Matthew Hou is a fall apprentice working with the IIX Corporate Finance team. He is currently pursuing a degree in Accountancy in the National University of Singapore. Matthew strongly believes in the power of finance to transform lives and has been heavily involved in social entrepreneurship during the past few years. He has also led two overseas social trips, one to Dali, China and another to Pathein, Myanmar. During both trips, the teams taught a number of skills such as Microsoft Excel, English and Leadership classes. Matthew hopes to further boost his technical expertise and learn about the impact enterprise scene in Asia through his experience in IIX.
“It’s an honour to work with the IIX team. I’m really excited to be able to contribute and learn in my time here!”
Celene Qian is a summer apprentice with IIX Corporate Finance team. She developed interests in impact investing during her postgraduate study in LSE. Although majored in finance, her passion in exploring various cultures and arts motivated her to become a TED volunteer and a backpacker. She believes that finance is a power tool, which can be used to help address challenges such as climate change and resource constraints. She is keen to learn how innovative financial solutions can be applied to the social enterprises, expediting their development and scaling the impacts.
“I feel privileged to join IIX and to experience how finance serves as a powerful tool to help the impact enterprises grow.”
Adam Searle is a Summer Analyst at Shujog and IIX, working with the advocacy and business development teams on both the Women’s Livelihood Bond and IIX Impact Institute. Having recently graduated in Ecological and Environmental Sciences from The University of Edinburgh, Adam’s research interests lie in where sustainable development and the environment converge. Whilst at Edinburgh, he was a committee member and communications officer at Edinburgh Global Partnerships, a charity which coordinates community-initiated development projects in Africa and Asia. After being scouted on the street in 2013, he has worked as a high-fashion model internationally, working regularly in Paris, Milan, New York, and London. Adam will be starting a MSc programme in Nature, Society, and Environmental Governance at the University of Oxford this October.
“IIX and Shujog are both innovative, exciting, and truly meaningful places to work and learn. I’m very grateful for the opportunity to be part of such a pioneering team in an emerging market.”
Brian Costa is a summer apprentice for the Business Development and IIX Growth Fund teams. He is a rising senior at Princeton University studying economics and plays for the varsity soccer team. Brian writes for the Princeton Public Health Review, a student-run publication designed to showcase the outstanding global health research performed by Princeton University undergraduates, and works as a Peer Health Advisor on campus. Brian took part in a service-learning program in Vietnam called Coach for College, where he observed some of the challenges that underprivileged Vietnamese children faced growing up. Brian joined IIX because he believes in the organization’s mission – bringing finance and development together through impact investing.
“I am very excited to be part of IIX as the organization has a strong focus in scaling positive impact through impact investing.”
Sola Park is a summer apprentice at IIX for the Business Development team. She is a rising Junior at the University of Pennsylvania pursuing a Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy, Politics, Economics and a Masters of Science in Nonprofit Leadership. She is passionate about social impact, especially in the areas of education, poverty alleviation, and international development. She first became interested in impact investing because it is a space in which she can not only pursue her initial passion of civic engagement but also think strategically about pressing problems. Through IIX, she hopes to gain the skills and knowledge needed to be an effective and creative social change maker.
“I’m looking forward to contributing to IIX’s work in the growing field of impact investing, which plays on the intersection of finance, innovation, and development to create social change.”
Arti Srivastava is a summer apprentice for the Business Development team. Arti is currently pursuing her Masters in International Economics and Development at Johns Hopkins University, SAIS. Prior to this, she was working at the Development Bank of Singapore as part of their Graduate Program with roles in Wealth Management. She also interned previously with Duxton Asset Management (part of the Deutsche Bank Group) as a Private Equity analyst. She has an undergraduate degree in Economics from the National University of Singapore and is an active volunteer with Milaap, an Indian microcredit organization.
“I look forward to learning about Impact investing at Shujog and IIX and contributing as much as I can during my apprenticeship here!”
