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FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards Ceremony and Conference

Mobilising Sustainable Capital, Technology and Ideas in the New Economy

London |
Speakers include:
Amina Mohammed

Amina Mohammed

Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations, and former Minister of Environment of Nigeria

Sir David King

Sir David King

Special Representative for Climate Change, UK Government

James Cameron

James Cameron

Overseas Development Institute

Overview

The Financial Times and IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, have announced the winners of the 2016 FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards.

Microvast, a power solutions provider for electric vehicles, received the award for Excellence in Transformational Business. For more information on all the winners and highly commended entries, please see here.

This year’s programme marked 11 years of collaboration between FT and IFC on global awards initiatives that highlight ground-breaking, commercially viable solutions to today’s development challenges. For 2016, special attention was given to products and services that address challenges around climate change, especially in rapidly growing urban areas. The awards also highlighted the role of the private sector in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A total of 155 entries were received from 219 organisations involving projects in 92 countries.

The awards were presented at a special dinner in London attended by around 250 senior decision-makers in business, finance and development. The event followed a half-day Transformational Business Conference organised by the Financial Times and IFC.

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2016 Awards Winners

The winners and highly commended are:

Achievement in Low-Carbon Urban Transformation

Winner: Microvast
Based primarily in China, Microvast have developed, manufactured and sold battery power solutions to 10,000 electric buses in 26 provinces across China and four European countries. Their latest development is an ultra-fast charging battery pack, MVPACK, specifically designed for use in cars, with a battery life that matches the life of the vehicle. The convenience of this environmentally friendly energy solution is expected to encourage and contribute to the mass adoption of affordable electric vehicles, and the long-term electrification of urban transport systems.

In the words of the judges, the winner of this category is transforming the public transit sector in one of the world’s most polluted and densely populated countries where renewable energy solutions are in big demand.  If rolled out globally, this approach could play an important role in the fight against climate change

Highly Commended: Lumos and Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
Lumos has partnered with OPIC to provide affordable and solar electricity to off-grid homes in Nigeria, developing a solar-connected indoor unit that allows people to purchase reliable electricity on demand. Working in cooperation with mobile phone operators, the project utilises their existing sales, marketing, distribution and billing infrastructure to ensure that payments can be made via mobile, on a pay-per-use system, without the need for a mobile money infrastructure.

The special commendation in this category goes to a company whose impact goes well beyond its sector by offering a novel and affordable solution to the acute challenge of access to energy.

 

Special Award: Excellence in City-Led Transformation

Winner: New Taipei City Government
New Taipei City is a newly established municipality circling Taiwan’s capital Taipei City. The vision of the city reform is to build a “Liveable City” that identifies and accommodates the needs of its people. Innovative policies have included the Happiness Protection Station, whereby children of disadvantaged families get free meal boxes in convenience stores, and the Department of Social Welfare can then collect the data and reach out to the families in need. This experiment in modern-age urbanization is citizen-oriented and has encouraged public participation in effective governance, inviting members of the public to be part of committees in major policy areas to enable citizens’ input at every stage of policy planning. 

In the words of the judges, the winner of this category is an exemplary city-wide transformational program that offers a sustainable solution to the worldwide challenge of equitable urban development

Highly Commended: Harare City Council 
The council’s Harare Slum Upgrading Project aims to enhance housing sector inclusiveness and reinstall Council service delivery. This has been achieved in part by engaging the urban poor in slum upgrading processes, and mediating between increasingly active citizens and a stretched national government. Operating within a reform-starved, resource-stressed environment, Harare City Council has served as an invaluable example for other councils in Zimbabwe.

The special commendation in this category goes to a city that is achieving remarkable results in an exceptionally challenging environment. It is building a new relationship with the urban poor, introducing significant reforms and sharing its experience with other cities.

 

Achievement in Transformational Technology

Winner: Piramal Foundation
Piramal Sarvajal designs and deploys innovative technology to ensure safe water access for India’s rural villages. The company installs local, remotely-tracked water purification systems, and has built a strong network of ‘water ATMs’, the solar-powered, cloud-connected vending machines that dispense water for villagers at the swipe of a smart card. As the ATMs track every transaction that takes place, they enable sophisticated market forecasting and 24-hour access to water, as well as the possibility to provide targeted subsidies to certain villages through government-run programs.

In the words of the judges, the winner of this category is offering an innovative technology to provide access to a basic resource in rural areas. This model holds a lot of promise:

Highly Commended: what3words
This addressing system is based on a global grid of 57 trillion squares, each 3m by 3m in size. The what3words algorithm allocates each square a fixed, unique 3 word address, giving the whole world a simple and communicable address listing that is as accurate as GPS. The apps and codes are then plugged into existing services, and used to track disease outbreaks, send aid and disaster relief to precise areas, address informal settlements across the world, facilitate environmental conservation recording and enable real-time reporting at exact locations.

The special commendation in this category goes to a company whose innovative technology will allow for the delivery of much-needed products across a number of countries:

 

Achievement in Transformational Finance

Winner: NatureVest, The Nature Conservancy and JPMorgan Chase & Co 
NatureVest’s restructuring of the Seychelles’ sovereign debt has converted a portion of this debt back into a local currency payment stream, to be used to support conservation in the local area. The restructuring provides $281,000 per year for marine conservation activities, and will also see the Seychelles increase its marine protected area in return. This collaboration is the first time that private investment capital has been used to finance a debt-for-nature swap, proving that this model is viable and replicable as a conservation method.

In the words of the judges, the winner of this category was able to leverage strategic partnerships to deploy a novel financial solution, which can be replicable in small island states:

 

Achievement in Sustainable Development: Sustainable Agriculture

Winner: Farmerline
Based in Ghana, Farmerline’s technology enables communication with farmers in rural areas that would be otherwise out-of-reach due to barriers in connectivity, literacy or language. MERGDATA is available via voice technology in local languages, and provides information including agricultural tips, weather data and market pricing to farmers even in low-connectivity areas. Farmerline has also developed technology to improve the efficiency of the agricultural value chain, including GPS mapping of plot size and systems to facilitate mobile money payments

In the words of the judges, the winner of this category developed user-friendly technology to connect farming communities in remote areas to much needed business intelligence and training on their terms.

