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FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards & Conference

Catalysing Finance and Disruptive Technologies to Boost Sustainable Solutions

London |
Speakers include:
Kate Raworth

Kate Raworth

Doughnut Economics

Aric Dromi

Aric Dromi

Futurologist

Gideon Rachman

Gideon Rachman

Financial Times

Overview

The Financial Times and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, have announced the winners of the 2017 FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards.

This year’s programme marks 12 years of collaboration between the FT and IFC on awarding global initiatives that highlight ground-breaking, commercially viable solutions to today’s development challenges. 

For 2017, special attention was given to products and services that harness disruptive technologies and business models to achieve their sustainability objectives. The awards also again highlighted solutions that address climate change and help meet key UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A total of 148 entries were received from 152 organisations involving projects in more than 84 countries.

“The superb short-lists this year reflected the catalytic impact of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals on initiatives to address climate change and alleviate poverty. It was not easy to choose a winner among such strong nominees, but we are delighted with this year’s winners and particularly the role that disruptive technologies are playing in driving progress,” said Robert Armstrong, chief editorial writer of the Financial Times and co-chair of the awards judging panel.

“The FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards have evolved over the years to provide innovative solutions to pressing development challenges,'' said Nena Stoiljkovic, Vice President for Blended Finance and Partnerships, IFC, and judging panel co-chair. “Most recently, the awards have focused on the central role for the private sector in meeting the SDGs, by combining capital, innovative thinking, new partnerships-creating opportunities where they are needed most in emerging markets.”

The awards were presented at a special dinner in London attended by around 200 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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2017 Winners

Achievement in Transformational Infrastructure
Winner: Truck Alliance, China

Truck Alliance operates an online freight-truck matching platform in China. Based on the concept of a sharing economy, it connects shippers and truckers, building a virtual infrastructure to combat China’s inefficient and fragmented road logistics industry. The service vastly reduces the time taken to match shipments with trucks, and assists truckers in optimising their routes to save time and fuel.

Special Commendee: National Freight Information and Transportation Hub (NAFITH), Jordan and Iraq

The National Freight Information and Transportation Hub in Iraq is designed to automate port operations to combat corruption. Despite challenges like unstable electricity, primitive banking systems and the need for high levels of security, the project has introduced measures such as eGates, outdoor LED screens and electronic tagging to better manage safety and security, and address the system of informal payments that has developed at certain land ports.

Achievement in Transformational Finance
Winner: WorldRemit, Global

WorldRemit is a global online money transfer business, enabling migrants to send money home to family and friends in developing countries. It is a convenient, low-cost alternative to traditional money transfer companies that use high street agents and charge higher fees. Transfers to most countries are instant and money can be received as a bank deposit, cash pick-up, mobile money, or mobile airtime top-up.

Achievement in Sustainable Development, with a focus on Food, Water and Land 
Winner: Winnow, Global

Winnow is a smart meter that helps chefs cut their food waste in the hospitality and foodservices sector. An electronic scale records the weight of food the kitchen team throws away and sends a message giving the cost of the food wasted. The meter is connected to cloud software which records and analyses the day’s waste. 

Special Commendee: Ignitia, Sub-Saharan Africa

Ignitia is the first forecasting system to produce highly accurate weather predictions for the tropics. To get these forecasts into the hands of farmers, Ignitia sends them a low-cost SMS by partnering with telecommunications companies and allowing the farmers to pay in micro-instalments from their existing mobile credit.

Achievement in Sustainable Development, with a focus on Health, Wellness and Disease Prevention 
Winner: CarePay M-TIBA Mobile Health Wallet, Kenya

CarePay is the developer of the M-TIBA platform, a mobile health wallet that administers healthcare payments between public and private funders, patients and healthcare providers in Kenya. Funds sent to M-TIBA can be used to pay for medical services at accredited M-TIBA health providers.

Achievement in Sustainable Development, with a focus on Education, Knowledge and Skills 
Winner: Edukasyon.ph Employment Platform, Philippines

More than 200,000 students have used online platform Edukayson.ph, the first education-to-employment tool in an emerging market. Operating in the Philippines, it lists every course available in the country and curates thousands of scholarships. Brokering partnerships with paying private schools and government organisations, it also shifts the growing cost of education and training from the individual to the large corporation.

Special Commendee: BRAC STAR Skills Training Programme, Bangladesh

The STAR programme tackles the skills gap in Bangladesh with an innovative apprenticeship scheme. It pairs apprentices together under a Master Crafts Person, usually the owner of a small business, where they receive six months’ full-time training in financial literacy, market assessment and hands-on experience of managing a business. When the apprenticeship is completed, students are tested, certified, and linked to employment.

Special Public Sector Award: Achievement in City-Led Transformation

Winner: PACCM Climate Action Programme, Mexico City

Mexico City’s Climate Action Program for 2014-2020 has delivered a framework to reduce the environmental, social and economic risks posed by climate change while promoting the welfare of the city’s population.

Overall Award: Excellence in Disruptive Technologies

Winner: Truck Alliance, China

Overall Award: Excellence in Climate Solutions

Joint winners: 

Block Island Wind Farm, US

The Block Island Wind Farm is the first commercial offshore wind farm ever constructed in the United States. The island now generates 100 per cent of its electricity using wind energy and a new interconnection to the mainland power grid. Having also lowered the utility costs for Block Island residents by up to 40 per cent, this project paves the way for larger offshore commercial wind projects throughout the US.

