Business fights Poverty

Global EQUITY

6 - 7 March 2024

Online | CAMBRIDGE | NAIROBI

Join us for two engaging days at our Global Equity Summit, where we'll navigate the shifting landscape of business and equity, crafting strategies to tackle contemporary challenges. Delve into vital issues such as women’s entrepreneurship, health, gender-based violence, sustainable infrastructure, value chains, and empowering the youth.

Designed to spark meaningful dialogue and collaboration, our summit provides a platform for exchanging diverse viewpoints in a welcoming atmosphere. Each session, led by world experts and industry leaders, offers practical insights and strategies. Whether you’re joining us online or in person, you’ll be part of crucial conversations that aim to weave equity more deeply into the fabric of business practices, setting the stage for a more equitable and sustainable future.

Who Should Attend

Whether you’re a business leader, sustainability professional, policymaker, or early-career professional, this summit is for you. It’s an essential gathering for anyone passionate about business’ role in driving equity and keen to make a real-world impact.

WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND

By attending, you’ll gain invaluable insights, connect with global peers, and learn from best practices in sustainability. You’ll leave equipped with practical advice and the inspiration to drive equity within your organisation.

What You Can Expect

Expect interactive workshops, engaging peer circles, inspiring talks, and safe-space sharing sessions. Our track record speaks for itself: across our 2023 Summits, 97% of attendees felt more connected, 98% learned something valuable, and 97% would recommend them. Reserve your place today!

HIGHLIGHTS

The sessions deep-dived into topics such as:

How has the business agenda on equity evolved over the past 20 years?

Explore the evolution of the business and equity agenda with Harvard Kennedy School’s Corporate Responsibility Initiative. Join us as we look back at the big trends over the past two decades, and what light they can shed on how we navigate today’s complex challenges and transformative opportunities. Tune in to access deep insights and a dose of inspiration to guide you on your own journey.

6 March | Online 

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How can businesses transform health outcomes for women, children, and adolescents?

Join our session with The Global Financing Facility to discover the pivotal role of businesses in advancing health for women, children, and adolescents. We’ll be launching our new report, Delivering Healthier Futures. Hear the latest insights on how cross-sector collaboration and financial strategies are crafting healthier generations. Learn from practitioners and share your own experiences on innovative appraoches for impactful investment in global health systems.

6 March | Online

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How will AI shape equity across societies?

Join our Fireside Chat for a conversation on the nexus of AI and equity. This session will offer insights into the complexities, challenges and opportunities of utilising AI to foster inclusiveness. Engaging with experts in the field, we’ll explore practical strategies and ethical considerations essential for ensuring that AI contributes positively to society. This is an ideal opportunity for those looking to understand the real-world implications of AI on social equity, providing a thoughtful perspective on navigating its potential and pitfalls.

6 March | Online 

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How can a multidimensional approach to equity boost business performance and investor value?

In this timely webinar, we delve into the critical question of how businesses can effectively integrate intersectionality into their equity, diversity and inclusion programmes. We’ll explore how understanding the overlapping dimensions of equity – such as gender, race, socio-economic status, and LGBTQ+ identities – helps companies adopt a truly people-centred approach that delivers business and investor value, ensures every employee’s unique experiences and challenges are recognised and valued, and where progress can be effectively measured.

7 March | Online 

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Unleashing girls’ economic potential: Keeping the score - insights from 17 years of the ’Goal’ girls education and skills programme

Globally, Futuremakers by Standard Chartered and Women Win have supported over 1 million girls and young women to thrive since 2006. Join us to access insights and data-based learnings, to hear first-hand from two of the young women leaders about what works to support girls’ transitions from education to employment, and to identify opportunities to collaborate.

7 March | Online 

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How do we speak out against gender inequality?

The pandemic of GBV persists, costing the global economy US$1.5 trillion annually. Join Avon as they share lessons from their experience of addressing gender inequality to boost women’s opportunities, nurturing female entrepreneurial spirit, and creating safe spaces for women to thrive, driving actionable change for a more equitable and supportive future for women worldwide.

7 March | Online

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How do gender-equitable value chains benefit businesses and small-scale producers?

Explore how gender-equitable value chains create mutual benefits for businesses and small-scale producers with Hand in Hand International. Learn from real-life examples and gain practical tools from businesses, NGOs, and producers who have successfully enhanced women’s lives and incomes through equitable practices. Hear the latest thinking on the business case for gender equity in supply chains and how to implement best practices for impactful change.

