Philanthropy Lecture Series

The panel discussion Philanthropy, Government, and the Advancement of Common Good will address the role of both government and philanthropic organizations, and the approach to international collaboration in areas like public health, education, and the arts. The esteemed panel for this convening will include Gara LaMarche, former president and CEO of The Atlantic Philanthropies, and the Rt Hon David Cameron, former prime minister of the UK.

The Rt Hon David Cameron was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 2010 to 2016. He led Britain’s first Coalition Government in nearly 70 years and, at the 2015 General Election, forming the first majority Conservative Government in the UK for over two decades.

David Cameron continues to focus on issues he advanced while in office: championing Britain’s cutting-edge medical research; supporting life chances for young people; and promoting international development. He is President of Alzheimer’s Research UK (helping raise nearly £20 million for the charity over the past six years); Chairman of Patrons at National Citizen Service, the UK’s flagship youth development programme; and co-chairs the Council on State Fragility, under the auspices of the International Growth Centre. He is also Chairman of Atlantic Partnership, a bi-partisan organization promoting the transatlantic relationship; serves as an Honorary Governor at The Ditchley Foundation; is a Board member of the ONE Campaign; and together with former US Secretary of State, John Kerry, co-chairs Pew Bertarelli Ocean Ambassadors.

Cameron is teaching an NYU Abu Dhabi January term class called “Practicing Politics and Government in the Age of Disruption”

Gara LaMarche is a Leader in Residence at the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership of the City College of New York, where he teaches and co-chairs Leadership for Democracy and Social Justice, and a Senior Adviser to The Raben Group.

From 2013 to 2021 LaMarche served as President of The Democracy Alliance. From 2007 to 2011, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of The Atlantic Philanthropies, an international foundation focused on aging, children and youth, health, and human rights operating in Australia, Bermuda, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United States, and Viet Nam.

Before joining The Atlantic Philanthropies in April 2007, LaMarche served as Vice President and Director of U.S. Programs for the Open Society Institute (since renamed the Open Society Foundations).

LaMarche is teaching an NYU Abu Dhabi January term class called “How Organized Money Fuels Innovation, Institutions and Movements.”

Angela Migally, Esq. is the Executive Director of the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation, where she has also served as General Counsel.

Prior to joining the Foundation in 2013, Ms. Migally was Deputy Director of the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholars Program at NYU Abu Dhabi, a leadership program for top Emirati university students. Ms. Migally also taught a class on US Constitutional Law with NYU President John Sexton.

Before coming to Abu Dhabi, Ms. Migally was a Constitutional litigator at the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law. There she represented government agencies in defending the constitutionality of various anti-corruption laws.

Ms. Migally was also an associate with the Law Firm of Omar T. Mohammedi, LLC where she represented Arab-American and Muslim-Americans in several post-9/11 civil rights matters. She was an associate at Hughes, Hubbard & Reed’s Wall Street office in its complex litigation practice. Ms. Migally also served as a clerk for the Honorable Walter Herbert Rice of the United States District Court of Southern Ohio.