Conference “Tech and Investing for Impact in Emerging Markets”

The INSEAD Emerging Markets Club recently hosted its inaugural conference on “Tech and Investing for Impact in Emerging Markets”, in partnership with the INSEAD Emerging Markets Institute.

Highlights from the morning sessions:


Jasjit Singh, Professor of Strategy, INSEAD, delivered an insightful Keynote Address on “From Good Intentions to Real Impact”.


In a panel discussion on Why is Gender-Lens Investing Important, moderated by Vinika Devasar Rao, Executive Director, INSEAD EMI, panelists Jennifer Buckley, Senior Managing Director, SEAF, David S., Managing Director, ANGIN, Pierrick Balmain, Head of Asia Business Development, BlueOrchard Finance & Virginia Tan, Founding Partner, Teja Ventures shared many exciting examples from their respective industries.


In his Keynote speech, Taimur Baig, Chief Economist, DBS, talked about Sustainable Finance and ESG Investing in Southeast Asia.


In a lively panel discussion moderated by Sadaf Sultan, Associate, Developing World Markets, panelists Amira Berrada, Investment Manager, IFC, Pranav Kumar, Associate Director, LeapFrog Asia, Scott Richards, Principal, responsAbility Investments & Steven Okun, Senior Advisor, EMPEA discussed Trends in Impact Investing Across Regions.



Highlights from the afternoon sessions:


In a dialogue between Paddy Padmanabhan, Professor of Marketing, INSEAD, and Karthik Pitani, VP of Operations, Janio, they exchanged views on Unlocking Bottlenecks in Bottom of the Pyramid Markets.


In a panel discussion moderated by Wesley Wu-Yi Koo, Assistant Professor of Strategy, INSEAD, Dyota M. Marsudi, Executive Director, Vertex Ventures and Ajit Raikar, Co-Founder and CEO, Validus Capital talked about Technology Innovation: Differences Between Emerging Markets and Developed Markets.


In a panel discussion moderated by Jeevika Makani, Co-Founder, Emerging Markets Club, panelists Tom Duncan, Head of Insurance, GRAB, Radhey Shyam, Director of IT, AIG, Sreeram Iyer, COO Institutional Banking, ANZ & Evelyn Nguyen, Founder, Canal Circle discussed How Technology is Enabling Financial Inclusion in Emerging Markets.









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