Robert Kraybill is Chief Investment Officer of Impact Investment Exchange (IIX). In this role, Kraybill leads all of IIX’s portfolio management activities, with the goal to increase global capital toward high-impact enterprises who are innovating solutions to social and environmental problems, with a focus on creating the most impact for underserved communities and women. He led the development and launch of IIX’s first Women’s Livelihood Bond™ and is leading the development of new innovative and gender-lens financial instruments such as the US$100 million Women’s Livelihood Bond 2™ and the Women’s Catalyst FundTM. In addition, Kraybill oversees the IIX Growth Fund—targeting to raise US$25 million to make growth equity investments in high-impact enterprises in South and Southeast Asia, with a focus on women’s empowerment, sustainable agriculture and clean energy. He is also a member of the board of the IIX Foundation as well as of a number of IIX’s portfolio companies, including Indonesia-based Green Enterprises (an ethical organic virgin coconut oil producer in Aceh) and Bangladesh-based SOLshare (a peer-to-peer solar energy sharing company).
Kraybill leverages his deep expertise in finance and investment to help build the ecosystem for impact investing and bridge the gap between investors and impact enterprises. He brings 20 years in the traditional capital markets as an advisor and investor, most recently as head of Asian private equity for Marathon Asset Management, a US$12 billion alternative investment manager. Before that, Kraybill was head of investment banking, Asia ex-Japan, for Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein. Kraybill began his career at Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse.
Kraybill continues to work with actors across the entire spectrum of investment to unlock new resources for social good. Kraybill is Senior Advisor to Asian Tiger Capital – an innovative financial services firm in Bangladesh offering research, advisory and asset management services – and a member of the board of its asset management subsidiary. Kraybill is co-author of the chapter on “Social and Environmental Exchanges” in New Frontiers of Philanthropy, published by Oxford University Press. Kraybill is a member of the Innovation Working Group of the Task Force on Justice, an initiative of the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies; is a member of the advisory group for the Navigating Impact Investment Project; and has acted as a judge for various social enterprise business plan competitions, including the Global Social Venture Competition in Berkeley, California and the Asia Forum for Clean Energy Financing. Kraybill has lived in Singapore since 2004 and has served as a member of Singapore’s President’s Challenge Social Enterprise Awards Committee.
Kraybill received his B.A. magna cum laude from Princeton University and his J.D. summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania. Kraybill has lectured on M&A as an Adjunct Professor at the Singapore Management University.