Imagine an event where hard-to-reach family offices, some of the world’s leading fund managers, chief executives of impact companies, economists and risk experts, Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, civil society leaders, academics, best-selling authors and artists meet to share their ideas, insights and outlook in a collaborative and safe environment. It’s easy if you try.

ICV is building a community of extraordinary individuals who by virtue and wealth that advance corporate sustainability, capitalize businesses at significant levels and influence systemic change.

ICV Manhattan 2016 on December 8 and 9 will deliver diverse content to single family offices who are allocating their capital across asset classes, carefully examining the interconnected risks that may disrupt a well-thought-out portfolio designed for future generations, and, improving the wellbeing of humankind through their philanthropy.

We will bring visibility to companies that are shaping the future of traditional industries and organizations that are addressing societal challenges.

On Friday, December 9, we will host a 27-piece orchestra at A Benefit Orchestral Evening for EARTH’S CALL.

ICV is dedicating all proceeds of ICV Manhattan 2016 to nonprofit organizations.


ICV Manhattan 2016 Guest Profile:

  • Number of qualified single family offices: more than 100
  • Total AUM of fund investors, collectively: over $2 trillion
  • Sponsors and service providers: 0
Substantive Opportunity and Expert PresentationsOver the course of two days, investors and philanthropists will have ample opportunities to evaluate opportunities in a safe and pressure-free environment. Over three industry-focused concurrent dinners, investors will hear from the CEOs of agriculture, healthcare and technology companies.


Manager Spotlight

Billionaire hedge fund titan Marc Lasry shares his investment approach and outlook on the markets.

Marc Lasry, Chairman, CEO and CO-Founder of Avenue Capital Group, has focused on distressed investing for over 31 years. Prior to co-founding Amroc Investments, LLC as an independent entity, Mr. Lasry managed capital for Amroc Investments, L.P., the predecessor firm associated with Robert Bass Group, Inc. Mr. Lasry and Amroc Investments, L.P. were affiliated with Acadia Partners L.P., an investment partnership whose general partners include Keystone, Inc. (an investment firm that was associated with the Robert Bass Group, Inc.), American Express Company and the Equitable Life Assurance Society of America. Prior to that, Mr. Lasry was Co–Director of the Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization Department at Cowen & Company. Prior to this, he served as Director of the Private Debt Department at Smith Vasiliou Management Company. Mr. Lasry also clerked for the Honorable Edward Ryan, former Chief Bankruptcy Judge of the Southern District of New York. Mr. Lasry is currently a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and he also serves on the Board of Directors of The Clinton Global Initiative, and the Board of the 92nd Street Y. He previously served as a member of the Board of Trustees of The Mount Sinai Medical Center.
Seema Mody, Global Markets Reporter for CNBC, the recognized world leader in business news and provides real-time financial market coverage and business information to approximately 385 million homes worldwide, including more than 95 million households in the United States and Canada. CNBC also provides daily business updates to 400 million households across China. Most recently, Mody was co-anchor for “Worldwide Exchange” based in London. She joined CNBC in July 2011 as a reporter focusing on stories that impact Wall Street as well as tracking the tech and IPO market from the NASDAQ. Mody also hosted a “Trading the Twicker” segment for “Fast Money.”


Family Office Roundtable

Members of single family offices will speak openly on a wide range of topics such as sourcing deal flow, direct investing, allocating to professional managers, and family governance.

  • Candice Beaumont, Chief Investment Officer of L Investments, a single family office with a vast portfolio of public and private equity that has actively invested in commodities and alternative energy. She oversees all capital allocation decisions for the internal fund of funds as well as the direct investment portfolio. She is also a strategic advisor to Genoil Inc, ( an emerging heavy oil technology and portfolio company of L Investments that announced moving forward on a joint venture with His Highness Dr. Sultan Bin Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahayan, the eldest son of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahayan, President of the United Arab Emirates, Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Ruler of Abu Dhabi.
  • Kevin McGovern, Chairman and CEO of McGovern Capital and The Water Initiative®, which co-creates customized and sustainable drinking water solutions through innovative partnerships with municipalities, business and local microentrepreneurs in developing and developed countries. Through McGovern Capital, he has founded over fifteen companies, six of which have become world/category leaders, has been lead negotiator/principal in over twenty (20) global joint ventures. McGovern Capital serves as an investment, strategy and licensing participant and advisor to global businesses. McGovern was a founder of SoBe Beverages, the fastest growing beverage company ever in the US (sold to Pepsi), and McGovern Capital was one of three owners of KX Industries, L.P., the largest manufacturer and worldwide source of carbon water purification filters, having invented and supplied PUR to P&G, the first end-of-tap filter to Brita, and the first refrigerator water filter to Electrolux. He also created the program, supervised and negotiated all licensing of Tristrata’s alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) patents, which technology was incorporated in approximately 40% of all global skin care products, and is sold in approximately 88 countries. He serves/served on many public and private boards including The Sports Authority (Exec. Committee – NYSE).
  • Nick Davis Raynes began his business career at a young age working an apprenticeship alongside his grandfather, Marvin Davis, a wildcatter, who later owned 20 Century Fox, Pebble Beach Golf Course, The Beverly Hills Hotel, The Aspen Mountain, Little Nell Hotel, and built the Fox Plaza in Los Angeles, amongst many other private and public sector deals. Nick has since invested and raised capital for real estate, technology, energy, and alternative energy deals and currently works with a private equity firm based in San Francisco that invests in real assets globally. Nick is passionate about start-up companies and sits on various advisory boards. He is active with charitable causes including his grandmother Barbara Davis’ Children’s Diabetes Foundation and Carousel of Hope Ball that raises funds for juvenile diabetes.
  • Robert Smith entered Wall Street over 20 years ago with lessons passed down from four generations of family members who worked in the investment industry before him. Since 2006, he has worked for, advised and co-invested with Family Offices, while serving in capacities that involved sourcing investment opportunities, conducting company and manager due diligence, and deal syndication. Over the course of his career, he has managed sales desks and trading desks at large financial institutions, where he built a Fund Investor network. 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. He is Business Strategy Advisor to New Frontier Bio, which leverages the long-term involvement of the Kennedy family in health care; Senior Advisor for Fundraising and Partnerships to the  Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. Robert serves on the Boards of  Childhood Cancer Kids, The Children’s Village, Tuesday’s Children, and The Harmon Foundation.


Institutional Allocator Roundtable

Asset managers with significant and diverse experience will share their investment process, where they see opportunity in the current landscape and the characteristics that may drive their future allocations.

