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Thursday, May 18 • 10:10 - 10:50
Panel: The Role of Impact Investing in Scaling for the SDGs

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Impact investing is an investing approach that combines positive social impact with investing and now has a ten-year history in India. In the last five years, the industry has booked impact investments of over $4 billion USD in over 500 investees. It takes all kinds of investors and asset classes to deliver positive social impact at large scale. It spans the entire spectrum of asset classes, from the very high-risk, seed investments in unproven business models and markets to venture debt-to-growth equity in large companies delivering social impact and collateralized debt to these companies. Technology plays a critical role in this space. This panel will discuss how impact investing is enabling industries within India to grow rapidly and implement new and interesting business models and use of digital technologies. Some of the portfolio companies use information technology to digitize and improve their current business processes and others transform their business by implementing new business models that create value by leveraging digital connections and information and combining them with traditional resources in new ways.  Participants will discuss and debate the role of for-profit social enterprises in India’s digital economy, the interest they draw from impact investors, the scaling of such companies and their ability to create impacts that address the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Radha Basu

Chief Executive Officer, iMerit Technology Services Pvt. Ltd.
Radha Ramaswami Basu has over 30 years’ experience in executive management and is widely recognized as a leading woman technology entrepreneur. Radha grew Hewlett Packard’s electronic business software division into a $1.5 billion business. She then held the position of Chairman... Read More →
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Avishek Gupta

Head of Business, Caspian Impact Investments
Avishek heads the debt business at Caspian Impact Investment Adviser (“Caspian”) and has spearheaded Caspian’s entry into new sectors like clean energy, healthcare and education.  Caspian is an impact investment firm with a 13-year track record of making debt and equity investments... Read More →
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Santhosh Ramdoss

Program Officer, Impact Investing and Grantmaking, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
Santhosh Ramdoss is a Program Officer at the India offices of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, where he manages Foundation grants and impact investments in financial inclusion and livelihoods. Until recently, he managed large-scale development programs at the world’s largest... Read More →
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Dr. Ritu Verma

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Ankur Capital
Dr. Verma is one of the co-founders at Ankur. She is passionate about bringing innovation from lab to the market and did that for a decade across corporates - Unilever and Philips – where she had experience working in roles ranging from product development, to supply chain, and... Read More →

Thursday May 18, 2017 10:10 - 10:50 IST
Hall 3