Jeremy Soh is a summer analyst for the Corporate Finance team. Currently an undergraduate in the National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School, he led the NUS Investment Society as Vice President, and had previously completed an internship with Aberdeen Asset Management Asia. Jeremy enjoys volunteer work and has been actively involved in the scene, from regular visits to elderly homes, to organizing overseas mission trips to Cambodia and Batam. Impact investing allows him to concurrently pursue both his passions of social work and investing.
“In today’s world where impact and ethical investing is on the rise, I feel extremely privileged to work with IIX in supporting impact enterprises.”
Yulan Shen is a summer apprentice for IIX’s Corporate Finance team. He is currently an undergraduate pursuing the double degree in Business Administration (Finance) and Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) at National University of Singapore (NUS). As a student, Yulan has been actively involved in social outreach efforts and helped more than 50 children in rural Guizhou, China through organising and participating in the mentorship programme with Yutong Official Charity Group. Prior to IIX, he interned at Start Up Nation (SUN), which provides seed to angel stage funding to startups in Asia. He is passionate about changing the world for good in a socially responsible way.
“I believe that impact investment will scale up unprecedentedly in the near future and yes, I want to be a catalyst for part of the change.”
Nicholas Ng is a recent graduate of INSEAD business school in Singapore. After travelling to India and Bangladesh last year, he developed a passion for helping development organisations innovate to create greater opportunities and impact for emerging markets. Prior to graduate school, he was a management consultant at Accenture in New York, Washington DC, Hong Kong and Kuwait. Nick is also an alumni of the Accenture Development Partnerships program. An avid marathoner and traveller, Nick has completed 4 marathons and visited over 50 countries.
“I am thankful for the opportunity to work at IIX and seek to understand and contribute to the ways we can impact and create opportunities for the developing world.”
Sarthak Luthra is a spring apprentice for Business Development and Advocacy team. Sarthak is a candidate of MPP at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. Born in New Delhi, India, Sarthak is a passionate policy analyst, and carries a dynamic working experience in policy advisory and advocacy in the field of development finance. Prior to MPP, he was working with FINO PayTech and ACCESS Development Services, in the field of financial inclusion and advisory solutions. He was in charge of developing business strategy and advocacy platforms for policy informing and policy influencing. Sarthak was also involved in innovative and strategic alliances with various stakeholders such as UN, The World Bank, IFC, and BMGF. Sarthak also holds MSc in Economics and International Financial Economics from University of Warwick, United Kingdom and a B.A. (Hons.) Economics from University of Delhi, India. Sarthak aspires to leverage his expertise and knowledge to create sustainable and innovative policy solutions in development projects across sectors.
“IIX is a great platform for young minds to nurture and get a hands on experience on Impact Investment strategies. As an apprentice, I envision to acquire technical and business skills under thought leadership and mentorship that will help me bring a substantial value addition towards innovative financing and economic development. ”
Alexander Chan is a winter analyst for the Corporate Finance team. He is currently a 1st year student pursuing double bachelor degree in Commerce and Law (LLB) at The University of Sydney. Alexander has previously competed and placed in the Chartered Financial Analyst Investment Challenge Melbourne where he contributed and presented an investment thesis on an ASX listed company. Alexander is passionate about the role finance has to play in bring upcoming niche technology to market; especially in the education and healthcare. In his spare time, Alexander enjoy debating and is a volunteer adjudicator for the Debaters Association in Victoria where he grades inter-school debating for secondary school students. Alexander also enjoys travelling and planning to go to North Korea next year.
“I would like to thank everyone at the IIX & Shujog for the opportunity. I am looking forward to learning more about impact investing and understanding the different methodologies to value social enterprises.”
Soyeon Shin is a spring apprentice for the Business Development team. Soyeon is a candidate of MBA National University of Singapore in 2016. Prior to MBA, she has been working for the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), the development aid agency of the Korean government, for last eight years. While working in KOICA, she had an opportunity to work in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, as a deputy country director, for two years from 2009 to 2011. She was in charge of making innovative and strategic partnership with various stakeholders as well as managing development projects and making policy/strategy of KOICA.
