AVPN Roundtable: Mainstreaming Impact Investment – Challenges and Opportunities

Event details
  • August 17th, 2018, 01:30 PM - 04:30 PM
  • Dreambox, Huawei Bei Li, Chaoyang District, Beijing
  • Country: China

There is an increasing interest in impact investing in Asia and the number of ecosystem players is growing, including incubators, academia, institutional investors, corporates, government agencies and high net worth individuals. Interest in impact investing in China is also growing but the number of active players is still small compared to its potential. How do we get more players to be part of this movement? How do we ignite more interest from mainstream investors? This roundtable is part of a series of events that AVPN is organizing in China to build up the social investment ecosystem in China.

The roundtable will provide insights into the trends in the impact investment space in Asia and feature Incofin, a global impact investment company that manages funds and investments in emerging countries, driven by the desire to promote inclusive progress. This will be followed by the current social landscape in China, emphasizing some of the gaps and opportunities.

AVPN is partnering together with Narada Foundation, NPI, and CGP Investment for this roundtable. Narada Foundation, an AVPN member and a leading foundation in China, is spearheading the development of the impact investment ecosystem in China. NPI, also an AVPN member, is a leading supporting organization for social innovation and entrepreneurship in China. CGP Investment is a major fund of funds in China managing 20+ funds with investment in 150+ VCs and VEs in Technology, Media, and Telecom industries.

This event is by invite only. For more information, please contact cindy@avpn.asia.

Key speaker

Dina Pons
Regional Director for East Asia & Impact Manager, Incofin Investment Management

Dina is a Partner at Incofin Investment Management where she is Regional Director for East Asia as well as Impact Manager. She joined Incofin seven years ago and first worked from head office in Belgium, as Debt Investment Manager. In three years, she more than doubled the East Asian portfolio which grew from USD 35m in 2012 to USD 80m in 2015. The same year, she moved to Phnom Penh, Cambodia where she set up Incofin East Asia regional office, which is now composed of three people.

In 2012, after leading a 25% stake equity investment into a leading Cambodian microfinance institution called AMK, Dina sat at the board of directors of AMK, was a member of the Assets and Liabilities Committee and chaired both the Risk and Social Performance Committees. While she transferred her debt portfolio she continues to supervise all debt activities in the region and is now more specifically focused on equity transactions.

As Impact Manager, Dina is in charge of maintaining highest standards in social performance evaluation throughout Incofin’s investment process. She contributed to the enhancement of internal social due diligence tools, she presents impact’s results to the supervisory boards of Incofin’s funds under management on an annual basis, and she represents Incofin in key impact conferences including the Social Performance Task Force (SPTF) and the GIIN.

As a Partner, Dina is a member of Incofin Leadership Team Committee which is composed of the Management Committee and three selected Regional Directors.