International philanthropist George Soros will be the keynote speaker for the School of International and Public Affairs' (SIPA) graduation ceremony, May 17.
Soros is chairman of the Open Society Institute (OSI) and the founder of a network of philanthropic organizations active in more than 50 countries. As a successful investor, Soros began his philanthropist activities in 1979, when he provided funding to help black students attend the University of Cape Town in apartheid South Africa. Today, his foundations implement a range of programs focusing on civil society, education, media, public health, as well as social, legal and economic reform throughout the world.
As an author and philosopher, Soros has published eight books, including "The Bubble of America Supremacy: Correcting the Misuse of American Power" (Public Affairs, January 2004); "George Soros on Globalization" (2002) and "Open Society: Reforming Global Capitalism" (2000).
George Soros was born in Budapest , Hungary, on Aug. 12, 1930 . He survived the Nazi occupation of Budapest and left Communist Hungary in 1947 for England, where he graduated from the London School of Economics (LSE). Soros came to the United States in 1956 and founded an international investment fund. He is now chairman of Soros Fund Management, LLC.
SIPA's graduation will be held at 2 p.m. , Monday, May 17, at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.