IQ: November 2011

 

 

 

 
Greetings from IIX and Shujog!

 

Like many of you I am spending a lot of time on the road lately.  However, some trips are worth the endless hours in the plane. I just returned from such a trip.  It was an incredible trip to Abu Dhabi for the World Economic Forum’s Summit on the Global Agenda Council (GAC).

 

It was exciting to witness at GAC the incredible interest around social innovation and impact investing.  I was proud to talk about all that is happening in the space (and beyond) in Singapore.  After my meeting at WEF, I’m now even more convinced that Singapore can be the global leader in the social capital markets sector.

 

I may say this every quarter, but this truly has been the busiest and most productive period for IIX and Shujog yet.  In the course of the last 3 months, we have completed several impact assessments of Social Enterprises throughout the region, published two landmark reports with ADB on the impact investment space and its related market intermediaries, and we capped off the quarter by hosting a wonderful series of events for Dr. Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation, while she was in town.

 

All this work could not have been achieved without the continued dedication and passion of the IIX and Shujog team of staff, volunteers and supporters from around the world.  A big thank you to all of you!

 

I hope you enjoy our latest edition of IQ as we walk you through the impact investment space in Asia and beyond.

 

Wishing everyone a very Happy Diwali, Selamat Hari Raya Haji and Eid Mubarak!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Durreen

 

 

A catalyst for social development: impact investing

 

IMPACT INVESTING AND THE “EPIC TRIATHLON”

GLOBALIZATION, URBANIZATION, AND CLIMATE CHANGE

 

The 21st century world economy faces three main challenges, and the only real means to tackling them is innovation.Dr. Judith Rodin, president of the Rockefeller Foundation, hosted a panel discussion that underscored the importance of initiatives around impact investing: companies such as IIX provide platforms through which investing activity can occur, allowing social enterprises to benefit from capital markets.

 

What role can be played by impact investors and social enterprises in tackling these challenges?  Read More >>

 

 

TRADITIONAL CRAFTS HIT HIGH STREET

RANGSUTRA RESPECTS PRODUCER AND CONSUMER

 

Traditional crafts are rapidly dying out as modern factories supplant artisan workshops.  Rangsutra utilizes these artisan techniques to supply high-end fashion houses, preserving the techniques in the process as well as providing livelihoods for over 2,000 rural Indian homes.  “Artisans were traditionally producing very exclusive products for their own families,” says Rangsutra’s Founder, Sumita Ghose, – all that was needed was to make these high-end products available to the outside world.

 

How did Ghose bring village arts back to the cities?  Read more>>

 

 

BETTING ON BIOGAS

CHAIRMAN OF EXCELLENT RENEWABLE ENERGY, DEEPAK GADHIA, EXPLAINS WHY HE’S CONVINCED THAT BIOGAS TECHNOLOGY IS GOING TO BE KEY FOR RURAL DEVELOPMENT IN INDIA

 

India has been mainly dependent on coal as a fuel for power generation.  However, climate change, depleting coal reserves, infrastructure constraints, and government policy favoring the renewable energy sector, are propelling a new generation of social enterprises to come up with alternative sources of energy to meet the country’s growing demands. Deepak Gadhia, Chairman of Excellent Renewable Energy, sees renewable energy as key for securing India’s energy survival and sustainability.  “Mankind has no other option but to embrace renewable energy.”

Find out how Excellent Renewable Energy aims to use biogas technology, particularly in rural and remote areas in India. Read more>>

SAM SALMAN: THE NEW FACE BEHIND MISSION MARKETS

MISSION MARKETS CEO SAM SALMAN PREPARES FOR THE FUTURE

 

With more government emphasis placed on generating economic activity for jobs and financial growth, being able to quantify financial and societal benefits to support impact investments is imperative.  Sam Salman, the new CEO of Mission Markets™ plans to do just that.  He believes that his partnership with Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX) will help reduce the fragmentation seen today in the field of impact investing and “lead to increased capital flow across borders, which will provide encouragement to innovators in the impact and sustainability sectors.”

