Plenary Speakers

Plenary 1
Mr Gared Jones
Chief Networks Officer, Points of Light
Speaker's profile

Gared Jones is the chief networks officer at Points of Light. Gared works with social entrepreneurs across Points of Light’s global network of more than 200 innovative volunteer-mobilising organizations to inspire, equip and mobilise more than 2 million changemakers to lead and lend support to the issues they care about in their communities. Under Gared’s leadership, the Points of Light Network has grown from 12 to 37 countries.

Gared is responsible for setting network strategy, building distributed leadership for key initiatives, and strengthening network innovation, impact, and go-to-market capabilities. His team supports more than two dozen global companies to engage thousands of employees in volunteer initiatives around the world through the Points of Light Network.

Prior to joining Points of Light, Gared worked with Ashoka in India, launching its Youth Venture business unit and advising global growth. He also worked with Deloitte in South Africa, delivering strategy projects for financial services and energy companies, and in the United States, leading enterprise transformation projects for global nonprofit organizations.

Gared serves on the boards of nonprofit organizations that are improving teaching in urban schools and strengthening communities through criminal justice system reform. He received an MBA from Kellogg at Northwestern University and a bachelors in human biology from Stanford University. Gared lives in Atlanta with his wife and two daughters.

Programme Details

Track : Plenary 1
Day 1, 30 January 2019
10.45am – 11.30am
Topic : The Power of People: Building More Inclusive Communities


Gared will share his insights and views on the future trends on where society and engagement may be going and implications for social sector organisations, where trust sits and the roles that government, companies and nonprofits can play. He will also help to identify some of the ways social service organisations are responding to these trends through social innovation and civic entrepreneurship.

The session will also touch on the research, methodology and approaches Points of Light have developed to better equip social services organisations to leverage volunteers as part of their ongoing operations and activities – as well as how organisations have been applying these approaches and results they are seeing. Learn on the initiatives that includes expanding partnerships with companies to better leverage the passions, talent and resources that can come with employee engagement in social activities. Gared will also touch on best practices in volunteer engagement, management and retention. There will be discussions on how we are seeing a shift in individual civic engagement from volunteering toward changemaking, and the implications for how nonprofits think about engaging with today’s “changemakers”.