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.
Founder and CEO
International Bridges to Justice
Karen founded IBJ in 2000 to promote systemic global change in the administration of criminal justice. A former public defender, Karen first developed her interest at the cross-section of criminal law and human rights as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow in 1986, after observing Southeast Asian refugees detained in a local prison without trial, many of whom were tortured into making confessions. In the initial stages, she negotiated groundbreaking measures in judicial reform with the Chinese, Vietnamese and Cambodian governments. Under her leadership, IBJ has expanded its programming to include operations in Rwanda, Burundi, Zimbabwe and India. In addition to the Defenders Resource Centers in these countries, IBJ sponsors independent Justice Makers in 32 countries. IBJ has also created a Global Defense Support Program to bring legal assistance to public defenders worldwide.
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.
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.
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.