Read what Sam has to say. Read more>>

 

Impact Investment Shujog and the ADB release two groundbreaking research publications on the Impact Investing space in Asia:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Shujog teamed up to size the market for impact investing in Asia.

 

One of the key groundbreaking findings from the investor report was that 67% of individual investors expect to invest over 5% of their total funds in impact investments within three years.

 

Please contact myoung@asiaiix.com for more information on these two reports.
 

Broadening our Impact
 

JOINING FORCES

ennovent partners with iixennovent is a for-profit enterprise established to promote entrepreneurs, who advance disruptive innovations for sustainability at the base of the economic pyramid.

 

 

STAMFORD PRIVEE PARTNERS WITH IIX

Stamford Privee is an emerging leader and     dominant provider of independent family office services across Asia.

 

 

 

SOCIETY OF FAMILY OFFICES PARTNERS WITH IIX

Society of Family Offices, Asia (SFO Asia) is established as a platform to provide proprietary access to critical knowledge about managing wealth, sustaining family legacy and operating family offices. SFO accomplishes this by providing continued wealth management education and training, networking, experience sharing and advisory engagement among its members across a sophisticated global network of family office specialists with specific interest in practicing or tapping the Asian marketplace.

 

IIX AT THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM

The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Agenda Council in Abu Dhabi saw 800 experts coming together to address the world’s most pressing social, economic and environmental issues.  High on the discussion list were issues around job creation and inclusive growth.  One of the key considerations at the summit was the role of social innovations in the context of the current global crisis.  One of the takeaways was the role governments can play in shaping public policy to encourage this much needed social innovation.  Over two days, Council Members participated in an extensive program across a diverse range of strategically important policy areas that will shape the agenda for the WEF annual meeting in Davos next January.  IIX and Shujog Founder, Prof Shahnaz, was part of the Council on Social Innovation.  Stay tuned for more on WEF in the coming months.

 
 

Apply NOW for the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Residency
Program Deadlines: December 1, 2011 and
May 1, 2012
 
 

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IIX Highlights

 

Shujog.org is now LIVE, thanks to Summer Analyst Luben Li and Research Analyst Luke Douglas. Visit the website at www.shujog.org

 

The Rockefeller Foundation:

 

Eco-tourism with Gaia Discovery:

James Anak Bali: Conserving Borneo’s Sea Turtles Creatively

 

Thomas Kostigen, an New York Times best-selling author concerned with responsible investing, now has his own blog!

 

 

Upcoming Events

Impact Chats is hosting its second movie screening of the year! Register here.

 

Meet Our New Team Members

 

Luke Douglas

 

Luke joined IIX as a Research Analyst.  He recently completed a Princeton in Asia fellowship in Indonesia at Universitas Atma Jaya Yogyakarta, and he is fluent in Indonesian and Mandarin.

Jaime Briz de Felipe 

Jaime joined IIX as an Advisor on Impact Assessment to Shujog.  Jaime has a strong consulting background, having worked at Oliver Wyman.  In conjunction with his work at IIX, Jaime works as a Regional Administrator out of the Kuala Lumpur office of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

 

Peter Ha

 

Peter joined IIX as a Social and Financial Analyst. He recently graduated from University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Health & Societies, and will matriculate into the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 2012. Peter is fluent in English and Korean.

 

Fall Team

We have attracted a high-quality team this fall:

Sam Lindsay joined IIX as a Social and Financial Analyst, with a degree in Law and the Arts from University of Otago in New Zealand. He has professional experience in Equity Markets with ABN Amro and RBS.

Weina Li joined Shujog as a Research Associate. She has previously worked for Pricewaterhouse Coopers London in their Sustainability and Climate Change team with a specialisation in international climate change policy. Weina is orginally from China and has spent her formative years in Switzerland and the UK.

Saloni Bhojwani joined Shujog as a Marketing & Communications Analyst, having recently graduated from Tufts University with a degree in Economics and International Relations.

 

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IIX has launched Impact Academy, a premier learning platform that uses new tools and practical case studies to help organizations understand their important role in creating sustainable social and environmental solutions.

 

We hope you enjoyed reading this publication.  For questions, comments, and feedback, please contact info@asiaiix.com