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Friday, April 12, 2013

BBC Global Business: Financing Social Entrepreneurship

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Session Description

Social entrepreneurship is as much about business model innovation as it is about creating transformational approaches to address major social and environmental challenges. Hence, the financing models required to catalyse and support the diversity of such ventures necessitates reevaluating traditional philanthropy as well as current mainstream investment. Engage with experts who have successfully pioneered new forms of flexible financing for both legal charities and new profit-generating entities.

When | Where

09:00 - 10:45 Friday, April 12 Nelson Mandela Lecture Theatre

Session leaders

  • Peter Day Moderator
    Presenter, BBC
    Peter Day was born in Norfolk in 1947 and educated at Lincoln School and the University of Oxford. He joined BBC Radio News in 1974. In 1988, he became the presenter of the Radio 4 programme 'In Business' with a mandate to seek out the trends influencing the working world. Peter has that rare ability of making listeners interested in subjects they didn’t realise they cared about. Since 2000 he has also presented the BBC World Service’s Global Business. His podcast, Peter Day's World of Business is one of the BBC’s most popular downloads.
  • Peter Tufano Speaker
    Peter Moores Dean, Said Business School
    Peter is the Peter Moores Dean at Saïd Business School and a Professorial Fellow at Balliol College. Tufano’s research focuses on financial innovation that improves the delivery of services to low income families. He founded a social enterprise for financial product development ( His work is credited with influencing three US policy initiatives, most recently the U.S. American Savings Promotion Act. As Dean, he has championed initiatives connecting the business school and the university, including the Oxford 1+1 MBA Programme; the blended learning GOTO course (Global Opportunities & Threats: Oxford); and The Oxford Foundry - a university-wide hub for entrepreneurship. Before joining Oxford, Tufano spent 33 years at Harvard, most recently on the Faculty of HBS, where he co-founded the Harvard University Innovation Lab (i-Lab).
  • Judith Rodin Speaker
    President, Rockefeller Foundation
    Judith Rodin is President of The Rockefeller Foundation, one of the world’s leading philanthropic organisations. She was previously President of the University of Pennsylvania. Since joining the Foundation in 2005, she has recalibrated its focus to meet the challenges of the 21st century and today the Foundation supports and shapes innovations to strengthen resilience to risks and ensure more equitable growth around the world.
  • Co-Founder and Managing Partner, IGNIA Partners, LLC
    Álvaro Rodriguez Arregui is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of IGNIA. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Compartamos SAB de CV and Compartamos Banco, Latin America's largest microfinance organisation. Alvaro has formerly served as CFO of Vitro, Chairman of the Board of ACCION International and Chairman of the Board of Unidos Somos Iguales. Forbes recently named Alvaro as one of the 30 Top Social Entrepreneurs of the world. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México.