The Mobile for Good Summit will be held in London on 10 December, 2012, hosted by Vittorio Colao, CEO of Vodafone Group, and Sir Andrew Likierman, Dean of London Business School.
The event will focus on the transformational impact mobile technology is having on global health, education, agriculture, financial services and the lives of women. The Summit is being funded by the Vodafone Foundation as part of its Mobile for Good programme.
Speakers will include Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for International Development; Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University; Cherie Blair, Founder, the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women; Dr Mike Lynch, founder of Autonomy; Yafang Sun, Chairwoman of the Board, Huawei; Sir Andrew Witty, CEO of GlaxoSmithKline; Professor Dean Karlan, Professor of Economics at Yale University; Dame Helen Alexander, Chairman,UBM plc; Justin Forsyth, CEO of Save the Children; Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, formerly Minister of State in the Foreign Office and a former Deputy Secretary-General and Chief of Staff at the UN; Sir Mark Walport, Director of the Wellcome Trust; and Seth Berkley, CEO of GAVI Alliance. The event will be chaired by Becky Anderson, the anchor of CNN International’s flagship news programme Connect the World.
The Mobile for Good Summit will be a platform for announcing new research and partnerships, showcasing innovative solutions using mobile technology and discussing how businesses, NGOs and governments across the world can work together to implement high impact solutions at scale for public benefit.
Event partners include Editorial Intelligence and CNN International.
Vittorio Colao, CEO of Vodafone Group, said: “Mobiles are radically improving lives in emerging and developed countries. This is one of the most transformative technologies in human history, leading people in emerging markets out of poverty and changing the way businesses operate everywhere.”
Sir Andrew Likierman, Dean, London Business School, said: “Over the last three decades, mobile telephony has emerged from being technologically possible to globally used in countless previously unimagined ways. The impact of mobile telephony has been far reaching. It touches how we communicate, how we work, how we receive information and how we manage our lives.
“At London Business School, our vision is to have a profound impact on the way the world does business and, to that end, we’ve been exploring what it is that inhibits and enables entrepreneurial projects in this field to evolve from pilot to scale. We’re excited to be part of the discussion around this area and very much looking forward to the Summit in December”.