Durreen Shahnaz, Founder and Chairwoman
Durreen is the Founder and Chairwoman of IIX and Founder and Managing Director of Shujog.
In a career spanning over two decades, Durreen has built a track record as a successful banker, media executive and social entrepreneur. Durreen began her professional career as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley (New York) followed by stints at Grameen Bank (Bangladesh), World Bank (Washington, D.C.), and Merrill Lynch (Hong Kong). As a media executive, she headed up the Asia operations of Hearst Magazine International, Reader’s Digest Asia, and Asia City Publishing. She also founded, grew and sold oneNest, a social enterprise and global marketplace for handmade goods.
Durreen is a TED 2010 Fellow as well as an Asia Society 21 Fellow. She is an appointed member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Social Innovation for 2011 and is on the advisory board for CASE i3 at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. Durreen is also the Social Entrepreneur in Residence for INSEAD’s Social Entrepreneurship Catalyst Program. Until recently she was an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy where she founded the Social Innovation Program there.
Durreen holds a BA from Smith College; an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania; and a MA from the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.
Robert Kraybill, Managing Director
Robert is Managing Director at IIX and a member of the Board at Shujog as well as its Treasurer.
Robert is a senior finance executive with over two decades of experience in the capital markets as an investment banker (with Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, Wasserstein Perella, and Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein) and a private equity investor (Marathon Asset Management). Robert has significant experience in emerging markets in Asia and came to the region as regional head of investment banking for Dresdner Kleinworth Wasserstein. More recently, Robert was head of Asian private equity for Marathon Asset Management.
In addition to his work at IIX and Shujog, Robert also acts as Senior Advisor to Asian Tiger Capital, a financial services boutique operating in Bangladesh. Robert has also served as an Adjunct Professor in the MBA program of Singapore Management University.
Robert holds a BA from Princeton University, magna cum laude, and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, summa cum laude.
Mark Sayer, Director of Investment Platforms
Mark is Director, Investment Platforms at IIX.
Mark leads a team of multi-skilled executives engaging with social enterprises to raise capital from impact investors.
Mark is a senior finance executive with twenty years experience in the financial services sector, five years in private equity following fifteen years in investment banking with leading firms such as Macquarie Bank, ABN AMRO Bank and Babcock & Brown. Throughout his investment banking career, he led large and small transaction teams across a number of industry sectors and in many jurisdictions including Australia, the United States and China.
Mark’s private equity experience includes leading an Australia-China team for a private equity company based in Beijing and most recently being responsible for the private market direct-investment activities within his own family office.
Mark is a mentor for iAxil, the venture accelerator and consulting arm of Ascendas, and is an active investor in small businesses, including social enterprises. Mark holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance, and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.
Angela Ng, Director of Finance and Administration
Angela is Director, Finance and Administration at IIX and Shujog.
Angela most recently spent three years working at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City where she was involved in the planning and proposal of various programmes and budgets for the approval of the United Nations General Assembly. Prior to that, she spends 12 years as a finance professional, specializing in initial public offerings, acquisitions and commercial finance in Asia. She was vice-president for corporate finance in a medical device company where she was the core team that listed the company on the stock exchange of Singapore and was involved in several acquisitions across Asia including a US$50m joint-venture acquisition in China.
Angela holds a Bachelor of Accountancy (Second Upper Honors) from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.
Matthew Kasdin, General Counsel
Matthew is a General Counsel at IIX.
Matthew began his legal career at the international law firm Latham & Watkins, where he worked in the New York and London offices as a corporate associate advising on international capital markets and mergers and acquisitions transactions. Matt also advised the United Nations’ Global Compact corporate responsibility and Principles for Responsible Investment initiatives, both on a pro bono basis and as a policy and legal advisor at the United Nations Secretariat in New York. He has since worked at a Singapore-based social venture fund and as a legal consultant to Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Asian capital markets division.
Matthew was also a Fulbright Scholar in 2011. He is licensed to practice law in New York, and licensed to advise on securities and corporate finance in Hong Kong.
Matthew holds a Juris Doctor from Northwestern University School of Law, where he concentrated in international law and was executive editor of the Journal of International Law & Business.
Our team members
Ria Bhatnagar, Corporate Finance
Ria is part of the Corporate Finance Team at IIX.
Prior to IIX, Ria was with R.F. Chandler, a global private investment company based in Singapore. At R. F. Chandler, Ria worked as an Analyst in the Capital Markets division and was rotated to the philanthropic arm of the organization to apply business acumen in the field of social development. In that position, Ria managed a large portfolio of grants and was extensively involved in doing impact assessments and sourcing for new grant opportunities. Ria has also done internships with Marine Money Asia (Ship Finance Publication) and Text100 (Technology Public Relations Company).
Ria graduated from Singapore Management University with a Bachelors of Business Management, majoring in Finance & Law.
Saskia Werther, Business Development
Saskia Werther is part of the Business Development Team at IIX.
Saskia previously worked for Fortis Bank and ABN Amro in the Netherlands and the Caribbean, focusing on business development and project management in various business lines as well as within the merger between the two banks. Prior to joining IIX, Saskia spent six months with a Singapore based Social Enterprise focused on financial education for migrant workers. She shas volunteered for NGOs in the areas of women’s rights, refugees and poverty eradication in the Netherlands and Thailand.
Saskia holds a LLM in European, Dutch and Comparative Law from Maastricht University and a MSc in International Political Economy from Nanyang Technological University.
Swarnajeet Mukherjee, Advocacy and Technology
Swarnajeet is a part of the Advocacy team at Shujog and IIX.
Prior to Shujog and IIX, Swarnajeet spent over two and a half years in a publishing company in India focusing on business development, marketing and sales across the country. Prior to that, he was involved in a production house where his work focused on post-production works for advertisements and documentaries.
Swarnajeet holds a MSc in Technopreneurship & Innovation and Cross-listing MBA in Marketing from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management specialising in Advanced Marketing and International Finance from University of Mumbai, India.
Urvashi Gupta, Corporate Finance
Urvashi is part of IIX’s Corporate Finance Team.
Urvashi has prior experience doing corporate M&A in Singapore and has worked on acquisitions in emerging markets like Sub-Saharan Africa. Urvashi also worked as a management consultant at Bain & Co. in San Francisco, where she worked on cases in healthcare and education as well as private equity due diligence across a range of industries.
Urvashi holds a BSc in Industrial Engineering & Operations Research from the University of California-Berkeley.
Urvi Doshi, Business Development
Urvi is part of the Business Development Team at IIX.
Urvi most recently spent six years in management consulting at Accenture in London, with experience across both corporate and non-profit sectors. Projects include global sales and marketing transformation programs with consumer goods clients, operating model development, process improvement and business planning for global non-profit clients. She has also worked with Youth Business International – a global network of non-profit initiatives supporting young people to start and grow their own business and create employment. Prior to joining Accenture, Urvi volunteered at a women’s center in rural Peru, providing basic business skills to enable the women to become independent.
Urvi has a BSc International Business with Spanish from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom.
Wei Yang Lim, Accountant
Wei Yang is an accountant at Shujog and IIX.
Weiyang is mainly responsible for the timely and accurate preparation of monthly financial results for senior management’s review. Prior to joining Shujog and IIX, he held accounting positions at ComfortDelgro Corporation, Lonpac Insurance Bhd and Deloitte & Touche.
He received his Bachelor of Accounting degree from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.