Highly Commended: Honey Care Africa
Honey Care sources and sells South Sudanese honey, guaranteeing a fair market price for the farmers who harvest it. Farmers are organised into ‘clusters’, each with a local manager to provide support and apiary training, which ensures that the company can continue to pay them even in areas cut off from the head office due to security issues following the 2013 civil war. The raw honey is then processed and branded before being sold locally or exported to Kenya, bringing much-needed local and foreign exchange revenue and stability to local economies. HCASS plans to expand this sustainable business model and introduce a new product every few months, ultimately aiming to develop food ranges designed to combat malnutrition.

A special commendation in this category goes to a company that developed a viable business model for farmers operating in one of the most challenging environments. This model could be followed in similar countries.

 

Achievement in Sustainable Development: Maternal and Infant Health

Winner: Kwara State Health Insurance Program
In order to improve access to primary healthcare – particularly maternal – for the people of rural Kwara, the PharmAccess Foundation has joined forces with the Kwara State Government, insurance company Hygeia Community Health Care and the Health Insurance Fund. By educating communities about maternal and child care through outreach programs and mobile health initiatives, and facilitating access to this care by enrolling women and children in the subsidised health insurance program, Pharma Access has had a demonstrable impact on local trust in hospitals and health care.

In the words of the judges, the winner of this category is filling a tremendous systemic need for access to quality healthcare for women and children by forging partnerships with government, foundations, the private sector and the healthcare community.

 

 Excellence in Transformational Business

 Winner: Microvast

 The distinction of being winner of the winners goes to a company that offers the potential for a truly remarkable energy solution for polluted cities across the globe.

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Keynote Speakers (3)

Amina Mohammed

Amina Mohammed

Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations, and former Minister of Environment of Nigeria

Amina J. Mohammed was Minister of Environment of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from November 2015 to December 2016, where she steered the country’s efforts on climate action, protecting the natural environment and conserving resources for sustainable development. 

Prior to this, she served as Special Adviser to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Post-2015 Development Planning, where she was instrumental in bringing about the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals. 

Before joining the UN, Ms. Mohammed worked for three successive administrations in Nigeria, serving as Special Advisor on the Millennium Development Goals, providing advice on issues including poverty, public sector reform and sustainable development, and coordinating programmes worth $1 billion annually for MDG-related interventions. 

She is also an Adjunct Professor in Development Practice at Columbia University, and serves on numerous international advisory boards and panels, including the UN Secretary-General's High-level Panel on Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Sir David King

Sir David King

Special Representative for Climate Change, UK Government

Professor Sir David King was appointed as the UK Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change (full-time) in September 2013. Sir David was previously the Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor from 2000 to 2007, working with Prime Ministers Blair and Brown, during which time he raised awareness of the need for governments to act on climate change and was instrumental in creating the Energy Technologies Institute. He also served as the Founding Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment at Oxford (2008-2012). Some of his other appointments include the Chair of Future Cities Catapult, Chancellor of the University of Liverpool, Senior Scientific Advisor to UBS, and Adviser to President Kagame of Rwanda. Sir David is a physical chemist working in surface science and catalysis. He has published over 500 papers on surface science and heterogeneous catalysis, and on science and policy, for which he has received many awards and medals. He has received 23 honorary degrees from universities around the world. Sir David was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1991, and Foreign Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2002, was knighted in 2003, and was made “Officier dans l’ordre national de la Légion d’Honneur” in 2009.

James Cameron

James Cameron

Chairman
Overseas Development Institute

James Cameron is Chairman of the Overseas Development Institute. He is also a member of HM Treasury's Infrastructure UK Advisory Council and GE's ecomagination advisory board, an advisor to the Climate Bonds Initiative, and a trustee member of the UK Green Building Council. He is the Chairman of start-ups ETIndex, which helps investors manage carbon risk, and Green Running. Mr Cameron was Co-Founder of the Carbon Disclosure Project, and its former Chairman. He also previously served as Chairman of Climate Change Capital, an environmental asset management and advisory business he founded in 2004. Prior to Climate Change Capital, Mr Cameron was Counsel to Baker & McKenzie and was the founder and the head of their Climate Change and Clean Energy Practice. He spent much of his legal career working on climate change matters, including negotiating the UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol as an adviser to the Alliance of Small Island States. As a barrister he appeared in several of the leading cases in international and environmental law. Mr Cameron has held academic positions at Cambridge, London, Bruges and Sydney, and is currently affiliated with the Yale Centre for Environmental Law and Policy.  He was educated at University of Western Australia, University College London (LLB), Queens’ College, Cambridge (LLM), and Inner Temple (called to the Bar 1987). 

Speakers (15)

Suparno Banerjee

Suparno Banerjee

Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector Programs and Future City
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Suparno Banerjee is Vice President and Worldwide Leader for Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)’s Future City initiative. He is also responsible for developing HPE’s Public Sector strategy and driving key strategic shifts in HPE’s go-to-market approach and client innovation model. Mr Banerjee is a recognised thought leader in Smart City and Digital Government and has presented to numerous governments across the world. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the World Economic Forum’s Future of Urban Development. Previously, Mr Banerjee was Vice President for Strategy for HP’s Enterprise Group in Asia Pacific & Japan (APJ). Based in Beijing and subsequently Singapore, his experiences around HP’s city-level implementations in Asia were critical in shaping HPE’s Future City strategy. Subsequent to his strategy role in APJ, he joined the Office of the CEO to drive new growth initiatives in the Public Sector across all business units. Prior to HP, Mr Banerjee was a Director with Deloitte Consulting and led the start-up of Deloitte’s Federal consulting practice in the US. In previous roles in his career, he was an industry leader for IBM where he helped start IBM’s Government Industry consulting business. He also taught at IBM’s Advanced Business Institute. Before joining IBM, he led KPMG’s emerging markets technology consulting organisation. He has authored numerous white papers on the topic of urbanisation and transformation in government. Mr Banerjee serves on the Board of TalentNomics Inc, a start-up not-for-profit that focuses on developing the next generation of women leaders and increasing the global talent pool of women for executive and board positions. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management.

