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Public Lecture
Addressing Challenges in a Changing Society Through Education, Social Entrepreneurship and Diversity

The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) and Ashoka Japan are pleased to present a public lecture by Mr. Marco Davis who has served under former President Barack Obama as Deputy Director and Acting Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

The World has been changing rapidly, and so is Japan as we face various social changes, such as expansion of economic disparity, the increase in the number of foreigners, and an ageing population. In dealing with the problems happening from these changes, more flexible and dynamic approaches are sought. Under the Obama administration, Mr. Davis worked on the improvement of education for the Hispanic minority in the U.S., especially for those with low incomes, by helping parents be involved to create a system where the whole community supports the education of its youth. Now, he supports social change through investments in various educational social entrepreneurs. In this lecture, Mr. Davis will speak about his rich experiences on various themes such as “Social Inclusion”, “Educational Change through Social Entrepreneurs” and “Collaboration between Government and the Private Sector to Develop Leaders in the Next Generation.” Through a dialogue with Ms. Watanabe from Ashoka Japan, we will also think about what each of us can do to bring about social changes through social entrepreneurship and education.

Overview
Date & Time Thursday, March 22, 2018 6:30 p.m.-8:00p.m. (Doors Open at 6:00p.m.)
Venue Hall “Sakura”, 2nd floor , the Japan Foundation (4-4-1 Yotsuya, Shinjuku, Tokyo)  accessmaps
Language English/Japanese with simultaneous interpretation
Panelists Lecturer: Marco Davis (Partner at New Profit)
Moderator: Nana Watanabe (Founder and Chairperson, Ashoka Japan)
Registration R.S.V.P by e-mail with name, title, affiliation and e-mail address to cgpc@jpf.go.jp
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* Free Admission
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Biographies

(Lecturer) Marco Davis

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Marco A. Davis is a Partner at New Profit, a pioneering nonprofit national venture philanthropy fund. He serves as Organizational Lead on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and he manages the Proximity accelerator, engaging innovative social entrepreneurs of color. In spring 2017, he was named a Pahara-Aspen Fellow. Before joining New Profit, Mr. Davis served under President Barack Obama as Deputy Director and Acting Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. He also served as Director of Public Engagement for the Corporation for National and Community Service. Previously, he was Director of Global Fellowship and Regional Manager for Latin America at Ashoka’s Youth Venture. Earlier in his career, he was Director of Leadership Development at UnidosUS (formerly the National Council of La Raza). Mr. Davis received a B.A. in History and Latin American Studies from Yale University.

(Moderator) Nana Watanabe

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Nana Watanabe, a professional photographer/artist and writer, observed Japan start failing after its economic prosperous period roughly between 1982 and 1993. The observation made her believe Japan was missing a role-model for youth and triggered her to search social change-makers and recount their stories to Japanese audience as a new role model. Along the journey of hunting and interviewing over 150 social innovators between 2000 and 2006 she noticed some of the interviewees were recognized as “Ashoka Fellows”. Learning about their huge impact on various imminent issues made her convinced of the need of starting Ashoka in Japan. Her effort resulted in launch of Japan Country Office in 2011.
She is a graduate of Keio University majoring in English Lit. and an exchange student of Keio-Stanford exchange program. Awarded Photographer of the Year by American Photographer Magazine in 1987.
Exhibited globally between 1998 and 2009. Authored “Changemakers: Social Entrepreneurs are Changing the World” (2005, Nikkei BP) and “Changemakers-Ⅱ: Work called Social Entrepreneurship” (2007, Nikkei BP).

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