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Gender Lens Investing: The Business Case is Clear, So What Is Holding us Back?

Katie Naeve July 13, 2022

Despite the growing, compelling evidence base that investing in gender diverse businesses is good for women, society and investors, the IFC estimates that there is a $300 billion gender finance gap globally and that more than 70% of women-owned SMEs have insufficient access to financial services. So what is holding us back? During this highly engaging session, we will present the latest business case evidence and dive into some of the most noted challenges that hold investors back from embedding a gender lens into their investment practices and portfolio. Participants will collaboratively uncover actionable solutions to these challenges applying proven tools and approaches.  



Meta Themes

  • Deliver Equity and Inclusion


Gender Lens Investing; Impact Measurement and Management; Impact Investing; SME Finance

Purpose and Desired Outcome

Participants learn how to identify and overcome barriers to embedding a gender lens that they can apply to their own investment process or in their business practices using proven tools and approaches.


  • Asset Managers

  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Entrepreneurs

  • Accelerators & Incubators

  • Corporate & SME

  • Government

  • Service Providers


  • NameKatie Naeve
  • TitleGender and Business Advisor
  • OrganizationValue for Women
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameLeonor Gutierrez
  • TitleDirector, Women in Agriculture Initiative
  • OrganizationRoot Capital
  • StatusInvited
  • NameTim Radjy
  • TitleFounder & Managing Partner
  • OrganizationAlphaMundi Group
  • StatusInvited
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