October 16-17, 2014

The Era of Citizens – How Civil Society and Foundations are Shaping the Future

In the 50th year since its founding, the Robert Bosch Stiftung held an international conference to discuss the future of the role of civil society and foundations. The conference entitled "The Era of Citizens – How Civil Society and Foundations are Shaping the Future" took place on October 16th and 17th in Berlin. German President Joachim Gauck opened  the conference.

Civil society thrives when citizens assume responsibility. It is the engine powering democracy and a necessary partner for the state and business. Foundations can use their resources and independence to act as a driving force behind civil society.

How can civil society fulfill these duties in future? Which trends are emerging within civil society? How do foundations need to position themselves and which issues do they need to focus on in order to live up to their role? Experts from civil society and the foundation sector discussed these questions with representatives from the worlds of politics and the media.

As part of the conference, the Robert Bosch Stiftung also presented the study entitled "The Future of Foundations," which Roland Berger Strategy Consultants conducted on its behalf.


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Muhammad Yunus (li.), 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Winner, German President Joachim Gauck, and Kailash Satyarthi, 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Winner.

The Future of Civil Society: If Not Now, When?

On October 16, German President Joachim Gauck opened the international "Era of Citizens – How Civil Society and Foundations are Shaping the Future" conference in Berlin. Afterwards, Nobel Peace Prize laureates Muhammad Yunus from Bangladesh and Kailash Satyarthi from India as well as Saran Kaba Jones from the organization FACE Africa in Liberia and former Polish ambassador Janusz Reiter all spoke about the future of civil society.

In his speech on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Robert Bosch Stiftung, German President Joachim Gauck spoke about Robert Bosch’s legacy. He spoke about how Bosch created a global corporation from an ignition switch – a technological innovation – and yet never lost sight of the general good. He emphasized Bosch’s commitment to education and health, which today is continued through the activities of Robert Bosch Stiftung. "Through my work as German president, I see that the entire country is full of dedicated people," said Gauck. "Today, networks exist all over that, in addition to our democratic institutions, make this country strong and beautiful." Civil society is the hope and nectar for a better tomorrow, both in Germany and in countries such as Turkey, Myanmar, and India.

In a subsequent discussion round, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Muhammad Yunus from Bangladesh initially congratulated the new Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi, founder of the Global March Against Child Labor organization from India, who was recognized for his work in the field of children’s rights only a few days prior. Yunus himself is considered the inventor of microloans for the poor in Bangladesh. The idea came to him while he was teaching business and he asked himself what he could do to fight hunger and poverty in his home country. At first he loaned his own money, then later founded Grameen Bank. "What I did wasn’t magic," said Yunus, "I simply looked for constructive solutions and lent people the money that I had," he said. Yunus particularly lent money to women, who up until then didn’t have any opportunity to receive loans: "Women do things for others and can send their children to school with the money the receive."

Children also benefit from the work carried out by the newly minted Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kailash Satyarthi. "The greatest gift for me is when I can free a child and return them to their family," he says. He has helped 80,000 children in 30 years. "Each of us has something special that we can contribute," he said, encouraging the 300 people in the audience. "We simply need to globalize our empathy and teach it to our children first."

And Saran Kaba Jones, founder and CEO of FACE Africa in Liberia, also reminded the audience of the strength of civil society in our globalized world, particularly in light of the current Ebola crisis. "Above all, we need to support civil society in Africa. Particularly now, since the infrastructure in some countries is failing as a result of the epidemic," said Kaba Jones. Changes must be initiated from the bottom – from the people. As such, the local health care employees who are fighting the epidemic in the affected communities are all everyday heroes in her eyes. Hundreds of them have already died away from the media spotlight, according to Kaba Jones. Satyarthi summarized the discussion about the future of civil society in a single sentence: "If not now, when? If not you, who?"

