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Join us for a day of inspiring and engaging content, live events, and peer networking to explore how we can #RebuildBetter.

A new year brings with it excitement and hope for what can be achieved – personally and professionally – but as the world still grapples with COVID-19, many of us are left asking: ‘where now?’. How can we emerge stronger from the crisis and set ourselves firmly on a path towards an equitable and resilient future?

Join us for the next in the Business Fights Poverty Rebuild Better Series of virtual summits to explore the key trends, challenges and opportunities that 2021 presents. Get access to insights and inspiration during this half-day of interactive events and expert content, curated with our partners, Forum for the Future, Amref Health Africa and Business Partners to CONVINCE (COVID-19 New Vaccine Information Communication & Engagement).

Our first webinar will focus on the health pathways to getting us beyond the pandemic, and the second will explore the mindsets that are key to creating a just and regenerative future. An interactive workshop will give you the opportunity to engage and share perspectives with your peers on the challenges and opportunities of 2021.

Participants will come away with fresh insights, new peer relationships and the opportunity to engage in collaborative action.

Meet some of the amazing speakers and panelists that you'll be joining...

Scott Ratzan

Distinguished Lecturer, CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, and Co-lead, CONVINCE - COVID-19 New Vaccine Information Communication & Engagement

Eshanthi Ranasinghe

Head, Exploration & Future Sensing, Omidyar Network

Kate Gibson

Global Director, Diageo in Society, Diageo

Neliswa Fente

Co-Founder, Springage by Deloitte & Deloitte World Impact Africa Lead

Jane Nelson

Director, Corporate Responsibility Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School


1.00 - 1.30 PM GMT / 8.00 - 8.30 AM ET


Welcome by Zahid and Yvette Torres-Rahman, Founders, Business Fights Poverty

Followed by a Fireside Chat with Jane Nelson, Director, Corporate Responsibility Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School

1.30 - 2.30 PM GMT / 8.30 - 9.30 AM ET



Understanding the Health Pathways out of the Pandemic

Hosted with Amref Health Africa and Business Partners to CONVINCE

The widespread adoption of safe and effective vaccines against COVID-19 is the surest pathway towards recovery and rebuilding better. How can we build vaccine literacy and trust, and ensure fair access? In the meantime, how do we extend the availability of PPE and other preventative measures, especially for those who are most vulnerable? Looking ahead, how can we ensure health systems are better positioned to cope, including through greater access to self-care? In this webinar, we will unpack these questions and explore the role of business as a partner to governments and civil society.

Join this session to:

  • Learn about some of the latest health initiatives that promise us a pathway to a more resilient world beyond this pandemic.
  • Hear about practical examples of how businesses are supporting these efforts, and ideas for what more can be done.


Desta Lakew, Global Director of Partnerships, Amref Health Africa

Daniella Foster, VP & Global Head, Public Affairs, Science & Sustainability, Consumer Health, Bayer

Scott Ratzan, Distinguished Lecturer, CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, and Co-lead, CONVINCE - COVID-19 New Vaccine Information Communication & Engagement

Zahid Torres-Rahman, CEO, Business Fights Poverty (moderator)

2.30 - 3.30 PM GMT / 9.30 - 10.30 AM ET



Understanding What the Challenges and Opportunities of 2021 Mean for Us Personally 

2021 presents a myriad of major challenges that governments, multilateral organisations, scientists, business and civil society will have to deal with. But it also gives us a chance to think about some of the ways the pandemic has affected us personally; our day-to-day lives and how we all operate. From how we interact with family and friends and engage with colleagues at work, to what products and services we buy and all those everyday decisions that we now need to think more carefully about - there’s no doubt the pandemic has changed all this. So what can we do differently in 2021 and how can we take advantage of the opportunities that will arise?

Join this session to:

  • Reflect on the day's themes and look at some of the challenges and opportunities that 2021 presents.
  • Bring these thoughts onto a practical level and consider what this means for you on a day-to-day basis.
  • Connect with peers on some of the issues that will be discussed, through a variety of interactions during the session.


Neliswa Fente, Co-Founder, Springage by Deloitte & Deloitte World Impact Africa Lead


Jane Nelson, Director, Corporate Responsibility Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School

3.30 - 4.30 PM GMT / 10.30 - 11.30 AM ET



Understanding the critical role of mindsets in driving a just and regenerative future

Hosted with Forum for the Future

In this interactive session, Caroline Ashley, Forum for the Future’s Global Programmes Director, will draw on Forum’s latest analysis in its Future of Sustainability report to explore four competing mindsets emerging from the pandemic – Transform, Compete and RetreatUnsettled and Discipline; what each means for our ability to really build back differently; what ideas, innovations and signals of change we’re already seeing; and what may lie ahead in 2021.

