Wednesday, 30 April 2014 07:34

Putting the Freeze on Global Warming

One of our confirmed speakers for TBLI CONFERENCE USA 2014 is Thomas Van Dyck of RBC Wealth Management. He is taking place in Workshop 4 - Investing in Fuel-free Energies, which is all  about fossil fuel divestment. This week a really interesting interview by Bill Moyers with Thomas was published titled "Putting the Freeze on Global Warming"

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Is Impact Investing going mainstream, what are current best practices in impact investing, and how can impact investments be structured successfully across all asset classes? These and other questions on the minds of Family Offices, Asset Owners and Wealth Managers will be addressed at TBLI CONFERENCE USA 2014 in 7 sessions specifically around impact investing:

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Our 25th TBLI CONFERENCE was another amazing experience! We like to thank our Location Sponsor, Credit Suisse, for making their beautiful location available. We also like to thank our other sponsors, speakers, moderators, volunteers and all who attended. We could not have done it without your support!

Below is a video impression of the conference. We'll be publishing more videos and presentations of the Keynotes, Roundtables, Workshops and interviews soon.

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We are pleased to be able to share with you the keynote speeches of both Erika Karp (CEO Cornerstone Capital Inc.) and Hendrik Jordaan (CEO One Thousand & One Voices), held at our last TBLI CONFERENCE USA in NewYork.

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Impact investing with a gender lens will be on the agenda in Workshop 16, on the second conference day. Join panel participants from Boston Common Asset Management, Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs and the University of California and the Multilateral Investment Fund to discuss current approaches and challenges for gender lens investing.

Speakers will share earn more about initiatives, products and investment strategies that aim to improve access to finance for women entrepreneurs and companies with women on boards and disucss why impact investors should use gender lenses when making investment decisions.

Susana Garcia-Robles, the moderator for the workshop, will introduce a recent report commissioned by the Multilateral Investment Fund, part of the Private Sector Group of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB): The WeGrow Report produced by Ernst & Young.

Learn more about the background of the moderator and speakers on the panel here.

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Climate change is a worldwide issue and has many implications for businesses and investors.
In multiple sessions during TBLI CONFERENCE USA 2014, speakers from the public and private sectors will give advice and discuss solutions around managing climate change and water risks, and on building resilient urban infrastructure. "We’re convinced that we have to reduce society’s vulnerability to weather related events and we have to decrease the loss burden from the impacts of climate change", says Mark Wey from SwissRe, who will be speaking in Workshop 5 on 29 May.

Many Mayors and city governments, such as in New York City, have taken the initiative to act on climate change and will join TBLI CONFERENCE USA 2014 to discussion with SwissRe and experts on sustainable urban infrastructure how to finance a resilient New York City, providing a blueprint for other urban areas in coastal regions.

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Wednesday, 14 May 2014 11:26

Feeding Nine Billion

7,233,093,545 people on the planet - but that was last week. By 2040, the challenge will be to provide nutrition for 9 billion. Cracking the nut on reliable and sustainable food production, the role impact investing plays, and current headaches and success stories will be the topic for Loic de Canniere, from Incofin, specializing in financial inclusion and agriculture finance in emerging markets, Lucian Peppelenbos from the Amsterdam based International Trade Initiative and Bruce Kahn from Sustainable Insight Capital Management during Workshop 7 - Feeding Nine Billion; Impact Investing for Sustainable Food Production and Agriculture at TBLI CONFERENCE USA 2014 (May 29/30).

On the same topic, but focusing on investment opportunities in organic farming in the US, Kevin Egolf presents his case study: "The model of Iroquois Valley Farms is a foundational piece of the puzzle, enabling the growth of autonomous, decentralized, multi-generational organic farm production."

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How to bridge investment gaps for urban infrastructure with sustainable finance? How can sustainable infrastructure development keep up with urban growth? Learn more in the opening plenary roundtable of TBLI CONFERENCE USA 2014!

Join us for the opening Plenary Roundtable on 29 May - confirmed speakers include:
- Mindy Lubber (President of Ceres)
- Daniel Wiener (President of the Board at Global Infrastructure Basel)
- Mario Lopez-Alcala (Senior Analyst at MSCI) and
- Neil Golightly (Vice President at Shell International)

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This week, Fossil Free Indexes released its research report of “The Carbon Underground: The World’s Top 200 Companies, Ranked by the Carbon Content of their Fossil Fuel Reserves.” The report provides an update of the top 200 list first published in 2011 by the Carbon Tracker Initiative in their “Unburnable Carbon” report.

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Last week CFA Institute published the interesting interview The Big Picture of Responsible Investment with Rob Lake, an independent advisor who helps asset owners invest responsibly.

The main focus of the interview is on ESG Integration in investments, the relevance of ESG considerations in different asset classes and the challenge of impact measurement.

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BlackRock, the world’s biggest fund manager, has teamed up with London’s FTSE Group and made a new FTSE index that excludes fossil fuel firms to allow investors to steer clear of the ‘carbon bubble’.

The Financial Times states:
“Several market benchmarks have already been developed to cover companies likely to profit from tougher environmental regulations, such as renewable energy or water management groups. But the FTSE ones are believed to be the first from a leading index group that specifically bar fossil fuel companies” 

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What makes high-growth women entrepreneurs in emerging markets tick? Learn more during Workshop 16 on Gender Lens Investing!

As part of Workshop 16 at TBLI CONFERENCE USA 2014 on 'Gender Lens Investing' on 30 May, Susana Garcia-Robles from Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) will highlight main findings of a recent study by the MIF (as part of the Private Sector Group of the Inter-American Development Bank) conducted in concert with Ernst & Young for selected Latin American and Caribbean countries.

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TBLI welcomes South Pole Carbon as the Carbon Neutrality Sponsor for TBLI CONFERENCE USA 2014 South Pole Carbon will offset CO2 emissions for all attendee travel to and from the conference through Emission Reduction Credits from an Inner Mongolia Bayinxile Wind Power Project.

In 21013, Emissions from attendee travel to TBLI CONFERENCE EUROPE 2013 (107.5 t CO2e) were offset by South Pole Carbon Asset Management using Emission Reduction Credits for avoided deforestation with the Kariba REDD+ project in Northern Zimbabwe.

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Tuesday, 22 April 2014 12:44

Our event community is now live!

To maximize your conference experience during TBLI CONFERENCE USA 2014, we invite you to join our event networking community. It’s available from your computer, tablet, iOS and Android devices.

Use it to:

  1. Plan who to meet: Join the community, find out who's attending and pinpoint potential connections.
  2. Socialize: Communicate with fellow attendees and connect with them on your social networks.
  3. Stay up to date: Browse the agenda, mark your favorite sessions, see offers from sponsors and follow the event tweets.
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ImpactAssets has released a free, online Issue Brief that explores how the Millennial generation worldview influences financial strategies: The Millennial Perspective: Understanding Preferences of the New Asset Owners. Authored by ImpactAssets Strategic Initiatives Officer, Lindsay Norcott and Jed Emerson, impact investing expert and ImpactAssets Chief Impact Strategist, the report is the most recent in ImpactAssets’ series of Issue Briefs designed for investors and their wealth advisors.

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"Protecting New York City from the risks of climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time" says Daniel Zarrilli, Director of the Office of Recovery and Resilience at the New York City Mayor's Office.

TBLI CONFERENCE is very much looking forward to welcoming Daniel to share his vision and insight on New York City's resilience planning and to discuss how the public, private and non-profit sector can work together to meet climate change challenges.
The office manages $3.2 billion in federal money to help city residents rebuild and repair their homes and make the city more resilient.

Learn more about TBLI CONFERENCE USA 2014's two sessions on sustainable urban infrastructure investing

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Michael Lewis’ new book, "Flash Boys - A Wallstreet Revolt" highlights the work of Brad Katsuyama and Ronan Ryan in exposing the electronic front-running in high frequency trading, and their founding of IEX Group in response. It received rave reviews in The New York Times, The Financial Times and The Guardian to name but a few.

We are thrilled to confirm that Ronan Ryan, Chief Strategy Officer at IEX, is our guest for the Spotlight Interview at TBLI CONFERENCE USA 2014!

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Sustainable Infrastructure is critical if one is going to try and reduce the risk of damage due to climate change. Either through mitigation or through adaption. The way cities are built will be absolutely critical.

Buildings account for about 75% of carbon emissions, 85% of water use, and 95% of electricity consumption in New York City. Most of us spend more money on housing than anything else. For these reasons, improving buildings is the most effective way to improve human health, help the environment, increase resiliency, and protect our pocketbooks, according to Urban Green.

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Responding to the growing interest of impact investors around "gender lens investing", a new workshop session has been included into the TBLI CONFERENCE USA program on 30 May (Nr 16). It will explore latest developments in the field and feature case studies for different markets. View the updated program here!

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Saturday, 30 August 2014 22:00

Accommodation

We have selected the following preferred hotels, both in the Chelsea district, for our attendees.

Wyndham Garden Hotel

37 W. 24th Street
New York, NY 10010
Tel: +1 212 243 0800
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www.wyndhamnyc.com

Reservation cut-off date: May 6, 2014

The GEM Hotel

300 W. 22nd Street
New York, NY 10010
Tel: +1 212 675 1911
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www.thegemhotel.com

Reservation cut-off date: May 3, 2014

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Wednesday, 19 March 2014 23:00

Raising Voices For Sustainable Investment

Inspiring Keynotes confirmed.

We are very pleased to announce our 2 keynote speakers!

Erica Karp, Founder and CEO, from Cornerstone Capital will take the stage as the Opening Keynote. Cornerstone Capital is among the world’s leading voices in the field of sustainable investing and finance. "Finance, done properly is beautiful and economics is poetry" she passionately explains in this recent video interview with Bloomberg about 'How Are Women the Next Emerging Market?'.

Hendrik Jordaan, President and CEO of One Thousand & One Voices, is our Second Keynote. Within one year he has created a movement of global, influential families around the premise that in order to drive economic development of which people can be proud, private family capital is the answer, not philanthropy. View this interview he just had with CNBCAFRICA to find out why we are very much looking to hear his keynote.

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Sunday, 26 January 2014 23:00

We are expanding In 2014

We wish everyone an amazing new year! TBLI is poised for a ground-breaking year as momentum keeps building for sustainable investment, and we continue to build a global community around ESG and Impact Investing.

After 24 TBLI CONFERENCEs in financial capitals around the world, and our successful launch of TBLI CONFERENCE USA last June, we are doubling the number of events in 2014.

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Saturday, 30 August 2014 22:00

Conference Venue

Location and how to get there

1 Madison Avenue (Credit Suisse Building)
Entrance located on Madison Avenue between 23rd and 24th street.
T: +1 212-538-1884
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Saturday, 30 August 2014 22:00

TBLI CONFERENCE™ USA 2014 Sponsors

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Monday, 09 June 2014 00:00

TBLI CONFERENCE™ USA 2014

TBLI CONFERENCE™, dedicated to building a community of ESG and impact investors, held its second USA conference on 29 and 30 May in New York.
The event, hosted by Credit Suisse, succeeded in bringing together a diverse, international crowd of asset owners and managers, service providers and social entrepreneurs, covering all current aspects in the impact investing space. Speakers and attendees encouraged a lively, inspirational discussion - and connected the dots between their businesses.

Thank you for an amazing TBLI CONFERENCE USA 2014!

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  • When 29 - 30 May 2014
  • Where Credit Suisse, 1 Madison Avenue, New York, USA
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Tuesday, 06 May 2014 22:00

Working Towards Universal Healthcare

What are challenges and opportunities for (impact)investors in this growth market?

A special session at TBLI CONFERENCE USA 2014 is dedicated to the opportunities and risks investors meet in the global health sector. Join speakers from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Medical Credit Fund and Hearing Health Science in Workshop 8 on 29 May and explore the challenges of healthcare finance, especially in undeveloped markets.

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Wednesday, 27 August 2014 22:00

Lunch & Closing TBLI CONFERENCE USA 2014

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  • Date Friday, 30 May 2014
  • Time 13.15-14.30
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  • Date Friday, 30 May 2014
  • Time 11.30 - 13.15
  • Type Moderator
  • Speaker Susana Garcia-Robles
  • Credentials Principal Investment Officer - Multilateral Investment Fund - USA
  • About

    Susana is the Principal Investment Officer in charge of MIF Early Stage Equity Group at Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF/FOMIN). Since 1999, Susana has created and guided the seed/venture capital investments of MIF/FOMIN in Latin America and the Caribbean as well as its high impact entrepreneurship strategy and angel investment programs. She serves on over 20 boards of directors and investment committees of seed and venture capital funds, and is frequently invited to speak at industry events on angel, seed, and venture capital, impact investment, entrepreneurship and women’s issues. She serves as jury member in many selection panels for dynamic entrepreneurs Susana has been a Member of the US-Brazil VC Task Force hosted by the Commerce Department and the Kauffman Foundation started in 2006, a co-founder of the Argentinean VC Association/ARCAP and the Colombian VC/PE Association ColCapital; is an Advisory Board member of the Colombian VC/PE Association ColCapital, a Board of Directors member of the Latin American VC association/LAVCA, and Advisory Board member of the Brazilian VC Association, ABVCAP, and of the Global Impact Investors Network Council (GIIN). During 1994-1999 she worked as a Consultant representing many countries at the major UN Conferences. Before 1999, she designed global programs and training workshops on youth and women leadership issues. She has a Master’s Degree in International Economic Policy from Columbia University and a Master’s in Philosophy and Education from the Catholic University of Argentina.

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  • Speaker Pamela Roussos
  • Credentials Director of Strategic Alliances - Center for Science, Technology, and Society at Santa Clara University - USA
  • About

    Pamela Roussos has worked with and for early stage software companies as a business and marketing strategy leader, helping founders create, refine, and execute their business strategy and go-to-market plans. She has over 20 years of experience growing teams and delivering products for both large and start-up software companies, working in various managerial capacities as business unit manager, vice president of marketing, COO and CEO. Some of the companies Pamela has worked with include: Amdahl, Pure Software, Rational Software, 555-1212.com, Consera, Zend, and AppFirst. Pamela has been a mentor for the GSBI (Global Social Benefit Institute) for 5 years. She also serves on the board of Pact, an international NGO that benefits communities by promoting healthy lifestyles, decent livelihoods, and sustainable natural resources. Pamela also serves as board chair for Livelyhoods, an organization that creates jobs for youth in slums.

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  • Speaker Lisa Hayles
  • Credentials Consultant - Boston Common Asset Management - USA
  • About

    Lisa joined Boston Common in 2013 and works closely with members of the investment team to manage relationships with existing institutional clients- as well as support the development of new relationships with investors and consultants. Previously she was head of Client Services (North America) for EIRIS, a non-profit ESG research firm headquartered in London. Lisa's prior work experience includes almost three years as Assistant Director of the Social Investment Organization in Toronto, Canada, as well as research and consulting assignments at the UNDP in Jamaica and the Ontario Women's Directorate. Lisa holds degrees in Political Science and History from the University of Toronto (BA Hons.), University of Guelph (M.Sc International Development) and the Sorbonne (French Language Certificate).

