As a strategic advisor, my summer was dedicated to working with Capitals Coalition, a global collaboration advocating the inclusion of natural, social and human capital (multi-capital approach) in decision-making by business, finance and governments. The mission was clear: conduct a market study to identify the gaps between sustainability professionals and the adoption of the capitals approach in transformative decision-making.
This summer, I had the incredible opportunity to immerse myself in the dynamic world of frontier markets, working alongside Sturgeon Capital to analyse startups in regions like Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Central Asia. The experience was nothing short of eye-opening, as I delved into the unique challenges these markets face, particularly in terms of access to capital and the emphasis on operational efficiency from day one.
In a world where the impact of businesses on people, society, and the planet has never been more critical, a new economic model needs to emerge to sustain the progress. With a vision to bring this to effect, IMPACT LABS is a pioneering research lab and business transformation consulting boutique dedicated to shaping a sustainable world where businesses are not just profit-driven entities but forces for good.
After five years at a global company advising corporate clients on process and technology improvement, my goal for the summer was to leverage my experience to support the growth of an early-stage, impact-focused startup. I was excited to get the opportunity to join SEA Water back home in Amsterdam for an eight-week project right in the middle of the MBA programme, supported by the Hoffman Institute.
During INSEAD's summer break, I had the privilege of being a summer finance advisor at Syvl a startup building climate-adaptive financial tools to help stakeholders along the agricultural value chain adapt. Syvl's focus is on sparing development in emerging markets, currently focusing on Africa. My time at Syvl was enlightening.
This summer, I had the privilege of working with Kaizenvest, a private equity fund based in Singapore dedicated to investments in the education sector, primarily across South and Southeast Asia. As a first-generation college graduate, my roots lie in a small village with limited access to opportunities. Thankfully, I was surrounded by individuals who inspired me to reach beyond the confines of my immediate community.
This summer, I embarked on a transformative journey as an intern, supporting former INSEAD alumni on a mission to make a significant impact in the world of climate technology. In this blog post, I will share the challenges I overcame, the invaluable lessons I learned, and the memorable moments that defined my summer internship experience. Venture capital for climate tech: A bold vision
The impact valuation partnership between Global Initiative for Sustainable Tomorrow (GIST) Impact and INSEAD’s Hoffmann Global Institute for Business Society (HGIBS) was kicked off in the summer. GIST Impact is the global leader in impact valuation, with data and analytics that harness the power of impact economics to understand the value contribution that businesses make to the world.
This summer I found myself immersed in the dynamic world of green technology at the Hong Kong Green Finance Association Annual Forum as a student participant. It was a melting pot of innovators, thinkers, and leaders, all committed to the quest for a sustainable future. I was privileged to gain insights into the future of sustainable technology and its crucial role in achieving global carbon neutrality.
Ingka Group is the biggest IKEA franchisee in the world, operating close to 90% of IKEA stores. They have three business areas: the core business, IKEA Retail with 379 IKEA stores, Ingka Centres, with 44 meeting places (anchored by IKEA stores) and Ingka Investments, which is focused on making responsible investments in their core business or areas that add value for their customers. Ingka Investments has seven portfolios: capital markets, forestry, renewable energy, real estate, venture capital, growth and business development and since 2022, circular economy.