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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Capital Markets In Crisis: Threat Or Opportunity?

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Session Description

With shrunken investment portfolios and budgets, corporations, investors and philanthropists are facing hard choices. What will be the impact on social entrepreneurs and social impact investing? Will the increased emphasis on sustainability and social impact be sustained during tough times? Is there a silver lining in the cloud as investors recognise that social values provide business opportunities – and may help reinvent capitalism?


When | Where

10:45 - 12:15 Thursday, March 26

Session leaders

  • David Blood Speaker
    Senior Partner, Generation Investment Management LLP (U.S.)
    David Blood is co-founder and Senior Partner of Generation Investment Management. Previously, he spent 18 years at Goldman Sachs including serving as co-CEO and CEO of Goldman Sachs Asset Management from 1999-2003. David received a B.A. from Hamilton College and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business. He is on the Board of New Forests, Dialight, SHINE, The Nature Conservancy, Ashden and Social Finance UK, as well as a Life Trustee of Hamilton College.
  • 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.
  • Matthew Bishop Speaker
    Senior editor, Economist
    Matthew Bishop, senior editor, The Economist Group, is an award-winning journalist. His roles at The Economist have included Business Editor, Wall Street Editor, Globalisation Editor and New York Bureau Chief. He is the author of several books, including Philanthrocapitalism: How Giving Can Save the World (featuring the Skoll Foundation and described as “important” by President Bill Clinton); The Road From Ruin, which set out an agenda for the reform of capitalism after the 2008 crash; and In Gold We Trust? The Future of Money In An Age Of Uncertainty, which told the history of money through to the emergence of digital currencies such as Bitcoin. His "Economics: An A-Z Guide", which explains the basics of economics for non-experts, is just out. He curates The Economist's influential conferences on impact investing; fintech;; innovation; and the future of work. He was a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Global Governance, the Official Report author of the G8 Taskforce on Social Impact Investment and a member of the Advisors Group of the UN International Year of Microcredit. He co-founded and advises the #givingtuesday campaign and the Social Progress Index.
  • Chairman, Social Finance
    Sir Ronald Cohen is Chairman of the Social Impact Investment Taskforce established by the G8 and The Portland Trust. He is a co-founder of Social Finance UK; co-founder Director of Social Finance USA, Social Finance Israel, Big Society Capital; and was co-founder Chair of Bridges Ventures. He chaired the Social Investment Task Force (2000-2010) and the Commission on Unclaimed Assets (2005-2007). In 2012 he received the Rockefeller Innovation Award for innovation in social finance. He was co-founder and Executive Chairman of Apax Partners (1972-2005), and a founder director of the BVCA and EVCA. He is a graduate of Oxford University and Harvard Business School and an Honorary Fellow of Exeter College. He is a director of Harvard Management Company and Vice-Chairman of Ben Gurion University. He is a former member of Harvard University Board of Overseers and former Trustee of the British Museum. In 2007, Sir Ronald published: “The Second Bounce of the Ball–Turning Risk into Opportunity”