“As an international development aid worker of a donor side, I am delighted to have opportunity to work with an innovative partner who makes a real positive impact on Asia. I am sure that this gives me another chance of making synergy for greater impact.”
Claire Lexa is a spring apprentice for Business Development and Advocacy team. As a Franco-American born in Germany and raised in France, Claire is an avid enthusiast of international environments and attracted to diverse working cultures. Currently studying a BSc (Hons) in International Management at Warwick Business School in the United Kingdom, she has developed a strong interest for sustainable cities and socio-economic development. Engagement work with an Asia-based philanthropy advisory platform has spurred her to pursue involvement within the impact investment space. Claire aspires to leverage knowledge gained through internships within the banking and consulting industries to projects bringing social and environmental advancement.
“Big changes most often come from small groups of individuals sharing commonly enlightened ideas and ambitions. I deem myself incredibly fortunate to be able to work along side such individuals, and look forward to contributing to the improvements IIX seeks to bring among Asian social enterprises.”
Aaron Kurzak is a winter analyst for the IIX Growth Fund team. He is a member of the inaugural class of Yale-NUS College, where he is pursuing a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics while working as a research assistant in the social sciences division. Aaron worked at the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) prior to joining the fund. He will join IBM as a summer consultant next summer and plans to enter the German diplomatic corps.
“As a believer in the power of impact investing, which will revolutionise the way we tackle environmental and social obstacles, I look forward to studying how the Growth Fund is built and can affect change.”
Toh Jia Yun is a winter analyst for the Corporate Finance team. She is currently pursuing an honors degree in Accountancy & Finance at the National University of Singapore. Jia Yun has previously interned in an audit firm and was a summer analyst in Standard Chartered under the Transaction Banking division. She is interested in mission-related investing, financial innovation and sustainability.
“It is a privilege to be given the opportunity to learn more about impact investing and be part of this social value creation. I look forward to seeing how positive impact and change can be effected.”
Guiyan (Gwen) Wu is a winter and spring apprentice working with the IIX Business Development and Corporate Finance teams. She is pursuing an honors degree in Bachelor of Business Administration (BBAHons) in the National University of Singapore (NUS), majoring in Finance. Prior to working with IIX, she has gained experiences in business development and operation with a tech start-up in the private education industry. She has also practiced business evaluation and financial modeling from doing equity research in school and just sat for the CFA Level 1 Examination in December 2015, waiting for results. Aside from work and study, Gwen is an active and fun-loving person who practices and teaches yoga regularly. She loves to read, travel and learn foreign languages.
“Right from the start of my apprenticeship with IIX, I have been given real responsibilities in projects and gained much new understanding and insights in the space of impact investment. I am truly grateful for the opportunities to work closely and learn from my experienced teammates.”
Jiayu Li is a winter analyst for the Corporate Finance team. She is currently pursuing an honors degree in Business Administration (Finance) at the National University of Singapore. Coming from an entrepreneurial family, she has experience working in a local SME. Previously, she has worked on an expansion project whereby she contributed to the procurement plan through market analysis and customer profiling. As a strong believer in education, she has spent a winter teaching English in orphanages in Bucharest, Romania. She seeks to use her business and finance skills to better serve the global community. She enjoys reading in her free time.
“In her viral essay ‘The Opposite of Loneliness’, Yale senior Marina Keegan encouraged the younger generation to ‘make something happen to this world’. At IIX, I am grateful for the opportunity to be involved in creating an impact on our society from day one. I want to learn more and do more, and continue making something happen to this world.”
Zack Tan is a fall analyst for the Corporate Finance team. He is currently pursuing an honors degree majoring in Economics at the National University of Singapore. He previously interned at YTL PowerSeraya with the Corporate Finance team, and as a financial service consultant in Pinnacle Financial Services. He is also the Managing Director of OdeonOne Pte Ltd, a start-up company on fashion trading. In his free time, Zack would volunteer at the Riding for the Disabled Association, an association that provides free horse riding therapy to children and adults with disabilities in Singapore. He is passionate about sports and loves to travel around the world.
