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Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Promise of Social Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets

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Session Description

Social Entrepreneurship has been around for decades. But is it meeting its goals as a mechanism for improving the lives of the poor in emerging markets? Have we found the right financial, capacity development, and policy tools to unlock its potential? Some would say no – and that’s the problem. Others would say that it’s destined to remain a niche strategy, limited to certain sectors and certain countries. Let’s meet to discuss the challenges and opportunities for emerging market social entrepreneurship.

When | Where

11:45 - 13:00 Thursday, April 16 SBS, Seminar 9

Session leaders

  • Randall Kempner Delegate
    Executive Director, Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs
    Randall Kempner is Executive Director of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), a global network of organizations that propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets. The network's members provide critical financing and business support services to small and growing businesses (SGBs) that create positive economic, environmental and social impacts in developing countries. ANDE’s 260+ members have operations in more than 150 emerging market countries. As executive director of ANDE, Randall oversees the implementation of ANDE’s extensive program and advocacy agenda, including training programs for investing in emerging-market entrepreneurs, promoting investment opportunities in emerging market SGBs, and developing standardized financial, social and environmental metrics for impact investment. Randall has nearly twenty years of experience in the field of national and international economic development. Most recently, he served as Vice President for Regional Innovation at the U.S. Council on Competitiveness. Prior to joining the Council, Randall was co-founder of OTF Group, an international consulting firm that advises regions and nations on how to create competitive advantage. Fluent in English and Spanish, he is frequent author and speaker on entrepreneurship-based economic development strategies. His work has appeared in Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Innovations Journal and Stanford Social Innovation Review. Randall graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with an MBA and an MPAff. He earned his bachelor's degree in Government from Harvard College.