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Friday, September 29 • 1:35pm - 2:25pm
Closing the Financing Gap: Supporting Thriving Enterprises in Emerging Markets

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As an energy entrepreneur, how do you tap into different types of funding? What are the emerging technologies that could help you achieve scale? What are the roles of public and private sector in helping the base of the pyramid gain access to modern, clean, affordable energy? How can we bring in new players beyond impact investors and the usual suspects? What types of capital do entrepreneurs need and what are the best ways to deploy it? This panel of investors, entrepreneurs, and development experts will debate these questions and many others as they share their insights on having an impact at scale.

Moderators
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Sarah Bieber

Director, Scaling Off-Grid Energy Grand Challenge for Development, U.S. Global Development Lab, USAID
Sarah Bieber is the director of the Scaling Off-Grid Energy Grand Challenge at the U.S. Global Development Lab at USAID—a multi-donor platform to mobilize private investment in the off-grid energy sector in sub-Saharan Africa. |   | Her career is based on the conviction that innovative technology and business models can deliver solutions that... Read More →

Speakers
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Lauren Cochran

Director of Private Investments, Blue Haven Initiative
Lauren makes debt and equity investments with the dual expectation of best-in-class financial returns and maximum positive social and environmental impact. As part of this work she spends more time in sub-Saharan Africa than anywhere else, sitting on the boards of several of Blue... Read More →
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Maureen Harrington

Head of Client Coverage for Power & Infrastructure, North America, Corporate and Investment Banking, Standard Bank
Maureen Harrington is the Head, Client Coverage for Power and Infrastructure, North America at Standard New York where she is responsible for building Standard Bank’s relationships with US and Canadian companies involved in power and infrastructure in Africa. Ms. Harrington also develops solutions for governments, international organizations and other development partners. Prior to joining the Bank, Ms. Harrington served in a number of leadership roles with the US Government including Vice President for Policy and International Relations and Managing Director for Africa Operations at the Millennium Challenge Corporation. Earlier, she led the Massachusetts Trade Office and held a variety of positions with the International Republican... Read More →
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Andy Herscowitz

Coordinator of Power Africa, USAID
Prior to this appointment, he served as USAID's mission director in Ecuador from 2011 to 2013, and as deputy mission director in Peru from 2009 to 2011. In 2008, Herscowitz served as USAID’s supervisory regional legal adviser for Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. From 2002 to 2007, he was regional legal adviser for the Caribbean, providing services to Barbados, the Dominican Republic, Guyana, Haiti and Jamaica. After joining USAID in 2001, Herscowitz served as the lawyer for... Read More →
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Jenn Pryce

CEO & President, Calvert Foundation
Jenn Pryce is President and CEO of Calvert Foundation. Having worked at Calvert Foundation for nearly a decade, Jenn has shaped the strategic direction of the organization to lead on rising trends such as investing with a gender lens and making impact investing more accessible to... Read More →
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Anish Thakkar

Co-Founder, Greenlight Planet
Greenlight Planet makes low cost solar-powered energy devices for the 1.5 billion off-grid villagers who use dirty, dangerous kerosene lanterns for light at night.  In eight years, the organization has brought safe solar lighting to 7 million off-grid families in 50 countries and adds 6,000 new homes each day... Read More →


Friday September 29, 2017 1:35pm - 2:25pm
Amphitheater Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

Attendees (35)