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The Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Impact Finance

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UPDATE: We have moved the event to a larger location, so have been able to make an additional 50 tickets available.

This session will focus on how technology will change the way we measure, fund and scale impact globally. By scanning the current landscape of impact tech and exploring where we are headed, we will paint a picture of the future of social enterprise, impact investing and innovative financing—pushed to new heights by the emergence of enabling, exponential technologies such as artificial intelligence and the blockchain.

The session will begin with an overview of the exponential technology for impact finance space and will then move onto six TED style talks by founders of exponential technology firms for impact. Finally, we will have a short Q&A session with the founders.

Aunnie Patton Power, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Skoll Centre and the Founder of Intelligent Impact, is proud to convene this event alongside Nikki Eberhardt, Ambassador for Global Citizen and EVP Impact + Partnerships for UCO.

Please note: This event will be held at the Said Business School, so it is only open to Skoll World Forum Delegates. (Get in touch with us if you'd like us to host an event with you another time!).

Speakers include:

Tom Adams

Tom is Managing Director of Lean Data. Launched in 2014, Lean Data was conceived to help Acumen and its companies better understand the impact of their work through the voice of the customer, thereby enabling the enterprises to better meet the needs of the poor. Lean Data has grown rapidly since its inception, empowering social enterprises and investors beyond Acumen to build impact measurement and customer-centricity into business as usual. The service is now widely recognized as one of the social sector’s most innovative approaches to impact measurement.

Shaun Conway

Dr Shaun Conway is the founder of the Ixo Foundation and co-creator of TrustLab, a trust-tech venture production studio based in Cape Town. The ixo Foundation is a nonprofit open-source software development foundation building the ixo Blockchain for Impact. With ixo, all measurable changes that have an impact can now be transformed into Verified Impact Data, with crypto-economic Proof of Impact. Shaun is a clinically experienced physician with a career in Global Health and Sustainable Development.

Scott Hartop

Scott is an impact deal-flow specialist with assignments in over 20 countries for banks, fund managers, FTSE 250s and international NGOs. He started Scout Impact last year with a fund manager and a technologist to help clients break new ground in impact investing in frontier markets. With a background in London R&D labs, specialising in AI for decision support, he’s recently been exploring ‘pre/post-chain’ implications: how different kinds of real-world impact intelligence need to be captured to take advantage of distributed ledgers, and what opportunities new levels of data integrity open up for decision-makers and impact optimisation.

Ben Joakim

Ben is a social entrepreneur with experience and expertise within international development. He is the Founder & CEO of Disberse, a fund management platform that drives the transparent, efficient and effective flow and delivery of development and humanitarian aid, built on blockchain technology.

Raphael Mazet

Raphaël Mazet is a social entrepreneur and CEO of Alice (www.alice.si), a social impact network built on the Ethereum blockchain. Alice went live in May 2017 with its first application, a conditional donation platform that gives donors full transparency on what charities achieve with their money. The initial pilot helped 15 rough sleepers in London find accommodation and deal with physical and mental health issues.

J. Todd Morley

Most recently, J. Todd Morley co-founded Y2X, which combines information technologies with assets of human need. Mr. Morley is also Founder and Chairman of G2 Investment Group. In 1999, Mr. Morley co-founded investment firm Guggenheim Partners LLC, which has over $300 billion assets under management. He served on the Guggenheim Board as well as on its Executive Committee. G2 was founded in 2009, when Mr. Morley identified an opportunity with several partners to build an investment group that creates and sustains profit for individuals, families and institutions. The firm acts on the principle that investments in basic "pillars" of human need – food, water, energy, shelter, health care, communication, education – often create asymmetrical return profiles, many of which act as a hedge against inflation.

Chi Nnadi

Chi Nnadi, is a social entrepreneur dedicated to leveraging cutting edge technology to reduce poverty around the world, starting with his homeland, the Niger Delta of Nigeria. Chi is the founder of Sustainability International and its blockchain initiative, Sela. Sustainability International is working to catalyze the largest cleanup of oil pollution in world history using a win-win social enterprise model that leverages biotechnology, blockchain technology, and the power of Virtual Reality to spread the message. Sela is a global project verification platform built upon a blockchain backbone. Platform participants initiate, execute, and verify projects in a secure, reputation-driven network marketplace.

Julie Smith

Julie Smith is Chief Operating Officer of DeSoto Inc., a company that is applying blockchain and other technologies to improve property registry systems in the developing world. Julie joined DeSoto Inc. after serving as Director of Research at Overstock.com’s blockchain-focused corporate venture arm, Medici Ventures, in 2017.

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