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Global Conversations: Innovation in a Post-Covid World

San FranciscoGlobal Conversations: Innovation in a Post-Covid World – virtual event
How the pandemic is atomising Silicon Valley and spreading innovation
Thursday, 6 May 2021
6.30-7.30pm (BST), 10.30-11.30am (PDT)

Aaref Hilaly (1989, PPE) and Kevin Hartz (1992, History) will be in conversation on Thursday, 6 May from their homes in San Francisco. The event will be chaired by Baroness Valerie Amos, the Master.

The global response to COVID-19 shows us how crisis and disruption can fuel innovation. This event will discuss how we can apply the lessons of the past 12 months to accelerate innovation across all sectors of the economy and society as the world reopens.

The event will be introduced by Baroness Amos.
There will be an opportunity for our online audience to ask questions during the event.

Please click here to register for the virtual discussion on Thursday, 6 May 2021.
We look forward to seeing you there.


Aaref HilalyAaref Hilaly helps founders build companies around their ideas. At Sequoia, he worked closely with the leadership teams of several category-defining companies, and served on the boards of Clari, Guardant Health (NASDAQ: GH), Lightstep, MobileIron (NASDAQ: MOBL), Skyhigh Networks (acquired by McAffee), StackRox, and ThousandEyes (acquired by Cisco). Before becoming an investor, Aaref spent 10 years building two companies as an entrepreneur.

Aaref read philosophy, politics and economics (PPE) at Oxford University, and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking with his teenage children in Marin, reading South Asian literature, and following the English Premier League.

Kevin HartzKevin Hartz is Co-Founder and CEO of one (NYSE: AONE) and Co-Founder, former CEO, and Chairman of Eventbrite (NYSE: EB). He is an early-stage investor and advisor to successful startups including PayPal, Pinterest, Uber, Airbnb, Trulia, Thumbtack, Gusto, Joby Aviation, and Newfront Insurance. He is also Co-Founder of Xoom (IPO 2013, acquired by PayPal).
He received an undergraduate degree from Stanford University and a graduate degree from the University of Oxford.

He serves on the Board of Trustees of the California Academy of Sciences.

Valerie AmosThe Right Honourable The Baroness Amos CH PC commenced her tenure as Master of University College Oxford in September 2020. Prior to taking up the Mastership, Baroness Amos was Director of SOAS University of London. Before that she served as Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator at the UN from 2010 2015, and held senior roles in government and the public sector.

Baroness Amos has been a Labour Life Peer since 1997, and served in the Cabinet from 2003 to 2007 as Secretary of State for International Development, and subsequently also served in the Cabinet as Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Council. She was an advisor to the Mandela Government on leadership and change management issues and UK High Commissioner to Australia before joining the UN in 2010.

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