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Barbara Bulc

Changemaker & silo-breaker

To take on the huge challenges our world is facing, new types of partnerships and perspectives are needed. With years of experience from organisations like Global Development and the Clinton Foundation, Barbara will show us how building bridges and breaking down silos can be the key for social and economic impact. And how art can play a vital part.

Barbara founded GD to build new bridges across sectors and disciplines, to accelerate global access to sustainable solutions and to cultivate systems change. She has over 20 years of leadership experience in business, diplomacy, health, and international development. Working with transformational leaders in the private sector, governments and non-profits in Europe, the U.S, Africa and Asia, Barbara is a recognized driving force in catalyzing and developing innovative global public-private partnerships and new coalitions for social and economic impact. Passionate about art and its power to open our minds and reconnect us with our feelings, she created Art4Action initiative to mobilize new dialogue for social change.

Barbara Bulc served as a senior advisor of the Clinton Foundation and is a member of its founding management team developing large scale transformational and sustainable partnerships with governments, industry, international organizations and financing institutions in emerging economies. She was instrumental in developing the Foundation’s Health Access Initiative (CHAI), which provided access to affordable healthcare including HIV/AIDS medicines and diagnostics to over 60 countries.

She established and led Richard Holbrooke’s European office of the Global Business Coalition in Geneva, the heart of global diplomacy, mobilizing the power of business and global Fortune 500 corporations in the global fight against poverty. In this role Barbara represented the private sector on a number of international boards, including the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, a multibillion-dollar public-private partnership.

Preceding her career in international development, Barbara was the CEO of U.S.-based KRKA Pharmaceuticals, a leading European generics company. Prior to that she worked in various positions at Novartis, Knoll and BASF. Barbara was elected to the Board of Directors of the U.S. Generic Pharmaceutical Industry Association (GPhA) and has also served on the Board of BionorImmuno.

She is a founding member of Friends of the Global Fund Africa and a member of the United Nations’ Innovation Working Group, supporting the UN Secretary General’s Every Woman Every Child movement. Barbara has served in an advisory capacity to the World Economic Forum’s Leapfrogging Health Systems Initiative and currently sits on the boards of D-Tree International, the Japan Institute for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Scholarships without Borders (SWB), and the Center of Photography in Geneva. She serves as an Ambassador to Reboot the Future, a non-profit creating a social movement promoting the Golden Rule (“Treat others and the planet as you would wish to be treated”).

Barbara holds a degree in chemistry from Ljubljana University and executive degrees in business management from Columbia University Business School, and leadership from Cambridge University Judge Business School. She is currently pursuing Ph.D. in social sciences. She speaks English, French, German, Slovene and Serbo-Croatian. Born in Ljubljana, Slovenia, she has lived and worked around the world and currently resides in Geneva, Switzerland.