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FT/IFC Transformational Business Conference and Awards Dinner 2019

London |
Speakers include:
Lise  Kingo

Lise Kingo

United Nations Global Compact

Vivienne  Ming

Vivienne Ming

Socos Labs

Rufaro Maunze

Rufaro Maunze

FSD Africa

Overview

The Financial Times and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, have announced the winners of the 2019 FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards. 

This year’s programme marked 14 years of collaboration between the FT and IFC on awards that have had a substantial impact on the way financial and non-financial organisations approach sustainable investment.

The Transformational Business Awards highlight ground-breaking, long-term private sector solutions to major development issues, with the programme’s core categories all directly related to global efforts to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 2019 Awards also included a special category on harnessing technology for people with disabilities, supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). A record 270 entries were received from 246 organisations working in all regions of the world.

The awards were presented at a special dinner in London attended by around 200 senior decision-makers in business, finance and development. The event followed a half-day Transformational Business Conference organised by the Financial Times and IFC.

Lithium Urban Technologies from India received the award for Excellence in Transformational Business for its electric vehicle transportation services.

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Sustainable Finance Sculpture project

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‘We need to place visual markers of sustainable finance in all the world’s great financial centres – making its creative force more visible in the most powerful way.’ Tessa Tennant, 2018

We’re creating an ambitious public sculpture celebrating the transformative power of finance to tackle our planet’s most pressing environmental and social concerns – and we need your help to make it happen. Amulet will be created by Dalziel + Scullion, two leading British artists - and with your support, we plan to unveil their extraordinary work in the heart of the City of London in 2020.

“AMULET monumentalises a simple gesture, a twisted loop of grass, to draw attention to our relationship with and dependence on the Earth. A timeless symbol, the circle is associated with the reciprocity of the Earth and the idea that nature and finance must become equal partners.” Dalziel + Scullion, 2019

The work aims to become a powerful symbol for financial centres around the world and will engage on the importance of sustainable finance as a planetary imperative. Launched in 2018, the Sustainable Finance Sculpture project is inspired by the life and work of Tessa Tennant OBE (1959-2018), a trailblazing pioneer of responsible investment. The project is led by a committee of sustainable finance, climate change and art experts and is a project of CDP Worldwide, charity no. 1122330 and company no. 05013650, with its registered office at Plantation Place South, 60 Great Tower Street, London EC3R 5AD.

Find out more
www.sustainablefinancesculpture.net

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Conference Agenda

Awards Dinner Agenda

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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Full Overview

The Financial Times and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, will once again gather senior investors, innovators, social entrepreneurs and other thought leaders for a major conference ahead of the FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards dinner in London.

In line with the theme of the Awards, the sixth edition of the FT/IFC Transformational Business Conference will discuss what the private sector is doing to help meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the steps that need to be taken to achieve long-term, transformative impact. There will be a particular focus on human capital and the use of technology to boost inclusion, and special sessions on climate change and the geo-political environment.

Chaired by senior FT journalists, this event will be a significant lead-in to the Awards dinner, which 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, harnessing technology to assist the disadvantaged, and generally transforming the development landscape.

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Agenda - 13th Jun

  • 1:00pm
    Registration and light lunch
  • 1:50pm
    Welcome Remarks by FT and IFC

    Andrew Jack, Global Education Editor, Financial Times
    Mame Annan-Brown, Head of External Relations, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

  • 2:00pm
    Opening Keynote

    Lise Kingo, CEO and Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact

  • 2:30pm
    Development in an Era of De-Globalisation

    The trade war between the US and China, and the revival in US protectionism that fueled the crisis, not only threaten to put a deep dent in the global economic recovery that began in mid-2016. They represent a new approach to multilateralism and relations between nations, rooted in geopolitics and a global surge in populism, that could have a significant impact on global business and finance. What are the implications of this new trend of de-globalisation for developing economies and progress on the SDGs?

    Lord Malloch-Brown, Senior Advisor, Eurasia, and former Deputy Secretary General, United Nations
    Alison Martin, Group Chief Risk Officer, Zurich Insurance Group
    Ngaire Woods, Dean, Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University

    Moderator: Gideon Rachman, Chief Foreign Affairs Commentator, Financial Times

  • 3:10pm
    Dialogue: Cities, Infrastructure and Climate Change

    Despite the latest steps agreed at COP24 in Poland, much remains to be done to bring the increase in global average temperatures down to the levels envisioned by the Paris Agreement. Cities, which account for 75 per cent of global CO2 emissions, will play a critical role in this effort, and there is an urgent need to re-think how urban populations move, live, work, eat and dispose of waste. This is particularly the case in emerging economies, where cities are ballooning in size due to rural-urban migration. Can private sector finance and ingenuity help develop the infrastructure that will tackle these challenges? How can we build on the trends of green buildings, clean mobility and increased use of renewable energy to achieve a zero-carbon economy?

    Billy Cobbett, Director, Cities Alliance
    Maria McKavanagh, Chief Innovation Officer, Verv

    Moderator: Alzbeta Klein, Director and Global Head of Climate Business, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

  • 3:40pm
    Networking Break
  • 4:00pm
    Leveraging Technology to Boost Inclusion

    One of the areas arguably neglected in development efforts in recent years is the need to ensure inclusion among groups that are particularly disadvantaged, including people with disabilities or those that are ethnically or culturally discriminated against. How can innovation and technology help provide access to the disadvantaged in developing economies, bridge the digital divide and generally reduce stigma and discrimination? What steps are necessary to increase funding in this area?

