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We are the UK's development finance institution and impact investor, backed by the UK Government.

With over 75 years’ experience, we are a trusted investment partner to businesses in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. We invest to create productive, sustainable and inclusive economic outcomes for those that need our capital the most and who want to build better lives for themselves and their communities.

We currently partner with over 1,000 businesses, working with our investees to help them succeed and grow impactful businesses.

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We are the UK's development finance institution and impact investor, backed by the UK Government.

With over 75 years’ experience, we are a trusted investment partner to businesses in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. We invest to create productive, sustainable and inclusive economic outcomes for those that need our capital the most and who want to build better lives for themselves and their communities.

We currently partner with over 1,000 businesses, working with our investees to help them succeed and grow impactful businesses.

    IMPACT = Podcast with Jane Goodland, Group Head of Sustainability at the London Stock Exchange Group

    IMPACT = Podcast with Jane Goodland, Group Head of Sustainability at the London Stock Exchange Group

    In this episode of the IMPACT= Podcast, we talk to Jane Goodland, Group Head of Sustainability at the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) - a cornerstone of global finance, providing a platform for businesses and economies to access capital, manage risk, and create jobs.

    In this role, Jane leads a team who work in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders across the business and externally, to embed LSEG’s sustainability strategy across the full value chain including its own operations, supply chain, market engagement and customer solutions.

    Jane has over 25 years of experience in sustainable finance. Her extensive career has seen her at the forefront of the sustainable and responsible investment market, where she has been instrumental in designing and establishing new sustainable finance capabilities across various market segments.

    Prior to her role at LSEG, Jane served as the Corporate Affairs Director at Quilter, specializing in external communications, public affairs, responsible investment, and stakeholder engagement. Her tenure at Willis Towers Watson as the Global Head of Sustainable and Responsible Investment further solidified her expertise, where she developed new manager research capabilities and consulted on investment services for large institutional clients.

    In this conversation, we talk to Jane about her pivotal role in shaping the group's sustainability strategy on a global scale and making the most of London's position as global financial hub to drive sustainable practices and impact investment.

    • 25 min
    IMPACT = Podcast How the climate crisis is affecting businesses in emerging economies

    IMPACT = Podcast How the climate crisis is affecting businesses in emerging economies

    The climate emergency is having a devastating impact on emerging economies. Without decisive action, this will only become more severe as global temperatures rise and as countries transition toward net zero.

    Emerging economies are among the nations most exposed to and the least prepared for the effects of climate change. This is particularly the case across Africa, South and South-East Asia, and the Caribbean, where we invest.

    In this episode of the IMPACT= Podcast, we explore how the climate crisis is affecting businesses in emerging economies through the lens of our Emerging Economies Climate Report.

    We recently launched the report at an event with a panel of expert speakers to dig deeper into the findings, and explore how we can address climate risks and maximise opportunities in emerging economies. In this podcast, we cover some of the key contributions from our speakers:






    Amal-Lee Amin, Managing Director, Head of Climate, Diversity and Advisory, British International Investment

    Michael Jacobs, Visiting Senior Fellow, ODI

    Nicola Mustetea, Director, Head of Climate Change, British International Investment

    Shivanand Nimbargi, Chief Executive Officer, Ayana Renewable Power

    Benjamin Njenga, Co-Founder and Chief Customer Officer, Apollo Agriculture

    Nick Robins, Professor of Sustainable Finance, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

    • 19 min
    IMPACT= Podcast with Vineet Rai, Founder and Chairman of the Aavishkaar Group

    IMPACT= Podcast with Vineet Rai, Founder and Chairman of the Aavishkaar Group

    In this episode of the IMPACT= podcast, we talk to Vineet Rai, Founder and Chairman of the Aavishkaar Group – an impact investment platform that “exists to bridge the opportunity gap for the emerging three billion”.

    Founded in 2001 by Vineet, the group comprises of Aavishkaar Capital – the groundbreaking impact investment fund manager, Arohan – a microfinance institution, IntelleGrow – a venture debt company, Tribe3 – a technology-enabled lending platform and IntelleCap – the global impact ecosystem builder. The group also manages Sankalp – a renowned global platform for engagement around impact investing.

