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The Changing Role of Business in Society

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The Changing Role of Business in Society

Time: May 7, 2013 from 7pm to 9pm
Location: The Exchange (London)
Street: 28 London Bridge Street
City/Town: London
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Event Type: csr, corporate, citizenship, inclusive, business, sustainable, development
Organized By: Laleh Rafiei
Latest Activity: Apr 29, 2013

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Event Description

The world is becoming increasingly interconnected and interdependent. This presents opportunities and challenges for businesses, governments and individuals both in the developed world and emerging markets. Businesses who are cognizant of the changing paradigm are updating their business models and strategies.

This event will discuss the changing role of business in society and what businesses and individuals need to do to be successful in the long-term.


The discussion will explore:
  • What is the context and drivers behind a changing business landscape?
  • What are the main opportunities, challenges and issues facing us?
  • What skills do individuals and future leaders need to possess?

At the conclusion of discussions, we will open up to the floor and invite input from the audience.

This event is a joint collaboration with Gawad Kalinga and Rio Monte.
Business Fights Poverty is our Media Partner.

Vanezza Zabbert (UK Country Manager, Gawad Kalinga)

Gawad Kalinga initiated a national movement to fight poverty in slums all over the Philippines, creating 2000 GK villages to the benefit of 1 million Filipinos. The focus is now on developing 500,000 social entrepreneurs by 2016. The GK model has also been implemented in Indonesia, Cambodia and Papua New Guinea. International recognitions reaffirm the Gawad Kalinga Way for its successful and innovative development model, including Ernst&Young Social Entrepreneur 2010, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship 2010, Nikkei Asia Awards 2011, the Skoll Foundation Social Entrepreneurship Award 2012 and most recently the World Social Entrepreneur Award from the World Entrepreneur Forum 2012.

Vanezza oversees GK’s activities in the UK and North Europe. Her passion for social inclusion stems from an upbringing in the contrasting countries of Germany and the Philippines. She holds a Masters Degree in Population and Development from the London School of Economics and has been committed to community-driven development programmes in South-East Asia over the last 10 years.

Ann-Lis Svensson (Founder, Rio Monte) 

Rio Monte, is an organisation dedicated to supporting corporations and stimulating and enabling citizens 
to play a strategic role in poverty reduction.

Ann-Lis Svensson is the Founding Director of Rio Monte.  Prior to this, Ann-Lis held top management positions in the UN, the Swedish Foreign Development Cooperation and international NGOs. Her direct and active role in social development across Latin America, Asia and Eastern Europe spans 30 years.

She has been responsible for developing strategic partnerships for development with governments and the business community as well as leading institutions, unions, local governments, NGOs and community representatives. She has coordinated and led complex programmes in environments of extreme poverty and exclusion. She was awarded a Medal of Honor by the government of Peru for her work. 


Please arrive for registration at 7pm and networking.  We will be starting at 7:30pm.   


Address: The Exchange

               Fielden House (Level 2)  

               28 London Bridge Street

               SE1 9SG


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