Skoll World Forum 2022

April 2022. Virtual

In April 2022, more than 3,200 of the world’s most engaged social entrepreneurs, social innovators and leaders in finance, philanthropy, academia, government, business, media and the arts community gathered online for the annual Skoll World Forum.

With an opening plenary & awards ceremony and closing plenary session hosted by Femi Oke anchoring the multi-day program, attendees heard from world leaders, activists, and notable voices including Donald Gips, Marla Blow, Samantha Power, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Jonathan Dotan, Jola Mukherjee, Githinji Gitahi, Michelle Bachelet, Alaa Murabit, and Jonas Poher Rasmussen among others – sharing stories and experience to fuel the global audience’s efforts to creating social and environmental impact.

The program also included performances by five-time GRAMMY Award Winner & Founder, Batonga Foundation, Angélique Kidjo, GRAMMY- Nominated Musicians Amadou & Mariam and Playwright, actor, and professor Anna Deavere Smith.

To bring the 2022 Forum’s theme, “Face/ Forward", to life, the Empire and Skoll teams worked hand-in-hand to design and execute the event’s creative motif – using custom animations, curated footage, and creative filming techniques intended to emphasize “a sense of space and place".

A two-day in-person shoot took place in San Francisco, bringing together seven award winners from around the globe for the first time, capturing their in-person interactions, remarks and acceptance speeches, and memories in a custom living room set. One virtual participant, unable to travel from Brazil joined the group live in a unique hybrid appearance.

Working hand in hand with the Skoll team, Empire managed multiple aspects of the session production, including speaker management and briefings, set design, international filming (on-site and remote), budgeting, creative, host preparation, remote recording and video editing.

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