Making Money and Doing Good: Impact Investing Is Catching On

Forging Private/Public Partnerships, Aligning
Incentives/Changing Economics
to Address the Vexing Problems of People

Brought to you by:
The World Food Bank and Fordham Graduate
Net Impact

APRIL 12, 2019
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM


April 12th, 2019
Fordham Gabelli School of Business,
Room G76AB
140 West 62nd Street
New York, 10023

11:00 AM


11:00 – 11:15 AM

Welcome and Introductory Remarks

Fordham Dean University President, Donna Rapacciolo & World Food Bank’s Alicia Miller

11:15-11:30 AM

Road to Zero Hunger

Richard Lackey, CEO, Chairman, World Food Bank

11:30AM-12:15 PM

Private Impact Capital Addressing the Challenges

Ron Cordes, Founder, Cordes Foundation
Neil Walsh, Managing Director, SJ Global Investments
Moderator: Peter Lupoff, Fordham Impact Fellow, Lupoff Family Office

12:15-1:00 PM

The Impact Food Fight – Addressing Poverty and Hunger

Richard Lackey, CEO, Chairman, World Food Bank
Ron Cordes, Founder, Cordes Foundation
Neil Walsh, Managing Director, SJ Global Investments
Esther Pan Sloane, Executive Secretary, UNCDF
Rohit Shukla, CEO, Founder, Larta Institute
Moderator: CNN Melissa Mahtani

1:00 -2:00 PM


Attendee Networking

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Alicia Miller, a native Texan, found her way out to Colorado shortly after graduating from the University of North Texas with a B.A. in Communication Studies. She immediately started her career in capital raising for a commercial real estate firm. Soon she was involved in the business development world via the corporate track. Along the way, she has worked for a business management consulting firm, two tech start-ups, finally making her way back to the capital raising world. She joined the World Food Bank team in April 2018. She has already seen the value of a capitalism impact structure, believing in the power to invest in things that can also change the world.

In her spare time, Alicia enjoys heading to the mountains for either hiking season or snowboard season. She is an avid traveler and always on the go to explore new and diverse places. An extrovert by nature, Alicia is happy to connect with anyone and everyone, whenever the opportunity allows.
Ron Cordes, Co-founder, Cordes Foundation

Ron Cordes, Co-founder, Cordes Foundation

Ron D. Cordes is co-founder of the Cordes Foundation, which he and his wife Marty created following the sale of his investment management business in 2006. The Cordes Foundation is focused on using social entrepreneurship and impact investing as tools for global economic development, particularly to provide economic opportunities for women in developing economies. His work has been featured in publications in including the New York Times, Barron’s, and the Wall Street Journal, and he serves on the Boards of ImpactAssets, MicroVest Capital Management, Align Impact, and the Opportunity Collaboration.
Richard Lackey, CEO, Chairman, World Food Bank

Richard Lackey, CEO, Chairman, World Food Bank

Mr. Richard Lackey is a serial entrepreneur with a unique background that includes several years in emergency medical response and medical missions as well as almost three decades as an active trader and fund manager. He has appeared as an expert in the field in magazines and on radio and television.

Mr. Lackey has held eight different securities licenses spanning equity, options and futures markets. Mr. Lackey has served as the Managing Director for five private funds. His expertise in emergency response management, as well as the inefficiencies of markets, led him along with a world-class team of experts to create the World Food Bank. The World Food Bank is responsible for establishing the world’s most valuable commodities as the world’s newest and potentially safest asset class. Mr. Lackey is also passionate about utilizing the World Food Bank as a solution for the inefficiencies that exist between small farmers and regional and global markets.

Mr. Lackey has authored three books on technical analysis and investment management and is a co-developer of the market prediction software, PTI. In addition to leading the World Food Bank, he regularly consults for startup companies needing innovative solutions, marketing direction, or board leadership.
Rohit Shukla, Founder & CEO, Larta Institute

Rohit Shukla, Founder & CEO, Larta Institute

Rohit Shukla is the founder and CEO of Larta Institute, an internationally-recognized accelerator dedicated to the commercialization of ideas and their growth as enterprises that “feed, fuel and heal the world.” Since 1993, the Los Angeles-based organization has helped more than 10,000 companies commercialize their innovations in science and technology, particularly in energy, agriculture, and the biosciences. Shukla has created signature commercialization assistance programs for major U.S. federal agencies, including National Institutes of Health (NIH), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of Energy (DOE).

Shukla is recognized as a passionate advocate of the sciences, specifically in enabling innovations accessible to broader audiences as a keynote speaker and thought leader. He also designed and manages the 10-year-old Ag Innovation Showcase devoted to issues and ideas in food and agriculture from around the world. Shukla has a BA from the University of Bombay, an MA from Cambridge University in England and an MA from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
Peter Lupoff, Fordham University, Lupoff Family Office

Peter Lupoff, Fordham University, Lupoff Family Office

Peter M. Lupoff is the managing member of Lupoff Friends and Family Interests, LLC, his vehicle for direct and managed investments, impact investing, as well as other advisory, research, teaching and writing activities. Peter is a Fordham University Fellow, at their Center for Research in Contemporary Finance. He is additionally, Fordham Gabelli School of Business, Executive in Residence (2018-19). Mr. Lupoff is Advisor to student-managed funds at Yale School of Management and Yale University. A Fellow at think tank, World Policy Institute, Mr. Lupoff continues and expands his work on Markets, Behavioral Finance, Impact Investing, and Market Shock and Dislocation. Peter is a Member of the Impact Investing & Sustainable Finance Faculty Consortium. Peter is also President of Clean Power for Humanity, a not-for-profit with the objective of bringing green power to rural developing world communities, to expand education and commerce, and an active participant with recidivism focused non-profit, Defy Ventures. As Executive Director of non-profit, Lupoff Impact Scholars Institute, Peter directs stipends to students needing financial aid in order to accept impactful internships and projects benefiting people and planet.

