GIIN Appoints New President

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    Stockholm (NordSIP) – The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) announced on 9 January the appointment of Sapna Shah as president of the organisation. In her new role, she will oversee all aspects of the GIIN’s programmatic and operational work and lead the implementation of the multi-year strategic plan. “I’m proud of the work the GIIN has done over the last decade to accelerate the industry’s development, and I look forward to leading our team towards future successes,” comments the newly appointed president.

    An internal recruit, Shah has been with the GIIN since 2010, most recently serving as chief program and operating officer. Prior to joining the organisation, she was program officer for Africa and regional coordinator for East Africa at CNFA, a non-profit organisation focused on strengthening the agricultural sectors of developing economies. Earlier in her career, she worked at the Center for Corporate Citizenship with Fortune 500 companies to create business practices that were responsive to emerging market opportunities and social and environmental challenges. Shah holds a Bachelor of Science degree in neuroscience from Brown University and a Master of Public Policy degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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    “Few people embody the GIIN’s culture, values and servant leadership ethos quite like Sapna,” comments Amit Bouri, CEO and co-founder of the organisation. “Since joining the GIIN just one year after its inception, she’s been instrumental in growing the GIIN team, developing and nurturing talent, and expanding our programs and capabilities in service of our mission to scale the market with integrity. I trust Sapna’s leadership will be critical to ensuring investors have the tools, research, and resources they need to integrate impact into all of their decisions.”

    Bouri is not alone in welcoming the new president. Commenting on the development, Eloy Lindeijer, chair of the GIIN and former chief of investment management of PGGM, sounds just as enthusiastic. “Sapna’s appointment comes at a crucial time of growth for the GIIN and the industry as mainstream investors increase their focus on positive impact and outcomes,” he says. “Her courageous leadership will continue to advance the GIIN’s mission to promote impact investing to address global challenges.”

    Julia Axelsson, CAIA
    Julia Axelsson, CAIA
    Julia has accumulated experience in asset management for more than 20 years in Stockholm and Beijing, in portfolio management, asset allocation, fund selection and risk management. In December 2020, she completed a program in Sustainability Studies at the University of Linköping. Julia speaks Mandarin, Bulgarian, Hindi, Russian, Swedish, Urdu and English. She holds a Master in Indology from Sofia University and has completed studies in Economics at both Stockholm University and Stockholm School of Economics.
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