    Mursal Hedayat, Founder and CEO, Chatterbox
    Jake Kendall, Partner, DFS Lab
    Rufaro Maunze, Regional Lead for Fragile & Conflict-Affected States, FSD Africa
    Charlotte Watts, Chief Scientific Adviser, UK Department for International Development (DFID)

    Moderator: Ravi Mattu, Deputy Asia News Editor, Financial Times

  • 4:40pm
    Human Capital: Prioritising Health and Education as Foundations for Development

    Having a skilled and healthy population that has the potential to embrace economic opportunities in a rapidly changing world is crucial for progress in reducing poverty and generally achieving the SDGs. Greater attention is now being placed on human capital as a key bedrock for development, with the World Bank launching a Human Capital Index last year to help prioritise transformational investment in this area. What steps must be taken to significantly improve access to health and the provision of both basic and targeted education in developing economies? What are the barriers to nurturing human capital and how can countries overcome them? What is the most effective way to measure human potential?

    Rachel Crawford, Manager, Emerging Markets, Village Capital
    Annette Dixon, Vice President, Human Capital, World Bank Group
    Kevin Watkins, Chief Executive, Save the Children UK

    Moderator: Andrew Jack, Global Education Editor, Financial Times

  • 5:20pm
    Closing Remarks
  • 5:30pm
    Cocktail Reception
  • 7:00pm
    Awards Dinner

    Dinner Keynote

    Vivienne Ming, Co-founder and CEO, Socos Labs

Speakers (15)

Lise  Kingo

Lise Kingo

CEO and Executive Director
United Nations Global Compact

Lise Kingo is the CEO and Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact. UN Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, with more than 13,500 signatories from 170 countries that have committed to aligning strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and taking actions that advance societal goals.

Prior to joining the UN Global Compact in 2015, Ms Kingo was Chief of Staff, Executive Vice President and member of the Executive Management team at Novo Nordisk A/S from 2002. She was in charge of several business areas and pioneered the first Novo Nordisk strategy on sustainability, spearheading the integration of sustainability into the heart of the business. Before 2002, Ms Kingo held various positions at NovoZymes A/S and Novo A/S, including Director of Environmental Affairs and Senior Vice President of Business Support. She was the founder and primary force behind the first sustainability strategy at NovoZymes.

Until Ms Kingo started her work with UN Global Compact, she was chair of the board at Steno Diabetes Center, and has held a number of other board positions in foundations as well as in companies such as Grieg Star Shipping in Norway and GN Great Nordic. She was also a Professor at the Medical Faculty, Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, and the Chair of the Danish Council for Corporate Social Responsibility.

Ms Kingo has received several awards, including the Edinburgh Medal and the Copenhagen Business School 2018 Honorary Alumni Award. She is also a UN Gender Champion. She holds a Master of Science degree in Responsibility and Business Practice from the University of Bath, UK, a Bachelors of Arts in the Science of Religions and Ancient Greek Culture from the Universities of Aarhus and Odense, Denmark, and a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing Economics from the Copenhagen Business School. She is also certified by INSEAD’s International Directors Program in Corporate Governance.                                                      

Vivienne  Ming

Vivienne Ming

Co-founder and CEO
Socos Labs

Frequently featured for her research and inventions in the Financial Times, The Atlantic, Quartz and The New York Times, Vivienne Ming is a theoretical neuroscientist, entrepreneur, and author.  Co-founded with her wife, Norma Ming, Socos Labs is a mad science incubator dedicated to solving some of the world's most pressing problems. Previously, Dr Ming has pursued her research in cognitive neuroprosthetics as a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley's Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience. In her free time, she works to design AI systems to help treat her son’s diabetes, predict manic episodes in bipolar sufferers, and reunite orphan refugees with extended family members. She sits on the boards of numerous companies and nonprofits. For relaxation, she frequents the sci-fi section of Audible and spends time with her wife and children.

Rufaro Maunze

Rufaro Maunze

Regional Lead for Fragile & Conflict-Affected States
FSD Africa

Rufaro Maunze is the Regional Lead for Fragile & Conflict-Affected States at FSD Africa, a UK Aid-funded development agency working to strengthen financial markets across sub-Saharan Africa. Rufaro is also Principal of Tsambe, a boutique management consultancy firm, and serves as Independent Non-Executive Director for a large listed FMCG company and a public financial services company. Previously, she was Country Director for TechnoServe Zimbabwe, a leading global private sector development organisation. Prior to returning to her home country, Zimbabwe, she worked for Deloitte and Westpac Banking Corporation in Australia. Rufaro holds a Masters in Development Finance from Stellenbosch Business School in South Africa, and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Mame Annan-Brown

Mame Annan-Brown

Head of External Relations
International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Mame Annan-Brown is Head of External Relations at International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group and the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. Mame is responsible for managing IFC’s global external communications — working with IFC’s senior management as well as with partners such as shareholders, donors, clients and the media. Mame also manages IFC’s brand, online and multimedia strategy, and global events.

Prior to joining IFC, Mame was Head of Communications at IFC Asset Management Company (AMC) where she was responsible for leading the institution’s marketing and public relations, branding, media, and strategic outreach. Prior to AMC, Mame was Chief Communications Officer at global development think tank Results for Development Institute, and Director of Marketing at United to End Genocide,.the largest grassroots advocacy organisation in the US that led the historic movement to demand an end to genocide in Darfur.

Mame also spent 10 years on Wall Street as Vice President in J.P. Morgan’s Investment Bank. She developed strategic communications strategies for Investment Bank business heads and executives, particularly during the 2008 global financial crisis and the J.P. Morgan and Bear Stearns merger and acquisition. Mame was educated in the US, Europe and Canada. She holds a BA in Economics from McGill University, and received a Master’s in International Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Billy Cobbett

Billy Cobbett

Director
Cities Alliance

William (Billy) Cobbett is Director of the Cities Alliance, a global partnership promoting the role of cities in sustainable development. Prior to the Cities Alliance he was at UN-Habitat in Nairobi, where he designed and launched the Global Campaign for Secure Tenure. A South African, Billy managed Planact, the leading urban NGO providing support to civic organisations and trades unions. He moved to ANC headquarters in 1992, representing the organisation on the National Housing Forum (NHF) and, prior to the historic 1994 election, the Transitional Executive Council (TEC). In the Government of National Unity under President Nelson Mandela, Billy was appointed Director General of the National Department of Housing, reporting to Minister Joe Slovo. He has a History degree from Middlesex University, London.

