TBN National Conference 2014

You can now catch up on the key sessions from the TBN National Conference 2014 here on our website » including Jim O’Neill’s insightful overview of the current world economy, inspiring case studies from TBN entrepreneurs David How, Johnson Migwi & Luvuyo Rani, investors from effective, impactful funds around the world, and many many more.

“Pioneers for the poor”

As a business or professional person, your skills can have an impact of the neediest areas of the world. By mentoring and training emerging entrepreneurs, helping establish a business or investing, you can bring transformation and combat poverty.

This year’s TBN national conference will be in London on 26 February, 2014. Be sure to clear your diary and join us there as we present, discuss and collaborate – working together to have a tremendous impact on poverty.

The day provides the ideal environment to:

  • Become informed on the current issues and opportunities;
  • Meet and collaborate with other like-minded people, making the connections you need to have impact;
  • Become engaged as part of a movement that is motivated by a passion for social justice and has the means to have a concrete, sustainable and scalable impact.

Hear inspiring case studies and keynote speakers, receive practical guidance, network with business leaders and learn how your skills and resources can bring transformation to the poor.

Book tickets

Tickets are now available to purchase, and you can purchase additional tickets for your colleagues or friends.

  • £125 + VAT (£150 total) if purchased before 31 January. Book now to take advantage of this early bird pricing which we’ve held for 4 years running!
  • £150 + VAT (£180 total) if purchased after 1 February

There is an additional 20% discount for current TBN Partners (those paying at least £30/month or $48/month). This discount will be applied shortly after ticket purchase as a rebate.


We’re delighted to welcome a host of pioneering individuals to present their work, experience and impact, and we know you’ll gain a lot of inspirational, practical insights. We’ll be confirming more speakers in the lead up to the event, so check back to see who else will be there.

Currently confirmed speakers include:

Jim O'Neill

Jim O’Neil — Chairman, Goldman Sachs Asset Management

Jim is a world-renowned British economist who coined the term ‘BRIC’ countries (he literally wrote the book on it) and understands the high-growth and emerging economies. His career has seen him leading divisions at Bank Of America, Swiss Bank Corporation and Goldman Sachs where he published the seminal BRIC paper as head of global economics research. He was subsequently named Chairman of GS’s division of Asset Management, a position created for Jim, where he manages over $800bn. Most recently Jim’s focus has been on the current changes in global wealth distribution and on how we react to the newest groups of growing economies. Jim will be bringing us deep insights into just how transformational joined-up enterprise has proven to be for the poor and what’s needed for economies and people to thrive.

Ram Gidoomal

Ram Gidoomal CBE — Chairman, Traidcraft

Ram Gidoomal heads up Traidcraft, a renowned international charity supporting trade and local producers, allowing developing countries to lift themselves out of poverty and be part of the global economy. He’s also been involved in TBN for some time and is an impressive force for the poor. Ram will be sharing the insights Traidcraft has gleaned over the years, as well as the practical steps they take to support trade. As well as leading Traidcraft, Ram’s wide range of influence also includes being: a Board member of the International Justice Mission; Chair of the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education; Chair of the South Asian Development Partnership Trust; Chair of the Lausanne International Board; and a Member of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission Audit Committee

Vineet Bewtra

Vineet Bewtra — Director of Investments, Omidyar Network

Omidyar is a philanthropic investment firm, investing in the same enterprises that TBN Partners create and run. Vineet leads their impact investing strategy in and from Europe. He also has a particular focus on education-related investments across Africa. Before joining Omidyar Vineet spearheaded The Children’s Investment Fund Founation’s strategy and investments around early education and health, himself coming with 14 years’ experience in fixed income markets.

Tim Gocher

Tim Gocher — Chairman & Founder, Dolma Development Fund

Tim heads up Dolma Development Fund which invests in sustainable businesses and education initiatives in Nepal, investing in entrepreneurs and acting as an education sponsor. Dolma have a particular focus on working in partnership with communities, bringing them closer to on-the-ground needs and cultures while involving local people more closely in the businesses and programmes they create. Tim will be talking to us about Dolma’s work and successful investments, along with key lessons from their experience in Nepal.

