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FT Investing for Good Europe 2017

Innovative Finance as a Force for Global Change

London |
Speakers include:
Kelly McCarthy

Kelly McCarthy

Global Impact Investing Network

Jim Sorenson

Jim Sorenson

Sorenson Impact Foundation

Bonny  Landers

Bonny Landers



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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"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

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Kelly McCarthy

Kelly McCarthy

Global Impact Investing Network

Kelly McCarthy is a Director at the Global Impact Investing Network (the GIIN), where she leads on impact measurement and management, including the IRIS standards. In this role, she engages strategic partners, standards-setting bodies and investors to define what it means to invest for impact. She leads the GIIN’s work with investors to promote and implement impact considerations in day-to-day investment management.

Before joining the GIIN, Ms McCarthy was the Global Impact Officer for New Ventures at the World Resources Institute, where she worked to build a ground-up impact measurement programme for New Ventures global operations. Before New Ventures, Kelly worked for the consultancy SustainAbility, where she focused on accountability within Fortune 500 companies. Specifically, she explored how disclosure of social and environmental performance to shareholders and the public can drive mainstream adoption of sustainable behaviour.

Ms McCarthy chairs and/or serves on several advisory committees for market-building impact measurement and management initiatives, including most recently the World Economic Forum's Dream Team on Accelerating Impact Measurement & Management, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Transparency & Data Charter. She was also the secretariat to the Impact Measurement Working Group of the Social Impact Investment Taskforce established by the Group of Eight (G8) industrialised nations.

Jim Sorenson

Jim Sorenson

Sorenson Impact Foundation

James Lee Sorenson is Head of the Sorenson Impact Foundation, whose mission is to fund sustainable, scalable endeavours that maximise positive impact on people, families, communities and local economies.

Over his career, Mr Sorenson has built companies in industries ranging from technology and life sciences to real estate and private equity investment. Combining innovative and worthwhile ideas with talented management teams, he has produced growing new enterprises and has been instrumental in developing several new industry categories, including the digital compression software that helped usher in the online video revolution, through Sorenson Media, and video relay services for people who are deaf and hard of hearing, through Sorenson Communications.

Mr Sorenson has also helped establish programmes and organisations that improve the lives of the poor, build regional business communities and train the next generation of entrepreneurial and investment leaders. In addition to supporting self-sustaining charitable enterprises at the foundation, Mr Sorenson donates time, money and energy to institutions that help low-income people become self-sufficient.

In 2013, Mr Sorenson created the Sorenson Impact Center at the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah with a $13m endowment. With 25 staff and more than 50 graduate and undergraduate students from the University of Utah and beyond, the centre helps communities in the US and overseas harness private capital, data and innovation to address complex social and public health problems.

Mr Sorenson has served on a variety of community service boards, including the University of Utah’s Board of Trustees, the David Eccles School of Business Board of Trustees, the University Venture Fund, Art Works for Kids, Gallaudet University’s Board of Trustees, the Utah Sports Commission, the National Alliance on Impact Investing and Village Capital, where he currently serves as Chairman of the Board.

Bonny  Landers

Bonny Landers

Head of Sustainable Responsible and Impact Investment

Bonny Landers is Head of Sustainable Responsible and Impact Investment at Sandaire, a multi-family office. At Sandaire she helps develop Sandaire Investment Office’s capabilities in sustainable, responsible and impact investment, while also advising families on their governance structures and assisting them to define their legacy.

Ms Landers, who joined Sandaire’s London office in 2015, has spent more than 25 years working in the US, Europe and Asia at major international banks in senior roles and across the full spectrum of products. From 2013 to 2015, Ms Landers ran her own company as an independent consultant, assisting families and foundations wanting to increase their sustainable and impact investments. In 2005, she was appointed CEO of a large single-family office in Hong Kong and specialised in assisting family members in socially responsible and impact investment.

Ms Landers also offers advice to charities and non-governmental organisations, mentors young people and serves on the Impact Investment Advisory Committee of Johnson & Johnson. She is an Honours graduate of Harvard University and holds a Diploma for Non-Executive Directorship from the Financial Times/Pearson Group.

Ismail  Ahmed

Ismail Ahmed

Founder and CEO

Ismail Ahmed is Founder and CEO of WorldRemit, a digital money transfer company that offers a low-cost alternative to traditional money transfer companies, which use high street agents and charge higher fees. Since Mr Ahmed founded the company in 2010, it has secured almost $200m in funding. In 2015, Deloitte recognized WorldRemit as the fastest growing technology company in the UK. In June 2017, WorldRemit won the overall award for Excellence in Transformational Business at the FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards

Mr Ahmed has 20 years’ experience in the money transfer industry, spanning academic, consulting and in-house roles. Before setting-up WorldRemit, he worked for the United Nations Remittance Programme, helping African money transfer companies comply with anti-money laundering rules introduced after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He has also worked with the United Nations in Nairobi and Dubai.  

