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