Social Impact Day 2019

Social Impact Day & Ideas to Impact Challenge
29 May 2019

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

Simone Ishikawa – Moderator
Head of Sales Strategy for the International ETF team at J.P. Morgan Asset Management,

Anya Navidski

Anya Navidski
Founding Partner at Voulez Capital

Elli Siapkidou

Elli Siapkidou
Director of Research at Equileap

Isabell Moessler

Isabell Moessler
ETF Business Development Manager, Markets & Global Sales, Euronext

Laura Magee

Laura McGee
Founder and CEO of Diversio

Lisa Beauvilain
Lisa Beauvilain
Managing Director and Head of Sustainability & ESG at Impax Asset Management

Technology for Social Good

Kieran Arasaratnam

Dr Kieran Arasaratnam – Moderator
Professor-in-Practice and Associate Director, Societal Engagement, Gandhi Centre for Inclusive Innovation at Imperial College Business School

Parminder Vir

Parminder Vir Film Producer
Former CEO at The Tony Elumelu Foundation

Avinash Mishra

Avinash Mishra
Investment Director at GIF

Jane Thomason

Jane Thomason
Successful founder and entrepreneur building a $250 m revenue company

Eze Vidra

Eze Vidra
Managing Partner at Remagine Ventures

Farrukh Khan

Farrukh H. Khan
Senior Director of Business Development at Acumen and a member of Acumen’s Management Committee

Agenda

9:00 – 9:30

Registration

9:30 – 9:45

Sankalp Chaturvedi
Director, Gandhi Centre for Inclusive Innovation

9:45 – 10:00

Kamran Elahian

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

Anya Navidski
Founding Partner at Voulez Capital

Elli Siapkidou
Director of Research at Equileap

Isabell Moessler
Head of ETF Business Development, Euronext UK

Laura McGee
Founder & CEO at Diversio

Lisa Beauvilain
Head of Sustainability & ESG, Impax Asset Management

11:00 – 11:15

Session Break (Tea/Coffee)

11:15 – 12:15

As it becomes easier, faster and cheaper to generate and process data, organizations are becoming increasingly reliant on technologies (AI/ Data science/ Robotics) for efficiency and competitiveness. In a data-enabled world, the value chain can be rearranged to shift revenue and operations can be reconfigured for innovative business models. However, we need to to take advantage of such disruption possibilities, we also need to plan for ‘social’, ‘inclusive’ and ‘ethical’ systems. The new organization has to be agile and flexible and it demand the latest skills and tools, and be socially responsible. As technological changes come thick and fast, organizations too must adapt frequently and quickly.

  • How technology can be used to create social transformations?
  • What are the best strategies for building agile and adaptable organizations to be inclusive and ethical organisations?
  • How should companies go about organizing the talent and the tools for creating technology that is ethical and socially responsible?

Dr Kieran Arasaratnam – Moderator
Associate Director, Societal Engagement at Imperial College Business School

Parminder Vir OBE

Avinash Mishra 
Investment Director at Global Innovation Fund

Jane Thomason 
Senior Global Advisor at ABT Associates

Eze Vidra
Managing Partner, Remagine Ventures

Farrukh H. Khan 
Chief Business Development Officer at Acumen

12:15 – 13:30

Lunch Break

12:15 – 13:30

I2I Challenge Poster Presentations (Shortlisted submissions)

13:30 – 14:00

Muhammad Yunus

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

5 mins presentation per team (5 mins Q& A)

15:30 – 16:00

Session Break (Tea/Coffee)

16:00-16:15

I2I Challenge- Prize Distribution ceremony

16:15 – 16:30

Dean Francisco Veloso
Imperial College Business School

16:30 – 17:30

Social Impact Day Concludes/ Drinks and Networking

*Please note, this agenda is subject to change.