Katapult Future Fest: Meet the voices inspiring our future
On 18-20 May, Katapult will host the Katapult Future Fest. Future Fest is an output-driven festival in Oslo, Norway, focusing on how exponential technologies and impact investing can create a thriving future society for all. The theme for Future Fest 22 is ‘The Future is…’. As a society we face making a pivotal decision between creating a thriving society for all or, with inaction, walking a path of increasing inequality and environmental decline. Collectively, we have the choices to make and we believe that Future Fest offers the collaborative space to broach the challenges and opportunities presented to us.
In order to explore the contours, pitfalls and solutions of the coming years, we have assembled a trailblazing group of speakers drawing on diverse backgrounds from investment, tech,academia and law. To offer you a flavor of the event to come, we have provided a short introduction to 3 of the impressive speakers who will be exploring the respective topics of Impact Investing, Transformative Technologies and Future Societies. We believe that this is an opportunity to both drive change and leave changed!
Impact Investing: Amit Bouri
Amit Bouri is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of the GIIN, where he leads the largest global community of impact investors dedicated to increasing the scale and effectiveness of impact investing.
Amit co-founded the GIIN in 2009, following the launch of the Monitor Institute’s, Investing for Social and Environmental Impact, a landmark report, which he helped to conceive and develop. His work would eventually lead to the growth of a global network around the concept of impact investing and provide a blueprint that would seed the GIIN’s creation.
Today, Amit dedicates his work to engaging industry leaders, institutional investors, foundations, and leading financial institutions all over the world to advocate for greater integration of social and environmental factors in all investment decisions, and to develop the tools and resources needed to effectively mobilize more capital towards impact investments. Amit is on the Stewardship Council of Imperative 21, a business-led network of coalitions driving economic systems change.
He has authored many articles and has been frequently featured in leading publications such as the Financial Times, The Economist, Al Jazeera, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Fast Company, Barron’s, and Pensions & Investments. He is also a sought-after speaker at events worldwide.
Amit has significant experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors and previously held positions at Bain & Company, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and within the corporate philanthropy units of Gap Inc. and Johnson & Johnson. He holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, an MPA from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Swarthmore College.
He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and their daughter, who inspire his life’s work to building a more sustainable and equitable future for all.
Transformative Technology: Henrietta Moon
Henrietta Moon is the CEO and co-founder of Carbo Culture, drawing down CO2 and storing it in a stable form for 1000 years. Carbo Culture’s unique biocarbons are used in climate adaptation applications such as stormwater treatment and soil regeneration. Originally from Finland, Henrietta speaks five languages and has lived in four countries. Henrietta is recognised as a World Economic Forum ‘Global Shaper’ and from 2016-2018 she was a board member of a publicly traded electronics company (Nasdaq omx Hel: YEINT). She was the youngest person in the country to have a non-family tied seat.
Her prior experience includes growing two organisations in edtech: helping to katapult Rails Girls to a global community with over 300+ cities on all continents, and founding Mehackit.org, a creative technology company.
She studied economics and international relations at the Vienna University of Business and Economics and at Aalto University in Finland. She’s an alumna of Singularity University’s Global Solutions Program held at NASA Ames Research Center and Stanford’s founder community StartX.
She is also a certified sailor and loves to be outdoors.
Future Society: Susie Alegre
Susie Alegre is a leading human rights barrister at the internationally renowned Doughty Street Chambers. She has been a legal pioneer in digital human rights, in particular the impact of artificial intelligence on the human rights of freedom of thought and opinion. She is also Senior Research Fellow at the University of Roehampton.
Her most recent book is Freedom to Think: The Long Struggle to Liberate Our Minds:
“Without a moment’s pause, we share our most intimate thoughts with trillion-dollar tech companies. Their algorithms categorize us and jump to troubling conclusions about who we are. They also shape our everyday thoughts, choices and actions – from who we date to whether we vote. But this is just the latest front in an age-old struggle.
Part history and part manifesto, Freedom to Think explores how the powerful have always sought to influence how we think and what we buy. Connecting the dots from Galileo to Alexa, human rights lawyer Susie Alegre charts the history and fragility of our most important human right: freedom of thought.
Filled with shocking case-studies across politics, criminal justice, and everyday life, this ground- breaking book shows how our mental freedom is under threat like never before. Bold and radical,
Alegre argues that only by recasting our human rights for the digital age can we safeguard our future.”