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Friday, March 13 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Education, Impact Investing and US Foreign Policy

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The discussion will focus on the future of impact investing and how federal policy currently seeks to help unleash new capital, talent, and energy for political, economic, social and environmental good (eg, private equity funds in Egypt, Tunisia and Pakistan to support small and medium enterprises alongside microfinance platforms; empowering youth by supporting entrepreneurship and education through Young African Leaders Initiative and Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative). Part of the conversation will solicit from entrepreneurs and innovators their guidance on what we’re doing right, wrong and what more we can do. The conversation will also consider the role of government in plugging into the existing ecosystem and promoting the conditions and a culture for social entrepreneurship through presidential initiatives like WEAmericas (Womens Entrepreneurship in the Americas) and during health crises such as the recent Ebola outbreak.

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Krishanti Vignarajah

Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of State, United States Department of State
Krishanti Vignarajah currently serves as Senior Advisor to Deputy Secretary of State Heather Higginbottom and previously served Deputy Secretary William Burns and Thomas Nides. In this capacity, Ms. Vignarajah helps shape State Department and White House initiatives and programs on... Read More →

Friday March 13, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
ACC Room 6AB

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