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features 2 of the world’s largest impact investment conferences (Social Venture Capital / Social Enterprise Conference and Sustainable Haiti Conference) and both will be held in Miami. 
L. Hunter Lovins of Natural Capitalism Solutions features as a Keynote speaker along with 300 speakers from 34 countries.


SOCIAL VENTURE CAPITAL/SOCIAL ENTERPRISE CONFERENCE  (SVC/SE- Miami) will host close to 1,000 leaders from 40+ countries around the world from Monday, April 4th- Wednesday, April 6th, 2011 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

It is the largest impact investment and social entrepreneurship conference on the East Coast of the United States, as well as Latin America
& the Caribbean.

For more information on SVC/SE- Miami, please visit its website:




L. Hunter Lovins is President and founder of the Natural Capitalism Solutions (NCS)  (  NCS educates senior decision-makers in business, government and civil society to restore and enhance the natural and human capital while increasing prosperity and quality of life.  In partnership with leading thinkers and Implementers, NCS creates innovative, practical tools and strategies to enable companies, communities, and countries to become more sustainable.

Trained as a sociologist and lawyer (JD), Hunter co-founded the California Conservation Project (Tree People), and Rocky Mountain Institute, which she led for 20 years.

Lovins has consulted for scores of industries and governments worldwide.  She has consulted with large and small companies including the International Finance Corporation, Royal Dutch Shell, Interface, Clif Bar, and Wal-Mart.  Governmental clients include the Pentagon, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy and other agencies, numerous cities, and the governments of Jamaica, Australia, and the U.S.  She has also served an advisor to the Energy Minister of the Government of Afghanistan.

Recipient of such honors as the Right Livelihood Award, Lindbergh Award and Leadership in Business, she was named Time Magazine 2000 Hero of the Planet and in 2009 Newsweek dubbed her a “Green Business Icon.”  She has co-authored nine books and hundreds of papers, including the 1999 book, Natural Capitalism, 2006 e-book Climate Protection Manual for Cities, and the 2009 Transforming Industry in Asia. She has served on the boards of governments, non- and for profit companies.

Hunter’s areas of expertise include Natural Capitalism, sustainable development, globalization, energy and resource policy, economic development, climate change, land management, and fire rescue and emergency medicine.  She developed the Economic Renewal Project and helped write many of its manuals on sustainable community economic development.  She was a founding Professor of Business at Presidio Graduate School, one of the first accredited programs offering an MBA in Sustainable Management and is currently Chief Insurgent of the madrone project (more information coming).


Co-founder and Managing Partner of IGNIA Partners, LLC, a US$102 million impact investing venture capital firm based in Monterrey, Mexico, focused on investing in and developing commercial enterprises serving the base of the socio-economic pyramid.

Chairman of the Board of Compartamos Banco, Americas largest microfinance organization (BMV: COMPART,

Former Chairman of the Board of ACCION International ( and former Chairman of the Board of Unidos Lo Lograremos, AC ( He is also a Board Member of Harvard University’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies; Banamex, Mexico (Advisory Board), World Microfinance Forum of Geneva, MetroNet/Xertix (Mexico), and a mentor of Endeavor Global.

Former Chief Financial Officer of Vitro (NYSE: VTO and BMV: VITRO), one of the largest glass manufacturers in the world. Prior to joining Vitro, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Farmacias Benavides (BMV: BEVIDES), the largest drugstore chain in Latin America. From 1999 to 2002 he served as Chief Financial Officer of Grupo Salinas’ retail arm, Elektra (NYSE: EKT and BMV: ELEKTRA) where he was part of the team that created Banco Azteca. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).

In 2005 Alvaro was named Young Global Leader (YGL) by the World Economic Forum (WEF) for his accomplishments and his commitment to shape a better World. In 2008 he was invited as a member of the WEF’s Global Agenda Council and in 2009 to the WEF’s Global Redesign Project. He is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), Monterrey chapter. In addition, the magazine América Economía, in their 20th Anniversary issue, named him as one of 10 “Leaders of the Future” in Latin America. Rodríguez is a Pan American (1991) and Central American (1990) rowing medalist and was eighth in the
World University Games (1989).

SUSTAINABLE HAITI CONFERENCE (2nd Annual) April 4th – April 6th, 2011 >>> CLICK HERE FOR AGENDA

SUSTAINABLE HAITI CONFERENCE, a ’conference within a conference’ at SVC/SE- Miami,  is the largest economic development conference ever assembled for Haiti. In March 2010, over 100 speakers from around the world convened at the Miami Beach Convention Center in order to design and build a sustainable Haiti.

For 2011,  close to 500 participants are expected including more than 120 speakers from around the world.

For more information on Sustainable Haiti Conference, please visit its website:




  • Connect impact investors with entrepreneurs and organizations seeking capital, while leading the discussion on ‘what’s next’.

  • Promote economic development within the region by utilizing Social Venture Capital and Social Enterprise.

  • Educate and engage traditional finance (hedge funds, private banking, venture capital, and angel investment) about investment opportunities within Impact Investing. Work in collaboration with other organizations in establishing effective and standard investment metrics within the industry.

  • Leverage Miami’s reputation as a regional financial capital for the benefit of Impact Investing.

  • Act as a primary connecting point to the Latin American/ Caribbean Diaspora, from whom it is believed some of the next great Social Enterprise leaders can come. As well, the Diaspora may represent a material source of capital for Social Enterprise organizations within the region.

  • Building Miami as a hub of Social Venture Capital/Social Enterprise for Latin America, the Caribbean and state of Florida.


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