The impact investing sector in Africa is a rapidly growing industry as more conscientious financial leaders come to the fore. Over the course of the last few years, we have seen significant changes in the nature of socially responsible investing, much of it necessary and overdue.
What does the future hold for Impact Investing on the continent? In this webinar, we’ll discuss four significant themes that we see being pivotal in the growth of the sector: gender lens investing, technology-enabled impact data collection and verification, new types of impact investment deal structures such as SME mezzanine financing and increased community ownership of assets and profits. In the first half of the session, our four speakers will each deliver a short Ted-style talk on their topic and the second half will be a participant-led Q&A.
Join us for an exclusive live online webinar where we’ve invited some of the most knowledgeable professionals in the space to shed some light on these important future focuses. Plus, take part in a direct Q&A session to find answers to the specific challenges within this space.
Aunnie Patton Power is the founder of Intelligent Impact, an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, an Associate Fellow at the University of Oxford's Saïd Business School, a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics’ Marshall Institute and an advisor to the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Cape Town's (UCT) Graduate School of Business.
A reformed M&A investment banker, she began her impact career in 2010 with Unitus Capital in Bangalore and has since worked with start-ups, intermediaries, funds, family offices, foundations, corporates and governments across Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. Aunnie has designed millions of dollars’ worth of innovative financing instruments including the first social impact bonds in Africa.
Currently, Aunnie lectures on Innovative Finance, Impact Investing and Technology for Impact at UCT, Oxford and the London School of Economics and consults globally on the intersection of emerging technologies for impact finance and the creation of innovative financing and impact investing strategies for organizations.
Aunnie's work has been published throughout the world, including by the Oxford University Press, the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR), the World Economic Forum, Impact Investing Policy Collaboration and as a Massive Open Online Course on Coursera titled Innovative Finance.
Natasha’s work in innovative finance has focused on impact monetization and the use of grant funding to catalyse private sector investment for impact. Before joining the Bertha Centre she worked for the Dutch development bank (FMO), where she designed, funded, and monitored projects with a high social, economic, and environmental impact. She sat on the technical assistance advisory committee of two international impact investing funds focusing on micro and small business finance. Natasha’s portfolio included innovative incubation for SMEs, green bonds, and access to finance for under-served groups such as women, youth, and refugees. Natasha has experience in consulting, collaborating with public, private, and donor-sector clients on a range of issues including fund and foundation design, job creation, and youth unemployment.
Shiluba Mawela is a chartered accountant who leads Tshiamo Impact Partners which is establishing an Agriculture Value Chain Impact Fund. She is currently consulting as the Secretariat Co-Lead for the National Taskforce for Impact Investing via the UCT Bertha Centre. Shiluba has broad capital markets and impact investment expertise. Her corporate finance experience includes mergers and acquisitions, valuations, commercial due diligences and transaction structuring gained at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and a boutique corporate finance firm. She also served as Senior Project Manager on the Youth Employment Service (YES) - a national business-led initiative supported by Government through the office of the Presidency where she was responsible for overall project management, finance and fundraising and led the work that resulted in a legislative change to promote job creation. Prior to that, she worked at Ernst & Young (EY) in their banking and capital markets division in both the Johannesburg and New York office. While at EY, she was Project Co-ordinator for an entrepreneurship social responsibility initiative that worked in partnership with Endeavor. She is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper Alumni and Mandela Washington Fellow. She also sits on the board of the FirstRand Foundation.
Experienced serial entrepreneur who since her first exit in 2007 has been exclusively dedicated to the scaling of impact investing and adoption into mainstream financial products and markets. Heavily technology driven since 2017 there is now a unique opportunity to convert verified impact/ESG/sustainability data into economic value.
Lise Birikundavyi is the deputy country director and impact finance investment manager for the TRECC program in Côte d'Ivoire, an initiative started by the Jacobs Foundation. In this role, she is in charge of identifying and driving value from investments in the education technology space that can improve the quality of education in Côte d'Ivoire.
Lise began her career in the hedge fund industry and her interest in the emerging world is what inspired her to transition to the impact finance sector. She has experience across the investment spectrum: from funds of funds and VCs, to being the transition CEO of a tech start-up.
Lise is a CFA charterholder; she also holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance, where she wrote her thesis on impact investing, and a trilingual BBA from HEC Montreal. Lise is fluent in French, English and Spanish, and has a conversational level of Mandarin. She is a firm believer in using market driven initiatives as sustainable poverty alleviating solutions.
Julia is a Chartered Accountant (SA), having also completed her Chartered Financial Analyst qualification. She gained experience in investment banking, retail banking and asset management through 7 years working within the FirstRand Group.
Julia spent 5 years as a dealmaker in Rand Merchant Bank’s Debt Capital Markets, Fixed Income and Currency Structuring and Principal Investments divisions. Thereafter, she worked with the CEO of FNB to deliver the retail banking strategy for the Group, before joining the Ashburton Investments team to build out the Alternative Investment fund offering.
In 2015 Julia was accepted into Stanford Business School and spent 3 months studying entrepreneurship, technology, clean energy, quantitative dealmaking and Californian wines.