Financial Inclusion Forum Events

We aim to host around ten events each year covering a variety of different topics within the financial inclusion domain. For accessibility the majority of our events are hosted in central London where we are often sponsored by large firms operating within the space.

Impact Investing: How to do it at scale?

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Free Events
26 Sep 2017 18:31 - 20:00
CDC Group - 123 Victoria St, Westminster, London SW1E 6DE
United Kingdom
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Impact Investing:  How to do it at scale?

Tuesday 26th September 2017

From 6.30 to 8pm

Expert panel followed by reception

CDC Group

123 Victoria St, Westminster

London SW1E 6DE




Alison Fort, Managing Director toniic:  Market Overview

Maria Largey, Director & Head of Financial Institutions, CDC:  Financial Inclusion

Aly-Khan Jamal, Partner, Dalberg Global Development Advisors:  Clean energy

and Jyoti Patel, Director Capital Markets, Habitat for Humanity: Low-income Housing


Chaired by Paul Blyth, Director, Financial Inclusion Forum


Impact Investing is trendy.  Some in the mainstream investment industry are waking up to investors’ demands for a social/environmental return as well as a financial one.  Doubters suggest that Impact Investing is merely a “fad” that will never last – they suggest it cannot scale and will remain “niche”. 


Is this true? Can impact investing really scale? Is it possible to invest a material amount of money and get a social/environmental return as well as a financial one?  

Put another way, can Impact Investing become “mainstream” or will it always be a “niche”?


To address these questions in the context of some key promising channels for impact investing at scale, the Financial Inclusion Forum in partnership with CDC is bringing together Impact Investing experts to provide insight into the challenges and opportunities that litter this space. The session will begin with a market overview of the impact investing industry today, and the breadth and depth of opportunity, followed by presentations by experts on three interesting impact investing themes:  Financial Inclusion (closest to our hearts!), Clean Energy, and Low-income Housing.  The audience will then have the opportunity to question our panel.

We’re delighted to welcome four speakers to help us answer these questions:

Alison Fort is Toniic Managing Director, Europe.  She was acting CEO from December 2015 to July 2016 and led the writing of Toniic’s Millennials & Impact Investment report and co-authored the Toniic Venture Philanthropists and Impact Investors report.  Prior to Toniic, she was part of the team that launched the Social Stock Exchange in London in 2013.  At SSE, Alison developed the community of investors; working with institutions, family offices, private banks and the retail investor. Alison started her career in the Corporate Advisory team at Deutsche Bank and she was one of the founders of Four Elements Capital, a corporate finance advisory business working with entrepreneurs in environmental and social impact sectors.  Alison holds a B.Sc. in Management (Accounting & Finance) from UMIST, Manchester University.

Maria Largey is the Head of the Financial Institutions sector team at CDC and is responsible for the equity FI portfolio across Africa and Asia.  Prior to joining CDC, Maria worked in the microfinance sector at both Agora Microfinance Partners and Opportunity International. Before joining the development finance sector, Maria worked at JPMorgan in both London and New York where she was responsible for creating investment solutions for asset management clients.  Maria holds a BSc in Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Aly-Khan Jamal is a Partner in Dalberg’s London office, where he focuses on opportunities to shift large amounts of capital into emerging and frontier markets to deliver both return and impact.  As a result, he works extensively across sectors that can absorb large amounts of capital, especially agriculture, energy and infrastructure.  Aly-Khan often leads work in designing and structuring funds, transaction advisory, as well as organic and inorganic growth and market entry strategies for firms.  Aly-Khan started his career at OC & C Strategy Consultants in London and Paris. He holds a Bachelors in Arts from Oxford University in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and a Masters in Economics from McGill University.

Jyoti Patel is Director of capital markets at Habitat for Humanity; she leads the capital markets practice within the Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter primarily responsible for the operations of MicroBuild, a $100 million housing microfinance fund, a first sector fund of its kind for housing, providing capital and technical assistance to microfinance institutions.  Additionally,  Jyoti is focused on building the Shelter Venture Fund, a new initiative that invests in entrepreneurs on the supply side of the affordable housing value chain. Jyoti is a multilingual private sector investment professional with 10+ years' experience in equity and fixed income investments, creating quantitative equity trading strategies and equity portfolio selection models, and implementing risk management systems at leading asset management firms in the US.  Since 2008, Jyoti has worked in various roles in the impact investment sector including as the director of global investments at Accion International overseeing the portfolio in India as well as leading a technology project in parallel to create financial and social performance metrics platform and investment scoring models. As a consultant, Jyoti has worked extensively with US-based Foundations and NGOs conducting credit appraisals of their international portfolios and structuring investment funds for social impact.

Chair:  Paul Blyth is Investment Director at Panahpur (a charity that invests its corpus in Impact Investment), and Managing Director of Snowball LLP (an Impact Investment partnership).  Prior to this he was GP of the Finethic Microfinance Fund, investing pension fund capital in 30 countries.  From 2007-2011 Paul was CFO of eBay’s, an SEC registered broker-dealer specialising in retail microfinance securities.  Prior to MicroPlace, Paul worked as an auditor and management consultant with PwC, and in various commercial finance roles in logistics, advertising, and retail.  Paul holds a number of voluntary positions including serving as a Director of the Financial Inclusion Forum, and on the Investment Committee of the Friends Provident Foundation.

We’re delighted to bring this exciting event as part of a partnership with CDC, the UK’s Development Finance Institution and, created in 1948, the world’s first of its kind.

To register for this event please click here or email the Financial Inclusion Forum coordinator for a First Time pass at


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