“It is amazing to be working with such a passionate team that is so concerned about creating positive social value. I have great respect for what they are doing and I’m very appreciative of this opportunity.”
Kara Bethany Liu is a fall analyst for the Corporate Finance team. She is currently pursuing an honours degree, majoring in Economics at the National University of Singapore. She previously interned at KPMG in Singapore and FirsTrust China Ltd, a boutique investment bank in Shanghai. She volunteers weekly at Singapore’s Meet-the-People sessions, assisting residents through giving advice and writing petition letters on behalf of a Member of Parliament. She enjoys traveling in her free time.
“I’m grateful to have the opportunity to work with enterprises with a social impact, and hope that I can incorporate more than just a monetary incentive in whatever company I work for in the future.”
Tan Xuan Ying is a fall analyst in the Business Development Team. She is a final year student at the National University of Singapore, currently pursuing an honours degree in Economics. She was previously a research intern in the International Affairs Division of the National Youth Council of Singapore, and have written a research paper that identifies the issues of migrant workers to be published in a journal under the Chua Thian Poh Community Leadership Programme in NUS. She is passionate about economic and social causes, especially on issues related to migrant workers, that led her to organize a full-fledged fundraising concert with HealthServe coupled with fringe events, which involved medical officers, migrant workers and volunteers coming together as one to raise awareness for the migrant community in Singapore. She enjoys playing the guitar and the piano.
“I’m thrilled to learn about the combination of capital markets with the creation of social impact, and am excited to pick up useful skill sets from the Biz Dev Team at IIX as they engage in various innovative efforts to create greater impact in Asia.”
Chloe Chua is a summer analyst on the Corporate Finance team. She was in the humanities scholarship program in junior college and is currently pursuing an honours degree in accountancy at the National University of Singapore. She has previously interned with SPRING Singapore –a government statutory board that helps Singapore enterprises grow– and with Deloitte. She has also spent two months in India at a microfinance research institute working with the livelihoods unit on products and programs for the poor. In NUS, she was treasurer of the mountaineering club and part of a team that ran a café that served as a space for the mentally disabled and the public to interact. She is interested in social innovation and sustainability.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to learn more about impact investing and to be part of an organisation passionate about effecting change.”
Jongmin (Chris) Jeon is a summer analyst for the corporate finance team. He studies PPE (Philosophy, Politics, and economics) at University of Pennsylvania and a co-leader on a Penn Microfinance project team. He has previously worked as a research assistant at University of Pennsylvania and Deloitte Consulting. After developing an interest in the field of private-sector social impact and Corporate Social Responsibility, he worked for a social enterprise, InnoCSR, in South Korea as a business strategy intern. He has also served in the Korean Army for 2 years. He loves to travel around the world, watch and play sports, and do a little jamming with his guitar.
“I’m thrilled to work with such a dynamic and passionate group of people on the same goal of effectively delivering greater good to the society.”
Akira Morita works as a Summer Associate with IIX’s Capital Markets team, supporting work on the Women’s Livelihood Bond. He is currently an MBA student at INSEAD in France and Singapore. Prior to INSEAD, he was a corporate banker at Citigroup Tokyo covering multinational corporations. He is passionate about impact investing, financial innovation and social impact in emerging markets.
“I’m thrilled to be a part of the IIX team and to work on pioneering projects that help to expand the impact investment ecosystem in Asia through innovative financial solutions.”
Radhika Ramachandran is working as a summer apprentice in the Business Development team for IIX. She studies International Development in King’s College London. She has previously worked the British Museum, the London Canal Museum and the Archaeological Survey of India. She’s interested in understanding the major obstacles to development and is excited to see how IIX and Shujog are making a difference in both the finance and development space.
“I’m excited to see how creative solutions to developmental issues can be implemented through impact investing”
Paul Rataul is a final year student at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, majoring in Finance, Economics and International Business student. This summer, he will be studying on exchange at the National University of Singapore. As Co-President of Auckland Microfinance Initiative in 2014, Paul led pro-bono consulting partnerships with numerous microfinance organisations around the world, and launched a microfinance fund. He spent last summer as an investment banking analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Sydney, and has interned at Booz & Company (now called Strategy&) as a winter consultant. Paul is passionate about leveraging his business and finance skills for the betterment of society, on a global scale.
“I am convinced that impact investing holds the key to unlocking the potential of the poorest and most vulnerable around the world. As part of the Business Development team at IIX, I am excited about helping social enterprises create immense impact.”
Tammy Tan is a summer analyst on IIX’s Business Development team. She is currently a student at New York University, Stern School of Business, where she is studying Finance, Marketing, and Social Entrepreneurship. Passionate about leveraging her finance skillset to address social issues, she joined 180 Degrees Consulting (NYC) as an associate consultant, where she continues to consult pro-bono for local social enterprises. Additionally, she has worked with organisations such as Soko (NYC), an e-commerce platform that leverages mobile technology to connect Kenyan artisans to the global online market, and OCBC Bank (SG). Whilst studying abroad in Prague, she interned at the Central European Advisory Group, a multidisciplinary legal and business advisory firm. She loves to map out her travels using her trusty GoPro, and is deeply passionate about black & white film photography and beautiful web design.
“I’m excited to learn about capital markets through a different set of lens, and to be at the forefront of developing innovative and practical solutions that create social impact!”
Mark Zhang is a summer analyst in the Business Development team. He currently studies Behavioral Economics at Princeton, where he spends most of his time at cafes setting up dinner parties, keeping track of who is coming to campus to speak that week, and completing reading & problem sets for class. He also co-leads AdvertiseThis, a 600+ member marketing and branding organization, heads AdThis’ non-profit consulting branch and consults on alternative revenue strategies for the trustee board of The Daily Princetonian. Despite his interest in economics, finance and consulting, Mark considers social impact to be his number one goal, and hopes to combine some iteration of his three interests to make the world a better place.
“IIX pretty much does exactly what I wanted to do in high school, so I’m incredibly thrilled to be in a position to help SEs in SE Asia grow, and I’m astounded by the chance to work with some many brilliant people”
Varun Khullar is a Spring Analyst Apprentice with the Business Development team, working with IIX and Shujog. He is currently a student at the University of Warwick, where he is studying for a BA in Modern History. He has previously had internship roles at Deutsche Bank and law firm Linklaters LLP. Varun became more aware of the work of social enterprises in his first year at university, seeing first hand the benefits of programs in the UK such as Third Space Learning. Passionate to further this enquiry, he came across IIX and Shujog when looking for internships as well as through his interest in social development in the region. He is passionate about development and equality in education. Through this apprentice program, he hopes to gain knowledge on the process of funding social enterprises, as well as the potential positive impact of such endeavours. Later this year he hopes to volunteer in the Druk White Lotus School in Ladakh and go trekking in the Himalayas. In his spare time, Varun enjoys watching and playing football, reading, playing poker and film.
“I look forward to to learning more about how to make a positive social impact on our society”
Inez Faiz is part of the corporate finance team. A recent graduated from the University of Western Australia, majoring in Economics and Finance. While in University, she was actively involved in Oaktree,an Australian youth-run non-profit organisation, as the campaign coordinator for ‘Live Below the Line’ and did treasury work and event management for the University Hall Residents Club. Inez also worked in Public Relations and Marketing prior to IIX. Her passion for development, aid and poverty coupled with an interest in international business led her to explore the area of social enterprise. Being new to the space, she is keen on working and travelling to developing countries in the near future.
