Track 1: Seeking Opportunity

New economic opportunities are compelling millions of people to migrate from rural areas to cities both within their home countries and abroad. This track will examine the search for opportunity, the resulting acceleration of urbanization and ways to meet the jobs challenge in cities and back home.

Track 2: Seeking Safety and Security

While the creation of migrants, refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) is not a new problem, it is an acute one and has quickly become one of the greatest humanitarian, social, economic and political challenges of our time. This track will explore the root causes — from state failure and political violence, to extreme weather and resource scarcity — and the immediate and long-term consequences of displacement for individuals and states.

Track 3: Seeking Meaning

While the search for both safety and opportunity has prompted migration and urbanization, the search for meaning can be a fact of life for even those who stay in place, but remain un-anchored, unsure that their values, their culture and their very being belongs. That search for belonging is particularly notable among restless young men, but it is not limited to them. Some find affinity in networks that extend their reach and appear to value their role. Those networks can be benign or malign — the source of inspiration to create and contribute, or the motivation to destroy. Their individual journey can be a global concern. This track will examine issues of individual identity and choice, in addition to social integration, acculturation and cohesion.

Track 4: Strategic Philanthropy in the Face of Change

The roles of all institutions and their leaders are changing in the digital age as a function of the decentralization of decision-making and authority, new expectations of transparency and accountability, the rise of networks and the entry of new actors who are both willing and able to effect broad-based social change. Philanthropists are finding new tools and new partners able to effect positive change. GPF members will explore the dynamic environment in which they and their grantees work and the “intangible assets” each brings to bear in this setting.

Monday, April 4


Speed Networking

Jump-start the Conference Monday morning with “speed introductions.”

People on the Move

People on the move are challenging class claims, blurring boundaries, redefining nations and asserting their own individual and cultural identities. As a result, labor markets are changing, social orders are evolving and states are transforming. This is a moment of transition. How can we mitigate the inherent dangers in the interregnum and embrace the positive changes, such as the opportunities being brought forth by technology and networks?

WELCOME Jane Wales, CEO, Global Philanthropy Forum and World Affairs Council; Vice President, The Aspen Institute

Chris Stone, President, Open Society Foundations


Special Address

REMARKS Elias Bou Saab, Minister of Education and Higher Education of Lebanon

Filling the Gaps in Humanitarian Aid

Over the past fifteen years, the demand for humanitarian aid has increased dramatically. The world currently spends $25 billion to provide assistance to 125 million people, and according to a UN High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing, another $15 billion is required to adequately meet the needs of those affected by violent conflict, natural disaster, demographic shifts and rapid urbanization, among other circumstances. As a result, the humanitarian sector is undergoing a period of self-reflection with the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit to be held in Istanbul, Turkey in May 2016. What has been learned and where is the sector heading? What is the role of public, private and social sector actors in filling the gaps in aid? And what is the unique role of philanthropy in both addressing the root causes of humanitarian crises and increasing the pool of available resources?

Guy Cave, Managing Director, Geneva Global
Hadeel Ibrahim, Executive Director, Mo Ibrahim Foundation
Lona Stoll, Acting Deputy Director for the Global Development Lab at USAID
MODERATOR Peter Laugharn, President and CEO, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation


WORKING GROUP: Building the Infrastructure for Growth and Urbanization

According to the UN Population Fund, the world is undergoing the largest wave of urbanization in history, estimating that 5 billion people will be living in towns and cities by 2030. This Working Group will examine innovative strategies for creating the hard and soft infrastructure — from transportation and electricity to legal systems and environmental standards — that allow for economic activity and the integration of and improved quality of life for current and future middle class city dwellers.

Françoise Girard, President, International Women's Health Coalition
Jacquelyn Hadley, Partner, The Bridgespan Group
Nidhi Hegde, Associate Director, Foundation Strategy Group (FSG)
FACILITATOR Mark Gerzon, Founder and President, Mediators Foundation

WORKING GROUP: Protecting and Providing Safety for the Most Vulnerable

This Working Group will showcase innovative strategies for building institutions and establishing norms that support the most vulnerable among the displaced — including women, children and the ill and injured.

