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Impact Investing Fellowship

Africa-Asia Impact Investing Fellowship

Join AVPN and AVPA to build a network of social investors across Asia and Africa, gain the techniques and frameworks to integrate impact into your portfolio and forge stronger alliances between Africa and Asia to drive more capital towards impact.

Applications are now closed. You can register your interest for the next Impact Investing Fellowship.


A spotlight on Africa and Asia

Social investment networks, AVPN and AVPA, will be launching the inaugural Africa-Asia Impact Investing Fellowship to nurture asset owners and capital managers into becoming effective impact investing practitioners. Leveraging strong networks in Asia and Africa, this fellowship will build the capacity and knowledge of fellows in areas such as innovative finance, impact management and leadership in complexity. The Fellowship aims to ultimately increase the flow of social investment capital into Africa and Asia.


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Fellowship Benefits

Become an impact investing practitioner

Develop know-how and gain tools to apply an impact lens to your investing strategy

Grow your network

Build rapport with leading practitioners in Asia and Africa and explore collaboration opportunities

Understand latest regional and global trends

Be immersed in a strong impact investing network and deepen your knowledge


Fellowship Agenda

Early September

Induction: Introduction and Orientation


Module 1: Overview of Impact Investing in Africa and Asia


Module 2: Impact Measurement and Management in an Age of Complexity


Module 3: Using Blended Finance to Address Complex Problems

First week of December


The facilitators

Meet the Facilitators

Gayle Peterson

Fellow at Oxford Said Business School

Jennifer Pryce

President & CEO at Calvert Impact Capital

Safeena Husain

Founder & Executive Director at Educate Girls

Sujata Lamba

Director, Finance & Private Sector at Competitive Value Chain Practice, The World Bank

Hari Balasubramanian

Managing Partner at EcoAdvisors & Co-founder at EcoInvestors Capital

Phyllis Costanza

CEO at UBS Optimus Foundation

K Sujata

Senior Fellow at pfc Social Impact Advisors

Dr. Adam Richards

Director of Impact at Social Value International

Sombo Chunda

Senior Fellow at pfc Social Impact Advisors

Robert Mayfield Yawson

Fellow at pfc Social Impact Advisors

Dr. Frank Aswani


Nancy Kairo

Executive Director – East Africa Region at AVPA

Naina Subberwal Batra

Chairperson & CEO at AVPN

Komal Sahu

Chief of Sustainable Finance at AVPN

Roshini Prakash

Knowledge Director at AVPN


What is the Fellowship about?

The Fellowship will select 30 individuals in Asia and 30 individuals in Africa who embody the values and skills needed to develop a strong impact investing sector. It will then work with these Fellows to build their capacity to ensure that they have the right information and resources, knowledge and insight on how to build an impact strategy, manage a portfolio, define, evaluate and manage impact, among other skills.


Why is it necessary?

Impact investing is at its nascent stage in Asia and Africa. Although it is now getting an increasing level of attention from various actors in the social investment ecosystem, there are only a handful of impact funds and foundations that are actually practicing impact investing. The obstacles that are hindering impact investing from gaining traction in Asia and Africa amongst wealth holders, asset managers and their advisors include the perception that it will necessitate a trade-off on financial returns, a lack of an investment-ready pipeline, inexperience in managing a portfolio, and the complexities in defining and evaluating impact measurement.


Who should apply?

The Fellows will consist of Private Equity and Venture Capital Fund managers, Foundation Directors, Family Office Princicaps/Directors, NextGen Leaders, Incubators and Accelerators; those who have access to significant capital, or have responsibility for large investment portfolios and are used to managing assets of high networth individuals, families or funds. These individuals are either deploying or intend to deploy capital with an impact investing lens.

Frequently Asked Questions

Applications are now closed. You can register your interest for the next Impact Investing Fellowship here.
Applications are now closed. You can register your interest for the next Impact Investing Fellowship here.

The Fellowship costs USD 975 for Fellows based in Asia and USD 1275 for Fellows based in Africa respectively to be paid in full upon acceptance. Africa Fellows will receive an additional 6 months of engagement following the fellowship graduation which accounts for the higher cost.

The cost will give Fellows from Asia full access to highly-curated course materials, connections to leading practitioners, closed-door learning sessions, and access to the AVPN Conference 2022 – the largest social investing convening in Asia – to be held on 21 – 24 June 2022 in Bali, Indonesia. This cost does not include air tickets, hotel accommodations, local transportation, or other personal expenses incurred in Kenya, Singapore or Indonesia.

The Fellows based in Africa will receive a discount for AVPN Conference 2022 tickets.

Participants from an AVPN Member organization are entitled to a discounted price of USD 550 per person.

Upon successful completion of the Fellowship, Fellows will receive a certificate of completion jointly from AVPN and AVPA.

To make the most of your impact investing learning journey, we strongly encourage all Fellows to commit to the full Fellowship. Please save the dates, set aside sufficient time to attend the tutorials and discussions, and complete the required readings and assignments.

Failure to do so may result in an incompletion of the Fellowship and disqualify you from receiving the certification.

Cancellation of the registration 30 days prior to the start of the Fellowship (September 1, 2021) is entitled to a full refund. No refunds will be provided for cancellations made less than 30 days prior to the start of the Fellowship or after the Fellowship is started.

Please reach out to Jenny Kim, Platforms Associate, at [email protected].


Lead Partners


Implementing Partners

AVPA is a Pan-African network for social investors interested in collaborating to increase the flow of capital into social investments in Africa and ensure that capital (financial, human and/or intellectual) is deployed as effectively and innovatively as possible for maximum social impact.


Becoming an impact investing practitioner is a learning journey