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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Working at the Grassroots Level: Shared Challenges, Lessons Learned

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Session Description

Organisations and infrastructure are for the most part undersized to tackle the scope of problems social entrepreneurs need to address. In this interactive workshop, delegates will be encouraged to share the challenges they face and the lessons they have learned to address obstacles and to create effective strategies for organisational growth and impact.

When | Where

10:00 - 12:00 Wednesday, March 28

Session leaders

  • Eric Archambeau Speaker
    Wellington Partners, Co-founder, Social-Impact International
    Eric has extensive high tech management experience in Silicon Valley and Europe. He is widely known for his deep insights and experience in social networking, data mining and electronic marketplaces. A French native, he enjoys over 20 years of founding, financing, and investing in young technology companies.
  • 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.