Scaling Development Ventures Conference - Feb 8, 2014

Exploring innovative, collaborative, market-driven strategies for poverty alleviation at scale. 

THE SCALING DEVELOPMENT VENTURES CONFERENCE
The MIT Scaling Development Ventures conference is back for a second year! SDV brings together exciting perspectives from the international development and business communities to examine the best way to bring poverty-alleviating solutions to market at scale. For updates join the SDV Facebook page, and to be added to the SDV email list, click here.

 

WHEN

Saturday, Februray 8th, 8:30 am - 5 pm

Conference Program Here.

WHERE Kirsch Auditorium, Stata Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER Paul Polak (The Business Solution to Poverty, Out of Poverty)
SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER Nancy Wimmer (Green Energy for a Billion Poor: How Grameen Shakti Created a Winning Model for Social Business)
SESSIONS Appropriate Solutions for Real Needs, Partnering for Scale, MIT Alumni Scaling Up Innovation
FOR WHOM Social Entrepreneurs, International Development Professionals, Industry, Academics, Students.

ABOUT 2014 SDV KEYNOTE SPEAKER PAUL POLAK - 9:15-10:00
Paul Polak is widely regarded as the father of market-centered approaches to development and is the author of Out of Poverty, and The Business Solution to Poverty (2013 with Mal Warwick), described by Bill Clinton as "One of the most hopeful propositions to come along in a long time . . . original, ambitious, and practical." Read more.

SDV 2014 SESSION 1. APPROPRIATE SOLUTIONS FOR REAL NEEDS - 10:00 -11:30
Needs assessment and market research should precede any investment in poverty solutions – products, services, or programs. But too often, organizations invest in the wrong solutions and distribution strategies without understanding the real needs and context of people living in poverty. The result is millions of dollars spent without impact, or worse - negative impact. The speakers will explain how their organizations developed a meaningful understanding of the needs of the populations they serve and what they did to select the appropriate solutions to those needs. Panelists to include:

Shannon LucasSenior Enterprise Innovation Manager, Vodafone
Wendy TaylorDirector, USAID Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact
Clive AllisonOpen Innovation Director, Unilever
Ned BreslinCEOWater for People

Moderated by Shawn PowersPolicy Manager, Jameel Poverty Action Lab

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER: NANCY WIMMER - "The Art of Rural Business" 11:30-12:00
Nancy’s recent book, Green Energy for a Billion Poor - How Grameen Shakti Created a Winning Model for Social Business, describes for the first time how an entrepreneurial rural energy service company started from scratch and after 17 years became a world leader in off-grid solar energy. By describing the inner workings of a successful rural business, it is helping to guide entrepreneurs in developing countries and university students. Read more.

SDV 2014 SESSION 2. PARTNERING FOR SCALE - 1:30-3:00
Social enterprises, NGOs, and multinational corporations focused on getting poverty-alleviating products and services to Base of the Pyramid markets, each bring to the equation different strengths.  A social enterprise located in the target market may bring understanding of the needs of the population and specific barriers to distribution, an NGO may bring the resources for wide-scale assessment in multiple markets, while a corporation may bring sophisticated supply chain and manufacturing operations. This session will feature effective partnership models that create social and economic value for people living in poverty. Panelists to include:

Jean-Christophe LaugéeSocial Innovation and Ecosystem Director, Danone
Radhika ThakkarVP of Global Business Development, Greenlight Planet
Alex CountsPresident and CEO, Grameen Foundation
Alban JacquinSustainability Performance and Communities Director, Schneider Electric

Moderated by Kim WilsonLecturer, International Business and Human Security, Fletcher School, Tufts University

SDV 2014 SESSION 3. MIT ALUMNI SCALING UP INNOVATION - 3:15-4:45
Whether it’s applying resilient business models to scale up proven development interventions, offering affordable and accessible sanitation to underserved populations, or spearheading frugal innovation at one of the world’s largest industrial suppliers, MIT alumni around the world are at the forefront of impact-creating initiatives. This session will feature MIT alumni currently driving change within NGOs, social enterprises, and international corporations. Panelists to include:

Shayna Harris (2011, Sloan School of Management), Cocoa Sustainability Manager, Mars
Stephanie Dalquist (2003, M.Eng), Strategic Analyst, Air Liquide
Christina Riechers (2012, Sloan School of Management), Director Business Development and Strategy, Evidence Action
Vitor Pamplona (2012, PhD  Computer Science), Co-Founder and CTO, EyeNetra.

Moderated by Harald Quintus-Bosz, (1990, SB Mechanical Engineering), Chief Technology OfficerCooper-Perkins

 

NETWORKING SDV 2014 - 12-1:30
Affinity Group Lunch Sessions 
MIT Student Social Enterprise Poster Session

         

 

Scaling Development Ventures 2014 - February 8, 9-5 PM - Kirsch Auditorium, Stata Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.