Dr Alix Peterson Zwane is a social entrepreneur and CEO of the Global Innovation Fund, a US$200m fund that takes a venture capital approach to supporting entrepreneurs and the scaling of evidence-based innovation in global health and development. She has previously served as Executive Director at Evidence Action, a non profit that leads the Deworm the World Initiative and develops business models for effective development programs. She was Senior Program Officer in the Global Development group at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and a member of the inaugural team at google.org. Her stint in philanthropy was preceded by experience in management consulting and academia at the University of California, Berkeley. Alix holds a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University and has published widely in environmental and development economics journals.
08 Jun 2017
This session looks at what it takes to build a successful eco-system for the social economy; from government leadership and policy through to new business models and innovative financial instruments. Across Asia we are witnessing a whole range of approaches and interventions designed to support the growth of the social economy, some are strategic whilst others are tactical and taken together, the momentum is building for significant change in the social sector ecosystem.