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Global Trends in Impact Investing

Professor Alex Nicholls, Professor of Social Entrepreneurship, Said Business School, University of Oxford
Friday, 23 Nov 2018
Complimentary Drinks Reception 6 pm; Talk 7 pm
The Haven, 29/F, Wyndham Place , 40-44 Wyndham Street, Central
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In conjunction with The Oxford and Cambridge Society of Hong Kong and The British Council, World renowned Oxford Professor Alex Nicholls leads a discussion around the emergence of impact investing and its role in driving a paradigm shift in the role of finance within society. The last 10 years has seen significant growth in impact investment globally and today, from a zero baseline, impact investing funds have more than $228bn under management. Increasingly asset owners and managers are moving beyond just thinking about Environment and Social Governance (ESG) or simply mitigating against negative impact, to actively seeking to create positive social and environmental impact through their investment strategies.

It is estimated by the United Nations that their Sustainable Development Goals need an additional $5-7tn and impact investing could play an important role if the enabling infrastructure particularly in key global financial centres can be established.  In this regard, Hong Kong has an important role to play in shaping this emerging agenda.
This event is an opportunity to come together and learn more about this exciting new area of finance and engage in conversation around how finance can play a more prominent role in addressing key societal challenges. 

Professor Alex Nichols is the first tenured professor in social entrepreneurship appointed at the University of Oxford.
He was also the first staff member of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship in 2004.  His research interests range across several key areas within social entrepreneurship and social innovation, including: social and impact investment; the nexus of relationships between accounting, accountability and governance; public and social policy contexts; and Fair Trade.

Prof Nicholls holds a BA (Hons), MA and PhD in English Language and Literature from King’s College, London and an MBA from Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford.  He has published more than ninety papers, working papers, book chapters and articles and six books.  Most appear in a wide range of peer reviewed journals and books, including six papers in Financial Times Top 30 journals.  His 2009 paper on social investment won the Best Paper Award (Entrepreneurship) at the British Academy of Management.  In 2010, Prof. Nicholls edited a Special Edition of Entrepreneurship, Theory and Practice on social entrepreneurship – the first time a top tier management journal had recognised the topic in this way.  He has been the General Editor of the Skoll Working Papers Series and is the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Social Entrepreneurship.  His books have been translated into several languages and are the most cited works on each of their subjects.  Prior to returning to academic life, he held senior management positions at the John Lewis Partnership, the largest mutual retailer in Europe.  He also currently sits of the Board of several social enterprises.  

Members of the O&C, RGS and British Council, their guests and others are most welcome to attend this event, which is HK$250 for Members and HK$300 for their guests including unlimited drinks. 

The Royal Geographical Society - Hong Kong wishes to express its thanks to Jacada Travel for its generous assistance with this talk. 

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