Social Impact Day 2019
Social Impact Day & Ideas to Impact Challenge
This year, the Gandhi Centre has decided to hold our successful ‘Ideas to Impact Challenge’ as part of a broader ‘Social Impact Day’ on 29 May 2019, celebrating and discussing various elements of social impact by way of hosting some stimulating panels and some *very* special guest speakers!
Shortlisted teams will produce and showcase posters summarising their ideas for participants, guests and judges to view and discuss.
The afternoon session will be dedicated to the Ideas to Impact challenge itself. Judges will bring forward seven teams who will formally present their pitches showing how they plan to positively impact one million lives, followed by audience Q&A.
We are also very excited to announce that Nobel Peace Laureate Muhammad Yunus will be joining as keynote speaker via Skype, focusing on ‘Transforming a Million People’.
Rise of Women in Impact Investing
Simone Ishikawa – Moderator
Head of Sales Strategy for the International ETF team at J.P. Morgan Asset Management,
Simone Ishikawa is Head of Sales Strategy for the International ETF team at J.P. Morgan Asset Management, based in London, UK. She is responsible for ETF Distribution plan for existing generalist sale teams as well as by country and sector specific channels and opportunity identification. Simone is involved in digital distribution and Global Strategic Relationship conversations with more complex accounts that need multi-region cross-coverage. Simone has over 15 years of experience at major international investment banks such as Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse as trader, structurer and Chief Operating Officer / Strategist. Simone is an advisor to a number of Fintech companies in London. Simone attended Georgetown University in Washington D.C. and holds Bachelor of Science Double Honors in Mathematics and Economics with Magna Cum Laude.
Founding Partner at Voulez Capital
Anya Navidski is the Founding Partner at Voulez Capital – Europe’s First VC fund for female founders – providing Seed and Series A capital to businesses with at least one female founder. Having started her career in banking and consulting and as a development economist, she became an unrepentant entrepreneur, with almost twenty years of experience building businesses in multiple sectors and geographies, from running a £250m renewable energy venture and founding an incubator for social impact businesses, to turning around multiple ventures on behalf of investors. Previously she has also advised a European government on setting up and execution of an innovative “SME Champions” fund and advised JP Morgan in the area of renewable energy and innovative funding instruments. Anya is an Investor in Residence at Google for Startups, runs monthly pitch clinic for female founders and has been featured in many publications, including the Financial Times.
Director of Research at Equileap
Elli Siapkidou is the Director of Research at Equileap, a non-profit organisation aiming to accelerate progress towards gender equality in the workplace. Equileap evaluates over 3,000 publicly listed companies on gender equality criteria and tracks their performance year after year, using a unique Gender Equality Scorecard™ with 19 criteria, including female representation in leadership positions, as well as equal pay, parental leave, flexible work and supply chain diversity. Elli is an economist with 18 years’ experience in qualitative and quantitative research in the non-profit and private sectors. She has worked in government, private research organisations, policy think tanks, academia and the third sector. She holds an MA (Oxon) in Economics and Management, MPhil (Oxon) in European Politics and Economics and a PhD from the University of Athens.
ETF Business Development Manager, Markets & Global Sales, Euronext
Isabell Moessler is in charge of ETF issuer relationships and new listings at Euronext, the pan-European stock exchange.
Euronext operates four national regulated securities and derivatives markets in Amsterdam, Brussels, Lisbon and Paris and a regulated securities market in Ireland.
Having been involved in ETFs since 2005 as part of the original iShares European sales team, Isabell has witnessed the growth of ETFs in the European markets and extensive experience working with clients to educate and advise them on the use of ETFs.
Isabell joined Euronext from ETF Securities where she was Head of Strategic Partnerships having led the Capital Markets and European sales team.
Further professional experience includes management consulting at Willis Towers Watson and fixed income sales at Goldman Sachs.
Isabell holds an MBA from Cambridge Judge Business School and a BSc Hons Business Studies from Cass Business School, London.
She is on the advisory board for Equileap, an ambassador for the Diversity Project and on the finance committee for the Young Women’s Trust.
