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Global responses to a global pandemic series #4: Sharing European Investors' for Impact responses to COVID-19


Global responses to a global pandemic series #4: Sharing European Investors' for Impact responses to COVID-19

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As the global community for investors for impact, AVPA, AVPN, EVPA & IVPC (LatImpacto) are working together to share philanthropic lessons and investors' for impact responses from across the world.

These short virtual spotlights will share examples from differing regions to similar challenges:

  • Exploring the diverse roles grant makers can have in responding to the pandemic
  • Share examples of responses
  • Hear from voices on the ground

An opportunity to start conversations and share peer learning with a global audience which can be continued over the coming months. Hear practitioner stories from 4 continents.

Webinar Recording and Slides

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  • 11:00 - 11:10: Welcome words & Polls, Sophie Faujour, EVPA
  • 11:10 - 11:15: Opening Remarks, Steven Serneels, EVPA
  • 11:15 - 11:20: Agenda & European context, Sophie Faujour
  • 11:20 - 11:30: Response from the King Baudouin Foundation, Brigitte Duvieusart
  • 11:30 - 11:40: Response from Bank of America Foundation, Anthony Harte & Kelly Jo Lihaven
  • 11:40 - 12:00: Q&A
  • 12:00 - 12:10: Response from Danone Communities, Valérie Mazon
  • 12:10 - 12:20: Q&A
  • 12:20 - 12:30: Closing words and introduction to Unitus Europe

This webinar is part of a series, watch the webinars recordings below:

  • Webinar #1: Asia's response, Tuesday, 7 April at 16:00 - 17:00 SGT. Watch the recording here.
  • Webinar #2: Latin America's response, Wednesday, 15 April at 16:00 - 17:00 CEST. Watch the recording here.
  • Webinar #3: Africa's response, Tuesday, 28 April at 12:00 -13:30 CEST. Watch the recording here.
  • Webinar #4: Europe's response, Tuesday, 5 May at 11:00 - 12:30 CEST. Watch the recording here. Download the presentation here.

Meet the speakers

Sophie Faujour Le Bon

Sophie Faujour Le Bon - EVPA

Sophie is leading market building efforts in France and Europe namely with European Corporates to help various practitioners like foundations and impact investing funds scale their impact. Based in Paris, Sophie supports members in their work, fostering valuable connections, facilitating peer learning, providing training as well as enabling the co-creation of projects.

Brigitte Duvieusart

Brigitte Duvieusart - King Baudouin Foundation

As a senior advisor with a legal background, Brigitte is currently in charge of the Strategy and Knowledge unit of the King Baudouin Foundation. Her responsibilities include providing service to board members, CEO and staff with regards to strategy, knowledge sharing and learning with a specific focus on data strategy. Brigitte combines ten years of experience as a Philanthropy advisor with a robust expertise in managing participatory and multi-stakeholder processes.

Valerie Mazon

Valerie Mazon - Danone Communities

Valerie Mazon is the Business Development director at Danone Communities. She has more than 20 years of Marketing experience with a strong track record in FMCG and Healthcare companies (Mondelez, Yoplait, Johnson & Johnson, Danone). Valerie has joined Danone Communities in 2016 to leverage her business competencies and support social entrepreneurs to reach sustainable social impact. Danone Communities is a venture capital fund investing in businesses which address the issues of B.O.P. on access to safe and drinking water and on reducing chronic malnutrition. Today Danone Communities is managing a portfolio of 12 social businesses impacting 6M people worldwide.

Anthony Harte

Anthony Harte - Bank of America Foundation

Anthony oversees the philanthropy programme in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at Bank of America. Before joining the bank, Anthony established the responsible business programme at Nomura for the EMEA region. He started his career at Lehman Brothers.

Kelly Jo Lihaven

Kelly Jo Lihaven - Bank of America Foundation

Kelly Jo leads all grant-making activities for the EMEA region and has over 12 years’ experience within the area of CSR/ESG. Prior to Bank of America, Kelly Jo worked for the JP Morgan Chase Foundation based in London. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Kelly Jo started her career in the field of Media and Communications.


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