9:55-10:00 AM

Welcome Remarks

10:00-11:00 AM

Institutional Investors Embracing Impact Investing

Sources of Capital

This panel will explore the experience and performance of seasoned institutional investors in the growing field of impact investing. With impact investing going mainstream and many seasoned institutional investors deepening their presence in this space, this panel will offer a platform to discuss what their initial lessons have been both in terms of universe of investible opportunities and internal advocacy required to have a strong impact investing focus. We will also discuss trends that will further deepen the sustainability lens in investing, enablers required to further the presence of institutional capital in this growing field, and what are the pitfalls to avoid as one embarks on this journey of impact.

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John Goldstein

John Goldstein
Head of the Sustainable Finance Group at Goldman Sachs

John is head of the Sustainable Finance Group (SFG), which is responsible for working across Goldman Sachs to deepen the firm's knowledge and grow its capabilities in relation to inclusive growth and climate transition. He serves as chair of the Sustainable Finance Group steering group.

John joined Goldman Sachs Asset Management as a managing director in 2015 through the acquisition of Imprint Capital, which he co-founded in 2007, to help expand the firm's ESG and impact investing capabilities.

Previously, John served as senior managing director of Medley Global Advisors. During that time, he co-founded and served as the executive director of the Medley Institute. Prior to that, John was a management consultant at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture).

John has served as an advisor or board member to a diverse set of organizations in the impact space including groups such as the US National Advisory Board of the G8 Social Impact Investing Task Force, the Global Impact Investing Network’s ImpactBase initiative, the Global Social Venture Competition, McKinsey’s working group on social impact bonds, Global Giving, the Sustainable Food Lab, the UN Capital Development Fund, the International Interfaith Investment Group and a range of other organizations.

John graduated from Yale University with honors. He was awarded the Richter Fellowship and the Townsend Prize.

Head of the Sustainable Finance Group at Goldman Sachs

Vikram Raju

Vikram Raju
Head of Impact Investing at Morgan Stanley

Vikram is an investment committee member and partner responsible for emerging markets and impact investing for AIP Private Markets. He has 23 years of relevant industry experience. Vikram leads emerging markets and impact investing at AIP Private Markets. Prior to joining the firm, he was a principal investment officer at the International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group, where he led the investment program for climate-related private equity funds across emerging markets. Previously, was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and worked with a range of clients including US private equity firms and Indian NGOs. Vikram has also been a portfolio manager with the emerging markets team at Lazard Frères & Co. Vikram received a BA in economics from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai and an MS in finance from the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute, Mumbai. He also received a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Head of Impact Investing at Morgan Stanley

Megan Starr

Megan Starr
Global Head of Impact for The Carlyle Group

Megan Starr is the global head of impact for The Carlyle Group. She is based in New York. In her role, Ms. Starr works to design and execute Carlyle’s cohesive, long-term impact strategy. She also oversees the dedicated ESG team, which leads the firm’s investment diligence and portfolio company engagement work on material ESG issues.

Prior to joining Carlyle, Ms. Starr was within Goldman Sachs’ Investment Management Division, where she helped build the ESG and impact investing business. Previously, Ms. Starr served in roles at The JPB Foundation, a $3.8B private family foundation based in New York City.

Ms. Starr received an MBA and a certificate in public management and social innovation from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, where she was an Arbuckle Leadership Fellow, and an AB in environmental science and public policy from Harvard College, where she graduated magna cum laude with highest honors in the field of concentration.

Global Head of Impact for The Carlyle Group

Iain Ware

Iain Ware
Managing Director of Bain Capital Double Impact

Mr. Ware joined Bain Capital Double Impact in 2018. He is a managing director. Previously, he was a member of the Bain Capital Private Equity European team in the technology, media, and telecommunications Vertical where he focused on investments in the software, financial technology, information services, and media sectors. He has also played a leading role in recruiting and training efforts.

Prior to joining Bain Capital, Mr. Ware worked in private equity for 3i and started his career as a management consultant with McKinsey.

Mr. Ware received an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar and was awarded a Siebel Scholarship for academic achievement and community leadership. He also earned a BA in Economics from Yale University.

Managing Director of Bain Capital Double Impact

11:00-11:30 AM

Coffee Break

11:30 AM-12:30 PM

Scaling Social Ventures

Uses of Capital

So, your company has been innovating and finally has significant traction with its customer base. Now you’re faced with a whole new set of challenges as you seek to scale and grow your venture and shift from innovating to scaling. From securing funding to balancing growing revenue with growing burn rate to hiring the right team, there are hundreds of problems for startups to balance in this exciting time. This is even more challenging for social ventures that face stigma around profitability and pressures around mission drift. This panel will discuss these challenges and more, as well as possible solutions to bring social ventures to scale.

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Jeffrey Hollender

Jeffrey Hollender
Co-founder, CEO, and Board Chair of American Sustainable Business Council

Jeffrey Hollender is CEO, board chair, and co-founder of the American Sustainable Business Council, which through its national member network represents more than 250,000 businesses in a wide range of industries. He was co-founder and CEO of Seventh Generation, which he built into a leading natural product brand known for its authenticity, transparency, and progressive business practices.

Jeffrey is also the founder of Sustain Natural, which develops and markets sustainable feminine care products for women; and a strategic advisor and former board chair of Greenpeace US. He is currently an adjunct professor of sustainability and social entrepreneurship at the Stern School of Business, New York University. He is also the author of his seven books, including most recently, The Responsibility Revolution: How the Next Generation of Businesses Will Win and Planet Home.

Co-founder, CEO, and Board Chair of American Sustainable Business Council

Vikas Raj ’10BUS

Vikas Raj '10BUS
Managing Director at Accion Venture Lab

Vikas Raj is managing director of Accion Venture Lab, Accion’s seed-stage investment initiative in fintech for the underserved. Venture Lab invests capital in, and provides support to, innovative fintech startups that increase access to, improve the quality of, or reduce the cost of financial services for the underserved at scale. Vikas leads Venture Lab’s investment work, in addition to managing portfolio relationships and driving the strategy and growth of Venture Lab.

As part of his role, Vikas is the host of VentureKast, Venture Lab’s podcast series featuring fintech for inclusion entrepreneurs from around the world, and is an adjunct professor of financial inclusion at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He currently serves as a board member or observer for AYE Finance, CreditMantri, Konfio, First Circle, Self Lender, SMECorner, StreetShares, and Tienda Pago.

Prior to joining Accion, Vikas was an M&A investment banker at Evercore Partners, where he advised on multiple corporate transactions with aggregate value of over $45 billion across the technology, real estate, consumer products, and industrials sectors. Previously, he worked in the microfinance space, primarily in India, as an early employee at Ujjivan and ASA International, both of which are now publicly traded companies. At Ujjivan, Vikas co-led the establishment of the firm’s first lending branches in Delhi and helped lead the firm’s Series B financing round. At ASA, Vikas was responsible for establishing and investing in the fund’s greenfield MFIs in India, Nigeria, and the Philippines. Vikas started his career in the corporate strategy group at Deloitte Consulting.

Vikas has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Columbia University.

Managing Director at Accion Venture Lab

12:30 PM

Closing Remarks

12:30 PM

Networking Lounge Opens