With interest in impact investing surging, our webinar will bring together experts from the GP, LP and advisory community to provide insights into the following key themes:
1. The UK’s impact market investment activity
2. The evolution of the impact measurement framework and the importance of data collection
3. First signs of exit and returns from impact investments
4. The LP perspective.
Tuesday, 20 April, 13:00 - 14:00
Leon de Bono, Assistant Director General, BVCA (Host)
Leon de Bono is the BVCA's Assistant Director General and Director of Membership Services. Before joining the BVCA in 2010 he was the Publishing Director and a member of the team that launched Private Equity News, part of eFinancialNews, which was acquired by Dow Jones in 2007. He began working in the private equity industry with Caspian Media in 2001. He has a BA from University College London and an MA from The Courtauld Institute.
Alexander De Mol, Partner, Bain
Alexander De Mol is partner in Bain & Company’s London office. He is a member of Bain’s global Private Equity practice. He has nearly 15 years of strategy consulting experience with Bain and was previously based in the firm’s Brussels, Boston, New York and Middle East offices. He focuses primarily on clients in the consumer products, retail and business services sectors..
Beth Houghton, Partner- - Head of Impact Fund, Palatine Private Equity
Beth is a Partner at Palatine and is Head of the Impact Fund. Her role includes defining the strategy and process for selecting impact investments, to engaging with portfolio companies to create commercial returns and additional value through environmental and social factors, to tracking and reporting results to our investors and other stakeholders. Beth has a passion and commitment to ESG (environment, social and governance) for which the firm has won six British Venture Capital Association (BVCA) awards since starting their ESG programme ten years ago.
Beth was awarded Changemaker of the Year at The Rainmakers Awards 2019. She was also the winner of Investor of the Year at the City AM Awards in 2017 and the winner of the Outstanding Individual Contribution Award at the BVCA Responsible Investment Awards in 2016.
Beth joined Palatine in 2007 after having previously spent 10 years as a Management Consultant. She holds an MBA with distinction from Manchester Business School.
Beth sits on the board of e-days, Veincentre, easyfundraising and Anthesis Group.
Aaron Pinnock, Impact Investment Analyst, Church CommissionersAaron leads on impact investment at the Church Commissioners for England, the £8.7bn endowment fund of the Church of England. Aaron’s responsibilities include identifying impact investment opportunities as well as portfolio impact measurement and management, with a particular focus on the fund’s alignment to its 2050 net zero emissions goal. The fund was awarded IPE’s first award for best in Impact Investing in 2020, and a whitepaper outlining their approach can be found at http://cofe.io/RealImpact. Prior to the Commissioners, Aaron was an investment consultant at PwC, developing a specific focus on sustainable and impact investment following backing from the firm’s internal innovation incubator.
Olivia Prentice, Chief Operating Officer, Impact Management Project
A co-founder of the IMP, Olivia has worked since the project’s inception to facilitate market consensus on sustainability and impact measurement, management and reporting. She focused on leading the development of best practices for investors, such as defining approaches for integrating impact considerations into traditional portfolio construction norms. Now, Olivia oversees the work of the IMP Structured Network of standard-setting organisations; providing technical support to all Members in their efforts to coordinate and co-create content. Olivia also manages the IMP’s internal operations.
Olivia is on secondment from Bridges Fund Management, where she was previously Director of the firm’s impact strategy throughout the investment cycle and across all fund types. Prior to this, Olivia worked in emerging market impact investing at the UK’s Development Finance Institution, CDC, and with the DFID Impact Fund.
Olivia has experience advising both investors and corporates on designing sustainability impact measurement and management approaches across diverse geographies and asset classes. She has authored several publications on this topic, and regularly delivers training for global academic institutions and industry membership networks. Olivia has an MA in International Relations from King’s College London, and a BA (Hons) in History from Durham University.
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