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Organizing for Good: ‘Establishing Partnerships for Global Societal Impact’

  • 09 Sep 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (EDT)
  • Zoom Webinar


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ODC@10 Organizing for Good: 

"Establishing Partnerships for Global Societal Impact"

 United Nations Goal 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development. 

Thursday, Septemper 9th, 2021 at 9:00 am Eastern Time

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a globally shared blueprint for peace and prosperity. Goal #17 explicitly recognizes the need to build global partnerships for sustainable development, to mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, so that the achievement of the sustainable development goals can be supported in all countries. It asserts the need to encourage and promote effective public, public-private, and civil society partnerships to facilitate North-South, South-South and triangular cooperation. 

Our esteemed panelists are Mamadou Dian Balde (UNHCR), Gerry George (Georgetown University) and Ilze Kivleniece (INSEAD). The panel will be moderated by Özgecan Koçak (Emory University).


Mamadou Dian Balde is Deputy Director of UNHCRs Division of Resilience and Solutions (DRS). In this capacity, he oversees and supports UNHCRs global programmes on education; economic inclusion and livelihoods; voluntary repatriation and local integration. Prior to his current responsibilities, Mamadou has worked with UNHCR for over 20 years, with field postings in Africa, Asia, and the organizations headquarters in Switzerland. He has overseen the operational roll out of the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF), in several parts of the world. 

Gerry George is Professor of Management at McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, Senior Global Fellow at University of Pennsylvania's Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies, and Visiting Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Singapore Management University. An award-winning researcher and teacher, he has published extensively in innovation, entrepreneurship, sustainability and tackling grand challenges in society. His co-authored books are Handbook on the Business of Sustainability (Edward Elgar, 2022), Handbook of Inclusive Innovation (Edward Elgar, 2019), Managing Natural Resources (Edward Elgar, 2018), The Business Model Book (Pearson, 2018), Implausible Opportunities (Cambridge Press, 2012), and Inventing Entrepreneurs (Pearson, 2009). 

Ilze Kivleniece is Assistant Professor of Strategy at INSEAD. Her research focuses on an emerging, prominent area of studies that connects strategic management with broader issues related to the interaction between firms and public, political and social environment. Her work has been published in several prominent academic journals, such as the Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science and Journal of Management Studies. Among several distinctions, she is the recipient of the Strategy Research Foundation Scholar 2011 grant by the Strategic Management Society. Before joining academia, Ilze held senior account management and corporate development positions (M&A, restructuring, corporate governance and reporting) in advertising, telecommunications, and IT industries. 

The panel will be moderated by Özgecan Koçak is Associate Professor of Organization & Management at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. She does research in the fields of organization theory and strategy and was recently appointed to the board of the Organizational Design Community.

In this webinar, we ask: 

  • What are the challenges that arise when public and private organizations attempt to establish partnerships to mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology, and other resources?      

  • What can we learn from UNHCRs experience with establishing common frameworks for collaboration?  

  • What does research on organizational design teach us about building multi-stakeholder partnerships?

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