Professionally speaking, I am the reasonable type. I have always restrained myself from doing crazy things. So, if five years ago you would have told me that I would be starting my own company in the wine business, I would have thought that *you* were mad. Let me tell you the story of how I decided to dive into my passion.
Team Start-up Mates: Lien Nguyen, Shwetali Sinkar, Hillary Yee Backstory Team Start-up Mates was very intrigued when they first heard about this ‘special’ summer start-up tour in Australia this year.
I spent my summer internship in the Responsible Investing team of AfricInvest, based in Tunis, Tunisia, that looks after impact measurement and management in the company. An investment and financial services company founded in the early 1990s, AfricInvest raised USD 2 billion across 21 funds and has invested in more than 200 companies across 35 African countries. As one of the most experienced private equity investors on the continent, AfricInvest has dedicated investment teams focused on Africa, and employs more than 90 professionals in 11 offices.
With sustainability and decarbonation dominating the agendas of many Multi-National Companies, leaders across the board are now building tangible actions plans to deliver on the public commitments they took.
This past summer, I had the unique experience of interning as an MBA Associate at Antler – a global early-stage VC focused on helping the earliest founders build new products and companies. While making the transition from a large corporate bank and into VC, here are the top five things I learned. Finding common ground between new and past experiences is critical to any career pivot
Only a couple of weeks in, I met like-minded students equally passionate about impact, climate change and global issues.
This year at INSEAD has been instrumental for me in discovering my path going forward. Climate change is now front and centre in everyone’s mind and I decided earlier this year to play my part in solving the problem.
The COVID-19 crisis has accelerated consumer sustainability awareness, generated a sense of urgency and increased pressure for new governmental regulations. Companies are now pledging in turn to track and improve their sustainability metrics, often implemented by a Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO). However, there are overlooked opportunities to accelerate and deepen the change while making a profit – and that’s what I will try to show here.
After nine years of professional experiences across journalism, the government sector and charity, I felt ready for the next level of accelerating my career to create a bigger impact. I have always been curious to learn, and I felt energised by the idea that I can take the questions, reflections and fresh ideas that I’ve accumulated at work over the years into a classroom setting, to freely discuss with other students and learn from them to.
Sustainability has emerged from an innovative concept into a necessity in the business world over the past decade. As bread and butter of the business world, it now has a profound impact in decisions by all stakeholders – from governments to non-profits, from companies to investors.