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About the event

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the crucial importance of resilience across businesses, economies, and societies. In many ways, everything has changed, yet nothing has changed: the global development community continues to look for ways to deliver sustainable impact — at scale — in the communities they serve.

So what can our community learn from this massive disruption? And how can we use the lessons on resilience from this crisis to help advance the Sustainable Development Goals through sustainable job creation, economic stability and poverty alleviation?

On May 13, 2020, Devex and the CDC Group will convene an expert panel for an interactive, virtual event to explore how the DFI model can help support resilient economies and societies by investing long-term and flexible capital to support businesses through the crisis and beyond to recovery.

The experts will discuss how to best support industries and businesses impacted by the virus, and ideas for how to promote new investment in goods and services necessary to global health, safety, and essential services. They will look at how DFIs can partner with others to ensure that businesses access the capital they need to survive the period. In addition, they will dig deeper into how integrating ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) practices, such as job protection, can play an important part of businesses’ ability to recover.

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The Speakers


Raj Kumar

President & Editor-in-Chief
Raj leads a global team of over 100 Devexers and serves a community of one million global development professionals. His experience in 50+ countries, including a childhood partly spent in India, informs his work. Raj is the author of The Business of Changing the World.

Vipul Parekh

Vipul is the Co-Founder and CMO of BigBasket and oversees the marketing and finance functions of the firm. As a seasoned senior executive with considerable experience in the IT, retail, e-commerce and internet space, he has successfully built strong teams that deliver results, and strategic operations whose efforts span distribution channels, marketing and product management, and merchandising. Prior to BigBasket Vipul was Investment Director at Peepul Capital Advisors, President of Trinethra Super Retail, Co-Founder and Vice President at Fabmall, and Business Development Manager at Wipro.

Yasemin Saltuk Lamy

Deputy CIO for Catalyst Strategies
CDC Group
Yasemin Lamy joined CDC as Deputy CIO in August 2018. She is responsible for the Catalyst Strategies, a portfolio aimed at transformational, system-level impact and innovation across its target geographies of Africa and South Asia. Prior to CDC, she spent three years building two new portfolios for Omidyar Network: one portfolio to develop empowering digital identity technologies and one portfolio to establish a trendspotting capability. Previously, she worked across several different roles within capital markets at J.P. Morgan, starting out in fund-linked derivatives and then as a credit derivatives analyst, before building and leading the impact investment platform for the firm. Yasemin has published widely and provided expert advice to the OECD, World Economic Forum and others. She holds a Masters in Financial Mathematics from King’s College, London and a Bachelor in Mathematics and Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania.

Jean-Paul Adam

Director for Technology, Climate Change and Natural Resources Management
U.N. Economic Commission for Africa
Jean-Paul Adam is the Director for Technology, Climate Change and Natural Resources Management in the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. Prior to taking on this role, he served in the Government of the Republic of Seychelles in several Cabinet positions. He was Minister of Health from 2016 to 2019. He served as Minister of Finance, Trade and the Blue Economy from 2015 to 2016 where he negotiated a debt for climate change adaptation swap and launched the process for Seychelles to become the first issuer of a Blue Bond. Between 2010 and 2014, he was Seychelles’ Minister of Foreign Affairs, where he advocated for countries to embrace the concept of the Blue Economy, to improve sustainability for island and coastal countries. Before entering the Cabinet, between 2005 and 2009, he occupied several senior roles in the Office of the President of the Republic of Seychelles including Director General for presidential affairs, Principal Secretary for the Office of the President and Secretary of state in the presidency. He started his career as a career diplomat in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs between 2001 and 2004. He is a holder of a Masters in International Political Economy form the University of Manchester (UK) and a BA in English Literature and French from the University of Sheffield (UK).

UnniKrishnan Nair

Head of Climate Change
Commonwealth Secretariat
Unnikrishnan Divakaran Nair, Head of Climate Change at the Commonwealth Secretariat, looks after the climate change programme of the Secretariat. Before Commonwealth he was with the GGGI India Program Lead. UnniKrishnan was responsible for facilitating the strategic delivery and execution of GGGI initiatives in India. Before that he used to manage the climate finance and natural resource management vertical of GIZ in India and has also served the UN climate change secretariat (UNFCCC) at Bonn. UnniKrishnan is a development professional with over 18 years of experience in the areas of Climate Change Adaptation & Mitigation Project Development and Implementation, Policies on Climate Finance, International Accreditation to Climate Funds including the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and expertise in climate vulnerability and livelihood issues in Agriculture, Water, Oceans & Forestry in the Rural Development Context of Developing and Least Developed Countries (LDCs). He worked with a range of organizations from the civil society to community-based organizations to private sector, bilateral and multilateral agencies.

Dr. Jale Samuwai

Climate Finance Advisor for the Pacific
Dr. Jale Samuwai is the Climate Finance Advisor for Oxfam in the Pacific, and is currently responsible for covering the 10 Pacific countries in which Oxfam have a program footprint. He holds a PhD in Climate Change from the University of the South Pacific (USP) and is the first graduate from USP to attain this qualification. His PhD thesis specifically looks at climate financing in the Pacific region. In addition, he has published 8 peer reviewed articles on sustainable development issues in the Pacific in ranked journals outlets and has also written 3 technical reports on climate change/finance related issues in the region.

Shivanal S. Kumar

Climate Change Adaptation Specialist
Ministry of Economy, Fiji
Shivanal Kumar is a climate change professional in the Fijian Government, focusing on national adaptation planning process. He works for the Climate Change and International Cooperation Division in the Ministry of Economy and possesses a unique background on marine biology and environmental laws. Previously, he has worked as an environmental manager at a resort, and has also spent some time in the higher education sector as a programme accreditation specialist. He is a graduate of the University of the South Pacific, and has acquired his leadership training from East West Center in Hawaii.

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