Answers to commonly asked questions can be found below. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please contact Summit Coordinator Stella McKenna.

> What are the dates for the Summit and where is the venue?

The 2020 Gender-Smart Investing Summit will take place April 28-29, 2020 at the Wokefield Estate, Goodboys Lane, Reading, RG7 3AE. There will be a pre-Summit programme in Central London the afternoon of April 27. The actual Summit itself will begin at 8:30 am on April 28 and continue until 5.30pm on April 29.

All registered participants will be eligible for free access to the pre-Summit Intensive programme, which has not yet been finalised. Please note that space is limited and seats will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

> How much does it cost?

Registration fees are in US Dollars:

  • $1,200 for nonprofits/NGOs, academia, and government institutions

  • $1,499 for businesses and firms with under $50M in annual revenue or funds with under $100M in assets under management, development finance institutions

  • $2,099 for larger corporations, firms, and funds, as well as for foundations, and individual investors.

> I am visiting from outside London. Where can I stay?

We have secured a number of discounted hotel rooms on-site for delegates, available on a first-come, first-served basis. For a one or two night stay on Monday 27 and/or Tuesday 28 April 2020, go to the Wokefield Estate website, then:

  • Click ‘Book Now’ and enter the above dates

  • In the ‘Special Codes’ section, enter the discount code GEND270420 in the ‘Promotion Code’ box. This promotional rate of £122 (inc. VAT) per night includes your breakfast

To extend your stay before or after the Summit, please contact the Wokefield reservations team directly by email (Wokefield.reservationteam@devere.com) or phone (+44118 933 4100) between 8:30am and 5:30pm GMT, Monday to Friday.

Additional information

  • Payment is due at the time of booking

  • De Vere Wokefield Estate will send you an email confirmation for your booking, please contact Wokefield Estate directly if you do not receive this

  • Additional nights outside of Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 April will be charged at a standard rate

If you have any questions, please contact our Summit Coordinator on stella.mckenna@gendersmartinvesting.com

There are also a number of hotels in the surrounding area and we will be sharing details of these soon.

> Who is coming?

Delegates are decision-makers and experts from across the investment spectrum, either already actively moving capital with a gender lens, or on the verge of breaking ground. Participants include leaders and decision-makers from fund and asset managers, foundations and family offices, development finance institutions and multilateral banks, corporations, pension funds, policy makers, financial intermediaries, international NGOs engaged in impact investing, gender experts, and ecosystem builders, as well as research and ratings firms.

We are also joined by a set of inspiring entrepreneurs and those on the demand side of capital, ensuring their voice is heard at the table. And we are committed to gender balance and geographic diversity, ensuring diverse representation from across the globe.

> How do I get an invitation to the Summit?

The Gender-Smart Investing Summit is an invite-only forum and our delegates are hand-selected by a committee. We curate our invitation list to maximise the diversity of voices, geographies, backgrounds, and experiences, all in an effort to advance our overall objective of facilitating the deployment of more gender-smart capital globally.

More information on our registration process can be found here

> Can I propose delegates?

The delegation selection committee prioritise individuals influencing the movement of significant capital, regardless of asset class, sector or geography. If you have someone to recommend please send their details to Programme Assistant Stella McKenna.

> Can I bring a guest to any of the Summit’s sessions?

Due to limited capacity, guests are not permitted to attend.

> How many people can attend from my organisation?

We are keen to curate a diverse mix of voices, experiences, and skillsets at the Summit, so we are limiting the forum to one or two delegates per organisation, with exceptions made for major supporters and underwriters.

> Can someone take my place at the Summit if I can no longer attend?

While the invitation is specific to each person, we review transfer requests on a case-by-case basis. Please submit your request to Programme Assistant Stella McKenna.

> Will I be able to pitch at the summit?

The Summit is a pitch-free space. It is a place to share ideas and collaborate, but not to actively seek funding.

> How do I get to the venue?

Please note that all events are for registered delegates only. A venue map can be downloaded here

Gender-Smart Investing Summit: April 27-29, 2020

Location: Wokefield Estate, Goodboys Lane, Reading RG7 3AE

By Rail: Reading Station is located 7 miles from Wokefield Estate with frequent trains into London Paddington.

There are also hourly trains from Reading that connect with Mortimer Station, which is a five-minute cab ride.

By Car: Wokefield Estate can be reached by exiting the M4 at Junction 11, or the M3 at Junction 5.

From the Airport: Wokefield Estate is 36 miles (30-40 minutes drive) from London’s Heathrow Airport.

> What is the cancellation policy?

Please be aware that when you register for the Summit, you agree to the following terms:

  • Cancellations made 30 days or more in advance of the event date will receive a full refund minus a $50 service fee

  • Cancellations received up to 29 days before the event are non-refundable

  • Registrations are non-transferable.

Still need help? Get in touch.

> I have requested an invitation to attend, but I haven’t received further notifications.

Our Delegate Selection Committee has worked hard to ensure we have a varied audience of experts and decision makers from across the investment spectrum. If you believe we have somehow missed your request, please contact us.

> I was informed that I would be receiving an invitation by email, but I can’t find it.

Please note that invitations for the 2020 Summit have still not been sent out.

> Will there be childcare at the Summit?

We want to make it easier for mothers and fathers to attend the Summit. We will be offering on-site support for nursing mothers and parents with young children.