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September 30 2013

Operation HOPE Founder Opens Global Economic Symposium in Germany This Week

John Hope Bryant joins world economic leaders to discuss "Innovation, Dynamism and Entrepreneurship” and its role to achieve sustainable and inclusive growth


KIEL, GERMANY– October 1, 2013 – Operation HOPE (HOPE) founder, chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant traveled to Kiel, Germany to participate in the Global Economic Symposium (GES), where he helped address issues of poverty for the Opening Plenary, “Redefining Success: Why?" and participate in the session on "Innovation, Dynamism and Entrepreneurship."
Bryant joined moderator Nik Gowing, Main Presenter, BBC World News, UK; along with the following global economic leaders for a wide-ranging discussion on sustainable economic growth and global financial inclusion for the event’s Opening Plenary:
  • Dennis J. Snower President, Kiel Institute for the World Economy
  • Martti Athisaari Founder and Chariman of the Board, Crisis Management Initiative, Finland
  • Jürgen Fitschen Co-CEO, Deutsche Bank, Germany
  • Robert Johnson President, The Institute for New Economic Thinking, USA; and
  • Roza Otunbayeva, “The Initiative of Roza Otunbayeva” International Foundation, Kyrgyz Republic.
Afterwards, Bryant participated on a panel on "Innovation, Dynamism and Entrepreneurship," sharing his business experience and unique expertise for building bridges between corporations, governments and communities. He also discussed HOPE’s latest “Silver Rights” initiatives for the empowerment of underserved communities.  
"I am honored to be a part of the the 6th Global Economic Symposium (GES), and to meet with some of the brightest and most innovative international decision makers in government, business, science, and civil society and to help develop solutions to current global problems,” said John Bryant.
A philanthropic entrepreneur, thought leader and businessman, Bryant is one of the leading voices on poverty eradication today. Bryant has advised the last four sitting U.S. Presidents on economic justice issues, recognized by the last five U.S. Presidents.  He served as chair of the Subcommittee on the Underserved and Community Empowerment for the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability. He is CEO of Bryant Group Company, and serves on the corporate board for Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation; a publicly traded company and a division of $54 billion private equity firm Ares Capital Management.
As a Young Global Leader Alum and the former first ever goodwill ambassador to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Bryant continues to drive HOPE and its global initiatives forward, promoting the organization’s role as a leader in financial literacy and entrepreneurship as tools for improving the quality of life.
Bryant’s organization, Operation HOPE, will host its second annual HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit in November 2013 from Atlanta, Georgia. The two-day summit, “Global Economic Recovery: How The Poor Can Help Save Capitalism,” will frame the issue of financial inclusion, small business, entrepreneurship, jobs, and financial dignity as essential core ingredients to mid and long-term economic recovery and stability. It is expected to draw 1,000 of the most dynamic and influential financial industry professionals, government decision-makers and faith leaders from more than 50 countries around the world. 
Pictured: HOPE Founder, Chairman, and CEO chats with attendees at the opening reception of the Global Economic Symposium.


About Operation HOPE
Operation HOPE (HOPE) is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting financial literacy and dignity through various educational programs and initiatives. Since its inception in 1992, HOPE has served more than two million individuals, directed more than $1.5 billion in private capital to America's low-wealth communities and maintained a growing army of 20,000 HOPE Corps volunteers. It has raised average credit scores for financial case management clients more than 120 points over an average 18-month period, and it currently serves more than 300 U.S. cities, as well as South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, and the United Arab Emirates. At its core is a “silver rights” mission to make free enterprise and capitalism work for everyone.
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