Francis Charhon, Managing Director, Fondation de France
Amy Lehman, Founder, Lake Tanganyika Floating Health Clinic/WAVE
Yanar Mohammed, President, Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq
Gabriel Stauring, Founder and Executive Director, iACT
FACILITATOR Martin Hodgson, International Editor, Guardian US

WORKING GROUP: Breaking the Brand of Extremism

This Working Group will consider how extremist organizations are succeeding in building movements and amplifying their radical messages and note strategies for combating these efforts and “breaking their brand.” For example, participants will examine how digital networks, which extend the reach of terror groups, gangs, Islam-o-phobic or white supremacist groups, can be used to counter extremist ideology and even to predict and prevent violence. The group will consider what is at stake when “free speech” yields to “hate speech” and individual privacy yields to collective security.

Shahed Amanullah, Co-founder, Affinis Labs
Shannon Green, Director and Senior Fellow, Human Rights Initiative, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Harper Reed, Head of Commerce, Braintree
FACILITATOR Will McCants, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution


Reception hosted by Charities Aid Foundation and CAF America

We thank Charities Aid Foundation and CAF America for hosting this event. Charities Aid Foundation is a leading international non-profit organization originating in the UK and established in America for over 20 years. CAF works to increase sustainable giving by pioneering effective ways to give and helping non-profits to thrive.


Tuesday, April 5

Breakfast Buffet & Table Talks

A conference attendee leads each conversation, facilitates networking and encourages targeted knowledge-sharing. Please see list of topics at the end of the agenda section of the program or refer to the conference app.

How to Amplify Efforts for the Syrian Refugee Crisis: Breakfast Discussion Hosted by the Clinton Global Initiative

Join the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) for a discussion on its Commitments to Action model and to learn more about CGI’s efforts to address mass displacement, with a particular emphasis on the Syrian refugee crisis. Hear from Donna Shalala and Scarlet Cronin about how CGI can serve as a resource for individuals and organizations who are interested in identifying partners and amplifying their efforts related to this topic.

Scarlet Cronin, Associate Director, Commitments Department, Clinton Global Initiative
Donna Shalala, President, Clinton Foundation

Meeting the Immediate and Long-term Needs of the Displaced

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), in 2014 there were nearly 60 million refugees and IDPs worldwide — the highest number since World War II. What is the social sector’s role in meeting the immediate needs of the most vulnerable while at the same time, creating long-term strategies for ensuring the security and well-being of those forced to flee their homes?

Jeanne Bourgault, CEO, Internews
Deogratias Niyizonkiza, Founder and CEO, Village Health Works
Amy Rao, Founder and CEO, Integrated Archive Systems
MODERATOR Sasha Chanoff, Founder and Executive Director, RefugePoint

REMARKS Alexander Betts, Leopold W. Muller Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs and Director of the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford


WORKING GROUP: Finding Protections in the Gig Economy

The working poor have always lived in the "gig economy" — piecing together various part-time opportunities to eke out a living, without the benefit of social protections. Now, many low and middle-income workers, parents and part-time students seek the flexibility that the gig economy provides to add to household income and to put unused time and unused assets to work. How can workers gain the flexibility of the gig economy and obtain the protections that traditional middle-income jobs have provided, such as contributions to health insurance and pensions?

Sarita Gupta, Executive Director, Jobs with Justice
Ambassador John Simon, Senior Director, Medical Credit Fund; Founding Partner, Total Impact Capital
FACILITATOR Sara Horowitz, Founder and Executive Director, Freelancers Union

WORKING GROUP: Education for the Displaced

For children and young adults in refugee camps, education is crucial to develop their potential to join the workforce, as well as ensure their safety and rebuild their values and confidence. This Working Group will showcase educational programs that meet the specific needs of those fleeing a crisis.

