Welcome to the Seven Trillion Podcast, where we discuss how to close the $7 trillion gap in sustainable development financing with private sector funding, social finance, development financing, and other innovative projects. Hosted by Nika Moeini, Masters in International Affairs student at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University.
80% of the world lives on less than $10 a day. Colleen believes the top leaders, transnational corporations and online business have a great opportunity to start using their business models to lift up the third world and developing nations through education and healthcare opportunities. After surviving cancer at the age of 14, Colleen takes a powerful stand for the evolution of humanity. Her vision is to transform leaders and shift culture in order to create evolutionary experiences for humanity. She guides individuals and corporations to take responsibility with evolving their mindset so they can transform the world. She coaches and consults individuals, companies and leaders to understand how to improve global connectivity, employee retention with the younger generation and move into lifestyle careers.
Connect with Colleen here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/colleen-gallagher-81691661/
Mike Lightman is an experienced international entrepreneur. After completing his MBA, Mike worked with at Excell Partners, a smaller hardware focused VC in New York that invests in pre-seed and seed deals. Mike had the traditional associate role, conducting diligence and finding new deals. Over time he took on a more senior position and led diligence teams for multiple deals.
Mike joined the World Bank in November, 2015. His roles normally involve assessing and redesigning startup support programs, preparing startups for investment, and liaising directly with investors.
In his free time Mike is a part time EIR with Hax, the world’s first and largest hardware accelerator. He mentors companies at Urban-X (a smart city accelerator in NYC) and 1776 (a global incubator). Mike has been on the selection committee of SXSW Eco, is a founding board member of CENTCOM New York tech scout week (where US Central Command meets with technology startups), and is generally mentoring a few startups at any given time.
Connect with Mike: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaellightman/
Connect with me: https://www.linkedin.com/in/moeini/
Alicia Robb is an author, researcher, angel Investor, and managing partner of two early stage venture funds. She is a Ph.D. economist specializing in entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial finance, and international development. Her most recent vegan investments include New Wave Foods, Finless Foods, LivWell, Vaute, the Gold Leaf Collective, and Lighter.
On this episode we chat more about her work engaging women in venture capital, as well as what it means to be a vegan investor.
You can connect with Alicia here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alicia-robb-a888228/
Connect with me on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/moeini/
Connect with me on Instagram: www.instagram.com/nikamoeini
Mike is the founder and CEO of Active Impact Investments in addition to being the Fund Manager for Fund I. Active Impact exclusively supports small to medium sized social ventures scale their impact and profit by providing funding and extensive capacity building services to the portfolio companies. Prior to this, Mike was a Top 40 under 40 with 20 years in the tech industry specializing in services companies and SaaS products. He worked for 14 years in various executive roles for award winning companies, most recently President of Traction Rec and COO at Traction on Demand. Prior to that President of Randstad Professionals running $300M in revenue. Mike's greatest expertise is in enterprise sales, building high performing teams, improving operational efficiency and execution. He serves on the board of directors at DSRF and is a mentor/EIR at NVBC, Founder Institute and Spring Activator. Mike has a Queen’s BSC, INSEAD exec MBA and got his board training through the Beedie Directors Educ
In cliché fashion, David’s life was transformed after a trip to Africa. His ensuing soul searching led him to quit his Bay Street career on a quest to effect positive change. Currently there are two levers David is pulling to effect change. As Director of Impact Investing at World Vision Canada he is mobilizing investment capital to help the world’s most vulnerable people. He also founded Kind Wealth, a not-just-for-profit business helping generations X, Y, and Z manage their finances in alignment with their values.
David has lived, worked, and volunteered at various times throughout Africa. One of his proudest accomplishments is founding and running Grassroots Youth Development while living in South Africa. David is a frequent speaker at conferences and in the media. David spent 13 years as Director of Manager Research with Morningstar; a global investment data & research provider. David holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Toronto, an MBA from the Rotman School
In this first introductory episode, we’ll go over the gap in international development funding and an overview of the main actors, industries, and aspects of development financing, giving an idea of the episodes to come! If you enjoyed this episode, make sure to leave a review on iTunes and share it with a friend or colleague interested in the subject.