Join us for an inspiring deep-dive into the theory and practice of how business can collaborate for social impact.
 

Hosted at Saïd Business School, Oxford University, our 2-day annual event brings together over 200 experts and practitioners from business, civil society, government and academia, and includes an interactive mix of expert panels, delegate-led sessions and action-focused workshops.  

The event is free to join.  Participants have the option of buying tickets to two exclusive dinners hosted at Oxford’s prestigious Colleges,
this year at St John’s College and Harris Manchester College.  A buffet dinner will also be available at Saïd Business School.

FEATURED SPEAKERS
BARRY PARKIN
CHIEF SUSTAINABILITY AND HEALTH & WELLBEING OFFICER, MARS INC
JOHN FALLON
CEO, PEARSON 
JANE NELSON
DIRECTOR, CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY INITIATIVE, HARVARD KENNEDY SCHOOL 
MARK GOLDRING
CEO, OXFAM GB
MOHAMED AMERSI
CO-FOUNDER & CEO, EMERGENT TELECOM VENTURES
KATE WYLIE
GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY DIRECTOR, MARS INC
GRACE CHENG
GREATER CHINA COUNTRY MANAGER, RUSSELL REYNOLDS
GEETHA THARMARATNAM
ADVISOR, CAPRIA
MARK CUTIFANI
CEO, ANGLO AMERICAN
SAADIAH MOHAMAD
PROFESSOR, ARSHAD AYUB GRADUATE BUSINESS SCHOOL, UiTM
PHIL THOMSON
PRESIDENT, GLOBAL AFFAIRS, GSK
MAGGIE BERRY
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, EUROPE, WEConnect
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AGENDA
Monday, 10 July
Curated by Business Fights Poverty
  • Rethinking Collaboration​: A Business Perspective
  • Rethinking Collaboration: A Research Perspective
  • Panel Discussion: Collaboration in Action
  • Challenge Workshops
  • Business Leadership in a Progressive World
  • Dinner at St John's College
Tuesday, 11 July
Curated by the Center on Business and Poverty
  • Driving Impact Through Finance
  • Driving Inclusion Through Islamic Finance
  • Insight Seminars
  • Lessons from Employee Ownership Models
  • The Role of Business in Driving a Progress World
  • Dinner at Harris Manchester College
MONDAY, 10 JULY

Welcome
9.10 - 9:20AM

Colin Mayer CBE, Peter Moores Professor of Management Studies at Saïd Business School and former Dean of the School (invited)



Setting the Context: Rethinking Collaboration
9.20 - 9:30AM
Zahid Torres-Rahman, Founder and Director, Business Fights Poverty


Keynotes: Rethinking Collaboration - A Business Perspective
9.30 - 10:30AM
Barry Parkin, Chief Sustainability and Health & Wellbeing Officer, Mars Inc
Vasuki Shastry, Global Head, Public Affairs & Sustainability, Standard Chartered


Keynotes: Rethinking Collaboration - A Research Perspective
10.50 - 11:50AM

Jane Nelson, Director, Corporate Responsibility Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School
David Grayson, Director, Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility, Cranfield School of Management



Plenary Panel: Collaboration in Action
11.50 - 12:50AM

Kate Wylie, Global Sustainability Director, Mars Inc
David Croft, Global Sustainable Development Director, Diageo

Jonathan Barnow, Associate Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, TechnoServe



Challenge Workshops: Round 1
1.30 - 2:30PM

Women in Value Chains
David Croft, Global Sustainable Development Director, Diageo

Embedding the Sustainable Development Goals into Business

To be confirmed

Improving Farmer Livelihoods
Francesca New, Global Sustainable Sourcing Insight Manager, Mars



Challenge Workshops: Round 2
2.40 - 3:40PM

The SDGs and Agriculture
Pamela Cornes, Small Retailer Partnerships, AB InBev (invited)

Youth Employability
Meghan Sheehan, Head of Programmes and Investing, Barclays Citizenship

Investing with Impact in Challenging Places
Julie Wallace, Global Head, Community Engagement, Standard Chartered
Andrew Palmer, Stakeholder and Policy Manager, CDC Group

 



Leadership Perspectives: The Role of Business in Driving a Progressive World
4.00 - 5:00PM

Priti Patel, UK Secretary of State for International Development  (invited)
John Fallon, CEO, Pearson
Mark Cutifani, CEO, Anglo American

Phil Thomson, President, Global Affairs, GSK
Mark Goldring, CEO, Oxfam GB

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


TUESDAY, 11 JULY

Welcome
9.10 - 9:20AM

John Hoffmire, Director, Center on Business and Poverty



Keynote: Driving Impact Through Finance
9.20 - 9:40AM

John Buley, Professor of the Practice of Finance at Duke University, Fuqua School of Business



Plenary Panel: What can we learn from Employee-Ownership Models?
9.40 - 10:30AM

Ruth Yeoman, Centre for Mutual and Employee-owned Business
Anthony Mathews, Consultant, Beyster Institute, University of California, San Diego

Moderator: John Hoffmire, Director, Center On Business and Poverty



Insight Seminars: Round 1
10.50 - 11:50AM

Track 1 - Impact Investing | Impact Investing in the Middle East and Africa
Jimoh Ibrahim, Chairman and CEO, Global Fleet Group, Nigeria
Moderator: Geetha Tharmaratnam, Adviser, Capria


Track 2 - Employee Ownership | Case Studies of Success
J. Michael Keeling, President and Chief Staff Officer of The ESOP Association
Shadia El Dardiry, Bates Wells Braithwaite
Moderator: John Hoffmire, Director, Center on Business and Poverty


