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A Special Series for the 2014 Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

Each year at the Skoll World Forum, nearly 1,000 of the world’s most influential social entrepreneurs, key thought leaders and strategic partners gather at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School to exchange ideas, solutions and information. We asked a number of speakers to discuss the critical issues, challenges and opportunities underpinning their sessions in advance of the Forum to ground a richer debate both online and in Oxford.

Learn more about the 2014 Skoll World Forum, sign up to our newsletter to be notified of the live stream, view the 2014 delegate roster and discover what themes and ideas we'll be covering this year at the event. Also, read about the seven recipients of this year's Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.


The Purpose of Healthcare

Gary Cohen

Co-Founder and President, Health Care Without Harm


Data and the Human Touch

Jim Fruchterman

Founder and CEO, Benetech

Well-Crafted Entertainment Can Change the World

John Marks

President and founder, Search for Common Ground


Preparing for a World With 9 Billion, Designers Are Rising to the Challenge

Lynelle Cameron

President and CEO, and Senior Director, Sustainability, Autodesk, Inc.


Building the Impact Investing Market in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia

Liz Patterson

Lead on Social Impact Investment, Department for International Development


Why Energy is Inextricably Linked to Environment

Sean McKaughan

Chairman of the Board, Fundación Avina


Hitting The Impact Jackpot

Kristin Gilliss

Associate Portfolio Director, Mulago Foundation


Sustainable Development Needs The Private Sector

Andy Wales

Senior Vice President Sustainable Development, SABMiller plc

Inside Root Capital's Women in Agriculture Initiative

Catherine Gill

Senior Vice President, Investor Relations & Operations, Root Capital


Connecting Poverty and Health

Barbara Bush

Co-Founder and CEO, Global Health Corps

Andrew Youn

Founder and Director, One Acre Fund


Education is a Savior

Rafiatu Lawal

National Chairperson, Camfed


Profit-With-Purpose and the G8

Sir Ronald Cohen

Chairman, Social Finance

Tom Fox

Policy Lead, UnLtd

Cliff Prior

Chief Executive, UnLtd


Smallholder Impact and Risk Metrics: A Labyrinth of Opportunity

CJ Fonzi

Project Leader, Dalberg Global Development Advisors

Learn More About the 2014 Skoll World Forum

Learn More About the 2014 Skoll World Forum

Rahim Kanani

Independent Writer, Skoll Foundation

April 4, 2014 | 1326 views


Each year, nearly 1,000 of the world’s most influential social entrepreneurs, key thought leaders and strategic partners gather at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School to exchange ideas, solutions and insight. Now in its 11th year, the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship, which takes place April 9-11 in Oxford, England, is the premier international platform for advancing entrepreneurial approaches and solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.

While every session will be recorded, polished and ultimately posted online, the Forum will be live-streaming the opening plenary, our annual awards ceremony (featuring seven new Skoll award winners, Malala Yousafzai and others), the closing plenary and 4 other sessions: leading with authenticity, artists as activists: using creative talent for social progress, unlocking the entrepreneurial ambition of women, and interesting voices, innovative ideas and ambitious outcomes. Sign up to be notified of the live-stream here.

Throughout the event, there will be in-depth discussions on measuring what matters, the role of big business and partnerships for impact, individual rights in the age of big data, the future of investigative journalism, the 450 million farmer opportunity, service delivery innovation, ending modern slavery, the 21st century city, and the evolving role of teachers in education, among countless others.

Some of our speakers this year include Jeff Skoll, Chairman, Jeff Skoll Group, which includes the Skoll Foundation, Skoll Global Threats Fund, Participant Media and Capricorn Investment Group; Sally Osberg, President and CEO, Skoll Foundation; Malala Yousafzai, education activist, blogger and author; Sir Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Group; Sir Ronald Cohen, Founder, Apax Partners; Tony Elumelu, C.O.N., Chairman, Heirs Holdings; Feike Sijbesma, CEO and Chairman of the Managing Board, Royal DSM, The Netherlands; Marcus Bleasdale, Photojournalist; and Benjamin Reese, Founder of Deltree. There will also be musical performances by Grammy Award winner Miri Ben-Ari and Playing for Change, a multimedia music project that seeks to bring together musicians from around the world. The full list of 2014 speakers can be found here.

In advance of the Forum, we asked several speakers and delegates to share their insights and ideas to lay the foundation for a richer discussion in-person and online. The full collection of pieces continue to be published on During the event, the homepage of the Forum will feature the live-stream, real-time articles covering a wide variety of sessions, live photo galleries, and other ways in which to participate online and via social media:

We look forward to your participation!


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