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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Grants vs. Investments: How To Decide Which Is Best?

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Session Description

Progress against today’s global challenges requires mobilisation of significant capital. Traditional grant-based models are coming into question in an environment of constrained philanthropy and government funding. Impact investing represents a growing marketplace, but looks unattainable to many social entrepreneurs. This panel will take an in-depth lookat the decisions facing social entrepreneurs when asking “Am investible? And do I want to be?”


When | Where

09:00 - 10:30 Thursday, March 31

Session leaders

  • Jan Piercy Speaker
    Senior Advisor, Enclude
    Jan Piercy is Senior Advisor at Enclude, engaged in the capital mobilization practice, business development, and strategic partnerships. Jan previously served a seven year term representing the United States on the Board of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, where she chaired Board Committees on Personnel and Development Effectiveness and served on the Board Audit Committee. She received the US Treasury Medal of Honor for her service at the Treasury and World Bank. In President Clinton's first term, Jan was Deputy Assistant to President Clinton for Presidential Appointments in the White House. She was also a Senior Vice President at ShoreBank Corporation, and earlier in her career headed public interest management programs at Cornell and then Stanford graduate schools of business. She also worked for non-profit economic development agencies in the US and South Asia. Jan serves on the board of the DC Homeless Children's Playtime Project and the advisory councils of Acumen and the Global Philanthropy Forum and she is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
  • CEO, Den Sociale Kapitalfond
    Lars Jannick Johansen is CEO and Board Member of Den Sociale Kapitalfond (The Social Capital Fund) - Denmark's first social venture fund and accelerator, investing capital and competencies in social entrepreneurs and growth companies improving opportunities for marginalized groups in Denmark. Prior to the fund's establishment in 2011, he was Director of Monday Morning, Scandinavia’s largest independent think tank, and Development Director at INDEX: Design To Improve Life®, among others. He is a Board Member at Telehandelshuset and Specialisterne, member of the Danish government’s Council for Social Enterprises, and Advisory Board Member for MindLab, the cross-ministerial innovation unit of the Danish government, as well as for the Institute of Sociology at the University of Copenhagen, among others. Lars is MA Political Science from the University of Copenhagen and MA (distinction) Central & East European Studies from University College London, with executive education from the Wharton Business School. He is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum from 2013.
  • Managing Director, shærpa
    Pieter Oostlander was educated as a Registered Accountant (CPA) and worked for eight years in the audit profession with PwC and Deloitte, and for 15 years in operational financial with ASM, Peek Traffic and Rigda Group. In 2004 he joined Noaber Foundation as Managing Director, responsible for grantmaking and social investments. In 2010 he started shærpa, the impact advisory organisation of Noaber, assisting wealthy families and endowed foundations to achieve the maximum impact through their charitable investments. Oostlander is a Trustee of the EVPA.
  • Executive Director, Aravind Eye Care System
    Thulasiraj Ravilla is Executive Director of LAICO, Aravind Eye Care System, India. He is a Schwab Fellow and earned his MBA at the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. He has served as South East Asia’s regional chair for the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness; is founder and past President, VISION 2020—the Right to Sight India; and received the Administrator of the Year award, Modern Medicare and GE Healthcare in association with ASSOCHAM (2008). His expertise centres around health management in eye care, public health research, and IT.