The 8th BCtA Annual Forum will take place at the Japan Society in New York during Global Goals Week on 28 September 2018. Occuring on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly, the BCtA Annual Forum provides a unique multi-stakeholder platform to support Inclusive Business action – fostering public-private dialogues, forging new partnerships and alliances, and exploring innovative business solutions to accelerate sustainable development and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Business Call to Action is the leading United Nations platform on Inclusive Business innovation. Technological Disruption in the World of Inclusive Business, organised in partnership with the Inclusive Business Action Network (IBAN), will showcase practical applications of innovative digital technologies by inclusive business and set out supporting strategies to leverage their use to improve lives at the Base of the Economic Pyramid (BoP). The focus will be on impactful technology solutions that have the ability to yield long-term benefits and help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
The forum will also look at how businesses can use digital technologies to manage long-term risks and find opportunities to grow and develop their business while generating the social and environmental benefits that their customers, investors and the global community value. Business leaders will share their perspectives on how to leverage these disruptive technologies to promote sustainable development and help leave no one behind.
Sam Manaberi is CEO and co-founder of TRINE. Sam previously served as a Director at Bosch Solar Energy North America that brought 100m USD of solar finance to the market. This is also where parts of his passion lies - making solar bankable.
In 2015 Sam was recognised as Sweden’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year. Sam has a broad international background and decided to start TRINE, a triple bottom line company, to accelerate green investments. TRINE is an investment platform that makes it easy for people to invest in off-grid solar energy - with triple return on investment: People, Planet, Profit. TRINE has since the start in 2015 financed almost €9 million - providing hundred of thousands of people with clean energy while moving capital to the green sector and by that significantly reducing our carbon footprint.
With more than 14 years of sustainable development experience, Paula Pelaez heads the Business Call to Action, working closely with our partners and member companies, and ensuring a successful delivery of our programmatic priorities. Before joining BCtA, Paula worked for BSR, a leading sustainability organization, advising large corporations in the Financial, ICT, Healthcare and Consumer Goods sectors on a range of sustainability issues including responsible sourcing, human rights, sustainability strategy, and inclusive economy. Paula worked for UNDP in New York, as Programme Advisor for a large portfolio of programmes in Asia and Eastern Europe, working on issues relating to private sector development, youth employment, and gender economic empowerment. Previously Paula worked with international NGOs such as CARE International, and the Aga Khan Foundation on value chain development projects, social impact investing, and microfinance. She has worked and lived in a number of countries, including Bangladesh, Kenya, Mozambique. Paula began her career in Bogota, working in marketing for Grupo Aval, the largest financial economic holding in Colombia. Paula has a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University, Canada, and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Universidad de los Andes in Colombia
Serial entrepreneur turned serial social entrepreneur. Founder of World Toilet Organisation and BOP HUB. Broke the global taboo on Sanitation and Toilet Agenda since 2001. Creator of UN World Toilet Day 19 Nov unanimously adopted by all 193 countries of the UN General Assembly. Focus in Dynamic Systems and Leverage approach in creating global movements.
Schwab Fellow of World Economic Forum. Ashoka Global Fellow. Synergos Senior Fellow. Time Magazine Hero of the Environment. Her Majesty Elizabeth's Commonwealth Points of Light Award 2018, Luxembourg Peace Prize for Activist.
After 16 successful businesses and attaining financial independence, he retired at age 40 to devote the rest of his life for social system change. Originally a school dropout, he graduated first time at age 56 with a Master in Public Administration at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and again graduated at age 59 from Singularity University's Global Solutions Program at NASA Mountainview, USA.
Now he's building a BOP HUB World Trade Centre for the Poor in Singapore to transform the 4 billions poor into the biggest Blue Ocean Marketplace through Ecosystem Approach for exponential efficiency and growth.
Motto: To Live a Useful Life.
John Corbett, Ph.D., agricultural climatologist and aWhere, Inc. Co-Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer. John focuses his work on applied high resolution and in-time agricultural information through a scalable, enterprise, agricultural intelligence platform. aWhere’s platform includes output from a daily observed and forecast ‘agronomic conditions’ engine providing in-season localized agronomic details to farmers while in aggregate, tracking production across whole regions. These ‘big data’ information are available for integration into client workflows via a variety of common standards. With 25+ years working in agriculture, John leads a team of software experts and agricultural and data scientists leveraging technology for timely, location specific information delivering actionable insight across the agricultural value chain. aWhere monitors the impact of the increasingly variable weather across the agricultural earth and provides insight on risk and environmental trends. Prior to aWhere, John worked with Syngenta-Switzerland, Texas A&M- USA; with ICRAF – Kenya; and with CIMMYT – Mexico
Royston joined Grameen Capital in 2007 as CEO, to launch the organization, providing Microfinance Institutions and Social Enterprises wider access to the capital markets. Grameen Capital is part of the global Grameen family of companies, the flagship of which is the Nobel Prize-winning Grameen Bank founded by Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus. He recently launched Grameen Impact India a unique social debt vehicle to realise the dream of a “Capital-with-a-Conscience” ecosystem which over time hopes to include a Social Venture Fund and a Social Stock Exchange. A career banker, Royston spent over a decade in Citibank in various assignments across Consumer and Corporate Bank and also set up HSBC’s SME Finance Business and their global Microfinance Business.
