Amit BouriCEO & Co-Founder at The Global Impact Investing Network
Amit Bouri is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of the GIIN, where he leads the largest global community of impact investors dedicated to increasing the scale and effectiveness of impact investing.
Amit co-founded the GIIN in 2009, following the launch of the Monitor Institute’s, Investing for Social and Environmental Impact, a landmark report, which he helped to conceive and develop. His work would eventually lead to the growth of a global network around the concept of impact investing and provide a blueprint that would seed the GIIN’s creation.
Today, Amit dedicates his work to engaging industry leaders, institutional investors, foundations, and leading financial institutions all over the world to advocate for greater integration of social and environmental factors in all investment decisions, and to develop the tools and resources needed to effectively mobilize more capital towards impact investments.
He has authored many articles and has been frequently featured in leading publications such as the Financial Times, The Economist, Al Jazeera, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Fast Company, Barron’s, and Pensions & Investments. He is also a sought-after speaker at events worldwide.
Amit has significant experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors and previously held positions at Bain & Company, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and within the corporate philanthropy units of Gap Inc. and Johnson & Johnson. He holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, an MPA from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Swarthmore College.
He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and their daughter, who inspire his life’s work to building a more sustainable and equitable future for all.
Daniel HulmeCEO of Satalia, leading expert in Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Daniel Hulme (PhD) is a leading expert in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and emerging technologies, and is the CEO of Satalia. Satalia is an award-winning company that provides AI products and solutions for global companies such as Tesco and PwC. Satalia’s mission is to create a world where everyone is free to innovate and that those innovations become free for everyone.
Having received a Master and Doctorate in AI at UCL, Daniel is also UCL’s Computer Science Entrepreneur in Residence and a lecturer at LSE’s Marshall Institute, focused on using AI to solve business and social problems.
Passionate about how technology can be used to govern organisations and bring positive social impact, Daniel is a popular keynote speaker specialising in the topics of AI, ethics, technology, innovation, decentralization and organisational design. He is a serial speaker for Google and TEDx, holds an international Kauffman Global Entrepreneur Scholarship, and is a faculty member of Singularity University.
Daniel is a contributor to numerous books, podcasts and articles on AI and the future of work. His mission is to create a world where everyone has the freedom to spawn and contribute to innovations, and have those innovations become free to everyone. He has advisory and executive positions across companies and governments, and actively promotes purposeful entrepreneurship and technology innovation across the globe.
Emilia RoigFounder & Executive Director at Center for Intersectional Justice (CIJ)
Emilia Roig is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Intersectional Justice (CIJ), a Berlin-based organization advancing justice, equality and a life free of systemic oppression for all. She is faculty member of the Social Justice Study Abroad Program of DePaul University of Chicago and has taught graduate and post-graduate courses on Intersectionality Theory, Postcolonial Studies, Critical Race Theory and International and European Law. She has worked extensively on Human Rights issues at the UN in Tanzania and Uganda, at the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) in Cambodia, and at Amnesty International in Germany. She holds a PhD in political science, a Master of Public Policy and an MBA. She is a Jury member of the German Non-Fiction Book Prize 2020, and of the Edition F 25 Women Award 2019. In 2019, the European Commission appointed her as an external expert.
Joe CrossleyCo-founder Astral Project
Astral Projekt are a collective of scientists, storytellers, and technologists eager to reinvent. Through our positions as teachers and publishers in academia we are able to coalesce and combine our leading edge knowledge in disciplines such as Biological Science, Quantum Physics, 3D Design, Projection Mapping, Motion Capture, Interactive Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, and Immersive Technologies.
Hailing from Australia, and the UK, we operate as a collective, via open source workspace’s forming teams around projects, start-ups, and owned IP.
With backgrounds in professional development in these areas, it is our vision that one day science, technology, and creativity, will occupy the same space. By using creative practices, applying them to areas of research and new thinking, we can not only discover but innovate.
With this vision we set about developing brand and investor driven projects spanning computer technology, biological science, and multiple functional aspects of new media art.
Quentin ChambersFounder and MD at Openlab Digital
With a music industry background spanning 32 years, Quentin has been at the forefront of digital and culture revolutions in music since 1988. Having founded the award-winning web-caster and online-retailer Groovetech.com in 1997, he has since held senior positions in world-leading digital platforms. One of dance music culture’s early pioneers, Quentin played a prominent part in the scene’s formation having owned & promoted the UK rave era’s largest and most memorable events ‘Energy’, attended by over 300,000 people between 1988 and 1992. Having run record labels, managed artists and been a DJ since 1988, Quentin has a detailed knowledge across multiple disciplines within the music industry and an encyclopaedic knowledge of contemporary music.
