The SDGs as a Public-Private Bridge: Managing Risk, Return and Impact

  • 02 Apr 2019
  • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  • 1 UN Plaza, E.44th St and 1st Ave., NYC. Room DC1-1670


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We advise arriving 15 - 20 minutes early to accommodate UN Security measures. 

Join us for a discussion on how the United Nations Joint Fund and the European Investment Fund combine public and private capital to support innovative impact investments. The speakers will explore how members states and other institutional investors can collaborate to fill the $2.5 trillion Strategic Development Goals (SDGs) funding gap by 2030. Since traditional risk-return analysis is proving insufficient, the UN Joint Fund and EIF are incorporating impact measurement with the traditional risk-return model to unlock additional capital flows.  

This event takes place Tuesday, April 2nd.  The event is exclusively for Impact Capital Forum members. Individuals can register before the event to become ICF members at


  • 8:00am-8:30am: Registration, Introductions and Breakfast
  • 8:30am-9:30am: Panel Discussion
  • 9:30am-10:00am: Networking


UN Development Operations Coordination Office, One UN Plaza (corner of E. 44th St and 1st Ave), conference room DC1-1670, New York, NY, 10017. Participants will need to register at the lobby the day of the event.


Richard Bailey has worked for the United Nations since 2008 and is currently in the UN Development Operations Coordination Office, working on the Joint SDG Fund, an effort by the UN Development System to support countries to accelerate their progress towards the SDGs by deploying grant resources to crowd in additional SDG aligned investments. This Fund currently has support from ten donors at just over $100 million USD and will launch in January 2019. Previous to this posting Richard worked in Malawi and Burkina Faso with UNDP. Before the UN, Richard established a social enterprise in rural Zambia and a family home for orphaned children in Romania. He holds a Masters Degree in Development Management from LSE.

Raphaël Betti is the Head of Equity Risk Management at the European Investment Fund where he has been working since 2010. The EIF is a specialist provider of risk finance to benefit small and medium-sized enterprises across Europe by helping them to access finance thanks to a variety of innovative financial products. At the EIF, Raphaël  previously led the Guarantee & Microfinance Risk Management Unit, also focusing on the development of various inclusive finance mandates and products, including microfinance loans, microfinance guarantees and direct & indirect capacity building equity investments. Before joining the EIF, Raphaël worked as Audit Manager for Ernst & Young Luxembourg, in charge of worldwide Private Equity and Microfinance clients. Raphaël holds a Master in Management from the University of Liège and is an alumni of the Social Impact – Creating Shared Value Programme from Harvard Business School.  


Moya Connelly is a Vice President at DWS and is responsible for overseeing energy debt investments for DWS’s Sustainable Investments NY group. Since joining DWS in 2013, she has been responsible for overseeing microfinance and other alternative financial service relationships in Latin America as well as the energy debt portfolio. She is an impact investment professional with extensive experience in investing and the development of investment funds.

In 2002, Ms. Connelly was one of the founders of MicroVest, a microfinance investment management firm. Prior to joining DWS, she developed several funds for the European market (particularly in energy efficiency and renewable energy) and managed a large microfinance fund. She has served as the chief financial officer of a capital management company, an investment officer (debt and equity), and a member of the Board of various microfinance organizations (MFIs and NGOs).

She has been a member of the Steering Committee for the High Water Women Investing for Impact Symposium for the last six years. Ms. Connelly has an MBA from the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia and an undergraduate degree in Economics from Smith College.

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