Karim is an advisor and educator in impact measurement and impact investing. As the Managing Director of Evalysis, he has worked with prominent private, public, and social sector organisations on evaluating the impacts of grant-making programs and impact investment portfolios across a range of sectors and regions. He is the founding Programme Director of the Oxford Impact Measurement Programme at the Said Business School, University of Oxford, and delivered executive training on impact measurement and impact investing in Ghana, South Africa, Brazil, Germany, UK, Canada, and the US.
Karim was previously the Co-Chair of the Impact Measurement Task Force convened by the Government of Ontario, a member of the Impact Measurement Working Group of the G8 Social Impact Investment Task Force, and an advisor to the Rockefeller Foundation. Earlier, he co-founded the impact investing advisory firm, Purpose Capital (now Rally Assets), and co-authored the global market review commissioned by the Rockefeller Foundation, “Accelerating Impact: Achievements, Challenges and What’s Next in Building the Impact Investing Industry”.
Kanini Mutooni is the Managing Director of Europe, Middle East and Africa for Toniic, the global action network for impact investors. Prior to this appointment, Kanini was the Director for Investment at the USAID-funded East Africa Trade and Investment Hub, a $65m, 8 country initiative to attract investment and increase trade in the East Africa region. Since its launch, the unit has supported the close of over $100M in deals originated in the East African region in agri-business, financial services and ICT.
Kanini is a UK Chartered Accountant with a record of exceptional leadership gained in East Africa, Europe and the United States. She has excellent entrepreneurial credential, having set up the first UK platform for SME lending that successfully raised $1m in seed capital and was instrumental in helping fund over $50m in debt capital in Eastern and Western Europe. In 2011 she was recognized as one of the most influential women in the City of London by Barclays Wealth UK and in 2012 she was named one of the most powerful women in Business by the Business Weekly newspaper in Kenya.
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.
Andia Chakava is an Investment Director at the Graça Machel Trust and leads the organization’s gender lens investing initiative. She is the current Chairperson of New Faces New Voices Kenya (women in finance network) and is passionate about facilitating intra Africa investment, investor education and is a thought leader in gender lens investing. She was the lead consultant in a 2017 publication by the Graça Machel Trust on the ‘Growth barriers affecting women entrepreneurs in East Africa.’
Andia is one of the first female fund managers in the region and has been instrumental in the set up of two fund management companies from scratch in Kenya ( Old Mutual Investment Services and Alpha Africa Asset Managers) where she served in each as Managing Director. She is a non-executive director of Echo Network Africa (formerly Kenya Women Holding) and East African Educational Publishers.
She has over 15 years of experience in fund management and 5 years of driving women economic empowerment goals. In 2014 she was named Africa’s most influential woman in financial services by CEO magazine and in 2018 won the National Diar Inclusion and Diversity Business Executive champion award in Kenya.
Tracey is executive director of Just Share. Previously she ran the Centre for Environmental Rights’ Corporate Accountability and Transparency Programme, pioneering new methods of analysing the narrative and financial disclosures of listed companies to expose environmental non-compliance, raise investor awareness of environmental risks, and improve transparency and accountability around the impacts of polluting companies on our environment and people. Tracey is a member of the Global Reporting Initiative’s Human Rights Technical Committee, and represented the CER on the Commonwealth Climate and Law Initiative.
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.
Jon leads the Responsible Investment Programme at Old Mutual. The Programme is focused on driving the systematic integration of material environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) issues across the Group’s c£320 billion of funds under management. Jon also heads up the Sustainability Research and Engagement function at the Group’s South Africa-based asset manager, Old Mutual Investment Group, where he is involved in industry ESG research, the analysis of green growth opportunities, and engagement on regulatory issues and local industry initiatives.
Hamdiya is currently the General Manager of Venture Capital Trust Fund (VCTF), where she oversees the Investments and general operations of the Trust. Hamdiya has over 18 years' experience in SME Finance and Investment and over 10 years’ experience in Venture Capital /Private Equity (VC/PE) Fund Structuring. She has supported PE/VC Ecosystem development through education and influencing policy and regulatory outcomes of the industry in Ghana. Hamdiya is an Angel Investor and was instrumental in the design of the Ghana Angel Investor Network (GAIN). She is also a Director of the Ghana Angel Fund and a Founder of the Lady Angel Network – who invests with a gender lens.
Heather Jackson is the head of specialist credit at Ashburton Investments, the asset management arm of First Rand. Heather was a founding partner and CEO of Atlantic Specialised Finance before Ashburton acquired the team. Heather has almost 25 years of capital market experience. Heather has led a number of fixed income teams within asset management, including Investec and Prudential later becoming a founding partner of African Harvest Value Managers.
A civil engineer by qualification, Nikita has spent the last 20 years in development finance, beginning with 10 years as an Investment Manager at the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) specialising in property management, tourism and franchising.In 2006, having a passion for Small Business Development, he joined BUSINESS/PARTNERS as Chief Operating Officer of the Tourism fund. Currently Regional Consulting Manager for the Western Cape, he supports small business entrepreneurs.
Mercy is the Regional Director for Africa at Capria. She brings with her 10+ years of experience in the African Financial Sector. Mercy’s expertise on Rwanda and Burundi regions played a vital role while raising US $4m for supporting early-stage businesses in these markets. She supported the establishment of a unique resource mobilization model in the water sector in Kenya. The model is scalable across Africa and will facilitate the growth of local businesses.
Barry is Senior Analyst for Bertha Centre’s Innovative Finance initiative and is passionate about financial process and product innovation. His portfolio of work centers on developing Outcomes-based financing mechanisms and he delivers transaction structuring and advisory support for commissioners exploring financial instruments across a variety of development sectors. He is also part of the Bertha Centre team delivering the Impact Investing South Africa secretariat.
John has always had an interest in "alternative" economic and social governance systems, believing that the current world governance systems are not sustainable. After retiring from a long career in engineering, he took over as chairman of the Giuseppe & Rita Raimondo Charitable Trust in 2009. John is a member of both PYMWYMIC and TONIIC and focuses and monitors the impacts of his investments against the UN's Sustainable Development Guidelines.
Mark van Wyk is currently head of unlisted investments at Mergence, including impact investments and heads up the first South African Impact Investment Pioneer Fund using the USAID funded Global Impact Investing Rating System (GIIRS). He has over 13 year’s investment experience and his career includes development finance, structured finance, and external auditing and property management experience.