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Raising Voices For Sustainable Investment

Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014

Inspiring Keynotes confirmed.

We are very pleased to announce our 2 keynote speakers!

Erica Karp, Founder and CEO, from Cornerstone Capital will take the stage as the Opening Keynote. Cornerstone Capital is among the world’s leading voices in the field of sustainable investing and finance. "Finance, done properly is beautiful and economics is poetry" she passionately explains in this recent video interview with Bloomberg about 'How Are Women the Next Emerging Market?'.

Hendrik Jordaan, President and CEO of One Thousand & One Voices, is our Second Keynote. Within one year he has created a movement of global, influential families around the premise that in order to drive economic development of which people can be proud, private family capital is the answer, not philanthropy. View this interview he just had with CNBCAFRICA to find out why we are very much looking to hear his keynote.


More speakers confirmed: Tasha Seitz, Ari Frankel and Cynthia Muller

Thursday, 11 Dec 2014

We're happy to announce 3 more speakers who are confirmed for TBLI CONFERENCE @BOOTH/KELLOGG 2015, coming up on January 23rd. We proudly present:

Tasha Seitz (Chief Investment Officer, Impact Engine, USA )

9:50AM: Plenary Roundtable - Long Finance: The role of patient capital for impact investing

3PM: Workshop 6 - Facilitating Social Entrepreneurship

Tasha Seitz has been a technology venture capital investor with JK&B Capital since 1997, focusing on enterprise software, Internet infrastructure and mobile infrastructure investments. She serves on the board of and is the Chief Investment Officer for Impact Engine, where she coaches impact entrepreneurs in fundraising as well as identifying the ever-evolving landscape of impact investors.

Having been part of several technology cycles as a venture capital investor, Tasha has seen the power of the entrepreneurs to create markets and touch people’s everyday lives, and she is a passionate believer in the power of entrepreneurship to make the world a better place.

Impact Engine is a 16-week accelerator program that supports for-profit businesses addressing today’s societal and environmental challenges. We empower entrepreneurs, mentors, and investors to make a collective impact on society by applying smart business principles to the world’s greatest problems.

Ari Frankel (Head of ESG Strategy, Real Estate, Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management, USA)

1PM: Workshop 1 - Trends in ESG Integration

Ari Frankel is Head of ESG Strategy, Real Estate, at Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management, based in New York City. He works closely with senior managers around the globe to shape and coordinate comprehensive sustainability and green building programming and related environmental and energy strategies, and participates in sustainability initiatives across Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management and Deutsche Bank Group.

 with, earlier this year, where he was asked why gathering sustainability data has become a key project for the real estate investment industry.

Cynthia Muller (Senior Manager, Impact Investing, Arabella Advisors, USA)

1PM: Workshop 3 - Low Carbon Investment Strategies

Cynthia Muller leads Arabella Advisor’s impact investing practice. She helps our individual and institutional clients understand the field of impact investing, develop strategies, and structure investments to accomplish their social and environmental goals. Her extensive background in social enterprise and mission investing includes connecting public policy, programs, and capital for emerging social innovations to increase economic opportunities for under-served and marginalized communities.

Read her interesting blog post here about "How wealth advisors can facilitate impact investments".

Speakers slots are still available. Please have a look at our program and submit your application if you are interested in participating as a speaker.


New speakers confirmed: Caroline Vance, Betsy Moszeter, Patrick Fisher

Monday, 05 Jan 2015

We're happy to announce 3 more speakers who are confirmed for TBLI CONFERENCE @BOOTH/KELLOGG 2015, coming up in 3 weeks. We proudly present:

Caroline Vance (Vice President - Deutsche Bank, USA)

1PM: Workshop 4 - Approaches to Impact Measurement

Caroline Vance supports the Community Development Finance Group’s management of funds for microfinance and has special responsibility for relationships in Central and South Asia. She also manages the administration and investor relations of the FINCA Microfinance Fund B.V. and she supports the team's social performance management and monitoring efforts.

Caroline's presentation will focus on how to demonstrate and talk about impact and how to classify investments according to their different missions. Caroline will also discuss how Deutsche Bank’s Global Social Finance group has been grappling with these challenges in the context of its most recent social investment funds.

