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Date: Friday, July 24, 2015
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. (ET) / 16:30 - 17:45 (GMT) or convert time
Location: Preston Auditorium, World Bank Group HQ & Online

Professor Muhammad Yunus has long envisioned a world free from poverty. He has worked to deliver opportunities for entrepreneurship to all, beginning with small loans for the very poor through the founding of Grameen Bank in Bangladesh. Since winning the Nobel Peace Prize with Grameen Bank in 2006, Professor Yunus has focused on spreading and implementing social business, in which companies are created for social good rather than private profit. During this event, Professor Yunus will discuss the power of social business and microfinance in the effort to end poverty.



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Muhammad Yunus

Professor Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank, which he founded, were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 “for their efforts to create economic and social development from below.” Since then, Professor Yunus has focused on spreading and implementing the concept of “social business” — companies created for social good rather than private profit — through Yunus Social Business — Global Initiatives.

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Date: Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (ET) / 16:30 - 17:30 (GMT) or convert time
Location: Preston Auditorium, World Bank Group HQ & Online

The opening session of the “Religion & Sustainable Development: Building Partnerships to End Extreme Poverty” conference and the launch of The Lancet series on Faith-based Health Care will begin with an opening panel from the co-hosts of the Religion & Sustainable Development Conference, followed by The Lancet Series Launch Event.

On July 7, The Lancet will publish a series of papers that examines the potential of faith-based organizations to improve health outcomes. The Lancet series, supported by Capital for Good, combines evidence, insights, and experiences of authors from several countries and denominations, academic institutions, and non-governmental organizations. The three key papers focus on the magnitude of faith-based health care in Africa, controversies associated with such care, and recommended steps to forge stronger partnerships between public sector and faith groups for improved health outcomes. Faith-based organizations deliver a substantial volume of health care and their common visions of stewardship, inclusiveness, and justice make many such organizations ideal partners for delivering the sustainable development goals.

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J. Mark Brinkmoeller

As director of the Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, J. Mark Brinkmoeller leads a dynamic team to engage faithbased organizations and communities groups, along with their leadership, to further the mission of USAID. Just prior to joining USAID in February 2012, Brinkmoeller served as senior external engagement advisor at ONE. In this position, Brinkmoeller developed high-level strategic partnerships within the faith, business and NGO communities to increase the effectiveness and reach of ONE’s advocacy efforts.

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Azza Karam

Azza Karam, Ph.D. serves as a Senior Advisor on Culture and Social Development, at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). In this capacity, Dr. Karam supports Fund-wide culture outreach; is a Lead Facilitator for the United Nations Strategic Learning Exchanges on Religion, development and humanitarian issues. Prior to UNFPA, Dr. Karam served in various capacities in the academic, NGO and international inter-governmental sectors.

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Andreas Hipple

Andreas Hipple manages GHR Foundation’s Inter-Religious Action Initiative, funding efforts to bring religious leaders and communities together to tackle common development challenges. Hipple also leads GHR’s partner Better Way Foundation’s support for global and domestic early childhood development. Prior to joining GHR Foundation, Hipple was the director of programs for the Center for Interfaith Action on Global Poverty, where he directed a multi-million dollar program.

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Gwen Hines

Gwen Hines has worked for the UK Government since 1996 in a range of policy and operational positions. Before being appointed to the role of UK Executive Director to the World Bank, she was the Country Representative for the UK Department for International Development (DFID) in Bangladesh and, before that, in Malawi. Other roles have included work on behalf of the British Government with multilateral organizations (World Bank, IMF, World Trade Organization, UN) plus G8 and Pan-African relations and UK aid program in Pakistan.

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Martin Mauthe-Kaeter

Martin Mauthe-Kaeter is the deputy head of policy division at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). He is leading BMZ’s initiative on religion and development. This includes the coordination of BMZ’s Task Force on Religion, Values and Development as well as a team of experts from civil society and academia that is consulting the ministry. Previously, he worked on global governance, G8/G20 and multilateral development cooperation and served as the Private Secretary to the State Secretary at BMZ. Martin Mauthe-Kaeter holds a M.A.

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Adam Taylor

Reverend Adam Russell Taylor currently leads the Faith-Based Initiative at the World Bank Group, which seeks to strengthen engagement and partnerships with faith inspired organizations and religious communities in order to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. Taylor formerly served as the Vice President; Advocacy at World Vision U.S. Taylor served as a White House Fellow in the White House Office of Cabinet Affairs and Public Engagement.

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YPP 50th Anniversary Event, April 29, 2014 - World Bank Group GSD PhotoLab

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Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. ET (13:00 – 15:00 GMT) or convert time
Location: Online

The WBG Young Professionals Program (YPP) is a starting point for an exciting career in the World Bank Group.

On June 24th, World Bank Group representatives from Human Resources as well as Young Professionals in the program will take your questions live.

For more than 50 years, the Young Professionals Program has been the preeminent program preparing global development leaders.  It is a unique opportunity for younger talent who have both a passion for international development and the leadership potential to grow in fascinating top technical and managerial roles in the World Bank Group. The Program is designed for highly qualified and motivated individuals skilled in areas relevant to the WBG technical/operations such as economics, finance, education, public health, social sciences, engineering, urban planning, agriculture, natural resources and others. To be competitive for this highly selective program, candidates need to demonstrate a commitment to development, proven academic success, professional achievement, and leadership capability.

We value diversity in our workplace, and encourage qualified women and men with diverse professional, academic, and cultural backgrounds to apply.  Since its inception, the YP program has hired over 1,700 people who hold or have held positions ranging from entry-level to vice presidents and managing directors. It is a unique opportunity to experience development and gain exposure to the World Bank’s operations and policies.

For more information and to apply, visit the YPP website and submit your application between June 15 and July 31, 2015.

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