GSG Summit 2018 - Proceeding Reports



8-9 OCTOBER, 2018


The GSG, an independent global steering group catalyzing impact investment and entrepreneurship, invites you to its annual summit in New Delhi on 8-9 October.

Why attend?


Explore The Power of Impact across the five core building blocks of the global impact investment ecosystem.

1 | Supply: New investment allocation paradigm
2 | Demand: Impact entrepreneurs to the fore
3 | Intermediation: Delivering risk, return and impact
4 | Policy & Regulation: Paving the road to impact economies
5 | Market Building: Driving impact measurement and standards


150 speakers from 30 countries


Hon. Al Gore

Former Vice President,USA & Nobel Laureate


Hon. Al Gore

Former Vice President,USA & Nobel Laureate


Former Congressman, Senator and Vice President Al Gore is the co-founder and chairman of Generation Investment Management, and the founder and chairman of The Climate Reality Project, a nonprofit devoted to solving the climate crisis. He is also a best-selling author and the subject of the Oscar-winning documentary movie “An Inconvenient Truth”. In 2007, Gore was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize along with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, for “informing the world of the dangers posed by climate change.”



Chair, GSG



Chair, GSG


Sir Ronald Cohen is Chairman of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment (GSG) and The Portland Trust. He is a co-founder director of Social Finance UK, USA, and Israel, and co-founder Chair of Bridges Fund Management and Big Society Capital. He chaired the Social Impact Investment Taskforce established under the UK’s presidency of the G8 (2013-2015), the Social Investment Task Force (2000-2010) and the Commission on Unclaimed Assets (2005-2007). In 2012 he received the Rockefeller Foundation’s Innovation Award for innovation in social finance. He co-founded and was Executive Chairman of Apax Partners Worldwide LLP (1972-2005). He was a founder director and Chairman of the British Venture Capital Association and a founder director of the European Venture Capital Association. He is a member of the Board of Dean’s Advisors at Harvard Business School and a Vice-Chairman of Ben Gurion University; a former member of the Harvard University Board of Overseers; a former director of the Harvard Management Company and the University of Oxford Investment Committee; a former Trustee of the British Museum; and a former trustee of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He is a graduate of Oxford University, where he was President of the Oxford Union and serves as an Honorary Fellow of Exeter College.  He has an MBA from Harvard Business School to which he was awarded a Henry Fellowship. In 2007, Sir Ronald published: The Second Bounce of the Ball – Turning Risk into Opportunity and today is authoring a book on the “Impact Revolution.”


Reema Nanavaty

Executive Director, SEWA


Reema Nanavaty

Executive Director, SEWA


Reema has been working with the self-employed women from the informal sector since 1984 when she joined the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), becoming its General Secretary in 1999, making it the single largest union of informal sector workers. For her work, she received the Padma Sri, the fourth highest civilian award in India. Reema is currently member of the Advisory Council on Gender of the World Bank Group and a member of International Labor Organization’s High-Level Global Commission on Future of Work.


Phyllis Costanza

CEO, UBS Optimus Foundation


Phyllis Costanza

CEO, UBS Optimus Foundation


Phyllis is the CEO of the UBS Optimus Foundation and has been instrumental in reshaping the Foundation’s strategy and introducing innovative financing vehicles like the first Development Impact Bond. Previously, she was a senior executive and Board Member of the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation. Phyllis has also worked for New York State Governor, advising on policy and politics in Manhattan. She holds a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.


Cheryl L Dorsey

President, Echoing Green


Cheryl L Dorsey

President, Echoing Green


Cheryl Dorsey is the president of Echoing Green, a global organization unleashing next-generation talent to solve the world’s biggest problems. Prior to leading this social impact organization, Cheryl was a social entrepreneur herself and received an Echoing Green Fellowship in 1992 to help launch The Family Van, a community-based mobile health unit in Boston. She has served in two presidential administrations and serves on several boards including the SEED Foundation and, previously, the Harvard Board of Overseers.



President-Ford Foundation & Chair-USIIA



President-Ford Foundation & Chair-USIIA


Before becoming the President of the Ford Foundation, Darren was Vice President at the Rockefeller Foundation, overseeing its global and domestic programmes. He chairs several organisations, including the UN International Labor Organization Commission on the Future of Work. Additionally, he serves on the boards of various organisations and councils such as Carnegie Hall and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is the recipient of thirteen honorary degrees and university awards, including the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal from Harvard University.


Prince Max von und zu Liechtenstein

CEO, LGT Group


Prince Max von und zu Liechtenstein

CEO, LGT Group


H.S.H. Prince Max von und zu Liechtenstein was appointed to the role of chief executive officer of LGT Group in 2006. H.S.H. Prince Max started his professional career in the private equity industry in 1993 as an investment analyst and associate at JPMorgan Partners in New York. After five years in the United States, he returned to Europe in 1998 to work for the private equity group Industri Kapital as an associate and associate director in London and Hamburg. In 2000, he rejoined JPMorgan Partners as a director in London before becoming the head of JPMorgan Partners’ German office in 2003.



Chair - Tata Trusts



Chair - Tata Trusts




CEO, CDC Group



CEO, CDC Group


Former Senior Adviser to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and a co-founder of Big Society Capital, Nick joined CDC as its Chief Executive in June 2017 and is also a member of the CDC Board. At JP Morgan, Nick was the Global Head of Research and a member of the Management Committee of the Investment Bank and the Executive Committee. He is also a board member of the GIIN and Deputy Chairman of the GSG.



