Newsletter #34

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Dear Friends of the BMW Foundation,

The 5th World Responsible Leaders Forum will kick off on our home turf in Munich in less than four weeks. Not only will it be our largest event ever, it will also be the first major event held by the the new BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt: In March, the two corporate foundations of BMW Group – the Eberhard von Kuenheim Foundation and the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt – consolidated to pool their strengths and resources.

Entitled “100 Innovations for Change,” the forum is all about the power of the BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Network. We are expecting participants from 71 countries and from across all cultures, communities, and sectors. They will essentially co-create the program, take ownership for the event, and thus collaboratively generate new possibilities for social and political engagement.

One focus of the forum is on refugees and migration. Tackling this challenge definitely requires cross-border and cross-sector collaboration as well as innovation. Participants will have the opportunity to visit initiatives that use creative approaches to welcome and aid refugees.

Another highlight of the Forum will be the award ceremony of this year's BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Awards, honoring members of our network for their social commitment. In keeping with the occasion, our newsletter too highlights Responsible Leadership. Enjoy!

Your BMW Foundation team

Upcoming Events

28 Apr 2016, Sao Paulo
Impact Series
B Corporations in Brazil

29 Apr 2016, Sao Paulo
Impact Series
Creating a Legacy: Dimensions of Social Engagement

02 May 2016, Berlin
Selfie-Style Reporting – Peril or Promise for High-Quality Journalism?

11 May 2016, Leipzig
German Day of Foundations
Impact Investing for Foundations
19-22 May 2016, Munich
5th World Responsible Leaders Forum
100 Innovations for Change

23-25 May 2016, Hong Kong
AVPN Conference 2016
Impact Investing and Venture Philanthropy in Asia

14 Jun 2016, Munich
14th Lecture Series on Social Innovation
Urban Spaces Are Innovation Spaces
23-26 Jun 2016, Santpoort
6th BMW Foundation Global Table
Rethinking Governance in Fragile Societies
30 Jun 2016, Munich
15th Munich Economic Summit
Migration: Challenge or Opportunity?

30 Jun 2016, Munich
14th Lecture on Social Innovation
Mobility in the Munich Metropolitan Region

Responsible Leaders Network

New Responsibilities for Frannie Leautier

BMW Foundation Global Table participant Frannie Leautier has been appointed Senior Vice-President of the African Development Bank Group. Frannie is a globally respected development expert with over 25 years of professional experience and a former Vice President of the World Bank Group. She brings extensive Africa and global experience from the public and private sectors. Our warmest congratulations!

Amel Karboul Appointed to UN Commission

Congratulations also go to Amel Karboul, former Minister of Tourism in Tunisia and Secretary General of the Maghreb Economic Forum (MEF). She has been invited by the UN to be part of the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity. In close cooperation with Amel and MEF, we will organize the 7th BMW Foundation Global Table in Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia, in September.

BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Awards Finalists

One of the most exciting items on the agenda for the 5th World Responsible Leaders Forum in Munich will be the presentation of the Responsible Leaders Awards on the evening of May 20. The jury has selected six finalists with great projects from all over the world. Curious to find out more about them?

LifeShift to Be Tested in the Field

Using only solar power, LifeShift Sterilizer (formerly Rucksackspende) is the first energy self-sufficient medical device for cleaning, disinfecting, and sterilizing surgical instruments. Co-founded by Martin Reh, LifeShift – a candidate at our last Impact Circle – is now preparing a field test for their prototype.

Silk Road Symphony Orchestra

On June 11, the Silk Road Symphony Orchestra will give its debut performance at Rundfunk Berlin Brandenburg (rbb). Coordinated by the Callias Foundation and directed by Jan Moritz Onken, the charity concert is to benefit the UN refugee relief effort.

A Trip to the South Pole

In 2015, Eirliani Abdul Rahman won a BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Award for her work on children's rights. Now she is planning a trek to the South Pole to raise awareness of the issue of child abuse. The intense training has already started!

Responsible Leadership Events

Transatlantic Core Group

The Transatlantic Core Group, founded in 2015, for the first time met in Germany. A group of Americans and Germans convened in the Brandenburg village of Paretz to talk about the challenges posed by migration and integration. Discussions focused on how to make minorities equal citizens. Here is what the participants had to say.

Generationsbrücke Deutschland

Busy weeks for Generationsbrücke Deutschland and its director, BMW Foundation Responsible Leader Horst Krumbach: The President of the EU Parliament, Martin Schulz, recently paid a visit to the social enterprise that is successfully connecting generations. At the German Day of Foundations in May, we will launch a book about Generationsbrücke Deutschland that is published in cooperation with the renowned Herder Verlag.

4th Global Pro Bono Summit

Together with the Taproot Foundation, we organized the 4th Global Pro Bono Summit in Singapore in March. It's the yearly event of the Global Pro Bono Network, which currently counts 30 member organizations from 15 countries. They match skilled professionals who donate their time and talents to social change organizations. Shalabh Salai, co-founder and director of iVolunteer (India), tells you what being a member of the network means to him.
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The BMW Foundation

The BMW Foundation brings together leaders from across communities, cultures, and countries to drive Social Innovation, facilitate Global Dialogue, and promote Responsible Leadership.

We believe that our approach breaks down barriers between politics, business, and civil society and allows society to profit from the creativity and diversity that result from cross-sector collaboration.
BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt            
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Phone: +49 (0)30 3396-3500 
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Michael Schaefer (Chairman of the Board of Directors)
Markus Hipp (Director)
Carl-August Graf von Kospoth (Director)

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