Workshop (*With Breakout Rooms)

How can impact investors vet deal flow for real impact?

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Many investors are skilled at understanding the likely financial return of an investment—but how are impact investors adapting to ensure that they evaluate and decide based on the likely impact return in tandem? This workshop will feature three approaches that leading impact investors are applying to evaluate the impact of prospective investments to ensure social return, including a discussion of post investment support and an interactive component to assess individual deals in small groups.

Confirmed Panelists

Kate Collins is a Case Team Leader at the Bridgespan Group. At Bridgespan, she served as the day-to-day manager for impact investing clients including ABC World Asia, LimeRock New Energy Partners, and other confidential funds. She has also worked for the Rise Fund evaluating their food & agriculture, and financial services investments, and for a large U.S. foundation to set up a new impact investing fund for early stage enterprises. She has also worked in early child development and education in the Middle East. She is currently based in Boston and has worked in Bridgespan’s Mumbai office.

Prior to Bridgespan, Kate worked as associate director of Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and as a researcher in the U.S. foreign policy program. She worked at Bain & Company in Chicago where she consulted for a major retailer. She also worked in food & agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa, including in Malawi where she developed public private partnerships between multinational commodities companies and smallholder farmers. Kate developed a strategy for the reducing working capital costs for the grain industry for the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa based in Nairobi, and completed consulting assignments for investors focused on East African agriculture, an East African government, and MIT’s Development Lab.

Kate has an MBA from MIT Sloan and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University.

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