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2008 Clinton Global Initiative -- Opening Day (Wed.)

September 24, 2008

As I noted yesterday (below), kaisernetwork.org is webcasting many of the plenaries and working group sessions at this year's CGI. For those interested in checking some of them out, here are the participants in today's events:

10:00 a.m.: Opening Plenary: A Call to Action

  • Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States
  • Her Majesty Rania Al-Abdullah, Queen of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
  • Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President, Republic of Liberia
  • Al Gore, Chairman, General Investment Management
  • Bono, Lead Singer, U2; Co-Founder, ONE
  • Lance Armstrong, Founder/Chair, Lance Armstrong Foundation
  • E. Neville Isdell, Chair, Coca-Cola Co.

12:00 p.m.: Press Conference with Lance Armstrong

2:00 p.m.: Four Concurrent Working Group Sessions

Global Health: Healthy Transitions for Adolescent Girls

  • Maria S. Eitel, President, Nike Foundation
  • Ashley Judd, Global Ambassador, YouthAIDs, Board Member, PSI
  • Felicia Maria Knaul, Senior Economist and Director, Health and Competitiveness Initiative, Fundacion Mexicana para la Salud
  • Bene Edwin Madunaga, Co-Founder, Girls' Power Initiative

Energy & Climate Change: Ending Energy Waste

  • Diana Farrell, Director, McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) McKinsey & Co.
  • Matt Kistler, Sr. Vice President, Sustainability, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
  • William McDonough, Chair, William McDonough & Partners, Architects
  • Kathleen McGinty, Partner, Peregrine Technology Partners
  • Andrew Winston, Founder, Winston Eco-Strategies, LLC

Poverty Alleviation: Strengthening Livelihoods Through Financial Services for the Poor

  • Fazle Abed, Founder/Chair, BRAC
  • Sylvia Matthews Burwell, President, Global Development Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Julio Frenk, Sr. Fellow, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; President, Caro Health Institute
  • James Mwangi, Managing Director/CEO, Equity Bank Limited
  • Robert E. Rubin, Director and Sr. Counselor, Citigroup, Inc.; former Secretary of the Treasury

Education: Global Expansion of Programs That Increase Quality Education

  • Rukmini Banerji, Director, Pratham and ASER Centre
  • Maria Keita Diarra, Founder, Institut pour l'Education Populaire
  • Michelle Rhee, Chancellor, District of Columbia Public Schools

4:00 p.m.: Plenary Session: Generating Profits, Jobs and Equitable Growth

  • Matthew Bishop, New York Bureau Chief and American Business Editor, The Economist
  • John T. Chambers, Chair/CEO, Cisco
  • Hernando de Soto, President, Institute for Liberty and Democracy
  • Thoraya Amed Obaid, President and Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund
  • Tulsi Tanti, Chair and Managing Director, Suzlon Energy, Ltd.

5:00 p.m.: Giving: A Conversation Between President Clinton and Bill Gates

Here's another link to live webcasts from this year's CGI event.

More to come...

-- Mitch Nauffts

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