Young Entrepreneurs Respond to SDGs/ESG: Global Knowledge Exchange and Capacity Development

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Young Entrepreneurs Respond to SDGs/ESG

April 23 – 9:00 am ET

The Young Entrepreneurs Respond to SDGs/ESG: Global Knowledge Exchange and Capacity Development event is jointly organized by the Wharton School’s Zicklin Center and the Tanoto Foundation. Dr. Mari Pangestu, World Bank Group Managing Director, Development Policy and Partnerships, will make opening remarks. Prof. Erika H. James, Dean, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, will make closing remarks.

The panelists are: J. Satrijo Tanudjojo, Global CEO of Tanoto Foundation; Janice R. Bellace, Professor and Director, Tanoto ASEAN Initiative at the Wharton School; and Djordjija Petkoski, Lecturer and Senior Fellow of the Zicklin Center, of the Wharton School.

The winners of the I4A Competition, 2021 from Indonesia and Wharton I4A Club members and LGST 230 students will share their experience with the initiative.

The main objectives of this event are:

To reaffirm the critical importance of youth entrepreneurs respond to the SDGs and ESG. Through the I4A Initiative, in addition to creating specific proposals that address the SDGs/ESG priorities, young professionals and students are taking a leadership role, at global and local level, to improve the enabling ecosystem for sustainable and inclusive development.

To share best practices and knowledge exchange lessons from the I4A and SDGs&Her joint Initiatives between the World Bank and the Wharton Zicklin Center. One key lesson: Because value creation for impact is a highly collaborative, innovative, and interdisciplinary activity, capacity development needs to be framed as an active learning process with a focus on solving real-world problems.

The ongoing cooperation between the Tanoto Foundation and the Wharton School highlights the importance of local leadership and innovative partnerships, including the private sector and nontraditional stakeholders, as the basis for driving action aimed at achieving the SDGs and following the ESG principles.

Event Structure:

Part I: Plenary Session (9:00am – 10:15am ET)

Part II: Breakout Sessions (10:15am – 10:50am ET): Projects feedback and recommendations for capacity development

Winning Projects from the I4A Competition 2021 from Indonesia

Meet the Winners!

Meet MAGOODS See Their Proposal
Meet StarGro See Their Proposal
Meet Biamon See Their Proposal
Meet CARI! See Their Proposal
Meet Voluntreep See Their Proposal

Meet the Expert Panel!

And a big thank you to our breakout room facilitators!

Wharton LGST230 Student Presenters:
Becca Bean, Victoria Sansone, Niva Baniya, Emma Villamater, Holly Anderson, Monica Volodarsky, Marilyn Pereboom, Adam Goudjil

Wharton LGST230 Student Organizers:
Monica Volodarsky, Adam Goudjil, Cami Doo, Marilyn Pereboom

Learn more about I4A’s work through the Global Report!

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