September 22, 2015
Tuesday
Sep 22
2015

New Participants and Attendees Announced to Address “The Future of Impact” at the 11th Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting

New York, NY
Press Release

His Majesty King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; Ursula M. Burns, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Xerox Corporation; John Chambers, Executive Chairman of the Board, Cisco; Bill Gates, Co-chair and Trustee, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Elizabeth Holmes, Founder and CEO, Theranos; Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia; Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group; Jack Ma, Executive Chairman, Alibaba Group; John McFarlane, Chairman, Barclays; Carolyn Miles, President and CEO, Save the Children; Art Peck, Chief Executive Officer, Gap Inc.; Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico; Paul Polman, Chief Executive Officer, Unilever; Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine; Matteo Renzi, Prime Minister of the Italian Republic; Judith Rodin, President, The Rockefeller Foundation; Megan Smith, Chief Technology Officer of the United States.

New York - President Bill Clinton and Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton will host the 11thClinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting on September 26-29 in New York City, where they will be joined by more than 1,000 of the most influential global leaders to define the next decade of commitment-making through “The Future of Impact” theme.

President Clinton established CGI, an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, to convene global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions through the creation of Commitments to Action – new, specific, measurable plans to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges. To date, members of the CGI community have made more than 3,200 Commitments to Action which have improved the lives of over 430 million people in more than 180 countries. Announced today are new participants and attendees, as well as program updates.

New participants and attendees joining President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton include His Majesty King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine; Matteo Renzi, Prime Minister of the Italian Republic; Aliko Dangote, President and Chief Executive, Dangote Group; John Chambers, Executive Chairman of the Board, Cisco; Bill Gates, Co-chair and Trustee, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Anita Goel, Chairman and CEO, Nanobiosym Diagnostics; Elizabeth Holmes, Founder and CEO, Theranos; Michel Liès, Group CEO, Swiss Reinsurance Company; Jack Ma, Executive Chairman, Alibaba Group; John McFarlane, Chairman, Barclays; Carolyn Miles, President and CEO, Save the Children; Jacqueline Novogratz, Founder and CEO, Acumen; Art Peck, Chief Executive Officer, Gap Inc.; Paul Polman, Chief Executive Officer, Unilever; Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of Foreign Trade, United Arab Emirates; Megan Smith, Chief Technology Officer of the United States; and George Soros, Founder and Chairman, Soros Fund Management and Open Society Foundations.

Erin Burnett, anchor, “Erin Burnett OutFront”; Fareed Zakaria, host of CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS” and Washington Post columnist; Becky Quick, co-anchor of CNBC’s “Squawk Box”; Shane Smith, CEO and co-founder of Vice Media; Abderrahim Foukara, Washington, DC Bureau Chief of Al Jazeera; and Gideon Rose, Editor, Foreign Affairs, will moderate special sessions for broadcast or webcast, as well as additional members of the media who will moderate sessions included in the list below.

Additional program highlights include a performance by the Polyphony Foundation, which aims to help bridge the divide between Arab and Jewish communities in Israel through classical music and an appearance by the Social Humanoid Robot, Pepper, created by Aldebaran and SoftBank.

Also participating are the following leaders from philanthropy, business, government, and civil society:

Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Akinwumi Adesina, President, African Development Bank
Madeleine K. Albright, Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group
Carlos Alonso, President of the Cabildo of Tenerife
Elizabeth F. Bagley, Special Advisor for Secretary Initiatives, U.S. Department of State
Joyce Banda, Former President of the Republic of Malawi
Ehud Barak, Former Prime Minister of the State of Israel
Mario Batali, Chef and Philanthropist, Mario Batali Foundation 
Sangeeta BhatiaProfessor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology  
Jessica Biel, Ambassador to the "Then Who Will" Campaign, WomanCare Global
Deborah L. Birx, Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator, Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, U.S. Department of State
Tony Blair, Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Founder and Patron of the Africa Governance Initiative and Faith Foundation
Irina Bokova, Secretary-General, UNESCO
Kjell Bondevik, Former Prime Minister of Norway
Sir Richard Branson, Founder Virgin Group & Virgin Unite
Tina Brown, Founder and CEO, Tina Brown Live Media
Jim Brett, President, West Elm
Ursula M. Burns, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Xerox Corporation
Felipe Calderon Hinojosa, Former President of Mexico
Kathy Calvin, President and CEO, United Nations Foundation
Jean Chrétien, Former Prime Minister of Canada
Wesley Clark, Chairman and CEO, Wesley K. Clark and Associates
Joan Clos, Executive Director, UN-Habitat
Gary Cohen, Executive Vice President and President of Global Health and Development, Becton, Dickinson and Company
Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Minister of Health, Republic of Senegal
Robert Collymore, Chief Executive Officer, Safaricom Limited
Christopher A. Coons, Senator of Delaware, United States Senate
Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, United Nations World Food Programme
Dragan Čović, Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina
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
Bernice Dahn, Minister of Health, Republic of Liberia
Ted Danson, Actor, Member of the Board of Directors, Oceana
Adam Davidson, Economics Writer, The New York Times
Philippe Douste-Blazy, Chairman, UNITAID
Sylvia Earle, Founder and Chairman, The Sylvia Earle Alliance and National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence
Nabil ElAraby, Secretary General, League of Arab States
Mike Eman, Prime Minister of Aruba
Vicki Escarra, Global Chief Executive Officer, Opportunity International
John Faison, Senior Pastor and Advisory Board Member, Watson Grove Missionary Baptist Church; The Black Church and HIV: The Social Justice Imperative, Gilead Inc. and NAACP Commitment to Action
Leonel Fernandez, Former President of the Dominican Republic
Pierre Ferrari, President and CEO, Heifer International
José Maria Figueres Olsen, Former President of the Republic of Costa Rica
Rana Foroohar, Assistant Managing Editor and Economics Columnist, Global Economic Analyst, TIME, CNN
Fereshteh Forough, Founder & President, Code to Inspire
Kenneth C. Frazier, Chairman and CEO, Merck & Co.
Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia
Hage Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia
Fadi Ghandour, Founder, MENA Ventures
Julia Gillard, Former Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia
Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, President of the Republic of Croatia
Hugh Grant, Chairman and CEO, Monsanto Company
Mike Gregoire, Chief Executive Officer, CA Technologies
Ólafur R. Grímsson, President of Iceland
António Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Former Prime Minister of the Portuguese Republic
Tarja Halonen, Former President of Finland
Michael Hancock, Mayor, City and County of Denver
Davida Herzl, Chief Executive Officer, Aclima
Fred P. Hochberg, Chairman and President, Export-Import Bank of the United States
Tin Ma Ma Htet, Teacher and Storyteller, Monastic Education Development Group, Myanmar Storytellers
Dana Hyde, CEO, Millennium Challenge Corporation
Mohamed Ibrahim, Chairman, Mo Ibrahim Foundation
Bharrat Jagdeo, Former President of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana
Atifete Jahjaga, President of the Republic of Kosovo
Ashley Judd, Ambassador, Population Services International
Thomas Kalil, Deputy Director for Policy, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Hemant Kanoria, Chairman and Managing Director, Srei Infrastructure Finance Limited
Erika Karp, Founder and CEO, Cornerstone Capital Group
John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand
Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group
Ousmane Kone, Minister of Health and Public Hygiene, Republic of Mali
Elizabeth L. Littlefield, President and CEO, Overseas Private Investment Corporation
Yang Lan, Chairman, Sun Media Group and Sun Culture Foundation
Jane Madgwick, Chief Executive Officer, Wetlands International
Betsy McKay, Atlanta Bureau Chief, The Wall Street Journal
James A. Michel, President of Seychelles
Sienna Miller, Global Ambassador, International Medical Corps
Le Luong Minh, Secretary-General, ASEAN
Festus Mogae, Former President of the Republic of Botswana
Luis Alberto Moreno, President, Inter-American Development Bank
Heidi Murkoff, Author and Advocate, What to Expect and the What to Expect Foundation 
Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of the Republic of Malta
Sauli Niinisto, President of Finland
Deogratias Niyizonkiza, CEO and Founder, Village Health Works
Edward Norton, Actor, Activist, Co-Founder, CrowdRise
Michelle Nunn, President & CEO, CARE
Michael Nyenhuis, President and CEO, AmeriCares Foundation
Denis O'Brien, Chairman, Digicel
Olusegun Obasanjo, Former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
George Papandreou, Former Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic
Sean Parker, Chairman of the Parker Foundation‎
Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico
Freida Pinto, Actor & Producer of Girl Rising
Pedro Pires, Former President of the Republic of Cape Verde
Rosen Plevneliev, President of the Republic of Bulgaria
Edi Rama, Prime Minister of the Republic of Albania
Hanne Rasmussen, Chief Executive Officer, The LEGO Foundation
Kasim Reed, Mayor, City of Atlanta
Judith Rodin, President, The Rockefeller Foundation
Zack Rosenburg, CEO and Co-Founder, St. Bernard Project
Catherine Russell, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues, U.S. Department of State
Jorge Sampaio, Former President of the Portuguese Republic
Marcus Samuelsson, Chef-Owner of Red Rooster Harlem, Ginny's Supper Club, and Streetbird Rotisserie, Marcus Samuelsson Group
Juan Manuel Santos Calderón, President, Republic of Colombia
Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, 2014
Max Schorr, Co-Founder and Board Member, GOOD magazine
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia
Anne-Marie Slaughter, President and CEO, New America
Charif Souki, Chairman and CEO, Cheniere Energy, Inc.
Kathy Spahn, President and CEO, Helen Keller International
Joseph Stiglitz, Professor, Columbia University
Petar Stoyanov, Former President of the Republic of Bulgaria
Elizabeth Hausler Strand, Founder and CEO, Build Change
Lawrence Summers, Charles W. Eliot University Professor, Harvard Kennedy School
William Swing, Director-General, International Organization for Migration
Truong Tan Sang, President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Lila Tretikov, Executive Director, Wikimedia Foundation
Charlize Theron, Founder CTAOP and United Nations Messenger of Peace, Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP)
Danilo Türk, Former President of the Republic of Slovenia
Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysicist, American Museum of Natural History
J. Craig Venter, Co-Founder, CEO, and Chairman, Human Longevity, Inc.
Yanzhi Wang, President, Silk Road Fund
Jane Wurwand, Founder and Chief Visionary, Dermalogica
Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Chairman, Yunus Centre
Victor Yushchenko, Former President of Ukraine
Ernesto Zedillo, Former President of Mexico
Heather Zichal, Distinguished Fellow, Atlantic Council