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  • Speaker Joe Whalen
  • Credentials Vice President, Office of Corporate Engagement - Goldman, Sachs & Co - USA
  • About

    Joe is a Vice President in the Office of Corporate Engagement at Goldman Sachs where he focuses on the firm’s 10,000 Women initiative, an effort to provide a business and management education to women entrepreneurs in emerging markets. Joe leads efforts to expand access to capital for women-owned SMEs, as well as the monitoring & evaluation process used to assess the performance of the 10,000 Women program. Prior to that, he managed the 10,000 Women partnerships in Brazil, India, Mexico and Peru. Before joining Goldman Sachs, Joe was a management consultant with PRTM where he lead engagements in strategy and operations in the U.S. and the Middle East. He is a veteran, having served as a naval officer on ships in the Pacific. Joe holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard University, and a Masters in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC.

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  • Speaker Anna Snider
  • Credentials Head of Global Equity Due Diligence - Merrill Lynch Wealth Management - USA
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  • Date Friday, 30 May 2014
  • Time 11.30 - 13.15
  • Type Moderator
  • Speaker Steven Godeke
  • Credentials Founder and Principal - Godeke Consulting - USA
  • About

    Steven Godeke is an independent impact investment advisor who works with foundations, corporations and non-profit organizations to integrate their philanthropic and investment goals. Based on the desire to link his financial expertise and public policy experience, he founded Godeke Consulting in 2001. Steven advises his clients on the creation and execution of impact investment strategies across asset classes and program areas. Steven has been at the forefront of the impact investing industry and has contributed to the field through several groundbreaking publications. Steven is an adjunct professor of finance at New York University’s Stern School of Business where he currently teaches Investing for Environmental and Social Impact and at the Center for Global Affairs where he teaches a course in Microfinance and Social Entrepreneurship. Prior to establishing his own firm, Steven worked for twelve years in corporate and project finance with Deutsche Bank where he structured debt and equity products and advised corporate clients in the natural resources, telecommunications, media and real estate industries.

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  • Speaker Christina M. Alfonso
  • Credentials Founder and CEO - Madeira Global - USA
  • About

    Christina M. Alfonso is the founder and CEO of Madeira Global, an investment advisory firm focused on the social impact sector, which services select high net worth individuals and family offices. Prior to founding Madeira in 2012, Ms. Alfonso served as director of sustainable investments for World Wide Investments Group, based in São Paulo, Brazil, where she was responsible for identifying and assessing suitable investment targets in the Brazilian market for the firm’s renewable energy and sustainability funds.
    Previously, Ms. Alfonso served as senior private client associate and hedge fund liaison with AllianceBernstein, LP, in New York. She also served as a strategic consultant for Grameen Bank in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where she conducted a study of the bank’s microfinance replicator program. Christina holds a B.S. in finance and management from Fordham University, where she graduated Cum Laude, and an M.B.A. from ESADE Business School, Barcelona, Spain.
    Ms. Alfonso is an advisor to the $300 House Project, led by professors at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business who seek to set a new global benchmark in affordable housing. She is also a founding advisory board member of the Center for Social Innovation, New York.

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  • Speaker Michael van Patten
  • Credentials Founder and President - Mission Markets - USA
  • Presentation Title "Scaling Impact Investing"
  • Summary

    Impact investing will struggle to gain scale and relevance without both the participation of mainstream capital markets, and investment professionals and the expansion into more traditional and non-private financial products.

  • About

    Michael is the Founder and President of Mission Markets Inc. and leads strategic and business development efforts. He is considered an impact and sustainability capital markets innovator and is responsible for guiding Mission Markets’ financial and technological innovation and applying it to the impact and sustainability sectors. Michael has over 20 years of experience on Wall Street and has been integrally involved in the design and implementation of private placement and illiquid security transactions platforms for several companies including 7 years as the co-founder of the highly successful NYPPEX, which acquired Offroad Capital in 2001, which at that time was the leading private transaction platform for venture stage companies. NYPPEX is now a leading transactions and data firm providing auctions and pricing services for secondary LP interests, private equity and venture capital portfolio divestitures.
    Michael has been a featured speaker at several environmental and social markets conferences and has written several articles regarding impact investing and environmental capital markets innovation and financial structure. Michael is actively involved in creating market based mechanisms and financial transactions for a variety of environmental credit markets. Michael possesses FINRA registrations 24, 7, 63, 55, is a father of four children, an avid surfer, rock climber and has completed over 50 triathlons.

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  • Speaker Kevin Hogan
  • Credentials President and CEO - Investment Program Association - USA
  • About

    Kevin Hogan joined the IPA in 2009 as Executive Director and is now the association's CEO and President. Mr. Hogan helps set strategic direction for the organization, manages day-to-day operations, and oversees the IPA’s critical initiatives as established by the Board of Directors. The Investment Program Association (IPA) was formed in 1985 to provide effective national leadership for the direct investment industry. The IPA supports individual investor access to a variety of asset classes not correlated to the traded markets and historically available only to institutional investors. These investments include public non-listed REITs (NLREITs) and Business Development Companies (BDCs), Energy and Equipment Leasing Programs, and private equity offerings. Prior to joining the IPA, Mr. Hogan was Senior Vice President of Product Development and Marketing for LPL Financial, where he was responsible for brokerage product sales and marketing including annuities, mutual funds, alternative investments, retirement plans and cash products. Previously, he worked at Scudder Investments in Chicago as head of annuity product marketing. In this role he helped develop private label annuity products with partners John Hancock and Travelers. Prior to Scudder, he spent 15 years at CNA Financial Corp. in Chicago as Chief Marketing Officer of the variable-life-and-annuity division. Mr. Hogan began his career at Metropolitan Life in sales and sales management, and held a senior management role in both Marketing Support and Distribution.

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  • Speaker Kierith Jones
  • Credentials Partner - Workstream Global Solutions - USA
  • About

    Working at the intersection of finance, governance, economics and human development, Kierith helps clients see connections and make better decisions in the context of a whole system. Since 2009, as a Partner at Workstream Global Solutions, Kierith has served as a special advisor to select individual investors and entrepreneurs keen to integrate their investment and business activities with personal values and humanitarian goals. She helps clients identify priorities, structure transactions and implement strategies that leverage a variety of legal and financial instruments to maximize benefits across asset classes. She provides research and analysis on relevant and timely issues and offers carefully tailored insight into emerging social finance markets.
    Previously, as an Associate with Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati, in Palo Also, California, Kierith represented public and private companies in financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and compliance matters. Prior to that, Kierith practiced for ten years in the New York and Paris offices of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, where she represented international financial institutions and sovereign entities in capital markets transactions and governance matters, maintained an active pro bono practice and served on several Administrative Committees.
    In addition, for over 20 years, Kierith has provided research, analysis, community organizing and thought leadership to major nonprofit organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Brennan Center for Justice, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the Empire State Pride Agenda, Human Rights Watch, Lambda Legal and Organizing for America. She also serves as an Independent Arbitrator for the San Francisco Department of Human Services. Kierith holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and graduate degrees from L’Université Paris, La Sorbonne and New York University School of Law.

     

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  • Date Friday, 30 May 2014
  • Time 11.30 - 13.15
  • Type Moderator
  • Speaker Chris Fowle
  • Credentials Vice President Investor Initiatives - CDP - USA
  • About

    Chris Fowle is the Vice President of Investor Initiatives at CDP in North America, responsible for managing relationships with more than 200 investor signatories and members across CDP’s climate, water, forests and carbon action programs.
    Previously, he worked at a number of bulge bracket firms in New York including Chase/JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank and Lehman Brothers (pre- and post-bankruptcy). Prior to receiving an MBA from Columbia University, he worked in finance in Tokyo for three years.
    Over the last few years, Chris has leveraged his capital markets experience in the for- and non-profit environmental markets first by starting Rainforest Alliance's Sustainable Finance effort, and then by working as a consultant with Terra Global Capital on REDD+ forest carbon in Colombia.

  • Type Speaker
  • Speaker Mike Korchinsky
  • Credentials Founder and CEO - Wildlife Works - USA
  • Presentation Title "Scaling REDD+ to Stop Deforestation and Mitigate Climate Change"
  • Summary

    Wildlife Works Carbon (WWC) was founded in 2009 explicitly to pursue a market based solution to stopping deforestation and curbing climate change, known as REDD+. WWC protects threatened forests by getting forest communities and governments to agree to stop deforesting in return for investments that allow them to pursue a green development path. WWC’s field teams work closely with local communities to help them leverage our investments to create forest friendly jobs, to improve their agricultural output, to develop non-forest fuel sources, and to dramatically improve access to health and education.

  • About

    In 1986, Mike co-founded and built one of the leading management consulting companies in the U.S., Axiom Management Consulting, which was successfully sold in 1995 to Cambridge Technology Partners (Novell), a NASDAQ company. During a trip to Kenya in 1996, Mike learned about the conflict that existed between wildlife and rural communities. This experience caused him to think about effective ways to solve this problem and ultimately led him to developing a plan that would protect wildlife in a direct and unique way; by providing people in wildlife rich areas with sustainable economic alternatives to poaching and slash and burn agriculture. Mike founded Wildlife Works in 1997 on the principle that the needs of wildlife must be balanced with the need for work for those local communities who share their environment with wildlife. He established the Wildlife Works conservation area Rukinga Sanctuary in South East Kenya. At the base of the Rukinga Sanctuary Mike built an eco-factory to produce casual apparel. Over 100 jobs were created from the conservation efforts and the eco-factory and over time the wildlife populations began to increase and flourish. In 2008, in response to new developments with the United Nation’s REDD initiative, where carbon markets could have a role in financing forest conservation, Mike launched a Wildlife Works Carbon LLC, to pursue more rapid expansion of the Wildlife Works Conservation model through the sale of REDD carbon credits. Mike is a Canadian citizen who when not traveling to the threatened forests of the world, is a resident of Northern California. He holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from Birmingham University, England.

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  • Speaker Cyrus Lotfipour
  • Credentials Senior Associate - MSCI Inc. - USA
  • Presentation Title "Water Scarcity and Implications for Power, Gold, and Steel Investors"
  • Summary

    Access to water worldwide is threatened by climate change, unsustainable natural resource exploitation, and population growth. Water intensive industries face high costs associated with water scarcity including production disruption, increased operational and fixed costs, and community conflicts. Using basin-specific analysis, MSCI ESG Research has estimated the total value at risk for three distinct subsets of water intensive industries, including U.S. electric utilities, global steel producers, and global gold miners. By assessing a company’s exposure to water stressed regions in tandem with its implementation of water conservation measures, investors can draw a clearer picture of how water-related risks might impact business operations and, subsequently, investment portfolios.

  • About

    Cyrus Lotfipour is a Senior Analyst and sector lead for Capital Goods and Chemicals research of MSCI ESG Research’s flagship ESG ratings product, MSCI ESG IVA. His research focuses on the key environmental, social, and governance issues for these industries, such as health and safety, chemical safety, bribery and corruption, and clean technology. He also has roles in methodology development and has spearheaded efforts to integrate basin-level data into MSCI ESG Research's assessment of water risk management. Cyrus previously held positions at Innovest Strategic Value Advisors, which was acquired by RiskMetrics Group in 2009 and then by MSCI in June 2010. Cyrus holds a dual degree in economics and biology from Bates College.

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  • Speaker Amrita Vijay Kumar
  • Credentials Director - Ecotrust Forest Management - USA
  • Presentation Title "Climate change Climate change water risks in PNW forestland investments - Ecotrust Forest Management"
  • Summary

    The presentation will discuss EFM’s approach in addressing climate change and water risks and the opportunity it presents for forestland investors.

  • About

    Amrita joined Ecotrust Forest Management to lead EFM’s fund development, advisory and capital raising efforts. She possesses a unique mix of private sector experience in banking, impact investing and consulting, having worked for Piper Jaffray’s clean-tech banking group and PricewaterhouseCoopers Singapore for 5 years. She has also worked with entrepreneurs in West Africa and forest carbon developers in Indonesia to access international carbon finance markets. Amrita is a Fellow of the Erb Institute and graduated from the University of Michigan with an MBA and an MS in Natural Resources. She was named the Journal of Environmental Investing’s Graduate Scholar in 2011 and recently co-authored the book Evolutions in Sustainable Investing Strategies.

  • Type Speaker
  • Speaker Andrea Rumiz
  • Credentials Head of Sales - South Pole Group - Switzerland
  • Presentation Title "The Climate Impact of Investments"
  • Summary

    Investment climate impact is an increasingly important topic for asset managers and asset owners. We will review a few of the wide range of risk and opportunity considerations that are driving the debate. Further, we will focus on practical ways of how to efficiently screen portfolios for their climate impact. Finally, we will cover a few ways of how investors can take action.

  • About

    Andrea Rumiz is the Sales Director of the Zürich based South Pole Carbon, one of the world’s leading companies in the provision of carbon offsets and climate solutions. He focuses on the management of key accounts, helping them to identify the best strategies in order to manage their environmental risks and opportunities. Andrea has a strong background in carbon finance: before joining South Pole in 2010 he worked for 3 years as a consultant in Beijing, screening and sourcing emission reduction projects for European companies within the Kyoto Protocol. He has an MBA and a BA in Economics

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Wednesday, 27 August 2014 22:00

Workshop 13 - ESG Materiality and Metrics

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  • Date Friday, 30 May 2014
  • Time 11.30 - 13.15
  • Type Moderator
  • Speaker Nell Derick Debevoise
  • Credentials Founder and CEO - Inspiring Capital - USA
  • About

    Nell Derick Debevoise is the founder and CEO of Inspiring Capital, which uses all forms of capital – human, social, and financial – to help socially-minded ventures generate revenue. Previously, Nell was founding director of Tomorrow's Youth Organization, a nonprofit supporting children and women in the Middle East. She has studied psychology, education, and entrepreneurship at Harvard, Columbia, London Business School, and Cambridge. Nell has spoken alongside President Bill Clinton, former First Lady Cherie Blair, and Sir Ronald Cohen.

