Girl Power: Investing to Improve the Lives of Adolescent Girls and Young Women

Friday, 2 nOVEMBER


Location: Ampthill



Moderator: Mike Mompi, Global Innovation Fund
and SPRING Accelerator

Conversation Starters:

Patty Alleman, UNICEF

Pamela Roussos, Miller Center GSBI

Dr. Iffat Zafar, Sehat Kahani



Session Description:

This highly interactive session is for everyone. Whether you are a fund manager, run a foundation, work as a financial service intermediary, are a donor or from a development organisation, an entrepreneur, or a private investor, you will already know the power of investing in women. But what if you could get a jump start, and change the lives of adolescent girls and young women at a moment just when it's all to play for, when you can have the greatest long-term impact? Well, this session will help you do just this, equipping you with the knowledge and capability that you need to make the biggest difference at the most important time of a woman's life: between the ages of 10 and 19.


Mike Mompi

Mike Mompi

Patty Alleman

Patty Alleman

Pamela Roussos

Pamela Roussos

Iffat Zafar

Iffat Zafar

Mike Mompi is currently an Investor at the Global Innovation Fund in London where he focuses on high-impact commercial investments in sub-Saharan Africa and is an active member of the company’s Gender Working Group. He also acts as Investment Advisor to the SPRING accelerator in East Africa, which focuses on businesses that have a positive impact on adolescent girls. For the previous 5 years, Mike was...

...Director of Impact Investment at ClearlySo, Europe's leading Impact Investment Bank, where he worked with management teams, private investors, and institutional investors to structure and secure values-aligned investment for businesses that have a positive impact on society and the environment. Within this, Mike was also responsible for ClearlySo's network of HNW impact investors, which includes the Clearly Social Angels, the UK's largest and most active network of individuals and families investing in businesses with an impact. Mike currently sits on the Investment Committees of both the CIVA Impact fund and the Creative England iAMDigital Impact fund, and he is a Trustee at the Treebeard Trust, a social investor that supports transformational initiatives creating a fairer society. He holds degrees in Economics and Communications from the University of California, Davis.

Patty Alleman is a Senior Advisor in the UNICEF New York headquarters. In this position since February 2016, her work includes partnerships and innovative solutions for gender equality in development and humanitarian programming. Before UNICEF, she...

...worked for seven years with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), including in the Asia Regional Office in Bangkok, where she served as Senior Gender Advisor. In this capacity, she provided support to apply innovative strategies and creative partnerships for programming results at scale, including advancing gender lens investing in Asia. Prior to Bangkok she served as Senior Health Policy and Gender Advisor in the Global Health Bureau in Washington DC. Before USAID she worked for Family Health International as a Health Researcher, supporting social science studies in the areas of HIV and reproductive health, primarily in southern Africa, India and Vietnam. She has master’s degrees in anthropology and public health, with a strong background in governance and policy, strategic partnerships, and research.

Pamela Roussos is Chief Innovation Officer of the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University, responsible for ensuring the scaling of Miller Center’s work both working with social entrepreneurs and partners, and innovating new methods of support and engagement with social entrepreneurs. Pamela began...

...working with social entrepreneurs nine years ago as a mentor for Miller Center's GSBI (Global Social Benefit Institute) program while she continued her career as a software executive. Prior to joining the Center three years ago she worked with and for early stage software companies as a business and marketing strategy leader, helping founders create, refine, and execute their business strategy and go-to-market plans. She has over 20 years of experience growing teams and delivering products for both large and start-up software companies, working in various managerial capacities such as business unit manager, vice president of marketing, COO and CEO. Some of the companies Pamela has worked with include: Amdahl, Pure Software, Rational Software, Consera, Zend, and AppFirst. Pamela currently serves on the board of Pact, an international NGO that benefits communities by promoting healthy lifestyles, decent livelihoods, and sustainable natural resources. Pamela also serves as board chair for Livelyhoods, an organization that creates jobs for youth in slums.

Iffat Zafar is the Co-Founder and Chief Development Officer for Sehat Kahani, a tele-health company which works on improving basic health care in communities through a spectrum of services focused on...

...primary health care consultation, health awareness and health counseling utilizing ICT enabled platforms. She is currently doing her Masters in Global E-Health from University of Edinburgh for which she has been awarded with the Commonwealth Scholarship. She has been selected for Good Fund Fellowship 2017-18 this year. Recently Dr. Iffat and Dr. Sara raised their 1st round of seed investment of $500,000 through a local investor Elahi Group, Amplify Challenge and GSMA Challenge. Sehat Kahani is the first company from Pakistan to have been selected for a GSMA funding. Dr. Iffat was selected as a Mentor for the GIST Tech-I Applicants 2017-18 and she is also a Mentor for Cherie Blair Foundation.