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Finance, Innovation, Government/Foreign Direct Investment, Investment and Asset Management

FT Investing for Good USA

New York |
Speakers include:
Andrew Jack

Andrew Jack

Financial Times

Stephen Foley

Stephen Foley

Financial Times

Sarah Murray

Sarah Murray

Financial Times

Overview

The idea that capital markets could help solve global problems such as poverty and climate change is acquiring a new urgency as government spending is constrained and, in the US, a new administration starts to focus on narrow national interests. For those working on social and environmental challenges, private sector financing and impact investing could therefore provide a critical part of the capital needed to develop solutions. At the same time, appetite is growing among donors and investors to use both their investment funds and their skills to address challenges ranging from climate change to lack of access to healthcare and education, while also generating a financial return.

FT Investing for Good USA will address these and other questions as we discuss how innovative finance could transform the global development landscape and offer solutions to some of the world’s toughest social and environmental challenges.

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FT Investing for Good USA 2016

To view videos and photographs from our event last year (2016) - please click here

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Hear from past attendees:

"Great conversations. The experience of the impact investors on the panels was highly relevant to trends in development finance today. I saw potential for some new partnerships in this space, which is critical for catalyzing private sector solutions to challenges like climate change and job creation in developing countries." - Nena Stoiljkovic, VP Blended Finance & Partnerships, IFC

''FT Live is leading the thinking around impact investing and innovation. This is a must attend event for anyone in the field to learn on latest developments or new entrants wishing to network with global experts." - Ron Margalit, Principal, Impact Investments, Lumos Global

"Excellent program! FT's access to the top minds and most experienced professionals is extraordinary. A great benefit to me." Marguerite Griffin, National Director, Philanthropy Advisory Services, Northern Trust

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Agenda - 5th Dec

  • 8:15am
    Registration and Breakfast
  • 9:00am
    Opening Remarks
  • 9:05am
    Keynote Interview
  • 9:40am
    Panel Discussion: Innovative Finance and the SDGs

    In 2015, United Nations’ member states committed to adopting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), an ambitious set of objectives aimed at ending poverty by 2030 while promoting gender equality, access to education and environmental sustainability. However, with many governments looking inwards and revisiting their overseas aid commitments, it is becoming clear that funding from global capital markets will play an increasingly important role in finding the xxx it is estimated will be needed to meet these goals. With the deadline just 13 years away, this panel will ask what innovative finance tools – from impact investing to development bonds and new environmentally-focused debt instruments – have done so far to increase the capital available for sustainable development. Is the market evolving quickly enough to generate the capital flows needed to solve the world’s biggest problems?

  • 10:20am
    Panel Discussion: Beyond Philanthropic Funding

    Foundations and non-profits are starting to recognise that impact investing and other of private sector financing models can provide new streams of funding. Meanwhile, foundations with large assets are starting to look at their endowment as an additional tool with which to pursue their philanthropic goals and align their investments with their mission. This panel will look at the role of innovative finance in bolstering the world’s philanthropic resources, allowing the non-profit sector to do more to advance its missions.

  • 11:00am
    Networking Break
  • 11:20am
    Investment Dialogue

    This session will pair and investor and the company they have invested in to gain insights into what investors are looking for in an impact investment and what, beyond money, social entrepreneurs need from their investors.

  • 12:00pm
    Panel Discussion: Lawyers and Innovative Finance

    As organisations tackling social and environmental problems embrace market-based tools such as impact investing and green bonds, the task of creating innovative financing mechanisms requires legal skills. Driven by either the need to find pro bono work for their corporate lawyers or by the prospect of this form of legal work becoming another part of their offerings, law firms are becoming involved in developing innovative finance products and mechanisms.

  • 12:30pm
    Lunch
  • 1:30pm
    Panel Discussion: Gender Lens Investing

    For gender lens investors, the prism through which they assess potential investments is how those businesses advance or support women and girls. And it is a type of investing that has been growing rapidly in recent years.

  • 2:30pm
    Entrepreneur Showcase

    A question often asked in the impact investing community is “Are there enough investable opportunities” – that is, investment-ready entrepreneurs who have the capacity to solve a social or environmental problem, scale it up and make the kind of returns that will be appealing to investors. This showcase session will introduce four entrepreneurs who fit this description.

  • 3:10pm
    Panel Discussion: Opening up the Market

    A growing army of specialist advisors is emerging to help investors put together portfolios designed to have an impact on people and the planet. Meanwhile, mainstream financial institutions and traditional investment advisors are to building services that help their clients make triple-bottom-line investments. How should the asset management industry responding to its clients’ demands for new investment vehicles? Will there be room in the market for philanthropic advisors, or will a new hybrid advisor emerge? As well as an evolving advisory industry, what products, services and tools will be needed to make innovative finance available not only wealthy philanthropists or institutional investors but also to individuals.

