Agenda

 
Plenary Session

9:00 AM -

 10:00 AM


The Power of Big Data

Every day, we send over 11 billion text messages, view nearly 2.8 billion YouTube videos, and perform over five billion Google searches. Big data has fundamentally changed how individuals and institutions can address global challenges, from monitoring disease outbreaks to assessing student outcomes, from tracking climate change to predicting natural disasters. Yet 4.2 billion people have no Internet access, limiting the benefits of big data. Additionally, as the volume and complexity of big data grows, the need to ensure that the data remains transparent, reliable, and user-friendly—while protecting individuals’ privacy—is an increasing challenge. In this session, panelists will explore how CGI U commitment-makers can:

• Harness big data as a tool for addressing global challenges and scaling existing initiatives
• Expand access to big data for all

Remarks:

Hans Rosling, Professor of International Health and Edutainer, Karolinska Institute, Founder, Gapminder Foundation

Moderator:

Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation

Participants:

Christopher Barr, Director of Media Innovation, Knight Foundation
Diane Bryant, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Data Center Group, Intel Corporation
Brittany Wenger, Student and Founder, Cloud4Cancer

 
Skill Sessions

10:30 AM -

 11:45 AM


Designing a Meaningful Project

How can CGI U students design thoughtful and impactful projects as they set out to tackle some of the world’s most pressing challenges? Participants in this session will learn to approach commitment design through a community-driven and constituent-informed lens focusing on ideation, solutions engineering, and learning and refinement. This session is intended for students interested in mastering critical design practices prior to embarking on project implementation.

Speakers:

Hitendra Patel, Professor of Innovation and Growth, Hult International Business School, Managing Director, IXL Center and Hult Prize Accelerator
Jason Rissman, Managing Director, OpenIDEO

 

Monitoring and Evaluating Your Results

How can CGI U participants ensure that their commitments are achieving tangible progress and fulfilling their mission? Discussions will explore measurement and evaluation methods that can enhance the quality and effectiveness of commitments, enable attendees to identify potential design flaws, and build upon existing strategies to maximize outcomes and inform future efforts. This session is intended for students looking to use data to inform strategy and improve impact.

Participants:

Thomas Kelly, Deputy Vice President, Millennium Challenge Corporation
Jyotsna Puri, Deputy Executive Director and Head of Evaluation, International Initiative for Impact Evaluation

 

Raising Money for Your Commitment

How can CGI U students best access and leverage the funding opportunities and resources available to them? Participants will learn to navigate traditional, grant-based funding streams as well as maximize the benefits of online fundraising tools, social media, and other digital marketing platforms. This session is intended for students who want to hone their skills in pitch-making and establish enduring connections with potential funders.

Speakers:

Arnav Dalmia, Chief Executive Officer, FitnessCubed
Elena Tereshonok, Investments Manager, Virgin Unite

 

Strengthening Organizational Capacity

Limited personnel and organizational capacity can significantly reduce the ability of CGI U participants to carry out their commitments and bring them to scale. This session will introduce strategies for managing and building a staff, as well as recruiting, organizing, and retaining an engaged volunteer team. In addition, students will learn how to expand their reach and impact by identifying and securing partnerships with a wide range of campus and community partners.

Speakers:

Rachael Chong, Founder and CEO, Catchafire
Ben Simon, Founder and Executive Director, Food Recovery Network

 
Working Sessions

10:30 AM -

 11:45 AM


Ending Illegal Wildlife Trade

Environment and Climate Change

From the collection and sale of live animals to the trading of animal parts, the illegal trade of protected species is increasing at an alarming rate. Elephant poaching is at its highest level in decades, with more than 35,000 elephants killed in 2013 alone. In the past six years, there has been a 7,000 percent increase in rhino poaching, and the wild tiger population is just 5 percent of what it was a century ago. Addressing illegal wildlife trade requires ongoing cooperation between governments, advocacy groups, local communities, and law enforcement organizations. Identifying the networks that engage in illegal wildlife trade and providing them with viable economic alternatives could also reduce other criminal behavior in these regions, including the drug trade, arms smuggling, and human trafficking. In this session, panelists and CGI U commitment-makers will explore how:

• Innovative wildlife tracking technologies can monitor wildlife and better inform campaigns against the illegal poaching and trade of wildlife
• Consumer-based efforts to create eco-labels and sustainable product lines can be paired with efforts to create alternative livelihoods in previously poaching-based communities

