MIT Sloan Speaker Series: Ellen Lederman

26 Sep. 2013

On September 26 in Zurich Ellen Ledermann S.M.’91 presented on the topic of impact investing to an audience of mostly non-finance professionals. Impact investments are “intended to create positive impact beyond financial returns.” Typical impact investing areas are microfinance, education and health care for people at “the bottom of the pyramid.” Ellen gave many examples of social impact companies such as SCA Trafalgar, which provided dental services for over 80,000 people annually in poor areas of the UK.

It is estimated that between USD 25 billion to 40 billion are currently allocated to impact investing. However this allocation is expected to continue to grow due to increased interest from asset managers.

Viara Nedeva Thompson