AVPN Global Conference 2023 | 20 - 22 June 2023


The Changemakers Series: Inclusion, Innovation, and Impact

By Women of the World Endowment

Date & time


26 January 2022



26 January 2022

About this event

This conversation will feature a discussion with Bahiyah Yasmeen Robinson, CEO of VC Include to discuss how she is bringing venture capital, diversity and impact together to expand investment opportunities for diverse asset managers, empower organizations to utilize diversity as a driver for success, and changing capital markets.

Bahiyah Yasmeen Robinson is the CEO of VC Include, an ecosystem and marketplace designed to expand investment opportunities for diverse emerging managers globally. Bahiyah is a recognized innovator of new avenues for VC and Impact investment. Her expertise in leading technology, investment and social impact initiatives culminated in creating VC Include (VCI) in 2018. VCI was created because she didn’t see any platforms specifically cultivating the type of undervalued, outperforming product led by diverse managers that would drive alpha and innovation in Private Equity and Alternative Investments over the next 30 years.

Prior to VC Include, Bahiyah expanded the first online technology competitions and conferences in Africa, partnering with The U.S. Department of State, The World Bank, Microsoft, Mozilla and Nokia to provide early-stage capital to the first wave of technology entrepreneurs throughout the continent. Previously, she was a senior consultant at Ashoka, where she devised value-added propositions for clients including Exxon Mobil, G20, AMGEN, The Ebay Foundation, HUD, Google and Omidyar Network. She launched Young Art Collector in 2012 to connect art collectors with artists within the African Diaspora and is a former Co-chair with the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs. Her work has been recognized by the Knight Foundation, Echoing Green, Entrepreneur, CNN and Forbes.

The Changemakers Series engages leaders and actors from across the financial ecosystem in conversation on how capital markets must fully invest in and through women driving solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. Coming together as an intimate group of leaders, we aim to explore challenges and invoke moon-shot thinking. Because by simply asking “What if?” we can begin to uncover the solutions.


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