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August Virtual Series: "Strategic COVID 19 Recovery: Emergent Models and Funding for Systems Change"
As the broader effects of the COVID pandemic are becoming more apparent, countries are exploring different strategies to respond through their stimulus packages and aid is projected to decrease, the question of how to finance systemic ‘transitions’ - from green economy to digital disruption- is increasingly salient.

The UNDP Innovation Networks of the Asia Pacific, Europe and Central Asia are joining up to host a virtual series focused on the nexus of emergent approaches to funding system change and ways to build a suitable pipeline of interventions based on system transformation logic. Across the month of August we are hosting a multi-part series to draw upon emergent models and propositions.

Part A- the first half of August focuses on transformation capital- exploring a new lens to finance, investment, portfolio logic and collaboration among systems entrepreneurs.

Session 1 (August 4) = The Portfolio and Transformational Capital Case - insights from EIT Climate-KIC with Dominic Hofstetter, Director of Capital & Investments

Session 2 (August 11) = The Role of Social Capital Infrastructure and Systemic Entrepreneurs, a panel with Odin Mühlenbein- Partner at Ashoka Germany; Jeroo Billimoria- Ashoka and Schwab Fellow, Catalyst 2030; Olga Shirobokova- Ashoka Globalizer

Part B- the latter half of August will highlight concrete cases where new ideas are being tested. From 'Doughnut Economics' to applied circular design and economy, to feminist economic recovery packages. Speakers and dates will be announced soon.

These conversations will be open to all of the UNDP network and public at large. Sessions require advanced registration on Zoom and will be recorded. Please do share and join.
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Dominic Hofstetter
Director of Capital & Investments @EIT Climate-KIC
Dominic Hofstetter is the Director of Capital and Investments at EIT Climate-KIC, Europe’s largest climate innovation initiative. He is responsible for building the organization’s nascent investment function and has developed “Transformation Capital”, a new investment logic at the intersection of systems thinking and finance practice. Before joining EIT Climate-KIC in 2015, Dominic had worked as a renewable energy entrepreneur at Electrochaea, as a private equity investor at Hudson Clean Energy Partners, and as a finance professional at Credit Suisse. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and an MSc in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford.
Jeroo Billimoria- Ashoka and Schwab Fellow, Catalyst 2030; Olga Shirobokova- Ashoka Globalizer Odin Mühlenbein-
(panelist 1) Jeroo Billimoria is the founder of several innovative and award-winning NGOs and has over twenty years’ experience running systems change organizations. She is a Skoll awardee, an Ashoka and Schwab Fellow. Among her organizations are Child and Youth Finance International (CYFI) and Aflatoun International. (panelist 2) Olga Shirobokova joined Ashoka in 2012 and was responsible for launching its Czech office. She has grown particularly keen on supporting citizen sector leaders to make their strategies for tackling social problems more systemic and in 2018 joined Ashoka Globalizer accelerator, in the role of a systems thought partner for social entrepreneurs. (panelist 3) Odin Mühlenbein is a Partner at Ashoka Germany. He helps leading social entrepreneurs from around the world develop strategies for systems change. He also publishes Ashoka's learnings on systems change, trains others in systems thinking, and promotes the idea via workshops and conferences.