Founder and CEO of Diversio
Laura McGee is the founder and CEO of Diversio, a technology company that uses big data and analytics to help companies become more inclusive. Diversio works with companies in North America, South America and Europe, and has been featured at global events like the G20 and Davos. Laura is a serial social entrepreneur who has co-founded several initiatives around diversity, including #GoSponsorHer and Summit Leaders. Laura was named a Top 25 Women of Influence in 2017, and was recently appointed Co-Chair of Canada’s Expert Panel on Women Entrepreneurs.
Managing Director and Head of Sustainability & ESG at Impax Asset Management
Lisa Beauvilain is Managing Director and Head of Sustainability & ESG at Impax Asset Management. She is responsible for the development and oversight of Impax’s Sustainability and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) analysis, including environmental policy and legislation research in the Listed Equity team. She is the Chair of Impax’s ESG and Lens Committees and also Co-Heads Impax’s impact investment work. Lisa joined Impax in 2010. She started working in the financial industry in 1999 and previously worked as an executive director in the Investment Management Division of Goldman Sachs International. Lisa has also worked as an independent consultant, focusing on environmental policy research and analysis. She is active within working groups relating to impact investing, the circular economy and ESG standard setting with several external industry organisations. Lisa has an MSc in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics as well as an MSc in Finance from the Hanken School of Economics, Finland.
Technology for Social Good
Dr Kieran Arasaratnam – Moderator
Professor-in-Practice and Associate Director, Societal Engagement, Gandhi Centre for Inclusive Innovation at Imperial College Business School
Dr Kieran Arasaratnam
Dr Kieran Arasaratnam is a Professor-in-Practice and Associate Director, Societal Engagement for the Gandhi Centre for Inclusive Innovation at Imperial College Business School in London. An Imperial PhD alumni, Kieran spent 15 years in the banking sector where he worked for Barclays Capital, Morgan Stanley and HSBC across the Europe, US and Asia. Over the course of his career, he has worked on various financial innovation initiatives that have had a transformative impact on his industry.
Over the past decade, Kieran has been applying his expertise in finance and risk management to a series social enterprise and impact investment projects. This includes the establishment of Uinspire Academy, a global platform looking to affect positive social change. His philanthropic pursuits have coincided with ongoing work in the field of financial technology which spans blockchain, data science and AI.
His work at the Gandhi Center is now focused on harnessing his various disciplines across science, technology, and finance. By operating at the nexus of innovation, public policy, and social science, Kieran is focused on solutions that tackle global poverty; create universal access to productive power; eliminate preventable child and maternal mortality; increase economic opportunity; and combat climate change in new and innovative ways.
Kieran is applying computation, data and analytics to solve large-scale and high impact social problems relating to welfare education, healthcare, energy, transportation, economic development, and public safety. His work includes leveraging international partnerships and government policy, while working closely with local communities and organisations, to accelerate impact and address the root causes of global inequality.
Parminder Vir Film Producer
Former CEO at The Tony Elumelu Foundation
Parminder Vir OBE
Parminder Vir OBE has dedicated her career to positively impact and transform lives through her work in philanthropy, film and television production, arts and culture, entrepreneurship, and investment funding. Throughout her multifaceted career she has put her skills and expertise in the service of the work she cares passionately about, and the different communities represented in the work. She is an inspirational leader, who has excelled, not just in one field, but many. Passion, vision, integrity, tenacity, and curiosity are qualities that lie at the heart of her achievements.
She served as the CEO of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, Africa’s leading philanthropic organisation based in Lagos, Nigeria from April 2014 to April 2019. She brought her unique mix of skills, talent, and imagination to design, develop, and launch one of the most ambitious entrepreneurship programmes on the continent – the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme, a 10-year, $100 million commitment to identify, train, mentor, and fund 10,000 entrepreneurs from across the continent. Under her five-year leadership, the Foundation has cemented its role as the principal advocate for African entrepreneurship, empowering thousands on their path to economic and social transformation.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Parminder has enjoyed a distinguished career, spanning two decades, as an awarding winning film and television producer with BBC and Carlton Television, and as the CEO of her independent production company, Formation Films.
