Laurie Lane-Zucker, Impact Entrepreneur
With supposedly 40 Trillion being committed to ESG and Impact, one has to ask why haven’t we seen improvements in society or environments. Perhaps the methodology for determining what is a sustainable company or investment needs to be re-evaluated.Geoff is an entrepreneur whose experience spans sustainability consulting, high-tech startups, and academic research. He holds a PhD in artificial intelligence, and has co-founded two software businesses, the second of which was acquired by a global technology company. Geoff switched careers in 2010, joining London-based think-tank SustainAbility, where he oversaw communications and advised some of the world’s biggest corporations on transitioning to sustainable business models. In late 2013 Geoff co-founded Future-Fit Foundation, a UK-based charity whose mission is to translate systems science into free tools to help companies and investors accelerate the transition to a flourishing future.Time: 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Since the first edition of Prescription for Progress in October 2018, there has been growing awareness of the role Silicon Valley, and technology and innovation more broadly, must play to move the needle in global health.
The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated cross-sector partnerships between the tech industry and the global health community.
Prescription for Progress 2021 aims to highlight how these partnerships came together and connect participants with one another so they can bring solutions to scale in the COVID-19 response and long term recovery.
On Feb. 25, 2021, Devex will host the third edition of Prescription for Progress — this year a series of virtual conversations diving into learnings about global health partnerships over the past year — bringing together leaders across sectors working on technology and innovation to advance global health.
Through illuminating journalism, expert analysis, and a series of events, the event features — and inspires — partnerships between Silicon Valley and the global health community that are essential to accelerating progress on health outcomes for all.
Time: 8:00 AM PST / 11:00 AM ET / 5:00 PM CET
A live, virtual fireside chat and audience Q&A with BlueMark’s CEO Christina Leijonhufvud.
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Note: This program is a Live Webinar and Q&A that is accessible from any web-enabled computer or mobile device. Premium members of Impact Entrepreneur get complimentary admission to all live and archived webinars.
Impact Verification: Building Investor Credibility
How do you know if an impact investor is actually delivering on their intended or reported impacts? The answer is impact verification, the antidote to impact-washing and the next frontier in the maturation of the impact investing industry. Just as financial statements are reviewed and audited by financial professionals, impact statements and reports should also be evaluated by independent experts in impact investing.
To meet the market demand for such expertise, Tideline launched BlueMark in 2020 as an independent business focused on verifying the alignment of investors’ impact practices and performance with existing industry standards and frameworks, such as the GRI’s Sustainability Reporting Standards, Operating Principles for Impact Management (OPIM), IRIS+, Impact Management Project (IMP), and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To date, BlueMark has completed more than 30 impact verification assignments across investor types and asset classes.
In this live webinar and audience Q&A, Impact Entrepreneur’ Laurie Lane-Zucker will welcome BlueMark CEO Christina Leijonhufvud to discuss recent efforts to standardize impact management and measurement and the power of impact verification to bring accountability, discipline and comparability to the impact investing market.
CHRISTINA LEIJONHUFVUD is a well-respected leader in the impact investing field, with a track record of senior management roles on Wall Street, where she pioneered a first-of-its-kind social finance investment banking business and co-authored seminal research that helped place impact investing on the map for institutional investors. In January 2020, Christina became CEO of Tideline’s new verification business, BlueMark, with responsibility for leading all aspects of the business strategy, new product development, and external relations. Christina supervises the BlueMark team and has directly led over 20 verification assignments across an array of investor types and asset classes. As a Managing Partner at Tideline, she also oversees the firm’s strategy and operations and has led many of the firm’s consulting engagements with leading foundations, some of the world’s largest financial intermediaries, and select ultra-high-net-worth family offices and non-profits.
Prior to Tideline, Christina was Managing Director at J.P. Morgan where she worked for over 15 years, leading a ratings business and several risk management groups, including for the credit portfolio and emerging markets trading businesses. She also created an innovative methodology for measuring and managing country risk and advised numerous sovereign governments on their public credit ratings. In 2007, Christina created and launched J.P. Morgan’s Social Finance business, a novel investment banking unit that published seminal research on impact investing, made proprietary investments in impact funds, and structured and distributed innovative impact products to clients, such as the Global Health Investment Fund, a $100+ million impact investment fund backed by the Gates Foundation. During her time at J.P. Morgan, Christina grew the Social Finance team to eight full-time employees and also managed an internal volunteer corps of more than 2,000 engaged employees.
LAURIE LANE-ZUCKER is Founder and CEO of Impact Entrepreneur, an impact economy business that hosts the Impact Entrepreneur Network, a 27,000 member global network of entrepreneurs, investors and scholars. Impact Entrepreneur is a cornerstone field building, research and educational player in the social impact space, and a consulting company that works with blended value companies, impact investors and academic institutions. For 30 years, Laurie has been a “pioneer” (Forbes) and recognized leader in sustainability, social enterprise and impact investing. Laurie was the founding Executive Director of the international environmental organization, Orion Society, which publishes the celebrated Orion Magazine, as well as the founder of a global sustainability think-tank, the Triad Institute, and Hotfrog, a Founding B Corporation, GIIRS Pioneer Company, and the first company ever to complete an equity transaction on an impact investment exchange.