Chair-IIC & Country Director (India) Michael & Susan Dell Foundation



Chair-IIC & Country Director (India) Michael & Susan Dell Foundation


Geeta manages the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation’s operations in India to transform the lives of urban low-income communities. She has represented the foundation on several boards of its investee companies and is also on the Investment Committee of India Educational Investment Fund and Education Catalyst Fund. Geeta chairs the Impact Investors Council in India and In 2017, she was nominated as India’s 30 Most Powerful Women in Impact by Business Today.



Founder & CEO, Leapfrog Investments



Founder & CEO, Leapfrog Investments


Dr Andrew Kuper is an award-winning entrepreneur, investor and author. He founded LeapFrog Investments in 2007 and serves as CEO. Today, LeapFrog has attracted over $1 billion in commitments from investors, and its companies serve 140 million people and support over 120,000 jobs across 33 countries. In 2017, LeapFrog was named by Fortune as one of the top 5 Companies to Change the World whilst President Clinton has recognised him for “opening up new frontiers for alternative investment”.



Co-founder & Partner, Bridges Fund Management



Co-founder & Partner, Bridges Fund Management



Meet Global Honorees.
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Meet Global Millennial Honorees.
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Explore insights with 4 global working groups report launches.
– Creating Impact Wholesalers
– Widening & Deepening the Impact Market
– Creating Innovative Products
– Policy Working Group

Discover investment and funding
opportunities with our Fund of Funds and Outcome Funds across India, Africa & Middle East, and Latin America.


Celebrate the movement and make new friends
with 900 impact leaders
from 50+ countries.



09.00-11.00 SF-IND Board Meeting (by invitation only)
11.00-13.00 SF Global Network Meet (by invitation only)
11.00-13.00 Knowledge Sharing: Impact Wholesaler (by invitation only)
12.30-18.30 Prabhav - IIC (by invitation only)
14.00-17.00 NAB Workshop (by invitation only)
15.00-18.00 GSG Trustees' Board Meeting (by invitation only)
19.00-21.00 Inaugural Dinner (by invitation only)
08:00-09:00 Breakfast & Registrations

Welcome and Opening Plenary: The Power of Impact

The power of impact is evident everywhere.

From the portfolios of leading investors, to the decisions of entrepreneurs and businesses, to the choices of individual consumers, and the policies of government leaders, social and environmental impact are becoming integral parts of our decision making. We are on the cusp of an impact revolution.

How do we accelerate this revolution? How do we leverage the opportunities it is creating for our markets, our economies, and our shared future? How is it already reshaping our world?

This October 8-9, 2018, in New Delhi, India, the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment (GSG) will host its 4th annual Impact Summit, bringing together impact leaders from more than 50 countries to mobilize the power of impact across the world.

Join us in India this fall. Together, we will unleash the power of impact.

- Kickoff & Welcome Address

Tracy Palandjian (Social Finance US)
Geeta Goel (Michael & Susan Dell Foundation)

- Theme Address: The Power of Impact

Sir Ronald Cohen (The Global Steering Group for Impact Investment)

- State of the Impact Movement

Amit Bhatia (The Global Steering Group for Impact Investment)

- New NABs Admission Ceremony: Flag Planting

10:00-10:30 Networking Break

Supply Plenary Sessions:

The current global impact capital base of $230 billion is growing rapidly. This supply is led by Pension Funds & Insurance Companies (32% collectively) and Development Finance Institutions or DFIs (19%). However, Banks & Diversified Financial Institutions (15%), HNWIs/Family Offices (10%), Retail (8%) and Philanthropies (7%) account for another 40%. Sovereign Wealth Funds and Universities have yet to deeply engage in this work.However, it is estimated that the world needs $2.5 trillion annually to just attain the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). Clearly, we still need to unlock new and significant pools of capital.

- Keynote: Impact and Public Money

Julie Katzman (Inter-American Development Bank)

- Keynote: Impact and Private Money

David Blood (Generation Investment Management)

- Panel Discussion: The New Investment Allocation Paradigm

Moderator: Imogen Rose-Smith (Institutional Investor)
Panelists: Darren Walker (Ford Foundation), Nick O’Donohoe (CDC Group), Amit Bouri (GIIN)
Asset allocation and modern portfolio theory drives most investment decision-making. Wealth advisors, institutional consultants, and indeed the financial markets themselves are driven by asset allocation. As we move closer to Tipping Point 2020, how does impact reshape traditional thinking on portfolio construction? And in turn, how will the incorporation of impact ultimately affect investment decision-making among a range of stakeholders? Our plenary session will discuss and deliberate on the new investment allocation paradigm.

Supply Breakout Sessions:

The current global impact capital base of $230 billion is growing rapidly. This supply is led by Pension Funds & Insurance Companies (32% collectively) and Development Finance Institutions or DFIs (19%). However, Banks & Diversified Financial Institutions (15%), HNWIs/Family Offices (10%), Retail (8%) and Philanthropies (7%) account for another 40%. Sovereign Wealth Funds and Universities have yet to deeply engage in this work.However, it is estimated that the world needs $2.5 trillion annually to just attain the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). Clearly, we still need to unlock new and significant pools of capital.

- Focus Plenary I: Integrating Impact in Institutional Portfolios

Moderator: David Bank (Impact Alpha)
Panelists: Anna Snider (Bank of America), Uli Grabenwarter (European Investment Fund), David Bohigian (OPIC), Sir Harvey McGrath (Big Society Capital)
Institutional LPs -- Corporate Institutional Investors (Banks, Insurers and Pensions), Impact Wholesalers and DFIs -- will be important leaders in the push for Tipping Point because of their size and sophistication. The institutional adoption will directly depend on their ability to integrate impact into their portfolios? What impact measurement and management techniques can they adopt? Who is best positioned to lead this shift inside these institutions: the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Investment Officer, or the Chief Impact Officer?