Rachel Crawford

Rachel Crawford

Manager, Emerging Markets
Village Capital

Rachel Crawford is Manager of Emerging Markets for Village Capital. Rachel led the development of the firm’s Human Capital practice, to improve access to talent for emerging market start-ups. She also leads Village Capital’s ecosystem development programme, to catalyse the flow of capital to impact enterprises addressing countrywide and regional challenges around financial inclusion, agriculture, healthcare and environmental sustainability. Previously, Rachel worked on the investment team of real estate driven private equity firm, Patron Capital Advisors, and subsequently led strategic projects for their largest portfolio company, Generator, which was sold for 450m euros in 2017. She then joined the founding team of travel tech startup Tripr App, before joining Village Capital’s Emerging Markets team in Nairobi.

Annette Dixon

Annette Dixon

Vice President, Human Development
World Bank Group

Annette Dixon is the Vice President for Human Development at the World Bank Group, overseeing the Global Practices for education; health, nutrition, and population; gender; and social protection and jobs.

She was previously the Bank’s Vice President for the South Asia Region. In managing the World Bank’s engagement in South Asia to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity, Annette led relations with eight countries, including India -- the institution’s biggest client. She also oversaw lending operations and trust-funded projects worth more than $10 billion a year. Prior to that, Annette was Director, Strategic Planning in the Budget, Performance Review and Strategic Planning Vice Presidency and Country Director to Central Asia, then South East Asia. She joined the Bank in 1999 and worked as Sector Director for Human Development in the ECA region.   

Annette is a long-standing champion on gender issues. In South Asia, she has set a target to deliver 100 per cent gender-informed projects and interventions, going beyond the global corporate requirements. Under her leadership, the regional priority for South Asia is to support countries to improve women’s labour force participation.

Prior to joining the World Bank, Annette Dixon worked for the Government of New Zealand as Chief Executive of the Ministry of Youth Affairs. She also served as General Manager, Sector Policy; Deputy Director-General in the Ministry of Health; Director of Health Policy, Department of the Prime Minister; and Manager Policy Division, Ministry of Women’s Affairs. Annette holds a Master of Public Policy. She was also awarded the Harkness Fellowship in Health Policy and Management at the George Washington University.

Mursal  Hedayat

Mursal Hedayat

Founder and CEO
Chatterbox

Mursal Hedayat is a multi-award-winning entrepreneur and Founder and CEO of Chatterbox, an innovative online language learning platform powered by refugees tutors that uniquely connects learners with engaging native speakers using professional and personal interest matching. A former refugee to the UK from Afghanistan herself, Mursal was inspired to create pathways into professional careers for refugees after observing first-hand the vast untapped talent in the refugee community. Since starting up in August 2016, Chatterbox has been backed by British and Silicon Valley investors and counts the Red Cross and five UK universities amongst its clients.

Jake Kendall

Jake Kendall

Partner
DFS Lab

Jake Kendall is a Partner at DFS Lab, an investor for high-potential entrepreneurs working to introduce innovative fintech solutions to the developing world. Offering tailored guidance and hands-on support from leading experts, the organisation helps refine, grow and launch businesses that can transform the lives of the poorest, profitably and at scale. Jake was formerly the Deputy Director of Research and Emerging Technologies within the Financial Services Team at the Gates Foundation.

Lord Malloch-Brown

Lord Malloch-Brown

Senior Advisor
Eurasia

The Rt. Hon. the Lord Malloch-Brown is a Senior Advisor at Eurasia, engaging with its clients on questions of political risk. He was previously Co-chair of the Business and Sustainable Development Commission. He is also a former Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, as well as a previous Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). He has also served in the British Cabinet and Foreign Office. He is active both in business and in the non-profit world. He also remains deeply involved in international affairs.

Alison Martin

Alison Martin

Group Chief Risk Officer
Zurich Insurance Group

Alison Martin has extensive management, financial and commercial experience within the insurance sector. In October 2017, she joined Zurich as Group Chief Risk Officer-Designate and became a member of the Executive Committee. She assumed the role of Group Chief Risk Officer in January 2018.

A qualified accountant, Ms Martin began her career at PwC, where from 1995 to 2003 she worked with insurance clients in audit and advisory roles. She then served in leading executive positions at Swiss Re, starting in 2003 as Finance Director, Life & Health. She was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Swiss Re’s UK Life & Health business unit in 2005. From 2006 to 2010 she was responsible for Swiss Re’s Global Life & Health Risk Transformation team. Starting in January 2011 she served as Group Managing Director of Swiss Re’s Life & Health Products Division. She was appointed Swiss Re’s Head of Life & Health Business Management in 2013, a position she held until joining Zurich in 2017.

Ms Martin became a member of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Risk Center’s advisory board in September 2018. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Law, with honours, from the University of Birmingham. She qualified with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales as an associate member, and she has completed the Chartered Financial Analyst investment management certificate. 

Maria McKavanagh

Maria McKavanagh

Chief Innovation Officer
Verv

Maria McKavanagh is the Chief Innovation Officer at Verv. With the aim of cutting carbon emissions, Verv unlocks unique energy insights from the home using an AI hub and is also bringing to life a peer-based green electricity sharing platform, based on blockchain. An advocate of women in tech, Maria has been nominated as one of the top 100 most influential women in UK tech for the past two years. Previously she worked for NASDAQ data acquisition specialist National Instruments where she was responsible for a multi-million pound sales territory across a range of industries from Aerospace and Defence to Consumer Electronics. She holds an MEng degree in Electrical Engineering.

