Business Fights Poverty
Rebuild Better | Global Summit 2021

Unprecedented Challenges.
Unprecedented Opportunities to Collaborate.

The world faces an unprecedented convergence of social and environmental challenges. COVID-19 continues to impact the lives, livelihoods and access to learning of the most vulnerable people. Unless action is taken now, these impacts will be long-lasting. At the same time, it is recognised that urgent action on climate change must put people at the centre of efforts on mitigation and adaptation. The transition to a green economy must also be a just one.

Across these challenges, the impacts reflect deep-seated inequities - due to factors including gender, race, and income. COVID-19 has pushed back progress on gender equity and poverty reduction, and climate change is doing the same. People from Black and minority ethnic backgrounds face disproportionate barriers.

While the challenges are unprecedented, so too are the opportunities to tackle them collaboratively. Business is now seen as a key partner, alongside government and civil society.  Employees, customers, stakeholders and shareholders, believe business must take a stand on social and environmental issues. The focus is now on how we can collaborate - to tackle both rapid onset challenges and deeper systemic issues.

Join us for a week of insight and inspiration.

We invite you to join us for a week, highly interactive event brings together voices and insights from across the globe, from business, NGOs, academia and government - to share the latest thinking on the nature of the challenges we face, and the nature of the solutions that are needed. Join us to access the very latest thinking so that you can increase the impact of your efforts.

Each day, we will come together to explore a different theme around how we can “Rebuild Better” from the pandemic - Leadership, Gender, Livelihoods, Climate and Partnership. We will share practical lessons and identify new opportunities to collaborate to tackle the big social and environmental challenges that we all care about.

The event is the latest in our series of Rebuild Better Summits, and is co-hosted with Unilever, and a number of partners, including the International Finance Corporation and the Corporate Responsibility Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School.

We invite you to join us for a week, highly interactive event brings together voices and insights from across the globe, from business, NGOs, academia and government - to share the latest thinking on the nature of the challenges we face, and the nature of the solutions that are needed. Join us to access the very latest thinking so that you can increase the impact of your efforts.

Each day, we will come together to explore a different theme around how we can “Rebuild Better” from the pandemic - Leadership, Gender, Livelihoods, Climate and Partnership. We will share practical lessons and identify new opportunities to collaborate to tackle the big social and environmental challenges that we all care about.

The event is the latest in our series of Rebuild Better Summits, and is co-hosted with Unilever, and a number of partners, including the International Finance Corporation and the Corporate Responsibility Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School.

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Meet some of the amazing speakers and panelists

AGENDA
TUESDAY

1.00 - 1.30 PM BST
8.00 - 8.30 AM EDT


WELCOME

MON | LEADERSHIP | 1 PM BST

Welcome by Zahid and Yvette Torres-Rahman, Founders, Business Fights Poverty

Followed by a Fireside Chat with:

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

Rebecca Marmot, Chief Sustainability Officer, Unilever

Ansu Archana, South Asia Supply Chain Strategy Program Director, Unilever

1.30 - 2.30 PM BST
8.30 - 9.30 AM EDT

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WEBINAR

MON | LEADERSHIP | 1.30 PM BST

Business Leadership to Rebuild Better

Hosted with Unilever

Rianne Buter, Global Sustainability Director, Unilever

Catalina Garcia, Global Director of Corporate Affairs, AB InBev and Interim Director & Board Director AB InBev Foundation

Ruth Mhlanga, Head of Private Sector Team, Oxfam GB

Zahid Torres-Rahman, Founder and CEO, Business Fights Poverty (moderator)

2.30 - 3.30 PM BST
9.30 - 10.30 AM EDT

chat

FORUM DISCUSSION

MON | LEADERSHIP | 2.30 PM BST

Embedding Climate and Social Innovation into Business

Maxime Braun, Catalyst Manager,  FUNDES

Justin Dekoszmovszky, UK Founder & Managing Director, Archipel&Co.

Justin Perrettson, Head of Sustainability Partnerships, Scouting & Ventures, Novozymes

Dina Rokic, NaTakallam

Åsa Skogström Feldt, Managing Director,  IKEA Social Entrepreneurship

3.30 - 4.30 PM BST
10.30 - 11.30 AM EDT



people

COACHING

MON | LEADERSHIP | 3.30 PM BST

Building the resilience of purpose-driven professionals with business coach, Marcus Druen.

