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Investment and Asset Management, Finance, Innovation

FT Investing for Good Europe

Innovative Finance as a Force for Global Change

London |
Speakers include:
Michele Giddens

Michele Giddens

Bridges Fund Management

Justine Leigh-Bell

Justine Leigh-Bell

Climate Bonds Initiative

Rob Mills

Rob Mills

Social Finance

Overview

The idea that capital markets could help solve global problems such as poverty and climate change is acquiring a new urgency as government budgets tighten and nations around the world start to focus on narrow national interests. For those working on social and environmental challenges, private sector financing and impact investing could therefore provide a critical part of the capital needed to develop solutions. At the same time, appetite is growing among donors and investors to use both their investment funds and their skills to address challenges ranging from climate change to lack of access to healthcare and education, while also generating a financial return.

FT Investing for Good Europe will address these and other questions as we discuss how innovative finance could transform the global development landscape and offer solutions to some of the world’s toughest social and environmental challenges.

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Hear from past attendees:

"Great conversations. The experience of the impact investors on the panels was highly relevant to trends in development finance today." - Nena Stoiljkovic, VP Blended Finance & Partnerships, IFC

''FT Live is leading the thinking around impact investing and innovation. This is a must attend event for anyone in the field to learn on latest developments or new entrants wishing to network with global experts." - Ron Margalit, Principal, Impact Investments, Lumos Global

"Excellent program! FT's access to the top minds and most experienced professionals is extraordinary. A great benefit to me." Marguerite Griffin, National Director, Philanthropy Advisory Services, Northern Trust

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Speakers (5)

Michele Giddens

Michele Giddens

Co-Founder
Bridges Fund Management

Michele Giddens co-founded Bridges Fund Management along with Philip Newborough and Sir Ronald Cohen in 2002. The firm is dedicated to sustainable and impact investment and has raised more than £800m across three types of funds: Sustainable Growth, Property and Social Sector funds.

Ms Giddens has more than 20 years of international development and social finance experience. She was an Investment Officer with the International Finance Corporation, the private sector financing arm of the World Bank Group, in Eastern Europe in the early 1990s. Previously, she spent eight years with Shorebank Corporation, one of the US’s leading community development banks, where she ran small business lending programmes in Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, advised on microfinance in Bangladesh, the Middle East and Mongolia and conducted research into the US community development finance sector. 

Ms Giddens is on the board of CDC Group, a development finance institution owned by the UK government, and Chair of the UK National Advisory Board to the Global Social Impact Investment Steering Group, established by the Group of Eight (G8) Industrialised Nations. She has a BA Honours in politics, philosophy and economics from Oxford University and an MBA from Georgetown University. 

Justine Leigh-Bell

Justine Leigh-Bell

Director of Market Development
Climate Bonds Initiative

Justine Leigh-Bell is Director of Market Development at Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI), an investor focused non-profit working to mobilise debt capital markets for climate change solutions. Her areas of focus include sustainable development in emerging economies, climate change mitigation/adaptation strategies, climate finance, economic valuation and market-based instruments for managing natural resource assets.

In emerging markets, she works with public and private sectors in developing national policy guidelines and investment roadmaps that will enable access to green bond financing. She currently leads CBI’s efforts in Latin America, where market development programmes are underway in Brazil, Mexico and Columbia.

Ms Leigh-Bell has spent much of her career helping business leaders and governments find solutions to climate change and sustainable development challenges. Previously, she led the development of the International Climate Bonds Standard Program, where she worked closely with industry leaders and global experts in establishing a screening tool to help investors to prioritise climate and green bonds. She has provided advisory services for global institutions and governments across Europe, Africa, India, Indonesia and Latin America.

Ms Leigh-Bell has an MSc in Molecular Science from Yale University and an MSc in Environmental Economics and Policy from Imperial College, London.  

Rob Mills

Rob Mills

Director, International Development Practice
Social Finance

Rob Mills joined Social Finance in October 2016 as a director of its International Development Practice. Mr Mills advises aid agencies, social investors and private enterprises on how development finance can more effectively tackle social challenges. He has particular expertise in energy, infrastructure services and private sector development.