  • Chris Cutler, Chief Investment Officer of the Manager Analysis Services, an investment consulting firm. Manager Analysis Services advises institutional clients on all aspects of their investment process, while keeping discretion in the hands of the client.
  • Tom Donahoe, Chief Investment Officer of the Homeland Foundation, maintaining the Wethersfield House and Formal Gardens, Supporting Catholic Culture, and Renewing Agrarian Life.
  • David Enriquez, Senior Investment Officer, Bureau of Asset Management of the New York City Comptroller Office, by law the custodian of City-held trust funds and the assets of the New York City Public Pension Funds, and serves as Trustee on four of the five funds. Further, the Comptroller is delegated to serve as investment advisor by all five pension boards. The Comptroller’s Bureau of Asset Management oversees the investment portfolio for each system and related defined contribution funds. In this role, the Comptroller provides investment advice, implements Board decisions, and reports on investment performance. The Bureau of Asset Management advises the Boards on all investment-related topics, including investment policy and strategy, asset allocation, manager structure, manager selection and financial and economic developments that may affect the systems. The systems’ portfolios are managed predominantly by external investment managers, and are largely invested in publicly traded securities, with additional allocations to private equity, real estate, infrastructure, hedge funds, and opportunistic fixed income investments.
  • Andrew Fisch, Managing Director of Investcorp, a global provider and manager of alternative investment products, serving high-net-worth private and institutional clients. Andrew joined Investcorp in 2015 as the Portfolio Manager of the SSARIS portfolio. Previously, Andrew was the Chief Investment Officer of the Hedge Fund of Funds Group at SSARIS Advisors, LLC and a member of the Executive Management Team. He was also a member of the Hedge Fund of Funds Investment Committee. Prior to joining SSARIS, he was a founding partner at Aurum Capital Management where he managed the Aurum Venture Fund (Venture Capital) and developed various hedge fund of funds products.
  • Michael Oliver Weinberg, Chief Investment Strategist and Senior Managing Director of Protégé Partners, a specialized asset management firm that was founded in 2002 to focus exclusively on investing in established smaller hedge funds and select emerging managers. Differentiated from the broader universe of hedge fund investors that principally focuses on large, widely held funds, Protégé is recognized as an industry expert in what it believes is the highly attractive, less efficient, and under allocated universe of smaller hedge funds. By deploying its expertise through a unique model of investing, one that blends seeding and arms-length investments, along with thematic and tactical opportunities, Protégé works with some of the most sophisticated institutional investors in the world to complement and complete a robust hedge fund program.


”What Works on Wall Street”

Which investment strategies are winners—and which are losers? What factors most reliably indicate that a stock will rise or fall? Are value strategies better than growth? Do small capitalization stocks do better than large? What is the worst-case scenario for the various investment strategies and how long did it take for them to recover? Do these strategies work outside the United States? Jim O’Shaughnessy answers all of these questions in “What Works on Wall Street,” a national bestseller. Long recognized as one of America’s leading financial experts and a pioneer in quantitative equity analysis, he has been called a “world beater,” a “statistical guru” and a “legendary investor” by Barron’s. Higher Returns said he is “one of the most original market thinkers we’ve come across.” Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine said: “You ignore his message at the risk of your own future wealth. His trailblazing research suggests new ways to invest.


  • Jim O’Shaughnessy, Principal, Chairman, CEO, CIO, and Senior Portfolio Manager of O’Shaughnessy Asset Management , a Stamford, Connecticut based quantitative money management firm. O’Shaughnessy Asset Management delivers a broad range of equity portfolios to individual investors, institutional investors, and the high-net-worth clients of financial advisers. O’Shaughnessy Asset Management also manages mutual funds in the United States as well as serving as a sub-adviser to a family of Canadian mutual funds through the Royal Bank of Canada. O’Shaughnessy Asset Management’s investment strategies are based on the research of CEO Jim O’Shaughnessy, widely regarded as a pioneer in quantitative equity analysis. Jim and his team have identified the characteristics that have led to successful investing over the last fifty years, and it is these characteristics that form the foundation of O’Shaughnessy Asset Management’s strategies. As of March 31, 2016 Jim and his team managed approximately $5.4 billion.


Investment Outlook: Entertainment

Leading industry focused investors who leverage their talent, influence and capital to identify and grow businesses will share their investment approach and industry insights.

  • Hooman Khalili is a morning show radio personality in the San Francisco Bay Area on Alice Radio 97.3 FM (CBS Radio). He has been part of the Sarah and Vinnie morning show, for the past 17 years. Hooman job at the station encompasses, phone screening, movie reviews, and celebrity interviewer for the show. He has interviewed countless celebrities including Sting, John Travolta, Julianne Moore and Ed Harris, George Lucas, Maroon 5, 50 Cent, and Hunter s Thompson to name a few. In 2006, Hooman’s voice entertained a new segment of the population as he participated in the Pixar animated movie “Cars”. In 2008 Hooman created the #1 most view non partisan video to get the youth of America to vote in the presidential election. The video received 5.1 million views on YOUTUBE and ended up in the museum of Radio and Television in NYC. In 2011 Hooman shot OLIVE the 1st full length feature film shot entirely on a cell phone. OLIVE qualified for the academy awards in 2011. The movie stars 2 time academy nominated Oscar Gena Rowlands with 5 original song written and performed by Dolly Parton.
  • David Oliver, Finance Director of  Tribeca Enterprises a diversified global media company based in New York City. Established in 2003 by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, the company currently operates a network of branded entertainment businesses including the Tribeca Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival International, Tribeca Cinemas and Tribeca Film, a distribution initiative. It also has a strategic partnership with the Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy. The company’s mission is to provide artists with unique platforms to expand the audience for their works and to broaden the access point for consumers to experience independent film and media. Jonathan Tisch, through Walnut Hill Media, is a minority investor in Tribeca Enterprises and is a member of the Board of Directors.
  • Nick Davis Raynes began his business career at a young age working an apprenticeship alongside his grandfather, Marvin Davis, a wildcatter, who later owned 20 Century Fox, Pebble Beach Golf Course, The Beverly Hills Hotel, The Aspen Mountain, Little Nell Hotel, and built the Fox Plaza in Los Angeles, amongst many other private and public sector deals. Nick has since invested and raised capital for real estate, technology, energy, and alternative energy deals and currently works with a private equity firm based in San Francisco that invests in real assets globally. Nick is passionate about start-up companies and sits on various advisory boards. He is active with charitable causes including his grandmother Barbara Davis’ Children’s Diabetes Foundation and Carousel of Hope Ball that raises funds for juvenile diabetes.


Investment Outlook: Technology

Leading industry focused investors who leverage their talent, influence and capital to identify and grow businesses will share their investment approach and industry insights.

  • Julie Allegro, Founder and General Partner of FYRFLY Venture Partners, a technology Early Stage Fund with a focus in “data and intelligence at the core”. The coming 5 to 10 years will present unprecedented opportunity in data driven computing. With increased acceleration, we see three key success factors for entrepreneurs and investors: Data amplified by intelligence layers, mobility as a platform and immediate global access for growth. The increased interplay of these drivers will transform literally all industries and drive the next wave of productivity. Current profit pools will be dis-aggregated and new dominant players will emerge. We believe that the best opportunities will be seeded in the coming years and will create an excellent opportunity to capture value for both entrepreneurs and investors.
  • Josef Feldman, Founding Partner of FoundersGuild, a fund for founders. FoundersGuild believes the best investment money you can get comes from entrepreneurs who have been there before. That’s why FundersGuild spent years building a network and raising a fund that includes many of the greatest entrepreneurs of our day. As a fund FundersGuild offers initial investments of $100k – $1M in Seed and Series A financings and focus on companies based in NYC, and looks to partner with teams that inspire.
  • Dave Furneaux, Founder of Furneaux Capital, invests in breakthrough markets and ideas. Dave is also Founder and Managing Partner of Kodiak Venture Partners, which focuses on seed and early stage investments in emerging communications/wireless, semiconductor/equipment, software/services, internet/new media, and life technology companies. Founded in late 1999, Kodiak manages three main funds totaling $681M and targets companies in Eastern North America, focusing efforts in Boston, New York and Eastern Canada. The firm’s investment approach is to work as a close partner with strong entrepreneurs in all aspects of the company’s formation and growth. Kodiak views itself as an extension to the teams it works with.
  • Lou Kerner, Partner of Flight VC – The Israeli Syndicate, which invests in companies started by Israelis based in Israel, the U.S., or anywhere else. The Syndicate is focused on, but not limited to, companies in cyber security, mobile, SaaS, iOT, digital media, AdTech, FinTech, including B2B and B2C. He is also is the Founder and Managing Partner of  The Social Internet Fund, which invests in the primary and secondary shares of rapidly growing social and mobile companies with great CEOs.


