Opening Plenary Of The 2010 Skoll World Forum
Closing Remarks from Pamela Hartigan - 2010 Skoll World Forum
Wed, April 14, 2010; 17:00 - 18:30
Excitement builds as guests gather for the first time in 2010 at the Opening Plenary. A gift of majestic song by Vusi Mahlasela, South African singer-songwriter and Poet Activist kicks off the Forum. Next, two warm welcomes from Colin Mayer of the Saïd Business School, and Jeff Skoll.
The first speech was by Lakhdar Brahimi, Veteran UN Envoy and advisor, and former foreign minister to Algeria. His talk focused on his life in conflict and his work in South Africa, Haiti, Sudan, Iraq and Lebanon. “What I have learned in these 20 years in trying to make peace is …that you come across a lot of courage and forgiveness…”
The opening plenary’s panel focused on Governance, Transparency And Collaboration and was moderated by John Ydstie, Economic Correspondent, National Public Radio. Panelists were Ann Cotton, Executive Director of Camfed International; Diana Good and Lance Croffoot-Suede, Partners of Linklaters LLP; Dr. Felix Phiri, Director of Planning and Information, Ministry of Education in Zambia, and Faith Nkala, Deputy Executive Director of Camfed Zimbabwe. The focus was on a report about the importance of educating African girls.
Later, Dr. Paul Farmer, co-founder of Partners in Health, gives a presentation called “Catalyzing Collaboration: Our Humanity at Stake.” During his talk, he shows a video about the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, called “No words can describe what happened that day.” He later says that the images of the ill in the video were taken recently, three months after the earthquake, asking “What is the disconnect between great need on the one hand, and unstinting giving on the other?”
To end the opening plenary, Pamela Hartigan, director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, thanked everyone who put the Forum together and asked them by name to stand for applause.
His music is generally described as "African folk". His work was an inspiration to many in the anti-apartheid movement. His themes include the struggle for freedom, and forgiveness and reconciliation with enemies. Vusi can also be heard performing on Warren Haynes' Live at Bonnaroo release during the song "Soulshine", and the Dave Matthews Band song, "Everyday", from the album of the same name as well as a live version of the song with him which appears on the album The Best of What's Around Vol. 1. Vusi was also one of the performers at the Live 8 concerts.
National Public Radio, USA
John Ydstie has covered the economy, Wall Street and the federal budget for NPR for two decades and has worked at NPR since 1979. In recent years NPR has broadened his responsibilities, making use of his reporting and interviewing skills to cover major stories like the aftermath of 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal. His current focus is reporting on the global financial crisis. Ydstie is also a regular guest host on the NPR news programmes Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition and Talk of the Nation.
Dr. Felix Phiri
Director of Planning and Information,
Ministry of Education, Zambia
With 15 years of working for the Zambian Government, Dr. Felix Phiri is currently the Director of Planning and Information at the Ministry of Education. Dr. Phiri holds technical expertise in the analysis and design of monitoring and evaluation systems, design of systems for aid effectiveness, and measuring HIV/AIDS and its socio-economic impacts. Research areas of interest include community financing and the universal coverage and quality of education and health care.
Deputy Executive Director
Faith Nkala is Deputy Executive Director and Head of Monitoring and Evaluation for Camfed in Zimbabwe. Faith is proud to have grown from being a beneficiary of Camfed to an outstanding role model. Her leadership in recent participatory and empowering research left rural communities appreciative of their tremendous contribution to girls` education and empowerment. Faith Nkala knows the enormous hurdles that girls from poor rural families face; her life bears testimony to the transformative power of education.
Lance Croffoot-Suede is a litigation partner in the global law firm Linklaters LLP and a co-author of Linklaters’ report on Camfed’s governance model. Lance is based in New York and manages Linklaters’ pro bono and community investment programme in that office, as well as serves, pro bono, as court appointed counsel to indigent criminal defendants in the federal criminal court in Manhattan.
Veteran United Nations Envoy and Advisor
Former Foreign Minister to Algeria
In his distinguished career, Lakhdar Brahimi has served as Algeria’s Foreign Minister and as Ambassador to Egypt and the UK. He mediated the end of Lebanon’s civil war. At the United Nations, he led the Observer Mission to South Africa when Nelson Mandela was elected and served in Haiti and Afghanistan. He led the creation of the Brahimi Report, with ambitious recommendations to improve UN peacekeeping. He is a member of The Elders, a group of senior statesmen created by Mandela.
Peter Moores Dean, Peter Moores Professor of Management Studies
Saïd Business School
Colin Mayer is Peter Moores Dean of the Saïd Business School, Professor of Management Studies and Professorial Fellow of St Edmund Hall, Oxford. Mayer was the first professor at the Saïd Business School, the Peter Moores Professor of Management Studies. He has served on the editorial boards of several leading academic journals and was instrumental in creating the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)). He has held visiting fellowships at Stanford, MIT and Brussels University (ULB), where he was the first Leo Goldschmidt Visiting Professor of Corporate Governance. He is a Fellow of the European Corporate Governance Institute and an Honorary Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford. Mayer is Chairman of Oxera Holdings Ltd, one of the largest independent economics consultancies in the UK.
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.