Building a World Fit for Future Generations

Hosted by the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity

Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House


Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland

Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland

Juan Manuel Santos Calderón

Juan Manuel Santos Calderón

Minouche Shafik

Minouche Shafik

Around the world we see stark reminders of increasing division within and between nations and a vacuum of moral leadership committed to addressing the root causes of democratic deficits. Join us as we explore how this generation of rising grassroots leaders are tackling our challenges through collective purpose, changing culture and policy, and how leaders from across the generations can support and amplify them. 

Gro Harlem Brundtland was the first woman Prime Minister of Norway, serving for more than 10 years over three terms until 1996. Following this she was Director-General of the World Health Organization from 1998-2003 and UN Special Envoy on Climate Change from 2007-2010. She is a member of the Elders serving as Deputy Chair from 2013-2018, and is an Honorary Fellow of LSE.

Juan Manuel Santos Calderón (@JuanManSantos) is the former President of the Republic of Colombia, serving two terms, from 2010 to 2018. Throughout his public sector career, President Santos has held important ministerial roles. He was Colombia’s first Foreign Trade Minister, has been Minister of Finance and before being elected President, was Minister for National Defence. Prior to entering politics, President Santos was deputy director of El Tiempo newspaper, and wrote a weekly opinion column. He was awarded with the King of Spain International Journalism Award and named president of the Freedom of Expression Commission for the Inter American Press Association (IAPA). In 2016 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He is a member of The Elders and a Honorary Graduate of LSE. President Santos studied for a Master of Science in the Department of Economics at LSE in 1975.

Minouche Shafik is Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to this she was Deputy Governor of the Bank of England. An economist by training, Dame Minouche Shafik has spent most of her career straddling the worlds of public policy and academia. After completing her BSc in economics and politics at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, she took an MSc in economics at LSE before completing a DPhil in economics at St Antony’s College at the University of Oxford.

Full programme: 

Welcome keynote by LSE Director Minouche Shafik.

Panel 1: Leading for the future: robust action to combat climate change 

  • Danny Sriskandarajah, CEO of Oxfam GB
  • Gro Harlem Brutland, Former Prime Minister of Norway
  • Farwiza Farhan, New Now Leader
  • Madhu Ardhanari, AFSEE Fellow 2019-2020

Panel 2: The gender agenda: how women are leading and changing decision making 

  • Tanya Charles AFSEE Fellow 2018-2019
  • Rukia Lumumba AFRE Fellow
  • Victor Ochen, New Now Leader
  • Jaha Dukureh, New Now Leader

Panel 3: Leading for a fair, digitally and economically inclusive world 

  • Uzo Iweala , New Now Leader
  • Anjali Sarker, AFSEE Fellow 2018-2019 
  • Roya Mahboob, the New Now Leader
  • Abdalaziz Alhamza, the New Now Leader

Keynote by Juan Manuel Santos, Former President of Colombia. 

The Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity (@LSEInequalities), housed at LSE's International Inequalities Institute, is an innovative funded fellowship that brings together activists, policy-makers and movement-builders from around the world to explore and challenge the root causes of inequality. 

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