Kusi Hornberger on 'Scaling Impact'

Thu Mar 07 2024 at 12:30 pm to 02:00 pm

Rotman School of Management | Toronto

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Kusi Hornberger on 'Scaling Impact'
Global development expert Kusi Hornberger discusses his new book 'Scaling Impact: Finance and Investment for a Better World.'
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Kusi Hornberger, Partner, Dalberg Global Development Advisors


Rod Lohin, Executive Director, Lee-Chin Institute for Corporate Citizenship, Rotman School of Management


Scaling Impact: Finance and Investment for a Better World (Palgrave Macmillan, Feb. 2023)

Book Synopsis:

The global challenges confronting us - climate change, poverty, inequality, and many others - can feel overwhelming. Those of us who believe in market-based solutions to these challenges get even more disheartened when we regularly see our existing capitalist system failing us, often causing more harm than good.

Many examples show how the capitalist tools of finance and investment can and make real, positive impact. Approaches like blended finance and impact investing can help accelerate progress against the world's biggest remaining collective challenges. Yet use of these improved capitalist approaches remains far too subscale. Blended finance and impact investing remain 15 to 200 times smaller than traditional approaches to finance and investment. How can we continue to make capitalism work better by scaling these approaches and others?

This book looks at how we can start making these necessary changes using strategies, structures, and practices that take advantage of capitalism's strengths. Its goal is to demonstrate how a reimagined financial system can be more inclusive and accountable to all. By shifting away from extractive, short-term practices in the name of shareholder primacy, we can move toward a system that values the role of all stakeholders.

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Kusi Hornberger is a Partner at Dalberg Global Development Advisors, where he leads its Finance & Investment Practice. In this role, Kusi has led more than 200 advisory projects on a wide range of topics related to blended finance, financial inclusion, impact investing, impact measurement and management, and innovative finance with leading donors, development finance institutions (DFIs), family offices, foundations, and private investors around the globe.

Outside of Dalberg, Kusi serves on the board for several leading NGOs, regularly publishes articles and speaks at conferences on topics related to the impact economy. Kusi is also frequently invited to teach or guest lecture at leading business and policy schools such as Harvard Kennedy School, MIT Sloan School of Management and Oxford Saïd Business School among others.

Previously, Kusi was Vice-President of Investment Research at Global Partnerships, an impact-first investment fund manager, a management consultant at Bain & Company, an Investment Officer with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), and a consultant with TechnoServe Inc. He started his career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tanzania.

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Rod Lohin is Executive Director of the Michael Lee-Chin Family Institute for Corporate Citizenship at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

Since 2005, Rod has overseen the Lee-Chin Institute’s research, grants, and initiatives to reach business leaders and engage MBA students in corporate sustainability, providing strategic advice and research to RBC Financial Group, SunLife, Blackberry and others.

Rod was formerly the Director of the corporate practice at Manifest, where he developed corporate citizenship strategies and programs for Ericsson, Hewlett-Packard, Kellogg, and Sears and others in Canada and abroad. The work for Ericsson to help improve the global response to disasters was implemented worldwide and recognized by the UN Global Compact, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Swedish Foreign Ministry.

Previously, he was Director, Partnerships and Projects for United Way of Greater Toronto. He started his career as a management consultant at Toronto-based consulting firm Patterson Kirk Wallace.

Event Logistics:

This event is available to attend in-person. The event will be hosted in Desautels Hall at the Rotman School of Management (105 St. George St., Toronto, ON M5S 3E6). Your registration fee includes a light lunch, a seat at the session and a copy of the book.

Rotman Events is committed to accessibility for all people. If you have any access needs or if there are any ways we can support your full participation in this session, please email [[email protected]] no later than 2 weeks in advance of the event and we will be glad to work with you to make the appropriate arrangements.

In-Person Ticket & Book Details:
Your registration fee includes a light lunch, seat at the session, a copy of the book and meet-and-greet with book signing by the author.
In-Person Ticket Only Details:
Your registration fee includes a light lunch and a seat at the session.

Cancellation & Refund Policy:
Refunds will only be issued for cancellations received in writing no later than 24 hours prior to the event. Please email [email protected] for processing. In-person registrants who do not pick up their book at the event will have 5 business days to request postal delivery by emailing [email protected]. All unclaimed books will be returned to the publisher after that time.

Questions: [email protected], Mandi Gosling


Event Venue & Nearby Stays

Rotman School of Management, 105 St. George Street, Toronto, Canada


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