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Business Innovation to Fight Climate Change and Poverty

Time (GMT +00) 17:00 18:30


Bruce Jenks - Assistant Secretary-General and Director, Partnerships Bureau, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Adam Leach - CEO, International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF)
Michael Anthony - Senior Microinsurance Manager, Allianz SE
Jeroen Blum - Deputy Director, Shell Foundation
Anand P Narayanan - Manager, Incubation Labs, Selco Solar Private Ltd
Ernest Kwasi Kyei - Co-Founder and Director of Toyola Energy Limited


This major event in London will focus on successful business innovations for the global South that help mitigate climate change and its impact on the poor. What types of innovative models are emerging? How can these be brought to scale? What is the role of governments and donors to encourage investment and innovation for the poor?

The event will showcase leading climate-change impacting organizations that work in the global South such as Toyola (a manufacturer of carbon-efficient cookstoves in urban and rural Ghana) and Selco (a solar panel manufacturer for the rural poor in India). Climate-change innovations by leading businesses will be highlighted, such as Allianz whose micro-insurance products in health and life insurance have been proven to provide better post-emergency outcomes for the poor (such as post-tsunami and post-cyclone in India). Leading foundations, such as the Shell Foundation, will also share their climate-change practices in the global South that finance emerging environmentally-friendly businesses ranging from biofuels to carbon-efficient transport