Key Players in Impact Investing 2021

Core Subject: Sustainable finance

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.


A paradigm shift is taking place and finance and development – traditionally regarded as separate disciplines –are converging into is known as impact investing. With a global market size of US$715 billion in 2020, impact investing is a rapidly emerging investment approach that has the potential to unlock large-scale private sector capital and redirect it towards sustainable development initiatives, including climate change, gender equality, and healthcare. As more players join the arena, it is all the more critical to understand the key players and their unique functions in the impact investing space. This course gives you an in-depth understanding of the impact investing ecosystem and explores how diverse ecosystem players can play a more catalytic role in the movement. By the end of the course, you will have a better understanding of the various stakeholders in the impact investing space and discover key strategies to unlock more finance for the SDGs.

Learning objectives

  • – Outline key stakeholders in the impact investing ecosystem and their positioning
  • – Learn how different stakeholders can work together to unlock more finance for the SDGs
  • – Discuss how to engage with diverse ecosystem players to build the industry

Who should enroll?

  • – Early-to mid-career professionals wanting to understand their role in a global movement and better navigate the space
  • – Investors, consultants, and financial professionals wanting to increase their impact footprint and support a resilient economy
  • – Policymakers, non-profit leaders, and philanthropists interested in building a more enabling ecosystem for impact investing and sustainable finance



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self-guided course

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IIX Institute
digital credential

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   Module 1: Understanding the Supply and Demand of Capital

       Module 2: Supply-Side Stakeholders

       Module 3: Intermediary Stakeholders

       Module 4: Demand-Side Stakeholders

       Module 5: The Impact Investing Stakeholder Triad


Professor 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.


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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