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.


Tuesday, September 20




Plenary Session
CGI Opening Plenary: Leaders Dialogue on Climate Change


Plenary Session
The World at 7 Billion: A Member Conversation with President Clinton


Keynote Lunches
Keynote Lunch: Innovative Partnerships: Developing Green Technology


Keynote Lunches
Keynote Lunch: Organizing for Change


Keynote Lunches
Keynote Lunch: Scalable Development in Post-conflict Zones


Keynote Lunches
Keynote Lunch: Values-based Leadership


Action Network
Democratic Republic of the Congo


Action Network
Rio + 20


Jobs, Jobs, Jobs Breakout Sessions
Financing Inclusive Jobs: Impact Investing and the Triple Bottom Line


Jobs, Jobs, Jobs Breakout Sessions
Going Small for Big Results: Microfranchise and Entrepreneurial Growth


Jobs, Jobs, Jobs Breakout Sessions
Transformative Tools for a Skilled Workforce


Special Session
Special Session: From Response to Resilience: Effective Disaster Preparedness


Plenary Session
Megacities, Mega Challenges


Topic Dinners
How America Can Still Do Big Things


Topic Dinners
Women + Technology: A 21st Century Solution


Topic Dinners
Brazil: Gateway to Emerging Markets and Beyond


Topic Dinners
A Breakthrough in the Fight Against AIDS?!


Topic Dinners
Achieving Food Security in Africa: Investing in Agricultural Development


Topic Dinners
Doing Well and Doing Good: How to Partner to Save Lives while Driving Profitable Growth


Topic Dinners
Growing a Healthier Generation: From Farm, to School, to Community


Topic Dinners
Is College Worth It? An Unconventional Conversation about What's Up and What's Next


Topic Dinners
Widening Our Lens: Seeing Global Health as an Economic Investment


Topic Dinners
Women in the Middle East: Building the Future through Economic Empowerment


Meeting Topics

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs: Generating Employment for the 21st Century

Approximately 205 million people are unemployed worldwide, and another 1.5 billion are "vulnerable" workers who are under- or informally-employed. As these workers seek stable employment in the wake of the global recession, they face a radically changing economic landscape. New technologies are enabling information to move nearly instantaneously across the planet, decoupling job growth from familiar geographic constraints. As a result, some of the world's strongest economic growth is occurring in the developing world, which has become a major driver of the production and consumption of global goods and services. In the developing and developed world alike, the promise of economic opportunity has stimulated an unprecedented migration of the world's population to major urban centers. Yet this process often concentrates poverty, as many workers who lack the skills needed in a rapidly evolving job market find themselves living in marginalized communities. At the 2011 Annual Meeting, CGI will highlight effective workforce training programs, showcase innovative government incentives that catalyze inclusive job growth, and examine market-leading business developments that can sustainably increase profits, productivity, and prosperity around the world.

Sustainable Consumption: Ensuring Long-term Prosperity on a Finite Planet

We are consuming beyond our means in ways that imperil both economic and ecological systems around the world. Our production patterns and consumption choices have unintentionally endangered the environment, undermined human rights, and exacerbated cycles of poverty. But we are also experiencing the beginning of a significant shift in values; instead of simply demanding more goods at lower prices, individuals and organizations are analyzing the effect that their consumption decisions have on other communities. Furthermore, corporations have also seen that reducing packaging, waste, water, and energy use can improve profitability, while sustainable product design and local sourcing can create new marketing opportunities and entice new customers. At the 2011 Annual Meeting, members will explore how, by redefining consumption, organizations can quickly respond to the realities of impending resource constraints and instability while ensuring economic growth.

Girls and Women: Scaling What Works

The international community has for the most part embraced the overwhelmingly positive results of engaging girls and women in all levels and sectors of development work. Practitioners have identified and tested strategies that successfully get girls and women into school, involve them in formal economies, and give them rights over their life decisions. Yet millions of females still do not have access to critical resources and services. A continued focus on girls and women at the Annual Meeting in 2011 will allow CGI members to take a deeper look at what is working in girls and women's empowerment and highlight areas where more resources could make a significant impact. In particular, CGI will highlight organizations and partnerships that have piloted projects or taken ideas to scale with measurable, positive results. Additionally, CGI will reinforce and promote the ideas and innovations coming directly from girls and women in the developing world, who seldom have the platform that CGI provides.