CrossBoundary Energy Fund, Kenya, Rwanda and Ghana 

The CrossBoundary Energy Fund is increasing the efficiency of solar asset financing in Africa by aggregating investor capital. This has improved project economics by distributing costs across a portfolio of contracts. CBE’s portfolio has included a solar facility at the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Rwanda, a solar and battery installation at Loisaba Conservancy in Kenya, and a solar carport at Nairobi’s Garden City Mall.

Overall Award: Excellence in Transformational Business

Winner: WorldRemit, Global

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Agenda - 8th Jun

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

    Kate Raworth, Economist and Author, Doughnut Economics

  • 2:40pm
    A New Global Order?

    Gideon Rachman, Chief Foreign Affairs Commentator, Financial Times

  • 3:00pm
    Climate Change: The Impact of New Technologies on Infrastructure

    The cost-effective delivery of essential infrastructure is crucial for economic and social progress in both urban and rural contexts. New, disruptive technologies are radically reshaping planning, financing and implementation of infrastructure initiatives, with transformational outcomes for energy provision, as well as transport systems, water distribution and other key sectors. This session will explore the latest innovations in infrastructure development, the impact on pricing and yield, and the significant role these technologies will play in the drive to address climate change, particularly in emerging economies.

    Mehdi Benjelloun, Project Development Manager, Masen
    Alzbeta Klein, Director and Global Head of Climate Business, International Finance Corporation (IFC)
    Sumant Sinha, Chairman and CEO, ReNew Power
    Gisela Kaiser, Executive Director: Water, Waste & Informal Settlements, and (acting) Energy, City of Cape Town, South Africa

    Moderator: Pilita Clark, Environment Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 4:00pm
    Networking Break
  • 4:30pm
    SDGs: Accelerating Key Health and Education Initiatives

    Improving health and education are key Sustainable Development Goals. Much more needs to be done to reduce the mortality rate in the developing world, particularly among mothers and infants; improve the delivery of medicines; and rapidly reduce the impact of disease. Inclusive, high quality education and the provision of skills-based training are essential to ensure productive employment, especially among young people. Referring to specific case studies, this session will discuss the major opportunities in healthcare and education in developing economies, the steps that need to be taken to assure progress at scale, and the key obstacles that still have to be overcome, both in terms of private sector engagement and public policy.

    Steve Davis, President and CEO, PATH
    Gargee Ghosh, Director of Development Policy & Finance, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
    Arun Gore, President and CEO, Gray Ghost Ventures

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

  • 5:20pm
    SDGs: Assuring Long-Term Financing at Scale

    Securing long-term financing to support the implementation of SDG-related initiatives around the world is one of the major challenges to be overcome if targets are to be met by 2030. Meeting this challenge requires the full engagement of Institutional investors and other large owners of capital, and innovative financing structures and business models that support initiatives with substantial social, environmental and corporate governance value and the potential to transform lives. What are private investors looking for as they evaluate these initiatives? What role can capital markets play in boosting investment? What are the key risks and how can they be managed? 

    John McKinley, Director, BlackRock
    Meryam Omi, Head of Sustainability & Responsibility Investment Strategy, Legal & General Investment Management
    Jim Roth, Co-Founder and Partner, LeapFrog Investments

    Moderator: Sarah Murray, Specialist Writer on Sustainable Development, Financial Times 

  • 6:10pm
    Closing Remarks
  • 6:15pm
    Cocktail Reception
  • 7:30pm
    Awards Dinner

    Keynote speaker: Aric Dromi, Futurologist

  • 11:00pm
    End of Awards Ceremony / Networking Bar

Keynote speakers (3)

Kate Raworth

Kate Raworth

Economist and Author
Doughnut Economics

Kate Raworth is an economist whose research focuses on the unique social and ecological challenges of the 21st century. She is a Senior Visiting Research Associate at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute, and also Senior Associate of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. Her critically acclaimed book Doughnut Economics (Random House, April 2017) identifies seven insights to help the 21st century economist bring humanity into the global sweet spot (shaped like a doughnut) that combines human prosperity with ecological sustainability. From 2002 to 2013 she was Senior Researcher at Oxfam, before which she worked for the United Nations Development Programme where she co-authored the UN Human Development Report from 1997 to 2001. Ms Raworth has been named by The Guardian as “one of the top 10 tweeters on economic transformation”.

Aric Dromi

Aric Dromi

Futurologist

Aric Dromi is a futurologist, digital philosopher and professional troublemaker. He explores a new way of thinking about how things work. He helps advance philosophical research and related fields through innovation and technology. Mr Dromi recognises that an essential part of capturing the future is being able to explain it, make it tangible and, most importantly, make it relevant. He tends to focus on 10 to 15-year future scenarios, helping people identify and abandon old paradigms and re-think thinking.