1.00 - 1.30 PM BST
8.00 - 8.30 AM EDT


WELCOME

TUE | GENDER | 1 PM BST

Welcome by Zahid and Yvette, Business Fights Poverty

Followed by a Fireside Chat between Yvette and:

Yash Ranga, Stakeholder Engagement Partner, Sustainability Lead, Jaipur Rugs Foundation

Achi Devi, Weaver Designer, Jaipur Rugs

1.30 - 2.30 PM BST
8.30 - 9.30 AM EDT

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WEBINAR

TUE | GENDER | 1.30 PM BST

The Business Case for Addressing Gender-Based Violence

Hosted with IFC

Shabnam Hameed, Global Lead Workplace Responses to GBV, Gender and Economic Inclusion Group, IFC

Amy Luinstra, East Asia Pacific Lead, Gender and Economic Inclusion Group, IFC

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

Alice Allan, Collaboration Director, Business Fights Poverty (moderator)

2.30 - 3.30 PM BST
9.30 - 10.30 AM EDT

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WEBINAR

TUE | GENDER | 2.30 PM BST

Women and eCommerce in Africa

Hosted with IFC

Tolulope George-Yanwah, Ghana Country Manager, Jumia

Jumoke Jagun-Dokunmu, Regional Director, Eastern Africa, IFC

Joanna Kahiluoto, Policy Officer, European Commission

Samuel Schueth, Research Director, Kantar Public

Charlotte Ntim, Disruptive Technology Officer, IFC (moderator)

3.30 - 4.30 PM BST
10.30 - 11.30 AM EDT



people

COACHING

TUE | GENDER | 3.30 PM BST

Building the resilience of purpose-driven professionals with business coach, Marcus Druen.

1.00 - 1.30 PM BST
8.00 - 8.30 AM EDT


WELCOME

WED | LIVELIHOODS | 1 PM BST

Welcome by Zahid and Yvette, Business Fights Poverty

Followed by a Fireside Chat between Yvette and:

Constantino Gajardo, Country Manager, CODESPA Philippines

Nicolaas Lankhuizen, Director Strategic Sourcing, CEAMSA

1.30 - 2.30 PM BST
8.30 - 9.30 AM EDT

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WEBINAR

WED | LIVELIHOODS | 1.30 PM BST

The Business and Societal Case for Living Wages

More details coming soon.

2.30 - 3.30 PM BST
9.30 - 10.30 AM EDT

chat

FORUM DISCUSSION

WED | LIVELIHOODS | 2.30 PM BST

Enhancing the Livelihoods of ‘Hidden Women’ in Global Smallholder Value Chains

Hosted with Oxfam and Unilever

Leena Camadoo, Global Advisor - Women's Economic Justice, Oxfam GB

Stephanie Daniels, Senior Program Director, Sustainable Food Lab

Julie Greene, VP Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability, Olam

Anu Huhtissari, Programme Manager, ETP

Ilaria Ida, Global Senior Manager Sustainable Sourcing - Livelihoods and Partnerships. Unilever

Inge Jacobs, Senior Manager Human Rights and Income, Cocoa, Mars

Emmanuel Mancion, Director & Head of Global Sales, Marcatus

Suzanne Munson, Director of Global Partnerships & Alliances, Heifer

Elizabeth Njenga, Program Coordinator, Economic Empowerment and Climate Change, KTDA Foundation

Martha Rainer Opoku Mensah, Programme Officer, livelihoods and private sector, Oxfam Ghana

Leticia Yankey, Cocoa Farmer, Ghana

Representative from KTDA

3.30 - 4.30 PM BST
10.30 - 11.30 AM EDT



people

COACHING

WED | LIVELIHOODS 3.30 PM BST

Building the resilience of purpose-driven professionals with business coach, Marcus Druen.

