Redefining Economic Impact: Unleashing Entrepreneurship Through Bold Program Interventions

Tuesday, October 3, 2023 – Tuesday, October 3, 2023
17:30 – 18:30
Centre International de Conférences Genève - Seedstars Villa, Level -1

This panel will explore the synergy between entrepreneurship and economic development in emerging markets, focusing on how official development assistance and private capital can ignite innovation and prosperity. The discussion will tackle critical challenges, such as proving the long-term impact of interventions, moving towards outcome-based partnerships, linking financial rewards to positive social and economic results, sustaining the entrepreneurial ecosystem with innovative financial products, and enhancing collaboration among stakeholders. The aim is to identify cutting-edge solutions that can reinvent the development sector, emphasizing outcomes and impacts rather than mere deliverables.


Fiona Shera

Director, Division of the Sustainable and Inclusive Trade - International Trade Centre (ITC)

Fiona Shera is Director of Division of the Sustainable and Inclusive Trade at International Trade Centre (ITC). Fiona Shera joined ITC in December 2022 as the Director of the Division of Sustainable and Inclusive Trade (DSIT). Fiona is a qualified economist with a deep knowledge of trade and development policy and practice. Her decades of international development experience span the European Commission, World Bank, thirteen years in the former UK Department for International Development, Country Director of Traidlinks Uganda and over eight years working in the UK private sector consulting industry. She lived and worked in Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Uganda and as Head of Trade and Development in DFID, she oversaw the Aid for Trade Strategy which grew into a £285 million portfolio of projects.

Nelson Stratta

Co-founder and CEO - Inflection Finance

Nelson Stratta is Co-founder and CEO at Inflection Finance. Experienced international financing expert with over 25 years of activity in innovative financing for development in over 55 countries. Co-founder of Inflection Finance, a consulting and capital mobilization startup created to accelerate access to impact investment and innovative finance solutions in emerging countries.

Johannes Willms

MD & COO - Uncap (Unconventional Capital)

Johannes Willms is MD & COO at Uncap (Unconventional Capital). Johannes is an experienced entrepreneur, with a passion of global social and environmental equity. Having build a impact business in Kenya for 6 years, he is now innovating access to capital for local founders in Sub-Saharan Africa, by making it scalable and affordable through technology.

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