“It is a great opportunity to be in such a dynamic environment working in IIX and Shujog to intertwine capital markets and social issues for a greater good”
Yumi Nishikawa is our winter analyst for the Business Development team. Yumi is currently a second year student at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) in New York. She is passionate about learning more about the impact investment and CSR space. Prior to SIPA, Yumi has worked at Goldman Sachs and Ernst & Young for a period of three years in Tokyo, Japan. Yumi has also interned at Mandiri Bank in Indonesia for their Microfinance department and at Clinton Global Initiative this summer as their Program Intern working on content for the CGI 2014 Annual Meeting.
“I am very excited to work in Southeast Asia and gain experience with IIX and Shujog team over the coming weeks”
Godfrey Ng is a winter analyst on the Corporate Finance team at IIX. Godfrey has recently graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce and Economics from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Passionate about the work of social enterprises, he is interested in learning more about the exciting impact investing space in Asia. Prior to joining IIX, Godfrey completed a long-term internship at BNP Paribas investment bank and more recently, at PwC Hong Kong. He has also interned in the Advisory practice of Ernst & Young in Melbourne. Outside of studies, Godfrey has volunteered as an event organiser for the Melbourne Marathon, and been a founding member of the Economics student society at his university. He enjoys travelling, playing outdoor sports and following global economic issues in his leisure time.
“I am excited with the opportunity to join a passionate team of professionals at IIX and Shujog working at the forefront of impact investing in Southeast Asia”
Cee Wing Tsui is a winter analyst on the Business Development team. Cee Wing is currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce and Arts at the University of Sydney. Her passion for social enterprises and the opportunities in impact investment was first ignited in Nepal where she partnered with Antardristi, a non-for-profit organisation. Together with her team, they successfully started up and raised 40,000AUD for a social enterprise to support impoverished women and children suffering from sexual abuse. She is also Project Officer of Enactus Sydney, assisting the 2014 national winning project, Culinary Tales in improving the employability, skills and integration of refugees into the larger Australian community.
” I am excited to work with the Shujog and IIX team to help generate change in Southeast Asia through impact investing”
Yashna Gungadurdoss is summer analyst in the Business Development Team of IIX. She is a rising senior at Cornell University, pursuing a double major in Economics and Psychology. Yashna previously interned with the international marketing firm Saatchi & Saatchi where she was involved with the Client Service Department and the Creative Department. Last summer, she interned with Instiglio, a Colombia-based social enterprise that works towards bringing Social Impact Bonds to developing countries. She was involved in grant-writing, fundraising, research and the visual rebranding of the organization. She won several recognitions from Cornell University for her work. These include the Freeman Fellowship for Peace and Conflict Resolution and the Hatfield Award for the study of ethics in business.
Ryan Liew is a summer analyst in IIX’s Corporate Finance Team. He is a second year Economics student at the London School of Economics, who seeks to combine his interest in social enterprises with his interest in investing and finance. He is also an analyst in an intercollegiate, student-run investment fund, and has previously interned at DBS Bank and World Vision International.
Nelly Martin is volunteering for the Corporate Finance Team at IIX. For the past 7 years Nelly worked for DNB Bank’s corporate banking division in Singapore, Oslo and New York specialising in energy finance. Most recently Nelly was responsible for a portfolio of clients in Asia and Australia with a focus on renewable energy and project finance. Nelly has also worked at Bloomberg in London and volunteered in rural Kenya teaching English and working in a local health centre. Nelly has an MA in Economics and International Relations from the University of St Andrews in Scotland.
Joel Tok is an undergraduate studying Business Administration at the National University of Singapore. Prior to IIX, he interned at several small and medium size enterprises in Singapore, with a focus on the agricultural sector and expanded his involvement across various parts of the agricultural value chain. His duties at these firms involved marketing and finance, including financial modelling and due diligence for the expansion of agricultural projects in the region.
Wang Yang graduated from National Junior College in December, 2013. As a student in NJC, she worked on research projects on topics such as the social impacts of development of electricity industry in Brazil. She also explored the reasons behind high Gini Index in China and proposed solutions in her report. Yang believes that every determined individual, no matter his age and background, can bring changes for better. She is initiating a project targeting at female handicraft artisans in Guizhou, China.