Innovative Financing Solutions for Resilience


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  • Length: 6 weeks
  • Dates: September 7 – October 19
  • Structure:
    • Self-Guided Online Courses
    • Live Virtual Sessions
    • Certificate of Completion
  • Regular price*:
    • US$249 (Single Module Access)
    • US$599 (Full Masterclass Access)

*Group rates available. Contact for more info.

Join us for a virtual masterclass designed to equip investors and financial professionals with the knowledge and skills to drive sustainable growth.

As the world comes to grip with the COVID-19 pandemic and what it means for our businesses, communities, and countries, there is a growing recognition that a new norm is taking shape—one defined by global interdependence, mutual obligation to each other, and an urgent need to accelerate sustainable solutions.

In this new era, innovative finance solutions continue to stand out as a way to address global development challenges at scale and to unlock private-sector capital for forward-looking initiatives. There is tremendous potential in leveraging the expertise of both development and finance stakeholders towards a common goal: achieving sustainability and resilience without leaving anyone behind.

Through this virtual learning journey, participants will uncover answers to the following questions in order to leverage innovative finance for social and environmental impact.

  • What is innovative finance and how can it be leveraged to unlock more capital for sustainable social and environmental development?
  • What are the financial structures that can be used to fuel sustainability while balancing risk-return-impact?
  • What are effective measures to bring in new stakeholders – including policymakers, government officials, private sector players, and investors – into the equation?
  • How can innovative finance be used as a tool for building a better, more resilient future in the COVID-19 era?

Key Benefits


The 6-week virtual masterclass from IIX Impact Institute will address these questions through both academic research as well as providing perspectives of practitioners in the field. The masterclass is designed to be bite-sized and digestible for working professionals through various online course videos, readings, and live virtual sessions.

At the end of this Masterclass, you will emerge with a deepened understanding of how innovative financial structures and products hold the key to connecting the backstreets of underserved communities to the Wall Streets of the world and be better equipped as a thought-leader in innovative finance.


Participants of this masterclass will be evaluated with a certificate exam based on course material presented throughout the virtual masterclass. Participants scoring an overall passing grade will earn a Certificate of Completion from IIX Impact Institute, which can be used as evidence of your knowledge and experience gained.


How do I make payment?

Payments can be made online at IIX Impact 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.

What is the cancellation policy?

Payment is non-refundable. Where unavoidable, we reserve the right to change the speakers. If we cancel the course, we will notify you of the changes and endeavor to reschedule the course or we will refund the course fees in full (minus any bank transfer fees). We will not refund any other costs you incur as a result of the cancellation.

What is the difference between the Single Module Access and the Full Masterclass Access?

The Single Module Access Package gives you access to only one online course and one live virtual sessions from Week 1. The Masterclass Access Package gives you full access to all four online courses and all four live virtual sessions. Upon completing the Masterclass and passing certificate exam, you will receive a Certificate of Completion for Innovative Financing Solutions for Resilience from IIX Impact Institute.

I only want to participate in Week 3. Can I use the Single Module Access to only participate in Week 3?

No. The Single Module Access only grants you access to the online videos and live virtual session from Week 1. If you want to access the learning material from Week 3, we recommend you to purchase the full Masterclass Access package.

Can I upgrade my Single Module Access to the Full Masterclass Access after the course has started?

Yes, you can upgrade your Single Module Access at any time for a one-time fee of US$350. Please contact the program coordinator at to arrange this.

What is the certificate exam?

At the end of the course, you can test your knowledge with the Innovative Financing Solutions for Resilience certificate exam. This certificate exam consists of a series of multiple-choice questions that will be available on-demand during the last week of the course. Upon passing the certificate exam, you will receive a Certificate of Completion from IIX Impact Institute, which can be used as evidence of your knowledge and experience gained.

How do I get the IIX Impact Institute Certificate of Completion for this masterclass?

Upon passing the certificate exam (minimum score 70%), you will receive a Certificate of Completion from IIX Impact Institute.

I have the Single Module Access. Can I take the certificate exam and get the Certificate of Completion?

