The Centre for Responsible Leadership will host the inaugural Responsible Leaders Summit at the United Nations in New York on May 1st, 2019.

Eminent leaders from across business, finance, religion, politics, media, and the environment will participate in high-level workshops to develop actionable commitments that will address how to bring more effective leadership to solving some of the world’s greatest challenges.

This event is strictly by invitation-only 


Wednesday, May 1

Welcome & Introductions:


Summit Master of Ceremonies:

David GregoryRenowned Journalist and Former Moderator, NBC's Meet the Press

Welcome Remarks:

9:15am – 9:30am

HE Dr. Mohammad Abdulkarim Al-IssaSecretary General, The Muslim World League; 

Chairman, Responsible Leaders Summit

Bawa JainSecretary General, The World Council of Religious Leaders; Secretary General, Responsible Leaders Summit


Robert Bazell - Professor, Yale University; Former Chief Science and Health Correspondent, NBC News

9:45am – 10:35am

Solution Session 1: Restoring Civility to Public Discourse


In an age of increasingly divisive rhetoric, it is imperative for everyone to restore the civility in public discourse. If we are to build and safeguard an environment conducive to collaboration and reasonable decision-making, it cannot be based on name-calling, browbeating, threats and/or embarrassments. To meet our current and future challenges head-on and leave a world that our children can enjoy and thrive in, we need to preserve the space for rational debate, respectful disagreement and constructive compromise. But how do we do that when the flamethrowers consistently are the loudest voices? 


David Gregory


Ambassador Nancy Brinker - Founder, Susan G. Komen; Ambassador to Hungary and U.S. Chief of Protocol

Senator Joseph Lieberman - Senior Counsel, Kasowitz Benson Torres; Former United States Senator (CT) and Vice Presidential Nominee

Adam Sharp - President & CEO, National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences (The Emmy Awards);  Former Head of News, Government & Elections, Twitter

10:45 am – 11:35am

Solution Session 2: Addressing Economic Inequality


The divide between the rich and the poor has widened dramatically in the United States over the past few decades, with no remedy in sight. The situation is much the same in many other developed and developing countries. In a world with so much wealth, responsible leaders must do much more to lift up the most vulnerable individuals and nations. How do we advance trade and social protection policies that provide real economic gains to the poorest and most marginalized communities? 


David Gregory


Lauren Bush Lauren - Founder and CEO, FEED Projects

Maurice Lévy - Chairman, Publicis Groupe

Franz Paasche - Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs & Communications, PayPal

Jessica Rosenworcel - Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

11:45am – 12:35pm

Solution Session 3: Safeguarding Our Planet


As living beings, we depend on clean water. Development requires energy. Urban areas require infrastructure, sanitation and other essentials. And environmental disregard threatens all of these. How do we meet our present needs to provide basic service, adequate housing and opportunities for jobs and industry, while embedding environmental protection and sustainability practices so that we are not jeopardizing the future? 


Ken Berlin - President & CEO, The Climate Reality Project

Bjørn Kjærand HauglandCEO, Norway 203040; Former Chief Sustainability Officer, DNV GL Group

Noel Kinder - Chief Sustainability Officer, Nike

12:45pm – 2:30pm 

Delegates Dining Room - Lunch & Networking

Award Presentation: 2019 Responsible Leadership Award for Excellence in Sustainability

Christian Rynning-TønnesenCEO, Statkraft

Special Address

HE Dr. Ali Rashid Abdulla Al Nuaimi - Chairman, World Council of Muslim Communities; Former Foreign Minister, United Arab Emirates

Monsignor Khaled Akasheh - Secretary of the Commission for Religious Relations with Muslims and Bureau Chief for Islam at the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue

HE Dr. Mohammad Abdulkarim Al-Issa - Secretary General, The Muslim World League

Swami Avdheshananda Giri Maharaj - Chairman of Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha (India)

Rabbi David Rosen - International Director of Interreligious Affairs, American Jewish Committee (AJC)

Venerable Shi Ming Yi - Abbot of Foo Hai Chan Monastery (Singapore)



Cindi Leive - Former Editor-in-Chief, Glamour Magazine and SELF Magazine


Jimmie Briggs - Writer; Member, New York City Commission on Gender Equity;  Community & Partnerships Lead, The Goldin Institute


Claudia Chan - CEO & Founder of S.H.E. GLOBL


Cecile Richards - National women's rights advocate, Former President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Neera Tanden - President, Center for American Progress


Paula Faris - Anchor and Senior National Correspondent, ABC News; Host, Journeys Of Faith Podcast

4:35pm – 4:45pm

Special Presentation: UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and The Muslim World League

Ninette Kelley - Director, New York Office, UNHCR - The UN Refugee Agency


Anne-Marie Grey - Executive Director & CEO, USA for UNHCR - The UN Refugee Agency


HE Dr. Mohammed Al-Issa - Secretary General, Muslim World League

2:35pm – 3:35pm

Solution Session 4: Uniting the Faithful


Faith should be a unifying factor among the peoples of the world. However, it is all too often misused to divide. We need to use the commonalities of our great religions to promote the shared values of faith and education, and a shared appreciation of each of our unique religious heritages. How do we eliminate the breeding ground for groups like Da’esh (ISIS) in the Middle East, the Ku Klux Klan in the United States or neo-Nazis in Europe? And how do we leverage interfaith understanding into real solutions for our communities?

3:45pm – 4:35pm

Solution Session 5: Ensuring Gender Equality


Gender equality is a fundamental human right. And the empowerment of women and girls is fundamental to building a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. Even as laws around the world are becoming increasingly more progressive, true gender equality is being hampered by the unacceptably high level of women and girls who experience physical and sexual violence. And all too often, women and girls find that in practice they are denied equal access to education, health care, decent work and political and economic opportunities. How do we unleash their full potential?

4:45pm – 5:00pm

Closing Remarks

HE Dr. Mohammed Al-Issa


Bawa Jain

The Responsible Leaders Summit Awards Dinner: The Harvard Club


7:30 - 10:15pm               

Reception Begins

Dinner, Awards, and Entertainment Program


Special guests and entertainers to be announced

The 2019 Responsible Leadership Award for Truth in Media will be presented to:


Ann Curry
Award-winning journalist and photojournalist, and former NBC News Network anchor and international correspondent.

The 2019 Responsible Leadership Award for Engaged Leadership will be presented to:

Alex Gorsky
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Johnson & Johnson

The 2019 Responsible Leadership Award for A Lifetime of Achievement will be presented to:

Rabbi Arthur Schneier
President, Appeal of Conscience Foundation; Senior Rabbi Park East Synagogue


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