On September 20, 2017, during the week of the General Assembly of the United Nations,
ICV will bridge the gap between political and financial worlds to drive development.


In September 2015, all 193 Member States of the United Nations adopted a plan for achieving a better future for all – laying out a path over the next 15 years to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and protect our planet. At the heart of “Agenda 2030” are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which clearly define the world we want – applying to all nations and leaving no one behind.

The new global goals result from a process that has been more inclusive than ever, with Governments involving business, civil society and citizens from the outset. We are all in agreement on where the world needs to go. Fulfilling these ambitions will take an unprecedented effort by all sectors in society – and business has to play a very important role in the process.

Join the ICV community and our dynamic speakers for a one-day event during the week of the UN General Assembly to explore concrete mechanisms through which finance can be unlocked to drive meaningful and innovative investment in the Global Goals. More than ever we need business to be purposeful and pro-active in helping to ensure stability and drive social and economic transformation.

Achieving the Global Goals: CEO Roundtable

Responsible business and investment – rooted in universal principles – will be essential to achieving transformational change through the SDGs. For companies, successful implementation will strengthen the enabling environment for doing business and building markets around the world. Innovators and entrepreneurs of companies that are driving sustainable development will share stories of doing well by doing good.

Financing the SDGs: A New Era of Collaboration


Sustainable Development: A Multi-Trillion Dollar Opportunity
    • Aside from the obvious benefits of addressing the world’s biggest challenges, it is also opens up enormous opportunities.
Inspiring the Next Generation of Business Leaders to Build A Better World

Hear the stories of leaders of companies that do good and do well, and how they discovered new ways of doing business that are both profitable and progressive. Learn about business innovations that increase economic prosperity, contribute to a healthier environment and improve human well-being.

  • Roberta Baskin is Executive Director of AIM2Flourish, the world’s first global initiative steering future business leaders towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a flourishing world for all. With AIM2Flourish, she’s now helping students around the world discover and share untold positive stories about business innovations for good and help achieve the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Roberta has won more than 75 journalism awards including prestigious Peabodys, duPont Columbia Awards, and multiple Emmy Awards. As a result of her investigations, she’s made beer healthier, exposed sweatshops in the shoe and soccer industries, uncovered pediatric dental abuses, and succeeded in banning dangerous products. Baskin has served as the Executive Director of the Center for Public Integrity, the senior Washington correspondent for “NOW with Bill Moyers,” senior investigative producer for the ABC News magazine “20/20,” chief investigative correspondent for the CBS News magazine “48 Hours,” and contributed special reports to the “CBS Evening News.” Her proudest achievements are the wrongs she righted, especially transforming the way companies do business.
Corporate Sustainability and the UN Global Compact

The Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative; a call to companies to align strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and take actions that advance societal goals. With over 5000 business participants and 2000 other stakeholders from civil society, academia, labour and other sectors, the Global Compact is today the world’s largest corporate responsibility initiative. By committing to sustainability, business can take shared responsibility for achieving a better world.

Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women:  “The Future We Want”

A discussion on women’s economic and political empowerment, including access to decent work, and control over economic, and productive resources and active participation in governance and decision-making.

Linking Finance and Development Worlds to Seed Action


Family Office Roundtable

Members of single family offices who are allocating their capital across asset classes; carefully examining the interconnected risks that may disrupt a well-thought-out portfolio designed for future generations; and, improving the wellbeing of humankind through their philanthropy will speak openly on a wide range of topics such as sourcing deal flow, direct investing, allocating to professional managers, and family governance.