- Focus Plenary II: Pension Funds & Insurance Companies: The Next Frontier

Moderator: Sophie Robe (Phenix Capital)
Panelists: Ommeed Sathe (Prudential Finance), Eric Wetlaufer (TMX Group Inc)
Pensions, Mutual Funds, and Insurance account for two-thirds of all global assets under management, estimated at $79 trillion. They have deep market defining power through their allocation mechanisms. Should they take on market development and unlock wholesale capital? Does their charter and fiduciary role allow that? How can they embrace a higher-risk catalytic role while honoring their fiduciary responsibility?

- Expert Roundtable: Priority Initiative: Education in India, Africa & the Middle East

Dr. Shannon May (Bridge International Academies
Moderator: Emily Gustafsson-Wright (Brookings Institution)
Panelists: Safeena Husain (Educate Girls), Amel Karboul (The Education Outcomes Fund for Africa and The Middle East), Ashish Dhawan (Central Square Foundation & Social Finance India)
Education has been universally recognized as an effective means to break the cycle of poverty and improve lives. However, while $2.5trillion is spent on education worldwide, impact capital accounts for just $3 million. Moreover, only 3 percent of AUM account for the education sector as compared to 21 percent in microfinance and 11 percent in energy. What’s keeping impact investors away? How can we incentivize innovation or entrepreneurial activity to close education attainment gaps through impact investing?

- Expert Roundtable: Regional Showcase: Impact Investment Opportunities in Latin America

Moderator: Angelica Zegers (Impacta Chile)
Panelists: Alejandro Preusche (LIFF Task Force), Beto Scretas (Instituto de Cidadania Empresarial (ICE)), Andreas Eggenberg (Grupo Ecos), Rodrigo Villar (New Ventures)
The impact investment space in Latin America has gained momentum in the past decade. There are increasingly longer-term commitments by individual investors, DFIs, foundations, governments, and institutional investors to catalyze greater flows of capital by improving access, affordability, and availability. But more needs to be done for impact investments to have a positive impact in the region. What are the emerging opportunities in Latin America that can be leveraged by investors?

- Expert Roundtable: Donor Capital and Outcome-based Approaches

Moderator: Tracy Palandjian (Social Finance US)
Panelists: Yaron Neudorfer (Social Finance Israel), Mario Calderini (Politecnico di Milano), Maya Ziswiler (UBS Optimus Foundation), Isabel Mota (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation)
Philanthropic investments in social and development impact bonds offer an intriguing way to influence impact at scale using scarce, grant capital. What have we learned from the first efforts to design these tools, and how can we structure the most innovative and impactful outcomes-based funding opportunities in the future? What are we expecting from the world’s first few outcome funds at scale?

- Expert Roundtable: Working Group Updates & Insights: Building Impact Wholesalers

Moderator: Cliff Prior (Big Society Capital)
Panelists: Chul Woo Moon (Sungkyunkwan University), Masataka Uo (Japan Fundraising Association), Susan de Witt (Bertha Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship), Silvia Manca (European Investment Fund)
Many countries are looking at how they can speed up and scale up the development of their impact investment ecosystem. One route is the creation of an impact investment wholesaler. Pioneer wholesalers have boosted impact investment in their countries, building a market which goes far beyond their direct activity, developing strong intermediary structures and connecting capital to the social enterprises - all to achieve greater impact. This GSG report will help more countries design and launch wholesalers which are appropriate to their starting point and goals, as well as helping existing wholesalers to improve their work. The roundtable is aimed at stakeholders who are at any stage of considering or already supporting a wholesaler, based on models and data available to date.

- Expert Roundtable: DFIs: Embedding Impact in Development

Moderator: Laurie Spengler (Enclude)
Panelists: Eriko Ishikawa (IFC), Christine Engstrom (Asian Development Bank), Mark Peters (USAID), Gavin McGillivray (DFID)
Development finance institutions (DFIs) provide nearly one-quarter of the global impact capital base; that $43 billion represents one-third of the $146 billion spent by DFIs annually. What models have emerged for embedding impact in DFI funding? How can DFIs ensure their capital is catalytic for the Impact space? Is DFI capital taking adequate risk? What new mechanisms (e.g., DIB Funds, First Loss Capital, Blended Finance) can they embrace? Will they lead the impact movement just like they led global economic development?

Lunch with Speakers

- Private Lunch: Michael & Susan Dell Foundation (by invitation only)
- Private Lunch: Bertelsmann-Stiftung (by invitation only)
14:00 -15:00

Demand Plenary Sessions:

As the impact investment ecosystem matures, it becomes imperative to examine business models that have absorbed the most impact capital and the manner in which this capital has been put to use to create real impact. This session will examine how demand for impact capital has influenced the overall growth of the impact ecosystem, and what is needed now to continue the momentum.

- Keynote: Impact Entrepreneurs to the Fore

Dr. Shannon May (Bridge International Academy)

- Keynote: Big Business & Impact

Sunil Kant Munjal (Hero Corporate Service Ltd.)

