December 08, 2015

9:00 AM-10:00 AM

Please note: This event is for invited researchers only.

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Title: Scaling Impact in Base of the Pyramid Markets

Description: This talk will review the logic, opportunities, and challenges for greater private sector engagement in poverty alleviation. We will then discuss on-going research and field-based work at the William Davidson Institute and the Ross School that focuses on building a toolkit of strategies and frameworks to facilitate enterprise success in reaching impoverished base of the pyramid (BoP) markets.

Bio: Ted London is a Vice President at the William Davidson Institute and a member of the faculty at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. An internationally recognized expert on the intersection of business strategy and poverty alleviation, London focuses his research on developing enterprise strategies for base of the pyramid (BoP) markets, building cross-sector collaborations, and enhancing mutual value creation. He has published extensively with an emphasis on creating new knowledge with important actionable outcomes, serves on several advisory boards, and shares his latest work in venues across the globe. He has also advised dozens of leadership teams in the corporate, non-profit, and development sectors on developing sustainable and scalable BoP impact enterprises. Prior to coming to the University of Michigan, London was on the faculty at the University of North Carolina, where he also received his Ph.D. in strategic management. He also has held senior management positions in the private, non-profit, and development sectors in Africa, Asia, and the U.S.