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Thursday, March 30, 2006

Leading Efforts To Expand The Spectrum Of Social Investing

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Session Description

All aboard. This session will set out the spectrum of opportunities for social investing and leading efforts to forge the way. As such, it will examine new investment instruments, new strategies and the ways philanthropists and social investors can work together. It will begin to explore some of the differences and shared learning from working in developed and emerging economies and ask how these innovations are really making a difference.  This session provides a structure for thinking about the landscape of finance for change and is designed to contextualise the breakout sessions that follow.

When | Where

09:30 - 10:45 Thursday, March 30

Session leaders

  • Andrew Robinson Speaker
    , RBS/Natwest
    Andrew is a key member of a cross-RBS group team responsible for re-thinking the provision of financial services for those not well served by the UK banking industry.  The current emphasis of his work is enterprise in the 5% 'most disadvantaged' wards in the UK.  He is currently a director of a number of organisations promoting community-based, community-led solutions to tackling poverty, encouraging enterprise and reforming the way local public services are delivered.  He has also been a key actor in the establishment of a number of new organisations, such as the Community Development Finance Association and the UK Social Enterprise Coalition.  He is a trustee of the Community Development Foundation, a non-departmental public body of the Home Office; a member of the Child Poverty and Life Chances Commission; and an active participant on a number of relevant government taskforces.  During his time as Chairman of the UK Social Investment Forum, he was one of the instigators and advisors to the UK Social Investment Taskforce, established at the request of the Chancellor of the Exchequer and chaired by Sir Ronald Cohen. He has a BA (English Literature) and a MBA.  He is a Fellow of the RSA and a graduate of Common Purpose.  He was appointed MBE for services to community and social enterprise in June 2003.
  • Bill Drayton Speaker
    Founder and CEO, Ashoka
    Bill Drayton is a social entrepreneur with a long record of founding organizations and public service. As the founder and CEO of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, Bill Drayton has pioneered the field of social entrepreneurship, growing a global association of over 3,900 leading social entrepreneurs who work together to create an ‘Everyone a Changemaker’ world. Ashoka Fellows bring big systems-change to the world’s most urgent social challenges. Over half have changed national policy within five years of launch. As a student, he founded organizations ranging from Yale Legislative Services to Harvard’s Ashoka Table, an inter-disciplinary weekly forum in the social sciences. After graduation from Harvard, he received an M.A. from Balliol College in Oxford University. In 1970, he graduated from Yale Law School. He worked at McKinsey & Company for ten years and taught at Stanford Law School and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. While serving the Carter Administration as Assistant Administrator at the Environmental Protection Agency, he launched many reforms including emissions trading, a fundamental change in regulation that is now the basis of much global as well as US regulatory law, including in fields beyond the environment. Bill launched Ashoka in 1980; in 1984, he used the stipend he received when elected a MacArthur Fellow to devote himself fully to Ashoka. Bill is Ashoka’s Chief Executive Officer. He also chairs Ashoka’s Youth Venture, Community Greens, and Get America Working! Bill has won numerous awards and honors throughout his career. He has been selected one of America’s Best Leaders by US News & World Report and Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership. In 2011, Drayton won Spain's prestigious Prince of Asturias Award, Other awards include Honorary Doctorates from Yale, NYU and more.
  • Independent Consultant,
    David is an independent consultant working with charities, companies and the government on the funding and governance of charities and social enterprises. He has worked within the Association of Charitable Foundations and with individual Trusts and Foundations on the development of ‘engaged’ grant-making practice and funding policies that include loans and social investment. His other clients have included the Treasury (for whom he worked as a consultant on the development of FutureBuilders), the Big Lottery Fund, Arts & Business, and several corporate foundations. He also works as a ‘mentor/adviser’ for senior staff of several charities. He has been Chief Executive of three foundations including The Baring Foundation.  He is a Governor of London South Bank University, Chair of Allavida (publisher of the journal Alliance) and of engage (the association of people working in gallery education), a trustee of the National Foundation for Youth Music and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. He chairs the Philanthropy UK Newsletter Editorial Group. He is also a member of the UK Social Investment Task Force.
  • Iqbal Paroo Speaker
    President and COO, Omidyar Network
    Mr. Paroo's expertise lies in complex health care systems, academic health care institutions, technology companies, and venture-funded startups. He specializes in business turnarounds, transition management of academic health care centers, market strategy formulation and execution, and organization governance.  Mr. Paroo continues to serve on the boards of several private, public and social sector organizations. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Finance and a Master Degree in Hospital and Health Care Administration from Georgia State University and a certificate from Stanford University’s Young Presidents Executive Program. Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Mr. Paroo is multi-lingual and maintains a diverse, global network of social and professional relationships. He dedicates his energy, passion and intellect to empowering people and organizations to make a difference.
  • Founder and CEO, Acumen
    Acumen CEO and Founder, Jacqueline’s work began in 1986 when she quit her job on Wall Street to help open Rwanda’s first microfinance institution, Duterimbere—an experience that inspired her to write the bestseller, The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap between Rich and Poor, and create Acumen. Indeed, when she founded Acumen in 2001, few had heard of the words impact investing. Fifteen years later, under Jacqueline’s leadership, Acumen has invested $103 million to build more than 96 social enterprises in countries like Uganda, Kenya, Ghana, Pakistan, India, Colombia, the U.S. and others. These companies have created and supported 60,000 jobs, leveraged an additional $522 million, and brought basic services such as affordable education, health care, clean water, energy and sanitation to more than 200 million people. Fast Company named Acumen one of the world’s Top 10 Most Innovative Not-for-Profits in 2015. Prior to Acumen, Jacqueline founded and directed The Philanthropy Workshop and The Next Generation Leadership programs at the Rockefeller Foundation. Jacqueline serves on the Aspen Institute Board of Trustees and the board of She is a frequent speaker at forums including the Clinton Global Initiative, TED, and the Aspen Ideas Festival. Her best-selling memoir The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World chronicles her quest to understand poverty and challenges readers to grant dignity to the poor and to rethink their engagement with the world. In June 2016, Jacqueline received the Forbes 400 Lifetime Achievement Award for Social Entrepreneurship. She holds an MBA from Stanford and a BA in Economics/International Relations from the University of Virginia.
  • Jed Emerson Speaker
    Senior Fellow, Generation Foundation
    Jed Emerson is a Senior Fellow Generation Foundation, of Generation Investment Management (London/Washington, D.C.).  From 2001 to 2004 he was Senior Fellow with the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and a Lecturer in Business at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. From 2000 to 2001, he served on the faculty of the Harvard Business School as the Bloomberg Senior Research Fellow in Philanthropy. Jed has twice been selected by The Nonprofit Times as one of its “50 Most Influential People in the Nonprofit Sector.”   Jed has co-edited two books on Social Entrepreneurship. He has presented his work at such gatherings as the World Economic Forum and the Council on Foundations.  Jed is co-founder of the Roberts Enterprise Development Fund and its predecessor, the Homeless Economic Development Fund, serving as director and president from 1989 to 2000. While with REDF, Jed developed and wrote extensively about the application of Social Return on Investment frameworks for valuing non-financial investor returns.  Jed has been executive director of a homeless youth services program in San Francisco; and served on the national staff of the Presbyterian Church’s Office of Social Welfare and Justice Ministries. He holds master degrees in both social work and business administration.