moving from billions to trillions: how public private partnerships can achieve scale

Friday, 2 nOVEMBER


Location: Stafford



Moderator: Katie (Kathryn) Kaufman, OPIC

Conversation Starters:

Samina Anwar, UNCDF

Eric Clement, NYC Economic Development Corporation

Fran Seegull, US Impact Investing Alliance, Ford Foundation

Session Description:

Moving past buzz words into action items.  Public private partnerships in finance can mobilize billions to trillions by using public capital to de-risk and mobilize private funds.  We know we need each other to be successful, so what is holding us back?  In this session we aim to define the problems and identify the solutions for successful public-private partnerships in finance.  By looking at real examples, we will provide models for successful partnerships and lessons learned from those that failed.  We will also outline what distinct roles and actions both the private and public sector need to take in order to achieve scale.


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Katie (Kathryn) Kaufman

Katie (Kathryn) Kaufman

Samina Anwar

Samina Anwar

Eric Clement

Eric Clement

Fran Seegull

Fran Seegull

Kathryn Kaufman has built a career serving both the public and private sectors, with a focus on pursuing how governments can support private industry to spur economic growth and stability. She currently serves as Senior Advisor to the President and CEO of Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). Kathryn is...

...responsible for leading the Agency’s Women’s Initiative, a top priority for the Administration. Before joining OPIC, she was a founding Partner at New Magellan Ventures (NMV), a venture capital and project development firm in Washington, DC, where she oversaw the development of the company’s largest portfolio project, Texas Central Railway. Prior to joining NMV, Kathryn was a defense policymaker in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, serving as a Country Director for China and Taiwan on the Asia Pacific desk in the Secretary’s policy office. She also served in the United States Embassy Beijing, both in the Foreign Commercial Service Office and also in the Ambassador’s office as control officer for the Presidential Delegation to the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. With an educational background in national security policy, she has worked on Capitol Hill and in the White House in the office of Political Affairs. She is an active board member for College Bound and the American Institute Foreign Study board.

Samina Anwar works with the UN Capital Development Fund as a Programme Manager with the Local Development Finance team. Samina has over 13 years of work experience in international development with a particular focus on women’s economic empowerment, gender budgeting and rural economic development. In her current role she leads...

...women’s economic empowerment portfolio and provides guidance for developing and implementing country projects and innovative financing tools. She oversees a pipeline of investment projects and manages financing instruments including grants, guarantees and loans that aim to address economic inequality in the LDCs. Prior to this, Samina worked with UN Women on financing for gender equality initiative and provided technical support on gender responsive planning and budgeting to government and private partners. In the past, she worked with the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme in the mountainous areas of Pakistan as a researcher. Samina holds a Masters degree in Social Policy and Planning from the London School of Economics and a Masters degree in Economics from Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad.

Eric Clement leads the Strategic Investments Group at the New York City Economic Development Corporation, where he directs day-to-day management of the New York City Industrial Development Agency (NYCIDA), Build NYC Resource Corporation, a New Markets Tax Credit program, and a suite of investment funds to principally invest debt and...

...equity into select venture capital and private equity transactions. These efforts help to advance company-wide and policy initiatives to address issues of income inequality, while promoting both good paying jobs and economic mobility in New York City. Eric has successfully led opportunities across multiple industries and product groups including investment banking, consulting, infrastructure, healthcare, retail, manufacturing, and telecommunications. Eric has spent time working in both London and sub-Saharan Africa, both as a partner at Blue Frontier Group, an emerging markets private equity firm, and SGI Global Holdings, Ltd., an infrastructure development company with a focus in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to his experience internationally, Eric held various executive and management-level positions for organizations including Accenture, Plc, Citigroup and JPMorgan. Eric received his MBA from the University of Oxford with specializations in finance and strategy and his undergraduate degree from Lehigh University.

Fran Seegull is the Executive Director of the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance. The Alliance works to increase awareness of impact investing in the United States, foster deployment of and demand for impact capital across asset classes globally, and partner with stakeholders, including government, to build the impact investing ecosystem. Seegull was the...

... Chief Investment Officer and Managing Director of Investments at ImpactAssets where she headed investment management for The Giving Fund—an impact investing donor advised fund. Seegull also oversaw product development and managed the Global Sustainable Agriculture and Microfinance Plus Notes. Prior to joining ImpactAssets, Seegull was Managing Director at Funk Ventures, an early-stage impact venture capital firm. She also served as Vice President of Business Development at Novica, an online retailer of products made by artisans in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Seegull has consulted to National Geographic and NPR West as well as a number of family foundations and offices. Seegull has a BS in Economics from Barnard College at Columbia University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She serves on the Investment Committee of Align Impact and on the Investment Advisory Committee of RSF Social Finance. She tweets on impact investing at @franseegull.