The discussion about China’s role in Africa has been followed closely by Quartz Africa since it started five years ago with the aid of a range of scholars, government officials, researchers and think tanks. The relationship between the world’s second largest economy and nearly all 54 countries has centered around infrastructure on the continent and geopolitical influence on the global stage. Now, in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, there has been a lot of concern about how African economies will cope in general, but specifically in terms of the debt many have amassed with the Chinese.
Quartz Africa has gathered leading thinkers on China-Africa relations to bring our members and readers up to date on the key issues on one of the most fascinating and important areas of our new global economy.
Time: 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
A virtual fireside chat on using data-driven insights to unlock capital with Impact Investing Exchange founder & CEO Durreen Shahnaz.
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During these unprecedented times, when COVID-19 has exacerbated systemic inequalities, there is renewed interest in impact investing and creating positive change for the world’s poorest. At the same time, there is also a rising concern for “impact washing” or “pandemic washing” – where dollars are being deployed to “business as usual” investments, or even reinforcing rather than reducing inequalities on the ground.
As capital markets prepare for a post-COVID economic downturn, and global actors look to mobilize dollars for COVID response, how will investors ensure that they are responding to the “New Normal,” and how can they overcome “inclusivity blind spots”? How can innovative, data-driven approaches unlock impact capital at scale? How do we ensure that investors and funders are building long-term COVID resilience by being responsive to women, minorities and other underserved communities? In this live fireside chat and audience Q&A, Impact Entrepreneur’s Laurie Lane-Zucker welcomes Durreen Shahnaz, the pioneering founder and CEO of Impact Investment Exchange (IIX).
DURREEN SHAHNAZ is the founder and CEO of Impact Investment Exchange (IIX). As a pioneer in social impact, Shahnaz has led IIX to create the world’s first social stock exchange, the largest crowdfunding platform for impact investing (Impact Partners) and innovative financial structures such as the Women’s Livelihood Bond series. Shahnaz developed industry benchmarks such as Impact Reporting and Investment Standards (IRIS), and is launching IIX Values, a technology-driven impact measurement and management platform.
For her pioneering work, Shahnaz received the 2017 Oslo Business for Peace Award— the ‘Nobel Prize for Business’— and the 2016 Asia Game Changer Award, among others. She is also an advisory member of UNDP, UNESCAP, World Economic Forum, and TED fellow. Shahnaz holds a BA from Smith College; a joint degree – MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MA from the School for Advanced International Studies at John Hopkins University.
LAURIE LANE-ZUCKER is Founder and CEO of Impact Entrepreneur, an impact economy business that hosts the Impact Entrepreneur Network, a 25,000 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 nearly 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: 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM EDT