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.


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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