Mr. Lupoff is a regular featured discussant on academic papers related to, and consultant to, The Federal Reserve Bank regarding market shocks and liquidity. Mr. Lupoff is an outside director of various unaffiliated investment entities and consults impact funds and enterprises, and traditional asset managers. Mr. Lupoff also provides expert litigation testimony on matters related to hedge funds, trading and areas of his specific expertise.
Donna Rapacciolli, Dean, Fordham Gabelli School of Business

Donna Rapacciolli, Dean, Fordham Gabelli School of Business

Dr. Donna Rapaccioli is Dean of the Gabelli School of Business at Fordham University, where she holds the rank of University Professor.

As an administrator, Dr. Rapaccioli has earned a reputation for creating academic programs that emphasize applied learning, a global perspective, interdisciplinary thinking, and strong ties with industry. Her philosophy centers on business with purpose, grounded in the Jesuit-influenced principle that commerce should advance society in a greater way.

Dr. Rapaccioli’s research interests lie in the area of earnings management and international accounting; she has published articles in academic journals and practitioner outlets and is the co-author of two book chapters. In her role as professor, Dr. Rapaccioli was selected by students to receive the outstanding teacher award. She has consulted for and lectured on accounting and finance topics at numerous financial institutions in New York City and serves as a director on the board of State Street Global Advisors Mutual Funds.

She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business and her master’s degree and PhD in accounting from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Dr. Rapaccioli serves on the Board of Trustees of Emmanuel College in Boston and the Graduate Management Admission Council Board, and she is a member of the Advisory Board for the International Association of Jesuit Business Schools. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Fordham University’s London Centre, the Steering Committee for Fordham’s Consortium for Social Justice, and the Board of Advisors of the Fordham Corporate Law Center.
Esther Pan Sloane, Head of Partnerships, UNCDF

Esther Pan Sloane, Head of Partnerships, UNCDF

Esther Pan Sloane, a U.S. national, joined UNCDF as the Head of the Partnerships, Policy and Communications in October 2016.

Prior to joining UNCDF, Esther was a U.S. diplomat for 10 years. As Adviser at the Permanent Mission of the United States to the United Nations in New York, she was on the U.S. team that negotiated the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. She also served on the Executive Boards of UNDP, UNICEF, UNOPS, and UNFPA, pushing the agencies to become more efficient, effective, and accountable for results. Esther previously served as a U.S. diplomat in China and the United Kingdom, as well as at the State Department Operations Center in Washington.

Prior to joining the U.S. Foreign Service, Esther worked as a journalist in print, radio, and magazines. Esther graduated from Stanford University with a BA with honors in English and International Relations and earned an MA in Theater and Performance from the University of Cape Town, which she attended on a Fulbright Fellowship.
Neil Walsh, Group Managing Director, SJ Global Investments

Neil Walsh, Group Managing Director, SJ Global Investments

Neil has worked in the financial sector for over 25 years and under four regulatory bodies in the United Kingdom since 1992. His core business is raising capital for clients in the bond and equity markets and with the use of other financial instruments such as SBLC’s and BG’s. He provides consulting services to companies seeking to fortify their base capital through a public offering. Clients would first need to demonstrate a potential for growth and the ability to fulfil financial audit requirements. Neil then assists them in preparing an expansion strategy and business funding plan. His firm will organize documentation, engage legal services and financial audits, and coordinate the long and arduous underwriting process. Further to this they arrange reverse mergers, new company formation, and securing additional insurance and reinsurance for securing companies positions and for this receive a fee and securities as remuneration.
Melissa Mahtani, Producer, CNN

Melissa Mahtani, Producer, CNN

Melissa Mahtani is a multimedia producer for CNN’s award winning digital team producing, writing and creating content for the entire network.

In addition to writing breaking news stories and feature articles for CNN, Mahtani hosts ‘Facebook Live’ interviews with key influencers, including Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, self-described ‘fat femme yogi’ Jesamyn Stanley and on board the USS Intrepid for Fleet Week. Her role connects the traditional world of TV with digital, pushing programming across all platforms and worldwide. She also plays a key role in designing the social strategy around special events including bespoke CNN Town Halls, CNN Heroes and the United Nations General Assembly.

Mahtani previously worked on numerous shows as a television news producer for CNN including ‘Fareed Zakaria GPS,’ ‘Reliable Sources,’ ‘Erin Burnett Out Front’ and “The World Right Now with Hala Gorani.” Most recently she lead the New York launch of the morning business show ‘CNNMoney with Maggie Lake,’ managing a team spread across three cities. Mahtani has also field produced for major international events and produced special content for CNNI, including a special half-hour show on the crisis in Syria.
alicia miller

Alicia Miller


Ron Cordes

peter lupoff

Peter Lupoff


Richard Lackey

Mr. Richard Lackey the Chairman and CEO of the World Food Bank. The World Food Bank is an unique for-profit enterprise that brings together institutional investments, governments, non-governmental organizations, and universities to leverage technologies in extended shelf life commodity storage to resolve the greatest challenges in food safety, food security, resiliency, and sustainability

rohit shukla

Rohit Shukla

Rohit Shukla is the founder and CEO of Larta Institute, an internationally-recognized technology accelerator focused on transforming ideas into sustainable enterprises that feed, fuel and heal the world. Since 1993, the L.A.-based organization has helped over 10,000 companies commercialize their innovations in science and technology, particularly in energy, agriculture, and biosciences.