Originally from Somaliland, Mr Ahmed has been named one of the top 10 most influential black Britons in the UK and won EY Entrepreneur of the Year, London and South. He received a scholarship to attend the University of London and has a business degree from London Business School and a PhD in Economics. 

Philip Brown

Philip Brown

Managing Director and Global Head of Green and Social Bonds

Philip Brown is a Managing Director and Head of Global Green and Social Bonds in Citi’s Capital Markets Origination business. He has been at Citi for 18 years and has been involved in the origination of more than 70 green and social bonds underwritten by Citi since the introduction of the Green Bond Principles (GHP) in 2014. Since early moves by the SSA (sovereign, supranational and agency) sector, Mr Brown has championed the issuance of green bonds by FIG, corporate and EM issuers across the globe.

Mr Brown was involved in the initial drafting of the green bond principles in 2014, and was a delegate Representative for Citi on the Executive Committee from 2014-2016. Over the past year, he has been an active member of the GBP Social Bond working group.

He is also a member of Citi’s Green & Social bond screening committee and works alongside Citi’s environmental banking, sustainability and environmental and social risk management teams to ensure that all green bonds led by Citi – one of the two GHP founding banks – are aligned with GHP guidelines. 

Mr Brown is a member of Citi’s EMEA Climate Counsel, established in 2007, which seeks to advance environmental sustainability both in terms of reducing Citi’s own greenhouse gas emissions and sharing environmental product expertise across the firm.    

He joined Salomon Smith Barney from Nikko Europe in September 1998.

Sebastian Carneiro

Sebastian Carneiro

Director, Energy Efficiency
SUSI Partners

Sebastian Carneiro is Director of Energy Efficiency at SUSI Partners, a Swiss investment advisor that specialises in the financing of sustainable energy infrastructure. Mr Carneiro has several years of experience in structuring project finance deals, having arranged more than €500m in project finance loans.

Before joining SUSI, he worked in the Energy & Infrastructure as well as Corporate Development departments of HSH Nordbank. He started his career as a consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Graduating in industrial engineering and management, Mr Carneiro is a CFA Charterholder. He studied at the University of Applied Sciences Wedel and the Budapest University of Economic Sciences and Public Administration.

Sir Ian Cheshire

Sir Ian Cheshire

Barclays UK

Sir Ian Cheshire was appointed to the Board of Barclays UK as a non-executive Director in April 2017. He was appointed Group Chief Executive of Kingfisher from January 2008 and left the group in early 2015. Before taking up this position, he was Chief Executive of B&Q. His previous roles at Kingfisher from 1998 onwards include Chief Executive of International and Development, Chief Executive of e-Kingfisher and Group Director of Strategy and Development. 

Before joining Kingfisher, Sir Ian worked for a series of large and small retail businesses over 15 years including Sears, owner of Selfridges. He has also been Chairman of the British Retail Consortium, Chairman of the Prince of Wales Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change and President of the Business Disability Forum President’s Group. In addition, he chaired the Ecosystem Markets Task Force. Sir Ian retired as non-executive director of Bradford & Bingley eight years ago.

Sir Ian has won a number of awards, including lifetime contributions to retailing, green business and the Fortune WEF award for leadership in the circular economy. Sir Ian was knighted in the 2014 New Year Honours for services to Business, Sustainability and the Environment He is a Chevalier of the Ordre National du Merite of France.

His other current principal external appointments include Chairman of Debenhams, Chairman of Maisons du Monde, Senior Independent Director at Whitbread, Chairman of Menhaden and lead non-executive director for the UK government.

Allison  Clark

Allison Clark

Associate Director of Impact Investments
MacArthur Foundation

Allison Clark joined the MacArthur Foundation in 2006 to oversee investments made through Window of Opportunity, the Foundation’s $150m affordable rental housing preservation initiative. Since then, her responsibilities have expanded to include overall portfolio management for the Impact Investing program.

Ms Clark has worked in affordable housing, economic development and commercial real estate for over 20 years. Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked as a senior underwriting manager in the Community Lending Group (formerly the American Communities Fund) at Fannie Mae, where she underwrote and closed more than $150m in debt and equity transactions for affordable housing developments. She also worked for eight years at Bank One in a variety of departments, including Commercial Real Estate and Community Development Real Estate. Before moving to Chicago, she participated in the Urban Fellows Program in New York City, where she worked as a project manager at the New York City Economic Development Corporation.

Recently, Ms Clark served on Attorney General Lisa Madigan's task force charged with creating and implementing a program to deploy $100m in grant funds from a national mortgage settlement aimed at addressing the foreclosure crisis. She also serves on the board of directors of the Chicago Foundation for Women and the Chicago Chess Foundation.

