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Economist Events Partners with PR Agency BackBay Communications for 4th Annual Investing for Impact Conference in New York

February 12, 2020

New York – To raise awareness of its fourth annual Investing for Impact conference, the Economist Events has hired BackBay Communications, a public relations and integrated marketing firm specializing in financial communications, including impact investing, as its PR agency for the event.

“Investing for Impact: 2020 Vision” will be held at Convene at One Liberty Plaza (entrance on 165 Broadway) in New York City on February 13, 2020. The one-day summit returns for a fourth year to take stock during an eventful time for the impact industry, to examine how impact investing can deepen its reach, learn from failures and roadblocks, and leverage the latest developments in technology.

The conference, moderated by Economist editors, will bring together more than 200 of the world’s leading financiers, institutional investors, policymakers, academics, and philanthropists. Among the topics to be discussed: how large-scale financial institutions are thinking about their impact ventures, the rising investor appeal of disruptive environmental technologies, from renewable energy to alternative protein, and the alignments between faith-based investing and social impact.

Confirmed speakers at the event include:

  • Jeremy Grantham – Co Founder, GMO LLC
  • Nancy E. Pfund – Founder and Managing Partner, DBL Partners
  • Robert J. Jackson Jr. – Commissioner, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • DJ Nordquist – US Executive Director, The World Bank
  • Anurag Banerjee – Chief Executive, Quilt. AI
  • Lorenzo Bernasconi – Managing Director, The Rockefeller Foundation
  • Carol Coletta – Chief Executive, Memphis River Parks Partnership
  • Tyler Cowen – Holbert L. Harris Professor of Economics, George Mason University
  • Nancy Davis – Chief Investment Officer and Managing Partner, Quadratic Capital Management
  • Stan Dupré – Founder, 2° Investing Initiative
  • Katherine Foster – Chief Intelligence Officer, Sustainable Digital Finance Alliance
  • Vikram Gandhi – Senior Lecturer, Harvard Business School
  • Alice Hill – Senior Fellow for Climate Change Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Robert J. Jackson Jr. – Commissioner, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Helen Joyce – Finance and Economics Editor, The Economist
  • Kevin Lu – Partner and Chairman of Asia, Partners Group
  • Pauliina Murphy – Engagement Director, World Benchmarking Alliance
  • Andrew Palmer – Executive Editor, The Economist
  • James Patchett – President and Chief Executive, New York City Economic Development Corporation
  • Dwayne Safer – Assistant Professor Finance, Messiah College
  • Rupert Scofield – President and Chief Executive, FINCA International
  • Vijay Vaitheeswaran – US Business Editor, The Economist
  • Mary Wenzel – Head of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility, Wells Fargo
  • Tensie Whelan – Director, Center of Sustainable Business, NYU Stern School
  • Tiffany Zhong – Founder and Chief Executive, Zebra IQ

“The Economist Events’ Investing for Impact conference, now in its fourth year, draws diverse luminaries from throughout the impact investing world to discuss and debate the most pressing matters of the day in a single location,” said Bill Haynes, Founder and CEO of BackBay Communications. “Once again, the Economist Events assembled an influential list of speakers for an event that is not to be missed.”

About BackBay Communications
BackBay Communications is an integrated public relations and content marketing firm focused on the financial services sector including private equity and venture capital firms, wealth managers, family offices, impact investing, and financial technology companies. BackBay takes a brand-centric approach to developing messaging and building integrated communications programs. BackBay’s services include public relations, thought leadership content creation, branding, website development, digital marketing, videos, podcasts and social media. BackBay is highly regarded for thought leadership initiatives and relationships with the business media. For more information, please visit

 About The Economist
With a growing global circulation and a reputation or insightful analysis and perspective on every aspect of world events, The Economist is one of the most widely recognized and well-read current affairs publications. The paper covers politics, business, science and technology, and books and arts, concluding each week with the obituary.

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