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Join us for an inspiring and action-focused half-day event on how business, government and civil society are collaborating to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals. 

 
Timed to coincide with the UN General Assembly, our annual invite-only Business Fights Poverty NYC event brings together 100 senior business professionals and development partners.  

The event combines inspiring panel discussions with opportunities for genuine peer engagement and networking.
 
The event will include a set of themed collaboration lunches.
 

FEATURED SPEAKERS
BARBARA BYRNE
VICE CHAIRMAN, INVESTMENT BANK, BARCLAYS
RT HON ALISTAIR BURT MP
MINISTER OF STATE, UK DEPARTMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND FOREIGN & COMMONWEALTH OFFICE
ROGERIO RIBEIRO
AREA HEAD & SVP, EMERGING MARKETS, GSK
MICHELLE NUNN
PRESIDENT AND CEO, CARE USA
DANIEL EPSTEIN
CEO & FOUNDER, UNREASONABLE GROUP
JANE NELSON
DIRECTOR, CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY INITIATIVE, HARVARD KENNEDY SCHOOL 
MARK THAIN
FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR, SOCIAL INNOVATION FACILITY, BARCLAYS

 
ALEX MACGILLIVRAY
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT IMPACT, CDC
KATE JAMES
CHIEF CORPORATE AFFAIRS & GLOBAL MARKETING OFFICER, PEARSON 
PETER WHITE
VICE PRESIDENT AND COO, WORLD BUSINESS COUNCIL FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
SUE ADKINS
INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR, BUSINESS IN THE COMMUNITY

 
KATE WYLIE
GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY DIRECTOR, MARS INCORPORATED
PETER ROBINSON
PRESIDENT AND CEO, US COUNCIL FOR INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
LAURA GITMAN
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, BSR
ALIX ZWANE
CEO, GLOBAL INNOVATION FUND
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AGENDA

Registration and Networking Breakfast
7.30 - 8:30AM


Welcome and Opening
8.30 - 9:15AM
Zahid Torres-Rahman, Founder and CEO, Business Fights Poverty
Barbara Byrne, Vice Chairman, Investment Bank, Barclays
Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP, Minister of State at the UK Department for International Development and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Rogerio Ribeiro, Area Head & SVP, Emerging Markets, GSK

​​​​​​​Moderator and Event MC: Graham Baxter, Business Fights Poverty


Business Innovation for the SDGs
9.15 - 10:45AM
Mark Thain, Director, Social Innovation, Barclays
Kate James, ‎Ch
ief Corporate Affairs and Global Marketing Officer, Pearson
Daniel Epstein, Founder and CEO, Unreasonable Group
Sue Adkins, International Director, Business in the Community
Alix Zwane, Chief Executive Officer, Global Innovation Fund

Moderator: Jane Nelson, Director, Corporate Responsibility Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School


Networking Break
10.45 - 11:15AM


Business Collaboration for the SDGs
11.15AM - 12:45PM

Michelle Nunn, President and CEO, CARE USA
Kate Wylie, Global Sustainability Director, Mars Incorporated
Alex MacGillivray, Director of Development Impact, CDC
Peter Robinson, President and CEO, United States Council for International Business
Peter White , Vice President and COO, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
Laura Gitman, Senior Vice President, BSR


Moderator: Graham Baxter, Business Fights Poverty



Networking Lunches
12.45 - 2:00PM

Collaboration Lunch: Rethinking Collaboration for the SDGs

Collaboration Lunch: Social Innovation (by invite)

Collaboration Lunch: Investing for Impact (by invite)

Collaboration Lunch: Embedding the SDGs (by invite)


Watch the video of Business Fights Poverty Oxford 2017!
Learn more about the mission of Business Fights Poverty, hear from some of our supporters and get a flavour of how, through our Challenge process, we are building deep connections among those committed to collaborating around pressing global issues.  This video was taken at our recent event at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.  The event was supported by Mars Inc, as well as a number of other partners incuding Diageo and the International Finance Corporation.
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