No. The certificate exam and Certificate of Completion are only available to students who take the full Masterclass.

What To Expect

Throughout this course, you will learn about capital raise process as well as how innovative financial structures and products can hold the key to building resilience in a post-COVID-19 economy. At the end of this course, you will emerge with a deepened understanding of impact investing and be better equipped as a thought-leader in innovative finance

Course Outline

Week 1: Need and Potential of Innovative Finance   

Learning objectives:

  • Analyze the SDGs and their current financing opportunities
  • Define innovative finance and learn about various innovative financing mechanisms
  • Review the capital raise process

Week 2: Structures Around Innovative Finance  

Learning objectives:

  • Discuss the challenges facing current innovative financing mechanisms
  • Understand the credit enhancement mechanisms available in innovative finance and their importance in de-risking impact investments
  • Explore different types of innovative financial instruments for both for-profit and not-for-profit entities to drive progress towards the SDGs

Week 3: Fundamentals of Capital Raise

Learning objectives:

  • Outline the capital raise process and the financing options available for non-profits and for-profits
  • Explore impact investing mechanisms and deal structures
  • Explore how to apply traditional financial practices to impact investing and understand the steps and factors to raise capital for Impact Enterprises

Week 4: Building an Enabling Environment

Learning objectives:

  • Define the various ways non-profit and government sectors can play a role in establishing an enabling environment for impact investing
  • Evaluate policy initiatives to support impact investing across the globe and gain an introductory understanding of the role of policy in supporting impact investing and innovative finance to finance the SDGs
  • Explore case studies of innovative cross-sector partnerships that have moved impact investing towards the mainstream and tackled the SDGs

Lead Instructor


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.


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.

Guest Speakers


Kristy Graham

Director, Development Finance (DFAT – Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade)


Stephen Liberatore, CFA

Portfolio Manager, Head of ESG/Impact Fixed Income Strategy Team (Nuveen)

Steve is a portfolio manager for Nuveen’s global fixed income team. He is the lead portfolio manager for fixed income strategies that incorporate Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) criteria and Impact investments, including those that comprise our Core Impact Bond, Short Duration Impact Bond and Green Bond composites. He is a member of the Investment Committee, which establishes investment policy for all global fixed income products.

Steve was a member of the initial executive committee of the Green Bond Principles and the CERES Green Bond Working Group. Steve and Nuveen’s ESG/Impact Fixed Income team were recently highly commended at Environment Finance’s 2020 Bond Awards as Investor of the Year.


Rocky Lee, PhD, MBA

Innovation, Finance & Technology Expert 

Professor Rocky Lee, PhD, MBA, is a Steering Committee member of the AIM-Dado Banatao Incubator and has headed both AIM’s Washington SyCip Graduate School of Business and the AIM-JBF Center for Banking and Finance.  Most recently, Dr. Lee was a core faculty member in Finance & Accounting at the Asian Institute of Management abd consulted to the World Bank Group in Washington DC and the Asian Development Bank in Manila. He has co-founded and advised several tech start-ups and is a co-inventor of 30+ U.S. patents and patents pending.

Dr. Lee’s research focuses on cross-pyramid innovation and technology (FinTech, EduTech), R&D commercialization, investment analytics, and knowledge/information management.


Taimur Baig, PhD

Chief Economist, DBS Bank

Taimur Baig heads economics as well as fixed income and currency research at DBS Bank. Prior to joining DBS, Taimur was a Principal Economist in the Economic Policy Group, Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and spent nearly a decade at Deutsche Bank, where his last position was Managing Director and Chief Economist, Asia. Before Deutsche Bank, Taimur was based in Washington, DC, at the headquarters of the International Monetary Fund, for eight years, where his last position was Senior Economist.

Taimur has published extensively for both specialists and a general audience, on areas including monetary policy in a deflationary environment, exchange rate regime determination, demographics, energy sector, frontier markets, fiscal policy efficacy, and financial market contagion. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and attended London School of Economics and Wabash College for his B.A. in Economics.


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