(Ellen Köhrer, October 2014)


Partial recording of the speech delivered by German President Joachim Gauck:
Helmut K. Anheier, Hertie School of Governance
Helmut K. Anheier, PhD, is President and Professor of Sociology at the Hertie School of Governance. He also holds a chair of Sociology at Heidelberg University and serves as Academic Director of the Center for Social Investment. He is currently researching the role of foundations in civil society. Helmut Anheier is author of over 300 publications, and he won various international prizes for his scholarship. His most recent publication is the second edition of his book Nonprofit Organizations - Theory, Management and Policy (London: Routledge, 2005 and 2014).
Richard Arnold, Schwäbisch Gmünd
Richard Arnold became the mayor of his birthplace, Schwäbisch Gmünd, in 2009. When carrying out his daily activities, he places an emphasis on working closely with citizens, on tolerance and openness, and on supervising and supporting civic involvement in a positive and active manner. It is this dedication to active citizenship, a policy "for the people from below," and his unconventional appeal for a new asylum and refugee policy that has increasingly put him at the center of the social and political discussion about Gmünd and the surrounding region. He was awarded the Mérite Européen in 2012, honoring him for his achievements pertaining to international understanding in Europe.
Prof. Dr. Hans Bertram
Hans Bertram has conducted empirical and theoretical research on the socio-structural development conditions of children within the family and in modern society. From 1984 to 1992, he headed the German Youth Institute in Munich, serving as the association’s chairman and scientific director, and while there established the DJI family survey on the basis of a sample census and survey data; the family survey itself serves as the basis for social accounting based on empirical data carried out by the German government. From 1992 to 2014, he served as the chair of the micro-sociology department at Berlin’s Humboldt-Universität. His current research project at re:work is entitled "Change and Development of the Family in Germany and Japan" and ties into countless projects pertaining to the situation of children and families in Germany.
Kathleen Cravero-Kristoffersson, Oak Foundation
Kathleen Cravero was appointed President of Oak Foundation in February 2009. In this capacity she supports the Trustees of Oak Foundation to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. She also provides leadership and guidance to Oak staff in each of the six substantive programmes of the Foundation, including the Environment, Child Abuse, Housing & Homelessness, International Human Rights, Issues Affecting Women and Learning Differences. Before coming to Oak, Ms. Cravero worked for over two decades on a range of international development issues, from newly emerging democracies to conflict and emergency situations. Ms. Cravero-Kristoffersson worked in various posts with UNAIDS, UNICEF, UNDP and WHO. Her two last assignments with the United Nations included Director of the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery with the United Nations Development Programme and Deputy Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS.
Dr. Karen Donfried, German Marshall Fund of the United States
Dr. Karen Donfried assumed the leadership of the German Marshall Fund as president in April 2014. Donfried most recently was the special assistant to the president and senior director for European affairs on the National Security Council at the White House. In this capacity, she was the president’s principal advisor on Europe and led the interagency process on the development and implementation of the president’s European policies. Prior to the White House, Donfried served as the national intelligence officer (NIO) for Europe on the National Intelligence Council. As NIO, she directed and drafted strategic analysis to advance senior policymakers’ understanding of Europe. She has written extensively on German foreign and defense policy, European integration, and transatlantic relations.
Brent Goff, Deutsche Welle (DW)
Brent Goff is the host of "AGENDA with Brent Goff", the flagship weekly news talk show on Deutsche Welle (DW) TV's English program. Brent is also senior anchor of DW's leading news program, "Journal." For his reporting and anchoring on the financial crisis Brent was nominated as a "Young Global Leader" at the World Economic Forum in 2008. Prior to joining DW, Brent worked as a producer for CNN in Berlin and Washington. He has also reported for Time magazine. He was a Robert Bosch Fellow in 1999-2000.
Saran Kaba Jones, FACE Africa
