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Afternoon Closing Keynote: Paul Rusesabagina of The Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation

As general manager of the Kigali Diplomate Hotel, Paul Rusesabagina had to move back to his former employment at the Mille Collines Hotel (also in Kigali), and was there for 76 days, almost the entire span of the 100-day genocide. He served as special consultant to United Artists and Lion's Gate Films' production of the Academy Award-nominated film, Hotel Rwanda, and has also written a book entitled An Ordinary Man. Mr. Rusesabagina received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush, and a Humanitarian Award from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, and is the founder and president of the Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation.

This event was recorded as part of the 6th Annual Chicago Global Donors Network Conference on International Giving, which focuses specifically on global giving, bringing together donors and practitioners to discuss how philanthropic strategies can address global issues such as alleviating global poverty, human rights, climate change, education, health, and economic development.

Recorded Friday, October 30, 2009 at The Standard Club

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