Plenary sessions feature specially selected keynote speakers from the field of volunteering. It also offers a chance for all the participants to gather together to learn and discuss.

The table of contents for the plenary sessions is below. Please click on each item to view the recording and learn more:

Opening Ceremony Gala

The opening ceremony for the 25th IAVE World Volunteer Conference featured traditional Bavarian entertainment and opening remarks from:

  • Kurt Gribl, Lord Mayor of the City of Augsburg, Germany
  • Kerstin Schreyer, Bavarian Minister for Social Affairs, Germany
  • Wolfgang Krell, Executive Director, Freiwilligen Zentrum Augsburg, Germany
  • Hans-Peter Teufers, Director International Humanitarian Supply Chain, UPS, Germany
  • Olivier Adam, Executive Coordinator, United Nations Volunteers, Germany
  • Kylee Bates, IAVE World President, Australia


Alexander Thamm (Germany)



Volunteering in a Changing World

Featured Speaker:
Dr. Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah, Secretary General, CIVICUS (Sri Lanka).
Special presentation:
Artem Metelev, representing Year of Volunteers Directorate (Russia)
Declaration from the Youth Volunteers Forum
Opening Speaker & Response Panel:
  • Helmut Anheier, Professor, Hertie School of Governance (Germany)
  • Cristina Rigman, President, CEV (Romania)
  • Olivier Adam, Executive Coordinator, UNV (France)
  • Chaired by Kenn Allen, Interim Executive Director, IAVE (USA)

Youth Declaration Presentation Response Panel Presentation


The Future(s) of Volunteering
Participatory Session lead by IFRC and UNV

This plenary has been jointly designed by IAVE, IFRC and UNV to give all conference participants the opportunity to join in discussion of the future of volunteering. This will be the first of a series of similar dialogs leading up to the 2020 United Nations Global Technical Meeting on Volunteering.

  • Aarathi Krishnan, Global Futures and Foresight Coordinator, IFRC, Australia
  • Emma Morley, Chief of Volunteer Advisory Services, UNV, UK

Future(s) of Volunteering Presentation


Partnering for Impact

Opening Speaker:
Eduardo Martinez, President, UPS Foundation, USA
Presentation of the IAVE Global Corporate Volunteering Awards
Diane Solinger, Director, Communications & Culture-sumUX, Google, USA
Report on Out on the Future(s) of Volunteering plenary:
Aarathi Krishnan, Global Futures and Foresight Coordinator, IFRC, Australia
Featured Speaker:
Felix Finkbeiner, Founder, Plant-for-the-Planet, Germany

Award Winners' Presentations Felix Finkbeiner's Presentation


Volunteering for Development

Featured Speaker:
Gerd Muller, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany
Innovations in Volunteering Worldwide: A Panel Discussion
  • Latin America: Laura Sánchez Gil, Techo, Colombia
  • Europe: Holger Holland, Let’s Do It!, Germany
  • Asia: Mujtaba Arshia, Afghans for Progressive Thinking, Afghanistan
  • Moderated by Chris Eaton, Forum, Canada


Up, up and awayyyy!

Featured Speaker:
Jemilah Mahmood, Under Secretary General of IFRC, Malaysia
Closing Remarks
  • Dr. Kurt Gribl, Lord Mayor of the City of Augsburg
  • Wolfgang Krell, Executive Director of Volunteer Center Augsburg
  • Kylee Bates, IAVE World President
Announcement of the host country for the 2020 IAVE World Volunteer Conference:
Her Excellency Minister Hessa bint Essa Buhumaid, Minister of Community Development, United Arab Emirates

Jemilah Mahmood's Presentation


Alexander Thamm (Germany)







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