Kevin Watkins

Kevin Watkins

Chief Executive
Save the Children UK

Kevin Watkins joined Save the Children UK in September 2016, after spending three years as Executive Director of the Overseas Development Institute. Previously, he held a senior academic role at the Brookings Institution, and acted as an adviser to the UN Special Envoy for Education, before which he spent seven years at the United Nations, as director and lead author of UNESCO’s Education for All Global Monitoring Report and UNDP’s Human Development Report. He is a senior visiting research fellow at Oxford University’s Centre for Global Economic Governance.

Charlotte Watts

Charlotte Watts

Chief Scientific Adviser
UK Department for International Development (DFID)

Charlotte Watts is Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Department for International Development (DFID). In this role she is Director of the Research and Evidence Division and Head of the Science and Engineering Profession for DFID.

Professor Watts is seconded to DFID from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), where she is Professor of Social and Mathematical Epidemiology. Originally trained as a mathematician, with a PhD in Theoretical Mathematics from the University of Warwick, she became interested in global health whilst conducting post-doctoral research on the epidemiology of HIV at the University of Oxford. Moving to LSHTM in 1994, after gaining further training in economics and social science, and fieldwork experience in Zimbabwe and other developing countries. she founded the Social and Mathematical Epidemiology Group. This multidisciplinary group uses mathematical, epidemiological and economic research to assess the impact of current and new HIV prevention technologies, and evaluate interventions that tackle the determinants of HIV risk.

Professor Watts is a global expert in violence prevention. She was Senior Technical Advisor to the WHO 10 country population surveys on women’s health and domestic violence; led the systematic review of the global prevalence and health burden of interpersonal violence, and has been senior researcher on five cluster randomised controlled intervention trials in sub-Saharan Africa showing that violence is preventable.

Professor Watts is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, and Foreign Associate Member of the US National Academy of Medicine. She has 200 academic publications, and has served on numerous UN technical and Government advisory boards.

Ngaire Woods

Ngaire Woods

Dean
Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University

Ngaire Woods is the founding Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government and Professor of Global Economic Governance at Oxford University. Her research focuses on how to enhance the governance of organisations, the challenges of globalisation, global development, and the role of international institutions and global economic governance. Previously, she founded the Global Economic Governance Programme at Oxford University and co-founded (with Robert O. Keohane) the Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders Fellowship programme. 

Professor Woods serves as a member of the International Advisory Panel of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, on the Board of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, and as a Rhodes Trustee. She is co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Values, Technology and Governance. She serves on the Advisory Group of the Center for Global Development (Washington DC). Previously, she served as a Non-Executive Director on the Arup Global Group Board and on the Board of the Center for International Governance Innovation in Canada. She has also served as a member of the IMF European Regional Advisory Group, and as an Advisor to the IMF Board, to the African Development Bank, to the UNDP’s Human Development Report, and to the Commonwealth Heads of Government. She has presented numerous documentaries for BBC Radio and TV.

Professor Woods’ books include The Politics of Global Regulation (with Walter Mattli, Oxford University Press, 2009), Networks of Influence? Developing Countries in a Networked Global Order (with Leonardo Martinez-Diaz, Oxford University Press, 2009), The Globalizers: the IMF, the World Bank and their Borrowers (Cornell University Press, 2006), Exporting Good Governance: Temptations and Challenges in Canada’s Aid Program (with Jennifer Welsh, Laurier University Press, 2007), and Making Self-Regulation Effective in Developing Countries (with Dana Brown, Oxford University Press, 2007). She has previously published The Political Economy of Globalization (Macmillan, 2000), Inequality, Globalization and World Politics (with Andrew Hurrell: Oxford University Press, 1999), Explaining International Relations since 1945 (Oxford University Press, 1986), and numerous articles on international institutions, globalisation and governance.

She was educated at Auckland University (BA in Economics, LLB Hons in Law). She studied at Balliol College, Oxford as a New Zealand Rhodes Scholar, completing an MPhil (with Distinction) and then DPhil in International Relations. She won a Junior Research Fellowship at New College, Oxford and subsequently taught at Harvard University (Government Department) before taking up her Fellowship at University College, Oxford and academic roles at Oxford University.

Professor Woods was appointed Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2018 New Year's Honours for services to Higher Education and Public Policy.

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Moderators and MCs (5)

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.

Gideon Rachman

Gideon Rachman

Chief Foreign Affairs Commentator
Financial Times

Gideon Rachman became Chief Foreign Affairs Commentator for the Financial Times in 2006. He speaks authoritatively about economics, politics, and globalisation as they apply to Asia, Europe, the Middle East, the Americas and more, and writes a weekly column on international politics as well as feature articles. Mr Rachman joined the FT after a 15-year career at The Economist, which included spells as a foreign correspondent in Brussels, Washington and Bangkok. He also edited The Economist’s business and Asia sections. Mr Rachman’s book, Zero-Sum World, about the future of international relations was published in the UK in 2010. He was named as foreign affairs commentator of the year in the UK Comment Awards for 2010. He is a regular broadcaster for — amongst others — the BBC, CNN and NPR, and also a regular public speaker before both academic and business audiences. Mr Rachman is a graduate of Caius College, Cambridge and has been a visiting fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.

Ravi Mattu

Ravi Mattu

Deputy Asia News Editor
Financial Times

Ravi Mattu is the Deputy Asia News Editor of the Financial Times, helping to drive the paper's coverage across the region. Since joining the FT in 2000, he has held a number of senior positions at the FT, including Tech Editor; Editorial Director of commercial department FT2; Business Life editor, overseeing the management section of the paper; Acting Editor and Deputy Editor of the FT Weekend Magazine; and editor of Special Reports (magazines and websites), during which time he edited a number of titles, including Mastering Management, and launched FT Wealth.

Ravi has interviewed leading CEOs, entrepreneurs and politicians, and is a frequent speaker and conference chair.

