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FT Investing for Good USA 2017

Innovative Finance as a Force for Global Change

New York |
Speakers include:
Darren Walker

Darren Walker

Ford Foundation

Jim Sorenson

Jim Sorenson

Sorenson Impact Foundation

Jean   Case

Jean Case

Case Foundation


The idea that capital markets could help solve global problems such as poverty and climate change is acquiring a new urgency as government spending is constrained and the US administration starts to focus on national interests, rather than global development. 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 USA 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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Speakers (29)

Darren Walker

Darren Walker

Ford Foundation

Darren Walker is President of the Ford Foundation, the nation’s second largest philanthropy, and for two decades has been a leader in the non-profit and philanthropic sectors. Prior to joining Ford, he was Vice-President at the Rockefeller Foundation, where he managed the rebuild New Orleans initiative after Hurricane Katrina. 

In the 1990s, as COO of Harlem’s largest community development organization, the Abyssinian Development Corporation, Mr Walker oversaw a comprehensive revitalization program of central Harlem, including more than 1,000 new units of housing. He had a decade long career in international law and finance at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and UBS.

In 2016, TIME magazine named him to its annual list of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.” Mr Walker is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the recipient of 10 honorary degrees and university awards.

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.

Jean   Case

Jean Case

Case Foundation

Jean Case is an actively engaged philanthropist, impact investor, and a pioneer in the world of interactive technologies. The Case Foundation, which she created with her husband Steve Case, is recognized for catalyzing movements that drive transformational change by building alliances and investing in people, ideas and organizations that harness entrepreneurship, innovation, technology and collaboration.

Before co-founding the Case Foundation, Ms Case was a senior executive at America Online, where she directed its marketing and branding efforts and helped establish AOL as a household utility. She was an advisor to the US National Advisory Board to the Social Impact Investing Task Force.

 Ms Case is Chairman of the National Geographic Society Board of Trustees and currently serves on several boards including Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure, White House Historical Association and BrainScope Company and the advisory boards of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society and Georgetown University’s Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation.

Jean and Steve Case joined The Giving Pledge in 2010, and publicly reaffirmed their commitment to give away the majority of their wealth to fund worthy charitable causes. In 2016, Ms Case was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Jennifer     Bender

Jennifer Bender

Senior Managing Director
State Street Global Advisors

Jennifer Bender is a Senior Managing Director at State Street Global Advisors and Director of Research for the Global Equity Beta Solutions team. In this role, she is responsible for promoting the thought leadership of SSGA across key areas of passive investing including smart beta, thematic investing and global equity investing.

Previously, Ms Bender was a Vice President in the Index and Analytics Research teams at MSCI, the index provider. In that role, she was responsible for research on equity index-related topics including asset allocation and indexing. Prior to joining the index research team, Ms Bender worked in the Barra Research group, focusing on portfolio construction and risk modelling. She began her career as an economist at DRI in 1996 and has held research roles at State Street Associates and Harvard University.

Ms Bender is on the editorial board of the Journal of Portfolio Management and is a member of the Chicago Quantitative Alliance. Her work has been published in industry-leading journals and books such as the Institutional Investor Journals and Wiley Finance Series. She holds a Masters degree and a PhD in economics from Brandeis University.

Amit  Bouri

Amit Bouri

CEO and Co-founder
Global Impact Investing Network

Amit Bouri is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of the Global Impact Investing Network (the GIIN). His work in impact investing began when he was a strategy consultant with the Monitor Institute. At Monitor he was part of the team that produced the Investing for Social & Environmental Impact report. He left Monitor to co-found the GIIN in 2009. 

Mr Bouri’s other projects at the Monitor Institute included strategic planning and organizational development work for non-profit organizations and foundations. He previously worked in the private sector as a strategy consultant with Bain & Company. He left Bain to work in global health at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. He also worked in the corporate philanthropy units of Gap Inc and Johnson & Johnson.

Mr Bouri holds an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, an MPA from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Swarthmore College.

Jolyne Caruso

Jolyne Caruso

The Alberleen Group

Jolyne Caruso is Founder and CEO of The Alberleen Group, an investment banking and merchant banking firm that works with family offices to advise, source and co-invest in direct investments across both traditional and impact sectors. She has more than 30 years of Wall Street experience in global capital markets and asset management businesses.

Previously, she worked as global head of Absolute Return Strategies at Lehman Brothers and served on the management committee of the firm. Before working at Lehman, Ms Caruso was Co-founder and President of Andor Capital Management, a $7bn technology-focused equity hedge fund. From 1992 to 2001, she was managing director and head of equities Americas at JP Morgan and was chairman of JP Morgan Securities. She began her career at Bear Stearns in institutional equities.

Ms Caruso holds a BA with honors from Barnard College, Columbia University, and is chair of Barnard’s Board of Trustees. She is a director of The Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP), she serves on the fund advisory board of Golden Seeds, and she is an advisor to Columbia University’s Entrepreneurship Program.