Gideon Rachman

Gideon Rachman

Chief Foreign Affairs Commentator
Financial Times

Gideon Rachman became Chief Foreign Affairs Commentator for the Financial Times in 2006. He speaks authoritatively about economics, politics, and globalisation as they apply to Asia, Europe, the Middle East, the Americas and more, and writes a weekly column on international politics as well as feature articles. Mr Rachman joined the FT after a 15-year career at The Economist, which included spells as a foreign correspondent in Brussels, Washington and Bangkok. He also edited The Economist’s business and Asia sections. Mr Rachman’s book, Zero-Sum World, about the future of international relations was published in the UK in 2010. He was named as foreign affairs commentator of the year in the UK Comment Awards for 2010. He is a regular broadcaster for — amongst others — the BBC, CNN and NPR, and also a regular public speaker before both academic and business audiences. Mr Rachman is a graduate of Caius College, Cambridge and has been a visiting fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.

Conference speakers (16)

Gisela  Kaiser

Gisela Kaiser

Executive Director: Water, Waste & Informal Settlements, and (acting) Energy
City of Cape Town, South Africa

Gisela Kaiser has more than 25 years’ experience in infrastructure development in public and private organisations, covering a broad variety of sectors, including consulting engineering, industrial, retail, higher education and local government. A city like Cape Town, at the southern tip of Africa, is so much more vulnerable to the reality of resource scarcity and the impact of climate change, necessitating an integrated and innovative approach. Dr Kaiser’s passion is finding a balance amongst the competing priorities of social equity, technical development, environmental sustainability, corporate governance and financial sustainability. Dr Kaiser is qualified as a professional Civil Engineer with an MBA and PhD.

Mehdi Benjelloun

Mehdi Benjelloun

Project Development Manager
Masen

Mehdi Benjelloun is Project Development Manager at Masen, Morocco’s renewable energy agency. He is in charge of business development and project finance for some of Masen’s large solar projects, including financial structuring and tax engineering, as well as procurement. He successfully managed the first green bonds issuance in Morocco. Mr Benjelloun started his career at Areva as Business Development Manager in the mining sector and Internal Auditor, before acting as Finance Bid Manager for international EPR reactor projects. Mr Benjelloun graduated from Arts et Métiers Paristech Engineering School (Paris, France) before obtaining an Advanced Master’s degree (Strategy & Management of International Business) from ESSEC School of Management (also in Paris).

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.

Steve Davis

Steve Davis

CEO
PATH

As president and CEO of PATH, Steve Davis combines his extensive experience as a technology business leader, global health advocate, and social innovator to accelerate great ideas and bring lifesaving solutions to scale. He oversees PATH’s work of driving transformative global health innovation to save and improve lives, reaching 219 million people in 2013.   Mr. Davis’ long-standing commitment to human rights and global development grew from his early work on refugee programs and policies, and from his later focus on Chinese politics and law. He has employed that same passion as a leader and strategist for a range of private and nonprofit companies and international organizations, including as ceo of internet pioneer and global digital media firm Corbis, director of social innovation for McKinsey & Company, and interim ceo of the Infectious Disease Research Institute. Earlier in his career, he practiced law at the international law firm of K&L Gates with a focus on intellectual property.   Davis is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and holds a faculty appointment as a lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.  He currently serves on the boards of InterAction and Global Partnerships, and sits on several advisory groups, including the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Social Innovation, the Clinton Global Initiative’s Global Health Advisory Board, the Council on Foreign Relation’s Task Force on Noncommunicable Diseases, and Wellcome Trust’s Sustaining Health Dialogue.    He holds several board and advisory appointments for corporate and nonprofit organizations, and holds a faculty appointment as a senior fellow at the University of Washington School Of Law. He earned his BA from Princeton University, his MA in Chinese studies from the University of Washington, and his law degree from Columbia University.

Gargee  Ghosh

Gargee Ghosh

Director of Development Policy & Finance
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Gargee Ghosh leads the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s international policy team as Director of Development Policy & Finance. The team develops and funds innovative ideas to make finance more effective in solving the problems of extreme poverty around the world. The team also provides analysis to Foundation leadership, including Bill and Melinda Gates, on trends and opportunities in international Policy. Ms Ghosh previously held senior positions at Google.org and in the international development practice of McKinsey & Company, as well as at the Center for Global Development. She has also worked in the Gates Foundation’s Global Health division, where she helped launch the Foundation’s first significant blended finance deals. Ms Ghosh also served on President Obama’s Global Development Council and she sits on the US board of Camfed. She holds graduate degrees in Economics from the University of Oxford and in International Relations from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Victoria in Canada.

Arun Gore

Arun Gore

President and CEO
Gray Ghost Ventures

As the President and CEO of Gray Ghost Ventures, Arun Gore is responsible for the general management and day-to-day operations of the company. He also serves in a portfolio management capacity and plays a governance role as a board member for a number of the portfolio companies. Mr Gore brings an extensive background in mobile telecommunications, finance, operations and entrepreneurship. He has more than 35 years’ experience in the US, South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, including as a member of the executive team at T-Mobile USA, where he was Chief Financial Officer of Cook Inlet T-Mobile. Mr Gore also brings a wealth of entrepreneurial experience as the prior owner and manager of organisations such as SAI, an international supply company for oilfield supplies, where he was responsible for the operations of 13 countries; and Atex Oil Company, a wholesale and retail oil refining and distribution business where he was responsible for the finance, inventory, asset protection and fleet management of an entire division of the company. In 2006, Mr Gore became actively engaged in the Investment Team at Grey Ghost Ventures and in 2008, as a Managing Director of the Investment Team, he took responsibility for overseeing the development, evaluation, governance and operational management of the firm’s impact investing portfolios. Mr Gore completed his undergraduate studies in India and holds a BSc in Sciences and a BS in Accounting. He completed his post-graduate studies in the US and holds an MBA in Finance.