Betsy Moszeter (COO - Green Alpha Advisors, USA)

1PM: Workshop 2 - Structuring Impact Investing across all Asset Classes

Betsy Moszeter is the COO of Green Alpha Advisors and previously was Senior Vice President of the First Affirmative Financial Network. Green Alpha Advisors is an asset management firm founded on the belief that in order to live and thrive on our planet indefinitely there is a need for economic and technological transition to sustainability.

This interesting SRI survey: First Affirmative Survey, shows how SRI has become entrenched in mainstream finance. Commenting on the survey’s results, Betsy Moszeter says “Having reached the point where one out of two financial professionals have offered SRI options to their clients, it is clear that responsible investment strategies are now a client expectation that advisors need to be equipped to provide.”

Patrick Fisher (Founder & Managing Partner - Creation Investments Capital Management, LLC, USA)

3PM: Workshop 8 - Challenges for impact investors in emerging markets

Patrick Fisher is specialist in private equity investment, with a particular experience base in impact investments, social ventures and international/emerging markets. Mr. Fisher founded Creation Investments in 2007, leading the firm in Emerging Markets, Private Equity and Impact Investing since inception. He is a market leader in Emerging Market and Impact Investing, leading investments or providing advisory services on equity and debt transactions in businesses which serve the 'Bottom of the Economic Pyramid' (BOP) through Microfinance / financial services, health care, affordable housing, clean energy, and technology.

Limited speakers slots are still available. Please have a look at our program and submit your application if you are interested in participating as a speaker.


Speaker Portraits: Leslie Samuelrich, Chris Fowle and Paul Christensen

Tuesday, 13 Jan 2015

We are looking forward to a rich program at TBLI CONFERENCE @BOOTH/KELLOGG 2015, coming up in 10 days. Among the 33 speakers in 10 sessions are:

Leslie Samuelrich (President - Green Century Capital Management, USA)

3PM: Workshop 3 - Low Carbon Investment Strategies

Leslie Samuelrich is the President of Green Century Capital Management, a socially responsible investment advisory firm that focuses on environmental responsibility and manages Green Century Funds. As president, Leslie is leading the funds' investment strategies and oversees Green Century's business development, communications and shareholder advocacy.
Jointly with Trillium Asset Management and 350º, Green Century recently provided an updated version of the guide 'Extracting Fossil Fuels from Your Portfolio: An Updated Guide to Personal Divestment and Reinvestment'.
Further reading by Green Century: Commentary on 'Top four reasons to divest from fossil fuel companies'.

Chris Fowle (Vice President, Investor Initiatives - CDP, USA)

3PM: Workshop 7 - Managing Climate Change Risks for Investments

Chris Fowle is the VP of Investor Initiatives for CDP in North America, managing relationships with investor signatories across CDP's Climate, Water, Forests & Carbon Action programs. Chris previously worked at Chase/JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank and Lehman Brothers.
With its global disclosure system, CDP is equipping investors to be able to engage with their investment portfolio companies on natural capital use, helping to proect their assets against the rirsks fo future regulation on climate change and energy, accesss to water and the protection of natural resources.
CDP recently published the Carbon Action Report 2014

Paul Christensen (Associate Dean, Global Programs and Clinical Associate Professor for Finance - Kellogg School of Management, USA)

3PM: Workshop 8 - Challenges for impact investors in emerging markets

Paul Christensen is a Clinical Professor of Finance at the Kellogg School of Management where he teaches courses in microfinance and international business. In addition, he serves as Academic Director for Kellogg’s Global Study Programs and as Senior Advisor for Global Strategy. Prior to Kellogg, Paul was the founder and president of ShoreCap International Ltd. and an associate and Eegagement Manager for the consulting firm, McKinsey and Company.
At TBLI CONFERENCE, Paul will be focusing on lessons learned from the microfinance industry on how to mitigate the risks impact investors face in developing markets.

To learn more about the topics on the agenda and our speakers, view our program online. Sponsorship packages are available - please contact us at to learn more.


First speakers and sponsors confirmed for TBLI CONFERENCE™ ASIA 2015

Thursday, 19 Feb 2015


We want to welcome and thank ASN Bank as a Silver Sponsor for the event.

Are you interested in becoming a sponsor? Please find more information here.

