Financing social innovation
An overview of the social finance landscape, with Aunnie Patton Power
Led by an influencer in this field, the session will focus on highlighting recent innovations and trends in social finance policy and practice. Aunnie will draw from her experience in the UK, US and South Africa to give an overview of the organisations, vehicles and mechanisms which make up this rapidly developing field, and will speak to some of the successes and challenges experienced when trying to drive transformation in financing social innovation on the ground.
Aunnie Patton is the Innovative Finance Lead at the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Cape Town and an Associate Fellow at the University of Oxford’s Saïd School of Business. In these roles, she manages projects on Social Impact Bonds / Development Impact Bonds, impact Investing and sustainable philanthropy, consults to a range of organisations including start-ups, financial intermediaries, investment funds, family offices and foundations on social investment strategies, and researches and lectures in financial modeling, social finance and impact investment. Aunnie’s work has been published throughout the world, including by the Oxford University Press, the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR), the World Economic Forum, and the Impact Investing Policy Collaboration. Aunnie has experience in both the mainstream and the impact oriented venture capital and investment banking sectors in North America, the UK, Africa and Asia. She has most recently has worked with Unitus Capital, BMO Capital Markets, and the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology. She has a B.A. in International Political Economy from DePauw University and an M.B.A. from the University of Oxford's Saïd Business School.