Panel, Session #2: Investors Bringing Impact Mainstream
(3:00 - 3:50 PM, Room 914)
Private Funds Associate & Co-Head of Social Impact Finance Group, Reed Smith LLP
Aaron Bourke is an associate in Reed Smith’s Global Corporate Group, practicing primarily in the area of private fund formation and counseling. Bourke was previously a member of Reed Smith’s Financial Industry Group, where he gained experience both as a litigator (three years) and as a corporate finance attorney (one year). He also spent six months on secondment at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, where he focused on compliance with federal remittance transfer regulations.
Bourke is a founding member of Reed Smith’s Social Impact Finance Group. In that capacity, he has worked on a variety of primarily fund-related social impact transactions. He initiated and developed the firm’s partnerships with the International Transactions Clinics at the University of Michigan Law School and NYU School of Law, through which Reed Smith attorneys supervise law students representing impact investors and social enterprises on a broad array of transactions. Bourke is a former member of Reed Smith’s Pro Bono Committee and a founding member of the Impact Investing Legal Working Group.
Investment Advisor, United Nations Capital Development Fund
Abdul-Rahman is currently an Investment Advisor for the United Nations Capital Development Fund, where he advises on and oversees a development-focused investment portfolio across the financial inclusion, renewable energy and agriculture spaces in the world’s 47 poorest countries. Prior to joining UNCDF, Abdul-Rahman was an Assistant Vice President for Deutsche Asset Management's Sustainable Investments team in NY, which focuses on impact investments globally via private equity and private debt vehicles. He had geographic responsibility for financial inclusion and clean energy investments in the Sub-Saharan Africa region, and provided legal advisory support to the platform. He was also an Associate focused on distressed investments at Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. and worked in a variety of mid-level and senior operational roles for regulated microfinance banks across Africa (including serving as Chief Operations Officer for a greenfield in Nigeria). Abdul-Rahman also spent time as a transactional attorney with Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP in New York. He started his career as a fellow with Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Abdul has a B.A. from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor and a Juris Doctorate from the Howard University School of Law. He is a licensed New York attorney.
Director of Sustainable & Impact Investing, Glenmede
Casey C. Clark, CFA, is the Director of Sustainable & Impact Investing at Glenmede. He is responsible for providing strategic oversight of Glenmede’s Impact Investing efforts, aligning portfolios with environmental and social goals across public and private markets. He is a regular commentator for print and broadcast media including CNBC, CNN, and MarketWatch and has authored numerous investment and impact-related publications. Previously, he served as a macroeconomic Research Analyst for Glenmede’s Investment Strategy team responsible for formulating the asset allocation for over $25 billion in client assets.
He earned an MBA with concentrations in Business Analytics and Entrepreneurship from the NYU Stern School of Business. He graduated from The Pennsylvania State University, where he received a B.S. in finance and retains the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation.