GAIN EXPERTISE IN IMPACT INVESTING

Position yourself in a rapidly growing field.

Impact Investing in Africa is a specialised short course, offered by the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the UCT GSB, designed to equip wealth managers, consultants, funders and other financial intermediaries with expertise in this rapidly growing field. 

Delegates will be able to:

  • develop impact investing strategies
  • analyse impact investing opportunities 
  • engage with clients about socially responsible investments.

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LEARN PRACTICAL FINANCIAL TOOLS

The fast-emerging industry, estimated at $750 billion globally in 2020, requires new financial models, new metrics and new regulation. The Impact Investing in Africa Course is the only one of its kind on the African continent. The course is designed to give asset owners and other types of limited partners the practical financial tools and industry insight needed to allocate capital for impact.

Faculty Chris Ahlfeldt

Meet the Course Convenor

Chris Ahlfeldt 

Christopher Ahlfeldt has over 15 years of in-depth work experience in the sustainability industry working primarily in the North American and African markets. Since founding Blue Horizon ECS he has managed various consulting projects ranging from low-income energy services deployment to national renewable energy strategies. He’s also been involved in many in-depth energy sector studies in various countries in Africa (e.g. South Africa, Zambia, Mozambique, Namibia, eSwatini, Liberia, Kenya, Botswana, Madagascar) including tariff studies, climate finance assessments, grant evaluations, renewable energy & off-grid policy, investor market entry strategy, economic development impact, and legislative/regulatory reforms . He regularly lectures and leads educational workshops at a number of international conferences and universities. He obtained an Energy Systems Engineering B.S. degree at Stanford University and co-founded a youth education and sports non-profit in Cape Town called Yebo Volleyball.

COURSE DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE

15% for 3 - 6 applicants (bulk discount applied from third applicant)

10% for 7+ applicants (bulk discount applied to all applicants)

10% for alumni of UCT GSB academic and Executive Education courses

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FAQ

You will benefit from this course if you are an asset owner that is interested in understanding how to allocate capital for impact. This includes:

  • Development Finance Institutions
  • Diversified Financial Institutions
  • Family Offices
  • Foundations
  • Pension Funds

Our 300+ course alumni include delegates from the following organisations:

  • Government Institutions Pension Fund
  • Investec
  • Nedbank
  • Old Mutual
  • Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Association
  • Public Investment Corporation

Delegates on the Impact Investing in Africa course will gain:

  • A sophisticated understanding of the impact investment ecosystem globally, with best practices on how to balance risk, return and impact
  • Insight into how to develop an impact investing strategy
  • An understanding of the process of building an effective impact investment portfolio through either intermediaries and/or direct investments
  • Practical skills in due diligence, investment selection and valuation of impact investments
  • Exposure to global and African best practices of implementing impact investment strategies from leading experts in the field
  • An understanding of the opportunities in emerging technologies (AI, the Blockchain, remote sensing and Iot) and impact investing

This interactive five-day course offers a rich learning experience that blends theory and practice.

Day 1: Impact investing eco-system and relevance

Develop a sophisticated understanding of the impact investment ecosystem, globally and across the continent.

Day 2: Designing an impact investing strategy

Best practices for building a pipeline and performing due diligence with an impact lens across multiple sectors and asset classes.

Day 3: Evaluating, structuring and managing direct investments and investments through intermediaries

Create impact measurement and management strategies and understand the complexities of impact deal structuring.

Day 4: Building impact investing portfolios

How to build your strategy and manage your impact portfolio.

Day 5: Innovative Financing and emerging technologies for impact (Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning)

Learn about what is next in the world of impact investing and technology.

The UCT Graduate School of Business takes pride in building future leaders and guiding the leaders of today toward sustainable impact in African business and society. 

Our degree programmes and short courses deliver learning experiences that are personally transformative because better people make better leaders. 

Our programmes are mostly offered at our vibrant Cape Town Breakwater Campus, at the heart of the city's most popular tourist attraction, the V&A Waterfront. 

The campus is equipped with modern lecture theatres, a library and syndicate rooms for group study, as well as restaurants and the Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge that offers special rates for students. 

Find out more: https://www.gsb.uct.ac.za/student-experience

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