- Panel Discussion: Identifying the “Impact Unicorns"

Kshama Fernandes (Northern Arc)
Moderator: Stephan Chambers (Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship at the London School of Economics)
Panelists: Dr. Devi Shetty (Narayana Health), Cheryl L. Dorsey (Echoing Green), Reema Nanavaty (SEWA)
Many enterprises today have “impact” interwoven in the very fabric of their operating model. But they need support, nurturing, and acceleration from the impact investing ecosystem — the investment community, the corporate, government, and the impact enterprise community —if they are to drive the impact economies of the future. What does this support look like, and how can impact entrepreneurs at all stages connect with these resources?

Demand Breakout Sessions:

As the impact investment ecosystem matures, it becomes imperative to examine business models that have absorbed the most impact capital and the manner in which this capital has been put to use to create real impact. This session will examine how demand for impact capital has influenced the overall growth of the impact ecosystem, and what is needed now to continue the momentum.

- Focus Plenary I: Regional Showcase: Impact Investment Opportunities in Africa

Moderator: Mohamed Amersi (Amersi Foundation)
Panelists: Vikas Bali (Intellecap), Elias Masilela (DNA Economics), Hamdiya Ismail (Ghana Venture Capital Trust Fund), Nicola Galombik (Yellowwoods Investments)
With an increase in demand for impact capital, and a growing impact enterprise ecosystem, the impact investment market in Africa is expected to be worth around USD 307 Billion by 2020. However, the continent needs billions annually to deliver on the SDGs and the African Union’s Agenda 2063, and the demand for investments often outstrips the supply of investible enterprises. What are the impact investment sector’s local and regional goals? Where is the greatest need for developmental and impact capital? How can African institutional capital be attracted into impact enterprises alongside external sources like DFIs?

- Focus Plenary II: South Asia Impact Entrepreneurs: The Secrets of Success

Moderator: Pramod Bhasin (Genpact)
Panelists: Runa Khan (Friendship), Chetna Gala Sinha (Mann Deshi Bank & Mann Deshi Foundation)
The growth of impact entrepreneurship in India and Southeast Asia has been phenomenal. What has driven its growth, and what challenges remain? What are the impact investment sector’s local and regional goals?

- Expert Roundtable: Priority Initiative: Investing in Refugees

Jane Newman (Social Finance UK)
Moderator: Nicola Cobbold (The Global Steering Group for Impact Investment)
Panelists: Giovanna Melandri (Human Foundation), Mika Pyykko (Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra), Sean Hinton (Open Society Foundation)
The global refugee crisis presents enormous challenges to national governments and multilateral institutions, but can impact investing play a role in meeting their needs? Nations must act quickly to provide a wide range of services – integration, healthcare, housing and education – all of which could be suited to impact investments. Refugees are seeking security and economic opportunity, while host nations prize social stability. Can we bridge those demands through impact investing?

- Expert Roundtable: Unlocking Capital for Early-Stage Impact Entrepreneurs

Moderator: Cathy Clark (Fuqua School of Business)
Panelists: Chris Jurgens (Omidyar Network), Rajeev Kher (3S India ), Allie Burns (Village Capital), Drew Von Glahn (World Bank)
Early-stage impact entrepreneurs are on the road from ‘validation’ to ‘scale-ups.’ What sources of capital are most attractive and most abundant for early-stage entrepreneurs, and what are the strategies for unlocking them? How do those strategies change based on a company’s vision or goals? And what technical assistance is required to move these enterprises along the growth spectrum?

- Expert Roundtable: How Can Blockchain Change Access to Impact Capital?

Moderator: Aunnie Patton Power (Intelligent Impact)
Panelists: Shaun Conway (IXO Foundation), Raphael Mazet (Alice), Chi Nnadi (Sela Technologies), Athena YU (Binance Blockchain Charity Foundation)
What are the opportunities and challenges for leveraging blockchain to increase access to impact capital? What is the current status? Where are the gaps? Have replicable models being identified? What do we need to do to make it mainstream? How will blockchain drive impact entrepreneurship?

- Expert Roundtable: GSG Working Group Updates & Insights: Widening and Deepening the Market

Moderator: Rosemary Addis (Impact Strategist)
Panelists: Benjamin Hebborn (Bertelsmann Stiftung), Adam Wolfensohn (Encourage Capital), Urmi Sengupta (MacArthur Foundation), David Woods (Impact Enterprise Fund)
What is needed to open the field of impact investment? This paper will help explain what needs to happen to mobilise capital and activity that will take impact investment from billions to trillions and scale impact on the ground. It focuses on the breakthrough actions and interventions that can take the whole system to a tipping point. This session will be useful to those already active who want to see impact investing reach its potential for scale and include practical guidance for different actors from banks to corporates to those driving new solutions.

- Expert Roundtable: GSG Working Group Updates & Insights: Developing R&D-based Impact Enterprises

Moderator: Antonio Miguel (MAZE)
Panelists: Elli Booch (The Edmond de Rothschild Foundation), Manoj Kumar (TATA Trusts), Mehrdad Baghai (Alchemy Growth)
In what ways are tech and Impact moving closer together and how can this be facilitated? This report will explore the ways in which tech generates impact, and outline the different stages of development for impactful ventures, from R&D to maturity. It will map the key elements of support needed at different maturity stages and showcase some of the best support offered at each of these stages. It will provide recommendation to support ventures on how to leverage tech for impact. This is for anyone involved in or interested in the journey faced by those enterprises leading the impact revolution.
16:30-17:00 Networking Break

Evening Plenary: Launch of Impact Funds, Working Group Showcase, Fireside Chat: Impact Journeys & GSG Honors