Investment outlook: Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG)

Leading industry focused investors who leverage their talent, influence and capital to identify and grow businesses will share their investment approach and industry insights.

  • Mary D’Souza, Managing Director of Sixiang Holding, a single family office based in New York.
  • Eric Rice, Ph.D, Managing Director and Portfolio Manager of Wellington Management, which offers comprehensive investment management capabilities that span nearly all segments of the global capital markets; $969 billion of client assets under management; 13 offices worldwide; 2,150+ clients; 55+ countries in which clients are based.
  • Greg Shell, Managing Director of Bain Capital, one of the world’s leading private multi-asset alternative investment firms with more than $75 billion in assets under management that creates lasting impact for our investors, teams, businesses and the communities in which we live. Greg joined Bain Capital Double Impact as a managing director in 2016. Prior to joining, Mr. Shell served as a Lead Portfolio Manager of a concentrated Global Equity product at GMO. Previously, Mr. Shell was a Senior Equity Analyst at Columbia Management Group and a Consultant at Bain & Company in its Strategy and Private Equity practice areas.


Investment Outlook: Food & Agriculture

Leading industry focused investors who leverage their talent, influence and capital to identify and grow businesses will share their investment approach and industry insights.

  • Charles Giessen, an entrepreneur and investor in the agriculture industry. He is the Chairman of Options Technology and the former CEO of Tradeware Global, which was acquired by SS&C.
  • Ken Kaplan, Co-Founder of Food System 6, which is enabling the best entrepreneurs to revolutionize the way we produce and distribute food globally.
  • Aaron Niederhelman, Principal & Co-Founder of the EAF Agrarian Fund, a real-asset investment fund designing profitable farming enterprises to meet growing the market demand for better quality food with regional provenance. Capitalizing on immediate market demand, the EAF utilizes regional production efficiency to create strong investor returns through cash-flow from a consistent supply of premium crops, and on-going improvement to land and soil quality. He is an Eisenhower Fellow, a premier global network of leaders from all sectors working to better the world, from which his research into nutrient security, food-system reform and water access throughout Europe & the Middle-East has been instrumental in promotion of food for its human and planetary OneHealth.
  • Øistein Thorsen, Principal Consultant of Benchmark Holdings PLC, a pioneering innovation company operating in the aquaculture, agriculture and animal health sectors. Benchmark brings together knowledge of breeding and genetics, vaccines, health products, veterinary science, farming and husbandry. FAI Farms, a division of Benchmark, provides research, practice and direction for agriculture, aquaculture and food chain companies.


Investment Outlook: Healthcare

Leading industry focused investors who leverage their talent, influence and capital to identify and grow businesses will share their investment approach and industry insights.

  • Alfonso Chang, Managing Director of Relativity Healthcare Partners, an an investment group dedicated to providing growth capital to emerging healthcare companies.
  • Michael McCullough, is an entrepreneur, impact investor, Co-Founder and Partner at Capricorn Healthcare, social entrepreneur, and emergency room physician. Michael’s personal interest in the brain extends from a childhood brain hemorrhage which resulted in hydrocephalus and a severe stutter, corrected by brain surgery at age 10 and requiring Michael to retrain himself to speak through high school and early college at Stanford. Accomplishing fluent speech also required extensive biofeedback and meditation practice. Michael recently hosted the inaugural BrainMind Summit at Stanford University and soon Cambridge, bringing together researchers and entrepreneurs on the cutting edge of neuroscience. Dr. McCullough is also the co-founder of BrainMind. After returning from Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, Michael co-founded QuestBridge during free hours in medical school at UCSF and his emergency medicine residency at Stanford. QuestBridge, a national non-profit, now places more talented low-income students into top colleges like Stanford, Yale, Caltech, and MIT than all other similar non-profits combined. Michael has since founded or co-founded 12 successful companies and non-profits. Michael is a founder of RegenMed Systems, a co-founding investor of  HeartFlow, and on the founding board of 2U, — all top performing impact investments. Michael also served/serves on the boards of the Metabiota, Apnicure, the Global Leadership Incubator, QuestBridge, and the Dalai Lama Foundation among others, and serves as an on-call ER physician for the Dalai Lama during his visits to the West Coast.


Trends in Investment and Cross-Border Partnerships

Since 2009, Chinese direct investment in America and Europe has grown sharply, both from private and institutional investors. As Chinese investors look to diversify holdings and explore new asset classes, Western companies can look towards China as a new avenue for raising capital. As the sophistication of Chinese investors grows, industries like biotech and high tech are of growing interest. Partnerships with Chinese investors can open up new markets for growth and other strategic partnerships. Industry experts and investors will discuss the pros, cons, and opportunities of the new Chinese investor class.

  • David Kopp is Chairman of the Board of Directors, Management and Investment Committees of KBG. He has over two decades of international investment experience. During his career, he has analyzed, structured, and invested in over $10 billion of transactions. He was been active in China for over eight years and completed numerous transactions as an advisor and investor. From 1992 until 2002, Mr. Kopp was President and Chief Investment Officer of Natixis Investment Corp. NIC as well as Head of Investment Banking in North America for Natixis, an international bank with over $1 trillion in assets. NIC focused on LBOs, venture capital, mezzanine, special situations and structured equity and debt investments. A Registered Investment Advisor, he managed a $2 billion portfolio of alternative assets and achieved a 10-year track record which significantly exceeded comparable indices. He previously worked in Corporate Finance as Vice President at Swiss Bank (UBS), Merrill Lynch, Citicorp and Security Pacific (Bank of America). Mr. Kopp has served on the advisory boards of various private equity funds including those affiliated with Brown Brothers Harriman, Carlyle, Citigroup Venture Capital, CSFB, DLJ Merchant Banking, GSCP, Kleinwort Benson, TPG and TWP.
  • Andy Mantel, Founder and CEO of Pacific Sun Advisors, an independent investment advisor based in Hong Kong with an partner office in Nanjing, Jiangsu province. It specializes in alternative investments in Asia with a specific concentration in Greater China (China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan). Andy is the Founding Portfolio Manager for China’s first investment manager Shanghai International Asset Management, set up in 1992 and based in Hong Kong and Shanghai.
  • David Nadel, is Portfolio Manager, Principal, and Director of International Research of Royce & Associates. He joined the firm in 2006 and previously was a Senior Portfolio Manager at Neuberger Berman Inc. (2004-2006) and a Senior Analyst at Pequot Capital Management Inc. (2001-2003). He was also named to the 1999 and 2000 Institutional Investor All-American Research Teams. Mr. Nadel started his career at the French advisory firm Lazard Frerès & Co. and also worked in Hong Kong for Value Partners Group Ltd, Asia’s largest hedge fund manager.
  • Frank Yu, Founder, CEO and CIO of Ally Bridge Group, a global healthcare-focused, multi-strategy investment group with a portfolio of healthcare investments in China, the US and Europe, and of Themes Investment Partners, a China-focused private equity fund. In 2015, Ally Bridge Group, in close collaboration with Wuxi’s founder/chairman/CEO, initiated, led and completed the landmark USD3.3 billion take-private of Wuxi Pharmatech, a leading global life science service company. Mr. Yu has expertise in cementing strategic transactions between emerging players and industry leaders, between global companies and Chinese companies, and helping global companies to access the China market while assisting Chinese companies to acquire novel technologies overseas.


