Over the last 100 years, finance focused on risk and return as determinants of financial performance. Today there is growing appreciation that managing and avoiding disruptive costs of social (health, education), political, and environmental factors through measurable impact increasingly determine sustainable, stable financial performance and offer a path to avoid systemic risk that threatens it. Impact investment dispels the myth of a trade-off among economic growth, financial performance, and an inclusive economy. What must be done to accelerate this process to restore economic growth and prosperity alive? What are the emerging financial innovations that mitigate risks in this COVID-19 world? Health, education, criminal justice reform, affordable housing, and access to healthful food can generate market-rate returns toward a regenerative and inclusive economy. How can impact measurement be baked into capital structures and supply chains to improve risk-adjusted returns and time to market for technology solutions to meet global challenges?
Chair, Global Steering Group for Impact Investment and The Portland Trust
CEO, Start-Up Nation Central
Executive Director, Syngenta Foundation India
CEO, Global Innovation Fund
Senior Fellow and Founder, Financial Innovations Labs, Milken Institute; Senior Director, Milken Innovation Center, Jerusalem Institute