Ms Clark graduated from Harvard-Radcliffe College with a Bachelor’s degree in Government, and earned a Master of Management degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University with a concentration in Nonprofit Management and Real Estate.

Christopher Egerton-Warburton

Christopher Egerton-Warburton

Lion’s Head Global Partners

Christopher (Edge) Egerton-Warburton is a Partner of Lion’s Head Global Partners, a London and Nairobi based investment banking firm that specializes in finance for emerging markets, with a focus on sustainable development.

Mr Egerton-Warburton has been a participant in the field of innovative financing for health for the past 10 years. He served as the Fund Manager of the Global Health Investment Fund (GHIF), a $108m investment fund structured by JPMorgan Chase and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to finance late-stage drugs, vaccines and diagnostics for infectious diseases and maternal health challenges.

Prior to establishing Lion’s Head, Mr Egerton-Warburton spent 14 years at Goldman Sachs in the Debt Capital Markets group, where in his last role he was head of the sovereign, supranational and agency team. At Goldman Sachs, he was the lead banker on the establishment of  International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm), a multilateral development institution, on behalf of the governments of France, Italy, Norway, Spain, South Africa, Sweden and the UK, which has raised more than $3bn to fund the immunisation programmes of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.

Mr Egerton-Warburton is a board member of the IFFIm. He holds an MA in Biochemistry from Oxford University.

Michele Giddens

Michele Giddens

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. 

Claire Hanratty

Claire Hanratty

Pure Leapfrog

Claire Hanratty is CEO of Pure Leapfrog, a position she took up in August 2017. Pure Leapfrog provides social investment and professional support to community energy projects in the UK.

From 2011 to March 2016, Ms Hanratty was CEO and Managing Director of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Foundation, having been the foundation’s General Manager from 2008. Before joining the foundation, she spent eight years with Rio Tinto in senior management roles facilitating innovation and improvement across technology, shared services, procurement and operational teams in the US, Canada, Australia and South Africa. She began her career in finance with BP, working in accounting, treasury and corporate finance in New Zealand, Australia, the UK and Europe.

Ms Hanratty holds an MBA from INSEAD in France, a Master’s degree in International Relations (Environment and Development) from Oxford Brookes University and a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Administration (First Class Honours) from Victoria University in Wellington. She recently completed a Master’s degree in International Relations focused on impact investing for biodiversity conservation.

Ms Hanratty is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an Honorary Research Associate with the Smith School for Enterprise and Environment at Oxford University.

Mo Ibrahim

Mo Ibrahim

Founder and Chair
Mo Ibrahim Foundation

Mo Ibrahim is the Founder and Chair of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, which he established in 2006 to support good governance and exceptional leadership on the African continent.

Sudanese-born, Dr Ibrahim has a distinguished business career. In 1989 he founded Mobile Systems International (MSI), a world leading cellular consulting and software provider and in 1998, Celtel International, one of Africa’s leading mobile telephone companies which pioneered mobile services in Africa.

Dr Ibrahim is also Founding Chairman of Satya Capital Limited, a private equity fund focused on Africa and Chairman of TPG-Satya, a Joint African Investment Alliance.

Mahesh Jayakumar

Mahesh Jayakumar

Vice-President and Senior Environmental, Social and Governance Investment Strategist
State Street Global Advisors

Mahesh Jayakumar, is a Vice-President and Senior Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Investment Strategist at State Street Global Advisors (SSGA). In his current role, he is responsible for supporting all aspects of sustainable and responsible investing on behalf of the company and its clients, including business and product development.

Prior to taking up his current position, he was a Senior Fixed Income Portfolio Manager in the Global Fixed Income Passive team, where he managed portfolios in sectors such as US Government and Credit, Global Sovereigns, Green Bonds and other client directed mandates. Since joining State Street in 2008, he has been involved with several ESG and sustainability-related activities within the company including membership in the Corporate Responsibility Working Group as well as Environmental Sustainability Committee. He also held roles in State Street Global Markets, where he spent time in the Investor Behavior Research Team (IBRT) working on the development of quantitative equity market indicators.

Mr Jayakumar holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, a master’s degree in computer science from Boston University and bachelor’s degree in information systems from Purdue University. He has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and is a member of the CFA Institute and Boston Security Analysts Society. He has also earned the Financial Risk Manager (FRM) designation and is a member of the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP).

Jeremy Keele

Jeremy Keele

President and CEO
Sorenson Impact Center, David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah

Jeremy Keele is President and CEO of the Sorenson Impact Center at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business. At the centre, Mr Keele works to develop innovative and data-driven approaches to solving challenging social problems. So far, the centre has facilitated more than $100m in impact investments in social enterprises around the world and is currently advising on evidence-based social interventions (including a variety of social impact bonds) in more than a dozen state and local jurisdictions around the US.

