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Open sesame: George Soros and the foundations for change

Stone, D. (2011) Open sesame: George Soros and the foundations for change. The Conversation, 11 September .


This week, octogenarian billionaire and well-known philanthropist George Soros will convene a global meeting of the advisory boards of his Open Society Foundation to discuss global poverty, health, climate change and conflict.

More than 200 board members from the various initiatives will converge on Budapest to reflect on past achievements, compare notes and debate matters such as whether “Global Health has had its decade” and the social dimensions of climate change around rights, governance and equity.

Soros is famous as the man who broke the Bank of England in 1992 and is noted as one of world’s most successful hedge fund entrepreneurs. He is both regaled and reviled for his philanthropy and support of liberal causes. He caused a big splash in 2010 with his $100 million gift to Human Rights Watch.

Soros set up the Open Society Foundation (OSF) to promote the values and principles of a free and open society around the world and has given $8 billion over three decades to a vast array of causes.

Item Type: Non-refereed Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs
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