Alzbeta  Klein

Alzbeta Klein

Director and Global Head of Climate Business
International Finance Corporation (IFC)

As the Director and Global Head of IFC’s Climate Business, Alzbeta’s role is to facilitate business growth, provide thought leadership, fundraise and facilitating all work related to renewables, climate-smart agribusiness, green bonds and other climate business areas. Prior to her current appointment, she was a director and global co-head of Agribusiness, Manufacturing and Services Investments group where she managed over $13 billion of assets in emerging markets, leading a group of 400 bankers in 60 IFC offices worldwide. During the past 20 years, Alzbeta worked in many areas of IFC and rose through the ranks, including serving for two years as the Chief of Staff to IFC’s former CEO Mr. Lars Thunell.

 

In her current position, Alzbeta revitalized and grew IFC Climate Business which now accounts for a quarter of all IFC investments. She created and currently executes the new climate business strategy which envisages further growth of business anchored in new technologies and their facilitating role in business growth, particularly in emerging markets. Her team also piloted and implemented carbon pricing for the Corporation’s largest investments, and a corporate disclosure of carbon footprint.

Alzbeta joined IFC from the Export Development Corporation (EDC Canada) and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC). She received Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Ottawa, Canada, where she also studied for her doctorate; engineering degree from Prague University, Czech Republic; and executive education from Harvard Business School and INSEAD. She holds a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. She has served on several corporate and non-profit boards, including New York University Stern Center for Sustainable Business Advisory Board, Hans Merensky (South Africa), Grupo Los Grobo (Argentina), ShoreCap Investment Fund (US) and as the founding board member of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Society in Russia.

 

IFC is a Member of the World Bank Group and is the world’s largest multilateral financier of the private sector in emerging markets. IFC’s portfolio is over $60 billion, comprising investments in some 1,800 companies worldwide.

Kelly Widelska

Kelly Widelska

Global Head of Knowledge and Learning
IFC

Kelly Widelska is the Global Head of Knowledge & Learning for the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group and the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. Her team provides knowledge and learning solutions across the Corporation, focused on delivering operational excellence and development impact for clients and partners. Kelly is also a member of the World Bank Group’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Task Force, a multi-sectoral group set up to advance SOGI issues and to scale-up research, programmes and staff training.

Before joining IFC, she worked with Ernst & Young’s Transaction Advisory Services practice, where she led the Global Knowledge & Innovation Team, supporting a business of 8,000 employees. Prior to that, Kelly spent three years in China and the Far East Area, building the knowledge capability of Ernst & Young through the development of a suite of knowledge management services. Kelly holds a Master’s degree in Information Management from Sheffield University in the UK.

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Awards 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.

Alzbeta  Klein

Alzbeta Klein

Director and Global Head of Climate Business
International Finance Corporation (IFC)

As the Director and Global Head of IFC’s Climate Business, Alzbeta’s role is to facilitate business growth, provide thought leadership, fundraise and facilitating all work related to renewables, climate-smart agribusiness, green bonds and other climate business areas. Prior to her current appointment, she was a director and global co-head of Agribusiness, Manufacturing and Services Investments group where she managed over $13 billion of assets in emerging markets, leading a group of 400 bankers in 60 IFC offices worldwide. During the past 20 years, Alzbeta worked in many areas of IFC and rose through the ranks, including serving for two years as the Chief of Staff to IFC’s former CEO Mr. Lars Thunell.

 

In her current position, Alzbeta revitalized and grew IFC Climate Business which now accounts for a quarter of all IFC investments. She created and currently executes the new climate business strategy which envisages further growth of business anchored in new technologies and their facilitating role in business growth, particularly in emerging markets. Her team also piloted and implemented carbon pricing for the Corporation’s largest investments, and a corporate disclosure of carbon footprint.

Alzbeta joined IFC from the Export Development Corporation (EDC Canada) and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC). She received Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Ottawa, Canada, where she also studied for her doctorate; engineering degree from Prague University, Czech Republic; and executive education from Harvard Business School and INSEAD. She holds a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. She has served on several corporate and non-profit boards, including New York University Stern Center for Sustainable Business Advisory Board, Hans Merensky (South Africa), Grupo Los Grobo (Argentina), ShoreCap Investment Fund (US) and as the founding board member of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Society in Russia.

 

IFC is a Member of the World Bank Group and is the world’s largest multilateral financier of the private sector in emerging markets. IFC’s portfolio is over $60 billion, comprising investments in some 1,800 companies worldwide.

Darren Welch

Darren Welch

Director of Policy
UK Department for International Development (DFID)

Darren Welch joined the UK Department for International Development (DFID) in 2007. He initially worked as Head of Information and Communications in the Communications Division, before becoming Head of DFID’s office in Tanzania from 2008 to 2011. He then spent four years working in Brussels at the UK’s Representation to the EU, in the role of Counsellor for Trade, Development, Africa, Asia & the Americas. In 2015-16, Darren was Head of the International Team at the UK’s Joint Syrian Resettlement Programme and in 2016-17, Head of DFID’s Migration and Modern Slavery Department. Since Spring 2017, Darren has been DFID’s Director of Policy, based in London. Prior to joining DFID, he worked in development consultancy, for the Government of Bermuda, and in a range of roles at the UK’s Cabinet Office.

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.

Kanini Mutooni

Kanini Mutooni

Managing Director, TONIIC, and Board Chair
Global Innovation Fund

Kanini Mutooni is a UK Chartered accountant and Harvard Kennedy School alumnus with experience at Director and board level at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, KPMG, EY and Kleinwort Benson Private Bank. She is currently the Managing Director of TONIIC, an impact investing network based in London and San Francisco. She is also Board Chair of the Global Innovation Fund (GIF), a $225m fund focused on impact investment in emerging market commercial innovations that help solve social constraints.

