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In the media - January 2015

Left Right or Better: An Impactful Meeting of Minds

"What difference does your money make when you invest or divest? You might be conservative and want nature to remain beautiful forever. You might be liberal and want to undo environmental injustices. The same investment strategies may serve the goals of both. Arguing about the definition of "responsibility" will only lead to more division. "Every dollar is an impact dollar," said Tasha Seitz of Impact Engine at the Jan. 23rd TBLI conference in Chicago."

(Writer: Benjamin Bingham, source: Huffington Post)

Impact investing from the heartland: observations from TBLI’s first conference in Chicago

"I grew up in Chicago (aka Windy City, City of Big Shoulders, and home to Barack Obama) and recently returned home to participate in the TBLI (Triple Bottom Line Investing) conference on impact investing hosted at the University of Chicago Booth School’s Gleacher Center on 23 January."

(Writer: Gayle Peterson, source: Alliance Magazine)

Creating Global Well-being Through The Economy

Interview with Robert Rubinstein

(Source: Real Leaders)

 

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Thank you Chicago!

Our event in Chicago was already two weeks ago. How time flies!

We want to thank our Location Sponsors, Booth and Kellogg, and everyone who attended and made this one-day event a big success!

A collection of pictures are published on our Flickr. We'll be publishing a few videos and reports soon.

 

This was one of the very best Conferences I have experienced. TBLI @BOOTH/KELLOGG '15 has only begun to prove how productive it is, as good follow-up networking ensues. I look forward to exploring and benefiting from the build-out of TBLI, as a conference, an educational resource, a professional, experiental, and informational network.
But "network" is a cold word for TBLI, a place where one feels right at home, truly advancing one's agenda in harmony with the evolving triple-bottom-line investing community. It was remarkable how you established an atmosphere so conducive to forming and furthering relationship. John Steven Bianucci (Director of Impact, Iroquois Valley Farms)

 

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We are honored to welcome Irene Pritzker, President of IDP Foundation, as the Opening Keynote Speaker at TBLI CONFERENCE @BOOTH/KELLOGG 2015 in Chicago.

IDP Foundation's is dedicated to developing programs that are sustainable and move away from aid dependent models. The keystone program of IDP Foundation is the IDP Rising Schools Program launched in 2009 in Ghana with the objective to boost the development of existing low-cost private schools.

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We are looking forward to a rich program at TBLI CONFERENCE @BOOTH/KELLOGG 2015, coming up in 10 days. Among the 33 speakers in 10 sessions are:

Leslie Samuelrich (President - Green Century Capital Management, USA)

3PM: Workshop 3 - Low Carbon Investment Strategies

Leslie Samuelrich is the President of Green Century Capital Management, a socially responsible investment advisory firm that focuses on environmental responsibility and manages Green Century Funds. As president, Leslie is leading the funds' investment strategies and oversees Green Century's business development, communications and shareholder advocacy.
Jointly with Trillium Asset Management and 350º, Green Century recently provided an updated version of the guide 'Extracting Fossil Fuels from Your Portfolio: An Updated Guide to Personal Divestment and Reinvestment'.
Further reading by Green Century: Commentary on 'Top four reasons to divest from fossil fuel companies'.

Chris Fowle (Vice President, Investor Initiatives - CDP, USA)

3PM: Workshop 7 - Managing Climate Change Risks for Investments

Chris Fowle is the VP of Investor Initiatives for CDP in North America, managing relationships with investor signatories across CDP's Climate, Water, Forests & Carbon Action programs. Chris previously worked at Chase/JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank and Lehman Brothers.
With its global disclosure system, CDP is equipping investors to be able to engage with their investment portfolio companies on natural capital use, helping to proect their assets against the rirsks fo future regulation on climate change and energy, accesss to water and the protection of natural resources.
CDP recently published the Carbon Action Report 2014

Paul Christensen (Associate Dean, Global Programs and Clinical Associate Professor for Finance - Kellogg School of Management, USA)

3PM: Workshop 8 - Challenges for impact investors in emerging markets

Paul Christensen is a Clinical Professor of Finance at the Kellogg School of Management where he teaches courses in microfinance and international business. In addition, he serves as Academic Director for Kellogg’s Global Study Programs and as Senior Advisor for Global Strategy. Prior to Kellogg, Paul was the founder and president of ShoreCap International Ltd. and an associate and Eegagement Manager for the consulting firm, McKinsey and Company.
At TBLI CONFERENCE, Paul will be focusing on lessons learned from the microfinance industry on how to mitigate the risks impact investors face in developing markets.


