The Economist’s Investing for Impact conference Lands in New York City

The Economist announces its third U.S. Investing for Impact conference to be held in New York City on February 12, 2019.

Now that impact investing has moved from the fringes of the investment world to the focus of many strategies, the debate surrounding socially responsible investing is changing. Investors are no longer asking why they should embrace a purpose-driven portfolio and instead want to know how, a press release states.

Moderated by The Economist editors and other experts, Investing for Impact: Leading for the Long Haul? will examine the risks and returns of impactful investment strategies. The one-day summit — which will take place at 10 on the Park at Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle in Manhattan — will generate informative, actionable information on the nuances of impact investing, presented by leading investors, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, social activists, policymakers and philanthropists.

The Economist‘s finance editor, Helen Joyce said:

There has never been a greater need for thoughtful debate on impact investing. As impact investing has evolved, the debate has shifted from whether investors can use their capital to contribute to the greater good to how investors can achieve even greater results — both for causes that are meaningful to them and their portfolios.

The event will include panel discussions, fireside chats, debates, interviews and personal impact stories from world-renowned organizations and leading institutions. Topics to be discussed include: How to make impact investing the most profitable way to invest; what are the intangible aspects of investing for impact; how companies can better manage their natural, human, and social capital; the pros and cons of widespread divestment; and how technology will affect impact investing.

Confirmed speakers at this year’s event include:

  • Catherine Berman, Chief executive and co-founder, CNote
  • Stephanie Braming, Global head, William Blair Investment Management
  • Michael Chu, Co-founder and partner, IGNIA
  • Sonja Gibbs, Senior director, global capital markets, Institute for International Finance (IIF)
  • Fabiana Feld, Chief investment officer, International Finance Corporation (IFC)
  • John Goldstein, Managing director, Goldman Sachs, and co-founder, Imprint Capital Advisors
  • Lisa Hall, Senior fellow, Beeck Center and the Case Foundation
  • Johnny El Hachem, Chief executive, Edmond de Rothschild Private Equity
  • Sean Hinton, Director, Economic Advancement Program, Open Society Foundation
  • Kunal Kapoor, Chief executive, Morningstar
  • Sallie Krawcheck, Chief executive and co-founder, Ellevest
  • Emilie Mazzacurati, Founder and chief executive, Four Twenty Seven
  • Bill McGlashan, Founder and managing partner, TPG Growth, and co-founder and chief executive, The Rise Fund
  • Durreen Shahnaz, Founder and chief executive, Impact Investment Exchange (IIX)
  • Andrew Steer, President and chief executive, World Resources Institute
  • Caryl M. Stern, President and chief executive, UNICEF USA
  • Michael Tiedemann, Founding partner and chief executive, Tiedemann advisors
  • Xiaochen Zhang, President, FinTech4Good

For more information on the event or to register, please go here.