On 29 November 2016 the Financial Times will be hosting this exciting inaugural event, designed to build strategic alliances and debate the role that Family Businesses play in corporate and personal philanthropy and Impact Investing. Family Businesses are an essential part of our economy and social fabric, often creating the engine for growth and innovation, with a very clear sense of connectivity with the communities they serve.

Impact investing and philanthropy allow family businesses and family offices to lead the way in social change, particularly for the disadvantaged, both on a domestic and international level.

Speakers at this conference will include global philanthropists and successful family business practitioners, along with leaders of major philanthropic and charitable organisations. This one day conference will incorporate a strong element of interaction and debate, exploring how family businesses can 'do philanthropy' more effectively and at greater scale.

The Financial Times would like to thank Daniel Shakhani and David Solomon (Co-Founders, Blueprints.org & FT Global Impact Summit) for their valuable contribution in making this event possible.

Who attends?

The FT Philanthropy and Global Impact Summit is designed for wealth owners and members of family businesses with an existing philanthropic commitment, those who wish to set up social investment programmes, or their senior advisors from foundations and private family offices / family businesses. The event is designed to facilitate the full and active participation of attendees throughout the course of the day.

The day is limited to 80 delegates, focused on members of business families and their senior advisors. The Financial Times is curating the delegate list in collaboration with the Berggruen Institute, World Economic Forum, Richard Attias & Associates and sponsors.


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  • Sir Tom Hunter

  • Sir Tom Hunter

    Tom's first business, started from the back of a van, grew to become Europe’s largest independent sports retailer, Sports Division. He sold the business in 1998 for £ 290m going on to establish his private equity business, West Coast Capital ("WCC") and philanthropy, The Hunter Foundation ("THF").

    WCC invests in brands, property, ecommerce and big data analytics. With his wife Marion THF has invested in excess of £ 50m in entrepreneurship and enterprise, poverty alleviation and education. THF formed a joint venture with former President Clinton, the Clinton Hunter Development Initiative to support delivery of a sustainable poverty alleviation strategy in Rwanda with economic development as its key driver.

    Nearer to home THF recently co-invested with the Royal Bank of Scotland plc and the Scottish Government to extend, remodel and accelerate a fund to support Scotland's nascent high growth businesses, the Scottish Edge

    Tom sits on the Presidential Advisory Council of President Paul Kagame of Rwanda. He was Knighted in 2005 for services to entrepreneurship and philanthropy and was awarded the prestigious Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy in 2013.

  • George Weiss
    Philanthropist & Money Manager, Weiss Family Foundation

  • George Weiss, Philanthropist & Money Manager, Weiss Family Foundation

    The Weiss Family Foundation was founded by philanthropist and money manager George Weiss.

    Mr. Weiss is the Founder and CEO of Weiss Multi-Strategy Advisers LLC, a money management firm with offices in New York and Hartford.

    He is a graduate of the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania, a Trustee Emeritus of the University of Pennsylvania and a Trustee at Penn Medicine.

  • Ira Ehrenpreis
    Managing Partner, DBL Partners

  • Ira Ehrenpreis, Managing Partner, DBL Partners

    Ira Ehrenpreis is Founder and Managing Partner of DBL Partners, a leading impact investing venture capital firm, currently investing out of a $400M fund.

    Ira is a recognized leader in the venture capital industry, having served on the Board, Executive Committee, and as Annual Meeting Chairman of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). Ira currently serves as the President of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists (WAVC) and as the Co-Chairman of the VCNetwork, the largest and most active California venture capital organization.

    In 2007, Ira was named one of the “Top 50 Most Influential Men Under 45" and in 2014 was inducted into the International Green Industry Hall of Fame.

    In the energy innovation sector, Ira is the Founder and Chairman of one of the most prominent annual industry events, the World Energy Innovation Forum (WEIF), which convenes the who's-who in the industry to discuss the important energy issues and opportunities of our time. In addition, Ira has served on several industry Boards. Ira has invested in a wide range of companies, including SpaceX, and serves on the board of Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA) and numerous other companies.

    Ira received his JD/MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and Stanford Law School, where he was an Associate Editor of Stanford Law Review. He holds a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude.

    Follow Ira on twitter: @IraEhrenpreis
    Ira can be reached at ira@dblpartners.vc

  • Lord Hastings
    Global Head of Corporate Citizenship, KPMG

  • Lord Hastings, Global Head of Corporate Citizenship, KPMG

    I am KPMG International’s Head of Citizenship. Previous to this I was the BBC’s Head of Public Affairs and then its first Head of Corporate Social Responsibility.

    I am also a trustee of the Vodafone Group Foundation and previously served for 9 years on the Board for Responsible Business at British Telecom. I have also represented KPMG on the Global Corporate Citizenship Committee of the World Economic Forum (2008-2010). In 2009 I became a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Council on Diversity and Talent; in 2010 I served on the 'Global Agenda Council on the Next Generation'; and in 2011 I became a member of the 'Global Agenda Council on the Role of Business'. In 2012 I led the WEF Agenda Council - The Future of Civil Society, as Vice Chairman. Given the impact the group had over the year that led to the launch of the WEF report (The Future of Civil Society) in January 2013, I was invited to lead the Council for the second consecutive year until July 2014.

    In 2005, I was awarded the honour of an independent peerage to the House of Lords by Her Majesty The Queen. In the same year I also received the UNICEF award for my ‘outstanding contribution to understanding and effecting solutions for Africa’s children’.

    In 2014, I was conferred with an honorary doctorate in civil law from the University of Kent, Canterbury for my leadership at KPMG and the BBC on International Development and Corporate Responsibility.

    I am chairman of Millennium Promise UK and a member of the global Millennium Promise Board and in 2011 I became a vice president of UNICEF.

    I began my career as a teacher and then moved into Government service in 1986 supporting policy initiatives to bring employment and development to Britain’s inner cities. In 1990 I moved to work at TVAM on education programming and then GMTV as Chief Political Correspondent. In 1994 I moved to the BBC as a presenter of the weekly Around Westminster programme before joining its Corporate Affairs division.

  • David Solomon
    Founder, Blueprints.org & Founding Father, FT Global Impact Summit

  • David Solomon

    David Solomon began his career in Fixed Income at Salomon Bros/Citigroup for five years, before venturing to the Far East to solve challenges for Orphans in 2003, over the past twelve years as a social entrepreneur he researched and invested to find a better model for impact and systemic change. One that would break the cycle of dependency and scale the world’s leading solutions, thus transitioning regions from poverty to prosperity. Together with a trusted team he founded Blueprints.org, a global collaborative platform. A tech innovation geared towards revolutionising philanthropy and impact investing for large scale challenges.

    Pioneering the Blueprints Challenge with KPMG, Relativity Media, Vital Capital and leading partners – collaborating to transition a region from poverty to prosperity. As a social Entrepreneur who attends the World Economic Forum, David and Daniel Shakhani saw the opportunity to shift the paradigm further on how global influencers collaborate to solve challenges with events and tech, together with the FT they co-founded the Financial Times Philanthropy & Global Impact Summit. Hosted by Rhodes Trust in Oxford, David is a strategic advisor to them and to Heads of State, Royalty, UHNWs, Leaders, Generals and CEOs, especially in Africa. He has a respected family heritage in East Africa, his Grandfather was the last President of the Sudan Jewish community. He is dedicated to finding solutions for the most pressing developmental challenges, equitably unlocking the growth of indigenous tribes for sustained development of people & ecosystems, and economic development as a counter measure to extreme poverty, fundamentalism and famine. He has proven to be an authentic leader for systemic change who always welcomes the true spirit of collaboration.

  • Daniel Shakhani
    Founder, Blueprints.org & Founding Father, FT Global Impact Summit

  • Daniel Shakhani, Founding Father, FT Global Impact Summit

    Daniel Shakhani is a British-born inventor, entrepreneur, financier and philanthropist. He is a partner in Global Reach Investment Limited, a privately owned company developing new ventures with a particular focus on triple bottom line investing and the three Ps: people, planet and “profit”, also known as the three pillars of sustainability and most recently committed via GRIL II to the latest round in Hyperloop One. In March, 2015 Daniel sold his Fintech business “FON” to a FTSE 250 company and is today active in building products, platforms and services which drive impact and social change across numerous sectors from health and wellness to fintech and online education.

    Daniel co-founded SalaryFinance.com along Google UK’s former MD Dan Cobley and entrepreneur Asesh Sarkar. The company was listed in the “KPMG FinTech 100” and has been identified by Forbes as one of the top 5 UK businesses to watch in 2016. A keen supporter of social entrepreneurship, Daniel founded the FT Philanthropy & Global Impact Summit, and is a strong supporter of convening thought leaders and social entrepreneurs globally to drive scalable, measurable and sustainable business models.

    Daniel graduated from the PLD program at Harvard Business School. Daniel is married to Ronit Shakhani and has three children Eliana, Raphael and Nathaniel.

  • Nick O'Donohoe
    Senior Advisor, Blended Finance, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

  • Nick O'Donohoe, Senior Advisor, Blended Finance, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

    Nick O’Donohoe was the Chief Executive Officer of Big Society Capital (BSC) from 2011 to December 2015. He was appointed by the UK government to establish and launch this independent financial institution which is capitalised by dormant bank accounts and the large UK Banks and whose objective is to develop the social impact investment market in the UK.

    Since stepping down from his role at BSC Nick has acted as a Senior Advisor to the Gates Foundation and also as Chairman of the U.K. Dormant Assets Commission.

    Previously Nick was at J.P. Morgan, latterly as Global Head of Research. He was a member of the Management Committee of the Investment Bank and the Executive Committee of J.P. Morgan Chase, as well as the senior sponsor for J.P. Morgan’s Social Finance Unit. Nick co-authored ‘Impact Investments: An Emerging Asset Class’, published by J.P. Morgan and the Rockefeller Foundation in November 2010. Before J.P. Morgan Nick worked at Goldman Sachs.

    Nick is a board member of the Global Impact Investing Network. He is also Vice Chairman of the Global Steering Group on Impact Investing and a member of the Investment Committee of the Women’s World Banking Microfinance Fund. He has an MBA from the Wharton School and a BA in Mathematical Economics and Statistics from Trinity College, Dublin.

  • Alan McCormick
    Managing Director & Partner, Legatum

  • Alan McCormick, Managing Director & Partner, Legatum

    Alan McCormick is a Partner and Managing Director at Legatum Group, a global investment firm based in Dubai. He has been with the firm for12 years serving in various capacities with a wide range of management responsibilities, including business development and corporate strategy, with a particular focus on the group’s social investment portfolio.

    Mr McCormick serves on the boards of directors of a number of philanthropic organisations including the END Fund, Freedom Fund and Speed School Fund and is Chairman of the London-based Legatum Institute, a leading public policy organisation.

    Mr McCormick was formerly a Vice President of Marketing for JP Morgan. He graduated from Queen Mary College, University of London with a BA in Politics and History.

  • Alasdair Maclay
    Director of Strategy & Development, the Rhodes Trust

  • Alasdair Maclay, Director of Strategy & Development, the Rhodes Trust

    Alasdair is the Director of Strategy & Development at the Rhodes Trust, leading the £150m Campaign for the Second Century and strategic projects fundraising. Over the past three years, the Rhodes Trust has raised more than £200m of new funds and expanded into many new regions including West Africa, China, Malaysia, UAE, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Palestine.

    Alasdair has responsibility for strategy, development, and communications and reports to the Warden / CEO. Alasdair has also coordinated major convenings on Higher Education and Biomedicine topics. Alasdair is based in Oxford and travels extensively to Sub-Saharan Africa, China, the Middle East, North America and South East Asia.

    Alasdair spent 18 years prior to the Rhodes Trust in financial services in London and South Africa, with a focus on fundraising and investor relations and emerging markets investment, primarily in Africa. Alasdair has worked for Actis, the US$5b emerging markets private equity fund manager, Sovereign Capital, the UK private equity firm and Bain and Company, the global consulting firm.

    Alasdair has an MBA from INSEAD and was an undergraduate at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, with a joint honours degree in Russian and Czech (with Slovak) language and literature.

  • Tabreez Verjee
    Co-founder, Uprising

  • Tabreez Verjee, Co-founder, Uprising

    Tabreez Verjee is a three-time entrepreneur and investor who co-founded Uprising to invest in and be in service to mission driven entrepreneurs pursuing epic endeavors that matter. Some of the many real life superheroes he has backed include the teams behind Lyft, Andela, Change.org, Lending Club, ClassDojo, AltSchool, Good Eggs, Minerva, Upworthy, PeerIQ, Long Term Stock Exchange (LTSE), and Zopa. Tabreez has also been on the board of Kiva.org for the past 10 years and is one of the first funders behind both Kiva.org and Watsi.org

    The Uprising Crew has also helped catalyze a number of other initiatives including breakthrough treatments Type I Diabetes and Autism, the Palo Alto Longevity Prize, and funding for several ground breaking non-profits.

  • Michele Giddens
    Chair of the UK National Advisory Board, Impact Investing

  • Michele Giddens, Chair of the UK National Advisory Board, Impact Investing

    Michele co-founded Bridges Ventures along with Philip Newborough and Sir Ronald Cohen in 2002. The firm is dedicated to sustainable and impact investment and has raised almost £800m across three types of funds: Sustainable Growth, Property and Social Sector funds.

    Michele has over 20 years of international development and social finance experience. She was an Investment Officer with International Finance Corporation, the private sector financing arm of the World Bank Group in Eastern Europe in the early 1990s, then spent 8 years with Shorebank Corporation, which was one of the leading community development banks in the USA.

    There she ran small business lending programmes in Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, advised on microfinance in Bangladesh, the Middle East and Mongolia and did research in the US community development finance sector.

    Michele has a BA Honours in politics, philosophy & economics from Oxford University and an MBA from Georgetown University, Washington, DC. Michele is on the board of CDC, and has recently been appointed as Chair of the UK National Advisory Board to the Global Social Impact Investment Steering Group, as established by the G8.

  • Richard Meredith
    Partner, London, Brunswick Group

  • Richard Meredith, Partner, London, Brunswick Group

    Richard is co-head of Brunswick’s Crisis Advisory Group. Drawing on his political experience, he has worked with a number of senior corporate clients on preparing them to manage crises better.

    He also leads the Brunswick Private Client and Family Business Group along with being a key partner in Brunswick’s Corporate Data Group, advising clients on data and cyber issues.

    Before joining Brunswick in 2012, Richard was Communications Director for national security issues in the UK government. Richard’s long career in the HM Diplomatic Service took him to many parts of the world, and he lived and worked in Africa, Germany, the US and the Middle East.

    Richard has advised a number of major global companies, including BAE Systems, Rolls Royce, and MTN on their management of global crises. Richard’s senior clients also include international private family businesses in the UK and internationally, where he works with them to build communication programs that underpin their reputational standing.

  • Ben Rattray
    Founder & CEO, Change.org

  • Ben Rattray, Founder & CEO, Change.org

    Ben is the Founder and CEO of Change.org, the world's largest platform for social change with more than 150 million users. Ben has been named one of Time's 100 most influential people in the world, Fortune's 40 Under 40 rising young business leaders, and Fast Company's most creative people in business, and is a thought leader on the intersection of technology, business, and social change. He has been profiled in dozens of news outlets including the New York Times, NPR, Washington Post, and CNN, and is a graduate of Stanford University.

  • Saad Khan
    Co-founder, Uprising

  • Saad Khan, Co-founder, Uprising

    Saad has been an early investor or advisor to companies like Lending Club, Lyft, Upworthy, AltSchool, Watsi, The Long Now, Zaarly, Jobvite, and Evolution Robotics (now iRobot). He was formerly a Partner and led all digital media / software investments at CMEA Capital. Prior to that, he was at Garage.com where he helped build incubator 1.0 in the valley.

    He co-founded the Film Angels and loves storytelling. He was one of the producers on two Grammy-winning jazz projects with Arturo O'Farrill “The Offense of the Drum” (Grammy in 2015 for best Latin Jazz Album) and "Cuba: The conversation continues" (Best Instrumental Composition in 2016).

    Saad is passionate about science and serves on the Board of the SETI Institute, co-founded by one of his heroes, Carl Sagan. He has guest lectured at the Stanford Design School and the UC Berkeley Business School. He's mentored at StartupWeekends in post-Revolution Egypt, at the Google Developer Conference in Saudi Arabia, and has been a frequent speaker at the US State Department.

    He loves all things Sufi, Richard Feynman, and he’s down to play ping pong anytime.


  • Sam Chaudhary
    Co-Founder & CEO, ClassDojo

  • Sam Chaudhary, Co-Founder & CEO, ClassDojo

    Sam Chaudhary is CEO at ClassDojo, a classroom communication app for teachers, parents, and students. ClassDojo has become one of the world's fastest-growing education technology companies, being used by tens of millions of people in 2 in 3 US schools, and a further 180 countries. Sam has been named a 30 Under 30 Leader by both Forbes and Inc. Magazine and was recognized as a LinkedIn Next Wave Leader Under 35.

    Prior to co-founding ClassDojo, Sam was a high school economics teacher and worked in McKinsey’s global education practice in London, where he collaborated with the UK government and international NGOs on education policy. He graduated from the University of Cambridge with a degree in economics.

  • Allison Duncan
    Amplifier CEO and Founder

  • Allison Duncan, Amplifier CEO and Founder

    As the CEO and Founder of Amplifier Strategies, Allison Duncan continues to pave the road toward a proven, modern approach to philanthropy. Amplifier is a for-profit, 100-percent mission-driven business that partners with industry leaders seeking to build and scale proven approaches to social change. She is an entrepreneur, investor and advisor to change-makers interested in the growing convergence of philanthropy and innovation.

    Allison’s great pivot in life came with the discovery that finance, technology and dynamic business startup models all could shape mission-driven work. This deepening appreciation for an emerging era of philanthropy inspired her to move social impact to the core of her new business, rather than having it remain on the margins of goodwill. She has traveled the world in partnership with global leaders in tenacious pursuit of grand solutions that make a better world for all.

    Allison began her career in philanthropy with the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. She served as the Program Director for a $400 million environmental investment and as the Director of Program Finance, where she created a practice to conduct due diligence, measure outcomes, and structure $1 billion in grants and program-related investments. Prior to joining the Moore Foundation, Allison worked at Deloitte in the Carolinas, Russia, New York and Silicon Valley.


  • Katherine Brown
    Practice Lead, Investor Industries

  • Katherine Brown, Practice Lead, Investor Industries

    Katherine Brown is Practice Lead - Investor Industries and head of Impact Investing at the World Economic Forum. Prior to this role, she was the head of the European & Eurasian community for the Forum of Young Global Leaders as well as leading their portfolio of environment & sustainability initiatives and international education modules.

    Katherine joined the Forum from the private sector, having worked with Unilever in the United Kingdom and previously running her own event production consultancy in New York City. Additionally, she produced high-end lifestyle events for Fortune 500 companies with Karlitz & Company, Inc in New York City. She was the founding Chairwoman for the inaugural TEDx conference at London Business School, and has been published on the topic of luxury goods expansion strategy in emerging markets in Business Today.

    Katherine is an alumna of the Global Leadership Fellows programme of the World Economic Forum, and holds an MBA from London Business School (United Kingdom). Her undergraduate degree hails from Kenyon College (United States) with a BA in Art History and Italian.

  • Andy Lam
    Co-founder, Uprising

  • Andy Lam, Co-founder, Uprising

    Andy Lam, M.D. is an impact investor, physician, engineer, and entrepreneur. He is Co-founder of Uprising, a venture capital firm backing mission-driven entrepreneurs. He was on the founding investment team at PL Capital, a $300m fund, worked for the highest-performing hedge fund in the world, and has co-founded four technology companies. Andy received his MD from Baylor College of Medicine and has a BS in Engineering with Honors from Stanford where he was a President’s Scholar.

  • Pooran Desai
    Co-Founder, BioRegional

  • Pooran Desai, Co-Founder, BioRegional

    Pooran Desai studied at Oxford and Cambridge Universities prior to co-founding Bioregional Development Group in 1992 with his wife Sue Riddlestone. They established a number of enterprises in sustainable forestry, farming and recycling before initiating the BedZED eco-village project which was completed in 2002, where they currently reside. This enabled Bioregional to create the One Planet Living framework which is being used across the world by real estate projects, manufacturing and retail companies, cities and schools. Pooran is an Honorary Fellow at the Royal Institute of British Architects, the (co)author of Bioregional Solutions (2002), One Planet Living (2006) and One Planet Communities (2009) , and the recipient of award Officer of the Order of the British Empire. He and his wife are Skoll Awardees (2009) for Social Entrepreneurship and Schwab Foundation European Social Entrepreneurs of the Year (2011).

  • Juergen Griesbeck
    Chief Executive Officer, streetfootballworld, Germany

  • Juergen Griesbeck, Executive Board Member, Head of Corporate Communications and Design Services, Swarovski UK Ltd

    Deeply affected by the murder of Colombian football star Andrés Escobar in 1994, Jürgen Griesbeck decided to dedicate his life to exploring the potential of football as a tool for positive social change. Starting in Medellin, Colombia, he initiated Football for Peace, which mobilised thousands of young people in armed conflict and helped to rebuild social mobility in the city. In his native Germany he transferred the experience to combat the wave of right-wing extremism plaguing the country in the early 2000s.

    Griesbeck’s efforts to create social change through football led him to establish the streetfootballworld network in 2002 which today unites over 120 community organisations in close to 80 countries with a reach of 2 million youth in need on a daily basis. Aiming at exponential growth he’s now embarked on new ventures, The Third Half and Common Goal, a conscious football tourism company and a global pledge to make philanthropy easy for the football industry.

    He is the recipient of awards including: UEFA Foundation for Children’s Award 2016, EU Citizenship Award 2014, Synergos Fellow 2012; UEFA Charity Award 2011; Schwab Foundation European Entrepreneur of the Year 2011, Ashoka Fellow since 2007; Globalizer Fellow since 2010; Laureus Sport for Good Award 2006 and FIFA Fair Play Award 2006.


Rhodes House, Oxford, OX1 3RG

Rhodes House, Oxford, is the home of the Rhodes Scholarships and the Rhodes Trust, and offers facilities for educational and other purposes. Rhodes House welcomes lectures, seminars, conferences, dinners and other events. The House was completed in 1928. It was designed by Sir Herbert Baker, who designed major public buildings in South Africa and collaborated with Sir Edwin Lutyens on the design of New Delhi. It is a listed building, grade II.

More information about Rhodes House can be found at rhodeshouseoxford.com

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Agenda and program subject to changes.

Morning sessions: Private Philanthropy and its future

    • 09:00
    • Registration & Breakfast
    • 09:25
    • Welcome address: Matthew Vincent, UK Companies Editor, Financial Times
    • 09:30

    • Opening comment: Daniel Shakhani, Founder, Blueprints.org & Founding Father, FT Global Impact Summit & Lord Hastings, Global Head of Corporate Citizenship, KPMG
    • 09:35

    • Introduction: Philanthropy in higher education and its future
      - Alasdair Maclay, Director of Strategy & Development, the Rhodes Trust
    • 09:50

    • Dynamic Masterclass: Philanthropy – My journey
      - Sir Tom Hunter, Founder, West Coast Capital & The Hunter Foundation
      - Alan McCormick, Managing Director & Partner, Legatum Group
      - George Weiss, Philanthropist & Money Manager, Weiss Family Foundation
      Followed by Q&A with all speakers
    • 10:50
    • Morning tea and coffee break
    • 11:10

    • Trends in Modern Philanthropy
      Hosted by: Tabreez Verjee, Co-founder Uprising, Kiva.org
      How to Eradicate Ultra Poverty by 2030: Introducing Uplift
      Hosted by: Shaifali Puri, Uplift
    • 11:30

    • Mission Driven Technology Investing
      Innovations and entrepreneurship driving impact
      - Tabreez Verjee, Andy Lam, Saad Khan, Co-founders, Uprising
      Changing education from the ground up
      - Sam Chaudhary, ClassDojo
      The Changing Shape of Social Movements
      - Ben Rattray, Change.org
      An Artist and a Scientist Walk into a Bar
      - Joe Davis, Artist Scientist, Harvard Medical School / George Church Laboratory (Department of Genetics)
    • 12:15

    • Interactive discussion groups (Please follow FT staff to your selected session)
      1. Aiming Higher: Collaborative Initiatives for Systems Change
          - Shaifali Puri, Uplift & Allison Duncan, Amplifier
      2. Setting a New Bar: An Exploration of How to Generate Outsized Impact, Strong Financial Outcomes, and Meaningful Psychic Returns
          - Andy Lam, Uprising, Oliver Guinness, MOTIV & Bill Tarr, MOTIV
      3. Shaping the Future of Education
          - Sam Chaudhry, ClassDojo & Ben Nelson, Minerva
      4. Cutting the Edge out of Technology: The Humanity of Genetics, Space, and the Frontiers of Tomorrow
          - Saad Khan, Uprising & Joe Davis, Artist Scientist, Harvard Medical School / George Church Laboratory (Department of Genetics)
      5. Responding to Rising Populism in the West
          - Ben Rattray, Change.org & Tabreez Verjee, Uprising
    • 13:00

    • Leadership for an Emergent Future
      - Allison Duncan, Amplifier & Tabreez Verjee, Uprising
    • 13:10
    • Lunch & Networking

Afternoon sessions: Impact investment and innovation

    • 14:15

    • Panel: Business and society -defining the needs and building solutions.
      - Paul Lindley, Founder and Chairman, Ella's Kitchen
      Chaired by:
      - Richard Meredith, Partner, London, Brunswick Group
      - Nick O’Donohue, Senior Advisor, Blended Finance, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
      - Michele Giddens, Chair of the UK National Advisory Board, Impact Investing
    • 14:55

