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September 30 2013

Lord Michael Hastings to Bring International Perspective as a Speaker at the HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit in Atlanta

ATLANTA – October 1, 2013 – Operation HOPE, the leading global financial dignity non-profit, announced today that Lord Michael Hastings, Global Head of Citizenship for KPMG International, has been selected as a Speaker for the HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit (Summit) in Atlanta, November 13 -14, 2013.
In partnership with the City of Atlanta, 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 leader from more than 50 countries around the world.  
Lord Hastings joined KPMG in 2006, and represents KPMG International on the Global Corporate Citizenship Committee of the World Economic Forum (WEF). He is a Board Director of the Global Reporting Initiative.
“This year’s Summit will be deeply enriched by the presence of Lord Hastings,” said John Hope Bryant, founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE. “His perspective as a leader within one of top global accounting firms will provide our attendees with invaluable insight about the role of responsible corporate citizenship to financial dignity and inclusion.” We look forward to his insight about the intersection of entrepreneurship, cooperation and free trade as we use this forum to move forward our shared goals of global financial dignity and inclusion.” 
Since 2009, Hastings has served on several of WEF’s Global Agenda Councils, including Diversity and Talent, the Next Generation and the Role of Business. In 2012, he was named Vice Chairman of the Global Agenda Council – the Future of Civil Society.
The annual HOPE Summit will serve also as the staging area for the gathering of commitments for business role models, business internships, youth entrepreneurship business grants, and other commitments for action in underserved communities. 
About Operation HOPE
Since 1992, Operation HOPE has promoted financial dignity through financial literacy and education tools to underserved communities. Through its three core portfolios, the organization has provided youth and adult financial literacy, economic preparedness, digital empowerment, promoted home ownership, and assisted with foreclosure prevention to more than two million individuals, families, and small business owners. Operation HOPE is driven by a “silver rights” mission fueled by vision and idealism, HOPE strives to empower the struggling middle class through financial literacy, dignity and capital enterprise.
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