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Sep 19
September 19, 2014

Voices from Around the World: 7 Session Speakers to Watch during #CGI2014


On Sunday, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) will convene its 10th Annual Meeting, bringing together over 1,000 leaders from the business, civil society, government, and philanthropic sectors to take action on global challenges.

Over the course of four days, the 2014 annual theme—“Reimagining Impact”—will guide CGI members in better measuring and assessing the outcomes of their work, and in rethinking how we can create value going forward. By participating in a variety of interactive Breakout Sessions, CGI members and meeting participants will drive progress on their ongoing Commitments to Action, evaluate and share new approaches with fellow commitment-makers, and develop new partnerships that can enhance their work.

To support this creative environment, members and participants will hear from a broad range of innovators and experts as they share their stories from around the world. CGI invites you to join the audience by tuning in via, where you will be able to watch all of the meeting’s Plenary Sessions and most Breakout Sessions as they happen.

Newly announced speakers include:

Michelle Bachelet, President of the Republic of Chile, who will join President Clinton and His Majesty King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan during the Opening Plenary Session to discuss this year’s theme of “Reimagining Impact”

Reimagining Impact »
Plenary Session
Monday, September 22 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Hans Vestberg, president and CEO of Ericsson, who will join other cross-sector leaders for a debate on failure—discussing how to promote it as a learning tool in the social impact sector, even though investments are at stake

Can we fail faster, bigger, and better for greater impact? »
Breakout Session
Monday, September 22 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Luis-Alberto Moreno, president of Inter-American Development Bank, who will hear from commitment-makers as they “pitch” their ideas for the sustainable sourcing of materials

Scalable Ideas: Pitching for Partnerships »
Breakout Session
Tuesday, September 23 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Matt Damon, co-founder of, who will discuss how cities can be seen as labs of innovation and entrepreneurship, helping to build networks of collaboration that scale up solutions on the national and global levels

Cities as Labs of Innovation »
Plenary Session
Tuesday, September 23 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Raya—a Sesame Street muppet who teaches sanitation and hygiene—will represent Sesame Street’s “Cleaner, Healthier, Happier” campaign in a Breakout Session designed to brainstorm sanitation solutions for the 2.5 billion people living without toilets

How can 2.5 billion people living without toilets gain access to sanitation? »
Breakout Session
Tuesday, September 23 from 2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Katie Couric, global anchor of Yahoo News, who will moderate a discussion on accelerating the pace of positive change for girls and women around the world

Equality for Girls and Women: 2034 Instead of 2134? »
Plenary Session
Wednesday, September 24 from 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Laurent Lamothe, Prime Minister of the Republic of Haiti, who will participate in a debate on how to best design commitments that build local capacity in Haiti

Can We Work Ourselves Out of Haiti by 2025? »
Breakout Session
Wednesday, September 24 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

These new speakers will join previously announced attendees and speakers including President Barack Obama; Melinda French Gates, co-chair and trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Ginni Rometty, chairman, president & CEO of IBM; and Muhammad Yunus, chairman of Yunus Social Business, among many others.

CGI’s Annual Meetings have a global audience both within the meeting space and around the world. To engage with the meeting remotely: