Beyond Covid-19: Rebuilding SDG-Aligned Business and Investment

Date: Thursday 28 January 2021

Time: 2 sessions to account for time zone differences

  • 1st at 09:00-11:00 Geneva (CET, GMT+1)

  • 2nd at 16:00-18:00 Geneva (CET, GMT+1)

A dynamic, moderated roundtable of policymakers, investors and thought-leaders making recommendations to rebuild SDG-aligned business and investment beyond Covid-19 with a focus on accelerating emerging market impact at scale.

The focus of this UNCTAD WIF Satellite Event will be how to scale up impact and sustainability-aligned investment into emerging and frontier markets post Covid-19. The event will feature examples of break-through impact investing projects, including innovative business models where private and public capital is fusing to drive social purpose, drawn from, amongst others, Brazil, Kenya, India, Nigeria, and South Africa

Clear recommendations will be delivered directly by the WIF Satellite Event Panel. The recommendations follow a six-month global discussion exploring what the best practice business and investment approach has been to mitigate the impacts of Covid-19 and also to paint a vision for business/investment action beyond the Pandemic.

Addressed issues

> Getting the blend right: Post Covid-19 mobilizing blended finance towards businesses and projects that are replicable, scalable, and can achieve the UN SDG objectives of localization based on robust governance and collaboration along the whole investment chain. Good practice examples of SDG 17 “Partnerships” will be presented.

> Systemizing impact: Post Covid-19 we have an opportunity to escape the “project by project” mentality to forge new pathways that systemize and accelerate impactful business models, social purpose as well as fully commercial, to scale. Align investable impact models and businesses with the SDGs and make them fit for purpose for larger asset owner investment appetites (institutional, family office and sovereign wealth funds).

> ESG and the law: The headline results of a global survey exploring how 50 of the world’s leading legal companies are re-inventing their approach to ESG (environmental, social, governance) to speed better business and investment decisions will be unveiled during the Panels.

> Reinventing private-public collaboration: Post Covid-19 how can we bring multilateral, developmental and broader ODI public finance together with private families, institutional asset owners and sovereign entities to deliver in the final decade on the promise of the SDGs?

Provisional programme

Speakers for Session 1: Thursday 28 January at 09:00-11:00 GVA time

Opening Comments:
> James Zhan, Director, Investment and Enterprise Division (UNCTAD)

Moderator:
> Paul Clements Hunt, CEO, The Blended Capital Group

Panelists:
> Judge Professor Mervyn King, Chair Emeritus GRI/ Founder Good Governance Academy (South Africa)
> Professor Paul Watchman, Professor of Law, University of Glasgow (UK)
> Nardos Bekele-Thomas, UN Resident Co-ordinator, South Africa
> Archana Hingorani, Founder, Siana Capital (India)
> Matt Whineray, CEO, NZ Superannuation Fund (New Zealand)
> Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu ,CEO, Tony Elumelu Foundation (Nigeria)
> Yasuo Izumi, Executive Consultant, Oriental Consultants Global (Japan)
> Martin Rich, Co-founder, Future Fit Foundation (UK)
> John Oliphant, Founding Partner, Third Way Investment Partners (South Africa)
> Kasemsit Pathomsak, Director, Board of Trade Thailand, Former Chair of ICC Thailand (Thailand)
> Ingo Kumic, Partner, The Blended Capital Group (Australia)
> Tara Callinan, Board Director, SGS Economics and Planning (Australia)
> Phil Riddell, Water Policy Expert (France)

Audience Q&A
Closing Comments by the Moderator and UNCTAD

Speakers for Session 2: Thursday 28 January at 16:00-18:00 GVA time

Opening Comments:
> James Zhan, Director, Investment and Enterprise Division (UNCTAD)

Moderator:
> Paul Clements Hunt, CEO, The Blended Capital Group

Panelists:
> Ambassador Carmen Gisela Vergara, Executive Director of PROPANAMA (Panama)
> Judge Professor Mervyn King, Chair Emeritus GRI/ Founder Good Governance Academy (South Africa)
> Geoff Kendall, Co-founder, Future Fit Foundation (UK)
> Yasuo Izumi, Executive Consultant, Oriental Consultants Global (Japan)
> Ertharin Cousin, Former Executive Director, UN World Food Programme, Founder, Food Systems for the Future (USA)
> Mike Sherry, Founder, Mwezi Co., Ltd (Kenya)
> Anne Simpson, Managing Investment Director, Board of Governance and Sustainability, CalPERS (USA)
> Luiz Maia, Investment Advisor and Former Managing Partner of Brookfield Asset Management (Brazil)
> Gordon Noble, Partner, The Blended Capital Group Australia
> Professor Paul Watchman, Professor of Law, University of Glasgow (UK)
> Pierre Thiam, Senegalese Chef and Activist (Senegal/USA)
> Sean Flannery, Vice Chair, Corporate Knights, Former CIO, State Street Global Advisors (USA)
> Angela Bai, General Secretary, China Alliance of Social Value Investment (China)
> Julia Profeta Johansson, Co-Founder, Remagine (Germany)

Audience Q&A
Closing Comments by the Moderator and UNCTAD