Join interactive sessions on the impact investing industry’s most pressing topics

With more than 30 hours of content provided by 150 senior speakers, the GIIN Investor Forum agenda is designed to advance and scale the market by bringing all of the crucial elements of the world’s impact ecosystem together in one place.

Covering five core streams, our sessions cut through the noise and go straight to the heart of the industry’s most pressing issues. Whether you are a seasoned impact professional or new to the industry, this year’s agenda has something to offer you.


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  • Networking Events

  • October 1


  • October 2

    Conference Day 1

  • October 3

    Conference Day 2

  • October 4


  • To attend this event, please RSVP to

  • CDC’s Yasemin Saltuk Lamy and Harvey Koh from FSG will discuss the opportunities and challenges of working with catalytic capital with the MacArthur Foundation’s Debra Schwartz. With perspectives from both investors and recipients, we hope to foster productive debate and encourage collaboration around this investment instrument that holds tremendous potential and demands careful consideration as well. Places are limited.

  • This event is invitation only. At this event, members of the Investors’ Council are invited to reconnect with one another over breakfast and discuss updates on planned IC activities for the year. Please contact Diari Dieye at if you are interested in attending.

  • For institutional and professional investors only. Public market impact investing is a newer concept in the impact investing ecosystem. With approximately US$180 trillion in assets globally, public markets can play a critical role in scaling impact investing while not giving up returns. But does public market impact investing really create impact? And what role can it play in an investor’s total portfolio structure? This event will discuss frameworks - including the Impact Management Project and the UN Sustainable Development Goals - for evaluating these questions.

  • UN SDGs are a powerful overarching framework for consolidating efforts to address most critical challenges to humanity. Many investors have embraced them as a call for action, thus exploring various investment strategies which can contribute to reaching these goals.

    UNDP would like to invite you to side event to explore the promise of technologies for impact, the role of effective collaboration between public and private sectors, using the example of one such recent initiative, Tech4SDG fund, launched with Granatus Ventures.

    To attend, please RSVP to Vahagn or Lilit:
    Vahagn Voskanyan
    Lilit Hovhannisyan

  • A half-day GIIN Members Event is taking place on Tuesday, October 1 from 1:30 pm for GIIN Members to come together and recount the milestones and achievements of the past year – including the launch of IRIS+ and the Core Characteristics – before concluding with a preview of what’s to come in 2020. There will also be limited availability to participate in an Impact Measurement and Management workshop. Please reach out to the Member Engagement Team with any questions about the event.

  • Welcome Remarks


    Amit Bouri

    Chair Welcome Remarks


    Sapna Shah

    The power of finance: impact as an approach

    • The GIIN’s Roadmap for the Future of Impact Investing imagines a future where finance is a force for good, and impact investing plays a key role in helping the financial markets get there. But practically speaking, how are investors integrating an impact approach across their investing activity?
    • How is impact factored in across asset classes or into investment including identifying an investment strategy, selecting investments, impact and investment management, and reporting?
    • And shouldn’t impact investors be incorporating ESG considerations into their activities as well, and how can this be done?


    Vijay Advani, Urban Angehrn, Liza Jonson, Yasemin Lamy

    Dutch Welcome

    Unlocking scale, driving impact
    • Earlier this year, the GIIN sized the impact investing market at USD 502 billion – big, but not nearly big enough. Where will scale in this industry come from?
    • What scalable solutions are emerging, and how do they fit investor expectations?
    • What other types of financing or services are available to support investors in deploying capital?
    • And where are there still opportunities for solutions that can drive scale?


    Darina Barrett, Naina Subberwal Batra, Paula Dwyer, Jake Otto, Debra Schwartz

  • Panel
    The new paradigm: development, data & disruption
    • What is this new paradigm and what does it look like?
    • What advancements are already happening to get us there?
    • What role will impact data play in the rising tide of impact investing?


    Maya Chorengel, John Elkington, Kelly McCarthy, Mack Ramachandran

    Fireside Chat
    Spotlight on innovation: China & climate
    • Climate Change is a huge disrupter in today’s investment paradigm. What do we need to know about the solutions?
    • What is one fund manager learning about the opportunity for investing for impact in China?


