Bangladesh’s entry into impact investment
The Daily Star, February 22, 2015
Growing up as a daughter of a high ranking civil servant in Bangladesh, I have distinct memories of my father’s trip to Paris every year in the 1980s. To me it was exciting — Papa was seeing Paris — the most romantic city in the world. To him it was a dreaded trip because it was Donor Consortium that brought him to France to beg for donor money for Bangladesh.
Cambodia’s Arjuni secures fund from ICCO
Deal Street Asia, December 11, 2014
Arjuni International Ltd, a Phnom Penh-based social enterprise, has secured investment capital from ICCO Investment in a bid to expand its business to meet consumer demand and deepen the impact it has on its beneficiaries across Cambodia.
Arjuni, recipient of advisory services from IIX facilitated by Shujog
Eco Business, December 11, 2014
Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX) and Shujog Assistance for Capacity-building and Technical Services (ACTS), announced today that Arjuni International Ltd. (“Arjuni”), a social enterprise based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, for which IIX provided business advisory services through Shujog ACTS, has successfully raised investment capital.
Investment Fund For Social Enterprises In Asia Targets Growth Capital Gap
Forbes, November 2, 2014
There’s a dearth of growth capital available for social enterprises in Southeast and South Asia.
With that in mind, Singapore-based Impact Investment Exchange’s (IIX) Impact Partners is launching a new growth fund on Nov. 6 called, appropriately enough, IIX Growth Fund.
Social Impact Award: Alumna honored by Wharton Club of New York
October 8, 2014
Impact investment pioneer and social entrepreneur Durreen Shahnaz was recognized last week at the Joseph Wharton Awards Dinner in New York, an annual gathering of alumni that dates back to the 1970s.
Shahnaz wins Social Impact Award
Pro Bono Australia, October 8, 2014
The Founder and Chairperson of the Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX) and Impact Investment Shujog (Shujog) Professor Durreen Shahnaz has won the 2014 Joseph Wharton Award for Social Impact.
Professor Durreen Shahnaz receives the 2014 Joseph Wharton Award
Eco-Business, October 8, 2014
Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX) and Impact Investment Shujog (Shujog) are pleased to congratulate our Founder and Chairperson, Professor Durreen Shahnaz, on receiving the 2014 Joseph Wharton Award for Social Impact.
Durreen Shahnaz gets Joseph Wharton Award
Dhaka Tribune, October 7, 2014
Founder and Chairperson of Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX), and also Impact Investment Shujog (Shujog) Professor Durreen Shahnaz has won the 2014 Joseph Wharton Award for Social Impact.
A New Bond Aims To Save Women’s Lives In Developing Nations
Forbes, September 28, 2014
Singapore-based Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX) recently announced the Women’s Impact Bond (WIB) at the Clinton Global Initiative conference in New York.
IIX annunces the CGI pledge to promote clean-cook stove
The Financial Express, September 26, 2014
Impact Investment Exchange Asia(IIX) has announced its Clinton Global Initiative(CGI) Commitment to Action on Women’s Impact Bond (WIB) to help organisations concerned scale their clean-cook stove businesses, benefiting people including women from harmful air pollution.
IIX announces Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action on Women’s Impact Bond
Eco-Business, September 26, 2014
Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX), a leader in social sector development through impact investing, recently announced its Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action on Women’s Impact Bond (WIB) at the 2014 CGI Annual Meeting.
Arjuni gives women back their glory
Vision Communications, July 25, 2014
What if you purchased a hair extension knowing that not only had you bought a high quality product with premium aesthetic appeal, but that you had also paid four times the monthly salary for a woman in Cambodia or Laos that would be otherwise vulnerable to sex trafficking?
Impact Investing Potential A World Changer
Pro Bono Australia, November 14, 2013
International keynote speaker Durreen Shahnaz has hailed impact investing for its potential to change the world to an Australian audience of top social finance experts at the Social Marketplace conference in Sydney recently.
In Bali, An Entrepreneur Builds An Eco-Friendly Workers’ Paradise
Forbes, November 10, 2013
In eastern Bali, where the climate is dry and the soil unforgiving, just about the only trees that thrive are those producing cashew apples. But while the residents depend on their crops for sustenance, perhaps 90% of the processing is done in places like Vietnam and India. Meaning: Most of the money is made elsewhere; the average income is $2 a day.
Breaking the mould in Bali
Public Affairs Asia, 2013
East Bali Cashews, an innovative partnership in Indonesia, underlines how big business can use its know-how to help social enterprises become financially sound and still deliver on their fundamental goal, says founder Aaron Fishman
Empowering women social entrepreneurs in India
The Guardian, 2013
The economic reforms India launched in 1991 have led to a quadrupling of its GDP, a doubling of hourly wages and the emergence of a new middle class. However, 350 million Indians still live below the poverty line and struggle to access basic education, health care or proper nutrition.
KKR’s ESG Efforts Go One Step Further
The Wall Street Journal, October 23, 2013
Executives in KKR & Co.’s Singapore and Sydney offices have taken the firm’s environmental, social and governance initiatives one step further, this time outside the portfolio.
Impact Investment Exchange and KKR Announce Partnership
The Wall Street Journal, 2013
Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX), a leader in social sector development through impact investment, and KKR, a leading global investment firm, marked the successful completion of its technical assistance project with East Bali Cashews (EBC), based in the rural village of Ban in Bali’s Karangasem District.
