David Galipeau

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David Galipeau

Chief Impact Officer
UNDP SDG Impact Finance

Over the past 30 years, David’s management experience crosses the public and private sector, and spans strategic planning to business development.

David has held senior management positions within strategy, digital and business development with corporations in Europe in health and consumer sectors.

In the early 1990′s, David founded Internet start-ups including one of Germany’s first Internet Service Providers, a web services/data mining start-up and a leading digital publishing, multimedia and TV production company.

David joined the UN in 2010 managing innovation, knowledge and digital portfolios for different agencies. He is now with UNDP and has founded the UNDP SDG Impact Finance (UNSIF), which brings together venture philanthropists, family trusts, foundations, corporations, governments and private sector investors to chart a new course toward creating a SDG-aligned “blended financing” platform — balancing both social and economic performance.

UNSIF represents a new partnership architecture that includes all sectors to facilitate financing for SDG-aligned investments in a manner that combine philanthropy, traditional development financing with capital market investments — a true blended finance model.

UNSIF is interested to facilitate financing for SDG-aligned investment projects that support m/SMEs and Mid-cap industries such as energy, agri/aqua-culture, infrastructure and special economic zones. We also seek to utilize the next-gen technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, drones, and material science.

Prior to joining the UN, David started his career in Canada and then in Europe for over 20 years where he held senior management positions within the strategy, digital and business development with Top-3 global corporations. Left to continue his education and become an “dotcom” entrepreneur in the late 90’s where David founded three start-ups. Two were successfully acquired in 2000.

  • RBF Singapore 2016: Plenary discussion panel
  • RBF Singapore 2017: Financing the SDGs: Closing the 2.5 trillion gap

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