Where China Is Going and How It Will Impact the Rest of the World


  • Huang Jiangnan, is Chairman of  Sunterra Capital, a Chinese venture capital firm based in Shanghai. He was one of four scholars nicknamed the “Four Gentlemen of Economic Reform” for having delivered a comprehensive report on economic reform that explored the periodic socialist economies – an extraordinary accomplishment. The report was submitted to policy makers in the top leadership, including Premier Zhao Ziyang, Chen Yun, and Yao Yilin. He has served as a senior economist in the Development Research Center of the State Council, (former institution). He served as the chief economist of  China Everbright Group. He has also served on several boards of U.S. listed companies.


World Economy and Direction

Economic experts discuss the extremely serious challenges that exist to our economy and our future prosperity, and provide guidance on how to take concrete action to reduce our vulnerability to these forces.

  • Jennifer Bawden, Founder of Bawden Capital, a best-selling author, philanthropist and serial social entrepreneur passionate about disruptive technologies, with a decade of experience in Homeland Security technology solutions.
  • Robert Wiedemer, Best-Selling Author of “Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future”, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestseller. Robert also co-wrote the Wall Street Journal bestseller The Aftershock Investor (2nd edition released in November 2013). Combined, all of Robert’s books have sold nearly 1 million copies. Aftershock has also received widespread international interest. It has become a bestseller in Korea and has been translated into Chinese and Japanese. Aftershock and America’s Bubble Economy have been the subject of articles in the major press including the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The Hedge Fund Journal, Euromoney, Barrons, Reuters, AP, and others. Robert speaks to groups of investors, financial analysts and economists including the New York Hedge Fund Roundtable, the World Bank, various CFA societies, the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command, and the National Press Club. He is a frequent commentator on TV including CNBC and Fox Business News.


Global Risk

Globalization and new communications have bought unprecedented opportunities over the past four decades, but they have also ushered in a new era of interconnected risk. Conflicts that were once on the periphery of investor calculations now have the potential to cause serious disruption to otherwise well-thought out investment plans. Experts discuss the nature of challenges we face today, and how to respond to and contain these global risks.
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  • Ambassador James Woolsey, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), served in the U.S. Government on five different occasions, where he held Presidential appointments in two Republican and two Democratic administrations. He is a Venture Partner with Lux Capital Management. Ambassador Woolsey also Chairs the Board of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. He currently chairs the Strategic Advisory Group of the Washington, D.C. private equity fund, Paladin Capital Group, chairs the Advisory Board of the Opportunities Development Group, and he is Of Counsel to the Washington, D.C. office of the Boston-based law firm, Goodwin Procter. In the above capacities he specializes in a range of alternative energy and security issues.


Addressing Existential Threats to the Survival of Humanity



  • Karenna Gore, Director of Center for Earth Ethics (CEE) at Union Theological Seminary. CEE is a forum for education, public discourse and movement building that draws on faith and wisdom traditions to address our ecological crisis and it’s root causes. CEE regards our climate change as the consequence of a deeper malady: an economic development model that exploits people and nature for short-term financial gain. CEE cultivates the public consciousness necessary to make changes in policy and culture that will establish a new paradigm based on the sustained well-being of all people and our planet. Founded at Union Theological Seminary in 2015, the Center builds on Union’s broad ecumenical base and long-standing commitment to social justice.



  • Jonathan Granoff, President of Global Security Institute, is an attorney, author and international advocate emphasizing the legal, ethical and spiritual dimensions of human development and security, with a specific focus on advancing the rule of law to address the threats posed by nuclear weapons. He is president of the Global Security Institute, Senior Advisor to the ABA’s Committee on Arms Control and National Security and Co Chair of the ABA Blue Ribbon Task Force on Nuclear Non-proliferation. He is Senior Advisor to the Nobel Peace Laureate Summit and has served as Vice President and UN Representative of the Lawyer’s Alliance for World Security. He serves on numerous governing and advisory boards including: the ABA International Law Section, Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy, Fortune Forum, Jane Goodall Institute, the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security and Middle Powers Initiative. Mr. Granoff is the award-winning screenwriter of The Constitution: The Document that Created a Nation, and has articles in more than 50 publications and books including: The Sovereignty Revolution, Toward a Nuclear Weapons Free World, Imagining Tomorrow, Analyzing Moral Issues, Perspectives on 911, Toward a World In Balance, Reverence for Life Revisited, and Hold Hope, Wage Peace. He has been a featured guest and expert commentator on hundreds of radio and television pro-grams, testified in Congress and at the UN numerous times and has, since 2003, addressed the annual Nobel Peace Laureate Summit in Paris and Rome.


Advancing America’s Strength and Interest through Diplomacy



  • Ambassador Thomas Graham Jr. Chairman of  The Bipartisan Security Group, is a former senior-level diplomat and a world-renowned authority on nuclear nonproliferation. As a U.S. diplomat, Ambassador Graham was involved in the negotiation of every major arms control and nonproliferation agreement from 1970 to 1997, including START, SALT, the CTBT, the INF Treaty, and the ABM Treaty, among many others. He participated in nuclear talks with more than 100 countries. For 15 years, Graham was general counsel for the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, where he also served as acting director for one year. He has advised five U.S. presidents on issues related to nuclear nonproliferation; as President Bill Clinton’s special representative for arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament, Graham headed the U.S. delegation that successfully led efforts to permanently extend the NPT. In 2010 Graham was appointed to the United Arab Emirates’ International Advisory Board, helping to guide that country’s nuclear energy program and hold it to the highest standards of safety, security, and nonproliferation. He is board chairman of the Cypress Fund for Peace and Security, board chairman of the Mexco Energy Corporation, and a board director of CanAlaska Uranium Ltd. Graham has lectured at Stanford, Georgetown, and the University of Virginia Law School, among others, on topics related to disarmament and nuclear security. He has authored numerous articles and books in the nonproliferation field. Graham joined Lightbridge in 2006 and serves as executive chairman of the Board of Directors. He earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School and his bachelor’s degree from Princeton.


Inspiring Personal Story on Journey to Becoming a Social Change Agent for Peace

“You can never leave footprints that last if you are always walking on tiptoe.” – Leymah Gbowee



  • Leymah Gbowee 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate is a Liberian peace activist, trained social worker and women’s rights advocate. She is founder and current President of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa. She was the founding head of the Liberian Reconciliation Initiative, and was the co-Founder and former Executive Director of Women Peace and Security Network Africa (WIPSEN-A). She is also a founding member and former Liberia Coordinator of Women in Peacebuilding Network/West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WIPNET/WANEP). Leymah is currently named a Distinguished Activist-in-Residence at Union Theological Seminary. She travels internationally to advocate for human rights and peace & security. Leymah’s leadership of the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace – which brought together Christian and Muslim women in a nonviolent movement that played a pivotal role in ending Liberia’s civil war in 2003 – is chronicled in her memoir, Mighty Be Our Powers, and in the award-winning documentary, Pray the Devil Back to Hell. Leymah is a highly sought-after speaker for women’s leadership conferences, as well as business, religious, education, peace and security gatherings. Her 2012 TED Talk has been viewed by nearly 1 million people. She is a frequent guest on major television networks and recently profiled on the New York Times Op-Docs series by filmmaker Errol Morris who called her “a modern day Joan of Arc.” For a full list of awards and recognitions and an expanded bio, please visit


Increasing Empathy through Inspiring Service to Others

Research shows empathy is on the decline and that service to others is the most effective means of restoring and increasing empathy. We have discovered a set of value propositions that engage all members of the community service eco-system for unprecedented participation leading to inspiring more service to others.

