Plenary 1: The Conflict Continuum—From Prevention to Resolution to Reconciliation
The first plenary session at the 2008 Global Philanthropy Forum Conference featuring panelists Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Chairman of The Elders; Helene D. Gayle, President and CEO of CARE USA; Gareth Evans, President and CEO of International Crisis Group and moderated by Jane Wales.
Gareth Evans co-chaired the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (2000-2001), is the author of The Responsibility to Protect: Ending Mass Atrocity Crimes Once and For All (Brookings Institution Press, 2008, 2009), and is Co-Chair of the International Advisory Board of the New York-based Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect. Now Chancellor of the Australian National University and a Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne, he was formerly Australia's Foreign Minister (1988-96) and President of the International Crisis Group (2000-09). A participant in many international commissions and panels, he has written or edited nine books, and many other chapters, journal articles, and opinion pieces.
Dr. Helene Gayle
Helene D. Gayle is president and CEO of CARE USA. An expert on humanitarian issues, Gayle previously held senior positions with the Centers for Disease Control and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Gayle serves on several boards, including those of the Rockefeller Foundation, Colgate-Palmolive, and the US Department of State’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, chaired the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, and currently serves on the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships.
Reverend Desmond Tutu
Desmond Mpilo Tutu is a South African cleric and activist who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid.
In 1984, Tutu became the second South African to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Tutu was elected and ordained the first black South African Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa, and primate of the Church of the Province of Southern Africa (now the Anglican Church of Southern Africa).
Tutu chaired the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and is currently the chairman of The Elders. Tutu is vocal in his defense of human rights and uses his high profile to campaign for the oppressed.
Tutu also campaigns to fight AIDS, poverty and racism. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism, and the Gandhi Peace Prize in 2007.
Jane Wales is vice president of philanthropy and society at the Aspen Institute, president and CEO of the World Affairs Council, and founder of the Global Philanthropy Forum.
Previously, Wales was a special assistant to President Clinton, senior director of the National Security Council, and associate director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
She also chaired the international security programs at the Carnegie Corporation and the W. Alton Jones Foundation and directed the Project on World Security at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.
Wales is the former national executive director of Physicians for Social Responsibility.