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2015 Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship, April 15 – 17  Oxford, England

Each year, nearly 1,000 of the world’s most influential social entrepreneurs, key thought leaders and strategic partners gather at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School to exchange ideas, solutions and information.

The Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship is the premier international platform for advancing entrepreneurial approaches and solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. Our mission is to accelerate the impact of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs by uniting them with essential partners in a collaborative pursuit of learning, leverage and large-scale social change. Co-produced by the Skoll Foundation and the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the Saïd Business School, the Forum shines a spotlight on best practices, new innovations and connecting leaders to one another to further global social progress. Forum delegates represent nearly 65 countries and participate in a range of interactive events in inspiring Oxford locations. We provide a unique platform for delegates to openly share, collaborate, innovate and ultimately, advance social entrepreneurship.

Confirmed speakers for this year include:

Noam Angrist, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Young1ove
Robert Annibale
, Global Director of Inclusive Finance, Citi
Diana Aviv
, President and CEO, Independent Sector
Anthony Banbury, Special Representative of the Secretary General, United Nations
Memory Banda
Benjamin Barber, Founder and President, The Global Parliament of Mayors Project
Rich Besser, Chief Health and Medical Editor, ABC News Network
David Bornstein, Co-Founder, Solutions Journalism Network
Jenny Bowen, Founder and CEO, Half The Sky Foundation
Ken Brecher, President, Library Foundation of Los Angeles
Ned Breslin, CEO, Water for People
Khalida Brohi, Founder & Executive Director, Sughar Empowerment Society
Gidon Bromberg, Israeli Director, EcoPeace Middle East
Stephan Chambers, Chairman, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship University of Oxford
Caty Borum Chattoo, Executive in Residence, Co-Director, Center for Media & Social Impact, American University
Aimée Christensen, Founder and CEO, Christensen Global Strategies
Rachael Clay, Director, Ethicore
Jason Clay, Senior Vice President of Markets & Food, World Wildlife Fund US
Morgan Clendaniel, Editor, Co.Exist, Fast Company Magazine
Vicky Colbert, Founder and Director, Escuela Nueva Foundation
Andrea Coleman, CEO and Co-Founder, Riders For Health
Nathalie Collins, Senior Design Lead, IDEO.org
Aron Cramer, President and CEO, Business for Social Responsibility
Steve Cumming, Program Manager of Youth Learning, MasterCard Foundation
Feliciano dos Santos, Director, ESTAMOS Organizacao Comunitaria
Bill Drayton, Founder and CEO, Ashoka
Debra Dunn, Consulting Associate Professor, Stanford University
Zak Ebrahim, Author, Nonviolence Advocate and Lecturer
Orlando von Einsiedel, Co-Founder, Grain Media
Paul Farmer, Co-Founder, Partners In Health
Martin Fisher, Co-Founder and CEO, Kickstart International
Ma. Cecilia Flores-Oebanda, Founding President and Executive Director, Visayan Forum Foundation
Willy Foote, Founder and CEO, Root Capital
Jim Fruchterman, Founder and CEO, Benetech
Rikin Gandhi, CEO, Digital Green
Thomas Gass, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, United Nations
Miatta Gbanya, Individual
Kristin Gilliss, Associate Portfolio Director, Mulago Foundation
Charmian Gooch, Director and Co-Founder, Global Witness
Diana Good, Commissioner, Independent Commission For Aid Impact
Eric Goosby, Director, Global Health Delivery and Diplomacy, UCSF Global Health Sciences
Jeremy Grantham, Co-Founder and Chief Investment Strategist, GMO LLC
Michael Green, Executive Director, Social Progress Imperative
Rodrigo Guerrero, Mayor,  City of Cali, Colombia
Teresa Guillien, Senior Program Director, Resource Media
Sylvia Hacaj, Principal, SOAR Networks LLC
Liz Hamburg, President and CEO, Taproot Foundation
Harish Hande, Managing Director, SELCO Solar Light
Tim Hanstad, President and CEO, Landesa
Pamela Hartigan, Director, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
Xavier Helgesen, CEO, Off.Grid:Electric
Sandy Herz, Director Of Strategic Alliances, Skoll Foundation
Dana Hovig, Director Of Integrated Delivery, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Tabitha Jackson, Director of Documentary Film Program and Fund, Sundance Institute
Ahsan Jamil, CEO, Aman Foundation
David Jones, Executive Producer / Principle Program Manager, Microsoft
Sara Just, Executive Producer, PBS NewsHour
Emily Kasriel, Associate Fellow, Said Business School
Charlotte Keenan, Chief Executive, Tony Blair Faith Foundation
Jeff Kehoe, Press, Harvard Business Review
Danny Kennedy, Co-Founder and Senior Vice President, Sungevity
Barry Kerzin, Founder and Director, Altruism in Medicine Institute
Sung-hwan Kim, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Republic of Korea
Sir David King, Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change
Ben Knight, Co-Founder, Loomio
Michael Kobori, VP of Social and Environmental Sustainability, Levi Strauss & Co.
Randy Komisar, Partner, Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers
