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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Expansion Finance For Social Impact

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Session Description

Philanthropy has too often remained trapped in the ‘small is beautiful’ world of social innovation – while for-profit investors have striven to avoid any taint of compromising returns for social impact. A growing set of trailblazers is mobilising significant pools of capital to deploy for social impact. In the process they are reinventing the way that philanthropic and for-profit capital is used for social and environmental benefit.


When | Where

14:00 - 15:30 Thursday, March 26

Session leaders

  • CEO, Monitor Group
    Ashish Karamchandani is a Partner at Monitor Group. After 7 years of leading Monitor’s consulting business in India, Ashish now heads up a new social change initiative that is “using market based solutions to create social change”. Ashish has published over 40 papers and articles on his work and interests that include leveraging customer understanding to deliver superior returns, game theory and its applications in business strategy etc. He has a B.Tech from IIT, Bombay, a M.S. from Berkeley and a PhD. from Stanford University. Ashish, with his wife Vibha Krishnamurthy, also run Ummeed, a non-profit organization for children with developmental disabilities.
  • Founder & Managing Director, Nonprofit Finance Fund
    George Overholser, the Founder and Managing Director of NFF Capital Partners, is a recognized leader in the field of capitalising high-performing nonprofit organisations. Since its launch in 2006, NFF Capital Partners has served as advisor on transactions involving over $250 million of charitable investment. In 1998, Mr. Overholser founded North Hill Ventures, a venture capital firm based in Boston. Prior to North Hill Ventures, Mr. Overholser was on the founding management team of Capital One Financial Corporation. Mr. Overholser graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Physics and received an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
  • CEO, Bamboo Finance
    Jean-Philippe de Schrevel founded BlueOrchard Investments and BlueOrchard Private Equity Fund, Bamboo Finance and Oasis Fund at the end of 2007. He cofounded BlueOrchard Finance in 2001 and is on the Executive Committee of its Board. He joined Dexia Asset Management in 2000. Prior to that, he worked in different countries as Junior Economist for an EU technical assistance programme; Field Consultant in microfinance for an NGO; Associate with McKinsey & Co; Operations Director of a private microfinance foundation; Consultant for the UNCTAD Microfinance Unit. Jean-Philippe holds a MA in Economics from Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix in Namur, Belgium, and a MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, USA.
  • John Goldstein Speaker
    Managing Director, Imprint Capital Advisors
    John Goldstein co-founded Imprint Capital Advisors in June 2007. Imprint Capital is an impact investment firm that develops, builds and manages mission investing programmes and portfolios for foundations, families and financial institutions. Imprint has invested more than $140 million over the last three years across mission areas and asset classes. Previously, Goldstein cofounded Medley Capital, a $1 billion private investment company; ran, grew and sold Medley Global Advisors; cofounded the Medley Institute; and was a consultant for Accenture.