February 3

Economist Events’ 4th Annual Investing for Impact Conference to Share Vision for 2020 and Beyond

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A new era of fintech, generational shifts and political fragmentation bring modern challenges to the impact investing community. Amid this evolving landscape, investors want to know what lies ahead in 2020 and how to adapt to these ongoing developments. Assembling a lineup of top thinkers to lead these discussions, The Economist Events announces its fourth U.S. Investing for Impact conference – 2020 Vision – to be held in New York City on February 13, 2020.

The one-day summit will be held at Convene, 1 Liberty Plaza, in Manhattan. Similar to past events, this year’s summit will generate actionable steps to leverage the latest developments in technology to extend the reach of impact investing, with networking opportunities and discussions led by editors and reporters from The Economist as well as other industry leaders.

The event will include panel discussions, fireside chats, workshops, debates, and personal impact stories from executives at world-renowned organizations. Topics to be discussed include: how to widen the impact community to reach both institutional and retail investors; how fintech, AI, advanced analytics, and regulatory changes are changing processes and reporting; how investors can harness the opportunities across multiple causes, such as climate change, while managing risk; how generational shifts will alter the opportunity set for investment managers; and how different sectors can collaborate to accomplish shared sustainability goals.

Confirmed speakers at this year’s event include:

  • Jeremy Grantham – Co Founder, GMO LLC
  • Nancy E. Pfund – Founder and Managing Partner, DBL Partners
  • Robert J. Jackson Jr. – Commissioner, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • DJ Nordquist – US Executive Director, The World Bank
  • Anurag Banerjee – Chief Executive, Quilt. AI
  • Lorenzo Bernasconi – Managing Director, The Rockefeller Foundation
  • Carol Coletta – Chief Executive, Memphis River Parks Partnership
  • Tyler Cowen – Holbert L. Harris Professor of Economics, George Mason University
  • Nancy Davis – Chief Investment Officer and Managing Partner, Quadratic Capital Management
  • Stan Dupré – Founder, 2° Investing Initiative
  • Katherine Foster – Chief Intelligence Officer, Sustainable Digital Finance Alliance
  • Vikram Gandhi – Senior Lecturer, Harvard Business School
  • Alice Hill – Senior Fellow for Climate Change Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Robert J. Jackson Jr. – Commissioner, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Helen Joyce – Finance and Economics Editor, The Economist
  • Kevin Lu – Partner and Chairman of Asia, Partners Group
  • Pauliina Murphy – Engagement Director, World Benchmarking Alliance
  • Andrew Palmer – Executive Editor, The Economist
  • James Patchett – President and Chief Executive, New York City Economic Development Corporation
  • Dwayne Safer – Assistant Professor Finance, Messiah College
  • Rupert Scofield – President and Chief Executive, FINCA International
  • Vijay Vaitheeswaran – US Business Editor, The Economist
  • Mary Wenzel – Head of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility, Wells Fargo
  • Tensie Whelan – Director, Center of Sustainable Business, NYU Stern School
  • Tiffany Zhong – Founder and Chief Executive, Zebra IQ

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Turkish Airlines is the event’s airline sponsor. The event PR agency is BackBay Communications.

Supporting associations include Invest with Values, B Lab, Accion, CAIA Institute, ImpactAlpha, Hedge Connection, 100 Women in Finance.

Media Registration:
The event is open to working members of the press. Please contact Emily Stoermer at BackBay Communications (information below) for media registration details.

About The Economist (
With a growing global circulation and a reputation or insightful analysis and perspective on every aspect of world events, The Economist is one of the most widely recognized and well-read current affairs publications. The paper covers politics, business, science and technology, and books and arts, concluding each week with the obituary.

The Economist Events brings the publication to life. As the leader of debate in the pursuit of progress, The Economist Events tackles leading issues with an insightful, forward-looking and distinctly global perspective. It provides the necessary tools for business leaders, senior executives and policy makers to make informed decisions and to stay ahead of the game in a rapidly changing world.


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Source: Press Release (link opens in a new window)

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