The 2015 Business for Peace Summit
Show and share in practice how investors, fund managers, companies and individuals build success through sustainability and by being businessworthy, and celebrate the Oslo Business for Peace 2015 Honourees
May 5th, 17.30 – 19.00, The Dean’s House (“Professorboligen”), University of Oslo, Karl Johansgt.
The Summit opens with an informal gathering hosted by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and State Secretary Bård Glad Pedersen. John Danilovich, Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce will hold a keynote speech.
May 6th, 08.30 – 16.00, Høyres Hus
In this year’s roundtable senior representatives of both the corporate, investment and political world are invited to discuss why and how sustainability can drive value creation. A keynote speech will be given by the Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg.
The Roundtable will be highly interactive, with conversations on stage and amongst participants, who all bring long and diverse experience from across the world.
Part 1: Why and How is Sustainability a Business Opportunity?

Leading academics, business leaders and politicians drive home why sustainability and sustainable goals are opportunities for value creation.Moderated by Jane Nelson, Harvard University
  • Erna Solberg, Prime Minister Of Norway
  • Sir Mark Moody Stuart, UNGlobal Compact
  • Dominic Barton, McKinsey & Company
  • Arif Naqvi, The Abraaj Group
Part 2: How important is the sustainability agenda for investors?

Investor representatives with clout, voice and results communicate their efforts and expectations to investment managers.Moderated by Martin Skancke, PRI
  • Prince Max von Liechtenstein, LGT Group
  • Ian Goldin, University of Oxford
  • Johan H. Andresen, Ferd
  • Jens Ulltveit Moe, Umoe
Part 3: How Are Investment Managers Responding?

Investment managers discuss how sustainability and the SDGs can enhance investment decisions and portfolio development.Moderated by Ian Goldin, University of Oxford
  • David Blood, Generation Investment Management
  • Thomas von Koch, EQT
  • Harald Mix, Altor
  • Sev Vettivetpillai, The Abraaj Group
  • Nanno Kleiterp, FMO

Part 4: What changes are we seeing in practice? Companies tell their stories

What does the sustainable business model look like, why is it chosen and how does it impact operations and returns?Moderated by Anne Jorun Aas, Business for Peace
  • Marcela Marubens, Unilever
  • Olav Thorstad, Health and Fitness Nordic
  • Dilhan C Fernando, Dilmah
Part 5: What Does It Mean to Take Leadership?

Leaders in sustainable business give their reflections on how to take ownership of and lead the sustainability agenda.Moderated by Ylva Lindberg, Business for Peace
  • David Blood, Generation Investment Management
  • Dominic Barton, McKinsey & Company
  • Arif Naqvi, The Abraaj Group
  • Philip Kotler, Northwestern University
  • Samantha Smith, WWF
Oslo Business for Peace Award Ceremony
May 6th, 17.00 – 18.30, Oslo City Hall
Join us at the Award Ceremony in honour of this year’s Business for Peace Honourees, hosted by the City of Oslo. Governing Mayor of Oslo, Stian Berger Røsland, and Board Chair of Business for Peace, Per Saxegaard, will give opening speeches. Business for Peace Honouree, Founder and Group CEO of The Abraaj Group, Arif Naqvi, will give the Business for Peace Honouree Speech, and this year’s State of the Union between Business and Society will be given by the S.C. Johnson & Son Professor of International Marketing at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Philip Kotler. Deputy UN Secretary General Jan Eliasson wil send his greetings. Henrik Syse will moderate the ceremony.
The 2015 award winners are:
Mr. Juan Andrés Cano (Colombia), Mr. Merrill Joseph Fernando (Sri Lanka), Mr. Zahi Khouri (Palestine), Ms.Poman Lo (China), Mr. Paul Polman (The Netherlands).
Award Dinner
May 6th, 19.30 – 22.30, Oslo City Hall
The celebration of this year’s Business for Peace Honourees will continue at the Award Dinner at Oslo City Hall. Guided by Master of Ceremony, Kristian Berg-Harpviken, from the Peace Research Institute of Oslo, PRIO, we will hear from the Honourees and enjoy an after dinner speech by Hilde Tonne from Telenor.
On behalf of the Business for Peace Foundation we are looking forward to meeting you in Oslo. Do let us know, by emailing the organizing committee at “”, if you have any questions regarding any part of the program for the summit.