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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
    Advisor, Southern Bancorporation & Chair, Homeless Children's Playtime Project board, Individual
    Jan Piercy is broadly engaged in economic inclusion, impact investing and social entrepreneurship fields, having served as Senior Advisor to Enclude, Senior Vice President of ShoreBank Corporation, and as USED on the World Bank & International Finance Corporation boards during the Clinton Administration. Earlier in her career, Jan worked in development in Bangladesh and Thailand, and ran public interest management programs at Stanford & Cornell University Graduate Schools of Business.She also served on staffs of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Judiciary Committee. Jan currently advises Southern Bancorporation in Arkansas and chairs the Board of the Homeless Children's Playtime Project. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and active with Echoing Green and other organizations supporting social entrepreneurs and economic justice.
  • Matthew Bishop Speaker
    Managing Director, Rockefeller Foundation
    After 26 years at The Economist, Matthew recently joined the Rockefeller Foundation to launch a new global institute. He is the coauthor of several books, including Philanthrocapitalism: How Giving Can Save the World. Co-founded the Social Progress Index and the #givingtuesday movement. Official report author, the G8 taskforce on social impact investment.
  • 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”