1.00 - 1.30 PM BST
8.00 - 8.30 AM EDT


WELCOME

THU | CLIMATE | 1 PM BST

Welcome by Zahid and Yvette, Business Fights Poverty

Followed by a Fireside Chat between Yvette and:

Monique Ntumngia, Founder of the Green Girls Organisation and CEO & Founder of Monafrik Energy Ltd

Marike de Pena, Chair, Latin American and Caribbean Network of Fair Trade Small Producers and Workers

1.30 - 2.30 PM BST
8.30 - 9.30 AM EDT

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WEBINAR

THU | CLIMATE | 1.30 PM BST

Business and Climate Justice

Peter Glynn, Vice-Chair Environment and Energy Committee, Business at OECD

Lisa Manley, Vice President, Sustainability, Mars Inc

Prathyusha Parakala, Founder, Praana Trust

Tara Shine, Director, Change by Degrees

Katie Hyson, Director, Thought Leadership, Business Fights Poverty (moderator)

2.30 - 3.30 PM BST
9.30 - 10.30 AM EDT

chat

FORUM DISCUSSION

THU | CLIMATE | 2.30 PM BST

Creating an integrated approach for measuring social and environmental impact

Anna Barker, Head of Commercial Partnerships, Fairtrade

Matt Gwyn, Strategic Engagement, World Benchmarking Alliance

Melina Katende, Blockchain Consultant, BanQu Inc

Laura Kelly, Director, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

Justin Perrettson, Head of Sustainability Partnerships, Scouting & Ventures, Novozymes

Hina West, Director, Nature Pays, WWF

3.30 - 4.30 PM BST
10.30 - 11.30 AM EDT



people

COACHING

THU | RESILIENCE | 3.30 PM BST

Building the resilience of purpose-driven professionals with business coach, Marcus Druen.

1.00 - 1.30 PM BST
8.00 - 8.30 AM EDT


WELCOME

FRI| PARTNERSHIP | 1 PM BST

Welcome by Zahid and Yvette, Business Fights Poverty

Followed by a Fireside Chat between Yvette and:

Helga Flores Trejo, Vice President, Global Public Affairs International Organizations, Bayer AG

Andrea Acerbi, Head of Social Innovation & Corporate Giving, Bayer AG

1.30 - 2.30 PM BST
8.30 - 9.30 AM EDT

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WEBINAR

FRI| PARTNERSHIP | 1.30 PM BST

Tackling COVID: From Rapid Response to Vaccination

Hosted with Crown Agents and Mars Inc

Keith Kibirango, Director of Philanthropy and Private Sector Engagement, Crown Agents

Emma Stanton, Manager, Social Impact, Center for Inclusive Growth, Mastercard

Justin White, Manager, Thriving People, Global Sustainability, Mars Inc

Andrew Wilson, Global Policy Adviser, International Chamber of Commerce

Zahid Torres-Rahman, Founder and CEO, Business Fights Poverty (moderator)

2.30 - 3.30 PM BST
9.30 - 10.30 AM EDT

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WEBINAR

FRI| PARTNERSHIP | 2.30 PM BST

Business Partnerships to Strengthen Food Systems

Hosted with Cargill. More details coming soon.

3.30 - 4.30 PM BST
10.30 - 11.30 AM EDT



people

COACHING

FRI| PARTNERSHIP | 3.30 PM BST

Building the resilience of purpose-driven professionals with business coach, Marcus Druen.
AGENDA
TUESDAY
MON 21 JUN
LEADERSHIP
Integrating and embedding social and climate innovation across business.
TUE 22 JUN
GENDER
Harnessing technology to support women entrepreneurs; Addressing gender-based violence.
WED 23 JUN
LIVELIHOODS
Supporting farmer livelihoods; Ensuring a living wage.
THU 24 JUN
CLIMATE
Taking a people-centred approach to climate action; applying a climate justice lens.
FRI 25 JUN
PARTNERSHIP
Moving towards system level, cross-sector collaboration; Models for rapid collaboration.

