Unlock Big Change – Education: the key to a better future

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Join other corporate and foundation leaders at our #UnlockBigChange event during the UN General Assembly.

During the 75th United Nations General Assembly week, the Global Business Coalition for Education and Theirworld invite you to join fellow business leaders, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, government officials, global education experts, and youth activists collaborating to end the global education crisis and prepare the next generation with the skills for the future of work.

Unlock Big Change – Education: the key to a better future is a digital conference featuring interactive panels, debates, and presentations with world leaders, celebrity advocates, and business leaders from several global companies.

The event will examine how businesses, companies, and foundations can activate their expertise and resources – in collaboration with governments and civil society – to make an impact in the lives of the next generation. Corporate engagement in education is essential for the prosperity and growth of our societies and economies.

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Participants will have the opportunity to attend the mainstage plenary event, network in real-time with other business, nonprofit, academic, and government leaders, and join corporate-facing breakout sessions on early childhood education, youth skills and resilience, education in emergencies, and financing for education in times of economic uncertainties.

Main Stage

Welcome from UN Plaza

10:00am (NYC)

Jamira Burley, Head of Youth Engagement and Skills, Global Business Coalition for Education
António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General

This event will feature world leaders and changemakers discussing the importance of education and how we can make concrete, tangible progress towards SDG 4.

Unlocking Education in Emergencies

10:03am (NYC)

Moderator: Sarah Brown, Chair, Theirworld; Executive Chair, GBC-Education

Panelists:

  • Annemiek Hoogenboom, Country Director, People’s Postcode Lottery
  • Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis Management, European Commission
  • Emanuel “Boo Milton”, Creator, SparkBox
  • Yasmine Sherif, Director, Education Cannot Wait

Speakers will discuss the situation of refugee education globally, innovations youth are driving forward, and solutions to unlock education in emergencies.

Unlocking Skills for the Future

10:35am (NYC)

Moderator: Jamira Burley, Head of Youth Skills and Engagement, Global Business Coalition for Education

Panelists:

  • Ousmane Ba, Global Youth Ambassador, Theirworld
  • Jude Kelly, Director, WOW Foundation
  • Kwasi Mitchell, Principal, Diversity & Inclusion Lead, Deloitte
  • Pia Wilson-Body, President, Intel Foundation

This conversation will explore the future of work, the challenges faced by girls and women and the potential partnerships between the public and private sector.

Unlocking Early Childhood Education

11:05am (NYC)

Moderator: Rob Doble, Director of Policy, Advocacy and Programs, Theirworld

Panelists:

  • Alice Albright, CEO, Global Partnership for Education
  • Saima W. Hossain, Chairperson, Shuchona Foundation; Chairperson, Bangladesh National Advisory Committee for Autism
  • Peter Laugharn, President and CEO, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
  • Eden Tadesse, Global Youth Ambassador, Theirworld

This conversation will explore the importance of the early years and identify actions to ensure universal preschool is funded, accessible and equitable for all.

Unlocking Finance for Education

11:35am (NYC)

Moderator: Justin van Fleet, President, Theirworld; Executive Director, Global Business Coalition for Education

Panelists:

  • Franz Fayot, Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs, Luxembourg
  • Mamta Murthi, Human Development Vice President, World Bank
  • Sarah Musau, Global Youth Ambassador, Theirworld
  • Baroness Liz Sugg, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State; Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Girls’ Education, United Kingdom (TBC)

Education funding is at risk as government, international aid and philanthropic budgets are being cut. How can we unlock the funding necessary to achieve SDG4?

Unlocking Big Change

12:00pm (NYC)

  • Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education
  • Henrietta Fore, Executive Director, UNICEF

Education is the key to a better future. How can we ensure every child and young person has the opportunity of equitable, inclusive and quality education?

Break Out Sessions

How Norway is Unlocking Big Change for Education

12:30pm-1:00pm (NYC)

Featured Guest: Aksel Jacobsen, State Secretary, Norway
Host: Lorriann Robinson, Theirworld and the Advocacy Team
Moderator: Yara Eid, Global Youth Ambassador, Theirworld

Following the Main Event, participants can attend a variety of breakout sessions featuring education leaders.

Unlock Big Change: A RewirEd Talk hosted by Dubai Cares

12:30pm – 1:30pm (NYC)

Featured Guest: Tariq Al Gurg, CEO, Dubai Cares

Join Dubai Cares for a conversation between leading voices in education, youth and practitioners examining the greater purpose of education.

CEO Roundtable Discussion (Closed Meeting)

1:30pm-2:30pm (NYC)

Moderator: Justin van Fleet, President, Theirworld; Executive Director, Global Business Coalition for Education
Hosts: Chip Goodyear, Chair, BHP Foundation and Sarah Brown, Executive Chair, Global Business Coalition for Education

This is a private roundtable for business CEOs only.

Realizing the Promise: How can education technology accelerate learning for all?

2:00pm-2:30pm (NYC)

Featured Guest: Emiliana Vegas, Senior Fellow and Co-Director, Center for Universal Education, Brookings Institution
Host: Jake Cho, Senior Manager, Global Business Coalition for Education

Join Brookings Institution for a presentation on how schools can use tech to enhance the work of teachers and improve educational content.

Tariq Al Gurg

Tariq Al Gurg
CEO
Dubai Cares

Annamiek Hoogenboom

Annemiek Hoogenboom
Country Director
People’s Postcode Lottery

Jude Kelly

Jude Kelly
Director
WOW Foundation

Saima W.Hossain

Saima W.Hossain
Chairperson, Shuchona Foundation
Chairperson, Bangladesh National Advisory Committee for Autism

Peter Laugham

Peter Laugham
President and CEO
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Emanuel “Boo Milton”

Emanuel “Boo Milton”
Creator
SparkBox

Kwasi Mitchell

Kwasi Mitchell
Principal Diversity & Inclusion Lead
Deloitte

Pia Wilson

Pia Wilson-Body
President
Intel Foundation

Franz Fayot

Franz Fayot
Minister for Development
Luxembourg

Janez

Janez Lenarčič
Commissioner for Crisis Management
European Commission

Mamta Murthi

Mamta Murthi
Vice President for Human Development
World Bank

Alice Albright

Alice Albright
CEO
Global Partnership for Education

Sarah Brown

Sarah Brown
Chair
Theirworld

Jamira Burley

Jamira Burley
Head of Youth Skills and Engagement
Global Business Coalition for Education

Yasmine Sherif

Yasmine Sherif
Director
Education Cannot Wait

Justin VanFleet

Justin van Fleet
President
Theirworld

Aksel Jakobsen

Aksel Jakobsen
State Secretary
Norway

Liz Sugg

Baroness Liz Sugg
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State; Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Girls’ Education
United Kingdom

Gordon Brown
Special Envoy for Global Education
United Nations

Henrietta Fore

Henrietta Fore
Executive Director
UNICEF

Emiliana Vegas
Co-director
Center for Universal Education
Brookings Institution

Rob Doble
Director of Policy
Advocacy and Programs, Theirworld

Ousmane Ba

Ousmane Ba
Global Youth Ambassador
Theirworld

Sarah M.Musau
Global Youth Ambassador
Theirworld

Eden Tadesse

Eden Tadesse
Global Youth Ambassador
Theirworld

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At the event, we will launch The Key, a new open-source tool to help Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance teams make the case for private-sector investment in education.

Visit The Key