Philippe Desfossés

Philippe Desfossés

CEO
ERAFP

Philippe Desfossés was appointed Chief Executive Officer of ERAFP, France’s civil service pension fund, in June 2008. A graduate of Sciences Po in Paris and the French National School of Administration, Mr Desfossés started his career at the French Treasury in 1985. From 1995 to 1997, he was Special Advisor to Jacques Barrot, the Minister of Labour and Social Affairs. In 1998, he joined AXA Group as Senior Manager and became CEO of two subsidiaries. From 2006, Mr Desfossés was Director of Corporate Affairs & Business Development and a member of the Executive Committee at Lilly France.

Kanini Mutooni

Kanini Mutooni

Director for Investment
East Africa Trade and Investment Hub

Kanini Mutooni is Director for Investment at the East Africa Trade and Investment Hub in Nairobi, an eight-country initiative created to increase and attract patient capital investments into the East African region. Since launch in May 2015, the unit has supported the allocation of over $25m in investment to companies in the agri-business, financial services and technology sectors. Ms Mutooni also serves as an investment committee member of the African Enterprise Challenge Fund, a $250m donor-funded impact fund based in Nairobi with 124 investee companies in Sub-Saharan Africa. She is also the Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee of the Global Innovation Fund, a UK-based $250m multi-donor fund that supports investment in innovations in emerging markets. She also serves as the Chair of Finance and Audit Committee of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, a UK-based institution that works with communities in over 34 countries to stop the spread of HIV. Ms Mutooni was recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2014 for her contribution to business and was named as one of the most influential businesswomen in East Africa by BusinessWeek magazine in 2013. In 2010, she was nominated in London as a ‘Woman of the City Future Leader.’ A UK Chartered accountant and MBA holder (Cass Business School, City University), Ms Mutooni has worked at Director and Vice President level at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, KPMG, Ernst & Young, and Kleinwort Benson over the past 15 years. She was also the founder and CEO of MyAzimia, an innovative technology platform providing solutions to the crowd-lending sector. The platform facilitated the origination of over $50m in new loans in Europe and the US in the online lending sector.

Nathan Fabian

Nathan Fabian

Director of Policy and Research
Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)

Nathan Fabian joined the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) in July 2015 as Director of Policy and Research. He is responsible for developing and implementing the PRI’s policy and research work streams, supporting signatories to identify and overcome barriers that currently prevent financial markets from functioning more sustainably. Previously, Mr Fabian led the Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC) Australia & New Zealand as CEO for six years, and spent two and a half years as head of ESG Research at Regnan, a leading provider of environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) research and engagement. He has also worked as a senior consultant for Arthur Andersen; a market analyst at Krone, a German-based telecommunications company; and a corporate governance policy advisor to Senator Penny Wong of Australia. Mr Fabian holds an MA in International Relations from the University of New South Wales and a BBus from the University of Newcastle.

Andreas Feiner

Andreas Feiner

Founding Partner and Head of ESG Research and Advisory
Arabesque Partners

Andreas Feiner is a founding Partner of Arabesque. He is responsible for Arabesque`s Sustainability Process, which is the basis for all of Arabesque`s flagship products and Bespoke Solutions, offering tailor-made products based on investors` individual preferences. Launched in 2013 following a management buyout from Barclays Bank, Arabesque has been built in partnership with world-leading universities in support of the principles of the United Nations Global Compact. The firm’s quantitative investment process uses over 100 billion data points relating to non-financial environmental, social, and governance criteria; risk of fraud or other criminal activity; and financial stability, earnings momentum and market sentiment. Mr Feiner was a co-author of a meta-study published by the University of Oxford and Arabesque in 2014, which explores the compatibility between sustainability and profitability. The report can be accessed freely on www.arabesque.com/oxford. Prior to founding Arabesque, Mr Feiner was Head of Distribution for Barclays Saudi Arabia. Other previous positions include Structured Product Sales for Germany, Austria, and Switzerland at Barclays, as well as Equity Research and later Portfolio Management at Metzler Asset Management. Mr Feiner holds a BS in Business Administration from the Frankfurt School of Business and Finance.

Nicki Goh

Nicki Goh

Portfolio Director
Global Innovation Fund

Nicki Goh currently works as Portfolio Director at the Global Innovation Fund (GIF). Prior to joining GIF, she spent three years at the UK Department for International Development (DFID) as a private sector innovation adviser. In this role she developed new initiatives in the areas of impact investment, entrepreneurship, human centred design and digital technology for development. Ms Goh has also worked as a consultant with both Technoserve and Kiva.org in West Africa and spent several years in strategy consulting, leading assignments in various sectors including financial services, energy, consumer goods and government in the UK and France. Ms Goh has a BA from Cambridge University and an MA from the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex University.

Guy Miller

Guy Miller

Chief Market Strategist and Head of Macroeconomics
Zurich Insurance Group

Guy Miller is Zurich Group’s Chief Market Strategist and Head of Macroeconomics. A seasoned market strategist, he leads a team of investment professionals, whose remit is both financial market analysis and macroeconomic forecasting. As Chief Market Strategist, Mr Miller advises the Investment Management Executive Team, of which he is a member, on the tactical asset allocation of the balance sheet assets of the Zurich Group. This entails defining the relative merits of equities, sovereign debt and corporate credit across the globe and on currency hedging. Mr Miller is also responsible for providing the global economic backdrop that lays the foundation for planning and product decisions made by the Zurich Group. Economic forecasts are made on both a short and medium term basis, capturing the major themes that are likely to shape the global economy. Before joining Zurich in 2003, Mr Miller led the US equity team at Shell Pensions, where he was a member of the Asset Allocation Committee and supervised the implementation of satellite investment mandates in the North American region. Prior to his seven years spent at Shell Pensions, Mr Miller was a US fund manager at National Mutual for six years, where he built an excellent reputation for fund performance. Mr Miller holds a BA (Hons) in Commerce from Napier University, UK, and is an Associate of the Institute of Investment Management and Research.

