Fordham   Home PageThis page represents old Archived Information. See Journal of Asian Economics, Vol.  17, 2006, pages 1-4 for an article by H. D. Vinod introducing the Conference Proceedings published in the subsequent pages of Volume 17 of the Journal.

Conference on Entrepreneurship and Human Rights

August 1 (Monday) –August 3, (Wednesday) 2005

Pope Auditorium, Lowenstein Bldg, Fordham University, 113 West 60th Street, New York, next door to the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.



"This report is about walking into the poorest village on market day and seeing entrepreneurs at work. It is about realizing that the poor entrepreneur is as important a part of the private sector as the multinational corporation" U.N. Special Report, Unleashing Entrepreneurship: Making Business Work For The Poor Paul Martin & Ernesto Zedillo co-chairs, June 2004


" I come to you with a simple message: poverty in all its forms is the greatest single threat to peace, democracy, human rights and the environment.  It is a time-bomb ticking against the heart of liberty" Mike Moore, WTO Director, addressing the 2003 Conference on Financing for Development, Monterrey, Mexico,

Summary and Objectives: Extending human rights opens opportunities to those traditionally excluded from the economic and political mainstream and helps build the human capital in a country. Entrepreneurship is the key to bringing the nuts and bolts of physical capital together with workers’ human capital to create jobs and achieve sustainable broad-based economic development. 

The Schools of Arts and Sciences, Law and Business at Fordham University and Universidad Iberoamericana have hosted this conference to bring together all those who are interested in these and related issues under one roof. Opening doors for the poor and disadvantaged has long been part of the Jesuit tradition at both Universities. 

The entrepreneurs are employers or managers, not workers. The advocates for entrepreneurship in the business world, such as the Wall Street Journal or Chambers of Commerce, belong to the right wing of the political spectrum.  By contrast, the human rights advocates belong to the left wing, as they are concerned with all oppressed groups, including some workers and the poor. This ideological division between the two groups is false, and has prevented potentially useful cooperation between the two advocacy groups.

For example, infrastructure and access (to education, credit, security, due process, public information, etc.) are essential to both groups. Hence both should jointly oppose all entrenched monopolists or corrupt entities who block better infrastructure or easier access. Prof. Vinod’s theme paper for the conference entitled “Common Ground in Promotion of Entrepreneurship and Human Rights,” provides details about the rationale for the conference, including statistical arguments for cooperation based on data. (URL:

In short, this conference aims were to: (i) promote further research and dialogue to move the human rights-entrepreneurship nexus out of the realm of platitudes and into the mainstream of development policy, (ii) help the advocates for human rights and private business to view each other as allies,  (iii) discuss ‘social entrepreneurship,’ role of multinationals and US-Mexico immigration issues, (iv) send a report to the World Summit of heads of state at the United Nations headquarters in New York, September 14-16, 2005.

The registration began at 10:30 AM, Monday, August 1.  The main program begins after lunch on Monday. The pre-registered delegates might want to have an early lunch before coming to the Pope auditorium. There is a good cafeteria on the premises.


A wine and snacks reception is Monday evening Aug. 1 was open to all delegates at the 12-th floor Lounge.


Suburban Commuters:  Morning sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday did not start till 10 AM, so that persons staying in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut can comfortably arrive to the conference venue without traffic-related worries.


Distinguished and Diverse Array of Speakers:

Titles of presenters include:  Executive Director, CEO, Director, President, Professor, Dr., Project Coordinator, Head of the Department, Chair, etc.  Please see the link to the Conference Program for details.

What is Social Entrepreneurship?

Co-sponsored by the Jesuit institutions: Fordham University in New York, USA (founded 1841) and Iberoamericana, Mexico (founded 1943)

Co-Chairs: H. D. Vinod, Director of the IEEP and Jorge E. Rodriguez Torres, Chair of the Economics Department at Iberoamericana, Puebla.


Final Conference Program


Papers, Abstracts, Bio-

Graphical sketches

and Photos of

Distinguished  Speakers.


Conference Registration Form as a Microsoft Word file


 Conference Registration Form

as a simple ASCII text file.


Visa Application Worksheet


Local Information on: Lodging, Parking Facilities, and NYC Attractions


 Notes to Presenters


 Publication of Conference Proceedings,  including paper format,  page limits, etc.






Program Committees


Instructions for Using 

software called

BlackBoard to exchange

Ideas with fellow



 Optional Power-Point Template for Presenters


What is Social Entrepreneurship




Important Dates and Deadlines





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Local Information and Attractions



  Final Program Abridged to fit 3 pages with time limits on talks




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