University for a Night 2011

Leaders from around the world came together on April 5 in New York City for this unique evening of sharing ideas and experience about how to work together to overcome poverty. This year our plenary discussion focussed on the theme:

Changing the world by changing the lives of women and girls.

photos of Jennifer and Peter BuffettWe also honored Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi of the African Women’s Development Fund and Jennifer and Peter Buffett of the NoVo Foundation with the David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award for their accomplishments helping empower women and girls as leaders in their own communities.

The evening concluded with dinner discussions exploring a wide range of innovative approaches to poverty, malnutrition, education, health, environment, conflict, and other critical global issues.

University for Night helps support Synergos’ programs around the world.


Carlos and Natalia Bulgheroni
David Rockefeller

Kim Samuel Johnson
The Rockefeller Foundation


Charles Butt
Peggy Dulany
Dorian Goldman and Marvin Israelow

Katja Goldman and Michael Sonnenfeldt
Vincent and Anne Mai


William Bohnett
Raymond Chambers and the MCJ Amelior Foundation
JPMorgan Chase
Mannheim, LLC

Strive Masiyiwa
Monica Winsor and Josh Mailman
Abby and George O’Neill
Open Society Institute


Omar Amanat
Edward and Sharon Bergman
Stanley and Marion Bergman
David Bohnett Foundation
Corinne Evens
Hüsnü and Ayşen Özyeğin

Michael and Brigitte Rennie
Carlos and Gabriela Rodríguez-Pastor
Robert Timpson and Peregrine Whittlesey
Venturos Inc
John C. Whitehead

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