9:55-10:00 AM

Welcome Remarks

10:00-11:00 AM

Microfinance Done Right

Sources of Capital

How can we successfully expand financial access to the underserved communities in society? This panel will talk through the opportunities and challenges surrounding microfinance and discuss how certain organizations are approaching and solving these issues.

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David del Ser ’08BUS

David del Ser '08BUS
Chair and Chief Innovation Officer at BFA Global; Director of the FinnSalud Project

David is the chair and chief innovation officer at BFA Global and the director of the FinnSalud Project. He brings world-class high-tech skills in growing areas of BFA Global to expand the company vision. He supports and promotes tech-enablement in the financial sector, and reaches beyond the financial services sector to other tech-related businesses and social investors. David is also the founder and chairman of Frogtek, a business that provides app-based technology to enable small retailers in developing countries with better business tools. He is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, an Echoing Green Fellow, and holds a dual master's of telecommunications from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and Télécom ParisTech and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Chair and Chief Innovation Officer at BFA Global; Director of the FinnSalud Project

Diane M. LuTran ’21BUS

Diane M. LuTran '21BUS
EMBA Global Candidate at Columbia Business School, London Business School, University of Hong Kong; Formerly Digital Finance Specialist at International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group

Diane M. LuTran is an emerging market professional at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), World Bank Group based in Washington, DC. She works across financial services, technology, and international economic development practice areas for East Asia Pacific and Africa. In her role, she provides investment and advisory services focused on expanding financial inclusion, access to information technology, and workforce development for MSMEs (micro, small and medium enterprises) and women-led businesses. Before IFC, she consulted for the World Bank on SME development, trade competitiveness, and public-private partnerships. She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, a master's degree in management, business economics from Harvard University, and a bachelor's degree in economics, political economy, and international area studies from UC Berkeley.

EMBA Global Candidate at Columbia Business School, London Business School, University of Hong Kong; Formerly Digital Finance Specialist at International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group

Jennifer Pryce ’00BUS

Jennifer Pryce '00BUS
President and CEO of Calvert Impact Capital

Jennifer Pryce is president and CEO of Calvert Impact Capital. For 25 years, Calvert has strived to make markets work for more people, more often, by investing in communities overlooked by traditional finance.

Jenn began her career in the Peace Corps, worked at NeubergerBerman, on the investment banking team at Morgan Stanley’s London office and at a national Community development financial institution, Nonprofit Finance Fund, investing capital in communities.

Jenn studied engineering at Union College and holds an MBA from Columbia University. She currently serves as a Forbes contributor, a lecturer at Oxford Saïd School of Business and as the advisory board chair of Quantified Ventures.

President and CEO of Calvert Impact Capital

Brad Swanson ’88BUS

Brad Swanson '88BUS
Partner at Developing World Markets

Brad Swanson manages private equity investments in global emerging markets as a partner at a socially responsible fund management firm, Developing World Markets. He has also held other senior positions in international finance, working in more than 60 countries in total. Before entering finance, he served in several countries in Africa as a foreign service officer, and prior to that was a reporter. He lives in Vienna, Virginia.

Partner at Developing World Markets

11:00-11:30 AM

Coffee Break

11:30 AM-12:30 PM

What We've Learned: The Best Solutions to Come out of COVID-19

Uses of Capital

COVID-19 has catalyzed an unprecedented wave of change and innovation. New policies, funding, and solutions are realizing impact — or falling short — faster than ever before. By taking stock of what the world has achieved against COVID-19, we can gain new insight into what it will take to address other collective threats to our planet, health, and prosperity. Join this session’s panelists for a riveting discussion highlighting the most important lessons and missteps from the pandemic response. The panel will be composed of three speakers spanning finance, policy, and innovation.

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Shanthakumar Bannirchelvam ’22BUS

Shanthakumar Bannirchelvam ’22BUS
Panel Organizer for the Social Enterprise Conference and EMBA Candidate at Columbia Business School; Managing Director at Global Impact Partners

“We each have a role to play in forging a world with impact at its heart. Impact is grounded in the people and environment that we strive to serve.”

Shanthakumar has advised companies in the Infrastructure, property, technology, and medical sectors on strategy and capital raising in Australia, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. He has also previously worked in corporate law in Sydney and London with Herbert Smith Freehills, the United Nations Economic and Social Council in New York, and served as an Infantry Officer in the Singapore Armed Forces. Shanthakumar is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of NSW and holds a bachelor's in economics and law from the University of Sydney.

Panel Organizer for the Social Enterprise Conference and ​EMBA Candidate at Columbia Business School; Managing Director at Global Impact Partners

Rajesh Dash

Associate Professor of Medicine at the Stanford University Medical Center; Co-founder of HealthPals

Amelia Earnest ’22BUS

Amelia Earnest '22BUS
AVP of the Social Enterprise Conference and MBA Candidate at Columbia Business School

Bio coming soon!

AVP of the Social Enterprise Conference and MBA Candidate at Columbia Business School

Varun Jhaveri

Varun Jhaveri
Officer on Special Duty at National Health Authority of India

Varun Jhaveri is currently deputed as an officer on special duty at the National Health Authority (NHA), Government of India. He leads the innovation strategy and focuses on supply side strengthening at the NHA. Within the innovation strategy, Varun leads the Market Access Programme, a government of India’s initiative for supporting healt hcare innovations. Earlier, he has worked with the Asian Development Bank, United Nations, NITI Aayog, and University of Chicago. Formerly, he has advised the Government of Karnataka on setting up Arogya Karnataka, India’s first Universal Health coverage scheme. In 2019, Varun was selected as one of the SDG Goalkeepers by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Officer on Special Duty at National Health Authority of India

12:30 PM

Closing Remarks

12:30 PM

Networking Lounge Opens