    Peter Cripps, Priscilla Lu


    Peter van Mierlo

  • This session will explore the “what if” of aggregate impact data. If, as the industry has asserted, it’s no longer acceptable to base impact decisions on intuition, how can investors drive toward evidence-backed decision-making and industry-level impact data?

    Christine Roddy, Rachel Bass, Philipp Essl, Lisa Beauvilain

  • Blended solutions are starting to make institutional investments possible in new and hard to reach areas. In this session, an expert panel discusses why these investment opportunities are important, and explore examples of how blended finance vehicles have made it possible to invest for institutional asset owners.

    Milena Bertram, Christopher Clubb, Patrick Goodman, Florian Kemmerich

  • As the impact investing industry matures, investors increasingly face competition for star deals. Learn from investees as they share their experiences raising capital and evaluating prospective investors. What can investors bring to the table to stand out among competitors and how can they effectively navigate the due diligence process?

    Lauren Cochran, Nick Hughes, Farouk Meralli

  • What does it take to build an investment portfolio promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion? What are asset owner priorities and how are these translated into the design of the portfolio? How are fund managers integrating gender equality into their investment process? Explore key considerations, including evaluating whether DEI goals and targets are being delivered, ensuring that the investee voice is included across the investment process, and more.

    Elena Philipova, Robert Kraybill, Smarinita Shetty, Celia Wong

  • As new climate-related disclosure requirements like TCFD, SASB, TEG on SEF come to fruition, what does it mean for impact investors in private markets? In the absence of similar, private market disclosure requirements, what can impact investors do to manage their climate risks and report to stakeholders?

    Gerrit Ledderhof, Samuel Mary, Delilah Rothenberg

  • Making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable is one of the UN’s sustainable development goals. In this session, reflect on learnings from current real estate investments in affordable and sustainable housing, and explore the potential for scaling up investable opportunities in both developing and developed markets.

    Saskia van den Bronk, Randy Caenen, Simon Chisholm, Monu Rata, Nathan Taft, Domingo Valdes

  • Faith-based investors use the values and tenets of their faith to guide their investment activity. Explore how the diligence process can help put those values into practice, from evaluating prospective investment opportunities to allocating capital.

    Candice Dial, Seamus Finn, Jessica Matthews, Luka Skorochod

  • In addition to goods and services targeting low-income communities, including investee and beneficiary voices in the investment process, can contribute to a more inclusive and equitable society. Hear about investment approaches that promote inclusive development, ensuring that investee communities benefit from the wealth creation and distribution.

    Justina Alders-Sheya, Theo Brouwers, Allie Burns, Jeffrey Cyr

  • In this 90-minute workshop, walk through a practical 101-level summary of the “what,” “how,” and “why” of IMM. Topics will include norms around best practice and tools that can help start and strengthen investors’ IMM practices.

    Alnoor Ebrahim, Mitzi Perez Padilla, Olivia Prentice, Elizabeth Ming, Ibrahima Dit Thierno Lo

  • Any reasonable interpretation of the Paris Agreement includes a significant role for natural-systems-based carbon sequestration. In this workshop, explore the role that impact investors in forestry and agriculture can play in creating a negative sequestration world.

    Caleb Ballou, Jay Barrymore, Bettina von Hagen, Brad Harrison, Charlotte Kaiser, Johan Larsson

  • What are lessons from successful retail impact investment products and how is the actual impact of these products safeguarded? What’s needed for their replication and further growth? Explore these questions and more in this dynamic session.

    Catherine Godschalk, Marie-Genevieve Loys, Sascha Noe, Thomas Venon

  • Setting financial and impact targets, impact measurement approaches, and investment terms together with investees can yield stronger financial performance and greater impact. But that doesn’t mean the process is easy. Refine your approach by hearing from investors and their investees who will dive deep into the negotiation process, the benefits of buy-in and alignment, and common sticking points faced along the way.