    • Craig Young, CEO, CTO & CoFounder of Purposeful Networks, the leading platform to engage communities and deliver real world impact in local communities and around the world. Purposeful Networks’ innovative technology platforms and proven engagement methodology help empower and inspire positive actions by providing meaningful interactions for people of all interest levels. Craig is Board and Executive Committee Member, Education Committee Chair of the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Board Member and Conservation Committee Chair of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Board Member and Past Chair of the American Red Cross Cincinnati Region Chapter, Board Member of the Dan Beard Council, Boy Scouts of America, a Member of National Council of the National Parks Conservation Association, and President of the Craig Young Family Foundation.


Sustainable Development
    Aside from the obvious benefits of addressing the world’s biggest challenges, it is also a great investment. Targeting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is a multi-trillion dollar opportunity. An award-winning journalist will discuss how business leaders can help achieve the SDGs.

  • Roberta Baskin is Executive Director of AIM2Flourish, the world’s first global initiative steering future business leaders towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a flourishing world for all. With AIM2Flourish, she’s now helping students around the world discover and share untold positive stories about business innovations for good and help achieve the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Roberta has won more than 75 journalism awards including prestigious Peabodys, duPont Columbia Awards, and multiple Emmy Awards. As a result of her investigations, she’s made beer healthier, exposed sweatshops in the shoe and soccer industries, uncovered pediatric dental abuses, and succeeded in banning dangerous products. Baskin has served as the Executive Director of the Center for Public Integrity, the senior Washington correspondent for “NOW with Bill Moyers,” senior investigative producer for the ABC News magazine “20/20,” chief investigative correspondent for the CBS News magazine “48 Hours,” and contributed special reports to the “CBS Evening News.” Her proudest achievements are the wrongs she righted, especially transforming the way companies do business.


Linking Finance and Development Worlds to Seed Action


  • Mari Malek is President of Stand for Education. not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization registered in the state of New York that is dedicated to providing access to educational resources; Clothing, Shoes, Backpacks, Books, Uniform, Workshops on personal hygiene and use of hygiene products, Seminars on self-esteem, awareness through public events, such as concerts, fashion shows, art exhibitions or children’s programs. Stand for Education strives to identify sustainable empowerment and educational opportunities for the underserved children in war ravaged Countries who reside in US and abroad, with a special focus on girls in South Sudan and environs. The goal of the organization is to assist these underprivileged girls from the age of five to eighteen years of age to improve their lives, wellbeing and that of their families, thus their communities. Stand for Education will work within local cultures to inspire awareness, collaboration, and empowerment in these underprivileged communities.
  • Daniel Osgood is Research Scientist, Lead Scientist, Financial Instruments Sector Team of International Research Institute for Climate and Society, Earth Institute, Columbia University. The IRI established in 1996 by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Columbia University as the world’s first international institute with a mission to apply climate science in the service of society. We use a science-based approach to enhance society’s capability to understand, anticipate and manage the impacts of climate in order to improve human welfare and the environment, especially in developing countries. By providing practical advancements that reduce vulnerability to climate related risks in the present, we are creating solutions that will increase adaptability to long term climate change.
  • John Schaetzl, Special Advisor to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the largest private foundation in the world, which supports initiatives in education, world health and population, and community giving in the Pacific Northwest. John chairs the Supervisory Bard of the Access to Medicine Foundation, is the lead Director for an Associate at and advises governments, foundations venture capital and institutional fund managers on investments which support sustainable outcomes in global health access, clean energy and economic development in emerging markets. John retired from General Electric Asset Management after a decade of healthcare investing. Prior to that he was an executive with Bayer Pharmaceuticals, a consultant to the pharmaceutical industry and a University teacher and administrator. John is the co-author of Practical Politics and American Government (MacMillan) and Project 18: Effectively Educating Young Voters (Edinburg) He holds an honors degree from Harvard College and an MA in government from the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Benjamin Steinlechner is Strategic Advisor to the The World Bank Group, the largest anti-poverty institution in the world, offering loans, advice, knowledge, and an array of customized resources to more than 100 developing countries and countries in transition. Established in 1944 and headquartered in Washington DC, the Bank Group is a specialized agency of the United Nations that is made up of 188 member countries. It works with country governments, the private sector, civil society organizations (CSOs), regional development banks, think tanks, and other international institutions on a range of issues—from climate change, conflict, and food crises to education, agriculture, finance, and trade—with the sole purpose of meeting two goals: ending extreme poverty by 2030 and boosting shared prosperity of the bottom 40 percent of the population in all developing countries.


The Privilege of Well-Being
    • From yoga mats to meditation cushions and beyond, there is a powerful culture of well-being growing around the country. Yet if well-being remains a privilege for those who have resources, our potential for collective transformation is limited. Kerri Kelly, founder of CTZNWELL explores the privilege of well-being and what’s possible when we work together to ensure that no one is left out so everyone can be well.



  • Kerri Kelly is the founder of CTZNWELL, an emerging movement to mobilize people into a powerful force for wellbeing for all. She spent seven years as Executive Director of the non-profit Off the Mat, Into the World and is currently board chair. She is relentless in her commitment to elevating leaders, groups and projects to next-level social change makers through her work with The Catalyst Collective, an innovative consultancy designed for mission-based individuals, groups, and organizations that want to be successful and make a difference in the world. Kerri is a force of nature. She is a skilled yoga teacher, motivating students to effect change in their lives. She’s a fierce coach, whose ability to turn ideas into purpose and action is a gift. And she plays big; straddling the mindfulness and political worlds, so that the social change makers—the visionaries—she works with can mobilize and organize effectively. Kerri was on the fast track in the marketing world until 9/11 hit, when she lost her stepdad, a NYC fireman. That was the wake up call that got Kerri off the “should” path and into purpose. To her surprise, yoga was the most powerful source of healing and transformation during that time. She took the leap and has been on a crusade ever since to elevate wellbeing and help others discover their greatest potential. Kerri is recognized across communities for her inspired work to bridge transformational practice with social change and politics. She’s been instrumental in translating the tools of wellbeing into practical application and social action in the public sector, working in collaboration with community organizers, spiritual leaders and policy makers. She is a commitment to personal transformation that leads to powerful social change.


Corporate Social Impact


  • Amir Dossal is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Global Partnerships Forum – a not-for-profit knowledge platform to provide change makers with tools to build innovative partnerships to address economic and social challenges – which he established in 2010. Amir is co-founder of the Ocean Sanctuary Alliance, a multi-stakeholder partnership to protect coastal and marine seas around the world. He is also a Commissioner of the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development. In 2015, Amir was invited by UN Women to join its global movement for gender equality, as HeForShe Champion. In 2016, Amir was appointed a UN Women Global champion for Planet 50-50 by 2030. Amir Dossal is a 25-year veteran of the United Nations, and served as the UN’s Chief Liaison for Partnerships until September 2010. He is an accomplished diplomat, with a deep understanding of global diplomacy as well as extensive experience in managing technical assistance projects in emerging markets. Amir has worked with sustained commitment toward an overarching vision of uniting public and private energies for social progress. By nature, a social entrepreneur and innovator, his work is an endeavour to bond the power of the private sector, government, and civil society; in order that together, they may better serve the greater good.



  • Karel J. G. van Oosterom is the new Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the United Nations in New York, and presented his credentials to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on August 5th, 2013. Mr. van Oosterom’s most recent posting was as the Director-General for Political Affairs in the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a post he held since 2011. Prior to that, between 2006 and 2011, he was Foreign Policy and Defence Advisor to the Prime Minister. A career diplomat for almost 30 years, he held several positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including as Deputy Head of Mission at the Dutch Embassy in Beijing, from 2002 to 2006. During a six-year stint in the Ministry’s European Affairs Department, he served most recently as the Department’s Deputy Director from 2000 to 2002, as well as Head and Deputy Head of the Western European Division from 1998 to 2000 and from 1996 to 1998 respectively.