- Launch of GSG Impact Funds
Ronald Cohen (The Global Steering Group for Impact Investment), Dr. Rajiv Lall (IDFC Bank), Ashish Dhawan (Central Square Foundation), Alejandro Preusche (LIFF Task Force), Dr. Amel Karboul (The Education Outcomes Fund for Africa and the Middle East)- Showcase: GSG Working Groups
Ronald Cohen (The Global Steering Group for Impact Investment), Cliff Prior (Big Society Capital), Michele Giddens (Bridges Fund Management), Rosemary Addis (Australian Advisory Board on Impact Investing), Lorenzo Bernasconi (Rockefeller Foundation)
-Fireside Chat: Impact Journeys:
Join the most recognizable global leaders in the impact space as they discuss their personal journeys, their definition and vision of impact, and how they view the power of the movement. The fireside chat will be a conversation on how we can further shape the impact movement and how each of us can contribute to -- and benefit from -- its momentum.
- GSG Honors
GSG Honors is the annual awards presentation from GSG to reward and recognize the outstanding individuals and organizations who help develop our field. GSG will honor the recipients in four categories:
● IMPACT ASSET OWNER OF THE YEAR: Honor for asset owners directing their capital to impact, including institutional investors, philanthropies, high net-worth individuals, family offices, corporations, banks, governments, and development-finance institutions.
● IMPACT ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR: Honor for leaders with catalytic impact on lives and/or planet through profit-with-purpose companies (social enterprises), non-government organizations, or non-profit social service providers with earned-income models.
● IMPACT ASSET MANAGER OF THE YEAR: Honor for impact fund managers and other banks, dealmakers, or intermediaries placing and/or allocating impact capital.
● IMPACT MARKET BUILDER OF THE YEAR: Honor for infrastructure, knowledge, or field development for policy advocates, professional services providers (such as research, advising, consulting, or impact measurement), government agencies, media outlets, or an individual.
18:30- 21:00 Reception and Dinner

Breakfast & Registrations


Policy and Field Development Plenary

- Welcome and Recap of Day One

Meg Massey (The Global Steering Group for Impact Investment)

- GSG Millennial Honors

PR Ganapathy (Villgro)
Millennials are often hailed as the torch-bearers of the impact movement. An E&Y survey recently showed that 84% of millennials wish to engage in sustainable investments -- and they are inheriting $30 trillion in wealth. What will their ascent mean for the movement?
GSG Millennial Honors:
GSG Millennial Honors celebrates the values and actions of the next generation -- and the hope they carry for the impact economies of the future.

- Panel: SDGs as a Bridge to Impact Economies

Marcos Vinicius de Souza (Brazil MDIC)
Tom Le Quesne (UK Government Inclusive Economy Unit)
Moderator: Vivek Pandit (McKinsey & Co)
Panelists: Amitabh Kant (NITI Aayog), Sebastian Welisiejko (Argentine Ministry of Social Development)
What do the impact economies of the future look like and how can we shape them? Should these nascent markets seek regulation? Will standardization and legislative classification of impact actors smooth international impact capital flows or could it hinder innovation? How can the private and public sector partner so that governments are also market participants and market facilitators, and not just market regulators?

- Panel: Meeting the Challenge of Impact Measurement

Moderator: Clara Barby (Bridges Fund Management)
Panelists: Vikram Gandhi (Asha Impact), Maryanne Hancock (Rise Labs), Anubha Shrivastava (LGT Impact), David Hutchison (Social Finance UK)
What are the emerging impact measurement standards, and how do we separate the wheat from the chaff? How can the Impact Management Project and other such conventions be practically used to quantify and compare impact between different opportunities, products and funds. What role does technology play in this? Can we reach a point where we can compare like with like? How do we integrate new technologies and new measurement standards? How should we approach data collection for measurement and how should this be balanced with privacy concerns?
11:00-11:30 Networking Break

Headline Keynote: Our Impact, Our Future

Our people and our planet share a future -- one that can feel precarious. How can impact investing reshape our world for the better? The legendary Al Gore will reflect on why social and environmental impact are interrelated, why the shift to impact economies is more urgent than ever, and how we are all part of the power of impact.

Intermediation in Impact Investment Plenary

- Keynote: Impact Investment in Emerging Markets

Prince Max von und zu Liechtenstein (LGT Group)

- Keynote: Impact Investment as a Driver for Systemic Change

Phyllis Costanza (UBS Optimus Foundation)

- Panel: Optimizing Risk, Return, and Impact

Moderator: Ross Piper (Christian Super)
Panelists: Roopa Kudva (Omidyar Network), Andy Kuper (Leapfrog Investments), Vineet Rai (Aavishkaar), Michele Giddens (Bridges Fund Management)
The integration of impact into investment decisions has begun. As the field develops, we will be able to empirically challenge traditional capital market theories. Can impact perpetually drive profit and never impede it? Can we consistently optimize risk, return, and impact to maximize stakeholder value? Will intermediaries, who have been important champions of the impact movement, showcase how these tradeoffs behave in the markets? Can our evidence base shape a new impact capital market theory?

Lunch with Speakers

- Private Lunch: European NABs (by invitation only)
- Private Lunch: MacArthur Climate Finance (by invitation only)

Intermediation in Impact Investment Breakout Sessions

- Focus Plenary I: Regional Showcase: Impact Investment Opportunities in India

Moderator: Eric Savage (Unitus Capital)
Panelists: Gayathri Vasudevan (LabourNet), Dr. Rajiv Lall (IDFC Bank), R Venkataramanan (TATA Trusts), Pavithra YS (Vindhya),
Impact investing in India has grown to be a billion-dollar-a-year industry with a potential to grow 20 to 25 percent a year. The sector is now focused on scaling new models of impact which will call for unlocking additional sources of capital. Can intermediaries play a role in bringing mainstream banks and brokers to move capital to scale and foster innovation? What steps have been taken so far to advance a common language around social metrics and standards? Who is driving the metrics in the Indian markets?

