According to the latest Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Report 2021, the global pandemic has pushed over 1.2 million people back to extreme poverty and exacerbated world hunger by more than 25% up to 800 million. Moreover, 2.3 billion people were without food or unable to eat a healthy balanced diet on a regular basis in 2020.
With his role as a Senior Advisor to UNSDG Innovative Finance together with decades of experience in investment management for financial and social impacts, Dr Ilex Lam will share his unique perspective of innovative finance for poverty alleviation through integrating the thoughts of the Nobel Prize laureates such as Mark Markowitz (1990), Mohmmad Yunus (2006) and Abhijit Banerjee (2019). Thanks to the merits of investment science, development economics and social entrepreneurship, his practical approach has influenced policymakers, corporate leaders, institutional investors and academician in terms of mobilising financial resources from affluent sectors to underprivileged communities as well as cross-sector collaboration for common good. In addition, he will show case the successful examples of innovative SDG investing and valuation models which can be instrument to fight against global poverty going forward.