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

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

Kevin Watkins

Kevin Watkins

Save the Children UK


The Financial Times and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) are delighted to announce the shortlisted nominees for the Transformation Business Awards 2019. This year the core categories are all directly related to global efforts to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A total of 270 entries were received – the highest number of submissions since the FT and IFC launched their awards in 2005 - from 246 organisations on solutions impacting all regions of the world.

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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.


2019 Awards Shortlists

The shortlisted nominees are as follows:

Transformational Solutions in Urban Infrastructure
Azuri Technologies Quad Solar Home Systems with HospiCash, Kenya
JP Morgan Chase AdvancingCities Initiative for Underserved Neighborhoods, USA
Lithium Urban Technologies Electric Vehicle Transportation Services, India
Rensource Distributed Renewable-Based Energy to Urban Micro SMEs, Nigeria
Smart Havens Africa Pathway to Sustainable Home Ownership by Women, Uganda
SmartSíndico Low-Income Condominium Management App, Brazil
Yego Innovision Ride-Tap-Pay Offline Ride-Hailing System, Rwanda

Transformational Solutions in Food, Water and Land 
Agrosmart Data Intelligence for the Agricultural Value Chain, Israel, Latin America, USA
Evigence Sensors Smart Expiration Date Solution, South Korea, USA
Farmcrowdy Digital Agriculture Platform for Small-Scale Farms, Nigeria
Fenik PhaseTek Solar-Powered Refrigeration Solutions, Morocco
N-Drip Gravity Micro Irrigation, Global
Neat Eco-Feeds High Protein Feed and Compost, Burkina Faso, Ghana
TIPA Compostable Flexible Packaging Solutions, Global

Transformational Solutions in Health, Wellness and Disease Prevention 
Florida Insect Control Group Pest Management Solutions, Global Smartphone Camera Urinalysis, Israel, Netherlands, UK, USA
ImmunifyMe Smart Vaccination Scheduling and Monitoring Tool, Global
MobileODT EVA System for Cervical Cancer Screening, Global
SalaUno Visual Care for Vulnerable Remote Locations, Mexico
SonoCare Medical Imaging Solutions for Healthy Pregnancies, Nigeria Solutions for Faster Stroke Diagnostics, USA

Transformational Solutions in Education, Knowledge and Skills 
Aliat Universidades Higher Education System for Working Adults, Mexico
Ashesi University New Leadership for Africa Programmes, Ghana
Edilar Red Magisterial Social Network for Teachers, Mexico
Enko Education Customised International Curricula Programs, Sub-Saharan Africa
Nova Pioneer Schools for Innovators and Leaders, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa
PHINMA Education Parallel Classes and "Handog Kaibigan" Tuition Schemes, Philippines
SIS Budget Schools Vertical Collaboration Ecosystem, Indonesia

Special Award: Innovating for Disability 
Amparo Confidence Socket, Global
EyeControl AI Eye-Tracking Camera, Israel, UK
OrCam Technologies AI-Driven Artificial Vision, Global
ProsFit Technologies Global Solutions for Confident Mobility, Global
Sesame Enable Touch-Free Access for Mobile Devices, Global
TotoSci Academy AlexCane for the Blind, Kenya
TuneFork Smart Device-Based Hearing Loss Diagnostic, Israel, USA

A total of 270 entries were received – the highest number of submissions since the FT and IFC launched their awards in 2005 - from 246 organisations on solutions impacting all regions of the world.


Agenda - 13th Jun

  • 1:00pm
    Registration and light lunch
  • 2:00pm
    Welcome Remarks by FT and IFC
  • 2:10pm
    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

    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?

    Rufaro Maunze, Regional Lead for Fragile & Conflict-Affected States, FSD Africa

    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
    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 (10)

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. She co-founded Socos Labs, her fifth company, an independent think tank exploring the future of human potential. Vivienne launched Socos Labs to combine her varied work with that of other creative experts and expand their impact on global policy issues, both inside companies and throughout our communities. Previously, Vivienne was a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley's Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience, pursuing her research in cognitive neuroprosthetics. In her free time, Vivienne has invented AI systems to help treat her diabetic son, predict manic episodes in bipolar sufferers weeks in advance, and reunite orphan refugees with extended family members. She sits on boards of numerous companies and nonprofits including StartOut, The Palm Center, Cornerstone Capital, Platypus Institute, Shiftgig, Zoic Capital and SmartStones. Vivienne also speaks frequently on her AI-driven research into inclusion and gender in business.

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.

Billy Cobbett

Billy Cobbett

Cities Alliance

William (Billy) Cobbett is Director of Cities Alliance, a global partnership for poverty reduction and the promotion of cities in sustainable development. As Director. Mr Cobbett initiated a series of corporate and strategic reforms for Cities Alliance, including relocating the Secretariat from Washington DC to Brussels, and which will culminate with the inaugural meeting of the Cities Alliance Assembly in April 2016. Born in South Africa, Mr Cobbett was overall coordinator of Planact, an urban NGO providing policy and technical support to civic organisations and trade unions. He moved to African National Congress (ANC) headquarters in 1992, serving on the National Housing Forum and, prior to the historic 1994 election, the Transitional Executive Council (TEC). In the Government of National Unity under President Mandela, Mr Cobbett was appointed Director General of the National Department of Housing under 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.

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.

Lord Malloch-Brown

Lord Malloch-Brown

Senior Advisor

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. 

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.

Ngaire Woods

Ngaire Woods

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.


FT Moderators (3)

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mohamed Gouled

Mohamed Gouled

Vice President of Risk and Finance
International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Mohamed Gouled is IFC’s Vice President of Risk and Finance. He is responsible for setting and updating IFC’s policies and frameworks in this area, and ensuring that the processes for governance of and compliance with these frameworks are operating effectively. He also reports on a regular basis on IFC’s risk parameters and overall financial sustainability outlook to the CEO, the management team, and the Board of Directors.

A Djiboutian national, Mr Gouled was previously Director of the Special Operations Department at IFC. He joined IFC in 1999 as an Investment Officer in what was then the Financial Markets Division of IFC’s Sub-Saharan Africa Department. He was instrumental in IFC’s re-engagement in Nigeria, helping to build its Financial Markets portfolio after many years of absence from the country. In 2002, Mr Gouled joined the Global Financial Markets Department where he worked on a number of high-profile and groundbreaking transactions, including the first residential mortgage-backed securitisation to come out of Eastern and Central Europe, the first tier II instrument in the Tunisian banking sector, and the first residential mortgage-backed securitisation in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region. After that, he served as Manager for the Financial Markets Group for Sub-Saharan Africa based in Johannesburg, where he helped build and manage a diverse and high-performing Financial Markets team, significantly increasing the portfolio and reach of IFC’s investments in the region. He moved back to Washington at the end of 2009 as Chief Credit Officer in a heightened risk environment where his experience helped guide the EMENA regional investment and portfolio teams as they managed IFC’s risks.

Prior to joining IFC, Mr Gouled worked for the Treasury and the Industry and Infrastructure Departments at the African Development Bank based in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

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

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

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

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

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.


why attend

  • 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.


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.



InterContinental London Park Lane
One Hamilton Place
London W1J 7QY

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7409 3131



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A recap of the 2018 awards

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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


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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Financial Times