In 2008, Parminder founded PVL Media Emerging Markets, and from 2008 to 2013, she consulted with companies, entrepreneurs, governments, multilateral development organisations, corporates and investors looking to access the emerging markets for business opportunities. The implementation of her international business strategies helped secure global business partnerships between the SMEs in the UK with India, Africa, and the Middle East.
In recognition of her ground-breaking work in the film and television industry as an award-winning producer and campaigner for equality, Parminder was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s birthday honours list in June 2002.
Investment Director at GIF
Avinash Mishra is an Investment Director at GIF with nearly a decade of experience spanning impact investing, social entrepreneurship, international banking and technology.
Before joining GIF, Avinash worked as a consultant advising Institutional & Individual Investors on early stage investing in India most notably helping prepare strategy and structure for a $100M family office. He was previously with Acumen Fund leading the portfolio work for Education and Agriculture sectors in India.
Avinash has also been an entrepreneur in the Ed-tech space and had stints in International banking and technology. Avinash holds an MBA & Bachelor of Engineering degrees from University of Delhi.
Successful founder and entrepreneur building a $250 m revenue company
Dr. Jane Thomason
Recognised in Forbes Magazine (2018) as Blockchain’s Leading Social Development Thought Leader, Dr. Jane Thomason is a pioneer of Frontier Technologies for health and social impact. In 2018 she was awarded Top 10 Digital Frontier Women and UN Decade Of Women Quantum Impact Champion. She is working with various start-ups, global organisations and emerging economies on Blockchain for Social Impact. She is a Co-founder of the British Blockchain and Frontier Technology Association, and Section Chief Editor for Blockchain for Good: for Frontiers in Blockchain. She is a regular hackathon judge and mentor including London Blockchain Week, London Fintech Week, and Consensys Blockchain for Social Impact Coalition Hackathon and EOS Global Hackathons.
Managing Partner at Remagine Ventures
Eze Vidra is a Managing Partner at Remagine Ventures. Previously, Eze was the European head of Google for Entrepreneurs, where he helped forge partnerships to strengthen the European startup ecosystem. He also led Campus London, a collaborative environment for startups created by Google For Entrepreneurs. While at Google, Eze spearheaded strategic commerce partnerships in EMEA, and helped launch Google Shopping, Google Shopping Express, and Google Wallet.
Before joining Google, Eze held product management leadership roles at Shopping.com in Israel, Gerson Lehrman Group in New York, Ask.com in Silicon Valley, and AOL Europe in London, where he was the principal product manager for search in EMEA. In 2003, Eze co-founded a startup in Israel, developing text-input technology for mobile phones. He is the author of two patents on web search and online advertising.
In 2012, Eze founded Techbikers, a not-for-profit cycling community that collaborates with Room to Read to build schools and libraries in India and Nepal. Eze is a trustee of Up Europe and an advisory board member of BBC Worldwide Labs.
Eze received his B.A. in business and IT management cum laude from IDC in Israel and an MBA from London Business School. A native Argentinean raised in Israel, Eze is fluent in Spanish, Hebrew, and English, and lives in London with his family
Farrukh H. Khan
Senior Director of Business Development at Acumen and a member of Acumen’s Management Committee
Farrukh H. Khan
Farrukh H. Khan is the Senior Director of Business Development at Acumen and a member of Acumen’s Management Committee. In his current role, Farrukh is responsible for global business development and fundraising activities.
Previously, Farrukh was the Country Director & CEO of Acumen Pakistan, where he was responsible for investing, business development and leadership development activities. Farrukh is an experienced entrepreneur and a leading business and financial advisor who has advised on many landmark transactions, including Etisalat’s $2.6 billion acquisition of PTCL, the largest M&A and foreign direct investment in Pakistan’s history.
With over 25 years of senior management and board level experience, Farrukh is the founding partner and former CEO of BMA Capital Management Limited. Under his stewardship, BMA received several international awards, including the 2010 Euromoney award for the Best Investment Bank in Pakistan. In the past, he has served as President of the Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce & Industry (OICCI), Pakistan Chapter Chairman of the Young Presidents’ Organization and on various private and public sector boards.
