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Environment & Sustainability, Innovation, Healthcare & Life Sciences, Education, Infrastructure

FT/IFC Transformational Business Conference and Awards Virtual Event 2020

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Speakers include:
Andrew Jack

Andrew Jack

Financial Times

Pilita Clark

Pilita Clark

Financial Times

Karin Finkelston

Karin Finkelston

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Overview

The FT/IFC Transformational Business Conference and Awards Dinner in London, originally scheduled for 16 June, has been postponed to 8 October 2020, and will now be a virtual event. 

The Financial Times and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, will gather senior investors, innovators, social entrepreneurs and other thought leaders for a major online event that will combine the announcement of the winners and runners-up of the FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards with cutting-edge content on the unprecedented social and economic challenges facing the developing world as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The awards will honour those whose capital, technology and ideas are contributing to substantive progress in developing low-carbon urban infrastructure, delivering healthcare and education, assuring food and water security, boosting inclusion, and generally transforming the development landscape.

This year also marks 15 years of collaboration on these awards, which have had a substantial impact on the way financial and non-financial organisations approach sustainable investment. This year's free-to-attend event will reflect this milestone and look ahead to the next decade with agenda-setting discussions on the future of capitalism, the evolution of development finance, the growth of impact investing, the power of disruptive technology to achieve the SDGs at scale, and the ways in which entrepreneurs and investors are responding to the current crisis and building resilience for the challenges still to come.

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fallback Add to my Calendar 10/08/2020 12:30:0010/08/2020 20:00:00trueFT/IFC Transformational Business Conference and Awards Virtual Event 2020The FT/IFC Transformational Business Conference and Awards Dinner in London, originally scheduled for 16 June, has been postponed to 8 October 2020, and will now be a virtual event. The Financial Times and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, will gather senior investors, innovators, social entrepreneurs and other thought leaders for a major online event that will combine the announcement of the winners and runners-up of the FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards with cutting-edge content on the unprecedented social and economic challenges facing the developing world as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.The awards will honour those whose capital, technology and ideas are contributing to substantive progress in developing low-carbon urban infrastructure, delivering healthcare and education, assuring food and water security, boosting inclusion, and generally transforming the development landscape.This year also marks 15 years of collaboration on these awards, which have had a substantial impact on the way financial and non-financial organisations approach sustainable investment. This year's free-to-attend event will reflect this milestone and look ahead to the next decade with agenda-setting discussions on the future of capitalism, the evolution of development finance, the growth of impact investing, the power of disruptive technology to achieve the SDGs at scale, and the ways in which entrepreneurs and investors are responding to the current crisis and building resilience for the challenges still to come.FT/IFC-Transformational-Business-Conference-and-Awards-Virtual-Event-2020c357f2a2b04cb3f0a81d03cbcf6d6718MM/DD/YYYY

Speakers and Moderators (1)

Andrew Jack

Andrew Jack

Global Education Editor
Financial Times

Andrew Jack has worked as a journalist for the Financial Times since 1990. He is currently the Global Education Editor, reporting and developing new projects including as editorial lead for free online FT access for schools. He previously ran the curated content team, picking the best news and analysis from the FT and the rest of the web, including FT Health. 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.

Judges (9)

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.

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.

Samir Abhyankar

Samir Abhyankar

Partner
TPG Growth

Samir Abhyankar is a Partner at TPG Growth based in London, working across sectors covering the group's investment activities in Africa. Prior to joining TPG Growth in 2015, Mr Abhyankar was a Partner with Satya Capital, where he focused on IT, consumer, financial services and retail investments. Previously he spent six years at Citi Venture Capital International, where he was responsible for its African investment activities, and CDC Group, where he was the Director of Strategy. He was also formerly a management consultant with Marakon Associates. Mr Abhyankar started his career with the World Bank as a banking sector analyst. He graduated with an MBA from INSEAD and holds an MA from Johns Hopkins' School of Advanced International Studies.

Kalipso Chalkidou

Kalipso Chalkidou

Director of Global Health Policy and Senior Fellow
Centre for Global Development

Kalipso Chalkidou is the Director of Global Health Policy and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development, based in London, and a Professor of Practice in Global Health at Imperial College London. Her work concentrates on helping governments build technical and institutional capacity for using evidence to inform health policy as they move towards Universal Healthcare Coverage. She is interested in how local information, local expertise and local institutions can drive scientific and legitimate healthcare resource allocation decisions. She has been involved in the Chinese rural health reforms and health reform projects in Colombia, Turkey and the Middle East, working with the World Bank, PAHO, the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the Inter-American Development Bank as well as national governments. In 2007-2008, she spent a year at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, as a Harkness fellow in Health Policy and Practice, studying how comparative effectiveness research can inform government drug pricing policies.

Kalipso led the establishment of NICE International, which she headed for eight years, and, more recently, of the international Decision Support Initiative (iDSI), a multi-country network working towards better health around the world through evidence-informed spending in healthcare in low to middle income countries. IDSI is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, DFID and the Rockefeller Foundation and is currently involved in national reform projects in China, India, Vietnam, Ghana, Indonesia and South Africa.

