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Shakira, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, To Participate In The Israeli Presidential Conference

International recording artist, global education advocate and Barefoot Foundation Founder Shakira is coming to Israel to participate in the Israeli Presidential Conference “Facing Tomorrow 2011”. The Israeli Presidential Conference will open June 21 for three days, at the Jerusalem International Convention Center. More than 3500 participants from across the world will participate, including leaders and experts from the scientific, cultural, economic, political, educational and philanthropic fields.

Shakira will be featured at the Conference’s opening plenary session at 17:00 – 18:30, speaking about the importance of education for all children as a path to peace and her philanthropic work being undertaken around the world. Other participants in the plenary session entitled “My Recipe for a Better Tomorrow” include comedian Sarah Silverman, Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales, marketing genius Sir Martin Sorrell and professor of psychology and author, Dan Ariely.

Adv. Israel Maimon, chairman of the Israeli Presidential Conference Steering Committee said that this year, the Conference has welcomed among others, artists of the highest caliber who are advancing social agendas: “The Israeli Presidential Conference is the most diverse conference in terms of its worlds of content. This year we were able to enlist prominent artists who use their artistry and their high media profiles in order to change the world and impact upon tomorrow.”

Shakira founded “The Barefoot Foundation” whose mission is to make education universally available to every child. The Foundation’s supporting bodies include the Clinton Foundation, Howard G. Buffett, Nestle, Seat. Fundacion Telefonica, FC Barcelona and the Hard Rock Cafe chain. The Foundation is currently operating educational projects all around the world in countries such as Colombia, South Africa and Haiti. In 2010, the Foundation, in conjunction with the World Bank and led by Shakira, launched a groundbreaking $US 300 million joint initiative aimed at expanding development programs for young children in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Under the auspices of President Shimon Peres, the greatest minds from Israel and the world are convening in Jerusalem for the third time, in order to look towards tomorrow’s challenges. Senior figures of the global and Israeli economies will come to Jerusalem next week to discuss the economic challenges which stand before us. Participants include: Governor of the European Bank Jean-Claude Trichet, Governor of the Bank of Israel Stanley Fischer, former World Bank head James Wolfensohn, Professor Larry Summers who until recently was the Director of the White House National Economic Council in the Obama Administration, Nobel Prize Laureate Erik S. Maskin, Goldman Sachs’ economist and analyst Abby Joseph-Cohen, IMAX CEO Richard Gelfond, Vice President, Advertising and Global Operations of Facebook David Fischer, CEO of HP Leo Apotheker, TIVO CEO Tom Rogers, CEO of Deutsche Telekom AG Rene Oberman, Chairman and CEO of Verizon Ivan Seidenberg and others.

The Israeli Presidential Conference is the largest global conference focusing on tomorrow; bringing to Israel the world’s greatest minds in order to discuss how we can make the global, Jewish and Israeli tomorrow better. Adv. Israel Maimon is chairman of the Conference’s steering committee.

The Barefoot Foundation is a US-based non-profit whose mission is to make education universally available to every child.  Barefoot supports sustainable and innovative education programs while working to educate policy-makers about the vital importance of education www.barefootfoundation.com


Source:  Sony Press



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