In addition to being the Chair of Sa-Dhan, whose members have over 30 million women micro-entrepreneurs, he serves on many boards and advisory bodies, including Grameen Foundation India, FICCI, CII, Impact Investors Council, etc. He has been invited to address various programs in India and globally, to promote impact investment and blended finance as a sustainable tool to eradicate poverty, and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Royston has also been invited to write the introductory chapter for the OECD report on Financing for Development to be released at the UN General Assembly in September 2018.
The London-based Finance Monthly publication named Royston in their 2013 Global CEO Award Winners list as among the Top 4 CEOs in Asia, and Top 2 in India.
STUART L. HART is the Steven Grossman Endowed Chair in Sustainable Business at the University of Vermont’s Grossman School of Business and Co-Founder of the School’s Sustainable Innovation MBA Program. Bloomberg Businessweek has described him as “one of the founding fathers of the ‘base of the pyramid’ economic theory.” He is also the S. C. Johnson Chair Emeritus in Sustainable Global Enterprise at Cornell University’s Johnson School of Management, Founder and President of Enterprise for a Sustainable World, Founder of the BoP Global Network, and a Net Impact Board Member. His over 100 articles and nine books have received more than 30,000 Google Scholar citations. His article “Beyond Greening: Strategies for a Sustainable World” won the McKinsey Award for Best Article in the Harvard Business Review for 1997 and helped launch the movement for corporate sustainability. Hart’s best-selling book, Capitalism at the Crossroads, is amongst Cambridge University’s top 50 books on sustainability of all-time.
Melissa is the Founder of Access Afya, an innovative healthcare company based in Kenya. Access Afya is setting the bar high for quality assured, patient centered care in some of Nairobi’s poorest communities. It combines health financing options, technology systems, customer care and rigorous process design to make the model sustainable and scalable.
Melissa is a Forbes 400 Philanthropy Fellow and a Cartier Women’s Initiative Award Finalist. She has spoked globally about digital health innovation in low-resource settings. Melissa holds a Masters in Public Service from New York University. She has served on the Board of the Young Women Social Entrepreneurs Nairobi, which holds events promoting women in business.
Olivia is responsible for delivery of the Impact Management Project. She specialises in helping financial institutions, investors, corporates, policymakers and entrepreneurs design and enhance their impact measurement and management practices, working across multiple geographies and diverse strategies.
Prior to this, she led Bridges Fund Management’s impact management strategy internally across all fund types (growth equity, social impact bond, social businesses and property), which included developing and implementing tools and software for investment selection and impact accounting.
Olivia previously worked for CDC, the UK’s Development Finance Institution, assessing and measuring the development impact of their investments across Africa and South Asia.
She is currently based in New York.
Mohamed Abdelmeguid is an analyst at The Economist Intelligence Unit, where he covers a range of countries in the Middle East and Africa (MEA). Mohamed plays a leading role in the MEA division of the EIU and has published on many countries, particularly Egypt and the Gulf Arab states—some of which are advancing the artificial intelligence momentum in the Middle East. In this position he produces quantitative and qualitative analysis, as well as credit risk reports, to aid corporates in their investment decisions. As a specialist, Mohamed has briefed key clients, such as senior government officials, diplomats, corporates and multi-national firms. He also oversees training operations in the EIU for junior analysts.
Before joining the EIU, Mohamed was a Middle East researcher at the BBC, where he contributed to the output of the Global News division. In his current capacity as an EIU analyst, he often appears in media interviews and has featured on an a range of outlets—including CNBC, Al Jazeera and the BBC.
Mohamed holds a BSc in economics from the University of Toronto and an MSc in economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Before moving to the UK Mohamed lived in Kuwait, Egypt and Canada
Jessica Alderman is the Director of Communications at Envirofit International and leads Envirofit's global marketing and communication strategy. She also founded Envirofit’s women’s empowerment programs. Before coming to Envirofit, Ms. Alderman was a public health communications specialist working in the field of maternal health and international development. She holds a Masters of Public Health with a focus on Social and Behavioral health and Health Communication from Johns Hopkins School of Public health.
Yao is a highly entrepreneurial executive who works with businesses and start-ups in many industries with a focus on technology, assisting with revenue and funding.
She founded The Hatchery, a venture collaboration organization with international reach bridging the gap between entrepreneurs and investors through resources, advisory, funding and building communities. She has had multiple successes as an entrepreneur and supports other companies in advisory and C level management roles. She leads up the enterprise incubator in New York building products with corporate partners -- from ideation, development, sales, funding to exit.
Yao was named by Forbes as 1 of 11 women at the center of New York’s digital scene, by Beta Beat as one of 25 Women Driving New York’s Tech Scene, and Techweek's 100 most influential tech leaders. She also traveled with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Indonesia in 2011, as a member of the Global Entrepreneurship Program Delegation.
Yao is a sought after speaker in areas of building internet companies, technology, social media, and entrepreneurship. Yao and her efforts have been featured in Fortune, Inc Magazine, The Miami Herald, Reuters, Daily News, Red Herring, Crains, American Venture. She has a particular passion for helping entrepreneurs, women, and social causes with projects in place to build global communities, push more women into executive positions.
Business leaders from SMEs to multinationals will share impactful innovative technological solutions already in use or able to be enacted in the near term, guided by an expert audience representing business leaders, policy makers, governments, the UN and other ecosystem actors. Solutions will be discussed looking at their feasibility and scalability, potential to address truly global challenges, degree of supporting advocacy, and applicability to market failures beyond the scope of government and industry.