In a Massive Sustainable Investment Market, Energy Efficiency Offers Huge Returns

One in every five dollars invested professionally in the US is now invested sustainably. And while investment in projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions are rising globally, the market for energy efficiency remains under-satisfied compared to its potential and the market for renewable energy investment. Here’s why.

Read the full article featuring Giles Gunesekera via The Energy Collective 
by David Thorpe

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Q&A with Giles Gunesekera — 2018 Cayman Alternative Investment Summit

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Giles appears at 3m52s, 10m50s & 35m33s

Giles is the Founder and CEO of Global Impact Initiative (GII). GII works with a variety of organisations to create impact investments, seeking both a positive financial return and positive social or environmental impact. The business creates bespoke investment solutions that map the UN Sustainable Development goals. Giles has over 20 years of experience building and developing teams, businesses and distribution strategies for global enterprises. Giles has a unique blend of leadership and business skills gained in the corporate environment married with financial and governance skills gained in the Not for Profit sector. Giles holds numerous Volunteer Not-for-Profit Directorships ranging from Human Rights, Disabilities, Arts and Sports.

At the 2018 Cayman Alternative Investment Summit Giles spoke on the “Philanthropy & Impact: A New Model for A New Age” panel. We sat down with him during the event to learn more about the Global Impact Initiative and the evolving impact investing industry.

Q: How did you first get into impact investing? Continue reading “Q&A with Giles Gunesekera — 2018 Cayman Alternative Investment Summit”

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An inspirational end to an amazing week in the US and the Cayman Islands

It was an inspirational end to an amazing week in the US and the Cayman Islands. A man who does it all…. Will Smith – Actor, Musician, Film Producer, Businessman, Investor and Philanthropist. He spoke candidly about his failures, successes, family and his dreams. He did so with authenticity, enthusiasm, humility and humour. A true superstar! The week started at a UN-organised event where I was invited to be part of an Innovations in Finance Working Group which is looking at large scale, financial innovations to solve the UN SDGs.  The second half of the week saw me presenting at the Cayman Alternative Investment Summit on the spectacular Grand Cayman Island. I was truly honoured to be on a panel talking about creating an Impact with Michael Hastings, Dipender Saluja and Kwami Williams – brilliant men with big hearts who are making a difference. Well done to KPMG in the Cayman Islands, DART, Amin Rajan and Anthony Cowell who did a phenomenal job of orchestrating a diverse program. It was great hearing and talking to CEO’s, CIO’s, Portfolio Managers, Navy Seal’s, Nascar Driver’s, Professors, Lord’s and of course Will Smith. Cayman Alternative Investment Summit#CAIS2018 #WillSmith @UN @UNSIF

UN Innovations in Finance Workgroup & Cayman Alternative Investment Summit
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Podcast: How Can Super Funds Grow the Impact Investing Market to Create a Better World?

Impact investing has an estimated worth of over US $77 billion globally and growing. There is an increasing focus and influence in the Australian market with super funds taking a leadership position. Listen to Giles Gunesekera of the Global Impact Initiative as he shares:A case study on a successful Impact Investing strategy

  • Why Australia is lagging in this space
  • How funds can start to develop their own Impact Investing strategy and framework

 

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Giles Gunesekera Speaking Engagements

DateTopicConferenceAttendeesLocation
February 2018Philanthropy and Impact: A new model for a new ageCayman Alternative Investment Summit 450Cayman Islands
September 2017Accelerating the pipeline for impact investingUnited Nations – SDG Impact Finance Group50New York, USA
September 2017Scaling Impact Investing and Gender EqualityGlobal Impact Investing Network (GIIN)50New York, USA
September 2017Impact Investing and Superannuation - working together to create a better worldAustralian Institute for Superannuation Trustees100Gold Coast, Australia
August 2017There’s a place for Impact Investing strategies in portfoliosPortfolio Construction Forum650Sydney, Australia
July 2017Impact InvestingGlobal Steering Group for Impact Investing (delegate only)500Chicago, USA
June 2017ESG, SRI and Impact InvestingFund Forum International200Berlin, Germany
March 2017Social CapitalismParagem Professional Development day100Sydney, Australia
March 2017Social CapitalismChallenger management offsite20Sydney, Australia
March 2017Latest Trends in Impact Investing WorldwideOxford Impact Investing World Forum300London, UK
April 2016Impact Investing – where are the deals?Milken Institute100Los Angeles, USA
September 2015Trends in funds managementMarcus Evans250Montreux, Switzerland
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Princesses, Presidents and Ex-Prime Ministers

It was exciting to end UN General Assembly (UNGA) week in New York as a panellist on the SDG Impact Finance group at UNHQ talking about how we can accelerate the pipeline for impact investing.  We discussed blended finance models and using capital markets more efficiently to mobilise the SDGs.

The UN Social Impact fund (UNSIF) has been a positive force for engaging the ecosystem to work together and we look forward to continuing our great relationship. The most positive aspect of the week has been seeing diversity in action – by gender, age, geography, culture, sector and religion all united by a desire to do good.

At GII, we believe that investment capital can and should be used to mobilise the SDGs and this week further showed that there is the desire, willingness and more importantly action. I look forward to continuing our work with friends at the UN, Government, NGOs, Social Enterprises, Family Offices, Foundations, Pension Plans and Corporates to continue to create bespoke impact investing strategies that solve social problems now.

I’m excited about the possibilities that lie ahead when people take the time to listen and understand each other.

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