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Worldwide Leaders Gather for 2021 Global Inclusive Growth Summit on October 14

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The 2021 Global Inclusive Growth Summit will take place on Thursday, October 14 as a free online event presented by the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth and the Aspen Institute. The half-day “Rebuilding for All” summit will bring together leaders from across sectors to catalyze new partnerships and shine a spotlight on solutions that advance inclusive and sustainable economies around the world. A number of organizations are expected to announce significant commitments at the event.

Members of the media are invited to register here.

Among the speakers:

  • Vice President Kamala Harris
  • Former President Bill Clinton
  • H.M. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (to be confirmed)
  • Michael Miebach, CEO of Mastercard
  • Ajay Banga, Executive Chairman, Mastercard
  • Dan Porterfield, President & CEO of the Aspen Institute
  • Michael Bennet, United States Senator for Colorado
  • Marla Blow, President and COO of Skoll Foundation
  • Raphael Bostic, President & CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
  • Jean Case, CEO of the Case Foundation
  • Chris Coons, United States Senator for Delaware
  • Makhtar Diop, Managing Director & EVP, International Finance Corporation
  • Heather Higginbottom, Co-Head of Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase Head of Research & Policy for Corporate Responsibility, JPMorgan Chase
  • Will Hurd, Former United States Representative (2015-2021)
  • Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director-General of the WTO
  • Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO, AARP
  • Ashish Jha, Dean of the Brown University School of Public Health
  • Alan Jope, CEO of Unilever
  • Gina M. Raimondo, Secretary of Commerce
  • Lata Reddy, SVP of Inclusive Solutions at Prudential Financial
  • Reeta Roy, President and CEO of Mastercard Foundation
  • Brad Smith, President of Microsoft
  • Vera Songwe, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa
  • Francis Suarez, Mayor of Miami
  • Anthony Tan, Group CEO & co-founder of GRAB

And many more. View the full list of confirmed speakers here.

Preliminary Agenda & Plenary Session Start Times

  • 9:30 a.m. – welcome remarks by Mike Froman, vice chairman, Mastercard and Dan Porterfield, President & CEO of the Aspen Institute
  • 9:35 a.m. – framing remarks on inclusive and sustainable growth, Ajay Banga, Executive Chairman, Mastercard
  • 9:45 a.m. – Rebuilding for All: Inclusive by Design
    • Former President Bill Clinton
    • Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director-General of the WTO
    • Raphael Bostic, President & CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
    • Gina Raimondo, Secretary of Commerce
  • 10:30 a.m. – Plenary Session 1: People, Planet and Prosperity: Creating Growth that Sustains. Select participants include:
    • Brian Deese, Director, National Economic Council
    • Alan Jope, CEO of Unilever
    • Jean Case, CEO of the Case Foundation
    • Francis Suarez, Mayor of Miami
  • 11:45 a.m. – Plenary Session 2: The Global Agenda for Financial Security. Select participants include:
    • H.M. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (to be confirmed)
    • Moderator, Ida Rademacher, vice president and executive director of the Aspen Financial Security Program, the Aspen Institute
    • Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE)
  • 1:45 p.m. – Plenary Session 3: TechTonic Shifts: Putting Technology to Work for the Common Good. Select participants include:
    • William Hurd, Former United States Representative (2015-2021)
    • Anthony Tan, Group CEO & co-founder of GRAB
    • Marla Blow, President and COO of Skoll Foundation
    • Reeta Roy, President and CEO, Mastercard Foundation
    • Vera Songwe, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa
  • 2:45 p.m. – Trusting Tech in a Post-Pandemic Recovery
    • Michael Miebach, CEO, Mastercard
    • Makhtar Diop, Managing Director & EVP, International Finance Corporation
  • 3:15 p.m. – Closing Plenary
    • Shamina Singh, founder and president, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth
    • Heather Higginbottom, Co-Head of Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase Head of Research & Policy for Corporate Responsibility, JPMorgan Chase
  • 3:25 p.m. – Closing Remarks, Vice President Harris

The theme of this year’s summit is “Rebuilding for All” and will focus on sustainable growth, financial security and data for good initiatives. As the global pandemic has both accelerated the shift to a digital economy and exacerbated inequality, it has never been more important to understand how constantly shifting demographics, circumstances, and technologies affect the growth, security, and prosperity of communities all over the world.

The 2021 summit builds on the success of the inaugural 2019 Global Inclusive Growth Summit, which brought together 500 purpose-driven leaders to share inspiring ideas and solutions and galvanized action to create a more inclusive economy. Four philanthropic organizations including Mastercard committed more than $72 million in funding to advance equitable and sustainable economic growth. This year, as part of the Clinton Foundation’s efforts to accelerate an inclusive economic recovery, the Clinton Global Initiative is partnering with Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth and Aspen Institute to advance more projects supporting widespread economic growth.

Learn more about the Global Inclusive Growth Summit and the work of the partner organizations by visiting www.globalinclusivegrowthsummit.com and by following #GlobalIGS. Members of the media seeking more information should contact Jon Purves: Jon.Purves@aspeninstitute.org and Casey Stavropoulos: Casey.Stavropoulos@mastercard.com.

The Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth advances equitable and sustainable economic growth and financial inclusion around the world. The Center leverages the company’s core assets and competencies, including data insights, expertise and technology, while administering the philanthropic Mastercard Impact Fund, to produce independent research, scale global programs and empower a community of thinkers, leaders and doers on the front lines of inclusive growth.

The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Founded in 1949, the Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most important challenges facing the United States and the world. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, and an international network of partners.

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