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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08:00 – 09:00 
Registration and Breakfast Networking

09:00 – 09:30 
Welcome Remarks

09:30 – 10:30 
Opening 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.

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.

12:00 – 13:00 
Lunch and Keynote

13:00 – 14:15
Breakout Sessions: In-Depth Practices in Impact Investing | 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.

Breakout II: Climate Investor One

Climate Investor One combines three distinct but inter-linked financing facilities, each able to provide finance and technical support to the respective development, construction and operational phases of the project lifecycle.

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

Breakout II – Goal 8: Employment

Breakout III – Goal 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

14:45 – 16:15
Special Convening: Structuring Permanent Capital Vehicles

In this workshop of the Holdco Working Group, participants will live-test holdco and evergreen straw 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.

16:00 – 16:15 

16:15 – 17:00 
Closing Plenary – Interview

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