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University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business

Impact Investing in Africa

Nov 25—29, 2019
5 days
Cape Town, South Africa
ZAR 18900 ≈USD 1286
ZAR 3780 per day

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In this course, wealth managers, consultants, funders, lawyers and other financial intermediaries will gain an understanding of the rapidly emerging field of impact investing and its ecosystem globally, with a specific focus on Africa. Delegates will be given tools to develop impact investing strategies, analyse opportunities and engage with clients about socially responsible investments. They will participate in case study based workshops led by a diverse group of leading experts in the field. By the end of the course, they will be able to take their first steps to realise the potential of impact investing for their clients and institutions.

The course will provide world-class, tailor-made curriculae to participants and will be taught by leading experts and practitioners from across the globe including Jennifer Kenning from Align Impact, based in the United States. She serves as a Director on various private foundations, the Board of Directors for Advisors in Philanthropy for the Los Angeles chapter, and on the advisor board of Investment News.

Some of our special South African based lecturers include: Andrew Canter (Futuregrowth Asset Management), Dean Hand (Ashburton Investments), Heather Jackson (Ashburton Investments) and Mark van Wyk (Mergence).

Leading organisations such as Merrill Lynch, BlackRock and JP Morgan are already ahead of the impact investing ‘trend’ by building in-house impact investing expertise. However, many wealth managers, consultants, funders etc. have yet to build theirs. This fast emerging industry requires new financial models, new metrics, new regulation, and perhaps, more importantly, new territory. According to the GIIN (the Global Impact Investing Network) sub-Saharan Africa makes up 22% of global impact enterprises.

The course is run by the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the UCT GSB and forms part of its efforts to build the impact investing sector in Africa. The Bertha Centre is collaborating with academics and practitioners in the field to bridge the skills gap through this new impact investing course.

Is this course for me?

This investment short course is for finance professionals, funders, lawyers, intermediaries and consultants who are interested in understanding this growing field and how they can and should position themselves within it.

Key learnings

  • Develop a sophisticated understanding of the impact investment ecosystem globally, best practices on how to balance risk, return and impact.
  • Gather insights on how to develop an impact investing strategy.
  • Acquire an understanding of the process of building an effective impact investment portfolio through either intermediaries and/or direct investments.
  • Build practical skills in due diligence, investment selection and valuation of impact investments.
  • Learn about global and African best practices of implementing impact investment strategies from leading experts in the field.

Course information

This interactive five-day investment training opportunity offers a rich learning experience that blends theory and practice with a focus on the latter.

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.

Who should attend

This investment short course is for finance professionals, funders, lawyers, intermediaries and consultants who are interested in understanding this growing field and how they can and should position themselves within it.


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 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’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...
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...
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...
Refilwe Mokoena is a development finance and monitoring and evaluation professional. She has accumulated over 10 years of experience leading and managing work relating to monitoring and evaluation as well as reporting systems. She currently leads the Graça Machel Trust’s impact strategy and monit...
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...
Tsakane, based in Nairobi, supports the team's investment activities through the cycle - origination, structuring and post-investment portfolio support. Prior to joining AHL, Tsakane was an impact investment analyst at the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, where she focuse...
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 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...


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Nov 25—29, 2019
5 days
Cape Town, South Africa
ZAR 18900 ≈USD 1286
ZAR 3780 per day

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