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Friday, April 16, 2010

The Colours Of Money: Social Financiers Collaborating For Impact

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Session Description

Investors are looking beyond the single bottom line, but still seek commercial returns on their investment. Philanthropists want to maximise impact with constrained resources. Governments recognise the limitations of development programmes to solve the world’s most pressing problems. This session explores ways that investment, philanthropic and government resources are working together to create positive impact in innovative ways – through investment approaches that combine different ’colours of money,’ working to help innovations escape the world of the small but beautiful.


When | Where

11:00 - 12:30 Friday, April 16

Session leaders

  • Managing Director, Potrero Impact Advisors
    Dan Crisafulli created Potrero Impact Advisors in October 2010, building on a long career as an early stage investor focused on emerging markets.  Previously, he served as director of investments at the Skoll Foundation, which he joined in 2007.  A leader in “new philanthropy” and social investing, the Skoll Foundation was created by eBay founding president Jeff Skoll with the goal of driving large-scale change through entrepreneurial approaches.  Dan led Skoll’s work in impact investing, including direct and fund investments, and he played a key role in creating partnerships to advance the field of social entrepreneurship.
  • Laurie Spengler Speaker
    President and CEO, Enclude
    Laurie J. Spengler, President and CEO of ShoreBank International, has over 20 years of experience as a strategy and transaction services professional. Her interests are focused on supply and demand-side solutions to extend access to capital to individuals, small businesses and low income households through the delivery of financial resources, business solutions and professional support.
  • Oliver Karius Speaker
    Partner, LGT Venture Philanthropy
    Oliver Karius is a partner at LGT Venture Philanthropy and has over 12 years experience in sustainable and socially responsible investment, venture philanthropy and corporate sustainability strategy consulting. He is the co-founder of the WEF aligned African Social Entrepreneurship Network, DeRisk, VantagePoint Global, and worked previously for SAM Sustainable Asset Management, the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, F&C Investment Management and MunichRe. Oliver holds an MSc in Global Environmental Change and Policy, Imperial College, UK and MSc from Ludwig Maximilians University, Germany.
  • Toby Eccles Speaker
    Director, Social Finance
    Toby Eccles has been developing a Social Investment Bank since October 2005, initially as a recommendation to government through the Commission on Unclaimed Assets and more recently at Social Finance. Before this he was at the foundation ARK where he built programmes around education in the UK and communities with high HIV levels in South Africa. Commercially Toby worked in corporate finance at UBS Warburg, and developing new business at Data Connection, a software company. He is a non-executive director of Antidote, a charity developing emotional intelligence in schools, and a board member of the Guinness Trust, a housing association.