The Annual Meeting is sponsored by Ambassador Gianna Angelopoulos, Hult International Business School, Starkey Hearing Foundation, Barclays, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Coca-Cola Company, Ford Foundation, Procter and Gamble, The Rockefeller Foundation, United Postcode Lotteries, Varkey Foundation, Cheniere Energy, Cisco, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, NRG Energy, Blackstone, Consolidated Contractors Company, Delos Living, Gap Inc., Inter-American Development Bank, Interenergy, Laureate International Universities, Monsanto, Standard Chartered, Swiss Reinsurance Company, Victor Pinchuk Foundation, Western Union, APCO Worldwide, Diageo, Hewlett-Packard, Jive, and Knoll.

Media registration is now open and press planning to cover must be credentialed by the Clinton Global Initiative. Please apply for credentials at https://cgi2015.iworldreg.com/public/apply/press, and send all questions regarding media registration to [email protected].

Please visit http://www.clintonglobalinitiative.org/2015 for the latest program details and confirmed participants. Follow CGI on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram for meeting news and highlights, and use the official meeting hashtag #CGI2015.

About the Clinton Global Initiative
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement solutions to the world's most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together 190 sitting and former heads of state, more than 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date, members of the CGI community have made more than 3,200 Commitments to Action, which have improved the lives of over 430 million people in more than 180 countries.

In addition to the Annual Meeting, CGI convenes CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to economic recovery in the United States; and CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their community or around the world. This year, CGI also convened CGI Middle East & Africa, which brought together leaders across sectors to take action on pressing social, economic, and environmental challenges.