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.

Alzbeta  Klein

Alzbeta Klein

Director and Global Head of Climate Business
International Finance Corporation (IFC)

As Director and Global Head of IFC’s Climate Business, Alzbeta Klein’s role is to provide thought leadership, fundraising and facilitation of all the work related to renewables, climate-smart agriculture, green bonds and other climate business areas. Prior to her current appointment, she was a Director and Global Co-head of the Agribusiness, Manufacturing and Services Investments group where she managed over $13 billion of assets in emerging markets, leading a group of 400 bankers in 60 IFC offices worldwide. During the past 20 years, Ms Klein has worked in many areas of IFC and rose through the ranks, including serving for two years as the Chief of Staff to IFC’s former CEO Lars Thunell. She headed IFC’s business growth in Eastern Europe in the early 2000s, led work in several industry sectors across IFC, and originated the Food Fund, which created the base of blended finance and impact investment for IFC. Ms Klein joined IFC from the Export Development Corporation in Canada and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC). She received a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Ottawa, where she also studied for her doctorate. She also has an Engineering degree from Prague University in the Czech Republic, and executive education from Harvard Business School and INSEAD. She holds a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

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.

John McKinley

John McKinley

Director
BlackRock

John McKinley is a Director at BlackRock and a member of the BlackRock Impact team, working closely with the firm's global investment teams across equity, fixed income and alternatives to develop scalable, innovative investment solutions that address clients' financial objectives alongside their social or environmental objectives. Prior to joining BlackRock in 2014, Mr McKinley served as Innovation Manager at Acumen, a social venture fund investing debt/equity in companies delivering goods and services to low-income consumers across Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America. Prior to Acumen, Mr McKinley served as a senior policy analyst in the Office of Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York City and managed rule of law development programmes across 17 countries in Africa and the Middle East with the US Department of Justice. He has written for Harvard Business Review and lectured on impact investing at Haas School of Business, Columbia Business School, London School of Economics, and the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Mr McKinley holds a BA from Middlebury College and a Master’s in Economic and Political Development from Columbia University.

Sarah Murray

Sarah Murray

Specialist Writer on Sustainable Development
Financial Times

Sarah Murray is a Specialist Writer on Sustainable Development and a Non-fiction author and editor. A former Financial Times journalist and long-time Financial Times contributor, she also writes for Stanford Social Innovation Review as well as for universities and foundations. Her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the Economist, The Guardian, and the South China Morning Post. She has edited two books on philanthropy and is author of two non-fiction books, Making an Exit: From the Magnificent to the Macabre, How We Dignify the Dead, and Moveable Feasts: From Ancient Rome to the 21st Century, the Incredible Journeys of the Food We Eat.

Meryam  Omi

Meryam Omi

Head of Sustainability & Responsibility Investment Strategy
Legal & General Investment Management

Meryam Omi is responsible at Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) for engaging on sustainability themes globally and development of responsible investment product solutions. She leads on the project to integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) aspects into the fundamental research of mainstream funds and to carry out sector/theme-specific engagements on key sustainability topics, such as climate change, water and corporate tax policy. Mr Omi has over 12 years of investment experience in asset management companies, starting her career as a business proposal writer for fixed income funds. She joined LGIM in 2008 to set up a business proposal team and project managed various marketing and sales initiatives across a wide range of products and capabilities. After completing an MSc in Environmental Decision Making, she joined the Corporate Governance team in 2010 to establish the engagement programme on environmental and social topics as LGIM signed up to the UN Principles of Responsible Investment and the UK Stewardship Code.

Jim  Roth

Jim Roth

Co-Founder and Partner
LeapFrog Investments

Jim Roth co-founded LeapFrog Investments, a $1 billion impact investment fund, in 2007. Today LeapFrog supports businesses that transform the lives of 91.1 million people across Africa and Asia. Mr Roth is recognised as a global leader in the provision of financial services to emerging consumers. For more than 25 years, he has been particularly instrumental in altering the insurance landscape in Africa and Asia..Prior to LeapFrog, Mr Roth worked for the United Nations, pioneering insurance distribution to the emerging consumer, and then went on to consult for some of the world’s largest insurers including Allianz and AIG. He completed his PhD at Cambridge University on the transformative role of financial services in emerging markets.

Sumant Sinha

Sumant Sinha

Chairman and CEO
ReNew Power

Sumant Sinha is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of ReNew Power, one of India’s largest clean energy companies. Since the company was founded in 2011, ReNew Power has organically grown to own 3,000 MW of commissioned and under-construction clean energy assets (India’s cumulative energy capacity across all energy forms is 310,000 MW). To fund this growth, Mr Sinha has raised over $850 million in equity and $2 billion in debt capital, making ReNew Power one of India’s most well capitalised companies. After graduating from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Mr Sinha worked as an investment banker with Citi and ING Barings in the US and UK. In 2002, he moved to India to become Group Chief Financial Officer of India’s third-largest conglomerate, the Aditya Birla Group. In 2007, he became the founder CEO of Aditya Birla Retail and scaled the company to become one of India’s largest retail businesses. Following this, he served as the Chief Operating Officer of India’s then largest wind energy company, Suzlon, until 2011. Mr Sinha serves as Chairman of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) – Northern Region, and is the founder Chairman of the Indian Wind Energy Alliance (IWEA). He is a frequent public commentator and has written columns and delivered lectures on market reforms, economic policy, governance, and climate change. He is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, Indian Institute of Management, and Columbia 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.

