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Investment and Asset Management

FT Investing for Good Europe

Innovative Financing for a More Inclusive World

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Speakers include:
Elizabeth Corley

Elizabeth Corley

Impact Investing Institute

Nick  O'Donohoe

Nick O'Donohoe


Hayat Sindi

Hayat Sindi

Islamic Development Bank


Whether it is by closing the digital divide, increasing access to education and healthcare, providing affordable housing, or reducing income disparities, increasing equity and inclusion will help millions of people lead healthy, fulfilling lives. 

The second annual FT Investing for Good Europe will explore the ways in which investors can contribute to promoting global equality while also generating a financial return.

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Speakers (28)

Elizabeth Corley

Elizabeth Corley

Impact Investing Institute

Elizabeth Corley was CEO of Allianz Global Investors, initially for Europe then globally, from 2005 to 2016 and continues to act as a senior advisor to the firm.  She was previously at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers and Coopers & Lybrand. She serves on three company boards as a non-executive director: Pearson plc, BAE Systems plc and Morgan Stanley Inc. Additionally, she is a trustee of the British Museum where she chairs the Investment Sub-Committee. 

Ms Corley remains actively engaged in the investment management industry, particularly on topics of policy and standards development.  Having previously set up and chaired a Taskforce for the UK Government on impact investing, she is now the Chair of the management board for the newly established Impact Investing Institute. She is a member of the CFA Future of Finance Advisory Council and the Advisory Council of the AQR Institute of Asset Management at the London Business School, a member of the 300 Club and Committee of 200. She was made a Dame in 2019 for services to the economy and financial services.

Nick  O'Donohoe

Nick O'Donohoe

Chief Executive

Nick O’Donohoe joined CDC, a development finance institution owned by the UK government, as its Chief Executive in June 2017. He is also a member of the CDC Board. He was previously a Senior Adviser to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he specialised in the use of blended finance models to support the work of the foundation.

Before taking up this role, Mr O’Donohoe co-founded, with Sir Ronald Cohen, Big Society Capital (BSC). He served as its Chief Executive Officer from 2011 to December 2015. BSC is an independent financial institution established by the UK government as “the world's first social investment bank” and is capitalised with unclaimed UK bank accounts and investment by the largest UK banks.

Previously Mr O’Donohoe worked at JP Morgan, latterly as Global Head of Research. He was a member of the Management Committee of the Investment Bank and the Executive Committee of JP Morgan Chase, as well as the senior sponsor for JP Morgan's Social Finance Unit. He co-authored “Impact Investments: An Emerging Asset Class”, published by JP Morgan and the Rockefeller Foundation in November 2010. Prior to working at JP Morgan, he spent 15 years at Goldman Sachs.

Mr O’Donohoe served as Chairman of the UK Dormant Assets Commission, which reported in March 2017. He is also a board member of the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) and Deputy Chairman of the Global Steering Group on Impact Investment. He has an MBA from the Wharton School and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematical Economics and Statistics from Trinity College, Dublin.

Hayat Sindi

Hayat Sindi

Advisor to the President on Science, Technology and Innovation
Islamic Development Bank

Hayat Sindi is Advisor to the President of Saudi Arabia’s Islamic Development Bank Group on Science, Technology and Innovation. A leading biotechnologist and champion of science and technology in the Middle East, she works to create close links between science and social impact. She is also a Goodwill Ambassador for Sciences at UNESCO and a member of the UN Technological Facilitation Mechanism’s 10-Member Group.

Dr Sindi co-founded a non-profit organisation called Diagnostics For All, which creates innovative, inexpensive, point-of-care diagnostic devices for people in impoverished regions. In 2011, she launched i2, an Institute for imagination and ingenuity, to encourage innovation among young people specifically male and female scientists, technologists and engineers.

Dr Sindi is a recipient of the Clinton Global Citizen Awards for Leadership in Civil Society for her work to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship among young people in the Middle East. In 2013, she was one of the first 30 women to be appointed to the Shura Council, Saudi Arabia’s highest consultative body.

Vidhya  Alakeson

Vidhya Alakeson

Chief Executive
Power to Change

Vidhya Alakeson was appointed Chief Executive of The Power to Change in January 2015. The Power to Change is an independent charitable trust that supports and develops community businesses in England.

Ms Alakeson was formerly the Deputy Chief Executive at the Resolution Foundation, an independent think tank, and was also the mental health lead for the personal health budgets delivery programme at NHS England.

