Georgetown McDonough to Host State Department’s Inaugural Global Impact Economy Forum

April 25, 2012

On April 26, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will convene the first-ever Global Impact Economy Forum at the Department of State. The program will continue on April 27 at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business in Washington, D.C., hosted by the school’s Global Social Enterprise Initiative. The forum will bring together more than 350 high-level investors, business executives, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, academics, and U.S. government leaders from the White House, Departments of State and Commerce, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Building on the Secretary’s Economic Statecraft agenda that seeks to put economic and development issues at the center of U.S. foreign policy, the forum will highlight how the U.S. government can promote innovative business approaches and sustainable investments for U.S. businesses and investors abroad, mitigate the risks of doing business in emerging economies, and increase economic engagement overseas that improves the lives of those in developing nations while supporting the expansion of American business overseas.

The first day of the event, which will take place at the State Department, will feature sessions on promoting sustainable development through innovative business strategies and high-impact investments, facilitating business opportunities for U.S. companies in emerging markets, and enabling clean energy investment and sustainable food value chains. Speakers include Secretary Clinton, Virgin Group LTD Chairman Sir Richard Branson, Economist New York Bureau Chief Matthew Bishop, Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer, U.S. Agency for International Development Chief Innovation Officer Maura O’Neill, and Actor and Activist Maria Bello. The session will open with remarks from Special Representative for Global Partnerships Kris Balderston.

The Secretary’s remarks and the interview with Sir Richard Branson and Matthew Bishop will be livestreamed on Follow the conversation on Twitter with #ImpactGPI.

The second day, which will be held at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, will feature sessions on creating public-private partnerships, identifying investment opportunities, and accessing finance to fund business innovations.

The following events on the second day will be open to the press. They also will be livestreamed at

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