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Foundation for a Digital UN,  Launches at the Social Innovation Summit


Jay Pozenel, Senior Legal Officer, United Nations Office of Legal Affairs
Amir Dossal, Chairman, Global Partnerships Forum
Richard Hall, Director, International Relations, Intel
Zeev Klein, Managing Partner, Landmark Ventures
Dr. Choi Soon-hong, Assistant Secretary General and Chief Information Technology Officer, United Nations 
Akhtar Badshah, Senior Director, Community Affairs World Wide, Microsoft
Frank Taneyhill, Senior Officer, OICT, United Nations

Foundation for a Digital UN,
 Launches at the Social Innovation Summit

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An innovative public private partnership to make the
United Nations tech savvy and responsive to global challenges through a creative use of state of the art information and communication technologies.

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Amir Dossal, Soon_Hong Choi

Amir Dossal, Soon-Hong Choi


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June Sarpong, Founder,,Samir Sambar, Former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations and Founder, UN Forum, Amir Dossal, Tas Dossal

June Sarpong, Founder,,Samir Sambar, Former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations and Founder, UN Forum, Amir Dossal, Tas Dossal

Frank Taneyhill, Jacob Bacon

Frank Taneyhill, Jacob Bacon

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Howard W. Buffet

 June Sopong, Wendy Diamond, Tas Dossal

 June Sopong, Wendy Diamond, Tas Dossal

Karen Newman, Will Kennedy

Karen Newman, Will Kennedy

Mitchell Toomey

Mitchell Toomey

Jack Wysocki, Michael O'Connor

Jack Wysocki, Michael O'Connor

Bernadette Clavier

Bernadette Clavier

Lawrence Coben

Lawrence Coben

Philip Sharpe, Akhtar Badshah

Philip Sharpe, Akhtar Badshah

Hunter Walk, Frank Taneyhill

Hunter Walk, Frank Taneyhill

Amir Dossal, Stanley Bergman, Akhtar Badshah, Eddie Bergman

Amir Dossal, Stanley Bergman, Akhtar Badshah, Eddie Bergman

Irene Pritzker, President of the IDP Foundation,Richard Hall

Irene Pritzker, President of the IDP Foundation, Richard Hall

Soon-Hong Choi, Ed Guinan, President of Knowledge Capital corp.

Soon-Hong Choi, Ed Guinan, President of Knowledge Capital corp.

 Ed Guinan, President of Knowledge Capital corp.,Georgia Guinan

 Ed Guinan, President of Knowledge Capital Corp, Georgia Guinan

Amir Dossal, Aktar Badshah

Lois Backon, Akhtar Badshah

Lois Backon, Akhtar Badshah

Akhtar Badshah, Irene Pritzer, Stanley Bergman, Dr. Seang-Tae Kim,Amir Dossal, Eddie Bergman,Soon-Hong Choi

Social Innovation Summit 
– United Nations, Conference Agenda

We are looking forward to another amazing event bringing together the top leaders from around the world for an intense serious of discussions, debates and networking.  Please find below the working agenda.

2:00 pm - 2:10 pm Welcome & Opening Remarks
  • Kimberly B. Davis, President – JPMorgan Chase Foundation
2:10 pm - 2:50 pm The Business Case for Shared Value & Social Innovation
  • Kay Koplovitz, Chairman – Springboard Enterprises
  • Alan Hassenfeld, Chairman of the Executive Committee – Hasbro
  • Desh Desphande, Philanthropist; Chairman and Founder – Sycamore Networks
  • Jason Saul, CEO – Mission Measurement
  • Moderator: Timothy McClimon, President – American Express Foundation
2:50 pm - 3:30 pm The Power of Storytelling: Narratives for Impact
  • Monica Lozano, Chief Executive Officer – impreMedia