1.00 - 1.30 PM BST
8.00 - 8.30 AM EDT


WELCOME

MON | LEADERSHIP | 1 PM BST

Welcome by Zahid and Yvette Torres-Rahman, Founders, Business Fights Poverty

Followed by a Fireside Chat with:

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

Rebecca Marmot, Chief Sustainability Officer, Unilever

Ansu Archana, South Asia Supply Chain Strategy Program Director, Unilever

WELCOME

TUE | GENDER | 1 PM BST

Welcome by Zahid and Yvette, Business Fights Poverty

Followed by a Fireside Chat between Yvette and:

Yash Ranga, Stakeholder Engagement Partner, Sustainability Lead, Jaipur Rugs Foundation

Achi Devi, Weaver Designer, Jaipur Rugs

WELCOME

WED | LIVELIHOODS | 1 PM BST

Welcome by Zahid and Yvette, Business Fights Poverty

Followed by a Fireside Chat between Yvette and:

Constantino Gajardo, Country Manager, CODESPA Philippines

Nicolaas Lankhuizen, Director Strategic Sourcing, CEAMSA

WELCOME

THU | CLIMATE | 1 PM BST

Welcome by Zahid and Yvette, Business Fights Poverty

Followed by a Fireside Chat between Yvette and:

Monique Ntumngia, Founder of the Green Girls Organisation and CEO & Founder of Monafrik Energy Ltd

Marike de Pena, Chair, Latin American and Caribbean Network of Fair Trade Small Producers and Workers

WELCOME

FRI| PARTNERSHIP | 1 PM BST

Welcome by Zahid and Yvette, Business Fights Poverty

Followed by a Fireside Chat between Yvette and:

Helga Flores Trejo, Vice President, Global Public Affairs International Organizations, Bayer AG

Andrea Acerbi, Head of Social Innovation & Corporate Giving, Bayer AG

1.30 - 2.30 PM BST
8.30 - 9.30 AM EDT

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WEBINAR

MON | LEADERSHIP | 1.30 PM BST

Business Leadership to Rebuild Better

Hosted with Unilever

Rianne Buter, Global Sustainability Director, Unilever

Catalina Garcia, Global Director of Corporate Affairs, AB InBev and Interim Director & Board Director AB InBev Foundation

Ruth Mhlanga, Head of Private Sector Team, Oxfam GB

Zahid Torres-Rahman, Founder and CEO, Business Fights Poverty (moderator)

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WEBINAR

TUE | GENDER | 1.30 PM BST

The Business Case for Addressing Gender-Based Violence

Hosted with IFC

Shabnam Hameed, Global Lead Workplace Responses to GBV, Gender and Economic Inclusion Group, IFC

Amy Luinstra, East Asia Pacific Lead, Gender and Economic Inclusion Group, IFC

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

Alice Allan, Collaboration Director, Business Fights Poverty (moderator)

cast_connected

WEBINAR

WED | LIVELIHOODS | 1.30 PM BST

The Business and Societal Case for Living Wages

More details coming soon.

cast_connected

WEBINAR

THU | CLIMATE | 1.30 PM BST

Business and Climate Justice

Peter Glynn, Vice-Chair Environment and Energy Committee, Business at OECD

Lisa Manley, Vice President, Sustainability, Mars Inc

Prathyusha Parakala, Founder, Praana Trust

Tara Shine, Director, Change by Degrees

Katie Hyson, Director, Thought Leadership, Business Fights Poverty (moderator)

cast_connected

WEBINAR

FRI| PARTNERSHIP | 1.30 PM BST

Tackling COVID: From Rapid Response to Vaccination

Hosted with Crown Agents and Mars Inc

Keith Kibirango, Director of Philanthropy and Private Sector Engagement, Crown Agents

Emma Stanton, Manager, Social Impact, Center for Inclusive Growth, Mastercard

Justin White, Manager, Thriving People, Global Sustainability, Mars Inc

Andrew Wilson, Global Policy Adviser, International Chamber of Commerce

Zahid Torres-Rahman, Founder and CEO, Business Fights Poverty (moderator)

2.30 - 3.30 PM BST
9.30 - 10.30 AM EDT

chat

FORUM DISCUSSION

MON | LEADERSHIP | 2.30 PM BST

Embedding Climate and Social Innovation into Business

Maxime Braun, Catalyst Manager,  FUNDES

Justin Dekoszmovszky, UK Founder & Managing Director, Archipel&Co.

