Five Years of Impact Investment: The Example of the Ford Foundation

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Tue, Feb 7, 2023

8 PM – 9 PM (GMT+2)

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This session of the Gerhart Center Webinar Series is a conversation with Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, about the role of foundations in general and the Ford Foundation in particular in enabling the development of creative finance models and initiatives for social impact. The talk will be moderated by Noha El-Mikawy, dean of the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP) at The American University in Cairo (AUC).


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Darren Walker


Ford Foundation

Darren Walker is president of the Ford Foundation, a USD 16 billion international social justice philanthropy. Under his leadership, the Ford Foundation became the first non-profit in US history to issue a USD 1 billion designated social bond to stabilize non-profit organizations in the wake of COVID-19. Before joining Ford, Darren was vice president at The Rockefeller Foundation. Previously, he was COO of Harlem’s Abyssinian Development Corporation. Darren co-founded both the US Impact Investing Alliance and the Presidents’ Council on Disability Inclusion in Philanthropy.  He serves on many boards, including the National Gallery of Art, Carnegie Hall, the High Line, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the Committee to Protect Journalists.


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Noha El-Mikawy


School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP), The American University in Cairo (AUC)

Noha El-Mikawy is dean of the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP) at the American University in Cairo (AUC). Noha is the former regional director of the Ford Foundation, Middle East and North Africa office (from 2012 to 2022). Between 2005-2012 Noha served as team leader for governance at the UNDP Regional Center (based in Lebanon, then in Egypt) where she provided support on governance reform in Egypt, Tunisia, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, Jordan, and Kuwait. Noha also served as policy advisor at the UNDP Oslo Governance Center in Norway, where she supervised UNDP’s global project on governance assessments, organized international convenings on legal empowerment of the poor, and edited a UNDP-UN Women guidebook on gender-sensitive service delivery.

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