Closing Plenary Of The 2008 Skoll World Forum
Closing Remarks from Sally Osberg at 2008 Skoll World Forum
Fri, March 28, 2008; 11:30 - 13:30
Three days of insights and inspiration, and the Forum came to a close. Stephan Chambers, Chairman of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, said goodbye.
Paul Collier, professor of economics at the University of Oxford, talked about, “Social Entrepreneurship and the Bottom Billion: Why the poorest countries are failing and what can be done about it.”
The panel at the closing plenary was entitled: “Working Within Cultures and Contexts – Lessons Learned“. David Bornstein moderated, and panelists were Rupert Howes, CEO of the Marine Stewardship Council; Fiona Muchembere, program manager of institutional development at CAMFED; Vicky Colbert, founder and director of Escuela Nueva Foundation, and Jacqueline Novogratz, founder and CEO of the Acumen Fund.
Ending the Forum was Sally Osberg, President and CEO of the Skoll Foundation who mentioned the first Skoll World Forum in 2004, saying that one of the ideas behind it was “The legacy of past transgressions — on the environment, on human possibility, on the common good — should not be passed to future generations.”
Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies
University of Oxford
Paul Collier is Professor of Economics and Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies at Oxford University. He has previously served as Director of the Development Research Group at the World Bank (1998-2003), Senior Adviser to former Prime Minister Blair’s Commission on Africa, Professor Associate of CERDI and Research Fellow at CEPR. His past and current research has centred on addressing developmental challenges facing low-income countries including research on the economics of conflict, governance and macro-economics with a strong focus on the effects of aid, exchange rate and trade policies. His latest book The Bottom Billion brings together much of his past research and aims at providing concrete solutions to answering the plight of the world’s poorest citizens.
Former U.S. Vice President, Chairman
Alliance for Climate Protection
Former Vice President Al Gore is chairman of the Alliance for Climate Protection. He is co founder and executive chairman of Current TV, an Emmy award winning, independently owned cable and satellite television nonfiction network for young people based on viewer created content and citizen journalism. Gore is co-founder and chairman of Generation Investment Management, a London-based firm that is focused on a new approach to sustainable investing; and is a partner in the venture capital firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, working with Generation to focus on solutions to the climate crisis. In addition, Gore serves on the board of directors of Apple and as senior adviser to Google. Al Gore was inaugurated as the forty-fifth vice president of the United States on January 20, 1993, and served eight years as a key member of the administration’s economic team, as President of the Senate, a Cabinet member, a member of the National Security Council, and as leader of a wide range of Administration initiatives.
Partners in Health
Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, is Kolokotrones University Professor and Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and Co-Founder of Partners In Health. He also serves as UN Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Community Based Medicine and Lessons from Haiti.
Founder and Director
Fundación Escuela Nueva
Vicky Colbert is founder and Director of Fundacíon Escuela Nueve (FEN) and co-author of the Escuela Nueva model, which is known worldwide for its effectiveness in improving the quality of education. Initiated in Colombia, the model has been adapted to 16 countries, reaching more than 5 million children. She has developed, expanded and sustained this innovation from different organizational spheres: EN National Coordinator, Viceminister of Education of Colombia, UNICEF’s Regional Education Adviser for LAC, and now from FEN, which ensures the quality and sustainability of the Escuela Model in Colombia and abroad.
Marine Stewardship Council
Rupert Howes received the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2007 for establishing MSC as the world’s leading fishery certification and eco-labelling programme. MSC changed the way the seafood industry operates and contributes to the health of oceans by recognising and rewarding sustainable practices, influencing purchasing choices, and working with partners to transform the seafood market.
Chairman, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
MBA Director, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
Stephan Chambers helped to found the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship 10 years ago and is the Director of the MBA at the University of Oxford's Saïd Business School. He is also Chairman of IWA Publishing and sits on the advisory board of Princeton University Press. He is a fellow of Lincoln College.