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2023 Agenda

Day One | Thursday, September 7, 2023 

3:00 pm            Registration

3:30-4:30 pm      Welcome and Opening Keynote 

 Aurora Dialogue: The Courage to Take Extraordinary Action

Armine Afeyan, Aurora Humanitarian Initiative

Ilwad Elman, Somali 2019 nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize, winner of the 2020 Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity, and winner of Africa Prize for KBFUS 

Jamila Afghani, Winner of the 2022 Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity


4:30-5:30 pm      Collaborative Exercise

5:30-7:00 pm      Welcome Reception

Day Two | Friday, September 8, 2023 

8:30-9:00 am       Morning Networking

9:05-10:30 am      Workshop Series I


  Taking Action Now                       

                        Pockets of Hope: How Donors can Effectively Engage in Societies

  in Prolonged Crisis

Dr. Alix Cantave, Senior Program Officer, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Shamil Idriss, CEO, Search for Common Ground

                            Practicing Impact Investing

  Aligning Your Values and Your Investing

Kathleen Mcquiggan, Partner, Artemis Financial Advisors

Ellen Remmer, Senior Partner, The Philanthropic Initiative

                            Advancing Equity

  Frameworks to Action on Power and Equity

Heather Grady, Vice President, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors 

Sameera Mehra, Collective Intelligence and Advocacy Director, WINGS

Edwin Ou, Managing Director, Skoll Foundation 

                            Shaping the Future

  Challenges and Opportunities of AI in Global Health

Rebecca Distler, Strategist for AI, Data and Global Health, Patrick J. McGovern Foundation

10:35-10:45 am   Coffee Break

10:50-12:15 pm   Workshop Series II

 Taking Action Now                     

                       How Funders can Support Refugees at Home or Abroad During the Refugee Journey

Nazanin Ash, CEO, Welcome.US

Sasha Chanoff, CEO, RefugePoint (Moderator)

Ed Shapiro, Trustee, Shapiro Family Foundation

 Practicing Impact Investing

 Venture Philanthropy: Catalytic Capital - Investing for Impact with a Broader Toolkit 

María José Céspedes​, Chief Product Officer, Latimpacto

Allie Hollowell, Executive Director, Global Alliance of Impact Networks (GAIN)

Arnil Paras, AVPN Academy Head, AVPN

 Advancing Equity

 Using Funds to Achieve Localization

Shamira Lukomwa, Strategic Partnerships Manager, African Visionary Fund

Deval Sanghavi, Partner and Co-founder, DASRA

Sadaf Shallwani, Director of  Programs and Learning, Firelight Foundation

Lisa Spalding, Senior Partner, The Philanthropic Initiative


 Shaping the Future

 Our Common Future: The Future of Multilateralism Post 2030

Harshani Dharmadasa, Senior Director, Global Partnerships and Initiatives, United

Nations Foundation

Saru Duckworth, Next Generation Fellow, United Nations Foundation

Liz Metraux, Engagement Director, Better World Campaign, United Nations Foundation (Facilitator)

12:30-1:20 pm    Lunch and Networking

1:30-2:20 pm      Afternoon Keynote 

Changing the Global South Narrative 

Moky Makura, Director, Africa No Filter

Shaheen Kassim-Lakha, DrPH, Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation


2:30-4:00 pm      Workshop Series III

Taking Action Now                      ​

                      Supporting Indigenous Sovereignty to Address Climate Change 

Solange Bandiaky-Badji, President and Coordinator, Rights and Resources Institute

David Rothschild, Senior Director, Partnerships, Nia Tero

Lisa Spalding, Senior Partner, The Philanthropic Initiative

Practicing Impact Investing

How to Use Impact Investing to Reach Your Social Impact Goals

Andrew Behar, CEO, As You Sow

Margot Brandenburg, Senior Program Officer, Ford Foundation

Lisa Hayles, Director of International Shareholder Advocacy, Trillium Asset Management

Ellen Remmer, Senior Partner, The Philanthropic Initiative

Advancing Equity

Funding Beyond Identities

Diana Samarasan, Independent Consultant and former Director of Disability Rights Fund

Catherine Townsend, Senior Advisor, Disability Inclusion, Ford Foundation

Shaping the Future

Philanthropy’s Role in Ukraine: Supporting the Future of Democracy and Civil Society

Dora Chomiak, CEO, Razom for Ukraine

Nick Deychakiwsky, Senior Program Officer, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

Melinda Haring, Nonresident Senior Fellow, the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center

Inna Pidluska, Deputy Executive Director, International Renaissance Foundation

Anthony Richter, Director of Special Initiatives, Open Society Foundation

4:00-4:30 pm     Coffee Break

4:30-5:30 pm     Closing Keynote 

                                 Mobilizing The Next Level of Climate Action

                            Nasra Ismail, International Development Consultant

                            Jhannel Tomlinson, Co-Founder, GirlsCARE, Jamaica

                            Ban Ki-moon, 8th Secretary General off the United Nations 

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