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Impact Investing

02 November 2021

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In the third episode of our podcast series Money Meets Mission, we discuss the topic of Impact Investing – a term that is becoming extremely familiar on th Asian finance & Sustainability landscapes as more private money is being diverted towards projects that contain within them some degree of Impact. Join our guests Mari Kogiso and Wonyoung Kim as they discuss with interviewer Teymoor Nabili – What does Impact Investing mean? What does it involve? What are its aims? and how can we tell whether it’s working?

Also available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Interviewer

Teymoor Nabili
Founder and CEO

Teymoor Nabili is the founder and CEO of techforimpact.asia. Established in association with the Asian Development Bank, Tech For Impact is a knowledge-sharing, events and engagement platform designed to promote and scale sustainable technologies in the developing countries of Asia Pacific.

Before embarking on the entrepreneurial path, Teymoor spent 25 years as a news anchor, correspondent and producer for some of the world’s foremost broadcast news operations, such as Al Jazeera, the BBC, CNBC and CNN.

Speakers

Mari Kogiso
Co-CEO
SDG Impact Japan

Mari is an impact investing expert with extensive background in inclusive business, sustainable finance, and social entrepreneurship. Most recently, Mari founded the SDG Impact Japan to promote sustainable finance in Japan and Asia and serve as CoCEO. Before the SDG Impact Japan, She was the global head of diversity and human rights of the Fastretailing Group. Before FR, she led the establishment of the Asia Women Impact Fund, USD 100 million Impact Fund at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, with the objective to catalyze capital to improve the lives of women and remove gender barriers in Asia. Mari held various senior positions at the World Bank Group in Washington DC and Tokyo including the representative of the MIGA Tokyo. She also served as the Representative of Dalberg Japan.

She currently serves as an expert advisor on JICA’s Overseas Investment Review Committee. W20 Japan delegate, and as an ESG board advisor to several Japanese corporations. Mari holds a BA in Economics from Tokyo University and an MA from the Fletcher School, Tufts University.
Wonyoung Kim
Founding Member & Executive Director
Crevisse Partners

Wonyoung is a founding member at Crevisse Partners since 2006 and he is an executive director managing impact investing of early-stage and later-stage startups. With his years of expertise in company building, business development, IT services, and corporate operations, he focuses on deal-sourcing, value-up, and portfolio management of impact funds. He manages a team that runs an impact acceleration program called Remake City and works with different financing structures such as equity fund, government grant fund, ODA grant fund, and social financing loans.

He holds a Master of Business Administration from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology on Social Entrepreneurship and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Yonsei University. He serves as the board of directors at Crevisse Partners, advisory board at AVPN, a contributor of IRIS+ by GIIN, and a member of GSG Korea NAB.

This season of Money Meets Mission is made possible with the kind support from our member and partner, Wellington Management.

References

A. Environmental Stewardship
To protect the environment, we organize programmes like mangrove nursery and Reforestation, Coastal and River Clean-Up, Community Based Environmental Solid Waste Management, Environmental IEC Campaign and Eco-Academy

B. Food Security and Sustainable Livelihood
To ensure a sustainable livelihood for the community, eco-tourism include Buhatan River Cruise Visitor Center Buhatan River Mangrove Boardwalk are run by the community. Others include Organic Vegetable and Root crops Farming, Vegetable and Root crops Chips and by-products Processing and establishing a Zero waste store.

C. Empowered Communities
To empower the community, we provide product and Agri-Enterprise Development Training, Immersion and Learnings Exchange Program, Earth Warrior Training and Community Based Social Entrepreneurship Training

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