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.

Investing in Inclusion 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.

Investing in Inclusion consists of a two-course series – a free online short course and an optional in-depth masterclass – that together will provide you with a holistic understanding on gender lens impact investing and sufficiently prepares you for the certificate exam. 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 and/or getting certified qualifies you to join our Future 500 Network.

Introduction to Investing in Inclusion (1.5 hours online, FREE)

Your impact journey begins with an online short course that is entirely free for all participants. The Introduction to Investing in Inclusion 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

Investing in Inclusion Masterclass (4 hours online, US$685)

For those seeking to dive deeper into the concepts of impact investing and gender lens investing, the Investing in Inclusion Masterclass will guide you through an overview of the key topics in the impact investing space with a gender lens – impact measurement, capital raise, building an enabling environment. Working professionals access premier content and excerpts from IIX Impact Institute’s full Executive Certificate Program, suited to a two-day learning journey.


  • Study the fundamentals of Impact Investing and explore the role of the expanding market for gender lens investing
  • Learn about measuring the impact of your organization, whether it is a CSR program, an impact enterprise, or a charity
  • Explore tools for unlocking more capital for sustainable development and building an enabling environment


  • Define impact investing and its role in achieving the SDGs
  • Outline the challenges and opportunities that exist in the impact economy
  • Outline and define the role that stakeholders can play in building an ecosystem for women’s empowerment

Investing in Inclusion Certificate Exam (1 hour online, US$179)

Put your knowledge and competencies to the test by getting certified. Passing the certificate exam earns you the Investing in Inclusion Certificate 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 combined offerings of the free short course and the paid masterclass.

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

Participants can join the Future 500 Network in 2 ways: completing the Introduction to Investing in Inclusion short course and/or attaining the Investing in Inclusion Certificate.

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.

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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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Register for our Introduction to Investing Inclusion for FREE