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Special event on Scaling up STI for SDGs: Impact Investing and Other Innovative Instruments
Tuesday, 16 May 2017
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Conference Room 4, UNHQ

Official meeting

Biographies
Innovative financiers to discuss issues on financing technologies and new types of financial instruments, investment funds and funding platforms, in order to foster and scale up commercial deployment of proven technologies for SDGs.

Moderator:

- Dr. Alfred Watkins, Chairman, Global Solutions Summit; Senior Advisor, Global Technology Deployment Initiative; Senior Director, P80 Group Foundation.

Speakers:

- Dr. Jeremy Farrar, Director, Wellcome Trust, UK
- Ms. Julie McBride, Senior Social Franchise Consultant, MSA Worldwide, USA
- Mr. Tang Ning, Founder of CreditEase Holding, Chairman of the Beijing P2P Association, China
- Dr. Peter Adriaens, CEO of Equarius Risk Analytics LLC, the co-founder and CEO of the KeyStone Compact Group Ltd., the Director and Head Judge of the Global CleanTech Cluster Association (GCCA), USA
Biographies
Dr. Jeremy Farrar
Director, Wellcome Trust, UK
Dr. Jeremy Farrar

Director, Wellcome Trust, UK

Director of the Wellcome Trust, a global charitable foundation (both politically and financially independent) which exists to improve health for everyone by helping great ideas to thrive. Wellcome supports scientists and researchers, takes on big problems, fuels imaginations and sparks debate.

Jeremy is a clinician scientist who before joining Wellcome was, for eighteen years, Director of the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in Viet Nam, where his research interests were in infectious diseases and global health with a focus on emerging infections. He has published over 500 peer-reviewed scientific papers, mentored many dozens of students and fellows and served as chair on several advisory boards for governments and global organisations including the World Health Organization. He was named 12th in the Fortune list of 50 World’s Greatest Leaders in 2015.

Jeremy was appointed OBE in 2005 for services to Tropical Medicine, awarded the Memorial Medal and Ho Chi Minh City Medal from the Government of Viet Nam and honoured by the Royal College Physicians UK and the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and a Fellow of The Royal Society.

Dr. Peter Adriaens
CEO of Equarius Risk Analytics LLC, the co-founder and CEO of the KeyStone Compact Group Ltd., the Director and Head Judge of the Global CleanTech Cluster Association (GCCA), USA
Dr. Peter Adriaens

CEO of Equarius Risk Analytics LLC, the co-founder and CEO of the KeyStone Compact Group Ltd., the Director and Head Judge of the Global CleanTech Cluster Association (GCCA), USA

Academic Experience
Research. My expertise is in environmental technology development and field implementation, and environmental finance, funded by $25M. in grants and industry support. Since 2005, my work has focused on an emerging area in sustainability: How can the capital markets and financial technology be harnessed to stimulate industrial renewal and green growth? Areas of study: (1) Development of financial technology (waterVaR) for risk pricing of financial assets in the capital markets exposed to water constraints; (2) Financial network analysis and data-driven risk analytics for the design of multi-asset renewal funds (MARF) in support of emerging sustainable industries; (3) New business models to scale or diffuse technologies and companies engaged in the energy-food-water nexus space, smart mobility, smart grid, and green chemistry.
Teaching and Service. I teach Business Model Design, Entrepreneurial Business Fundamentals (for Scientists and Engineers), CleanTech Venture Assessment, and Environmental Finance. My service activities include: US National Science Foundation - Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems; International advisor to Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency of Innovation; Strategic consultant to the Asia Development Bank and the World Bank on cleantech project investments in Southeast Asia.

Business Background
CEO, Equarius Risk Analytics LLC (www.equariusrisk.com), a financial technology firm addressing equity, portfolio, and infrastructure valuation impacts from water quality and quantity risk exposures.

CEO, Corymbus Asset Management (www.corymbus.co), a financial technology firm focused on end-to-end macro- and microeconomic services for industry ecosystem analysis, algorithmic assessment of investment grade, asset allocation strategies, and blended finance fund designs.

Co-Founder, Global CleanTech Cluster Association (www.globalcleantech.org), a Swiss-based foundation catalyzing global value systems for green economic transitioning. Active in the Americas, Asia-Pacific, and Europe.

Mr. Alfred Watkins
Chairman, Global Solutions Summit; Senior Advisor, Global Technology Deployment Initiative; Senior Director, P80 Group Foundation
Mr. Alfred Watkins

Chairman, Global Solutions Summit; Senior Advisor, Global Technology Deployment Initiative; Senior Director, P80 Group Foundation

Alfred Watkins has more than 28 years of experience working in the field of science, technology and innovation capacity building for sustainable economic development. In May 2016, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon appointed him to the Governing Council of the Technology Bank for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs). The main objective of the Technology Bank, which was formally established by the UN General Assembly in December 2016, is to help LDCs identify and deploy the technology they need to (i) foster inclusive sustainable growth and (ii) achieve the SDGs.

