On this occasion, a philanthropic innovation prize is awarded to a person who has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to civil society
A closed-door discussion of leading international philanthropists which takes place in Monaco every year immediately following the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos. The Roundtable helps philanthropists to exchange ideas, share experiences and collaborate in a confidential environment. Each year the Roundtable examines a subject through the window of philanthropy and invites esteemed speakers to bring their unique perspectives to the discussion.
Many of the members of the Prince’s Roundtable on Philanthropy serve on the Nominating Committee and Jury for the Prince’s Prize, together with a select group of social entrepreneurs, foundation directors, academics and other opinion leaders. In 2019, the Prize was awarded to the former CEO of Unilever, Paul Polman, for his innovative approach to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
2011 – “First Roundtable on Philanthropy”. Prof. Olivier Zunz, Common Wealth Professor of History, University of Virginia.
2012 – “Philanthropy and Impact investing”. Alex Friedman, Chief Investment Officer UBS, and former Chief Financial Officer for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
2013 – “Innovative Philanthropy”. Joichi Ito.
2014 – “Collaborative Philanthropy for Greater Impact”. Jane Wales, CEO, Global Philanthropy Forum. Jamie Cooper Hohn, chairman, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation.
2015 – “Philanthropy and Inequalities”. Ian Goldin, Professor, Director of Oxford Martin School. Second discussion by Samuel Azout, Founder, Chairman, Fundación Fútbol con Corazón.
2016 – “Innovative Philanthropy”. Sean Gibbons , Executive Director of The Communications Network. Alexandre Mars, Founder and CEO, Epic Foundation.
2017 – “Philanthropy and the City: Shaping New Territories”. Matthew Bishop, Senior Editor, The
Economist Group. Alexandre Mars, Founder and CEO, Epic Foundation.
2018 – “Philanthropy and Science: from Research and Innovation to Impact”. Kurt Wüthrich, Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2002, Cecil H. and Ida M. Green, Professor of Structural Biology, The Scripps Research Institute; Professor of Biophysics, ETH Zürich. Sophie Kornowski Bonnet, Global Head Roche Partnering.
2019 – “Leveraging Philanthropy and
Impact Investing for Better Public
Policies”. Esther Duflo, Co founder and co-director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J PAL). Marcello Palazzi, Founder President, Progressio Foundation and co-Founder, B Lab Europe. Global Ambassador and co-Founder of the B-Corp Movement.
Mrs. Clara Miller, President, Heron Foundation.
Dr. Paul A. Cox, Chair, Seacology.
Mr. Amitabh Shah, Founder, Yuva Unstoppable.
Mr. Shai Reshef, Founder, University of the People.
Mrs. Peggy Dulany, Chair, Synergos.
Mr. Douglas Woodring, Founder, Ocean Recovery Alliance.
Mr. Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever.