Length: 5 weeks
Dates: June 7 – July 12

  • – Self-Guided Online Courses
  • – Live Sessions
  • – Add-on Workshop
  • – Digital Credential


*Group rates available. Contact for more info.

Take part in a virtual masterclass designed to equip you with the skills to transform finance and catalyze impact. 

Despite breakthroughs in innovation, our generation is faced with serious challenges when it comes to addressing the reality of climate change, reducing economic and gender inequality, and tackling poverty around the world. In finance, the transition to sustainable investments is not yet happening at the pace and scale needed to meet the SDGs.

Yet these challenges can be met only if we can measure the effectiveness of our response.

In this Masterclass, learn how to measure impact and sustainability from our CEO, Professor Durreen Shahnaz along with guest speakers who are industry pioneers. 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

Gain professional certification

This masterclass is part of the Virtual Executive Program – a unique blended learning experience that equips you with the full spectrum of key knowledge and skills needed to propel the sustainable development movement forward.



Learn from leaders in the sustainability space from around the world

Gain real-time

Immerse in sustainability and learn how to implement solutions to today’s biggest challenges – from climate change to COVID recovery

Blended learning

 On-demand, self-guided courses to prepare you for insightful conversations with instructors and guest speakers

IIX Institute
digital credential

Earn a verified digital credential from IIX Institute that can be used as evidence of knowledge acquired


Online Courses

Take part in a self-guided, on-demand course

Live Sessions

Tune into virtual sessions and connect with the course instructor and guest speakers


Supplementary reading material to broaden your understanding


Modules quizzes and a final assessment to evaluate your learning journey


This masterclass is designed to be bite-sized and digestible for working professionals through modules of self-guided on-demand course videos, readings, live sessions with guest speakers, and an add-on workshop. At the end of this masterclass, you will emerge with an advanced understanding of best practices and current perspectives of the impact measurement and ESG process, and be able to identify key success factors to creating real change. You will receive a digital credential from the IIX Institute upon completing the masterclass and passing the certificate exam. 

Week 1: Pre-masterclass preparation

Week 2: Fundamentals of Impact

  • – Learn about impact and understand the importance of measuring impact
  • – Identify the SDG funding gap and the role of (gender-lens) impact investing in achieving the SDGs
  • – Gain industry insights about best practices and new perspectives in impact measurement – including ESG practices

Week 3: Key Elements of Impact Measurement Process

  • – Dive deeper into understanding how an organization creates impact by exploring its outcomes, stakeholders, and SROI
  • – Discuss critical success factors that create change within an organization
  • – Learn about how impact can be scaled throughout the investment process

 Week 4: Measuring Impact: The IIX Approach

  • – Examine the impact assessment in practice
  • – Understand how to measure impact using IIX’s proprietary assessment methodology

Week 5: Add-On Workshop

Week 6: Review and Certificate Exam


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.


Jeremy Nicholls

Director and Founder, Social Value International

Jeremy Nicholls founded the SROI Network in 2007 with the mission to change the way the world accounts for value. As Chief Executive he was instrumental in developing the network across the globe as well as developing numerous innovative training and assurance and accreditation services. In 2015 when the SROI Network joined with the Social Impact Analysts Association to form Social Value International and Social Value UK, Jeremy became Chief Executive of both organizations. Jeremy stepped down as Chief Executive in June 2018 but remains a committed member of the network.

Jeremy also chairs the British Standards Institute’s social value subcommittee and is a member of the IRIS advisory committee, the Social Value Taskforce and the Social Stock Exchange admissions panel. He has lectured at several Universities including the Said Business School at Oxford University, Hult International Business School and the University of Western Australia.

Sara Olsen

CEO & Founder, SVT Group

Sara Olsen is the founder of SVT Group, an impact management firm that provides investors, companies and social enterprises support to measure, manage and communicate their social and environmental impact (e.g. theory of change, impact metrics, impact IT systems onboarding and support, retrospective impact analyses and more). A pioneer in the social capital markets, Olsen and SVT’s team of subject-matter experts have measured the social and environmental value of approximately $9.08 Bn in private equity, debt, and grants in dozens of countries and issue areas. Recent clients include Yo Yo Ma, Restore the Earth Foundation, Fair Trade USA, Global Fund for Women, Beneficial State Bank, and CalPERS’ Environmental Investment Advisor.

She is founding board member of Social Value United States and co-chair of the methodology subcommittee of Social Value International; has taught at Stanford Graduate School of Business, Middlebury Institute of International Studies, and others; and is the author of several publications on impact management. Sara earned her MBA from UC Berkeley and MSW from the University of Chicago.


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.

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 certificate exam?

At the end of the course, you can test your knowledge with the Measuring Impact for Sustainability 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 digital credential from the IIX Institute, which can be used as evidence of your knowledge and experience gained.

How do I get the IIX Institute digital credential for this masterclass?

Upon passing the certificate exam (minimum score 70%), you will receive a digital credential from the IIX Institute.


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