January 2012 Impact Chat





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A very happy New Year from Impact Investment Exchange Asia and Impact Investment Shujog! As a new year starts, a new series of Impact Chats begins with a Chat that examines how the discussion of impact investing is evolving and who are the major actors  leading that conversation.

This January, Impact Chat is kicking off with a bang with a Chat held in collaboration with UBS’s Values Based Investing team.  We will be featuring Mr. Alex Friedman, currently the Chief Investment Officer for UBS Wealth Management and formerly Chief Financial Officer with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Alex will be doing a sit-down interview with IIX’s Managing Director, Robert Kraybill, to share the insights he has gained in his own journey from the world’s largest philanthropic foundation to a global leader in wealth management, and will discuss the role major banks such as UBS can play in promoting new paradigms such as Impact Investing.

Event Details:

Date: 17 January 2012, Tuesday
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm (please be on time)

Venue: One Raffles Quay, 49th Floor
Topic: Changing Investment Philosophies of Impact Investors:  How Foundations and Banks are participating in the paradigm shift in Impact Investing


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Alexander S. Friedman is the Chief Investment Officer of the UBS Wealth Management. In this capacity, Alex oversees the investment policy and strategy for approximately $900 billion in assets, one of the largest capital pools in the world.

Alex is the former Chief Financial Officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and a member of the foundation’s management committee. Alex joined the foundation following Warren Buffett’s historic gift in late 2006 and served as CFO during a period when the foundation more than doubled in size.

Alex also managed a private investment vehicle, Asymmetry, served as a senior advisor to Lazard, the international investment bank, and as senior advisor to the board of directors of Actis, the global private equity firm.

Alex is the Chairman of SBI Inc, a leading private maritime company, and a member of the board of trustees of the Seattle Art Museum, the Access Fund, and Social Finance. He served as a judge of the Financial Times-Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year award and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Alex also served as a White House Fellow in the Clinton Administration. He holds a JD from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, an MBA from Columbia Business School, and a BA from Princeton.


This Impact Chat is brought to you by:



The UBS Values Based Investing team offers knowledge, advisory and investment solutions for clients looking to consider social and environmental values alongside financial returns in selecting investment opportunities.


About the Organizers:


Impact Investment Shujog is a Social Enterprise dedicated to creating opportunities for other Social Enterprises to grow their positive impact in the world.  For more information, please visit http://www.shujog.org.















Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX) is the home of Asia’s first private and public platforms for Social Enterprises to raise capital efficiently.  For more information, please visit http://www.asiaiix.com


For more information about Impact Partners, IIX’s newest platform, please visit http://impactpartners.asiaiix.com/



Impact Investment Shujog and Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX) are independent organizations. Hence, their views may differ from UBS AG, its related entities, directors, employees and agents (“UBS”). UBS does not attest to the accuracy and/or completeness of any information provided by third parties.