social impact

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 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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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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