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Social Innovations Around the World
November 9, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Join the Centers@Anderson and Professor Chris Tang, in conversation with Cheryl Gregory (’10), senior manager, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Edwin Keh, CEO, Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) and former chief operating officer, global procurement, Walmart; and Shailendra Tyagi, former head, supply chain and logistics, ITC Limited where he led the e-Choupal rural marketing initiative in India in its agri-business division. Panelists will discuss innovation projects they are engaged with and share examples of how innovative technology can enable positive change and bring new solutions to improve environmental sustainability and advance social responsibility around the world.
Shailendra Tyagi will discuss how the e-Choupal system has helped to tackle challenges of India’s agricultural sector through innovative technology solutions that empower rural communities and improve the lives of India’s rural farmers. Edwin Keh will explain how HKRITA partners with corporations to develop innovative technology solutions to address environmental issues and clean up the fast fashion industry through a review of Looop, a new garment-to-garment recycling system that is achieving real change and transforming the industry for the future. Cheryl Gregory (’10) will provide an inside look from a funder’s perspective and share the types innovations that the Gates Foundation is seeing in socially important sectors, how projects are selected through its grants budget or allocation for program-related investments (PRIs), and how the foundation measures outcomes and success.
We are proud to feature this discussion as a lead up to UCLA’s International Education Week.