Before joining the University of Utah, Mr Keele was Senior Advisor to Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams from 2013 to 2015. During his time at Salt Lake County, Mr Keele advised the mayor on key policy initiatives, including financing, transportation, homelessness, criminal justice, health, culture and the arts and economic development. From 2006 to 2013, Mr Keele practiced corporate transactional law in New York, London and Los Angeles with the law firms Cleary Gottlieb and Latham & Watkins.

Mr Keele received his Juris Doctor from New York University in 2006, a Master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in 2006 and Bachelor’s degrees in biology and French from Brigham Young University in 2001.

Nigel Kershaw

Nigel Kershaw

Chair, The Big Issue
Founding CEO, Big Issue Invest

Nigel Kershaw is Chair of The Big Issue, having been its Managing Director and Executive Chair. He is also founding CEO of its social investment arm, Big Issue Invest.

The Big Issue’s mission is to dismantle poverty by creating opportunity through self-help, social trading, and business solutions. Since 1991, The Big Issue magazine has helped 92,000 vendors earn a legitimate income.

Big Issue Invest (BII) is creating a “social merchant bank”, and manages, or advises on, £170m of social funds through its lending programmes and regulated investment funds, the most recent being its Outcomes Fund. Since 2005, BII has invested in more than 300 social enterprises.

Mr Kershaw is focused on democratising capital and bringing the financial mainstream to social impact investment. In partnership with Columbia Threadneedle, the Threadneedle UK Social Bond Fund was the first impact fund of its type in the UK offering daily liquidity. It stands at over £100m. A second retail impact equity fund targeting employment opportunities is being developed.

Since 1974, Mr Kershaw has founded and built three employee-owned companies. Trained as a lithographic printer and a former chair of London College of Communication’s Board of Governors, he is a member of the Advisory Group to Government on ‘Creating a Culture of Social Impact Investment and Savings’. A Social Enterprise UK ‘Champion of Champions’ and a winner of the Institute of Directors’ Good Enterprise Award, he was awarded an OBE for services to Social Enterprise.

Matthew Kiernan

Matthew Kiernan

Founder and Chief Executive
Inflection Point Capital Management

Matthew Kiernan is Founder and Chief Executive of Inflection Point Capital Management (IPCM), a London-based investment advisory boutique focused on sustainability-enhanced investment strategies. It has about $1bn under advisement and its joint venture partner is Groupe La Francaise, a European asset manager with over €60bn under management. He is also chairman of La Francaise Inflection Point, the joint venture’s portfolio management arm.

Before creating IPCM in 2009, Dr Kiernan was Founder and Chief Executive of Innovest Strategic Value Advisors, the investment research and advisory boutique. He was previously Director of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) in Geneva and a senior advisor to the Secretary General of the UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. His work at the WBCSD focused on the potential of global capital markets to drive systematic social, environmental and economic change. Before that, he was a senior partner in the strategy consultancy of KPMG in North America.

Dr Kiernan has lectured on sustainable investment and finance in executive programmes at the Wharton School, Columbia Business School, Oxford University, Stanford, the London Business School and HEC Paris, among others. He was on the guest faculty of Cambridge University’s Executive Program for Sustainability Leadership, founded by HRH The Prince of Wales. He holds advanced degrees in political science and environmental studies, as well as a doctorate in strategic management from the University of London.

Ron    Margalit

Ron Margalit

Founding Partner
Venture Kinetics

Mr Margalit is the Founding Partner of Venture Kinetics, an impact venture capital that invest exclusively in technology-led companies that address gaps in the delivery of primary products and services in Sub-Saharan Africa. For the past 15 years, Mr Margalit has been a principal investor and entrepreneur working at the intersection of innovation, blended capital, and impact. 

Mr Margalit is also the Principal of Blended Impact Investments at Lumos Global, the world’s first distributed utility. He previously served as the first appointed economic representative to the Board of the World Bank Group by the Government of Israel, an advisor on innovative financing to global 500 companies and a mentor to Israeli-Palestinian startups.

His work on financing access to energy has received awards and recognitions from the Financial Times, World Bank, UK Department For International Development and Secretary of State John Kerry and others. He serves on the Board of Advisors of Tel Aviv University Global Grand Challenge Innovation. Mr Margalit was educated at Harvard Business School and focused on strategy in emerging markets. He earned his MBA from Georgetown University and his Bachelor’s degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Serena Guarnaschelli

Serena Guarnaschelli

KOIS Invest

Serena Guarnaschelli is a Partner at KOIS Invest, a firm specialising in impact investing. She is an expert in innovative finance, impact investing, and inclusive business models and has experience structuring innovative financing mechanisms such as blended funds and impact bonds. She recently supported the International Committee of the Red Cross with the structuring and launch of the world’s first Humanitarian Impact Bond, financing physical rehabilitation programs in conflict-afflicted countries.

