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Friday, March 31, 2006

Towards A Social Stock Exchange

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Session Description

Experiments with one investment approach or another are good. But we will need new processes of exchange if their use is to grow and lever significant new resources for social change. Different models of social stock exchange offer one such mechanism – but how could they work?

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09:00 - 10:30 Friday, March 31

Session leaders

  • Muhammad Yunus Speaker
    Founder, Grameen Bank
    Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus is the father of microcredit and social business, Founder of Grameen Bank and of more than 50 other companies. Fortune Magazine named him 'one of 12 greatest entrepreneurs of our time'. Professor Yunus received the Nobel Peace Prize for his work with the Grameen Bank Project and is one of seven people to have received the Nobel Peace Prize, the US Presidential Medal of Freedom and the US Congressional Gold Medal. He received his BA and PhD in Economics and is the recipient of more than 50 honorary degrees.
  • Peter Wheeler Speaker
    Executive Vice President, The Nature Conservancy
    Peter Wheeler joined The Nature Conservancy (TNC) as a London-based Executive Vice President in September 2013. He has a long and distinguished career as an investment banker having been the Head of Wholesale Banking for EMEA and Americas for Standard Chartered and previously a partner and Managing Director at Goldman Sachs, working initially in New York in the 1980s, then based in Hong Kong, where he established and led the firm's Investment Banking business for Asia outside of Japan from 1991 to 1998. He was the firm’s first Chief Representative in Beijing. In his post-banking business life, Peter was a seed investor and Board member of Climate Change Capital until it was sold to Bunge in 2012. He sits on the Board of Rift Valley Corporation, a dynamic African agro-industrial enterprise which owns and operates a diversified portfolio of subsidiary companies across seven operating platforms in three countries in Tanzania, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. He is a founding partner of Silk Road Finance Company, a Hong Kong-based and Chinese- led investment and advisory boutique working with Chinese State-owned and private companies in their activities outside of China in pursuit of the official New Silk Road policy. He is an active seed investor in a personal capacity in innovative new companies in the renewables and low carbon economies. Peter is a co-founder and trustee of New Philanthropy Capital, a charity that works as a consultancy and think tank, dedicated to helping charities and funders achieve the greatest impact so the lives of the people they serve are improved. He is a Board member of Social Finance, a social enterprise dedicated to the transformation of the third sector’s capabilities by developing access to a range of innovative financing methods. He serves on the Advisory Council of the Oxford Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment Stranded Assets Program. He has recently served on the Board of the Young Foundation (as Chair) and Virgin Unite.
  • Ron Grzywinski Speaker
    ShoreBank Corporation, Enclude
    Ronald Grzywinski is the chairman and co-founder of ShoreBank Corporation of Chicago. It was established in 1973 as America’s first community development banking organisation for disinvested urban and rural communities. In 1997, ShoreBank created the nation’s first environmental development bank. Ron was selected as the 2005 recipient of the Independent Sector’s John W. Gardner Leadership Award. In 2001 he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Business degree by Northern Michigan University School of Management and in 1988 he received the Medal for Entrepreneurial Excellence from the Yale University School of Management. Ron is a member of the FDIC Advisory Committee on Economic Inclusion.
  • Willy Oppenheim Speaker
    Founder, Omprakash
    Alongside teaching and conducting research in diverse schools in the United States and abroad, Willy has been working since 2005 on developing Omprakash (, a web-based platform connecting grassroots social projects in over thirty countries with an audience of volunteers, classrooms, and donors that can learn from and support their work.  At Oxford, he is a Rhodes Scholar pursuing a doctorate from the Department of Education.  His research concerns the qualitative aspects of demand for girls' schooling in rural Pakistan.  Going forward, he hopes to continue broadening the Omprakash network and encouraging new forms of cross-cultural learning and collaboration.