Everyone a Humanitarian Launch Night

Celebrate the launch of our event series on the future of humanitarian action with special guests including Yves Daccord, Director-General of the ICRC, and Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
Pier 17, Suite 800, San Francisco, California 94111 United States


December 09, 2016 from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)


$0 - $30

Join us for the launch of “Everyone a Humanitarian”, an event series inviting technologists, creatives, diplomats, entrepreneurs, and innovators to explore new collaborative forms of humanitarian action.

In a panel moderated by Katherine Maher, executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, special guests Yves Daccord, Director-General of the ICRC; Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce; Kevin Barenblat, Co-Founder & President, Fast Forward; and human rights activist Clemantine Wamariya will discuss the future of humanitarian action and new opportunities to contribute to some of the world’s most difficult challenges.

There will be a photography exhibition on display from the Cooperation and Development Center at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL CODEV). This photographic report was carried out by Sylvain Liechti, a conflict and post-conflict zones photographer for the United Nations.

Music by Matt Ganucheau.

This event is cohosted by the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco.


6:30pm – doors open

7:00pm – welcome

7:15pm – keynote by Yves Daccord

8:00pm – panel discussion

8:45pm – launch announcement

9:00pm – food & music

10:30pm – doors close


Keynote: Yves Daccord

Yves Daccord is Director-General of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva. A former journalist, TV producer, and international relations expert, his ICRC career has spanned more than two decades in a variety of posts and challenging contexts, including Israel and the Occupied Territories, Sudan, Yemen, Chechnya, and Georgia. Prior to his appointment as Director-General, he held the posts of Head of Communication Division and Director of Communications. He holds a degree in political science from the University of Geneva. Born in 1964, Yves is married with three children.


Moderator: Katherine Maher

Katherine Maher is the Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit organization that supports Wikipedia and its sister projects. She is a longtime advocate for free and open societies, and an expert in leveraging technology for social impact Katherine was appointed Executive Director in July 2016, after serving as the organization’s first Chief Communications Officer. She has lived and worked around the world, leading the introduction of technology and innovation in human rights, good governance, and international development. She was a founding member of the UNICEF Innovation team, where she helped introduce open source innovation for health and child welfare.

Kevin Barenblat

Kevin Barenblat is an experienced software entrepreneur and co-founder and president of Fast Forward. The inspiration for Fast Forward stems from his hope that talented people can leverage technology to create scalable solutions to some of the world’s tough problems. Prior to founding Fast Forward, he was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Matrix Partners, an early stage venture capital firm. Prior to Matrix he was a Senior Director in Adobe’s Strategy and Business Development group after the social marketing company he founded, Context Optional, was acquired by the firm. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in engineering from Stanford and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Marc Benioff

is chairman and CEO of Salesforce. A pioneer in cloud computing, Marc founded Salesforce in 1999 with a vision to create a new kind of enterprise software company, with a new technology model based in the cloud, a new pay-as-you-go business model, and a new integrated corporate philanthropy model. Salesforce’s 1-1-1 model leverages the company’s resources to improve communities around the world: donating 1% of Salesforce’s product, 1% of its equity and 1% of employees’ time to help nonprofits achieve their missions. Today, more than 1,300 companies have adopted the 1-1-1 model through the Pledge 1% movement. Marc and his wife, Lynne, have focused their personal philanthropy on children’s health, public education, homelessness, and other social issues. Marc is a member of the World Economic Forum Board of Trustees.

Clemantine Wamariya

Clemantine Wamariya is a Storyteller and Human Rights Advocate. Born in Kigali, Rwanda, Clemantine was 6 years old when the Rwandan Genocide broke out. Clemantine’s older sister Claire led their fortunate escape. During the next six years, Claire and Clemantine lived in refugee camps, separated from parents and relatives, in seven different countries in Eastern and Southern Africa. Clemantine is now on the board of Women for Women International and was appointed by President Obama to the U.S. Holocaust Museum Board. She is also an advisory board member at Refugee Transitions. Clemantine received her BA in Comparative Literature from Yale University.


Photo: Yves Daccord photo by Oliver O’Hanlon/TEDxHelvetia, CC-BY-SA 2.0 via Fluidr

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