Our first speakers are confirmed for our TBLI CONFERENCE @BOOTH/KELLOGG 2015, coming up on January 23rd. We'd like to introduce them to you and give a bit more information about their background and what they will be speaking about:
Irene D. Pritzker (President, IDP Foundation, Inc., USA)
Irene Pritzker became a founding member and President of the IDP Foundation, Inc. in 2008. It is her belief that education is the way to conquer the world’s greatest challenges, and that everyone should have equal access to education to provide hope, opportunity and economic impact on their homeland. The IDP Foundation is dedicated to developing programs in education that are sustainable and move away from aid dependent models. She believes a combination of smart philanthropy and investment solutions can be galvanized to make that future a reality.
She believes a combination of smart philanthropy and investment solutions can be galvanized to make that future a reality. Exemplifying this goal is the IDP Rising Schools Program, a carefully crafted microfinance initiative targeting existing but very poor private schools in Ghana. After a successful pilot with 105 schools with an initial enrollment of 27,000 children, the program is scaling up to reach a total of 580 schools by July 2016 and impacting 150,000 children.
Debra Schwartz (Director, Program-Related Investments, MacArthur Foundation, USA)
Debra oversees a $300-million portfolio of innovative loans, equity investments and guarantees designed to advance the Foundation's philanthropic work in the US and abroad. Before joining MacArthur in 1995, she was chief financial officer for a Chicago-based child welfare agency and an investment banker at John Nuveen & Co. specializing in municipal and health care finance.
MacArthur is one of the nation's largest independent foundations. Through the support it provides, the Foundation fosters the development of knowledge, nurtures individual creativity, strengthens institutions, helps improve public policy, and provides information to the public, primarily through support for public interest media.
Both Irene and Debra will take part in the "Plenary Roundtable - Long Finance: The role of patient capital for impact investing".
Kavilash Chawla (Executive Founder & CEO - Nur Global Strategies - USA)
Kavilash is an international finance and strategy expert focused on the productive deployment of mission and values driven capital in growth markets. He is currently Managing Director of Nur Global Strategies a boutique strategy advisory firm and a Visiting Scholar in the International Business program at Drake University, where he does joint research and teaches on impact driven businesses and Islamic finance. Kavilash is an active entrepreneur and investor in ethical and triple bottom line focused companies.
Kavilash will be speaking about Impact Investing and Islamic Finance in emerging markets and the opportunities he sees for convergence. "Both Impact Investing and Sharia based investments", he suggests, "are values driven and focused on delivering financial return alongside social impact. The development of both industries offers opportunity for convergence and broadening the scope of Impact Investing into the Islamic space, while offering Sharia driven investors opportunities to tap additional dual bottom line products." He will examine challenges and points for convergence.
Kavilash will be presenting during Workshop 8, "Challenges for Impact Investors in Emerging Markets" that starts at 3PM.
Speakers slots are still available. Please have a look at our program and submit your application if you are interested in participating as a speaker.