Colin Parris

Colin Parris

Vice President, Software Research
GE Global Research Center

Colin J. Parris is Vice President, Software Research at the General Electric Global Research Center in Niskayuna, NY. In this role he is responsible for all of the analytics, software and software systems research for GE’s Industrial and Capital businesses. He is an Officer of the General Electric Company. Dr Parris previously worked at IBM from 1994 to 2014, in roles that spanned research, software development, technology management and P&L management. He was Vice President, System Research at the IBM T J Watson Research Division, Vice President, Software Development for IBM’s largest system software development lab (6,000+ software developers worldwide), Vice President of Corporate Technology, and Vice President and General Manager of IBM Power Systems (responsible for IBM’s $5 billion+ P&L Unix System and Software business). Dr Parris received a Doctorate of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, a Master’s in the Science of Management from Stanford University (as a Sloan Fellow) a Master’s of Science in Electrical  Engineering and Computer  Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Howard University. He has also received various technical and community honours and awards, published several technical papers, and has six patents.

Peter Rabley

Peter Rabley

Director, Investments
Omidyar Network

Peter Rabley brings to Omidyar Network more than 25 years of experience in the international property rights space as an entrepreneur, business leader and technologist. In his current role, he invests in property rights in emerging markets. Prior to joining Omidyar Network, Mr Rabley was the founder and CEO of International Land Systems until its recent acquisition by Thompson Reuters. Post acquisition, he was Vice President for Global Business Development and Strategy for the tax and accounting government division at Thomson Reuters. Mr Rabley began his career implementing some of the earliest GIS/LIS (Geographic Information System/Land Information System) solutions in metropolitan governments in the US in the 1980s. Over the next decade, he translated this experience into innovative applications for international development as Director of GIS/LIS at PADCO consulting firm. Mr Rabley graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Geography, as well as a Master’s degree in Geography.

Robbie Schingler

Robbie Schingler

Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer
Planet Labs

Robbie Schingler is the Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Planet Labs. Prior to Planet Labs, Mr Schingler spent nine years at NASA. He helped to formulate the Small Spacecraft Office at NASA Ames Research Center and was Capture Manager for the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). He had two tours at NASA Headquarters. He served as NASA’s Open Government Representative to the White House -- and the White House recognised NASA as a model for openness in government. Mr Schingler also served as founding Chief of Staff for the Office of the Chief Technologist at NASA – where he incubated a $650 million Space Technology Program that focused on advanced technology. Mr Schingler received an MBA from Georgetown University, a Master’s of Science in Space Studies from the International Space University, and a BS in Engineering Physics from Santa Clara University, and was a 2005 Presidential Management Fellow.

Frederic Sicre

Frederic Sicre

Managing Director
Abraaj Group

Frederic Sicre has over 20 years’ experience in engaging the private sector on global issues, regional development agendas and community building. He is a Managing Director in the Global Markets team at the Abraaj Group, and works with leaders from all fields, including governments, private sector, media and culture. Prior to joining the Group, Mr Sicre spent 16 years as Managing Director and Member of the Executive Board at the World Economic Forum, where he established the Forum’s activities in Africa and the Middle East. He was made responsible for the Forum’s Center for Regional Strategies, with a particular focus on global growth markets and the Annual Meeting in Davos. He also acted as the Editor of South Africa at Ten, a book celebrating the first 10 years of democracy in the country. Mr Sicre is the Chairman of the Mustaqbali Foundation and serves on the 
board of Dubai Cares, Education for Employment, Junior Achievement’s MENA Board, and the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council. He is also a member of the World Presidents’ Organization. Mr Sicre holds an MBA from IMD, and a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences from Villanova University, Philadelphia, and is a fellow of Stanford University.

Ethiopis Tafara

Ethiopis Tafara

General Counsel and Vice President, Corporate Risk and Sustainability
IFC

Ethiopis Tafara is IFC’s Vice President for Corporate Risk and Sustainability and the General Counsel. In this capacity, he is responsible for IFC’s legal and financial recovery operations. He also oversees the organisation’s comprehensive approach to risk management and provides leadership for IFC’s environmental, social, and governance standards. Mr Tafara is a recognised leader in developing and promoting regulatory and governance standards to support global securities markets. He has advised developing countries on the reforms needed to grow capital markets and has led in the formulation of standards for regulators, oversight bodies, and securities market participants around the world. Mr Tafara joined IFC in 2013 from the US Securities and Exchange Commission, where he served as the Director of the Office of International Affairs. During his tenure, the SEC significantly expanded its capacity-building programmes for regulators and oversight bodies across emerging markets. Before joining the SEC, he worked at the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission as Counsel to the Chairman, and in the Chief Counsel’s Office of the Division of Enforcement. Mr Tafara started his legal career in the Brussels office of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton. He holds a JD from Georgetown University Law Center and an AB from Princeton University.

Raj Thamotheram

Raj Thamotheram

CEO
Preventable Surprises

Raj Thamotheram is CEO of Preventable Surprises and a Visiting Fellow at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, Oxford University. He is a well-recognised thought leader on how investors can adapt to put people and planet on par with investment returns and so deliver long-term wealth to their clients/customers and society. Dr Thamotheram is a columnist (“Long Term Matters”) for Investment & Pensions Europe (IPE), a regular contributor to Responsible Investor and the author of several articles. He lectures widely, facilitates high-level discussions and provides strategic advisory support and training to clients in the investment system. He is the co-founder, with Howard Covington, of the Forceful Stewardship initiative, which advocates that institutional investors ask investee companies to publish 2C transition plans, in order to manage climate-related systemic risk. Dr Thamotheram is a member of the board of Council on Economic Policies and trustee of Friends Provident Foundation. Previously, he led the Responsible Investment team at Universities Superannuation Scheme and also at AXA Investment Managers. He was nominated by Global Proxy Watch as “one of the 10 most influential figures in the corporate governance field” in 2004 and again in 2008.

