennium Development Goal of halving the proportion of people living in extreme poverty. But such shocks as pandemics, violent conflict and weather extremes have revealed the underlying fragility of societies, states and the poorest among their citizens. Building on the achievements of the MDGs, and the collaboration that made it possible, the United Nations will adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) later this year, laying out an integrated approach to development — one which includes such objectives as climate change mitigation and improved global health and suggests a tri-sector approach that involves not only governments and international development organizations, but also global corporations, corporate foundations, philanthropists, social investors and nongovernmental organizations. What are the unique capabilities that each player brings to bear? And what are the distinctive burdens placed on each actor that hinders or helps their engagement in international development work? The MDGs started the process. It will take us all to complete it.• Alessandro Carlucci, Former CEO, Natura @naturanet
• Amina Mohammed, Special Advisor to the Secretary General on Post-2015 Development Planning, United Nations @UN
• Janice Mwendameru, Trustee, Safaricom Foundation @SafaricomFDN
• Moderator: Glen Galaich, CEO, The Philanthropy Workshop @ggalaich
3:30 PM Break
3:45 PM Working GroupsRebuilding Cities and Towns after Extreme Weather Events (Sulgrave)
Extreme weather events — from hurricanes to tornadoes to earthquakes to wildfires — have devastating effects on populations all over the world. And it is after these types of disasters that extreme inequalities and government failures are often revealed. This Working Group will consider the ways in which philanthropy, government and business can help rebuild cities and towns after natural disasters.

• Adam Freed, Consultant, Sustainability Practice, Bloomberg Associates @AdamMFreed
• Graham MacMillan, Director, Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Partnerships, Citi @Citi
• Tony Meloto, Founder, Gawad Kalinga @tonymeloto
• Robert Ottenhoff, President and CEO, Center for Disaster Philanthropy @BobOttenhoff
• Facilitator: Mark Gerzon, Founder and President, Mediators Foundation @CTL_Mediators

Emission Standards and Clean Energy Solutions
A clear path to reducing emissions and decelerating global warming is to increase the use of alternative energy solutions. But setting energy standards requires action on the part of government, business and philanthropy. This Working Group will examine lessons learned and new strategies on the horizon as we prepare for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in December 2015.

• Rik Stamhuis, Co-founder and Managing Director, Jiro-Ve @Rikstamhuis
• Facilitator: David Monsma, Executive Director, Energy and Environment Program, The Aspen Institute @AIEnvironment

Betting on Small-Scale Producers (Dumbarton)
Global corporations, philanthropists, social investors and policymakers all have clear roles to play in ensuring the success and overall wellbeing of small-scale producers in the developing world. This Working Group will emphasize the importance of providing capital at all levels, including those at the bottom of the pyramid — artisans, miners and small-holder farmers, among others, who are often located in remote parts of the world.

• Sasha Dichter, Chief Innovation Officer, Acumen @sashadichter
• Janet Nkubana, Managing Director and Co-founder, Gahaya Links
• Lina Villa-Cordoba, Executive Director, Alliance for Responsible Mining
• Facilitator: Willy Foote, Founder and CEO, Root Capital @rootcapitalceo

The First Years of Life (Roosevelt)
Investments in early childhood development and education yield high payoffs in terms of the overall wellbeing of individuals, families and communities. This begins during the first few years of life when the brain is rapidly developing. Working Group participants will examine how philanthropists, business leaders and policymakers can set standards around prioritizing the health and wellbeing of infants and children. Specifically, they will consider ways to enhance the development of both cognitive and non-cognitive skills.

• Brittany Butler, Executive Director, Character Lab @TheCharacterLab
• Tom McPartland, CEO, ELMA Philanthropies Services @Khonvoum
• Ferdinando Regalia, Social Protection and Health Division Chief, Inter-American Development Bank @the_IDB
• Mary Anne Ribeiro, CEO, PUPA
• Facilitator: Jocelyn Wyatt, Co-lead and Executive Director, @jocelynw

