2018 Corporate Impact Summit:
Impact through innovation and venture

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- The Orange Silicon Valley team


Event recap

In 2015, the United Nations put 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into effect as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. Achieving these objectives requires cooperation between the public and private sector, in addition to investment capital, technology innovation, and engagement of the world’s citizens. However, how do we engage with all of these stakeholders in a viable and sustainable way to ensure the long-term success of supporting programs? How do we track, connect, and communicate challenges and successes in the field? Which technological innovations will play an instrumental role in achieving our common goals?

For Orange, many of the UN’s SDGs relate closely to our core business, including: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure; Sustainable Cities and Communities; Affordable and Clean Energy; Good Health and Well-Being; and Gender Equality. With a significant footprint across Africa and the Middle East (130M mobile customers across 21 countries), accomplishing these goals helps enable the long-term sustainable growth of our company.

The 2018 Corporate Impact Summit, hosted by Orange Silicon Valley, will convene some of the foremost thought leaders in investment, technology, and entrepreneurship using innovative approaches to balance the fine line between risk and both economic and social returns, to benefit not only a business’s bottom line, but also their customers and the communities in which they operate.


Download speaker presentations (by panel):



Morning networking over breakfast

Opening remarks
Gabriel Sidhom, Vice President of Technology Development, Orange Silicon Valley

Keynote: A macro perspective explaining the investment and innovation gap for sustainable development
Yana Kakar, Global Managing Partner, Dalberg Advisors

Keynote: An academic perspective on the demand, supply, and performance in impact investing
Brad Barber, Associate Dean and Professor of Finance, UC Davis Graduate School of Management

Keynote: A case study on pursuing and raising an impact fund
Maya Chorengel, Senior Partner - Impact, The Rise Fund

Panel: Moving the industry forward
Yana Kakar, Global Managing Partner, Dalberg Advisors
Brad Barber, Associate Dean and Professor of Finance, UC Davis Graduate School of Management
Maya Chorengel, Senior Partner - Impact, The Rise Fund
Moderator: David Wilton, Managing Director and CEO, Zheng Partners, LLC 


Keynote: State of the impact investing market
David Wilton, Managing Director and CEO, Zheng Partners, LLC

Panel: Corporate innovation and impact in emerging countries
Soren Bjorn, President of Driscoll’s of the America’s
Kevin Connolly, Director of Airband International, Microsoft
Jennifer Young Perlman, Global Social Impact Programs and Partnerships, Pearson
Moderator: Darren Sabo, Principal, Orange Silicon Valley

Keynote: Africa’s venture and startup innovation trends
Steven Ozoigbo, CEO, Africa Technology Foundation and Managing Partner, Lions@frica

Panel: How CVC’s pursue impact investments
Edouard Bulteau, Investment Manager, Total Energy Ventures
Claudine Emeott, Director, Salesforce Impact Fund
Jennifer Hamilton, Senior Director, New Ventures at Johnson & Johnson Innovation; Advisor, Impact Investing at J&J Global Community Impact
Moderator: Catherine Cheney, Senior Reporter, Devex

Closing remarks

Networking reception



Brad Barber

Associate Dean and Professor of Finance, UC Davis Graduate School of Management

Professor Brad Barber is an internationally recognized authority on investor psychology, stock analyst recommendations, online trading and mutual fund performance. His research includes the effect of expenses on money flowing into mutual funds, gender-related overconfidence in stock trading, the impact of coordinated trading by individual investors, and how active equity trading is hazardous to individual investor wealth.Barber has experience consulting litigation support for financial fraud, antitrust and lost profits cases.

He is often quoted and his research has been covered extensively in the media, including Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Time, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times,and has appeared on ABC News, NBC Nightly News, CNN, MSNBC and CNBC.

Barber is one of the top 50 finance scholars in the world ranked by total citations. He has published groundbreaking research in leading academic journals, including the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, the Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal of Economics, American Sociological Review, the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and the Financial Analyst Journal.

Barber received a Ph.D. in finance and MBA from the University of Chicago, as well as a B.S. in economics from the University of Illinois, Urbana.

Barber teaches courses in investment analysis and corporate financial policy. He is a regular speaker at international academic and industry conferences.

