CGI's Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. Meeting participants analyze pressing global challenges, discuss the most effective solutions, and build lasting partnerships that enable them to create positive social change. To date CGI members have made more than 2,300 commitments, which have improved the lives of over 400 million people in more than 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at more than $73.1 billion.



Action Areas

Empowering Girls and Women
Around the world, girls and women continue to suffer from a lack of economic opportunity, inadequate health care and education, early marriage, sexual violence, and discrimination. The good news is that empowering girls and women yields undeniable returns — for everyone in the community. In some countries greater investments in female education could raise GDP growth by 0.2 percent per year. By focusing on girls and women, innovative businesses and organizations can spur economic progress, expand markets, and improve health and education outcomes for everyone.

In 2009, the Annual Meeting had a special focus on girls and women, and in 2010 the topic will be elevated into its own Action Area. Subtopics may include Women and Entrepreneurship; Access to Education for Adolescent Girls; Maternal Health; Women-led Approaches to Climate Change Advocacy and Adaptation; Addressing Violence Against Girls and Women; Empowering Women Along Corporate Supply Chains; Trafficking and Slavery of Women and Girls.

Topic Leaders: Isobel Coleman and Mary Ellen Iskenderian

Strengthening Market-Based Solutions
Traditional approaches to aid are not enough to address the great global challenges of our time. Market-based solutions show incredible promise to solve these daunting problems on a systemic and widespread level. These approaches, however, are still in a nascent stage. Corporations are researching and developing better business practices that meet social and environmental bottom lines while producing profits. Non-profits are pioneering enterprise-based models that offer potential for long-term sustainability. Governments are contributing their resources to encourage and support market-based approaches. At the 2010 Annual Meeting, members will discuss the best strategies for bringing these solutions to scale, so the benefits can be felt by more of the four billion people who subsist on less than $3 a day.

Sub-topics may include Creative Finance (Social/Environmental Funds), Philanthropic Investment, Housing Finance, Harnessing_Human_Potential Education, Social and Environmentally Sustainable Enterprises, Small and Medium Enterprise Development, Public-Private Partnerships to Address Global Challenges, Value Chains, Distribution Channels for Bottom of the Pyramid, Sustainable Supply Chains/Operations, and Lower Cost Medical Products.

Topic Leaders: Philip Auerswald and Julia Novy-Hildesley

Enhancing Access to Modern Technology
Technology could revolutionize the education, health care, and economic opportunities available to the world's poor. Distance learning, remote medical treatment, mobile technology, e-commerce, and innovations in energy production and storage can positively affect lives — despite the lack of infrastructure found throughout the developing world. Thus, they can be rapidly implemented and they can quickly deliver benefits to the poor. At the 2010 Annual Meeting, CGI members will discuss how to identify the best technologies and deploy them on a large scale, so they can reach the people who need them most.

Subtopics may include Disseminating Medical Technology to the Developing World, Utilizing Technology to Reduce Carbon Emissions, Using Distance Learning and Electronic Curricula to Equip Disadvantaged Students, E-Commerce Solutions to Poverty, Getting Internet to Remote Areas, and Mobile Technology for the Base of the Pyramid.

Topic Leader: Bracken Hendricks

Harnessing Human Potential
Businesses and societies require a properly trained workforce to thrive. Yet fundamental labor-market challenges –- including a lack of job creation in key industries, outdated labor practices, and insufficient investment in human capital –- threaten the well-being of global workforces. As the global community seeks to recover from an economic slowdown, job creation will be more important than ever. Fortunately, there are opportunities to be seized in emerging industries, where jobs can be created in ways that also address social and/or environmental challenges. Partnerships between business, government, and the NGO community can help prepare workforces to take advantage of job opportunities. At the 2010 Annual Meeting, CGI members will discuss the job creation opportunities that they see in different industries, sectors, and regions, and they will develop strategies for connecting those opportunities with the people who need them most.

Sub-topics may include Supporting the Green Economy, Early Childhood Development, Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship, and College Completion/Higher Education.

Topic Leaders: Angel Cabrera


Topic Leaders

The 2010 Annual Meeting topic leaders will help guide the programming content that is presented at the meeting in September. CGI has selected each topic leader for their specific expertise as it relates to the 2010 Action Areas.

Girls and Women

Isobel Coleman
Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy

Isobel Coleman is a senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations and director of the Council’s Women and Foreign Policy program. Her areas of expertise include economic and political development in the Middle East, women in development, educational reform, and microfinance. She is a frequent speaker at academic, business and policy conferences and her writings appear in leading publications such as Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy. Her latest book, Paradise Beneath Her Feet: How Women are Transforming the Middle East will be published by Random House this spring. Prior to joining the Council on Foreign Relations, Coleman was CEO of a health-care services company and a partner in the financial institutions practice of McKinsey & Co. in New York. A Marshall Scholar, she holds a DPhil and MPhil in international relations from Oxford University and a BA in public policy and East Asian studies from Princeton University.

