Closing Plenary 2011 Skoll World Forum
Pamela Hartigan speaks at the closing plenary of the Skoll World Forum 2011
Fri, April 1, 2011; 14:30 - 16:00
After three days of intense collaboration, delegates of the forum come together at the closing plenary. Pamela Hartigan, Director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, says goodbye with an Irish farewell.
Lord (David) Sainsbury talks about his passion for genetic research, especially genetically improving the resistance of plants to disease. He shares how he began his work as a social entrepreneur, and how this contrasted from his work in government.
Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan talks about the great change happening in the Middle East, saying we should not be surprised. She touches upon the of role social networking, women’s rights, and unemployment among youth, and gives examples of Arabs mobilizing for change in small ways, such as cleaning up their neighborhood in Cairo. “We are watching unfold before us a breathtaking experiment in collective action, by young people armed only with cellphones and computers, protected only by social networks united in their willingness to speak out and sacrifice for change. We can learn much from their courage and dedication.”
Last to speak is Fadi Ghandour, Founder and CEO of Aramex International, the first company from the Arab world traded on NASDAQ. He discusses the crisis in the Middle East, and his solution: Ruuwad, or the Arab Foundation for Sustainable Development. “Ruuwad is a group of entrepreneurs, who decided to venture into social entrepreneurship and bring our skills, resources and networks to the Arab world’s downtrodden and forgotten. It … offers education to economically and socially marginalized youth in exchange for community service.”
Founder & Vice Chairman of Aramex. Co-Founder & Managing Partner of MENA Venture Investments, a seed capital investment company investing in early stage tech companies in the MENA region. A member of the Board of Abraaj Capital, and Chairman of WAMDA, an entrepreneurship support platform for the MENA region. He is a Member of the Board of Trustees at the American University of Beirut. He is also a Member of the Board of Yemeksepeti a leading Turkish ecommerce company & Founding Investor in Maktoob.com sold to Yahoo in 2009. He is the Founder & Chairman of Ruwwad for Development, a regional private sector-led community empowerment initiative that helps disadvantaged communities overcome marginalization through youth activism, civic engagement, and education. He is also the founder and Chairman of Ruwwad Micro Venture Fund, an equity based fund that provides seed capital for microbusinesses in marginalized communities as well as training, business support services and mentorship.
King Hussein Foundation
Queen Noor is an international public servant and an outspoken voice on issues of world peace and justice. She plays an active role in promoting international exchange and understanding of Arab and Muslim culture and politics, Arab-Western relations, and conflict prevention and recovery issues such as refugees, missing persons, poverty and disarmament. Her conflict recovery and peace building work has focused on the Middle East, the Balkans, Central and Southeast Asia, Latin America and Africa. Since 1978, Queen Noor’s work in Jordan and the Arab world has focused on education, conservation, sustainable development, human rights and cross-cultural understanding. Pioneering programmes in poverty eradication, women’s empowerment, microfinance, environmental conservation, and arts as a medium for development and cross-cultural exchange have become internationally acclaimed models for the developing world.
Gatsby Charitable Foundation
Lord Sainsbury was Finance Director of J. Sainsbury plc from 1973–1990, Deputy Chairman from 1988– 1992, and Chairman from 1992–1998. He became Lord Sainsbury of Turville in October 1997 and was appointed Minister of Science and Innovation from July 1998 until November 2006. In 2007 he produced for the government a review of the government’s science and innovation policies, The Race To The Top. He is the Settlor of the Gatsby Charitable Foundation.
Author and Speaker
Pamela Hartigan is Director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Saïd Business School and Founding Partner of Volans Ventures. She spent eight years as the Managing Director of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship where she created the vision, strategic orientation and management of the Schwab Foundation from its inception. She is a widely recognized global leader in the field of social entrepreneurship and co-authored 'The Power of Unreasonable People: How Entrepreneurs Create Markets to Change the World'.