Poverty & Inequalities

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    Poverty & Inequalities

    • 21 Nov 2019
    • Linklaters

    The Event

    Did you know that:
    1. Poverty is growing rapidly in advanced economies.
    2. This poverty, these inequalities affect everyone.
    3. A Harvard alum is proposing how to abolish inequalities.

    Join us and find out how with our next guest, Niels Planel (HKS '18) - specialist of social innovation and author, who just may shift your thinking.

    The Harvard Club of France has the great honor of inviting you to an evening on an essential, inspiring, and challenging subject, which our next guest speaker boldly refers to as eradicating inequalities. That speaker is Niels Planel.

    Niels' research into poverty is focused on the advanced economies in Europe and North America. In France alone, notes Niels, 8 million people, mostly youth, live on or below the poverty line, and the lack of social mobility means their future is bleak.

    "In the combat against inequality, France's record is very poor: it takes an average of 180 years for descendants from a poor family to reach the average revenue in our country."

    But Niels is hopeful and wants to transmit this hope to us. According to his latest essay (in French) « Abolishing Inequality », three measures can change the situation.

    New: Niels recorded, at our request, a message for you.

    Join us on November 21, to discuss Niels' "short essay with tall ambitions."


    Niels Planel started his career by working for one of the top advisors to the Prime Minister of Japan in Tokyo. He then spent 6 years at the World Bank in Washington, DC, before joining the inaugural team of the Green Climate Fund in Korea, as a special assistant to the Executive Director. He currently works on social innovation and inclusive growth in advanced economies for international organizations, foundations and municipalities.

    Lately, Niels has been collaborating with the OECD on the Business for Inclusive Growth Platform. He studied the rise of poverty and inequality in developed countries at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he got the Lucius Littauer Award for academic excellence. He has just published "Abolishing Inequality" (in French), an essay advocating for remedies to inequality."

    The Organizers

    Denise Silber & Audrene Eloit
    look forward to your participation

    We thank Linklaters' Paris headquarters for hosting us. Your organizers are Denise Silber, Vice-President Communication of HCF and Audrène Eloit, Secretary-General. Denise Silber will interview Niels Planel.

    Niels will bring copies of his book, strategically priced at 5 euros!

    Last but not least: a lovely buffet and networking following the presentation.

    WHEN: Thursday, November 21st, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    WHERE: Linklaters,2 5 rue de Marignan, 75008 Paris
    WHERE: Métro : Franklin-Roosevelt

    PRICE: HCF Members: € 20 / Non-Members: € 25

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