***full*** community engagement x monthly luncheon speakers series: a fireside chat with tracy palandjian, ceo and co-founder of social finance and james rooney, senior fellow, the boston foundation

Wednesday, September 19th 2018 @ 12:15 pm - 2:00 pm

***SOLD OUT***

Community Engagement x Monthly Luncheon Speakers Series:  A Fireside Chat with Tracy Palandjian, CEO and Co-Founder of Social Finance and James Rooney, Senior Fellow, The Boston Foundation (Limited seats)

Date:September 19th, 2018 (Wednesday)
Time:12:15 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue:Davis Polk & Wardwell, 
8/F, The Hong Kong Club Building, 
3A Chater Road, Hong Kong
***Please note that entrance is on CHATER RD, 
 not club entrance***
Event Fee*:
Member:HKD 250
Non-member / Guest:HKD 350

*Fee includes light lunch. 

RSVPs required as seats are limited. Registration confirmed only upon payment. Please click "Register Now" below to reserve your seat(s)!


Event Description

Join us for our next Community Engagement x Monthly Luncheon Speakers Series featuring Tracy Palandjian (HBS and Harvard College), CEO and Co-Founder of Social Finance, and James Rooney (Harvard Kennedy School), Senior Fellow of The Boston Foundation.

In this fireside chat, Tracy and Jim will share some of the recent developments in social finance and community philanthropy in the US and around the world, as well as relevant lessons and opportunities for Hong Kong.

Both Tracy and Jim will be participating in the upcoming Philanthropy for Better Cities forum convened by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust with the Harvard Club of Hong Kong serving as one of the supporting organizations at this forum. 

*Paul Grogan, President of The Boston Foundation is unable to make it to Hong Kong and Jim Rooney will be speaking in his place.


Speakers Bio

Tracy Pun Palandjian is CEO and Co-Founder of Social Finance, a nonprofit dedicated to reimagining the role of capital markets to drive social progress. After a career at McKinsey, Wellington and the Parthenon Group, Tracy co-founded Social Finance in 2011 to develop innovative financing mechanisms to deliver measurable results for communities. The firm pioneered the Social Impact Bond, an innovative public-private partnership that harnesses data and evidence, and enlists private capital to reorient public spending toward outcomes. Over 100 projects in 24 countries have addressed pressing social issues in education, health, workforce development and more.

Tracy is a frequent speaker and writer on impact investing, social innovation and results-oriented policy making. She is co-author of Investing for Impact: Case Studies Across Asset Classes. She is vice chair of the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance to the Global Impact Investment Steering Group. She is a trustee at the Surdna Foundation (where she chairs the Investment Committee), and a Director of Affiliated Managers Group (NYSE: AMG). She also serves on the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Community Development Advisory Council. A former Vice Chair of the Harvard Board of Overseers, Tracy continues to serve on several Standing and Visiting Committees at Harvard University.

A native of Hong Kong, she graduated from Harvard College with a B.A. magna cum laude in Economics, and holds an M.B.A. with high distinction from Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar.

James Davitt Rooney is Senior Fellow at the Boston Foundation and Ambassador for the Community Foundation of Northern Ireland. He co- founded the Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of London when living in the UK from 2012-17 and has advised foundations, universities, corporations, and governments across the globe on strategy, business development, and public affairs.

Rooney served as the Boston Foundation’s first Director of Public Affairs from 2005-10 when it won the Council on Foundations’ top national award for public policy impact. He also served as Brown University's first state and local Director of Community and Government Relations in the 1990s and in its Development and Alumni offices.

Rooney was Vice President of the Mass. High Tech Council in 2010-11, leading its clean energy, talent, and tech transfer portfolios and helped to launch and lead the seminal national urban think tank CEOs for Cities from 2001-05. 

He often appears in the media, providing commentary on U.S. presidential elections and making the first known call for Pope Francis to write an encyclical on climate change. He has served on several NGO boards and earned an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School and a BA in Ethics and Political Philosophy from Brown.


HK$250 (Lifetime/Patron)

HK$250 (Annual/Biennial/Complimentary Student Member)

HK$350 (Prospect/Guest)

Sign Up Date

(Lifetime/Patron) : Wednesday, August 29th 2018

(Annual/Biennial/Complimentary Student Member) : Thursday, August 30th 2018

(Prospect/Guest) : Friday, August 31st 2018

Sign Up Deadline

Tuesday, September 18th 2018

Time & Location

12:15 pm - 2:00 pm

Davis Polk & Wardwell, 8/F, The Hong Kong Club Building, 3A Chater Road, Hong Kong

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