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Can We Shift Power Without Shifting Systems?

Meg Massey May 30, 2021

Impact investment remains rooted in traditional financial structures and practices, with all of its positives and problems. It’s proved a safe way to build momentum, but in light of rising global inequality and awareness of historic injustices, commitments to equity and empowerment at the fund level can seem like changes at the margins.

All of this begs the question: what’s the tipping point for a much bigger change in wealth, power, and investment?

With a focus on the African continent, panelists will discuss the traditional roots of impact investing as we know it, and the alternative models emerging that would challenge orthodoxies in the field, including questions of ownership. The discussion will paint a picture of what this system change could really look like.



Meta Themes

  • Equity & Inclusion

  • Sustainable Development


Equity & Inclusivity

Purpose and Desired Outcome

This session’s purpose is to be provocative, and raise uncomfortable questions about the origins of wealth and power, and propose solutions beyond the fund level.


  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Asset Managers

  • Intermediaries (Financial Advisers, Investment Bankers)


  • NameTayo Akinyemi
  • TitleChief Inquisitor
  • OrganizationQuery Insights
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameMeg Massey
  • TitleAuthor
  • OrganizationLetting Go: How Philanthropists and Impact Investors Can Do More Good By Giving Up Control
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameSheryl Petty
  • TitleFounder
  • OrganizationMovement Tapestries
  • StatusInvited
  • NameMinayo Sigala
  • TitleAssociate Legal Director, Africa
  • OrganizationAcumen
  • StatusInvited
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