7 March | Online | Nairobi

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What's the latest good practice on driving women's empowerment?

On the eve of International Women’s Day, dive into our community learning session to explore thinking and practice at the forefront of women’s empowerment. This session will provide a vibrant exchange of ideas, showcasing challenges, solutions, and firsthand accounts of impactful strategies. Contribute to and learn from the collective wisdom of the Business Fights Poverty global community. Join us to amplify your impact and connect with like-minded peers.

7 March | Online | Nairobi

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How can companies build a future free of domestic violence in the world of work?

Join us to envision a workplace future free from domestic violence. This session will launch a new Business Fights Poverty toolkit, developed with the expertise of Dr. Jane Pillinger, offering companies tools and strategies for supporting survivors. Learn from a decade of insights and practical guidance to build supportive, safe work environments for all. Discover how your company can be a key player in preventing domestic violence, empowering survivors, and enhancing workplace safety and well-being.

7 March | Online | Nairobi

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How do we drive forward the business agenda on equity in the context of 2024?

Engage with thought leaders on advancing the business agenda on equity in 2024. Hosted with Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge this lecture will explore different perspectives on how we can best navigate the political, social, and economic headwinds. The session promises to inspire and offer actionable insights for driving equity forward in today’s complex global landscape, and embedding strategies for meaningful impact into business.

7 March | Online | Cambridge

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Agenda

WEDNESDAY 6TH March

How has the business agenda on equity evolved over the past 20 years?

Hosted with the Corporate Responsibility Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School

Explore the evolution of the business and equity agenda with Harvard Kennedy School’s Corporate Responsibility Initiative. Join us as we look back at the big trends over the past two decades, and what light they can shed on how we navigate today’s complex challenges and transformative opportunities. Tune in to access deep insights and a dose of inspiration to guide you on your own journey.

Interviewees:

Jane Nelson, Founding Director, Corporate Responsibility Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School

Interviewer:

Zahid Torres-Rahman, Co-Founder and CEO, Business Fights Poverty

Location: ONLINE (30 mins)

How can businesses transform health outcomes for women, children, and adolescents?

Hosted with the Global Financing Facility

Join our session with The Global Financing Facility to discover the pivotal role of businesses in advancing health for women, children, and adolescents. We’ll be launching our new report, Delivering Healthier Futures. Hear the latest insights on how cross-sector collaboration and financial strategies are crafting healthier generations. Learn from practitioners and share your own experiences on innovative approaches for impactful investment in global health systems.

Speakers:

Lilia Zakirova, Healthcare Public Policy Director, Eastern Europe Middle East and Africa, MSD

Sneha Kanneganti, Private Sector Lead, Global Financing Facility

Sue Tym, Social Impact Portfolio Senior Manager, Primark

Ronald Wakhu, Senior Associate, Health Finance Coalition

Maziko Matemba, Director, HREP-Malawi & Global GSOs Representative, GFF Investors Group

Moderator:

Annabel Beales, Collaboration Lead, Business Fights Poverty

Location: ONLINE (50 mins)

How will AI shape equity across societies?

Join our Fireside Chat for a conversation on the nexus of AI and equity. This session will offer insights into the complexities, challenges and opportunities of utilising AI to foster inclusiveness. Engaging with experts in the field, we’ll explore practical strategies and ethical considerations essential for ensuring that AI contributes positively to society. This is an ideal opportunity for those looking to understand the real-world implications of AI on social equity, providing a thoughtful perspective on navigating its potential and pitfalls.

Interviewees:

Edward Tay, Associate Professor (Practice) in Sustainability and Sustainable Development Goals, United Nations Institute for Training and Research & Adjunct Associate Professor, Asian Institute of Digital Finance, National University of Singapore

Kacper Łodzikowski, Vice President, AI Capabilities, Pearson

David Norman, Managing Director, Cooperative AI Foundation

Sian Hawkins, Director of External Affairs, Cherie Blair Foundation

Interviewer:

Zahid Torres-Rahman, CEO, Business Fights Poverty

Location: ONLINE (20 mins)

How can a multidimensional approach to equity boost business performance and investor value?

