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Sir Ronald Cohen

The "Father of Social Investment"

Sir Ronald Cohen is a pioneering philanthropist, venture capitalist, private equity investor, and social innovator. He is recognized as the father of impact investment and European venture capital, and is driving forward the global Impact Revolution.

He serves as Chairman of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment, the Impact-Weighted Accounts Initiative at Harvard Business School, and The Portland Trust. He is a co-founder and former Executive Chairman of Apax Partners Worldwide, a global private equity firm. He is also a co-founder of Social Finance UK, USA, and Israel, co-founder Chair of Bridges Fund Management and former co-founding Chair of Big Society Capital.

Oxford and Harvard educated, Ronnie was born in Egypt and left as a refugee at the age of 11, when his family came to the UK. He is now based in Tel Aviv, London and New York. He is the author of IMPACT: Reshaping capitalism to drive real change, which was published in 2020 by Penguin Random House and is a Wall Street Journal Best Seller. 

Find him as Opening Keynote on April 1st from 9.45 - 10.15 am. 

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Nena Stoiljkovic

Under Secretary General: Global Relations, Humanitarian Diplomacy and Digitalization  at IFRC

Ms. Nena Stoiljkovic began her mandate as Under Secretary General for Global Relations, Humanitarian Diplomacy and Digitalization at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in October 2020.  

She has been working for more than 30 years on global development issues such as climate change, gender, and fragile and conflict-affected situations including through her previous role of Vice President for Asia and Pacific for the International Finance Corporation (IFC).  

Ms. Stoiljkovic has promoted development finance innovation in a variety of leadership roles at IFC including efforts to build a new architecture for development finance with other institutions, governments, and the private sector. She helped shape the World Bank Group strategy, working with the International Development Association on a pioneering private sector window to catalyze greater private investment in low-income and conflict-affected countries.

Find her in our Fireside Chat on April 1st from 11.30 am - 12.15 pm.

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Samantha Creme

Director of Strategy & Business Development at LEYF

Sam joined LEYF in April 2021 to lead the Strategy and Business Development Teams. Prior to joining LEYF, Sam worked at both operations (Stroud International) and strategy (Bain & Co.) Consulting firms. At Stroud, Sam supported manufacturing, mining and chemicals companies to improve their operational effectiveness and financial performance. At Bain & Co., Sam worked in the Private Equity team on commercial diligences and also partnered with clients to integrate sustainability into their core strategy to lead their respective industries in the energy transition. Sam was also an active member of Bain’s Social Impact leadership and worked on a number of pro-bono consulting projects for UK education charities. 

Find her as our Closing Keynote on April 1st from 5.30 - 6.30 pm.