- Focus Plenary II: Priority Initiative: Why Gender-Lens Investing Matters

Moderator: Bonnie Chiu (The Social Investment Consultancy)
Panelists: Tina Porou (Poipoia), Shuichi Ohno (Sasakawa Peace Foundation), Elena Casolari (OPES-LCEF Foundation), Carmen Correa (Pro Mujer)
Investment strategies that seek to intentionally and measurably address gender disparities and/or examine gender dynamics to better inform investment decisions are gaining ground. Are there proven thematic strategies and demonstrable measurable outcomes in emerging markets? How can we integrate the gender lens into diligence, enterprise support, portfolio construction, and portfolio management?

- Expert Roundtable: Standardizing Impact Measurement: The Way Forward

Moderator: Michael Etzel (Bridges Fund Management)
Panelists: Priscilla Boiardi (EVPA), Filipe Santos (INSEAD), Harvey Koh (FSG), Elizabeth Boggs-Davidsen (UNDP)
As impact enterprises scale their operations, it is essential to continuously measure and track how lives are impacted. One way to do this is to embrace technology in order to help with continuous monitoring and evaluation. Can the intermediaries drive the measurement wave, demanding standard metrics from entrepreneurs? How should intermediaries respond to cost-benefit discussions around impact measurement?

- Expert Roundtable: Innovation in Retail & Wholesale Impact Products

Moderator: Patricia Chu (AVPN)
Panelists: Cyrille Langendorff (Crédit Coopératif), Govind Sankaranarayanan (Social Finance India), Sally McCutchan ( Impact Investing Australia)
Most impact investing products so far have been geared towards high net worth individuals and institutional investors. Community or cooperative banks have existed for decades; however, the costs in time and money have limited the set of impact investing products available for retail investors. How can we democratize impact investment and make it accessible to retail customers? What are the products in the market? What are the lessons learnt so far? How can impact investing be made easy -- or simply easier -- for retail investors?

- Expert Roundtable: Impact Investment Intermediaries: Boosting Numbers and Capacities

Moderator: Adva Saldinger (DEVEX)
Panelists: Don Hinkle-Brown (Reinvestment Fund), Dave Richards (Capria), Farhad Reza (Build Bangladesh), Audrey Selian (Rianta Capital)
Do intermediaries have a theory of change that responds to the market realities of deal flow, size, duration, returns, and exits? Are Funds able to keep a mission-lock on their strategy and execute it relentlessly? What have we learnt from Funds raising their 3rd, 4th, or 5th Fund successfully? Where are impact markets the deepest in terms of recurring success: geographically, thematically, or stage of play?

- Expert Roundtable: GSG Working Group Updates & Insights: Creating Innovative Impact Products

Moderator: Lorenzo Bernasconi (Rockefeller Foundation)
Panelists: Maha Keramane (BNP Paribas), Brace Young (Arabesque), Nishith Desai (Nishith Desai Associates), Carolien de Bruin (C-Change)
Where has financial innovation revealed ingrained breakdowns or areas of friction in today’s efforts to mainstream SDG investment? This report looks at the failures of product and impact along the value chain for individuals and organisations in the mainstream “investment value chain” figuring out whether and how to shift their portfolios towards sustainability. It is also for enabling entities -- including standard-setters, regulators, and funders -- that are critical to unlocking capital for such products and ensuring market integrity along the way.

- Expert Roundtable: GSG Working Group Updates & Insights: Evidence-based Policy and Advocacy

Moderator: Michele Giddens (Bridges Fund Management)
Panelists: Karen Wilson (OECD), Brigitte Mohn (Bertelsmann Stiftung), Sophie Maysonnave (French Ministry for Europe & Foreign Affairs), Jonathan Wong (UNESCAP)
What are the most powerful tools policy makers can use to ignite the impact investment ecosystem? This report focuses on the role of government in the impact investment ecosystem and highlights how policy making across the NABs has been catalytical. The report’s aim is to facilitate effective knowledge exchange and provide informed and strategic recommendations on potential next steps. This session is predominantly for policy makers, government officials and those that influence and support them, as they seek to build a thriving impact investment ecosystem in their respective countries.

Closing Plenary: The Impact Revolution



10.00-12.00 GSG Annual General Meeting of Members (All NABs) (by invitation only)
09.00-17.00 UNESCAP-British Council Policy Workshop (by invitation only)
09.00-12.30 IMP Workshop on Impact Measurement & Management (by invitation only)
  EVPA Workshop on Leveraging Corporate Assets for Impact


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The GSG is an independent global steering group catalyzing impact investment and entrepreneurship to benefit people and planet. The GSG was established in August 2015 as the successor to and incorporating the work of the Social Impact Investment Taskforce established under the UK´s presidency of the G8. The GSG currently has 18 countries plus the EU as members. Chaired by Sir Ronald Cohen, the GSG brings together leaders from the worlds of finance, business and philanthropy to get measurable impact embraced as a deliberate driver in every investment and business decision.

The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation is dedicated to transforming the lives of children living in urban poverty through improving their education, health and family economic stability. Working with innovative organizations around the globe, they seek to identify, test, refine and grow non-obvious solutions to big, obvious problems. Since 1999, they have committed $1.563 billion to non-profits and social enterprises in the United States, India and South Africa.