Moderator:

M. Sanjayan, Executive Vice President and Senior Scientist, Conservation International

Participants:

Bryan Arroyo, Assistant Director of International Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Candace Crespi, Campaign Director, Oceanic Preservation Society
Lian Pin Koh, Associate Professor and Chair of Applied Ecology and Conservation, Environment Institute, The University of Adelaide

 

Engaging Youth as Effective Peacebuilders in the Middle East and North Africa

Peace and Human Rights

From Tunisia to Gaza, numerous protests and conflicts have erupted throughout the Middle East and North Africa since 2010. In a region where nearly 65 percent of the population is under the age of 30, youth in the Middle East and North Africa have the greatest stake in laying the foundation for a peaceful and prosperous future. Some are already working across religious, ethnic, and geopolitical differences to launch businesses, NGOs, and innovative public awareness programs. From an educational reality show which empowers Iraqi youth to become peacebuilders to music groups and dialogue programs which bring together young Israelis and Palestinians, there are numerous innovative peacebuilding programs that could rewrite the narrative of conflict and division in the Middle East. In this session, panelists and CGI U commitment-makers will explore how:

• Youth across the Middle East are acting as their own agents of reconciliation and enterprise
• Colleges and universities can serve as resources for young people from conflict-affected communities by establishing interfaith dialogue programs and offering coursework and programming that highlights opportunities for peacebuilding

Moderator:

Mickey Bergman, Executive Director of the Global Alliances Program, The Aspen Institute

Participants:

Amjad Atallah, Regional Director for the Americas, Al Jazeera Media Network
Heni Bizawi, Project Manager, PeacePlayers International
Linda Mills, Vice Chancellor of Global Programs, New York University , Advisory Board Co-Chair, Of Many Institute
Rabbi Yehuda Sarna, University Chaplain and Executive Director, The Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at New York University

 

More than a Roof: Solutions for Urban Slums

Poverty Alleviation

Urban slums are the world’s fastest growing human habitat: over one billion people now live in these slums, with approximately 500,000 joining them each week. By 2050, the number of people living in urban slums is expected to surpass three billion. While slums and informal settlements are often hubs of informal economic activity and innovative income generation, residents rarely hold any formal property rights and are often held back by a lack of infrastructure and basic services such as sanitation and electricity. From the slums of São Paulo to Karachi, panelists and CGI U commitment-makers will explore how:

• Entrepreneurship, financial services, and small business development can be promoted within urban slums to generate income and sustainable livelihoods
• Community-driven urban planning can create affordable, secure, and sustainable housing options for slum residents

Moderator:

Robin Bachin, Assistant Provost for Civic and Community Engagement, University of Miami

Participants:

Kennedy Odede, Co-founder and CEO, Shining Hope for Communities
Nasir Uddin, Co-Founder and President, Em[POWER] Energy Group, Inc.
Melanie Walker, Senior Adviser to the President, World Bank Group

 

Service as an Educational Tool

Education

In the United States alone, over 60 percent of young people volunteer for nonprofits and nearly 70 percent donate or raise money for a cause. From developing strong problem-solving abilities to acquiring effective leadership skills, volunteering offers young people the opportunity to gain a wide variety of marketable and transferable skills for the workplace. Studies also indicate that when people give back, they are happier, healthier, and better informed. In order to make the most effective use of young people’s willingness to serve, this session will explore how panelists and CGI U commitment-makers can:

• Engage communities through service-learning opportunities in more impactful dedication of time, talents, and resources while launching their own volunteering programs and enterprises
• Influence policymakers to creatively incentivize and reward service through programs that offer student loan relief or course credit

Moderator:

Donna Shalala, President, University of Miami

Participants:

Alan Khazei, Founder and CEO, Be The Change, Inc.
Peggy Mativo, Executive Director, PACEmaker International
Humaira Wakili, Country Director, Tomorrow's Youth Organization

 

The Globalization of Chronic Diseases

Public Health

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), specifically cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes, kill more people than AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined. Nearly 80 percent of NCD deaths – 29 million – occur in low- and middle-income countries. By 2020, the World Health Organization estimates that chronic diseases will surpass infectious diseases as the leading cause of death in many African countries. Once perceived to be a disease that only affected adults in the developed world, type 2 diabetes now impacts virtually all ages across all income levels. Yet current chronic disease prevention measures are not always targeted towards this younger and more global demographic. In this session, panelists and CGI U commitment-makers will explore how:

