Creating System-Wide Change

Core Subject: Sustainable leadership

Difficulty: Foundational

Length: Approximately 2-3 hours


  • – Self-guided course
  • – Readings
  • – Assessments
  • – IIX Institute digital credential

Course Access Period: 90 days

Price: $35

Group rates available. Contact for more info.


Building an ecosystem for sustainable investing is complex, requiring the concerted effort of public, private, and civil society actors to catalyze system-wide change. Not only is there a need to shift stakeholders towards a new way of thinking about development and finance, but there’s also a need to reposition sectors through multi-stakeholder partnerships to value opportunities that produce both social and financial returns. This course offers a foundational understanding of what it means to create an effective ecosystem that benefits the 99% of the world. By the end of the course, you will be able to identify the key stakeholder groups and their role in catalyzing the sustainable investing movement to achieve the SDGs.

Learning objectives

  • –  Define the way the public, private and civil society can play a role in building the ecosystem for sustainable investing
  • – Explore a case study to map the gaps of the ecosystem and identify the role stakeholders play in the most catalytic way
  • – Observe how IIX has addressed gaps in cross-sector collaboration

Who should enroll?

  • – Policymakers eager to orchestrate a more collaborative ecosystem for sustainable investing
  • – Financial and corporate professionals interested in creating more social and environmental impact while achieving financial returns
  • – Early- and mid-career professionals looking to identify their role and strengthen the ecosystem



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self-guided course

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IIX Institute
digital credential

Earn a verified digital credential from the IIX Institute that can be used as evidence of knowledge acquired


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   Module 1: The Role of Public, Private, Civil Society

       Module 2: Case Study: Mapping the Gaps in the Ecosystem

       Module 3: Case Study: Partnerships in Action


Jennifer Chien

Director, Research and Advisory, Impact Investment Exchange (IIX)

Jennifer Chien is the Director of Research and Advisory at IIX. She leads initiatives to educate the larger impact investing ecosystem including impact investors, corporations, foundations, international organizations, and governments. She is in charge of supporting ecosystem players with in-depth sector analysis, landscape mapping, and action-oriented research, and curating content for equipping professionals from the public, private, and philanthropic sectors with the knowledge and skills to play a catalytic role in the impact investing space. Jennifer brings +10 years of experience supporting both MNCs and SMEs in the US, China, Malaysia, and Singapore in gaining market access to Asia, including managing a US$3M+ EU SME market access project in Asia Pacific at the EU Chamber of Commerce, and supporting American MNCs at the American Chamber of Commerce in Malaysia. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and a Masters and PhD in Social Science from Duke University, US.


How can I make a payment?

Payments can be made online at IIX Institute using Stripe. If you would prefer to pay using other methods (e.g., bank transfer, PayPal, cheque) please contact All payments must be received in full prior to accessing the course.

I am unable to make the full payment. Can I pay by installments?

Should you have difficulties making the full payment upfront, please contact the program coordinator at Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.

How long can I access the course for?

You can access all course content for 90 days from the date of purchase. If you do not complete the course in that period, contact our team at for extensions.

How do I get the IIX Institute digital credential for this online course?

Upon passing the final assessment (minimum score 70%), you will receive a digital credential from the IIX Institute.


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