During the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, ICV will host one of its most impactful events to date, ICV Investing in African Health Systems, where we will convene Family Offices, Institutional Investors, Philanthropists, CEOs from the Private Sector, Ministers of Health and Heads of UN Agencies to create sustainable health systems for Africa.

Over the past 20 years, the world has taken unprecedented steps to improve and save lives.

  • Maternal mortality rates have fallen by almost half.
  • In Eastern Asia, Northern Africa and Southern Asia, maternal mortality has declined by around two-thirds.
  • Hundreds of millions of people have emerged from extreme poverty.
  • In 46 countries, women now hold more than 30% of seats in national parliament in at least one chamber.
  • For the world’s wealthiest, real net worth has increased from $1 trillion to almost $7 trillion.
  • And, over the next twenty years, the world’s wealthiest are expected to transfer more than $30 trillion to their children and grandchildren.

Despite determined global progress,

  • Every two minutes, a woman dies in childbirth.
  • In sub-Saharan Africa, women are 136 times more likely to die than in developed countries.
  • More than six million children still die before their fifth birthday each year.
  • At the end of 2013, there were an estimated 35 million people living with HIV, and 240,000 children were newly infected.
  • HIV is the leading cause of death for women of reproductive age worldwide.
  • AIDS is now the leading cause of death among adolescents (ages 10–19) in Africa and the second most common cause of death among adolescents globally.

This cannot be the world we share.

A measure of a civilization is how it treats its most vulnerable. We can do more. We can create positive change in our lifetimes.

With the involvement of multiple stakeholders, we can work together to catalyze responsible business growth and unlock innovative forms of financing at an unprecedented scale.

In the next 20 years, the brightest minds and breakthrough innovators will leverage their collective resources and shared aspirations to create companies that will reshape traditional industries.

There has never been a greater time in history when capital is being allocated to companies and investors focused on social impact. Therefore, the opportunity to do well by doing good is unprecedented.

Join us on September 20 to bridge the gap between political and financial worlds to drive development through 2030 and beyond.


Advancing the Global Goals: A New Era of Collaboration

Private sector and public sector stakeholders, and leading leading investors who leverage their talent, influence and capital to identify and grow businesses will share their insights on how to achieve global sustainability.

Good Health and Well-Being. Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all at all ages is essential to sustainable development.

Significant strides have been made in increasing life expectancy and reducing some of the common killers associated with child and maternal mortality. Major progress has been made on increasing access to clean water and sanitation, reducing malaria, tuberculosis, polio and the spread of HIV/AIDS. However, many more efforts are needed to fully eradicate a wide range of diseases and address many different persistent and emerging health issues.


Creating Sustainable Health Systems in Africa

The World Health Organization (WHO) is building a better, healthier future for people all over the world. Working with 194 Member States, across six regions, and from more than 150 offices, WHO staff are united in a shared commitment to achieve better health for everyone, everywhere. Together the WHO strives to combat diseases – communicable diseases like influenza and HIV, and noncommunicable diseases like cancer and heart disease. The WHO helps mothers and children survive and thrive so they can look forward to a healthy old age. The WHO ensures the safety of the air people breathe, the food they eat, the water they drink – and the medicines and vaccines they need.
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  • Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was elected as WHO Director-General for a five-year term by World Health Organization (WHO) Member States at the Seventieth World Health Assembly in May 2017. He is the first WHO Director-General to have been elected from multiple candidates by the World Health Assembly, and is the first person from the WHO African Region to serve as WHO’s chief technical and administrative officer. Immediately after taking office on 1 July 2017 Dr. Tedros outlined five key priorities for the Organization: universal health coverage; health emergencies; women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health; health impacts of climate and environmental change; and a transformed WHO. Prior to his election as WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros served as Ethiopia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2012–2016. In this role he led efforts to negotiate the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, in which 193 countries committed to the financing necessary to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Dr. Tedros served as Ethiopia’s Minister of Health from 2005–2012, where he led a comprehensive reform of the country’s health system. All roads lead to universal health coverage for Dr. Tedros, and he has demonstrated what it takes to expand access to health care with limited resources. The transformation he led as Ethiopia’s Minister of Health improved access to health care for millions of people. Under his leadership Ethiopia invested in critical health infrastructure, expanded its health workforce, and developed innovative health financing mechanisms. Beyond Ethiopia, Dr. Tedros’ global leadership on malaria, HIV/AIDS, and maternal and child health has been immensely impactful. He was elected as Chair of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Board in 2009, and previously served as Chair of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership Board, and Co-chair of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Board. Born in the city of Asmara, Eritrea, Dr. Tedros holds a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Community Health from the University of Nottingham and a Master of Science (MSc) in Immunology of Infectious Diseases from the University of London. Dr. Tedros is globally recognized as a health scholar, researcher, and diplomat with first-hand experience in research, operations, and leadership in emergency responses to epidemics. Throughout his career Dr. Tedros has published numerous articles in prominent scientific journals, and received awards and recognition from across the globe. He received the Decoration of the Order of Serbian Flag in 2016, and was awarded the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award in recognition of his contributions to the field of public health in 2011.