9:00 – 9:30
9:30 – 9:45
9:45 – 10:00
Kamran Elahian – Keynote 1
Kamran Elahian, a serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist, philanthropist, and a “Global Instigator for Good” will take you on a journey as he shares his successes and failures, “celebrating the art of failure” and studying in-depth the critical elements of iTechpreneurship™, investment in high tech, and the effects of positive change that shape society’s future.
Experienced and reputable entrepreneur Kamran Elahian is currently chair and co-founder of Global Catalyst Partners (GCP), an international technology oriented venture capital firm. He is co-chair of UNGAID, The Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development (GAID) – a United Nations global forum that comprehensively addresses cross-cutting issues related to ICT in development.
He founded Schools- Online in 1996 (now part of humanitarian charity Relief International) a charity that works to bring the Internet to underprivileged schools in over 36 countries. In almost 3 decades as a high-tech entrepreneur, Kamran has co-founded 10 companies: CAE Systems (acquired by Tektronix for $75M) Cirrus Logic (IPO at $150M) Momenta, NeoMagic (IPO at $300M) PlanetWeb (acquired by MTI in 2009) Centillium Communications (IPO at $700M) Actelis Networks (a broadband communications systems company) Informative, Entopia, Greenfield Networks (acquired by Cisco Systems in 2006).
Kamran is also a board member of Actelis Networks, Beceem Communications, iKoa and SoundHound. Kamran has an educational background in science, having first achieved his BSc Computer Science and Mathematics and then a MSc in Computer Graphics from the University of Utah. In 2013, Kamran was a mentor for Unreasonable at Sea, a tech accelerator for social entrepreneurs founded by Unreasonable Group, Semester at Sea, and Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design.
10:00 – 11:00
Rise of Women in Impact Investing
The broad business case for diversity is compelling from the board room to day-to-day. A group of investment practitioners focused on this initiative will debate if diversity and inclusion are already MVPs for higher returns or if it is still an undervalued gap in the market. What are the best ways for an investor to capture returns in this area and how do the metrics compare? How do we move D&I out of HR and put it in the center of our organizations where decision makers are?
Simone Ishikawa – Moderator
Head of International ETF Sales Strategy, J.P.Morgan Asset Management
Founding Partner at Voulez Capital
Director of Research at Equileap
Head of ETF Business Development, Euronext UK
Founder & CEO at Diversio
Head of Sustainability & ESG, Impax Asset Management
11:00 – 11:15
Session Break (Tea/Coffee)
11:15 – 12:15
12:15 – 13:30
12:15 – 13:30
I2I Challenge Poster Presentations (Shortlisted submissions)
13:30 – 14:00
Muhammad Yunus – Keynote 2
Recipient of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, Professor Muhammad Yunus is internationally recognized for his work in poverty alleviation and the empowerment of poor women. Professor Yunus has successfully melded capitalism with social responsibility to create the Grameen Bank, a microcredit institution committed to providing small amounts of working capital to the poor for self-employment. From its origins as an action-research project in 1976, Grameen Bank has grown to provide collateral-free loans to 7.5 million clients in more than 82,072 villages in Bangladesh and 97% of whom are women.
Over the last two decades, Grameen Bank has loaned out over 6.5 billion dollars to the poorest of the poor, while maintaining a repayment rate consistently above 98%. The innovative approach to poverty alleviation pioneered by Professor Yunus in a small village in Bangladesh has inspired a global microcredit movement reaching out to millions of poor women from rural South Africa to inner city Chicago. His autobiography, “Banker to the Poor: Microlending and the Battle Against World Poverty,” has been translated in French, Italian, Spanish, English, Japanese, Portuguese, Dutch, Gujarati, Chinese, German, Turkish and Arabic.
14:00 – 15:30
15:30 – 16:00
Session Break (Tea/Coffee)
I2I Challenge- Prize Distribution ceremony
16:15 – 16:30
16:30 – 17:30
Social Impact Day Concludes/ Drinks and Networking
*Please note, this agenda is subject to change.