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Catalyzing Capital to Local Leaders: How to navigate and simultaneously dismantle neo-colonialism in impact investing

Alex Pan May 13, 2021

Data and experience show that expat-led social enterprises far outpace their locally-led counterparts in terms of raising investment. In this session, we will unpack some of the neo-colonial mindsets present in the impact investing ecosystem that perpetuates this discrepancy. We will also explore how local leaders can be successful in spite of these challenges, and the role intermediaries play in changing this system and building a more just funding ecosystem



Meta Themes

  • Impact Investing

  • Equity & Inclusion

  • Social Entrepreneurship


Purpose and Desired Outcome

Highlight the problems in our impact investing system, offer practical tips in overcoming those challenges, Inspire and motivate us all to work to build a more just system


  • Intermediaries (Financial Advisers, Investment Bankers)

  • Asset Managers

  • Entrepreneurs

  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)


  • NameAlex Pan
  • TitleDirector Impact Investing
  • OrganizationMiller Center for Social Entrepreneurship
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameManka Angwafo
  • TitleCEO
  • OrganizationGrassland Cameroon
  • StatusInvited
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