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Global Summit 2011 Program Guide

*Updated program as of October 10, 2011.


8:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M.


9:15 A.M. –  9:45 A.M.

Opening and Welcome


Great Hall, Sydney University





The Summit will open with welcomes from the Summit’s hosts and an introduction from the founder of Gawad Kalinga.


• Stephen Ryan, Chair, New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council
• Professor Gillian Triggs, Dean, Sydney University Law School
• Tony Meloto, Founder and Chair, Gawad Kalinga, 2011 Nikkei Asia Prize for Regional Development


Tony Meloto will outline GK’s remarkable approach to community development and share its plan to end extreme poverty in the Philippines and other developing countries by 2024.

Plenaries – Sydney University, Great Hall

 9:45 A.M. – 11:10 A.M.






1st Plenary 


The Heart of Gawad Kalinga: Caring & Sharing


Facilitator: Luis Oquinena, Executive Director, Gawad Kalinga

















This session will be led by Luis Oquinena. Mr. Oquinena is GK’s Executive Director and has been with Gawad Kalinga since its inception. GK inspires an ability to bring out the good and noble in every person, and build an environment where every human being is able to reach his or her fullest potential towards self-reliance.
GK’s approach is to build confidence in the poor and understanding in the rich, thereby transforming communities and a nation. This session will show how the GK approach can be adopted to help like-minded groups and institutions end poverty.


Speakers include:

  • Mr. Dale Lugue, Community Organizing Head, Gawad Kalinga
  • Atty. Andrew Chalk, Chair, GK Australia
  • Mr. Ernest Cu, President and CEO, Globe Telecom
  • Mr. Conrado de Quiros, Columnist, Philippine Daily Inquirer

11:10 A.M – 11:30 A.M.

Tea Break

11:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.







2nd Plenary


Building Communities to End Poverty


Facilitator: Elisea "Bebet" Gozun, UNEP ‘Champion of the Earth’ Awardee 2007 and Presidential Advisor for Climate Change in the Philippines.


















This session will be led by Bebet Gozun. Ms. Gozun is the 2007 UNEP ‘Champion of the Earth’ Awardee and the Presidential Advisor on Climate Change in the Philippines. The second plenary, which will continue the earlier discussion, will focus on how GK can scale community development and ensure that communities are sustainable socially, environmentally and economically. The role of multi-sector partnerships and social investments is particularly emphasized.
The session will feature key partners that form GK’s multi-sector approach. It will explain how the poor themselves are empowered to become leaders and influence both their own communities and neighbouring areas as well.  This begins with a powerful template for social justice and values transformation.


Speakers include:

  • Geoff Scott, CEO, NSW Aboriginal Land Council
  • Fr. Ross Jones, Rector, St. Ignatius College, Riverview
  • Jeremy Rowe, Managing Director, AkzoNobel Decorative Paints
  • Hon. Jose Mari Oquinena, Undersecretary, Office of Presidential Concerns

1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.


Workshops – Sydney University Law School

2:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.


















Workshop 1 The GK Model : A Global Template for Poverty Eradication


This workshop will explain how GK’s holistic and sustainable approach to community development depends on human development.  Anchored in values transformation, it will examine the key elements that make it work and the factors that contribute to its adaptation across all communities that experience differing forms of poverty.  

It will also expound on GK’s philosophy to engage every sector of society to be involved and engaged in the work of poverty eradication. This workshop will highlight the various ways in which different groups can converge in one community and how GK provides a platform for collaboration to reach shared objectives.


Presenters include:

  • Mr. Harvey Maraguinot, Area Coordinator, GK North Central Mindanao
  • Mayor Gagante, Eastern Samar
  • Jeffrey Tarayao, President, One Meralco Foundation
  • Mr. Arturo Milan, COO, Davao Light and Power Company
  • Arch. Bong Recio, Rchitects Inc.
  • Mr. Riverbank Frank Doolan, Founder, Dubbo’s Community Men’s Shed
  • Mr. Don Palmer, Director, Malpa Project
  • Mr. Richard Frankland

Workshop 2 – Building the GK Spirit Among the Youth & Schools


This workshop will examine how different schools and universities, including in Australia, have incorporated GK in their academic and non-academic programs for students, faculty, administration, and alumni; bridging the gap between the community and the classroom and providing opportunities to test learning and at the same time help the community.        


Presenters include:

  • Ms. Jocytte Musa, GK Youth Australia
  • Mr. Olivier Girault, Chair, GK France
  • Ms. Jeanne Carmel L. Puertollano, Coordinator, GK De La Salle University, Office of Associate Vice Chancellor for Lasallian Mission
  • Rev. Fr. Chito Butardo, Administration and Student Affairs, Father Saturnino Urios University
  • Prof. Albert Teo, National University of Singapore
  • William Smiley Johnstone, Chairperson, ARL Indigenous Council

Workshop 3 – Center for Social Innovation


As the world looks to social entrepreneurs to lead change in society, GK is focused on partnering with key institutions to foster social entrepreneurship amongst youth. This workshop will showcase how Gawad Kalinga’s communities have become the platform for social enterprises to create scale, sustainability and impact while directly improving the employment opportunities of the people in the community. 


Presenters include:

  • Ms. Cecilia David, President, GKonomics
  • Ms. Lindy Joubert, Director, UNESCO Observatory Multi-Disciplinary Research in the Arts
  • Ms. Cherrie Atilano, President, Blue Bamboo
  • Ms. Clarice Simmoneau, EFI Social Enterpreneurs

Celebratory Dinner – St. Aloysius College, Milsons Point

6:30 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.

Cocktails to be served on the college balcony, overlooking Sydney Harbour

7:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M.

Dinner in the Great Hall, St Aloysius College




The dinner will be a special celebration to honour the delegates and their commitment to work together as one global family, ending poverty together. 


The evening will also be an opportunity for delegates to share experiences about the communities and countries they serve. 


Entertainment will be provided, including from the Ryan Cayabyab Singers.


Welcome Message: Atty. Andrew Chalk, Chair, GK Australia

Keynote Spekaer: Tony Meloto, Founder and Chairman, Gawad Kalinga; 2011 Nikkei Asia Awardee for Regional Development

Sharer: Bai Linda Eman, Area Coordinator, Gawad Kalinga



Optional Focused Group Discussions – Sydney University Law School

10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

Optional Focused Group Discussions










Delegates who may want to pursue specific interests or learn more about the key topics presented during the Summit may engage in focused group discussions.


The following Focused Group Discussions will be conducted:


·         Indigenous Australia and GK

·         Building global alliances to end poverty

·         CSI: Investing in sustainable social enterprises


*Additional speakers will be added to the program once further confirmations are received.  Please continue to check the website for updates.