IVN’s 2011 “Smart Social Investment” Conference

Posted by on Nov 20, 2011 in Events |  

Generating Sustainable Social Change through Social Investment

2011_IVN ConferenceWith an amazing turnout of close to 250 guests, IVN held its 2011 annual conference – Smart Social Investment – on November 7th, 2011, at Beit Hatfutsot – the Museum of the Jewish People, in Tel Aviv. Made possible thanks to the collaboration and generous sponsorship of Mintz Levin, Hewlett Packard, SIT – Systematic Inventive Thinking  and UBS AG, the day was filled with fascinating speakers, scintillating roundtable discussions and presented a marvelous opportunity to learn and network.

The morning began with opening remarks from Daphna Murvitz, IVN’s Executive Director and from Nathan Lipson, Director of TheMarker’s Israel 2021 Initiative.
We were fortunate to have 4 exceptional keynote speakers, all of whom spoke about social enterprise and investment from a different perspective (in order of appearance):
Mr. Eric Benhamou – IVN Chairman – spoke about his personal journey from entrepreneurial philanthropy to social investment. Eric began his inspirational speech with a purposeful quote from Sir Winston Churchill: “We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”
Dr. Mathias Terheggen – Global Head of Philanthropy Services at UBS AG – shared great insight and a new approach into social investment and effective new financial tools.
Ms. Didi Lachman-Messer, Esq. – Former Deputy Attorney General of Israel – spoke of how Israeli policy and law needs to change in order to legitimize a new form of corporate/social entity. This will lead to the development of the growing social enterprise sector, or as Didi calls it, the Social Capital Market.
Ms. Gabi Zedlmayer – Vice President of Global Social Innovation at Hewlett Packard – showed us the importance of social investment at the core of global corporations as an instrument to developing and enhancing the company’s employees and position, with Hewlett Packard as a shining example.

Led by SIT, the day also brought with it stimulating roundtable discussions on the subject of social investment, compared to traditional philanthropy, as a way to increase social activity and impact. The day was punctuated with a tasty lunch.
We have since received wonderful feedback, along with a deep sense of enthusiasm and commitment regarding the new world of social enterprise and investment in Israel.