The Venture Peacebuilding Symposium
January 22-23, 2018
The American University
The Venture Peacebuilding Symposium proved to be one of the most important gatherings of its kind to align the interests of impact investors, social entrepreneurs, and the professional peacebuilding sector. The two-day gathering opened the doors to facilitate a global conversation where professionals from a variety of disciplines delved into the “how” aspects of innovative investments in business ventures that promote peace and stability. You can watch most of the content by visiting the VP Resource Library, where you’ll also find resources to get you up-to-speed on Venture Peacebuilding.
From the Symposium, CL-IPSI launched an online VP Networking site where global Venture Peacebuilders can connect. By joining this free online community, you will have access to resources, experts, jobs, services, and potential collaborative partners.
What’s Next for Venture Peacebuilding?
Collaboration among those interested to build peace is vital to solving the global needs of our time. Venture Peacebuilding should be part of those efforts. Over the next year and beyond, the Venture Peacebuilding Initiative will:
Grow the network of passionate peacebuilders, entrepreneurs, impact investors, and others launched at the Venture Peacebuilding
Design the initial training suite and the first version of peace investment impact metrics.
Define the parameters for peace ventures to be certified as “Venture Peacebuilding” initiatives to ensure visibility and quality
Build partnerships with like-minded institutions and companies to host events and workshops around the world.
Share resources, contacts, and findings across the Venture Peacebuilding network.
Jennifer Anderson – Senior Program Officer, Center for International Private Enterprise
Levi Benkert – Co-Founder, Verdant Frontiers
Cameron M. Chisholm – Vice President, Creative Learning; Founder, IPSI
Stone Conroy – Senior Advisor, Venture Peacebuilding, IPSI
Sarah Cechvala – Senior Program Manager, CDA Collaborative Learning Projects
Hanne Dalmut – Director of Partnership Development, Concordia
Dr. Johanna Mendelson Forman – Senior Advisor, Stimson Center
Bulbul Gupta – Founder & CEO, Mighty Girl Ventures
Bee Heal – Program Manager, C5 Accelerate
Paul Heidebrecht – Director, Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement
Sheldon Himelfarb – President & CEO, PeaceTech Lab
Jennifer Holt – CEO, Building Markets
Shamil Idriss – CEO, Search for Common Ground
Amirah Jiwa – Social Impact Strategist, Away and Peace Direct
Steve Killelea – Founder & Executive Chairman, Institute for Economics and Peace
Fred Krawchuck – Senior Fellow, One Earth Future Foundation
Laurie Lane-Zucker – Founder & CEO, Impact Entrepreneur Center
Eric Letsinger – CEO, Quantified Ventures
Michelle McMahon – Legal Counsel, Innovest Advisory
Bridget Moix – U.S. Senior Representative, Peace Direct
Adam Motiwala – Director of Federal Practice, Fifth Tribe
Maud Obe – Director for Programs, Aid to Artisans
Jennifer Oetzel – Professor, International Business, American University’s Kogod School of Business
Daniel Owen – Program Manager, Transitional Demobilization and Reintegration Program, World Bank
Jonathan Papoulidis – Executive Advisor on Fragile States, World Vision
Rebeen Pasha – Founder & CEO, StartUp Middle East
Rabbi Joshua Ratner – Director of Advocacy, Jlens Impact Investor Network
Tim Receveur – Director of PeaceTech Exchanges, PeaceTech Lab
Julia Roig – President, PartnersGlobal
Russ Rosenzweig – Founder and CEO, World Ventures Group
Johannes Schreuder – Policy Manager, UN Peacebuilding Support Office
Leimer Tejeda – Manager of Peace and Humanitarian Affairs, United Nations Global Compact
Sif Thorgeirsson – Ambassador to the U.S., PeaceStartup
Karen Volker – Director of Strategic & International Partnerships, Cure Violence
Chris Walker – Director of the Social Venture Fund, Mercy Corps
Quintan Wiktorowicz – Co-founder, Affinis Labs