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We're happy to announce 3 more speakers who are confirmed for TBLI CONFERENCE @BOOTH/KELLOGG 2015, coming up in 3 weeks. We proudly present:

Caroline Vance (Vice President - Deutsche Bank, USA)

1PM: Workshop 4 - Approaches to Impact Measurement

Caroline Vance supports the Community Development Finance Group’s management of funds for microfinance and has special responsibility for relationships in Central and South Asia. She also manages the administration and investor relations of the FINCA Microfinance Fund B.V. and she supports the team's social performance management and monitoring efforts.

Caroline's presentation will focus on how to demonstrate and talk about impact and how to classify investments according to their different missions. Caroline will also discuss how Deutsche Bank’s Global Social Finance group has been grappling with these challenges in the context of its most recent social investment funds.

Betsy Moszeter (COO - Green Alpha Advisors, USA)

1PM: Workshop 2 - Structuring Impact Investing across all Asset Classes

Betsy Moszeter is the COO of Green Alpha Advisors and previously was Senior Vice President of the First Affirmative Financial Network. Green Alpha Advisors is an asset management firm founded on the belief that in order to live and thrive on our planet indefinitely there is a need for economic and technological transition to sustainability.

This interesting SRI survey: First Affirmative Survey, shows how SRI has become entrenched in mainstream finance. Commenting on the survey’s results, Betsy Moszeter says “Having reached the point where one out of two financial professionals have offered SRI options to their clients, it is clear that responsible investment strategies are now a client expectation that advisors need to be equipped to provide.”

Patrick Fisher (Founder & Managing Partner - Creation Investments Capital Management, LLC, USA)

3PM: Workshop 8 - Challenges for impact investors in emerging markets

Patrick Fisher is specialist in private equity investment, with a particular experience base in impact investments, social ventures and international/emerging markets. Mr. Fisher founded Creation Investments in 2007, leading the firm in Emerging Markets, Private Equity and Impact Investing since inception. He is a market leader in Emerging Market and Impact Investing, leading investments or providing advisory services on equity and debt transactions in businesses which serve the 'Bottom of the Economic Pyramid' (BOP) through Microfinance / financial services, health care, affordable housing, clean energy, and technology.


Limited 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.

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We're happy to announce 3 more speakers who are confirmed for TBLI CONFERENCE @BOOTH/KELLOGG 2015, coming up on January 23rd. We proudly present:

Tasha Seitz (Chief Investment Officer, Impact Engine, USA )

9:50AM: Plenary Roundtable - Long Finance: The role of patient capital for impact investing

3PM: Workshop 6 - Facilitating Social Entrepreneurship

Tasha Seitz has been a technology venture capital investor with JK&B Capital since 1997, focusing on enterprise software, Internet infrastructure and mobile infrastructure investments. She serves on the board of and is the Chief Investment Officer for Impact Engine, where she coaches impact entrepreneurs in fundraising as well as identifying the ever-evolving landscape of impact investors.

Having been part of several technology cycles as a venture capital investor, Tasha has seen the power of the entrepreneurs to create markets and touch people’s everyday lives, and she is a passionate believer in the power of entrepreneurship to make the world a better place.

Impact Engine is a 16-week accelerator program that supports for-profit businesses addressing today’s societal and environmental challenges. We empower entrepreneurs, mentors, and investors to make a collective impact on society by applying smart business principles to the world’s greatest problems.

Ari Frankel (Head of ESG Strategy, Real Estate, Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management, USA)

1PM: Workshop 1 - Trends in ESG Integration

Ari Frankel is Head of ESG Strategy, Real Estate, at Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management, based in New York City. He works closely with senior managers around the globe to shape and coordinate comprehensive sustainability and green building programming and related environmental and energy strategies, and participates in sustainability initiatives across Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management and Deutsche Bank Group.

Watch this interview Ari had with REIT.com, earlier this year, where he was asked why gathering sustainability data has become a key project for the real estate investment industry.