    Kate Cochran, Stanislas de Joussineau, Anne-Marie Harris, Jessica Rios, Loïc De Cannière, Brigit Van Dijk - van di Reijt

  • Today, we are facing the largest forced migration crisis in human history. Showcasing what it means to invest with a ‘Refugee Lens,’ this session will uncover how private investments are benefitting refugees and host communities and the financial opportunity these investments create.

    Francois de Borchgrave, John Kluge, Mary Nazzal-Batayneh

  • 17:00 – 17:25
    Fireside Chat with Darren Walker


    Billy Nauman, Darren Walker

    17:25 – 18:00

    Returns First: Private Equity in Practice

    In this lively and vibrant fireside discussion, we will hear from two impact private equity fund managers who aim to improve social outcomes globally without sacrificing returns.

    Marisa Drew, Urs Baumann, Amit Varma

  • AVPN and GIIN have collaborated with Oliver Wyman and Marsh & McLennan Insights to explore the current characteristics of impact investing in the Asia region, with special focus on China, India, Indonesia, Japan, and the Philippines. This resulted in the launch of the report “Impact Investing in Asia: Overcoming Barriers to Scale” ( This collaboration hinges upon the GIIN Roadmap for the Future of Impact Investing, which outlines actions to be taken over the coming years in building the impact investing ecosystem. Key findings from this report point to the importance of increasing awareness and driving alignment around impact measurement and management practices. As such, this workshop will share insights from the report and updates since its launch, followed by a discussion about how impact measurement and management practices differ by asset class and sector.

  • Chair welcome & recap
    Panel Fiduciary duty & impact: opportunity or obstacle
    • The GIIN’s Roadmap for the Future of Impact Investing advocates for clarity in the relationship between impact investing and fiduciary duty as key on the path to a more sustainable financial system. In this conversation, we discuss a relevant and timely framing of the question. How do investors in different jurisdictions interpret their fiduciary duty, and how do they integrate impact considerations into their investments in accordance with this interpretation?
    • How does fiduciary duty impact investment selection, risk management, and impact management?
    Elodie Feller, Mark Grier, Karlijn van Lierop, Ross Piper, Joëlla van Rijn

    Panel Impact Investing: Trusted Brand or Convenient Label
    • All strong brands communicate consistency – you know what you are getting in each interaction. With the growth of impact investing, concerns of “impact washing” abound. This session provides a practical take on how investors’ own efforts build the trust of the brand and establish a stronger identity for impact investing.
    • How are investors setting clear expectations, like those in the Core Characteristics of Impact Investing, to separate truly impactful products from those masquerading as impact?
    • How do investors manage impact and assess if their intended impact is realized?
    • What do investors require from their investees to know they will achieve the financial and impact performance goals they set, and how do they hold investees accountable?
    Royston Braganza, Marilou Van Golstein Brouwers, Matt Christensen, Maria Håkansson, Ommeed Sathe

    Inspiring change: Demonstrating the social mandate for investing for impact

    If people knew their investments made a positive difference in the world, would they save more? What could be done to influence change in the financial system to mobilise more inclusive, sustainable capital at scale for the SDGs? This session will talk about how to engage citizens on the subject of investing for impact, and why that’s complementary for building stronger ecosystems to support impact investing. It will also talk about why change is important, and what the UK Government’s Department of International Development (DFID) is doing to increase the availability of impact capital and take the sustainable finance agenda to scale.

  • Although there are still gender gaps across sectors and geographies, the knowledge of gender lens investing continues to grow. Join this workshop to explore how investors can make capital work for gender equity, the tools and resources that have been developed to date, and reflect on how gender lens investors are advancing their practices to grow their impact.

    Suzanne Beigel, Joe Keefe, Diana van Maasdijk, Rachna Saxena, Beau Seil

  • What is needed to adjust institutional mandates to make more impact investments? In this session, institutional investors discuss their ambitions and experiences, the real and perceived hurdles, and ways to overcome them.

    Candice Dial, Caitlin Medley, Sophie Robe, Sona Stadtelmeyer-Petru, Jacqueline van Voorthuizen

  • As temperature increase predictions continue to rise, some investors are shifting focus from mitigation to adaptation. Learn about three investors’ adaptation-focused strategies, and how adaptation has been integrated into investment planning and decision-making.