Ford Foundation

Across eight decades, Ford Foundation’s mission has sought to reduce poverty and injustice, strengthen democratic values, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. Through various programs, they have supported tens of thousands of leaders around the world and have created or helped sustain thousands of pathbreaking organizations working on a broad range of social change issues. Ford has also invested in the early stages of novel ideas for social good—among them public media, microfinance, women’s rights, public interest law, digital human rights, and many more.

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ESCAP is the regional development arm of the United Nations for the Asia-Pacific region working to overcome some of the region’s greatest challenges by providing results oriented projects, technical assistance and capacity building to its member States. ESCAP promotes rigorous analysis and peer learning in our core areas of work; translates these findings into policy dialogues and recommendations; and provides good development practices, knowledge sharing and technical assistance to member States in the implementation of these recommendations.


The British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. It creates friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. The British Council does this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries they work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.



USAID leads international development and humanitarian efforts to save lives, reduce poverty, strengthen democratic governance and help people progress beyond assistance.



Omidyar Network starts from a fundamental belief: People are inherently capable, but they often lack opportunity. They believe if we invest in people, through opportunity, they will create positive returns for themselves, their families, and the world at large. Believing in the power of business as a force for good, they invest in both for-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations, whose complementary roles can advance entire sectors.


The Sasakawa Peace Foundation

The Sasakawa Peace Foundation addresses the diverse and complicated issues that humanity is encountering in the 21st century. In order to respond to increasing natural disasters and social crises, they implement and support a variety of necessary programmes. As a private Japanese foundation, they strive to strengthen cooperation at all levels between our country and countries abroad. Using their freedom as a private foundation to effectively promote activities, proposals, and exchanges in the search for a new governance model for human society.


GSG Honors Partner

GSG Millennial Honors Partner

Pioneers Post

Pioneers Post is the leading online and printed social enterprise and impact investment magazine. We deliver the news, set the agenda and provide the tools, insight and knowledge to support social entrepreneurs, responsible business leaders and impact investors around the globe.

Pioneers Post is itself a social enterprise, our subscribers and partners are central to our success. By sharing your insights, collaborating with us and ‘buying social’ (i.e. by subscribing), you are supporting both our sustainability and our mission to help the community of positive changemakers to build a better world through good business. 

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The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) is a global network of organizations that propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets. ANDE members provide critical financial, educational, and business support services to small and growing businesses (SGBs) based on the conviction that SGBs will create jobs, stimulate long-term economic growth, and produce environmental and social benefits.


Media Partners


AsianNGO started in 2014 with the sole purpose of supporting and empowering the players working in the development sector. Our goal is to resolve the core issues faced by the local and global NGOs, nonprofit organizations, and social enterprises such as searching for grants, finding partnerships, learning and development needs, which hinder them from creating meaningful impact to society. Please visit to learn more.



Devex is the media platform for the global development community. A social enterprise, we connect and inform 1 million development, health, humanitarian, and sustainability professionals through news, business intelligence, and funding & career opportunities so you can do more good for more people.



ImpactAlpha is a digital media company redefining business journalism around social and environmental value. ImpactAlpha’s daily newsletter, The Brief, is read by more than 25,000 professionals and influencers globally. News and original features are featured on Our open database, ImpactSpace, aka “CrunchBase for Impact,” includes profiles on more than 10,000 impact ventures, funds and deals.

Special offer: Stay up-to-date on the latest impact investing news with two weeks of The Brief for free:


Knowledge Partners


Intellecap is the advisory arm of the Aavishkaar-Intellecap Group, a global pioneer in taking an entrepreneurship based approach towards development. The group brings together an ecosystem of knowledge, capital, and networks to help entrepreneurs thrive while they work to improve the state of the world's 3 billion underserved people.


McKinsey & Company

McKinsey & Company, Inc is a global management consulting firm that serves a broad mix of private, public and social sector institutions. They help their clients make significant and lasting improvements to their performance and realize their most important goals. With nearly a century of experience, they’ve built a firm uniquely equipped to this task.


Jindal Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship (JSiE)

JSiE is an award-winning social impact centre at O.P. Jindal Global University. JSiE works to strengthen the capacity for social innovation in North India and joins a global network of actors working to enable higher education institutions, their students, faculty, and alumni to address the 21st century’s most pressing challenges. By building bridges between socially responsible leaders around the world for innovative teaching, startup incubation, and social impact research, JSiE aims to spur more inclusive economic growth and development in India and globally.



KPMG is a global network of independent member firms offering audit, tax and advisory services. Through helping other organizations mitigate risks and grasp opportunities, we can drive positive, sustainable change for clients, our people and society at large. KPMG member firms operate in 154 countries, collectively employing more than 200,000 people, serving the needs of business, governments, public-sector agencies, not-for-profits and through member firms' audit and assurance practices, the capital markets. KPMG is committed to quality and service excellence in all that we do, bringing our best to clients and earning the public's trust through our actions and behaviours both professionally and personally. We lead with a commitment to quality and consistency across our global network, bringing a passion for client success and a purpose to serve and improve the communities in which member firms operate. In a world where rapid change and unprecedented disruption are the new normal, we inspire confidence and empower change in all we do.


Outreach Partners

The Asian Venture Philanthropy Network

The Asian Venture Philanthropy Network is a unique funders’ network based in Singapore committed to building a vibrant and high impact social investment community across Asia. The AVPN is an advocate, capacity builder, and platform that cuts across sectors to improve the effectiveness of members across the Asia Pacific region.


