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Perspectives on the UN SDGs

Perspectives on the UN SDGs

July 23, 2018 @ 5:30 PM

Location: Ropes & Grey (800 Boyleston Street, Boston)

In partnership with the Boston Chapter of WISE, NEIII and the Boston Chapter of Net Impact, we welcome you to our third Group Impact Event!

This third convening will focus on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals with issue expert speakers presenting TED-style talks on the UN SDGs from multiple sector perspectives.

We are very pleased to welcome guest speakers Geoff Chapin, Co-Founder of SDG Engine; Carly Greenberg, Senior ESG Analyst at Boston Trust/Walden Asset Management; and Suraj Kripalani, Co-Founder of BonBillo; and to welcome back Graham Sinclair as our Moderator for this special event. Please see speaker bios below.

Speaker presentations will be followed by an interactive Q&A.


Event Schedule

5:30-6:00pm – Registration, Light Refreshments and Networking
6:00-7:00pm – Program and Q&A
7:00-8:00pm – Networking Reception

We look forward to seeing you there!

Speaker Bios

Geoff Chapin is an entrepreneur and investor for several different companies. SDG Engine is a nonprofit working with the United Nations, SAP, universities and incubators around the world to create a global platform that will accelerate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by bringing many actors onto one platform. This global platform will intelligently and specifically match companies providing sustainable solutions with the countries and NGOS that need to implement those solutions in order to meet the SDGs. The platform will also allow accredited and non-accredited investors to invest in companies that help solve these goals, unlocking billions in financing. Solution provider companies will also be able to find professional services firms such as banks, consultants, recruiting, accounting, HR, and manufacturing firms on the platform to help them grow as they earn contracts. The nonprofit will also have substantial on the ground help for countries and cities who are working to find and implement these solutions.

Geoff is also the founding investor in Phoenix Revolution Inc. Phoenix Revolution has a patented solution that reduces the power requirements and cost for reverse osmosis by over 70% each while also boosting recovered fresh water to 90% versus about 50%. Currently the product is at work in Uttar Pradesh, India, cleaning effluent water for agricultural use and in cleaning high toxicity water in the U.S. energy sector. More pilots and expansion is planned in Vietnam, Singapore, and in rural areas in Asia and Africa bringing clean water to communities most in need.

Carly Greenberg, CFA, is a Senior ESG Analyst at Boston Trust/Walden Asset Management, a Boston based investment management firm serving individual and institutional clients. She is responsible for assessing the ESG performance of current and potential portfolio companies, and works on shareholder engagement initiatives related to a range of sustainability issues. Carly also oversees Walden's community investing service and contributes to traditional securities research. She leads Walden's efforts to apply the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework to the firm's investment decision-making and active ownership processes and is a member of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment SDGs Advisory Committee. She earned a BA, magna cum laude, in Economics and International and Global Studies from Brandeis University and an MA in International Economics and Finance (MAIEF) from the International Business School at Brandeis University. From 2015-2017, Carly served as the President of the Boston Chapter of Building a Sustainable Investment Community (BASIC), a sustainable, responsible, and impact (SRI) investing professionals group.

Suraj Kripalani is a co-founder of BonBillo, a social impact incubator helping university students launch startups contributing towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals. He also serves as a mentor at Startupbootcamp Cape Town, a leading accelerator program focused on high-growth technology startups in the African continent.  From 2015 to 2017, Suraj mentored management teams of Indian businesses with total revenues exceeding $400 million to execute transformation plans to deliver a material improvement in performance.  His passion for social ventures led him to help launch the Nalanda Education Technology Program, a blended-learning program using an offline version of Khan Academy in low-income Indian schools, in 2013.  The non-profit program has since grown across 3 Indian cities, and shown a positive impact on students’ learning outcomes and engagement levels.  Suraj began his career at BlackRock in 2004 and held several roles in fixed income risk and portfolio management over 8 years in New York and London.  Suraj holds an M.S. in Financial Engineering from Columbia University, a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Purdue University and attended MIT’s flagship Entrepreneurship Development Program in 2017.

Graham Sinclair [@esgarchitect] works at the intersection of
investment, strategy and sustainability. His first decade was running
pension funds for Old Mutual and Alexander Forbes, investment banking
at Nedcor and front office for global multi-managers SEI Investments
with US$281bn AuM. His second decade was focused on sustainable
investment, firstly managing research products at KLD in Boston before
launching @SinCoESG in 2006. Client engagements in the global
institutional investment ecosystem have ranged from AIG Global
Investors on Wall St. to the UN Environment Programme in Geneva for
the Principles for Responsible Investment to benchmarking the impact
of 32 private equity funds for the African Development Bank portfolio.
Recent projects have ranged from executive seminar series for EY
Europe on the SDGs in finance sector, to ESG listings guidelines for
exchanges with WFE and SSEi, and mapping impact investing models for
the Freedom Fund fighting modern slavery.

Graham has degrees in law and business, earned his MBA on scholarship
at Villanova University, and holds professional certifications in
investment and sustainability, including the inaugural cohort of the
WWF One Planet Leaders Programme in Switzerland. He has written for
professional and academic media, most recently for “Research Handbook
of Finance and Sustainability” (Edward Elgar, 2018) and as industry
influencer @esgarchitect is followed by 4,987. His TEDx "Investing As
If The Future Matters" was ranked top 5 in ESG by the global
investment industry’s CFA Institute. On any day he would rather be
cycling a mountain pass.