Maarten van Herpen

Maarten van Herpen

Head
Philips Africa Innovation Hub

Maarten van Herpen was appointed Head of the Philips Africa Innovation Hub in 2013, making him responsible for Philips’ pan-African research and innovation projects. He leads a team of scientists and (social) entrepreneurs with the mission to improve the lives of people in Africa through meaningful innovation. His objective is to adapt the Philips product portfolio to meet the specific needs of the local market in Africa, by scouting for new innovations and by developing these innovations into businesses. Mr van Herpen has been working at Philips as a scientist, inventor and corporate entrepreneur since 2004. He has been a pioneer in a wide variety of fields, ranging from pure technology to healthcare and LED lighting. He currently holds 188 patent applications, generated over the past eight years -- of which more than 100 are already granted in the US. This makes Mr van Herpen one of the top inventors at Philips. He has founded and managed three corporate ventures through the first stages of development within Philips’ corporate entrepreneurship programmes. In 2013, Mr van Herpen was honoured by the World Economic Forum as one of its Global Young Scientists, a group of scientists under the age of 40 with a proven track record of advancing the frontiers of science, engineering or technology in areas of high societal impact. In 2014 he became a member of the WEF Global Agenda Council on Social Innovation. Mr van Herpen has a PhD in Physics and a Master’s in Business Innovation.

Gary Vaughan-Smith

Gary Vaughan-Smith

Founding Partner and Chief Investment Officer
SilverStreet Capital

Gary Vaughan-Smith is a Founding Partner and Chief Investment Officer of SilverStreet Capital LLP, a London and Africa-based asset management firm focusing on investment into the agricultural sector. Between 2001 and 2006, Mr Vaughan-Smith was Head of the Alternative Investment Group at ABN AMRO Asset Management, responsible for all Alternative Investment products. Over this five-year period, he oversaw growth in assets from under $50 million to several billion. Between 1990 and 2001, Mr Vaughan-Smith was at Gartmore Investments Ltd, initially heading the Quantitative Investment and Risk Consultancy teams. In 1998 he became Head of the Global Portfolio Team, responsible for some $26 billion in assets under management. In 1986, Mr Vaughan-Smith began his career in the Pensions Division at Southern Life Association in Cape Town, South Africa and moved to the Investment Consultancy division of Sedgwick Noble Lowndes in 1989. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries, and holds a Master’s degree in Finance from Cambridge University and a BSc (Hons) in Mathematical Statistics from the University of Cape Town. Mr Vaughan-Smith was born and completed his schooling in Zimbabwe.

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Moderators (3)

Pilita Clark

Pilita Clark

Environment Correspondent
Financial Times

Pilita Clark was appointed Environment Correspondent in May 2011, having previously been the Aerospace Correspondent and Deputy News Editor on the main news desk at the Financial Times, and then Deputy Editor of the FT Magazine. In her current role Ms Clark covers all environmental issues, from climate change to wildlife and renewable energy, but has a particular focus on the impact of low-carbon policies on businesses and investors. Before joining the FT in 2003 as a Commissioning Editor on the FT Magazine, Ms Clark was a Senior Writer for the Sydney Morning Herald, where she was a Political Reporter in Washington DC and Canberra. She was also Managing Editor of The Eye news magazine in Sydney, and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.

Andrew Jack

Andrew Jack

Head of Curated Content
Financial Times

Andrew Jack has worked as a journalist for the Financial Times since 1990. He currently runs the curated content team, which picks the best news and analysis from the FT and the rest of the web. He was previously Deputy Editor of the Analysis section, Pharmaceuticals Correspondent, Moscow Bureau Chief, Paris Correspondent, Financial Correspondent, general reporter and corporate reporter. He is author of the books Inside Putin’s Russia and The French Exception, as well as numerous specialist reports, and has appeared on the BBC and other media outlets.

Ravi Mattu

Ravi Mattu

Acting Technology Editor
Financial Times

Ravi Mattu is the Acting Technology Editor of the Financial Times. Since joining the FT 15 years ago, he has spoken to CEOs, entrepreneurs, prime ministers and some of the world’s leading management thinkers. From the founders of Uber and Nest, to the CEOs of Microsoft and Vodafone, to the man who came up with virtual reality and Lady Gaga’s manager, Mr Mattu has interviewed some of the most creative people in business today. Through working with thought leaders in a variety of fields, he has developed unique observations on the topics of technology, innovation, entrepreneurship, global trends in business and the changing nature of the workplace. Mr Mattu joined the Financial Times in 2000 and has held a number of senior positions at the newspaper, including Technology, Media and Telecoms News Editor,  Business Life Editor, overseeing the management section of the paper, and Acting Deputy Editor of the FT Weekend Magazine. He is a former editor of Special Reports. He was also launch editor of FT Wealth. He took up his most recent position after being the Editorial Director for FT2, , the FT’s content marketing unit..Before joining the FT, Mr Mattu worked as assistant editor, acting deputy editor and senior editor at Prospect Magazine from 1997 to 2000.

Awards Judges (9)

John Thornhill

John Thornhill

Innovation Editor
Financial Times

John Thornhill is the FT’s first Innovation Editor. In this role, he oversees the FT’s award-winning global comment team to transform the way the FT commissions, edits and publishes commentary on multiple platforms. He also leads efforts to put new technology at the heart of the FT’s journalism, working closely with product development, data, audio, video and audience engagement teams. Prior to this, Mr Thornhill was the FT’s Deputy Editor for three years. In that time he launched The 125, a successful subscription event series that has featured business leaders including Mark Carney, Jack Dorsey, Bill Gates, Ana Botin and many of the FT’s top journalists. Since joining the FT in 1988 as a graduate trainee, Mr Thornhill has also held the positions of News Editor, European Editor, Asia Editor, Foreign News Editor, Paris Bureau Chief, Moscow Bureau Chief and Lex columnist. He has filed reports from 36 countries and interviewed 13 heads of state or government, including Vladimir Putin, Nicholas Sarkozy, Junichiro Koizumi and Lee Kuan Yew. He has an MSc in Soviet Politics from the London School of Economics and an MA in Ancient and Modern History from Magdalen College, Oxford University. 

Nena Stoiljkovic

Nena Stoiljkovic

Vice President of Blended Finance and Partnerships
IFC

Nena Stoiljkovic is a Vice President of Global Client Services and a member of the IFC Management Team. In this capacity, Ms. Stoiljkovic is one of two vice presidents responsible for IFC Operations. She has a leading role in developing IFC’s strategic direction and its expansion into poorer countries.