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  • Speaker Erika Karp
  • Credentials CEO - Cornerstone Capital Inc. - USA
  • About

    Erika is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Cornerstone Capital Inc. The strategy of the firm is to bring "sustainable finance" to the mainstream of the capital markets through its businesses of investment banking, investment management, and consulting to financial institutions and corporations. Cornerstone brings global expertise from across functions of capitalism to drive capital introductions for businesses and investors pursuing excellence in environmental, social and governance performance.
    Prior to founding Cornerstone, Erika was Head of Global Sector Research at UBS Investment Bank. She Chaired the UBS Global Investment Review Committee managing a complex team of Research Analysts and Strategists. She served on the UBS Securities Research Executive Committee and as the Investment Bank Environmental and Human Rights Representative to the UBS Group Executive Board. Prior to her last role at UBS, Erika was Global Head of Research Product Management. She created the UBS family of Global equity research products including the trademarked and highly acclaimed UBS "Q-Series" initiative, the UBS "Global I/O", and the "UBS Global Portfolio Manager's Spotlight."
    Erika's work has been featured by media including Bloomberg, Forbes, Euromoney, Investor Relations Magazine. Erika has been named among "The Purpose 100" as well as to the nation's "Top 50 Women in Wealth" by AdvisorOne. She speaks extensively at forum including the Financial Times, the OECD, the UN Global Compact and PRI, US SIF, the EPA, Oxford University, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), the Aspen Institute, and the White House. Erika is a founding Board Member of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB).
    She sits on the World Economic Forum's (WEF) Global Agenda Council on Financing and Capital, and is a member of the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program Development Advisory Council on Innovating for Sustainability.

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  • Speaker Mark Tulay
  • Credentials Founder and CEO - Sustainability Risk Advisors & Sustainability ROI - USA
  • Presentation Title "The New Sustainability Math: The Emergence and Impact of Standards in Sustainable Finance"
  • Summary

    he emergence and growing acceptance of sustainability standard setters -- including SASB, GISR, GRI, IIRC and CDP – in the sustainable finance ecosystem promises to elevate and transform the information value of ESG information in capital markets. Mark will discuss the critical role and strategic fit of these standards and frameworks today and will make the case for why this emerging ecosystem of standards are vital to accelerating the integration of sustainability factors into mainstream investment decision-making. Mark will provide an overview of how these standards will collaborate to transform the ‘qualitative’ art of measuring corporate sustainability performance into a value-based 'quantitative’ evidenced-based science of integrating ESG factors into financial analysis. He will describe how ESG ratings, rankings and indices in particular offers a critical and undervalued pathway to mainstreaming responsible and sustainable investing.

  • About

    Mark Tulay is the Program Manager for the Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings (GISR) which is developing a global standard for corporate sustainability ratings and is backed by institutional investors, multinational corporations, NGOs, and sustainability standard setters. He is also the Founder and CEO of Sustainability Risk Advisors which advises institutional investors and multinational corporations.
    Mark has served in leadership roles in sustainability initiatives for over 20 years. As Program Director and the first employee of Ceres, he was involved in the early stages of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). He worked at the Nature Conservancy, where he managed a $60 million campaign to protect over a million acres of critical habitat in Massachusetts. He served in leadership positions at several sustainability research providers and investment firms, including Citizens Funds and KLD. He was the Head of Sustainability Research and Ratings for RiskMetrics (now MSCI).
    Mark is a frequent speaker on ESG issues and conferences from Dubai, Europe and South Korea. He has written extensively on the investor response to the BP Deepwater Horizon spill. His coverage on sustainability issues includes Fortune Magazine, The Washington Post, Business Ethics, Boston Globe, CSR Wire, Greenbiz.com, Sea Change Radio, NPR, and other prominent sustainability journals. He is currently writing a white paper with on Sustainability Ratings 2.0: The Transition to Sustainable Markets.
    Mark holds an MBA from Northeastern University.

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  • Speaker Katherine Schrank
  • Credentials Founder and President - Sustainability Partners, Inc. - USA
  • Presentation Title "CSR Game-changers: ESG Megadata and Materiality Assessments"
  • Summary

    Learn why financial and sustainability professionals cannot ignore how the financial sector is able to rank and score public companies on both financial & non-financial risks. Non-financial risks are measured as environmental, social, and governance (ESG) metrics. Business and financial executives who understand why key ESG metrics build business value for primary stakeholders will have good reason to empower and focus your team to meet those needs.

  • About

    Kate Schrank founded SPI in December 2011. She practiced environmental law for 15 years, and is a certified sustainability practitioner. Kate’s extensive experience in successfully resolving many complex environmental issues for a range of industries provides a deep foundation for her to help companies identify and carry out sustainability strategies that deliver business value.  SPI’s Partners also have professional credentials and experience in law, engineering or public policy, and they have executive experience and judgement resolving sustainability issues for organizations.
    Kate received her certification from the London based Institute for Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA).  The certification was issued after IEMA reviewed her project.  Certifications are granted to individuals who:  demonstrate an aptitude for (1) identifying global sustainability trends, (2) helping organizations develop a sustainability strategy that aligns with organizational values and priorities, (3) using objective measurements to demonstrate sustainability progress, and (4) helping companies prepare for the transition to integrated financial and sustainability reports. Linkedin Profile: linkd.in/1lNIVpG

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  • Speaker Evan Harvey
  • Credentials Managing Director, Corporate Sustainability - NASDAQ - USA
  • About

    Evan Harvey is Managing Director of Corporate Sustainability for NASDAQ OMX. He is responsible for gathering, analyzing, reporting, and improving key metrics across the global organization, as well as managing investor and issuer company outreach on corporate sustainability topics, practices, and partnerships. Evan directs the research, analysis, and disclosure of all ESG reports, including the Global Reporting Initiative, Carbon Disclosure Project, and the United Nations Global Compact Communication of Progress. Evan serves on the Board of Directors for the UNGC U.S. Network and on the Advisory Board for SASB. He holds a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Texas, and lives outside Washington DC.

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  • Time 11.00 - 11.30
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  • Date Friday, 30 May 2014
  • Time 09.15 - 11.00
  • Type Moderator
  • Speaker Darby Hobbs
  • Credentials Founder and President - Social3 - USA
  • About

    Darby Hobbs launched SOCIAL3, a media/production firm focused on fusing brand and sustainability principles for asset growth by cultivating the ESG (Environment, Social and Governance) storyline and ensuring the firm’s vision and strategy align with its marketplace engagement. Collaboration through a holistic lens to communicate the conscience of the financial services industry. In 2009, Darby became certified in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Prior to that she has been a senior leader at Brown Brothers Harriman, Fidelity Investments, PNC Bank (PFPC), Financial Research Corporation, First Data Corporation and AMEX in marketing strategy, strategic and business planning, product development, public relations, communications and education. As a motivational speaker and presenter, Darby has participated in leading global platforms to educate and motivate senior managers in CSR/ESG/SRI and Impact Investing as well as brand, innovation, creative thinking and being a visionary. In 1996, Darby launched her first start-up that provided thought leadership, conferences and networking platforms for strategy, marketing and product professionals in the mutual fund industry. She later sold this business to Financial Research Corporation (FRC), a leading research firm in the asset management industry. Darby has been a mentor for the Boston College Graduate course on Entrepreneurship and Business Planning and serves on a number of philanthropic boards and advisory committees. She is also involved as a judge with Brandeis University for their Bunson Investment Impact Challenge. In addition, she is a member of The Boston Club for Women where she serves on both the strategic planning and corporate board committees and she is a member on the Education Committee of US SIF. In addition, Darby is a member of the Financial Communications Society.

  • Type Speaker
  • Speaker Filippo Bettini
  • Credentials Head of Sustainability and Risk Governance - Pirelli & Co S.p.A. - Italy
  • Presentation Title "Pirelli ESG value driver framework"
  • About

    Filippo Bettini is the Head of Group Sustainability & Risk Governance and Head of Reputation Management at Pirelli. He holds a degree in biomechanical engineering from Politecnico of Milan and Master in Business Administration from Bocconi University of Milan. Filippo entered Pirelli in 2008 to manage some of the non-core activities of the Group while actively cooperating in company portfolio reshaping. He covers current role since 2010. From 2001 to 2008 he worked in Telecom Italia Group covering roles with increasing responsibility in innovation management until being appointed Chief Strategy Officer. From 1985 to 2001 he worked in biomedical and biotechnology field both in multinational companies and academic research centers.

    Filippo is a Board Member of CSR Europe; he sits in several European Commission working groups addressing sustainable mobility programs.

  • Type Speaker
  • Speaker Dan Farrell
  • Credentials Chairman and CEO - Privos Capital - USA
  • Presentation Title "Global Family Offices and ESG"
  • About

    Dan Farrell is the Chairman & CEO of Privos Capital, a global multi family office advisory firm based in New York, with offices in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Privos Capital's main business is advising international family office partners on all aspects of their global expansionist activities by entering into strategic alliances, joint ventures and co-investments with other family offices and royal families around the world. Privos is active across most sectors, including financial services, banking, energy, real estate, health care, technology, aviation, and fashion. Privos partners with family office partners (SFO, MFO, HNWI, UHNWI) who are invested across a wide range asset classes, including private equity, secondaries, hedge funds, venture capital, as well as endowments and philanthropy. Privos Capital works with family offices and their portfolio companies, including private equity, hedge funds, fund of funds, venture capital funds and foundations on socially responsible investing, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), impact investing across all asset classes. Mr. Farrell has lived and worked in the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East. Prior to joining Privos, he was a partner in an international law firm. He is married with four sons and is based in New York.
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    Global Head, Diversity & Inclusion/ Corporate Social Responsibility - Thomson Reuters - USA

    Patsy Doerr 2014 About: Patsy Sciutto-Doerr is the Head of Diversity & Inclusion and Corporate Responsibility for Thomson Reuters. Patsy has more than 20 years experience in talent, learning, organizational development, diversity and inclusion and employee recognition. Prior to that, she was in sales and business development. Her experience is primarily in investment banking, having held a number of global leadership roles at JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse, in New York, London and most recently, Hong Kong.
    Before joining Thomson Reuters, Patsy was responsible for talent and learning, employee recognition, alumni relations and the global centers of excellence development effort at Credit Suisse in Asia Pacific. She was based in Hong Kong, but her responsibilities spanned 14 countries globally and in the region. Patsy has extensive experience with panel moderation, facilitation, communications and presentation.
    She was the key interviewer for CSTV in APAC and in that role, had the opportunity to work with Roger Federer and Tony Fernandes, CEO of Air Asia, to name a few celebrities. She enjoys speaking at other organizations, universities and schools, and is certified in a number of personality profiling and team building tools.
    She is passionate about supporting a diverse, global environment to support business goals. Patsy sits on the board of Dominican High School, an all girls school in Manhattan and does leadership development work for Marymount High School, her alma mater. Patsy has a BS in Biology (pre-med) from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA and a Masters of Science (summa cum laude) in Adult Learning and Organizational Development from Fordham University in New York, NY.

     

  • Type Speaker
  • Speaker Patsy Sciutto-Doerr
  • Credentials Global Head, Diversity & Inclusion/ Corporate Social Responsibility
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  • About Patsy Sciutto-Doerr is the Head of Diversity & Inclusion and Corporate Responsibility for Thomson Reuters. Patsy has more than 20 years experience in talent, learning, organizational development, diversity and inclusion and employee recognition. Prior to that, she was in sales and business development. Her experience is primarily in investment banking, having held a number of global leadership roles at JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse, in New York, London and most recently, Hong Kong. Before joining Thomson Reuters, Patsy was responsible for talent and learning, employee recognition, alumni relations and the global centers of excellence development effort at Credit Suisse in Asia Pacific. She was based in Hong Kong, but her responsibilities spanned 14 countries globally and in the region. Patsy has extensive experience with panel moderation, facilitation, communications and presentation. She was the key interviewer for CSTV in APAC and in that role, had the opportunity to work with Roger Federer and Tony Fernandes, CEO of Air Asia, to name a few celebrities. She enjoys speaking at other organizations, universities and schools, and is certified in a number of personality profiling and team building tools. She is passionate about supporting a diverse, global environment to support business goals. Patsy sits on the board of Dominican High School, an all girls school in Manhattan and does leadership development work for Marymount High School, her alma mater. Patsy has a BS in Biology (pre-med) from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA and a Masters of Science (summa cum laude) in Adult Learning and Organizational Development from Fordham University in New York, NY.
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  • Date Friday, 30 May 2014
  • Time 09.15 - 11.00
  • Type Moderator
  • Speaker Vicente Escrivas
  • Credentials Consultant - CSR & International Development Meetup Organizer - USA
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    Vicente is a CSR & Social Enterprise Consultant, and data analyst working out of NYC. He has worked on a range of projects with a variety of organizations from small NGOs in Southern Kazakhstan to international Fortune 500 corporations. He is a retuned Peace Corp Volunteer with a M.S. in policy analysis, from Milano, The New School, and an undergraduate degree in economics from SUNY Purchase. He runs CSR+DEV (meetup.com/CSR-And-International-development-group) a MeetUp focused on CSR issues and how they relate to globalization, which started with conversations in the back of a bar, and has grown to several hundred members eager to learn about the next evolution in corporate ideals.

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  • Speaker Cate Ambrose
  • Credentials President and Executive Director - Latin American Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (LAVCA) - USA
  • Presentation Title "Private Equity & ESG in Latin America – An Update"
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    Cate Ambrose is President and Executive Director of the Latin American Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (LAVCA), a non-profit membership organization comprised of over 160 firms that control assets in excess of US$60b directed at capitalizing and growing Latin American businesses. Cate is a regular commentator on CNN En Español, a guest lecturer at The Wharton School, and is a member of the Bretton Woods Committee, a nonpartisan network of prominent global citizens which works to demonstrate the value of international economic cooperation, as well as a special advisor to the board of AMEXCAP, the Mexican Private Equity and Venture Capital Association. Prior to joining LAVCA, Cate was Chief of Advocacy for the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor, a United Nations initiative co-chaired by Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto and former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Until 2005, Cate was Executive Director of Programs at The Economist, where she founded The Global Agenda, a high-level panel of economists, policymakers, and business leaders, and chaired conferences on finance, business strategy, and public policy in the US and Latin America. Cate began her career as a journalist in Spain. She holds an MPA in International Economic Policy from Columbia University, and received her BA in Latin American studies from St. Lawrence University and the University of Madrid.

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  • Speaker Walter van Helvoirt
  • Credentials Environmental and Social Specialist, Private Equity - FMO/ Netherlands Development Finance Company - The Netherlands
  • Presentation Title "Access to Growth: Sustainable Private Equity in Africa"
  • About

    Walter van Helvoirt is Environmental and Social Officer Private Equity at FMO, the Netherlands Development Bank. FMO’s private equity team manages a portfolio of both direct and fund investments totaling more than EUR 1.5 billion in committed capital. The portfolio has grown significantly during recent years, notably in Africa. Walter advises FMO’s PE Investment Officers and supports clients in proving that sustainable business is fully aligned with making a good long term profit. Walter spends a significant amount of time on training Deal Partners with PE Funds all over the globe and supporting PE Funds in enhancing their E&S performance in the fund and on their investees. Before his current role, Walter worked for 12 years in Human Resources Management, acting as an Advisor to the Board on HRM and organizational change, for several medium and larger corporates (> 8000 employees) in The Netherlands.