Kuni Chen

Kuni Chen

Director, Impact Investment
The Nature Conservancy

Kuni Chen joined NatureVest in November 2015. NatureVest is The Nature Conservancy’s impact investment group, which seeks to match private capital with transactions that produce scalable conservation outcomes that also generate returns for investors.

Mr Chen specialises in impact investments that involve large land and real asset projects, with a focus on the Central Appalachian region. He leads NatureVest’s coal and climate change program, which works to accelerate the transition to renewable energy, restore post-mining landscapes and create jobs for formerly coal-dependent communities.

Mr Chen has 15 years of Wall Street investment research experience as an institutional investor-ranked equity analyst with Bank of America Merrill Lynch and UBS Securities. He is known for his expertise covering the metals, mining and coal sectors and his work in sustainable finance and ESG (environmental, social and governance) integration. Mr Chen is a graduate of Middlebury College.

Matt Christensen

Matt Christensen

Global Head of Responsible Investment
AXA Investment Managers

Matt Christensen is Global Head of Responsible Investment at AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM). He has directed the responsible and impact investment activities of AXA IM since joining in 2011. His key recent projects include the implementation of an ESG integration approach across AXA’s asset classes as well as the development of impact investment fund strategies.

He has been a leading voice in the fields of responsible and impact investment and was a member of the European Commission’s Co-ordination Committee to explore the future of sustainability policy and legislation in the European Union.

From 2002 until his appointment at AXA IM, Mr Christensen held the position of Founding Executive Director of the research institute Eurosif. Before that, he advised European clients as a strategy consultant with Braxton Associates/Deloitte Consulting, before becoming business development director of the Motley Fool, a multimedia financial-services company.

He holds MBA and MA degrees from the University of Pennsylvania through the Wharton/Lauder programme.

Kevin  Davis

Kevin Davis

CEO and Co-founder
Rebound Technologies

Kevin Davis is the CEO and Co-founder of Rebound Technologies, whose IcePoint product delivers control and efficiency to industrial freezers. IcePoint, which represents a departure from the century-old, legacy cooling cycle that dominates the sector, aims to have an impact on both energy consumption and food waste diversion. Founded in 2012, Rebound raised $2.5m in government grants to advance its technology and in July 2017 closed a $1.4m seed round.

Before co-founding Rebound, Mr Davis – who has spent more than a decade working in energy – managed R&D projects for Abengoa Solar, an international company focused primarily on concentrated solar power and high-temperature thermal energy storage technologies. His experience managing the arpa-e funded project “Solar Thermochemical Fuel Production” helped reinforce the importance of bringing economically-practical solutions to market, something that is the key driver of Rebound’s technology development strategy.

Mr Davis holds a Master’s degree in Engineering from the University of Colorado-Boulder and a Bachelor of Managerial Economics from the University of California-Davis.

Matthew DiGuiseppe

Matthew DiGuiseppe

Vice President, Head of Americas on the Asset Stewardship Team
State Street Global Advisors

Matthew DiGuiseppe is Vice President, Head of Americas on the Asset Stewardship Team of State Street Global Advisors (SSGA). Mr. DiGuiseppe and his colleagues on the Asset Stewardship Team are responsible for developing and implementing SSGA’s global proxy voting policies and guidelines across all investment strategies, and managing SSGA’s proxy voting activities and issuer engagement on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. 

Prior to joining SSGA Mr Diguiseppe served as a Vice President on The TIAA/Nuveen Stewardship & Corporate Governance Team and as a Client Relations Manager for Institutional Shareholder Services.

Mr. DiGuiseppe earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from The George Washington University

Kevin Duffy

Kevin Duffy


Kevin Duffy is Founder of Winnow, which builds technology to help chefs run their kitchens more efficiently by helping them understand and prevent food waste. Since it launched in 2013, Winnow has been deployed in nearly 1,000 kitchens in 29 countries globally and is helping its customers save more than $10m annually in wasted food.  

Mr Duffy founded Winnow with Marc Zornes, co-author of the McKinsey Global Institute report, Resource Revolution: Meeting the World’s Energy, Materials, Food and Water Needs. Before founding Winnow, Mr Duffy was a Management Consultant in technology and investment banking at financial services firm Capco and a commodities banker at BNP Paribas. He was a Peace Corps volunteer.

Mr Duffy holds an MBA with Distinction from INSEAD Business School in France and a Bachelors of Commerce from the University of Virginia. He was awarded the CFA designation in 2007.

Patricia Farrar-Rivas

Patricia Farrar-Rivas

CEO and Founding Principal
Veris Wealth Partners

Patricia Farrar-Rivas is a Founding Principal and the CEO of Veris Wealth Partners. She has been providing investment advisory and wealth management services since 1992. Ms Farrar-Rivas is a principal consultant to the Envestnet Sustainability Platform and was a member of the Envestnet Advisory Board. Before her work at Veris, Ms Farrar-Rivas led the effort by Silicon Valley-based public accounting firm Frank, Rimerman + Co to launch its new investment advisory subsidiary, Frank, Rimerman Advisors. She also co-founded the New York office of Progressive Asset Management in 1994.