Featured Attendees

Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah

Queen of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Fazle Abed

Founder & Chairperson


Gerry Adams

President of Sinn Féin

Richard Adkerson

President and CEO

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.

Bertie Ahern

Former Taoiseach of Ireland

Her Highness Princess Ameerah Al-Taweel

Vice Chairwoman and Secretary General

Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundations

Madeleine K. Albright


Albright Stonebridge Group

Gianna Angelopoulos


Hellenic Republic

Andrés Pastrana Arango

Former President of the Republic of Colombia

Louise Arbour

President & CEO

International Crisis Group

Tom Arnold

Chief Executive Officer

Concern Worldwide

Don Baer

Global Chief Executive Officer


Joyce Banda

President of the Republic of Malawi

Ehud Barak

Minister of Defense

State of Israel

Stephanie Bell-Rose

Managing Director


Regina Benjamin

Surgeon General

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Matthew Bishop

New York Bureau Chief and US Business Editor

The Economist

Tony Blair

Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Cherie Blair


Cherie Blair Foundation for Women

Irina Bokova



Eli Broad


The Broad Foundations

Tina Brown

Editor in Chief

Newsweek & The Daily Beast

Michael Brown

CEO and Co-Founder

City Year, Inc.

Gro Harlem Brundtland

Former Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Norway

United Nations Special Envoy on Climate Change

Christy Turlington Burns


Every Mother Counts

Felipe Calderón

Former President of Mexico

Steve Capus


NBC News

John Chambers

Chairman & CEO


Deepak Chopra

Founder, The Chopra Center for Wellbeing; Founder, The Chopra Foundation

Jean Chrétien

Former Prime Minister of Canada

Wesley Clark

Chairman and CEO

Wesley K. Clark & Associates

David Crane

President and CEO

NRG Energy, Inc.

Branko Crvenkovski

Former President of the Republic of Macedonia

Massimo D'Alema

Former Prime Minister of the Italian Republic

President, Fondazione Italianieuropei; President, Foundation for European Progressive Studies

Geena Davis


The Geena Davis Institute

Rosario Dawson


Voto Latino; Lower East Side Girls Club; VDay; Operation USA

Michael Douglas


Project Apogee

Bill Drayton

Founder and CEO

Ashoka: Innovators for the Public

Richard Edelman

President & CEO


Hikment Ersek

President and CEO

Western Union

Paul Farmer


Partners In Health

Rick Fedrizzi

President, CEO and Founding Chair

U.S. Green Building Council

Pierre Ferrari

Chief Executive Officer

Heifer Project International

America Ferrera


Save the Children

Jay Fishman

Chairman & CEO

The Travelers Companies, Inc.

Julio Frenk

Dean, School of Public Health

Harvard University

Stephen Friedman


MTV Networks

Helene Gayle

President & CEO


Leymah Gbowee

Founder and President

Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa

Timothy F. Geithner

Former Secretary of the Treasury

United States Department of the Treasury

Tom Golisano

Founder and Chairman of the Board

Paychex, Inc.

Ralph E. Gonsalves

Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Eric P. Goosby

U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator

President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)

Jeff Gordon


Jeff Gordon Foundation

António Guterres

Former Prime Minister of the Portuguese Republic

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Fred Hochberg

Chairman and President

Export-Import Bank of the United States

Stephen Hodges


Hult International Business School

Chad Hurley



His Majesty King Juan Carlos I

King of Spain

Kingdom of Spain

His Serene Highness Prince Albert II

Sovereign Prince of the Principality of Monaco

Kevin J. Jenkins

President and CEO

World Vision International, Inc.

John Hess


Hess Corporation

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

President of the Republic of Liberia

Jonathan Reckford

Chief Executive Officer

Habitat for Humanity

Clarence Otis Jr.

