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Global Philanthropy Forum to Draw Premier Roster of Global Philanthropists, Social Investors for 2014 Event

Event sessions to be headlined by Wendy Kopp, Laurene Powell Jobs, Robert Gallucci, Tsitsi Masiyiwa and other cross-sector leaders

Submitted by: Global Philanthropy Forum

Categories: Philanthropy & Corporate Contributions, Socially Responsible Investing

Posted: Apr 16, 2014 – 08:00 AM EST


SAN FRANCISCO, Apr. 16 /CSRwire/ - Over three days in April, the Global Philanthropy Forum (GPF) will convene a “Who’s Who” of philanthropists, foundation leaders and social investors from across the U.S, Europe, and several of the world’s most dynamic emerging markets to exchange best practices and key learnings on approaches to combat poverty and meet ambitious new development goals.


The invitation-only event, which takes place April 23-25 in Redwood City, CA, will focus on collaborative efforts between governments and citizen innovators from the private and social sectors to bring to life this year’s theme, “Global Goals, Citizen Solutions.” Attendees will have the opportunity to learn how philanthropy is at the heart of partnerships that leverage each sector’s strengths, and will hear how public, private and social actors are beginning to redefine leadership, philanthropy, value and development.

The event will combine plenaries and working groups that will be split into three different tracks: People, Planet and Philanthropy. Sessions will feature philanthropy innovators, heads of state and business leaders. Highlights include:

  • Laurene Powell Jobs of Emerson Collective will talk with Wendy Kopp of Teach for America and Teach for All about social entrepreneurship and effective program models for working on a global scale.
  • Reeta Roy of The MasterCard Foundation and Robert Gallucci of The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation will discuss their thoughts on shared learning, resource leveraging and leadership.
  • Aaron Cramer, CEO of BSR, will discuss how “inclusive businesses” pursue “shared value” strategies with panelists Frederic Sicre, the managing director of Abraaj Capital and Patrick Dupuis, CFO of PayPal and others.
  • During the closing plenary, attendees will hear Jane Wales, CEO of GPF and the World Affairs Council, interview John Kufuor, former President of the Republic of Ghana and founder of the John. A. Kufour Foundation, and Gro Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway, about ways in which they redefined service in their respective nations, and how to improve collaboration between governments and ingenious citizens.
  • Hakeem Belo-Osagie, Chairman of Etisalat’s Nigerian operations, Fred Swaniker, founder and CEO of the African Leadership Academy, and Sally Osberg, President and CEO of the Skoll Foundation, will talk about redefining leadership.

A full list of speakers and agenda topics can be found at philanthropyforum.org.

To follow the #gpf14 conversation:

Media interested in covering GPF should reach out to Brett Dobbs (communications@philanthropyforum.org) or Cory Porter (coryp@waggeneredstrom.com).

About the Global Philanthropy Forum
A project of the World Affairs Council of Northern California, the Global Philanthropy Forum aims to build a community of donors and social investors committed to international causes, and to inform, enable and enhance the strategic nature of their work. Through an annual conference, a summer seminar, special events and conference call programs, the GPF connects donors to issues; to effective strategies; to potential co-funding partners; and to emblematic agents of change from around the world. By building, and continually refreshing a lasting learning community, the GPF seeks to expand the number of philanthropists who will be strategic in pursuit of international causes.

For more information, please contact:

Brett Dobbs Interim Communications Director
Phone: 1.415.293.4657
Twitter: @gpforg
Cory Porter Account Director, Waggener Edstrom


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