Saran Kaba Jones is founder and CEO of FACE Africa, a US/Liberia based NGO that funds clean water projects in Liberia. Saran was born in Liberia but left in 1989 at the young age of eight, shortly before the country's civil war began. The daughter of a career diplomat, she returned to Liberia almost 20 years after she left to find a country in desperate need and made it her mission to help, specifically focused on access to safe drinking water and sanitation.
Thomas Jorberg, GLS Bank
Thomas Jorberg has worked at the GLS Bank since 1986 and became CEO in 2003. In 1995 he was a founding member of the board of GLS Beteiligungs AG and became initiator of the energy fund; he has remained in these roles ever since. He has been the chairman of the supervisory board of the ElektrizitätsWerke Schönau since 2005 and since 2009 he has been a member of the supervisory board of Hannoversche Kassen and the Global Alliance for Banking on Values’ steering committee. He received the B.A.U.M. environmental award in 2010 for his outstanding commitment to sustainable social development and his value-oriented approach to handling money. He received the future award from future e.V. in 2009 for his responsible method of corporate management. And in 2011, he received the Fairness-Stiftung’s German fairness prize from the for fair corporate management.
Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Krull, VolkswagenStiftung
Wilhelm Krull ist Generalsekretär der VolkswagenStiftung. Zuvor war er als DAAD-Lektor an der Universität Oxford sowie in leitender Position beim Wissenschaftsrat und in der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft tätig. Seit Ende der 1980er Jahre war und ist er Mitglied in zahlreichen Aufsichts- und Beratungsgremien, u. a. der OECD, der EU, des BMBF, der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft und des Wissenschaftsrates. Überdies war er 2004 bis 2006 Vorsitzender des Hague Clubs der größten europäischen Stiftungen, 2006 bis 2008 Vorsitzender des europäischen Stiftungsverbandes (EFC) und ist von 2008 bis 2014 Vorstandsvorsitzender des Bundesverbandes deutscher Stiftungen.
Anja Langenbucher, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Anja Langenbucher is European Director at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In this role, Anja manages the foundation’s policy, advocacy, and government relations activities in Europe. Prior to joining the foundation, Anja worked for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in a range of roles including managing the EBRD’s technical assistance program and as a transaction leader in the agribusiness team leading both debt and equity transactions. Anja also worked at the IFC/World Bank in Washington and for the European Commission in Brussels; she started her career at the Boston Consulting Group in Munich.
Werner Mauch, UIL, UNESCO
Werner Mauch is a Senior Programme Specialist at UIL, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning. He is currently responsible for the management of UIL’s adult learning and education (ALE) programme with its focus on the follow-up of the Sixth International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VI, 2009). Working at UIL since 1993, he has been responsible for a series of UIL research and development projects and activities. He was programme coordinator of the Pan-European CONFINTEA VI Preparatory Conference (Budapest, Hungary 2009) and coordinator of UIL’s post-CONFINTEA V activities on "Adult Learning and Institutions of Higher Education".
Dr. Gerd Müller, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
Gerd Müller is Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development in Germany since 2013. From 2005 to 2013 he was Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection; responsible, among other things, for international relations, development projects amd world food affairs.
Mariam C. Noland, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
Mariam C. Noland is president of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, Detroit, Michigan. Noland joined the foundation in 1985 as its first president. Previously, she served as vice president of the St. Paul Foundation and program officer and secretary treasurer of the Cleveland Foundation. Prior to her work in the foundation field, Noland was on staff at Davidson College and Baldwin-Wallace College. Noland obtained her Ed.M. from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science from Case Western Reserve University.
Christopher G. Oechsli, The Atlantic Philanthropies
Christopher G. Oechsli is President and CEO of The Atlantic Philanthropies, a limited life foundation that will disburse its remaining endowment and complete grantmaking in 2016 and close its doors by 2020. Since 2011, Oechsli has led Atlantic’s programmatic grantmaking in eight regions of the world. Now in the foundation's final years, he is concentrating on “ending well”. To do so, Oechsli is focusing Atlantic’s limited remaining resources on initiatives and organisations that build on Atlantic’s historical areas of focus and show potential for transformative change, and he is committed to sharing the knowledge that can inform others with an interest in Atlantic’s grantmaking and limited life approach.
