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Impact Investing: Challenges and Prospects

DateNovember 7, 2011

In recent years, impact investing -- investing for financial returns as well as social and environmental impacts -- has gained heightened attention among investors and social entrepreneurs.

Antony Bugg-Levine and Jed Emerson literally wrote the book on the subject, Impact Investing: Transforming How We Make Money While Making a Difference.Their book is the first to chart a course for “blended value” investment strategies that make money while improving social and environmental conditions.

In this online seminar, the two will explore the roots of impact investing, discuss examples of its practice today, and explore what challenges need to be addressed in order for this investing practice to attain its full potential, including:

  • regulations

  • cultivating transformational leaders

  • measuring blended value

  • bringing in philanthropic capital

  • limits and challenges of impact investing

Anyone who cares about the social value of the business they start, grow or invest in will find this thought-provoking and encouraging presentation useful in charting their own business course.

Who Should Attend?

Social entrepreneurs
Socially responsible entrepreneurs
Triple-bottom line small businesses
Values-driven small businesses
Socially responsible investors
Socially responsible venture capitalists


Antony Bugg-Levine is the CEO of the Nonprofit Finance Fund. Prior to taking up this position in October, 2011, he was a Managing Director at the Rockefeller Foundation, where he designed and led the Rockefeller Foundation's Impact Investing initiative. He convened the 2007 meeting that coined the phrase "impact investing" and is the Board chair of the Global Impact Investing Network. A former consultant with McKinsey & Co., he also teaches at Columbia Business School. A native of South Africa, he served in the late 1990s as the acting communications director at the South African Human Rights Commission.

Jed Emerson is executive vice-president for Strategic Development with ImpactAssets, a nonprofit financial services firm that provides information about impact investing to interested asset owners and creates impact investing products to the asset owner/impact fund market.

He is a Senior Fellow with the Center for Social Investing at Heidelberg University (Germany) and Senior Advisor to The Sterling Group (a multi-family office based in Hong Kong, which pursues a sustainable/impact investing strategy for its clients). He was a founding board member of Pacific Community Ventures, founding director of REDF and has been affiliated with various leading investment firms, such as Generation Investment Management (London).

Jed is also an adjunct professor with NYU-Abu Dhabi, in addition to having held faculty appointments at the Harvard, Stanford, and Oxford business schools. He is internationally recognized as a thought leader, having originated the concept of Blended Value and produced numerous articles on investing capital and managing firms for multiple returns. Jed has presented his work at the World Economic Forum, CGI and other events around the world. His various papers/research may be found at