Social stock exchanges: A global perspective
Social Enterprise Buzz, September 10, 2013
Rome wasn’t built in a day, nor were the modern stock exchanges that we see today. In the 1300s, the world witnessed the establishment of the first non-bank related investment markets by the Venetians. Centuries later, formal markets such as the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) started emerging. Those pioneering formal stock exchanges of the 1800s are now listed amongst the largest and most powerful financial markets in the world.
Are social stock exchanges the great equalizer to democratize development finance?
Devex Impact, July 12, 2013
With the launch of the Social Stock Exchange in London almost simultaneously with the Impact Exchange, these two exchanges are rapidly redefining the sector. This article by Devex writes about how these two platforms operate and how they are changing the face of investing.
Impact Exchange: how it will change investing
IFLR, June 22, 2013
The International Finance Law Review (IFLR) shines light on how the world’s first stock exchange dedicated to Social Enterprises will change the face of investing.
Impact Forum is happy to partner once again with Bloomberg Media in spreading the word of Impact Investing across Asia through the Impact Forum. Watch the TV commercial aired on Bloomberg here.
NUS Business School’s Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy (ACSEP), led by Rob John and Pauline Tan with Ken Ito, has developed its second Entrepreneurial Social Finance in Asia working paper series – “Innovation in Asian Philanthropy”. The working paper explores the trends, innovations and strategies in Asian philanthropy and the various organizations that support entrepreneurial philanthropy, including IIX. Read on as IIX is profiled vis-à-vis other players in the region.
AICPA’s Amy Pawlicki discusses about social stock exchanges being developed around the world, and how IIX is contributing to it.
IIX Legal Advisor Matt Kasdin shares his thoughts with the International Financial Law Review on structuring Social Enterprises for investments.
Asian Development Bank promotes Shujog’s role in championing effective and scalable poverty-alleviation solutions through Social Enterprises in an article published October 17, 2012.
How to do Good and Triple Returns
IIX Director and Head of Investor Team En Lee is in Prestige Magazine’s “40 under 40″ and talks about impact investing.
More Funding Options Available to Social Enterprises
IIX Director and Head of Investor Team En Lee mentions how family offices and high net worth individuals are considering getting into impact investing.
“Private bankers are becoming irrelevant,” Durreen Shahnaz, founder, Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) boldly says, because she believes Asian investors, yield-oriented though they may be, want more out of their wealth managers.
Rebel with a cause
Read Durreen Shahnaz’s exclusive interview with Her World Magazine.
The pillars that support inclusive growth
The Business Times, 30 June, 2012
DONOR money is drying up and social enterprises in the Asia-Pacific region are looking towards being both profit-driven and socially impactful, said participants at an industry forum this week. Published in The Business Times 30 June 1 July 2012. (Subscription required)
Microfinance down but not out in Asia
The Business Times, June 29, 2012
Read the report from Impact Forum’s session called Small Loans Big Impact, published in The Business Times on Friday, June 29, 2012. (Subscription required)
More people in Asia making impact investments
June 25, 2012
Channel News Asia TV reported a trend at the Impact Forum that “investing with a social cause has caught on in Asia”.
Social enterprises need to create success yardstick
June 26, 2012
Business Times Singapore interview at Impact Forum 2012.
Stephen P. Groff is Vice President for East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific at the ADB in Manila and is a keynote speaker at the June 25 first annual Impact Forum organized in Singapore by IIX Asia and Impact Investment Shujog. This article was originally published in The Straits Times and was re-published in the Huffington Post.
The article featured the IIX public exchange and quoted IIX founder Durreen Shahnaz.
IIX/Shujog founder Durreen Shahnaz was quoted in The Guardian.
The article featured IIX as Asia’s first social stock exchange and also includes quotes from Robert Kraybill, Managing Director of IIX, and En Lee, Director of Impact Partners.
ADB’s podcast on what IIX/Shujog founder Durreen Shahnaz thinks of what the buzz around social enterprise is all about.
Impact Partners™ is the platform for a growing league of ‘impact investors’ who want their money to do good. Download the full article here.
Imagine a stock exchange, however, where issuers have a duty not only to deliver financial returns but also to make a positive social or environmental impact.
IIX mentioned in Institutional Investor
JAN 5, 2012
IIX was mentioned in an Institutional Investor article about impact investing infrastructure.
Investments with a Conscience – IIX in SC Magazine
JUN 29, 2011
Durreen Shahnaz, Founder and Robert Kraybill, Managing Director of IIX were interviewed by Michael Switow for the July issue of SC Magazine on how impact investing and business innovation are leading the way as alternatives to philanthropy.
Durreen Shahnaz, the founder of Impact Investment Exchange and Impact Investment Shujog, was recently profiled for the magazine Youth Leader: the Asian Region.
Mission Markets™, which operates the first FINRA*- compliant marketplace for impact and sustainability investments, and Singapore-based Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX), whose mission is to provide Social Enterprises in Asia‐Pacific with access to impact investment capital, announce a strategic partnership which will broaden their geographic reach.
Impact Partners on 938LIVE
APR 29, 2011
Director of Impact Partners En Lee was interviewed by Singaporean radio station 938 on April 19, answering questions about the importance of impact investing and the launch of Impact Partners.
Impact Partners Launch – Press Release
APR 19, 2011
Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX) announces launch of Impact Partners, Asia’s first private placement platform for investment in social enterprises.
To market, to market with a social conscience – The Business Times
The Business Times, MAR 7, 2011
Managing Director of IIX, Robert Kraybill and Director of Impact Partners, En Lee were interviewed in Teh Shi Ning’s article on Impact Investment Exchange Asia and Impact Partners.