Jeff Skoll and Mabel van Oranje: Belief in a Collective Future--a Conversation #SkollWF





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Published on May 13, 2015

We all share belief in a better, more equitable world for ourselves, our children, and generations beyond. This conviction drives us—often relentlessly—to find the most effective and innovative solutions that provide real and sustainable opportunities for people to achieve their dreams.

But belief systems have also instigated extreme prejudice, cycles of retribution, and challenges to social progress in communities around the world. As we work together and collaborate across sectors, issue areas, and geographies, we are deliberately deconstructing negative belief sets, coming together to drive the best of what’s working in the world.

We believe social entrepreneurs and the innovators helping them drive solutions to some of the most pressing problems around the world hold the key to unlocking sustainable human progress. Join us in exploring this complex and important theme at this year’s Skoll World Forum.

Jeff Skoll is a philanthropist and social entrepreneur. As Founder of the Skoll Foundation, Skoll Global Threats Fund, Participant Media and Capricorn Investment Group, he is bringing life to his vision of a sustainable, peaceful and prosperous world. The first President of eBay, Skoll developed the company’s inaugural business plan and led its successful initial public offering. On 30 December 2011, Skoll was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest civilian honors.

A global advocate for freedom, justice and development for two decades, Mabel van Oranje is the initiator and chair of ‘Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage’. She is also co-founder and the executive chair of the European Council on Foreign Relations. She is a member of the (advisory) boards of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court, Crisis Action, Global Witness, the Malala Fund, the Open Society Foundations and The Elders.

In 1993, Mabel founded the European Action Council for Peace in the Balkans and was its CEO until 1997. In 1997, she joined the Open Society Foundations in Brussels as Executive Director, becoming OSF’s London-based International Advocacy Director in 2003. From 2008 until 2012, she was the first CEO of The Elders.

Mabel helped found the Dutch foundation War Child (1995), the global NGO coalition ‘Publish What You Pay’ (2002) and the Independent Commission on Turkey (2004). She has been actively engaged in the fight against HIV/AIDS and in global efforts that led to the establishment of the International Criminal Court in 2002.

Mabel holds masters degrees in Economics and Political Science (cum laude) from the University of Amsterdam. In 2005, the World Economic Forum named her one of its Young Global Leaders. In 2014, she received a Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and the John Diefenbaker Defender of Human Rights and Freedom Award for her work with Girls Not Brides.

The Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship accelerates the impact of the world's leading social entrepreneurs by uniting them with essential partners in a collaborative pursuit of learning, leverage and large scale social change.

The Skoll Foundation drives large-scale change by investing in, connecting, and celebrating social entrepreneurs and other innovators dedicated to solving the world's most pressing problems.


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