Watch the Videos: Business Fights Poverty NYC 2019

By Anna Johnson, Editor - Online, Business Fights Poverty

On 23rd September, over 150 individuals from business, civil society and government came together for Business Fights Poverty NYC 2019 to explore the theme of rethinking collaboration for the SDGs. Watch the videos of the plenary sessions, by our film partner Be Inspired Films.

Timed to coincide with the UN General assembly Week, our annual event has become a popular, high-energy gathering that brings together a select group of senior professionals from business and the international development community.

We recognise the power of bringing together the right people in a focused and action-oriented way. That is why our audience is highly curated, and why the sessions are designed to enable practical deep-dive conversations and meaningful relationship building.

This year, 94% of participants surveyed said they made a valuable connection, 89% said they learnt something valuable for their work, and 91% said they would recommend it to a colleague.

The videos from our speakers are now available, and we are delighted to share them with you, please see below:

Event wrap-up video

Opening Performance

Music Beyond


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


Jackie Krese, Managing Director, Head of Debt Capital Markets Solutions, Americas, Investment Banking Capital Markets, Credit Suisse

Keynote speaker competition winner

Dr Shannon May, Chief Strategy and Development Officer, Bridge International Academies

Keynotes: Business Perspectives

Enrique Ostale, Executive Vice President and Regional CEO – U.K., Latin America and Africa, Walmart International

Naureen Hyat, Co-Founder and Business Head, Tez Financial Services and Visa Everywhere Initiative: Fintech Challenge Winner (by video)

Panel: Rethinking Collaboration for the SDGs

Erin Pham Steinhauer, Vice President, Social Impact, Visa

Henriette Kolb, Head, Gender Secretariat, International Finance Corporation

Eraj Shirvani, Vice Chairman – Emerging Markets, Credit Suisse

Marcos Neto, Head, Finance Sector Hub, UNDP

Rebecca Marmot, Chief Sustainability Officer, Unilever

Moderator: Jane Nelson, Director, Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School

Keynotes: Business Partner Perspectives

Michelle Nunn, President and CEO, CARE USA

Sean Cairncross, CEO, Millennium Challenge Corporation

Caroline Read, Director, Department for International Development

Editor’s Note:

Filmed by Be Inspired Films

Photography by The Coco Studio

With the support of a number of sponsors and content partners, the event also included range of lunch sessions:

  • Business-Donor Partnerships: How can international donors help scale businesses’ contribution to the SDGs?
  • Future of Work: How can business accelerate upward ability of entry-level and informal sector workers?
  • Gender: How can business address gender equality challenges through business aware practices?
  • Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs): How can we better support MSMEs in large company value chains through an ecosystems approach?
  • Modern Slavery: How can we apply technology to help tackle modern slavery in global supply chains?
  • Purpose: How can companies and investors collaborate to make purposeful business thrive?

The full agenda is available here.

View and download photos from the event gallery here

We are grateful to all those made the event possible, including Credit Suisse, CDC, and Visa.  Thanks also to our video partner, Be Inspired Films and photography partner, Soulphotography.

We’re now busy planning for our next flagship event, Business Fights Poverty DC 2020, supported by International Finance Corporation in Washington D.C. on 15 April to coincide with the World Bank and IMF Spring Meetings.  Places are very limited. To secure your place register here.

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