Kanini is also an investment committee member of the African Agricultural SME fund II, a $120m fund focused on investing in small cap Pan-African early-to-growth stage agribusiness firms. The fund closed in June 2018 and has already committed over 30 per cent of its capital. Kanini was previously founding Investment Committee member of the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF), a $227m continent-wide impact fund focused on agriculture and clean energy sub-sectors. AECF was one of the early patient capital investors in M-KOPA and Mobisol, two clean energy companies that have made a significant impact in the provision of solar power to communities in the region. She was also Vice Board Chair of Shelter Afrique’s Finance and Risk Committee. Shelter Afrique is a Development Finance Institution with membership from 43 African countries that provides debt and equity finance for affordable housing projects.

Kanini has an MBA from Cass Business School, City University London and was recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2014 for her contribution to business and entrepreneurship. She is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business.

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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Award Shortlist Summaries | Urban Infrastructure

Azuri Technologies Quad Solar Home Systems with HospiCash

Azuri Technologies provides off-grid solar technology and income protection insurance for rural communities across 12 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. In combining these services with mobile money payment systems, this initiative has the potential to provide millions of otherwise marginalised individuals with access to both energy and increased financial security.

JP Morgan Chase AdvancingCities Initiative for Underserved Neighborhoods

JPMorgan Chase’s AdvancingCities initiative aims to provide opportunities for those who have not benefited from economic growth. It involves the strategic deployment of 500 million US dollars of capital to fund sustainable projects related to small business growth, financial health, workforce development and neighbourhood revitalisation.

Lithium Urban Technologies Electric Vehicle Transportation Services

Lithium Urban Technologies provides electric vehicle transportation services to over 25 Fortune 500 corporations in India. The company’s proprietary technology platform unifies the connected car, a charging network, and cloud and data analytics to reduce transportation costs for clients by up to 40 per cent. Its fleet of over 850 cars has cut carbon emissions by 15,000 tonnes and provided financial inclusion and social mobility to 2,000 families since 2014.

Rensource Distributed Renewable-Based Energy to Urban Micro SMEs

Rensource provides affordable and reliable energy to urban micro SMEs and households in Nigeria through localised solar-hybrid mini-grids. This service enables consumers to access predictable, fixed-price low-cost energy, with greater reliability and flexibility than using highly polluting, prohibitively expensive diesel generators or low-output solar PV systems.

Smart Havens Africa Pathway to Sustainable and Affordable Home Ownership by Women

According to the World Bank, only 13 per cent of women in Africa have sole ownership of their homes. In Uganda, over 70 per cent of the urban population is made up of women who live in over-crowded slums, and who often spend more than 50 per cent of their income on rent. Smart Havens Africa seeks to overcome this burden by creating environmentally-friendly and sustainable off-grid housing and by giving low- to moderate-income women an affordable ‘rent-to-buy’ pathway to owning a home with a secure title deed.

SmartSíndico Low-Income Condominium Management App

Around 15 million families in Brazil live in government-funded condominiums. Resident associations cannot maintain or manage these buildings due to lack of training and professional support. The SmartSíndico app provides a simple and affordable way to help tenants self-manage their buildings, including billing and financial tools, access to videos on laws, regulations and best practices related to the community, and a messaging platform for tenants to communicate problems and decisions.

Yego Innovision Ride-Tap-Pay Offline Ride-Hailing System

Africa has over 25 million taxis, most of which are unregulated and unlicensed, leading to both road accidents and criminal activities. Launched in Rwanda, Yego aims to tackle these issues by training and verifying drivers and providing them with smart tracking, an intelligent fare metering system, and distance-based fares that ensure them a livable wage. Passengers make cashless payments. Yego is designed to work with limited internet connectivity, in a nation where internet and smartphone penetration are still very low.

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Award Shortlist Summaries | Health, Wellness and Disease Prevention

Florida Insect Control Group Pest Management Solutions

One-third of the world’s population is at daily risk of contracting a mosquito-borne disease, yet the mass use of mosquito-cides are harmful to both humans and the environment. Florida Insect Control Group’s ground-breaking pest control system mixes micro-porous plastic polymers with pesticides to directly target and kill mosquitoes without negatively impacting the environment, humans or other insects.

Healthy.io Smartphone Camera Urinalysis

Healthy.io aims to simplify and speed up access to medical diagnosis, and reduce pressure on strained healthcare systems, by turning smartphones into clinical-grade diagnostic devices for urine testing. Using a smartphone’s camera and a connected computer vision app to scan a standard urine test dipstick and transmit the result automatically to clinicians for review, the service allows patients to home-test for early signs of chronic kidney disease, urinary tract infections and routine prenatal checks.

ImmunifyMe Smart Vaccination Scheduling and Monitoring Tool

ImmunifyMe provides a secure and accessible cloud-based method for parents to keep track of their children’s vaccinations, thus increasing immunisation rates for preventable diseases. Backed by partnerships with hospitals, governments and health organisations, with a focus on standardisation across different countries, ImmunifyMe’s web and app-based technology and automated digital monitoring help to overcome deficiencies in paper-based systems and provide access to vaccination records anywhere in the world.

MobileODT EVA System for Cervical Cancer Screening

MobileODT’s Enhanced Visual Assessment System is a portable AI-enabled diagnostic tool that dramatically increases access to screening for cervical cancer, one of the leading causes of death for women worldwide. It allows healthcare providers to detect cervical cancer at the point-of-care in under one second, replacing reliance on laboratory tests and sample collection, at a fraction of the price. It is currently used in 29 countries.

Salauno Visual Care for Vulnerable Remote Locations

Salauno offers affordable eyecare services across Mexico through its own diagnostic centres and a network of optometrists who travel to isolated communities. The development of collaborative links with local community leaders helps salauno find, access and support marginalised patients, resulting in the treatment of over 6,000 individuals in three years. Candidates for treatment, including surgery, are scheduled for an appointment in salauno’s surgical centre, and all treatments are heavily subsidised.