In this timely webinar, we delve into the critical question of how businesses can effectively integrate intersectionality into their equity, diversity and inclusion programmes. We’ll explore how understanding the overlapping dimensions of equity – such as gender, race, socio-economic status, and LGBTQ+ identities – helps companies adopt a truly people-centred approach that delivers business and investor value, ensures every employee’s unique experiences and challenges are recognised and valued, and where progress can be effectively measured.

Speakers:

Rudaba Zehra Nasir, Global Lead, Economic Inclusion, Gender and Economic Inclusion Department, IFC

Daniel Seymour, Director, Strategic Partnerships, UN Women

Ama Ocansey, UK Head of Diversity and Inclusion, BNP Paribas

Dale Buscher, Vice President of Programs, Women’s Refugee Commission

Sandra Kerr CBE, Race Equality Director, Business in the Community

Moderator:

Alice Allan, Director of Collaboration, Business Fights Poverty

Location: ONLINE (60 mins)

THURSDAY 7th March

Unleashing girls’ economic potential: Keeping the score – insights from 17 years of the ’Goal’ girls education and skills programme

Hosted with Futuremakers by Standard Chartered

Globally, Futuremakers by Standard Chartered and Women Win have supported over 1 million girls and young women to thrive since 2006. Join us to access insights and data-based learnings, to hear first-hand from two of the young women leaders about what works to support girls’ transitions from education to employment, and to identify opportunities to collaborate.

Speakers:

Natasha Kwakwa, Global Head, Community Impact, Standard Chartered

Yvonne Henry, Director, Brands, Women Win

Elsie Potlako Lebese, GOAL participant and Biotechnology Student, University of Johannesburg

Jamal Khatoon, GOAL participant and Project Assistant, Right to Play, Pakistan

Moderator: 

Alice Allan, Director of Collaboration, Business Fights Poverty

Location: ONLINE (60 mins)

How do we speak out against gender inequality?

Hosted with Avon

The pandemic of GBV persists, costing the global economy US$1.5 trillion annually. Join Avon as they share lessons from their experience of addressing gender inequality to boost women’s opportunities, nurturing female entrepreneurial spirit, and creating safe spaces for women to thrive, driving actionable change for a more equitable and supportive future for women worldwide.

Interviewees:

Andreea Moldovan, Managing Director – Europe, Avon

Laura Shaw, Representative, Avon

Location: ONLINE (20 mins)

How do gender-equitable value chains benefit businesses and small-scale producers?

Hosted with Hand in Hand International

Explore how gender-equitable value chains create mutual benefits for businesses and small-scale producers with Hand in Hand International. Learn from real-life examples and gain practical tools from businesses, NGOs, and producers who have successfully enhanced women’s lives and incomes through equitable practices. Hear the latest thinking on the business case for gender equity in supply chains and how to implement best practices for impactful change.

Opening Speakers:

Lucy Kerei, Programme Manager, Hand in Hand Eastern Africa

Amalia Johnsson, Deputy CEO, Hand in Hand International

Katharine Teague, Group ESG Director, ABF Sugar

Moderator:

Katie Hyson, Director of Thought Leadership, Business Fights Poverty

Location: ONLINE | NAIROBI (80 mins)

What’s the latest good practice on driving women’s empowerment?

On the eve of International Women’s Day, dive into our community learning session to explore thinking and practice at the forefront of women’s empowerment. This session will provide a vibrant exchange of ideas, showcasing challenges, solutions, and firsthand accounts of impactful strategies. Contribute to and learn from the collective wisdom. Join us to amplify your impact and connect with like-minded peers.

Spotlight Speakers:

Akinyi Walender, Africa Director, Practical Action

Alexandra Salas, CEO, Business Council for Peace

Ayan Said, CEO, Voicing Voices

Jiselle Steele, Private Sector Gender Advisor, Oxfam Business Advisory Service

Laura Macias, Global lead, Women Advancement & Leadership, RISE

Liliana Camacho, Director, Operations & Knowledge Management, The Better Way Alliance

Rachael Vichei, Founder, Girls Empowered Kenya

Shelley Pigott, Director of Strategic Engagement, The Power of Nutrition

Soma Kumari Rana, Regional Gender Equity and Social Inclusion (GESI) Officer, Asia, iDE (International Development Enterprises)

Susan Achiech, Full-Stack Developer, Naamal Agency

Yaquta Fatehi, Program Manager, William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan

Yasmina Zaidman, Chief Development and Partnerships Officer, Acumen

Written Contributors:

Anthony DiFlorio, Manager, Communications, Tent Partnership for Refugees

Peg Willingham, Senior Managing Director, Food & Agriculture, Save the Children

Ruth Thomas, Equity Action & Member, WBCSD Extended Leadership Group

Moderators:

Bill Omondi, CEO, The Debate Circle

Anna Olivia Spenner Hernandez, Community Learning Coordinator, Business Fights Poverty

Location: ONLINE | NAIROBI (50 mins)

How can companies support survivors of domestic violence and abuse through the workplace?

