Exploring key choices for building an impact investing practice
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
8:30am PST | 11:30am EST | 4:30pm GMT
Duration: 60-minute session
The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) invites you to join Decision Points, a practitioner-oriented webinar for investors who are interested in developing an impact investing practice. The webinar will explore some key choices that impact investors make when developing an impact portfolio, and seeks to address questions such as, “How do you select impact themes?”, “How do target returns inform other strategic decisions?”, and “How do impact investors allocate assets accordingly?”
The webinar will draw on data from the GIIN’s 2017 Annual Impact Investor Survey to share insights on the diversity of impact investment strategies and how decisions about these strategies play out in investors’ daily practice.
The session will begin with opening remarks from the GIIN’s Managing Director Giselle Leung, followed by a short research presentation by GIIN Research Senior Associate Rachel Bass.Three prominent impact investors will then engage in a panel discussion moderated by GIIN Research Manager Hannah Schiff, in which they will share perspectives about the various decisions that come into play when building an impact investing practice.
- Ricardo Bayon, Partner and member of the Board of Directors of Encourage Capital
- Jamie Martin, Vice President, Morgan Stanley’s Global Sustainable Finance Group
- Robynn Steffen, Senior Manager, Impact Investing, Omidyar Network
Plus, if you have questions about key choices in impact investing, please submit them in advance and we will do our best to address your questions.
About the panelists:
Ricardo Bayon, Partner and member of the Board of Directors of Encourage Capital
Ricardo Bayon is a Partner and a member of the Board of Directors of Encourage Capital. Ricardo leads the water team and new business and innovation at Encourage and works across several other investment sectors. Ricardo is a member of the Investment Committee of the EKO Green Carbon Fund. Prior to co-founding EKO in 2007, Ricardo helped found and served as the Managing Director of the Ecosystem Marketplace, a web site and information/analysis service covering the emerging environmental markets. For nearly two decades he has specialized on issues related to finance, banking, and the environment. He has done work for a number of organizations, including Insight Investments, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank, IUCN, The Nature Conservancy, Domini Social Investment, among others.
Jamie Martin, Vice President, Morgan Stanley’s Global Sustainable Finance Group
Jamie Martin is a Vice President in Morgan Stanley’s Global Sustainable Finance group, responsible for delivering sustainable and impact investing solutions to the firm’s institutional and wealth management clients. He is a representative on the Executive Committee of The Green Bond Principles. Prior to Morgan Stanley, he was an Impact Investing Fellow at Liquidnet. Jamie started his career at Citigroup, working in the firm’s Global Investment Research division.
Robynn Steffen, Senior Manager, Impact Investing
Robynn works to catalyze the growth and effectiveness of the global impact investing industry in her role at Omidyar Network. She is driven by a passion for expanding opportunity for the global poor through technology, innovation, and market-based solutions. Prior to joining the firm, Robynn spent six years in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where she led efforts to accelerate the Administration’s global development goals through emerging market impact investments. Robynn previously served as deputy chair of the Clinton Global Initiative Education Working Group where she forged multi-sector partnerships, including commitments that delivered school nutrition and deworming programs to 20 million children in over 30 countries. As the first Executive Director of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines and member of its inaugural Board, Robynn raised seed funds, recruited its first staff, and led its advocacy to expand global access to university-developed medicines. She has also worked on the ground in India, South Africa, and Tanzania.
About the GIIN
The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the scale and effectiveness of impact investing around the world. Impact investments are investments made into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. Impact investments can be made in both emerging and developed markets, and target a range of returns from below market to market rate, depending upon the circumstances. The GIIN builds critical infrastructure and supports activities, education, and research that help accelerate the development of a coherent impact investing industry. For more information, please visit www.thegiin.org.