From 2006-2010, Ms Alakeson worked at the US Department of Health and Human Services in Washington DC. She previously worked at the UK Treasury and the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit.

Georgina Baker

Georgina Baker

Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean, and Europe and Central Asia

Georgina Baker is Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean, and Europe and Central Asia for the International Finance Corporation (IFC). In this role, she is responsible for a committed IFC portfolio of nearly $22bn.

Previously, Ms Baker served IFC in two capacities: as Director of Syndications and as Deputy Treasurer, based in London, where she headed Treasury Operations for Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. As Director of Syndications, she was responsible for IFC's syndicated lending program – the oldest and largest among multilateral development banks, with a portfolio totalling more than $15bn. It included the Managed Co-lending Portfolio Program (MCPP), an innovative platform launched in 2016 that successfully allocated $3bn in less than 18 months.

Prior to that, Ms Baker managed IFC’s suite of trade and supply-chain finance products, starting with IFC’s flagship trade programme, the Global Trade Finance Program. In her 25 years at IFC, Ms Baker has held positions in several areas – including manufacturing in eastern Europe and financial-sector investments in South Asia, Europe, Central Asia, and the Middle East and North Africa.

Before joining IFC, Ms Baker worked in the UK and Indonesia as a mechanical engineer. She holds an MBA from the London Business School. 

Jenifer Baxter

Jenifer Baxter

Head of Engineering
Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Jenifer Baxter is Head of Engineering at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. She is an expert in combined research methods for engineering, the role of policy making in engineering innovation, waste and resource management and low carbon technologies.

Following a period of time spent working in research, Dr Baxter worked for the waste strategy team at the Welsh Government for six years before leaving to study a PhD in technological innovation for hydrogen production from waste, also from Cardiff University. She is lead author of the Institution's recent report “Water: Drought and Flood”, which looks at the impact of climate change on water management in the UK. 

Dr Baxter gained a BEng in Environmental Engineering in 2001 and an MSc in Sustainability, Planning and Environmental Policy in 2003, both from Cardiff University.

Suzanne  Biegel

Suzanne Biegel

Chief Catalyst
Catalyst at Large

Suzanne Biegel is Founder of Catalyst at Large, which promotes the role of women in impact investing and gender lens investing. An expert and adviser on gender lens investing, she is Senior Gender Lens Investing Adviser at Wharton Social Impact Initiative at the Wharton Business School, where she co-published Project Sage, a global scan of private equity and venture capital funds with a gender lens. She is the Investment Director of the SPRING Accelerator, accelerating businesses that positively impact the lives of adolescent girls and young women in emerging markets.

Ms Biegel is a Fellow at the Aspen Institute and at Tribe Impact Capital. She serves on Advisory Councils for The BoardRoom Africa, Cornerstone Capital and a number of others, including for the Working Capital Fund, a venture fund led by Humanity United that invests in technology companies focused on ethical labour in supply chains. She founded Clearly Social Angels in the UK with ClearlySo. She is an alumna of The Wharton School and the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.

Priscilla Boiardi

Priscilla Boiardi

Knowledge Centre and Policy Director
European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA)

Priscilla Boiardi is the Knowledge Centre and Policy Director of the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA). In this position, she leads the research, policy, training and dissemination activities of the association. Founded in 2004, EVPA is the leading community in Europe for organisations that are interested in or practicing venture philanthropy, social investment and impact investing. 

Ms Boiardi is an advisor on numerous European Commission-funded projects. She is also part of the OECD Social Impact Investment Experts Group.

Saasha  Celestial-One

Saasha Celestial-One

Co-Founder & COO

Saasha Celestial-One is the Co-Founder & COO of OLIO, a free app which harnesses the power of mobile technology and the sharing economy to provide a solution to the problem of food waste by connecting neighbours with each other, and volunteers with local businesses so that surplus food can be shared, not thrown away.

Launched in the UK in January 2016 and made available globally in October 2016, OLIO has more than 600,000 users (as of August 2018) and is supported by 20,000 volunteers promoting OLIO in their local communities and rescuing and redistributing unsold food from local businesses.

Prior to founding OLIO, Ms Celestial-One spent more than 10 years in finance, strategy and business development roles at Morgan Stanley, McKinsey & American Express. She has an MBA from Stanford.

