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MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY Legatum Center for Development & Entrepreneurship


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Legatum Speaker Series

Speaker series
New to our programming this year, is our “brunch and learn” speaker series, themed around entrepreneurship and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The goal of this series is to provide a forum for faculty, alumni and students to engage in an actionable conversation on how entrepreneurs can help meet the SDGs by 2030, opportunities and challenges facing entrepreneurs, and conditions to support their growth. From this event, we hope to inspire fresh ideas, spur new relationships, and continue to build a community of impact-driven entrepreneurs. This semester, we are hosting 4 sessions, including:

Food & Agriculture – Goal #2 Zero Hunger:

Moderated by Professor Tavneet Suri with guest speaker Dr. Venkat Maroju, Sloan ‘07, CEO of Source Trace Systems

Financial Technology & Infrastructure – Goal #9 Industry,Innovation and Infrastructure:

Moderated by ProfessorSimon Johnson with guest speaker Angela Nzioki, Co-founder and Country Manager, PlusPeople Kenya, Deborah Drake,Vice President, Investing in Inclusive Finance, Accion

Education & Technology – Goal #4 Quality Education:

Moderated by Prof. Sanjay Sarma with guest speakers Erdin Beshimov, MIT edX, and Caitlin Baron, CEO of the Speed School Fund.

Energy – Goal #7 Energy:

Moderated by Professor Rob Stoner