KIWA Summit 2015 organzied by local SB company


The Next Frontier of Sustainable Global Investment Announces Summit and Speaker Roster

With Latin America continuing to lead the way in key industry sectors related to sustainability, the opportunity for entrepreneurs in the region to build high impact companies based in environmental and social innovation is at an all time high. Per Organic Monitor, “The region has an 18 percent share, or 6.8 million hectares, of global organic farmland. More than $1 billion of organic products is exported from Latin America every year.” Further, according to The Guardian, “Latin America is becoming a global arena for green innovation as foreign companies head for the region to partner with a rapidly growing local clean technology sector.” To support the development of high growth, high impact Latin American entrepreneurs, this June 10th and 11th, the Kiwa Investment Summit will launch in Quito, Ecuador to bring together selected entrepreneurs with leading investors, world leaders, and growth experts from around the world.

The Kiwa Investment Summit curates high growth entrepreneurs with unique business models and differentiated products and services that generate financial, social, and environmental returns in Latin America. Selected entrepreneurs will be mentored and have the opportunity to engage experts and potential growth resources to support their continued expansion. Entrepreneurs are encouraged to apply for the event at (deadline is May 4, 2015).

The Kiwa Investment Summit has been built through a partnership between PRO ECUADOR, Kiwa, Christie Communications, The LOHAS Group, Impacto Quito, and the Clean Business Investment Summit as organizing partners. The organizers of the Kiwa Investment Summit have been successful producing and managing the Clean Business Investment Summit and the LOHAS Forum. Results from both have produced 575 new projects and ventures introduced with investors through their events, features companies that incorporate combinations of new technologies and innovative business development, and integrated dynamic panels and speeches by experts focused on creating synergies between entrepreneurs and investors.

KIS will build success with not only its goals, but also with the announcement of their all-star lineup of speakers. This selection of speakers represents world leaders, CEOs, investors and entrepreneurs who have truly pioneered new categories, trends and technologies that have continued to make the impossible possible and transform how business and investment occurs.

KIS’s 2015 Speaker Roster includes the following innovators and leaders:

Tom Chi

CEO, Factory X

Former Experience Lead, Google X

Tom Chi has worked in a wide range of roles from astrophysical researcher to Fortune 500 consultant to corporate executive developing new hardware/software products and services. He’s play’s a significant role in established projects with global reach (Microsoft Outlook, Yahoo Search), and scaled new projects from conception to significance (Yahoo Answers from 0 to 90 million users).His current focus is delving into human development issues with social entrepreneurs around the globe, rebooting the fundamental frameworks of entrepreneurship itself, and teaching a limited number of workshops to select organizations.

Luis Benitez, World Renowned Mountaineer & Executive Leadership Development Expert

Over the last decade, as the ranks of high altitude mountaineering fill with capable amateur climbers pursuing their personal adventure dreams, Benitez has quietly emerged as one of the most experienced, respected and busiest professional guides and Leadership Development consultants in the world, managing expeditions to the tallest, most remote peaks on the planet as well as speaking/consulting with a deep and varied group of clientele.

Abigail Noble

Head of Impact Investing, World Economic Forum

Abigail Noble is Head of Impact Investing Initiatives at the World Economic Forum. She is the co-author of the World Economic Forum’s recent publications on Impact Investing “From the Margins to the Mainstream”, “Charting the Course” and the series “From Ideas to Practice” as well as the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship’s “Social Investment Manual”. From 2010 until 2013, she served as the Head of Latin America and Africa for the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, where she ran the competitions for social entrepreneur of the year for those two regions and worked with the founders and CEOs of several dozen social innovations to help them scale through partnerships with governments and corporations

Alex McIntosh

Founder, EcoMundi Ventures & THRIVE Natural Care

Through Ecomundi Ventures fund, Alex and his team brought to life Thrive Natural Care, an innovative natural personal care company that is helping thousands of consumers ditch their synthetics to look better and live healthier. Prior to Ecomundi Ventures, Alex was the founding Director of Sustainability & Corporate Citizenship at Nestlé Waters North America, the $4B division of the world’s largest consumer water company. His success in aligning financial, environmental, and social strategies within the 8,500-person corporation played a key role in expanding Nestlé Waters’ reputation for excellence in the consumer package goods industry.

In addition to the remarkable speakers, the summit will host 20 dynamic, innovative high growth presenting companies, 10 exhibiting startups, and an incredible roster of leading investors from around the world. The inaugural Kiwa Investment Summit is focused on deepening engagement between investors, entrepreneurs, and industry experts. The Kiwa Investment Summit has been built through a partnership between PRO ECUADOR, Kiwa, Christie Communications, The LOHAS Group, Impacto Quito, and the Clean Business Investment Summit as organizing partners. Sponsors include Kruger, Swissotel Quito, Business Alliance for Secure Commerce, and others. Outreach partners include Agora Partnerships, 1% for the Planet, the Unreasonable Institute, Convening the Conveners, AEI, Fundacity, Think Beyond Plastic, JPG Resources, Startup Chile, FLII, and others. For further information on the Kiwa Investment Summit and the lineup of world class speakers, please visit To schedule an interview with any of the founding partners and speakers, please contact Alissa Sears at Christie Communications at or by phone at 805-969-3744.


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