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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.

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business.outlookindia.com | “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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Social Enterprise in Asia: Context and Opportunities

Asia is the birthplace of several successful and large Social Enterprises (SEs) such as Grameen Bank, BRAC and PDA. While extensively covered in the media, these entities are the exception rather than the norm. These SEs were, and some remain, lucky to receive unquestioned government and donor support. Not all the SEs in Asia is in the same position. Unfortunately most of the SEs are mid-sized; with neither have the unlimited access to capital nor the required recognition of their impactful work. At the same time, SEs in Asia operate within contexts that, while impossible to generalise across the whole region, provide some unique opportunities for growth.

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Rockefeller Foundation Awards Grant to Impact Investment Exchange (Asia)

SINGAPORE – Jan. 18, 2010 – The Rockefeller Foundation has awarded a US$495,000 project support grant to Singapore-based Impact Investment Exchange (Asia) Pte. Ltd. (IIX), which is creating Asia’s first social stock exchange.  The grant will support research and proof-of-concept analysis that IIX will undertake prior to launch of its exchange.

The Foundation made the grant as part of its Impact Investing work to help facilitate the development of necessary infrastructure for the social capital markets and to promote the availability of capital for Social Enterprises.

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WhartonConnect Interviews IIX Founder Durreeen Shahnaz

Durreen Shahnaz, WG’95

As Wharton’s first Bangladeshi alumna, Durreen Shahnaz, WG’95, strives to make her alma mater proud – and to make an impact as a social entrepreneur and professor.

What is your occupation?
I wear two hats: one as a social entrepreneur and the other as a professor. I am the Founder and Chairperson of Impact Investment Exchange—a social stock exchange in Asia. Additionally, I am Associate Professor and Head of Programme on Social Innovation and Change at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.

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IIX in the News in Italy

http://novareview.ilsole24ore.com/articoli/35594

economia della conoscenza

Un mercato di buone idee

Una crescita economica responsabile

di Giorgio Fiorentini e Cesare Vitali*

La Social Stock Exchange o Borsa Sociale è un mercato azionario ed obbligazionario per la quotazione di imprese sociali siano esse profit che non profit. Per creare un beneficio sociale ed economico rilevante per qualsiasi territorio e sistema paese.

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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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