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The mission of the Impact Capital Forum is to advance the impact investing and social enterprise sectors by providing a platform for innovation, collaboration, and thought leadership.

Founded in 2003, the organization previously was known as the Microfinance Club of NY.

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    • 25 Apr 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Credit Suisse - 11 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10010
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    • This event highlights technological innovations that are enhancing access to financial services in developing economies. One example is the expansion of lending through alternative credit underwriting data sources. These innovations in the digital economy are unlocking capital for the underbanked, which leads to greater financial inclusion, economic growth and job creation. The discussion will also address how RegTech solutions are mitigating regulatory risk in the evolving policy environment.

      Hosts Credit Suisse and Impact Capital Forum will be joined by a panel of thought leaders.


      7:45-8:00: Registration, Introductions, and Breakfast

      8:00am-9:00am: Panel Discussion

      9:00am-9:30am: Networking 

      Breakfast & Tea/Coffee will be provided

      Credit Suisse, 11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10004

    • Speakers

      Tahira Dosani is Managing Director of Accion Venture Lab, Accion’s seed-stage impact investment initiative in fintech for the underserved. Venture Lab invests capital in and provides support to innovative fintech startups improve access, quality, and affordability of financial services for the underserved at scale. Tahira works with Venture Lab’s portfolio companies to provide strategic and operational expertise that accelerates their growth. Additionally, she supports investment decisions, manages portfolio relationships, and drives the strategy and growth of Venture Lab. Tahira previously led strategic projects at LeapFrog Investments, a specialist emerging market profit-with-purpose private equity fund focused on financial services. Prior to that, she worked as Director of Strategy at the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development. Based in Dubai, she drove strategic initiatives for portfolio companies and led new investments in telecoms, technology, and infrastructure in South and Central Asia and the Middle East. She also worked in Kabul at Roshan, Afghanistan’s leading telecommunications operator, where she was Head of Corporate Strategy and launched the country’s first mobile money platform. Tahira began her career as a management consultant with Bain & Company in Boston. She has also worked at the Bridgespan Group and on various education and health initiatives in Pakistan, Tanzania, Kenya, and Egypt.

      Michael Elliott is Senior Vice President, Strategic Growth Portfolio for Mastercard Labs, where he drives the creation of innovative products and services for financial inclusion and inclusive growth efforts.  His portfolio includes the Mastercard Lab for Financial Inclusion, an innovation hub in Nairobi focused on base of the pyramid users, which he also led for two years.  He came to Mastercard from TechnoServe, an international development non-governmental organization, where he developed mobile payment solutions and digital financial services for agriculture while based in Kenya.  Prior to TechnoServe, he led teams at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger.  He holds a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from The College of William and Mary.

      Amit Sharma is the founder of FinClusive, a digital financial services platform for financially underserved and excluded individuals and entities that leverages blockchain technology, advanced analytics and global standard-based risk/compliance tools to drive financial inclusion, build economic resilience and protect financial system integrity. Prior to FinClusive, Mr. Sharma had co-founded Empowerment Capital, an impact investing and strategic advisory company specializing in assisting commercially-scalable impact ventures leveraging new technologies, innovative risk management tools and capital strategies. Previously, he led Operations and Strategy for Command Global Services (CGS), where he managed a team of investigators, financial forensic experts, analysts and legal professionals in the recovery of stolen sovereign assets and strengthening of financial regulatory systems. Prior to CGS, he was Chief of Staff and Head of New Products for Mitsubishi UFJ Securities, USA, and also Head of Project Management to the firm’s International Business and Global Markets Units. In Washington DC, Mr. Sharma served at the US Department of the Treasury, first in the Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligencedeveloping and implementing tools to combat transnational threats and financial crime. His global portfolio included the development and execution of anti-money laundering/counter-terrorist financing strategies, the use of economic sanctions, combating proliferation-financing and illicit activities of rogue states, including North Korea. He later served as Chief of Staff to Deputy Secretary Robert Kimmitt and as Advisor toTreasury’s senior team under Secretary Henry Paulson. Mr. Sharma serves on several working groups, advisory councils and boards, including: the Center for Global Development (CGD), theFoundation for Defense of Democracies’ Center on Economic and Financial Power (CEFP),Middlebury’s Center for Social Impact Learning (CSIL) and Georgetown University’s Beeck Centerfor Social Impact and Innovation. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Mongolia, and makes Guilford, Vermont his home where he enjoys farming and making hard cider. Mr. Sharma is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and teaches regularly on issues related to international security policy, counter-terrorism finance, risk, and social venture development at the Monterey Institute of International Studies and Georgetown University. Mr. Sharma holds an MBA and MA from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a BA from the University of Virginia. 

      • 29 Apr 2019
      • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
      • Flat World Partners, 386 Park Avenue South, Fl.18, NYC
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        Many individual investors and institutions are working actively to deploy 100% of their assets aligned with their values. Though, as Toni Johnson formerly at Heron Foundation, said: "When you get to 100%, that's when the real journey starts." Hundreds of high net worth, family office and foundation asset owners who have committed to deploying 100% of the investments across all asset classes in alignment with their social priorities are also in pursuit of deeper positive net impact and are using the whole spectrum of capital to do so.

        Join us to learn about different approaches to align all investments in a portfolio across all asset classes  (cash, fixed income, public equity, private equity, and real assets) with one's values as well as aligning philanthropic efforts with impact investments. You will also leave with knowledge of practical tools to find impact investments, structure portfolios and start measuring and managing impact.

        Evening's Schedule for Monday, April 29

        • 6:00 - 6:20pm Registration & Networking
        • 6:20 - 7:30 Discussion (panelists to be announced)
        • 7:30 - 8:00pm Further Networking with wine, soft drinks and hors d'oeuvres

        About Toniic - Co-organizer of this event with Impact Capital Forum
        Toniic is the global action community for deeper impact investing. Its mission is to catalyze deeper net positive impact across the spectrum of capital. Toniic is a nonprofit supporting a global network of high net worth individual, family office, and foundation asset owners by curating an interactive community, educational resources, and investment opportunities in all asset classes. Toniic also serves the impact investing field at large with the T100 Project, which provides inspiration and evidence from investors committed to total portfolio activation, and with the Impact Terms Project, which provides a curated library of innovations in impact investing terms and structures for all market participants. Toniic's vision is a world in which all investments honor the planet and its inhabitants.

        Attendance Logistics:
        Special thanks to Flat World Partners for hosting this event. They will have staff waiting on the ground floor to escort attendees up. The location, 386 Park Ave. South, intersects E.27th St. in Manhattan.

        • 06 May 2019
        • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
        • Papillon Bistro, 22 E. 54th St (btwn 5th & Madison), NYC. Burgundy Room on 2nd floor.

        The Impact Capital and Social Enterprise sectors are more exciting and meaningful than ever.  Come to Impact Capital Forum's spring happy hour in midtown Manhattan to socialize and network with the community that is making a difference in the world through finance and entrepreneurship.

        Formerly known as the Microfinance Club of NY, Impact Capital Forum changed our name last fall to reflect the broader coverage of the microfinance, impact investing, and social enterprise sectors. Today, we are a network of 2,600+ professionals representing organizations across services, the non-profit sector, startups, consulting, law and academia reflecting the vast changes in this sector. We host 2 to 3 engaging events per month - see impactcapitalforum.org.

        This free networking event is a casual get together, featuring a cash bar from 5pm-8pm. It's at a French brasserie, Papillon Bistro & Bar. While you're having fun, come meet our board and brainstorm ideas for organizing NYC events and informational programs in the impact sector.

        We hope to see you there,

        Impact Capital Forum


        Papillon Bistro & Bar

        Go to the Burgundy Room on the 2nd floor

        22 E. 54th St. Between 5th and Madison

        NYC, NY 10022

        (212) 754 -9006


      Recent Events

      02 Apr 2019 The SDGs as a Public-Private Bridge: Managing Risk, Return and Impact
      14 Mar 2019 Innovative Tech Products to Facilitate Impact Capital Markets
      12 Mar 2019 A New Era in US Development Finance: The $100bn Multiplier - Fireside Chat with David Bohigian, Acting President & CEO, OPIC
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      29 Nov 2018 Empowering Low-Income Communities in the Clean Energy Economy
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      26 Sep 2018 Impact Entrepreneurs in Emerging Markets - Breakfast for Angel Investors
      06 Sep 2018 Social Entrepreneur Showcase: Success Story and Hors D'Oeuvres with P.S. Kitchen
      28 Aug 2018 Summer Networking Event & new name launch for the Impact Capital Forum
      18 Jul 2018 Demystifying Gender Lens Investing – how to integrate financial returns with social impact
      14 May 2018 Sleeping Giant: The Untapped Resources of High Net Worth Donors of Color
      18 Apr 2018 Spring Networking Event
      09 Apr 2018 Education Finance: Creating Change through Impact Capital
      25 Jan 2018 Mission-Related Investing: New Names, Same Mission. What to Expect Next.

      Programs Coming Soon

      These will be posted, with details, in the Next Events section above as dates are announced.
      Write info@impactcapitalforum.org if you'd like to participate in organizing an event theme.

       March - June 2019

      Applying Behavioral Economics to Financial Inclusion for Freedom of Choice

      Leveraging Blockchain for International Payments and Identity/Asset Tracking

      Gender Lens Investing II: Deeper Insights Leading to Action

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