Join this session to:

  • Understand why mindsets and deeply held assumptions matter.
  • Deepen your insight of the competing mindsets proliferating in this time and what each means for a just and regenerative future.
  • Learn more about ways your organisation can harness or challenge these mindsets and take action to drive positive change and transformation.


Kate Gibson, Global Director, Diageo in Society, Diageo

Caroline Ashley, Global Programmes Director, Forum for the Future

Eshanthi Ranasinghe, Head, Exploration & Future Sensing, Omidyar Network

Katie Hyson, Director of Thought Leadership, Business Fights Poverty (moderator)

Learning Resources

PODCAST: Interview with Daniella Foster, VP & Global Head of Public Affairs, Bayer

This podcast will help you understand better what self-care for your own personal benefit is and why creating self-care systems for public and private sectors is vital in our attempts to rebuild better from the global pandemic.

PODCAST: Interview with Heidi Larson and Scott Ratzan, CONVINCE

If you are wondering why risk getting the COVID-19 vaccine; how to decipher the fake news on the immunizations; or curious why businesses should be thinking about COVID-19 vaccines…this podcast is for you. 

PODCAST: Interview with Cat Tully, Founder, School of International Futures

How do you predict, plan for and make the future you want become reality? During our podcast Cat explores what the future will be and how we can get there, providing practical guidance for us all.

PODCAST: Interview with Hanneke Faber, President of Foods & Refreshment, Unilever

Interview with Hanneke Faber, President of Foods & Refreshment, Unilever. Grounded in the hard truth that food systems are broken, Hanneke and her teams are on a mission to make a difference.

INSIGHTS REPORT: How Can Self-Care Help Health Systems Rebuild Better During COVID-19?

This Insights Report with life sciences company Bayer, explores how wider uptake of ‘self-care’ approaches can reduce pressure on strained health systems, improve vulnerable people’s health outcomes and empower individuals and communities in the process. Self-care innovations currently include self-testing HIV kits in Kenya to telemedicine campaigns being led by US pharmacies and much more in between. The report calls for digital first approaches, elevating the role of pharmacists, improving whole of government strategies and building a multi-stakeholder movement of actors to advance self-care.

ACTION TOOLKIT: A Guide to Effective Planning

This Guide is designed to complement the Business Fights Poverty COVID-19 Response Framework and the Rebuild Better Framework. The Guide forms part of the Business Fights Poverty - Business & COVID-19 Response Centre. Where the Frameworks support organisations in their decision-making, this Guide helps plan out what to do, how, where and when. Though this Guide can be applied in a number of different planning scenarios, it is specifically tailored to assist with navigating planning during crisis; when traditional corporate planning processes may take too long or require too many certainties.

MAGAZINE: Rebuilding Better

Read the latest issue of the Business Fights Poverty Magazine. In this issue, we explore what "Rebuilding Better" means from a variety of perspectives. We highlight a wide range of practical tools, including on building back with better jobs, developing skills and quality jobs for young people, addressing poverty in global supply chains, tackling gender-based violence, driving digital equity, and building new partnerships between the mining and agriculture sectors.

ARTICLE: Five Mantras for Effective COVID-19 Vaccine Communication

Yvonne MacPherson and Radharani Mitra of BBC Media Action explore how the global health community is preparing for building trust in vaccine safety and efficacy. Well-designed communication can increase healthy behaviours, including vaccine uptake. Here are our top five mantras for how to think about COVID-19 vaccine communication.

ARTICLE: We can’t ignore mindsets if we want to reset capitalism

Does the disruption created by Covid-19 create opportunities to reset capitalism in the long term, or will inertia prevail? That is the key New Year question as we look beyond the Covid crisis to possible future pathways. Sally Uren and Caroline Ashley of Forum for the Future, argue that what happens next in capitalism could be down to hearts and minds, not the market

ARTICLE: Silver Linings: Turning COVID-19 into an Opportunity for Sustained Impact in 2021

While 2020 will be known for the pandemic, lockdowns, and the “new normal,” Daniella Foster of Bayer predicts 2021 will be known as the year of rebuilding, acceleration, and impact. She argues that we will see company commitments to ESG take new form, with sustainability truly becoming embedded into the fabric of how a company operates. 

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By curating purposeful collaboration, we help companies and their partners access the insights and relationships they need to unlock new opportunities for business and social impact. 

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