Justin Perrettson, Head of Sustainability Partnerships, Scouting & Ventures, Novozymes

Dina Rokic, NaTakallam

Åsa Skogström Feldt, Managing Director,  IKEA Social Entrepreneurship

cast_connected

WEBINAR

TUE | GENDER | 2.30 PM BST

Women and eCommerce in Africa

Hosted with IFC

Tolulope George-Yanwah, Ghana Country Manager, Jumia

Jumoke Jagun-Dokunmu, Regional Director, Eastern Africa, IFC

Joanna Kahiluoto, Policy Officer, European Commission

Samuel Schueth, Research Director, Kantar Public

Charlotte Ntim, Disruptive Technology Officer, IFC (moderator)

chat

FORUM DISCUSSION

WED | LIVELIHOODS | 2.30 PM BST

Enhancing the Livelihoods of ‘Hidden Women’ in Global Smallholder Value Chains

Hosted with Oxfam and Unilever

Leena Camadoo, Global Advisor - Women's Economic Justice, Oxfam GB

Stephanie Daniels, Senior Program Director, Sustainable Food Lab

Julie Greene, VP Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability, Olam

Anu Huhtissari, Programme Manager, ETP

Ilaria Ida, Global Senior Manager Sustainable Sourcing - Livelihoods and Partnerships. Unilever

Inge Jacobs, Senior Manager Human Rights and Income, Cocoa, Mars

Emmanuel Mancion, Director & Head of Global Sales, Marcatus

Suzanne Munson, Director of Global Partnerships & Alliances, Heifer

Elizabeth Njenga, Program Coordinator, Economic Empowerment and Climate Change, KTDA Foundation

Martha Rainer Opoku Mensah, Programme Officer, livelihoods and private sector, Oxfam Ghana

Leticia Yankey, Cocoa Farmer, Ghana

Representative from KTDA

chat

FORUM DISCUSSION

THU | CLIMATE | 2.30 PM BST

Creating an integrated approach for measuring social and environmental impact

Anna Barker, Head of Commercial Partnerships, Fairtrade

Matt Gwyn, Strategic Engagement, World Benchmarking Alliance

Melina Katende, Blockchain Consultant, BanQu Inc

Laura Kelly, Director, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

Justin Perrettson, Head of Sustainability Partnerships, Scouting & Ventures, Novozymes

Hina West, Director, Nature Pays, WWF

cast_connected

WEBINAR

FRI| PARTNERSHIP | 2.30 PM BST

Business Partnerships to Strengthen Food Systems

Hosted with Cargill. More details coming soon.

3.30 - 4.30 PM BST
10.30 - 11.30 AM EDT



people

COACHING

MON | LEADERSHIP | 3.30 PM BST

Building the resilience of purpose-driven professionals with business coach, Marcus Druen.
people

COACHING

TUE | GENDER | 3.30 PM BST

Building the resilience of purpose-driven professionals with business coach, Marcus Druen.
people

COACHING

WED | LIVELIHOODS 3.30 PM BST

Building the resilience of purpose-driven professionals with business coach, Marcus Druen.
people

COACHING

THU | RESILIENCE | 3.30 PM BST

Building the resilience of purpose-driven professionals with business coach, Marcus Druen.
people

COACHING

FRI| PARTNERSHIP | 3.30 PM BST

Building the resilience of purpose-driven professionals with business coach, Marcus Druen.
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In addition to the interactive sessions, all participants will have access to a carefully curated mix of valuable learning content, including Learning Modules, How-To Videos, Video Seminars, Podcasts, Articles and Toolkits.
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WE ARE A GLOBAL COMMUNITY OF PEOPLE AND ORGANISATIONS PASSIONATE ABOUT BUILDING AN EQUITABLE AND RESILIENT FUTURE. WE BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF BUSINESS TO HELP IMPROVE THE LIVES, LIVELIHOODS AND LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES OF THE MOST VULNERABLE PEOPLE AND COMMUNITIES.

By curating purposeful collaboration, we help companies and their partners access the insights and relationships they need to unlock new opportunities for business and social impact.

With our world more interconnected than ever, driving system-level change for a better future will require us to unite across traditional divides and come together in fresh and creative ways.


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