Kelly Widelska

Kelly Widelska

Global Head of Knowledge and Learning
IFC

Kelly Widelska is the Global Head of Knowledge & Learning at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group (WBG) and the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in developing countries. She leads a core global team of knowledge and learning (K&L) professionals who develop and deliver a diverse portfolio of K&L strategies, services and products that capture critical knowledge, improve decision-making, support WBG-wide collaboration, build staff expertise and enhance IFC’s reputation. Under her stewardship, the team also provides guidance, standards and strategic advice to the decentralised network of knowledge and learning professionals who support IFC’s industry and sector groups. Before joining IFC, Ms Widelska worked with Ernst & Young’s Transaction Advisory Services practice, where she led the Global Knowledge & Innovation Team serving the K&L needs of 8,000 operational staff. Prior to that, she built the knowledge capability of Ernst & Young in China and the Far East by implementing a suite of knowledge management services, including research and analysis, content management, network coordination, and deployment and training activities. Ms Widelska holds a Master’s degree in Information Management from Sheffield University in the UK.

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Shortlisted entries

A total of 148 entries were received from 152 organisations involving projects in more than 84 countries.
The shortlisted nominees are as follows, with countries of impact:

Achievement in Transformational Infrastructure
Block Island Wind Farm, US
Engro Elengy Terminal, Pakistan
Conergy Lakeland Solar and Storage, Australia
National Freight Information and Transportation Hub (NAFITH), Jordan and Iraq
S.O.L.I.D., Nicaragua
Truck Alliance, China
Yobi Tech, India
 
Achievement in Transformational Finance
Cash Credit, Philippines
CrossBoundary Energy Fund, Kenya, Rwanda and Ghana 
IFMR Multi Originator Securitisation, India
African Local Currency Bond (ALCB) Fund, Sub-Saharan Africa
Medical Credit Fund, Sub-Saharan Africa 
ReNew Power Masala Bond, India
WorldRemit, Global 

Achievement in Sustainable Development, with a focus on Food, Water and Land 
Doni Doni Cocoa Program, Côte d'Ivoire
EkoLakay Sanitation Program, Haiti
Ignitia, Sub-Saharan Africa 
Levi Strauss Water<Less, Global
New Cairo Wastewater Treatment Plant, Egypt
PATH Ultra Rice, India
Winnow, Global

Achievement in Sustainable Development, with a focus on Health, Wellness and Disease Prevention 
CarePay M-TIBA Mobile Health Wallet, Kenya
Essilor Eye Mitra Progam, India
Glenmark Pharmaceuticals mMitra, India
Goodlife Pharmacy, Kenya and Uganda
Hospital Metropolitano, Ecuador
Unjani Clinics Network, South Africa
Wellspring Healthcare Network, India

Achievement in Sustainable Development, with a focus on Education, Knowledge and Skills 
BRAC STAR Skills Training Program, Bangladesh
BYJU’S Learning App, India and GCC
Edukasyon.ph Employment Platform, Philippines
Moringa School Education Platform, Kenya, Tanzania and Ghana
Santander Universia Brasil, Brazil

Overall Award: Excellence in Disruptive Technologies
BYJU’S Learning App, India and GCC
Ignitia, Sub-Saharan Africa 
Truck Alliance, China
Winnow, Global
WorldRemit, Global 

Overall Award: Excellence in Climate Solutions
Block Island Wind Farm, US
Conergy Lakeland Solar and Storage, Australia
CrossBoundary Energy Fund, Kenya, Rwanda and Ghana 
ReNew Power Masala Bond, India
S.O.L.I.D., Nicaragua

Special Public Sector Award: Achievement in City-Led Transformation
Circular Economy Water Management, Dubai
El Cinturón Verde de Cuenca (Cuenca Green Belt), Cuenca, Ecuador
Energy 2040 Goal, Cape Town
PACCM Climate Action Program, Mexico City
Quiero mi Barrio (I Love My Neighbourhood), Talcahuano, Chile

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Awards Overview

This unique global programme highlights ground-breaking, long-term private sector solutions to key development issues. 

Selected short-listed nominees will be invited to pitch their initiatives for potential additional funding to a panel of investors gathered by the Global Innovation Fund, a supporting partner of the Awards.

The Awards will continue to underline innovative and financially viable solutions that help meet key UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This year’s Achievement in Sustainable Development awards include a prize for food and water security, with an additional emphasis on land governance.

Special attention for 2017 is being given to products and services that harness disruptive technologies and business models to achieve their goals. Crucial issues around land – ownership rights, governance and management – will also be highlighted, along with the continuing challenges around climate change, and the need to address poverty in all its forms. The Transformational Business Awards are open to all financial and non-financial private sector organisations. A special Achievement in City-led Transformation category, supported by Cities Alliance, will also underline achievements by municipal governments around the world. The 2016 Awards attracted 155 entries from 219 organisations, involving projects in 92 countries.

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Awards categories

The Transformational Business Awards are open to all financial and non-financial private sector organisations. The focus is on specific projects and transactions and the impact those initiatives have or promise to have on the problems they are targeting. 