• Young innovators are designing successful NCD interventions such as low-cost, early detection cancer diagnostic tools, which are easily deliverable to low-resource settings
• Stakeholders from academia, government, and grassroots NGOs can address chronic disease risk factors such as poor diet and a lack of physical activity

Moderator:

Thuy Vu, Host, KQED, PBS San Francisco

Participants:

Doyin Oluwole, Executive Director, Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon
Sonya Shin, Associate Physician, Division of Global Health Equity, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Phil Southerland, Co-founder and CEO, Team Novo Nordisk, Founder and President, Team Type 1 Foundation

 
Office Hours

12:15 PM -

 1:00 PM


Office Hours with Select Program Participants

Office hours allow attendees to directly connect with program participants and special guests, who share their personal stories or elaborate on comments made during the panel discussions. Attendees can also share their own questions and thoughts, and seek specific advice on commitments.

Participants:

Donnel Baird, Chief Executive Officer, BlocPower
Paul Lorem, Student, Yale University
Wanjira Mathai, Director, wPOWER: Women's Partnerships in Renewables
Kennedy Odede, Co-founder and CEO, Shining Hope for Communities
Rabbi Yehuda Sarna, University Chaplain and Executive Director, The Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at New York University

 
Networking Event

12:15 PM -

 1:30 PM


Lunch

 
Office Hours

1:00 PM -

 1:45 PM


Office Hours with Select Program Participants

Office hours allow attendees to directly connect with program participants and special guests, who share their personal stories or elaborate on comments made during the panel discussions. Attendees can also share their own questions and thoughts, and seek specific advice on commitments.

Participants:

Susan Davis, President and CEO, BRAC USA
Robert Harrison, Chief Executive Officer, Clinton Global Initiative
Loretta Mayer, Chief Scientific Officer and Chairman of the Board, SenesTech, Inc.
Jenny Norton, Social Justice Minister, Ramsey Social Justice Foundation

 
Plenary Session

2:00 PM -

 3:15 PM


The Future of Energy

Current practices of energy production and consumption are both unsustainable and unequal. The United States alone makes up less than 5 percent of the global population but consumes over 20 percent of the world’s energy. Meanwhile, 1.3 billion people around the world do not have access to basic electricity services. Yet there is a wide range of innovative and scalable solutions emerging. Germany recently produced 74 percent of one afternoon’s power demand through renewable sources. In the developing world, off-grid renewable energy systems are providing remote and rural communities with the capacity to power homes, schools, and hospitals. From residential solar systems to large-scale wind farms, this session will explore how young entrepreneurs, in partnership with the private and public sectors, can:

• Effectively meet the rising demand for affordable renewable energy solutions while ensuring modern energy access for all
• Design and scale the next generation of low-carbon energy technologies
• Expand energy efficiency measures in existing buildings, vehicles, and industrial processes

Remarks:

President Bill Clinton, Founding Chairman, Clinton Global Initiative, 42nd President of the United States

Moderator:

Miriam Horn, Director, Special Projects, Environmental Defense Fund

Participants:

Donnel Baird, Chief Executive Officer, BlocPower
Jaime Lerner, Architect, Jaime Lerner Arquitetos Associados
Wanjira Mathai, Director, wPOWER: Women's Partnerships in Renewables
M. Sanjayan, Executive Vice President and Senior Scientist, Conservation International

 
Skill Sessions

3:45 PM -

 5:00 PM


Designing a Meaningful Project

How can CGI U students design thoughtful and impactful projects as they set out to tackle some of the world’s most pressing challenges? Participants in this session will learn to approach commitment design through a community-driven and constituent-informed lens focusing on ideation, solutions engineering, and learning and refinement. This session is intended for students interested in mastering critical design practices prior to embarking on project implementation.

Speakers:

Kristina Drury, Founder and Creative Director, TYTHEdesign
Olivia Khalili, Director of Yahoo for Good, Yahoo

 

Monitoring and Evaluating Your Results

How can CGI U participants ensure that their commitments are achieving tangible progress and fulfilling their mission? Discussions will explore measurement and evaluation methods that can enhance the quality and effectiveness of commitments, enable attendees to identify potential design flaws, and build upon existing strategies to maximize outcomes and inform future efforts. This session is intended for students looking to use data to inform strategy and improve impact.

