Social impact strategy: Africa’s golden ticket

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Social impact strategy: Africa’s golden ticket

Social impact strategy: Africa’s golden ticket

About the speakers
  • Andia LAURA Chakava
    Andia LAURA Chakava
    Managing Partner, Investment Director at Afrishela Fund (Promoted by the Graça Machel Trust)
    Andia Chakava has over 20 years’ experience in fund management and over 12 years of driving women economic empowerment. Andia has established herself as a global thought leader in gender lens investing and is one of the first female fund managers in the Africa region and has made considerable contributions towards promoting the social and economic inclusion of women in Africa through the development and structuring of fit for purpose funds having set up two fund management companies in East Africa. At Graca Machel Trust ( GMT ) in her role as Investment Director, she is co-leading the development of a $30 million Pan African gender lens investment vehicle called 'Afrishela’ to invest in ‘missing middle’ enterprises in East and Southern Africa. She is the current chair of the investment advisory council for Canada's Equality Fund and an independent director of 2X Global. In Kenya she sits on the board of East African Educational Publishers and Sterling Investment Bank. She has over 16 years of senior leadership experience working comfortably across interdisciplinary and multi-cultural teams. She brings a combination of regional and international best practice to provide both financial and non-financial support to women in business.
  • Clarisa de Franco
    Clarisa de Franco
    Founder / Senior Advisor at Impact Advise / Allied Climate Partners
    Building on 20 years at a DFI, Clarisa recently founded Impact Advise to provide advisory services to LPs and GPs investing across the emerging markets, with expertise in LP/GP relationships, and key impact themes such as Gender and Climate. She is a senior advisor to Allied Climate Partners, a philanthropic investment organisation looking to accelerate the climate transition by increasing the flow of capital to develop climate related projects and businesses across the emerging markets through junior capital to GPs. Prior to this, Clarisa was at British International Investment (BII) for 16 years, where she led the Private Equity Funds team, managing a portfolio of over US$2.5 billion of fund investments across Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. She was a member of BII’s Funds Investment Committee, covering fund investment and co-investments in private equity, venture capital, infrastructure and private credit. She has been working in the African private equity space since 2012 and previously worked on BII’s South Asia, China and South East Asia fund investments as well as co-investment opportunities and microfinance investments across BII’s core geographies. Earlier on in her career, Clarisa spent time at Grupo Financiero Uno (acquired by Citigroup) developing a cross-regional online banking platform and investing into energy projects. She had previously been at BII’s offices in London and Costa Rica making direct investments in Latin America. Clarisa graduated from Marquette University in Wisconsin with a BA (Hons) in Mathematics and Economics and has an MBA from INCAE Business School, Nicaragua.

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