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United Nations 2017, December 13, CrowdFunding, Smart Finance and (...)

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2nd International Annual Conference on CrowdFunding, Smart Finance and Responsible Investment for Peace and Sustainable Development - 12 and 13 December, 2017, United Nations
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Minutes 2017 :

International Annual Conference on CrowdFunding, Smart Finance and Responsible Investment for Peace and Sustainable Development
December 11-15, 2017
United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

Here is the page of Minutes of a former Conference. To see the Program of this year, please look on this Program of Conference

Investment VS Donation

What is Truly the Best for Development ?

Wednesday December 13, 2017

from 09:00 to 12:00

Wednesday evening, de 19:00 à 23:00 : Networking Dinner of Citizen of the World and Finance for Peace and Development Networks

FREE ENTRANCE UNDER SUBSCRIPTION (United Nations Access Pass)
Presentations will be held in english and french. Debates and questions will be organized in english and french.
Leading Projects of Scientifical Projects Development and Crowd Sources Sustainable Solutions since 1992, and creating 1st Participatory Scientific Researches Camps in 2004, the NGO Objectif Sciences International have the Special Consultative Status to United Nations. Active in all continents, the NGO organize every year, since 2012, the International Annual Conference on Rights of Nature in United Nations, at which one participate all Governments actives in this domain or interested by these works. From 2016, and every year, OSI organize into the heart of the United Nations hemicycle the International Annual Conference on the CrowdFunding, Smart Finance and Appropriate Technologies, in order to allow all the actors and operators in these domains to exchange, meet and share directly and at the largest international level.
Crowd Sourced Finance

Operators of CrowdFunding, Smart Finance and Appropriate Technologies who exchange already at national and continental levels (Europe, America, Asia, Africa, Middle-East...) and who desire to exchange together, and share practices and solutions, at the world level, meet together at the Annual International Conference organized in the United Nations.

Crowd Lending / Crowd Supporting / Crowd Investing / Smart Finance / Appropriate Technologies

Several public or associative organizations that are active in the domain of CrowdFunding, Smart Finance and Appropriate Technologies, federated or organized, at the national level. The main national actors, the federations, and the specific operators, organized presently at the international level, and are called to meet annually at the end of the civil year, at the International Annual Conference on the CrowdFunding, Smart Finance and Appropriate Technologies, at United Nations, in Geneva.

This annual space of sharing results and pooling of skills, allow to the actors of the domain to exchange practices, solutions, ideas, needs.

Your Annual Exchanges Resource

In the following of the national and continental meetings that are organized in each country and continent by the local federation, this International Annual Conference at United Nations allow the actors to implement in consultation, or to inform mutually, of progress and actions they lead during the year, or that they have in project.

The participants at this Conference are:

  • Local and regional actors of different countries
  • Thematic Actors by disciplines of finance and of crowdfunding
  • Regional or national federations
  • Thematic Federations, by disciplines of finance and of crowdfunding
  • Large Institutions of Finance, Sustainable Development and Economy
  • Government departments (Economy, Industry, Finance ...) and international associations of Ministries
  • Specialized Journalists (finance, economy, science, environment, education, sustainable development ...)
  • UN agencies (UNDP, UNEP ...)

Subjects that are in the agenda of December 2017 are:

  • Standards and references of exchange on Participatory Finance practices between national and international organizations
  • National and international Charts of Participatory Finance, examples, projects, ongoing discussions of shares
  • Financing Solutions of the actions of Development and New Appropriate Technologies
  • Access of citizen actors to the Development of Projects beyond their simple financial contributions
  • Administrative Status / legislative / recognition / etc of actors of Smart Finance projects
  • The Citizen Participatory Finance, beyond the digital interface
    - * Expected Features of web portals of Participatory Finance
  • Services for Participatory Finance provided by FabLabs
  • Dissemination and Exploitation of the results to the uninvolved Big Public
  • Road map for the mutual opening of the data collected

Detailed Program

Exchanges between stakeholders of the meeting will happen in a round table between speakers and debates with the audience of the Assembly.

Organiser : NGO Objectif Sciences International, Geneva

Chairman :

Thomas EGLI, President of Objectif Sciences International

Moderators :

Maxime PALLAIN, Membre of the Swiss syndicate of the CrowdFunding Organisations, CEO Switzerland of Raizers. Raizers is a plateform of crowd investment online, unlisted stocks, active in Switzerland, France and Benelux. This company propose to its crowd-community 2 main products of investment, capital shareholding in SME and and debenture loan in more mature companies or specific sectors like property development : https://www.raizers.com/
Diplômé d’un MSc en finance et entreprenariat et 5 années passées sur les marchés financiers à Londres et Genève, Maxime fait ses premiers pas dans l’entrepreneuriat avec un premier succès enregistré, il décide alors de lancer Raizers. Plateforme d’investissement en ligne permettant à tout particulier ou entreprise de construire et de suivre son propre portefeuille parmi un catalogue complet de PME européennes, sélectionnées par son équipe d’analystes. Acheter des actions ou prêter dans l’économie réelle devient direct, simple et sécurisé.