Mr Mills worked for eight years at the World Bank, where he originated and managed a large portfolio of energy investments in southern Africa, as well as advising governments on policy and regulatory reforms. Before joining Social Finance, Mr Mills held a senior role at Ofgem, the UK’s energy regulator, where he led policy work on European energy markets and was responsible for the UK’s cross-border infrastructure investment regime. Previously, he worked on international issues at the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit in the UK Government, following several years in Brussels at a development finance think-tank.

Mr Mills began his career at Oliver Wyman, a leading strategy consulting firm focusing on banking and financial markets. He has a graduate degree in economics from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree in social anthropology from the University of Oxford. 

Diana Noble

Diana Noble

Chief Executive
CDC Group

Diana Noble is Chief Executive of CDC Group, a development finance institution owned by the UK government. With a background in private equity, venture capital and international development, she was a partner at Schroder Ventures (now Permira) for 12 years, Founder and Chief Executive of e-Ventures, a venture capital firm, and Founder and Managing Director of Reed Elsevier Ventures. 

Ms Noble joined CDC after five years with the Clinton Foundation’s Health Access Initiative, where she took a number of roles, including Executive Vice-President of Operations, responsible for 43 countries and five global teams. In this role, she oversaw the scaling up of a global programme to give children the same access to HIV/AIDS care and treatment that is available to adults. She has also been an Advisor to the Supervisory Board of Actis, a leading investor in growth markets in Africa, Asia and Latin America. 

Ms Noble has a first class law degree and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Liesbet Peeters

Liesbet Peeters

Founding and Managing Partner
D. Capital Partners

Liesbet Peeters is Founding and Managing Partner of D. Capital Partners, the investment advisory arm of Dalberg, a strategic advisory firm focused on global development. She is an expert in impact investment and finding financial solutions to development challenges and has extensive experience investing in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. Ms Peeters provides transactional and investment advisory services to foundations, private individuals and international organisations on strategic growth and investment management.

Over the past 15 years, Ms Peeters has assisted private foundations, family offices and institutional public-private partnerships in building impact investment portfolios and funding structures in emerging markets. She has led multiple direct investment transactions in Latin America and Africa as well as leading the creation of products such as HUGinsure, a social insurance platform, and development impact bonds, including the Mozambique Malaria Performance Bond and the Cameroon Cataract Performance Bond.

Before joining Dalberg and co-founding D. Capital, she founded Lapiluz Advisory Services, an investment advisory firm based in Belgium and London. She was previously CFO and Investor Relations Manager at Capricorn Venture Partners in Belgium and an Investment Officer with the Grassroots Business Initiative at the International Finance Corporation, the private sector financing arm of the World Bank Group.

Ms Peeters holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management and a Master’s degree in Commercial Engineering from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.

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Chair and Moderators (2)

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.

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.

Agenda - 13th Sep

  • 8:15am
    Registration and Breakfast
  • 9:00am
    Opening Remarks
  • 9:05am
    Keynote Interview
  • 9:40am
    Panel Discussion: Can Innovative Finance Fill the Gaps?

    With government finances increasingly stretched, questions are being raised as to whether the public sector can, alone, continue to fully support areas such as housing, healthcare and education. Meanwhile, some governments are looking inwards and revisiting their overseas aid commitments. Given these developments, it is becoming clear that global capital markets will play an increasingly important role in finding funds that could contribute to public sector shortfalls. This panel will ask what innovative finance tools – from impact investing to development bonds and new debt instruments – have done so far to increase the capital available for sustainable development. Is the market evolving quickly enough to generate the capital flows needed to solve the world’s biggest problems?

    Rob Mills, Director, International Development Practice, Social Finance

  • 10:20am
    Panel Discussion: A Blended Approach

    How could bringing together diverse sources of capital – from impact investors, to development finance institutions and insurers – help develop innovative new business models that offer replicable, scalable solutions to intractable social and environmental problems?

    Liesbet Peeters, Founding and Managing Partner, D. Capital Partners

  • 11:00am
    Networking Break
  • 11:20am
    Investment Dialogue

    This session will pair an investor and the company they have invested in to gain insights into what investors are looking for in an impact investment and what, beyond money, social entrepreneurs need from their investors.

