Emmanuel De Merode, Director for Virunga National Park, gives an account of the struggle to save one of the world’s great national parks with its population of mountain gorillas, renders accessible to an audience one of the darkest conflicts in recent history, the bloody civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is not just a story of bleak and bloody facts: ultimately it is a story of determination and courage and how a small unit of Congolese park rangers, community workers and local environmental activists brought about a miracle in African wildlife conservation.
Kamal Quadir is the CEO of bKash. Kamal talks about how digital platforms are increasingly becoming available in poor countries at a reasonable cost, and so is the endless flow of innovative applications that are riding on those platforms. The trick is to make poor people see that they are already well armed to take part in the revolution.
Will Day, a thought leader in sustainability, looks at what we currently understand of global trends, particularly focusing on issues like population, water and ecosystem health. He will also share his analysis of the the perverse incentives in the current model by which we live – the things we measure, things we value, and the short term nature of our demands. This all calls into question the ability of the planet to support a high consumption lifestyle for 9+ billion people.