Tech for Impact: Innovative Finance
Natasha Suchecki, Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship
The past decade has clearly demonstrated the power of tech in changing the way we engage with the world and with one another, but we’re only just beginning to see the potential of exponential technologies for doing good and creating impact across the world. The Tech for Impact panel will explore how technology is changing the way we create, measure, and scale innovative finance across the world. By highlighting the pinnacle of tech solutions to development challenges, it will demonstrate the future of tech-enabled innovative finance and new solutions to age-old challenges, including fintech, blockchain and artificial intelligence initiatives as a snapshot of the future of impact investing.
artificial intelligence, blockchain, devtech, impact investing, Innovative Finance, Social Innovation, Tech for good
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. 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. 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. 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. Chinyere 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.
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