Where is Healthcare in 2030?

What if someone came down from another planet and looked at the healthcare system in the place called USA on the planet earth. What they would find is a system that speaks of wellness but is financed by disease treatment, one that talks about moving from volume to value but has yet to figure out how to define or reward value, and one where every other aspect of its economy and lifestyle has been transformed by technology and consumerism except for healthcare. The author of the books, We CAN Fix Healthcare and The Phantom Stethoscope, President Klasko uses science fiction to challenge audiences to imagine an ideal future, and identify what it takes to design that future today. He reviews twelve “disruptors” for the demise of the old healthcare system, and shows how each is an opportunity to take the trends and incremental steps we see today and create the transformations and disruptions tomorrow. His optimism is an antidote to fear surrounding current change. Most importantly, President Klasko challenges us to erase traditional boundaries and silos, to see creativity as a strategy, and to reconsider a hospital system as a “consumer organization.” He is passionate about designing a system without health disparities, a system that makes wellness the goal and a system where augmented intelligence use machine cognition to replace doctors’ memorization skills so that doctors can be chosen based on self-awareness and empathy to create meaningful relationships with patients. The talk will demonstrate actionable strategies through an innovative “history of the future” thought experiment, a strategic planning process which has led to Dr Klasko’s organization rapidly becoming one of the fastest growing academic medical centers in the nation, one that is more optimistic about its future than its almost two-hundred year old past.


  • Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA, is President and CEO of Philadelphia-based Thomas Jefferson University, a regional healthy system of hospitals dedicated to the health sciences and committed to educating professionals, discovering new knowledge, and setting the standard for quality, compassionate and efficient patient care. What began as Jefferson Medical College in 1824, now known as Sidney Kimmel Medical College, has grown into one of the nation’s leading healthcare learning institutions. Dr. Klasko has championed transformation of American health care as university president, dean of two medical colleges, and CEO of three academic health centers. He is author of 2016’s We CAN Fix Healthcare in America, and editor in chief of “Healthcare Transformation.” Since 2014, Jefferson Health has grown from a three hospital urban academic medical center with annual revenues of $1.8 billion to a major regional academic medical center. Currently an eight-hospital system, resulting from the merger of Jefferson with Abington Health, Jefferson Health will expand to an 11-hospital system with the proposed partnership mergers with Aria Health and Kennedy Health. Jefferson has the largest tele-health network in the region, the NCI-designated Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, and an outpatient footprint that is among the most technologically advanced in the region. With the completed merger with Philadelphia University — creating a comprehensive university with a forward-thinking education model — Jefferson will have combined annual revenues exceeding $4.8 billion, more than 28,000 employees, 7,800 students, 6,000 physicians/practitioners and 4,000 faculty.




Investing in Innovation

Investors who leverage their talent, influence and capital to identify and grow businesses will share their insights on how to achieve global sustainability.