Earlier in her career, Ms Farrar-Rivas worked with Veris co-founder Michael Lent and community leaders in Central America on economic development, local empowerment and social justice. Ms Farrar-Rivas has served on the board of As You Sow, a non-profit organization promoting corporate responsibility through shareholder advocacy, grant making and innovative legal strategies. She is a member of the Standards Council for the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, a non-profit that develops and disseminates industry-specific sustainability accounting standards for material, non-financial (environmental, social and governance) information.

Ms Farrar-Rivas has been a Certified Investment Management Analyst since 2000 and is a Certified Investment Strategist. She is also a member of the Investment Management Consultants Association.

Karin Finkelston

Karin Finkelston

Vice President, Partnerships, Communication, and Outreach
International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Karin Finkelston is IFC’s Vice President of Partnerships, Communication, and Outreach, and a member of IFC’s Management Team. She leads IFC’s efforts to build strategic relationships with stakeholders, multilateral organisations, development institutions, civil society, foundations, and other key development partners to create markets and mobilise private sector investments in emerging markets. She leads IFC’s teams in Western Europe and Tokyo and oversees IFC’s corporate communications and global engagement.

Prior to taking up this position in July 2017, Ms Finkelston held a series of leadership positions at the World Bank Group, including IFC Vice President for Asia and Pacific and Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA). Ms Finkelston spent most of her career leading IFC’s investment and advisory business in Asia. Prior to being named IFC’s first Vice President for Asia and Pacific, she was Director for East Asia and Pacific, and Country Manager for China and Mongolia. She grew IFC’s China business — investing with local entrepreneurs and banks — and led IFC’s expansion in Asia’s frontier countries.

Before joining IFC, Ms Finkelston was Vice President at Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company in Hong Kong after starting her career in New York. As a manager at Barents Group, she led a team in Hanoi, advising and implementing Vietnam’s first privatisation transactions. Ms Finkelston has an MBA from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College.

Mary Ellen Iskenderian

Mary Ellen Iskenderian

President and CEO
Women's World Banking

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

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

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

Georgia     Levenson Keohane

Georgia Levenson Keohane

Executive Director
Pershing Square Foundation

Georgia Levenson Keohane is Executive Director of the Pershing Square Foundation, a New York-based foundation that supports leaders and organizations that tackle important social issues and deliver scalable and sustainable impact. She is a professor in the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School.

Ms Keohane is the author of Capital and the Common Good: How Innovative Finance is Tackling the World's Most Urgent Problems and Social Entrepreneurship for the 21st Century: Innovation Across the Nonprofit, Private and Public Sectors. A former McKinsey consultant, Ms Keohane advises, writes and speaks on the intersection of business and society. Her work has appeared in publications that include The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Time and Harvard Business Review.

Ms Keohane has taught at Yale University and serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations. She holds a BA from Yale University, an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MSc from London School of Economics, where she was a Fulbright Scholar. 

Mike  Muldoon

Mike Muldoon

Associate Director, Program Related Investments
The Rockefeller Foundation

Mike Muldoon is an Associate Director for Innovative Finance at the Rockefeller Foundation. He leads the Foundation’s Program Related Investment work, which consists of a growing portfolio of investments (debt, equity, guarantees) in line with the Foundation’s programmatic interests. Prior to joining the Rockefeller Foundation he was a Director at Latitude Capital, a private equity fund focused on energy in emerging markets and before that a Senior Investment Officer at USAID’s loan guarantee program, the Development Credit Authority.

Jacqueline Novogratz

Jacqueline Novogratz

Founder and CEO

Jacqueline Novogratz is the Founder and CEO of Acumen, a non-profit global venture fund that invests philanthropic capital in sustainable businesses tackling the problems of poverty. Under her leadership, Acumen has invested $106m in 96 companies providing critical goods and services to the poor across Africa, Latin America, South Asia and the United States. 

In 2016, Jacqueline received the Forbes 400 Lifetime Achievement Award for her work in social entrepreneurship. Before her work at Acumen, Ms Novogratz founded The Philanthropy Workshop and The Next Generation Leadership programs at the Rockefeller Foundation. She also co-founded, Duterimbere, Rwanda’s first microfinance institution.

Ms Novogratz sits on the boards of the Aspen Institute and, which designs products, services, and experiences to improve the lives of people in poor and vulnerable communities. Her best-selling memoir The Blue Sweater chronicles her quest to understand poverty and bring dignity to the poor.

