Building the Case for Gender Lens Investing Across Asia

9th June 2020 2:00pm Singapore Time

Session Highlights:

  • Asia is the second largest region for Gender Lens Investing (GLI), with USD 1.4b invested across 47 investment vehicles. Capital invested in Asia doubled in 2019 with 63% of GLI investment vehicles being set up in 2018 or 2019.
  • GLI touches all asset classes and a wide range of investors, most of whom are seeking market-rate risk-adjusted returns. While the initial focus of GLI was on women led businesses or women in senior leadership roles, investors have begun to expand this into the value chain to include businesses that create value for women.
  • Despite the strong momentum, one of the biggest challenges is awareness and acceptance of GLI products by public and private investors. Many funds feel the need to brand as “impact investing” as opposed to “gender lens investing” to gain buy-in.

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Session Description

Gender Lens Investing (GLI) is key to the economic development of the region. In light of this, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation has supported and collaborated on a landscape report of gender-lens investment vehicles across Asia Pacific. This work was produced with Catalyst at Large and Sagana, and draws on data from 2019 from both Wharton Social Impact Initiative and Veris Wealth Partners.

This session will take a dive into the key findings of the report which spans both public  and private markets vehicles with a gender lens mandate. With further insights from an expert panel of speakers, delegates will explore where capital is moving, into which structured vehicles, and the profile and approach of those vehicles.

Join us for this interactive session to discuss the insights from the report and to talk about where investors can collaborate to advance the field.

Key Takeaways

  • Understanding of gender lens investing vehicles in the public and private markets
  • A knowledge about how to apply a gender lens to investments in a East and Southeast Asia context
  • The opportunity to learn from practitioners at the forefront of GLI integration


Suzanne Biegel

Moderator: Suzanne Biegel

Co-Founder GenderSmart Investing

Raya Papp

Moderator: Raya Papp

Founding Partner SAGANA

Hyunjoo Je

Hyunjoo Je

GP and CEO Yellowdog Corp.

Simba Marekera

Simba Marekera

Head of Solutions Brightlight Investment Management

Ayaka Matsuno

Ayaka Matsuno

Director, Gender Investment and Innovation Department The Sasakawa Peace Foundation

Natasha Shih

Natasha Shih

Senior Investment Officer The Sasakawa Peace Foundation

Access partner resources

  • Media partner, Alliance magazine, has made its issue on Feminist philanthropy free to download. This special feature highlights and celebrates practical ways that feminist philanthropy has created a more equal world. Women’s Funds, ‘gender wise’ funding toolkits, impact investing with a gender lens and united action by green and gender activists are just a few examples featured on these pages. Download your free copy.
  • GameChanger Law Advisors shares highlights of the session, with key takeaways from each speaker. Read the notes here.

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