Introduction to Impact Investing with a Gender Lens


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Around the world, women and underserved communities are standing up for greater equality and systemic change. Individual and organizational leaders have the opportunity to drive sustainable growth by investing in inclusion and using business as a force for good.  As organizations strive to achieve diversity to boost performance, claiming gender balance is no easy feat especially when there is no one-size-fits-all solution.

Introduction to Impact Investing with a Gender Lens is created for professionals from any discipline – consulting, accounting, law, public policy, media, technology, education or finance – and equips them with practical and conceptual knowledge about how to incorporate a gender-lens into their organizational thinking and processes.

The lessons will draw from IIX’s decade of global experience as a pioneering practitioner and thought-leader of impact investing to provide you with a unique perspective of the current landscape of this rapidly-growing field.

Completion of the short course qualifies you to join our Future 500 Network.

Ready for more? Check out our Masterclass on Measuring Impact for Sustainability - beginning September 27th

Learn how to measure impact and sustainability from our CEO, Professor Durreen Shahnaz along with other guest speakers. By the end of the course, you’ll gain:

  • A global understanding of the impact measurement ecosystem
  • Knowledge of how to refine your impact measurement strategy to improve your investment portfolio
  • Mastery of IIX’s widely-accepted impact assessment approach, valued by investors, donors, and enterprises

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Introduction to Impact Investing with a Gender Lens (3 - 5 hours online)

Your impact journey begins with the Introduction to Impact Investing with a Gender Lens short course which acts as a primer for developing a gender transformative mindset with a dual-focus on social and environmental impact alongside financial returns. This course is also a prerequisite to participating in our Future 500 Network.


  • Recognize the need and importance of investing in inclusion
  • Explore the role of Gender Transformative Businesses in women’s empowerment and how to become one
  • Learn about how to grow an enabling ecosystem and drive investment towards building an equal society


  • Define what gender lens investing means and understand its trends
  • Outline the gaps and opportunities that exist in the space
  • Outline and define the role that stakeholders can play in building an ecosystem for women empowerment

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Put your knowledge and competencies to the test by getting certified. Passing the certificate exam earns you the Introduction to Impact Investing with a Gender Lens Certificate of Completion from IIX Impact Institute:

  • Gain insights to improve your processes and decision-making—whether you are catalyzing change within an organization for gender balance or partnering to support programs/investments for underserved communities
  • Be at the forefront of industry-wide demand for gender-lens competencies—understanding how to play a role in gender-lens impact investing and support gender-transformative businesses
  • Learn to behave strategically in the impact economy and drive organizational performance by grasping key trends and factors in the space and to unlock the potential of inclusive growth
  • Join a global network of impact leaders who are creating an enabling environment for impact investing through the Future 500 Network, in partnership with the Australian government

Complement your learning journey by registering for the Certificate Exam and optimize the benefits gained from the free short course.

To pass the Introduction to Impact Investing with a Gender Lens Certificate Exam, participants must score at least 70% on the multiple choice exam, upon which you will receive the Introduction to Impact Investing with a Gender Lens Certificate of Completion and be showcased to a network of 43,000 impact stakeholders and the Equity@Scale program.

Durreen Shahnaz

CEO and Founder, Impact Investment Exchange (IIX)

Durreen Shahnaz is a global leader of social impact and impact investing. Born in Bangladesh, Durreen has built an international track record as a social entrepreneur, banker, media executive and academic at institutions, including Morgan Stanley (New York), Grameen Bank (Bangladesh), Hearst Magazines International (New York) and the National University of Singapore.

She is the recipient of 2017 Oslo Business for Peace Award, often referred to as the ‘Nobel Prize for Business’, amongst numerous other awards.


Melanie Edwards

Melanie Edwards
Adjunct Professor of Business Management, Colombia Graduate School of Business and Lecturer, Stanford University

Melanie Edwards educates the next generation of impact leaders for social and environmental change. In her role at Stanford University and Columbia Business School, she instructs and advises undergraduate and graduate students in developing their impact ventures, careers and leadership. Melanie is also the founder of the social venture Mobile Metrix, an inclusive market research company serving marginalized populations.


David Musto

David K. Musto
Ronald O. Perelman Professor in Finance; Chair of the Finance Department, The Wharton Business School

David K. Musto is the Ronald O. Perelman Professor in Finance and Chair of the Finance Department at the Wharton School, where he has been on the faculty since 1995. Most of his work is in the area of consumer financial services, mutual funds and consumer credit in particular. He has also published work on corporate and political voting, option pricing, short selling, and cross-border taxation.


Jeremy Nicholls

Jermey Nicholls
Director and Founder, Social Value International

Jeremy Nicholls is a director and one of the founders of Social Value International, a membership organisation for individuals and organisations supporting principles and standards in accounting for social and environmental value. He works part time with the Impact Management Project and is Professor of Social Value at Staffordshire University.

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Robert Kraybill

CIO and Managing Director, Impact Investment Exchange (IIX)

Robert Kraybill has over 20 years in the traditional capital markets as an advisor and investor, where he was previous head of Asian private equity for Marathon Asset Management and ex-head of investment banking, Asia ex-Japan, for Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein. Kraybill began his career at Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse.

Kraybill leads all of IIX’s portfolio management activities, notably the launch of IIX’s first Women’s Livelihood Bond™ and is leading the team developing the $100 million Women’s Livelihood Bond 2™ and the Women’s Catalyst FundTM. He is also a member of the Innovation Working Group of the Task Force on Justice and Navigating Impact Investment Project.

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