Andi    Phillips

Andi Phillips

Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Maycomb Capital

Andi Phillips is Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Maycomb Capital, a new impact investing platform, under which she leads the Community Outcomes Fund, the largest US outcomes-based financing fund to date. Andi has more than 25 years of experience leading, designing and implementing large scale, public private partnerships that use private investment to address pressing social challenges.


Previously, she launched and managed the Goldman Sachs Social Impact Fund and led signature social impact bond (SIB) investments for the firm including the investment in the Rikers Island Social Impact Bond, the first such transaction executed by a financial institution and in the US market. Andi has been the principal investment professional, leading the investment for four of the first eight SIB transactions in the US, including transactions that financed recidivism reduction in Massachusetts and early childhood education in Utah and Chicago.


Previously, she was president of Seedco Financial, a community development financing institution (CDFI), which provided affordable capital to small businesses and non-profits in disadvantaged communities. At Seedco, Andi also managed performance-based contracts in workforce development, totalling more than $100m. She holds a BA from Tufts University and an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Jerome Ranawake

Jerome Ranawake

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Jerome Ranawake is a Partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Based in Freshfields’ New York office, Mr Ranawake is a Structured Finance Partner and Head of Freshfields’ US corporate social responsibility initiative.

Mr Ranawake has extensive experience advising hedge funds, funds of funds, college endowment funds and family offices on their brokerage, derivatives, futures, options and other trading documentation and related financing arrangements. Mr Ranawake also assists clients on loan portfolio financing structures, trade and royalty receivables securitizations and other cash flow monetization transactions. His clients include the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB).

His recent work includes advising the IADB on the innovative use of credit default swap technology to exchange concentrated first loss geographic exposure under its project finance loan portfolios with several other multilateral finance institutions (including the World Bank and the African Development Bank) to enable the IADB to achieve better ratings treatment for its bond issuance programme.

Mr Ranawake is a regular speaker at ISDA conferences, and has written for publications such as Hedge Fund Journal, Euromoney and International Finance Law Review.

Barbara Samuels

Barbara Samuels

Executive Director and Founder
Global Clearinghouse for Development Finance

Barbara Samuels is Executive Director and Founder of the Global Clearinghouse for Development Finance, a non-profit initiative that develops innovative technical approaches to mobilizing the private sector for development.  

With more than 30 years experience in international finance, Ms Samuels’ recent assignments include technical support of infrastructure and de-risking strategies for the Program of Infrastructure Development in Africa (NEPAD), the development of toolkits for job creation (NEPAD) and city creditworthiness (World Bank) and the design and implementation of the UN Capital Development Fund’s Local Finance Initiative. She directed the African Development Bank’s report on Africa risk mitigation needs and solutions, and the World Economic Forum’s programme on harnessing Development Finance Institutions in mobilizing the private sector for development.  

Ms Samuels’ prior positions include Director of Country Assessment for Chase Manhattan Bank, where she was responsible for managing $50bn of country risk exposure worldwide, and Managing Director of Moody’s Emerging Markets Service. She has been an advisor to major investors, including more than $2bn in transactions.

Dr Samuels has a PhD in Management and Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), an MBA from the Sloan School of Management and an MS in Political Science from MIT. She has written for publications including Foreign Affairs, Princeton Press, Reuters Project Finance International and AfricaInvestor.

Debra  Schwartz

Debra Schwartz

Managing Director
MacArthur Foundation

Debra Schwartz, Managing Director at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, serves on the executive leadership team, which has dedicated $500m of its assets to impact investing. Ms Schwartz’s group helps develop strategy and devise impact investments that advance the foundation’s key goals. A former investment banker, Ms Schwartz also leads the creation of new impact investment products and platforms at the foundation.

Ms Schwartz joined MacArthur in 1995, having worked at a Chicago-based child welfare agency. A frequent speaker and guest lecturer, she has also served on the United States Treasury Department Community Development Advisory Board and the founding board for the Mission Investors Exchange. 

She earned a master’s degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree from Yale College, summa cum laude.

Jason Scott

Jason Scott

Co-managing Partner
Encourage Capital

Jason Scott is a Co-managing Partner and member of the Board of Directors of Encourage Capital, formed in 2014 through the combination of Wolfensohn Fund Management and EKO Asset Management Partners, of which Mr Scott was a Co-founder. He is a member of the investment committee of the EKO Green Carbon Fund.

Before co-founding EKO, Mr Scott was a Founding Director and investment analyst at Generation Investment Management, co-founded by David Blood and former Vice President Al Gore. From 1999 to 2004, he worked with Acumen Fund, Flatiron Future Fund/Foundation and New Philanthropy Capital. From 1996-1999, he was President of a New York City-based software company.

Mr Scott also helped found and build Public Allies, a youth and community development organization. In 1998, the Rockefeller Foundation selected him as a fellow in its Next Generation Leadership Program. He co-founded Cleantech for former US President Barack Obama and served on several transition advisory boards for the Obama administration. He co-founded and jointly leads the CREO Syndicate, a network of family offices investing in cleantech, renewables and other environmental opportunities.

