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Southeast Asia Impact Investing: Embarking with the Pioneers

Jaewon Jeong Impact Square

Our session aims to explore the emerging frontier of impact investing in Southeast Asia, providing global impact investment stakeholders with comprehensive insights into the region’s potential, challenges, and avenues for growth. It is designed to leverage the expertise of seasoned professionals active in Southeast Asia’s impact investing field, offering a platform for the exchange of local insights and case studies.

The session will last approximately one hour and will feature three panels. Each panelist is allocated 10 minutes to share their presentation, followed by a focused 30-minute discussion primarily among the panelists themselves, enriched by audience interaction. This format aims to foster a deep, nuanced conversation, revealing the complexities and opportunities of impact investing in the region.

1. Navigating the Waters: Mana Impact as Local Investors, The Current State and Future Direction of Southeast Asia’s Impact Investment Market

The first topic sets the stage by examining the present scenario and projecting the future direction of impact investing in Southeast Asia. This panelist will unpack the rapid growth dynamics of Southeast Asia’s market, analyzing investment opportunities and challenges, while highlighting why the region is a magnet for impact investments.

Key areas of discussion:
– Latest trends and dynamics in Southeast Asia’s impact investing market
– Innovation in impact investing solutions to social problems in Southeast Asia

Delving into the growth potential of impact investing, the session will be enriched by recent research, practical knowledge, and statistical insights.

2. Voyage Log: Korea Social Value and Solidarity Foundation, Real-world Applications and Outcomes of Impact Investing in Southeast Asia

The second topic provides a platform to explore the challenges faced by impact limited partners (LPs) in the region and their expectations from general partners (GPs), fostering opportunities to enhance collaboration between the two sides. This panelist will delve into the demanding issues that impact LPs grapple with and shed light on the qualities they seek in potential GP partners and key considerations for such partnerships. Moreover, this panelist will uncover the perspectives and ecosystem-level aspirations of impact LPs, both from an investment standpoint and a broader context.

Key areas of discussion:
– The formidable hurdles encountered by impact LPs in the region
– Qualities desired in prospective GP collaborators and crucial factors influencing partnership decisions
– Overarching hopes and expectations of impact LPs for shaping a conducive ecosystem and realizing impactful investments

By bridging the divide between impact LPs and GPs, this session aims to pave the way for stronger alignments that can catalyze Southeast Asia’s impact investing landscape.

3. Navigating Rough Seas: Perspectives of Impact Square as a Recent Market Entrant on Overcoming Challenges in Southeast Asia’s Impact Investment Landscape

The third topic will focus on Impact Square’s unique perspective as a relatively new player in Southeast Asia’s ecosystem. Impact Square brings a unique outlook shaped by its immersive on-the-ground experiences and grasp of the region’s growth prospects. Speaking from the vantage point of an early mover, Impact Square will impart first-hand lessons learned and articulate its vision for Southeast Asia’s future trajectory.

Key areas of discussion:
– Newly entered into the Southeast Asian ecosystem ecosystem
– Perspectives from a senior manager pioneering the Southeast Asian market
– Candid reflections after years of in-market exploration in Southeast Asia
– Comparing trailblazing efforts in the Republic of Korea versus endeavors in Southeast Asia

This panelist will delve into concrete strategies and best practices for cultivating impactful partnerships, collaborations, and communities to champion impact investing across Southeast Asia. Practical guidance will be provided to equip the audience to embark on their impact investing journeys in the region. Moreover, by examining real-world investment and acceleration case studies, this panelist will unpack risk mitigation tactics that have proven effective in navigating Southeast Asia’s landscape.

By fostering panel discussions complemented by active audience engagement, our session promises a rich and interactive exploration of the complexities of impact investing in Southeast Asia. We plan to deepen stakeholders’ collective understanding and facilitate meaningful dialogue to advance the impact investment agenda in the region. Through the lens of LPs and GPs, our session will explore the region’s potential and collaborative strategies for maximizing impact value.

The anticipated questions for the discussion are as follows:

● Unique Appeal of Southeast Asia: What makes Southeast Asia stand out as an attractive market for impact investments? How does it differ from other regions in terms of impact value?

● Addressing Social Issues: With the growing wealth gap in Southeast Asia, how can impact investing contribute to mitigating social issues? How can impact investing help reduce the negative effects of environmental pollution? What types of investment projects are the most effective in supporting the impoverished and socially vulnerable?

● Focus Areas for Future Investments: Which challenges or social issues should be prioritized in Southeast Asia’s impact investing landscape? What industries or sectors hold the most potential for significant impact?

● Fundraising Strategies: What are the most effective strategies to raise funds that support impact investments in Southeast Asia? How do LPs and GPs align their values during the matching process?

● Collaboration Opportunities: From the perspectives of LPs and GPs, what areas within the Southeast Asian impact investment market present opportunities for collaboration? Can you provide examples of successful collaborative efforts?

● Predicting the Future and Collaboration Models: What are the main challenges in forecasting the future of impact investing in Southeast Asia? How can partnering with local experts amplify the success of impact investments?

