Opening Plenary Of The 2007 Skoll World Forum
Salman Ahmad Performs at the 2007 Skoll World Forum
Tue, March 27, 2007; 15:30 - 18:45
Salman Ahmad, Pakistani musician, UN Goodwill Ambassador HIV/AIDS, and founder of Junoon, South Asia’s most popular rock band
Stephan Chambers - MBA Director and Fellow of Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, Forum Moderator
Jeff Skoll - Founder and Chairman, Skoll Foundation and Participant Productions
John Hood - Vice Chancellor, University of Oxford
SOCIAL INNOVATION – WHAT IS IT, WHY IS IT IMPORTANT, WHAT ARE THE BARRIERS, HOW CAN IT BE ACCELERATED?
Geoff Mulgan - Director, The Young Foundation
Rushanara Ali - Associate Director, The Young Foundation
QUEEN RANIA OF JORDAN
SOCIAL INNOVATION – THE NEW PHILANTHROPISTS
Charles Handy - Writer, Broadcaster and Social Philosopher
THE CREATIVE IMPULSE: AN ECONOMIST’S ACCOUNT OF THE VERY DIFFERENT PATTERNS OF PERSONAL CREATIVITY
David Galenson - Professor of Economics, University of Chicago
NOBEL LAUREATE MUHAMMAD YUNUS IN CONVERSATION WITH PAT MITCHELL
Muhammad Yunus - Founder, Grameen Bank
Pat Mitchell - President and CEO, Museum of Television and Radio
Broadcaster and Social Philosopher
Charles Handy (born 1932) is an Irish author/philosopher specialising in organisational behaviour and management. Among the ideas he has advanced are the "portfolio worker" and the "Shamrock Organization" (in which professional core workers, freelance workers and part-time/temporary routine workers each form one leaf of the "Shamrock"). He has been rated among the Thinkers 50, a private list of the most influential living management thinkers. In 2001 he was second on this list, behind Peter Drucker, and in 2005 he was tenth. When the Harvard Business Review had a special issue to mark their 50th Anniversary they asked Handy, Peter Drucker and Henry Mintzberg to write special articles. In July 2006 he was conferred with an honorary Doctor of Laws by Trinity College, Dublin.
Professor of Economics
University of Chicago
David W. Galenson is Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago; Academic Director of the Center for Creativity Economics at the Universidad del CEMA, Buenos Aires; and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is also Contributing Editor to The Art Economist magazine and a blogger for the Huffington Post. He has been a visiting professor at the California Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Texas at Austin, the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, and the American University of Paris.
The Young Foundation
Mulgan obtained a First Class degree from Balliol College, Oxford and a Ph.D. in telecommunications from the University of Westminster. He was also a Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, trained as a Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka and worked for a spell during the 1980s as a van driver for the "Labour-supporting collective of musicians and comedians known as Red Wedge", opting ultimately for a career in local government and academia in the UK and going on to become an influential writer on social and political issues in various newspapers and magazines in the 1990s including the Independent, Financial Times, Guardian, New Statesman and Marxism Today. He worked as a reporter for BBC television and radio and was made a CBE in 2005. His current base, the Young Foundation, mainly works on social innovation - the design and launch of new social organisations, but also produces some publications, including recent ones on social innovation and the state of British society
Jeff Skoll Group
Jeff Skoll is a philanthropist and social entrepreneur. As Founder of the Skoll Foundation, Skoll Global Threats Fund, Participant Media and Capricorn Investment Group, he is bringing life to his vision of a sustainable, peaceful and prosperous world. The first President of eBay, Skoll developed the company’s inaugural business plan and led its successful initial public offering. On 30 December 2011, Skoll was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest civilian honors.
University of Oxford
John Hood was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford from 5 October 2004 until 30 September 2009. He was the first Vice-Chancellor to be elected from outside Oxford's academic body, and the first to have addressed the scholars' congregation via a webcast. On 15 November 2007 he announced that he would not seek an extension to his five-year term as Vice Chancellor, and that he would leave Oxford in September 2009.
Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus is the father of microcredit and social business, Founder of Grameen Bank and of more than 50 other companies. Fortune Magazine named him 'one of 12 greatest entrepreneurs of our time'. Professor Yunus received the Nobel Peace Prize for his work with the Grameen Bank Project and is one of seven people to have received the Nobel Peace Prize, the US Presidential Medal of Freedom and the US Congressional Gold Medal. He received his BA and PhD in Economics and is the recipient of more than 50 honorary degrees.
President and CEO
Paley Center for Media
Pat Mitchell is one of media's most accomplished professionals. Named Newsweek's 150 Women who Shake the World. From network correspondent to producing award- winning documentaries as executive in charge of original productions for Ted Turner's cable networks. Her work has been recognized with 44 Emmy awards, five Peabody's, and two Academy Award nominations. Mitchell became the first women President/CEO of PBS, and currently President/CEO The Paley Center for Media, whose mission is to optimize the power of media to inform, inspire, entertain and empower. Mitchell is a sought after speaker and has been honored numerous times for her achievements. Pat serves on many non-profit and corporate boards.
Queen Rania of Jordan
Queen consort of Jordan
Rania Al Abdullah (born Rania al Yassin on 31 August 1970) is the current Queen consort of Jordan as the wife of King Abdullah II of Jordan. She has focused her energy, at home and abroad, on a variety of causes. In Jordan, her work concentrates on the calibre and quality of education for Jordanian children, while abroad she advocates for global education and for world leaders to fulfill their commitments towards the second Millennium Development Goal, Universal Primary Education.
The Young Foundation
Rushanara Ali is a British Labour Party politician and Associate Director of the Young Foundation, who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bethnal Green and Bow since 2010. As of October 2010, she has been appointed as part of the shadow team for the Department for International Development along with Mark Lazarowicz with Harriet Harman in charge.
Salman Ahmad is a Pakistani musician and former actor, who used to be a member of Vital Signs but left after their debut album due to creative differences. He went on to form Junoon, South Asia's biggest and longest-lasting rock band. While still enjoying the success of Junoon, he was involved in two documentaries with the BBC and is also a UN Goodwill Ambassador for HIV/AIDS. Ahmad is working towards spreading awareness about HIV in South Asia, and helping to bring peace between Pakistan and India. Ahmad is currently teaching at Queens College, City University of New York. Although Junoon's two other core members - Ali Azmat and Brain O'Connell - left the band in 2005, Salman Ahmad continues to perform as a solo artist under the "Junoon" label and has moved to New York after his solo career failed to take off in Pakistan. Salman Ahmad has also released one album as a solo artist, "Infiniti" in 2005.
Chairman, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship; MBA Director, SAID 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.