SonoCare Health-tech Diagnostics Solution for Healthy Pregnancies

SonoCare’s health-tech diagnostics solution addresses the severe lack of accessible and affordable healthcare for low- and middle-income pregnant women in Nigeria. Through a mobile app, portable equipment and partnerships with local organisations, SonoCare detects pregnancy complications before they become life-threatening. SonoCare has screened more than 31,000 women in rural areas and identified over 18,000 high-risk pregnancies to date.

Viz.ai Solutions for Faster Stroke Diagnostics

Viz.ai uses AI-based technology to analyse CT images of the brain for the most devastating types of strokes. The software cross-references a stroke victim’s brain scan with a vast database of scans and then sends this data to a specialist to confirm the diagnosis. This can reduce the time required to diagnose, triage and treat a stroke from hours to a few minutes.

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Award Shortlist Summaries | Special Award: Innovating for Disability

Amparo Confidence Socket

Amparo’s ‘Confidence Socket’ is a below-knee prosthetic socket that fits directly onto a residual limb. It uses a unique, low temperature thermoplastic capable of being remoulded up to 10 times as the limb changes in volume. This drastically reduces the time and equipment required to fit a prosthetic -- it can be fitted in as little as an hour, significantly increasing accessibility for amputees in developing countries or remote areas.

EyeControl AI Eye-Tracking Camera

EyeControl is the first wearable screen-less assistive communication device. AI-powered eye-tracking technology enables locked-in individuals and ventilated patients -- who can't speak -- the ability to communicate using only eye movements, anywhere and anytime. Simple to use, EyeControl improves quality of life for ALS, MS, stroke and other home care patients and helps ventilated patients communicate directly with medical staff and family.

OrCam Technologies AI-Driven Artificial Vision

OrCam MyEye is the world’s most advanced wearable device for providing artificial vision to people who are blind or visually impaired. The size of a finger, this AI-driven device mounted on a pair of glasses is capable of instantly and discreetly reading printed and digital text aloud as well as recognising faces, colours, money and products. It is operated hands-free and completely offline.

ProsFit Technologies Global Solutions for Confident Mobility

PandoFit by ProsFit is a proprietary cloud-based end-to-end digital solution used to design customised, definitive prosthetic sockets for a more comfortable, faster fit. These are manufactured via a global network of certified manufacturing partners. Globally scalable, ProsFit’s solution increases access for all to prosthetics -- key to increasing social inclusion.

Sesame Enable Touch-Free Access for Mobile Devices

Open Sesame is the world’s first touch-free solution for mobile devices. Via the built-in camera of their phone, tablet or computer, a user is able to control an on-screen cursor with head movements. This system provides a simple-to-use and low-cost means for low-mobility individuals - such as people suffering from ALS, MS, spinal cord injuries or strokes -- to interact with the world through their digital devices.

TotoSci Academy AlexCane for the Blind

Developed in Kenya, AlexCane is an AI smart cane for the blind. Connected to a camera that processes images over the internet, the cane increases mobility by detecting both static and moving objects, and alerting the user through audio or vibrations. It also increases the independence of the blind person by sending caregivers real-time information via GPS or GSM protocols.

TuneFork Smart Device-Based Hearing Loss Diagnostic

TuneFork software provides a means for individuals with Disabling Hearing Loss to conduct a simple, free hearing test. This is then used to create clinically-accurate personal specifications for the audio output of the user’s smartphone and other digital devices, providing a significant enhancement to their experience of digital audio content.

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Award Shortlist Summaries | Education, Knowledge and Skills

Aliat Universidades Higher Education System for Working Adults

Aliat Universidades create affordable and accessible adult education throughout Mexico with their innovative part-time blended learning programmes. They support students with discount plans, social services and internships. Operating across 30 campuses and 17 states, Aliat Universidades have provided professional development for over 70,000 students.

Ashesi University New Leadership for Africa Programmes

Ashesi University in Ghana aims to educate ethical, entrepreneurial leaders for Africa’s future economic and social needs. It does so by maintaining a strong character-building and scholarship system, embedding its majors – computer science, management information systems, business administration, and engineering -- within a multidisciplinary curriculum that emphasises critical thinking, leadership, teamwork and ethics -- helping students understand how to navigate the broader issues shaping their economies and societies.

Edilar Red Magisterial Social Network for Teachers

Developed within the Grupo Edilar group of companies, Red Magisterial is the first social network for school teachers that promotes the creation and sharing of educational practices and digital curricular materials. Red Magisterial not only connects teachers but also helps them embrace digital technologies and deliver high-quality education across Mexico.

Enko Education African International schools for Middle-Class families

Enko Education provides a cost-effective means for middle class learners across seven African nations to gain an internationally recognised qualification that will help them enter top universities around the world. It does so by investing strongly in academic and human resources, through the training of locally recruited teachers and the use of internationally recognised curricula. It has benefitted over 2,000 learners to date.

Nova Pioneer Schools for Innovators and Leaders

Nova Pioneer gives young Africans the chance to access world-class student-centred learning at an affordable price. Working in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa, Nova Pioneer focuses on creative and project-based pedagogies designed to develop leaders and innovators for the new economy. By developing strong local talent and leveraging economies of scale, they are currently educating over 4,000 students at an 80 per cent lower cost for parents, and plan to expand their reach ten-fold in the coming years.

PHINMA Education Parallel Classes and Subsidised Tuition Schemes

PHINMA Education is devoted to giving low-income college students in the Philippines access to affordable and subsidised education. This is achieved through a low-cost “parallel classes” coaching model in which teachers supervise student-led activities across multiple classrooms. PHINMA also offers the Handog Kaibigan Scholarship, which provides a 50 per cent discount on tuition and fees for financially challenged students. PHINMA’s graduates so far include over 20,000 licenced professionals.