Walter W. Powell, Stanford University
Walter W. Powell is Professor of Education (and) Sociology, Organizational Behavior, Management Science and Engineering, Public Policy, and Communication at Stanford University, and Lewis A. Coser Visiting Professor at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. From 1999 to 2010, he was director of Scancor (Scandinavian Consortium for Organizational Research) at Stanford. At Stanford, Powell is faculty co-director of the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. Powell works in the areas of organization theory, economic sociology, and the sociology of science. His most recent book written with John Padgett is The Emergence of Organizations and Markets, Princeton University Press (2012). He is the author of numerous other award-winning books and articles.
Janusz Reiter, former Ambassador to Germany
Founder and Chairman of the Board of the Center for Internationals Relations, former Ambassador to Germany and the US, former Special Envoy for ClimateChange, Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center, Richard von Weizsaecker Fellow of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, Chairman of Humanity in Action Poland, columnist and contributor to major Polish and international newspapers. Janusz Reiter was awarded by the Federal President of Germany the Great Federal Cross with Star and Ribbon. He also received the Honorary Award of the European University Viadrina in Germany and the honorary degree of the College of the Atlantic in the US.
Dr. Andreas M. Rickert, PHINEO gAG
Dr. Andreas Rickert is Chairman of PHINEO and incubated the organization as Director of the former program 'civil society' at Bertelsmann Foundation. Before doing this, he was Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company, Inc. globally working on public sector and healthcare projects in Bahrain, The Netherlands, UK and Switzerland. He has studied Biology and did his Ph.D. on genetics in Germany and the United States. His large network comprises top level decision makers in the private, public and third sector. He has specific expertise in public private partnerships, corporate social responsibility (CSR), sustainability, impact investing, social business and philanthropy. Within PHINEO he is responsible for the organization's overall strategy, strategic partnerships as well as external representation. He speaks English and French and has working experience in international contexts.
Prof. Dr. Rolf Rosenbrock, Paritätischer Wohlfahrtsverband
Dr. Rolf Rosenbrock, born in 1945, economic, social, and public health scientist, was head of the Public Health Research Group at the Berlin Social Science Research Center from 1988 to 2012, and lectures on health care policy at the Charité’s Berlin School of Public Health, among other schools. He is a member of Germany’s National AIDS advisory council as well as the German Medical Association’s central ethical committee and chairman of the Berlin and Brandenburg health association. In 2012 he was appointed honorary chairman of the the welfare association Paritätischer Wohlfahrtsverband (a German umbrella association of charitable organizations).
Kailash Satyarthi, Global March Against Child Labour
Kailash Satyarthi is internationally acclaimed child rights’ activist and pioneer in the fight against child slavery. An electrical engineer by education, Kailash chose to initiate the movement to end child labour and exploitation in India and globally. Kailash Satyarthi is the architect and leader of two of the largest civil society movements i.e. the Global March Against Child Labour and Global Campaign for Education. In his country India, Kailash founded the grassroots movement Bachpan Bachao Andolan that has rescued over 83,000 children from slavery. Laureate of several awards Satyarthi is also credited for the first ever social labelling initiative Rugmark (Good Weave). He sits on several high level panels of the UN. His latest initiative is End Child Slavery Week that endeavours to incorporate abolition of child slavery in the post-2015 Development Agenda of the UN.
Stefan Schaible, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants
Stefan Schaible was appointed Deputy CEO on Roland Berger Strategy Consultants’ Global Executive Committee in 2014. Schaible is also head of the core region of Central Europe. He served as a member of the supervisory board between 2010 and 2013. Stefan Schaible studied chemistry and law at the University of Konstanz. He began his career at Roland Berger in 1997. He has headed up the Public Services Practice Group since 2004 and has been head of the international Civil Economics, Energy & Infrastructure Competence Center since 2006.