Additionally, Ms Guarnaschelli is supporting the design of several development impact bonds across several sectors and markets, including education in India, health in Ethiopia and the economic reintegration of Syrian refugees and vulnerable population in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. In partnership with Global Affairs Canada and the World Economic Forum, she supported the design and launch of Convergence, an innovative blended finance platform, stimulating private sector investment in emerging markets by leveraging both public and philanthropic capital.

Ms Guarnaschelli previously worked at McKinsey and Company, Dalberg, and Mercy Corps. She holds a PhD in Social Sciences from Caltech, with a specialisation in Behavioural Finance, and has published in peer-reviewed journals.

Terry  McCallion

Terry McCallion

Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Team, Banking Department, EBRD

Terry McCallion is Director of the Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Team in the Banking Department of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), based in London.  

He was previously a banker in the EBRD’s Financial Institutions Team working on transactions with banks, insurance companies and mortgage finance clients.  Prior to joining the EBRD, Terry was Finance Manager at MMT, an environmental technology business in the United States.  

Mr McCallion started his career as an engineer in the oil and gas business with Bechtel before attending business school and moving into banking and finance.  He has BSc in Chemical Engineering from Queens University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

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

Former Chief Executive
CDC Group

Diana Noble is the Former 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.

Meryam Omi

Meryam Omi

Head of Sustainability and Responsible Investment Strategy
Legal & General Investment Management

As Head of Sustainability and Responsible Investment Strategy at Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM), Meryam Omi is responsible 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) factors into the fundamental research of mainstream funds and to carry out sector- and theme specific engagements on key sustainability topics, such as climate change, water and corporate tax policy.

Ms Omi has more than 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.

Andrew Park

Andrew Park

Senior Policy Advisor, Centre for Social Impact Bonds
UK Government Inclusive Economy Unit

Andrew Park is Senior Policy Advisor at the UK Government Inclusive Economy Unit. He is the head of the UK government's £80m Life Chances Fund, which provides payment-by-results contracts for locally developed projects by socially minded investors. The fund is designed to act as a catalyst for the growth of the social impact bond market in the UK.

Mr Park was closely involved in the delivery of the £20m Social Outcomes Fund, designed to provide a “top-up” contribution to outcomes-based commissions that involve complex and expensive social issues. He also authored the 2016 Social Investment Strategy, which outlines how the government will continue to support and encourage the social investment sector in the UK.

Mr Park has worked in government for more than 10 years and has developed a breadth of expertise in the fields of organisational governance, public service delivery and youth services. He played a leading role in establishing the National Citizen Service, one of the fastest growing youth programmes in the world, and was the Public Expenditure lead for the Prime Minister's Economic and Domestic Affairs Secretariat.

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.

Liisa  Petrykowska

Liisa Petrykowska

Founder and Managing Director

Liisa Petrykowska is Founder and Managing Director of Ignitia, which provides hyper-local weather updates via SMS to enable small-scale farmers to avoid the negative effects of climate change. At Ignitia she leads the company’s strategic direction and its partnership and sales efforts. While a student, Ms Petrykowska took up a local political position. During her term, she convinced the local government to increase its education budget and created a policy requiring local school boards to have at least one student sit as part of the board. In 2007, she moved from Stockholm to the US to work on climate change at the University of Washington as part of a NASA research project. While monitoring climates in different parts of the world, she discovered that the equations used to calculate weather patterns and forecasts for the tropics were unreliable, prompting her to resign from the research project and form Ignitia. In 2009, she and her team moved to Ghana and in 2014, after finding a formula to make accurate weather predictions, Ignitia launched its commercial forecasting arm.From 2004 to 2007, Ms Petrykowska served on the board of Telge as its youngest ever board member. She is a 2008 Anders Wall Fellow, a 2014 Ashoka Fellow, a 2015 Unreasonable Institute Fellow and a 2015 Mulago Fellow. She has an MSc in Meteorology and an MSc in Physics.

Damian Payiatakis

Damian Payiatakis

Head of Impact Investing

As Head of Impact Investing, Mr Payiatakis is leading the development of an impact investing business for Barclays that enables clients to protect and increase their assets in a way that also generates societal impact. Through this new business line, Barclays will offer new possibilities to the full range of clients, including corporations, families, foundations and mainstream investors, to bring impact into their portfolios and invest for impact across the liquidity and impact spectrum. This work was recognised in 2016 by the UK Cabinet Office’s Social Investment Awards for Market Building and by Investment Week’s Sustainable Investment Awards for Innovation.

Previously, Mr Payiatakis was responsible for delivering a strategic transformation across the Barclays Investment Management business with 16 offices across the UK, Europe and Asia. Before joining Barclays, he spent more than 10 years in various boutique strategy and change consultancies.

Mr Payiatakis graduated from Brandeis University summa cum laude with Highest Honours. He holds both a MA in International Economics & Finance from Brandeis International Business School and an MSc in Organisational & Social Psychology from the London School of Economics.

