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Wednesday, June 12 • 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Landmark: Philanthropy in the 21st Century

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We are seeing dramatic challenges for human rights philanthropy, with growing attacks on philanthropy, the shrinking of civic space on and offline, the difficulties of transferring funds  into increasingly authoritarian states, the explosion of data and decline of privacy, the emergence of new tools and technologies - all challenging traditional concepts of philanthropy, and its impact, value, and leadership in the 21st century.

To respond to the unique challenges of this modern tech-driven era, philanthropy, like all sectors - from media to transport to accommodation - will need to adapt to respond to new threats and opportunities that the sector face. As technology also challenges traditional concepts of human rights and social justice work in the digital age, philanthropy must also adapt to properly resource activists and social movements in ways that make sense to this new environment.

Panelists from across the globe will explore some of the key challenges, risks, and questions facing philanthropy during this next half-century as the sector adapts to become more sustainable and better support civil society and social sector partners.

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Brett Solomon

Co-Founder and Executive Director, Access Now
Brett is the Executive Director of Access Now, defending and extending the digital rights of users at risk around the world. By combining innovative policy, global advocacy, and direct technical support, RightsCon and grant-making, Access Now fights for human rights in the digital... Read More →

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Dan Blah

Co-Founder, Open Technology Fund
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Nighat Dad

Founder, Digital Rights Foundation
Nighat Dad is the ​Founder and executive director of the Digital Rights Foundation (DRF), Pakistan, She has run the DRF since it was established in 2012, and has been a practicing lawyer since 2007, where she worked on civil​,​ criminal​ and now cyber​ litigation... Read More →
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Christel Dahlskjaer

CCO, Private Internet Access
Christel Dahlskjaer is the CCO of Private Internet Access, a leading VPN service provider specialising in secure, encrypted VPN tunnels which create several layers of privacy and security to help users stay safe on the internet. She is keen on community, privacy and freedom of expression... Read More →
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Melanie Greenberg

Managing Director, Peacebuilding, Humanity United
Melanie Greenberg is Managing Director for Peacebuilding at Humanity United, and previously served as CEO of the Alliance for Peacebuilding. Throughout her career in academia, philanthropy and the nonprofit world, Melanie has focused on how citizens work with one another -- and with... Read More →
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Mosun Layode

Executive Director, African Philanthropy Forum
Mosun Layode is a development professional with over fifteen years of experience in international development and nonprofit leadership. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the African Philanthropy Forum (APF). She works extensively across Africa with established and... Read More →
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Randy Newcomb

Senior Advisor, The Omidyar Group
Randy Newcomb is a Senior Advisor at The Omidyar Group. The Omidyar Group is a diverse collection of global companies, organizations, and initiatives founded by Pierre and Pam Omidyar that strive to catalyze social impact globally. As Senior Advisor Mr. Newcomb explores future trends... Read More →

Wednesday June 12, 2019 2:15pm - 3:30pm BST
The BeeHive (Palais)