Win at Losing: How Our Biggest Setbacks Can Lead to Our Greatest Gains



  • Sam Weinman, is the digital editor of Golf Digest, and the author of WIN AT LOSING: How Our Biggest Setbacks Can Lead To Our Greatest Gains, to be published Dec. 20. Previously, he was a senior writer for The Journal News in Westchester County, New York, where he was honored with multiple national writing awards for his coverage of the PGA Tour and the National Hockey League. His work has also appeared in USA Today, Golf World, Yahoo! Sports, ESPN the Magazine, and Sports Illustrated.


CEO Spotlight – Serving Kindness

“The company you create, anything you create, is your artwork. It is a reflection of who you are and your values.” – Dr. Richard Park

CityMD’s Founder and CEO is spreading kindness in New York City with his walk-in clinics that provide immediate and affordable medical care for people of all ages. CityMD’s urgent-care chain, which started with a single Upper East Side storefront in 2010, now has more than 50 locations in the New York City area and expanded to the West Coast. Dr. Park shares his story of success – amazing accomplishments by appreciating and loving people.


  • Richard Park, MD, CEO of CityMD, has Served Kindness to over 2.7 million unique patients in Metro New York and Seattle. With 250 full time board certified physicians, we provide trusted access with a maniacal focus – Faster, better, easier!


Life, Animated: Using Artificial Intelligence to Address Autism

IMAGINE being trapped inside a Disney movie and having to learn about life, language, and emotion mostly from animated characters dancing across a screen of color. A fantasy? A nightmare? Actually, it’s the real-life story of Owen Suskind, who is the son of the Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Ron Suskind and his irrepressible wife, Cornelia. Owen is also a boy with autism, which now affects an astonishing one in every one hundred children. While America’s two million autistic people are just as diverse as the wider population, many possess a subtle weave of gifts and challenges that, year by year, are revealing underlying—and often unrecognized—capacities of the human mind. What the journey of this boy and his family powerfully reveals: how, in darkness, we literally need stories to survive. Here’s how this survival story begins. Just shy of his third birthday, a seemingly typical, chatty child became mute. He suddenly didn’t sleep or eat, and cried inconsolably. His only solace: the Disney animated movies he loved before the autism struck. But they had changed, too—they’d become gibberish, because the boy’s ability to understand speech had also vanished. So he memorized them, dozens of them, based on sound alone. What follows are a series of startling breakthroughs, as, for years, the family began to communicate with their lost son in movie dialogue. Recite one line, he’d look you in the eye and recite the next. But was he understanding? His parents dove down “Alice in Wonderland’s rabbit hole,” as one autism specialist said, “to rescue a child.” But it soon became unclear who rescued whom, as they and their older son, Walt, literally had to become animated characters, forced to contemplate the deepest meanings of iconic myths—the stories people have long told themselves to make their way in the world—just to keep up. Because a startling truth began to take shape across a frenetic, harrowing, raucous decade: in the land of imagination, a “left behind” boy, murmuring under his breath, was king. The creator of worlds. In fact, their young son had invented a language to express love and loss, the bonds between brothers, the nature of beauty, and the true meaning of the words “happily ever after.” At its core, this brilliantly crafted narrative—written by the father, but shaped by his wife and children—isn’t about autism or Disney, though you’ll never view either one quite the same, again. It’s the story of a family’s resilience when their world is turned upside down. It’s about perseverance and hope. A child disappeared into confusion, frustration, and silence. But deep inside his dark cave of isolation, he and his family began to dig for diamonds, working year by year, trial by trial, on a most improbable project: to find a way each of us can learn to animate our lives. And live our most fervent dreams, whatever unexpected shape they take.


  • Ron Suskind is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author who has written some of America’s most important works of nonfiction, framing national debates while exploring the complexities of human experience. Ron’s latest work, Life, Animated, A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism, chronicles his family’s twenty year struggle with their youngest son’s autism. The book, a journey of the heart, much in the style of his first book, A Hope in the Unseen, takes readers to the core of the most fundamental human issues – love, faith, friendship, brotherhood, what parents can offer their children, and how, in moments of darkness, we literally need stories to survive. His previous works include the New York Times bestsellers, Confidence Men (Sept. 2011) about the fall of the U.S. economy and the presidency of Barack Obama; The Way of the World (August, 2008), about the forces fighting the global “hearts and minds” struggle at a time when awesomely destructive weapons are available to the common man; The One Percent Doctrine (June, 2006), a signature work on how the U.S. government frantically improvised to fight a new kind of war after 9/11; The Price of Loyalty, George W. Bush, the White House and the Education of Paul O’Neill (Jan, 2004), a sweeping tour of the inner workings of the American government in the modern era; and A Hope in the Unseen, An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League (1998) a critically-acclaimed bestseller that has redefined national debates on race, class and achievement. In addition to his books, he often appears on network television and has been a contributor for The New York Times Magazine and Esquire. Mr. Suskind was the Wall Street Journal’s senior national affairs reporter from 1993 until his departure in 2000, and won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing. He currently lives in Cambridge, Mass., with his wife, Cornelia Kennedy, and is a Lecturer at Harvard Law School.


A Focus on Youth

Young people play important roles in our interconnected global society. Leaders who apply innovative approaches to reform systems, educate and create change to decrease suffering in the world discuss how they help children to become productive, independent citizens who will enrich their communities and their future.


  • Jeremy Kohomban, Ph.D., President & CEO of The Children’s Village, President of The CV Institute and its Center for Child Welfare Research, and President of Harlem Dowling. He is an author, advocate and expert in child welfare and juvenile justice. His leadership has been recognized by The New York Times, Washington Post, NPR and other publications. Most recently, he testified before the United States Congress, Senate Finance Committee and elaborated on the need for finance reform that supports children, families and communities. City Limits magazine identified him as a leader with a “clear vision for the future.” In his book, From Pariahs to Partners, How Parents and their Allies Changed New York City’s Child Welfare System, author David Tobis describes him as “one of the most parent-focused, reform-minded, and effective administrators in the field of child welfare”. In 2013, Dr. Kohomban was honored by the Child Welfare League of America for Exemplary Innovative Service Resulting in Positive and Successful Outcomes for Children and, in 2011, by the Alliance for Children and Families with the Samuel Gerson Nordlinger Child Welfare Leadership Award for his dedication and effectiveness in the child welfare field. Dr. Kohomban serves and served on various boards including NYC’s Child Welfare Watch, Child Welfare Organizing Project, The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Center for Effective Family Services and Systems, Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies (COFCCA), the Washington D.C. based American Youth Work Center which publishes the periodical Youth Today, Iraqi Children Foundation, and Charity Navigator’s Advisory Panel. He has earned a reputation as a leader who effectively blends human services with accountability and a pragmatic business sense.



  • Louis Venturelli is the Youth Program Officer for the Americas of the Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. A champion of youth advocacy in international peace and humanitarian efforts, Mr. Venturelli has assisted in the recruitment of university students and young professionals for the annual World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates since he first attended the Hiroshima Summit in 2010. He helps to lead the coordination and facilitation of youth activities for the Leading by Example youth program, and assists in the coordination of the youth delegate alumni network following the conclusion of the summits. Mr. Venturelli has helped lead service trips of high school students to Nicaragua in partnership with the Rotary Club of New York. He received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Quinnipiac University, and a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Columbia University. Mr. Venturelli was recognized as a finalist for the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for his role in shaping education policy in January 2016.


