Ducere founder Mathew Jacobson will join more than 1000 world leaders including US President Barack Obama, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, U2 lead-singer and founder of ONE Bono, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, and Ducere faculty members Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Dr Mohamed Ibrahim at the CGI annual meeting from 23-26 September in New York City.
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the CGI assembles an extensive group of influential global leaders to facilitate discussions and create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.
This year’s theme is Mobilizing for Impact and is inviting participants to explore how to create lasting success in their efforts, by leveraging people, partner organisations and key resources to make significant, scalable and worthwhile change. A topic that thought leaders including Sir Richard Branson, President Bill Clinton and Mat Jacobson are pioneers of, in their respective fields.
Jacobson said the efforts of the CGI, as discussed at the annual meeting, allow leaders and business people from all over the world, to come together and truly have an impact. An occasion he is exulted to be privy to, due to his dual philanthropic-entrepreneurial venture, Ducere.
“It’s an incredible opportunity to recognise the innovations and actions that are already taking place through the CGI all around the world,” Jacobson said.
“The values of the CGI are mirrored in that of Ducere; both the annual meeting and the Centre of Management aim to connect real-world leaders and big thinkers, and harness their knowledge for social change.
“Being invited to attend this CGI annual meeting this year is very exciting for me. Engaging with some of the world’s most influential leaders, all of whom are coming together to discuss and assess ongoing global commitments and develop new partnerships, is something I am very passionate about.
“Initiatives such as the CGI, which reflects the activities we are doing through Ducere but on a global scale, further exemplify the need for businesses and leaders alike to look at how they can give back,” Jacobson said.
“Ducere exists out of the ideals of philanthro-capitalism, or social enterprise, whereby the fees from our tertiary education arm, the Ducere Centre of Management fully-fund the activities of our charity arm, The Ducere Foundation.
“We have an amazing line-up of world leaders who are involved with Ducere because they are committed to bringing about social change.
“This same mentality is what brings together the annual Clinton Global Initiative forum, which provides an opportunity to share and foster ideas creating much needed change in the world,” Jacobson said.
The annual CGI meetings have brought together nearly 150 current and former heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations, major philanthropists and prominent members of the media since their launch.
Among the attendees at this year’s CGI annual meeting will be Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Dr Mohamed Ibrahim, both members of the 32-strong Global Leaders Faculty at Ducere; a Melbourne-based online education provider of tertiary Business and Management courses, created by Jacobson along with fellow board members Josh Liberman and Leon Kempler.
“Mo is an incredibly successful businessman who is attempting to influence the work of some of the most influential people in Africa,” Jacobson said.
“And Tutu brings a unique voice to Ducere’s programs drawing on his many years in the public eye, showing the wisdom, kindness, leadership and confidence he has needed to confront some of the world’s most challenging issues.
“We are lucky to have them on our faculty, and the CGI is lucky to have them working for the greater good, through their own commitments and through those of the Initiative,” Jacobson said.
In total, members of the CGI have made nearly 2300 pledges, which have improved the lives of 400 million people in more than 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued in excess of $73.1 billion.
Through their course fees, students of the Ducere Centre of Management, provide funding for world first initiatives such as the Ducere Peace Centre Program and the Ducere Publishing House, which aims to have supplied 1 million books to African schools by 1 July 2014.
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