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Edouard Bulteau

Investment Manager, Total Energy Ventures (TEV)

Edouard Bulteau is an Investment Manager at Total Energy Ventures (TEV), the venture arm of the energy group Total. TEV identifies innovative technologies and business models developed by startups, supports their growth and fosters potential collaborations with Total. TEV is active in areas such as renewable energies, energy storage, smart grids, energy efficiency, energy access and mobility.

Edouard has been working several years at the TEV’s HQ in Paris before moving to the Bay Area to start the local team. He is focusing mainly on solar, energy storage and energy access.

Prior to joining TEV, Edouard worked in academic research on systems engineering and ecology. He holds a M.Sc. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UC Berkeley and a M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics and Ecology from Ecole Polytechnique in France.

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Soren Bjorn

President of Driscoll’s of the America’s

Soren Bjorn is President of Driscoll’s of the Americas, the leading global brand for fresh berries. In his role, Mr. Bjorn leads the largest business unit for Driscoll’s and is responsible for all aspects of the business enterprise from the strategic planning process and to its financial success.  Family owned for more than 100 years, Driscoll’s works with more than 700 independent growers around the world to create shared value in the communities where Driscoll’s berries are grown.

Soren has been with Driscoll’s for more than eleven years and has led several key functional areas. He served as the company’s first senior vice president of international business and was responsible for oversight of Driscoll’s Europe, Middle East and Africa business, an Australia based joint venture and a new start-up venture in China.  In addition, Soren has led Driscoll’s global research and breeding programs which focus on developing proprietary seedlings in order to deliver great tasting berries to consumers. This superior flavor is a competitive differentiator and one of the primary reasons Driscoll’s is the market leader in fresh berries.

As a seasoned executive in the food industry, Soren spent six years with Del Monte Foods in San Francisco. There, his responsibilities included outsourcing of manufacturing operations globally, and the management of the company’s sales and operations planning department.  Soren also held the role of President and CEO for UniMark Foods, Inc. 

Soren grew up in Silkeborg, Denmark.  He earned an MBA from Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth, Texas and a BBA from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Today,  Soren lives on the California Central Coast and is the father of three boys.

Catherine Cheney

Senior Reporter, Devex

Catherine Cheney is a Senior Reporter for Devex. She covers the West Coast of the U.S., focusing on the role of technology and innovation in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. And she frequently represents Devex as a speaker and moderator. Prior to joining Devex, Catherine earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yale University, worked as a web producer for POLITICO and reporter for World Politics Review, and helped to launch NationSwell. Catherine has reported from all over the world, and freelanced for outlets including the Atlantic and the Washington Post. She is also the West Coast ambassador for the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit that trains and connects journalists to cover responses to problems.

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Maya Chorengel

Senior Partner - Impact, The Rise Fund

Ms. Chorengel is Senior Partner, Impact, at The Rise Fund, and its Financial Services Sector Lead. The Rise Fund is committed to achieving social and environmental impact alongside competitive financial returns by partnering with creative entrepreneurs to build successful businesses that drive meaningful measurable, positive change. Maya currently serves as a Director of Varo Money, Kiva, GloboKasNet and Salish|Growth. She also serves on the Industry Advisory Council of the US National Advisory Boards on Impact Investing (NABs), the Advisory Board of the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative, CASE i3 at Duke University. Maya has over 20 years of private equity, venture capital, and impact investing experience, including co-founding Elevar Equity and she was Managing Director of the Dignity Fund. Maya earned an A.B. in Social Studies from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. 

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Kevin Connolly

Director of Airband International - Airband Initiative, Microsoft

Kevin currently serves as Director of Airband International within Microsoft’s Airband Initiative – an organization that partners with start-ups and commercial organizations to help make Internet connectivity and off-grid energy access more accessible. Areas of technology collaboration typically include cloud, Internet of Things, data reporting and analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. Prior to joining the Airband team, Kevin held multiple international positions at Microsoft while spending 8 years based in Nairobi, Johannesburg, and Paris. Before his overseas roles, Kevin served as a Group Product Manager in Redmond, Washington at Microsoft's corporate headquarters in the USA. Kevin currently lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and children.