James Chen

James Chen

Founder and Managing Director, Chairman, Founder
Legacy Advisors, Chen Yet-Sen Family Foundation, Clearly

James Chen is the third generation and Chairman of his family’s enterprise Wahum Group Holdings. He pioneered the single-family office concept in Asia with the creation of Legacy Advisors and was an early adopter of venture philanthropy with the Chen Yet-Sen Family Foundation. The foundation’s strategic focus is on early childhood literacy, library development and education enhancement, and has supported almost 200 initiatives in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Western Africa.

As a blended value investor, Mr Chen co-founded Adlens, a variable power lens technology company. He is Founder and a Trustee of Vision for a Nation, an award-winning sight charity, working to make eye care accessible across the globe. Vision for a Nation has transformed eye care in Rwanda by building a sustainable eye care service that is accessible to all Rwandans. This year, Vision for a Nation is launching a new programme in Ghana.

Mr Chen is also the Founder of Clearly, a global campaign that aims to extend access to clear vision to 2.5 billion people by identifying the barriers to delivering access to eye glasses. He is author of “Clearly: How a 700 Year Old Invention Can Change the World Forever”.

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.

Richard Clarke

Richard Clarke

Director General for Policy, Research and Humanitarian
Department for International Development (DFID)

Richard Clarke is the Director General for Policy, Research and Humanitarian at DFID, a role that includes oversight of the work of the Government Equalities Office. His career
has mainly been in the Home Office, where, before joining DFID, he was its International Director, with responsibility for the department’s international engagement, work on
international criminality, mutual legal assistance and extradition.

Other roles have included Programme Director for the Digital Services at the Border Programme, introducing new, digital solutions to key challenges facing the range of agencies operating at the UK Border; Director responsible for the UK’s counter-terrorism strategy and operational support to the Home Secretary; and Head of the Police Reform Unit. He also spent two years on secondment to the Metropolitan Police Service as Director of Strategy and Improvement.

In 2006, Mr Clarke served as the first Deputy Director for Partnership and Delivery in the newly-formed cross-government Office of the Third Sector, with lead responsibility for the sector’s role in the delivery of public services and co-ordinated the publication of the government’s action plan on third sector service delivery. Mr Clark began his career at HM Treasury, where he covered financial crime policy, counter-terrorism, public-private partnerships and corporate finance. From 2002 to 2003, he was private secretary to Paul Boateng and worked closely on the preparation of the Every Child Matters Green Paper on children. Before joining the civil service, he was an academic anthropologist; his doctorate focused on Israeli/Palestinian identity.

Mauricio Cordova

Mauricio Cordova


Mauricio Cordova is Founder of Faircap, a small portable, low-cost water filter that can be screwed into any soda plastic bottle to provide clean drinking water during
emergencies and in developing countries. Originally from Peru, he promotes open innovation as a means of solving some of the world’s most critical problems.

From 2000 to 2003, he was a Marketing Engineer at Intel Corporation, where he was responsible for market sizing and forecasting in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. And from 1998 to 1999, he was Assistant to the President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Arequipa, Peru, where led efforts to promote entrepreneurship among small and medium enterprises.

Mr Cordova has an MSc in operational research from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA in economics from the University of Texas.

Toby Eccles

Toby Eccles

Co-founder and Development Director
Social Finance

Toby Eccles co-founded Social Finance in 2007, a non-profit organisation that partners with government, the social sector and the financial community to find better ways of tackling social problems. Social Finance UK has sister organisations in the US and Israel, and partnerships with intermediaries in Canada, South Africa, Brazil and Portugal. As Development Director Eccles’ focus is on new initiatives for the organisation and innovation.

He led teams that developed the Social Impact Bond model, from concept to the implementation at Peterborough prison; the first local authority Social Impact Bond in Essex focused on children in care; designed the Social Outcomes Fund for the Cabinet Office, the first centrally pooled fund for Impact Bonds; catalysed Development Impact Bonds in partnership with the Center for Global Development; worked with the Inter-American Development Bank on Impact Bond strategies for Chile, Mexico and Brazil; and launched Social Finance Digital Labs, Social Finance’s new business area focused on improving services through generating insight from local government data.

From 2005, he acted as Secretariat for the Commission on Unclaimed Assets, which recommended the creation of a Social Investment Bank that became Big Society Capital. Before this, he was Director of Research at ARK, a child focused foundation. He has also worked in corporate finance at UBS Warburg and at Data Connection, a leading UK software company. He holds a BA in Maths from St Edmund Hall, Oxford.

