The Economist to Host Third Annual Impact Investing Conference in New York

Economist editors, financial institutions, influential foundations, wealthy families, large companies and innovative startups gather to analyse what the rise of impact investing means for leaders of companies, funds and NGOs

NEW YORK--()--Now that impact investing has moved from the fringes of the investment world to the focus of many strategies, the debate surrounding socially responsible investing is changing. Investors are no longer asking why they should embrace a purpose-driven portfolio and instead want to know how. Toward that end, The Economist Events is pleased to announce its third U.S. “Investing for Impact” conference, to be held in New York City on February 12, 2019.

Moderated by Economist editors and other experts, “Investing for Impact: Leading for the Long Haul?” will examine the risks and returns of impactful investment strategies. The one-day summit — which will take place at 10 on the Park at Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle in Manhattan — will generate informative, actionable information on the nuances of impact investing, presented by leading investors, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, social activists, policymakers and philanthropists.

The event will include panel discussions, fireside chats, debates, interviews and personal impact stories from world-renowned organizations and leading institutions. Topics to be discussed include: How to make impact investing the most profitable way to invest; what are the intangible aspects of investing for impact; how companies can better manage their natural, human, and social capital; the pros and cons of widespread divestment; and how technology will affect impact investing.

“There has never been a greater need for thoughtful debate on impact investing,” said Helen Joyce, finance editor, The Economist. “As impact investing has evolved, the debate has shifted from whether investors can use their capital to contribute to the greater good to how investors can achieve even greater results — both for causes that are meaningful to them and their portfolios.”

Confirmed speakers at this year's event include:

  • Catherine Berman, Chief executive and co-founder, CNote
  • Stephanie Braming, Global head, William Blair Investment Management
  • Michael Chu, Co-founder and partner, IGNIA
  • Sonja Gibbs, Senior director, global capital markets, Institute for International Finance (IIF)
  • Fabiana Feld, Chief investment officer, International Finance Corporation (IFC)
  • John Goldstein, Managing director, Goldman Sachs, and co-founder, Imprint Capital Advisors
  • Lisa Hall, Senior fellow, Beeck Center and the Case Foundation
  • Johnny El Hachem, Chief executive, Edmond de Rothschild Private Equity
  • Sean Hinton, Director, Economic Advancement Program, Open Society Foundation
  • Kunal Kapoor, Chief executive, Morningstar
  • Sallie Krawcheck, Chief executive and co-founder, Ellevest
  • Emilie Mazzacurati, Founder and chief executive, Four Twenty Seven
  • Bill McGlashan, Founder and managing partner, TPG Growth, and co-founder and chief executive, The Rise Fund
  • Durreen Shahnaz, Founder and chief executive, Impact Investment Exchange (IIX)
  • Andrew Steer, President and chief executive, World Resources Institute
  • Caryl M. Stern, President and chief executive, UNICEF USA
  • Michael Tiedemann, Founding partner and chief executive, Tiedemann advisors
  • Xiaochen Zhang, President, FinTech4Good

For more information on the event or to register, please go to:

Additionally, you can view The Economist Events’ Investing for Impact blog page ( for more content including Q&As with a range of our panelists. Follow and join in commentary about the event on Twitter using hashtag #EconImpact.


William Blair is the event’s Diamond Sponsor. Tiedemann Advisors is the Gold Sponsor. The event PR agency is BackBay Communications.

Supporting associations include CAIA Association B Lab, ImpactAlpha, Accion, Next Billion, Invest with Values, Hedge Connection, Venture Smarter, IOO Women in Finance and Impact Hub.

Media registration:

The event is open to working members of the press. Please contact Emily Stoermer at BackBay Communications (information below) for media registration details.

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Emily Stoermer, 617-391-0809