Breakout session | Stage 3

Host: World Benchmarking Alliance

Actions of the private sector today have far-reaching impacts. A May 2020 UN High-Level Meeting on “Financing for Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond” made abundantly clear the urgency of accountable business involvement and systems change for the Decade of Action. Building on this opening, this interactive panel will explore partnership building that can help supercharge a race to the top across the business community; recognize gaps; bring constituencies together beyond rhetorical commitments; but also make the invisible visible through efforts like strengthened financial inclusion and monitoring global supply chains.  Ultimately, it will aim to mobilize a broad range of constituencies, sectors, and change agents. This includes traditionally marginalized and vulnerable populations that are impacted most by actions of the privates sector; representatives from the private sector that have had limited or no previous engagement with the SDGs, governments that have been considering proper policy responses to COVID-19 (e.g. bailouts or new due diligence regulations);  companies setting positive examples; the legal community, media and journalists that are seeking to understand the status of the 2030 Agenda; as well as representatives from civil society who are advancing the SDGs on the ground. If unconventional allies work to strengthen financing for development; position economies for sustainable investment; integrate new technologies; and maintain accountability not only can inequalities at the core of the challenge of the Decade of Action and COVID-19 be addressed, the international community will be more strongly positioned to navigate potential shocks in the future.


Pratik Desai
Strategic Engagement Lead, World Benchmarking Alliance
Pratik leads strategic engagement efforts for the WBA, working to grow and strengthen a diverse, balanced, and inclusive community of global allies and partners who believe in and understand the potential of benchmarks to drive transformative change. Previously, he managed private sector engagement and policy efforts for the United Nations Foundation and held positions in program development, operations, and communications and outreach with TechnoServe, The White House, and the Council on Foreign Relations. A native of Gweru, Zimbabwe, Pratik is a graduate of Boston University, where he earned a B.A. in International Relations and Political Science.
Giulia Corinaldi
Director of Inclusive Economies, Thomson Reuters Foundation
Giulia joined the Thomson Reuters Foundation in 2018 as the Global Head of Programmes for TrustLaw. With over 15 years of experience in the NGO and social enterprise sector, Giulia sets and manages TrustLaw’s global engagement strategy with NGOs, INGOs, social enterprises and corporate foundations. She leads an exceptional team of programme managers around the world in developing impactful and innovative partnerships and projects.
Mandeep S. Tiwana
Chief Programmes Officer, CIVICUS
Mandeep Tiwana is the chief programmes officer at CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance. He specialises in legislation relating to the core civil society freedoms of expression, association and peaceful assembly. Since joining CIVICUS in 2008, Mandeep has engaged in efforts to advance civil society participation in decision making and to protect civil society freedoms globally. He has written extensively on the intersection between civil society, development and international affairs in this capacity. Previously, Mandeep advised the New Delhi Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross. He has also worked with the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, and has published a compilation of landmark Indian Supreme Court decisions and National Human Rights Commission guidelines on human rights and policing and has co-authored modules on human rights for the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and a citizen's handbook explaining the mandate and practical functioning of human rights commissions in India. Mandeep has also drafted two annual reports for the Punjab State Human Rights Commission and has worked on projects related to good governance and women's empowerment in India. Mandeep holds BA and LL.B degrees from Panjab University, India and an LL.M in Law in Development from Warwick University, UK.
Andia Chakava
Country Chair, New Faces New Voices Kenya
Andia Chakava has 17 years of experience in fund management and 6 years of driving women economic empowerment goals. She is a global thought leader in gender lens investing and is one of the first female fund managers in the region. She has been instrumental in the set up of two fund management companies in Kenya (Old Mutual Investment Services and Alpha Africa Asset Managers) where she served in each as Managing Director. She is also the lead consultant and co-author of a 2017 research published by the Graça Machel Trust called ‘Growth Barriers Affecting Female Entrepreneurs in East Africa.’in Italy.
Arindom Datta
Executive Director, Rural & Development Banking/Advisory, Rabobank
Arindom Datta has been working for Rabobank for the last 14 years and has over 28 years of experience in rural finance, cooperative, microfinance and agribusiness banking. Arindom is responsible for the sustainability banking initiatives on knowledge, risk management and business development. He also oversees the Rabo Foundation projects in blended finance, technology/innovation and access to finance in the agriculture sector. He previously worked with National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development, IDBI Bank and CARE. Arindom’s work is recognized and he has been honoured with the ‘India Sustainable Leadership’ award at the India Sustainability Leadership Summit in 2017.
Raina Kadavil
Marketing Analyst at Mastercard, CEO at Urba Refuge, Communications Board at the United Nations Association of Westchester
Raina Kadavil is a Marketing Analyst managing Loyalty and Engagement products at Mastercard, and an MBA student at Johns Hopkins University with a background in International Relations. She is also the Philanthropy Chair of the Women’s Leadership Network at Mastercard and deeply involved in Mastercard’s mission of “doing well by doing good” through the Girls4Tech initiative and more. Raina is also the Chief Executive Officer of Urban Refuge, a nonprofit that breaks geographic and linguistic barriers by mapping aid for refugees and immigrants living in large cities. She serves on the Communications Board of the United Nations Association of Westchester.
September 24, 09:00
09:00 — 09:45EST(GMT-4) (45′)

Multilateralism, Partnerships

| Host: World Benchmarking Alliance |, Andia Chakava (New Faces New Voices), Arindom Datta (Rabobank), Giulia Corinaldi (Thomson Reuters Foundation), Mandeep S. Tiwana (CIVICUS), Pratik Desai (WBA), Raina Kadavil (Mastercard)