We have very exciting speakers lined-up for our plenary sessions during TBLI CONFERENCE EUROPE 2014! All have vast experience in the field of Impact Investment. Please meet our Keynote speakers!
Opening Keynote: Ernesto Sirolli
Dr. Ernesto Sirolli is one of the world' s leading consultants on the topic of economic development. He started working in the field of International Aid in Africa in 1971 and has since worked in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom, Africa, Latin America , USA and Asia in projects that promote local entrepreneurship and local self determination. Dr. Sirolli resides in the USA where he was invited to establish the Sirolli Institute, a social enterprise that teaches civic leaders how to capture the passion energy and imagination of its own citizens. Dr. Sirolli received a Laurea di Dottore in Political Sciences from Rome University in 1976 and a Ph.D in Local Enterprise Facilitation from Murdoch University, Australia in 2004. Dr. Sirolli is the author of two books: "Ripples from the Zambezi" a best seller that is used by Economic Development Faculties in Universities the world over, and :"How to start a business and ignite your life" a book aimed at would be entrepreneurs. In 2012 Dr. Sirolli was invited to give a TED TALK ; his 17 minutes talk :"Shut up and Listen" has been translated in 31 languages and downloaded more than 1 . 8 million times.
Second Keynote: Arvind Narula
Arvind Narula, owner and CEO of Urmatt Ltd., Thailand, has over 30 years of experience in contract farming in Thailand. His projects select high value crops and target the poorest farmers with price guarantees, agronomic training and funding. He has launched or consulted for projects in Myanmar, Argentina, Tanzania, India and Sierra Leone, Sweden and Denmark. Every project is aimed at poverty alleviation through profitable impact investment. Arvind is a graduate of the Schiller University, Paris and also attended the Sorbonne and the Chulalongkorn University’s Sasin Executive Program. He is a sought after speaker at international rice conferences and Impact Forums. He speaks English, Thai, French, German, Punjabi and Hindi and some Japanese. Arvind is the Regional Chairman of the World Presidents Organization for S.E. Asia and Chairman of the World Rice Alliance. He is also a founder and director of : Organic Latin America SA, Argentina BioAsia Ltd., Thailand BioAxiom Ltd., Thailand Hill Tribe Organics Ltd., Thailand Perfect Earth Pte., Singapore.