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16.01.2013

Thomas Friedman, Bill Gates, Larry Summers, Peter Thiel and others will discuss how online education is changing the world at the 6th Davos Philanthropic Roundtable "RevolutiOnline.edu" organized by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation

The live-stream of the discussion begins at 12:30 (GMT+1) at youtube.com/pinchukfoundation

On Thursday, 24 January, 2013 at 12:30 (GMT+1) in Davos (Switzerland) at the Morosani Schweizerhof Hotel the Victor Pinchuk Foundation will hold its 6th Davos Philanthropic Roundtable "RevolutiOnline.edu - Online Education Changing the World" on the occasion of the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum.

The panel will bring together Thomas Friedman, Foreign Affairs columnist, The New York Times (moderator); Bill Gates, Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Rafael Reif, President, MIT; Larry Summers, President Emeritus, Harvard University; Daphne Koller, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Coursera; Sebastian Thrun, Founder, Udacity; Peter Thiel, Partner, Founders Fund; Salman Khan, Founder, Khan Academy (by TV link); and Jimmy Wales, Founder, Wikipedia.

Download the biographies of the Roundtable panelists

Speakers and participants will discuss the strategies that philanthropists are using to expand and accelerate online education to give millions of people access to high level education and the chance to a better life. Online education will change educational institutions, the nature of education, and access to education radically. The discussion will also focus on how philanthropic resources and technology are being integrated to foster this growing revolution in education.

About 300 leaders from the fields of philanthropy, business, politics and media are expected to attend the event.

The live-stream of the 6th Davos Philanthropic Roundtable "RevolutiOnline.edu - Online Education Changing the World" will begin at 12:30 (GMT+1) on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at youtube.com/pinchukfoundation

The Philanthropic Roundtable is organized each year at the occasion of the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum to bring together the world’s most renowned philanthropists and leaders from politics, the business community and the non-profit sector. Roundtable discussions address state-of-the-art approaches to problem-solving and seek to inspire the new global philanthropists of the future.

Since 2007, Roundtable panelists have included, among others, Tony Blair, Sir Richard Branson, Bill Clinton, Bill and Melinda Gates, Jet Li, Shimon Peres, Muhammad Yunus, H.E. Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Paulo Coelho, Sean Parker, Eric Schmidt, Alec Ross and others.

The 6th Davos Philanthropic Roundtable Telco Partner is Kyivstar.

The following day, Friday, January 25, 2013, 12.30-14.00 (GMT+1) the Victor Pinchuk Foundation and an international investment advisory group EastOne will hold the 9th Ukrainian Lunch.  Each year on the occasion of the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos this lunch meeting addressing current trends in Ukraine is hosted in order to promote the country among top international leaders and engage in a dialogue with the international community. Among previous speakers at this traditional event have been Viktor Yanukovych, Carl Bildt, Bill Clinton, Thomas Friedman, Bronislaw Komorowski, Aleksander Kwasniewski, Chris Patten, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, George Soros and others.

Contacts for media inquiries:
Dennis Kazvan
Communications Director of the Victor Pinchuk Foundation
E-mail: [email protected]
Tel: +380 44 494 11 48

Background information

The Victor Pinchuk Foundation is an international, private, non-partisan, philanthropic foundation based in Ukraine. The Foundation was established in 2006 by businessman and public figure Victor Pinchuk. Its goal is to empower future generations to become the change-makers of tomorrow. To achieve this goal, it develops a variety of projects, builds partnerships in Ukraine and worldwide, and invests in three main areas:

  • in people, to boost human capital,
  • in society, to promote social responsibility,
  • in the world, to foster a more integrated world.

The projects of the Victor Pinchuk Foundation include the network of neonatal centres ‘Cradles of Hope’, the largest private scholarship program in Ukraine ‘Zavtra.UA’, the ‘WorldWideStudies’ project encouraging Ukrainian youth to get Master’s degrees in the world’s best universities, the center for contemporary art PinchukArtCentre, and the international network YES (Yalta European Strategy) to support Ukraine’s European integration.

The Foundation is a member of the European Foundation Center and the Ukrainian Grantmakers Forum. It cooperates with the Clinton Global Initiative, the Brookings Institution, the Peterson Institute for International Economics and other non-governmental organizations.

More information at: pinchukfund.org

The 6th Davos Philanthropic Roundtable Telco Partner is Kyivstar

“Kyivstar” is a top operator in the mobile phone market and one of the best brands in Ukraine. According to the results of the Ericsson Company’s annual study, the “Kyivstar” mobile network is one of the best in Europe and covers all the cities of Ukraine, as well as more than 28,000 rural settlements, all the main national and regional roads and most of the Ukrainian coastline. “Kyivstar” provides EDGE/GPRS services all over its coverage domain and roaming services in 195 countries on five continents. “Kyivstar” provides telecommunication services under “Kyivstar”, “djuice” and “Kyivstar Business” brands.

“Kyivstar” is an experienced player in the market of fixed-line communication services for business and broadband access powered by FTTB. The broadband network (“Home Internet” service) operates in 138 cities in Ukraine.

“Kyivstar” is a Ukrainian subsidiary of VimpelCom Ltd., the global telecommunications group, which operates in Europe, Asia and Africa.

www.kyivstar.uawww.djuice.ua, www.beeline.uawww.vimpelcom.com

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