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Wednesday, January 24 • 9:40am - 10:20am
Impact Investing in Natural Disasters: Optimizing Resiliency and Equity

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Session held in Libby Gardner Concert Hall.

If the impact investing community takes one thing from Abraham Maslow, it should be this: people have no chance of fulfilling their higher d-needs (social belonging, self-esteem, self-actualization) if their basic needs (food, water, shelter and economic security) are not met. Sadly far too many people on this planet find themselves without this chance – and that number is exacerbated by the seemingly increasing frequency and intensity of natural disasters.
Almost one and a half million people have died in natural disasters over the past 20 years. This is a waste of life; a waste of potential – and it’s not limited to so-called ‘developing countries’. Last year alone, 16 different climate-related disasters each cost US citizens more than $1 billion. While it might not be possible to prevent the weather which caused the hurricanes, wildfires, droughts and floods of 2017, it is possible to reduce the physical, economic and social impacts of these events.
Reducing the frequency and severity of the consequences of natural catastrophes is arguably the most impactful way for socially-motivated capital to be deployed. But where should we focus our scarce dollars? Do we understand – on a location by location basis – the cost of inaction? What interventions are most likely to yield the biggest impact – and can we confidently quantify that impact in the language of the markets? And when should we make those investments – before disaster strikes or once disaster has created a fresh political impetus? Indeed, how can the economic, social and political incentives be aligned in order to motivate capital and mitigate the effects of ‘NIMTOO’?

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Todd Appel

Vice President, Quantified Ventures
Todd leads the environmental practice with Quantified Ventures, which structures Pay for Success transactions across multiple sectors.  Currently, he’s leading several Environmental Impact Bond projects, working with governments, private companies, and nonprofit organizations to... Read More →
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Shannon Cunniff

‎Director, Coastal Resilience, Environmental Defense Fund
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Gina Ford

Co-Founder & Principal, Agency Landscape + Planning
Gina Ford is a landscape architect, co-founder and principal of Agency Landscape + Planning. Underpinning her two decades of practice are a commitment to the design and planning of public places and the perpetuation of the value of landscape architecture via thought leadership, exhibitions... Read More →
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Gretchen Sierra-Zorita

Public Policy and Communications Strategist
Gretchen Sierra-Zorita is an activist, speaker and writer advocating for public policy solutions in Washington, DC with a focus on Hispanic and Puerto Rican issues. She is a respected thought leader, sought for her non-partisan insight and knowledge of Puerto Rico’s fiscal and humanitarian... Read More →
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Daniel Stander

Global Managing Director, RMS
Daniel has spent his entire career bringing new ideas to the risk and resilience industry. A member of RMS’ Global Leadership Council, Daniel has responsibility for driving innovative, strategic solutions across RMS’ entire client base. He is also the Global Head of RMS’ Public... Read More →

Wednesday January 24, 2018 9:40am - 10:20am MST
Libby Gardner Hall