  • Type Speaker
  • Speaker Maria Cavalcanti
  • Credentials Managing Partner - FIRST Brazil Impact Investing Fund - Brazil
  • Presentation Title "Impact Investing in Latin America"
  • Summary

    Opportunities, challenges and key success factors for impact investing funds in emerging markets.

  • About

     Maria Cavalcanti is a Managing Partner at FIRST Brazil Impact Investing Fund and Venture Partner at FIR Capital. FIRST is an equity fund investing in high-growth companies that deliver essential products and services that benefit low-income Brazilian households. Ms. Cavalcanti has over 20 years of senior-level experience in corporate strategy and implementation, management consulting and investment. Prior to co-founding FIRST, Maria was the Chief Strategy Officer at Avina Foundation where she spearheaded the impact investing practice in Latin America, and was the Founder and CEO of WTT, Inc., an asset management company that invested in impact investment funds. Earlier in her career, Maria worked at Dell Inc., and was a management consultant with A. T. Kearney and TPI, where she led global projects. Maria has served as Director on several boards, including ANDE (Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs), PYME Capital Latin American Fund, and the Fondo Inversión Social. She serves as an advisor on Impact Investing in Latin America to Halloran Philanthropies and Toniic. Maria is mentor to Mobile Metrix. Maria earned an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin, holds a MS in Information Science from Columbia University in New York City, and received her BA in Linguistics from The Universidade Federal do Ceará in Brazil.

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  • Date Friday, 30 May 2014
  • Time 09.15 - 11.00
  • Type Moderator
  • Speaker Glen Macdonald
  • Credentials Senior Vice President - Hillview Capital Advisors - USA
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    Mr. Macdonald is responsible for servicing clients' financial planning and investment management needs and leading the firm's advisory capabilities in the area of philanthropy, impact investing and wealth transfer strategies. He has more than 25 years of business and investment advisory experience including foreign direct investments, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and individual portfolio management. In addition, he has extensive experience in providing independent and objective advice to wealthy individuals and families on inter-generational wealth transfer, philanthropy and socially responsible investing. Prior to joining Hillview Capital Advisors, Mr. Macdonald was a wealth management advisor at Merrill Lynch. Earlier in his career, he was a partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers' management consulting division where he advised companies on business strategy, restructurings and financial management. His management views have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Financial Times. Mr. Macdonald is a co-founder and President of the Wealth & Giving Forum, a national organization that has promoted greater giving among families of means since 2004. He is also a Board member of Year Up - New York and an advisory board member of Rising Tide Capital in Jersey City, NJ. Mr. Macdonald holds a B.A. with highest honors in political science and economics and an M.A. from University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. His academic research in economics included a Fulbright Scholarship in Mexico and a Ford Foundation Fellowship at the Harvard Center for International Affairs.

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  • Speaker Alexandra Peterson Cart
  • Credentials Co-Founder - Madeira Global - USA
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    Alexandra P. Cart is the co-founder and director of strategic development of Madeira Global. She is an experienced philanthropic consultant who has designed, implemented and managed highly-leveraged philanthropic strategies for organizations including the Tribeca Film Festival Doha and Time 100 as well as for celebrity clientele. Previously, Ms. Cart served as managing director with G2 Investment Group in New York, a provider of investment management services to leading global families. In her position, she successfully translated a rising demand for efficient capital deployment into client-specific, comprehensive investment strategies. She has worked with government agencies in the U.S., U.K., and Latin America as well as the Council on Foreign Relations, a leading nonpartisan think tank for foreign policy. For the City of New York, she worked on anti-poverty initiatives and programs at the Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO) for the Office of the Mayor. She also served as a research analyst to the founder and president of the Poliarquia Consultores, one of Argentina’s most prestigious political consultancies. While at CFR, she analyzed data for Council publications and served as a liaison to senior delegates. Ms. Cart holds a B.A. in international studies and political science from Middlebury College. She serves on the Global Advisory Board of WEConnect International, and is a member of the Gotham Chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization and the Milken Institute Young Leaders Circle.

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  • Speaker Hendrik Jordaan
  • Credentials President and CEO - One Thousand & One Voices - USA
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    Hendrik Jordaan is President and Chief Executive Officer of One Thousand & One Voices, a movement of influential families from around the globe investing Relational Capital, Intellectual Capital and Patient Financial Capital – or Three-Dimensional Capital™ – to profitably accelerate prosperity in rising markets. Following the launch of One Thousand & One Voices at the World Economic Forum on Africa in May 2013, Mr. Jordaan now oversees a team of private equity executives with offices located in South Africa, England, Mauritius and the United States. In his role at One Thousand & One Voices, Mr. Jordaan has presented at leading global conferences on African private equity investment, mergers and acquisitions, family wealth and impact investing. He has been featured in some of the world's top media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Bloomberg, CNBC Africa and others. Most recently, Mr. Jordaan served as Global Chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Private Equity Investments & Buyouts Practice, where he specialized in advising financial and strategic buyers and sellers in complex public and private M&A and financing transactions. Born and raised in the Republic of South Africa, Mr. Jordaan has been active in cross-border and private equity M&A transactions for over 15 years. He has held various regional and national leadership positions in the field of private equity and M&A. While receiving his J.D. from Southern Methodist University, he served as the Editor-in-Chief of The International Lawyer, one of the most widely circulated international legal periodicals. Prior to law school, Mr. Jordaan attended Southern Methodist University on a full tuition scholarship where he captained the varsity tennis team for two years.

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  • Speaker Michele Demers
  • Credentials Founder and CEO - Boundless Impact Investing - USA
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    Michele has 20 years of experience as a philanthropy executive, strategist, and technology entrepreneur. Recently, she was Vice President at Foundation Source where she built an online philanthropy network that brings nonprofits and private foundations together around major causes in the philanthropic world. From 2007-2008, Michele was the Director of Communications for Humanity United, a humanitarian foundation created by Pam Omidyar and eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. She has been involved in the successful development of more than two-dozen philanthropic and nonprofit start-ups, including her own, Tattersall Consulting, from 2002 to 2007. Michele is regularly called upon for her innovative thinking about the philanthropic and social sectors, and she sits on several boards. She is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and has a Master’s in International Relations and Communications from Boston University.

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  • Speaker Ken Lassner
  • Credentials Client Relationship Manager - Aperio Group - USA
  • About

    Ken Lassner represents Aperio’s services to family offices and wealth advisors in the Eastern part of the country. Ken has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. He was most recently at US Trust and Columbia Management as a Senior Product Specialist focusing on providing tax efficient equity solutions to high net worth clients and wealth advisors. Prior to that he was a Product Specialist for Deutsche Asset Management in the Advanced Research and Quantitative Strategies Group and an Investment Strategist at JP Morgan Investment Management. Ken also spent nine years as a plan sponsor for the Federal Reserve and the Interpublic Group of Companies, managing pension plan assets. Ken earned a BS in finance from Babson College and an MBA in finance/investments from Bernard Baruch College. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the New York Society of Securities Analysts. Ken also has a series 7 license (inactive). He resides in NYC with his family.

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  • Date Friday, 30 May 2014
  • Time 09.15 - 11.00
  • Type Moderator
  • Speaker Yvonne Beri
  • Credentials Managing Director Strategic Business Developmen - Silver Leaf Partners, LLC - USA
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    Yvonne Beri has been in financial markets since 1998, where she has worked across the industry from the equity trading environment to institutional sales and capital raising. She developed training programs, educating traders and micro hedge funds in various equity trading strategies, risk management and compliance at Worldco LLC. Yvonne managed and developed successful institutional sales programs at firms such as Ehrenkrantz King Nussbaum and Lipper-HedgeWorld. While at The Davenport Group and Blue Corner, she developed her knowledge of building and marketing emerging hedge fund managers across long/short equity, real estate, asset-backed and mortgage-backed, and Natural Resources/Renewable Energy strategies. She has marketed for a variety of funds on a consulting basis leading internal capital raising efforts. Yvonne studied at Tulane University, taking courses in business and economics, and is a graduate of Allami Penzverde in Budapest, Hungary. Based in New York City, she is an active member of 100 Women in Hedge Funds and Director of CoOp Cares, a socially responsible and environmental not-for-profit.

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  • Speaker Henry Shilling
  • Credentials Senior Vice President - Moody's Investors Service - USA
  • Presentation Title "Equity and fixed income mutual funds in the US that pursue environmental, social and governance (ESG) mandates: Trends and developments"
  • Summary

    The discussion will focus on the practices and performance of US ESG oriented equity and fixed income mutual funds that are offered to retail and institutional investors.
    It will cover:
    * Survey of current mutual fund offerings and trends
    * Investment strategies
    * Expenses
    * Performance results

  • About

    Henry joined the Social Performance Group (SPG) to initiate Moody’s exploration into the socially responsible investing (SRI) sphere, and to develop potential new products and opportunities in the growing area of related information services. Henry has been with Moody’s since 1992. During his tenure, he helped to develop the Managed Investments Group with the introduction of money market and bond fund ratings in the U.S. and Europe. He was also involved in writing research, conducting analysis and assigning ratings to money market and bond mutual funds, various other pooled investment vehicles, pension funds, debt and debt like instruments issued by closed-end funds as well as asset (fund) management companies. Earlier in his career he was a vice president with a firm specializing in tracking and evaluating the performance of mutual funds and an officer in the employee-benefit trust and asset management divisions of several large banks. Henry is the author of The International Guide to Securities Market Indices which was published in 1996 by International Publishing Corp., Chicago, Illinois. He earned a B.A. in economics from Lehman College, City University of New York in 1971.

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  • Speaker Euan Marshall
  • Credentials Program Manager - International Finance Corporation - USA
  • Presentation Title "Impact Investment - An Emerging Market Loan Opportunity"
  • Summary

    Corporate lending is the primary fixed income financing instrument in many emerging markets. For financial investors a loan portfolio provides asset class diversification and an opportunity for exposure in a range of countries without active bond markets; for sustainable investors loans provide an opportunity to drive change by covenanting social and environmental performance and for impact investors loans provide financing to a range of activities - financing base of the pyramid entrepreneurs as well as large scale climate resilient infrastructure. IFC has lent in excess of $90bn to borrowers across 105 countries since 1956 creating impact and delivering financial returns the presentation presents some lessons learnt and some opportunities for investors to partner with IFC in Emerging Market lending.

  • About

    Euan Marshall is Head of IFC’s Co-Investor Solutions Unit. The Unit promotes co-investment in IFC projects through supporting investor outreach and product innovation. The Unit is particularly focused on identifying opportunities to support increased co-investment in IFC loans. Prior to joining this team, Euan headed IFC’s global advisory program focused on Sustainable Investing. The program works with institutional investors and fund managers to support their sustainability and impact investment initiatives. Euan has also managed IFC Sustainability programs in the Philippines and Indonesia.

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  • Speaker Susan Burns
  • Credentials Founder and CEO - Global Footprint Network - USA
  • Presentation Title E-RISC: Environmental Risk Integration in Sovereign Credit Analysis"
  • Summary

    In a world of increasingly limited natural capital, the way that countries address resource risks is becoming an ever-more significant predictor of economic success -- yet, credit rating agencies don’t yet account for these resource risks. Through Ecological Footprint resource accounting, Global Footprint Network measures a nation’s true assets and deficits—the wealth and vulnerabilities that are not currently included in international credit ratings. The E-RISC (Environmental Risk in Sovereign Credit analysis) initiative focuses on creating a methodology for ecological risks to be incorporated into the valuation of government bonds and credit ratings. The goal is not only to influence investors, but governments as well because credit ratings have a large influence over government behavior.

  • About

    Susan Burns is Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Global Footprint Network. Over the last decade she has built Global Footprint Network into one of the leading and most respected scientific organizations in the world addressing global ecological limits. She continues to lead the overall strategic direction of Global Footprint Network and now advises governments and financial institutions on incorporating ecological risk into financial risk analysis and government policy. Prior to launching Global Footprint Network, Susan founded the pioneering sustainability consulting firm Natural Strategies, advising such companies as Mitsubishi Electric, Genencor, and Lowes. She has over 18 years of experience working with more than 50 corporations and other organizations on a variety of sustainability-related issues from forest policy to business strategy. Susan led the development of the screening methodology for Portfolio 21, the US’s first mutual fund dedicated to environmental sustainability. She has spoken widely on the subject of sustainability, human development, and corporate responsibility, having delivered keynote and other lectures at over 100 national and international events. In 2007 Susan, along with Mathis Wackernagel, won the Skoll Award on Social Entrepreneurship. Susan holds a B.S. in Environmental Engineering.

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  • Date Friday, 30 May 2014
  • Time 8.30
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  • Time 18.30-20.00
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  • Date Thursday, 29 May 2014
  • Time 16.45-18.30
  • Type Moderator
  • Speaker Giulio Franzinetti
  • Credentials Member of the Board of Directors - Vigeo - United Kingdom
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    Giulio Franzinetti is a Director of Vigeo, rating agency specialised in CSR. In the past he has worked as an economist and later as a fund manager in emerging markets. He has worked in London, Hong Kong, Milan, Luxembourg and held a range of positions in banks and fund management companies. He now specialises, as a consultant, in marketing funds and private equity deals.

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  • Speaker John Schaetzl
  • Credentials Senior Advisor - The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation - USA
  • Summary

    The presentation will focus on Program Related Investing in Global Health: The Use of commercial investment vehicles and tools to solve philanthropic problems and forward philanthropic goals.

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    John Schaetzl is an independent consultant health care investor, analyst and manager. He is currently employed in several advisory roles. He is also the Lead Non-Executive Director at SustainAbility LTD, a global think tank and consultancy where he is responsible for monitoring fulfillment of SustainAbility’s triple bottom line charter and hybrid structure. He also provides advice to projects in his areas of experience including healthcare, investing and corporate management.In addition to his activities at SustainAbility, John advises large foundations and government agencies as well as venture capital and institutional fund managers on investments which support sustainable outcomes in global health access and economic development in emerging markets. He is on the Board of Columbus House Inc and the Interim Board of the Oxford Lotus Health Fund. John retired from General Electric Asset management after a decade of healthcare investing. Prior to that he was an executive with Bayer Pharmaceuticals, a consultant to the pharmaceutical industry and a University teacher and administrator. John is the co-author of Practical Politics and American Government (McMillan) and Project 18: Effectively Educating Young Voters (Edinboro).

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  • Speaker John Simon
  • Credentials Founding Partner - Total Impact Advisors - USA
  • Summary

    John will discuss how to fill the financing gap in African healthcare, featuring the Medical Credit Fund as case study for challenges and successes. The focus for the discussion will be on the challenges of healthcare financing in undeveloped markets, particularly in Africa and the advantages of a blended capital approach. New opportunities and challenges resulting from the growth in the health sector will also be addressed.

