Join Michael E. Porter in Reykjavik April 28, 2016 for "Social Progress - What Works?"

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Join Michael E Porter April 28!  


Please join Harvard Business School Professor Michael E. Porter for a meeting of social innovators from around the world to identify solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems.

The conference will be a watershed discussion of how countries including Brazil, Costa Rica, Iceland, Nepal, New Zealand and Rwanda and cities and regions such as Medellin, Colombia and the Basque Region of Spain have achieved standout social progress results.

Insight from the Social Progress Index, a powerful new benchmarking tool to connect decision-makers with fresh perspectives on social performance, will anchor these conversations.

Date: April 28, 2016 
Time: 8:30 am to 2:30 pm (local)
Venue: HARPA Conference Centre Reykjavík, Iceland

Confirmed speakers include:  

Professor Michael E. Porter, Bishop William Lawrence University Professor, Harvard Business School
Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson, Prime Minister of Iceland
Dagur B. Eggertsson, Mayor, City of Reykjavik
Michael Green, Executive Director, Social Progress Imperative (Event Moderator)
Professor Marc Fleurbaey, Chair, International Panel on Social Progress
Dr. Swarnim Wagle, Former Member, Nepal Planning Commission 
Professor Jón Atli Benediktsson, President, University of Iceland
Matthew Bishop, The Economist Group
Beto Verissimo, Co-founder, Imazon
Professor Martha Minow, Dean, Harvard Law School
Mette Lindgaard, Global Social Innovation Leader, Deloitte​
Dr. Girol Karacaoglu, Chief Economist and Deputy Secretary, Macroeconomic, International & Economic Research, New Zealand Treasury 
Victor Umaña, Director CLACDS, INCAE Business School
Francis Gatare, Chief Executive Officer, Rwanda Development Board
Rakel Óttarsdóttir, Chief Operating Officer, Arionbank
Angela Escallón Emiliani, Executive Director, Fundación Corona
Angel Toña, Regional Minister for Employment and Social Policies, Basque Government
David Erasmus & Louis Cole, Founders of The Solvey Project

Please join us online for this special event by watching live video and sharing questions and comments using the #WhatWorks2016 hashtag.

Please see the full program below.

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Full Program  

8:30  Opening 
Liv Bergþórsdóttir, Chief Executive Officer, NOVA

8:35 Welcome to Reykjavik
Dagur B. Eggertsson, Mayor, City of Reykjavik

8:45 Why Social Progress Now?
Matthew Bishop, The Economist Group

8:55 Social Progress: The Next Development Agenda
Prof. Michael E. Porter, Bishop William Lawrence University Professor, Harvard Business School

9:25 Session 1: Overperformers on Basic Human Needs: Nepal and Rwanda
Presenters: Dr. Swarnim Wagle, Former Member, Nepal Planning Commission; Francis Gatare, Chief Executive Officer, Rwanda Development Board

9:55 Session 2: Overperformers on Foundations of Wellbeing: Iceland and the Brazilian Amazon
Presenters: Rakel Óttarsdóttir, Chief Operating Officer, Arionbank; Beto Verissimo, Co-founder, Imazon 

10:25 Coffee Break

10:45 Session 3: Overperformers on Opportunity: New Zealand and the Basque Region, Spain
Presenters: Dr. Girol Karacaoglu, Chief Economist and Deputy Secretary, Macroeconomic, International & Economic Research, New Zealand Treasury; and Angel Toña, Regional Minister for Employment and Social Policies, Basque Government

11:15 Session 4: Overperformers on Social Progress in Aggregate: Costa Rica and Medellin, Colombia
Presenters: Victor Umaña, Director CLACDS, INCAE Business School; and Angela Escallón Emiliani, Executive Director, Fundación Corona

12:00 Lunch Break

12:45 Role of Research in Driving What Works
Prof. Jón Atli Benediktsson, President, University of Iceland

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13:00 What Works in Advancing Social Progress? – Lessons Learned
Moderator: Matthew Bishop, The Economist Group
Panelists: Prof. Michael E. Porter, Bishop William Lawrence University Professor, Harvard Business School; Prof. Martha Minow, Dean, Harvard Law School; Prof. Marc Fleurbaey, Chair, International Panel on Social Progress; Mette Lindgaard, Global Social Innovation Leader, Deloitte

14:00 Launch of Global Solutions Challenge “Solvey”
David Erasmus & Louis Cole, Founders of The Solvey Project

14:10 Why is Social Progress Important in Iceland?
Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson, Prime Minister, Iceland

14:25 Closing Remarks and Thank You
Michael Green, Executive Director, Social Progress Imperative

14:30 End of Conference

Please note that attendees of the "What Works?" event are invited to join the closing plenary of the Iceland Geothermal Conference at the same venue:
16:00 Plenary Closing Session of Iceland Geothermal Conference 2016

Please join us online for this special event by watching live video and sharing questions and comments using the #WhatWorks2016 hashtag.