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Friday, April 16, 2010

Tapping Into Social Finance For Growth: A Clinic For Practitioners

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Session Description

Social entrepreneurs know all too well the limits of grant-driven growth, and are increasingly designing business models to tap into debt, equity, and other forms of finance to drive impact and scale. But these strategies can create organisational challenges for entrepreneurs and can send confusing signals to existing funders and partners. Led by proven investors and advisors, this clinic offers strategic and practical approaches to attracting investment dollars, effectively managing them once they arrive, and strategically employing them for heightened impact and scale.


When | Where

09:00 - 10:30 Friday, April 16

Session leaders

  • Bim Hundal Speaker
    Chairman and Partner, Lions Head Global Partners
    Bim Hundal is a founding Partner of Lions Head Global Markets, an investment bank focused on emerging markets and development. LHGP is a pioneer in using capital markets to help meet development objectives, and is often engaged in areas not normally served by the capital markets, such as African agriculture. Prior to this, Mr. Hundal was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs where he ran their emerging markets financing business in Central Europe, CIS, Middle East and Africa.
  • CEO, E+Co
    Christine Eibs Singer, ECo’s Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, is responsible for the vision and strategy behind ECo’s mission to create energy enterprises that alleviate poverty and protect the planet. She has over 20 years of experience in the successful implementation of public-private partnerships and regularly shares her knowledge and best practices with other thought leaders in this sector.
  • Harold Rosen Speaker
    Executive Director, Grassroots Business Fund
    Harold Rosen is Executive Director of the Grassroots Business Fund. Harold spent 30 years managing IFC’s emerging markets investments and leading IFC into new geographic areas and sectors, such as microfinance, technical assistance and SMEs. He founded the World Bank’s group SME department, and then spun this off into Grassroots Business Fund, an independent organisation funded by IFC and a number of others.
  • Nicholas Sabin Speaker
    Nicholas Sabin is a DPhil candidate in Management Studies at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, whose work is supported by a Saïd Foundation Scholarship and Templeton DPhil Scholarship. His research interests include economic sociology, social innovation, microfinance, and complex systems. He is supervised Dr. Felix Reed-Tsochas, Co-Director of the CABDyN Complexity Centre. Nicholas’ research seeks to relate social structure and economic action, in the context of microfinance solidarity groups in developing countries. His aim is to contribute both to the theoretical understanding of human behavior in repeated economic exchanges, and to improve the practical implementation of poverty reduction strategies. Nicholas’ research draws on techniques for the analysis of complex networks and network dynamics in other domains. Prior to starting his doctorate, Nicholas completed the MSc in Management Research (Distinction) at the Saïd Business School. His MSc dissertation on the subject of “Social Structure and Economic Performance in Microfinance Groups” was an exploratory study of his current DPhil research. Nicholas holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Management from the Wharton School and a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He acquired direct knowledge of how microfinance in developing countries works as a Kiva Fellow in Sierra Leone, West Africa.