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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
    Advisor, Southern Bancorporation & Chair, Homeless Children's Playtime Project board, Individual
    Jan Piercy is broadly engaged in economic inclusion, impact investing and social entrepreneurship fields, having served as Senior Advisor to Enclude, Senior Vice President of ShoreBank Corporation, and as USED on the World Bank & International Finance Corporation boards during the Clinton Administration. Earlier in her career, Jan worked in development in Bangladesh and Thailand, and ran public interest management programs at Stanford & Cornell University Graduate Schools of Business.She also served on staffs of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Judiciary Committee. Jan currently advises Southern Bancorporation in Arkansas and chairs the Board of the Homeless Children's Playtime Project. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and active with Echoing Green and other organizations supporting social entrepreneurs and economic justice.
  • 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.