Day Three of #GPF16

Day three of 2016 Global Philanthropy Forum began with a panel discussion led by An-Me Chung, Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Mozilla Foundation. Speakers explored how the job market can keep up with the rising numbers entering the economy. President and Founder of University of the People, Shai Reshef believes that the key to closing this gap lies in making education affordable and accessible. Beyond equipping students with practical skills, he argued that higher education results in essential, sometimes intangible, benefits such as cross-cultural exchange. Karan Chopra, Co-founder and Partner of [email protected], emphasized the important role of employers in closing the gap by changing their approach to hiring and their investment in human capital. Joshua Oigara, CEO of KCB Group, considered the kinds of skills needed in the twenty-first century and reflected on how mobile innovation and opening up new markets have been essential to development in Africa.

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US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke passionately about the refugee crisis and offered insights into how philanthropists can play a role in aiding their needs. He also called on innovators of Silicon Valley to think creatively and to use cross-sector strategies to address the crisis. Providing an overview of the State Department’s work in this area, the Deputy Secretary looked ahead to the upcoming World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016 to preview what world leaders will discuss at the conference.

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Daniel Schwartz, CEO of Porticus led the closing plenary and moderated a discussion that drew on a central tension in philanthropic giving: balancing immediate crisis-focused work with long-term and sustainable solutions. Co-founder and Chairman of the Aman Foundation, Fayeeza Naqvi, spoke about her organization’s work in Pakistan and the President of the Clinton Foundation, Donna Shalala, shared stories from the Foundation’s projects around the world, focusing on sustainable recovery efforts in Haiti. Drawing on their vast experiences to address the question, both experts emphasized the need to listen fully to the communities, in order to build a trust that will propel, sustain and grow their efforts.


The 2016 Global Philanthropy Forum Conference, April 4 to 6, 2016 in Redwood City, brought together cross-sector leaders to explore the theme of “People on the Move.” Learn more about the Conference and see all videos by visiting

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