Kalipso holds a doctorate on the molecular biology of prostate cancer from the University of Newcastle (UK), an MD (Hons) from the University of Athens and is a visiting Professor at King’s College London and an adjunct professor at Griffith University in Australia. She sits on several journal editorial boards and has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters.

Helen Clarkson

Helen Clarkson

CEO
The Climate Group

Helen Clarkson joined The Climate Group in March 2017 as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining The Climate Group, she worked at Forum for the Future where she founded the organisation’s US office. At Forum, Ms Clarkson led work with large US corporations such as Target, Walmart, Nike, Gap and Levi Strauss & Co to solve complex sustainability challenges at both the organisational and broader systemic level. She also served as Interim Chief Operating Officer for several months. Ms Clarkson joined Forum from Médecins Sans Frontières where she worked on humanitarian missions in countries including Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Burundi, Pakistan and Nigeria. She has an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Cambridge University, and a Master’s degree in Business Strategy, Politics & the Environment from Birkbeck College, University of London. She is also a Chartered Accountant.

Chris Locke

Chris Locke

Founder
Caribou Digital

Chris Locke is the Founder of Caribou Digital. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the University of California, San Diego's Center on Emerging and Pacific Economies, and Digital Ambassador to the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF). Caribou Digital works with development organisations to build digital economies in emerging markets, helping to take critical mobile services covering health, agri, money and learning tools to scale at a nationwide level. Mr Locke was previously the Managing Director of GSMA Mobile for Development. He has spent the past 15 years working in the mobile and internet industries for companies including the Virgin Group, Three, AOL and T-Mobile. Previous to his industry career, he was the Xerox Lecturer in Electronic Communication and Publishing at University College London, and has maintained strong links to the research community. He is co-editor of Thumb Culture: The Meaning of Mobile Phones in Society, an anthology of research considering the global social effect of mobile technology.

Miguel Martins

Miguel Martins

Founder
reNEW

Miguel J. Martins is the founder of reNEW. He has decades of experience in international development, finance, innovation and sustainability across emerging markets and developed economies. Through reNEW, he works with a number of key private sector players in Portugal, advising them on how to design or reinvent their innovation and sustainability strategy while reshaping their current business models.

Between 2000-2019, Miguel worked at IFC where he held a number of positions in the Investment, Advisory and Knowledge & Learning departments. He led a number of flagship programmes actively structuring sustainability strategies for financial institutions and stock exchanges in Latin America, and piloted a series of programmes in South-East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, leading a wide array of stakeholders towards the greening of agriculture value chains. He also actively participated, as an executive member, in innovation and technology committees across the World Bank Group.

Miguel was a founding member of the FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards, which he also co-managed, in partnership with the Financial Times, between 2005 and 2019. In addition, since 2015, Miguel has been an Instructor at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where he designed and delivers the Executive Education Happy Cities Program, consisting of three modules: Smart (focus on technology), Future Cities (focus on sustainability) and Happy Cities (focus on innovation, new business models, and sustainability metrics).

Miguel started his career in the financial industry in 1987 as Manager for the International Relations Group of Banco Comercial Português (BCP) in Portugal, and in 1995 moved to Mozambique to help create Banco Internacional de Moçambique, a start-up bank jointly owned by BCP and the Mozambican Government and now Mozambique’s largest bank, where he was the Director for its International and Treasury Divisions.

Kanini Mutooni

Kanini Mutooni

Managing Director, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, and Senior Advisor
Toniic

Kanini Mutooni is a Managing Director at Draper Richards Kaplan, a Venture Philanthropy institution focused on investing in global early stage entrepreneurs creating impact. She is also a Senior Adviser for Toniic, the global action network for impact investors with over 300 asset owners representing over $16bn in investable wealth. Prior to this appointment, Kanini was the Director for Investment at the USAID-funded East Africa Trade and Investment Hub, a $65m, eight-country initiative to attract investment and increase trade in the East Africa region. The initiative successfully leveraged over $100m in new private sector investment through its innovative transaction advisory that successfully pooled public and private funds to support SMEs in the Eastern Africa region.

Kanini is a UK Chartered Accountant with a record of exceptional leadership gained in East Africa, Europe and the US. She is the immediate former Board Chair of the Global Innovation Fund, a $250m investment vehicle supported by the UK, US, Canadian, Australian and Swedish governments. The fund focused on investing a range of capital for early stage innovations in emerging markets with a focus on Food and Agriculture, Healthcare, clean energy and Fintech.

Kanini has worked at Board level and leadership positions at investment banks in London and the US, including Bank of America-Merrill Lynch and Dresdner Kleinwort Benson. In 2014 she was recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader for her exceptional leadership in business and global entrepreneurship. She continues to provide strategic advisory support to a number of Africa-focused impact funds such as the $100m African Agriculture SME Fund and is an impact adviser for Union Bancaire Privee (UBP)’s listed global equity fund. She is a visiting lecturer at the University of Cape Town’s Bertha Center for Social Innovation. 