5:00 PM Break
6:00 PM Reception
7:00 PM Dinner
8:00 PM Leveraging the Disruptive Power of the Internet (Ballroom)
The Internet is arguably the most disruptive technology of the last twenty-five years, impacting nearly every aspect of society for the 2.7 billion people who have access. It has dramatically changed the way we interact with each other and consume resources in both our personal and professional lives. But despite its rapid growth, approximately five billion people lack access to the Internet, and the protections when it comes to surveillance and privacy are inadequate. This plenary will explore issues of equity, of access, of safety and security when it comes to the Internet and information and communication technology (ICT) more broadly. What are the technologies and business models under development that will enable Internet access around the globe? What will be the key platforms and policies necessary for a quality user experience and full participation in the knowledge economy? And what is the role of ICT in the practice of philanthropy and in advancing shared social and environmental goals?• Alvaro Bedoya, Executive Director, Center on Privacy and Technology @alvarombedoya
• Takunda Chingonzo, Co-founder, Neolab Technology and NeoEffect
• Jeremy Malcolm, Senior Global Policy Analyst, Electronic Frontier Foundation @EFF
• Julia Stasch, President, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation @macfound
• Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation @darrenwalker
• Moderator: Tom Kalil, Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation, Office of Science and Technology Policy, The White House @whitehouseostp
DAY 3: Friday, April 24
7:30 AM Breakfast Buffet & Table Talks (Ballroom)
Breakfast Buffet begins at 7:30am. Table Talks begin at 8:00 am. A conference attendee leads each conversation, facilitates networking and encourages targeted knowledge-sharing.
7:30 AM Strengthening Philanthropy’s Contributions to the New Sustainable Development Goals (Roosevelt)
Breakfast Discussion hosted by Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, United Nations Development Programme, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and The Foundation Center.
2015 is a crucial year for international multistakeholder cooperation. If the Sustainable Development Goals that will be agreed by all governments in September this year are achieved, as some have said, ours will be the last generation to endure extreme poverty, and the first to reduce the pace of climate change. These goals are universal and will apply to all countries, irrespective of level of wealth, and they will link social, environmental and economic dimensions of wellbeing. But philanthropy is the sector that is missing from the table in terms of planning and implementation. Now that the United Nations and governments are encouraging all sectors to join in the effort, how can we in philanthropy be a part of this effort, globally and in every country around the world? Join us to learn and brainstorm about specific opportunities in the months ahead.• Edmund Cain, Vice President, Grant Programs, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation @EJC45
• Paula Caballero, Senior Director for Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice, World Bank Group
• Joan Lombardi, Advisor, Buffett Early Childhood Fund; Senior Fellow, Bernard van Leer Foundation @BvLFoundation
• Nathalia Mesa, Executive Director, Carulla Foundation @aeioTU
• Bradford Smith, President, The Foundation Center @fdncenter
• Arif Neky, Advisor, Strategic Partnerships and Philanthropy, UNDP Kenya @UNDPKenya
• Moderator: Heather Grady, Vice President, Global Philanthropy, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors @HeatherGrady1
8:30 AM Catalyzing Private Capital Flows for Development (Ballroom)
Private capital flows have played an increasingly important role in fueling growth in such emerging markets as Nigeria, India, Indonesia and South Africa. How do we increase the movement of private capital to growth markets and leverage these funds to maximize their development impact? What government policies and programs are required to assure that there is income growth among the poorer 40 percent? And how can philanthropy partner with large, private investors to promote inclusive development?• Mirza Jahani, CEO, Aga Khan Foundation USA @AKF_USA
• Frederic Sicre, Managing Director, The Abraaj Group @fsicre
• Gavin Wilson, CEO, IFC Asset Management Company @IFC_org
• Christianna Wood, Chairman of the Board, Global Reporting Initiative; Former CEO, Capital Z Asset Management @GRI_Secretariat
• Moderator: Jane Nelson, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School; Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution @Kennedy_School
9:30 AM Break
10:00 AM Building Capacity: Strengthening Health Systems (Ballroom)
The outbreak and rapid spread of Ebola in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia offer a tragic example of how endemic poverty magnifies the danger, exacerbates its effects, complicates the response and increases the suffering. Had health systems been stronger, the disease might have been contained, its victims treated and society protected. This plenary will examine the elements of resilient healthcare infrastructure — from human resources to physical facilities to societal trust — that can help combat disease epidemics and other health risks. And speakers will highlight innovative approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of both communicable and non-communicable diseases, especially those that have proven successful in remote or underserved communities.KEYNOTE CONVERSATION: Tom Frieden, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention @DrFriedenCDC
(via interactive video)• Ian Crozier, Infectious Diseases Specialist
• Jacob Gayle, Vice President, Medtronic Philanthropy @MDTPhilanthropy
• Rajesh Panjabi, Co-founder and CEO, Last Mile Health @rajpanjabi
• Moderator: Steve Davis, President and CEO, PATH @SteveDavisPATH
11:15 AM Living Philanthropic Values; Maintaining a “Listening Ear” (Ballroom)
The spirit of giving and shared responsibility begins at a young age. And while children and young adults learn from their elders and early experiences, often it is we who learn from them. A “listening ear” is a gift throughout one’s life. It is the combination of our values, our experiences as well as theirs that can guide subsequent strategic choices, ensure an openness to risk and ignite a hunger for continued learning. This plenary will examine the transmission of philanthropic values within families, businesses, communities and society as a whole. And it will remind us all that we are still learning and teaching.• Michael Moniz, Co-founder, President and CEO, Circadence @Circadence
• Kaylee Moniz, Philanthropist
• Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Director, Peace Corps @PeaceCorpsDir
• Peggy Dulany, Founder and Chair, Synergos @SynergosInst
• Moderator: Phil Buchanan, President, The Center for Effective Philanthropy @philCEP
12:30 PM Conference Adjourns and Lunch

Additional program and speaker updates will be made periodically. Times and titles subject to change.