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Global leaders in impact investing recognized by GSG

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, October 16, 2018

New Delhi - 8 October 2018: The catalysts of the global impact movement have been recognized by the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment (GSG) at the 4th annual Impact Summit on 8-9 October in New Delhi.

The annual GSG Honors and GSG Millennial Honors celebrate the individuals and organizations radically reshaping how measurable impact on people and the planet is reflected in financial decision-making.

GSG Honors

The GSG Honors rewards and recognizes the outstanding individuals and organizations catalyzing the growth of the sector through management and ownership of assets, building the global impact market, and addressing pressing challenges through scalable impact enterprises. This year’s Honors are presented in partnership with Pioneers Post.

“It is the innovation and drive of leaders such as this year’s winners that bring us closer to a future where impact is the defining element to the business and investment decisions we all make,” said Sir Ronald Cohen, founder and chair of the GSG.

Sir Ronald will present the Honors to the winners alongside Pioneers Post editor Tim West.

“These bold disruptors showcased in this year’s GSG Honors are doing nothing short of putting us back in touch with our own humanity, demonstrating that people and planet can and must sit alongside profit and prosperity as we consider how our actions will impact on future generations,” said West.

      Impact Asset Owner of the Year: Blue Haven Initiative

The U.S.-based family office was among the first created with impact investing as its mission and focus, applying a rigorous portfolio-management lens to for-profit and philanthropic capital with the goal of aligning financial performance and public benefit.

“My wife, Liesel Pritzker Simmons, and I have long known that impact investing is more informed investing. We are excited to see the impact movement grow around the world and look forward to a day when investors everywhere are investing for positive impact,” says Ian Simmons, Co-Founder & Principal.

      Impact Asset Manager of the Year: LeapFrog Investments

Since its founding in 2007, Australia’s LeapFrog Investments has invested capital, people and knowledge in purpose-driven businesses, particularly those in emerging market, helping them to grow, to be profitable and to have real social impact.

Dr. Andy Kuper, Founder and CEO of LeapFrog, said: “LeapFrog is honoured to be named Impact Asset Manager of the Year, recognizing the team’s efforts over the past 12 months, and a decade of building a best-in-class investment institution. We are all lucky to be alive at a moment of a historic financial and social opportunity for business. Looking ahead to the next 10 years, we plan to extend our portfolio companies’ reach from over 100 million to 1 billion emerging consumers, profoundly changing companies, markets and lives. We look forward to continuing to support high growth healthcare and financial services companies to fulfil this ambition, delivering on our original mantra: Profit with Purpose.”

      Impact Entrepreneur of the Year: Dr. Devi Shetty, Narayana Health

India’s Narayana Health is a low-cost hospital network that has created an affordable, globally-benchmarked quality-driven healthcare services model by leveraging economies of scale, skilled doctors, and an efficient business model.

      GSG Honors - Impact Market Builder of the Year: The Impact Management Project

How impact will be measured has long been a pressing question facing the sector. The Impact Management Project is an ambitious initiative to provide coherent and end-to-end ‘rules of the road’ for impact management.

The IMP is a global network of standard-setting organisations, who have come together to accelerate widespread adoption of impact measurement and management. This is the first time that such a diverse group of organisations, from right across the value chain, and covering both public and private markets, have come together to provide coherent and end-to-end ‘rules of the road’ for impact management.

Clara Barby, The Impact Management Project (IMP), said: In financial management, ‘general acceptance’ of norms for how we talk about, measure and manage financial performance enables capital to flow efficiently across value chains and across borders. If we want impact management to become the norm for every enterprise and investor, we need shared principles, reporting standards and benchmarking methods for impact. Building consensus and coordinating efforts through the IMP network is our best shot at creating an impact management approach that can ultimately become generally accepted globally. It is a privilege to coordinate this truly ‘by the market, for the market’ effort – and I accept this award on behalf of everyone who participates.”

GSG Millennial Honors

The GSG Millennial Honors celebrates the next generation of impact leaders, honoring entrepreneurs under 30 who have founded or co-founded scalable enterprises with measurable impact. The year’s Millennial Honors are presented in partnership with the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE).

“ANDE is pleased to again be part of this effort to honor small and growing business (SGBs) led by the next generation of innovators. We know that SGBs drive prosperity in developing markets and it’s critical to celebrate entrepreneurs that are leveraging business to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals,” said Randall Kempner, CEO of ANDE.

This year’s winners are Samir Ibrahim, Founder and CEO of SunCulture, and Ankit Agarwal, Co-Founder and CEO of HelpUsGreen.

Sun Culture sells affordable, IoT enabled solar-powered water pumps and micro irrigation systems, bundled with ongoing support and financing to increase smallholder farmer productivity. Their solutions use clean electricity and increase crop yield by up to 300%, support farmer livestock and household needs, and generate up to 10x more income. SunCulture is currently saving 9 billion liters of water annually.

Samir Ibrahim, CEO & co-founder of SunCulture: “I’m deeply honored to receive this award. This award is a reflection of the commitment that each and every person at SunCulture makes to all of our customers, and I feel lucky to do this work with everyone on our team.”

HelpUsGreen preserves the Ganges River by collecting the floral waste from temples that is otherwise dumped in the river and up-cycles it into charcoal-free incense sticks and biodegradable alternate to Styrofoam. This, in turn, provides livelihoods to marginalized women in Uttar Pradesh, India.

“We are deeply humbled by the GSG recognition and opportunity to represent our work, furthering the impact work towards cleaning the Ganges and Sustainable Development Goals”


Meg Massey, GSG Director of Communications

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