Social Progress - What Works?

Please join Harvard Business School Professor Michael E. Porter for a meeting of social innovators from around the globe to identify solutions to some of the world´s biggest problems. The conference will be a watershed discussion of how countries including Brazil, Costa Rica, Iceland, Nepal, New Zealand and Rwanda and cities and regions such as Medellin, Colombia and the Basque Region of Spain have achieved standout social progress results. 

Insight from the Social Progress Index, a powerful new benchmarking tool to connect decision-makers with fresh perspectives on social performance, will anchor these conversations.

Date: April 28, 2016 
Time: 8:30 am to 2:30 pm
Venue: HARPA Conference Centre Reykjavík, Iceland

8:30  Opening   Liv Bergþórsdóttir, Chief Executive Officer, NOVA

8:35 Welcome to Reykjavik Dagur B. Eggertsson, Mayor, City of Reykjavik

8:45 Why Social Progress Now?  Matthew Bishop, The Economist Group

8:55 Social Progress: The Next Development Agenda  Prof. Michael E. Porter,
Bishop William Lawrence University Professor, Harvard Business School

9:25 Session 1: Basic Human Needs:   Nepal and Rwanda
Presenters: Dr. Swarnim Wagle, Former Member, Nepal Planning Commission; 
Francis Gatare, Chief Executive Officer, Rwanda Development Board

9:55 Session 2: Foundations of Wellbeing: Iceland and the Brazilian Amazon 
Presenters: Ms.Rakel Óttarsdóttir, Chief Operating Officer, Arionbank 
Beto Verissimo, Co-founder, Imazon

10:25 Coffee Break

10:45 Session 3:  Opportunity: New Zealand and the Basque Region, Spain 
Presenters: Dr. Girol Karacaoglu, Chief Economist and Deputy Secretary, Macroeconomic,
International & Economic Research, New Zealand Treasury;
and Mr. Angel Toña, Basque Minister of Employment and Social Affairs

11:15 Session 4: Social Progress in Aggregate: Costa Rica and Medellin, Colombia 
Presenters: Victor Umaña, Director CLACDS, INCAE Business School; and

12:00 Lunch Break

12:45 Role of Research in Driving What Works  
Prof. Jón Atli Benediktsson, President, University of Iceland

13:00 What Works in Advancing Social Progress? – Lessons Learned 
Moderator: Matthew Bishop, The Economist Group
- Prof. Michael E. Porter, Bishop William Lawrence University Professor, Harvard Business School; 
- Prof. Martha Minow, Dean, Harvard Law School; 
- Prof. Marc Fleurbaey, Chair, International Panel on Social Progress; 
- Ms  Mette Lindgaard, Partner, Deloitte

14:00 Launch of Global Solutions Challenge “Solvey” 
David Erasmus & Louis Cole,founders of The Solvey Project

14:10 Why is Social Progress Important in Iceland?  
Mr. Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson, Prime Minister of  Iceland

14:25 Closing Remarks and Thank You  Liv Bergþórsdóttir, Chief Executive Officer, NOVA

14:30 End of Conference

Please note that attendees of the "What Works?" event are invited to join the closing plenary of the Iceland Geothermal Conference at the same venue:
16:00 Plenary Closing Session of Iceland Geothermal Conference 2016