Program updates

We are happy to announce our first confirmed speakers:

  • Arvind Narula (CEO & Executive Director - Urmatt Ltd - Thailand)
  • Ewoud Goudswaard (CEO - ASN Bank NV - The Netherlands)
  • Ibrahim AlHusseini (Managing Member - The Husseini Group / The FullCycle Energy - USA)
  • Francesca Nugnes (Financial Markets and Information Manager - Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade - Canada)
  • Jeanne Stampe (Moderator) (Asia Pacific Finance and Commodities Specialist - WWF)
  • Anna Hagemann Rise (Group Communication & CSR Manager - Frosh Aps. - Denmark)
  • Yann Gindre (Director Networks and Global Outreach - Principles for Responsibel Investment - UK)
  • MaryKate Henlon (Manager Sustainability & Communications - NewForests - Singapore)

Call for speakers

Are you interested in speaking at this event? Please submit your information here.


Moving impact investment from 'nice to have' to 'must have' - Interview with Yvonne Bakkum from FMO

Tuesday, 09 Jun 2015

FMO, the Netherlands Development Bank, has supported private sector growth in developing and emerging markets by investing in ambitious entrepreneurs for more than 45 years. With a focus on three sectors of high development impact: financial institutions, energy, and agribusiness, food & water, its core business over the years has been providing debt and equity financing to private enterprises and financial institutions globally.

As demand grew in nascent markets, FMO realized the need among institutional investors to learn from their experience and to better understand how to approach responsible investing in these markets.

yvonne bakkum webYvonne Bakkum, then Director of FMO Private Equity, believed FMO needed to move the needle and allocate resources for this kind of engagement.

“In terms of stimulation needed, DFIs are doing quite a lot. What we do need is more stimulation from mainstream institutional investors because I think they are talking a lot about impact investing but when you critically analyze what they’re really doing it’s quite marginal especially compared to how much assets under management they have,” says Yvonne.

“I think they are not ambitious enough [...] if you’re really serious about what you want to achieve you can of course change your policies and organizational structures. It should move a bit from ‘nice to have’ to ‘must have’ and the good news is thatthis is a trend that has already begun.”

She now heads FMO Investment Management, a separate entity of FMO, which supports and advises institutional investors by offering a selection of funds with different market based risk-return profiles to suit investor appetite. Their focus is on scalable projects with two indicators in mind across the portfolio: job creation and greenhouse emissions avoidance.

FMO IM’s first fund supports SME financing and closed in 2013 at EUR100 Million. FMO Investment Management recently launched a second fund jointly with NN Investment Partners for emerging market loans. This new fund is a broad based emerging markets private debt proposition with a clear impact angle. It addresses the search for yield and offers portfolio diversification benefits.

FMO Investment Management uses a double approach in its impact measurement model using inputs and outputs of client’s data but also macroeconomics statistics related to countries and sectors to determine progress.

“I would consider all of FMO’s portfolio to be impact investing which is not a point of view that is necessarily shared by all DFIs. We are a development bank and our whole purpose for existing is to have development impact. All our investments are evaluated to have sufficient impact.”

Yvonne Bakkum is moderating Workshop D2 "Impact Investing in Emerging Markets: What have we learned?" during TBLI CONFERENCE NORDIC 2015, taking place in Copenhagen on May 15-16.


Should There Be a Unique Approach to Establishing Project's Impact Metrics? - Perspectives from TBLI CONFERENCE™ LATIN AMERICA 2015

Monday, 22 Jun 2015

Guest Blog Post written by Francisco Preusche during TBLI CONFERENCE™ LATIN AMERICA 2015. Views and opinions are that of the writer and are not the official views of TBLI CONFERENCE™. 

“Things that are not measured just don’t happen”.

Regardless of what kind of impact initiative you are working on, whether it is an ESG improvement project, a social enterprise start-up, or any other initiative related to improving a social and/or environmental situation, metrics are essential.

The question is: should we have a unique standardized approach for such projects?

In order to analyze this question, allow me to divide the existing and future impact projects into two categories: start-ups, and mature businesses. Even though in both categories we can find very different industries, and business models, there is one thing that binds each group together:


Scaling the Impact Investing Sector in Latin America - Perspectives from TBLI CONFERENCE™ LATIN AMERICA 2015

Monday, 22 Jun 2015

Guest Blog Post written by Celina Lesta during TBLI CONFERENCE™ LATIN AMERICA 2015. Views and opinions are that of the writer and are not the official views of TBLI CONFERENCE™.

