London’s City Hall was the setting for an electrifying evening of speeches, performances and discussions as international thought leaders, philanthropists and humanitarians joined the latest leg of the international ‘How to do Good’ tour.
Following events in Oslo, Stockholm, The Hague, Brussels and Paris, the London tour celebrates the launch of the book: ‘How to Do Good – Essays on Building a Better World’, a collection of extraordinary personal stories from thought leaders, celebrities, statesmen and women, Nobel prize winners, social entrepreneurs, and philanthropists driving and inspiring positive change.
The evening was opened by a remarkable poetry performance from Emi Mahmoud, world champion slam poet, Yale graduate and refugee, who chronicled her family’s harrowing experience in war-torn Sudan.
She was later joined by eight other inspirational philanthropists on stage for speeches and a panel discussion. Moderated by the award-winning journalist and author, Gavin Esler, discussions explored how to address pressing global issues, including the refugee and migration crises, gender equality, healthcare and education.
On stage with Mahmoud were:
• UNHCR’s Representative to the UK Gonzalo Vargas Llosa
• Dr Rouba Mhaissen, Sawa Foundations, Forbes Top 30 under 30 2017
• Nick Grono, CEO, the Freedom Fund
• A C Grayling, Master of the New College of the Humanities, London, Professor of Philosophy, author
• Larry Benjamin, paediatric ophthalmologist at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust and programme committee chair and trustee, ORBIS UK
• Natasha Kaplinsky, UK Ambassador, Save the Children
• Frédéric Oumar Kanouté, footballer turned philanthropist and founder Kanouté Foundation
• David Nott OBE FRCS OStJ DMCC BSc MD, David Nott Foundation
During a post-event Q&A, the humanitarians fielded impassioned questions from an audience deeply humbled, and encouraged to take action. A selection of regular speakers will fly to New York in early May, where they will be joined by local and international thought leaders for a final evening of discussion and inspiration.