  • Les Funtleyder is an Adjunct Professor of Public Health at Columbia. He is also Portfolio Manager of E Squared Asset Management, an accomplished family office targeting emerging growth companies with potentially disruptive technologies or services. Les =is an experienced healthcare investor and analyst with a track record of significant positive returns across Pharmaceuticals, Medical Technology, Managed Care, Hospitals and other facilities, and Healthcare Information Technology utilizing public equity, private equity and debt. He has served as a speaker and resource to media, policymakers and corporations on the intersection of investing, health policy and innovation. Les is the author of Healthcare Investing: Profiting from the New World of Pharma, Biotech, and Health-Care Services (McGraw Hill, 2009).
  • Gary Magnant is a venture engineer and former CEO of Thrive Bioscience, Inc., Sage Science, Inc., and Owl Scientific (now part of Thermo Fisher). Former VP of MJ Research (now Bio-Rad). Numerous patents and inventions. Numerous bioscience related board positions. Co-founder and former President of ActivBiotics (Lexington, MA) and ThermoCeramix (Montreal, Canada). Former Chairman, Trustee, Hallowell Awardee, of Stoneridge, a private Montessori school in Beverly, MA (now Harborlight-Stoneridge).
  • Robert Smith entered Wall Street with lessons passed down from four generations of family members who worked in the investment industry before him. Over the course of his career, he managed sales and trading teams at leading financial institutions, and built capital markets and international equities businesses. In 2014, Robert founded ICV to bring together his network of Family Offices and Fund Investors to evaluate opportunities that create a social impact beyond a financial return. Robert serves as Business Strategy Advisor to New Frontier Bio, a multi-asset holding company, which leverages the long-term involvement of the Kennedy family in healthcare to identify, finance and develop novel medical technologies from inception through clinical proof of concept. He serves as a member of the President’s Advisory Board of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, 16th on U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-2018 Best Hospitals Honor Roll. Robert is Senior Advisor for Fundraising and Partnerships to the Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, a platform to consolidate peace efforts and strengthen global security, monitor and support the Nobel Peace Laureates, and engage the minds of young people and citizens on real matters that broaden vision and open up new horizons for more peaceful and compassionate thinking. He is a member of the Advisory Council of Represent.Us, which brings the left and the right together to create positive change for American democracy. He serves as a member of the board of organizations focused on youth development, including the Chaeli Foundation, Childhood Cancer Kids, The Children’s Village and Tuesday’s Children. Robert is Vice President and serves on the Board of Directors of the Harmon Foundation, a private foundation established in 1922 by his great, great grandfather, William E. Harmon, who operated the largest real estate company in the world at the turn of the 20th century, created the mortgage and college loans, fueled the Harlem Renaissance and donated to thousands of nonprofits over his lifetime “to bring smiles and tender thoughts to the great in heart in high and low places, and to comfort and cheer those who do exceptional things or suffer.” In 2018, Robert was recognized as one of The 100 Visionary Leaders by Real Leaders Magazine and he was inducted as a member of Evolutionary Leaders with leaders who feel a sense of urgency about the state of our world and are forging a movement for the conscious evolution of humanity.



Innovation Showcase

We are pleased to feature innovative prevention and treatment approaches for pregnant women and newborns in rural, low-resource settings. These groundbreaking and sustainable projects have the potential to have a transformative effect on the lives of pregnant women and their babies in the hardest to reach corners of the world.

Championing Women’s Health, Equality and Empowerment

A discussion on women’s health and economic and political empowerment, including access to decent work, and control over economic, and productive resources and active participation in governance and decision-making.