  • Paull Young, Director of Digital – charity: water
  • Eileen Sweeney, Senior Director, Giving and Community Relations – Motorola
  • Francine LeFrak, Producer, Philanthropist; Founder – Same Sky
  • Moderator: Hunter Walk, Head of Social Good Initiatives – YouTube
3:30 pm - 3:45 pm Networking/Transition Break
3:45 pm - 5:15 pm Breakout into Interactive Workshop Sessions
Workshop Sessions will accommodate smaller focused groups of roughly 50-60 for a more intimate discussion along with themed peer networking, with tentative topics as follows:
  • Education (Chair: PwC)
  • Tech for Good (Chair: VMWare)
  • Economic Development (Chair: Western Union)
  • Social Media (Chair: Waggener Edstrom)
  • Healthcare (Chair: Kaiser Permanente)
  • Collaboration and Innovation in the UN System (Chair: Refinery Leadership Partners)
3:40pm – Workshop Opening Panel
4:15pm – Roundtables Commence
5:00pm – Report Backs with Roundtable Moderators
5:15 pm - 5:30 pm Networking/Transition Break
5:30 pm - 6:10 pm Closing Panel: Workshop Reports & Cross-Sector Insights
  • Shannon Schuyler, Senior Managing Director, Corporate Responsibility Leader – PwC
  • Talya Bosch, Senior Director, Social Ventures – Western Union
  • Jennifer Houston, President, WE Studio D – Waggener Edstrom
  • Deepak Puri, Director, Business Development – VMware
  • Patrick McNamara, Senior Consultant – Refinery Leadership Consultants
  • Rob Schreiner, Executive Medical Director, The Southeast Permanente Medical Group - Kaiser Permanente
  • Moderator: Dalila Wilson-Scott, CFO, Global Philanthropy – JPMorgan Chase
6:10 pm - 8:00 pm Networking & Cocktail Reception
Summit attendees will be invited to join cross-themed discussion groups to reflect on their experiences from the workshop and discover insights by exploring and debating topics with their peers.

9:00 am - 9:15 am Welcome Address
  • Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General – United Nations (by video)
  • introduced by: Soon-Hong Choi, Assistant Secretary-General and Chief Information Technology Officer – United Nations
9:15 am - 9:30 am Opening Remarks: How Technology is Disrupting Philanthropy
  • Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Founder and Chairman – Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society
9:30 am - 10:00 am The Private Sector's Role in Fostering Excellence in Education
  • Peter Bloom, Advisory Director – General Atlantic (Chairman –
  • John Abele, Founder – Boston Scientific Corporation (Chairman – FIRST)
  • Robert J. Torres, Ph.D, Senior Program Officer – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Moderator: Shannon SchuylerSenior Managing Director, Corporate Responsibility – PwC
10:00 am - 10:30 am Empowering Women & Girls
  • Gina Reiss-Wilchins, Executive Director – Girls Up
  • Avery Winthrop McCall, Teen Advisor – Girl Up
  • Judy Vredenburgh, President & CEO – Girls Inc
  • Bianca Louis, Vice-President, ING-Girls Inc. Investment Challenge (Teen Advisor) – Girls Inc.
  • Moderator: Rhonda Mims, President – ING Foundation
10:30 am - 10:40 am Building a Kinder, Braver World: A Conversation with The Born This Way Foundation
  • Cynthia Germanotta, Co-Founder and President – Born This Way Foundation
  • Moderator: Ross Martin, Executive Vice President – Scratch (Viacom Media Networks)

10:40 am - 11:05 am Morning Networking & Coffee Break
11:05 am - 11:35 am Innovate4Good: Leadership from the Next Generation
  • Benjamin Stone, Chief Executive Officer – Indego Africa
  • Asha Sharma, Co-Founder – The A-List
  • Genevieve L’Esperance, Student – McGill University
  • Johnnie Lovett, Chief Executive Officer – Fresh Connection Brand
  • Moderator: Akhtar BadshahSenior Director of Global Community Affairs – Microsoft

