Concurrent with the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, Abraaj is co-hosting a forum on ‘Scaling Impact Investing‘ with Bank of America Merrill Lynch and the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) on 18 September 2017 in New York City. 

By one estimate, the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a US$12 trillion investment opportunity and could create 380 million new jobs by 2030.

Senior-level institutional investors, impact investing practitioners, and the wider stakeholder community will come together for this flagship event to discuss how we can take impact investing to scale. What are the market dynamics that are driving the effort to mainstream impact investing? What will it take to scale efforts and bring more stakeholders on board?

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Featured speakers include

Mr. Van Houten, CEO, Royal Philips, Scaling Impact Investing Forum

Frans Van Houten
Chief Executive Officer
Royal Philips


Bob Collymore
Chief Executive Officer

Gillian Tett, US Managing Editor, Financial Times, Scaling Impact Investing Forum

Gillian Tett
US Managing Editor
Financial Times


Amy Jadesimi
Chief Executive Officer



08:00 – 09:00|Registration and Breakfast

09:00 - 09:05|Welcome Remarks

Amit Bouri, CEO and Co-Founder, GIIN

09:05 - 09:30|Keynote Address

Arif Naqvi, Founder and Group Chief Executive, The Abraaj Group

09:30 - 10:30|Plenary Session

Are the Sustainable Development Goals Attainable? A Candid Conversation with Executives Committed to Tackling the SDGs

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have captured global interest across sectors and industry players. Organizations from non-governmental organizations and foundations to private equity funds and large corporations have publicly committed to the SDGs. Yet, how will those pursuing these herculean goals know when success is achieved? Join a conversation among the leaders of the finance, business, and international development communities to discuss the opportunities and challenges in tackling the SDGs.

Frans van Houten, CEO, Royal Philips

Bob Collymore, CEO, Safaricom

Amy Jadesimi, CEO, LADOL

Gillian Tett, US Managing Editor, Financial Times (Moderator)

10:30 - 11:00|Networking Break

11:00 - 12:00|Plenary Session

Reaching Scale through Institutional Capital

Hear from leading institutional investors and how they have successfully deployed capital towards impact. Speakers will share candid experiences on the challenges they faced both internally and externally as they designed and deployed their impact investing strategies.

James P. Scriven, CEO, Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC)

Anna Snider, Managing Director and Head of Due Diligence, Bank of America

Maura Reilly Kennedy, Principal, Neuberger Berman

Rekha Unnithan, Director, Impact Investing Portfolio Manager, TIAA Investments, an affiliate of Nuveen

Rob Cox, Global Editor, Reuters Breakingviews (Moderator)

12:00 - 13:00|Lunch Keynote

Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

13:00 – 14:15|Breakout Sessions

In-Depth Practices in Impact Investing I Blended Finance

Blended finance structures allow investors to leverage the diversity of risk-return profiles across the impact investing market and to design structures that are driving commercial capital into areas not previously possible. In this breakout series, participate in a behind-the-scenes look at real-life blended finance structures and the multiple stakeholders coming together to amplify their impact.

Breakout I

Abraaj Growth Markets Health Fund

The Abraaj Growth Markets Health Fund (AGHF) was established in 2016 to address the growing need for health systems to serve low and middle-income populations in Africa and South Asia. This innovative one billion-dollar Fund brings together the private sector, governments, and NGOs with the shared goal of developing health ecosystems that offer accessible, affordable and quality healthcare to underserved markets.

Henk de Jong, Chief of International Markets, Royal Philips

Maria Kozloski, Head of Private Equity, IFC

Khawar Mann, Partner, The Abraaj Group

Michael de Guzman, Senior Portfolio Manager, PBUCC

Jeremy Oppenheim, Program Director, Business & Sustainable Development Commission (Moderator)

Breakout II

Climate Investor One

Climate Investor One is an innovative blended finance approach to infrastructure financing, designed to accelerate the delivery of renewable energy projects in developing markets. With a global mandate, Climate Investor One combines three distinct, inter-linked financing facilities, each able to provide finance & technical support to the respective development, construction and operational phases of the project lifecycle.

Rick Nogueira, Independent Advisor, Climate Finance

Andrew Johnstone, CEO, Climate Fund Managers

Yana Kakar, Global Managing Partner, Dalberg (Moderator)

14:15 - 14:45|Networking Break

14:45 - 16:00|Breakout Sessions

In-Depth Practices in Impact Investing | SDG Workshops

In this series of breakout sessions, investors will share an in-depth look at investment examples contributing towards the achievement of specific SDGs.

Breakout I – Goal 5

Gender Equality

Giles Gunesekera, CEO, Global Impact Initiative

Valentina Echeverry Pérez, Investment Manager, AlphaMundi

Najada Kumbuli, Senior Investment Officer, Calvert Social Investment Foundation

Jackie VanderBrug, Managing Director, U.S. Trust, Bank of America (Moderator)

Breakout II – Goal 8


Hope Mago, Principal, HCAP Partners

Amie Patel, Principal, Elevar Equity

Mabinty Koroma-Moore, Engagement Manager, GIIN (Moderator)

Breakout III – Goal 9

Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Ken Locklin, Director, North America, Impax Asset Management

Aamir Rehman, Co-Founder, Fajr Capital

Raúl Pomares, Founder and Managing Director, Sonen Capital

Sophie Robé, Founder and CEO, Phenix Capital (Moderator)

14:45 - 16:15|Special Convening

Special Convening: Structuring Permanent Capital Vehicles (Private Session)

In this workshop of the GIIN Holdco Working Group, participants will live-test holdco models with a diverse panel of investors to dig deeper into investor preferences for key design parameters like liquidity, governance, and fees and to showcase alternative structures emerging on the impact investing marketplace.

Holdco models presenters: Mirjam Farnum, responsAbility Investments AG; Ben Midberry, GlobalVision; Delilah Rothenberg, Pegasus Capital Advisors

Investor panelists: Lauren Cochran, Blue Haven Initiative; Amy Orr, Heron Foundation; Jocelyn Songco, Open Society Foundations; Mitchell Strauss, OPIC; Rekha Unnithan, TIAA Investments

Moderated by Delilah Rothenberg, Pegasus Capital Advisors; Allison Spector, GIIN; Perry Teicher, Orrick

16:00 - 16:15|Break

16:15 - 17:00|In Conversation

Amit Bouri, CEO and Co-Founder, GIIN

Kito de Boer, Managing Partner, The Abraaj Group

Matthew Bishop, Senior Editor, The Economist Group

17:30 - 20:00|Cocktail Reception

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