Impact investments have been taking place in different regions of the world for many years now. If financed, many social entrepreneurship, SMEs and NGOs could scale their impact providing solutions to social problems while creating profit.  What is the situation in Latin America? What is missing in the region for this trend to grow and be a concrete reality?

Around ten to fifteen years ago, investing in projects with high social and/or environmental measurable impact was something only NGOs and international organizations would do. Today, venture capital is entering the space because many of these kinds of projects are business oriented. They are meant to create profit while solving social and/or environmental problems.

Jane Hughes, from Global Innovative Finance, a member of the panel, shared the experience of the Social Impact Bonds (SIBs). As she explained, what started in the UK as a way of financing impact initiatives has been developing in the US market now for a few years.

Because they are not actually bonds, Hughes argues they are misnamed, “They are funds raised from private investors used to scale up the work of highly effective NGOs which are providing a social service relevant for the community.”

Governments repay the investors based on the success of the project.  This type of funding is based on the agreement of the indicators that will account for the success or failure of the project. Regarding regulations, as long as legalities are not in question, it does not need a special legal frame. The implementation of SIBs requires intermediate organizations to identify these high performance NGOs and walk with them during the scaling up process. Independent evaluators can also audit the results.

Patrick Watson, Director of Investment Advisory Services Group and Latin America Director of I-DEV International, had an interesting view of the of impact investments in Latin America. Based in Peru, his work is oriented to help global corporations, investors and SMEs in emerging markets do business together via profitable, high-impact partnerships, mainly in the Andean region.


Fuel Free Energy can supply 100% of world's needs. Interview with our Opening Keynote, Jochen Wermuth

Monday, 05 Oct 2015

jochen wermuth interview aljazeeraAccording to Green Peace, the world can rely on renewable energy for 100% of energy needs by 2050. But, what would the costs be? And what would be the impact on geopolitics? Jochen shares his views in this interview he had on Al Jazeera's "Inside Story".

Jochen Wermuth is Founding Partner of Wermuth Asset Management GmbH, a 100% impact family office, and of the Green Gateway Fund, supporting EU resource efficient growth companies. He headed the EU and World Bank financed Economic Expert Group under the Russian Ministry of Finance, was a founding management committee member of OOO Deutsche Bank, started supporting Greenpeace and set up his own firm in the 1990s. 

The Green Gateway Fund 2 invests in EU resource efficient growth companies and helps them to grow in emerging markets where energy consumption per GDP is 4x higher than in the EU, which is both profitable and helps to abate climate change.

Needles to say, we're very proud to have him as our Opening Keynote at our upcoming TBLI CONFERENCE EUROPE 2015 in Zürich, this November.



Sustainability Forum 2014 came to a successful end

Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014

For the third consecutive year, Global Sustain delivered a unique sustainability event and gathered top experts and prominent speakers from all around the world. Sustainability Forum 2014 - A training, networking and professional development event took place on October 3, 2014, at the Center of Sustainable Entrepreneurship Excelixi, Athens, Greece.

The participants had the chance to gain hands-on experience, practical knowledge and professional skills regarding important sustainability issues, through nine specialised workshops and three plenary sessions.

The workshops of this all-day carbon neutral event, focused on issues such as: How GRI can meet the new EU non-financial reporting ‘report or explain’ framework, G4 materiality analysis, an introduction to CSR & sustainability, cultivating the next generation leaders (DOW case study), how business is redefining value, the leadership agility factor, impact entrepreneurship and sustainability, empowering stakeholders to make sustainable business happen, emerging global sustainable development framework, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and partnerships, green sustainability credentials through the climate change and environment related international standards, empowering teams to bring sustainability initiatives, FSC certified printed material.

Read the full article.



SpainSIF announcing upcoming annual event on 15 October

Thursday, 10 Jul 2014

Spainsif, a network partner of TBLI CONFERNCES, is convening its Annual Conference 2014 on 15 October in Madrid.

Click here to learn more about the program and to register.

Spainsif is a nonprofit association, founded by 32 organizations interested in promoting the Socially Responsible Investment (SRI onwards) in Spain, creating a platform that integrates financial institutions, management companies, SRI service providers, nonprofit organizations linked to the SRI and unions.

The association aims to be a platform to meet, generate and disseminate knowledge on Socially Responsible Investing, as well as to promote and awareness on changes in the investment process and the investment community,  such as governments, businesses and the public in general.