Andreas  Fruschki

Andreas Fruschki

Analyst, Lead Portfolio Manager and Director of Equity Research, Europe
Allianz Global Investors

Andreas Fruschki is an Analyst, a Lead Portfolio Manager and Director of Equity Research, Europe with Allianz Global Investors, which he joined in 2005. Mr Fruschki is the Research Head for European equities, and maintains his coverage of European industrial companies engaged in water-related industries and clean technology.

Mr Fruschki has 12 years of investment-industry experience. He previously held various legal positions in Berlin and also worked as a consultant in the corporate-finance practice at PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Hamburg, Germany.

Mr Fruschki has an MBA, focused on investment management, from the University of Western Sydney. He also has a law degree from Humboldt University, Berlin, and passed his judicial bar exam in 2004. He is a CFA charter holder.

Scott Greenhalgh

Scott Greenhalgh

Executive Chair
Bridges Evergreen Holdings

Scott Greenhalgh is Executive Chair of Bridges Evergreen Holdings, a social investment fund. His experience and current roles span the social sector and private equity investment. Mr Greenhalgh chairs a steering group set up by the Royal Foundation on behalf of the HRH the Duchess of Cambridge. The steering group focuses on early intervention and the mental health of young children and brings together academics, practitioners and charities to raise awareness of the importance of stable emotional and social foundations for young children.

He is a trustee of a number of charities and a former member of the England Committee of the Big Lottery Fund. He also chairs the investment committee of Capcellence, a German investment firm. Mr Greenhalgh has more than 20 years experience in banking and private equity spanning the UK and Germany. Previously, he was a Director of Samuel Montagu, Partner of Alchemy Partners and Managing Director of Vision Capital. He holds an MSc in evidence-based interventions from the University of Oxford.

Tom Hall

Tom Hall

Executive Director and Head of Philanthropy Services
UBS Optimus Foundation

Tom Hall is Executive Director and Head of Philanthropy Services at UBS Optimus Foundation. With more than 15 years private client experience, he has worked with over 900 families and businesses on their philanthropy and impact investing strategies. Mr Hall works to advance philanthropy so that it can not only support the arts and culture but also help address some of the world’s most pressing social and environmental problems by building partnerships with other philanthropists, academic institutions, service delivery organisations and governments around the world.

Before joining UBS, Mr Hall worked in the philanthropic sector, in the health, microfinance, education and disability sectors for non-profits and charities. He pioneered a number of innovative social investment structures in the UK, including the first charity bond and the UK’s first Social Investment Tax Relief Fund. He is a politics graduate from Exeter University and has professional qualifications in financial planning and marketing.

Samir Ibrahim

Samir Ibrahim

CEO and Co-Founder

Samir Ibrahim is the CEO and a Co-Founder of SunCulture, headquartered in Kenya. SunCulture provides end-to-end solar-powered irrigation products, services and financing that make it easier and more affordable for farmers to grow higher quality crops and increase their yields. SunCulture has recently been recognised as a Bloomberg New Energy Pioneer and named in London Stock Exchange’s inaugural “Companies to Inspire Africa” report. 

Prior to his role at SunCulture, Mr Ibrahim studied finance and international business at New York University’s Undergraduate Stern School of Business and worked in PwC’s Financial Services, Structured Products and Real Estate Group.

Mr Ibrahim is recognised as a World Energy Council Future Energy Leader alumni and a Forbes 30 Under 30, which highlights the brightest young entrepreneurs, innovators and game changers in the US.

Tom Light

Tom Light

Managing Director

Tom Light is Managing Director of WaterEquity, the first impact investment manager with an exclusive focus on raising and deploying capital to water and sanitation businesses throughout Asia, Africa and Latin America. Mr Light oversees all aspects of the business including strategy, operations and expansion. He has more than 18 years of experience in public and private capital markets in the areas of investment management, investment banking and fund development.  

Previously, Mr Light led Grameen Foundation’s impact investing strategy, serving first as a fund manager and then as the Head of the Capital Management & Advisory Center. Prior to that, he held executive-level positions in investment banking at UBS and in the non-profit sector at the Clinton Health Access Initiative.

He received his BA with honours from the University of Michigan in Quantitative Economics, holds an MBA in finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

John Montague

John Montague

The Big Issue Group

John Montague is COO of The Big Issue Group. In this role, he oversees all operations in both the publishing and social investment parts of the group. He leads in a number of areas, including early-stage social enterprise investment, support through partnership development across public, corporate and social sectors, housing investment and financial inclusion including Big Issue’s Rental Exchange initiative, which works to get the credit files of homeowners and tenants treated equally.

