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  • Virtual, London and Abu Dhabi - 4 Days
    October 3

    Sustainability Week: Countdown to COP27

    In an evolving world, humanity needs to adapt to thrive. After the COP26 conference on combating climate change, we now have eight short years to meet some of the most ambitious collaborative goals in history, with many countries and organisations aiming to halve their greenhouse-gas emissions by 2030.

    But just how solid were the promises made at COP26 in Glasgow? How can companies ensure they deliver on them and prepare for more commitments at COP27? When an ever-widening pool of standards and regulations is being developed, which ones should you follow? And how should you start getting ready to adapt your business in case climate targets are not met?

    A week-long countdown event will gather experts to provide practical ideas to help you move faster and prepare for COP27.

    The clock is ticking…

  • In-Person and Live Streamed - 1 Day
    October 3

    George Talks Business

    Durreen Shahnaz
    Founder and CEO, Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) and IIX Foundation

    James C. Polan
    Vice President, Development Credit
    U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)

    Dr. Alyssa Ayres, Dean, The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs
    Dr. Anuj Mehrotra, Dean, The George Washington University School of Business
    Session Overview: Changemaker and impact investing pioneer Durreen Shahnaz, winner of the 2017 Oslo Business for Peace prize, 2021 Forbes 50 over 50 – investment list, and James C. Polan, Vice President of Development Credit at U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), will discuss the role of innovative finance in international development and share how capital markets tools can be harnessed for development goals and expand development finance capacity.

    The session will take place in person at the GW Elliott School of International Affairs and online on the GW School of Business YouTube channel.

    Important Note: Please arrive a few minutes early. The interview will be live streamed, and we request that all guests are seated no later than 4:25 p.m. EST to ensure a quality experience for online viewers. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    This session is hosted in partnership with the Institute for International Economic Policy, International Development Studies and Master’s in International Economic Policy programs at the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs.

    In-person location: The City View Room, The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs

    (7th Floor, 1957 E Street, NW)

    Time: 4:30-5:00 p.m. EST

    Q&A with In-Person Audience: 5:00-5:15 p.m. EST
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