Raymond Georis Debate – Youthful perspectives on age-old problems

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

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As in previous years, a Raymond Georis event will signal the beginning of EuroPhilantopics 2016 – but this year there’s a twist. The lecture becomes a debate, and the lecturer becomes two young Europeans who will give their own perspectives on the critical issues to be addressed during EuroPhilantopics sessions the following day.

What are their thoughts on where Europe is headed? Where do they see the pitfalls – and opportunities – lying ahead in the coming years? What are their frustrations with the current systems in place and what do they feel can, and should, be done to fix them?

Moderator: Enja Saethren

Enja Saethren is currently studying a master’s degree in International Public Management at Sciences Po Paris, concentrating on migrations, human rights and Africa. She’s also engaged with the European Policy Centre in Brussels, where she’s particularly been focusing on the challenges of the Dublin system. Enja just moved from Nepal after two years of working for UN WFP, managing their refugee programme. Previously she has been working for the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Council of Europe in Strasbourg and as a course instructor at the University of Oslo. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in International relations from the University of Oslo, and in her younger years she was engaged in party politics and Amnesty International in Norway.

Speakers: Thomas Dermine and Martins Vaivars

Thomas Dermine is currently an entrepreneur in residence at Kamet Ventures, the AXA venture capital fund. Previously, he was Engagement Manager with McKinsey & Company in Europe where he focused on advising public and financial institutions. He is an affiliate of the Harvard Government Performance Lab where he leads research on Social Impact Bonds (innovative funding mechanisms for social programs) and a lecturer in Public Policy at Science-Po (Lille). A member of the Friday Group, a Belgian think-tank supported by the King Baudouin Foundation and a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum, Thomas holds an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School, a Master’s degree in Business Economics and a BA in Economics and Political Science from the Free University of Brussels.

Martins Vaivars is an entrepreneur and co-founder of Latvian Debate Association (branded “QUO Tu Domā?”). “QUO tu domā?” is an NGO that promotes the culture of debating and critical thinking in Latvia. It organises educational workshops and tournaments for university and high school students, provides support for people who want to start their own debate societies and organises public debates in media outlets, universities and other public forums. Martins is currently working on Toneboard, a predictive analytics startup. He previously worked at Infogr.am, a tool for creating infographics and other online data visualisations. He holds a BA from University of Oxford, where he studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics.


About Raymond Georis

Raymond Georis has been a champion of philanthropy for several decades. On 9th November 1989, under his leadership, seven European foundations joined together to form the EFC. Twenty-seven years later, almost to the day, the annual event in his name pays tribute to the vision of Mr Georis, who dedicated, and continues to dedicate, his career to the European project and the goal of building long-lasting infrastructures for cooperation within the European philanthropic and civil society communities. As in previous years, the 2016 Raymond Georis event recognises individuals with unique insights, new perspectives, and provocative thinking.


15 November 2016
18:00 - 19:30
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