Robert C. WolcottCo-Founder & Chairman, TWIN Global (World Innovation Network)
Rob Wolcott is Co-Founder & Chairman of The World Innovation Network (TWIN; www.twinglobal.org), a global community of over 2,000 innovation and growth leaders from over 30 countries and across sectors (business, government, the arts, academia, defense). Wolcott is a managing partner with Clareo, a foresight and innovation strategy consultancy and a Contributor for Forbes regarding the impact of technology on business, society and humanity. He is also an early stage investor in over 20 companies, including Indiegogo, Lumni, Kiddom, MagicCube.co and international art show EXPO Chicago.
Adjunct Professor of Innovation at the Booth School of Business, University of Chicago and the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Wolcott won Teacher of the Year from Kellogg’s EMBA program in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017. He holds a BA in European and Chinese History and an MS and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Management Science, all from Northwestern University.
Sophia SwireImpact Investor and social entrepreneur
Award-winning social entrepreneur and gender-lens investor; a passionate, life-long, investor in accelerating talented, successful women.
Experienced business operator and board director, including 15 yrs as company board director & 7 years as Chair, UK nonprofit. Founder of 2 private businesses in sustainable fashion & impact media.
25+ years of business development & program management driving positive change in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nepal, with a focus on empowering women through education and enterprise opportunity. Extensive consulting experience inc. World Bank, USAID, DFID etc.
Thought-leader and innovator with expert level familiarity and international network of government, business & political leaders. Ran for office in European Parliamentary elections for South West England & Gibraltar, 2014.
Member of United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA). Awarded the Humanitarian Innovation Forum’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Social Entrepreneurship at the United Nations, (2015). Faculty member of Futur/io, European Institute for Exponential Technologies & Desirable Futures, speaking at conferences and working with corporations and entrepreneurs to transform mindsets and be future-ready.
In stealth mode with major new gender-lens SDG investment project.
Specialties: Gender lens / impact investing, fund-raising, business development, brand building.
Vuslat Doğan SabancıCo-founder The Vuslat Foundation
Vuslat Doğan Sabancı is a business leader, philanthropist, and a leading voice on human rights, gender equality and freedom of expression in Turkey and around the world. In her 22 years at Hürriyet Publishing, the leading newspaper group in Turkey, Vuslat served as the CEO (2004-2008) and as the publisher (2008-2018). She retreated from her position in May 2018 when the Doğan Family divested from their major media assets including Hürriyet Publishing. Under Vuslat’s leadership, Hürriyet not only succeeded to position itself as the largest and most influential newspaper in Turkey, but also became Turkey’s largest digital content company. In addition to leading a major digital transformation, Vuslat led the editorial policy for promoting gender equality and minority rights and played a major role in the expansion and establishment of such rights in the public eye, as well as, in the judicial system. The “No! To Domestic Violence” (www.aileicisiddeteson.com) campaign, which she initiated in 2004 in order to advance the social empowerment of women, was the first example of such efforts using the media to create positive social change. The campaign was honored with a UN Grand Award for outstanding achievement in October 2006. In addition, it was highlighted as a role model case study in the European Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly Women’s Rights Commission’s report. For the empowerment of women in politics, Vuslat initiated The Rightful Women Platform (www.haklikadinplatformu.org), which was formed together with 42 prominent Turkish NGOs. The platform strives to achieve equal representation of women in politics, business and in social life. Via a microcredit project of the Grameen Bank in Turkey, Vuslat continues to contribute to the economic empowerment of Turkish women.
With hindsight of 20 years of experience in journalism, media and civic leadership, Vuslat was compelled to explore alternative channels to convene thoughtful conversations in the midst of escalating social, economic and political divisions. In order to serve this intent, she is in the process of launching The Vuslat Foundation which originates from the ancient concept of vuslat which describes, “a powerful urge to reconnect and a blissful reunion.” As a global initiative to foster genuine connectedness through art and storytelling, entrepreneurship and research and policy partnerships, The Vuslat Foundation believes that engaging in generous listening is the most important component for establishing safe spaces from where authentic connections can flourish. To this intent, the foundation aims to create a transformative movement that makes generous listening to oneself, to others and to nature an essential norm of connectedness.