Track

Capital Flows for Impact: Dialogues Around the State of Impact Investment

Format

Panel (3 speakers)

Speakers

  • NamePatricia Chu
  • TitleManaging Director 
  • OrganizationMana Impact Partners
  • NameJinkyung Choi
  • TitleSenior Program Manager, International Relations
  • OrganizationKorea Social Value and Solidarity Foundation
  • NameJaewon Jeong
  • TitleSenior Manager
  • OrganizationImpact Square

Description

Our session aims to explore the emerging frontier of impact investing in Southeast Asia, providing global impact investment stakeholders with comprehensive insights into the region’s potential, challenges, and avenues for growth. It is designed to leverage the expertise of seasoned professionals active in Southeast Asia’s impact investing field, offering a platform for the exchange of local insights and case studies.

The session will last approximately one hour and will feature three panels. Each panelist is allocated 10 minutes to share their presentation, followed by a focused 30-minute discussion primarily among the panelists themselves, enriched by audience interaction. This format aims to foster a deep, nuanced conversation, revealing the complexities and opportunities of impact investing in the region.

1. Navigating the Waters: Mana Impact as Local Investors, The Current State and Future Direction of Southeast Asia’s Impact Investment Market

The first topic sets the stage by examining the present scenario and projecting the future direction of impact investing in Southeast Asia. This panelist will unpack the rapid growth dynamics of Southeast Asia’s market, analyzing investment opportunities and challenges, while highlighting why the region is a magnet for impact investments.

Key areas of discussion:
– Latest trends and dynamics in Southeast Asia’s impact investing market
– Innovation in impact investing solutions to social problems in Southeast Asia

Delving into the growth potential of impact investing, the session will be enriched by recent research, practical knowledge, and statistical insights.

2. Voyage Log: Korea Social Value and Solidarity Foundation, Real-world Applications and Outcomes of Impact Investing in Southeast Asia

The second topic provides a platform to explore the challenges faced by impact limited partners (LPs) in the region and their expectations from general partners (GPs), fostering opportunities to enhance collaboration between the two sides. This panelist will delve into the demanding issues that impact LPs grapple with and shed light on the qualities they seek in potential GP partners and key considerations for such partnerships. Moreover, this panelist will uncover the perspectives and ecosystem-level aspirations of impact LPs, both from an investment standpoint and a broader context.

Key areas of discussion:
– The formidable hurdles encountered by impact LPs in the region
– Qualities desired in prospective GP collaborators and crucial factors influencing partnership decisions
– Overarching hopes and expectations of impact LPs for shaping a conducive ecosystem and realizing impactful investments

By bridging the divide between impact LPs and GPs, this session aims to pave the way for stronger alignments that can catalyze Southeast Asia’s impact investing landscape.

3. Navigating Rough Seas: Perspectives of Impact Square as a Recent Market Entrant on Overcoming Challenges in Southeast Asia’s Impact Investment Landscape

The third topic will focus on Impact Square’s unique perspective as a relatively new player in Southeast Asia’s ecosystem. Impact Square brings a unique outlook shaped by its immersive on-the-ground experiences and grasp of the region’s growth prospects. Speaking from the vantage point of an early mover, Impact Square will impart first-hand lessons learned and articulate its vision for Southeast Asia’s future trajectory.

Key areas of discussion:
– Newly entered into the Southeast Asian ecosystem ecosystem
– Perspectives from a senior manager pioneering the Southeast Asian market
– Candid reflections after years of in-market exploration in Southeast Asia
– Comparing trailblazing efforts in the Republic of Korea versus endeavors in Southeast Asia

This panelist will delve into concrete strategies and best practices for cultivating impactful partnerships, collaborations, and communities to champion impact investing across Southeast Asia. Practical guidance will be provided to equip the audience to embark on their impact investing journeys in the region. Moreover, by examining real-world investment and acceleration case studies, this panelist will unpack risk mitigation tactics that have proven effective in navigating Southeast Asia’s landscape.

By fostering panel discussions complemented by active audience engagement, our session promises a rich and interactive exploration of the complexities of impact investing in Southeast Asia. We plan to deepen stakeholders’ collective understanding and facilitate meaningful dialogue to advance the impact investment agenda in the region. Through the lens of LPs and GPs, our session will explore the region’s potential and collaborative strategies for maximizing impact value.

The anticipated questions for the discussion are as follows:

● Unique Appeal of Southeast Asia: What makes Southeast Asia stand out as an attractive market for impact investments? How does it differ from other regions in terms of impact value?

● Addressing Social Issues: With the growing wealth gap in Southeast Asia, how can impact investing contribute to mitigating social issues? How can impact investing help reduce the negative effects of environmental pollution? What types of investment projects are the most effective in supporting the impoverished and socially vulnerable?

● Focus Areas for Future Investments: Which challenges or social issues should be prioritized in Southeast Asia’s impact investing landscape? What industries or sectors hold the most potential for significant impact?

● Fundraising Strategies: What are the most effective strategies to raise funds that support impact investments in Southeast Asia? How do LPs and GPs align their values during the matching process?

● Collaboration Opportunities: From the perspectives of LPs and GPs, what areas within the Southeast Asian impact investment market present opportunities for collaboration? Can you provide examples of successful collaborative efforts?

● Predicting the Future and Collaboration Models: What are the main challenges in forecasting the future of impact investing in Southeast Asia? How can partnering with local experts amplify the success of impact investments?

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