Cynthia Muller (Senior Manager, Impact Investing, Arabella Advisors, USA)

1PM: Workshop 3 - Low Carbon Investment Strategies

Cynthia Muller leads Arabella Advisor’s impact investing practice. She helps our individual and institutional clients understand the field of impact investing, develop strategies, and structure investments to accomplish their social and environmental goals. Her extensive background in social enterprise and mission investing includes connecting public policy, programs, and capital for emerging social innovations to increase economic opportunities for under-served and marginalized communities.

Read her interesting blog post here about "How wealth advisors can facilitate impact investments".


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.

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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.

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We are excited to announce the first TBLI CONFERENCE in Chicago, held in cooperation with Kellogg School of Management and Booth School of Business.

TBLI CONFERENCES offer a wealth of opportunity for networking with like-minded investors and new business partners. We invite you to share your ideas, challenges and solutions and to learn about innovation and investment opportunities.

The one-day agenda addresses topics relevant for investors and finance professionals striving to better align profits with impact - with a view across all asset classes.

We are looking forward to meeting you there!

Become a Speaker: Are you interested in speaking at the conference? Please send us your online entry.

Program: The one-day program includes topics such as the role of patient capital for impact investing, structuring impact investments, impact measurement, trends in ESG Integration, low carbon investment strategies, ESG in fixed income markets, and many more.

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Get a glimpse of what our last event was like, in this highlights video of TBLI CONFERENCE EUROPE 2014:

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  • Date Friday, 23 January 2015
  • Time from 5:30
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Closing Remarks for TBLI CONFERENCE

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  • Date Friday, 23 January 2015
  • Time 5:00 - 5:15
  • Room 6th floor - Room 621
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Nathaniel Jackson (Moderator)

Senior Advisor, VPP - Inter-American Development Bank - USA  Linkedin

Paul Christensen

Associate Dean, Global Programs and Clinical Associate Professor for Finance - Kellogg School of Management - USA  Linkedin

"Investor Challenges in Emerging Markets; Lessons from the Microfinance Industry"
Venture capital and private equity investments are inherently more risky that other types of asset classes.  But combine these illiquid, privately placed securities with social business models operating in emerging markets, and the risks for fund managers and their investors are magnified.  Despite the challenges, microfinance investment funds have poured billions of dollars into companies offering financial services to poor people living in emerging and frontier markets.  The experience of these microfinance funds offers some helpful lessons on the tools and techniques available to mitigate the risks other impact investors face in developing markets – from insuring political risk and managing foreign exchange rate exposure to minimizing founder / key man risk and engineering exits in underdeveloped capital markets.

Kavilash Chawla

Managing Director - Nur Global Strategies - USA  Linkedin 
"Impact Investing and Islamic Finance: Opportunities for Convergence"
Similar to Impact Investing, Sharia based investments 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. The presentation will examine points for convergence as well as highlight some of the challenges.

Patrick T. Fisher

Founder & Managing Partner - Creation Investments Capital Management, LLC - USA  Linkedin

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  • Date Friday, 23 January 2015
  • Time 3:15 - 4:45
  • Room 2nd floor - Room 204
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Howard A. Learner (Moderator)

Executive Director - Environmental Law & Policy Center- USA  Linkedin

Timothy Nixon

Managing Editor Sustainability - Thomson Reuters - USA  Linkedin

"Global 500 Greenhouse Gases, performance 2010-2013: New report on trends."
Greenhouse gas emissions by the world's top 500 companies rose 3.1 percent from 2010 to 2013, far off the cuts urged by the United Nations to limit global warming, our new study shows.  The top 500 firms by capitalization accounted for 13.8 percent of world greenhouse gas emissions and 28 percent of gross domestic product in 2013, according to the report.  Almost all of us use products from these companies.  This is about transparency and honesty, not naming and shaming. The report gives companies and their stakeholders an opportunity to engage and reduce emissions.  We will also briefly discuss upcoming reports and what might be added to the discussion. View the report and related articles.