Chairman and CEO

Darden Restaurants, Inc

Donna Karan


Urban Zen Foundation

Tawakkol Karman


Womens Journalists Without Chains Youth

Muhtar Kent

Executive Chairman

The Coca-Cola Company

Jim Kim


The World Bank Group

Klaus Kleinfeld

Chairman and CEO

Alcoa Inc.

Željko Komšić

Member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Margery Kraus

President and CEO

APCO Worldwide

Kay Krill

President and CEO


Nicholas Kristof


The New York Times

Fred Krupp


Environmental Defense Fund

William Lauder

Executive Chairman

The Estée Lauder Companies

Elizabeth L. Littlefield

President and CEO

Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Andrew Liveris

President, Chairman and CEO

The Dow Chemical Company

Eva Longoria


The Eva Longoria Foundation

Mindy Lubber

President and CEO


Bob McDonald

Former Chairman, President & CEO

Procter & Gamble

António Mexia

Chief Executive Officer

EDP - Energias de Portugal, S.A.

Benjamin W. Mkapa

Former President of the United Republic of Tanzania

Founder, Benjamin William Mkapa HIV/AIDS Foundation

Luis Alberto Moreno


Inter-American Development Bank

Patrice Tlhopane Motsepe

Executive Chairman

African Rainbow Minerals

Deanna M. Mulligan

President and CEO

The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America

Duncan Niederauer

Director and CEO

NYSE Euronext, Inc.

Denis O'Brien


Digicel Group

Barack Obama

44th President of the United States of America

Olusegun Obasanjo

Former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

Julia Ormond

Founder & President

Alliance to Stop Slavery and End Trafficking

Babatunde Osotimehin

Executive Director

United Nations Population Fund

Rajendra K. Pachauri


TERI, The Energy and Resources Institute

George A. Papandreou

Former Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic

Eboo Patel

Founder and President

Interfaith Youth Core

John Podesta

Chair, Counselor & Former President

Center for American Progress

Raymond Offenheiser


Oxfam America

Mary Robinson

Former President of Ireland

President, Mary Robinson Foundation-Climate Justice

Judith Rodin


The Rockefeller Foundation

Jim Rogers

Chairman, President & CEO

Duke Energy Corporation

Charlie Rose

Executive Editor and Anchor


Irene Rosenfeld

Chairman & CEO

Kraft Foods

Robert Rubin


Council on Foreign Relations

George Rupp

President & CEO

International Rescue Committee

Zainab Salbi

Founder and Former CEO

Women for Women International

His Royal Highness Prince Turki Al Faisal Al Saud

Former Saudi Arabian Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Chairman, King Faisal Center for Research & Islamic Studies

Dov Seidman

Chief Executive Officer


Rajiv Shah


United States Agency for International Development

Zhengrong Shi

Former Chairman

Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd.

Michel Sidibé

Executive Director

United Nations AIDS

Ruth J. Simmons

President Emerita and Professor

Brown University

Porfirio Lobo Sosa

President of the Republic of Honduras

Richard Stengel

Managing Editor

Time Magazine

Joseph Stiglitz


Columbia University

Petar Stoyanov

Former President of the Republic of Bulgaria

President, Center for Global Dialogue and Cooperation

Barbra Streisand


The Streisand Foundation

Mark R. Tercek

President & CEO

The Nature Conservancy

Jonathan Tisch

Co-chairman & CEO

Loews Corporation

Luis A. Ubiñas


Ford Foundation

Melanne Verveer

Former United States Ambassador for Global Women's Issues

Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security

Hans Vestberg

President and CEO


Seth Waugh

Chief Executive Officer, Americas

Deutsche Bank

Randi Weingarten


American Federation of Teachers

Elie Wiesel


Elie Wiesel Foundation

Brad Wilson

President and CEO

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

John D. Wren

President & CEO

Omnicom Group Inc.

Michelle Yeoh

Global Ambassador, Make Roads Safe Campaign

FIA Foundation

Daniel Yohannes

Chief Executive Officer

Millennium Challenge Corporation

Muhammad Yunus


Yunus Centre

Fareed Zakaria


CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS

Linda Zecher

President and CEO

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing

Ernesto Zedillo

Former President of Mexico

Director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization