The Mission-Aligned Investing Seminar is for South African leaders in philanthropy, faith, education and city governance. The Seminar will bring together mission-driven leaders from across South Africa to focus on how we can finance a just, fossil fuel-free future in which everyone has access to renewable energy.
Keynote address: Ellen Dorsey, Executive Director of the Wallace Global Fund
The Wallace Global Fund launched Divest-Invest Philanthropy, a coalition of over 170 foundations committed to deploying their investments to address the climate crisis and accelerate the clean energy transition. Dorsey is globally recognised for creative philanthropic strategies and mission-related investing, and was awarded the 2016 inaugural Nelson Mandela-Graça Machel Brave Philanthropy Award for launching Divest-Invest. The Wallace Global Fund has been fully divested from all fossil fuel companies since 2014.
The keynote address will be followed by interactive discussions with asset managers, climate activists and frontline community leaders about ways to deploy capital towards a just and sustainable future.
The seminar will be held in conjunction with the “Financing the Future” Global Divest-Invest Summit, which is taking place from 10-11 September.
13:30 Arrival and light refreshments
14:00 Welcome and Introduction, Tracey Davies, Executive Director, Just Share
14:10 The rapid rise of divestment: from the fringes to the mainstream, Bill McKibben*, Founder, 350.org (video message)
14:15 Keynote address: Mission-Aligned Investing, Ellen Dorsey**, Executive Director, Wallace Global Fund
14:45 Questions and discussion
15:00 Climate messages from SA’s youth leaders: Yola Mgogwana, Othembele Dyantyi (EarthChild Project)
15:30 Refreshments and networking
16:00 The RAITH Foundation’s journey to responsible investing and shareholder activism, Audrey Elster, Executive Director, RAITH Foundation
16:15 Investing in the green economy, Reyburn Hendricks, H1 Holdings
16:30 Questions and discussion
16:50 Closing remarks, Ellen Dorsey