  • 3:40pm
    Keynote Interview
  • 4:10pm
    Closing Remarks
  • 4:15pm
    Cocktail Reception

Chair and Moderators (3)

Andrew Jack

Andrew Jack

Head of Curated Content
Financial Times

Andrew Jack has worked as a journalist for the Financial Times since 1990. He currently runs the curated content team, which picks the best news and analysis from the FT and the rest of the web. He was previously Deputy Editor of the Analysis section, Pharmaceuticals Correspondent, Moscow Bureau Chief, Paris Correspondent, Financial Correspondent, general reporter and corporate reporter. He is author of the books Inside Putin’s Russia and The French Exception, as well as numerous specialist reports, and has appeared on the BBC and other media outlets.

Stephen Foley

Stephen Foley

US Investment Correspondent
Financial Times

Stephen Foley is US investment correspondent for the Financial Times, covering the asset management industry, hedge funds and institutional and retail investment issues. He is based in New York. Previously, he was a markets correspondent for the FT, covering bond and credit derivatives, market developments, regulatory reform and their impact on the wider economy. Prior to joining the FT, Mr Foley was the Associate Business Editor of The Independent, where he covered the credit crisis and US business issues in New York. Prior to this, he covered the UK stock market and the pharmaceuticals industry for The Independent in London. In March 2009, he was named Business and Finance Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards. Mr Foley holds a degree from Cambridge University, as well as a diploma in Newspaper Journalism from City University in London.

Sarah Murray

Sarah Murray

Specialist Writer on Sustainable Development
Financial Times

Sarah Murray is a Specialist Writer on Sustainable Development and a Non-fiction author and editor. A former Financial Times journalist and long-time Financial Times contributor, she also writes for Stanford Social Innovation Review as well as for universities and foundations. Her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the Economist, The Guardian, and the South China Morning Post. She has edited two books on philanthropy and is author of two non-fiction books, Making an Exit: From the Magnificent to the Macabre, How We Dignify the Dead, and Moveable Feasts: From Ancient Rome to the 21st Century, the Incredible Journeys of the Food We Eat.

Why should I attend?

  • Leave the event understanding the potential for private capital to fill the funding gaps in solving the world’s biggest challenges
  • Hear directly from the policymakers, advisors and investment experts who are pursing new opportunities and developing innovative financing mechanisms at the intersection of philanthropy and investment
  • Meet dynamic leaders from foundations, institutional and individual investors, investment professionals and advisors, fund managers, development finance institutions and policymakers.
  • Learn about the latest financing tools that are available to investors who want to achieve social and environmental impact as well as financial returns.
  • Learn about cutting-edge forms of financing that are currently being developed or experimented with to address global challenges
  • Find out how to take the next steps in developing or offering financial products investors who want to use their investment funds to tackle global challenges.
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Who will I meet?

  • Private Investors or Private/Public/Corporate Donors (Principal, CEO, Director, Trustee, Board Member)
  • Social entrepreneurs
  • Pension Funds, Endowments, SWFs, Insurance and other Institutional Investors (CIO, CFO, Director of Investments, Head of Responsible Investment)
  • Development Finance Institutions and other Government Agencies Federal, State and Local policymakers and officials interested in scaling social impact solutions using investor capital Wealth Managers (Head of Philanthropic Services, Senior Philanthropic Advisor, CIO, Managing Director, Head of Investments
  • Asset Managers (Director of Responsible Investment, Director of Sustainability, CIO, Head of Investments)
  • SRI or Impact Investment Fund Managers (CEO, CIO, Senior Investment Manager, Portfolio Manager)
  • Single Family Offices (FOX, CEO, CIO)
  • Multi-Family Offices (CEO, CIO, Director of Investment Research)
  • Foundation CIOs
  • RIAs (CEO, CIO, Director of Investment Research, Head of Wealth Advisory)
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Contact Us

Sarah Murray
Specialist Writer on Sustainable Development
Financial Times
Laurence James
Sponsorship Opportunities
Financial Times
Chandni Saberwal
Media Partner & Press Inquiries
Financial Times
Funmbi Adenubi
Delegate Booking and Registration Enquiries
Financial Times

Venue

10 on the Park
60 Columbus Circle
10th Floor
New York 10019

United States of America

Tel: +1 212-484-6600

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