The MBAs and career changers attending the HEC Paris MBA 2010 Social and Sustainable Business Conference in Paris were exposed to AfricaSIF as a sidenote in a panel on sustainable investment on Friday. We had an inspired, robust seminar. As the speakers and audience experienced all experienced (and feedback suggests) the material we shared and how we shared it went well. Our panel covered the spectrum of sustainable investment from a broad brief for the panel. Due to lack of long-term planning ,short of measurement instruments and limited investing vehicles, traditional philanthropic investment has the controversy of being ineffective, thus further discount the social impact of scarce philanthropic resources. Thanks to HEC Paris MBA 2011 Maria Xiao (and Brendan Kramp) for all the hard work that goes in to making the Social Investment panel happen. Without them, none of the shared learning would be possible. In this panel , Tashi Lassalle from Actis [; a PE fund for emerging market], Martin Rich from Social Finance [; the 1st social investment bank in the U.K.], Graham Sinclair from Sinco [; an ESG investment architecture firm advising on sustainable investment strategy] will address sustainable and efficient issues of social investment through discussing evolvement of social economy, showcasing successful investments and new financial instruments .The goal is to reach win-win-win result by using capital more efficiently and consequently attract more fund into social business to accelerate development of an inclusive and sustainable economy, from investing professional’s point of views. Tashi is a communications strategist with ten years experience in politics and private enterprise. Today she focuses on the transformative power of the emerging markets as a Director at Actis, a global private equity fund with US$4.8 bn under management. Martin is a Director of Social Finance where he focuses primarily on developing the investor base for social impact investments. Social Finance was set up by Sir Ronald Cohen in 2007 and brings together social and financial expertise to increase the quantity, effectiveness and reliability of funding for social enterprises. Prior to this, Martin spent 13 years in international investment banking working on structured debt and derivative products for JP Morgan, HSBC and UBS Warburg. Graham Sinclair is a sustainable investment strategist, ESG investment architect and global project leader. He advises institutional investors on the integration of sustainability (environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG)) factors into investment policy and practice. The ongoing research and advisory engagements of his eponymous investment advisory boutique covers emerging and frontier markets, especially Africa. Since 2006 Sinclair & Company has helped asset owners, investment managers, high net worth investors and international organizations interpret the risks and opportunities of the sustainability meta-theme within the dynamics of long term investing. Graham has worked in Africa, Europe and North America on projects modeling investment architecture integrating environmental, social and governance factors across asset classes, and developing investor networks in emerging markets for international organizations while a consultant for the UN including launching the PRI in Emerging Markets Project in 2007. Graham is working with fellow African investment practitioners to launch the not-for-profit network Africa Sustainable Investment Forum [AfricaSIF] in 2010. Net Impact co-hosted the event - see NI is built on volunteer efforts around the world. I will be sure to let the people at Net Impact know what a good job you have done this year. Net Impact grows because of motivated MBAs remaking our world of business and investment. Perhaps we will see you @ the NI conference at Ross B-school, U of Michigan in November; it's always a good place to be every Nov.
Disclosure: GS is a lifetime member of Net Impact