    Kent Gilges, Jay Koh

  • Explore the challenges and pain points of operating in emerging or frontier markets – including currency risk, corruption, volatility, and business model execution risk – and uncover strategies to mitigate them.

    Anulika Ajufo, Shruti Chandrasekhar, Marnix Mulder, Rekha Unnithan

  • Investors often provide non-financial support to address business challenges and improve impact results. But how do you do so effectively? And is it possible to fund sustainably at scale? This session will explore these and other questions, to uncover the ins and outs of how non-financial support can help drive impact.

    Nicholas Colloff, Todd Cook, Tahira Dosani, Daniel Kranzler, Ritu Verma

  • The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals have catalyzed engagement toward solving the world’s largest problems across industries and fields, including impact investing. Asset owners and managers will share how they have built portfolios to contribute to the SDGs and measured progress against them.

    Katherine Brown, Gerbrand Haverkamp, Maxime Le Floch, Karen Wilson

  • This session will explore the opportunity and demand for climate-related impact investing products that are aligned to the Paris Agreement. How are investors translating the policy-based targets of COP21 into usable guidance for investor action against climate change?  

    Pete Murphy

    Stephanie Bilo, Richard Gomes, Henry McLoughlin

  • Join Gayle Peterson and Karim Harji, Programme Directors at Saïd Business School for this interactive workshop. During this session you will:
    • Unpack two real case illustrations of impact investments which went wrong
    • Create community feedback processes to prevent harm and accelerate learning
    • Discuss new tools on impact measurement based on sustainability indicators and "do no harm" frameworks.
    • Answer the question: Whose impact matters?


    Karim Harji, Gayle Peterson

  • This session will explore the legal challenges unique to structuring deals in impact investing. How can investors and investees set terms to drive impact, and what are the responsibilities if impact returns are lower than anticipated? How can investors structure relationships and deals such that they have the latitude to act on insights garnered through impact measurement and management?

    Brinda Ganguly, Patience Marime-Ball, Wonyoung Kim, Perry Teicher, Steven van Weede

  • Some exciting programs in the water and sanitation sector have made it possible for market-rate institutional investors to play a significant role next to governments, DFIs, and foundations. In this session, participants will explore financial innovations through public-private partnerships, what has worked, and what needs to change in order to address the financing gap for basic services in water, sanitation, and health.

    Theo Brouwers, Catherine Kisamwa, Piet Klop, Valentin Post, Gary White

  • How can incorporating DEI considerations into policies and practices contribute to investments that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion? Explore approaches both within an organization and directed externally towards investments – including the hiring process, sourcing, due diligence, and post-investment engagement – to ensure better DEI outcomes in your investments.

    Nicole Kamaleson, Cynthia Muller, Raul Pomares, Lata Reddy, Joan Trant

  • Environmental stewardship is a shared tenet across many values-based investors. , Numerous faith-based organizations are utilizing their assets—land holdings along with investments—to protect the environment. In this session, faith-based investors will discuss how they approach translating their faith values into compelling environmentally-focused investing initiatives.

    Beth Collins, Joan Manda, John O'Shaughnessy, Omar Shaikh

  • Dirk Brouwer, Co-founder and CEO of ASA International Group plc, one of the largest international micro-finance institutions in the world serving more than 2.3 million clients, will discuss challenges and opportunities of investing in frontier markets. The Company provides small loans to low-income business owners, most of whom are women, across South Asia, South East Asia, West and East Africa since 2007, and listed on the Premium Segment of the London Stock Exchange in July 2018 . Dirk shares his views from both an investor and investee perspective.
    Dirk Brouwer

  • What does a deal gone bad look like? Barefoot Power will speak about how impact investment into the organization failed to deliver its intended results, and what was learned in the process. (20-minute Session)

    Stewart Craine, Dirk Kam, Giselle Leung

  • How can institutional investors find high impact assets in emerging markets with a suitable risk-return profile?  In this session, dive deep into examples of investments in these markets and explore how development banks are making investments possible for institutional investors.