Mary Ellen Iskenderian
President and CEO of Women’s World Banking

Mary Ellen Iskenderian is president and CEO of Women’s World Banking (WWB), the world’s largest network of microfinance institutions and banks. Iskenderian leads the WWB global team in providing hands-on technical services and strategic support to 40 top-performing microfinance institutions and banks in 28 developing countries. Prior to joining WWB in 2006, she worked for 17 years in senior management at the International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank. Iskenderian is the 2009-2010 NYU Stern’s Distinguished Citi Fellow in Leadership and Ethics and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a BS in International Economics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Iskenderian has participated in the last four CGI annual meetings: as an attendee in 2006 and 2007, as a panelist in 2008 and as an NGO member in 2009. Through CGI, WWB has made ambitious commitments in the area of women’s economic empowerment for the last three years.

Harnessing Human Potential

Ángel Cabrera
President, Thunderbird School of Global Management

Ángel Cabrera is the president of Thunderbird School of Global Management, widely recognized as the world leader in international business education. During his term, Thunderbird has become a reference in global citizenship, by becoming the first school to adopt a professional oath of honor and by leading the creation and adoption of the UN Principles of Responsible Management Education. It has also become a pioneer in the education of women entrepreneurs with current programs in Afghanistan, Jordan and Peru. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a regular participant in the World Economic Forum. The World Economic Forum named him a Global Leader for Tomorrow in 2002 and a Young Global Leader in 2005. In 2004 he was recognized by Business Week as one of 25 “Stars of Europe,” and in 2008 he was named a Henry Crown Fellow by the Aspen Institute. Cabrera attended and was recognized on stage at CGI U in 2009 for Thunderbird’s work with Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Initiative in Peru.

Strengthening Market Based Solutions

Philip Auerswald
Associate Professor at the School of Public Policy, George Mason University

Philip Auerswald is an associate professor at the School of Public Policy, George Mason University and an associate at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University. His work focuses on entrepreneurship, technology, and innovation. He is the co-founder and co-editor of Innovations: Technology | Governance | Globalization, a quarterly journal from MIT Press about entrepreneurial solutions to global challenges. He has authored, co-authored, and edited numerous books, reports, and research papers, including Seeds of Disaster, Roots of Response: How Private Action Can Reduce Public Vulnerability (Cambridge University Press, 2006), Clinton's Foreign Policy: A Diplomatic History Through Documents (Kluwer Law International: 2003), and Taking Technical Risk: How Innovators, Executives, and Investors Manage High-Tech Risks (MIT Press: 2001). Prior to joining the faculty at George Mason University, Professor Auerswald was a lecturer and Assistant Director of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He has been a consultant to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Washington and a B.A. (political science) from Yale University.

Julia Novy-Hildesley
Executive Director, The Lemelson Foundation

Julia Novy-Hildesley joined the Lemelson Foundation as executive director in 2002. The Foundation is dedicated to improving lives through invention. It supports educational programs to nurture the next generation of innovators and invests in social enterprises globally, applying technology to meet the needs of poor people. Prior to joining the Lemelson Foundation, Novy-Hildesley was founding director of the World Wildlife Fund’s Pacific Office, where she designed market based solutions to environmental challenges and led public outreach efforts. A Fulbright and Marshall Scholar, Novy-Hildesley has lectured at Stanford University in the Law School, and the Earth Sciences, Anthropology and Human Biology departments. She has conducted research and lived in Madagascar, Tanzania, Bolivia, French Polynesia and other developing countries and consulted for a range of governmental organizations, including the World Bank, USAID and the U.K. Department for International Development. Novy-Hildesley earned a BS in Human Biology from Stanford University with a Minor in African Studies and an MA in International Development from the Institute for Development Studies at Sussex University. She serves on several boards, including the J.F.K. School of Government Women’s Leadership Board, the Board of the World Affairs Council of Oregon, the Editorial Board of MIT’s Innovations Journal, Mercy Corps’ Social Innovations Committee, and Cambia’s Initiative for Open Innovation Council. Novy-Hildesley speaks French, Spanish, and Kiswahili. She attended CGI in 2006, 2007, 2009 and the White Oak planning retreat in 2009.


Bracken Hendricks
Senior Fellow, Center For American Progress

Bracken Hendricks is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. He has worked with John Podesta for the last five years, building CAP’s program on green jobs, global warming solutions and economic development. Last year Bracken was the CGI track leader for Infrastructure and Climate programming, working closely on the New Orleans special session and Executive Roundtable. This year he runs the Enhancing Access to Modern Technology Track, as well as advising on the Global Challenge of Energy and Environment throughout the program. He has participated in every CGI conference since it began, as an advisor to David Sandalow. Hendricks is co-author of the book “Apollo’s Fire: Igniting America’s Clean Energy Economy” with U.S. Congressman Jay Inslee (WA). He is an advisor to the administration of President Obama on clean energy and economic recovery. He was founding executive director of the Apollo Alliance, where he brought organized labor into support for climate solutions. He is a long time leader on green jobs and green cities, as an architect of the HOME STAR program for energy efficiency retrofits proposed by President Obama, the Green Jobs Act, energy portions of the ARRA, and PA Gov. Ed Rendell’s Alternative Energy Standard. Hendricks served in the Clinton Administration as special assistant to NOAA Administrator Jim Baker, and in the Office of Vice President Al Gore, working on interagency climate policy, the President’s Council on Sustainable Development, FirstGov electronic governance, Disaster Preparedness, and the National Spatial Data Infrastructure. He has an MA in Urban Planning from the Harvard Kennedy School, where he did thesis work with John Holdren for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.