Impact investing is coming of age with a growing number of private and institutional investors appreciating that doing good and doing well are not mutually exclusive. Last year the worldwide impact investing market topped the USD 1 trillion mark*, which is significant but not enough to solve the major societal and environmental challenges humankind faces. So what needs to be done to increase this asset class and where do the opportunities lie? We asked Dr Kim Tan a pioneer in social impact investing, Springhill Management chairman and founder chairman of Inqo Investments, an impact investment company in South Africa. 

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Years before the Rockefeller Foundation coined the term "impact investing" Malaysian-born biotech engineer, Dr Kim Tan, was proving its efficacy as an asset class. Tan now has impact investments spanning the world, in multiple industries from housing to education and conservation. But his very first venture which continues to operate today, is in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. 
 
In this Investec Focus Talk Max Richardson, senior investment director at Investec Wealth & Investment (UK) chats to Dr Tan on his most out-of-the-ordinary investments, what excites him about the field, and the role this burgeoning market must play in securing our sustainable future. 
 
*Source: Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN)

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Caroline Edey-van Wyk

Caroline Edey-van Wyk

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Colloquially known as Investec’s “storyteller,” Caroline curates and produces all the content that underpins Investec's Out of the Ordinary brand promise. She works across the business but specialises in the areas of Sustainability, CSI, Sponsorships and HR. Caroline holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree in Political Science and Broadcasting - cum laude. Before she joined Investec she was a broadcast journalist at Sky News and eNCA.

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