  • About

     John A. Simon is a Founder and Managing Partner of Total Impact Advisors, a merchant bank for the impact investment sector.  Prior to starting Total Impact Advisors, Ambassador Simon was a visiting fellow at the Center for Global Development, where he co-authored More than Money, a report on impact investing as a development tool.  Previously, Ambassador Simon held a variety of posts in the US government, including as the United States Ambassador to the African Union and the Executive Vice President of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.   Ambassador Simon also served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Relief, Stabilization, and Development for the National Security Council at the White House and as Deputy Assistant Administrator at the United States Agency for International Development.  Ambassador Simon received an AB from Princeton University and an MPP from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

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  • Speaker Barry Seifer
  • Credentials Hearing Health Science - USA
  • Summary

    Hearing loss is the most prevalent worldwide health impairment. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates least 600M people, or 10% of the world population, are hearing impaired. For about 60% or 360M of those people, hearing impairment is disabling or highly disabling. In the EU alone, 55M are hearing impaired. Hearing impairment greatly decreases quality of life, particularly in the elderly, and constitutes an unmet public health and medical need. The statistical dimensions of the global health problem are staggering. WHO estimated the global negative economic impact of hearing impairment at approximately 1.3T€/year in 2012. For comparison, the global negative economic impact of global warming is forecast to be 1.15T€/year in 2070. What can be done?

  • About

    arry Seifer is co-founder and Chief Executive of Hearing Health Science, specialized in translational research in the new field of preventable hearing impairment. Barry is a manager, strategist, executive and social entrepreneur with decades of experience integrating business planning, market development and branding for public companies, government agencies, growth-stage companies and new ventures. Educated at University of California, Berkeley, and Cranbrook Academy of Art, he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, London.

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  • Speaker Dell Kingsford Smith
  • Credentials Vice President, Global Pharmaceutical Pricing - Janssen, the Pharmaceutical Companies of J&J - USA
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     Broad experience in global Access, Pricing and Reimbursement throughout the product life cycle for medicines, medical devices and procedures. Dell holds a Masters of Commerce degree with majors in economics and the management of technology and is a trained health professional.
    * Active involvement over many years in health system strategic access projects, including work in UNHCR refugee health, at-risk youth and people with mental illness living in the community. In 2010, she received the Australian Pharmaceutical Industries most prestigious award, the Pat Clear Award, for work with the Industry and Government to improve patient access by enhancing the policies, processes and timelines for delivery of reimbursed access to new medicines.
    * Public Health, Academia. Prior to joining Janssen, the Pharmaceutical Companies of J&J in 2005, Dell spent time in academia, public health and then five years consulting to the health industry, government and Not-for-Profit organizations in Asia Pacific.
    * Long-standing commitment to talent management and people development to reflect new and evolving organisations, including capability alignment to reflect new access models and emerging business needs in a changing environment.

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  • Date Thursday, 29 May 2014
  • Time 16.45-18.30
  • Type Moderator
  • Speaker Joshua Levin
  • Credentials Senior Program Officer - World Wildlife Fund - USA
  • About

    Joshua is a Senior Program Officer in Finance & Commodities at the World Wildlife Fund. He coordinates WWF’s global efforts to engage banking partners on emerging opportunities, risks, and intelligence related to investing in global food & agri commodities. In the past, he has worked with the Rainforest Alliance, Root Capital, EcoAgriculture Partners, and Conservation International in various capacities. He holds an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business, where he was a Catherine B. Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship, and a BA from Harvard University.

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  • Speaker Loic de Canniere
  • Credentials Managing Director - Incofin Investment Management - Belgium
  • Presentation Title "Providing access to finance for smallholder farmers"
  • Summary

    Because access to finance is very often still a major barrier to growth in rural areas and in the agricultural sector, Incofin IM has launched and advised several funds which have as a goal to increase financial access for farmers and rural entrepreneurs. Incofin IM has performed thorough evaluations of the pro’s and cons of the several fund concepts and on what the most effective way is to reach the smallholder farmer and provide access to finance. The different types of funds include: - Rural Impulse Fund I & II: these funds provide debt and equity investments to microfinance institutions which are based in rural areas. The funds have a commercial return target and a strong track record. On average, ~30% of the underlying portfolio of the investees is dedicated to financing agriculture. - Fairtrade Access Fund: this fund provides debt financing directly to producer organizations and is therefore reaching out 100% to smallholder farmers. The fund has a lower return target and is smaller in size. - agRIF: this new fund will be launched by Incofin IM and will provide debt and equity investments to financial institutions and to producer organizations which are serving smallholder farmers. A significant TA facility will be set up next to the fund in order to help institutions reach out to the farmers with appropriate products and risk management tools.

  • About

    Loïc De Cannière joined Incofin Investment Management as CEO in 2001. He successfully restructured and grew the fund management company into one of the larger microfinance and impact investment fund management companies, with a very strong focus on balancing financial and social returns. Today, Incofin IM manages combined total assets of 350 M EUR. Incofin IM’s flagship funds are Rural Impulse Fund I & II, which are focusing on investments in rural microfinance institutions. Incofin IM’s investor base comprises large private institutional investors and development finance institutions. Incofin IM has a team of 36 dedicated professionals and has offices in Belgium (Antwerp), Colombia (Bogota), India (Chennai) and Kenya (Nairobi). Recently, Incofin IM launched “Fairtrade Access Fund”, an impact investment fund providing finance to Fairtrade labelled producers organisations worldwide. He actively promotes the inclusion of social performance parameters into microfinance and impact investments, by participating in the PIIF Steering Committee and by adhering to other initiatives, such as the Social Performance Task Force. Before he joined Incofin, Loïc De Cannière was responsible for structured finance at the DEME Group, where he structured large port and environmental projects in Tunisia, Ghana, Nigeria, Qatar, India, Bangladesh and Taiwan. Loïc De Cannière studied economics and philosophy at the Universities of Louvain (Belgium) and Munich (Germany).

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  • Speaker Lucian Peppelenbos
  • Credentials Director of Learning and Innovation - The Sustainable Trade Initiative - The Netherlands
  • Presentation Title "Catalyzing Supply Chain Investments"
  • Summary

    With the world population ballooning over the coming decades and becoming wealthier, there is a strong business case to increase production of food, fibers and feed. Given this setting frontrunner agribusinesses are actively moving upstream into producing countries, much of these in Africa, to set up processing plants and plantations, and engage directly with the smallholder farmers. In working with these companies IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative has realized the tremendous need for input and rehabilitation financing to catalyze sustainable intensification of commodity production. For financial institutions this provides a great opportunity to engage in impact investing in the agricultural space.

  • About

    Dr Lucian Peppelenbos is Director of Learning and Innovation at IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative. IDH seeks to deliver impact in upstream commodity supply chains by co-investing with frontrunners from trade and industry and civil society. Lucian is responsible for organizing strategy and innovation around critical challenges and key unlocking moves in the sector programs, including innovative financing arrangements. Previously Lucian was a senior adviser at the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) and a policy advisor in the Dutch Parliament. He started his career as a supply chain consultant based in Chile. Lucian has a PhD from Wageningen University and has published several books and papers on supply chain development in emerging and developing economies.

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  • Speaker Kevin Egolf
  • Credentials irector Business Development - Iroquois Valley Farms, LLC - USA
  • Presentation Title "The Vision of Iroquois Valley Farms"
  • Summary

    Iroquois Valley Farms, LLC (2007) is a farmland investment Company that connects local, organic, sustainable farmers to farmland. Not a fund or an LP, Iroquois Valley Farms is a democratically governed enterprise enabling both members and farmers to enjoy a stable and profitable return on their farming investment. I want to share with you how our Certified B Corporation is growing a committed, grass roots capital base on a path to reaching thousands of like-minded investors concerned about their financial stability and the health of their children and planet while strengthening family farmers, their farm communities and linkages with local and regional food systems. Our Young Farmer Land Access Program has purchased 11 farms worth over $8 million in the last two years, supporting young farmers to grow their healthy business and manage our soils with concern for the impact of each action, reaching down to the seventh generation - in accord with the Iroquois Great Law of Peace.

  • About

    Mr. Egolf’s career started in the banking and private equity industry in New York City. He was led towards the Company due to its sustainable, local, organic farm focus. Mr. Egolf’s role at the Company is to help expand the Company’s geographic footprint in New York and New England while managing new member subscriptions on a national platform. Prior to focusing on sustainable ventures, Mr. Egolf was a senior associate at Castle Harlan, a middle market private equity firm, and previous to that role he was an investment banking analyst with Bank of America working for retail, consumer, and restaurant clients. Mr. Egolf is a graduate of Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Arts in both Economics and Computer Science.

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  • Speaker Bruce Kahn
  • Credentials Portfolio Manager - Sustainable Insight Capital Management - USA
  • Presentation Title "Food for Thought: The (co-) evolution of a Sustainable Food Summary"
  • Summary

    Sustainable and local food production as well as food sovereignty issues are driving an exploding local food movement.   And while there are many social, environmental, and economic reasons to support the local food movement, it would be a mistake to ignore or dismiss commodity agriculture in the process, which still provides the vast majority of our food.  In our quest to “eat local,” we should not ignore sustainability in commodity agriculture, where huge sustainability gains can be found.

  • About

    Bruce has over 25 years of experience in environmental and investment research and management. Currently, Bruce is the Portfolio Manager at Sustainable Insight Capital Management. Previously, Bruce was a Director in Deutsche Bank’s Asset Management division where he acted as an investment strategist conducting high-level analytical research on sustainable investing including clean tech, water and agricultural-based investment strategies as well as ESG/SRI strategies.  Prior to that, he managed assets at Smith Barney's Private Wealth Management Group in sustainable investments including agri-business and clean tech for Foundation/Endowment, HNWI and Institutional clients.  Bruce currently serves as a Trustee and member of the Finance Committee of the Jesse Smith Noyes Foundation, a US endowment and funder of sustainable agriculture organizations in the US. He also serves as a member of the Board of Visitors for the Gaylord Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and is on the Technical Review Panel of National Renewable Energy Laboratory.  Recently Bruce has joined the Advisory Council of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board and serves on the Advisory Panel of Mercer Investment Consulting and Management’s Sustainable Opportunities Fund.  Bruce holds a BA in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from the University of Connecticut; MS in Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures from Auburn University; PhD in Land Resources from University of Wisconsin, Madison; recipient of both a J. William Fulbright Scholarship and a National Science Foundation Fellowship in ecological economics.  Bruce currently is a Lecturer at Columbia University’s Earth Institute in the Sustainability Management Program.

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  • Date Thursday, 29 May 2014
  • Time 16.45-18.30
  • Type Moderator
  • Speaker Bob Bragar
  • Credentials Principal - Strategies for Impact Investors - The Netherlands
  • About

    Bob Bragar is an independent consultant who advises impact investors and practitioners worldwide on issues related to economic development, with a particular focus on the challenges of microfinance corporate governance.
    Bob is a member of the Governance Working Group at the Center for Inclusive Finance (Washington, D.C.), the European Microfinance Platform (Luxembourg) and the New York and District of Columbia bar associations.
    He has served as board member of several microfinance investment institutions, including Maanaveya Finance in India and Oikocredit Nigeria.  He is a member of the board of directors of the Russian Microfinance Center in Moscow.
    Bob is the creator of the webinar series on international development issues, www.LocalVoice4Development.org.
    Previously, Bob served as the General Counsel, head of legal and as a member of the investment committee at Oikocredit International in the Netherlands, one of the largest private impact investors. Bob holds a master’s degree in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Development (Medford, MA) and a J. D. from the George Washington University Law Center (Washington, D.C.)

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  • Speaker Flory Wilson
  • Credentials Director, B Analytics & GIIRS - B Lab - USA
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    Flory Wilson is the Director, International for GIIRS at B Lab. She joined B Lab in April 2010, working on the core team that has launched the Global Impact Investing Rating System (GIIRS) Ratings & Analytics. Flory chairs the Emerging Markets Standards Advisory Council that crafted the GIIRS rating methodology, and led a beta-test of the GIIRS assessment in early 2011 that involved over 200 companies and 25 leading impact investing funds in 30 different countries. Flory also focuses on business development, working with emerging market based mission-driven enterprises, investment vehicles and impact investors who are using GIIRS Ratings & Analytics, and GIIRS' communications efforts. Previously, Flory was a Senior International Economist in the Office of Investment Policy at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) in Washington, D.C. At OPIC, she focused on measuring the developmental, social and environmental impacts of private sector-led investment across OPIC's $2 billion portfolio. She has extensive experience in the field, having conducted monitoring and evaluation visits of over 50 OPIC-supported projects in 26 different countries. She holds a M.A. in international relations from Johns Hopkins Nitze School for Advanced International Standards (SAIS), with a concentration in economics, and graduated cum laude from Colgate University.

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  • Speaker Julia Chu
  • Credentials Director and Head of Philanthropic Services for Private Banking North America - Credit Suisse - USA
  • About

    Julia Chu is a Director in the Wealth Planning Group within the Private Banking North America business of Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC (“CSSU”), based in New York. She is a wealth strategist and Head of Philanthropy for Private Banking North America. Julia leads Philanthropic Services in three areas: first, through the optimal customized combination of charitable vehicles for each client as, second, by conveying best practices and thought leadership to maximize philanthropic impact, and third, by conveying a philanthropic legacy that spans multiple generations. She previously served at the National Endowment for the Arts’ Literature Program, and in the Foundation Relations and Planned Giving offices of the New York University School of Law and the Fashion Institute of Technology. During this time, Ms. Chu authored the gift acceptance policy, and guided the institutions on matters related to its tax-exempt status. In addition, she secured the anchor grant for an international educational center. Julia serves as Guest Lecturer in the field of tax law at NYU’s George H. Heyman, Jr., Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising (Ethics, Law and Board Governance in Philanthropic Organizations). In addition, as an advisor to the non-profit organization Echoing Green, Julia has evaluated social entrepreneurship applications for its fellowship program. She serves on the audit and development committees of the Brooklyn Arts Council board of directors. Ms. Chu received her B.A. from Cornell University, an LL.M. in Taxation from NYU School of Law, and a J.D. from Boston University.