SIS Budget Schools Vertical Collaboration Ecosystem

The Singapore International School Group in Indonesia, with its 7 private schools pegged at different price points, enables children from various income groups to access leading education systems, including the world-renowned ‘Singapore’ curriculum as well as Cambridge and IB. The SIS Group accomplishes this through a unique ecosystem that encourages Vertical Collaboration among all stakeholders, including the sharing of cost-saving methods and innovative pedagogies up and down the tuition fee ladder.

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Award Shortlist Summaries | Food, Water and Land

Agrosmart Data Intelligence for the Agricultural Value Chain

Working across Latin America, Agrosmart harnesses technology to monitor crops and generate agronomic models. Agrosmart’s end-to-end service allows farmers and other stakeholders across the food value chain to make informed decisions about irrigation, pest control, disease, and natural resource use, promoting more sustainable, efficient and climate-resilient farming.

Evigence Sensors Smart Expiration Date Solution

It is estimated that 30 per cent of all food produced globally is wasted. Evigence has developed sensors in the form of self-adhesive labels that monitor a food product’s time and temperature history and change colour to give a clear visual indication of the product’s remaining shelf life. This solution represents a low-cost and scalable means of reducing waste, by providing an alternative to static ‘use by’ dates.

Farmcrowdy Digital Agriculture Platform for Small-Holder Farms

Farmcrowdy is Nigeria's first digital agriculture platform. Matching over 14,000 small-holder farmers with sponsors, Farmcrowdy provides farmers with market access, investment and technical assistance. Its crowdfunding model enables the platform to grow the incomes of bottom of the pyramid farmers by an average of 80 per cent annually, while boosting food production and providing sponsors with a portion of the profits after sale of the harvest.

Fenik PhaseTek Solar-Powered Refrigeration Solutions

The Fenik Yuma 60L is an affordable and portable refrigeration solution that can be cheaply mass-produced and distributed. The cooler, which needs no external power source apart from sun and water, addresses significant spoilage issues faced by low-income, rural populations that are unable to access more costly food storage technology.

N-Drip Gravity Micro Irrigation

As the first and only micro irrigation system that uses no external energy source, N-Drip has the capacity to benefit millions of farmers. N-Drip uses gravity to deliver uniform irrigation directly to the root zone of the crops. The system has been installed to replace the flood method in 17 fields around the world, with substantial water savings proven already. It is a simple and affordable alternative to the flood method that still irrigates 85 per cent of agricultural fields worldwide.

Neat Eco-Feeds High Protein Feed and Compost

Protein feed constitutes 65 per cent of poultry and fish production costs in Ghana. Neat Eco-Feed lowers this cost by cleanly and efficiently processing slaughter waste into high protein maggot meal, with the by-products bagged for use as compost for crop cultivation. This solution also helps to reduce the 15 tonnes of abattoir waste that is left to decay daily in neighbourhoods around northern Ghana.

TIPA Compostable Flexible Packaging Solutions

TIPA is committed to solving the global issue of plastic waste through patented environmentally-friendly alternatives to flexible plastic packaging. TIPA products are fully biodegradable within months in compost, and meet the needs of industry and consumers by providing solutions throughout the supply chain, and the same look, feel, shelf life and protection as conventional flexible plastics.

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F3 - Female Focused Fintech Prize

This year's Transformational Business Awards ceremony will feature a special section devoted to DFS Lab's inaugural Female Focused Fintech (F3) prize, aimed at recognising the most innovative digital financial products that are narrowing the gender gap in financial inclusion. For more information, please visit https://dfslab.net/f3prize

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why attend on 13 June

  • Hear directly from the investors and innovators whose capital, technology and ideas are addressing key challenges in developing economies, particularly around combating climate change and meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Discuss the impact of the latest geo-political and economic trends on development
  • Gain critical insights on the transformative solutions required to improve health and education and to prioritise human capital as the foundation for progress.
  • Explore how cities are leading efforts to address climate change
  • Discover how technology and finance can help boost inclusion of the most disadvantaged groups in the developing world.
  • Meet and network with the nominees for the 2019 Transformational Business Awards, whose ground-breaking initiatives are contributing to substantive progress in financing and developing low-carbon urban infrastructure, delivering healthcare and education, assuring food and water security, harnessing technology for people with disabilities, and generally transforming the development landscape.
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YOUR CONFERENCE PLACE ENTITLES YOU TO AN AWARDS DINNER SEAT

Confirmation of attendance at the afternoon conference on 13 June 2019 automatically entitles you to a place at the FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards Dinner that will occur later that evening.

If you cannot make the evening Awards Dinner but can make the afternoon conference, please ensure you tick the correct box when registering for the conference.

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VENUE

InterContinental London Park Lane
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London W1J 7QY

United Kingdom

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The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

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 www.ifc.org

SPECIAL CATEGORY PARTNER (1)

The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty. We are tackling the global challenges of our time including poverty and disease, mass migration, insecurity and conflict. Our work is building a safer, healthier, more prosperous world for people in developing countries and in the UK too.

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Businessday is the leading medium for up to date news and insightful analysis of business, policy and the economy in West Africa. A critical decision making tool for investors and managers. Its reputation is anchored on its history of providing unbiased news and informed commentary and insight on politics, governance, social and economic trends.

Businessday is the publisher of the most reputable and influential business daily available across multiple channels. It has earned the trust of its audience around the world as a provider of business and financial news, insight, analysis and intelligence.

Toniic’s vision is a global financial ecosystem creating positive social and environmental impact. Our mission is to empower impact investors.

Toniic is the global action community for impact investors. We serve individuals, family offices, foundations and funds. We increase the velocity of money and services into impact investing to address global challenges. Our members commit to discover, evaluate, nurture and invest in financial products – in all asset classes – that promote a just and sustainable economy.  Through the 100%IMPACT members of Toniic, we share portfolios and learn, together, how to best align financial assets with personal values.

Toniic has members in over 26 countries and its members have invested globally.

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