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Impact Investment Exchange: Building a social capital market in Asia

July 18, 2017

As one of the first female Bangladeshi investment bankers on Wall Street, Durreen Shahnaz came to appreciate the immense power of financial markets. She went on to roles at the World Bank and Grameen Bank. She launched, and sold oneNest, an e-commerce company that gave micro-entrepreneurs global market access.In 2009, Shahnaz launched the Impact Investment Exchange, or IIX, with a vision of building a more inclusive financial system though impact investing. Since then, IIX has established the world’s first social stock exchange, Asia’s largest equity crowd-funding platform for impact investing, and, recently, the world’s first listed bond with a focus on both social and financial returns, the $8 million Women’s Livelihood Bond.

 

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