Laurie is the bestselling and multiple award-winning publisher and editor of books and magazines on sustainability and social impact, having published, edited and written the introductions for celebrated works by Wendell Berry, Terry Tempest Williams, Barry Lopez and David James Duncan. He is the author of numerous articles on entrepreneurship and impact investing, and is the co-founder of the Place-Based Education movement, having coined the term with Dr. John Elder, and published, edited and written the foreword for the first book on that growing pedagogy. His current writing projects include two chapters (both co-written) for a forthcoming textbook, Sustainability: Business and Investment Implications by World Scientific Publishing. Laurie is also a lifelong student of world wisdom traditions and is the former Executive Director of Seven Pillars House of Wisdom, a nonprofit organization founded by Pir Zia Inayat Khan focused on advancing wisdom in service of social and environmental healing.
Impact Entrepreneur’s Luminarias Webinar Series features reflective conversations with the leading lights in impact investing and entrepreneurship.
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM EST
Catalyzing Solutions to Global Development Challenges: Q&A with USAID’s Development Innovation VenturesDevelopment Innovation Ventures (DIV) is USAID’s open innovation program that tests and scales creative solutions to any global development challenge. By investing in breakthrough innovations driven by rigorous evidence, USAID impacts millions of lives at a fraction of the usual cost. In 2020, USAID’s Development Innovation Ventures invested $15.8 million in new ideas.Join DIV for a live information session on Thursday, February 25 at 3 – 4:30 PM EAT / 7 – 8:30 AM EST to learn more about how your organization or project can benefit from applying for funding from DIV. Share your questions in advance via this registration form.
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EAT / 7:00 AM EST – 8:30 AM EST
In 2015, the United Nations issued a call to action to all the countries of the world when they ratified The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs, which are intended to serve as a blueprint for global peace and prosperity, call for the end of poverty and hunger and the rise of climate action, clean energy solutions, and equality.
The social impact business movement has grown exponentially in the five years since the SDGs were ratified. ESG and impact investments have become some of the most popular investments in global financial markets. Increasing numbers of entrepreneurs are targeting one or more of the SDGs in their growing businesses.
So how much progress has been made? Last year, the UN released The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2020 which assesses the impact of efforts to achieve the SDGs over the last five years. They report that “some gains were visible: the share of children and youth out of school had fallen; the incidence of many communicable diseases was in decline; access to safely managed drinking water had improved; and women’s representation in leadership roles was increasing.” Yet, despite these notable successes, the report also found that “the number of people suffering from food insecurity was on the rise, the natural environment continued to deteriorate at an alarming rate, and dramatic levels of inequality persisted in all regions. Change was still not happening at the speed or scale required.”
Progress toward the Global Goals has been far from sufficient. The U.N. has declared “A Decade of Action,” where we must “advance a shared vision and accelerate responses to the world’s gravest challenges – from eliminating poverty and hunger to reversing climate change.”
In this session, Impact Entrepreneur’s Laurie Lane-Zucker moderates a discussion about the state of social impact and how impact investing and entrepreneurship can step up and meet the challenges of the Decade of Action with the Global Impact Investing Network’s CEO Amit Bouri, Echoing Green’s Cheryl Dorsey, Blended Value’s Jed Emerson and the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance’s Fran Seegull.
Time: 2:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM PT
Join us at the business meeting of choice for the African energy sector and participate in the many energy gatherings taking place during the Indaba Week. The 2021 edition, our 13th annual event, will be hosted virtually given the impact of the pandemic and to ensure the safety of all our loyal participants. Africa is a continent endowed with untapped human capital and significant conventional and renewable energy resources that can be deployed to design more sustainable energy systems if barriers to trade and regional integration can be overcome. Energy leaders see decentralised systems, digitalisation and trade barriers as the three main Critical Uncertainties. Action Priorities revolve around Economic Growth, Energy Efficiency and Renewable priorities.
*Source World Energy Issues Monitor 2020
Re-Positioning Africa’s Energy Sector to Deliver Prosperity
There is just over a month to go until the 13th Africa Energy Indaba! With a host of Side Events including the Africa Gas Forum and the IPP & PPA Conference, the event is set to provide you with quality insights into the African energy sector. Some of the key panels include:
Disruption owing to the COVID-19 pandemic has presented Africa with the opportunity to review, innovate and restructure its energy landscape. Notably, clean energy and the innovative technologies accompanying it, represent a catalyst for the continent’s economic recovery from the pandemic. Further, employment of smart solutions will ensure reliable, sustainable and cost-effective electricity in the years to come, thereby ramping up Africa’s post-pandemic recovery and transforming the crisis into an opportunity to create a sustainable, inclusive, resilient, just and resource-efficient society.
• Chair: Sean Cleary, Chairman, Strategic Concepts
• Dr Angela Wilkinson, Secretary General, World Energy Council
• Andre de Ruyter, Group Chief Executive, Eskom SOC Holdings
• Dr Daniel Schroth, Director of Renewable Energy Department, AfDB
Is Energy storage the key to Energy access?
Over 645 million Africans have no access to electricity. Given that the service delivery of conventional models is too slow, we need to identify more efficient opportunities to enable universal electricity access such as energy storage solutions. Energy storage coupled with renewable energy ensures the total output is far less intermittent, thereby solving balancing and system reliability concerns. Furthermore, energy storage remains a flexible, scalable and efficient solution.
• Chair: Dr Clinton Carter-Brown, Energy Centre Manager, CSIR
• Eng Ziria Waako, Chief Executive Officer, Electricity Regulatory Authority, Uganda
• Lucy Chege, Head – Energy, Environment & ICT, DBSA
• Dr Jarrad Wright, Energy Centre: Principal Researcher, CSIR
Since 2009, Sankalp Forum has brought together thousands of entrepreneurs, investors, corporations, multilaterals and policy makers who are committed to furthering the cause of development through entrepreneurship and innovation.Join for the next edition of Sankalp Africa Summit, where they will convene the impact investment & social entrepreneurship ecosystem once again!