april 14, 2018

emerging markets summit

as global markets shift, so should the way you do business

Global Panel - Government, Policy & DEVELOPMENT
"Funding Social Impact"

Interested in learning about how the public and private sectors fund social impact in emerging markets? The 2018 Emerging Markets Summit will bring together speakers to discuss sources of funding, approaches to undertaking and investing in impact-focused projects, and the influence of the Sustainable Development Goals.


Founder, IDFC Private Equity and Founding Member, HDFC Bank

  • Luis Miranda, ‘89, started IDFC Private Equity and was earlier a part of the start-up team of HDFC Bank. Luis today spends most of his time, together with his wife, on non-profits. He is Chairman of CORO and Centre for Civil Society and Managing Trustee for Collective Good Foundation. Other organizations include Educate Girls, CARE India, 17000 Ft Foundation, SNEHA, Muktangan, Operation ASHA, CARE India and Sunbird Trust. He is also Senior Advisor, Morgan Stanley Infrastructure and Advisor, Nadathur Group. Luis graduated with an MBA from Chicago Booth and is a Chartered Accountant.


Managing Director, Samata Capital

  • Lisa G. Thomas has over a decade of experience in venture capital and private equity investing, governance and operations in emerging markets. She is the Founder and Managing Director of Samata Capital, a fund management company dedicated to making private sector investments in small and growing businesses in sub-Saharan Africa that advance opportunities for women and promote gender diversity. An impact investor and seasoned consultant, Lisa brings robust emerging market experience in early stage and growth investing having worked with companies in more than 20 countries in Africa, Asia and the Caucuses. She is passionate about impact investing with significant expertise in the financial inclusion space including microfinance, small and medium enterprise (SME) lending, deposit mobilization and alternative delivery channels as well as experience in agribusiness, energy services, fintech, health and online marketplaces. Lisa holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a B.S. (Honors) from the University of Oregon.

Dr. KARL T. Muth, '10

Lecturer in Law and Economics, Northwestern

  • Dr. Karl T. Muth studied law in the Netherlands prior to earning graduate degrees in law and business in the United States, the latter from Chicago Booth. He went on to write his Ph.D. at the London School of Economics while affiliated with that institution’s Development Studies Institute. His fieldwork included work in Djibouti, DRC, South Sudan, Somalia, Somaliland, and Uganda. He teaches several courses, including The Economics of Developing Countries, at Northwestern University, where he has taught since 2012. His interests include economics, law, policy, methodology, and Nilotic linguistics.


Policy Specialist, UNDP

  • Usman Iftikhar is the Policy Specialist Pro-poor Environment Economics, Sustainable Development Cluster, the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) based in New York. He leads UNDP’s work on environmental economics, focusing on the interface between natural capital and poverty, jobs and livelihoods and broader economic indicators. Usman possesses two masters’ degrees: one focusing on Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, University College London and the other Development Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies.


Director of Programs, Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation

  • Caroline Grossman, ’03, is director of programs at the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, the school's destination for people tackling complex social and environmental problems. She leads the center’s suite of programming and fosters opportunities for students and alumni to channel a business toolkit for social impact through nonprofit board service, social entrepreneurship, co-curricular experiential learning, and more. As an adjunct assistant professor of strategy, Grossman teaches Booth’s Global Social Impact Practicum, which is supported by Tata Trusts, one of India’s oldest and largest philanthropies.