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

Table Discussion Topics

University for a Night dinner discussions bring participants together for an exchange of ideas on specific topics, providing opportunities for networking, brainstorming, and inspiration.

1Responding to refugee crises
Curt Goering, Executive Director, Center for Victims of Torture
2Collaboration for education
George Khalaf, Executive Director, Empatico
3Trends and innovations reshaping philanthropy
Nicola Crosta, Executive Vice President, Epic Foundation
4Impact Investing: Investing for social and financial returns
Joyce Haboucha, Director of Sustainability & Impact Investing and Managing Director, Rockefeller & Company
Wayne Silby, Chair, Syntao (Beijing)
5What actions can philanthropists and social investors in China and the United States take to address climate change?
Ivan Tse, Founder, The Global Friends
6Systemic approaches to major global challenges
Hosted by Mo Ibrahim and Hadeel Ibrahim
7How business can create positive social and environmental impact
John Heller, Senior Director, Synergos Consulting Services
8Collaboration for education
Carlos Rodríguez-Pastor, Co-Founder, Innova Schools
9Systemic approaches to major global challenges
Don Mohanlal, President & CEO, Synergos
10Food, agriculture, and culture: Sustainable approaches for thriving, healthy communities
Claus Meyer, Founder, Meyer Group
11Food, agriculture, and culture: Sustainable approaches for thriving, healthy communities
Richard McCarthy, Executive Director, Slow Food USA
12Family philanthropy: Challenges and successes
Melissa Berman, President & CEO, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
13Changing the world by changing the lives of women and girls
Christina Lowery, CEO, Girl Rising
Thoai Ngo, Director, Poverty, Gender & Youth, Population Council
Justin Reeves, Executive Director, Magic Bus USA
14Unleashing the leadership capacity of young people
Michaela Walsh, Founding President, Women's World Banking and former Chair, Synergos
15Stopping the cycle of fear: How can we maintain human progress in the face of fear and uncertainty?
Joseph Cahalan, former CEO, Concern Worldwide U.S.
16Human rights and inclusive, sustainable development
Camille Massey, Founding Executive Director, Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice
Kim Samuel, President, Samuel Family Foundation, and Professor of Practice, McGill University
17Collaboration for public health
Ellen Agler, CEO, END Fund
18Using media to inspire action and inform social change
Molly Bingham, President & CEO, ORBmedia
Michael Moss, Author
19Using media to inspire action and inform social change
Bruni Burres, Partner, Mentor, & Media Expert, Greenhouse Documentary Program for Emerging Middle East and North African Filmmakers
20Focus on Africa: Creating prosperous, sustainable, and inclusive societies
Adewale Ajadi, Country Director, Nigeria, Synergos
21Promoting education, employment, and entrepreneurship in the Middle East and North Africa
Ron Bruder, Founder & Chair, Education for Employment Foundation
Hisham El Rouby, Regional Director, Arab World, Synergos
22Personal reflection to create trust and social transformation
Robert Dunn, former CEO, Synergos
23Supporting entrepreneurship and employment to overcome poverty
Martín Burt, Executive Director, Fundación Paraguaya
24      How business can create positive social and environmental impact
Leah Bradford Francis, Director, Synergos Consulting Services
Rajiv Joshi, Managing Director, B Team


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.