Bretton Woods II: Strategic Investment for the Long-Term

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Media Outlet: LEADERS Magazine

Tomicah Tillemann was profiled in Leaders Magazine

What excited you about this opportunity and how have you defined it?
Opportunities don’t come much bigger. We’re living in a world with a huge quantum of capital and a huge quantum of problems. Those problems – climate change, poor governance, pandemics – have a devastating impact on their immediate victims and also prove to be very expensive for the world’s largest asset owners. Bretton Woods II grew out of a realization that we could use strategic investments in social impact and development to reduce exposure to risk and volatility, and improve investors’ risk-adjusted returns in the process. Mobilizing some of the world’s largest pools of capital – sovereign wealth funds, pension funds, endowments, and family offices – to address these problems turns out to be a huge win for everyone. It’s the right thing to do and the smart thing to do.

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Tomicah Tillemann is a leader in the fields of social impact, civic innovation, and diplomacy. He currently serves as senior fellow and director of New America’s Bretton Woods II.