WE'RE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE OUR FIRST INTERNATIONAL SPEAKERS
MEGAN STARR (US)
Vice President, Goldman Sachs Asset Management
Megan Starr is a Executive Director within Goldman Sachs Asset Management focused on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and Impact Investing initiatives. Previously, Ms. Starr was the Chief of Staff of The JPB Foundation, a $3.8B private family foundation based in New York City. Ms. Starr earned an A.B. from Harvard College in Environmental Science and Public Policy, magna cum laude with highest honors in field of concentration, and was awarded summa cum laude for her thesis on biological carbon offsets. Ms. Starr earned an M.B.A. and a Certificate in Public Management and Social Innovation from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she was an Arbuckle Leadership Fellow.
Brian Trelstad (US)
Partner, Bridges Fund Management
Brian Trelstad is a Partner at Bridges Fund Management, a specialist impact investment fund with $1B under management entirely dedicated to impact and sustainable investing. Brian became a partner at Bridges in the fall of 2012 and raised a $65M fund to invest in businesses that operate in or serve underserved communities in the United States in the themes of health, education and sustainability. Until January 2012, Brian Trelstad was the Chief Investment Officer of Acumen, a social investment fund investing in innovative social enterprises in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa delivering critical health, water, energy, agriculture and education services to the base of the pyramid. Prior to Acumen Fund, Brian was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and worked at the Corporation for National Service. He has a BA in Social Studies from Harvard College, an MBA from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, and a Masters in City and Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley.
DURREEN SHAHNAZ (Singapore)
Founder & Managing Director, IIX
Durreen is an investment banker and media executive turned social entrepreneur from Bangladesh. She is the founder of Impact Investment Exchange, the home of the world’s first social stock exchange and the world’s largest private placement platform for impact investing. Durreen also founded the IIX Foundation that focuses primarily on program management of grant-funded projects. To date, IIX’s work has impacted lives of over 10 million people across Asia.
Durreen began her career at Morgan Stanley in New York City and has worked at the likes of Grameen Bank, World Bank, Merrill Lynch, Hearst Magazines, and Reader’s Digest. You can watch her original TED Talk here and see her live at the Impact Investment Summit 2017!
Randall Kempner (US)
Executive Director, Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)
We are excited to share that World Vision have partnered with us to bring to Australia Randall Kempner, the Executive Director of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs. Randall oversees the implementation of ANDE’s extensive program and advocacy agenda, including training programs for investing in emerging-market entrepreneurs, promoting investment opportunities in emerging market SGBs, and developing standardised financial, social and environmental metrics for impact investment.
JOY ANDERSON (US)
Founder & President, Criterion Institute
Joy is an internationally-known leader in the field of gender lens investing and sits at the forefront of the intersection between business and social change. In 2002, she founded Criterion Institute, the leading think tank focusing on using finance as a tool for social change. In 2011 she was named one of the 100 most creative leaders in business by Fast Company. Joy has served in multiple leadership roles shaping the development of impact investing, including co-founding Good Capital in 2008 and serving as founding board chair of Village Capital. In 2015 she wrote both USAID’s “Gender Lens Investing in Asia” report and published, “The State of the Field of Gender Lens Investing.” She holds a Ph. D in American History from New York University.
WAYNE SILBY (US)
Founding Chairman, Calvert Foundation
Wayne Silby founded Calvert, a $15 billion investment management group noted for their leadership in the area of socially responsible investment. Though he is no longer active in most of the day-to-day business of Calvert, he supervises its private equity activities. Wayne also co-founded Social Venture Network, a group of socially oriented entrepreneurs and investors, and Calvert Social Venture Partners, one of the first socially oriented venture capital funds. He also started the Emerging Europe Fund for Sustainable Investment, a $60 million OPIC private equity fund focused on Central Europe. Wayne chairs ImpactAssets, a $200 million donor advised fund, and SynTao Ltd., a CSR consulting firm in Beijing, China. He has a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Vice President of Group Sustainability, Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (“SingTel”)
Andrew is Vice President for the SingTel Group’s Corporate Sustainability, a Talent Coach to 100 Optus Future and Emerging Leaders, and a mentor to non-profit and social impact start-ups. Singtel also runs a regional social innovation programme, Future Makers, which in 2017 provides grants of over $600,000 and capacity building programmes to social impact start-ups and non-profit organisations leveraging technology and innovation into solving for social issues. Andrew also started up and ran SingTel Ventures from 1997 - 2000, a S$150m technology investment fund investing in emerging technologies in the ICT sector to drive innovation and develop new businesses spin-offs for the company. Andrew has held various senior positions across the SingTel Group in Singapore, Australia and the Philippines including Optus Chief Information Officer, and Chief Operating Advisor at Globe Telecom - SingTel Group’s mobile associate in the Philippines. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts (First Class) Honours from the National University of Singapore and Masters in Management from Stanford University, USA (Sloan Program).