University for a Night 2008


A Celebration of Partnership

Since 1997, each year University for a Night brings together leaders from business, government, civil society and philanthropy to learn from each other, to share experiences and ideas, and make connections that will help address issues of global poverty and equity.

Participants at the 2008 event also honored two people whose works represent what the evening is all about. The 2008 recipients of the David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award were Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan and Fazle Hasan Abed of Bangladesh, Founder and Chairperson, BRAC.

Event Underwriter

Instituto Rukha

Other Major Supporters

Dorian Goldman and Marvin Israelow
Vincent and Anne Mai
David Rockefeller Sr.
Kim Samuel Johnson
Michael Sonnenfeldt and Katja Goldman

Energy Developments and Investments Corporation
Shell International David Bohnett Foundation Skoll Foundation
JPMorgan Chase & Co.PepsiCo


Tuesday, September 23, 2008 at the New York State Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City
5:30pm   Reception
6:30pmPlenary discussion
Featuring Fazle Hasan Abed, Founder and Chair of BRAC, Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Laureate and Founder of the Green Belt Movement, and Jeff Skoll, Founding President of eBay, Founder and Chairman of the Skoll Foundation and Participant Media; moderated by Synergos Founder and Chair Peggy Dulany
7:30pmRecognition of David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Honorees
Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan and Fazle Hasan Abed, Founder and Chair, BRAC
Presentation by David Rockefeller
8:00pmTable discussions and dinner
Small groups gather over dinner with plenary speakers and other Distinguished Faculty, experts from around the world