Track 3 - Business and International Development | Case Studies of Success
Nathan Sivagannathan, Chief Growth Officer, MAS Holdings
Maggie Berry, Executive Director for Europe, WEConnect
Moderator: Diane Holt, Professor in Management, Essex Business School, University of Essex

Track 4 - Innovations in the Field | Innovations in Small and Medium Size Enterprise Financing and Operations
Aqeel Tirmizi, Professor of Leadership & Management, Graduate School of Leadership and Change, Antioch University
Neelam Chhiber, Managing Trustee, Industree Foundation; Co-founder Mission Creative Million
Moderator: David Wilcox, Founder & CEO, ReachScale

Track 5 - Islamic Finance | Insights from the Field​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​Stella Cox CBE, Managing Director, DDCAP
​​​​​​​Mohamed Geraldez, American social entrepreneur and founder of Halal student loans programme
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Normah Omar, Professor and Director, Accounting Research Institute, Arshad Ayub Graduate Business School, UiTM
​​​​​​​Moderator: Saadiah Mohamad, Professor, Arshad Ayub Graduate Business School, UiTM



Insight Seminars: Round 2
12.00 - 1:00PM

Track 1 - Impact Investing | Impact Investing in Asia, South Asia and Eastern Europe
Ruben Vardanyan, Impact Investor and Social Entrepreneur
Audrey Selian, Director, Artha Initiative, Rianta Capital Zurich
Moderator: Ahsan Jamil, Founding Trustee, Arif and Fayeeza Naqvi


Track 2 - Employee Ownership | Employee Ownership: Productivity Up?
Frank Shipper, Professor, Salisbury University
Carole Leslie, Adviser, Ownership Associates UK

Peter Mathews, Partner, Capital for Colleagues
Moderator: John Hoffmire, Director, Center on Business and Poverty


Track 3 - Business and International Development | How Are Things Different Now Than When The Work Was Called Corporate Social Responsibility?
Tara Sabre Collier, Manager, EY
David Croft, Global Sustainable Development Director, Diageo
​​​​​​​Moderator: Susana Frazao Pinheiro, Senior Teaching Fellow, University College London

Track 4 - Innovations in the Field | Creating Cultures Dedicated to Service
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Shona King, Foundation Manager, ERM
​​​​​​​Scott Huish, Founder, High Street Advisors

Moderator: Len Greenhalgh, Director, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College

​​​​​​​Track 5 - Islamic Finance | Linking Islamic Finance and Impact Investing
​​​​​​​Stella Cox CBE, Managing Director, DDCAP​​​​​​​
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Noripah Kamso, Visiting Fellow, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies
​​​​​​​Moderator: Mohamed Amersi, Co-Founder and CEO, Emergent Telecom Ventures



Insight Seminars: Round 3
1.40 - 2:40PM

Track 1 - Impact Investing | Measuring Impact
Ahsan Zaman , Founding Director, IoT World Forum
Moderator: Gerhard Pries, President, Sarona Investments


Track 2 - Employee Ownership | Long Term Employee & Capital Ownership
Robert Ashford, Professor, Syracuse University
Moderator: Maja Korica, Associate Professor, Warwick Business School


Track 3 - Business and International Development | Case Studies of Limited Success
​​​​​​David Wilcox, Founder, ReachingScale
Moderator: Laurel Steinfield,  Assistant Professor, Bentley College

Track 4 - Innovations in the Field | Innovations in Supply Chains
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Grace Cheng, Greater China Country Manager, Russell Reynolds
Moderator: Isabel Kelly , Founder, Profit With Purpose


​​​​​​​Track 5 - Islamic Finance | Future Innovations and Growth
Dr Jonathan  A.J. Wilson, consultant and specialist in Islamic Branding
​​​​​​​Dr Aly Khorshid, Shariah Scholar
​​​​​​​Saadiah Mohamad, Professor, Arshad Ayub Graduate Business School, UiTM
​​​​​​​Moderator: John Hoffmire, Director, Center On Business and Poverty



Insight Seminars: Round 4
2.50 - 3:50PM

Track 1 - Impact Investing | Innovations in Social Finance Research
Alex Nicholls, Professor of Social Entrepreneurship, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Saïd Business School

Track 2 - Employee Ownership | Employee Ownership at John Lewis
Jane Burgess, Partners' Counsellor, John Lewis Partnership

Track 3 - Business and International Development | Careers Linking Impact Through Small  & Large Companies Globally
Ed Hudson, Executive Director, EY

Track 4 - Innovations in the Field | Green Agricultural Businesses that Reduce Poverty
Iba Blah, Director, United Fruit Company
Moderator: Bremley Lyngdoh, Founder and CEO of Worldview Impact


Sectoral Focus - Healthcare and Education | Making a Profit and Providing Progressive Healthcare and Education
Mark Sivers, Founder, Laeta Inc
Moderator: Scott Hammond, Professor, Utah State University



Plenary Panel: Driving Inclusion Through Islamic Finance
4.00 - 4:50PM

Badlisyah Abdul Ghani,  Deputy CEO Tabung Haji Malaysia
Michael Bennett, Head of Derivatives and Structured Finance, World Bank
​​​​​​​Moderator: Saadiah Mohamad, Professor, Arshad Ayub Graduate Business School, UiTM



Call to Action: The Role of Business in Driving toward a World with less Poverty  
4.50 - 5:50PM

Brad Agle, Professor, BYU Management School
Carmen Porco, Executive Director, Housing Ministries of the American Baptists of Wisconsin
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John Nelson, Managing Partner, Wall Street Without Walls


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