Philanthropy, Strategic Planning

In hellenistic Greek, phil-anthropia came to designate the love of humanity that is the reason that undergirds social compassion. Subsequently, for the Byzantines, this fundamental commitment to the principles of philanthropia, marked the very essence of what a civilized society meant.

Summit in Monaco, 2018

Left to right: Mr. Olivier Wenden (Vice-President, Chief Executive Officer of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation), Mr. Vladimir Lyaporov, Mr. Alexey Antropov.

The inaugural International Philanthropy Summit that took place in Auditorium Rainier III, in Monte Carlo on 15 February, 2018, was a major upscale event hosted by the Antropov Foundation that involved strategic philanthropy planning and major global societal, economic and social issues.

The summit recognized the diversity of talent, ideas and excellence across the world of philanthropy and stressed social responsibility of wealthy individuals and luxury brands towards their respective communities, nationally and globally.

The leitmotif of the summit was that in today’s world, philanthropy could not effectively resolve social and ecological issues strictly within national boundaries, philanthropy needs to take an increasingly global outlook on the world’s most intractable humanitarian and environmental problems across the planet and forge a comprehensive global strategy.

The summit focused on the issues of social responsibility, commitment to positive change, ecology, support for culture, education and the arts, key trends in contemporary global philanthropy and its further prospects.

The summit was instantly dubbed by Tatler “philanthropic Davos” after the Swiss World Economic Forum which shapes the global financial and economic agenda.

Left to right: Dr. Daniel Gros, Dr. Rupert,
Graf Strachwitz, Mr. Olivier Wenden, Mr. Vladimir Lyaporov

Among the distinguished guests of the summit were philanthropists and entrepreneurs hailing from Germany, France, Switzerland, UK, Russia and Monaco, who viewed themselves as the “citizens of the world” and have the habit of thinking in global terms and planning far ahead.

The keynote speaker at the event was the eminent founder of the EasyGroup, member of the Giving Pledge group created by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett, Founder and President of the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, KBE. Another distinguished speaker at the forum was Dr. Daniel Gros, Director of the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), adviser to the European Parliament, member of the Euro 50 Group of eminent influential economists and permanent speaker at the World Economic Forum. Also, an important address was delivered by the former Regional Director of the Order of Malta Relief Service in Bavaria, former Vice-President of German Caritas, political scientist and historian Dr. Rupert, Graf Strachwitz, founder of the (Maecenata Institute for Philanthropy and Civil Society). All three speakers were awarded special prizes for their outstanding philanthropic initiatives.

Among other speakers and participants at the forum, sharing their views on challenges faced by the present-day philanthropy, were:

Mr. Olivier Wenden, Vice-President, Chief Executive Officer of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation; Pascal Granero, General Manager of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation; Dr. Antoine Vaccaro of Centre d'Etude et de Recherche sur la Philanthropie in Paris; Katerina Pirelli, President and Founder of the Borneo Wildlife Preservation; Luc Pettavino, co-owner of Monaco Yacht Show, charity activist and founder of OnlyWatch; Antonio Cecere, President of Geneva Diamond Exchange /Monaco Diamond Exchange, Eric Brundage, Owner of Monaco Life and CEO at Sand Spring Partners, and Francesco Busso Colonna di Baldissero. They were joined by the representatives of the Coutts Institute, International Atomic Energy Institute UBS, bank BNP Paribas, Compagnie Monegasque de Banque, Interbrand, Fairmont, Nautiq, Forbes, Bloomberg, Chambre de la Mode Monegasque, and other important organisations.

The guests and experts concurred that philanthropy summits should continue as platform for sharing ideas and experiences, and for the networking opportunities. We hope that the International Philanthropy Summit in Monaco was a first step towards shaping of a global philanthropic strategy.

CEPS Ideas Lab,

Having forged a strategic partnership with CEPS (Centre for European Policy Studies) and its Director Dr. Daniel Gros, the Antropov Foundation was honoured to participate in its annual flagship event – the CEPS Ideas Lab conference, which took place between 5-6 March, 2020 in Brussels.

According to the organisers, this event was “an innovative platform of exchange and co-creation that brought together think tanks from across Europe, representatives of national governments, businesses, NGOs and European institutions”. It attracted over a thousand participants to debate key policy issues for Europe. In 2020, the conference’s main theme was Europe’s Next Stage.

The Antropov Foundation spokesperson chaired the panel discussion Black Swans: In Search for Patterns of Unforeseen Events that aroused much interest and sparked a lively discussion around that highly relevant subject. Black Swan is a new term that emerged after the publication of the eponymous book by Nassim Taleb.

It now stands for unpredictable or unforeseen events, typically with extreme consequences. The Antropov Foundation were extremely lucky to run the conference early in March, just before the major outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide.

Major speakers at the conference included Dr. Daniel Gros himself, Dr. Christoph Abels, fellow of the Hertie School of Governance, and Chris Gibson-Smith, former chairman of the London Stock Exchange Group (LSE).

Photo taken during the Ideas Lab Conference in Brussels, March 2020. Left to right: Alexey Savostyanov, Dr. Daniel Gros, Chris Gibson-Smith.