On September 18, QED’s Director of Sustainable Investing, Sean Keogh, attended the Global Impact Investing Network’s (GIIN) conference on “Scaling Impact Investing” in New York City. Over 200 practitioners came together for the conference to participate in discussions with senior and prominent leaders in the field of impact investing and to examine and reflect on methods to advance the impact investing industry and also to address key issues and challenges the industry faces.
Sean participated in the breakout session “In-Depth Practices in Impact Investing: Blended Finance,” where he shared his knowledge and expertise to fellow stakeholders on specific structures that can leverage private sector investment into challenging investment environments. Sean was also part of the special convening on “Structuring Permanent Capital Vehicles,” which was a workshop that conducted an in-depth review of the work done by the GIIN Holdco Working Group on various Holding Company structures and their viability to attract investment.
The conference also held discussions highlighting the attainability of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the opportunities and challenges in tackling the SDGs and workshops were conducted on how to align investments with SDG objectives.
GIIN is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the scale and effectiveness of impact investing around the world. The conference was attended by professionals from a wide range of sectors including impact investors, banks, investment funds, non-profit foundations, corporations, and government.