While the focus of all categories is on transformational impact in developing economies, the awards are also open to projects that address similar market deficiencies in the developed world and that could be replicated in severely under-supplied regions.

The aim is to recognise, showcase and reward innovation, impact, replicability, financial viability and sustainability across a number of key development sectors. Special attention will be given to initiatives that address climate change, and/or harness disruptive technologies and business models to achieve their goals.

Projects or transactions must have passed the implementation stage, and should result in measurable impact. They must be financially viable now or potentially within five years of implementation. Only initiatives that have been implemented since 2010 or later will be eligible.

Achievement in Transformational Infrastructure

The award for Achievement in Transformational Infrastructure highlights projects – in both urban and non-urban contexts -- that address the most crucial infrastructure needs in developing economies, with long-term socio-economic impact. Special attention will be given to initiatives that are environmentally conscious and help efforts to fight climate change. Land governance will also be taken into account. This category is open to private sector businesses only.

Achievement in Transformational Finance

The award for Achievement in Transformational Finance recognises innovative financing structures, products or services – particularly those generated by institutional investors and other large owners of capital -- that support initiatives with substantial social, environmental and corporate governance value and the potential to transform lives in developing economies. This category is open to all private sector financial participants. 

Achievement in Sustainable Development

In September 2015, members of the United Nations adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 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. Initiatives that address the challenges highlighted by the SDGs are recognised in the Achievement in Sustainable Development category, which focuses each year on different goals or targets. This category is open to all financial and non-financial private sector organisations, as well as NGOs that meet the judging criteria.

For 2017, this category comprises three separate awards:

Food, Water and Land

This award relates to Goal 2 “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture”, and Goal 6: “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all”, with an additional emphasis on access to land, land tenure rights, land management, and land governance – all critical for the achievement of both food and water security.

Health, Wellness and Disease Prevention

This award relates to Goal 3: “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages”. Although significant strides have been made in increasing life expectancy in developing economies, much more needs to be done to reduce the mortality rate, particularly among mothers and infants; improve the delivery of medicines, healthcare and health education; reduce the impact of a wide range of diseases; and rapidly address new and emerging health issues. Special attention will be given to innovative, replicable business models that improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of healthcare delivery.

Education, Knowledge and Skills

This award relates to Goal 4: “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”, with an additional emphasis on the provision of skills-based training that will help young people gain employment and entrepreneurs secure their livelihoods, in line with Goal 8: “Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.”

Overall Awards

Excellence in Disruptive Technologies

This award will recognise the short-listed initiative that stands apart across all private sector categories for its ground-breaking use of new technology and the strength of its disruptive approach to markets and business models.

Excellence in Climate Solutions

This award will recognise the short-listed entry that across all private sector categories most effectively addresses one or more of the effects of climate change in the context of a developing economy, or that can be replicated in a developing economy.

Excellence in Transformational Business

This prize will be awarded to the initiative that in the opinion of the judging panel stands apart among the winners of all private sector categories for its level of innovation, impact, replicability, financial viability and sustainability in the context of a developing economy.

Special Public Sector Category

Achievement in City-led Transformation

The Award for Achievement in City-led Transformation, supported by the Cities Alliance, recognises those cities that, since 2010 or later, have demonstrated tangible progress towards city-wide, integrated reforms across one or more of the following five parameters: 
Environmental – integrates planning and management of natural resources, with positive impacts on climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies; integrates disaster risk preparedness improving resilience of most affected populations;
Social – demonstrates progress to promote an inclusive city that integrates gender equality, citizen participation with mutual rights and responsibilities;
Governance – demonstrates progress in promoting an enabling environment for inclusive planning, responsive administration, stable municipal finance within a culture of transparency and accountability;
Economic – facilitates enabling environment addressing both formal and informal economic activities that improve livelihoods, and promotes long-term, equitable and sustainable economic growth; and
Services – demonstrates progress in the citywide provision of and access to basic services such as housing, food, water, sanitation, energy, health and education.
This award is open to city governments only. Private sector organisations are not eligible to participate.

The winners in each category will be announced at a special dinner in London on 8 June 2017. The dinner will be preceded by the FT/IFC Transformational Business Conference, a major gathering of thought leaders who will explore and debate the issues generated by the Awards.

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Entry Forms and judging criteria

Entry forms are now available for download, should you wish to start preparing your submission. Please note that the online entry form submission portal will be open at the end of November, and entries will be accepted until 31 March 2017

Achievement in Transformational Infrastructure. Download the form >>

Achievement in Transformational Finance. Download the form >>
Achievement in Sustainable Development, with a focus on:      

Special Public Sector Category: Achievement in City-led Transformation. Download the form >>

When it comes to judging, our panel will be assessing your entry against the following judging criteria >>

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Who enters?

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
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Why enter?

Highlight your organisation's contribution to helping to solve some of the key challenges affecting developing economies.

As an entrant to the awards, your organisation and the initiative you are submitting for consideration will be featured on the awards website.

If your entry is short-listed in one of the awards categories:
a) your organisation and the initiative that has been short-listed will be promoted further in an advertisement in the Financial Times newspaper
b) you will be invited to attend the FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards dinner, where the winners in each category will be announced. All short-listed entries are presented in detail at the Awards dinner before the winners are revealed. You will also be able to network with other organisations short-listed for the awards.