    Manfred Schepers


    Sabrina M. Borlini, Jozef Henriquez, Alan Rousso, Catherine Simard, Marcus Svedberg, Rolf de Veer

  • Will green bonds live up to the hype? Will capital flows result in tangible environmental impact reduction? How can asset owners separate the green from the green-washed? And how do climate impact bonds compare financially to the regular bond market?

    Peter Cripps, Ominder Dhillon, Hannah Schiff

  • Parts of the impact investing industry still continue to face liquidity concerns and exit constraints. In this session, explore best practices and key takeaways from investors who will share their experiences navigating successful exits in such a way that also preserves their social and environmental mission.

    Diane Isenberg, Vishal Mehta, Rodney Schwartz, Andreas Zeller

  • In this 90-minute workshop, participants will learn how IRIS+ makes emerging norms—including the SDGs and five dimensions—actionable for impact investors, including a brief overview of IRIS+ by the GIIN as well as examples of practical experience by leading impact investing stakeholders.

    Roshni Bandesha, Leticia Emme, Geeta Goel, Dietske Simons, Ben Thornley

  • A DEI leadership position can be hugely beneficial, but how do you get there? Hear practical advice and lessons learned about the actual process of creating a diversity & inclusion leadership position, and what happens after the role is established.

    George Suttles, Anne-Marie Levesque

  • Fireside Chat


    Giselle Leung, Jim Sorenson, Naina Subberwal Batra

    Panel   Closing Panel: With a world on fire, visions of the Future of Finance
    • The current application of capitalist principles is out of step with our evolving world
    • How is today's global community rejecting this current system, and demanding a reimagined capitalism?
    • What could a that new system look like?
    • What needs to happen to make this bold idea become our new reality?


    Xavier de Souza Briggs

    Hela Cheikhrouhou, Jacco Minnaar, Vinneet Rai


Identify the sessions that matter most to you by
exploring our five core streams

The GIIN believes in a future where it will be normal to factor social and environmental impact into all types of investment decisions across asset classes. In order to achieve this, the implementation of strong impact measurement and management (IMM) needs to be standard for all investors. In the Integrating Impact sessions, explore how the IMM groundwork of today will shape the market of tomorrow. Find out how investors and other key impact investing stakeholders are measuring and managing their societal and environmental impacts, engaging with best practices and norms, utilizing impact data to inform investment decisions, and driving adoption in the wider financial market.

The capital markets have huge potential to help make the Sustainable Development Goals achievable, but to do so requires wide-scale adoption of impact investing across impact themes, geographies, and asset classes. In asset classes that are of routine interest to institutional investors, new impact investing opportunities are becoming available. The Product Development sessions will provide a snapshot of new products types and financing solutions available and in development, that serve a range of impact goals and risk-return expectations—from impact-first to market-rate—in both developing and developed markets.

For impact investing to solve pressing social and environmental challenges effectively, the absorptive capacity of investees must grow in tandem with the supply of capital. In this stream, investors can explore how to more effectively and efficiently contribute to the success of investees’ and the pipeline of high-quality investment opportunities. Sessions will tackle various points of intersection between stakeholders along the investment lifecycle. Topics include pre-investment readiness, expectations-setting at the time of investment, effective investment management, and exits.

Addressing social and economic inequalities is a common motivator for impact investors. But in a world that many feel is becoming more unequal, challenges persist in how to advance towards a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive society. The Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) stream will surface opportunities to investing capital in DEI strategies across asset classes and geographies, challenges that investors face in achieving their DEI investment objectives, and shed light on existing strategies and innovative approaches practitioners are adopting.

Investments in ESG-aligned strategies are an essential part of any 2 degree scenario. But, with global temperatures in a ‘business-as-usual’ scenario now set to rise as much as 5 degrees by the end of the century, exclusion of poor performers across ‘E’ criteria is not enough to meet climate goals. In the Climate & the Environment stream, investors will discover available and emerging investment solutions in both developing and developed markets, tackling climate change mitigation and adaptation, and explore how capital can lead the way in meeting the targets laid out in the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.