Global Conference 2017

Emerging and frontier markets have eclipsed the advanced economies in GDP share and growth, just as the New World surpassed the Old at the end of the 19th century. This structural shift will generate opportunities to accelerate financial inclusion and boost aggregate demand in developing nations by creating a low-carbon, resource-efficient model of growth. This panel will report results from the California-Israel Global Innovation Project and recent applications in Africa, China and India to show how:

  • New technologies can enable nations to meet sustainable development and climate goals while maintaining food and energy supplies, clean water and good health.
  • Blended financial products can serve the shared interests of the advanced and developing world to meet the retirement security goals of the advanced economies.
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Glenn Yago

Senior Fellow and Founder, Financial Innovations Labs, Milken Institute; Senior Director, Milken Innovation Center, Jerusalem Institute


Clare Akamanzi

CEO, Rwanda Development Board

Jeremy Bentley

Head of Financial Institutions and Public Sector, Citi Israel

Richard Blum

Chairman, Blum Capital; Founder, Blum Centers for Developing Economics, University of California, Berkeley

Eli Groner

Director General, Prime Minister's Office, Israel

Angela Homsi

Director, Angaza-Africa Impact Innovation Fund

Karen Ross

Secretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture

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