Jeremy Rogers

Jeremy Rogers

Chief Investment Officer
Big Society Capital

Jeremy Rogers is Chief Investment Officer at Big Society Capital, a wholesale financial institution that aims to improve people’s lives through investment. Over the past five years, along with co-investors, Big Society Capital has established almost £1bn of impact investment vehicles for charities and social enterprises in the UK. 

Mr Rogers has more than 20 years of experience in the investment and social sectors. His career began as a pit trader on the London Futures Exchange for SG Warburg. He set up and ran JP Morgan’s European High Yield Trading group, turning it into the market leader and becoming JPM’s youngest managing director. He then became a partner at Praxient Capital, a multi-asset investment fund. His social sector roles include positions at the Prince’s Trust, Ashoka, Big Issue Invest and Pilotlight. 

In addition to his roles on Big Society Capital’s Investment Committee and Executive Committee, Mr Rogers sits on Big Issue Invest’s investment committee, the joint investment committee at Access – the Foundation for Social Investment and the Lankelly Chase Foundation’s investment committee. He is also a senior advisor to the Rockefeller Foundation’s Innovative Finance programme.

Louise  Savell

Louise Savell

Social Finance

Louise Savell is a Director at Social Finance, where she jointly leads the firm’s international development team – designing, developing and delivering payment-by-results and social investment structures for a range of clients including the UK’s Department for International Development, the United States Agency for International Development, Grand Challenges Canada, the Global Innovation Fund and the Shell Foundation, in both sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. 

In the UK, Ms Savell has led high impact projects on financial inclusion, homelessness, health and regulatory reform for clients including HM Treasury, the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Greater London Authority and a number of leading charitable trusts and foundations. 

Before joining Social Finance, she led the Eastern European programmes of ARK where she worked with government and service providers to accelerate the reform of child welfare systems towards family-based care in Bulgaria and Romania. Ms Savell holds an MPhil in International Development and a BA in Philosophy, Psychology and Physiology from the University of Oxford.

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.

Kees van Lede

Kees van Lede

Chief Executive

Kees van Lede is Chief Executive of CarePay. He has held this position since January 2017, after previously having been the company’s Chief Commercial Officer. Between September 2013 and February 2016, Mr van Lede led the mHealth (mobile health) activities that PharmAccess deployed in Kenya, including its partnership with Safaricom. Mr van Lede’s key achievement while in this role was the inception of CarePay. 

Before joining PharmAccess, Mr van Lede was one of three Managing Directors at Guidion, an IT services firm based in the Netherlands. He started his career working for Unilever, holding several international positions in the field of marketing, innovation and corporate strategy. At Unilever, he developed his focus on and interest in developing services for the world’s poorest communities.

Mr van Lede holds a Master’s degree with Distinction in Applied Physics from Delft Technical University and an MBA with Distinction from INSEAD Business School in France.


Chair and Moderators (4)

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.

Andrew Hill

Andrew Hill

Management Editor and Associate Editor
Financial Times

Andrew Hill is an award-winning columnist and senior journalist at the Financial Times. As Associate Editor and Management Editor, he writes a weekly column on business, strategy and management, as well as contributing longer features and taking part in video discussions and podcasts. He is a regular public speaker and chair of panels on leadership and management.

Since joining the FT in 1988, he has worked in various roles, including editor of the daily Lombard column on British business and finance, Financial Editor, Comment & Analysis Editor, New York Bureau Chief, Foreign News Editor, and correspondent in Brussels and Milan. He is a member of the FT’s Editorial Board.

Mr Hill was named Business Commentator of the Year 2016 in the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards and Best Commentator at the 2009 Business Journalist of the Year Awards, where he also received the Decade of Excellence award for sustained achievement in business and financial journalism.

His latest book is Ruskinland (Pallas Athene, 2019), a personal exploration of John Ruskin’s life, work and enduring influence on our world, published to coincide with the bicentenary of the great thinker’s birth. He is also the author of Leadership in the Headlines (FT Publishing, 2016), a selection of his FT columns and insights about how leaders lead.

Elaine  Moore

Elaine Moore

Lex Deputy Editor
Financial Times

Elaine Moore is a writer for the Financial Times Lex column, the oldest and arguably the most influential business and finance column of its kind. Prior to this, she was the FT’s Capital Markets Correspondent, where she covered the Greek debt crisis, Saudi Arabia’s entrance to global markets, Argentina’s debt restructuring and the bond dispute between Russia and Ukraine. Previous roles at the FT include Deputy Editor of the FT’s personal finance section and reporter. Before joining the Financial Times, she worked for the Turkish Ambassador in London and as a freelance journalist in Cambodia. She graduated from Cambridge 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.