Before joining Hürriyet, Vuslat worked at The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, where she worked on the formation of the Asian Business World News Channel and the Latin American Edition of the Journal. She holds a BA degree in Economics from Bilkent University and completed her graduate studies in International Media and Communications at Columbia University’s SIPA. Currently, Vuslat is a Member of the Board at Doğan Group, an investment holding company with energy, petroleum distribution, finance, industrial production, tourism, book and music publishing and online real estate investments. Vuslat is a lifetime honorary board member of the International Press Institute (IPI) that serves for the freedom of expression and media globally. She serves on the Advisory Board of Columbia University’s Global Centers, as well as, on the Columbia Global Leadership Council. She is a Founding Board Member of Endeavor Turkey which cultivates high impact entrepreneurship in the world, a founding member of Turkish Businesswoman Association (TIKAD) and an active member of the Ashoka Support Network in Turkey. She is also a Board Member of Global Relations Forum (GIF/GRF), and a member of the Global Philanthropy Circle Members of Synergos.
- Timezone: America/New_York
- Date: Oct 25 2020
- Time: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Mind to Heart
Join us on Sunday, October 25 at 5 PM CET at The UnConference for a session on the topic “Mind to Heart”.
We’ll be joined by Amit Bouri (The Global Impact Investing Network), Vuslat DOĞAN SABANCI (VFoundation), Robert C. Wolcott (TWIN Global), Emilia Roig (Center for Intersectional Justice), Daniel Hulme (Satalia), Sophia Swire (International Development), Joe Crossley (Astral Projekt) and Quentin Chambers (Openlab).
It is clear, in order for humanity to create a sustainable pleasant and beautiful future, we need to put more ‘heart’ into everything we do, whether it’s related to our beloved ones, our families and friends, our work and our planet. But how do we do that? As individuals? As a company or organisation? As a society? How do we change our centuries-old ego-centred and patriarchal mindset to a more collaborative, creative and compassionate heartset?
The UnConference sessions are moderated by Canay Atalay, Yuri van Geest and Rudy de Waele – co-founders Conscious Learning Tribe & The UnConference – in collaboration with Primavera Salva and Michael Lane.
In a recent WEF survey of nearly 21,000 adults in 28 countries, nearly nine out of ten people (86%) want the world to change significantly to become more sustainable and equitable.
Our late-capitalist industrial-technological society of production and consumerism keeps pushing the limits of planet Earth, while most of us agree that economic growth should be at the service of humanity and not a goal in itself.
“The end and the means became confused. Our end should be human and planetary wellbeing and the means should be money and economy and the kind of industry & production. At the moment, the end goal has become production, consumption, economic growth & materialism and the means are humans. We are treating humans as if we are tools, instruments for making profit.” – Satish Kumar interviewed by Russell Brand.
COVID19 has been an unprecedented time, an opportunity for reflection, learning and introspection on how we can envision a different, abundant future based on boundless dreams, on core values and what we really want in life. No more sleepwalking through an addictive and unsustainable consumerism nightmare and trying to keep the default ultra-capitalist scarcity-based systems intact.
It is time for action now. Time for business leaders to make the switch from the centuries-old patriarchal and ego-centric thinking, to evolve into a new kind of celestial being, in harmony with people, prosperity and our planet. Agile, responsible, resilient and confident in what’s to come, contributing to create regenerative, collaborative and co-created systems for their family and children, for their communities and for the benefit of future generations.
“One of the criticisms I’ve faced over the years is that I’m not aggressive enough or assertive enough or maybe somehow, because I’m empathetic, it means I’m weak. I totally rebel against that. I refuse to believe that you cannot be both compassionate and strong.” – Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand.
So how do we move from a society of control to a society of trust? How do we move from scarcity-based systems and business models to designing abundance systems? How do we move from spending hundreds of years inside a separation mindset to a unity heartset? How do we move from the quantified self (data) to a qualified self (wisdom), from the mind to the heart, from numbers to feelings, from data to emotions?
We will explore all of this, and your questions, at The UnConference on Sunday, October 25. We’ll consider how we can move to this yet undefined new world we’re co-creating together and how we can regain our sense of being human, to reach our fullest potential.
We hope you join us in our heartfelt journey and ask the questions from your heart to our panellists.
This online dialogue event is FREE. Hit the JOIN NOW button below to register and reserve your seat.
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