    • Panel: The Blueprints Challenge; collaborating to shift a challenged region from crisis to sustainable development.
      Chaired by:
      - David Solomon, Founder, Blueprints.org
      - Lord Hastings, Global Head of Corporate Citizenship, KPMG
      - Edgar Isingoma, KPMG East Africa
      - Daniel Shakhani, Co-Founder, Blueprints.org
    • 15:25

    • Presentation: Building a Legacy of Impact: Exploring Impact Investments in Social Enterprise.
      Hosted by:
      - Katherine Brown, Practice Lead, Impact Investing, World Economic Forum, Switzerland
      - Pooran Desai, Co-Founder, BioRegional
      - Juergen Griesbeck, Chief Executive Officer, streetfootballworld, Germany
    • 16:25
    • Afternoon tea & Networking
    • 16:50

    • Panel: Refugee Crisis: Social Opportunities and Political Consequences
      Introduced by:
      - Dawn Nakagawa, Executive Vice President, Berggruen Institute
      Hosted by:
      - Matt Browne, Founder of Global Progress
      - Brendan Cox, Activist (former Executive Director of Crisis Action)
      - Andrej Mahecic, Snr. External Relations Officer, UNHCR UK
      - Sasha Havlicek, CEO Director, Institute for Strategic Dialogue
      - Kirsty McNeill, Executive Director of Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns, Save the Children
    • 17:30

    • Keynote address: Impact Investing; Innovation without compromise
      - Ira Ehrenpreis, Board, Tesla, DBL partners, Chair WEIF
    • 18:15
    • Closing remarks: Matthew Vincent, UK Companies Editor, Financial Times
    • 18:20
    • Cocktails & networking

Agenda and program subject to changes.


Founding fathers:

  • About Blueprint.org

    A tech innovation geared towards revolutionising philanthropy and impact investing. Central to our technology is an interactive roadmap that enables universal engagement by influencers and social media participants.

    Blueprints will be as easy as pushing a button; swift connectivity, validation and building movements around the impact you want to achieve. What will be your legacy?

    Blueprint enables anyone to become an impact investor / philanthropist and engage with causes they care about by investing time, money or resource to give them a meaningful voice on the global stage.

    As humanity races to global challenges, self-interest and personal gain must rise to become all about collective action, how do we align both? The Blueprints Map

    Each influencer will see their efforts grow on the map whilst advancing a larger collaborative purpose. The Influencers ‘Halos’ grow as we measure impact and results fed back via social media.

    The model is underpinned by institutional quality blueprint partners (Blueprint IQs), proven projects that represent some of the world’s leading solutions. In collaboration with KPMG, Relativity Media and the Financial Times; at the FT Global Impact Summit we will be announcing the Blueprints Challenge – to transition a region from poverty to prosperity.

    Join the movement at the epicentre of thought on interactively solving global challenges.

Gold Sponsors:

  • About Uprising

    UPRISING is a platform to catalyze epic entrepreneurial endeavors that matter. Yes we are also a fund and here is why.... In our view, the greatest entrepreneurs are increasingly mission-driven and working on challenges worthy of their lives. Today's most exciting technology companies are reshaping health, disrupting education, impacting the environment, democratizing access, and empowering people in unprecedented ways. The number of these types of companies getting funded by top VCs has grown at an annualized rate of 90% for the past decade. Mission-driven companies have inherent advantages. They attract and retain better talent, build tighter cultures, have more aligned customers, and generate outsized press. They ignite movements that are bigger than their companies. It takes a special class of entrepreneur to impact humanity at scale.

    So we started speaking with the founders of these companies and the untold stories about “why we really started this business” came pouring out. We repeatedly heard about their desire for greater meaning and the emptiness of prior successes. We heard about the trade-offs they had to make in choosing between investors who shared their values versus those who could help them scale their business. We believe this is a false choice that real life superheroes shouldn't have to make. These world-changing founders deserve a special set of venture firms who share their values, truly have their back, and are able to make decisions from a place of real alignment. We want our founders to be able to embrace their inner whys and wear them proudly on their sleeves. Uprising is our humble attempt to fulfill these needs.

