Archive for March, 2010

GSVC – Social Entrepreneurship Symposium

Durreen Shahnaz, Founder and Chairman of Impact Investment Exchange Asia, spoke at the GSVC Symposium on 19th March in Bangkok. Click on the following link to listen to the talk:

Prestige Interview with Durreen Shahnaz: Power To Impact

We expected the usual power suit, but Durreen Shahnaz, the founder and chairperson of what is to be a new stock exchange come 2011, is wearing a vegetable dyed sari instead. Its material so light and supple, it flutters in the breeze. The image is powerful. The ex-investment banker and high flying media exec turned entrepreneur is, indeed, the face of a kinder and more conscious form of capitalism. Her Singapore-based Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) — Asia’s first social stock exchange — will be a capital market for social good. It is a lofty goal, but Shahnaz has never known how to aim for anything less.

Read more | “We Will Take The Risks That Investors Cannot Afford To”

A radically new form of social investment, championed by the century-old Rockefeller Foundation, the much younger Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and even financial powerhouses like Citigroup, is gaining followers. Antony Bugg-Levine, Managing Director of the US-based Rockefeller Foundation, shared with Naren Karunakaran ideas about the changing landscape of the philanthropic world.

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