Speakers:

Karim Abouelnaga, CEO, Practice Makes Perfect Inc
Annie Duflo, Executive Director, Innovations for Poverty Action

 

Raising Money for Your Commitment

How can CGI U students best access and leverage the funding opportunities and resources available to them? Participants will learn to navigate traditional, grant-based funding streams as well as maximize the benefits of online fundraising tools, social media, and other digital marketing platforms. This session is intended for students who want to hone their skills in pitch-making and establish enduring connections with potential funders.

Speakers:

Emily Hawkins, Director of Partnerships, CrowdRise
Seth Maxwell, Founder and CEO, Thirst Project

 

Strengthening Organizational Capacity

Limited personnel and organizational capacity can significantly reduce the ability of CGI U participants to carry out their commitments and bring them to scale. This session will introduce strategies for managing and building a staff, as well as recruiting, organizing, and retaining an engaged volunteer team. In addition, students will learn how to expand their reach and impact by identifying and securing partnerships with a wide range of campus and community partners.

Speakers:

Pam Allyn, Founder and Executive Director, LitWorld
George Srour, Founder and Chief Dreamer, Building Tomorrow, Inc.

 
Working Sessions

3:45 PM -

 5:00 PM


Brighter Beginnings: Expanding Access to Improve Child Health

Public Health

Approximately 19,000 children under the age of 5 die every day from preventable diseases. Those living in sub-Saharan Africa are 16 times more likely to die before the age of 5 than children in developed countries. Although significant progress has been made in reducing under-5 mortality worldwide, many more deaths could be prevented if families had access to cost-effective, life-saving health technologies. Yet these critical and low-cost interventions designed to target the highest childhood killers, such as diarrhea and malnutrition, are not reaching those most in need. Without more focused efforts, the Sustainable Development Goal to end preventable child mortality by 2035 will remain out of reach. In this session, panelists will explore how CGI U commitment-makers can:

• Build on the experiences and lessons learned from successful child health interventions and expand access to care for children in underserved areas through effective community-based programs and clinics
• Identify high-impact innovations such as low-cost diagnostic exams and needle-free injections which can improve the health and well-being of children under the age of 5

Moderator:

Lisa Gwynn, Medical Director, Pediatric Mobile Clinic, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Participants:

Dina Borzekowski, Professor, School of Public Health, University of Maryland
Jordan Schermerhorn, Co-founder, Dunia Health
Mohamed Zaazoue, Founder, Healthy Egyptians

 

Financial Education: Youth as Economic Citizens

Education

Young people between ages 15 to 24 currently represent one quarter of the world’s population, yet nearly 33 percent lack access to any formal financial tools or banking services. As governments, nonprofits, and universities focus on providing economic opportunities to address the youth bulge, one clear challenge has emerged: young people need financial education to become more effective economic citizens of the world. In order to become financially responsible and enterprising individuals, young people need the opportunity to manage money and have reliable access to credit and banking systems. From learning how to launch a business to managing personal finances and student loans, panelists and CGI U commitment-makers will explore how:

• Financial education programs and cross-sector partnerships can effectively equip youth with access to capital and the basic financial tools to budget, save, and make financially-sound decisions
• Banks in the developed and developing worlds can include children and youth as active stakeholders in their financial brands, products, and services

Moderator:

Susan Davis, President and CEO, BRAC USA

Participants:

Marni Lennon, Assistant Dean for Public Interest and Pro Bono Lecturer of Law, University of Miami
Tracy Moore II, Co-founder and Director of Partnerships, MindBlown Labs
Leslie Witt, Director of Design, Intuit

 

Grow 2.0: Advancing the Small-Scale Farmer

Poverty Alleviation

Two billion people, nearly half of the world’s workforce, live on and manage the world’s 450 million small farms. Yet smallholder farmers around the world face persistent challenges, including water scarcity, the rising costs of agriculture, and a host of unfamiliar emerging technologies. Recent mobile and agricultural innovations can boost crop yields, improve irrigation systems, and expand market access. However, many of these technologies are not reaching the 75 percent of the world’s poor that rely on agriculture to provide for their families. In this session, panelists and CGI U commitment-makers will explore how smallholder farmers can gain access to:

