Big Bets for Climate Action

Honoring 111 years of making opportunity universal

The Rockefeller Foundation is celebrating its 111th year of promoting the well-being of humanity. To celebrate these milestones, we are hosting an event on Big Bets for Climate Action, in partnership with CNN, that will take place on Thursday, May 30, 2024, from 2:00-5:00 pm ET. The event will feature fireside chats and remarks providing valuable insights into the intersection of climate change, diplomacy, policy, creativity, and intergenerational collaboration.

You can watch live on this page starting at 2pm ET on May 30.


2:00-2:10 PM
Opening Remarks and Welcome
Speakers: Dr. Raj Shah (The Rockefeller Foundation) and Becky Anderson (CNN)

2:10-2:40 PM
Finding Allies on the Climate Front
Speaker: Ambassador Linda Thomas Greenfield (U.S. Mission to the United Nations)
Moderator: Dr. Raj Shah (The Rockefeller Foundation)

2:40-3:15 PM
Funding a Green Future Beyond COP28
Speakers: Ambassador Majid Al Suwaidi (COP28 Presidency/ALTÉRRA),Maryanne Hancock (Y Analytics) and David Giordano (BlackRock)
Moderator: Becky Anderson (CNN)

Building a Climate Movement with Project Dandelion
Speaker: Pat Mitchell (Connected Women Leaders)

3:20-3:30 PM

3:30-3:50 PM
Empowering African Climate Pioneers
Speakers: Ledama Masidza (CNN Academy) and Kate Kallot (Amini AI)
Moderator: Bill Weir (CNN)

3:50-4:20 PM
A Seat at the Table and the Voice of a Generation
Speakers: Nile Rodgers (We Are Family Foundation), Sneha Revanur (Encode Justice), and Peter Selfridge (SAP)
Moderators: Becky Anderson (CNN) and Julia Chatterley (CNN)

4:20-4:55 PM
Making Green Good for All
Speaker: Vice President Al Gore
Moderator: Bill Weir (CNN)

4:55-5:10 PM
LIVE Performance by Nile Rodgers

Featured Speakers:

Becky Anderson
Managing Director of CNN Abu Dhabi and Host of Connect the World with Becky Anderson



Julia Chatterley
CNN International Anchor and Correspondent and Host of First Move with Julia Chatterley



David Giordano
Managing Director and Global Head of Climate Infrastructure, BlackRock



Al Gore
Former Vice President of the United States



Linda Thomas-Greenfield
Representative of the United States to the United Nations



Maryanne Hancock
CEO of Y Analytics and Partner, TPG



Kate Kallot
Founder and CEO of Amini



Ledama Masidza
Marine Conservationist, Indigenous Food Systems Advocate, and CNN Academy Fellow



Pat Mitchell
Editorial Director at TEDWomen and Co-Founder of Connected Women Leaders



Sneha Revanur
Founder and President of Encode Justice



Nile Rodgers
Grammy-Winning Musician, Producer, and Co-Founder of the We Are Family Foundation



Peter Selfridge
Global Head of Government and Public Affairs for SAP



Dr. Rajiv J. Shah
President of The Rockefeller Foundation



Bill Weir
CNN Chief Climate Correspondent



Download the full list of speakers and their bios here.

Lasting Impact

From our very first grant—to the American Red Cross more than a century ago—through to today’s vast array of initiatives, The Rockefeller Foundation has built a reputation for making big bets that spur breakthroughs in science and understanding and leverage unlikely partnerships to deliver transformative change. Our list of achievements over the last 110 years is long.

Since 1913, we have worked with grantees and partners in:

Our Current Focus Areas

We improve lives and the planet, and unleash human potential, through innovation. We are dedicated to the principle that all individuals – dignified and resilient as they are – have the right to health, food, power and economic mobility. We seek to advance those goals with a better use of science and data and through collaboration with broad and diverse partners and grantees. By pursuing the big bets humanity needs, The Rockefeller Foundation is making opportunity universal and sustainable.

  • Health Ensuring healthy futures for people and planet
  • Power We accelerate access to and consumption of reliable, renewable electricity in underserved, low-income communities worldwide, empowering hundreds of millions of people while building the climate-smart energy system of the future
  • Food Advancing a more nourishing, regenerative and equitable food system
  • U.S. Economic Opportunity Our vision is that every working person in America should be able to meet the basic needs of their families – and have a path to a better future
  • Innovation We seek solutions to the world’s great inequities at the frontiers of science, technology, and innovation
  • Innovative Finance Addressing global development challenges by unlocking private capital for impact at scale