Mr Montague joined The Big Issue in 2012, having previously delivered homeless social enterprise investments with the Department for Communities and Local Government. The Big Issue was one of the partners. He started his career in construction, spending 20 years working for Main Contractors. In 1999, he established TREES, a multidisciplinary social enterprise group with a large construction arm that focused on the housing and community sector.

Mr Montague is a non-executive board member for number of organisations, including Blackcountry Make, a community led group that is about to build its first 12 housing units, STEPS a pre-school that supports children suffering from cerebral palsy and their parents, and Building Safety Group, the UKs largest not-profit construction safety group.

Jide Olanrewaju

Jide Olanrewaju

TPG Growth and The Rise Fund

Jide Olanrewaju is a London-based Partner focused on Africa investments for TPG Growth and The Rise Fund, a global impact fund led by TPG. Before joining TPG Growth in 2015, he was a Partner with Satya Capital, an Africa investment fund, where he worked for six years focused on transactions in the Healthcare, Consumer and Financial Services sectors. During this period he also acted for two years as an Interim Executive for Hygeia Nigeria, a Satya portfolio company that is active in the Hospitals and Health Insurance sector.

Previously, Mr Olanrewaju was at Morgan Stanley for six years where he worked in both the merchant banking and investment banking divisions. Before joining Morgan Stanley, he also worked briefly at Goldman Sachs and Shell International in investment banking and gas and power respectively.

Mr Olanrewaju holds an MEng in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College, London (specialising in nuclear reactor technology). He is a council member of the Royal African Society and has directed a documentary film on the history of Nigeria.

Anna Shiel

Anna Shiel

Head of Origination
Big Society Capital

Anna Shiel joined Big Society Capital in November 2012 as a member of the investment team. Since then she has been involved in a range of Big Society Capital’s investments and projects, with particular experience in social banks, social property funds and community investment. Following Big Society Capital’s investment into Charity Bank in March 2014, she has been a member of its board.

Ms Shiel leads Big Society Capital’s work in homes as well as in communities and place. The homes team is exploring how social investment could be used to create a more inclusive housing market that provides high quality, secure and affordable housing so people can lead better lives. With the team in communities and place, she is involved in efforts to make a difference in disadvantaged communities, looking at how social investment can be used to support business models from community energy generation to those addressing financial exclusion.

Ms Shiel was previously a Director in Merrill Lynch’s Financial Institutions Group where she advised UK banks and insurers on strategy, IPOs, mergers and acquisitions.

Laurie Spengler

Laurie Spengler

President & CEO

Laurie Spengler is President & CEO of Enclude (formerly ShoreBank International and Triodos Facet), a global advisory firm and impact investment bank dedicated to building inclusive, sustainable and prosperous local economies and serving financial institutions, business support organisations, private-sector companies, funders and investors.

Ms Spengler has more than 25 years’ experience in strategy and transaction services, specifically capital raising, M&A and private equity transactions where the purpose of the capital raised is linked to delivering positive impact. She has expertise in designing, structuring and launching investment vehicles that align different types of capital to allow operating enterprises, financial institutions and investors to generate positive social, environmental and development impact as well as financial returns.

Previously, Ms Spengler was founder and CEO of Central European Advisory Group, a regional advisory firm she sold to her management team in 2005. She worked as an attorney with the New York, Brussels and Prague offices of White & Case.

Among her board engagements, she is a member of the Executive Committee of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, the UK National Advisory Board on Impact Investing (part of the Global Impact Investment Steering Group established under auspices of the G8) and the CDC Group. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Ms Spengler has a JD from Harvard University and an undergraduate degree from Stanford University.

Hans Stegeman

Hans Stegeman

Head of Research and Investment Strategy
Triodos Investment Management

Hans Stegeman is Head of Research and Investment Strategy at Triodos Investment Management, a wholly owned subsidiary of Triodos Bank, a leading sustainable bank. He took up this position in February 2017. Mr Stegeman has more than 20 years of experience as an economist, working in a number of different fields in macroeconomics, long-term forecasting and scenarios, strategy and circular business models.

From 2007 to 2017, Mr Stegeman served in different roles at Rabobank, most recently in the role of Chief Economist Netherlands. Before that, he worked as senior economist at CPB the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis and ABVAKABO, the labour union. Mr Stegeman studied economics at Maastricht University and is working on a PhD on the circular economy.