Agenda - 13th Sep

  • 8:15am
    Registration and Breakfast
  • 9:00am
    Opening Remarks

    Andrew Jack, Head of Curated Content, Financial Times

  • 9:05am
    Keynote Interview

    The MacArthur Foundation has joined the Chicago Community Trust and Calvert Foundation in launching Benefit Chicago, an innovative new investment fund designed to mobilise $100m for non-profits and social enterprises in the Chicago region. The goal is to generate funds by providing a simple way for anyone to make investments. What lessons could this new collaboration offer those looking for new mechanisms for social financing?

    Allison Clark, Associate Director of Impact Investments, MacArthur Foundation

    Moderated by: Andrew Jack, Head of Curated Content, Financial Times

  • 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
    Damian Payiatakis, Head of Impact Investing, Barclays
    Jeremy Rogers, Chief Investment Officer, Big Society Capital

    Moderated by: Elaine Moore, Lex Writer, Financial Times

  • 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?

    Christopher Egerton-Warburton, Partner, Lion's Head Global Partners 
    Jeremy Keele, President and CEO, Sorenson Impact Center, David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah
    Liesbet Peeters, Founding and Managing Partner, D. Capital Partners
    Nena Stoiljkovic, Vice-President, Blended Finance and Partnerships, International Finance Corporation

    Moderated By: Sarah Murray, Specialist Writer on Sustainable Development, Financial Times

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

    Jim Sorenson, Founder, Sorenson Impact Foundation

    Moderated By: Sarah Murray, Specialist Writer on Sustainable Development, Financial Times

  • 12:00pm
    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
    Kelly McCarthy, Director, Global Impact Investing Network
    Mahesh Jayakumar, Vice-President and Senior Environmental, Social and Governance Investment Strategist, State Street Global Advisors 

    Moderated By: Andrew Jack, Head of Curated Content, Financial Times

  • 12:40pm
  • 2:00pm
    Keynote Interview

    Sir Ian Cheshire, Chairman, Barclays UK

    Moderated by: Andrew Hill, Associate Editor and Management Editor, Financial Times

  • 2:30pm
    Breakout Sessions

    Session A: Energy Access: New Financing Tools
    This panel will look at how innovative finance might advance the growth of sustainable energy and rural electrification and the infrastructure needed to support it as a means of driving long-term economic growth while promoting education, increased rural incomes, innovation, entrepreneurship and improved health.

    Claire Hanratty, CEO, Pure Leapfrog
    Diana Noble, Former Chief Executive, CDC Group
    Ron Margalit, Principal of Blended Impact Investments, Lumos Global

    Moderated By: Andrew Jack, Head of Curated Content, Financial Times

    Session B: Social Impact Bonds: Paying for Performance
    Following the launch a decade ago of the world’s first social impact bond—designed to reduce recidivism at the UK’s HM Prison Peterborough—these financing mechanisms caught the market’s imagination as a new means of raising private sector capital for social change. Not all social impact bonds (which are not bonds but pay-for-performance contracts) have achieved their goals and their transaction costs are high. However, some see them as important tools, allowing governments and others to think more creatively about financing social change and measuring the results. This panel will assess the potential of social impact bonds as a financing mechanism.

    Serena Guarnaschelli, Partner, KOIS Invest
    Andrew Park, Senior Policy Advisor, Centre for Social Impact Bonds, UK Government Inclusive Economy Unit
    Louise Savell, Director, Social Finance

    Moderated by: Sarah Murray, Specialist Writer on Sustainable Development, Financial Times

    Session C: From Screens to Impact: An Investment Spectrum
    As sustainable investment strategies evolve, asset owners are moving from de-carbonising or screening out companies from their portfolios to actively picking stocks because of their positive impact through ESG (environmental, social and governance) or SRI (socially responsible investing) and investing in private companies whose primary purpose is to create impact. Is impact investing an activity that is separate from other forms of responsible investment or should it be treated as part of a broader total portfolio approach that includes SRI and ESG investing?

    Matthew Kiernan, Founder and Chief Executive, Inflection Point Capital Management
    Bonny Landers, Head of Sustainable Responsible and Impact Investing, Sandaire 
    Mahesh Jayakumar, Vice-President and Senior Environmental, Social and Governance Investment Strategist, State Street Global Advisors

    Moderated by: Elaine Moore, Lex Writer, Financial Times

  • 3:20pm
    Networking Break
  • 3:40pm
    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 three entrepreneurs who fit this description.

    Ismail Ahmed, Founder and CEO, WorldRemit
    Liisa Petrykowska, Founder and Managing Director, Ignitia
    Kees van Lede, Chief Executive, CarePay

    Moderated By: Andrew Jack, Head of Curated Content, Financial Times

  • 4:10pm
    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.