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  • Speaker Maria Cavalcanti
  • Credentials Managing Partner - FIRST Brazil Impact Investing Fund - Brazil
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    Maria Cavalcanti is a Managing Partner at FIRST Brazil Impact Investing Fund and Venture Partner at FIR Capital. FIRST is an equity fund investing in high-growth companies that deliver essential products and services that benefit low-income Brazilian households. Ms. Cavalcanti has over 20 years of senior-level experience in corporate strategy and implementation, management consulting and investment. Prior to co-founding FIRST, Maria was the Chief Strategy Officer at Avina Foundation where she spearheaded the impact investing practice in Latin America, and was the Founder and CEO of WTT, Inc., an asset management company that invested in impact investment funds. Earlier in her career, Maria worked at Dell Inc., and was a management consultant with A. T. Kearney and TPI, where she led global projects. Maria has served as Director on several boards, including ANDE (Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs), PYME Capital Latin American Fund, and the Fondo Inversión Social. She serves as an advisor on Impact Investing in Latin America to Halloran Philanthropies and Toniic. Maria is mentor to Mobile Metrix. Maria earned an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin, holds a MS in Information Science from Columbia University in New York City, and received her BA in Linguistics from The Universidade Federal do Ceará in Brazil.

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  • Date Thursday, 29 May 2014
  • Time 16.45-18.30
  • Type Moderator
  • Speaker Daniel Wiener
  • Credentials President of the Board - Global Infrastructure Basel - Switzerland
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    Daniel Wiener is the CEO and founder of ecos, an international consulting firm located in Basel, Switzerland. Since 1987, ecos has supported businesses, public institutions, associations, municipalities and national governments in designing and implementing sustainable development strategies and projects.In addition to his responsibilities at ecos, Daniel is Founder and Chairman of the Global Infrastructure Basel Foundation, which promotes Sustainable Infrastructure Finance. He also serves as a board member for The Gold Standard Foundation, The UNEP Collaborating Centre Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy BASE and The Oekomedia Foundation. Daniel is a Swiss national, born in 1953 in Bern. He is a Senior Consultant to Cities, the World Bank, the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and to Infrastructure Investors on Public Participation, Communication, Carbon and Climate Finance as well as Sustainable Infrastructure Finance. He holds a degree in Art's Management from the University of Basel and is an experienced journalist, author, urban planning specialist and ecologist with more than 40 years of experience in these fields.

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  • Speaker Mark Way
  • Credentials Head Sustainability Americas Hub - SwissRe - USA
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    Mark Way heads Swiss Re's sustainability activities in the Americas and is part of the company’s Sustainability & Political Risk Management unit.
    Mark has held this position since 2006, working from Swiss Re's Americas headquarters in Armonk, NY. He is involved in various advisory roles and leads the company's sustainability engagement with key stakeholders in the region. These range from government departments, insurers, corporations, leading NGOs, and international organizations to academia and internal units. This engagement is focused primarily on the topic of climate change, in which Mark leads a number of projects where the interests of risk management, insurance and sustainable development coincide.
    He currently represents Swiss Re on the Management Board of ClimateWise, the insurance industry's leadership group on climate change risk and he led Swiss Re's project team that contributed to the recent report released by New York City on building resilience to climate change.
    Mark is a regular speaker, and contributor to articles, on climate related risk topics. Mark joined the Swiss Re Group in 1994 working in various property and casualty marketing teams including those responsible for regions such as United Kingdom, Scandinavia and Japan. In 2001 he took over the role of Client Manager for the company's business in Greece, Cyprus and Malta.
    A British citizen, Mark graduated from the University College Wales (UK) having studied international politics in the United Kingdom and the United States.
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    Director - Office of Recovery and Resiliency at the Office of the Mayor of New York City - USA

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  • Speaker Daniel Zarrilli
  • Credentials Director - Office of Recovery and Resiliency at the Office of the Mayor of New York City - USA
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    Daniel Zarrilli has been appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio as the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency for the City of New York, leading the implementation of A Stronger, More Resilient New York, the City’s efforts to improve resiliency by strengthening coastal protections, upgrading buildings, improving infrastructure, and making neighborhoods safer and more vibrant.
    He is also serving as the Acting Director of the Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability. Prior to this, he served on the Mayor’s Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency, leading the City’s efforts to develop a comprehensive coastal protection plan for the five boroughs and was named the City’s first Director of Resiliency in June 2013.
    In a previous role, he was the Senior Vice President for Asset Management at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), responsible for maritime assets and operations, including the City's two cruise terminals and numerous other transportation and waterfront assets.  Prior to joining NYCEDC, Daniel spent five years with Bechtel Infrastructure Corporation.  He is a Professional Engineer in the State of NY and holds an MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from MIT and a BS in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University.

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  • Speaker Katherine Constabile
  • Credentials Programme Officer, UN Secretary General's Climate Change Support Team - USA
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  • Date Thursday, 29 May 2014
  • Time 16.15 - 16.45
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  • Date Thursday, 29 May 2014
  • Time 14.30-16.15
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  • Speaker Noelle-Claire LeCann
  • Credentials President - AlphaSource Advisors - USA
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    After graduating from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1987, Noelle began her career at Salomon Brothers as a Systems Analyst. From there she moved to Cohen & Company where she managed long/short equities portfolios for seven years. She then joined Schonfeld Securities where she managed a long/short portfolio and led a team of 8 for a period of seven years. In 2002, she switched her focus to alternative investment strategies, raising institutional capital for a variety of asset managers. During that time, she was also the New York Regional Director of the Professional Risk Managers International Association, a non-profit association focused on setting best practices in risk management.  In 2007, she founded AlphaSource Advisors, LLC, an investment advisory to institutional investors, and AlphaSource Capital Securities, a broker-dealer, both focused on socially and environmentally responsible investing. She has been responsible for the strategic and operational leadership since inception. In 2011, she became a board member and chair of the communications committee for New York NASP (National Association of Securities Professionals), a non-profit advocacy group for women and minority-owned businesses in finance.

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  • Speaker Thomas van Dyck
  • Credentials enior Vice President, Financial Advisor - RBC Wealth Management, SRI Wealth Management Group - USA
  • Presentation Title "Fossil Fuel Divestment & Reinvestment"
  • Summary

    The growing fossil fuel divestment movement which began in universities has spread to cities, states, hospitals, faith communities, pension funds and is now expanding to individuals and the philanthropic community. To-date there are billions of dollars aligned with a commitment to divest from some of the worst carbon polluting companies. Drawing on decades of knowledge, a panel of content experts will discuss the financial risks of investing in fossil fuels and advocate for a new vision of investment that will advance climate solutions, and shift the prevailing carbon dependent economic paradigm, rather than drive the crisis. Join us for a one-of-a-kind critical discussion about the divestment movement and reinvestment opportunities.

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    Tom has been a leader in the field of socially-responsible investing for more than 30 years. As Senior Vice President – Financial Advisor of the SRI Wealth Management Group at RBC Wealth Management, Tom consults on $1.5 billion of ESG-screened assets. Tom is also the founder of As You Sow, a shareholder advocacy organization, which engages corporations on environmental, human/labor rights and corporate social responsibility initiatives. In 2013, Tom was named one of the Financial Times’ Top 400 Financial Advisors. Tom was also a featured speaker at the TedX Wall Street conference in 2012 and provided his expertise on SRI investing for long-term safety and returns. Van Dyck graduated from Duke University in 1980 with a B.A. in Political Science. He is a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) and holds his Series 7 and Series 66 FINRA licenses.

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  • Speaker Carter Bales
  • Credentials Chairman - NewWorld Capital Group - USA
  • Presentation Title "An Impact Perspective on Investing in Energy Renewables"
  • Summary

    The Virtuous Quadrant of High Returns and High Societal Co-Benefits, Avoiding the Trade-Off and Achieving the Trade-Up.

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    Carter is Chairman & Managing Partner of NewWorld Capital Group, LLC, an private equity firm focused on investing in middle market businesses in energy efficiency, clean energy, water resources and reclamation, waste-to-value, and environmental services. Earlier, he co-founded and was Managing Partner at The Wicks Group of Companies, an information industry investment firm. Carter was a 20-year Director at McKinsey & Company, where he founded its environmental management practice, among others, and served on its Board of Directors. Earlier, he was Assistant Budget Director (Acting) for The City of New York, leading the development of its air pollution, solid waste management, and water supply programs, among others. Carter serves on the boards of a number of leading environmental organizations, including The Center for Market Innovation at NRDC, the Advisory Council to Resources for the Future, The Nature Conservancy, the Grand Canyon Trust, and the North Shore Land Alliance. Carter holds a BA in Economics from Princeton University, an MBA in General Management from Harvard Business School, and an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Skidmore College.

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  • Speaker Stuart Braman
  • Credentials Managing Director, Global Head of Environmental Finance and Sustainability - Citigroup - USA
  • Presentation Title Green Bonds and Other Capital Market transactions for Clean Energy"
  • Summary

     Fossil Free Indexes (FFI) was formed in 2013 to address the need for fossil free investment options for index investors, "fossil free" defined in line with the divestment movement. FFI's recently released research - The Carbon Underground - will be discussed along with next steps for the research and the company.

  • About

    Stuart was working as an Adjunct Associate Research Scientist at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory on climate change adaptation, arsenic in drinking water and water conservation issues when he heard Bill McKibben speak in November 2012 about fossil fuel divestment. As index investors he and his wife went home to find some fossil free indexes to invest in. Six months later they were still looking and Fossil Free Indexes was born. Stuart’s financial services career spans 24+ years at Standard & Poor’s, DRI/McGraw-Hill and Mediant Communications. With assignments primarily in marketing, new product development, business development and strategic partnerships, Stuart retired from Standard & Poor’s as a Managing Director in the Risk Solutions Group. In his most recent financial services position with Mediant Communications he served as the Director of Investment Company Services. Stuart earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago and his Ph.D. degree in Geography (now Earth and Environmental Sciences) from Columbia University.

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  • Speaker Michael Eckhart
  • Credentials Managing Director, Global Head of Environmental Finance and Sustainability - Citigroup - USA
  • Presentation Title "Green Bonds and Other Capital Market transactions for Clean Energy"
  • Summary

    Michael will discuss the new Green Bond Principles as well as other innovations such as Yieldcos, Securitizations and the use of REIT structures.

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    Michael T. Eckhart is a Managing Director and Global Head of Environmental Finance and Sustainability at Citigroup in New York City. In this role he supports Citi's goal to be the leading financial services firm in renewable energy, energy efficiency, clean water and related areas, serving clients with corporate banking, investment banking, equity and debt capital markets, global transaction services, trade finance and private banking. Mr. Eckhart serves on the governing bureau of the REN 21 global policy network in renewable energy, on the Renewable Industry Advisory Board of the IEA, and as an Observer to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). From 2001 to 2011, Mr. Eckhart was founding President of the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE), a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization with more than 600 organizational members in wind, solar, hydro, ocean, geothermal, biomass, biofuels and waste sources of electricity, thermal energy, hydrogen and fuels. Previously, he developed financing for solar energy under the SolarBank Initiative in South Africa and India; was Chairman & CEO of the power generation development firm United Power Systems, Inc.; Vice President of the venture capital firm Areté Ventures, Inc.; a strategic planner of General Electric Company's power systems sector; and a Principal with the energy practice of Booz, Allen & Hamilton where he conducted many of the original national studies on new energy technologies in the 1970s including renewables, advanced coal, synfuels, advanced nuclear and others. Mr. Eckhart has received several awards in the area of social entrepreneurship. He served in the U.S. Navy Submarine Service. He received a degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

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Workshop 3 - Trends in Impact Investing

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  • Date Thursday, 29 May 2014
  • Time 14.30-16.15
  • Type Moderator
  • Speaker Saundra Gibson
  • Credentials Director Private Banking - Credit Suisse - USA
  • About

    Saundra co-heads a private wealth advisory team focused on individuals, families, foundations and endowments. The team’s practice concentrates on family governance issues pertaining to wealth management including: impact investing, open architecture asset management, risk management and generational transfer issues.   The team is widely recognized for extensive, thoughtful contributions to family enterprises and closely held companies for legacy and succession planning. Saundra sits on the board of advisors for Penn State University Planned Giving Advisory Council, Penn State University Board of Outreach, Penn State Marcellus Shale Education Consortium, and the Board of Directors for World Affairs Council Philadelphia.

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  • Speaker Erik Wallsten
  • Credentials Co-Founder and Managing Partner - Adobe Capital - Mexico
  • Summary

    Adobe Capital is an impact investment fund focused on supporting the early growth of social and environmental companies in Mexico. It invests in innovative companies that have significant potential to scale and be financially profitable, while delivering products and services which impact the quality of life of a critical mass of people.

  • About

    Erik Wallsten is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Adobe Capital, Mexico’s first triple bottom line impact investment fund. Erik has extensive experience in the Mexican venture capital, private equity and real estate sectors. Among other investments, Erik was involved in the development of the first sustainable housing project in Mexico City as part of LaSalle Investment Management and was a Principal at the NAFTA Fund, a local private equity fund focused on cross-border investments involving high-growth SMEs. Erik was also part of the investment team in charge of the North American Environmental Fund, Mexico’s first environmentally-focused venture capital fund. Erik received an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering with Honors from Universidad Iberoamericana.

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  • Speaker Peter Johnson
  • Credentials Partner, Head of Capital Markets - Developing World Markets - USA
  • Presentation Title "New Frontiers: investing in new impact sectors in emerging and frontier markets"
  • Summary

    * The new niches: challenges of moving into new impact sectors
    * Developing new products for HNW platforms
    * Lessons learned from Microfinance: the benefits of on-the-ground financial intermediation
    * What is it?: a sample social impact institution in Cambodia

  • About

    Peter Johnson is the manager of the capital markets team and is responsible for the origination of structured opportunities, fund development and investor relations. He also serves as the relationship manager for certain investments. He is a member of the DWM Credit Committee and Investment Committee. From 1994 through 2004, Peter co-managed DWM I Fund, L.P., the firm's legacy activity, with Judy Kirst-Kolkman, which participated in over 350 IPOs and Secondary Offerings on local emerging market stock exchanges. Prior to DWM, Peter spent 14 years with Bankers Trust, focused exclusively on emerging markets. As an investment banker in London with Middle Eastern institutional clients, he helped restructure their direct investments in Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. In New York, Peter conceived and executed multiple bond issues to restructure $14 billion of Foreign Military Sales (FMS) debts to the U.S. government by emerging market governments. In Cairo, Peter opened and managed Bankers Trust's Egypt office and negotiated Bankers Trust's first debt for equity swap and first asset backed financing backed by workers' remittances. Peter has an MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a BS from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He is competent in French and conversational Spanish. Since 1996 Peter has been on the board of Pro Mujer International and served from 2003-2006 as Chairman of the Board. Until 2007 he was also on the board of Pro Mujer Mexico.

