Date: Tuesday, 26 October 2021
Time: 6:00-7:15 pm (HKT/GMT+8)
Venue: Social Sciences Chamber, 11/F, The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong
According to the latest Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Report 2021, the global pandemic has pushed over 120 million people back to extreme poverty and exacerbated world hunger by more than 25% up to 800 million. Moreover, 2.3 billion people were without food or unable to eat a healthy balanced diet on a regular basis in 2020.
With his role as a Senior Advisor to UNSDG Innovative Finance together with decades of experience in investment management for financial and social impacts, Dr Ilex Lam will share his unique perspective of innovative finance for poverty alleviation through integrating the thoughts of the Nobel Prize laureates such as Mark Markowitz (1990), Mohmmad Yunus (2006) and Abhijit Banerjee (2019). Thanks to the merits of investment science, development economics and social entrepreneurship, his practical approach has influenced policymakers, corporate leaders, institutional investors and academician in terms of mobilising financial resources from affluent sectors to underprivileged communities as well as cross-sector collaboration for common good. In addition, he will show case the successful examples of innovative SDG investing and valuation models which can be instrument to fight against global poverty going forward.
Dr. Lam has over 30 years of experience in managing global financial institutions and advisory services to both public and private sectors including supranational and sovereign agencies, NGOs and social enterprises. He was named as “One of the Top 10 most Outstanding and Impactful Entrepreneurs in Investment Management Business in China (2011)” and awarded with “Reform and Opening Up Forty Years of the Sustainable Cultural Tourism Industry – Economic Person Award in China (2019)”. Dr. Lam is one of the pioneers in supporting UN’s initiative of Sustainability Development Goals (SDG) to mobilise capital flow to developing economies via impact investing and innovative finance. He was appointed as a Senior Advisor to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) SDG Innovative Finance (UNSIF) in 2017.