If the judging panel selects your entry as a winner in one of the categories:
a) your organisation and the award-winning initiative will be promoted in an advertisement in the Financial Times newspaper
b) a summary of your entry will be featured on the awards website

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Case studies

In this series of documents, we profile the winners and commendees of the 2016 FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards to share how they are delivering sustainable solutions and making a difference in their markets, countries and communities.

Profile: Harare City Council, Highly Commended - Special Award Excellence in City-Led Transformation 2016. Download here >>

Profile: NatureVest, The Nature Conservancy and JPMorgan Chase & Co, Winner - Transformational Finance 2016. Download here >>

Profile: Farmerline, Winner - Sustainable Development: Sustainable Agriculture.Download here >>

Profile: Lumos and Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), Shortlisted - Achievement in Low-Carbon Urban Transformation. Download here>>

Profile: Imperial Homes Corporation and Enfinity, Philippines, Shortlisted - Achievement in Low-Carbon Urban Transformation. Download here>> 

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Testimonials

International Finance Facility for Immunization

Winner: 2015 Achievement in Transformational Finance category

“Winning the 2015 Achievement in Transformational Finance Award for our $500-million socially responsible Islamic bond issue helped us build a more diversified relationship with our investors,” said René Karsenti, IFFI Board Chair. “This was a truly groundbreaking transaction that earmarked the funds for purchases of life-saving vaccines, and it pushed us to look for more innovative ways to save children’s lives.  We hope 2016 applicants will be motivated to enter the awards to bring their experiences forward to help inspire others.”

Operation ASHA

Winner: 2015 Achievement in Information and Communications Technology

“Operation ASHA delivers vital healthcare services to the underserved people at the very bottom of the pyramid.  We entered the FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards to call the attention of the public health experts and governments to our approach, so that we could have an opportunity to save more lives through strategic partnerships.”

“Winning the award gave us a feeling of great achievement, and pushed us to do more with greater determination and courage, better results, and more impact.”

“Winning the award helped us build stronger relationships with individuals, donors, families, NGOs, researchers, academicians, and governments of new countries who are willing to adopt our model. It also gave us a big boost in credibility, and helped us build more trust with our partners and donors.  The recognition helped us develop more partnerships and secure more funding to scale up and replicate what worked in other places.  In 2015 – 2016 we received awards from other organizations such as Qualcomm to upgrade technology and use 3G for training health workers in remote setting, and also from Pfizer to scale eDetection technology to step up detection of missing Tb patients.”

“It is important to seek recognition with awards like these. Winning gives you a seal of approval from two of the best organizations in the world, FT and IFC.  This will lead to greater funding, more partnerships and new momentum to your work.” 

Quotes: Dr. Shelly Batra, Founder

K-Electric Limited, Pakistan

Winner: 2014 Achievement in Project Finance/Infrastructure category

“Applying for the FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards was an opportunity to compete with international institutions and corporations in achieving developmental impact, as well as share KE’s successful experience with the global community. “

“Winning the award gave us immense pleasure and satisfaction.  Getting recognized for our innovative approach and development impact at the international level in the field of top-notch participants from around the globe is a matter of great pride for our entire organization.”

“Winning the award has boosted our image in the international business community and among financial markets players and credit rating agencies. Our stakeholders saw it as another feather in KE’s cap.”

“Multi-faceted criteria, complete transparency of process, and backing of two internationally reputed organizations like IFC and the Financial Times make this award is highly sought-after for international corporations who strive for international glory but also want to share their experience and learn from the others.”

Quotes: Muhammad Farrukh, General Manager, Treasury

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Judging Panel (9)

Robert  Armstrong

Robert Armstrong

Chief Editorial Writer
Financial Times

Robert Armstrong is the Financial Times’ Chief Editorial Writer as of November 2016. Previously, he was head of the FT’s esteemed Lex Column, as well as a Lex columnist based in New York, providing insight on US technology, pharmaceuticals and consumer goods companies. Prior to joining the FT, Mr Armstrong was a senior columnist at Dow Jones Investment Banker, covering health care and technology. His writing has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal in the US and Europe and in Barron's. Prior to this, he served as an equity securities analyst at Seminole Capital Partners. Mr Armstrong earned his PhD in Philosophy at Columbia University, New York, where he taught undergraduates, and a BA, also in Philosophy, at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. He is a CFA charter holder.

Nena Stoiljkovic

Nena Stoiljkovic

Vice President, Blended Finance and Partnerships
International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Nena Stoiljkovic is Vice President for Blended Finance and Partnerships at International Finance Corporation (IFC). Ms Stoiljkovic has a lead role in generating pioneering solutions that create opportunities for large-scale development and job creation in the world’s most difficult places, and in bringing innovation to tackle climate change. She plays a key part in IFC’s efforts to build a new architecture for development finance with other institutions, governments and the private sector. A Serbian national, Ms Stoiljkovic previously served as a co-Vice President of Global Client Services, responsible for all IFC’s investment and advisory operations. During her tenure, she helped shape the World Bank Group’s strategy, working with the International Development Association (IDA) on an innovative private sector window to catalyse greater private investment in low-income and conflict-affected countries. Prior to that, she was a Bank Group co-Vice President for Global Practices and Cross-Cutting Solution Areas, which were established to leverage worldwide expertise to help government clients tackle development challenges. Her role was to bring the private sector experience into the process. Ms Stoiljkovic was formerly Vice President for IFC Advisory Services. Under her leadership, IFC changed its advisory delivery model to strengthen client focus and impact. Prior to this, Ms Stoiljkovic was IFC’s Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia. She joined IFC in 1995 as an Investment Officer. Previously, she was a consultant at the Economic Institute of Belgrade. Ms Stoiljkovic holds an MBA from the London Business School.