  • Robert Smith, Founder of ICV, entered Wall Street 21 years ago with lessons passed down from four generations of family members who worked in the investment industry before him. Since 2006, he has worked for, advised and co-invested with Family Offices, while serving in capacities that involved sourcing investment opportunities, conducting company and manager due diligence, and deal syndication. Over the course of his career, he has managed sales desks and trading desks at large financial institutions, where he built a Fund Investor network. He led in profitability at three firms: once while working in a trading capacity and twice while working in a sales capacity. He is Partner of  Merchant Liquidity Fund, a hybrid hedge/private equity fund; Business Strategy Advisor to New Frontier Bio, which leverages the long-term involvement of the Kennedy family in health care; Member of the Presidential Advisory Board of  Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health; and, Senior Advisor for Fundraising and Partnerships to the  Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. Robert serves on the Boards of  Childhood Cancer Kids, The Children’s Village, Tuesday’s Children, and The Harmon Foundation.
Institutional Allocator Roundtable

Asset managers with significant and diverse experience will share their investment process, where they see opportunity in the current landscape and the characteristics that may drive their future allocations.

Industry Thought Leader Panels

Leading industry focused investors who leverage their talent, influence and capital to identify and grow businesses will share their investment approach and industry insights.



Environmental, Social & Governance

Renewable Energy


Unlocking Value Through Food Waste Reduction

Every year, American consumers, businesses, and farms spends $218 billion a year, or 1.3% of GDP, growing, processing, transporting, and disposing food that is never eaten. That’s 52 million tons of food sent to landfill annually, plus another 10 million tons that is discarded or left unharvested on farms. Meanwhile, one in six Americans is food insecure. Learn how we can reduce waste by 50%, and save resources, create jobs, alleviate hunger, conserve water, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions — all while stimulating a new multi-billion dollar market opportunity.

  • Eva Goulbourne is the Associate Director of ReFED (Rethink Food Waste), an ambitious initiative to reduce U.S. food waste by 50% by 2030 where she leads all strategic communications and stakeholder engagement. ReFED seeks to unlock new philanthropic and investment capital, along with technology, business, and policy innovation, which is projected to catalyze tens of thousands of new jobs, recover billions of meals annually for the hungry, and reduce national water use and greenhouse gas emissions. ReFED was formed in early 2015 to create a Roadmap to Reduce U.S. Food Waste, the first ever national economic study and action plan driven by a multi-stakeholder group committed to tackling food waste at scale. An expert in developing multi-stakeholder communities around agriculture and food issues, Eva was previously part of the World Economic Forum’s New Vision for Agriculture initiative where she launched and led a 120-person global network of food experts from over 30 countries to share best practices in agriculture.
Wellbeing Inspires Welldoing

In this talk, Bart Weejen shares how he developed detection rats technology together with a team of researchers at Antwerp University in Belgium and Sokoine University in Tanzania, and how this research effort developed into a global humanitarian operation. He provides an overview of the life saving actions of the so-called HeroRATs, how they are trained and what impact they had so far in supporting vulnerable communities affected by humanitarian detection challenges, to tackle these problems more independently. Bart also shares why and how he then got involved in the Wellbeing Project, and shares some significant findings of the Wellbeing Project’s research and what the social change sector can learn from this.

  • Bart Weetjens is a Zen priest and social entrepreneur. He is the founder of APOPO, an international humanitarian organisation that trains rats to save human lives by detecting landmines and disease. His work was recognised by Ashoka, the Schwab Foundation to the World Economic Forum and he won a Skoll Award for social entrepreneurship. Based on a vision that wellbeing inspires well-doing, he joined The Wellbeing Project, to help shift the culture in the field of social change to a more caring and compassionate one, with more support for the inner wellbeing of social change leaders. After 12 years of working in Tanzania, Africa, Bart moved back to his birth place Antwerp, Belgium, where he lives with his wife and two daughters.
A Focus on Youth

Young people play important roles in our interconnected global society. Leaders who apply innovative approaches to reform systems, educate and create change to decrease suffering in the world discuss how they help children to become productive, independent citizens who will enrich their communities and their future.



General Session
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12:00 13:30 Networking Luncheon
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16:30 18:00  Networking Reception
18:00 21:00  Dinner