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Impact Summit America invites global leaders, pioneers and experts of the impact investing universe to share their knowledge and inspiration. 


The 4th edition of Impact Summit America took place on the 18th October 2023 in New York City. Institutional investors, impact fund managers, speaker experts, and more industry specialists came together and made this Summit a valuable milestone in the development and acceleration of impact investing. During this one-day conference, participants from all over North America joined us for a day of meaningful discussions on how to increase allocations of institutional capital towards impact and sustainable investments. Impact Summit America presented tangible frameworks and pre-selected impact strategies to enhance institutional investors' impact allocation, significantly amplifying their positive influence on both society and the environment, while securing market rate returns. Expert speakers proposed solutions to challenges such as the lack of precise measurements or the abundance of indicators that cannot be aggregated, and shared the tools to define their impact goals and measure real-life impact.

We want to express our heartfelt gratitude to all institutional investors, impact fund managers, partners and supporters, who joined us at the 2023 edition of the leading impact investing conference in America for institutional investors.

Thank you for being a part of this amazing community, and we look forward to seeing you again on 30th of October 2024, in New York City!

Impact Summit America 2023, The Yale Club, New York City



Keynote speech I Riding Two Horses: Bridging the Gap Between Institutional Capital & Indigenous Rights 

Shawn Watts, Director of US Strategy at The Christensen Fund discussed the crucial link between Institutional Capital and Indigenous Rights, emphasizing the duty to do good while achieving success.
Shawn also shared two promising investment opportunities - supporting indigenous restaurants and participating in the energy transition within indigenous communities.

Investor panel I The Power Struggle: Investing in the Energy Transition without Burning Out 

The first investor panel of the day delved into 'The Power Struggle: Investing in the Energy Transition without Burning Out.' Moderated by Richard Zimmerman, Partner at WE Family Offices, the panel explored the challenging energy transition landscape in the US. Anna Snider, Managing Director and Head of Due Diligence at the CIO of Bank of America, Erika Brice, Investment Officer at the Social Investment Practice of The Kresge Foundation, Kunal S. Doshi, Chief Investment Officer at Accelerate Investment Group & James Tyler Blickhan, CFA, CAIA, Associate Director at Ascension Investment Management, LLC, all contributed to the insightful discussion.

Keynote speech I How Can Foundations Invest for Change?  

Our keynote, Sam Gill, President & CEO of the Doris Duke Foundation, addressed, 'How Can Foundations Invest for Change?'. He tackled the inherent challenges of impact investing, stressing that successful impact investing is about matching the right tools to the right problems, not the other way around.

Panel Discussion | How Do You Measure and Define Successful Impact? (Continued)

Building on this case study, Shannon Fellows, Impact Solutions Manager at Morningstar Sustainalytics, expertly moderated a panel to reflect on the shared insights. Shannon probed the panelists about where impact factors into their own investment processes and the significance of maintaining impact integrity.
The distinguished panel included Amantia Muhedini, Executive Director and Sustainable & Impact Investing Strategist at UBS Global Wealth Management Chief Investment Office; Cyril Gouiffès, Head of Social Impact Equity Investments at the European Investment Fund (EIF); Jon Strieter, Analyst in Impact Investments at Wespath Benefits and Investments; and Nathalia Millan, Head of ESG in Private Equity at Tikehau Capital. 

Keynote speech I Championing Racial Equity Awareness 


Smitha Das, Director of Mission and Impact Investing at World Education Services (WES), passionately spoke about the importance of championing awareness for racial equity and how institutions can actively promote and take action.

Smitha also shared WES's unique approach to investments aimed at dismantling the structural barriers people face due to their race, ethnicity, and interconnected identities.


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