University for a Night 2017 - Wednesday, May 10 in New York City

The most pressing global challenges are interconnected.

Creating a more sustainable and prosperous world requires systemic approaches to issues such as health, nutrition, education, agriculture, employment, the environment, governance, and peace.

University for a Night 2017 brought together leaders of business, government, international organizations, civil society, and philanthropy to share ideas and inspiration about how we can work together toward common goals, creating opportunities for people and communities to thrive.

We also honored three outstanding global leaders with the David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Awards:
Mo Ibrahim, Hadeel Ibrahim, Ma Jun

About our Honorees

Mo Ibrahim, Founder and Chair of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, and Hadeel Ibrahim, the organization’s founding Executive Director, are working to improve governance and leadership in Africa in order to create lasting gains in the quality of life of its citizens. The Mo Ibrahim Foundation developed the Ibrahim Index of African Governance and awards the Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership to former executive heads of state or government. Through the foundation’s forum and fellowship programs, this father-daughter team is also advancing understanding and action on a range of interrelated topics. Hadeel Ibrahim is also Co-Chair of the Africa Center, a multidisciplinary institution in New York that promotes partnership, collaboration, dialogue, and understanding between African artists, business leaders, and civil society and their counterparts in the United States and beyond.

► Environmentalist and journalist Ma Jun is founder of the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE) in China. IPE’s information platforms integrate environmental data to meet green business, financial, and policymaking needs. Using cooperation between companies, government, NGOs, research organizations, and other stakeholders, IPE is leveraging the power of information to enable a wide range of enterprises to achieve environmental transformation.


Bloomberg Philanthropies Charles Butt Serge Dumont Mo Ibrahim and Hadeel Ibrahim Larry Lunt Antonio Madero Minderoo Foundation The late David Rockefeller The Rockefeller Foundation Carlos and Gabriela Rodríguez-Pastor Ivan Tse Unilever Monica Winsor and Josh Mailman Anonymous

For More Information

Contact Meghan Kendall at or +1-646-963-2109.