Join us to envision a workplace future free from domestic violence. This session will launch a new Business Fights Poverty toolkit, developed with the expertise of Dr. Jane Pillinger, offering companies tools and strategies for supporting survivors. Learn from a decade of insights and practical guidance to build supportive, safe work environments for all. Discover how your company can be a key player in preventing domestic violence, empowering survivors, and enhancing workplace safety and well-being.

Opening Speakers:

Christel Adamou, Director, Office of Professional Ethics and Conduct, Asian Development Bank

Susan Bright, CEO, Employers Initiative Against Domestic Abuse

Natalie Deacon, Director Corporate Affairs and Sustainability, Avon International

Katie O’Brien, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Anglo American

Pamela Zaballa, CEO, NO MORE

Claudine McMahon, Head of Culture and Inclusion, Vodafone

Shabnam Hameed, Gender Based Violence Specialist, IFC

Elsie Wandera, Operations and HR Manager, Brands on a Mission

Moderator:

Jane Pillinger, Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Department of Social Policy and Criminology, Open University

Location: ONLINE | NAIROBI (80 mins)

How do we drive forward the business agenda on equity in the context of 2024?

Hosted with Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge

Engage with thought leaders on advancing the business agenda on equity in 2024. Hosted with Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge this lecture will explore different perspectives on how we can best navigate the political, social, and economic headwinds. The session promises to inspire and offer actionable insights for driving equity forward in today’s complex global landscape, and embedding strategies for meaningful impact into business.

Speakers:

Dame Barbara Stocking, DBE, President Emerita and Honorary Fellow, Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge and former Chief Executive, Oxfam GB

Rt Hon Liam Byrne MP, Labour MP for Birmingham, Hodge Hill, and Chair, All Party Parliamentary Group on Inclusive Growth

Claudine McMahon, Global Head of Culture and Inclusion, Vodafone

Moderator:

Professor Anna Barford, Bye Fellow, Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge

Location: ONLINE | CAMBRIDGE (90 mins)

MEET SOME OF OUR amazing speakers...

Shabnam Hameed

Gender Based Violence Specialist

Gender Based Violence Specialist

IFC

Laura Macias

Global lead, Women Advancement & Leadership

Global lead, Women Advancement & Leadership

RISE

Alexandra Salas

CEO

CEO

Business Council for Peace

Maziko Matemba

Director, HREP-Malawi & Global GSOs Representative

Director, HREP-Malawi & Global GSOs Representative

GFF Investors Group

Jamal Khatoon

Pakistan, GOAL participant and Project Assistant

Pakistan, GOAL participant and Project Assistant

Right to Play

Sian Hawkins

Director of External Affairs

Director of External Affairs

Cherie Blair Foundation

Lilia Zakirova

Healthcare Public Policy Director, Eastern Europe Middle East and Africa

Healthcare Public Policy Director, Eastern Europe Middle East and Africa

MSD

Sandra Kerr CBE

Race Equality Director

Race Equality Director

Business in the Community

Susan Bright

CEO

CEO

Employers Initiative Against Domestic Abuse

Rachael Vichei

Founder

Founder

Girls Empowered Kenya

Peg Willingham

Senior Managing Director, Food & Agriculture

Senior Managing Director, Food & Agriculture

Save the Children

Anthony DiFlorio

Manager, Communications

Manager, Communications

Tent Partnership for Refugees

Elsie Potlako Lebese

GOAL participant and Biotechnology Student

GOAL participant and Biotechnology Student

University of Johannesburg

Yvonne Henry

Director, Brands

Director, Brands

Women Win

David Norman

Managing Director

Managing Director

Cooperative AI Foundation

Susan Achiech

Full-Stack Developer

Full-Stack Developer

Naamal Agency

Soma Kumari Rana

Regional Gender Equity and Social Inclusion (GESI) Officer, Asia

Regional Gender Equity and Social Inclusion (GESI) Officer, Asia

iDE (International Development Enterprises)

