2018 Conference

The objective of the meeting was to look at progress in scaling up conservation investments including some global innovations. Topics that were discussed included corporate approaches to conservation investing, a new partnership to create a pipeline of investable deals, conservation fintech solutions, innovative financing approaches to improve life on land and climate-smart coastal resiliency investing.


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Agenda for January 10, 2018

8.15-9.00 am

9.00-9.10 am

Registration and Breakfast

Welcome by Conference Organizing Committee

9.10-9.30 am

One-on-one: How can public and private finance deliver the next billion for conservation?  

Naoko Ishii, Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson, Global Environmental Facility

Wilson Ervin, Vice Chairman Group Executive Office, Credit Suisse                                                                                                                   

9.30-10.45 am


SDG 12: Haze, waste and other corporate engagement opportunities

Karla Canavan (Bunge), Tanja Havemann (Clarmondial), Tina May (Land O'Lakes), Edwin Mongan (BHP Billiton)


Moderator: Dave Chen (Equilibrium Capital)

10.45-11.10 am


11.10-12.10 am


SDG 17: CPIC - a new partnership building a pipeline of conservation deals

Lorenzo Bernasconi (The Rockefeller Foundation), Gustavo Fonseca (Global Environment Facility), Frank Hawkins (IUCN), Charlotte Kaiser (The Nature Conservancy) 


Moderator: John Tobin (Cornell University)

12.10am-1.30 pm

LUNCH BREAK                                                                                                                     

1.30-2.15 pm


SDG 9: Fintech for Nature - buzz or reality?

Toni Caradonna (Porini Foundation), Todd Johnson (iPAR), Michelle Lapinski (The Earth Genome)


Moderator: David Bank (ImpactAlpha)

2.15-3.15 pm


SDG 15: Innovative finance strategies to improve life on land

Gabriel Eickhoff (Lestari Capital), Renat Heuberger (South Pole), Martin Stuchtey (SystemIQ)


Moderator: Peter Stein (Lyme Timber)

3.15-3.45 pm


3.45-4.45 pm


SDG 11: Climate-smart coastal resiliency investing

Kathy Baughman McLeod (The Nature Conservancy), Sophie Evans (Willis Towers Watson), Jane Feehan (European Investment Bank) 


Moderator: Eric Letsinger (Quantified Ventures)

4.45-5.00 pm

Closing Remarks

Dave Chen (Equilibrium Capital)

5.00 pm

5.00-7.00 pm


Cocktail Reception