    We’ve brought you some of the most downloaded software on the Internet, built venture funded companies out of our Stanford dorm rooms, helped seed and serve on the boards of organizations like Kiva.org, have each helped build and run multi-hundred million dollar funds, and now have the privilege of supporting many leading mission-driven entrepreneurs like those behind Lyft, Lending Club, Change.org, Andela, Good Eggs, Upworthy, Zaarly, Classdojo, Minerva, Altschool, PeerIQ, and Zopa. The Uprising crew has also helped catalyze a number of other initiatives including breakthrough treatments for Autism and Type I Diabetes, the Palo Alto Longevity Prize and funding for several ground breaking non-profits like Watsi and CareMessage. Saad Khan helped build the first incubator in Silicon Valley, Garage.com, and was most recently a Partner at CMEA Capital where he had been investing in some of the best and brightest Silicon Valley has to offer. He also started Film Angels, teaches at the Stanford Design School, publishes from time to time, travels the world promoting entrepreneurship, and is on a Grammy winning producer streak. Andy Lam is a 4 time entrepreneur and prolific investor recruited to a leading hedge fund while a college sophomore. He then turned down a rare opportunity to run his own fund within one of the most prestigious hedge funds to become a physician (let us know if you need an anesthesiologist) and followed that up by co-founding a $300M hedge fund. Tabreez Verjee pioneered groundbreaking financial instruments and assembled a $150M debt fund while he was 21, and then had his first exit at the age of 23 when he led Sonique to a $70M sale. He followed it up by co-founding a venture fund and contributing some of the very first funding for Kiva.org.

    But what is past is barely prologue. Join us in UPRISING.

  • About Amplifier

    Amplifier is a San Francisco-based social change agency that builds and scales mission-driven programs to create lasting benefits for society. We see a future where all people can experience the joy that comes from actualizing their potential, creating positive outcomes for others, and preserving our natural resources for generations to come.

    Amplifier is in the business of building a world that works for all. The idea that such a specific business model exists says much about the great opportunities in this new era of innovation.

    For the first time in history society has the collective resources needed to solve our toughest social and economic challenges. The innovation economy has produced sweeping advances in technology--and in our understanding of what’s possible.

    Unprecedented financial and social capital is available for impact investment. At the same time, social entrepreneurs are implementing successful models around the world that are ready to be scaled.

    We’ve built an agency to create the platforms and partnerships needed to make positive change happen faster. With an integrated team of strategists and creatives, we work with investors and leaders to imagine, design and implement strategies that change systems. The greatest challenges of our time are on our agenda, from extreme poverty to climate change... and we’re are seeing incredible results in these areas and more.

  • About The Weiss Family Foundation

    The Weiss Family foundation is dedicated to improving lives through education and healthcare.

    The Weiss Family Foundation is committed to finding cures and lifesaving treatments for cancer as well as a range of other diseases, and partners with like-minded individuals, foundations and institutions to support these efforts.

    Mr. Weiss is the Founder and Chairman of Say Yes to Education, an organization committed to opening access to post-secondary education for students in low-income families. Mr. Weiss believes that access to post-secondary education can truly change lives, especially for students facing enormous social and financial challenges. He created Say Yes to Education in 1987 with a promise to pay the full costs of college or vocational training for 112 students at the Belmont Elementary School, located in one of Philadelphia’s most economically disadvantaged neighborhoods. Today, Say Yes to Education scholarships and supports are available to 140,000 students in New York, Connecticut, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

    In addition to founding and growing Say Yes to Education, Mr. Weiss has given generously to the University of Pennsylvania, endowing scholarships and professorships, and funding academic and athletic centers.

    In 2010 Mr. Weiss founded the Orphan Disease Pathway Project and the Orphan Disease Center at Penn Medicine.

    In 2014 the Foundation entered into a collaboration with Stand Up to Cancer to provide resources for transformative cancer research.

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About The Berggruen Institute

Founded in 2010, the Berggruen Institute’s mission is to develop foundational ideas and, through them, shape political and social institutions for the 21st Century. In the age of technology and globalization--as our traditions are challenged, new social orders are emerging and political institutions falter—critical analysis of our most fundamental beliefs and the systems founded on them is required.

As an outwardly expansive and purposeful network, we bring together some of the best minds and most authoritative voices from across cultural and political boundaries to explore the fundamental questions of our time, from global governance to what it means to be human in the age of technology. Our objective is enduring impact on the progress and direction of societies around the world.


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  • Bill and Melinda Gates foundation

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