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Claudine Emeott

Director of Impact Investing, Salesforce

Claudine Emeott is the Director of Impact Investing at Salesforce where she is responsible for building and scaling Salesforce’s impact investments. She leads a new $50M impact fund focused on investing in mission-driven enterprise technology companies in education, sustainability, diversity and inclusion, and social sector tech. The fund seeks investments with market returns, demonstrable social or environmental impact, and opportunities to grow the Salesforce ecosystem through strategic partnerships.

Throughout her career Claudine has focused on economic development, impact investing, and tech for good in both the U.S. and emerging markets. Prior to Salesforce, she directed strategic initiatives at Kiva, developing a new funding model for social enterprises and spearheading a new impact framework. Before moving to the Bay Area, Claudine spent the first half of her career in economic development consulting and has lived in Beijing, Chicago and Kathmandu. Claudine holds a B.A. from Harvard and a master's from MIT.

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Ugwem Eneyo

Co-founder and CEO, Solstice Energy Solutions

Ugwem Eneyo is the co-founder and CEO of Solstice Energy Solutions, an early-stage startup specializing in the use Internet-of-Things for remote energy monitoring and control technologies. Ugwem’s Nigerian heritage created a strong passion for addressing the challenges and opportunities across the African continent, both personally and professionally. Solstice is a product of her studies as a Master’s & PhD student at Stanford University in Civil and Environmental Engineering, where she led research focused on the nexus of energy, environment and infrastructure in Nigeria.

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Pascal Finette


Exec Director, Fastrack & SingularityU’s Chair for Entrepreneurship & Open Innovation

Pascal is Fastrack’s Executive Director and Singularity University’s Chair for Entrepreneurship & Open Innovation. His work focusses on the intersection of technology, global impact, and leadership; inspiring, educating and empowering entrepreneurs, corporate irritants and change makers to tackle the most intractable problems of our times.

He has spent his career pushing the boundaries of technology and passionately believes the internet can deeply impact the betterment of mankind. He got started on the net before there was a web browser, founded a series of technology startups, led eBay's Platform Solutions Group in Europe, launched a consulting firm helping entrepreneurs with their strategy & operations, invested into early-stage tech startups, led Mozilla's Innovation Lab, created Mozilla's accelerator program WebFWD, headed up Mozilla's Office of the Chair and has invested into social impact organizations around the globe at Google.org. Further he founded the nonprofit organizations Mentor for Good and The Coaching Fellowship; the "GyShiDo" (Get Your S%#& Done) movement and publishes the opinionated newsletter, "The Heretic", which is read by ten of thousands of change-makers globally. Recently he published "The Heretic - Daily Therapeutics for Entrepreneurs" book.

He frequently speaks and writes about the magic which happens at the intersection of entrepreneurship, technology & global impact. As a trained Co-Active executive coach Pascal works with clients on achieving their full leadership potential. Most of all – Pascal loves to work with entrepreneurs who are making things better and go from zero to one.

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Mansoor Hamayun

Co-founder and CEO, BBOXX

Mansoor Hamayun is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of BBOXX, a next generation utility, powering growth and transforming lives across Africa and Asia. BBOXX uses smart, solar technology alongside pioneering financing techniques to improve energy access. Since 2010, BBOXX has sold 150,000 solar kits and impacted 750,000 lives in over 30 countries.

 Born in 1988 in Pakistan, he was raised in Sweden and studied Electrical Engineering at Imperial College London. From 2008-2010 he was the founder and leader of student charity, e.quinox, which brought electricity to 6 villages in Rwanda. 

 As CEO, Mansoor leads BBOXX in all aspects of its business – from its engineering lab in London to its factory in China, to distribution from its local shops across Kenya, Rwanda, Togo, D.R. Congo, Nigeria and Pakistan.

 Mansoor is a Pakistan-Swedish national with fluent English, Swedish and Urdu. He resides in London.

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Jennifer Hamilton


Senior Director, New Ventures at Johnson & Johnson Innovation

Advisor, Impact Investing at J&J Global Community Impact

Jennifer Hamilton has scouted, cross-sector, for new opportunities for Johnson & Johnson in Canada since 2010 – first with the Corporate Office of Science and Technology (COSAT) and now with J&J Innovation.  As well, Jennifer serves as the industry representative on the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR, Canadian equivalent of NIH) Standing Committee on Ethics.  Since 2017, Jennifer has additionally worked with the J&J Global Community Impact team on a new initiative to test Impact Investing in global health where she is seeking healthcare investments worldwide that have social impact and financial return enabling scaling of technology and services in ultra-low resource settings.

Prior to working with J&J, Jennifer spent 17 years in biotech venture capital as Venture Partner at UK-based Nomura Phase4 Ventures and an Investment Director with Rothschild Asset Management covering North American and Canada respectively.  She has also been an advisor to early and late-stage companies, venture funds and pension funds giving financing, business development and M&A advice.  Jennifer has an MSc and a PhD in Experimental Pathology/Lipid Metabolism from the University of British Columbia and a BSc from the University of Guelph.

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Yana Kakar

Global Managing Partner, Dalberg Advisors

Yana Kakar is the Global Managing Partner of Dalberg Advisors. As head of the firm, Yana stewards the firm’s strategy and oversees activities across Dalberg’s 20 offices worldwide. Dalberg’s core expertise is developing inclusive business models, impact investment strategies and economic development. Dalberg has dedicated practice areas across sectors including financial services, ICT, renewable energy, infrastructure, agriculture, health and education, among others.

Yana advises leaders across the private, public and social sectors to achieve shared financial, environmental and social value in the pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals, and she has particular expertise in responsible investing in emerging and frontier markets. Three engagements can serve to illustrate Yana’s broader portfolio: (i) conceptualizing and launching Convergence, the world’s first blended finance platform to connect private and public investors to execute investment transactions; (ii) designing and standing up the $100M Fund for Agricultural Finance in Nigeria (FAFIN), which invests in commercially viable small and medium-sized agricultural enterprises to help them achieve scale; and (iii) working with a large corporation to invest in the inclusive industrialization of the edible oil sector in Tanzania, identifying investment opportunities, advising government on relevant policy issues, and building a coalition of donors and implementers to support the corporation’s investment and operational execution.

Yana serves on the African Presidential Youth Advisory Council and the Boards of Convergence Finance and Speak Up Africa. She is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), an advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) and a member of the Frontier Markets Council of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA). Her perspectives have been published in a number of media outlets including the Financial Times, Devex, Bloomberg, Huffington Post, and The Guardian.  Yana holds a BA from McGill University and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Ekechi Nwokah

Co-founder and CEO, Mines

Mr. Ekechi Nwokah serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Director at Mines.Io Inc. Mr. Nwokah has 20 years of experience building distributed systems and data center infrastructure. He was a visiting professor at Purdue Univerity before leaving academia to join SGI and NASA, where he built large parallel Altix and Origin machines including COLUMBIA which was the fastest supercomputer in the world in 2004. He is an expert in cloud systems and security, having spent several years at Amazon AWS building cloud services and security infrastructure. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Purdue University.


Stephen Ozoigbo

CEO, African Technology Foundation
Managing Partner, LIONS@FRICA

Stephen is a serial entrepreneur, investor and adviser to multiple technology startups. He is currently the CEO of the African Technology Foundation, a Silicon Valley corporation that seeks to globalize African technologies by providing access to resources that effectively address and manage the most pressing technological challenges on the continent. In this role he oversees a myriad of stage agnostic technology projects on the continent and actively supports the efforts of Africa’s emerging entrepreneurs. Stephen is also the Managing Partner for LIONS@FRICA, an initiative that supports signature platforms and activities to launch innovative technology companies in Africa.

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Selma Ribica

Director, Africinvest Venture Capital Fund

Selma is an entrepreneur and investor in emerging markets, particularly in Africa and Eastern Europe. Her product expertise is in fintech and mobile money. Recently, Selma built, scaled and sold a fintech business in London serving underbanked migrants in Europe. Previously, she was in charge of geographic expansion and product innovation at M-Pesa, Vodafone. Selma expanded M-Pesa to new use cases and industries: international remittances, agriculture, energy, and set foundations for mobile money industry interoperability. Selma lived and worked in 8 countries so far, speaks 6 languages and completed her MBA at INSEAD. Selma is currently raising a pan-African VC Fund focused on growth stage technology ventures.

