At the end of last month, Runa Alam hosted Adoreum’s 8th Leadership Breakfast at Cafe Royal where she discussed the economic relationship between the US and Africa; and social investment opportunities in Africa.
Runa co-founded Development Partners International in 2007. She has 29 years of investment banking, emerging market entrepreneurship and private equity experience.
Runa was formerly a director of the AIG Africa Infrastructure Fund, managed by Emerging Market Partnership in Washington and has “on-the-ground” management experience in emerging markets having founded and managed both Peregrine Bangladesh and Union Capital Bangladesh in the 1990s. Runa started her career in New York working for investment banks including Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch in mergers and acquisitions and corporate and tax-exempt finance.
Runa is Chair of the African Venture Capital Association and a member of the Emerging Market Private Equity Association advisory board and its Africa Council. She is also a member of the Millennium Promise’s UK board and is on the advisory board of The Tony Elumelu Foundation. Runa sits on the advisory council of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs, her Alma Mater. She holds a BA in International and Developmental Economics from the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. She was also a Harry S. Truman Congressional Scholar. Runa is a US citizen.
Last week Adoreum’s 9th Thought Leadership Breakfast took place at Grace Belgravia where Georgia Arnold discussed ‘Building a global brand for good’.
Georgia is the Executive Director of the MTV Staying Alive Foundation, the CEO of the MTV EXIT Foundation and the Senior Vice President of Social Responsibility for Viacom International Media Networks. Georgia is responsible for developing social initiatives for the company’s portfolio of over two hundred TV channels and websites. She has initiated unprecedented partnerships and campaigns for MTV on HIV and AIDS awareness and for Nickelodeon on children’s rights.
Building on the success of the Staying Alive campaign, Georgia was instrumental in establishing the Staying Alive Foundation in 2005, and was appointed Executive Director of The Foundation in October 2007. The Foundation is a global charitable body that provides grassroots grants for supporting HIV and AIDS awareness education and prevention campaigns, and has distributed 130 grants in 48 countries since 2005.
In addition to her influential work at Viacom International Media Networks, Georgia has been on the board of The Burma Campaign UK since 2007, a global initiative campaigning for human rights and democracy in Burma. She is also on the Advisory Board for ‘Rays of Sunshine’, a charity which grants the wishes of terminally and seriously ill children.
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