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Special Event: An Evening of Celebration

Special Event: An Evening of Celebration

On Tuesday night, all Symposium attendees are invited to a special evening event to hear inspiring stories, network with new connections, and enjoy dessert in the beautiful Bing Concert Hall. 


Marc Tessier-Lavigne*

President, Stanford University

Frans Lanting, Wildlife Photographer*

and a panel discussion

Banking on Nature: Driving Innovation at Scale Through Sustainable Development

A panel discussion with leaders from development banks on scaling natural capital approaches around the world.

Moderator: Steve Denning*

Panelists: Richard Damania and Ahmed Saeed

7:15 PM - 8:30 PM

Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen Street, Stanford CA

All registered Symposium attendees are welcome

Marc Tessier-Lavigne


Pioneering neuroscientist, biotechnology executive and academic leader Marc Tessier-Lavigne became Stanford University’s eleventh president on September 1, 2016.

Dr. Tessier-Lavigne received undergraduate degrees in physics from McGill University and in philosophy and physiology from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He earned a Ph.D. in physiology from University College London (UCL) and performed postdoctoral work at UCL and at Columbia University. He then held faculty positions at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and subsequently at Stanford University, where he was the Susan B. Ford Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences. While at UCSF and Stanford he was also an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

A world leader in the study of brain development and repair, Dr. Tessier-Lavigne’s research has focused on the cause and treatment of degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, as well as on therapies for spinal cord injuries. Dr. Tessier-Lavigne and his colleagues revealed how neural circuits in the brain form during embryonic development by identifying molecules that direct the formation of connections among nerve cells. Defects in these mechanisms lead to neurological disorders. These mechanisms also provide targets to assist regeneration of nerve connections after trauma.

At a national and international level, Dr. Tessier-Lavigne has been an active spokesperson for societal support of science, through editorials, advocacy and congressional testimony.


Frans Lanting Presentation: "Eye to Eye with LIFE”

Master photographer Frans Lanting shares a behind-the-scenes view of his work as a wildlife photographer and on the role of photography in inspiring a new vision of our world in this glorious celebration of life on earth. Lanting's presentation illuminates the big stories behind his images, which are drawn from three decades of work in wild places from the Amazon to Antarctica. With stunning visuals and thoughtful commentary, he explains the creative thinking process behind his iconic images of wildlife, landscapes, cultures, and environmental issues, and provides insight into his unique approach to visualizing his ideas about the natural world. His presentation includes the story of his LIFE symphony, a multimedia orchestral performance featuring Lanting's imagery and the music of Philip Glass--a work that has captivated audiences around the world. Frans Lanting has been hailed as one of the great photographers of our time. His work has been commissioned frequently by National Geographic and appears in books, magazines, and exhibitions around the world.

photo by Frans Lantingphoto by Frans Lanting


Steve Denning

Steve Denning

Steven A. Denning is Chairman of General Atlantic and has been part of the firm since its founding in 1980. As the second investment professional at the firm, Steve helped build General Atlantic with a singular vision of supporting entrepreneurs as they work to grow their businesses. From the outset, his mission has been to partner with strong growth companies led by exceptional management teams to help their organizations become market leaders. For over three decades, Steve has helped General Atlantic become a leading global growth investment firm, today with 14 offices around the world. Steve also served on the Board of Trustees of Stanford University from 2004 to 2017, including as its Chairman from 2012 to 2017. Before joining General Atlantic, Steve worked at McKinsey & Company and served for six years in the U.S. Navy.