  • Alaa Murabit is a medical doctor and one of 17 Sustainable Development Goals Advocates and United Nations High-Level Commissioner for Health Employment and Economic Growth, a TED speaker, the founder of VLW and a MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow. She was recently named a 2017 Forbes Under 30 for her work in global health policy and a Harvard University Law 2017 “Woman Inspiring Change.” Her TED Talk was named “TED Talk of the Day” and one of four “moving TED Talks to watch right now” by The New York Times. Nicknamed the “Libyan Doogie Howser” by Jon Stewart, Alaa was driven by her desire to create inclusive processes and institutions and founded VLW at the age of 21. With a strong focus on challenging societal and cultural norms and utilizing traditional and historical role models Alaa champions women’s participation in peace processes and conflict mediation. Her programs, such as the groundbreaking “Noor Campaign” have been replicated internationally. She currently serves as a trustee for The Malala Fund, International Alert, Keeping Children Safe and is an advisor to ConnectHer. Named The New York Times “International Trust Women Hero 2014”, Alaa is an Ashoka Fellow, Alaa is the youngest Marisa Bellisario International Humanitarian Award recipient, a Newsweek “25 under 25 to watch”, a BBC News “100 Top Woman”, the 2015 SAFE Global Hero and a Virgin Unite Changemaker.


Human Rights and the Pursuit of Justice

A discussion on women’s economic and political empowerment, including access to decent work, and control over economic, and productive resources and active participation in governance and decision-making.


  • Kerry Kennedy is President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. For more than thirty years, Ms. Kennedy has devoted herself to the pursuit of equal justice, the promotion and protection of basic rights, and the preservation of the rule of law. She has worked on a range of issues, including children’s rights, child labor, disappearances, indigenous land rights, judicial independence, freedom of expression, ethnic violence, impunity, and the environment. She has concentrated specifically on women’s rights, exposing injustices and educating audiences about women’s issues, particularly honor killings, sexual slavery, domestic violence, workplace discrimination, sexual assault, abuse of prisoners, and more. She has led hundreds of human rights delegations. At a time of diminished idealism and growing cynicism about public service, her life and lectures are testaments to the commitment to the basic values of human rights. She is the author of Speak Truth to Power: Human Rights Defenders Who Are Changing Our World, which features interviews with human rights activists including Marian Wright Edelman, the Dalai Lama, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and New York Times Best Seller Being Catholic Now. She appears regularly on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN and PBS as well as on networks in countries around the world, and her commentaries and articles have been published in The Boston Globe, The Chicago Sun-Times, L’Unita, The Los Angeles Times, The Miami Herald, Marie Claire, The New York Times, El Pais, and the Yale Journal of International Law, among others. Ms. Kennedy served as Chair of the Amnesty International USA Leadership Council for over a decade. Nominated by President Bush and confirmed by the Senate, she serves on the board of directors of the United States Institute of Peace, Human Rights First, HealthEVillages and Inter- Press Service (Rome, Italy). She is a patron of the Bloody Sunday Trust (Northern Ireland) and serves on the Editorial Board of Advisors of the Buffalo Human Rights Law Review. She is on the Advisory Committee for the association of American Indian Affairs; International Campaign for Tibet, the Global Youth Action Network, and several other organizations. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Albert Schweitzer Institute. Ms. Kennedy received high honors from President Lech Walesa of Poland for aiding the Solidarity movement. She has received awards from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the American Jewish Congress of the Metropolitan Region, the Emerald Isle Immigration Society, and the New York City Council. She was named Woman of the Year 2001 by Save the Children, received the Crossing Borders Award from the Feminist press in 2003, Humanitarian of the Year Award from the South Asian Media Awards Foundation, the Prima Donna Award from Montalcino Vineyards, and other awards and honors in 2008 she received the Eleanor Roosevelt Medal of Honor and the Thomas More Award from Boston College Law School. World Vision and International AIDS Trust gave her the 2009 Human Rights Award. She has also received awards from NYSUT, the American Federation of Teachers, and the National Teachers Association. In 2013 she received the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award from the Unitarian Universalists.


Well-Being Inspires Well-Doing

The Wellbeing Project is cultivating a shift in the culture of the field toward one that is healthier and supportive of inner wellbeing for all those working to effect social change. The project is structured in four pillars which all play a vital role and contribute to the larger mission of supporting and growing the wellbeing movement.

