Archive for August, 2010

IIX featured on 938LIVE’s News Analysis Podcast

Devika Misra of MSN’s 938LIVE interviews IIX founder Durreen Shahnaz for the series “News Analysis.”

“Singapore has two trading exchanges- one for stocks and shares and another for commodities. But could it soon have a third platform ? One with a difference… An exchange thats not purely financial. One that aims to bring about social betterment.”

IIX Presents at “Capital Markets for Social Good,” Hosted by 85 Broads

On September 5, IIX’s Mona Sinha and Natalie Williams will present the mission and future of the Impact Investment Exchange to the Hong Kong chapter of 85 Broads, a global network that focuses on investing in women’s opportunities. See below for event details.

The 85 Broads Hong Kong Chapter

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Sunday Brunch Speaker Series:

Capital Markets for Social Good

Join us on September 5 to learn about Asia’s first social stock exchange during our exclusive Sunday brunch at Spuntini, while meeting new and old friends from 85 Broads. Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) will be a trading platform and an efficient capital-raising mechanism for social enterprises in Asia.

Mona Sinha and Natalie Williams from IIX will be our speakers, and will discuss the mission and latest developments of IIX, their experiences with the organization, and opportunities to be involved.

Impact Investment Exchange (IIX)

IIX is a social enterprise with a social mission: to provide social enterprises in Asia with greater access to capital, allowing them to more rapidly expand the impact of their activities. IIX will focus on social enterprises doing valuable work in fields such as clean technology, social market initiatives, education, health care and microfinance. IIX will connect social enterprises with impact investors seeking to achieve both a social return and an economic return while providing capital to fund innovative social businesses.

Speaker Bios

Mona Sinha is the Director of Strategic Initiatives of IIX. She advises and provides leadership to organizations focused on women, human rights and education, in areas of brand building, strategic planning and fundraising. Mona began her career as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley, followed by marketing at P&G and Unilever. Most recently, she worked on a project for Goldman Sachs Asia on the development of Asian leadership. She holds a BA from Smith College and an MBA from Columbia University. She currently is an advisor to Smith College and an Advisory Director to Breakthrough, a human rights organization based in the US and India.

Natalie Williams advises IIX on legal and policy issues. Natalie served in the New York State Attorney General’s Office as the Chief of the Civil Rights Bureau and Deputy Bureau Chief. From 1995-96, Natalie served as an Associate Counsel to President Clinton in the Office of the White House Counsel. She was a senior litigation associate at Debevoise & Plimpton where she worked on commercial litigation, products liability, international arbitration and securities fraud matters. Natalie is a graduate of Cornell University and Yale Law School. 

Location: Spuntini, Shop A, G/F,

No. 4-6 St Francis Street,

Wanchai, Hong Kong

(MTR Station: Pacific Place)

Date: Sunday, September 5
Time: 12:00 – 2:00pm
Fee: HK$220 for members

HK$250 for non-members

Setting the Wheels of “Qllaboration” in Motion

Asia IIX Founder Durreen Shahnaz, Aidha President Sarah Mavrinac, and Carbon Conservation CEO Doriee Sun participate in a conversation hosted by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Timor Leste President Jose Ramos–Horta.

The four will be the main speakers for Qi Global’s 2010 conference: The Annual Asian Summit for Sustainable Innovation, to be held in Singapore on 8-9 October, 2010.

Pre-Summit Qllaboration from Qi GLOBAL on Vimeo.

Ted Interview with Durreen Shahnaz

Durreen Shahnaz, founder and chairman of Impact Investment Exchange spoke to TED about her experiences from Wall Street to Grameen Bank and what propelled her next project: a stock exchange for socially conscious companies. You can read more at