Opening Plenary Of The 2008 Skoll World Forum
Stephan Chambers shares closing remarks at the 2008 Skoll World Forum opening plenary
Wed, March 26, 2008; 16:30 - 18:30
The 2008 Skoll World Forum kicked off with a warm welcome from Stephan Chambers, Chairman of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, and Jeff Skoll.
The opening panel was “The dynamics of working cross culturally – experienced voices from the field.” Pat Mitchell, president of the Paley Center for Media is the moderator, Panelists included Nafis Sadik, MD, UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Asia and the Pacific; Karen Tse, founder and CEO of International Bridges to Justice, and Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Nobel Women’s Initiative
Stephan Chambers gave closing remarks.
Lord Anthony Giddens
House of Lords
Anthony Giddens, Baron Giddens is a British sociologist who is known for his theory of structuration and his holistic view of modern societies. He is considered to be one of the most prominent modern contributors in the field of sociology, the author of at least 34 books, published in at least 29 languages, issuing on average more than one book every year. In 2007, Giddens was listed as the fifth most-referenced author of books in the humanities.
Nobel Women’s Initiative
Jody Williams served as the founding coordinator of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines until February 1998. Beginning in early 1992 with two non-governmental organisations and a staff of one – Jody Williams – she oversaw its growth to over 1,300 organisations in 95 countries working to eliminate antipersonnel landmines. In an unprecedented cooperative effort with governments, UN bodies and the International Committee of the Red Cross, the organisation dramatically achieved its goal of an international treaty banning antipersonnel landmines during a diplomatic conference held in Oslo in 1997. Three weeks later, Jody Williams and the ICBL were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In 2006, along with sister Laureate Shirin Ebadi, Jody Williams established the “Nobel Women’s Initiative,” which uses the prestige and access afforded by the Nobel Prize to promote the efforts of women’s rights activists, researchers and organisations working to advance peace, justice and equality for women.
Minister for the Third Sector
Phil Hope was elected Member of Parliament for Corby and East Northamptonshire in 1997 and was appointed Minister for the Third Sector in June 2007. As of January 2008 he is also Minister for the East Midlands. Previous to this, he was the Minister for Skills at the Department for Education and Skills from May 2005-June 2007. He served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to John Prescott, the Deputy Prime Minister and to Nick Raynsford as Minister of State for Housing and Planning. Phil was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) in June 2003 with responsibility for building regulations, regulatory and public sector reform, e-local government, the Fire Service College and the Local Government Pension Scheme. At ODPM he also supported the Minister for Local Government, regional governance and fire, Nick Raynsford. He was elected to Kettering Borough Council during the 1980s and Northamptonshire County Council between 1993 and 1997 where he chaired the Equal Opportunities Committee. Formerly a teacher at Kettering School for Boys, he has also been a youth policy adviser to the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, Head of the Young Volunteer Resources Unit at the National Youth Bureau and a management consultant to not-for-profit organisations.
International Bridges to Justice
A former public defender and Thomas J. Watson Fellow, Karen Tse first developed her interest in the cross section of criminal law and human rights after observing refugees detained in prison without trial. She moved to Cambodia to train the country’s first core group of public defenders and serve as a United Nations Judicial Mentor. Under the auspices of the UN, she trained judges and prosecutors and established the first arraignment court in Cambodia. After witnessing extraordinary violations of accused persons, Karen founded International Bridges to Justice in 2000 to promote systemic global change in the administration of criminal justice. She has since negotiated groundbreaking measures in judicial reform with the Chinese, Vietnamese and Cambodian governments. IBJ has recently expanded to Rwanda, Burundi and India, and is now working to bring assistance to public defenders worldwide.
President and CEO
Paley Center for Media
Pat Mitchell is one of media's most accomplished professionals and has been named one of Newsweek's 150 ‘Women Who Shake The World’. From network correspondent to producer of award-winning documentaries as executive in charge of original productions for Ted Turner’s cable networks, her work has been recognised with 44 Emmy awards, five Peabody’s and two Academy Award nominations. Mitchell was the first female President and CEO of PBS, and is currently President and CEO of The Paley Center for Media. She also serves on many non-profit and corporate boards.
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.