11:35 am - 11:45 am Radical Low-Cost Housing for the World
  • Bill Gross, Chairman & CEO – Idealab
11:45 am - 12:15 pm Green vs. Green: The Sustainability Debate
  • Jeff Seabright, Chief Environmental Officer – Coca-Cola
  • James Gowen, Chief Sustainability Officer – Verizon
  • Michael Jacobson, Director, Corporate Responsibility Office – Intel
  • Moderator: Jeffrey HollenderCo-Founder – Seventh Generation
12:15 pm - 12:35 pm Awesome Ain't Easy: Technology as a Cure
  • Steve Gleason, Former NFL Player; Founder – Team Gleason Foundation
  • Scott Fujita, NFL Linebacker – Cleveland Browns of the National Football League
  • Moderator: Tiki Barber, NFL Former Pro Bowl Running Back & NBC Broadcaster
12:35 pm - 12:50 pm Moral Capitalism
  • Jeff Swartz, Former CEO & President – Timberland
12:50 pm - 2:00 pm Group Lunch
2:00 pm - 2:20 pm Big Ideas: Fireside Chat with Craig Venter
  • Craig Venter, Chairman & President – J. Craig Venter Institute
  • Moderator: Nancy Snyderman, Chief Medical Editor – NBC News
2:20 pm - 2:50 pm Healthcare in the Modern Era: Partnering to Drive Better, Faster Results
  • Dr. Maura O'Neill, Chief Innovation Officer – U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Dr. Raymond J. Baxter, Senior Vice President, Community Benefit, Research and Health Policy – Kaiser Permanente
  • Jeff Richardson, Vice President, Global Health Access – Abbott Fund
  • Moderator: Ellen Lambert, Executive Vice President – The Merck Company Foundation
2:50 pm - 3:05 pm Achieving Millennium Goal #2 in 18 months
  • Nicholas Negroponte, Founder & Chairman – One Laptop Per Child
3:05 pm - 3:35 pm Corporate Partnerships for Good: The Humanitarian Cloud
  • Dan Matte, EVP of Marketing & Business Development – F5 Networks
  • Doug Smith, Vice President Global Partner Strategy & Operations – VMware
  • Aziz Mohamed, Manager Sustainability and Social Innovation Initiatives – Hewlett-Packard Company
  • Chris Van Wagoner, Chief Global Strategy Officer – Commvault
  • Moderator: William Brindley, Chief Executive Officer – NetHope
3:35 pm - 3:55 pm The Foundation for Digital UN
  • Soon-Hong Choi, Assistant Secretary-General and Chief Information Technology Officer – United Nations
  • Akhtar BadshahSenior Director of Global Community Affairs – Microsoft
  • Zeev Klein, General Partner – Landmark Ventures
  • Richard HallDirector, Global Strategic Alliances – Intel Corporation
  • Moderator: Amir Dossal, Chairman – Global Partnerships Forum
3:55 pm - 4:20 pm Ice Cream Social
4:20 pm - 4:40 pm Econo-Me
  • Tom Shadyac, Director, Screenwriter, and Producer
4:40 pm - 5:10 pm All Talk and No Action? Conferences and Conversation in Social Innovation
  • Jean-Pierre Rosso, Chairman – World Economic Forum USA
  • Bruce Gibney, Founder – F50; Co-founder – Founder's Fund
  • June Cohen, Director – TED Media
  • Moderator: Peter Hopkins, President & Co-Founder – Big Think
5:10 pm - 5:25 pm "40 Chances"
  • Howard W. Buffett, Executive Director – Howard G. Buffett Foundation
5:25 pm - 5:55 pm Fueling Entrepreneurship & Economic Development
  • Adam Brotman, Chief Digital Officer – Starbucks
  • Jonathan Greenblatt, Director, Office of Social Innovation – White House
  • Nick Beim, General Partner – Matrix Partners
  • Moderator: Dalila Wilson-Scott, CFO, Global Philanthropy – JPMorgan Chase
5:55 pm - 6:15 pm Dynamic Philanthropy
  • Alicia Keys, Co-Founder and Global Ambassador – Keep a Child Alive
  • Moderator: Marc Pollick, President – The Giving Back Fund
6:15 pm - 8:00 pm Networking & Cocktails + ELEW Performance



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