The Violence Prevention Dividend 



Location: Ampthill



Moderator: Joy Anderson, Criterion Institute

Conversation Starters:

Ellen Friedman, The Compton Foundation

Tim Macready, Christian Super

Vibeke Brask Thomsen

Session Description:

How can we use systems of finance and investments as a tool to address gender-based violence. This issue, the risks attached to it and the opportunities to design strategies to address it is under examined in the field of gender lens investing. Join us for a design session where we’ll co-create social change strategies for asset holders and asset managers, informed by experts on gender-based violence prevention and response.


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Dr. Joy Anderson

Dr. Joy Anderson

Ellen Friedman

Ellen Friedman

Tim Macready

Tim Macready

Vibeke Brask Thomsen

Vibeke Brask Thomsen

Dr. Joy Anderson is a prominent national leader at the intersection of business and social change, whose insights and experience have helped shaped hundreds of ventures as well as the movements of impact investing and gender lens investing. Joy is founder and...

president of Criterion Institute, the leading think tank on using finance as a tool for social change, which demonstrates new possibilities through its groundbreaking research, innovative trainings, convenings and institutional engagement. In recognition of her leadership, in 2011, Joy was ranked 51st in Fast Company’s annual of the 100 Most Creative People in Business. Last year, she published “A Blueprint for Women’s Funds on Using Finance as a Tool for Social Change” in partnership with Global Fund for Women and Ms. Foundation, following the 2015 publication of “Gender Lens Investing in Asia,” published jointly with USAID, and Criterion’s “The State of the Field of Gender Lens Investing.”

Ellen Friedman is the Executive Director at the Compton Foundation, which seeks to ignite change toward a sustainable, just, and peaceful future. The Foundation’s program strategy supports transformative leadership and courageous storytelling in the areas of peace, environment, and women’s reproductive health, rights, and justice. Under Ellen’s leadership...

...the Foundation created a special 3-year initiative to advance a Women, Peace, and Security agenda within the US foreign policy and national security arena. The Compton Foundation is an original signatory of the Divest/Invest pledge and is committed to investing 100% of its endowment in mission related investments. Previously Ellen served as the executive vice president of Tides where she worked for 23 years with high net worth donors and other social change activists on a range of domestic and global issues. She is a former trustee of Futures Without Violence, on the Steering Committee of Peace and Security Funders Group, and a member of The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities Advisory Board. Ellen holds an MBA from UCLA and is the proud mother of two adult children and sings, hikes, and cooks for friends and family whenever she can.

Tim Macready has over 15 years' experience in financial services and over 10 years’ experience in responsible and impact Investing. As Chief Investment Officer for Christian Super and its sister firm, Brightlight, Tim has designed and implemented the investment strategy for Christian Super’s AU$1.5bn investment portfolio, building a world-leading Impact Investment capability. He serves as Chair of...

...the UN PRI Environment & Social Themed Investments Working Group and is involved with various strands of the Global Impact Investing Network, the world’s leading body for Impact Investing. He is frequently sought after to speak and be involved with Impact Investment initiatives, and has been a prominent figure in the development of the responsible investment and impact investment field in Australia. In addition to sitting on multiple boards across business and the not-for-profit sector, he holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Actuarial Studies and a Masters in Divinity, as well as being a Certified Investment Management Analyst.

Vibeke Brask Thomsen is a working mum of three young children, who are a great inspirations for her work. She holds a Master in Public Policy and worked in Brussels on security and disarmament. Her passion for equal representation came when...

...working with women in post-conflict societies, and led her to start the NGO SheCanHeCan to promote gender equality. Vibeke is also a Board Member of the Global Diplomatic Forum and a Member of the Global Advisory Council of the Akilah Institute for Women