A Serbian national, Ms. Stoiljkovic has held a number of leadership positions at the World Bank Group. Previously, she served as a co-Bank Group Vice President for Global Practices and Cross-Cutting Solution Areas, which were established in 2014 to bring global expertise to help government clients tackle their most significant development challenges. The start-up year ended with strong results in lending and advisory and analytic services.

Ms. Stoiljkovic was previously Vice President for IFC Advisory Services. Under her leadership, IFC changed its advisory delivery model to strengthen client focus and impact by integrating IFC’s advisory work with its investment work and with the then-new Global Practices.

Prior to this, Ms. Stoiljkovic was IFC’s Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Under her leadership, IFC supported the banking sector in a region particularly hard hit by financial crisis and contributed to its recovery in close cooperation with the World Bank.

Ms. Stoiljkovic joined IFC in 1995 as an Investment Officer, and has since worked in Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, Southern Europe, and Central Asia.

Prior to joining IFC, Ms. Stoiljkovic worked as a consultant at the Economic Institute of Belgrade. She holds an MBA from the London Business School.

Samir Abhyankar

Samir Abhyankar

Partner
TPG Growth

Samir Abhyankar is a Partner at TPG Growth based in London, working across sectors covering the group's investment activities in Africa. Prior to joining TPG Growth in 2015, Mr Abhyankar was a Partner with Satya Capital, where he focused on IT, consumer, financial services and retail investments. Previously he spent six years at Citi Venture Capital International, where he was responsible for its African investment activities, and CDC Group, where he was the Director of Strategy. He was also formerly a management consultant with Marakon Associates. Mr Abhyankar started his career with the World Bank as a banking sector analyst. He graduated with an MBA from INSEAD and holds an MA from John's Hopkins' School of Advanced International Studies.

Billy Cobbett

Billy Cobbett

Director
Cities Alliance

William (Billy) Cobbett is Director of Cities Alliance, a global partnership for poverty reduction and the promotion of cities in sustainable development. As Director. Mr Cobbett initiated a series of corporate and strategic reforms for Cities Alliance, including relocating the Secretariat from Washington DC to Brussels, and which will culminate with the inaugural meeting of the Cities Alliance Assembly in April 2016. Born in South Africa, Mr Cobbett was overall coordinator of Planact, an urban NGO providing policy and technical support to civic organisations and trade unions. He moved to African National Congress (ANC) headquarters in 1992, serving on the National Housing Forum and, prior to the historic 1994 election, the Transitional Executive Council (TEC). In the Government of National Unity under President Mandela, Mr Cobbett was appointed Director General of the National Department of Housing under Minister Joe Slovo. He has a History degree from Middlesex University, London.

Mary Ellen Iskenderian

Mary Ellen Iskenderian

President and CEO
Women's World Banking

Mary Ellen Iskenderian is President and CEO of Women’s World Banking, the global non-profit devoted to giving more low-income women access to the financial tools and resources they need to achieve security and prosperity. Ms Iskenderian joined Women’s World Banking in 2006 and leads the Women’s World Banking global team, based in New York. She also serves as a member of the Investment Committee of its $50m impact investment fund.

Before joining Women’s World Banking, Ms Iskenderian worked for 17 years at the International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank. Before that, she worked for the investment bank Lehman Brothers.

Ms. Iskenderian is a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a 2017 Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Fellow, as well as a member of the Women’s Forum of New York and the Business and Sustainable Development Commission. Ms Iskenderian holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a Bachelor of Science in International Economics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

Chris Locke

Chris Locke

Founder, Caribou Digital, and Visiting Fellow,
Center on Emerging and Pacific Economies, University of California, San Diego

Chris Locke is the Founder of Caribou Digital and a Visiting Fellow at the University of California, San Diego's Center on Emerging and Pacific Economies. Caribou Digital works with development organisations to build digital economies in emerging markets, helping to take critical mobile services covering health, agri, money and learning tools to scale at a nationwide level.  Mr Locke was previously the Managing Director of GSMA Mobile for Development. He has spent the past 15 years working in the mobile and internet industries for companies including the Virgin Group, Three, AOL and T-Mobile. Previous to his industry career, he was the Xerox Lecturer in Electronic Communication and Publishing at University College London, and has maintained strong links to the research community. He is co-editor of “Thumb Culture: The Meaning of Mobile Phones in Society,” an anthology of research considering the global social effect of mobile technology.

Kanini Mutooni

Kanini Mutooni

Director for Investment
East Africa Trade and Investment Hub

Kanini Mutooni is Director for Investment at the East Africa Trade and Investment Hub in Nairobi, an eight-country initiative created to increase and attract patient capital investments into the East African region. Since launch in May 2015, the unit has supported the allocation of over $25m in investment to companies in the agri-business, financial services and technology sectors. Ms Mutooni also serves as an investment committee member of the African Enterprise Challenge Fund, a $250m donor-funded impact fund based in Nairobi with 124 investee companies in Sub-Saharan Africa. She is also the Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee of the Global Innovation Fund, a UK-based $250m multi-donor fund that supports investment in innovations in emerging markets. She also serves as the Chair of Finance and Audit Committee of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, a UK-based institution that works with communities in over 34 countries to stop the spread of HIV. Ms Mutooni was recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2014 for her contribution to business and was named as one of the most influential businesswomen in East Africa by BusinessWeek magazine in 2013. In 2010, she was nominated in London as a ‘Woman of the City Future Leader.’ A UK Chartered accountant and MBA holder (Cass Business School, City University), Ms Mutooni has worked at Director and Vice President level at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, KPMG, Ernst & Young, and Kleinwort Benson over the past 15 years. She was also the founder and CEO of MyAzimia, an innovative technology platform providing solutions to the crowd-lending sector. The platform facilitated the origination of over $50m in new loans in Europe and the US in the online lending sector.

