Microfinance and Social Entrepreneurship

Chicago Booth Alumni Club of the United Kingdom

European Private Equity and Entrepreneurship Roundtable

March 17, 2010: 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Join us for our next roundtable event on Microfinance and Social Entrepreneurship: applying private equity skills to companies with a social mission. This is a great chance to see how Microfinance providers and Social Entrepreneurs advisers employ private equity skills in a range of "not for profit" to "for profit" initiatives.


Chicago Booth Europe Campus
Woolgate Exchange
25 Basinghall Street
London, United Kingdom


General Admission £15 Current Chicago Booth EMBA students Free


Register Online

Deadline: 3/17/2010


7:00 PM-7:30 PM: Registration

7:30 PM-8:30 PM: Programme

8:30 PM-9:30 PM: Networking Reception

Speaker Profiles

Sebastien Duquet (Speaker)
Managing Director, PlaNIS

PlaNIS (part of PlaNet Finance Group) was created in February 2008 in order to connect private and institutional financial market players to Microfinance Institutions by providing them with tools usually used by and reserved to other markets. PlaNIS is organized as a financial services company and specializes in three products: Debt, Equity and FX Hedge.

Daniela Barone Soares (Speaker)
Chief Executive, Impetus Trust

Impetus accelerates the growth of innovative charities and social enterprises, which have proven models of poverty alleviation. The aim is to help people gain education, skills and jobs. Thanks to its highly effective venture philanthropy model, the number of people who have benefited from Impetus-backed organisations has grown 56% a year

Andres Falconer (Speaker)
Managing Director, Ashoka UK

Ashoka is the world‘s largest association of social entrepreneurs, men and women with system-changing solutions for the most urgent social problems. Founded 30 years ago, Ashoka has provided start-up financing, professional support services, and connections to a global network of more than 2500 leading social entrepreneurs (the Ashoka Fellows) in over 70 countries.

Christian Schattenmann (Speaker)
Director Finance, Blue Orchard Inv.

Blue Orchard is a leading commercial microfinance investment company that aims to empower poor worldwide and improve their quality of life by enabling them to participate in income-generating activities. Established in 2001 and with offices in Switzerland, USA and Peru, Blue Orchard invests in microfinance institutions (MFIs) who support promising small enterprises in low-income regions worldwide, while generating profitable returns for its investors.


Paolo Guida, '06 (EXP-11) 
Chicago Booth PE and Entrepreneurial Roundtable