Ty Jagerson

CEO - Village Power Finance - USA  Linkedin

"Rebuilding the Global Energy Infrastructure: The Startling Economics of Renewables"

Chris Fowle

Vice President, Investor Initiatives - CDP - USA  Linkedin

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  • Date Friday, 23 January 2015
  • Time 3:15 - 4:45
  • Room 4th floor - Room 404
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Thania Panopoulos (Moderator)

Chief Investment Officer - Co-Founder Social Venture Partners (SVP) Chicago - USA  Linkedin

Alice Mann

Founding Principal - Alice Mann, LLC - USA  Linkedin

 “Building Top Social Impact Businesses”
1. Knowing the landscape of social impact enterprises
2. Selecting top business leaders and business models
3. Ensuring essential governance practices

Tasha Seitz

Chief Investment Officer - Impact Engine - USA  Linkedin

Ian Gardner

Chief Executive Officer - CAGIX (California Global Innovation Exchange) - USA  Linkedin

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  • Date Friday, 23 January 2015
  • Time 3:15 - 4:45
  • Room 2nd floor - Room 206
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Workshop 5 - ESG & fixed income markets

Daniel Allen (Moderator)

President & CEO - Aliier, LLC. - USA  Linkedin

Abigail Ingalls

Assistant Vice President, Consultant Relations - Breckinridge Capital Advisors - USA  Linkedin
• Examining Risk from a Wider Angle through ESG Analysis: ESG analysis can be tool to better assess risk and, thus, improve relative valuation decisions.
• Mission/Impact Alignment: By investing through a separate account (rather than a screened fund), investors are able to invest in best-in-class issuers, implement positive screens, and  apply negative screens
• Engagement with Issuers: Fixed income investors hold an important place in the capital structure and can learn from active engagement with issuers (albeit, in a different way than equity holders).

Laura-Min Proctor

Vice President - JP Morgan Morgan Private Bank - USA  Linkedin

Henry Shilling

Senior Vice President - Moody's Investors Services - USA  Linkedin

Kim Nguyen-Taylor

Senior Credit Analyst - Calvert Asset Management  - USA  Linkedin

• Combining ESG scores and fundamental credit assessment/relative value approach: Calvert believes that making relative value decisions that reflect opportunities and risks related to the integration of ESG issues in the fundamental research process can have a discernable impact on investment performance across all of our fixed income funds.
• Sector-based ESG analysis: Demonstrate its value-added as a risk mitigating tool not only at the company but also at the industry. Helps us determine which sectors have adopted business models that lack long-term viability, and could potentially have a widespread, irreversible negative impact to the financial performance of a sector.
• Impact of ESG analysis on investment returns/backtesting analysis

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  • Date Friday, 23 January 2015
  • Time 3:15 - 4:45
  • Room 4th floor - Room 406
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Networking Coffee

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  • Date Friday, 23 January 2015
  • Time 2:30 - 3:15
  • Room 6th floor - Room 621
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Workshop 4 - Approaches to Impact Measurement

Christina Hachikian (Moderator)

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Strategy, Director Social Enterprise Initiative - Chicago Booth School of Business  - USA  Linkedin

Katherine W. Schrank

CEO - Sustainability Partners, Inc. - USA  Linkedin
"How key ESG metrics can help the markets conduct due diligence to identify key corporate risks, opportunities and performance gaps"
Learn how key ESG metrics are analyzed by the markets to identify corporate risks, opportunities, and performance gaps in key areas. The 2015 proxy season already offers focus topics on ESG metrics on climate change, leadership diversity, water accessibility, executive compensation, political donations, and developing U.S. ESG standards for industries by SASB.

Caroline Vance

Vice President - Deutsche Bank - USA  Linkedin
"Carving out a niche for impact investing"
Impact investing is experiencing an exciting moment, with general enthusiasm among investors growing, seemingly exponentially.  The "do well while doing good" mantra has resonated with a wide range of potential investors, drawing a new generation of socially-conscious Millennials and expanding the boundaries of more traditional investors.  This optimism, however, has also to a certain extent overshadowed the challenges that exist for the industry and require attention, including existential questions about how to demonstrate and talk about impact and how to classify investments according to their different missions.  Deutsche Bank’s Global Social Finance group has been managing social investments since 1997 and has been grappling with these challenges.  The presentation will focus on how DB is thinking about each of these key questions in the context of its most recent social investment funds.

John Steven Bianucci

Director of Impact - Iroquois Valley Farms - USA  Linkedin
"Impact measurement based on company vision"
Iroquois Valley Farms has developed a unique impact measurement based on Company/Founder Vision. The idea is a simple one. If a Company can accurately articulate its vision, it may internally generate an accurate impact measurement scale that is sensitive to the Company Vision and so useful to managers, investors, and the public.

