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Friday, April 11, 2014

Beyond the Pioneer: From Building Firms to Building Markets

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Session Description

Market-based solutions at scale can make an impact upon many enduring social problems. Pioneering efforts are proliferating but many remain small-scale. What barriers prevent good business models from achieving scale, both at the enterprise level and in the wider ecosystem around the firm? What can social entrepreneurs, funders, intermediaries, and investors do to approach this challenge and help overcome these barriers? What actions or interventions accelerate the scaling of models that work? This session asks experts to address these ambitious questions.

When | Where

13:15 - 14:30 Friday, April 11 SBS, Lecture Theatre 5

Session leaders

  • Alex Sloan Moderator
    , Independent
    Alex is Director of Innovation Investments at the Skoll Foundation. The Innovation Investment program aims to scale the proven innovative approaches of Skoll social entrepreneurs to accelerate impact on the world's most pressing problems. Alex has spent his career supporting entrepreneurs in both for-profit and non-profit settings. Alex spent over 18 years as a venture capital investor in San Francisco and Southeast Asia. Alex has also served for more than 20 years as Chairman and President of the Excelerate Foundation. Alex earned a B.A. degree from Tulane University, studied at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and holds an MBA from Cornell University.
  • Judith Pollock Speaker
    Deputy Director, Shell Foundation
    Judith Pollock is Deputy Director of the Shell Foundation, which she joined in 2009. She manages their Sustainable Mobility programme focusing on the challenges of providing high quality, safe and clean mobility solutions in developing country cities and reducing the environmental impact from the movement of goods and freight. She is also leading their work on supporting SME's engaged in the sustainable mobility sector. Prior to joining the foundation Judith held a variety of commercial and technical roles in the oil and gas industry in Europe, North America and West Africa.
  • Camille Saade Speaker
    Director, Strategic Partnerships, FHI360
    Camille Saadé Director of Strategic Partnerships, FHI 360 Camille Saadé has developed and led the implementation of a business model for mobilizing public and private resources in mutually beneficial partnerships in critical health areas such as: MNCH, RH/FP, malnutrition, malaria, and diarrhea, the promotion of correct health behaviors, hygiene education, promotion of safe drinking water and sanitation, and the supply and demand for appropriate treatments for childhood diseases. He looks for innovative solutions to reach the poor at the Base of the Pyramid through a multi-sectoral lens using philanthropy, CSR and business resources. Mr. Saadé is a member of several subgroups of the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children. Prior to joining FHI 360, Mr. Saadé spent 20 years working in the pharmaceutical industry in different marketing and management positions in several international operations with J&J, Upjohn and Schering-Plough.
  • Liz Patterson Speaker
    Lead on Social Impact Investment, Department for International Development
    Liz is the Lead Adviser on social impact investment at the UK's Department for International Development (DFID). Liz designed and now manages DFID's 13 year £165 million Programme to catalyse the market for impact investment in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
  • Harvey Koh Speaker
    Managing Director, FSG
    Based in Mumbai, Harvey leads work with enterprises, investors and donors to develop and scale inclusive business models that benefit the poor, across a range of sectors including housing, water, healthcare and energy. He also directs a global research program aiming to advance global thinking and practice in inclusive business and market-based solutions in development. Harvey has lead-authored key reports on inclusive business and impact investing, and speaks regularly around the world on these topics. These reports include From Blueprint to Scale, which introduced the notion of the pioneer gap in the development of new market-based solutions for the global poor, and Beyond the Pioneer, which described the scaling barriers facing market-based solutions and makes the case for the practice of industry facilitation. Until 2014, Harvey was co-leader of Monitor Inclusive Markets (MIM), a social action unit of Monitor Deloitte. Prior to that, he was the founding head of programs at Private Equity Foundation (now Impetus-PEF), a London-based venture philanthropy organization established by leading US and European private equity firms. He has also worked with The One Foundation and New Philanthropy Capital. Harvey started his career as a consultant with Monitor Group in London. Harvey was born and raised in Malaysia.