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IIX Founder Delivers Keynote Address at India’s Stree Shakti Awards

Durreen Shahnaz, founder and chairperson of Impact Investment Exchange Asia, was the keynote speaker on December 12 at the Annual Stree Shakti Awards and book launch by Minister of Tourism Kumari Selja in New Delhi, India.

Stree Shakti-The Parallel Force, is a platform for the convergence of grassroots efforts, scientific research, creative ideas and enterprise and a collective voice of women seeking justice and equality.

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IIX Founder Durreen Shahnaz Selected as TED Fellow

Durreen Shahnaz, the founder and chairperson of Impact Investment Exchange Asia, was named a 2010 TED Fellow  in recognition of her work with IIX. TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading.”

Shahnaz is among the 25 global TED Fellows who will participate in TED2010, the annual conference Feb. 9-13, in Long Beach, California, which invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak and then makes their talks available at TED.com.

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Steady Returns With Social Impact

In today's volatile markets, investors are looking for new ways to capture returns while managing risk. The little secret of this past year's capital crisis is that while many mainstream investments incurred significant losses in value, one category remained steady--with some investors significantly outperforming the mainstream market. It's called impact investing.

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Brace for Impact

The new industry of impact investment has the potential to become the best way of addressing global challenges

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Programme on Social Innovation and Change Presents “Measuring Social Impact” Research Project

The Programme on Social Innovation and Change (PSIC), headed by Professor Durreen Shahnaz, introduced a research project on “Measuring Social Impact” on October 7, 2009. The workshop included  the ecosystem of social investing — a group of investors, lawyers, government officials, academics, and representatives from rating agencies and social enterprises.

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A place in society

Sep 25th 2009 | NEW YORK From The Economist print edition

You might suppose that financial innovation had done enough damage. But bankers, investors and philanthropists believe it can help the world’s poor

MANY nodded when Lord Turner, the City of London’s chief regulator, said recently that the financial industry had grown “beyond its socially useful size”. The idea that devices such as collateralised debt obligations and credit-default swaps have been a blessing, not least by allowing the less well-off to buy houses, is in tatters: lots of those new homeowners have lost their houses as well as their jobs. It is remarkable, then, that the crisis should have given fresh impetus to “social finance”, a movement based on the belief that financial innovation can be used directly to help society’s neediest people.

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IIX Asia Presents Plans for Asian Social Stock Exchange at SoCap09

Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX) introduced its plans to create Asia’s first social stock exchange at SoCap09, the pioneering global conference for the social capital markets held September 1-3 in San Francisco.

More than 800 delegates representing all aspects of the emerging social capital markets attended the conference. They included social venture capitalists, foundations, investment advisors, social enterprises, community organizations and government agencies. Sonal Shah, who was appointed this year by US President Barack Obama as director of the newly created White House Office of Social Innovation, gave the keynote address.

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