Roy Swan

Roy Swan

Director, Mission Investments
Ford Foundation

Roy Swan leads the Ford Foundation’s Mission Investments team, dedicated to investing $1bn of the foundation’s endowment in opportunities that generate financial and social returns. He oversees Ford’s $280m Program Related Investments initiative and its Impact Investing grants programme.

Before joining Ford, Roy served as Managing Director and Co-Head of Global Sustainable Finance at Morgan Stanley. He was also President and Chief Operating Officer of Morgan Stanley Trust, a federal savings bank subsidiary; Trustee of the Morgan Stanley Foundation; Managing Member of Morgan Stanley Community Investments, which he co-founded in 2012; and CEO of Morgan Stanley Impact Small Business Investment Company (SBIC), which he co-founded in 2015.

Roy was founding Chief Investment Officer of New York City’s Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone (UMEZ), a federal initiative bringing new resources to distressed urban communities. He was CFO at Carver Bancorp, a Harlem-based publicly traded financial institution and the nation’s largest African American managed bank. He worked in corporate law at Skadden Arps, investment banking at The First Boston Corporation, Salomon Brothers, and JPMorgan, and general management/finance at Time Warner.

Roy serves on non-profit boards, including the Dalton School, Enterprise Community Partners, Low Income Investment Fund, and the Partnership for After School Education. He is on the Investment Committee of Morgan Stanley Impact SBIC and the advisory boards of several private equity funds. He has a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a JD from Stanford Law School.

Anne Tolmunen

Anne Tolmunen

Portfolio Manager
Framlington Equities, AXA IM

Anne Tolmunen joined AXA IM in January 2007. She is the Lead Portfolio Manager on AXA IM’s Gender Lens Investing Strategy (AXA WF MiX in Perspectives Fund). Ms Tolmunen has also been a Portfolio Manager on the Global Entrepreneurs Strategy (AXA WF Framlington Talents Fund range) since September 2012. In addition, she is Lead Analyst on the Global Consumers sector within the Global Investment team.

Before taking up this position, from 2009 Ms Tolmunen was an Analyst on European Equities and US Equities. She started her career as an Inspector at Société Générale Bank in September 2002. Ms Tolmunen has a Master’s degree from ESSEC, the leading French Business School, and is a CFA charterholder.

Ben    Younkman

Ben Younkman

Europe Manager
Village Capital

Ben Younkman, manages European investment sourcing and programming for Village Capital, an accelerator and seed fund that has been working to find, train and invest in entrepreneurs through programmes solving global issues. In the past 10 years, Village Capital has supported more than 1,000 entrepreneurs and invested in more than 90 program graduates.

Mr Younkman joined Village Capital in 2015, with a focus on supporting investments in financial health ventures in Latin America. He has since managed investment readiness and capital raising programmes for early-stage companies in healthcare and financial services in Europe and the Americas, including Village Capital’s 2018 Fintech Europe accelerator. Most recently, he has led research around patient capital and alternative financial tools in impact sectors including aging populations and workforce development.  Before joining Village Capital, he worked with social enterprises around the world to help them expand their business models and scale their impact. 
Mr Younkman has a BA from University of California Santa Barbara, and a Masters of International Business from The Fletcher School at Tufts University.

Maya Ziswiler

Maya Ziswiler

Head of Social Finance
UBS Optimus Foundation

Maya Ziswiler is the Head of Social Finance at the UBS Optimus Foundation, a grant-making foundation dedicated to improving the lives of children worldwide. She is responsible for harnessing innovative and blended finance solutions to mobilise private capital in new and more efficient ways to maximize social impact. Ms Ziswiler spearheaded the foundation's work in this area, piloting and scaling impact bonds, testing the concept of impact loans and leveraging public private partnerships in the education and health spaces. Prior to this role, she was the foundation’s Program Director for Education.

Before joining the UBS Optimus Foundation, Ms Ziswiler worked at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, where she was responsible for managing partnerships with the private sector. Previously, she worked for Unicef in Peru, and in Procter and Gamble’s marketing in development and export markets such as Iran, Libya and Tunisia. Ms Ziswiler holds degrees from McGill University and the University of Geneva.


Chair and Moderators (4)

Pilita Clark

Pilita Clark

Associate Editor and Business Columnist
Financial Times

Pilita Clark is an Associate Editor and Business Columnist at the Financial Times. She writes a weekly column on modern corporate life, as well as features and other articles. Pilita has worked for the FT since 2003, covering aviation and the environment. She was the FT's Environment Correspondent from 2011 to 2017. Pilita was previously a Washington correspondent for Australian newspapers and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.