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.

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.

Kalipso Chalkidou

Kalipso Chalkidou

Director, Global Health and Development Group
Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College

Kalipso Chalkidou is the Director of the Global Health and Development Group at the Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College London, helping governments build technical and institutional capacity for improving the value for money of their healthcare investment. She is interested in how local information, local expertise and local institutions can drive scientific and legitimate healthcare resource allocation decisions whilst improving patient outcomes. She has been involved in the Chinese rural health reform and also in national health reform projects in the US, India, Colombia, Turkey and the Middle East, working with the World Bank, PAHO, DFID and the Inter-American Development Bank, as well as national governments. Between 2008 and 2016 she founded and ran NICE International, a non-profit group within the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

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.

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.

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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Venue

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

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Accommodation

For accommodation options at and near the venue, please click here >>

One of the best priced nearby hotel options is Premier Inn London Southwark (Tate Modern), which is a 1 minute walk to the event venue.Bookings can be made via this link [www.premierinn.com]

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Organisers (3)

Financial Times Live (FT Live) is the global conferences and events division of the Financial Times Group. Chaired by senior journalists from the Financial Times Group, the summits, conferences, awards and strategic forums organised by FT Live gather the world’s brightest minds and most influential decision-makers.

Exclusive on-stage interviews, stimulating presentations and lively panel debates – available on multiple content platforms – provide the cutting-edge insights, unique personalities and peer audience engagement that have the power to transform finance, business, politics, society and culture.

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing essential news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community, the FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of 840,000. Mobile is an increasingly important channel for the FT, driving more than half of total traffic.

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing essential news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community, the FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of 840,000. Mobile is an increasingly important channel for the FT, driving more than half of total traffic.

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. Working with 2,000 businesses worldwide, we use our six decades of experience to create markets and opportunities where they are needed most. In FY16, our long-term investments in developing countries rose to nearly $19bn, leveraging our capital, expertise and influence to help the private sector end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity.

IFC offers products and services and leverages products and services of other institutions in the World Bank Group to provide development solutions customised to meet clients’ needs. We apply our financial resources, technical expertise, global experience, and innovative thinking to help our partners overcome financial and operational challenges. Clients view IFC as a provider and mobiliser of scarce capital, knowledge, and long-term partnerships that can help address critical constraints in areas such as finance, infrastructure, employee skills, and the regulatory environment. IFC is also a leading mobiliser of third-party resources for its projects. Our willingness to engage in difficult environments and our leadership in crowding-in private finance enable us to extend our footprint and have a development impact well beyond our direct resources. For more information, visit www.ifc.org

Technical Advisor (1)

For PwC innovation is key to bold business. As the leading professional servicesfirm, it is important that we are a catalyst for change whilst doing the right thingfor our clients, our people and our communities. We are helping clients measureenvironmental and social impacts to bring fresh insight and greater resilience totheir businesses. We value diversity in our people and our longstandingprogrammes, including the award-winning ‘Open Mind’, help us to nurture talent.We have pioneered ways of supporting communities through our involvement inthe social enterprise hub The Fire Station including our restaurant, Brigade.www.pwc.com

Supporting Partners (6)

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.

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) brings together business, government and academia to find solutions to critical sustainability challenges. Capitalising on the world-class, multidisciplinary strengths of the University of Cambridge, CISL deepens leaders’ insight and understanding through its executive programmes; builds deep, strategic engagement with leadership companies; and creates opportunities for collaborative enquiry and action through its business platforms. Over 25 years, CISL has developed a leadership network with nearly 8,000 alumni from leading global organisations and an expert team of Fellows, Senior Associates and staff. HRH The Prince of Wales is the Patron of CISL and has inspired and supported many of its initiatives.

The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG) is a select group of European business leaders working together under the patronage of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to advocate solutions on climate change to policymakers and business peers within the EU and globally.

CLG members are leading players in a range of industries, including retailing and consumer goods, transport and infrastructure, finance, and power generation.  With a wealth of experience, and millions of customers, employees and suppliers between them, CLG members’ collective perspective is informed by their continued commercial success, and ability to innovate, adapt and thrive in a changing economic climate. 

The CLG is convened by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL).

GIF is a non-profit, social-first investment fund whose mission is to find, fund, and scale-up cost-effective, evidence-based innovations that have the potential to measurably improve the lives of millions of people living on $5 a day or less in the developing world. GIF deploys grant, equity, and debt investments to support a range of innovators across the globe to accelerate the development, rigorous testing, and scaling of evidence-based and market-tested innovations. The fund was established by the White House and 10 Downing Street, with support from the US, British, Australian and Swedish governments, and the Omidyar Network, to bring a venture capital sensibility to international development innovation. 

2016 Awards & Conference

To find out more about the 2016 Awards and Conference please visit: live.ft.com/TransformationalBusiness2016

A selection of photos from the day is also available here >>

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