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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
    IPValue, Co-founder, Social-Impact International
    Peter Wheeler is chairman of the board for IPVALUE Management. Peter was instrumental in founding IPVALUE in 2001 when he was a managing director of iFormation Group, a company created by The Boston Consulting Group, General Atlantic Partners and Goldman Sachs. Currently based in London, Peter spent 15 years as an investment banker with Goldman Sachs, becoming a partner in 1994. More recently, Peter was a managing director in Goldman Sachs' London office, where he was responsible for the firm's investment banking relationships with a number of major global corporations based in Europe. In 1991, Peter established Goldman Sachs' investment banking practice in Hong Kong covering all of Asia excluding Japan, and continued to lead and develop this business until his return to Europe at the end of 1998. Peter began his career with Goldman Sachs New York in 1985 in domestic corporate finance. Peter is actively involved in several innovative non-profit businesses in the UK including New Philanthropy Capital, Charity Technology Trust and Kids Company. Peter holds an undergraduate degree with honors in english language and literature from Christ Church, Oxford, England.
  • 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.