He specializes in advising public sector institutions, supporting major infrastructure projects, and consulting for the energy and environment sectors, and is also an expert on global trends.
Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Schildhauer, Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG)
Dr. Thomas Schildhauer – computer scientist, marketing expert, and internet researcher – holds a university professorship with a focus on electronic business at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK), and in 1999 he founded the UdK’s largest affiliated institute, the Institute of Electronic Business (IEB), which he heads as director. In addition, he is also the executive director of the Berlin Career College at the ZIW (central institute for postgraduate studies and further education) at the University of Arts, and is member of the UdK’s extended board. As the director of the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG), he conducts transdisciplinary research, particularly in the field of internet-enabled innovation.
Robert Shaw, Prinzessinnengarten
Robert Shaw ist seit 2008 Gesellschafter und Geschäftsführer der "Nomadisch Grün" gGmbH; 2009 Gründung des Pilotprojektes Prinzessinnengarten. Europaweit beratend beim Aufbau von Gärten tätig.
Aaron Sherinian, United Nations Foundation
Aaron Sherinian is the Vice President of Communications and Public Relations for the United Nations Foundation. Aaron has led the Foundation’s public relations efforts, media relationships, strategic outreach, and online presence since 2009. He has helped build some of the most talked about milestones in digital global engagement around causes and UN issues over the last few years including the Social Good Summit, #GivingTuesday, Rio+Social and the Momentum1000 global social media rally. Before joining the UN Foundation, Aaron Sherinian served Managing Director of Public Affairs for the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a U.S. Government development assistance agency administering $7 billion in poverty reduction grants in 40 partner countries, with a decade of service as a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Department of State in Ecuador, Armenia, Costa Rica, Colombia, and Washington D.C.
Ruben Vardanyan, RVVZ Foundation
Ruben Vardanyan is Co-founder and Chairman of the Board of RVVZ Foundation, Advisor to the Board Chairman of Sberbank of Russia. Previously, he served as CEO and Chairman of the Board at Troika Dialog, one of the oldest and largest investment banks in Russia and the CIS, before the merger with Sberbank in January 2012. A well-known entrepreneur and philanthropist, Ruben strongly impacted the development of Russia’s stock market. He is a Board Member at numerous entities in Russia and abroad. Ruben’s expert insights on the world and Russian economies, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, and education make him a frequent guest to economic forums and among the most oft-quoted experts in Russian and international media.
Rose Volz-Schmidt, wellcome gGmbH
Rose Volz-Schmidt is the founder and CEO of the charitable association wellcome gGmbH, which unites civic involvement with practical assistance for all families. As a supervisor and consultant, Rose Volz-Schmidt has long-term experience in the development of social institutions and a particular way of looking at the people that work there. wellcome views itself as an integral component of civil society and a particular trailblazer when it comes to social change: in this context, social commitment goes hand in hand with innovative entrepreneurship. Rose Volz-Schmidt has received numerous awards, including being named Social Entrepreneur of the Year in 2007 (Schwab Foundation) and receiving a German Order of Merit in 2009. She has been an active member of Robert Bosch Stiftung’s network since 2011.
Professor Muhammad Yunus, Founder Grameen Bank
Professor Muhammad Yunus is the Founder of Grameen Bank and the Chairman and Co-founder of Yunus Social Business. Today, Grameen Bank has over 8.4 million members - 97 per cent of whom are female - and has lent over US$12.5 billion since its inception. In 2006, the Norwegian Nobel Committee jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Peace to Professor Yunus and Grameen Bank "for their efforts to create economic and social development from below." Since 2006 Professor Yunus has focused on spreading and implementing the concept of Social Business. To date, there are more than 40 social Businesses in operation in Bangladesh alone – some are the largest companies in the region. Professor Yunus currently chairs the Yunus Centre, a one-stop resource centre for all Grameen Social Business-related activities in Bangladesh and around the world.