Alexandre Gaillard, CEO at InvestGlass

Alexandre Gaillard is chief executive officer (CEO) and founder of InvestGlass SA – the first swiss sales automation A.I. for wealth managers. He co-founded and is acting as vice president of the Swissfintech National Association, gathering around 2000 members. He previously worked as head of equity sales at Union Bancaire Privée, as an advisor/ senior private banker at Bank of China and as a portfolio manager at Levitt Capital Management. Gaillard is a board member of the Swiss Chinese Chamber of Commerce and speaks fluently French, English and Chinese mandarin. He is keen to share his experiences with senior bankers and new financial technology (fintech) entrepreneurs.


Official Opening Session - Wednesday 13 December 09:00

Session organised in partnership partenariat entre RAIZERS, Invest Glass, la Swiss CrowdFunding Association and Objectif Sciences International.

  • Keynotes
  • Remarks on current situation
  • Remarks about concepts of the International Annual Conference
    Speakers’ Profiles

Partners for the 2017 Conference :
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Already Validated Presentations

Investissement VS Donation
Room XXIV - Building E 8:30 pm : Please arrive in good time for prompt 1:50pm start
8:50 pm : Welcoming elements from the GENEVA FORUM by Thomas EGLI, President of the GENEVA FORUM

9 am : Opening Keynotes and Remarks on current situation by Thomas EGLI, and Co-moderators: Maxime PALLAIN, Raizers and Alexandre GAILLARD, InvestGlass

9:10 am : Starting of the Panel of the Presentations

For every presentation :

- 30’ of introduction

- 10 minutes of Presentation

- 5 minutes of Remarks from the Audience

10:40 am : Debate with the Audience and Panel

11:10 am : Conclusion elements by Maxime PALLAIN, Raizers and Alexandre GAILLARD, InvestGlass

11:20 am : Closing Keynotes by Thomas EGLI

11:25 am : Networking session until 12:00 pm

List of speakers
Mansour KHALIFE, Managing Partner at MNK Partners​
The state of investments in developed countries.

He is an Asset Manager and entrepreneur with a proven 15-year track record.

In 2011, he co-founded Corum AM, which became the leader of its segment France’s most profitable open-end Real Estate Fund. He successfully contributed to the growth of the company, which had 1.5Bn € worth of assets under management, invested in 10 European countries and, single-handedly, leveraged more than 300 M € worth of debt to finance the fund’s assets.

He spent the first ten years of his career in financial structuring at Atis Real (now BNP ParibasParibas RE) and UFFI REAM, where he managed assets worth 1.5Bn €.

Mansour holds an MBA from ESA Business School, and an MSc in Management from ESCP.

THE STATE OF INVESTMENTS IN DEVELOPED COUNTRIES - 13/12/2017 - Mansour Khalife
Sabrina Cohen Dumani, President at Nomads Foundation
Could nonprofit organizations and private corporation share common goals?

Sabrina has founded Nomads foundation with the vision to catalyze the key players of the innovation ecosystem in Switzerland and beyond. She brings more than 20 years of experience in the fields of entrepreneurship and not for profit, impact organizations. After a master in Law from Lausanne university and a master in Public Relations and Communication from New-York University. she has established the law on Vocational education training system in Canton Vaud, Switzerland, and acted as the personal advisor of the State Counselor in charge of security and environment. She is the Director of the Foundation for Vocational and Continuing Education and is also the founder and president of Nomads Foundation.
Could non-profit organizations and private corporations share common goals? - 13/12/2017 - Sabrina Cohen Dumani
Tim Radjy, Managing Partners at Alphamundi
Tim Radjy is the Founder and Managing Partner of AlphaMundi Group Ltd, a Swiss impact investment advisor. He is also a Board Member of AlphaMundi’s SocialAlpha Investment Fund (SAIF) in Luxembourg, and the Manager of the impact debt fund SocialAlpha-Bastion since 2009. In the last 8 years, AlphaMundi has facilitated USD 35M of financing, mostly debt, to 30 social businesses in Latin America and Africa, across sectors, impacting some 9 million beneficiaries. In October 2017, SocialAlpha-Bastion was ranked 2nd best Emerging Market impact fund out of 28 Best-for-the-World Funds selected by B Lab based on the funds’ impact models. Tim previously worked at UBS Wealth Management where he became a founding member of UBS Philanthropy Services for UHNWI clients, and as an advisor to WWF International on private donors. He also spent time in Bolivia, assessing microfinance programs on behalf of the Swiss Development Agency. Tim holds an MA in Political Science from the University of Geneva and a Private Banking Diploma from UBS, and is fluent in French, English and Spanish. Based in Geneva, Tim spends close to half the year in Latin America and Africa.
Scaling up SDG solutions through the capital value chain & impact investing - 13/12/2017 - Tim Radjy
Sylvain MASSOT, Co-founder of ReBin and Impaakt
After 28 years in international banking in London and in Geneva, Sylvain has decided to focus on impact investing as a co-founder of:

- ReBin, a Foundation registered in Switzerland, that is setting up financially sustainable waste recycling operations in Benin

- Impaakt, a Swiss startup, that is developing a collaborative platform for the assessment of the social & environmental impact of companies based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

As a member of the Executive Bureau and the Strategy & Surveillance Committee of Sustainable Finance Geneva (SFG), Sylvain is also involved in the promotion of Geneva as a center of excellence for Sustainable Finance.

From donation to investment: The ReBin case - 13/12/2017 - Sylvain Massot
Angela DE WOLFF, Partner Conser Invest​
Angela de Wolff has been active in the financial sector since 22 years, with a focus on Responsible Investment (RI). Among others she has been leading the sustainability team at Lombard Odier bank.

In 2007, she capitalized on her experience to create www.conser.ch an independent firm specialized on responsible investment.

Angela is co-founder of Sustainable Finance Geneva. She is on the Board of Directors of “Banque Cantonale de Genève” (BCGE) and “SIFEM”. Angela is also Vice-President of the platform « Swiss Sustainable Finance ».
Ms. de Wolff obtained a Master in economics from the Lausanne University in 1989. She became a Certified European Financial Analyst (CEFA) in 2000.

Investing with purpose: How could Foundations strengthen their mission by investing responsibly? - 13/12/2017 - Angela De Wolff
Dr. Jan Amrit Poser, Chief Strategist & Head Sustainability at Bank J. Safra Sarasin Ltd
Sustainable Investing with Bank J. Safra Sarasin Creating Performance AND Impact - 13/12/2017 - Dr. Jan Amrit Poser

Présentations en cours de validation

Conscious Investing - can my good intended investments do more harm than good?
I have recently launched a book on the topic of "Conscious Investing" https://www.harriman-house.com/consciousinvesting
An important Topic in the conscious investing context is the question of "fiduciary duties" of large institutional Investors - vis-a-vis the nextGeneration of clients - in the context of climate Change (i.e. fossil fuel investments). Another important topic in the book is the question of advancing holistic governance structures vis-a-vis nature and examining environmental harm in the human rights context. This is all important when considering the bigger picture of SDG-investing and in particular of SDG-Impact investing.
We could tailor an up-to-date presentation here on these "burning issues" that can be mitigated with conscious investing approaches.
Mrs Christin TER BRAAK-FORSTINGER, Switzerland, Chi Impact Capital, www.chi-impact.com


Impact investing and the SDGs
How to use impact investing to finance the SDGs
All investments have an impact, whose epithet could range from positive to catastrophic. Impact investments is about positive impact. How can we use impact investing to finance the SDGs? Should we seek social and environmental impact first and create the opportunity for financial return or should we aim at a financial return first - the fiduciary duty imperat - and add social and environmental impact? We could replace this sequence-thinking model by a global approach to incorporate the SDGs into all type of finance. One convening line along these paths is that we should adopt a long-term view.
What is Impact Investing ? According to GIIN (Global Impact Investment Network) impact investments have the intention to generate social and environmental results alongside the financial return.
For impact investing to finance the SDGs, we need sustainable business cases, points capacity building to convert them into sustainable cases. We need innovative finance, blend finance. We need data to make informed decisions and start-up capital for new enterprises with not-yet impact to showcase and we need standards to measure impact, such as IRIS (Impact Reporting Investment standards) the impact measurement arm of GIIN. Digitalisation enables impact investing via blockchains, a technology to track transactions and enhance transparency. And to make our buiness model succeful we need to move away from waste-producing business models and adopt modular business models and promote ecosystem/landscape style business models with 3 actors NGOs, enterprises and Investors.
Mrs Francesca NUGNES, France, FAST Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade, www.fastinternational.org


Futures Contract From the Perspective of Islamic law and Establishment of Muslim Countries Stock Markets
Nowadays, along with the progress of growing technology in global village, the need to upgrade Financial Derivatives is so clear more than ever.
In this keeping up to date, thinkers and scientists of economics and finance have initiated designing of Financial Derivatives to answer economy’s need in different aspects including adequate liquidity to resolve the dynamics associated with.
In Muslim countries based on Islamic teachings, there are some restraints on transactions which Muslims and their states are required to follow in international arena. This is a place where experts in finance affairs and Muslim scholars should cooperate and collaborate with each other and review these designed Financial Derivatives in international financial markets and correspond them with Islamic law and clarify whether using these Financial Derivatives is ok from the viewpoint of Islam or even there is a need to design new Financial Derivatives based on Islamic teachings.
Mr Ghasemali SABOURI, Iran, Mufo Uni

Futures Contract From the Perspective of Islamic law and Establishment of muslim countries stock market
In Muslim countries based on Islamic teachings, there are some restraints on transactions which Muslims and their states are required to follow in international arena. This is a place where experts in finance affairs and Muslim scholars should cooperate and collaborate with each other and review these designed Financial Derivatives in international financial markets and correspond them with Islamic law and clarify whether using these Financial Derivatives is ok from the viewpoint of Islam or even there is a need to design new Financial Derivatives based on Islamic teachings.
Mr Mohieddin MOHAMADI, Iran, University MUFO (Russia)

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