Investing for Impact: What's in Your Portfolio?
Monday, April 28, 2014 / 10:45 am - 11:45 am
Matthew Bishop, U.S. Business Editor and New York Bureau Chief, The Economist
Jean Case, CEO, Case Foundation
En Lee, Co-Head, Asia Pacific, LGT Venture Philanthropy
Tracy Palandjian, CEO and Co-Founder, Social Finance
Michael Schlein, President and CEO, Accion International
The worlds of investing and philanthropy are connecting, and a global trend is growing. Investors and entrepreneurs are pursuing opportunities to achieve both financial and social returns, leverage their impact, and spread, scale and sustain promising ventures and programs for change. Impact investors, who seek returns for people and the planet--as well as their portfolios--are growing in number and effect. But how are the deals actually done? Can you truly make money and have social impact? What makes these deals work? What makes them fail? What should investors realistically expect? What challenges should they anticipate? This panel of double bottom-line innovators will discuss where social capital is going and how they are attempting to generate both progress and profit.