Impact Investing in Africa

University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business

How long?

  • 5 days
  • in person

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University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business


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Who should attend

  • Finance or development finance professional
  • Funder
  • Lawyer
  • Wealth manager
  • Consultant

About the course

Position yourself in a rapidly growing field

Impact Investing in Africa is a specialised short course, offered by the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the UCT GSB, designed to equip wealth managers, consultants, funders and other financial intermediaries with expertise in this rapidly growing field. This interactive five-day course gives participants the tools to develop impact investing strategies, analyse opportunities and engage with clients about socially responsible investments.

Learn practical financial tools

Most major financial institutions are involved in the impact investing market by building in-house expertise. However, many wealth managers, consultants and funders have yet to build their own expertise to meet the demand from a new generation of wealth holders. This fast-emerging industry, estimated at $500 billion in 2019, requires new financial models, new metrics and new regulation.

The Impact Investing in Africa course at the UCT GSB uses case studies, taught by leading experts and practitioners from across the globe, to give delegates the practical financial tools and industry insight needed for this new field

What will I Gain from this Course?

Delegates on the Impact Investing in Africa course will gain:

  • A sophisticated understanding of the impact investment ecosystem globally, with best practices on how to balance risk, return and impact
  • Insight into how to develop an impact investing strategy
  • An understanding of the process of building an effective impact investment portfolio through either intermediaries and/or direct investments
  • Practical skills in due diligence, investment selection and valuation of impact investments
  • Exposure to global and African best practices of implementing impact investment strategies from leading experts in the field
  • An understanding of the opportunities in emerging technologies (AI, the Blockchain, remote sensing and Iot) and impact investing

What does the Corse Focuse on?

This interactive five-day course offers a rich learning experience that blends theory and practice.

Day 1: Impact investing eco-system and relevance

Develop a sophisticated understanding of the impact investment ecosystem, globally and across the continent.

Day 2: Designing an impact investing strategy

Best practices for building a pipeline and performing due diligence with an impact lens across multiple sectors and asset classes.

Day 3: Evaluating, structuring and managing direct investments and investments through intermediaries

Create impact measurement and management strategies and understand the complexities of impact deal structuring.

Day 4: Building impact investing portfolios

How to build your strategy and manage your impact portfolio.

Day 5: Innovative Financing and emerging technologies for impact (Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning)

Learn about what is next in the world of impact investing and technology.


Karim Harji

Karim has over a decade of international experience in impact measurement and evaluation, particularly for impact investing, social finance, and social enterprise. He was the Co-Chair of the Impact Measurement Task Force convened by the Government of Ontario, and the Canadian representative on th...

Andia Chakava

Andia Laura Chakava is currently an independent investment professional with over 15 years experience in fund management. Is passionate about facilitating both foreign and intra Africa investment in the continent, increasing financial literacy through investor education and promoting gender lens ...

Natasha Dinham

Natasha’s work in innovative finance has focused on impact monetization and the use of grant funding to catalyse private sector investment for impact. Before joining the Bertha Centre she worked for the Dutch development bank (FMO), where she designed, funded, and monitored projects with a high s...

Jon Duncan

MSc: Environmental Science Senior Associate of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership Jon Duncan leads the Responsible Investment Programme at Old Mutual. The Programme is focused on driving the systematic integration of material environmental, social and corporate governance (ES...

Heather Jackson

Mission: Realising the power of tri-sector solutions - aligning interests between business, government and society to develop world class investment solutions. Heather has almost 25 years of capital market experience. She qualified as an economist at UCT in 1991 where she was recruited by the l...

Kanini Mutooni

Kanini Mutooni, is a UK Chartered accountant and has worked at Director and board level positions at Merrill Lynch Bank of America, KPMG, Ernst and Young and Kleinwort Benson Bank over the past 15 years in Wealth Management and Investment Banking across 3 continents. Her core experience covers se...

Aunnie Patton Power

Aunnie Patton Power is the founder of Intelligent Impact, a technology for social impact advisory firm. She is also a university lecturer on innovative finance, impact investing and technology for impact. At Saïd Business School, she is an entrepreneur in residence at the Skoll Centre for Soci...

Mark van Wyk

Mark has specialised for over 17 years to become one of the leaders in providing institutional impact investments within Southern Africa. He was instrumental in developing Mergence as a pioneer impact investor when he joined in 2011. As portfolio manager of the Mergence Infrastructure & Devel...

Tracey Davies

Tracey is executive director of Just Share. Previously she ran the Centre for Environmental Rights’ Corporate Accountability and Transparency Programme, pioneering new methods of analysing the narrative and financial disclosures of listed companies to expose environmental non-compliance, raise in...

Hamdiya Ismala

Hamdiya is currently the General Manager of Venture Capital Trust Fund (VCTF), where she oversees the Investments and general operations of the Trust. Hamdiya has over 18 years' experience in SME Finance and Investment and over 10 years’ experience in Venture Capital /Private Equity (VC/PE) Fund...

Impact Investing in Africa at University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business

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