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  • Speaker Rodolfo Fracassi
  • Credentials Director and Co-Founder - MainStreet Capital Partners - United Kingdom
  • Presentation Title "Impact Investing: Addressing the liquidity problem?"
  • Summary

    The impact investment arena is rapidly growing. According to the latest GIIN JP Morgan report the total committed capital in the impact investments market is around USD 46 billion marking an additional growth through the years. However, there are still some challenges that have not been entirely addressed yet.
    Among them, one of the most important and most frequently mentioned by investors is the lack of liquidity that characterizes most of the value-based investments available in today’s market. The liquidity problem represents a serious constraint in the development of this sector: it does not simply limit institutional clients to invest into this market but also and particularly private investors, which are constantly seeking for the possibility of small but very liquid investments.
    In our presentation we will argue that there are efficient solutions to address the liquidity problem particularly looking at all those companies, securities, and funds whose activities is directly generating a positive and measurable social / environmental impact providing daily to monthly liquidity to investors.
    More specifically we will share MainStreet Partners’ experience in creating investment products for the retail market capable to mix traditional impact investing solutions, such as microfinance and fair trade funds, thematic and social bonds, together with alternative and less explored opportunities in the listed equity space.

  • About

    Rodolfo founded MainStreet Partners (MSP) in 2008 as a catalyst for impact investments in micro, small and medium businesses across the globe. MSP is now an independent financial boutique that provides institutional investors and private banks with tailored solutions to effectively deploy capital in the impact investing area and achieve their targeted mix of social, environmental and financial returns. Prior to this he served as an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs Asset Management, in charge of developing new business opportunities with institutional investors, distributors and consultants in several European countries.  Rodolfo covered a similar position at Franklin Templeton Investments, co–heading the Italian Institutional department.  He also held positions at Salomon Smith Barney as a Derivatives Sales and started his career at the Italian Trade Commission in Hong Kong as market analyst.  He graduated at Bocconi University in Milan. Rodolfo is a Chartered Financial Analyst, member of the Italian CFA Society, the UK CFA Society, and the Microfinance UK Club.  A keen cyclist, he took a year off in 2007 to realize his dream of crossing South America by bicycle, from Quito in Ecuador to Ushuaia in Argentina across Peru, Bolivia and Chile.

  • Type Speaker
  • Speaker Josh Cohen
  • Credentials Managing Partner - City Light Capital - USA
  • Presentation Title "Investing Forward"
  • About

     Josh Cohen is the Managing Partner and cofounder of City Light Capital. He is also the Chief Investment Officer for Tyden Ventures, a single family office based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is currently on the Board of HeroX, a joint venture with the X Prize Foundation, and is an Observer to the Boards of 2U and StraighterLine. Josh recently cofounded The ImPact, whose mission is to increase the probability and pace of solving social problems by improving the flow of capital to businesses creating measurable social impact. The ImPact is a membership organization comprised of investors who pledge to make impact investments, track their social impact and financial progress, and share that data with others who have made the Pact. Prior to co-founding City Light Capital, Josh led direct investments for a family office in St. Louis, and worked with the SV Group, a private debt fund. Before becoming an investor, Josh was the Director of Business Development for Mobility Electronics (NASDAQ: IGOI). He began his career as an investment banker in the technology group of Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown in San Francisco. He is an advisor to several nonprofit organizations including the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, QuestBridge, Shalom Learning and the Redwoods Initiative. Josh graduated from the University of Michigan – and is an avid fan of Michigan sports teams. He is a frequent speaker on the topic of impact investing.

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  • Date Thursday, 29 May 2014
  • Time 14.30-16.15
  • Room 12 Floor room 3
  • Type Moderator
  • Speaker Giulio Franzinetti
  • Credentials Member of the Board of Directors - Vigeo - United Kingdom
  • About

    Giulio Franzinetti is a Director of Vigeo, rating agency specialised in CSR. In the past he has worked as an economist and later as a fund manager in emerging markets. He has worked in London, Hong Kong, Milan, Luxembourg and held a range of positions in banks and fund management companies. He now specialises, as a consultant, in marketing funds and private equity deals.

  • Type Speaker
  • Speaker Ian Lifshitz
  • Credentials Director of Sustainability and Public Affairs, North America - Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) - USA
  • Summary

    Ian Lifshitz, North American director of sustainability and public affairs for Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), will discuss the value, challenges and results of ESG Integration into a large corporation. APP, one of the largest paper companies in the world, recently committed to an unprecedented integration of ESG into its business practices through a unique sustainability and conservation policy – the Forest Conservation Policy (FCP). Now marking its first full year of implementation, APP’s FCP reduces risk while having a positive impact beyond the paper industry. Ian will share APP’s case study along with insights that apply to companies in any industry.

  • About

    Ian Lifshitz, North American director of sustainability and public affairs for Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), will discuss the value, challenges and results of ESG Integration into a large corporation. APP, one of the largest paper companies in the world, recently committed to an unprecedented integration of ESG into its business practices through a unique sustainability and conservation policy – the Forest Conservation Policy (FCP). Now marking its first full year of implementation, APP’s FCP reduces risk while having a positive impact beyond the paper industry. Ian will share APP’s case study along with insights that apply to companies in any industry.

  • Type Speaker
  • Speaker Michael Dickstein
  • Credentials Global Manager Sustainability Development - Heineken International - The Netherlands
  • About

    Michael is a seasoned business support professional with a proven track record in strategic CSR management and stakeholder engagement. In his current role, he is responsible for overseeing and further integrating HEINEKEN’s approach to Sustainable Development, i.e. the Brewing a Better Future-programme. Sustainability being part of the six company strategies, this programme is focusing on four key areas: protecting water resources, reducing energy consumption/finding innovative solutions for renewable energy, sourcing sustainably and advocating responsible consumption. Previously, Michael was Corporate Relations Manager HEINEKEN Netherlands. During his tenure, the Dutch business has launched sustainability initiatives such as the container terminal from Europe’s largest brewery to the Rotterdam Harbour, the on-trade initiative 'Sustainable Partners in the On- Trade', as well as numerous Responsible Drinking partnerships with health organizations and Dutch cities. Michael joined HEINEKEN 10 years ago from Brau Union where he was Head of Communication and Investor Relations. He has a Masters Degree and Doctorate in Law (Johannes Kepler University, Linz/Austria). He spent his early working life as Chief of Staff for MEP Paul Rübig in Brussels and Strasbourg.

  • Type Speaker
  • Speaker James Gifford
  • Credentials Member of the Advisory Board - Tau Investments - USA
  • About

    Dr. James Gifford is a Senior Fellow at the Initiative for Responsible Investment at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he researches sustainable investment in emerging markets and methods to deliver positive impact within mainstream investment strategies. He is also a Senior Strategic Advisor for Tau Investment Management, a turnaround fund that invests in unsustainable apparel and textile companies and transforms them into sustainable and ethical enterprises. Previously, Gifford was the founding Executive Director of the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment, taking the initiative from inception in 2003 and building it, over 10 years, into the preeminent global initiative on responsible investment with 1200 signatories representing $30 trillion in assets. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on responsible investment. Gifford holds a PhD from the University of Sydney on the effectiveness of shareholder engagement in improving corporate environmental, social and governance performance, as well as degrees in Commerce and Law, and a Masters in Environment Management. Gifford speaks Indonesian and has established an NGO that supports young Indonesians to enter university. In 2010 the World Economic Forum named him as one of 200 Young Global Leaders.

  • Type Speaker
  • Speaker Kristen Lang
  • Credentials Senior Manager, Corporate Programs - Ceres - USA
  • About

    Kristen Lang is a Senior Manager in the Corporate Program at Ceres, advising Ceres member companies on sustainability strategy, reporting and stakeholder engagement. Since 2006, Kristen has worked with companies to strengthen and implement sustainability strategies, directly engaging companies in the consumer product, footwear and apparel, and technology sectors. In her engagement with these companies, Kristen also leads project work related to building sustainable global supply chains. Kristen was part of the team that created The 21st Century Corporation: The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability and she also led the development of the recently released Ceres report, The Road to 2020: Corporate Progress on the Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability. Prior to joining Ceres, Kristen was the Manager of Finance for a Cambridge-based environmental non-profit. She graduated from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts in environmental science and government.

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  • Date Thursday, 29 May 2014
  • Time 14.30-16.15
  • Room 12 Floor room 2
  • Type Moderator
  • Speaker Sonal Mahida
  • Credentials US Network Manager - Principles for Responsible Investment - USA
  • About

    During her career, Sonal has worked on responsible investing from institutional investor, non-profit, and corporate perspectives. Her experience includes shareholder engagement, developing proxy voting guidelines, proxy voting analysis, ESG integration, and directing a global corporate transparency initiative in the US. Currently she is responsible for engaging with and supporting US investors in the practice and implementation of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) integration and risk management as part of her role leading the PRI’s US Network. Prior to joining PRI, Sonal focused on corporate sustainability reporting as part of the Environmental, Health and Safety team at Hess. In addition, she was Vice President of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), where she managed the organization’s US operations. Before joining CDP in 2008, Sonal was a Senior Governance Analyst at TIAA-CREF, where she led ESG dialogues and engagements with portfolio companies, and undertook internal proxy voting analysis. Throughout her career, Sonal has been a frequent speaker at leading events from investor roundtables to major business conferences. Sonal holds an M.B.A. in Finance from Boston University's School of Management and a B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University.

  • Type Speaker
  • Speaker Gerrit Heyns
  • Credentials CEO - Osmosis Investment Management - United Kingdom
  • Summary

    The investment community is beginning to move beyond subjective analysis to assess sustainability. Hard data on ESG is becoming more abundant and its implications better understood allowing both corporate and investors to draw real inferences from contemporary metrics.

  • About

    In 2008, my partners and I created Osmosis, an entrepreneurial investment management firm that develops innovative, award winning investment strategies which address the issues of constraint, consumption and environment in a pragmatic, practical manner. Our strategies are based on economic imperatives rather than idealistic hopes. Ultimately our objective is to encourage and reward the behavioural changes taking hold across the global economy by mobilizing financial markets to channel capital to sensible endeavours that meet the needs of today without impairing the ability to meet needs tomorrow. We focus on identifying activities that improve resource efficiency and enhance pragmatic sustainability in the transition to a less carbon intensive economy. In the meantime, our goal is to produce excess returns in global developed markets. As a group of innovative open minded thinkers, we exploit underutilized public data to create superior returns in large cap equity portfolios.

  • Type Speaker
  • Speaker John Cusack
  • Credentials Senior North American Representative - RepRisk AG - USA
  • Presentation Title "The Effective Management of ESG Risks"
  • Summary

    John will be addressing questions around managing environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and reputational risks related to ESG issues in portfolio management.

  • About

     Mr. Cusack is the senior North American Representative for RepRisk. He has served in executive, technical and advisory leadership roles on ESG and sustainability issues with investment, risk management and consulting firms, ESG rating agencies, multinational companies, and startup clean tech firms.
    He was startup CEO/co-founder of Innovest Strategic Value Advisors, one of the first sustainability rating metrics/investment research houses (now part of MSCI ESG Research), and founded Gifford Park Associates, a sustainability management consulting firm working with financial institutions, multinational firms, higher education institutions, NGOs and governments. He has been chief sustainability officer for an investment fund manager, Light Green Advisors, overseeing their sustainable investment strategy which beat the S&P 500 by 10% for over a decade.
    He was head of financial services risk management for the UK-based ESG country risk ratings firm Maplecroft Limited. He has developed and taught sustainable finance courses in several business schools and MBA programs. Before joining the financial sector, he founded and led operating subsidiaries of Asea Brown Boveri (ABB) in the US and Europe with global sales responsibilities.
    He has an MBA from NYU Stern School, and an MCE in Environmental Engineering and Science, and a BCE in Civil Engineering, both from Manhattan College.

  • Type Speaker
  • Speaker Diederik Timmer
  • Credentials Global Director of Institutional Relations - Sustainalytics - USA
  • About

    Diederik is the global director of institutional relations at Sustainalytics. Over the past seven years Diederik has helped build Sustainalytics into the largest independent provider of ESG research and analysis for the global investment community. He acts as an advisor to senior executives, portfolio managers, and risk professionals on developing and implementing responsible investment strategies. Diederik directly manages the Institutional Relations team that scored 1st, 2nd and 3rd position in the 2012 Thomson Reuters Extel and SRI-connect IRRI Survey for best client services person in ESG research. In 2013, Diederik transferred from Amsterdam to New York City. The move is in a response to the growing momentum of responsible investment in North America and reflects Sustainalytics' increased focus on client service and sales in this market. During his time in New York, Diederik will retain his responsibilities overseeing Sustainalytics' global institutional relations team. Diederik is an accomplished speaker, is invited to speak at events and conferences across the globe and has contributed to numerous books, reports and articles on the topic of responsible investment. Prior to joining Sustainalytics, Diederik managed research projects at Nyenrode Business University. During this period Diederik contributed to multiple publications, including "A billion to gain? A study on global financial institutions and microfinance," "ING Microfinance Support," and "Investors in Need of Social, Ethical, and Environmental Information" (Journal of Business Ethics). Diederik’s in-depth understanding of responsible investment, combined with his pragmatic and effective approach, allows him to advise professionals in the financial sector. Currently, he is an active member of several responsible investment and ethics committees and is a member of the PRI working group on ESG integration in equity investments.

  • Type Speaker
  • Speaker Nicole Douillet
  • Credentials Vice President - Credit Suisse - USA
  • About

    Nicole is a Vice President at Credit Suisse, based in New York City. She is an equities trader in the Systematic Market Making Group and head trader for the firm’s Long-Short Trading Team. Nicole joined the Credit Suisse Equity Derivatives and Convertibles Unit as a trader in 2001. Nicole invented the first ever LGBT-focused equity index, the Credit Suisse LGBT Equality Index (TM-pending). She also serves as the co-chair of the Credit Suisse LGBT Open Network Steering Committee. In addition to her responsibilities at Credit Suisse, Nicole serves on the Advisory Council of Action Against Hunger | ACF International for which she founded the Restaurants Against Hunger initiative. Prior to joining the team at Credit Suisse, Nicole was a trader on the Equity Block Trading Desk at UBS. She holds a degree in Finance and Business Economics from the University of Notre Dame.

     
    14.30 - 16.15
    12th floor
    Room 3
    Workshop 2 - Sustainable Sourcing
    Managing ESG risks in the supply chain
    Giulio Franzinetti (Moderator)
    Member of the Board of Directors - Vigeo - United Kingdom

    giulio franzinetti c About: Giulio Franzinetti is a Director of Vigeo, rating agency specialised in CSR. In the past he has worked as an economist and later as a fund manager in emerging markets. He has worked in London, Hong Kong, Milan, Luxembourg and held a range of positions in banks and fund management companies. He now specialises, as a consultant, in marketing funds and private equity deals.
    Ian Lifshitz (Speaker)
    Director of Sustainability and Public Affairs, North America - Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) - USA

    Summary: Ian Lifshitz, North American director of sustainability and public affairs for Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), will discuss the value, challenges and results of ESG Integration into a large corporation. APP, one of the largest paper companies in the world, recently committed to an unprecedented integration of ESG into its business practices through a unique sustainability and conservation policy – the Forest Conservation Policy (FCP). Now marking its first full year of implementation, APP’s FCP reduces risk while having a positive impact beyond the paper industry. Ian will share APP’s case study along with insights that apply to companies in any industry.

