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Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Power Of Many: Collaborative Impact And Measurement

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Session Description

With growing ambition yet shrinking resources, funders are increasingly interested in the collaborative impact of multiple grantees working together around a common goal. This cluster approach brings challenges for funders who want to structure and measure these initiatives, and opportunities for social entrepreneurs seeking to engage with this emerging phenomenon. This interactive session explores both sides of the equation, bringing perspectives of funders, consultants and social entrepreneurs at the forefront of this trend towards collaborative impact.


When | Where

11:00 - 12:30 Thursday, April 15

Session leaders

  • Regional Director Latin America, Porticus Latin America Consultoria Ltda.
    Federico first trained as an environmental scientist and went on to specialize in leadership development and social entrepreneurship, also obtaining higher learning degrees in oceanography, environmental technology, and more recently international relations. For the past 16 years, Federico's career and interests have been shaped by addressing the question of how to live within Earth's limits, and what social, economic, and ecological arrangements must come into place in order to achieve this with dignity and prosperity. He is currently Regional Senior Director for Latin America for Porticus, a private philanthropic initiative whose, and oversees portfolios throughout Latin America in the fields of Education, Human Rights, and Sustainability. In his former role as senior program manager at the AVINA Foundation, Federico developed managed an international program for consolidating efforts to avoid deforestation in the nine countries of the Amazon Basin, in partnership with the region's social entrepreneurs and other international partners. Also with the AVINA foundation, Federico has developed international partnerships for socially inclusive markets in Latin America, and for adapting to the arid conditions of Brazil's vast and disadvantaged rural northeast. Federico has also worked as an institutional learning consultant for the Climate and Development Knowledge Network, a DFID-funded program present in 13 countries across Asia, Africa, and Latin America, as well as with Spain's international aid agency designing sustainable livelihoods programs in nine Latin American countries Born Italian, raised South American, and trained in Europe and the United States, Federico strives to develop a global and intercultural approach to understanding our common challenge as humans on a finite planet. Both through work or spare time, Federico has traveled to almost every country in Latin America, and partnered with organizations in the Americas and Europe.
  • Ina Epkenhans Speaker
    Director, PHINEO
    Ina Epkenhans is Director of Analysis and Research at PHINEO. She spent five years in the Future of Civil Society Division at the Bertelsmann Foundation in Germany. This division supports more effective forms of philanthropy which is why the Bertelsmann Foundation – with partners – recently established PHINEO. PHINEO wants to provide orientation for donors by presenting approaches proven to yield outstanding impacts.
  • Karabi Acharya Speaker
    Director of Global Ideas for US SolutionsDirector, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    Karabi Acharya, who has drawn upon her expertise in anthropology, public health and systems thinking in working with the citizen sector in the United States, South Asia, and Africa, joined the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 2015. She directs the Foundation’s strategies for global learning as it identifies best practices in other countries, including poorer or less-developed ones, and adapting them to improve the social determinants of health in communities in the United States. Previously, Acharya was global director for Ashoka, a network of social entrepreneurs worldwide, with nearly 3,000 fellows in 70 countries putting their system-changing ideas into practice on a global scale. She led Ashoka’s efforts to document the impacts of its work and convene critical conversations that will shape our future. In this role she led the design of the 2015 and 2013 Ashoka Future Forum, which brought together more than 300 social entrepreneurs, business leaders, philanthropists and journalists to discuss and celebrate thought-provoking solutions. Prior to Ashoka, Acharya served as a senior program officer with the Academy for Educational Development where she developed the SCALETM approach, a whole-system approach that builds social capital by strengthening organizational networks. SCALETM has been used in agriculture, tourism, and health sectors in more than nine countries. It has improved livelihoods for more than 100,000 Kenyan dairy farmers and ended a private sector boycott in Morocco, putting women’s cooperatives back to work. Also, during this period, Acharya was on faculty at Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. Acharya earned a BA in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, a Masters of Health Science in International Health from Johns Hopkins University, and a Doctor of Science from Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. She is also a Donella Meadows Leadership Fellow.
  • Lakshmi Karan Speaker
    Director, Global Strategy, Riders For Health
    Lakshmi Karan is Global Strategy Director of Riders for Health, a social enterprise delivering transportation solutions to millions in the last mile. In the social sector, she was the Skoll Foundation’s Director of Impact Assessment and served as a strategic advisor to global non-profits. In the private sector, she was a management consultant to Fortune 500 companies. Her expertise is in growth strategy and social impact.
  • Laura Callanan Speaker
    Consultant, McKinsey & Company Inc.
    Laura Callanan leads McKinsey & Co’s research on social impact assessment and social investing. Laura served as Senior Adviser at the United Nations Development Programme, and Executive Director of The Prospect Hill Foundation. As Associate Director at The Rockefeller Foundation, Laura had general management responsibility for the $3bn endowment, and investment responsibility for the Foundation’s venture capital and private equity portfolio. Laura was also a member of the Foundation’s Program Venture Experiment (ProVenEx) commitment committee.