Since 2013, High Water Women’s Investing for Impact Symposium has evolved into an important gathering for impact investors who want to connect with other investors, advisors, and investment professionals. Past attendees have been impressed with the unique opportunities to network, our expertly curated program, and the breadth of experience brought by our speakers and discussion leaders, allowing for a closer examination and in-depth discussion of key impact topics and issues. See our 2017 DRAFT Agenda.
Israel is known as the “Startup Nation”. It is one of the leading hubs in the world for technology based innovation, and a leader in many areas. In the past few years, entrepreneurs and investors have began to harness the Israeli talent, creativity and drive to develop innovative and scalable solutions to global social and environmental issues.These startups, referred to as “social-tech” startups, hold a unique offering for international organizations, governments, corporations and private investors, to generate high financial profits alongside high positive impact.(Please see further information on Israel, social-tech and impact investments in the attached document).TechForGood, an Israeli based organization aiming to support and develop the social-tech ecosystem, has joined forces with the Swiss Embassy in Israel, to bridge between the incredible amount of resources allocated to impact investments, and the tremendous potential Israeli entrepreneurship has to address these issues.Scaling Social-tech conferenceFor the first time, global sustainability and impact investment leaders are coming to Israel to discuss how the local Israeli ecosystem can develop, scale and bring results on large scale. Among the speakers in the conference will be:
Following the conference there will be held a startup competition, showcasing some of the leading and most inspiring social-tech startups in Israel.
- Sir Ronald Cohen. Chair, Global Steering Group for Impact Investing
- Virginie Helias. Vice President Global Sustainability, Procter & Gamble
- Katherine Brown. Head of Sustainable and Impact Investing, WEF
- Andreas Ernst. Head of Impcat Investing, Anthos Asset Management
- Olivier Delarue. CEO, Global Humanitarian Lab
- Jon Duschinsky. Founder & CEO, The Invisible Hand Company
Financial inclusion in Nigeria has been improving, with the adult population being served by financial institutions going from 30 percent in 2011 to 44 percent in 2014, according to the Global Findex. However, large segments of the population remain financially excluded. Of an estimated 15 million smallholder families in Nigeria, CGAP finds that only about 26 percent of them are financially included.Join CGAP and partner InterMedia for a November 30 webinar to learn about the findings from our nationwide survey of smallholder households in Nigeria – the first survey of its kind in the country. Results discussed will highlight the challenges and opportunities for delivering better smallholder financial solutions grounded on new evidence.Guest speakers Rose Goselinga, managing director of Pula Advisors, and Ernest Ihedigbo, head of the Agricultural Value Chain Finance and Investment Services team of the Nigerian Incentive-based Risk sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL), will discuss the implications of these findings for the growing number of local initiatives that promote financial solution for the rural poor.