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Christian Spano was made a Star Member on Business Fights Poverty.
Jul 8, 2015

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Christian Spano replied to member's discussion How can we harness business to close the energy gap in Africa?
"Thanks Christopher, I think you are right, business models that attract funding are key. We did an assessment for an African country and there was so much regulation and subsidies that was very hard to put together a commercially viable business…"
Jun 30, 2015

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Christian Spano replied to member's discussion How can we harness business to close the energy gap in Africa?
"For large companies their role as core clients providing the cash flow supporting new generation capacity is key, however for that to happen a strong institutional infrastructure is needed in advance... For smaller SMEs commercialising decentralised…"
Jun 30, 2015

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Christian Spano replied to member's discussion How can we harness business to close the energy gap in Africa?
"One of the challenges I see for African countries in closing their energy gap is the momentum that needs to be maintained in terms of political drive and investment to keep the physical infrastructure being built continuously both in transmission…"
Jun 30, 2015

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Christian Spano replied to member's discussion How can we harness business to close the energy gap in Africa?
"Very important point Zahid...having strong institutional infrastructure (PPAs, market design, marked operators) is as important as the physical infrastructure i.e. transmission lines, generation capacity, reserve capacity, etc."
Jun 30, 2015

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Christian Spano replied to member's discussion How can we harness business to close the energy gap in Africa?
"I am sorry...I did not intorduce myself. I am Chirstian Spano, socio-economic development (SED) manager working for Anglo American based in London. I look after the SED group strategy and support BUs to implement their activities at the site level.…"
Jun 30, 2015

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Christian Spano replied to member's discussion How can we harness business to close the energy gap in Africa?
"Good Afternoon! I am very excited to be joining this panel and I look forward to our conversation."
Jun 30, 2015

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Christian Spano replied to member's discussion How to Scale Support for Small Businesses?
"Remittances is a great opportunity. Also, training on how to better use that source of finance is important."
Oct 9, 2014

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Christian Spano replied to member's discussion How to Scale Support for Small Businesses?
"P-P collaboration is increadibly important and can be very powerfull. We have been collaborating with government agencies and commercial banks in countries such as Botswana and Brazil. What this has allawed us is to give a range of support to many…"
Oct 9, 2014

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Christian Spano replied to member's discussion How to Scale Support for Small Businesses?
"We are prioritising now partnerships with finacial institutions, banks, development agencies and it is very interesting how our understadnign of social dynamics and bank's understanding of financial product design can work together for a good…"
Oct 9, 2014

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Christian Spano replied to member's discussion How to Scale Support for Small Businesses?
"Matthew, I think that the point you are making is a very imnportnat one. Customs, culture and other local social dynamics need to be considered when the enterprise development serivce is design, not only in finance but also in advisory, mentoring or…"
Oct 9, 2014

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Christian Spano replied to member's discussion How to Scale Support for Small Businesses?
"Hi Zahid, good question. Being a small business in a developing nation is very tough. The context is changing all the time, clients are not stable and competition is fierce. From our experience small business struggle to reach medium size basically…"
Oct 9, 2014

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Christian Spano replied to member's discussion How to Scale Support for Small Businesses?
"Hi! I am Christian Spano, group Manager for Socio-economic development (Anglo American) based in London. Very excited with this opportunity!"
Oct 9, 2014

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Christian Spano replied to Richard Gilbert's discussion How can we harness business to build a prosperous Africa?
"  Hi Suzannah, we have been working very closely with the Government of Botswana and it has been and extremely positive experience. We co-designed a new initiative which main goals were to strengthen the current offering they were providing and…"
Jun 19, 2013

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Christian Spano replied to Richard Gilbert's discussion How can we harness business to build a prosperous Africa?
" Dear Kathy, you are right, education is a critical factor. In our programme Emerge in Chile we offer the opportunity to entrepreneurs to apply for support which includes a scholarship in a renowned business school. The very interesting…"
Jun 19, 2013

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Christian Spano replied to Richard Gilbert's discussion How can we harness business to build a prosperous Africa?
"  Ida, I think you are absolutely right, money or finance is just one element of the support equation. In our experience in Africa via Zimele we find that SMEs benefit from mentoring (being a committed business partner in anon paternalistic…"
Jun 19, 2013

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Job Title
Group Manager, Socio-economic Development
Organisation
Anglo American
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I work for a company
About my work:
I help to design and implement socio-economic development strategies in our operations in Africa, America and Asia.
Topics on my radar:
Agriculture, Base of the Pyramid, Education, Enterprise Development, Environment, Finance and Investment, Health, Inclusive Business Models, Measuring Impact, Nutrition, Partnerships, Technology, Trade, Water, Women and Business, Youth Enterprise
Other Topics on my radar:
Climate Change

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