  • 11:50am
    Measuring Impact

    While measuring the social and environmental impact of investments is tough, without measurement systems, innovative financing will not be able to attract mainstream investors. What technologies and measurement systems are being developed to help gain a clear picture of the impact investors’ money is making? What will give mainstream investors the confidence to enter markets based on innovative finance? What tools, metrics, track records and data are available to help investors match social impact opportunities to the risk, return and impact expectations of a portfolio?

    Michele Giddens, Partner and Co-Founder, Bridges Ventures

  • 12:30pm
    Lunch
  • 1:30pm
    Panel Discussion: Financing Energy Access

    This panel will look at how innovative finance might address electrification in developing countries as a means of driving education, increased income levels, innovation, entrepreneurship and improved health.

    Diana Nobel, CEO, CDC Group

  • 2:30pm
    Entrepreneur Showcase

    A question often asked in the impact investing community is “Are there enough investable opportunities” – that is, investment-ready entrepreneurs who have the capacity to solve a social or environmental problem, scale it up and make the kind of returns that will be appealing to investors. This showcase session will introduce four entrepreneurs who fit this description.

  • 3:10pm
    Networking Break
  • 3:30pm
    Panel Discussion: Innovative Finance and the Planet

    Some believe markets can play a key role in promoting everything from renewable energy to carbon capture and storage. Whether through green bonds or debt instruments designed to raise commercial institutional capital for environmental conservation, many argue that the funds generated by these mechanisms could unleash billions of dollars to fund measures that protect the planet, from climate change mitigation to forest conservation and biodiversity preservation.

    Justine Leigh-Bell, Director of Market Development, Climate Bonds Initiative

  • 4:00pm
    Keynote Interview
  • 4:30pm
    Closing Remarks 

  • 4:45pm
    Cocktail Reception

Why should I attend?

  • Leave the event understanding the potential for private capital to fill the funding gaps in solving the world’s biggest challenges
  • Hear directly from the policymakers, advisors and investment experts who are pursing new opportunities and developing innovative financing mechanisms at the intersection of philanthropy and investment
  • Meet dynamic leaders from foundations, institutional and individual investors, investment professionals and advisors, fund managers, development finance institutions and policymakers.
  • Learn about the latest financing tools that are available to investors who want to achieve social and environmental impact as well as financial returns.
  • Learn about cutting-edge forms of financing that are currently being developed or experimented with to address global challenges
  • Find out how to take the next steps in developing or offering financial products investors who want to use their investment funds to tackle global challenges.
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Who will I meet?

  • Private Investors or Private/Public/Corporate Donors (Principal, CEO, Director, Trustee, Board Member)
  • Social entrepreneurs
  • Pension Funds, Endowments, SWFs, Insurance and other Institutional Investors (CIO, CFO, Director of Investments, Head of Responsible Investment)
  • Development Finance Institutions and other Government Agencies Federal, State and Local policymakers and officials interested in scaling social impact solutions using investor capital Wealth Managers (Head of Philanthropic Services, Senior Philanthropic Advisor, CIO, Managing Director, Head of Investments
  • Asset Managers (Director of Responsible Investment, Director of Sustainability, CIO, Head of Investments)
  • SRI or Impact Investment Fund Managers (CEO, CIO, Senior Investment Manager, Portfolio Manager)
  • Single Family Offices (FOX, CEO, CIO)
  • Multi-Family Offices (CEO, CIO, Director of Investment Research)
  • Foundation CIOs
  • RIAs (CEO, CIO, Director of Investment Research, Head of Wealth Advisory)
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Platinum Sponsor (1)

For nearly four decades, State Street Global Advisors has been committed to helping our clients, and those who rely on them, achieve their investment objectives. We partner with many of the world’s largest, most sophisticated investors and financial intermediaries to help them reach their goals through a rigorous, research-driven investment process spanning both indexing and active disciplines. With trillions* in assets, our scale and global reach offer clients access to markets, geographies and asset classes, and allow us to deliver thoughtful insights and innovative solutions. State Street Global Advisors is the investment management arm of State Street Corporation.

*Assets under management were $2.47 trillion as of December 31, 2016. AUM reflects approximately $30.62 billion (as of December 31, 2016) with respect to which State Street Global Markets, LLC (SSGM) serves as marketing agent; SSGM and State Street Global Advisors are affiliated.

Venue

etc.venues 155 Bishopsgate
155 Bishopsgate
London EC2M 3YD

United Kingdom


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