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From Local to Global Entrepreneurship: 20 Years of Impact Investing

  • Royal Academy of the Arts Keeper's House, Sir Hugh Casson Room, Mayfair London W1J 0BD UK (map)

Impact investing is fueling the emergence of social entrepreneurship around the world. With more capital, entrepreneurs can more readily tackle poverty and global inequities. Transforming structural inequities can help us to achieve collective mindfulness.

Join us for a private reception at the Royal Academy of Arts to explore how social entrepreneurship and impact investment are shaping the standards of global partnerships to prioritize people and our biodiversity.

The reception is organized by NESsT, which has supported 14,000 entrepreneurs in 50 countries over the past 20 years. NESsT hosts networking receptions globally to expose influential business leaders to impact investing and to engage them to take action.

Keynote Speaker

Mervyn Davies Lord Davies of Abersoch, CBE

Mervyn Davies
Lord Davies of Abersoch, CBE

Lord Davies is a Partner and the Chairman of Corsair Capital, a private equity firm specialising in financial services.  He is also the Chairman of LetterOne, an Adviser to Teneo and the Chairman of UK India Business Council. 

Lord Davies has a wide range of interests, including being Chairman of the Royal Academy of Arts Trustees.  He was Minister for Trade, Investment, Small Business and Infrastructure from January 2009 until May 2010.

Prior to that, he was Chairman and previously CEO, and served on the Board of Standard Chartered for over 12 years.

He was awarded a CBE for his services to the financial sector and the community in Hong Kong in June 2002 where he served as a member of the HK Exchange fund for seven years.  Lord Davies is also a JP in Hong Kong.

Lord Davies is married with two children and is a fluent Welsh speaker.

Featured Panelists

Nicole Etchart Founder NESsT

Nicole Etchart

Nicole has over 30 years of experience in international development and entrepreneurship. She spearheads NESsT´s strategy, growth and impact worldwide including entrance to eleven countries and diversification of portfolio to new target markets and financial instruments. 

Nicole is an author and editor of numerous publications, case studies, legal guides, assessments, and articles on the development of an enabling environment and support mechanism for social enterprise in emerging market countries.

Through her work, Nicole has increased the visibility and importance of social enterprise and venture philanthropy at an international scale.

Alexandre Messina Founder Pedala | Brazil

Alexandre Messina
Pedala | Brazil

Alexandre co-founded Pedala in 2015 and currently focuses on new partnerships, among them Lojas Americanas, Nespresso, Submarino, Reserva, and Farm.

Pedala is the largest eco-delivery company in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Since 2015, it has delivered more than 300,000 packages by training and hiring people from low-income backgrounds as bicycle couriers. The company helps them to increase their incomes and access employment benefits.

In addition to ensuring dignified employment, Pedala reduces the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere (80 tons conserved to date).

Bob Annibale Global Director of Citi Community Development Founder of Citi Inclusive Finance

Bob Annibale
Global Director of Citi Community Development
Founder of Citi Inclusive Finance

Bob is Global Director of Citi Community Development and Founder of Citi Inclusive Finance, which lead Citi’s commitment to expanding financial inclusion and economic opportunities for lower-income and underserved communities.

He serves on the U.S. FDIC Advisory Committee on Economic Inclusion,  the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs Advisory Council on Financial Education and Inclusion, and on the boards of the Citi Foundation, Acción International and the Bedford Stuyvestant Restoration Corporation.

Under Bob’s leadership, Citi was named by Euromoney as its inaugural “Best Bank for Financial Inclusion.”

In 2014, he was honored by the Obama Administration as a White House Champion of Change for his work leading Citi’s programs promoting immigrant integration in the U.S. and, in 2018, Bob was recognized by Euromoney as a “Global Impact Banking Champion” and by the Financial Times as one of the OUTStanding Top 100 LGBT Business Leaders for the fifth consecutive year.


06:30 PM - Networking, hors d’oeuvres, and wine

07:30 PM - Keynote and panel. Featured speakers discuss local to global social entrepreneurship.

08:00 PM - Q&A

08:15 PM - Networking, desserts, and wine

For any inquiries, please contact Nathalie Figueroa at nfigueroa[at]nesst[dot]org.