The field of impact investing has exploded in the last decade, with billions of dollars committed to various impact investment vehicles, and increasing research into financial and social returns. The consensus seems to be that impact investing is a powerful tool, producing both impressive social and financial returns. Are expectations of market rate returns unrealistic? How can we best assess impact? Four experts will share their evidence and argue the case. You’ll decide: has impact investing has been oversold, or will it live up to the hope?
Julia Sze – Moderator
Managing Director, Impact Investing, Arabella Advisors
Chris West – Speaker
Partner, Sumerian Partners
Lisa Kleissner – Speaker
Mara Bolis – Speaker
Senior Advisor, Private Sector Department, Oxfam America
Cathy Clark – Speaker
Director of CASE i3, Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship
Changemakers from around the globe and across all sectors gather each year in Oxford, England for the Skoll World Forum to share new ideas, new perspectives, and ultimately, new relationships built on trust and a mutual desire for human progress. Over the span of one week, this community tackles the thorniest challenges through the lens of social entrepreneurship. With their drive, creativity, and leadership, these innovators work tirelessly to create equilibrium change towards a more just, sustainable and prosperous world.
The Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship is the premier international platform for advancing entrepreneurial approaches and solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. Our mission is to accelerate the impact of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs by uniting them with essential partners in a collaborative pursuit of learning, leverage and large-scale social change.
Each year, nearly 1,000 of the world’s most influential social entrepreneurs, key thought leaders and strategic partners gather at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School to exchange ideas, solutions and information.