Event Description

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More on the Defiant Optimist™ Series:

Defiant Optimist™ is a new virtual series that features purpose-driven leaders who have made a real difference in communities – regardless of the circumstances.

Join this live series hosted by Prof. Durreen Shahnaz, and be a part of this hour-long conversation that brings together the voices and stories of some of the world’s most motivated and bold thinkers.


Durreen Shahnaz, a global leader of social impact and impact investing, is the founder of Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) and IIX Foundation. Over the past three decades, her mission has been to build a more inclusive, sustainable world by transforming financial markets and bringing underserved women to the forefront of capital markets. Drawing on a rich career as an investment banker, development worker, researcher, educator, and serial social entrepreneur, Shahnaz’s work has helped thousands of entrepreneurs, investors, governments and impact stakeholders around the world to play a role in sustainable development and women’s empowerment.

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DD MM 2021

Online Event,

Single Session


Annual Membership


Annual Membership for students & IIX Institute Alumni


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