The Global Social Entrepreneurship Network

The Global Social Entrepreneurship Network (GSEN) is the global network for organisations supporting early stage social entrepreneurs.



SOCAP (Social Capital Markets) is in the vanguard of the emerging global impact economy —  convening ideas and capital to catalyze world change. They are a network of investors, entrepreneurs, and social impact leaders addressing the world’s toughest challenges through market-based solutions. For more than ten years, they have achieved our goals through a series of events, initiatives, and partnerships that leverage the power and effectiveness of collaboration.

Special offer: Get the Summer Special rate for your ticket to SOCAP18 using our discount code NP_GSGSummit.


Green Dream Foundation

Green Dream Foundation is a non-profit organization focused on generating awareness, engaging and driving action among people to stand against the biggest environmental concerns before the world such as global warming, climate change, pollution and waste management.


CASE Smart Impact Capital

CASE Smart Impact CapitalTM is a globally crowdsourced flexible online training platform shown to help impact entrepreneurs seeking investment capital save time and make their fundraising easier and more effective. Over 15,000 leaders in over 130 countries have plugged in – with a 94% approval rating!  Give your network a fundraising boost by accessing our scalable, easy to use, and rigorous videos and tools, which helps entrepreneurs efficiently define their funding gap,  decide on the best kind of impact capital to fit their growth and impact, triage investors, nail their pitches, navigate due diligence, and negotiate terms to get to the best deal. Register for a free tool and watch sample videos here. Through Oct 31, use the GSG18 discount code as you register to get 30% off a 6-month individual membership. For those running accelerators or networks, we offer bulk discounts for any group of 4 or more users, please contact

SPECIAL OFFER: Use code GSG18 at by October 31 to get 30% off our professional online training series on direct impact investing.



China Alliance of Social Value Investment – Shenzhen (CASVI ) is the first licensed non-profit-organization specializing in social value (impact) investment promotion in China. Initiated by 50 prominent institutions led by YouChange Social Entrepreneur Foundation, United Nations Social Impact Fund, Investment Association of China, Tsing Capital Investment Group and Tsinghua University, CASVI serves as a platform facilitating match-making, deal-making and value-making between social projects and impact investors, by which eventually resolving compelling social issues.


The Impact Investors Council

The Impact Investors Council (IIC) is the leading national industry body to strengthen Impact Investing in India. It has an active support from leading Impact Investors and ecosystem players managing funds in excess of $1bn. IIC’s mission is to encourage private capital to bridge the social investment gap in India in sectors such as financial inclusion, clean energy, education, water & sanitation and healthcare.



UNDP SIF brings together different stakeholders to chart a new course toward creating a collaborative financing model to maximize every dollar being invested in today’s social impact investment (SII) sector through building institutions, mobilizing private assets, identifying large scale projects with social potential, supporting governments and addressing finance gaps.



The world is facing critical challenges. But nothing we can’t overcome! All around the globe, inspiring individuals are inventing new solutions, rethinking the way we do business, challenging the status quo. Still, they are too often marginalized, unknown, and struggle to find the support they need to really make a difference. ChangeNOW celebrates and supports those changemakers. It is the annual reunion for all enthusiasts who want to shake and shape the world we live in. To make change real. Now.


MASH Project Foundation

MASH Project Foundation is a youth-led social enterprise which is fostering an ecosystem for social impact through the process of community building by conducting engaging events, workshops, seminars and assisting social enterprises by providing a platform for mentorship and getting media visibility to the stories that are making a social impact. It partners with multi-stakeholders to create a platform your young people who are driven to create great social impact!


The European Venture Philanthropy Association

The European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) is a lively community of organisations sharing the same vision and a common goal: creating positive societal impact through venture philanthropy.


Impact Hub

Impact Hub is the world’s largest community (16,000+ members) and accelerator for positive change. With 100+ locations across five continents, in more than 50 countries, we have the local startup communities needed to fuel and mobilize amplified innovation. Impact Hub builds community for impact at scale. They support building ecosystems to drive collaboration and entrepreneurial innovation around the Global Sustainable Development Goals through our locally rooted Impact Hubs, as well as partners and allied networks.


TiE Dehli -NCR

In the last 14 years, TiE Dehli -NCR has continuously taken the lead and hopes to build on its strength to create an increasingly positive ecosystem for the entrepreneurs and investors. With a strong mentor support base, various events on different aspects of entrepreneurship, expanding into new geographies and business & organization management and multiple opportunities to showcase and network, it has emerged as one of the biggest platform supporting entrepreneurship.



The Indian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (IVCA), established in 1993 and based in New Delhi, is the oldest, most influential and largest member-based national organization of its kind. It represents venture capital and private equity firms to promote the industry within India and overseas. It seeks to create a more favorable environment for private equity, venture capital investment and entrepreneurship. It is an influential forum representing the industry to governmental bodies and public authorities.







UnLtd finds, funds and supports social entrepreneurs - enterprising people with solutions that change our society for the better. UnLtd was formed in 2002 by seven organisations who believed that social entrepreneurs had a much bigger contribution to make to our economy and society. We were among the first to back individuals with their own ideas to create social good.



Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Institute was established in 2008 as a non-profit development organization to provide skilled manpower to the sector through capacity and skill building trainings. WASH Institute is recognized as a National Key Resource Centre by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MDWS), Government of India. Currently, WASH Institute provides Technical Assistance to Government of India for Implementation of Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) and Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) with the support of USAID and The Bill Melinda Gates Foundation. WASH institute is also engaged in research and advocacy and grassroots implementation activities in different states across the country.



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