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The Institute for Law and Global Development

September 21, 2018


On September 21, in partnership with the UN SDG Fund, some of the world’s leading entrepreneurs and thought leaders in technology, business and development will convene at Penn Law for a seminal Institute for Law & Global Development: Inclusion. Investment. Innovation. 

Recently, one of our keynote speakers, Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist, issued a call to action. He asked men and women to join him to end the gender gap in technology: “As a result of this inequality, today’s technology - and increasingly today’s world - does not reflect the diversity of women’s experiences, imagination, or ingenuity.”

Craig Newmark of Craigslist, Carolyn Edgar of BNY Mellon, and Nigerian business leader Tonye Cole of the Sahara Group, will join other innovators in tech, business, venture capital, development, and social impact investment from the World Bank, Gates Foundation, VC Funds, and the private sector to advance gender equality as a macroeconomic issue, and a moral issue.  The purpose of the Institute is to ask hard questions on issues of inclusion and diversity in development, innovation, and entrepreneurship.  

Please follow this link to register.


Featured Keynote Speakers

  • Tonye Cole
    Tonye Cole
    Co-founder, Sahara Group
  • Carolyn Edgar
    Carolyn Edgar
    Managing Counsel, Technology and Intellectual Property at BNY Mellon
  • Craig Newmark
    Craig Newmark
    Founder, Craigslist
  • Gitanjali Swamy
    Gitanjali Swamy
    Managing Partner at IoTask LLC



  • Shyamkrishna Balganesh

    Shyamkrishna Balganesh

    Professor of Law at Penn Law

  • Elisabeth Ballreich

    Elisabeth Ballreich

    Investment Specialist at Women’s World Banking Asset Management

  • William Burke-White

    William Burke-White

    Richard Perry Professor and Inaugural Director of the Perry World House and Professor of Law at Penn Law

  • Christopher Calabia

    F. Christopher Calabia

    Senior Advisor, Supervisory & Regulatory Policy, and Senior Program Officer, Financial Services for the Poor, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


  • Rangita de Silva de Alwis

    Rangita de Silva de Alwis

    Associate Dean of International Affairs at Penn Law and Global Advisor at UN Sustainable Development Goals Fund

  • Chris Jochnick

    Chris Jochnick

    CEO of Landesa

  • Mark Kaplan

    Mark Kaplan

    Partner at Eachmile Technologies

  • Vanessa Liu

    Vanessa Liu

    Vice President at SAP.iO and COO of Trigger Media

  • Nina Nieuwoudt

    Nina Nieuwoudt

    Vice President of Product Development and Innovation at Mastercard Labs 

  • Sally Wang

    Sally Wang

    CEO & Co-founder of DocFlight

  • Marissa Wesely

    Marissa Wesely

    CEO of Win-Win Strategies