Bridge of Life
  • Michael Green, Founder of Green Barn Studios is making art within a new global context — born as an intuitive, archaic response to the spiritual need at the core of the formidable social, economic and environmental challenges we face today. With his signature blending of art and text, his books include Zen & the Art of the Macintosh, Unicornis, Welcome to the Planet Earth, The Illuminated Prayer, and The Illuminated Rumi–an international best-seller. Over 2,500,000 of his books and calendars are currently in print.



Parachuting In: The Power of Visual Communication
    • Before broadcast news, cable, podcasts, and Twitter feeds, photojournalism was arguably the single most effective visual means of communicating the story. Veteran photographer and filmmaker Lawrence Schiller looks back at the medium as a window into the Wild West of the 1960s.

Source: Lawrence Schiller

  • Lawrence Schiller began his career as a photojournalist in the late 1950s for Life, Time, and Paris Match, photographing some of the most iconic figures of the 1960s, from Lee Harvey Oswald to Robert F. Kennedy, from Muhamad Ali to Redford and Newman. His book projects include the Pulitzer Prize–winning book The Executioner’s Song, by Norman Mailer, five New York Times best sellers, photography monographs on Marilyn Monroe and Barbra Streisand, and, most recently, a new edition with Tom Wolfe of The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, illustrated with Schiller’s photographs from the psychedelic era. He has directed or produced 20 motion pictures for television; The Executioner’s Song and Peter the Great won five Emmys. He has been a consultant to NBC News, and has done extensive appearances on 60 Minutes, Charlie Rose, Larry King, Barbra Walters and Jane Pauley has written for The New Yorker, The Daily Beast, and other publications. Following the death of Norman Mailer in 2007, Schiller was named senior advisor to the Norman Mailer estate, and is president and co-founder of the Norman Mailer Center and Writers Colony, Massachusetts. He resides in New York City where he heads WS Productions.


A Benefit Orchestral Evening for EARTH’S CALL

On Friday, December 9, ICV will host an unforgettable orchestral evening with all proceeds dedicated to Millenia Music’s EARTH’S CALL, the forthcoming event designed to musically change the atmosphere, awaken a climate of compassion, and drive the global response to care for each other and for the Earth.

“Perhaps it is Music that will save the world.” – Pablo Casals

In this time of great planetary transition, the world needs a unifying event. Enter EARTH’S CALL, a global benefit concert to connect humanity in common purpose and concerted action. It occurs in Aspen in the year ahead under the Artistic Direction of its Founder, Michael Fitzpatrick and the Musical Direction of Maestro Steven Mercurio. It harnesses Musicians and Messengers of Conscience, musical voices of youth and the indigenous, and the power of the Earth Symphony Orchestra – newly formed for the occasion – to sound the call. It draws on the legacy of music as medicine and music for peace established by Nobel Peace Laureate, Dr. Albert Schweitzer – UN Medal of Peace recipient Pablo Casals – and Bronislaw Huberman, Founder of The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. The communion event brings together Musicians and Messengers of Conscience to catalyze a worldwide movement to amplify compassion for each other and heal our common home. The musical event raises awareness, action, and monies.

Attendance to EARTH’S CALL is by-invitation-only and has not been announced to the public. Investment Community Visibility (ICV) is honored to share exclusive news of it within its investment community. Proceeds generated from the EARTH’S CALL benefit concert are directed by the EC Global Brain Trust to areas and organizations in critical need – be they environmental or humanitarian. The EC Global Brain Trust is comprised of the world’s most accomplished individuals from diverse sectors including finance, the environment, renewable energy, education, medicine, and the arts. The Millenia Music Mobile Academy concurrently moves around the world presenting concerts and symposia across its vast network, using music to increase connectivity and raise awareness and monies from region to region. Lead Partners include: Stem for Life Foundation, partnered with The Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture, and its STOQ Foundation of Science and Faith; Green Faith; Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE), and ICV.

  • Michael Fitzpatrick is the recipient of The Prince Charles Award for Musical Excellence conferred by H.R.H. The Prince of Wales. Sir George Martin, Producer of The Beatles, stated: “Beyond a marvelous talent, I could not agree with Michael Fitzpatrick more: Music is the only thing that can change the world.” He most recently performed at The Vatican for The Holy Father, Pope Francis and the Vice-President of the United States – at the invitation of the Pontifical Council for Culture, the Stem for Life Foundation, and the Vatican’s STOQ Foundation for Science & Faith. He has shared the stage with Nobel Peace Laureate His Holiness The XIVth Dalai Lama for the past twenty years, providing the Musical Keynote to set the tone for His Holiness’ Public Talks and Teachings worldwide. He is the Music Director of The Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards and was instrumental in using the music to bring together His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Muhammad Ali for their historic joining. A member of the Aspen Institute’s Global Initiative on Cultural Diplomacy and its International Board Advisors during its tenure, he is the recipient of the prestigious Aspen Music Festival Fellowship. He has worked closely with the Offices of The Vatican and the Offices of His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama for the past two decades on Millenia Music’s TUNING THE PLANET project recorded inside the largest cave-system in the world, Mammoth Cave. Mr. Fitzpatrick has performed as soloist at the Hollywood Bowl, on the United States Capitol West Lawn with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, at the United Nations, the National Cathedral, for King Abdullah II at The Royal Palace in Jordan, with The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, and at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Mr. Fitzpatrick’s relative – renowned Jewish violinist from Poland, Bronislaw Huberman – was the Founder of The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. He is the Founder & Chairman of Millenia Music, and the Founder and Artistic Director of EARTH’S CALL and oversees all aspects of global production.

“Michael Fitzpatrick has the respect and friendship of government leaders and members of the Performing Arts community throughout the world. I find his interest in all endeavors – artistic and intellectual, combined with his enormous talent and enthusiasm used by him to enhance his global commitment to using music to uplift humanity – a source of great encouragement to those of us engaged in reaching out to every race, creed and culture here at the UN, and around the world. As a close personal friend of the late Maestro Pablo Casals, I can think of no more exemplary artist.”
– Sylvia Howard Fuhrman, Special Representative to the Secretary-General, United Nations

  • Maestro Steven Mercurio most recently conducted The Concert for the Pope – a global broadcast event that reached one billion viewers – headlined by Aretha Franklin and The Philadelphia Orchestra. Former Conductor of The Nobel Peace Prizes Ceremonies Concert, Maestro Mercurio is a world-renowned conductor, composer, and arranger who has collaborated with many of the most iconic musicians of our times including Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, Tony Bennett, Sting, and Chick Corea. One of the most telegenic conductors of the modern era, he conducted THE THREE TENORS Live from Vienna worldwide-broadcast, and conducted the historic Statue of Liberty Concert dramatically staged in front of the skyline of Manhattan and televised on PBS. He holds a longstanding relationship conducting for SONY Classical recordings, has conducted numerous Hollywood soundtracks including the Academy Award Winning Hillary and Jackie, and his symphonic composition, FOR LOST LOVED ONES, received its world-premiere by The New York Philharmonic. He has conducted in the great symphonic halls, opera houses, and venues in the world, including the Metropolitan Opera House, Madison Square Garden, the Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center, Red Rocks, the Sydney 2000 Olympics, and at the Henry Crown Auditorium in Jerusalem as Guest Conductor of The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. He is the former Music Director & Conductor of the Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi and Principal Conductor of the Opera Company of Philadelphia. Maestro Mercurio is the Music Director, Conductor & Principal Arranger of EARTH’S CALL.

