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The Philippines’ economy is now one of the fastest growing in Asia underpinned by growing investments in key sectors including manufacturing and services industries. Whilst these industries will continue to sustain future growth, further growth is expected to come from agriculture & tourism sectors. With over 7,100 beautiful islands now attracting more visitors, and a young population of 107m, of which over 50% are under 25, the priority is the development of sustainable tourism to protect the pristine islands, and in food production to ensure food security for the growing population.
Join us for our 91st Social Investment Breakfast Club to explore in an interactive session how Philippine social enterprises are creating the ecosystem to achieve these goals. The session will be led by Jennifer Viloria from IISLA Ventures.
Date: Wednesday, 7th November 2018
Time: 9-11am (GMT)
Venue: The Conduit, room "Speakeasy"
The Philippines is not (yet) the top destination for both tourism and investments in Asia as mainstream media seem to focus on the current President’s personality rather than positive developments on the ground. The Philippine archipelago is so diverse in terms of destination, food and culture, and tourism and food production remain underdeveloped hence the potential for growth is huge. This session attempts to highlight the social and technological innovations taking place within the country and the role of social enterprises in the development of the agriculture and tourism sectors, and how inclusive investment is pivotal in the continued growth anchored on sustainability to create the new Philippines.
IISLA (Inclusive Investment in Sustainable Livelihood & Aspirations) works closely with social enterprises, established businesses and impact investors with a mission to reach the underserved in society where mainstream finance and access to essential business support may not be available. Their services enable social entrepreneurs to raise funds to scale their businesses whilst investors have access to social and environmental projects or enterprises that are scalable particularly in the least developed communities. IISLA provides advisory and brokerage, strategic planning and investor relations to a number of social enterprises in the Philippines in key sectors including food production & processing, health & wellness, sustainable hotel & tourism development, technology & infrastructure, and transport & logistics.
About the speakers:
Jennifer Viloria, founder & CEO of IISLA Ventures, brings a wealth of experience over three decades from various industries including telecommunications, investment banking, hotel & tourism consultancy, social entrepreneurship and angel impact investment both in the UK and in the Philippines. She is also a co-founder of the UK B-Corp Inspired Ventures and one of the first angel investors in Aduna as one of the ClearlySo Angels. Today she is partly based in Manila to implement IISLA’s vision of sustainable prosperity for people in rural communities. She believes that if people in remote places live their dreams and aspirations without leaving their homes and families, many of the social and environmental challenges we face today could be avoided, if not eradicated.
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