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The Economics of Social Impact: How Innovative Finance Can Improve Health and Wealth

Erin Gregor May 13, 2021

COVID-19 has demonstrated that health is a key ingredient for everyone to reach their full potential. So what’s holding back health program investments? While impact investors are increasing their investments towards climate change and other social programs, they continue to underinvest in the health sector leading to widespread economic consequences. For example, non-communicable diseases alone depress economies by 5 to 10% of the GDP annually, and the cost of inaction will be hundreds of trillions of dollars. Alternatively, increasing health-related investments can save millions of lives and incentivize billions of dollars of growth potential.

This session will explore how to de-risk health investments and how these investments can lead to greater social impact and returns.

Proposed Panelists: 

Currently, we have confirmed Andrea Feigl and Michael Lindenmayer to join our panel. However, we have strong relationships with the proposed panelists through our Devices for Development Consortium and HFI board membership and are, therefore, confident they would join the panel if selected by SOCAP. In addition, HFI has an extensive network of alternative health economic and innovative finance experts through our boards and network.  




Meta Themes

  • Impact Investing

  • Equity & Inclusion

  • Sustainable Development


innovative finance, health economics, social impact, health outcomes, global health, social impact

Purpose and Desired Outcome

This panel aims to educate potential funders on the benefits of investing in health-related programs. At the end of the session, participants will realize why they should consider investing in health, how innovative finance vehicles can overcome investment risks, and understand the potential social and economic returns on investments.


  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Accelerators & Incubators

  • Government

  • Intermediaries (Financial Advisers, Investment Bankers)

  • Corporate & SME


  • NameAndrea Feigl
  • TitleCEO and Founder
  • OrganizationHealth Finance Institute
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameMichael Lindenmayer
  • TitleDirector, Stanford India Health, Development and Data Initiative
  • OrganizationStanford University School of Medicine and Tata Trusts
  • StatusConfirmed
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