ICV Manhattan - Benefit Orchestral Evening


Children’s Village
One Echo Hills
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
Our targeted goal is to raise $93,000 so that the Greenburgh Eleven Union Free School District, which provides education for children residing on the Children’s Village Dobbs Ferry campus, can hire and provide benefits to a Library-Media Specialist. While a great emphasis has always been placed on the importance of literacy and reading as a key to positive academic, social and emotional outcomes for the school’s students, grants have ended and the Children’s Village and the District are unable to fund the critical need of a librarian under their current funding methodology.


Global Security Institute
United Nations Office
866 United Nations Plaza
Suite 4050
New York, NY 10017

Tel: +1-646-289-5170
Fax: +1-646-289-5171


Gbowee Peace Foundation

The Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa (GPFA) has made great progress in its comprehensive scholarship program, youth empowerment activities and women’s gatherings since its inception. All of the aforementioned comprise GPFA’s core work, coupled with a pointed and successful-to-date focus on capacity building, budgeting, fundraising and relationship building. Reflecting an institutional conviction and international consensus that peaceful, sustained development requires the meaningful participation and advancement of women and youth, the Foundation focuses its efforts on advancing the breadth of educational and leadership development opportunities for these key groups. With a Mission to promote holistic transformation in Africa by facilitating equal access to opportunities in all spheres of influence, whilst envisioning a peaceful, reconciled and empowered Africa that is responsible for investing in sustained individual and collective growth and development, GPFA has set goals. The Foundation aims to meet the educational and human development needs of young people in Africa by providing scholarship opportunities to students meeting set criteria. GPFA also work to expose students to actual opportunities beyond the classroom that enhances academic performance and encourage competitions with their peers around the globe. The Foundation provides socio-economic opportunities for its targeted population through skills training and the like, to enable economic independence and the attainment of future goals. GPFA‘s targeted focus is on women, girls and youth. The allocation of economic opportunities and social services are consistent sources of tension among Liberians. Monrovia, as the seat of government and largest city, receives many resources and remains the closest beacon of opportunity for the Liberian youth. GPFA believes that development and allocation of opportunity must be distributed within and beyond Monrovia to obtain redistributive growth. Thus, GPFA works to get services to girls, women and youth in the leeward counties so as to address the objective to apportion economic and educational resources to underserved communities. Partnerships to develop programs that educate and empower girls and youth in their own communities are actively being sought and welcomed.

The Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa has partnered with Global Giving, a charity fundraising web site that gives social entrepreneurs and non-profits from anywhere in the world a chance to raise the money that they need to improve their communities. If you are interested in supporting Ms. Gbowee’s work, please click the button below to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa.


Tawakkol Karman International Foundation

Tawakkol Karman International Foundation (TKIF) is a non-profit organization working in all development fields and support the ideas, policies, activities and projects that participate in leading communities to democracy and development. TKIF also works in spreading peace, establishing human goodwill, values, violence, poverty and ignorance resistance and all forms of racism.

TKIF believes in freedom, solidarity and peace concepts and considers democracy, sovereignty of law and fair development a way to achieve a positive and sustainable change in life of members and communities. TKIF with partnership with its local and international partners aims achieving concepts that guarantee the saving freedoms, rights and human dignity and mitigation of armed conflicts and resolute them and open a door to build peace and stabilization and achieve a decent life.

Vision :
Toward a peaceful world, which Human dignity is protected and prosperity and harmony are prevailed.

Mission :
TKIF seeks to be one of the pioneer global foundation in building peace and development and spreading the concepts of democracy and human rights by different available civic means with respect to the culture of each community and with cooperation with all governments and populations to serve human and save his/ her dignity wherever s/he is.



The Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates

The Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates derives from a new and more broadly based collaboration between the International Gorbachev Foundation and the City of Rome for realizing the World Summits of Nobel Peace Laureates. The Permanent Secretariat, based in Rome, is a non-profit association without political aims.

As well as organizing the tasks of the Summit, the Secretariat monitors the activities of Nobel Peace Laureates, while promoting the adoption of the “Charter for a world without violence” and supporting the work of the Nobel, who participate in the annual Summits at Rome, as mediators in various conflicts around the world (Article 3 of the Statute).

Our Summit is the most inspirational and largest annual event in the field of peacemaking. It aggregates panel discussions among Nobel Peace Laureates and representatives of the leading international organizations, media, business and government in open forums. It gives the opportunity for group and individual meetings with high-profile leaders from around the globe. It has dedicated Student’s workshops organized in collaboration with international organizations and Nobel Peace Laureates. We share our networking of international and national students groups and young social activists, international delegations, elected officials and businessmen from around the world, promoting a unique discussion environment.


The Center for Earth Ethics

The Center for Earth Ethics (CEE) is a forum for education, public discourse and movement building that draws on faith and wisdom traditions to address our ecological crisis and it’s root causes. CEE regards our climate change as the consequence of a deeper malady: an economic development model that exploits people and nature for short-term financial gain. CEE cultivates the public consciousness necessary to make changes in policy and culture that will establish a new paradigm based on the sustained well-being of all people and our planet. Founded at Union Theological Seminary in 2015, the Center builds on Union’s broad ecumenical base and long-standing commitment to social justice.

The Center for Earth Ethics



ONE UN New York
1 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017


08:00 08:40 Breakfast & Welcome Remarks
08:40 09:00 The Privilege of Well-Being
09:00 09:20 Win at Losing: How our Biggest Setbacks Can Lead to Our Greatest Gains
09:20 10:00 Advancing America's Strength and Interest through Diplomacy
10:00 10:40 Investment Outlook: Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG)
10:40 11:20 Institutional Allocator Roundtable
11:20 11:35 Focus on Youth - The Children's Village
11:35 12:15 Ron Suskind: "Life, Animated" Using Artificial Intelligence to Address Autism
12:15 12:35 CEO Spotlight:  Richard Park, MD, CEO of CityMD
12:35 13:25 Networking Luncheon
13:25 14:00 Investment Outlook: Agriculture
14:00 14:35 Addressing Existential Threats to the Survival of Humanity
14:35 14:50 Sustainable Development
14:50 15:20 Inspiring Personal Story on Journey to Becoming a Social Change Agent for Peace
15:20 15:50 Trends in Investment and Cross Border Partnerships
15:50 16:20 Parachuting In - The Power of Visual Communication
16:20 17:00 Fireside Chat:  Marc Lasry & Seema Moody
17:00 20:00 Industry Focused Dinners - Agriculture, Private Healthcare, Public Healthcare, Technology
08:00 08:30 Networking Breakfast
08:40 09:05 Maximizing Impact Investing in Non-Intuitive Ways
09:05 09:35 Investment Outlook:  Entertainment
09:35 10:15 Investment Outlook: Healthcare
10:15 10:35 "What Works on Wall Street"
10:35 11:05 Linking Finance and Development Worlds to Seed Action
11:05 11:30 Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
11:30 12:00 Global Risk
12:00 12:30 World Economy and Direction
12:30 13:20 Networking Luncheon
13:20 13:55 Family Office Roundtable
14:00 14:35 Investment Outlook:  Technology
14:35 15:00 Corporate Social Impact
15:00 15:15 Where China is going, and How will it Impact the Rest of the World?
15:15 15:30 Bridge of Life
15:30 16:00 CEO Spotlight:  Maurice "Hank" Greenberg
16:00 16:15 Increasing Empathy through Inspiring Service to Others
16:15 16:30 A Focus on Youth - Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Laureates
19:00 20:00 A Benefit Orchestral Evening for EARTH'S CALL
20:00 22:00 Dinner