    Philip Brown, Managing Director and Global Head of Green and Social Bonds, Citi Capital Markets Origination
    Sebastian Carneiro, Director, Energy Efficiency, SUSI Partners
    Terry McCallion, Director, Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Team, Banking Department, EBRD
    Meryam Omi, Head of Sustainability and Responsible Investment Strategy, Legal & General Investment Management

    Moderated by: Elaine Moore, Lex Writer, Financial Times

  • 4:50pm
    Keynote Interview

    Nigel Kershaw, Chair, The Big Issue and Founding CEO, Big Issue Invest

    Moderated By: Sarah Murray, Specialist Writer on Sustainable Development, Financial Times

  • 5:20pm
    Closing Remarks

    Andrew Jack, Head of Curated Content, Financial Times

  • 5:25pm
    Cocktail Reception

    Mo Ibrahim, Founder and Chair, Mo Ibrahim Foundation

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.

Who attends?

The FT Investing for Good Europe is an exclusive invitation only event. 

Complimentary places are available to individuals who meet this criteria. If you would like to apply to attend, please complete the short application form*.

  • 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)

*Places are strictly limited and subject to approval by the Publisher.


Platinum Sponsors (3)

Barclays is a transatlantic consumer, corporate and investment bank offering products and services across personal, corporate and investment banking, credit cards and wealth management, with a strong presence in our two home markets of the UK and the US.

With over 325 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 40 countries and employs approximately 80,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide.

Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.

Additional information may be found at | Twitter: @Citi | YouTube: | Blog: | | LinkedIn:

For nearly four decades, State Street Global Advisors has been committed to helping our clients, and those who rely on them, achieve financial security. 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.

Impact Partner (1)

The Sorenson Impact Foundation (SIF) invests in social enterprises that create and scale sustainable solutions to address societal problems around the world. SIF focuses on investing in ideas that are innovative, disruptive and have the potential to make a large-scale positive impact on underserved populations. Over the last decade, SIF has supported social entrepreneurs and governments across five continents and in a variety of different sectors and social issues. To accomplish his mission of not only investing in but also building the broader impact investing ecosystem, in 2013, James Lee Sorenson, founder of the Sorenson Impact Foundation, endowed the Sorenson Impact Center (SIC) at the David Eccles School of Business within the University of Utah.  The Sorenson Impact Center is a renowned "think-and-do tank" focused on impact investing, impact measurement, data for social good, public-private partnerships, policy innovation and overall field-building. To date, SIC has advised governments, private investors, foundations, nonprofits and entrepreneurs on a variety of different investment and policy initiatives both in the U.S. and abroad.

For more information, please visit and

Gold Sponsor (1)

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people, effective institutions, and influential networks building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. MacArthur is placing a few big bets that truly significant progress is possible on some of the world’s most pressing social challenges, including over-incarceration, global climate change, nuclear risk, and significantly increasing financial capital for the social sector. In addition to the MacArthur Fellows Program, the Foundation continues its historic commitments to the role of journalism in a responsible and responsive democracy, as well as the strength and vitality of our headquarters city, Chicago.

MacArthur is one of the nation's largest independent foundations. Organizations supported by the Foundation work in about 50 countries. In addition to Chicago, MacArthur has offices in India, Mexico, and Nigeria.

Silver Sponsor (1)

Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) is one of Europe’s largest asset managers and a major global investor, with total assets under management of $1,235.5 billion*. We work with a wide range of global clients, including pension schemes, sovereign wealth funds, fund distributors and retail investors. Throughout the past 45 years we have built our business through understanding what matters most to our clients and transforming this insight into valuable, accessible investment products and solutions. We provide investment expertise across the full spectrum of asset classes including fixed income, equities, multi-asset, commercial property and cash. Our capabilities range from index-tracking and active strategies to liquidity management and liability-based risk management solutions.

*as at 30 June 2017, including derivative positions. These figures include assets managed by LGIMA, an SEC Registered Investment Advisor.

Cocktail Reception Host (1)

IFC—a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. We work with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in the toughest areas of the world. In fiscal year 2018, we delivered more than $23 billion in long-term financing for developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit

Supporting Partners (2)

European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) is a lively network of organisations sharing the same vision and a common goal: creating positive societal impact through venture philanthropy and social investment. Its mission is to enable venture philanthropists and social investors to maximize societal impact through increased resources, collaboration and expertise.

Currently EVPA has over 230 members, mainly based in Europe, but also in the United States, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Asia, showing the sector is rapidly evolving across borders. Its membership covers a full range of venture philanthropy and social investment activities including venture philanthropy funds, social investors, grant-making foundations, impact investing funds, private equity firms, professional service firms, philanthropy advisers, banks and business schools.

Global Water Intelligence publishes newsletters and reports providing analysis and strategic data on the international water market. Its flagship publication, the monthly industry journal Global Water Intelligence (GWI), has established itself as the market- leading publication for developers, suppliers, financiers, governments, utilities and municipalities seeking information and analysis on water projects with an element of private sector participation.

You can sign-up for a free trial of Global Water Intelligence, Water Desalination Report ( or DesalData ( and read executive summaries of our latest reports.


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