Thursday, May 29, 2014

Brazil: Annual Conference on Social Finance and Impact Business plus ISEP Reunion

INSEAD joined as a strategic partner with three dynamic Brazilian groups, the Institute of Corporate Citizenship (ICE), ARTEMISIA, and Vox Capital to organise our annual conference, this year taking place in São Paulo, Brazil. The three days of events were aimed at strengthening the ecosystem for the Social Finance and Impact Business in Brazil and across the region. With more than 550 participants attending, it was our largest conference to date and focused on advancing the understanding of the field, engaging private and public sector participants, and establishing the structures that would enable it to thrive. More than 90 speakers presented in 7 plenary sessions, 16 simultaneous workshops, and an exciting series of “innovation spots” and “pop-up” sessions.

At its conclusion, the launch of a Brazilian Social Finance Task Force was announced to be led by some of the nation’s leading business and government figures with the aim of creating mechanisms to promote the structures and flow of resources to meet the needs of this burgeoning field.

More than two dozen ISEP Network members attended the conference and the reunion (in spectacular Paraty) that followed on 8-9 May.  The reunion featured sessions on Scaling Social Enterprises and Risk Management presented by INSEAD Professor Filipe Santos and Timothy Ma Kam Wah (Hong Kong, ISEP 2009-S) in addition to numerous meals and informal discussion opportunities to become familiar with each other’s work, challenges and opportunities. Additional sessions were led by René Saloman Vargas (Bolivia, ISEP 2011-F) and Hans Wahl, and the reunion culminated with a boat excursion through some of Paraty’s beautiful islands.

Next year’s conference and reunion will be hosted by ISEP Network colleagues in Amsterdam in the spring of 2015 so make your plans now. We will make more information available as planning proceeds.

Contact with questions about the INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship annual conference and reunion.


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