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Jane Wales
San Francisco, CA

Philanthropy International Affairs


Jane Wales
President & CEO
World Affairs Council / Global Philanthropy Forum;VP Aspen Institute
Jane Wales, President and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Northern California can discuss among other things, philanthropy, globalization, science and technology, and sustainable economic development.
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Jane Wales is the President & CEO of the World Affairs Council of Northern California; host of the nationally-syndicated National Public Radio interview show It's Your World;  and Co-Founder of the Global Philanthropy Forum. Jane also serves as Vice President, Philanthropy and Society, and Director of the Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation at the Aspen Institute. From 2007 to 2008, Jane served as Acting CEO of The Elders, chaired by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and in 2008, she was Chair of the Poverty Alleviation Track for the Clinton Global Initiative.

Previously, Jane served in the Clinton Administration as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director of the National Security Council. She simultaneously served as Associate Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where her office was responsible both for advancing sustainable economic development, through science and technology cooperation, and for developing policy for securing advanced weapons materials in the former Soviet Union.  In the Carter Administration, Jane served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and as Coordinator, Public Liaison, at the White House.

In the philanthropic sector, Jane chaired the international security programs at the Carnegie Corporation and the W. Alton Jones Foundation, and she directed the Project on World Security at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. She is the former National Executive Director of the Physicians for Social Responsibility, which shared in the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize during her tenure.

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Three unstoppable trends are re-shaping our world
The information revolution, the redistribution of wealth and power and surges in poverty stricken populations will change the future of our world.
Recent Publications/Appearances

April 19, 2012 World Stage News "Elumelu advises western development partners on Africapitalism ..."

April 18, 2012 The Huffington Post  "New Roles, New Responsibilities in the Social Contract"

Feb 3, 2011 The Huffington Post "Can Google Change the World? Or, Has it Already?"

Dec 11, 2010 The Huffington Post "Valuing the Nonprofit Sector"

Oct 25, 2010 The Huffington Post "Race to the Finish: Dropping in on College Dropouts"

Sept 28, 2010 The Huffington Post "If you Want an Answer, as Everyone: The Rise of Crowd-Source Grantmaking"

Sept 13, 2010 The Huffington Post "Metrics that Matter: Venture Philanthrophy Pioneer and Aspen Philanthrophy Group Draw Similar Conclusions"

Aug, 2009 Reviewed by Jane Wales, Stanford Social Innovation Review Book Review: Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa, by Dambisa Moy"

Aug 1, 2009 The NonProfit Times The 2009 NonProfit Times Power & Influence Top 50,”

June 25, 2009  Sarah Murray, Financial Times  A problem shared,”

April 22, 2009  Roberta Fusaro,Harvard Business Review Editor’s Blog, Q & A: Jane Wales on Global Philanthropy,”
April 16, 2009 Chronicle of Philanthropy online chat International Philanthropy in a Time of Recession,”
Jan 7, 2009  KQED Forum Interview Obama, Panetta and the CIA,
Jan 6, 2009 the San Francisco Chronicle Op-ed, "How Obama can Partner with Philanthropy,"
Nov 19, 2008 Chronicle of Philanthropy  Ian Wilhelm, "Bill Clinton Agrees to Limit Nonprofit Work,"
Nov 7, 2008 the San Francisco Chronicle, Jane Wales, Op-Ed "Honoring those who Provide for the Poor,"
June 12, 2008  Kristine Henry, the Chronicle of Philanthropy,   "An Expert in Philanthropy Takes Think Tank Job,"
Dec 14, 2007  Landon Thomas Jr, the NY Times A New Breed of Billionaire,”,
Oct 11, 2007 the SJ Mercury NewsJane Wales, Op-Ed “Finding Reason for Hope in Central Africa,”
Oct 8, 2007  KQED Forum Interview  Darfur and the Elders
Recent Speaking Engagements
-    Interviewed Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, in San Francisco, December 2009.
-    Spoke at the Southern California Grantmakers Annual Conference in Los Angeles, CA, November 2009.
-    Interviewed Vartan Gregorian, President, Carnegie Corporation of New York, New York, NY, November 2009.
-    Moderated at the Opportunity Collaboration in Ixtapa, Mexico, October 2009.
-    Interviewed Pulitzer Prize winner, Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times in San Francisco, October 2009.
-    Spoke at The Philanthropy Workshop West Retreat in Napa, CA, October 2009.
-    Moderated a panel at the Clinton Global Initiative 2009 Annual Meeting in New York City, September 2009.
-    Spoke at the Schwab Charitable Philanthropy Speaker Series in Berkeley, CA, September 2009.
-    Interviewed General Wesley Clark (Ret.), at the 2009 American Renewable Energy Day in Aspen, CO, August 2009.
-    Spoke at the Annual League of Women Voter’s Luncheon in Berkeley, CA, August 2009.
-    Interviewed General Anthony Zinni, USMC (Ret.) in San Francisco, August 2009.
-    Chaired the inaugural meeting of the Aspen Philanthropy Group in Aspen, CO, July 2009.
-    Interviewed former President of Mexico Vicente Fox in San Francisco, July 2009.
-    Spoke at the 2009 InterAction Forum in Washington, DC, July 2009.
-    Interviewed John Wood, Founder and Executive Chairman of Room to Read in Aspen, CO, July 2009.
-    Spoke at The Aspen Institute’s Ideas Festival in Aspen, CO, June 2009
-    Moderated a discussion with David Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent, The New York Times in San Francisco, June 2009.
-    Moderated a panel at the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy’s 2009 Corporate Philanthropy Summit in New York City, June 2009.
-    Moderated a discussion with Richard Haas, President, Council on Foreign Relations in San Francisco, May 2009.
-    Moderated a discussion with Stephen Stedman, Professor of Political Science and Senior Fellow, CISAC, Stanford University in San Francisco, May 2009.
-    Participated in Global Philanthropy Leadership Meeting in Rome, Italy, may 2009.
-    Spoke at Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC, April 2009.
-    Interviewed Professor Muhammad Yunus in Washington, DC, April 2009.
-    Moderated a GPF panel discussion on global poverty with Mo Ibrahim, Maria Otero, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Deepa Narayan in Washington, DC, April 2009.
-    Moderated a discussion with Gareth Evans, President & CEO, International Crisis Group in San Francisco, April 2009.
-    Moderated a discussion withJames Goldgeier, Fabienne Hara,Dan Reicher and Daniel Rosen on the first 70 days of the Obama Administration in San Francisco, April 2009.
-    Spoke in conversation with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and her daughters Anne, Katie, and Alice Albright in San Francisco, February 2009.


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