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  • Date Friday, 23 January 2015
  • Time 1:00 - 2:30
  • Room 2nd floor - Room 204
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Workshop 3 - Low Carbon Investment Strategies

Daniel Nielsen

Director Catholic Responsible Investing - Christian Brothers Investment Services - USA Linkedin

Liz Michaels

Chief of Staff - Aperion Group, LLC - USA   Linkedin

Cynthia Muller

Senior Manager, Impact Investing - Arabella Advisors - USA  Linkedin

Ken Locklin

Managing Director, North America - Impax Asset Management, LLC - USA  Linkedin

Leslie Samuelrich

President - Green Century Capital Management - USA  Linkedin

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  • Date Friday, 23 January 2015
  • Time 1:00 - 2:30
  • Room 4th floor - Room 406
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This interactive panel discussion is covering the "rules of the road" while deploying capital for positive impact across various asset classes. To kick of the discussion the panelists, using tangible examples, will present key ideas and important lessons learned each from their own diverse perspective. After each presentation audience participation will be encouraged.
 

Melissa Brown (Moderator)

Transaction Lead - Enclude Holding - USA Linkedin

Gayle Peterson

Director of the Oxford Impact investing Programme - Oxford University, Said Business School - United Kingdom Linkedin

Betsy Moszeter

COO - Green Alpha Advisors - USA Linkedin
"Capitalizing on the inevitable economic and technological transition to sustainability"
Betsy will share what she believes about investing for positive impact in the public markets, having shifted from the traditional/mainstream side of the industry to a focus on sustainable investing a couple of years ago. Betsy will talk about Green Alpha Advisors’ focus on investing for the future, i.e. the Next Economytm. Green Alpha Advisors’ vision is for an innovation-driven, global economy that allows humans to thrive on the earth indefinitely.

Benjamin Bingham

CEO and Founder - 3Sisters Sustainable Management - USA Linkedin
"Making Money Matter…Impact Investing to Change the World"
Benjamin will share his story as a veteran impact investor and social entrepreneur starting in the late 70’s, published in his new book 'Making Money Matter.. Impact Investing to Change the World'.
Some of the conclusions to be discussed in the workshop are:
•  Impact investing should not replace philanthropy, it should replace traditional single bottom line investing
• Impact 2.0 is neither impact first nor finance first…it is “both/and”
• Once investor’s mission is clear to the financial manager they can choose an appropriate universe and manage investments based on standard best practices.
• Every asset class has the potential for potent positive impact and market rate or better returns

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  • Date Friday, 23 January 2015
  • Time 1:00 - 2:30
  • Room 2nd floor - Room 206
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Workshop 1 - Trends in ESG Integration

Sonal Mahida (Moderator)

US Network Manager - Principles for Responsible Investment - USA  Linkedin

Ari Frankel

Head of ESG Strategy, Real Estate - Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management - USA  Linkedin

"A UNEP-FI Framework to Scale Up Responsible Property Investment"
The UNEP-FI Framework to Scale Up Responsible Property Investment, the Ceres Investment Consultants Project and the PRI for Property are partnering to develop a framework based on past published works to provide investors and investment consultants an objective set of questions to ask real estate fund managers and guidelines which can be set in order to drive real, impactful, value-creating ESG integration and energy efficiency strategies within commercial real estate portfolios.
As a member of the UNEP-FI Property Working Group and participant in Ceres and PRI events, Ari will speak about these initiatives and its importance of further driving ESG and low carbon investment strategies into the mainstream.   

Matt Moscardi

Senior Analyst - MSCI ESG Research - USA   Linkedin

Min-Hwa Hu Kupfer

Chairperson - VietNam Holding Limited - USA  Linkedin

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  • Date Friday, 23 January 2015
  • Time 1:00 - 2:30
  • Room 4th floor - Room 404
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Networking Lunch

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  • Date Friday, 23 January 2015
  • Time 11:30 - 1:00
  • Room 6th floor - Room 621
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Moderator Pitches

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  • Date Friday, 23 January 2015
  • Time 11:20 - 11:30
  • Room 6th floor - Room 621
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This session is developed in cooperation with our partner Cleantech Open, with leading entrepreneurs from the cleantech space presenting their projects and companies to investors.