    Ian Liftshitz 2014 About: Ian Lifshitz is the North American director of sustainability and public affairs for Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP). He is responsible for leading the company's sustainability and media relations and other related stakeholder engagement programs across Canada, the United States and South America. Ian is also charged with leading the company's North American CSR activities, translating many of APP's successful conservation, biodiversity and social community programs to American audiences. He is a regular contributor to both environmental and paper industry publications, as well as a regular participant in industry roundtables and forums. Ian has 15 years of strategic communication expertise, and has consulted with many international organizations, developing environmental and corporate social responsibility programs.
    Michael Dickstein (Speaker)
    Global Manager Sustainability Development - Heineken International - The Netherlands

    Michael Dickstein 2014 About: Michael is a seasoned business support professional with a proven track record in strategic CSR management and stakeholder engagement. In his current role, he is responsible for overseeing and further integrating HEINEKEN’s approach to Sustainable Development, i.e. the Brewing a Better Future-programme. Sustainability being part of the six company strategies, this programme is focusing on four key areas: protecting water resources, reducing energy consumption/finding innovative solutions for renewable energy, sourcing sustainably and advocating responsible consumption. Previously, Michael was Corporate Relations Manager HEINEKEN Netherlands. During his tenure, the Dutch business has launched sustainability initiatives such as the container terminal from Europe’s largest brewery to the Rotterdam Harbour, the on-trade initiative 'Sustainable Partners in the On- Trade', as well as numerous Responsible Drinking partnerships with health organizations and Dutch cities. Michael joined HEINEKEN 10 years ago from Brau Union where he was Head of Communication and Investor Relations. He has a Masters Degree and Doctorate in Law (Johannes Kepler University, Linz/Austria). He spent his early working life as Chief of Staff for MEP Paul Rübig in Brussels and Strasbourg.
    James Gifford (Speaker)
    Member of the Advisory Board - Tau Investments - USA

    James Gifford 2014 About: Dr. James Gifford is a Senior Fellow at the Initiative for Responsible Investment at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he researches sustainable investment in emerging markets and methods to deliver positive impact within mainstream investment strategies. He is also a Senior Strategic Advisor for Tau Investment Management, a turnaround fund that invests in unsustainable apparel and textile companies and transforms them into sustainable and ethical enterprises. Previously, Gifford was the founding Executive Director of the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment, taking the initiative from inception in 2003 and building it, over 10 years, into the preeminent global initiative on responsible investment with 1200 signatories representing $30 trillion in assets. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on responsible investment. Gifford holds a PhD from the University of Sydney on the effectiveness of shareholder engagement in improving corporate environmental, social and governance performance, as well as degrees in Commerce and Law, and a Masters in Environment Management. Gifford speaks Indonesian and has established an NGO that supports young Indonesians to enter university. In 2010 the World Economic Forum named him as one of 200 Young Global Leaders.
    Kristen Lang (Speaker)
    Senior Manager, Corporate Programs - Ceres - USA

    Kristen Lang 2014 About: Kristen Lang is a Senior Manager in the Corporate Program at Ceres, advising Ceres member companies on sustainability strategy, reporting and stakeholder engagement. Since 2006, Kristen has worked with companies to strengthen and implement sustainability strategies, directly engaging companies in the consumer product, footwear and apparel, and technology sectors. In her engagement with these companies, Kristen also leads project work related to building sustainable global supply chains. Kristen was part of the team that created The 21st Century Corporation: The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability and she also led the development of the recently released Ceres report, The Road to 2020: Corporate Progress on the Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability. Prior to joining Ceres, Kristen was the Manager of Finance for a Cambridge-based environmental non-profit. She graduated from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts in environmental science and government.

     
    14.30 - 16.15
    12th floor
    Room 4
    Workshop 3 - Trends in Impact Investing
    Saundra Gibson (Moderator)
    Director Private Banking - Credit Suisse - USA

    Saundra Gibson 2014About: Saundra co-heads a private wealth advisory team focused on individuals, families, foundations and endowments. The team’s practice concentrates on family governance issues pertaining to wealth management including: impact investing, open architecture asset management, risk management and generational transfer issues.   The team is widely recognized for extensive, thoughtful contributions to family enterprises and closely held companies for legacy and succession planning. Saundra sits on the board of advisors for Penn State University Planned Giving Advisory Council, Penn State University Board of Outreach, Penn State Marcellus Shale Education Consortium, and the Board of Directors for World Affairs Council Philadelphia.
    Erik Wallsten (Speaker)
    Co-Founder and Managing Partner - Adobe Capital - Mexico
    "Supporting the early growth of social and environmental companies in Mexico"

    Summary: Adobe Capital is an impact investment fund focused on supporting the early growth of social and environmental companies in Mexico. It invests in innovative companies that have significant potential to scale and be financially profitable, while delivering products and services which impact the quality of life of a critical mass of people.

    Erik WallstenAbout: Erik Wallsten is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Adobe Capital, Mexico’s first triple bottom line impact investment fund. Erik has extensive experience in the Mexican venture capital, private equity and real estate sectors. Among other investments, Erik was involved in the development of the first sustainable housing project in Mexico City as part of LaSalle Investment Management and was a Principal at the NAFTA Fund, a local private equity fund focused on cross-border investments involving high-growth SMEs. Erik was also part of the investment team in charge of the North American Environmental Fund, Mexico’s first environmentally-focused venture capital fund. Erik received an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering with Honors from Universidad Iberoamericana.
    Peter Johnson (Speaker)
    Partner, Head of Capital Markets - Developing World Markets - USA
    "New Frontiers: investing in new impact sectors in emerging and frontier markets"

    Summary:
    * The new niches: challenges of moving into new impact sectors
    * Developing new products for HNW platforms
    * Lessons learned from Microfinance: the benefits of on-the-ground financial intermediation
    * What is it?: a sample social impact institution in Cambodia

    peter johnson web About: Peter Johnson is the manager of the capital markets team and is responsible for the origination of structured opportunities, fund development and investor relations. He also serves as the relationship manager for certain investments. He is a member of the DWM Credit Committee and Investment Committee. From 1994 through 2004, Peter co-managed DWM I Fund, L.P., the firm's legacy activity, with Judy Kirst-Kolkman, which participated in over 350 IPOs and Secondary Offerings on local emerging market stock exchanges. Prior to DWM, Peter spent 14 years with Bankers Trust, focused exclusively on emerging markets. As an investment banker in London with Middle Eastern institutional clients, he helped restructure their direct investments in Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. In New York, Peter conceived and executed multiple bond issues to restructure $14 billion of Foreign Military Sales (FMS) debts to the U.S. government by emerging market governments. In Cairo, Peter opened and managed Bankers Trust's Egypt office and negotiated Bankers Trust's first debt for equity swap and first asset backed financing backed by workers' remittances. Peter has an MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a BS from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He is competent in French and conversational Spanish. Since 1996 Peter has been on the board of Pro Mujer International and served from 2003-2006 as Chairman of the Board. Until 2007 he was also on the board of Pro Mujer Mexico.
    Rodolfo Fracassi (Speaker)
    Director and Co-Founder - MainStreet Capital Partners - United Kingdom
    "Impact Investing: Addressing the liquidity problem?"

    Summary: The impact investment arena is rapidly growing. According to the latest GIIN JP Morgan report the total committed capital in the impact investments market is around USD 46 billion marking an additional growth through the years. However, there are still some challenges that have not been entirely addressed yet.
    Among them, one of the most important and most frequently mentioned by investors is the lack of liquidity that characterizes most of the value-based investments available in today’s market. The liquidity problem represents a serious constraint in the development of this sector: it does not simply limit institutional clients to invest into this market but also and particularly private investors, which are constantly seeking for the possibility of small but very liquid investments.
    In our presentation we will argue that there are efficient solutions to address the liquidity problem particularly looking at all those companies, securities, and funds whose activities is directly generating a positive and measurable social / environmental impact providing daily to monthly liquidity to investors.
    More specifically we will share MainStreet Partners’ experience in creating investment products for the retail market capable to mix traditional impact investing solutions, such as microfinance and fair trade funds, thematic and social bonds, together with alternative and less explored opportunities in the listed equity space.

    Fracassi About: Rodolfo founded MainStreet Partners (MSP) in 2008 as a catalyst for impact investments in micro, small and medium businesses across the globe. MSP is now an independent financial boutique that provides institutional investors and private banks with tailored solutions to effectively deploy capital in the impact investing area and achieve their targeted mix of social, environmental and financial returns. Prior to this he served as an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs Asset Management, in charge of developing new business opportunities with institutional investors, distributors and consultants in several European countries.  Rodolfo covered a similar position at Franklin Templeton Investments, co–heading the Italian Institutional department.  He also held positions at Salomon Smith Barney as a Derivatives Sales and started his career at the Italian Trade Commission in Hong Kong as market analyst.  He graduated at Bocconi University in Milan. Rodolfo is a Chartered Financial Analyst, member of the Italian CFA Society, the UK CFA Society, and the Microfinance UK Club.  A keen cyclist, he took a year off in 2007 to realize his dream of crossing South America by bicycle, from Quito in Ecuador to Ushuaia in Argentina across Peru, Bolivia and Chile.
    Josh Cohen (Speaker)
    Managing Partner - City Light Capital - USA
    "Investing Forward"

    Josh Cohen 2014 About: Josh Cohen is the Managing Partner and cofounder of City Light Capital. He is also the Chief Investment Officer for Tyden Ventures, a single family office based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is currently on the Board of HeroX, a joint venture with the X Prize Foundation, and is an Observer to the Boards of 2U and StraighterLine. Josh recently cofounded The ImPact, whose mission is to increase the probability and pace of solving social problems by improving the flow of capital to businesses creating measurable social impact. The ImPact is a membership organization comprised of investors who pledge to make impact investments, track their social impact and financial progress, and share that data with others who have made the Pact. Prior to co-founding City Light Capital, Josh led direct investments for a family office in St. Louis, and worked with the SV Group, a private debt fund. Before becoming an investor, Josh was the Director of Business Development for Mobility Electronics (NASDAQ: IGOI). He began his career as an investment banker in the technology group of Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown in San Francisco. He is an advisor to several nonprofit organizations including the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, QuestBridge, Shalom Learning and the Redwoods Initiative. Josh graduated from the University of Michigan – and is an avid fan of Michigan sports teams. He is a frequent speaker on the topic of impact investing. He is a very proud husband and dad of two boys.

     

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  • Date Thursday, 29 May 2014
  • Time 13.10 - 14.30
  • Room atrium
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  • Date Thursday, 29 May 2014
  • Time 11.55-12.55
  • Room Auditorium
  • Type Moderator
  • Speaker Christina M. Alfonso
  • Credentials Founder and CEO - Madeira Global - USA
  • About

    Christina M. Alfonso is the founder and CEO of Madeira Global, an investment advisory firm focused on the social impact sector, which services select high net worth individuals and family offices. Prior to founding Madeira in 2012, Ms. Alfonso served as director of sustainable investments for World Wide Investments Group, based in São Paulo, Brazil, where she was responsible for identifying and assessing suitable investment targets in the Brazilian market for the firm’s renewable energy and sustainability funds.
    Previously, Ms. Alfonso served as senior private client associate and hedge fund liaison with AllianceBernstein, LP, in New York. She also served as a strategic consultant for Grameen Bank in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where she conducted a study of the bank’s microfinance replicator program. Christina holds a B.S. in finance and management from Fordham University, where she graduated Cum Laude, and an M.B.A. from ESADE Business School, Barcelona, Spain. Ms. Alfonso is an advisor to the $300 House Project, led by professors at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business who seek to set a new global benchmark in affordable housing. She is also a founding advisory board member of the Center for Social Innovation, New York.

  • Type Speaker
  • Speaker Emmanuel Delutzel
  • Credentials Vice President Social Businesss - BNP Paribas & Board Member FINANSOL - France
  • About

    Emmanuel de Lutzel is since 2013 Vice President Social Business of BNP Paribas. He is in charge of developing social finance with the retail banking networks in Europe as well as with asset management. Emmanuel initiated in 2007 the Microfinance Department of BNP Paribas, building a microfinance portfolio in 18 countries with 40 microfinance institutions, for an aggregated amount of 200 M € and a social impact of 1.5 M micro-entrepreneurs. He is member of the Board of Finansol (French association to promote social finance), and of Convergences, a yearly conference about social business and microfinance which gathers 5000 professionals in Paris. He is also initiator of two associations of volunteers for microfinance and social business supported by BNP Paribas which have an aggregated amount of 1200 volunteers in 10 countries. Emmanuel has 30 years banking and industrial experience, including Commerzbank in France and Siemens in Germany.

  • Type Speaker
  • Speaker Paul Tregidgo
  • Credentials Managing Director and Vice Chairman - Debt Capital Markets - Credit Suisse - USA
  • About

    Paul Tregidgo is a managing director of Credit Suisse in the investment banking division, based in New York. He is vice chairman – debt capital markets, responsible for the international DCM business, across investment grade and emerging markets globally. Mr. Tregidgo also leads the firm's global government client segment, which is charged with the integrated delivery of the firm's expertise and capabilities to government clients worldwide, and is a member of the firm's Emerging Markets Council.
    Previously, he was head of global and emerging debt capital markets at Credit Suisse, and, from 1995–2000, head of Latin American debt capital markets. During his career at Credit Suisse, Mr. Tregidgo has served on the global investment banking and fixed income operating committees. Prior to joining Credit Suisse First Boston (as then was) in London in 1985, Mr. Tregidgo practiced international financial law in London and Hong Kong. Mr. Tregidgo obtained his law degree from Downing College Cambridge. He is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion and a Board Member of Accion International.

  • Type Speaker
  • Speaker Gloria Nelund
  • Credentials Chairman and CEO - TriLinc Global - USA
  • About

    Gloria spent 30 years on Wall Street as one of the most successful and visible executives in the international investment management industry.   After retiring from Deutsche Bank as CEO of their $50 billion North America Private Wealth Management division, she co-founded TriLinc Global, an investment firm dedicated to launching and managing innovative impact investment funds that exponentially increase private capital participation to help solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges.
    In addition to her activities with TriLinc, Gloria is Chairman and Independent Trustee for RS Investments, a mutual fund complex with more than $20 billion in assets under management.  She is also a life-long supporter of development-oriented philanthropic causes.  Gloria currently sits on the board of multiple not-for-profit organizations and actively supports entrepreneurship research and education.  She is an active speaker, and guest lecturer on Impact Investing and Ethical Leadership at conferences and several top business schools, including Columbia, Wheaton, Kellogg, MIT and Georgetown.

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