• New mobile technologies that can deliver up-to-date market pricing information, local weather forecasts, and even serve as a platform to mediate land disputes between small-scale farmers and larger companies and organizations
• Agriculture technologies ranging from rainwater harvesting systems to new seed varieties, which can improve the efficiency of small-scale farmers

Moderator:

Lien Tran, Assistant Professor of Interactive Media, University of Miami

Participants:

Timote Georges, Co-founder, Smallholder Farmers Alliance
Ryan Jenson, Chief Executive Officer, HoneyComb
Loretta Mayer, Chief Scientific Officer and Chairman of the Board, SenesTech, Inc.

 

Reclaiming the Concrete Jungle: Investing in Urban Green Spaces

Environment and Climate Change

The UN predicts that by 2050, 7 out of 10 people will be urban dwellers. Yet too many rapidly developing cities provide inadequate access to green spaces for a vast majority of their populations. Planning or creating green spaces in cities, integrating natural infrastructure, and leveraging existing parks and gardens are increasingly effective strategies for sustainable urban development. From Seattle to Curitiba, urban green spaces are being created or reclaimed in an effort to promote biodiversity, improve air and water quality, and enhance the physical and psychological well-being of local residents. From inner-city agriculture to citywide greenway systems, panelists and CGI U commitment-makers will explore how:

• Students and universities can expand access to green spaces, pedestrian infrastructure, and local agriculture within their own communities
• The integration of natural areas within urban centers can improve a city’s broader public health and economic well-being

Moderator:

Joanna Lombard, Professor, University of Miami School of Architecture

Participants:

Meg Daly, Founder and President, Friends of the Underline
Roger Horne, Director of Community Health Initiatives, Urban GreenWorks
Jaime Lerner, Architect, Jaime Lerner Arquitetos Associados
Karen Washington, Urban Farmer and Activist, Black Urban Growers

 

Women at the Negotiating Table

Peace and Human Rights

Women have served as signatories in only 4 percent of the 31 major peace processes in the past two decades. Yet peace agreements are 60 percent less likely to fail when they include women as active participants. Women are able to build bridges among negotiating parties by raising often-ignored issues, which allow all voices—including victims and civilians—to be effectively heard. In the early 2000s, when the Colombian government broke off formal negotiations with the FARC, women’s groups united and mobilized over 40,000 marchers to call for an end to the conflict and reestablish peace and disarmament efforts. In 2002, Liberian female activists pressured warring parties into negotiations that ultimately led to the end of a civil war that scarred the country for over four years. Drawing lessons from these experiences, panelists and CGI U commitment-makers will explore how:

• Women can play a critical role in the creation and sustainability of peace negotiations by building upon examples from Darfur, Sudan, Northern Ireland, and Sri Lanka
• Women-specific issues can be fully and effectively integrated in post-conflict reconstruction efforts

Moderator:

Abigail Disney, Filmmaker, Fork Films, Founder, Peace is Loud

Participants:

Mirsad Jacevic, Vice Chair, The Institute for Inclusive Security
Amy Lazarus, Founder and CEO, InclusionVentures, LLC
Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini, Co-founder and Executive Director, International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN)

 
Closing Plenary Session

5:30 PM -

 6:45 PM


Closing Conversation

Participants:

Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation
President Bill Clinton, Founding Chairman, Clinton Global Initiative, 42nd President of the United States
Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former U.S. Secretary of State and U.S. Senator from New York
Masha Alekhina, Member, Pussy Riot
Paul Farmer, Co-founder and Chief Strategist, Partners In Health, Kolokotrones University Professor, Harvard Medical School
Nadya Tolokonnikova, Member, Pussy Riot
Larry Wilmore, Host, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore

 
Networking Event

7:00 PM -

 8:30 PM


CGI U Exchange and Dinner

CGI U Exchange is a forum for students and sponsors to showcase their organizations or Commitments to Action. This exhibition is an ideal opportunity to learn about commitments, explore partnerships, and network with other participants. Exhibitors will be organized by the five CGI U focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health. CGI U Exchange takes place on Saturday evening in conjunction with dinner; all participants with an official CGI U meeting credential are eligible and encouraged to attend.

Exhibitors are preselected for this opportunity.