In 2019, the World Economic Forum reported 326 privately held startups with a valuation of over US$1B. These “unicorns” are becoming both more prevalent than their mythical namesake suggests and taking on a bigger role in reshaping business models and industry norms: The gig economy is redefining our concept of work, the sharing economy is shifting possibilities for asset owners, and artificial intelligence is changing how we experience the world around us. So what should the unicorns of the 21st century look like? What responsibilities should they have in society at large and in the communities where they operate? What opportunities do they have to be leaders in rolling out a modernized 21st-century social contract?
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Jamie Martin is an executive director in Morgan Stanley’s Global Sustainable Finance group, responsible for delivering sustainable investing products and solutions to the firm’s institutional and wealth management clients. In this role, he collaborates across the firm’s Institutional Securities, Investment Management and Wealth Management divisions to drive adoption of sustainable investing strategies seeking to achieve competitive financial returns alongside measurable positive environmental and/or social impact.
Martin is a former representative on the executive committee of The Green Bond Principles and B Lab’s Multinational and Public Markets Advisory Council. He started his career at Citigroup, working in the firm’s Global Investment Research division.
Head of Social Impact
Tina Lee spent over a decade working in the intersection of social good and technology by building impactful partnerships with global NGOs, foundations, and the private sector. She currently leads Dropbox’s social impact efforts, where she is supporting nonprofits that defend human rights around the world through the Dropbox Foundation, and strengthening employee engagement programs through volunteerism and product donation. Under Lee’s leadership, Dropbox most recently announced its first sustainability goals. Prior to Dropbox, she worked at a number of nonprofits, including NetHope as senior director of strategic partnerships, where she developed public-private partnerships with large tech companies, such as Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Box and Okta, that wanted to help support the world’s largest nonprofits by solving the toughest humanitarian challenges.
Cambridge Centre, Ethics, Economy and Social Change
Dr. Johannes Lenhard is the Centre Coordinator of the Max Planck Cambridge Centre for Ethics, Economy and Social Change at the University of Cambridge. In his research, he works toward a better understanding of homeless people through ethnographic methods and, more recently, on the ethics of venture capital (VC) investors. He spent the last three years interviewing VC investors between San Francisco, New York, London, and Berlin to understand the decision-making behind the digital economy. Lenhard regularly contributes to journalistic outlets, from Aeon, Prospect, Techcrunch, and Vestoj, to The Conversation, Crunchbase, and Tribune.
With a focus on climate change and women’s empowerment, Kelly helps information and communications technology companies achieve their sustainability goals, working to address their growing energy demands while also fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.
Kelly supported programming and encouraged business climate commitments for the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit and is closely involved in renewable energy initiatives, such as the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance. She also helped launch and manage Business Action for Women, a working group that supports women’s empowerment efforts in the workplace and supply chain.
Prior to BSR, Kelly spent more than six years consulting on energy efficiency, sustainability, and renewable energy for California’s utilities and public-sector clients. She is also a member of the U.S. National Committee for UN Women, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter.
Kelly holds an M.A. in International Relations from San Francisco State University and a B.A. in Global Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
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