Lucy Lake, CEO, Campaign for Female Education
Matthew Lawrence, Director of Programmes, Tony Blair Faith Foundation
Wendy Levy, Director, New Arts Axis
Bjorn Lomborg, Director, Copenhagen Consensus Centre
Graca Machel, Chair of the Board, Graca Machel Trust
Noah Manduke, President, Durable Good
Sebastien Marot, Executive Director, Friends-International
Roger Martin, Academic Director, Martin Prosperity Institute
Kathleen McLaughlin, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Graham Macmillan, Director, Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Partnerships, Citi Foundation
Susan Meiselas, Photographer
Cara Mertes, Director, JustFilms – Ford Foundation
Carlos Miranda, Chief Executive, I.G. Advisors
Rebecca Moore, Engineering Manager, Google
Adam Mordecai, Editor, Upworthy
Gemma Mortensen, Executive Director, Crisis Action
Yves Moury, Founder, President and CEO, Fundacion Capital
Solomon Mugera, Global News Editor BBC Africa, BBC
Anjali Nayar, Filmmaker
Nicole Newnham, Filmmaker, Coco Films
Louise Nicholls, Head of Responsible Sourcing, Packaging and Plan A, Marks & Spencer
Rohini Nilekani, Chairperson, Arghyam
Nandan Nilekani, Former Chairman, Unique Identification Authority of India
Jacqueline Novogratz, Founder and CEO, Acumen
Neera Nundy, Co Founder and Managing Partner, Dasra
Charlotte Oades, Global Director, Women’s Economic Empowerment, Coca-Cola Company
Kennedy Odede, Co Founder & CEO, Shining Hope for Communities
Maura O’Neill, Instructor University of California, Berkeley
Paco de Onis, Producer,  Skylight Pictures
Joseph Opoku, Alumni, African Leadership Academy
Alessandra Orofino, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Meu Rio
Sally Osberg, President and CEO, Skoll Foundation
Sam Parker, Executive Director, Shell Foundation
Jason Payne, Philanthropy Engineering Lead, Palantir Technologies
Richard Ray Perez, Producer, Creative Partnerships, Sundance Institute
Dawn Porter, Filmmaker, Trilogy Films
Michael Porter, Bishop William Lawrence University Professor, Harvard Business School
Ye Qi, Director of the Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy, Brookings Institution
Ehren Reed, Research and Evaluation Officer, Skoll Foundation
Dan Rees, Director of Better Work, International Labour Organization
Misan Rewane, CEO, West African Vocational Education
Mark Rhode, Vice President, Russ Reid
Sue Riddlestone, Chief Executive and Co-Founder, BioRegional Development Group
Mike Rios, Chief Innovation Officer, 17 Triggers
Mary Robinson, Former President of Ireland & President, Mary Robinson Foundation
Eduarda la Rocque, Pereira Passos Institute
Stuart Rolland, Managing Director, British Gas
Carne Ross, Executive Director, Independent Diplomat
Bunker Roy, Founder and Director, Barefoot College
Sabri Saidam, Senior Lecturer, Former Presidential Advisor
Dipender Saluja, Managing Director, Capricorn Investment Group
Jess Search, CEO, BRITDOC Foundation
Madhulika Sikka, Executive Editor News, National Public Radio
Jack Sim, Founder, World Toilet Organization
Jeff Skoll, Chairman, Jeff Skoll Group
Nina Smith, Executive Director, GoodWeave
Carlos Souza Jr, Senior Researcher, Imazon
Joe Speicher, Executive Director, Autodesk, Inc.
Kevin Starr, Director, Mulago Foundation
Andrew Stern, Executive Director, Global Development Incubator, Inc.
Cori Shepherd Stern, Principle, Strongheart Group
Dorothy Stoneman, Founder and CEO, YouthBuild USA
Ray Suarez, Senior Correspondent, Al Jazeera English
Fred Swaniker, CEO, African Leadership Academy
Debbie Aung Din Taylor, Co-Founder, Proximity Designs
James Taylor, CEO, Proximity Designs
Karen Tse, Founder and CEO, International Bridges To Justice
Peter Tufano, Peter Moores Dean, Said Business School
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond M Tutu, Chair, The Elders
Jimena Vallejos, Poverty Stoplight Coordinator, Fundacion Paraguaya
Mabel van Oranje, Board Chair, Girls Not Brides
Daniel Viederman, CEO, Verite
Mechai Viravaidya, Chairman, Population and Community Development Association
Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation
Bettina Warburg-Johnson, Governance Futures Lab, Institute for the Future
Rebecca Winthrop, Director, Center for Universal Education
Jocelyn Wyatt, Co-Lead and Executive Director, IDEO.org
Pamela Yates, President and Co-Founder, Skylight Pictures
Lola Young, Baroness, House of Lords
Bassem Youssef, Individual
Monica Yunus, Soprano and Co-Founding Director, Sing for Hope
Camille Zamora, Co-Founding Director, Sing for Hope

Additional speakers are added weekly leading up to the event.

Each year we also aim to acknowledge and highlight the role various artists play in the pursuit of human improvement.  Recently we have celebrated with Peter Gabriel, Annie Lennox, Baaba Maal, Vusi Mahlasela, KT Tunstall, violinist Miri Ben-Ari and the Playing for Change Band on our stage.

Archived video from the 2015 Skoll World Forum will be posted in the days immediately following the forum. Visit our video page or our YouTube channel to view highlights from previous years.

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Learn more about the Forum’s Sessions, Schedule, Attendee Information, Tickets, Pricing, About Oxford, and FAQs and watch our orientation video below.

Strategic Partners:
Citi FoundationMastercard Foundation
  Content Partners:
Participant and Sundance
 
 

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