Issues and Trends

This track will examine multiple areas of the relief and development sector in a classroom-based format. We will examine business and small enterprise as interventions, innovation in the disaster response sector, hear further from Belinda Bauman on the subject of empathy, and more.

This track will include four 75-minute break-out sessions 

Session titles and descriptions subject to change

Session 1: Profit for Purpose: How Social Enterprises are Meeting the Social Need for Safe Water

With over 2 billion people globally lacking safely managed water at home, Matt Hangen, CEO of Water4, believes that providing access to affordable, safe , reliable water is not only critical, but also within reach. Solving a water crisis of this size requires us to leverage all resources, including those within the markets we serve. Taking an enterprise-based approach, Water4 starts and scales locally-run social businesses with the quadruple bottom line of profits, people, the environment, and spiritual purpose through their safe water work. In this session, Matt will share from his years of community development experience how a market-based approach to safe water supply is essential and challenge participants to identify and leverage existing local resources to solve global challenges where they exist.


Speaker: Matt Hangen, Water4

Matt has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Biblical Theology and Missiology, 5 years of experience as a youth minister, was a full-time missionary in Togo, West Africa for five years, and has been with Water4 since 2011, taking on senior leadership at Water4 in 2016 where he serves as President and CEO.

Session 2: Fighting Poverty through Enterprise

Over the last decade a new breed of venture capitalism has emerged: social impact investors who invest in sustainable and scalable enterprises among the poor. These enterprises generate social returns in terms of lives impacted and innovative goods and services that serve the poor. This lecture will look at businesses designed to tackle issues of poverty in Africa and Asia in the areas of education, sanitation, cookstoves, recidivism and human trafficking. It will describe the growth of the social impact investment universe from angel investors, family offices to government and institutional social venture funds.

Speaker: Data Dr. Kim Tan