Nick Robins

Nick Robins

Co-Director, Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Nick Robins is Co-Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System, a two-year initiative to advance financial policy options that more effectively mobilise capital for an inclusive, green economy. Mr Robins has over 20 years’ experience in the policy, research and financial dimensions of sustainable development. Before joining UNEP, he was Head of the Climate Change Centre of Excellence at HSBC in London from 2007 to 2014, where he produced investment research on issues such as clean tech growth, climate vulnerability, green stimulus and stranded assets. In the Thomson Extel awards for European investment research, Mr Robins was ranked as #1 analyst for integrated climate change in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Prior to HSBC, he was first head of SRI research and then head of SRI funds at Henderson Global Investors. At Henderson, he published the first ever carbon audit of an investment fund and co-designed the Industries of the Future fund. Mr Robins has also worked for the International Institute of Environment and Development and the European Commission’s Environment Directorate, and was part of the original Business Council for Sustainable Development, working on the Changing Course book for the 1992 Earth Summit.

Henrik Skovby

Henrik Skovby

Executive Chairman
Dalberg Group

Henrik Skovby is the former Global Managing Partner and founder of Dalberg. In his current capacity as Executive Chairman of Dalberg Group, most of his time is dedicated to industry innovation and establishing new business lines under the Dalberg brand. As a strategy consultant, Mr Skovby's main focus has been corporate strategy and organisational reforms. He has led a series of institutional reviews in the development sector and has been involved in launching several global commissions and thought leadership initiatives. Prior to Dalberg, Mr Skovby worked at McKinsey & Company, where his focus was financial and public institutions. He began his professional career with the United Nations Development Program, where he worked on project management, budget matters, and strategic positioning of the organisation. Mr Skovby holds a Master's of Public Administration degree from Harvard University, a degree in Business Economics from Copenhagen Business School, and an undergraduate degree in Political Science from University of Aarhus.

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Agenda - 9th Jun

  • 1:00pm
    Registration and light lunch
  • 2:00pm
    Welcome Remarks
  • 2:10pm
    Opening Address

    Amina Mohammed, Minister of Environment, Nigeria, and former Special Advisor to UN Secretary General on Post-2015 Development Agenda

  • 2:40pm
    Keynote Address

    Sir David King, Special Representative for Climate Change, UK Government

  • 3:10pm
    Climate Change: Financing Long-Term Solutions

    The historic Paris agreement on climate change, adopted by more than 190 countries, commits the world to achieving net zero annual greenhouse gas emissions by the second half of this century. Achievement of this goal will depend on rapidly increasing investments in cleaner technologies and infrastructure. Some large institutional investors have already formed a group to coordinate their efforts. A key task will be to identify priorities and to ensure that the solutions they invest in are viable over the long-term. What should the priority projects be, and what is the best structure to manage risk?

    Philippe Desfossés, CEO, ERAFP
    Nathan Fabian, Director of Policy and Research, Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)
    Andreas Feiner, Founding Partner and Head of ESG Research and Advisory, Arabesque Partners
    Raj Thamotheram, CEO, Preventable Surprises

    Moderator: Pilita Clark, Environment Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 4:00pm
    Networking Break
  • 4:20pm
    Presentation

    Robbie Schingler, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Planet Labs

  • 4:30pm
    Technology: Harnessing the Power of Innovation and Disruption

    The new economy is changing the structure of development. The drivers of growth and competitiveness are no longer centred just around traditional factors such as capital, labour and natural resources. Innovation and technological depth have become crucial for long-term progress, as the increasingly rapid implementation of ideas, in some cases totally disrupting business models, transform industries, consumption and wealth building. What key disruptive forces have the potential of substantially accelerating development? How can the deepening of a start-up culture in developing economies be channeled into job creation and addressing the basic needs of the underserved?

    Suparno Banerjee, Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector Programs and Future City, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
    Nicki Goh, Portfolio Director, Global Innovation Fund
    Colin Parris, Vice President, Software Research, GE Global Research Center
    Peter Rabley, Director, Investments, Omidyar Network
    Robbie Schingler, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Planet Labs

    Moderator: Ravi Mattu, Technology, Media and Telecoms News Editor, Financial Times

  • 5:20pm
    SDGs: Tackling Key Challenges Around Food Security and Health

    Efforts to address climate change and deepen access to technology will play an important role in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, designed to achieve by 2030 the eradication of poverty in all its forms as well as protect the planet from degradation, and generally ensure that all human beings can enjoy prosperous and fulfilling lives. Besides private sector investment, the SDGs will require new out-of-the-box ideas to accelerate change across a number of areas. This session will discuss these challenges and how they relate specifically to the targets around sustainable agriculture, which requires substantial investment and innovation to enhance productivity, and maternal and infant health, where much more needs to be done to boost healthcare systems and delivery to fully eradicate a wide range of diseases.

    Guy Miller, Chief Market Strategist and Head of Macroeconomics, Zurich Insurance Group
    Kanini Mutooni, Director for Investment, East Africa Trade and Investment Hub
    Frederic Sicre, Managing Director, Abraaj Group
    Maarten van Herpen, Head, Philips Africa Innovation Hub
    Gary Vaughan-Smith, Founding Partner and Chief Investment Officer, SilverStreet Capital

    Moderator: Andrew Jack, Head of Curated Content, Financial Times

  • 6:00pm
    Cocktail Reception
  • 7:30pm
    Awards Dinner

    Keynote Speaker

    James Cameron, Chairman, Overseas Development Institute

2016 Awards: Shortlisted nominees

With 155 entries received from 219 stakeholders and involving projects in 92 countries, the shortlisted nominees for 2016 are as follows:

Achievement in Low-Carbon Urban Transformation
Actis, UK
Imperial Homes Corporation and Enfinity, Philippines
Microvast, US
Nepra Resource Management, India
Nova-Lumos, Netherlands, and OPIC, US
ReNew Power Ventures, India
Spinlister, US
 