Mr Scott is on the boards of Oil Change International, the Frankfurt Zoological Society and Public Allies. He graduated from Duke University cum laude and has a joint MBA with honours from Columbia Business School and London Business School.

Priya Sharma

Priya Sharma

Senior Policy and Innovative Financing Advisor
Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact, USAID

Priya Sharma is the Senior Policy and Innovative Financing Advisor in the Global Health Bureau’s Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). She uses innovative financing mechanisms and market-shaping interventions to increase access to life-saving commodities and harness private sector funding to achieve global health goals.

Ms Sharma recently helped design and launch USAID’s first advance purchase commitment for Zika diagnostics, and co-authored Investing for Impact, an educational resource for development practitioners interested in learning more about non-traditional approaches to financing global health. Before joining USAID, Ms Sharma worked as a health economist at the Office of Health Economics in London, where she conducted research and consulting on a variety of topics, including market incentives for pharmaceutical companies. She has also worked at the Center for Global Development and the RAND Corporation.

Ms Sharma has published in a number of journals including Pediatrics, The International Journal of the Economics of Business and Nature Reviews Drug Discovery. She has an MSc in International Health Policy (with Health Economics) from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She completed her undergraduate studies at Tufts University.

Meredith Shields

Meredith Shields

Managing Director
Sorenson Impact Foundation

Meredith Shields is the Managing Director for the Sorenson Impact Foundation, which invests in innovative companies that are creating and scaling up ideas to promote social good around the world. She is responsible for managing Program Related Investments (PRI) and Mission Related Investments (MRI) portfolios, as well as the overall investment process. In this role, she engages with social entrepreneurs working in the agriculture, technology, education, healthcare and retail sectors to develop sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing social problems.

Ms Shields also works closely with the Sorenson Impact Center at the University of Utah, which was endowed by Jim Sorenson in 2013 to be a “think and do” tank for impact investors and social entrepreneurs.

Before joining the Sorenson Impact Foundation, most of Ms Shields’ career was spent in investment banking, leveraged finance and strategy consulting. She spent the first part of her career working with private equity firms, management teams and entrepreneurs seeking capital in the form of both debt and equity. She also previously consulted to non-profits and NGOs in the US and East Africa in the areas of cost and outcomes measurement as well as in financial analysis, reporting and board engagement. While living in Zurich, Switzerland, she worked with the Beyond Capital Fund, an early-stage impact investment fund,.
Ms Shields holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Science in Commerce from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce.

Shari Spiegel​

Shari Spiegel​

Chief of the Policy Analysis & Development Branch
Financing for Development Office, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Shari Spiegel is Chief of the Policy Analysis & Development Branch in the Financing for Development Office (FfDO) of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs at the United Nations (UN-DESA). She currently leads the work on the 50-agency Inter-agency Task Force on Financing for Development.

Ms Spiegel played a key role the negotiations on the 2015 Addis Ababa Action Agenda, measures to overhaul global finance practices and generate investments for tackling economic, social and environmental challenges. She also has extensive private sector experience, including as a Principal at New Holland Capital (an advisor to APG, the Dutch Pension Fund) and the Director of fixed income emerging markets at Lazard Asset Management.

In the early 1990s, she co-founded and was CEO of Budapest Alapkezelő, which launched the first domestic investment funds in Hungary, and remains one of its largest asset management companies. From 2002 to 2007 she was the Executive Director of IPD, a think-tank at Columbia University founded by Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz while teaching at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She has also worked as a foreign adviser to the Hungarian Central Bank and as a consultant to the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation.

She is author and co-author of several books and articles and has an MA (ABD) in economics from Princeton University and a BA in economics and applied mathematics from Northwestern University.

Derek Strocher

Derek Strocher

Chief Financial Officer
Calvert Impact Capital

Derek Strocher is the CFO at Calvert Impact Capital, a leading impact investing firm based in Washington, DC. Over its 22-year history, Calvert Impact Capital has mobilised nearly $2bn of investor capital to finance hundreds of mission-oriented organisations around the world. As CFO, Mr Strocher oversees all the financial activity of the organisation and provides strategic leadership as a partner to the CEO and the Board.

Before joining Calvert Impact Capital, Mr Strocher led the Innovative Finance portfolio at the World Bank, working with governments around the world to explore and design innovative financial solutions to address problems in development. He has also served on the Audit and Finance Committee of the GAVI Alliance, on the board of the Treasury Management Association (Calgary). He currently sits on Calvert Impact Capital’s Board Investment Committee.

Nicole    Van Der Tuin

Nicole Van Der Tuin

CEO and Co-Founder
First Access

Nicole Van Der Tuin is CEO and Co-Founder of First Access, a New York-based fintech company that provides a data analytics and credit scoring platform for financial institutions in emerging markets.