Kevin Frey, CEO, Right to Play
Jamie McAuliffe, President and CEO, Education for Employment
Shai Reshef, Founder, University of the People
Sakena Yacoobi, Executive Director, Afghan Institute of Learning
FACILITATOR Shauna Carey, Program Lead, Amplify,

WORKING GROUP: Countering Recruitment Strategies — Detecting Warning Signs and Offering Positive Alternatives

The radicalization of youth, including in Western Europe, North America and Africa, is rising. This Working Group will highlight strategies for countering recruitment by better understanding the needs and desires of vulnerable adolescents, detecting warning signs and offering alternative opportunities to current and potential recruits. For example, participants will examine community-based initiatives that empower parents, caregivers and teachers to evaluate the vulnerability of teens and effectively communicate with them.

Emma Barrett, Research to Practice Fellow, Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST), University of Lancaster
Mary McKinley, Executive Director, Heartland Democracy
Gary Slutkin, Founder and CEO, Cure Violence; Professor of Epidemiology and International Health, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health
Richard Walton, Director, Counter Terrorism Global Ltd
FACILITATOR Karin von Hippel, Director-General, Royal United Services Institute

WORKING GROUP: Balancing Act: Philanthropy’s Unresolved Tensions

Join foundation officers and fellow philanthropists in an exploration of some of philanthropy’s unresolved tensions — between solving urgent problems and providing patient capital; between taking risks and driving toward predictable outcomes; between sticking to a strategy and seizing unanticipated opportunities. What is the balance, and how is it achieved?

Laurie Michaels, Founder, Open Road Alliance
Robert Rosen, Director of Philanthropic Partnerships, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
FACILITATOR Jeff Ubois, Program Officer, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation


Leveraging Culture and Traditions

Development that is sensitive to local circumstances builds tolerance for differences, engages many stakeholders and is more likely to succeed and be sustained. How can culture and traditions be leveraged to build inclusive societies? And what is the role of traditional leaders in this process?

REMARKS Her Royal Highness Sylvia Nagginda, Queen of Buganda Kingdom, Uganda


The Search for Belonging through Violent Extremist Networks

According to the UN, an estimated 15,000 radicals from more than 80 nations have joined extremist groups. These networks have become increasingly diverse, attracting youth from different religious, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. This session will consider why this is the case; the threat extremist groups pose to individuals, societies and states; and the ways in which civil society organizations, philanthropists, policymakers and business leaders are working together to advance political pluralism and social tolerance and prevent disaffection and radicalization.

Shamil Idriss, President and CEO, Search for Common Ground
Will McCants, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Kyai Haji Yahya Cholil Staquf, General Secretary, Nahdlatul Ulama Supreme Council


WORKING GROUP: Sourcing and Supply Chains

New technologies and changing business practices are transforming the employment landscape and offering new opportunities to those at the bottom and middle of the pyramid. Impact sourcing (or socially responsible outsourcing) — currently employing nearly 561,000 people worldwide — has the potential to increase the efficiency of global markets, while providing important opportunities to disadvantaged men and women. This new approach to sourcing talent could completely transform the world of work. But will it?

Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, Impact Entrepreneur, Andela
Mark Gunton, CEO, Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership
Madan Padaki, Co-founder and CEO, Head Held High Services
FACILITATOR Kriss Deiglmeier, CEO, Tides Network

WORKING GROUP: Meeting the Needs of the Displaced: Thinking Long Term

Millions of refugees are currently living in unsustainable conditions: children are out of school, young adults are unemployed and families are not able to support themselves, further increasing their vulnerability. This session will examine solutions to address the long-term needs of the displaced — from legal rights to workforce training to technological infrastructure.

Emily Arnold-Fernández, Executive Director, Asylum Access
Hugh Bosely, Founder and Executive Director, ReBootKamp
Bruce and Mary Louise Cohen, Co-founders, Talent Beyond Boundaries
Su'ad Jarbawi, Iraq Country Director, Mercy Corps
FACILITATOR Edwin Huizing, Executive Director, HIVOS

WORKING GROUP: Environmental Migrants and Climate Refugees

A July 2015 report by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre stated that from 2008 to 2014, an average of 26.4 million people were displaced each year by natural disasters. What is the role of philanthropy in mitigating the dangers of climate change, thereby limiting the number of environmental migrants and climate refugees?