Achievement in Transformational Technology
Active Learning Solutions, India
enovatRx, HBL, Mobilink and NADRA, Pakistan
Lubax, US
Mobisol, Germany
Piramal Foundation, India
what3words, UK
YES Bank, India
Achievement in Transformational Finance
Aviva, UK
Bank of America Merrill Lynch, US
CLP, India
CrossBoundary Energy, Mauritius
MasterCard, US, Caixa Económica Federal and TIM Mobile, Brazil, MovilRed, Colombia, and BANSEFI and Nafinsa, Mexico
MicroEnsure and Telenor, UK and India
NatureVest, the Nature Conservancy and JPMorgan Chase, US
Achievement in Sustainable Development: Sustainable Agriculture
BILT Tree Tech, India
Farmerline MERGDATA, Ghana
Honey Care Africa, Kenya and South Sudan
Steak TzarTzar, Israel
SunCulture, Kenya
Achievement in Sustainable Development: Maternal and Infant Health
Etisalat, UAE
GSK, UK and Save the Children
Living Goods, US
PharmAccess Foundation (NL), Kwara State Government (Nigeria), Hygeia Community Health Care (Nigeria), the Health Insurance Fund (NL) and 
Sustainable Health Enterprises, US

Excellence in City-Led Transformation
City of Antananarivo, JIRAMA, and Ministry of Water, Sanitation & Hygiene, Madagascar
Busan Metropolitan City Government, South Korea
City of Harare, Zimbabwe
City of Lviv, Ukraine
Maputo Municipal Council, Mozambique
New Taipei City, Taiwan
City of Surabaya, Indonesia

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2016 Awards

For the full selection of the award photo's please click here

FT IFC Transformational Business Awards 2016   Flickr   Photo Sharing

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Who attends?

CEOs, CFOs and other senior decision-makers and strategists from productive sector companies, investment institutions and advisory firms involved in projects addressing key challenges in urbanisation, technology and sustainability with respect to developing economies, including:

  • Infrastructure developers
  • Energy companies
  • Engineering companies
  • Technology companies
  • Healthcare providers
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Design houses
  • Pension funds
  • Sovereign wealth funds
  • Life insurance companies
  • Private equity firms
  • Investment banks
  • Fund managers
  • Consultancies

Senior public sector decision-makers and strategists, including policy-makers from national, regional and municipal governments.

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Why attend?

  • Hear directly from the investors and innovators whose initiatives are addressing key challenges around urbanisation, technology and sustainability in both developed and emerging economies, with a particular focus on climate change and healthcare
  • Gain critical insights on transformative solutions required to improve livelihoods and help build prosperity for generations to come
  • Explore the most effective structures for public-private partnerships
  • Meet senior corporate decision-makers, influential investors and leading strategists
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Table booking

Attendance is complimentary and by invitation only. 

If you would like to host a table for you and your guests (up to 10), including table branding, the booking price is £4,000. Please contact Lara Cornaro, Senior Marketing Executive FT Live, at lara.cornaro@ft.com or call +44 (0) 207873 4836

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Venue

Hilton London Bankside
2 – 8 Great Suffolk Street
London SE1 0UG
Tel: 44-020-36675600

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Accommodation

Please note the group rate for Financial Times has expired. Please contact the Hilton Bankside directly for their best available rate.

groupreservations@hiltonbankside.co.uk

T: + 44 (0) 207 593 3968

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Platinum Sponsor (1)

SilverStreet Capital is a leading investor into the agricultural sector in Africa, investing across the agricultural value chain from input provision through to food production, storage, processing and distribution. Central to the business’ strategy is to achieve a substantial positive social impact through its hub- out-grower business model. SilverStreet works with small-scale farmers and local communities to provide markets for their produce, training to improve crop yields and significant employment opportunities. The team have wide experience in the agricultural sector and over-see businesses across six countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Gold sponsor (1)

Omidyar Network is a philanthropic investment firm dedicated to harnessing the power of markets to create opportunity for people to improve their lives. Established in 2004 by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife Pam, the organization invests in and helps scale innovative organizations to catalyze economic and social change. Omidyar Network has committed more than $1 billion to for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations that foster economic advancement and encourage individual participation across multiple initiatives, including Education, Emerging Tech, Financial Inclusion, Governance & Citizen Engagement and Property Rights.

To learn more, visit www.omidyar.com, and follow on Twitter @omidyarnetwork #PositiveReturns

Knowledge Partner (1)

Cities Alliance is the global partnership for poverty reduction and promoting the role of cities in sustainable development.

Partnerships are critical to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  We bring together organisations with different perspectives and expertise on city issues around common goals: well run, productive cities that provide opportunities for all residents. Our members include multilateral development organisations, national governments, local government associations, International NGOs, foundations, private sector and foundations, and academia.

The Cities Alliance Secretariat is based in Brussels, and is hosted by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).

TECHNICAL ADVISOR (1)

PwC is founded on a culture of partnership with a strong commercial focus. 

Our goal is to build the iconic professional services firm, always front of mind, because we aim to be the best. We set the standard and we drive the agenda for our profession.

Supporting Partners (2)

Sparknews is a social enterprise, at the crossroads of social innovation, the leading media and the corporate world. Our mission is to shed light on innovative & tested solutions to the most pressing global issues. We achieve this through our two annual media operations Impact Journalism Day and Solutions&Co, reaching 120 million readers; alongside this Sparknews also inspires and advises the leaders of large corporations to work towards a more inclusive society.

Dalberg is a leading strategy and policy consulting firm specializing in global development and inclusive growth. Dalberg has worked in over 100 countries, with a focus in frontier and emerging markets. Dalberg supports leaders across the public and private sectors, helping governments, foundations, investors, international agencies, non-governmental organizations, and Fortune 500 companies address global challenges and realize opportunities for growth.

More Information on the Awards

If you would like to have more information about the awards programme, please visit the dedicated website:

live.ft.com/transformationalbusiness_awards

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Why Sponsor?

Sponsor the FT/ IFC Transformational Awards & Conference to position your organisation at the heart of the transformational business debate, and consolidate and amplify your position in this area:

  • Gain access to senior decision makers hand-picked by the FT and IFC;
  • Brand alignment with the FT and its unrivalled credibility;
  • Demonstrate thought leadership following decisions made at COP21;
  • Benefit from sustained international visibility through our advertising and marketing campaigns.

Please contact John Wallace, Commercial Manager, FT Live
T: +44 (0) 20 7873 4926 |  M: +44 (0) 7808 790475 |  E: john.wallace@ft.com 

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