Sarah Gordon

Sarah Gordon

Chief Executive, Impact Investing Institute; former Business Editor, Financial Times

Sarah Gordon spent 18 years at the Financial Times, where she ran the paper’s corporate coverage during the financial crisis, and was most recently Business Editor and Associate Editor. Before journalism, she worked in fund management in the UK and the US, and at the UN Conference for Trade and Development in Geneva. She was a panel member of the recent independent inquiry into the future of civil society, led by Julia Unwin CBE, and was formerly a trustee of CSV, one of the UK’s largest volunteering charities. She is a visiting professor at Kings College London.  

Alice  Ross

Alice Ross

Wealth Correspondent, Financial Times
Editor of FT Wealth magazine

Alice Ross is the Wealth Correspondent and editor of FT Wealth magazine at the Financial Times. She is an award-winning journalist who has held a range of roles at the Financial Times including Frankfurt Bureau Chief, Currencies Correspondent and Deputy Money Editor.

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 - 11th Sep

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

    Pilita Clark, Columnist and Associate Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:05am
    Keynote Interview

    Elizabeth Corley, Chair, UK Government Implementation Taskforce on social impact investing

    Moderator: Sarah Gordon, Business Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:35am
    Panel Discussion: The SDGs and Equality

    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 equality, access to education and environmental sustainability. Goal 10 aims to achieve reduced inequalities. This panel will ask how the investment community could accelerate progress towards meeting this goal. What more needs to be done so that private sector capital can be harnessed to promote global equality?

    Georgina Baker, Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean, and Europe and Central Asia, IFC
    Allison Clark, Associate Director of Impact Investments, MacArthur Foundation
    Jide Olanrewaju, Partner, TPG Growth and The Rise Fund

    Moderator: Pilita Clark, Columnist and Associate Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:15am
    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 investors to promote gender equality?

    Suzanne Biegel, Founder, Catalyst At Large
    Laurie Spengler, President and CEO, Enclude
    Anne Tolmunen, Portfolio Manager, Framlington Equities, AXA Investment Management

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

  • 10:55am
    Networking Break
  • 11:15am
    Keynote Interview

    Hayat Sindi, Advisor to the President on Science, Technology and Innovation, Islamic Development Bank Group 

    Moderator: Pilita Clark, Columnist and Associate Editor, Financial Times

  • 11:45am
    Entrepreneur Showcase

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

    Saasha Celestial-One, Co-Founder & COO, OLIO
    Mauricio Cordova, Founder, Faircap
    Samir Ibrahim, CEO & Co-Founder, SunCulture

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

  • 12:20pm
    Panel Discussion: Building an Inclusive, Sustainable Investment Portfolio

    As specialist advisors emerge to help investors build their portfolios, they are developing funds that focus on issues ranging from global healthcare and education to environmental sustainability. What new capabilities does the asset management industry need to develop in order to respond to client demands for these types of investments? What more can be done to ensure that the investment community and asset managers understand the issues and engage with communities, scientists, governments and others to identify investments with tangible impact?

    Priscilla Boiardi, Director, EVPA Knowledge Centre
    Tom Hall, Executive Director and Head of Philanthropy Services, UBS Optimus Foundation
    Hans Stegeman, Head of Research and Investment Strategy, Triodos Investment Management

    Moderator: Alice Ross, Wealth Correspondent, Financial Times, and Editor, FT Wealth magazine

  • 1:00pm
  • 2:00pm
    Keynote Interview

    Nick O'Donohoe, Chief Executive, CDC

    Moderator: Pilita Clark, Columnist and Associate Editor, Financial Times

  • 2:30pm
    Panel Discussion: Financing for Global Health

    From start-ups producing new health technologies and social care services for an aging population to companies providing health services for very poor communities in emerging markets, the need for capital in the healthcare sector is vast. Could innovative finance act as a catalyst for change?

    James Chen, Founder and Managing Director, Legacy Advisors, Chairman, Chen Yet-Sen Family Foundation, Founder, Clearly
    Maya Ziswiler, Head of Social Finance, UBS Optimus Foundation
    Ben Younkman, Europe manager, Village Capital

    Moderator: Pilita Clark, Columnist and Associate Editor, Financial Times

  • 3:10pm
    Breakout Sessions

    Option A: Finance for Water and Sanitation
    Across the world, millions of people lack access to safe water and sanitation. How can impact investing play a role? From microfinance services, and affordable water and sanitation products to water utilities, what investment-ready enterprises present potential investments to those wanting to deploy their for-profit capital to help improve access to safe water and sanitation? What is the potential for instruments such as “blue bonds” to invest in the water sector?