Prior to founding First Access, Ms Van Der Tuin worked with the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and Endeavor Global. She also worked with Positive Planet, which promotes economic autonomy among fragile and excluded populations, on the design and launch of MicroWorld, a French social enterprise that offers corporate matching and peer-to-peer lending to micro-enterprises globally through local microfinance institutions.

Ms Van Der Tuin is a guest lecturer on fintech and entrepreneurship at Columbia University. In 2016, she was named as one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business. First Access has been selected as one of Entrepreneur magazine’s Brilliant 100, for MIT’s Zambezi Prize and PopTech’s Social Innovation Fellowship. It features events and coursework in research universities in the US and UK, including in Oxford University’s fintech program.

Jackie VanderBrug

Jackie VanderBrug

Managing Director and Head of Sustainable and Impact Investment Strategy, Chief Investment Office
Bank of America Corporation, Global Wealth and Investment Management

Jackie VanderBrug is a Managing Director and Head of Sustainable & Impact Investment Strategy for the Chief Investment Office (CIO) within Bank of America Corporation’s Global Wealth & Investment Management (GWIM) division. In this role, she is responsible for defining and executing investment strategies for Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and US Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management focusing on Impact Investing initiatives across all asset classes.

Before joining US Trust, Jackie was managing director at Criterion Ventures, a hybrid consulting firm, where she worked with high net worth individuals and large non-profits on impact strategies and led the development of the field of gender lens investing. She also led the business development of the start-up team at technology company iBasis, and, co-founded WORK IN PROGRESS, a non-profit social enterprise focused on career development for underprivileged youth. She started her career as a domestic policy analyst for the US Congress and as a strategy consultant for Fortune 500 firms.

Jackie received her MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and her BS in Mathematics from Calvin College. She is an Aspen Institute First Movers Fellow and serves on the Board of the Trustees of the Donations.

Miljana Vujosevic

Miljana Vujosevic

Director, Impact Investments
Prudential Financial

Miljana Vujosevic is a Director with the Impact Investments group at Prudential, which has been investing to revitalise cities and support economic opportunity for individuals and communities since 1976. 

At Prudential, Ms Vujosevic focuses on strategy and originating deals in social purpose businesses, including fund investments and direct equity and debt investments. She manages the group’s fintech investments, its charter school lending programme, its pay-for-success portfolio and its inclusive ventures work. 

Ms Vujosevic holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Michigan and a Master of Arts in International Relations and Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She is a CFA charterholder. 


Chair and Moderators (4)

Gillian Tett

Gillian Tett

Chair, Editorial Board, and Editor-at-large, US
Financial Times

Gillian Tett is Chair, Editorial Board, and Editor-at-large, US at the Financial Times. She previously served as US Managing Editor, leading the Financial Times’ editorial operations in the region across all platforms. She writes weekly columns for the FT, covering a range of economic, financial, political and social issues throughout the globe. Ms Tett served as Assistant Editor, US Managing Editor from 2010 to 2012, and prior to this Assistant Editor responsible for the FT’s markets coverage. Other roles at the FT have included Capital Markets Editor, Deputy Editor of the Lex column, Tokyo Bureau Chief, Tokyo Correspondent, London-based economics reporter and a reporter in Russia and Brussels.

In 2014, she was named Columnist of the Year in the British Press Awards and also received the Royal Anthropological Institute Marsh Award. She is the author of The Silo Effect: Why Putting Everything In Its Place Isn't Such A Bright Idea (Simon & Schuster, 2015), New York Times bestseller Fool’s Gold: How Unrestrained Greed Corrupted a Dream, Shattered Global Markets and Unleashed a Catastrophe (Little Brown, UK and Simon and Schuster, US, 2009), and Saving the Sun: A Wall Street Gamble to Rescue Japan from Its Trillion Dollar Meltdown (Harper Collins, 2003). Before joining the FT in 1993, Ms Tett was awarded a PhD in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University, where she also earned her Bachelor’s degree.

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.

Stephen Foley

Stephen Foley

Deputy US News Editor
Financial Times

Stephen Foley is Deputy US News Editor at the Financial Times, based in New York. He is also author of the FT's Ambitious Wealth column. Mr Foley was previously US Investment Correspondent, covering the asset management industry, hedge funds and institutional and retail investment issues, and before that, he was a markets correspondent for the FT, covering bond and credit derivatives, market developments, regulatory reform and their impact on the wider economy. Prior to joining the FT, Mr Foley was the Associate Business Editor of The Independent, where he covered the credit crisis and US business issues in New York. Prior to this, he covered the UK stock market and the pharmaceuticals industry for The Independent in London. In March 2009, he was named Business and Finance Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards. Mr Foley holds a degree from Cambridge University, as well as a diploma in Newspaper Journalism from City University in London.