  • Sande Hart is a mother of two, community activist, organizational and project strategist, workshop producer and facilitator, and catalyst for a culture of collaboration, generosity, healing and harmony. Her passion for disrupting patterns of unhealthy communal behaviors and uncovering new solutions for old problems keeps her up at night. Sande is the Founding Director of the Charter For Compassion International Women and Girls, Past President of the United Religions Initiative for North America, and most recently has joined an international team of peacemakers to develop the One Humanity Institute on the grounds of Auschwitz, a transformational educational center for advancing a culture of peace in partnership with the city of Oswiecim and the government of Poland.
  • Bart Weetjens is a Zen priest and social entrepreneur. He is the founder of APOPO, an international humanitarian organisation that trains rats to save human lives by detecting landmines and disease. His work was recognised by Ashoka, the Schwab Foundation to the World Economic Forum and he won a Skoll Award for social entrepreneurship. Based on a vision that wellbeing inspires well-doing, he joined The Wellbeing Project, to help shift the culture in the field of social change to a more caring and compassionate one, with more support for the inner wellbeing of social change leaders. After 12 years of working in Tanzania, Africa, Bart moved back to his birth place Antwerp, Belgium, where he lives with his wife and two daughters.

Lotte New York Palace Hotel
455 Madison Ave
(Between 50th and 51st Streets)
New York, NY 10022



13:45 Peace Day ICV Global Youth Summit
14:30 14:45 Chalk 4 Peace
15:00 15:15  Welcome Remarks
15:15 16:00 Leadership, Peace and Global Citizenship
16:00 16:05 Social Media Moment
16:05 16:35 Inspiration and Peace Building on the Path to the SDGs
16:35 16:55 Sustainable Fashion and Creative Innovation
16:55 17:10 Interactive Activity
17:10 17:35 Media's Role in Advancing the SDGs
17:40 17:50 Baja Musical Arts Initiative
17:50 18:00 Well-Being Inspires Well-Doing
10:30  ICV Presents: A Conversation with Jane Goodall
10:30 12:00 VIP Brunch
12:00 12:05 Welcome Remarks by Larry Dubinski, President and CEO of The Franklin Institute
12:05 12:10 Welcome Remarks by Robert Smith, Founder and President of ICV
12:10 12:45 A Conversation with Jane Goodall
12:45 1:15 Dynamic Dialogue between Jane Goodall and Jonathan Granoff, President of GSI
1:15 1:30 Q&A with Dr. Jayatri Das, Chief Bioscientist of The Franklin Institute
2:00  Breaking the Silence: Beyond the Dream (times may change)
2:00 3:30 Let's RISE Up!
3:30 4:00 Sir the Baptist
4:00 4:30 Joey Alexander
4:30 4:45 Howard Gospel Choir
4:45 5:00 String Orchestra of Brooklyn
9:45 am Registration: NYU Skirball Center
10:00 12:30 Movement Makers Morning Session
12:30 5:00 Afternoon Session
5:00 7:00 P&G Presents: An Evening for Women and Girls
4:00  Closed Door Discussion: African Health Systems
4:45  Innovation Showcase
5:00 5:03 Welcome Remarks - Robert Smith, Founder of ICV
5:03 5:10 Creating Sustainable Health Systems - Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO
5:10 5:17 Where is Healthcare in 2030? - Dr. Stephen Klasko
5:17 5:24 Human Rights and the Pursuit of Justice - Kerry Kennedy of RFK Human Rights
5:24 5:31 Championing Women’s Health, Equality and Empowerment - Dr. Alaa Murabit, Global Goals Advocate
5:31 5:38 Well-Being Inspires Well-Doing - Bart Weetjens of APOPO and Sande Hart of Compassion International
5:38 5:45 Investing in Innovation - Les Funtleyder of E Squared Capital and Gary Magnant of Triple Sharp Venture Engineering
5:45                       6:30 Networking Reception


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