Digital ThinkIn – The role of impact investment in a post-Covid world

Tuesday 23 June 2020

Duration: 6:30PM - 7:30PM

Status: Completed

C-19 has brought about global upheaval. It is affecting our health, our economies and our education. 1.5bn children are currently out of school across the globe. Now, given the disruptions in businesses and our working lives, how we educate people both early stage and throughout our lives will be more important than ever. What role can impact investment play in the recovery of a world post-COVID? Can it help to solve our short-term public health challenges and the social and economic challenges that are already presenting themselves? Dr Amel Karboul, CEO of Education Outcomes Fund, Safeena Husain, the Founder and Executive Director at Educate Girls and Sir Ronald Cohen, the pioneer of impact investment, join James Harding to discuss how outcome funding could give governments and the private sector greater flexibility in finding solutions for a “new normal”.

Chair: James Harding, Editor and Co-founder, Tortoise

Our special guests include:

Sir Ronald Cohen, Chairman of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment, the Education Outcomes Fund (EOF) and The Portland Trust. He is a co-founder director of Social Finance UK, USA and Israel, co-founder of Bridges Fund Management and Big Society Capital. For nearly two decades, Sir Ronald’s pioneering initiatives in driving impact investment have catalyzed a number of global efforts, each focused on driving private capital to serve social and environmental good. His new book Impact will be released in July 2020.

Dr Amel Karboul, an entrepreneur, chairwoman, TED speaker, trusted transformation advisor and social innovator. She is passionate about nurturing a new generation of responsible leaders and building bridges between the private, public sector and civil society to solve today’s global challenges. Dr. Karboul has been a leader in the private, government and not-for-profit sectors and is now CEO of the Education Outcomes Fund for Africa and the Middle East, a $1 billion initiative to improve the education of 10 million children and young people. She is also Commissioner on the Education Commission and founding member of the Global Tech Panel that brings together leaders from the tech industry, the world of investment, and civil society with the aim to foster new types of cooperation between diplomacy and technology.

Safeena Husain, a London School of Economics graduate, Safeena Husain is the founder of Educate Girls, a non-profit organisation that partners with the Government to identify, enrol, and retain out-of-school girls and to improve foundational skills in literacy and numeracy for all children. Under her leadership, Educate Girls was announced as an Audacious Project at the TED2019 conference, where Safeena shared the audacious plan of empowering over a million girls to enter the classrooms by scaling Educate Girls’ model to 35,000 marginalised villages by 2024.