Diego Fazi (Moderator)

Chicago Metro Director - Cleantech Open, Midwest Division - USA  Linkedin

Thimothy Hoffman

National Board Member, NYC Metro Director - Cleantech Open, Midwest Division - USA  Linkedin
"An introduction to the world's largest Cleantech business competition and accelerator program"
The Cleantech Open is the world's largest Cleantech business competition and accelerator program. Its mission is to find, fund and foster entrepreneurs with big ideas that address today's most urgent energy, environmental and economic challenges.
The Cleantech Open has helped alumni contestants raise more than $1.1 billion, creating an estimated 3,100 green collar jobs.

John Slagter

President - The Mackinac Technology Company - USA  Linkedin
"A new paradigm for fenestration"
One half of building heating and cooling energy is lost through windows resulting in a $50B annual economic impact in the United States. The Mackinac Technology Company has developed a cost effective system to improve the energy efficiency of existing windows - eliminating the need for expensive replacement windows. Mackinac's new, transparent window covering system gives existing windows the same thermal insulation values as well insulated walls, at price points low enough to achieve full cost recovery within 3-5 years, while maintaining the aesthetic properties of the original windows.

Bruce Caldwell

CEO - 3Bar Biologics Inc. - USA  Linkedin
"Feeding the World…More Sustainably"
3Bar Biologics is an Ohio-based Ag-bioscience venture developing a pipeline of biological inoculants, bio-fertilizers, and bio-pesticides designed to help growers of all types of crops improve plant health, yield, and safety while reducing chemical inputs in both conventional and organic systems.

Mike Pintar

VP of Business Development - NETenergy - USA

Florin Tamas

CEO & Founder - LawnCombine Inc. - USA
LawnCombine has developed and patented a multifunctional residential yard care, snow removal and outdoor utility machine powered by dual fuel that can address all the needs of today’s homeowner. The machine is capable of executing multiple tasks in the yard and around the house by easily switching various attachments. We create value by saving 45% of the raw material, ½ of the space in everyone’s garage, $800 the upfront cost of the units and $300 of the maintenance cost a year.

 

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  • Date Friday, 23 January 2015
  • Time 10:50 - 11:20
  • Room 6th floor - Room 621
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Robert Rubinstein

CEO - TBLI GROUP - The Netherlands  Linkedin

Debra Schwartz

Director, Program-Related Investments - MacArthur Foundation - USA  Linkedin

Irene Pritzker

President - IDP Foundation, Inc. - USA  Linkedin

Tasha Seitz

Chief Investment Officer - Impact Engine - USA  Linkedin

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  • Date Friday, 23 January 2015
  • Time 9:50 - 10:50
  • Room 6th floor - Room 621
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Opening Keynote

Irene Pritzker

President - IDP Foundation, Inc. - USA  Linkedin

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  • Date Friday, 23 January 2015
  • Time 9:20 - 9:50
  • Room 6th floor - Room 621
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Welcome Address

Robert Rubinstein

CEO - TBLI GROUP - The Netherlands  Linkedin

Christina Hachikian

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Strategy, Director Social Enterprise Initiative - Chicago Booth School of Business  - USA  Linkedin

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  • Date Friday, 23 January 2015
  • Time 9:00 - 9:20
  • Room 6th floor - Room 621
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Registration Coffee

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  • Date Friday, 23 January 2015
  • Time 8:00 - 9:00
  • Room 6th floor - Room 621
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TBLI CONFERENCE™ @BOOTH/KELLOGG 2015

We were excited to hold our first TBLI CONFERENCE in Chicago, held in cooperation with Kellogg School of Management and Booth School of Business.

TBLI CONFERENCES offered a wealth of opportunity for networking with like-minded investors and new business partners, for sharing ideas, challenges and solutions and for learning about innovation and investment opportunities.

Thank you to all those that supported and attendes our event!

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  • When 23 January 2015
  • Where Gleacher Center, 450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive, Chicago, USA
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Conference Venue

Location & how to get there

Gleacher Center
450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60611 - USA
T: 312.464.8787

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Embassy Suites Chicago - Downtown/Lakefront

Reservation cut-off date: 05 January, 2015

511 North Columbus Drive
Chicago, Illinois, 60611, USA
TEL: +1 312 836 5900
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