    Today the group manages assets of more than $1.2 billion, operates in over 50 countries, and employs over 7000 people.

    Together they serve the needs of entrepreneurs with investments ranging from debt of US $150, to equity of $15 million, while aligning the group to 13 out of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals or SDG’s.

    Vineet, who believes that impact investing has the potential to change the world of finance irreversibly, has received numerous awards including the Impact Investor of the Year by News Corp for 2016 and the Porter Prize for Strategic Leadership in Social Space.

    In this conversation, Vineet shares his journey to becoming a pioneering impact leader, the challenges he faced and how he overcame them. He also shares valuable insights on investing in SMEs and start-ups, and offers advice to future impact investors.

    • 35 min
    IMPACT = Podcast with Jessica Espinoza of 2X Global

    IMPACT = Podcast with Jessica Espinoza of 2X Global

    In this episode of the IMPACT = podcast, we talk to Jessica Espinoza, Chief Executive Officer of 2X Global – the leading organisation championing the growth of gender lens investment.

    2X Global works together with the full spectrum of investors, capital providers, mobilisers, and influencers, with the aim to transform international finance systems through the deployment of gender-smart capital across asset classes and markets.

    Jessica has a track record in originating, structuring and executing debt, mezzanine and equity deals in emerging and frontier markets with a strong focus on inclusive innovation. Prior to joining 2X Global, Jessica was Vice President for Private Equity & Venture Capital Investments at DEG/KfW. She was also a Member of the Management Board at ProCredit Bank Nicaragua responsible for the Business Clients Division and managed the Africa Regional Office of MicroFinance Transparency.

    In this conversation, Jessica talks about the evolution of gender lens investing over the last five years, the policies and regulations needed to help accelerate this type of investing and the challenges and opportunities for investors.

    • 25 min
    IMPACT = Podcast with Kieron Boyle of the Impact Investing Institute

    IMPACT = Podcast with Kieron Boyle of the Impact Investing Institute

    In this episode of the IMPACT = podcast, we talk to Kieron Boyle, Chief Executive of the Impact Investing Institute - an independent, non-profit organisation with a vision of transforming capital markets for a sustainable future, where impact investing is an effective tool for deploying capital.

    Kieron joined the Institute following seven years as Chief Executive of Guy’s & St Thomas’ Foundation, one of the world’s oldest foundations, and itself a pioneer in incorporating impact investment into the investment strategy of its £1 billion endowment. At Guy’s & St Thomas’, Kieron has led some of the UK’s most innovative and impactful alliances to reduce health inequalities.

    He was an early leader in impact investing, having joined Guy’s & St Thomas’ from the Cabinet Office, where he was Director of Impact Investment and the key architect, starting in 2012, of the UK Government’s strategy to make the UK a global hub for impact investing. That catalytic work included the creation of Big Society Capital, the world’s first wholesale social investor, and putting impact investing on the agenda of the G8 during the UK’s presidency, in particular through the creation of the Social Impact Investment Taskforce.

    In this wideranging conversation, Kieron reflects on the evolution of impact investing over the last two decades and the UK's place in the global industry. He also share his thoughts on the pushback on ESG and the role of impact investing in creating the conditions for growth.

    • 26 min
    IMPACT = Podcast with Sapna Shah of Novastar Ventures

    IMPACT = Podcast with Sapna Shah of Novastar Ventures

    In this episode of the IMPACT = podcast, we talk to Sapna Shah, a partner at Novastar Ventures, one of the first and largest VC firms in Africa that focuses on entrepreneurs building transformative businesses in Africa.

    Originally from Kenya, Sapna started her career in London in international banking, initially at Lloyds TSB and later at HSBC, working with entrepreneurs and SMEs at various stages of their business lifecycle in the UK, US, Europe and the Middle East. 

    She returned to Kenya in 2012 to continue her passion for working with entrepreneurs, this time as an investor at Acumen and co-founder of a food start-up. She joined Novastar in 2015. 

    In this conversation with our host Andrew Murray Watson, Sapna shares her insights on the transformation of Africa’s venture ecosystem over the last decade and its future potential growth. She also discusses the role of entrepreneurship in helping solve complex problems, as well as the opportunities and challenges for investors on the African continent.

    • 25 min

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