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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Moving Capital

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Session Description

Speakers will discuss with delegates how social ventures can access different sources of external capital to increase their impact. The panellists are creating new and innovative ways to use finance that work for their unique needs and structures, as well as providing appropriate returns to finance providers.

When | Where

14:00 - 16:00 Wednesday, March 28

Session leaders

  • Arthur Wood Speaker
    Founding Partner, Total Impact Capital
    Arthur is TOTAL's (formerly known as Total Impact Advisors) Founding Partner in Europe. Over his career he has held senior positions in both "for profit" . Arthur is a recognized innovator in social finance and frequently invited to speak and write on innovative financing vehicles for social purposes. Historically he has or does sit on a number of boards / or in an advisory capacity including the WEF Social Finance Agenda Council, OECD Special Advisors Group to the G8 Impact Report, European B Corp Advisory Board, Big Issue Invest (UK) , Ecolint (Suisse) , Nexi (S Africa) , PeePoo (Sweden) Prior to his current role at TOTAL he was SVP and a Leadership Group Member of Ashoka, the world's largest supporter of social entrepreneurs. At Ashoka he was Global Head of Social Financial Services, and a Leadership Group Member serving in DC, New York and London. Since 2005 he has been involved in the conceptualisation or origination of many of the ideas in Impact investing - including Social Impact Bonds, The Ashoka / DB Eye Fund (top 20 idea of New Philanthropy - Fast Company) - one of the first layered funding structures, metric frameworks including the Social Progress Index. His greatest pleasure is in working with ground breaking Social Entrepreneurs, Corporate and Institutions who have large scale ideas for change. As a former Banker specialising in Product development and Change management Arthur has been instrumental in encouraging major global finance firms including JP Morgan to enter the business of social investing. He is also deeply involved in the conceptualization and creation of new legal / financial hybrid structures to encourage equitable social investment -. One of his current focus is working with leading lawyers, Accenture, Sphaera (technology) in blending his knowledge of Finance / legal frameworks and IT to create genuine Outcome models. Educated LSE, HEC , Merill Lynch and SDA Bocconi, Married to a Norwegian, three children and a Labrador
  • Jan Piercy Speaker
    Senior Advisor, Enclude
    Jan Piercy is Senior Advisor at Enclude, engaged in the capital mobilization practice, business development, and strategic partnerships. Jan previously served a seven year term representing the United States on the Board of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, where she chaired Board Committees on Personnel and Development Effectiveness and served on the Board Audit Committee. She received the US Treasury Medal of Honor for her service at the Treasury and World Bank. In President Clinton's first term, Jan was Deputy Assistant to President Clinton for Presidential Appointments in the White House. She was also a Senior Vice President at ShoreBank Corporation, and earlier in her career headed public interest management programs at Cornell and then Stanford graduate schools of business. She also worked for non-profit economic development agencies in the US and South Asia. Jan serves on the board of the DC Homeless Children's Playtime Project and the advisory councils of Acumen and the Global Philanthropy Forum and she is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
  • John Elkington Speaker
    Founder and Executive Chairman, Volans Ventures Ltd
    John Elkington is a writer and thinker, a serial-entrepreneur and an ‘advisor from the future’. John is a world authority on corporate responsibility and sustainable development and is credited with coining the ‘triple bottom line’. In 2004, BusinessWeek described John as “a dean of the corporate responsibility movement for three decades”. John serves on some 30 boards and advisory boards, where a key part of his role is to channel the future into the present across a wide range of disciplines. He is writing his 19th book alongside Jochen Zeitz, former CEO of PUMA and now co-chair, with Sir Richard Branson, of The B Team. The book is provisionally titled The Breakthrough Challenge, exploring ways to institutionalize tomorrow’s bottom
  • Michele Giddens Speaker
    Executive Director, Bridges Ventures
    Michele Giddens has over 15 years of international development and social finance experience. She was an Investment Officer with International Finance Corporation, the private sector financing arm of the World Bank Group in Eastern Europe in the early 1990’s, then spent 8 years with Shorebank Corporation, which was one of the leading community development banks in the USA. There she ran small business lending programmes in Russia , Central and Eastern Europe, advised on microfinance in Bangladesh, the Middle East and Mongolia and did research in the US community development finance sector. Michele is a founder and Executive Director of Bridges Ventures and focuses on strategy, investor relations, public relations and social impact assessment. Michele has a BA Honours in politics, philosophy & economics from Oxford University and an MBA from Georgetown University, Washington, DC. She is an adviser to the Social Investment Task Force, a Trustee of the Young Foundation and was Chair of the Community Development Finance Association (cdfa) 2003-2005
  • Penny Newman Speaker
    Chief Executive , Cafédirect
    From The Body Shop to Cafédirect to Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, Social Enterprise Ambassador Penny Newman is helping social businesses to make it big – and make a big difference. Penny Newman is a CEO who thrives on challenges and, having headed up three of the social enterprise world’s biggest brands, she’s had plenty of those. After a successful career in the private sector as marketing manager of the Body Shop she took the helm at fair trade hot drinks company Cafédirect and drove it through a time of expansion including a new business model.
  • Tim Reith Speaker
    Director, Community Innovation UK
    Tim Reith is a Director of Equity Plus and the Founder/Director of Community Innovation UK. In this role, Tim oversees the consultancy provided to social enterprises in the areas of business planning, accessing finance and financial forecasting, strategy, management and business development. Tim has extensive experience of the social enterprise sector and works with leading organisations such as the Social Enterprise Coalition, Adventure Capital Fund, Futurebuilders and the Charities Aid Foundation. Much of Tim’s work involves brokering finance between social enterprises and investors.