Published 2018
Letting in light: The United Nations’ powerful role in opening the doors to blended finance
By John Morris

John Morris is Managing Partner of Intentional Media, parent company of SOCAP (Social Capital Markets), Conscious Company Media, Good Capital Project, and other aligned brands. Previously, John co-founded Snowden Lane Advisors, a wealth management firm currently with US$ 3.5 billion in assets. He also co-founded Clearbrook Global Advisors, an institutional asset management advisory firm that grew assets to over US$ 20 billion in Assets Under Administration (AUAs). Earlier, John spent 23 years at Merrill Lynch, 15 years working with clients in London and Dubai, then New York where he was Chairman of Latin America and Head of International Product and Marketing.

In early April, the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation brought together financing experts and leadership from five UN Country Teams (UNCTs) to brainstorm some of the best practices and innovations emerging from all UN Country Teams. The question raised was how these best practices might drive further innovation towards financing the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In a broader context, the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation has a committed programme focused on UN renewal; the idea that since the world at large has experienced significant change, the UN development system must embrace more dynamic approaches.