Conference Day 1

The Future of Civil Society
Day 1: October 16, 2014
  • Location: Hauptstadtrepräsentanz Deutsche Telekom AG, Französische Straße 33a-c, Berlin
  • Moderator: Brent Goff, Deutsche Welle TV

11:00 a.m. Greeting
Dr. Kurt W. Liedtke, Chairman of Robert Bosch Stiftung’s Board of Trustees, Germany

11:10 a.m. Speech
German President Joachim Gauck

11:30 a.m. It’s People Who Really Matter – Civil Society Changes the World

  • Prof. Dr. Muhammad Yunus, Founder of Grameen Bank, Bangladesh
  • Kailash Satyarthi, Founder of Global March against Child Labour, India
  • Saran Kaba Jones, Founder and CEO, FACE Africa, Liberia
  • Janusz Reiter, Former Ambassador of the Republic of Poland

Civil society develops from the charitable pursuits of individual citizens who pursue their goals with courage, initiative, and passion. What drives the people that change the world, and what can we learn from them?

12:30 p.m. Lunch

2:00 p.m. The Role of Civil Society
Prof. Dr. Walter W. Powell, Faculty Co-director, Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, USA

2:30 p.m. Shaping the Future Worldwide
Dr. Gerd Müller, Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany

Climate change, conflicts, hunger – the list of international challenges is not getting any smaller. Development policy will only be successful if Civil Society is involved in its design. What does this mean for global partnerships and where do we find this approach in the “Future Charter”, to which the BMZ is currently working together with Civil Society?

In discussion with:

  • Dr. Ingrid Hamm, Chief Executive Officer, Robert Bosch Stiftung
  • Dr. Anja Langenbucher, Director Europe Office, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Michael Schwarz, Chief Executive Officer, Stiftung Mercator

3:30 p.m. Coffee break

4:00 p.m. Shaping the Future Locally

  • Richard Arnold, Mayor City of Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany
  • Prof. em. Dr. Hans Bertram, Professor of Microsociology, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
  • Rose Volz-Schmidt, Founder and Managing Director, wellcome gGmbH, Germany
  • Robert Shaw, Co-Founder, Prinzessinnengärten, Germany

Life together in our society is facing significant changes. Which issues will be important in the future, and what role perceptions will be necessary? How can we design public spaces in the future to create the best possible conditions for activities within civil society?

5:00 p.m. Future Resources: What Charitable Pursuits Are Made Of

  • Thomas Jorberg, Chief Executive Officer, GLS-Bank, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Rolf Rosenbrock, Chairman, Paritätischer Wohlfahrtsverband, Germany
  • Werner Mauch, Senior Programme Specialist, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Schildhauer, Geschäftsführender Direktor, Alexander-von-Humboldt-Instituts für Internet und Gesellschaft , Germany

Initiatives from civil society need resources. Making them more flexible and new additions offer new areas of potential as well as new challenges. What are the resulting opportunities and tasks for those playing an active role in civil society?

6:00 p.m. Performance "322 Paintings" by Jutta Bosch

6:45 p.m. Reception

9:00 p.m. End of Day 1

Conference Day 2

The Future of Foundations
Day 2: October 17, 2014
  • Location: Berlin Representative Office of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, Französische Straße 32, Berlin
  • Moderator: Brent Goff, Deutsche Welle TV

9:15 a.m. Greeting

9:20 a.m. Presentation of the Study "The Future of Foundations"

  • Dr. Ingrid Hamm, Chief Executive Officer, Robert Bosch Stiftung
  • Prof. Dr. Helmut Anheier, Professor of Sociology and Dean, Hertie School of Governance
  • Prof. Dr.Wilhelm Krull, General Secretary, Volkswagen Foundation
  • Dr. Andreas Rickert, Chairman, PHINEO gAG
  • Stefan Schaible, Deputy CEO Global Executive Committee, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants

How do foundations need to position themselves in order to successfully shape societal developments? People actively involved will discuss the results and findings of the study entitled The Future of Foundations, which Roland Berger Strategy Consultants prepared on behalf of Robert Bosch Stiftung.

10:30 a.m. Coffee Break

11:00 a.m. How Private Wealth Can Change the World
Christopher G. Oechsli, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Atlantic Philanthropies, USA

In discussion with:

  • Ruben Vardanyan, Co-founder and Chairman of the Board, RVVZ Foundation, Armenia
  • Dr. Kathleen Cravero-Kristoffersson, President, Oak Foundation, Switzerland

12:00 a.m. "Actions Speak Louder Than Words!" Trendsetting Approaches to Foundation Activities

  • Dr. Karen Donfried, President, GMF, USA
  • Mariam Noland, President, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, USA
  • Aaron Sherinian, Vice President of Communications and Public Relations, UN Foundation, USA

Advocating the issues, building platforms, and bringing people and organizations together – in the future, foundations will appear in a wide variety of different roles. Inspiring examples from international foundation activities provide food for thought and discussion.

1:00 p.m. Closing Round

1:30 p.m. Lunch

End of the conference.