Alfred Watkins is Chairman of the Global Solutions Summit (GSS). GSS 2016 convened on December 13-14, 2016 at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas. The theme of GSS 2016 was “Daunting Challenges and Dazzling Opportunities: Scaleable Technology Deployment forSustainable Development.” The Summit was predicated on the belief that financing the large-scale deployment of proven technology is the best way to help developing countries in Africa and elsewhere achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, generate wealth and high-quality jobs in emerging markets, and serve as a new engine of global growth. GSS 2016 built on the widely-acclaimed Inaugural Global Solutions Summit which convened in April 2014 at the US Department of State’s George C. Marshall Conference Center. Both Summits showcased innovative pilot projects, business models and financing mechanisms for transferring clean energy, clean drinking water, food processing, and low cost high quality health care technology to emerging markets. The Summit also showcased innovative financial instruments and mechanisms that could enable pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, institutional investors, high net worth individuals, and, via crowd funding platforms, smaller investors from the Diaspora and local stakeholders to finance commercially viable energy, water, health, and foodprocessing projects in emerging markets.

Mr. Tang Ning
Founder of CreditEase Holding, Chairman of the Beijing P2P Association, China
Mr. Tang Ning

Founder of CreditEase Holding, Chairman of the Beijing P2P Association, China

Mr. Tang Ning is the founder of CreditEase Holding, Chairman of the Beijing P2P Association. In 2006, Mr. Tang Ning founded CreditEase, China’s first marketplace lending company. Over the past decade, CreditEase has evolved to become one of China’s leading FinTech companies, specializing in small business and consumer lending as well as wealth management for China’s rapidly growing number of high net worth and mass affluent investors.

Under Mr. Tang’s leadership, CreditEase has established a strong nationwide network covering 255 cities (including Hong Kong), and rural areas in 20 provinces across China. The successful listing of CreditEase’s online consumer finance subsidiary, Yirendai (NYSE: YRD), marked a milestone in the development of China’s FinTech industry.

During his early career, Mr. Tang joined Wall Street investment bank Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette where he worked on IPOs, bond issuance and M&A in the areas of finance, telecommunications, media and high-technology. Upon returning to China in 2000, he served as a Director at US-listed AsiaInfo, and established China Growth Capital, a venture capital firm investing in early-stage consumer and enterprise technology startups.

Mr. Tang is a member of the advisory committee of Tsinghua University’s China Entrepreneur Training Program, and serves as an advisor to Peking University’s Social Entrepreneurship Training Program. He studied mathematics at Peking University, and earned a bachelor’s degree in economics at University of the South in US.

Ms. Julie McBride
Senior Social Franchise Consultant, MSA Worldwide, USA
Ms. Julie McBride

Senior Social Franchise Consultant, MSA Worldwide, USA

Julie McBride is a Senior Consultant for Michael H. Seid & Associates, LLC (MSA), a domestic and international franchise advisory firm. She brings more than 20 years of experience in healthcare marketing and health services franchising, and is a thought leader in the rapidly growing and evolving field of social franchising. Prior to joining the MSA team she served as Senior Social Franchising Advisor for a large global non-profit, PSI, where she oversaw 31 healthcare franchises in 30 countries and built the capacity of PSI country offices to operate effective social franchises.

Ms. McBride’s considerable experience in social sector franchising includes her involvement in the early development of the Greenstar franchise in Pakistan, and the provision of technical assistance to several other countries in the design and launch of their social franchises, including PSI Myanmar’s Sun Quality Health Franchise and PSI Zimbabwe’s New Start VCT franchise. As an independent consultant Julie has also helped other organizations design and evaluate franchises, including a reproductive health franchise for UNFPA in Indonesia and an infant and child nutrition franchise for FHI360 in Vietnam.

Ms. McBride is committed to advancing the field of global social franchising and, to that end, is actively engaged with the global community of practice. Her involvement includes participation in working groups including the IFA’s Social Sector Task Force, UCSF’s Social Franchising for Health Metrics Working Group, Harvard’s Transformative Impact Collaborative, and FSG’s Shared Value Initiative. She has also presented her work and ideas at several conferences including UCSF’s global social franchise conferences, IFA’s annual franchise conferences, International Family Planning Conference, and SOCAP. She has authored and contributed to several publications related to social franchising including a case study for Stanford Business School.

Ms. McBride’s professional background includes private sector experience in pharmaceutical sales and marketing. She earned her Masters in Public Health from New York University and her Bachelor of Science from the University of Washington.