    Jenifer Baxter, Head of Engineering, Institution of Mechanical Engineers
    Andreas Fruschki, Analyst, Lead Portfolio Manager and Director of Equity Research, Europe, Allianz Global Investors
    Tom Light, Managing Director, WaterEquity

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

    Option B: Affordable Housing as an Investment Opportunity
    Investing in affordable housing is nothing new. In the US, for example, Community Development Finance Institutions have long offered affordable housing loans. But when it comes to impact investing, one of the gaps is in real estate investing in disadvantaged communities. This type of investment is a solid but also high-demand and potentially high-impact form of investment. What opportunities does affordable housing offer impact investors?

    Vidhya Alakeson, Chief Executive, Power to Change
    Anna Shiel, Head of Origination, Big Society Capital
    Roy Swan, Director, Mission InvestmentsFord Foundation 

    Moderator: Alice Ross, Wealth Correspondent, Financial Times, and Editor, FT Wealth magazine

  • 3:50pm
    Networking Break
  • 4:10pm
    Panel Discussion: Investing in Young People

    Young people are almost three times more likely to be unemployed than the rest of the population. Yet given the right resources, many believe youth can be future problem solvers, leaders and catalysts for change. With this in mind governments, investors and companies are seeking investment models such as social impact bonds and patient capital that can address issues such as reducing youth homelessness, increasing employability training and providing access to healthcare and apprenticeships. How might new sources of funding help governments and companies help this generation become more productive and resilient?

    Toby Eccles, Co-Founder and Development Director, Social Finance
    Scott Greenhalgh, Executive Chair, Bridges Evergreen Holdings
    John Montague, COO, The Big Issue Group

    ModeratorSarah Murray, Specialist Writer on Sustainable Development, Financial Times

  • 4:50pm
    Closing Keynote

    Richard Clarke,  Director General for Policy, Research and Humanitarian, UK Department for International Development 

  • 5:00pm
    Closing Remarks

    Pilita Clark, Columnist and Associate Editor, Financial Times

  • 5:10pm
    Cocktail Reception hosted by IFC

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.


Why Should I Attend?

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


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Platinum Sponsor (1)

The UBS Optimus Foundation makes UBS unique in the financial industry. Because only UBS has a foundation that is staffed by experts in philanthropy and has a client offering designed to deliver measurable, long-term benefits to the world's most vulnerable children.

At the Foundation, we recognize that our clients want to use their wealth for good and to catalyze positive social change. By connecting them with outstanding programs who share that vision, we help them achieve their philanthropic goals.

We take the business-minded approach to philanthropy you'd expect from UBS. Our global coverage, proven expertise and knowledge enable us to transform good ideas into great projects to improve children's lives in the areas of health, education and child protection. We know that even the best concepts need the right guidance, and we never assume a project will work just because it seems like the obvious solution. And UBS is so confident about those projects we select that it co-funds them. This maximizes our projects' reach and ensures they make a sustainable and significant impact. Best of all, we guarantee that 100% of all donations go to projects that benefit children, because UBS covers all our costs.

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Allianz Global Investors is a leading active asset manager with over 700 investment professionals in 25 offices worldwide and managing more than EUR 500 billion in assets for individuals, families and institutions.

Active is the most important word in our vocabulary. Active is how we create and share value with clients. We believe in solving, not selling, and in adding value beyond pure economic gain. We invest for the long term, employing our innovative investment expertise and global resources. Our goal is to ensure a superior experience for our clients, wherever they are based and whatever their investment needs.

About AXA Investment Managers

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 €730 billion in assets under management as at end of December 2018, AXA IM employs over 2,350 employees around the world and operates out of 30 offices across 21 countries. AXA IM is part of the AXA Group, a world leader in financial protection and wealth management.

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 Partner (1)

The European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) is a lively network of organisations sharing the same vision and a common goal: creating positive social impact through venture philanthropy and social investment (VP/SI). Its mission is to enable VP/SI organisations to maximise social impact through increased resources, collaboration and expertise. Currently, EVPA has over 250 members, mainly based in Europe, 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.


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