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We aim to host around ten events each year covering a variety of different topics within the financial inclusion domain. For accessibility the majority of our events are hosted in central London where we are often sponsored by large firms operating within the space.

How can Digital Finance Help Achieve the Most Ambitious Sustainable Development Goals?

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Free Events
20 Nov 2018 18:30 - 20:00
EY, Auditorium 20th floor - 25 Churchill place, E145EY London
United Kingdom

How can Digital Finance Help Achieve the Most Ambitious Sustainable Development Goals?

Tuesday, 20th November 2018

From 6.30 to 8pm

Followed by drinks and networking


Hosted by:


Auditorium 20th floor

25 Churchill place E14 5EY London





Justina Alders, Fund Manager,Triodos Investment Management

Simon Bransfield-Garth, CEO, Azuri

Richard Gomes, Market Development Director, Shell Foundation 


Moderator: Cheryl Martin, Partner, EY



6pm-6.30pm: Welcome and registration

6.30pm-7.30pm: Panel discussion

7.30pm-8pm: Drinks and networking

Technology-enabled solutions have enormous potential to help achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, including affordable and clean energy; gender equality; clean water and sanitation; good health, and quality education. In our increasingly digitalized world, innovative finance solutions unlock and expand access to these basic services for large segments of the world population. At the same time, they create new economic opportunities. But what are the key challenges and most innovative solutions in the market?

The Financial Inclusion Forum, EY and Triodos Investment Management are delighted to invite you to a discussion on how digital finance can be a powerful mechanism to accelerate progress towards the SDGs. To this end, we’re delighted to invite you to a panel of experts for an insightful and thought provoking conversation.

Justina Alders-Sheya is Fund Manager of SFRE Fund which came under the management of Triodos Investment Management as from January 2018.  With over 15 years of consulting and audit experience in the financial services sector, focusing on investment management, impact investing and financial inclusion, Justina brings with her a wealth of experience and expertise. Before joining Triodos IM, she held several positions with EY and ING Group. Justina is a certified charted accountant, holds a Master degree in Financial Economics from the University of London and a Bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Namibia.

Simon Bransfield-Garth is CEO of Azuri Technologies, a firm specialising in pay-as-you-go solar home solutions for off-grid consumers across Africa. Simon has more than 30 years global experience building rapid growth, technology-based businesses in sectors including semi-conductor, automotive and mobile technology. Simon currently sits on the Governing Council of the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), and his career includes 7 years at phone OS maker Symbian, where he was a member of the Leadership Team and VP Global Marketing. In 2012, Simon was named a “Technology Pioneer” by the World Economic Forum. Simon holds a BA and Ph.D in Engineering from St John’s College, Cambridge UK.

Richard Gomes is Director - Market Development at Shell Foundation, which supports investors and policy-makers to accelerate the growth of high-impact markets. He is also part of SF’s Investment Committee and Senior Management Team. Richard joined SF in 2009, supporting social enterprises to build consumer demand, raise investment and advocate for national and international policy support. He has authored several reports examining the lessons learned from SF’s work, including Enterprise Solutions to 2030 and Accelerating Access to Energy. His more recent work includes the co-creation of new market institutions to support sector growth. Prior to this, Richard worked for the Shell Group across a range of financial and commercial roles in the UK, Europe and Asia. He holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Warwick and a post-graduate diploma from the London School of Journalism.

Cheryl Martin is a Partner in Advisory at EY. She will be the moderator of the panel discussion. She leads EY's Cyber Security, Privacy and resiliency practice focussing on Financial Services, she is also EY's UK Financial Services Sector Partner sponsor for Corporate Sustainability lead. She has more than 20 years of experience in IT and cyber security, and has worked across multiple sectors, giving her a broad depth of understanding of the evolving and dynamic industry. Cheryl has extensive experience of leading major risk transformation programmes, including regulatory deliverables to UK, US, and Asian financial authorities. Cheryl joined EY from CGI (previously Logica), where she led their UK Cyber Security practice, and was previously at BT Global Services, with overall responsibility for global Security Solutions including managed security operations. She has also been seconded as Global Head of IT Risk for a large global bank.


Please register for this event (here) and if you are subsequently unable to attend, please let us know either via the same link, or by email to


We look forward to seeing you on November 20th.



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