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Gabriel Sidhom

Vice President of Technology Development, 
Orange Silicon Valley

Gabriel Sidhom is Orange Silicon Valley’s VP of Technology Development. He’s responsible for all of the engineering, development, research and business model functions, while also rapidly prototyping and developing services that deliver business innovations emblematic of the Silicon Valley technology ecosystem. Previously he was in charge of Technology Analysis and Implementation for the unit of Orange.

Previously he has held different roles within Orange, including serving as vice president for Orange’s European-based voice and IP wholesale services division, vice president, Marketing & Business Planning for GlobeCast, Orange’s satellite broadcasting subsidiary, and as the vice president of marketing for Orange New York.

Before joining Orange, Mr. Sidhom worked for Verizon/GTE in a variety of executive-level marketing and development roles from 1980 to 1991.

Mr. Sidhom holds an MA from UCLA. He holds three patents.

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David Wilton

Managing Director & CEO, 
Zheng Partners, LLC

David is an experienced investor with an exceptional track record in investing with a double-bottom-line and successfully pioneering investment programs in Investing with Impact and Emerging Market Private Equity.

David consults on Private Equity in Emerging Markets, Impact Investing and ESG and is creating an open source platform designed to assist institutional investors to increase the Impact profile of their portfolios while maintaining return and risk targets. 

Previously David was Managing Director and Head of Impact Investing at Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners and before that Chief Investment Officer and Manager, Global Private Equity for the International Finance Corporation, Acting CEO of the IFC Asset Management Company during its establishment phase and a member of the Pension Finance Committee of the World Bank Group, with oversight of the management of the World Bank Pension Fund.

David is Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Emerging Market Private Equity Association and a member of the Association’s Impact Council. David was a member of the G8 Working Group on Impact Investing.


Jennifer Young Perlman

Director, Global Social Impact Programs and Partnerships, Pearson

For the past 15 years, Jennifer has worked across public, private and nonprofit sectors to advance solutions to large-scale social and public policy challenges. At Pearson, she oversees the company's programs and partnerships for its global social impact campaigns, including Project Literacy. Jennifer also serves on the Board of Directors of a community-based nonprofit that advocates for abused and neglected children in foster care.

 The team

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Moses Choi

Orange Silicon Valley

Moses Choi is a seasoned investor and financial services professional and has executed over $75Bn in principal investment and capital markets transactions. He currently leads strategy, product innovation, and deal sourcing in support of Orange’s financial services and mobile money business units. Prior to joining Orange, Moses was Vice President at Morgan Stanley, where he focused on cross-asset sustainable finance origination and represented the firm on the Green Bond Principles Executive Committee. Moses began his career at Citigroup where he worked for several years in buy-side fixed-income trading, special situations (incl. renewable energy), and corporate banking strategy (incl. mobile money). Moses holds an MA from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a BS and BA from Cornell University.

Jay Onda

Orange Silicon Valley

Jay Onda focuses on strategic investment initiatives at Orange Silicon Valley, working with US based startup companies and building bridges between the startup company and various business units within Orange. With over 10 years of experience in corporate venture and corporate innovation, has worked with top fortune corporations and government agencies from around the world. He believes that the next wave of corporate innovation will be designed with a focus on impact.

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Darren Sabo

Orange Silicon Valley

Darren currently works as Principal, Emerging Countries at Orange Silicon Valley, a division of Orange based in downtown San Francisco, whose responsibility it is to collaborate with startups, investors, researchers and other partners to bring innovation to the group’s markets in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He also works closely with Orange’s accelerator and investment portfolio to build relationships, define business cases and run pilots in conjunction with various global business units within the Orange Group. Darren brings extensive experience in international business development, marketing strategy, product development, investment, consumer insights and go-to-market strategies. His 17-year career spans companies such as Samsung Electronics, The Nielsen Company and various tech startups. His most recent work at Orange focuses on bridging the partnership divide between Silicon Valley and Sub-Saharan Africa. Darren holds a B.A. in in Anthropology from Rutgers University and an International M.B.A. from IE Business School in Madrid.