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6th Global Pro Bono Summit

6th Global Pro Bono Summit

The Global Pro Bono Summit is an annual invitation-only gathering of leaders from across sectors and around the world with a shared vision to make the talents and skills of the entire business community accessible to organizations serving our collective good.

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Global Pro Bono Sumit


The Global Pro Bono Summit is an annual invitation-only gathering of leaders from across sectors and around the world with a shared vision to make the talents and skills of the entire business community accessible to organizations serving our collective good.


The Global Pro Bono Summit is designed as a combination of 2 convening – one focused on development and strengthening of the Global Pro Bono Network and the other that brings together pro bono leaders – Members, Foundations, Corporate and Professional Pro Bono Leaders – to share and collaborate to grow the pro bono movement globally.

Venue: The Auditorium, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vaastu Sangrahalya (formerly, Prince of Wales Museum), Fort, Mumbai.


Venue: ISDI-ACE, India Bulls Centre, 7th Floor, Tower 2A, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai.

Markus Hipp, Executive Director, BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt
Elizabeth Schwan-Rosenwald, Chief External Relations Officer, Taproot Foundation
Shalabh Sahai, Co-Founder & Director, iVolunteer

Facilitator Intro and Ice-Breaker Exercise: Armin Pialek

It is the first time members, corporates and others are together, let them go around the room according to their background (Business, nonprofits, academia..), a line with Mumbai as the center and then you position yourself accordingly. Find out where the others around you are from, Pro bono pro. How experienced are you with pro bono. Role in the GPBN, interview global council and partners. Movement, chance to mix.

Global Council & Partners Council Introduction

Speakers: TBD [Note: Recommend we have 2 members of the 2017 Council intro, introduce outgoing members of the 2017 Council, incoming members of the 2018 Council and the members of the Partners Council)


Deirdra White, CEO or Amanda McArthur, Chief Program Officer Pxyera


This 3 hour workshop offers an opportunity for real time experiences in cross-sector col-laboration as individuals engage in the session role play through the challenges of work-ing across sectors.


Elizabeth Schwan-Rosenwald, Chief External Relations Officer, Taproot Foundation



  • 1. Dr Mukund Rajan – Chairman, Tata Global Sustainability Council, and Chief Ethics Officer – Tata group.
  • 2. Sanjeev Jain, Global Head - Operational Excellence & Talent Supply Chain - Cognizant
  • 3. Shalabh Sahai, Co-Founder & Director, iVolunteer

What makes an Indian pro bono program unique? What are the ways in which pro bono is innovating and growing in India. Hear from a panel of experts including NGO, corporate and intermediaries about the strategies and results of pro bono in India. The session will end with a round table discussion on how the lessons learned in India can be applied globally.


Armin Pialek


5 Network members will have the opportunity to showcase their organization and case studies of pro bono success via a Pecha Kucha presentation. Presenters are:

  • 1. Narinder Dhami, Pecaut Centre, Canada
  • 2. Parnita Rane, Empact, Singapore
  • 3. Sandrine Ramboux, C@rma, Turkey
  • 4. Zhai (Robin) Yan, Huizeren
(3 - 4 sessions of 45 min each, parallel and in 3 rounds each 45 minutes - max of 12 Sessions)
Pre-defined sessions:
1. Addressing Major Social Issues with Human Capital Investments
  • a. Facilitator: Elizabeth Schwan-Rosenwald, Taproot Foundation
  • b. Panelists:
    • i. Susan Clear, Macquarie Group Foundation
    • ii. Abhijeet Sinha, Unilever
  • c. Details: Panel discussion on how major, coordinated pro bono investments can address – and make a real dent in alleviating – major social issues. Con-versations could include a discussion on how talent has addressed challenges like: post-harvest loss, education, healthcare, and/or entrepreneurship.
2. Engaging Nonprofit and Corporate Leadership to Catalyse Pro Bono
  • a. Moderator: Aarti Madhusudhan, Head of Whiteboard
  • b. Panelists:
    • i. Suman Srivastava, Founder and Innovation Artist at Marketing Un-plugged, ex- Vice chairman, FCB Ulka Group in India Rajkumar, Secre-tary - Maithree
    • ii. Sarath Divella, Country Head, Lionbridge Technologies
    • iii. Sethu, Eco Kitchen
    • iv. Rajkumar, Maithree
3. Pro bono secondment for leadership development and its Impact on service re-cipient and businesses
  • a. Moderator: Shalabh Sahai, iVolunteer
  • b. Panelists:
    • i. Rumi Mallick Mitra, Lead, Corporate Citizenship, IBM India
    • ii. (TBC) SAP
    • iii. Kabi Sherman, Country Director, Pyxera Global
4. Quick pro bono - how do pro bono models like skill marathon hit the sweet spot
  • a. Moderator: TBD
  • b. Panelists: Pro bono lab (France), iVolunteer (India)
5. Open Sessions (Up to 6 sessions)

The Global Pro Bono Summit

Held since 2013, supported by BMW Foundation and Taproot Foundation, the Summit has been convened in a different global city each year to demonstrate the different facets of Pro Bono and to give an impetus to the its growth in each region. iVolunteer is proud to host the 6th Global Pro Bono Summit in Mumbai.

The Summit will bring together pro bono movement leaders from 30+ countries and will challenge them to identify ways to increase their impact and hold each other accountable to delivering and facilitating pro bono work that drives social change.

Participants will include Global Pro Bono Network Members (leading pro bono "intermediaries"), corporate leaders in pro bono programming, foundations supporting pro bono efforts, and other pro bono enthusiasts. Participants seek to collaborate with their peers and partners, learn how pro bono can elevate and amplify other tools being used to create social change, and create strategies to provide more high-quality and high-impact pro bono service. Ideas and topics that surface during the course of these four days aim to transform into actionable commitments for the coming year.

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