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 - 5th Dec

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

    Andrew Jack, Head of Curated Content, Financial Times

  • 9:05am
    Keynote Interview

    Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation

    Moderator: Gillian Tett, US Managing Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:40am
    Panel Discussion: Innovative Finance and the SDGs

    In 2015, United Nations’ member states committed to adopting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), an ambitious set of objectives aimed at ending poverty by 2030 while promoting gender equality, access to education and environmental sustainability. However, with many governments looking inwards and revisiting their overseas aid commitments, it is becoming clear that global capital markets will play an increasingly important role securing the funding needed to meet these goals.  With the deadline just 13 years away, this panel will ask what innovative finance tools – from impact investing to development bonds and new environmentally-focused 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?

    Barbara Samuels, Executive Director and Founder, Global Clearinghouse for Development Finance
    Jason Scott, Co-Managing Partner, Encourage Capital
    Shari Spiegel, Chief of the Policy Analysis & Development Branch, Financing for Development Office, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs
    Derek Strocher, Chief Financial Officer, Calvert Impact Capital

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

  • 10:20am
    Panel Discussion: Beyond Philanthropic Funding

    Foundations and non-profits are starting to recognise that impact investing and other of private sector financing models can provide new streams of funding. Meanwhile, foundations with large assets are starting to look at their endowment as an additional tool with which to pursue their philanthropic goals and align their investments with their mission. This panel will look at the role of innovative finance in bolstering the world’s philanthropic resources, allowing the non-profit sector to do more to advance its missions.

    Matt Christensen, Global Head of Responsible Investment, AXA Investment Managers
    Mary Ellen Iskenderian, President and CEO, Women’s World Banking
    Jacqueline Novogratz, Founder and CEO, Acumen
    Meredith Shields, Managing Director, Sorenson Impact Foundation

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

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

    Two seasoned impact investors talk about how they see the sector evolving and what they consider the most exciting developments in the world of innovative finance.

    Jim Sorenson, Founder, Sorenson Impact Foundation
    Jean Case, CEO, Case Foundation

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

  • 11:50am
    Panel Discussion: Opening up the Market

    A growing army of specialist advisors is emerging to help investors put together portfolios designed to have an impact on people and the planet. Meanwhile, mainstream financial institutions and traditional investment advisors are building services that help clients make triple-bottom-line investments. How should the asset management industry respond to clients’ demands for new impact investment vehicles? Will there be room in the market for philanthropic advisors, or will a new hybrid advisor emerge? What products, services and tools will be needed to make innovative finance available not only to wealthy philanthropists and institutional investors but also to individual investors? 

    Amit Bouri, CEO and Co-founder, Global Impact Investing Network
    Karin Finkelston, Vice President for Communications and OutreachIFC
    Miljana Vujosevic, Director, Impact Investments, Prudential Financial

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

  • 12:30pm
  • 1:30pm
    Panel Discussion: Gender Lens Investing

    For gender lens investors, the prism through which they assess potential investments is how those businesses advance or support women and girls. And it is a type of investing that has been growing rapidly in recent years. From companies promoting women as senior executives to those providing services to women and girls in developing countries, what are the opportunities for gender lens investors?

    Jennifer Bender, Senior Managing Director, State Street Global Advisors
    Patricia Farrar-Rivas, CEO and Founding Principal, Veris Wealth Partners
    Jackie VanderBrug, Managing Director and Investment Strategist, US Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management

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

  • 2:10pm
    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.

    Kevin Davis, CEO and Co-founder, Rebound Technologies
    Kevin Duffy, Founder, Winnow
    Nicole Van Der Tuin, CEO and Co-Founder, First Access

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

  • 2:50pm
    Panel Discussion: Clean Investment -- Private Capital and the Planet

    Private capital can be harnessed to help combat climate change in a variety of ways. Asset owners, for example, may choose to screen out “dirty” investments from their portfolios or apply ESG (environmental, social and governance) screens to their investments. Meanwhile, investors have a growing range of vehicles at their disposal, from green bonds to debt instruments that raise capital for environmental conservation. Whether taking a risk management or an impact investment approach, what more needs to be done so that asset stewardship and private investment capital can play a bigger role in protecting the planet?

    Kuni Chen, Director, Impact Investment, The Nature Conservancy
    Matthew DiGuiseppe, Vice President, Head of Americas on the Asset Stewardship Team, State Street Global Advisors
    Mike Muldoon, Associate Director for Innovative Finance, Rockefeller Foundation

    Moderator: Stephen Foley, Deputy US News Editor, Financial Times 

  • 3:30pm
    Networking Break
  • 3:50pm
    Dialogue: Innovative Lawyers -- Structuring New Mechanisms

    As organisations tackling social and environmental problems embrace market-based tools such as impact investing and green bonds, the task of creating innovative financing mechanisms requires legal skills. Driven by either the need to find pro bono work for their corporate lawyers or by the prospect of this form of legal work becoming another part of their offerings, law firms are becoming involved in developing innovative finance products and mechanisms.

