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By increasing visibility and understanding ​of the fourth sector, we can enable and leverage it to upgrade our economic systems and correct for the flaws exposed by COVID-19.


"To create the Fourth sector and unleash the power of business to solve pressing social and environmental challenges at scale, there needs to be a massive effort to develop strong and cohesive supportive ecosystems that make it easier for for-benefit enterprises to thrive everywhere in the world."

- Rebeca Grynspan

Ibero-American Secretary General, the Chair of the Ibero-American Fourth Sector Project, and the Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Fourth Sector Development Initiative

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What happened 2019?

Over 60 CEOs and C-suite executives from global businesses, and leadership from the World Bank and the United Nations, gathered at this year’s Leaders on Purpose CEO Summit. It was not only an impressive gathering, but more so, every leader stayed the full day and co-created content and actionable agendas to pursue. This illustrated even more clearly that the time is right for global businesses to transition in a more actionable way translating the SDGs and that this will have a lasting positive impact on business strategy and organizational DNA.

Wednesday - April 10th

Creating the Future We Want: The Fierce Urgency of Now
Welcome Comments From:
Christa Gyori , CEO, Managing Director & Co-Founder, Leaders on Purpose
Inspirational Talk: Why Not Joy?
Shawn Askinosie, CEO Askinosie Chocolate & Best Selling Author

​Panel Discussions

​Going the Distance for the SDGs: Partnerships and Collaboration 4.0:

Remi Eriksen, CEO, DNVGL, Barri Rafferty, CEO, Ketchum/Omnicom, Barbara Humpton, CEO, Siemens USA, Marc-André Blanchard, Canadas Ambassador to the UN, Ian de Cruz, Global Director, P4G

​The Centrality of Water Resources to the Realization of the SDGs:

Laura Kohler, SVP & Member Board of Directors, Kohler, Gary White, CEO,, Henrietta Fore, Executive Director, UNICEF, Karin Krchnak, Manager WRG 2030 World Bank Group

​Blended Finance for the Global Goals/ SDGs:

Marisa Drew, CEO Impact Advisory and Finance, Credit Suisse, Keiko Honda, CEO MIGA, World Bank Group, Hiro Mizuno, Executive Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of Japan’s, Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF), J. Carl Ganter, CEO, Vector Center; Managing Director, Circle of Blue

​The New Business Logic:
Michael Froman, Vice Chairman and President, Strategic Growth, Mastercard, Mahmoud Mohieldin, Senior Vice President, UN Relations & Partnerships, World Bank Group, Dr. Nicolas Peter, CFO, BMW, Robert G. Greenhill, Executive Chairman, Global Canada, Dr. Tatiana Kazakova, Chief Strategy Officer, Managing Director & Co-Founder- Leaders on Purpose

Actionalizing Purpose:

Emmanuel Lulin, Chief Ethics Officer, L'Oreal, Hubert Joly, CEO, Best Buy, Mia Mends, CEO, Sodexo Inspirus , Stephen Huddart, CEO & President, McConnell Foundation, Dr. Christian Busch, Director Innovation & Co-Creation Lab, LSE, & Co-Founder Leaders on Purpose

​Informational Talks:

Measuring Leadership for the 21st Century & Beyond
Tim Nixon, Managing Editor, Reuters

​The New Leadership Paradigm
Leith Sharp, Director, Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership,
Harvard University

​Global To Local - Insights from World Bank
Bangladeshi Infrastructure Project
Maya Brahmam, Sr. Communications Officer Infrastructure,
World Bank Group

​Working Groups

Addressing 21st Century Challenges
The group split up into groups for in-depth working sessions based on themes coming
out of the CEO Study and informed by expert insights. Working groups included:

​Financial Inclusion
Co-Chairs: Michael Froman - Vice Chairman and President, Strategic Growth, Mastercard & Eric Duflos - Director UNSGA Office Moderator: Dan Sheriff - CEO, TXF

Co-Chairs: Barbara Humpton - CEO, Siemens USA & Harald Friedl, CEO - Circle Economy Moderator: J. Carl Ganter - CEO, Vector Center; Managing Director, Circle of Blue

Diversity Inclusion and Women's Economic Empowerment:
Co-Chairs: Mia Mends - CEO, Sodexo Inspirus & Emmanuel Lulin - Chief Ethics Officer, L'Oreal Moderator: Dr. Sebastian Knab - Manager, Rohrbeck Heger GmbH

Technology, Trust & Connectivity
Co-Chair: Karn Manhas - CEO, Terramera & Dr. Oliver Greiner - Partner Horvath & Partners

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