Gary Vaughan-Smith

Gary Vaughan-Smith — Chief Investment Officer, SilverStreet Capital

SilverStreet Capital is a focussed investment management firm working, in particular, in Africa and the agricultural sector. With their investments they strive to create positive social impact and SilverStreet are rigorously responsible with their investment selection. The work that Gary and SilverStreet are doing is creating tens of thousands of jobs so this is going to be a really insightful presentation.

Luvuyo Rani

Luvuyo Rani — Entrepreneur & Director, Silulo Ulutho Technologies

5 years ago TBN made an investment in Silulo Ulutho Technologies, run by Luvuyo Rani. Back then it had 4 employees but has since grown to employ over 100 people with stores in 19 South African townships. Luvuyo’s impact has been massive; over 12,000 have been trained in vital IT skills and Silulo is now looking at franchising their model to reach even more people. Luvuyo will be telling us the story of how a small investment from TBN Partners grew into a sustainable, pro-poor business, and we’ll learn valuable lessons about what it takes to build a business like Silulo.

Johnson Migwi

Johnson Migwi — Director, TAPA Educational Centre

Last year TBN took a team on an exposure trip to Kenya visiting a number of projects. The TAPA school on the edge of the Kibira slum was one of those projects. TAPA is run by Johnson who earned an MBA in the UK and, after returning to Kenya, chose to start a social enterprise instead of taking a career in the banking industry, the natural route for him. TAPA brings hope to kids coming out of the slums, and is made sustainable through some simple but effective business ventures that Johnson also runs. It’s at it’s early stages of growth, but is already implementing a clever business-model and is set to grow significantly over the next few years. This promises to be an incredible case study and should not be missed!

David How

David How — Managing Director, Oasis Coffins

David leads Oasis Coffins, a small but hugely impacting social enterprise working with poor and vulnerable women in Bangladesh. Oasis has changed the lives of hundreds of people, giving them jobs and security. David will be sharing his invaluable experience running a social enterprise, from engaging with investors and accessing markets to local logistics and working in hostile business contexts. This really is an amazing chance to access first-hand knowledge from a TBN Partner who’s had an incredible journey to making an impact.

Cyrille Antignac

Cyrille Antignac — Executive Director, Uberis Capital

Along with long-standing TBN Partners Pierre Tami and Anthony Orsatelli, Cryille directs Uberis Capital, an impact investment and venture capital firm who’ve invested in and grown pro-poor businesses around the world having a huge impact on the poorest communities. Most recently Uberis were selected as partners to lead some experimental funding models for social entrepreneurs and Cyrille will be telling us the story of these investments and the innovations being developed.

Andrew Carruthers

Andrew Carruthers — Director, Novastar Ventures

Andrew is a TBN Trustee and, along with others in TBN, has just launched Novastar, a new fund into East Africa. First close for this fund will be around $40m early this year, and amongst the confirmed investors is CDC. We’re excited to hear the story from Andrew, and to learn how this fund is going to impact the poor.

Stewart Palmer

Stewart Palmer — CEO, Five Talents

TBN Partner Stewart has just returned from 8 years in Malawi to head up Five Talents, an innovative micro-finance organisation giving people the potential to lift themselves out of poverty. As well as straight-up micro-finance they also provide saving schemes, small loans, and business training for entrepreneurs. TBN and Five Talents have been working alongside each other for some time so we’re looking forward to learning about their next steps, and discovering where you can get involved.


Schedule subject to change

09:30Jim O'Neill — "Developing Opportunities With The Poor"
Chairman, Goldman Sachs Asset Management
10:10Ram Gidoomal CBE — "Empowering Trade"
Chairman, Traidcraft
10:30Vineet Bewtra — "Financing Education"
Director of Investments, Omidyar Network
11:10Stuart McGreevy — "Using Your Skills & Business To Change The World"
11:30'Pioneering Initiatives'
  • Tim Gocher
    Chairman & Founder, Dolma Development Fund
  • Cyrille Antignac
13:20Gary Vaughan-Smith — "Financing Agriculture"
Chief Investment Officer, SilverStreet Capital
13:40Andrew Carruthers — "Investment Into East Africa"
Director, Novastar Ventures
14:00Luvuyo Rani — "Digital Access For The Poor"
Director, Silulo Ulutho Technologies
14:30'Pioneering Initiatives'
  • David How
    Managing Director, Oasis Coffins
  • Johnson Migwi
    Director, TAPA school
  • Stuart Palmer
    CEO, Five Talents

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