Opening Plenary Session

Reimagining Impact

Metropolitan Ballroom

Since 2005—through great imagination, partnerships, and hard work—CGI members have tried, sometimes failed, and most often succeeded in turning their ideas into action to tackle global challenges. To accomplish this, they have designed better and more ambitious Commitments to Action, and mobilized their resources and partnerships to form creative networks of collaboration across the world. For CGI’s 10th Annual Meeting, the 2014 annual theme of Reimagining Impact will:

• highlight and celebrate the transformative ideas and actions of CGI members over the last decade
• explore how members measure and assess the outcomes of their commitments
• imagine bold ideas for CGI members to achieve even greater impact going forward

Breakout Sessions

Can we fail faster, bigger, and better for greater impact?

New York East

Session Features:  Debates  •   Interactive  •   Group Discussion

The light bulb, the polio vaccine, and the Internet—some of the most transformative achievements in recent history have resulted from efforts that initially failed, but were then re-envisioned to achieve success. Forward-thinking organizations embrace challenges and ‘failures’ as integral to innovation and iterative improvement, acknowledging that big impact can only be achieved through big bets. In this session, CGI members will debate the following questions:

• Can we promote an openness to failure in the social impact sector when investments are at stake and incentives do not promote higher risk-taking?
• Can we create conditions that allow for shorter turnaround time and better foster innovation in the development of products, services, and programs?
• Can we fail often enough at the scale necessary to lead to significant progress?


Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of the Republic of Iceland


Alexander Grashow, Founder and CEO, The Adaptist, The GIIFT


Musimbi Kanyoro, Chief Executive Officer, Global Fund for Women
Christopher Mikkelsen, Founder and Co-CEO, Refugees United
Dymphna van der Lans, Chief Executive Officer, Clinton Climate Initiative
Hans Vestberg, President and CEO, Ericsson


How can smallholder farmers and fishers increase their economic opportunities?

Riverside Suite

Session Features:  Designing Ideas  •   Interactive  •   Group Discussion

Over 80 percent of the food consumed in the developing world comes from 500 million smallholder farmers and 60 percent of the global fish catch is hauled by smallholder fishers. However, while smallholder farmers and fishers play a major role in feeding the world, they sometimes struggle to feed their own families and communities. Lack of tools, resources and opportunities prohibits smallholder farmers and fishers from scaling their production and increasing their income. In this session, CGI members will reimagine how to:

• support farmers and fishers in scaling their production while protecting forests and oceans
• increase access to financing opportunities, technical assistance, and business skills to achieve higher market value for smallholders’ yields
• invest in women, who are the majority in the agricultural and fishery labor force, to close the gender-based gap and improve livelihoods


Mark Gunton, Chief Executive Officer, Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership


Jocelyn Wyatt, Co-Lead and Executive Director, IDEO.org


María José González, Executive Director, Mesoamerican Reef Fund
Howard-Yana Shapiro, Chief Agricultural Officer, Mars, Incorporated; Senior Fellow, Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis; Distinguished Fellow, World Agroforestry Centre, Nairobi, Mars, Incorporated

Plenary Session

Confronting Climate Change is Good Economics

Metropolitan Ballroom

Tackling climate change head-on presents the greatest opportunity we have ever had to shift the world’s economy toward sustainable growth and long-term stability. To become smarter about managing the planet, the private sector, public sector, and civil society should double-down on proven solutions that provide economic opportunities and strengthen vital ecosystems. In this session, key leaders across sectors will reimagine how CGI members can:

• implement strategies that finance forest conservation, bolster ocean resilience, and support smallholder farmers
• support mainstream investors in their efforts to unlock the capital required to accelerate investments toward a low-carbon economy
• reinforce the critical role of women in promoting sustainable livelihoods and adapting to climate change, locally and globally


Parker Liautaud, Expedition Leader, Willis Resilience Expedition


Judith Rodin, President, The Rockefeller Foundation


Peter Agnefjäll, President and CEO, IKEA Group
Agnes Kalibata, Interim President, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
Henry M. Paulson Jr., Chairman, The Paulson Institute
Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Prime Minister of Denmark