    Andi Phillips, Co-founder and Managing Partner, Maycomb Capital
    Jerome Ranawake, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer 

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

  • 4:10pm
    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? 

    Jolyne Caruso, CEO, Aberleen
    Georgia Levenson Keohane, Executive Director, Pershing Square Foundation
    Priya Sharma, Senior Policy and Innovative Financing Advisor, USAID

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

  • 4:50pm
    Keynote Interview

    Debra Schwartz, Managing Director, MacArthur Foundation

    Moderator: Stephen Foley, Deputy US News Editor, Financial Times

  • 5:20pm
    Closing Remarks

    Stephen Foley, Deputy US News Editor, Financial Times

  • 5:25pm
    Cocktail Reception

    This will be a special event with details of the 2018 FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards.

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 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)

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 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)

Headed by James Lee Sorenson (Jim), a world-renowned entrepreneur, business leader and social innovator, the Sorenson Impact Foundation funds sustainable, scalable endeavors that maximize positive impact on the lives and communities they touch.

Over his career, Jim has built highly successful companies in industries ranging from technology and life sciences to real estate and private equity investment. The successful combination of innovative and worthwhile ideas with talented management teams to produce growing new enterprises has created thousands of new jobs and many vibrant companies. Jim has been instrumental in developing new sectors, including digital compression software that helped usher in the online video revolution (Sorenson Media), and video relay services that transformed opportunities for the deaf and hard of hearing (Sorenson Communications).

Throughout his career, Jim has also helped establish highly impactful programs and organizations that improve the lives of the poor, build regional business communities and train the next generation of entrepreneurial and investment leaders. Through the Foundation, Jim supports self-sustaining charitable enterprises that can lift and empower many people. He actively donates time, money and energy to institutions that help individuals in poverty-stricken areas become self-sufficient.

As a recognized leader in impact investing and social entrepreneurship, Jim provided the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah with an endowment in 2013 to create the Sorenson Impact Center. The Center helps communities leverage private capital, data and innovation to address complicated social and public health problems.

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 (3)

AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM) is an active, long-term, global multi-asset investor. We work with clients today to provide the solutions they need to help build a better tomorrow for their investments, while creating a positive change for the world in which we all live. With approximately $860 billion in assets under management as of the end of September 2018, AXA IM employs nearly 2,400 employees around the world and operates across 21 countries. AXA IM is part of the AXA Group, a world leader in financial protection and wealth management.

AXA IM offers a diverse set of fixed income, equities, real estate, structured finance, and multi-asset client solutions for Institutional and Wholesale investors customized to meet their individual needs across the asset class spectrum.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP is the world’s oldest global law firm with a long-standing track record of successfully supporting the world's leading national and multinational corporations, financial institutions and governments on ground-breaking and business-critical mandates. Our 2,800 plus lawyers deliver results worldwide through our own offices and alongside leading local firms. Freshfields was formed by a three-way merger which brought together more than 270 years’ of experience, dating back to 1743 in the UK and 1840 in Germany. Freshfields has acted on more than half of the social impact bonds completed in the UK, including payment-by-results initiatives designed to increase the number of teenage mothers returning to education, reduce homelessness, and increase the number of children receiving foster care. They helped the Noble Peace prize winner Muhammad to set up an incubator for social businesses and have been advising Yunus Social Business (YSB) for the last eight years. Freshfields recently worked with the Elton John AIDS Foundation and a number of London borough councils on a social impact bond designed to increase AIDS early screening rates. They have also adapted note issuance programs for issuers such as Scottish and Southern Energy to allow for the issuance of green bonds. Freshfields have helped numerous corporate clients in implementing their own responsible business strategies, including adapting them to reflect the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Freshfields provides regulatory, tax, fund and financial instrument structuring, fintech, employment, and sustainability due diligence expertise to their clients, bringing together multiple practice groups across its global network to maximize client value and social impact. Freshfields’ goal is to become the worldwide leading cutting edge law firm for social impact investing related topics, supporting our clients to shape the world using green and social impact financing and related legal and regulatory advice with a view to leaving behind our own worldwide positive footprint.

Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU), a financial services leader with more than $1 trillion of assets under management as of September 30, 2017, has operations in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Prudential’s diverse and talented employees are committed to helping individual and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth through a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds and investment management. In the U.S., Prudential’s iconic Rock symbol has stood for strength, stability, expertise and innovation for more than a century. For more information, please visit

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

Exhibitor (1)

KPMG is a global network of professional services firms providing Audit, Tax, and Advisory services. We operate in 155 countries and have 174,000 people working in member firms around the world. The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative ("KPMG International"), a Swiss entity. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity and describes itself as such. KPMG turns knowledge into value for the benefit of its clients, people, communities, and the capital markets through integrity, high-performance, and quality work. The firm’s multidisciplinary approach helps clients gain access to industry insights, meet complex challenges, and respond to evolving opportunities.

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