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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Business as a Catalyst for Poverty Alleviation

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Session Description

Ambitious commitments have been made by governments and businesses to eliminate global poverty. Will new leadership at some of the world’s largest foreign aid institutions change global poverty alleviation efforts and how private sector leaders thinking about their own role? We’ll explore what a modern aid agenda might mean for social entrepreneurs, funders, and small businesses working on the ground in the developing world, and more generally, what’s working to reduce poverty sustainably.

When | Where

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM Thursday, April 6 Nelson Mandela Lecture Theatre


Panel Discussion

Session leaders

  • C.D. Glin Speaker
    President and CEO, US African Development Foundation
    C.D. Glin is the President and CEO of the U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF) an independent U.S. Government agency established by Congress to support and invest in African owned and led enterprises which improve lives and livelihoods in poor and vulnerable African communities. Utilizing the principles of venture philanthropy, USADF provides seed capital grant funding and local implementation and advisory support to start-up and early stage African social enterprises, entrepreneurs, and grassroots cooperatives. Prior to joining USADF, Glin was based in Nairobi, Kenya as the Associate Director for Africa for the Rockefeller Foundation, and previously served as a White House appointee with the Peace Corps, as the agency's first Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Global Partnerships. Glin was Vice President for Business Development at PYXERA Global where he managed international business advisory and corporate responsibility programs for Fortune 500 companies and earlier consulted for the State Department, USAID and the World Bank in Ghana and Nigeria. He served as volunteer in the first Peace Corps South Africa group during the Presidency of Nelson Mandela. Glin holds a B.A. in Political Science from Howard University; a Master’s Certificate in Business Management from Tulane University and Postgraduate Diploma in Strategy and Innovation from Oxford University's Saïd Business School. He was a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and in 2011, was designated by the White House as a “Champion of Change” for his commitment and contributions to international service and civic participation.
  • Founder, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women
    Wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, leading lawyer and committed campaigner for women’s rights, Cherie set up the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women in 2008 to help women build small and growing businesses in developing and emerging markets so that they can contribute to their economies and have a stronger voice in their societies. As well as fighting for human rights in her professional career, Cherie is an active campaigner on equality and human rights issues. In addition to founding her own charity, Cherie remains closely involved with charities with a special emphasis on women and children. Cherie was an Ambassador for London 2012, supporting the bid to host the Olympics in the UK and was awarded a CBE in the 2013 New Year's Honours List for services to women's issues and to charity in the UK and Overseas.
  • Charlotte Oades Speaker
    Global Vice President Women's Economic Empowerment, Coca-Cola Company
    As The Coca-Cola Company's Global Vice President for Women's Economic Empowerment, Charlotte is leading the development and implementation of the Company's global strategy in this important area. This includes the ambitious 5by20 initiative to enable the economic empowerment of 5 million women entrepreneurs by 2020. During her tenure at Coca-Cola, Charlotte has had a series of leading roles in Marketing, Public Affairs & Communications, and General Management. She brings significant worldwide experience to her role having risen through national and international roles in Europe, North America and the Pacific. Charlotte is a member of the International Leadership Team for Business in the Community, a Fellow of: The Marketing Society, The Institute of Grocery Distribution and the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts; a member of the Marketing Group of Great Britain and Women in Advertising and Communications in London. She is listed among Marketing Week’s “Vision 100”, Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business 1000” and “League of Extraordinary Women” and Newsweek’s “150 Women Who Shake the World”. Charlotte is a founder member of the Women's Leadership Council of The Coca-Cola Company.
  • Ray Suarez Moderator
    Freelancer, Individual
    Veteran journalist Ray Suarez was most recently the host of Al Jazeera America’s daily news program, Inside Story. The program covered a wide array of national and international news stories, from the rise of Donald Trump to long-term unemployment to the Russian seizure of the Crimean peninsula to the arrival of the zika virus on US soil. Before coming to AJAM, Suarez spent 14 years as a correspondent and anchor at public television’s nightly newscast, The PBS NewsHour where he rose to become chief national correspondent. During his years at The NewsHour, Suarez covered the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington, four presidential elections, broadcast from the floor of seven party political conventions, moderated two presidential primary candidates’ debates, reported from the devastating Haitian earthquake, the 2006 Mexico elections, the H1N1 virus pandemic in Mexico, and on the explosion of tuberculosis/HIV co-infection in South Africa among hundreds of other stories. Before arriving at The NewsHour Suarez was the Washington-based host of NPR’s Talk of the Nation for six-and-a-half years. During Suarez’ time as host, the program’s carriage more than doubled to more than 150 radio stations, and the audience more than tripled in size to two-and-a-half million. The New York Times called Suarez the “thinking man’s talk show host,” and “a national resource.” The magazine Utne Reader called him a “visionary.” Talk of the Nation made history, broadcasting live coast to coast across South Africa and across the United States, connecting these two audiences to talk about the post-apartheid future during the first elections after liberation. During Northern Ireland’s first Christmas in peace after decades of The Troubles, Talk of the Nation became the first radio program ever simulcast over Ireland’s RTE, Britain’s BBC, and NPR in the United States.
  • Bart Houlahan Speaker
    Co-Founder, B Lab Company Test
    As cofounder at B Lab, Andrew collaborates with cofounders on strategy and oversees the the organizations standards development, global expansion, and product platforms. Bart Houlahan was CFO, COO, and President of AND 1 prior to co-founding B Lab. Before AND 1, Bart was an investment banker with Stonebridge Associates, BNY Associates, and Prudential-Bache Securities and was specifically focused on providing corporate finance and merger and acquisition services to small-cap businesses. Bart serves on several business and civic boards, including Hives for Lives, a kid-run charitable business which educates high school students about the power of social entrepreneurship. Bart is a graduate of Stanford University with a BS in human biology. Bart is a 2011 Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute, a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, a Skoll Entrepreneur, and a recipient of the McNulty Prize.