Yasmina Zaidman

Chief Development and Partnerships Officer

Chief Development and Partnerships Officer

Acumen

Yaquta Fatehi

Program Manager

Program Manager

William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan

Shelley Pigott

Director of Strategic Engagement

Director of Strategic Engagement

The Power of Nutrition

Liliana Camacho

Director, Operations & Knowledge Management

Director, Operations & Knowledge Management

The Better Way Alliance

Jiselle Steele

Private Sector Gender Advisor

Private Sector Gender Advisor

Oxfam Business Advisory Service

Ayan Said

CEO

CEO

Voicing Voices

Akinyi Walender

Africa Director

Africa Director

Practical Action

Ama Ocansey

UK Head of Diversity and Inclusion

UK Head of Diversity and Inclusion

BNP Paribas

Daniel Seymour

Director, Strategic Partnerships

Director, Strategic Partnerships

UN Women

Sue Tym

Social Impact Portfolio Senior Manager

Social Impact Portfolio Senior Manager

Primark

Sneha Kanneganti

Private Sector Lead

Private Sector Lead

Global Financing Facility

Dame Barbara Stocking

DBE, President Emerita and Honorary Fellow, Murray Edwards College and former Chief Executive Oxfam GB

DBE, President Emerita and Honorary Fellow, Murray Edwards College and former Chief Executive Oxfam GB

University of Cambridge

Professor Anna Barford

Bye Fellow, Murray Edwards College

Bye Fellow, Murray Edwards College

University of Cambridge

Claudine McMahon

Global Head of Culture and Inclusion

Global Head of Culture and Inclusion

Vodafone

Laura Shaw

Representative

Representative

Avon

Andreea Moldovan

Managing Director - Europe

Managing Director - Europe

Avon

Dale Buscher

Vice President of Programs

Vice President of Programs

Women's Refugee Commission

Edward Tay

Associate Professor (Practice) in Sustainability and Sustainable Development Goals, United Nations Institute for Training and Research & Adjunct Associate Professor, Asian Institute of Digital Finance

Associate Professor (Practice) in Sustainability and Sustainable Development Goals, United Nations Institute for Training and Research & Adjunct Associate Professor, Asian Institute of Digital Finance

National University of Singapore

Bill Omondi

CEO

CEO

The Debate Circle

Lucy Kerei

Programme Manager

Programme Manager

Hand in Hand Eastern Africa

Amalia Johnsson

Deputy CEO

Deputy CEO

Hand in Hand International

Katie O’Brien

Diversity and Inclusion Manager

Diversity and Inclusion Manager

Anglo American

Christel Adamou

Director, Office of Professional Ethics and Conduct

Director, Office of Professional Ethics and Conduct

Asian Development Bank

Rt Hon Liam Byrne

MP, Labour MP for Birmingham, Hodge Hill, and Chair

MP, Labour MP for Birmingham, Hodge Hill, and Chair

All Party Parliamentary Group on Inclusive Growth

Ronald Wakhu

Senior Associate

Senior Associate

Health Finance Coalition

Kacper Łodzikowski

Vice President, AI Capabilities

Vice President, AI Capabilities

Pearson

Ruth Thomas

Equity Action & Member

Equity Action & Member

WBCSD Extended Leadership Group

Jane Nelson

Director, Corporate Responsibility Initiative

Director, Corporate Responsibility Initiative

Harvard Kennedy School

Elsie Wandera

Operations & HR Manager

Operations & HR Manager

Brands on a Mission

Katharine Teague

Group ESG Director

Group ESG Director

AB Sugar

Pamela Zaballa

CEO,

CEO,

NO MORE

Natasha Kwakwa

Global Head, Community Impact

Global Head, Community Impact

Standard Chartered Bank

Jane Pillinger

Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Department of Social Policy and Criminology

Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Department of Social Policy and Criminology

Open University

Rudaba Zehra Nasir

Global Lead, Economic Inclusion, Gender and Economic Inclusion Department

Global Lead, Economic Inclusion, Gender and Economic Inclusion Department

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Natalie Deacon

Director Corporate Affairs and Sustainability

Director Corporate Affairs and Sustainability

Avon International

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