Henrik Skovby

Henrik Skovby

Chairman
Dalberg Group

Henrik Skovby is the former Global Managing Partner and founder of Dalberg. In his current capacity as Chairman of Dalberg Group, most of his time is dedicated to industry innovation and establishing new business lines under the Dalberg brand. As a strategy consultant, Mr Skovby's main focus has been corporate strategy and organisational reforms. He has led a series of institutional reviews in the development sector and has been involved in launching several global commissions and thought leadership initiatives. Prior to Dalberg, Mr Skovby worked at McKinsey & Company, where his focus was financial and public institutions. He began his professional career with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), where he worked on project management, budget matters, and strategic positioning of the organisation. Mr Skovby holds a Master's of Public Administration degree from Harvard University, a degree in Business Economics from Copenhagen Business School, and an undergraduate degree in Political Science from University of Aarhus.

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2020 Awards Short-List

Transformational Solutions in Urban Infrastructure

Arthaland zero carbon certified buildings (Philippines)

Belgrade Energy-from-Waste and landfill remediation project 

Global Climate Partnership Fund

Jibu franchised drinking water treatment (Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, DR Congo, Burundi, Zambia)

SOSO CARE waste recycling and health insurance programme (Nigeria)

Transformational Solutions in Food, Water and Land 

Arosia solar-powered water purification and dispensing system (India, Bangladesh, US)

Ecometrica satellite-based forest monitoring system (Brazil, Belize, Colombia, Mexico, Ghana, Kenya, Indonesia)

EZCond off-grid atmospheric water generator (Africa)

Geobotanics satellite and AI-based crop risk measurement solution (India, South Africa, Brazil)

Phytech plant stem sensors for optimal water use (Israel, US, Australia, South America)

Refrigeration As A Service renewable energy-powered cold room (Nigeria)

Water Entrepreneurship for Women's Empowerment clean water programme (Bangladesh)

Transformational Solutions in Health, Wellness and Disease Prevention 

Breadwinner health insurance program for very poor households (China)

Flare emergency response vehicle dispatch system (Kenya, Ghana)

Ibex AI-powered cancer diagnostic solution (Israel, US, Europe, Australia)

ILoF platform for Alzheimer's disease screening and stratification (Global)

Leap and M-Jali platforms for health worker training and household health data (Kenya, Malawi)

Rology tele-radiology platform for rapid, remote diagnosis (Egypt, DR Congo, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, Maldives)

Simprints biometric ID technology for impact verification (Nepal, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia)

Transformational Solutions in Education, Knowledge and Skills 

Bookers entrepreneurial and apprenticeship programme (Nigeria)

Dream Viet Education (Kyna) online programme for children (Vietnam)

Made by Tiny Miracles education and empowerment initiative (India)

Muse by SABAQ digital learning system (Pakistan)

Vodafone Foundation Instant Network Schools for refugees (Kenya, Tanzania, DR Congo, South Sudan)

Special Award: Innovating for the Most Vulnerable and Disadvantaged 

Atlas critical sanitation facilities for primary schools (South Africa)

Boresha Technologies financial services for smallholder farmers (Uganda)

IKEA Foundation livelihood development programme for Somali refugees (Ethiopia)

Integreat information platform for refugees and migrants (Germany)

TymeBank digital banking for the underserved and unbanked (South Africa, Indonesia)

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2019 winners

Transformational Solutions in Urban Infrastructure
Winner: Lithium Urban Technologies Electric Vehicle Transportation Services
Special Commendee: Rensource Distributed Renewable-Based Energy to Urban Micro SMEs 

Transformational Solutions in Food, Water and Land 
Winner: TIPA Compostable Flexible Packaging Solutions
Special Commendee: Neat Eco-Feeds High Protein Feed and Compost

Transformational Solutions in Health, Wellness and Disease Prevention 
Winner: MobileODT EVA System for Cervical Cancer Screening  
Special Commendee: Healthy.io Smartphone Camera Urinalysis

Transformational Solutions in Education, Knowledge and Skills 
Winner: SIS Budget Schools Vertical Collaboration Ecosystem
Special Commendee: Nova Pioneer Schools for Innovators and Leaders

Special Award: Innovating for Disability 
Winner: Amparo Confidence Socket
Special Commendee: TuneFork Smart Device-Based Hearing Loss Diagnostic 

Overall Award: Excellence in Circular Economy Innovation
Winner: Neat Eco-Feeds High Protein Feed and Compost  

Overall Award: Excellence in Disruptive Technologies
Winner: N-Drip Gravity Micro Irrigation 

Overall Award: Excellence in Climate Solutions
Winner: Rensource Distributed Renewable-Based Energy to Urban Micro SMEs  

Overall Award: Excellence in Transformational Business
Winner: Lithium Urban Technologies Electric Vehicle Transportation Services

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