The math doesn't add up: Global financial markets can no longer ignore the world's most critical problems. The risks are too high and the costs too great.
In Making Money Moral: How a New Wave of Visionaries Is Linking Purpose and Profit, authors Judith Rodin and Saadia Madsbjerg explore a burgeoning movement of bold and ambitious innovators. These trailblazers are unlocking private-sector investments in new ways to solve global problems, from environmental challenges to social issues such as poverty and inequality. They are earning great returns and reimagining capitalism in the process.
Judith Rodin, coauthor of Making Money Moral, is a pioneer, innovator, change-maker, and global thought-leader. For over two decades, Dr Rodin led and transformed two global institutions: The University of Pennsylvania and The Rockefeller Foundation. Her leadership at Rockefeller ushered in a new era of strategic philanthropy that emphasized large-scale partnerships with business and government to address and solve for the complex challenges of the 21st century and championed two new fields that are at the forefront of current thinking: resilience and impact investing.
Dr Rodin has served as a board member of nine leading public companies, including Citigroup, Comcast and Aetna, as well as numerous venture-capital-backed startups, and nonprofits including The Brookings Institution. She has been the recipient of 19 honorary doctorate degrees, numerous prestigious honours, and is a sought-after speaker for influential global forums including The World Economic Forum, the United Nations General Assembly and the Vatican Global Forum.
Dr. Rodin has authored more than 200 academic articles and chapters, and has written or co-written 15 books, including The Resilience Dividend: Being Strong in a World Where Things Go Wrong.
Saadia Madsbjerg, coauthor of Making Money Moral, is a global leader in the field of sustainable and impact investing. She is a former Managing Director of The Rockefeller Foundation. She led the foundation's financial innovation program to seed-fund the development and launch of new financial instruments and partnerships designed to channel money from the capital markets toward sustainable development.
She is a recognized thought leader who has served as an advisor on committees such as the Government of Canada's Privy Council Office Impact Canada Initiative Advisory Committee and the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council on Infrastructure. She has shared her learnings at influential conferences and through leading publications, including Harvard Business Review, Foreign Affairs, and The Financial Times.
She holds a Master of Science in Applied Economics and Finance and a Bachelor of Science in International Business from Copenhagen Business School.