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Youth for Global Goals: Mobilizing Youth to Contribute to Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Tuesday, 3 May 2016, 9:00 am - 11:00 am

The Youth for Global Goals Campaign aims to raise awareness about the SDGs through a YouthSpeak Survey, which asks important questions about what young people care about and how they see the world changing over the next 15 years. The outcome of the survey will provide opportunities for young people to create volunteering and social impact projects that will support the SDGs. The session will launch the Global Youth Speak 2015 Report, which will be live streamed in selected ADB members throughout Asia and the Pacific. A panel of speakers will discuss the 2016 plan to mobilize youth to support the SDGs.


Satinder Bindra Principal Director, Department of External Relations, ADB

Satinder Bindra is the Principal Director, Department of External Relations at ADB, responsible for coordinating the organization's corporate communications, media relations, publishing, information disclosure, and web strategies. He previously served for two years as the New York-based spokesperson and director of communications for the United Nations Development Programme. From 2008-2011 Mr. Bindra worked as a member of the UN Environment Programme's senior management team, based in Nairobi, Kenya.

From 1999-2007, as CNN’s South Asia bureau chief and senior international correspondent, he covered momentous events such as conflicts in Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and along the India-Pakistan border. His coverage of the 2004 Tsunami won him the prestigious duPont Award. He holds an M.Phil in International Relations (Oxford University), MA in Economic History (St. Stephen's College, Delhi University), and BA in History (St. Stephen's College, Delhi University).

Hongjoo Hahm Deputy Executive Secretary for Programmes, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

Hongjoo Hahm joined the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in January 2016 as the Deputy Executive Secretary for Programmes. Prior to coming to ESCAP, he was the World Bank Senior Advisor to the Water Global Practice Unit, Country Manager for Croatia and Slovenia, and Head of the infrastructure unit in the World Bank Office in Jakarta, overseeing transport, energy, urban, and water and sanitation sectors. He was in charge of the infrastructure and housing reconstruction in post-tsunami Aceh, post-earthquake Yogyakarta, and the flood mitigation efforts in Jakarta. Before joining the World Bank, he worked for Goldman Sachs LLC as the Global Head of Sales for Central Banks and Official Institutions. Mr. Hahm also worked at the Asian Development Bank and taught economics at New York University and the City University of New York.

Mr. Hahm received his B.A. from the College of William and Mary; and his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from New York University. He attended the M.Phil Program at the London School of Economics; has an Executive MBA from Harvard Business School; and the Cambridge University Programme for Sustainable Development.

Gerd Müller Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany

Gerd Müller was a Member of the European Parliament, Parliamentary Secretary of the Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union (CDU/CSU) from 1989 to 1994, and a was a Member of the German Bundestag, representing the constituency of Oberallgäu/Kempten/Lindau.

A member of the EU, Foreign Affairs and Defence Committees of the German Bundestag, Mr. Müller is spokesman of the group of parliamentarians from the CSU in the German Bundestag for foreign affairs, European policy and development policy. From 2005 to 2013, he was Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection; responsible, among other things, for international relations, development projects and world food affairs. Since 17 December 2013, he has been Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Maike Röttger National Director, Plan International Germany

Maike Röttger took up her post as National Director of Plan International Germany in December 2010. She is also engaged in the Board of Directors of VENRO (umbrella organisation of Germany’s NGOs) and a member of the Counsel for Sustainable Development Policy of the Federal State of Hamburg.

Maike Röttger studied history and German literature before she started her career at Hamburg’s renowned newspaper Hamburger Abendblatt in 1990. She worked for Hamburger Abendblatt for 21 years, 16 years thereof as political editor.

Ana Saldarriaga Global President, AIESEC

Ana Saldarriaga is the CEO and President of AIESEC, and has spoken in numerous events at the United Nations, Global Youth Assembly and International Peace Day. She has provided training to over 40,000 participants ranging from young people to CEOs of Fortune 500 on leadership and organizational change in over 40 different countries. Passionate about inspiring action in people, Ana has a strong commitment towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. She is a visionary change maker who aspires to transform people, organizations and societies positively.


Sergio Fernández de Córdova Chairman, PVBLIC

Sergio Fernández de Córdova is an internationally- recognized entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist working at the intersection of media and leveraging public-private partnerships for social impact. In 2011, he co-founded Infrastructure Media Group Holdings, a holding company focused on global infrastructure, energy, commodities and public-private partnerships; and Innovators Fund, a collaborative-based seeding platform investing in global disruptive civic-focused technology ventures. In 2012 he co-founded, as Chairman, PVBLIC Foundation, which focuses on repurposing and donating millions of dollars’ worth of unused media space to non-profits each year.

Mr. Fernández is one of the youngest initiators of public-private partnerships to drive business and social change. He successfully forged a variety of private-public partnerships with political and business leaders in cities such as Miami, Chicago, New York and Dallas. As a reflection of his progressive understanding of business and a burgeoning global economy, he is an active investor or advisor in multiple start-ups and emerging market expansions focused on multilateral groups, media and technology.