Rupa Mukerji, Co-Head Advisory Services, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation
Ursula Rakova, Executive Director, Tulele Peisa
Alexander Betts, Leopold W. Muller Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs and Director of the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford
FACILITATOR Bibi Van Der Zee, Editor, Global Development Professionals Network, The Guardian

WORKING GROUP: Accountability, Capabilities, Culture

This Working Group will explore new expectations of accountability and the role that transparency plays, not only for purposes of compliance and field-wide learning, but also as a prerequisite to collaboration with new players. And participants will discuss the capabilities and collaborative culture required within philanthropies, among philanthropies or as part of a partnership, so as to be poised for influencing or learning from other actors.

Don Howard, President and CEO, The James Irvine Foundation
Robert Rosen, Director of Philanthropic Partnerships, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
FACILITATOR Fay Twersky, Director of the Effective Philanthropy Group, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation


Reception Hosted by PATH

We thank PATH for hosting this reception. PATH is the leader in global health innovation. An international nonprofit organization working in more than 70 countries, PATH saves lives and improves health, especially among women and children, by advancing technologies, strengthening systems and encouraging healthy behaviors.


Wednesday, April 6

The Role of Venture Philanthropy: Breakfast Discussion hosted by the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation

Join Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, a global venture philanthropy forum, for a conversation on how social entrepreneurs are tackling some of the biggest challenges in our society. Hear directly from a few entrepreneurs and their different approaches for solving inequities in healthcare.

Chase Adam, Founder and CEO, Watsi
Krista Donaldson, CEO, D-Rev
Sriram Shamasunder, Co-founder
Jim Bildner, Managing Partner and CEO, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation

Engaging the Tech Sector on Syrian Refugee Challenges: Breakfast Discussion hosted by the US Department of State

Join the US State Department as well as guests from NGOs and private sector in a discussion about how to leverage technology to address challenges related to Syrian refugees, drawing on lessons learned from a number of recent workshops, conferences and hackathons, including State’s recent event, co-hosted by the World Affairs Council, Stanford and Google, on “Bridging the Education Gap for Syrian Refugee Children.”

The Jobs Challenge

People in fast growing economies are experiencing social and economic mobility for the first time, joining the middle class. Producers and makers are finding new markets for their commodities or wares, entrepreneurs are better able to access capital and customers, and job seekers are better able to connect with potential employers. Networks and knowledge are not only enabling economic growth and opportunity, but they are changing the very nature of work. Yet the "jobs challenge" remains so long as there is a short supply of the skills required for the jobs that await. What models exist for closing the skills gap? Moreover, how might employers better signal the skills they seek, and job seekers convey the skills they've attained, sometimes in non-traditional ways? How might each leverage networks to connect to one another?

Sandra Aguebor, Founder, Lady Mechanic Initiative
Karan Chopra, Co-founder and Partner, [email protected]
Joshua Oigara, CEO, KCB Group
Shai Reshef, President, University of the People
MODERATOR An-Me Chung, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Mozilla Foundation


Special Address

REMARKS Antony Blinken, United States Deputy Secretary of State

Philanthropy's Role: Solving for Crisis while Taking the Long View

War, violent extremism and the resulting migrant crisis threaten human security in the Levant and well beyond. In the face of tragedy, private philanthropies and those they support seek to help. Their near-term goal is to alleviate the suffering. Over the longer term they hope to advance economic development and societal resilience so that future crises can be averted. Leaders of philanthropies in the region, Europe and the US will share their perspectives with GPF members. What assets - tangible and intangible - does philanthropy bring to the table?

Fayeeza Naqvi, Co-founder and Chairman, The Aman Foundation
Donna Shalala, President, Clinton Foundation
MODERATOR Daniel Schwartz, CEO, Porticus

Conference Adjourns and Lunch