The Hague Conference on Business and Human Security

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


Tuesday, September 2nd in The Hague, the Netherlands, SPARK collaborated with The Hague Institute for Global Justice to organise, The Hague Conference on Business and Human Security. The international conference explored the challenges and opportunities businesses face in promoting human security and justice in fragile and conflict-affected environments.

We were happy to provide a dynamic programme that included keynote presentations, panelists, and guest speaker contributions by Selima Ahmad (President, Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry), Wahid Waissi (Director-General, Economic Cooperation Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Frederick Starr (Chairman, Central Asia and Caucasus Institute of The Johns Hopkins University), Mr. Nick Allan (Regional Director, Europe and Africa Control Risks), Raniah Ghneem (Founder, Anoud Educational Games), Bernedine Bos (Manager Government and Sectors, MVO Nederland).

With 140 participants from the private sector, think tanks, NGOs involved in entrepreneurship promotion, representatives of governments and an opening keynote address from Melissa Powell of the UN Global Compact, the conference yielded a day full of new insights, innovative ideas, and critical reflection on the future of human security and peacebuilding through private sector engagement. The conference also identified several areas where further work will be pursued in the areas of policy research, dialogue, and the development of practical tools and strategies to support entrepreneurs in fragile and conflict-affected environments.

*Click on the links to access & download to the The Hague Conference on Business and Human Security Media Resources

*Click on the links to listen to the The Hague Conference on Business and Human Security

Part 1: welcoming remarks by Dr. Abiodun Williams; keynote address by Ms. Melissa Powell; and the first panel discussion titled, “Business and Global Norms” moderated by Prof. Dr. Paul van der Heijden.

Part 2: keynote luncheon by Ms. Selima Ahmad with an audience Q&A followed by the expert panel discussion on “New Silk Road Initiative” moderated by Hague Institute Head of Global Governance program, Dr. Richard Ponzio.


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