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  • Who We Are

    Innovest Advisory works at the nexus between innovative finance and social impact in the Impact Investment field.

     

    We go beyond negative screening and ESG assessments to look at the true impact of investments and advise on how capital can address the world’s most pressing challenges such as climate change, food security, financial inclusion and livelihoods in developing markets and fragile contexts.

  • Our take on Impact Investing

    Impact investing seeks to challenge the view that social and environmental issues should only be addressed by philanthropic donations, and that investments should focus exclusively on achieving financial returns.

     

    Innovest Advisory focuses on maximising the social or environmental impact of capital. We collaborate with socially minded funders and impact focused enterprises to create innovative and sustainable solutions for challenging issues, with a priority focus on developing markets and fragile contexts.

     

    Read More About Impact Investing >

  • Our Clients

    As impact advisors we support the increasing number of funders with aspirations to take action on social or environmental issues around the globe - we call these Impact Funders. We also provide support to entities which generate the impacts - such as social enterprises and impact funds - the Impact Enterprises.

     

    Our work covers the following key impact sectors:

    financial inclusion, agribusiness, education, healthcare, and renewable energy.

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    Impact Funders

    Our Impact Funding clients include high net worth individuals (HNWIs), family offices, trust companies, foundations, development financial institutions, multinational corporations, private banks, and United National agencies.

     

    Read more about our Funder Support >

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    Impact Enterprises

    Our Impact Enterprise clients include social enterprises and impact funds.

     

    Read more about our Enterprise Support >

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    "It always seems impossible,

    until it is done."

     

     

     

    Nelson Mandela

  • Innovest in Action

    Just over 12 months ago Innovest Advisory and PwC invited social investors, business leaders and...
    Solutions at Scale: How social finance is being used to tackle the refugee crisis Saïd Business...
    Innovest spoke at the Peace Ventures Conference in Washington DC today - alongside...
    The Responsible Finance Podcast provides access to the leaders behind innovative approaches to...
    Minerva - a well-known service provider to private, corporate and fund clients - has recently...
    Contact Magazine is the Guernsey Chamber's bi-monthly business magazine, which provides high...
    Innovest's microfinance client Kaah International Microfinance Institution [KIMS] was recognised...
    FinVention was a one-day event that aimed to showcase the most innovative technological products...
    Kaah International Microfinance Institution [KIMS] is Somalia’s only dedicated privately owned...
    Sanabel, the Arab Microfinance network, holds its annual meeting in Beirut 7-8 November 2017....
    Sanne Schouwenburg, Project Manager at Innovest Advisory, was present at the NABC’s Francophone...
    As refugee crises globally become increasingly protracted there is growing consensus on the need...
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  • Refugee Returnee Khalid Bashir brings in today's catch...

    As dawn breaks over a beach in Kismayo, Somalia, Khalid Bashir brings in today's catch. Somalia has a long coastline and fish are plentiful, yet the fishing industry remains fundamentally underdeveloped. Recognising its potential, one of our clients has concentrated on bolstering the fishing economy by providing growth financing to fisheries cooperatives and supporting start-up businesses along the fisheries value chain - generating jobs for refugee returnees such as Khalid. Innovest works to facilitate the resources, overcome obstacles, and create partnerships, required to maximise the outcome of such projects.

     

    Read more about Innovest's Support for Refugee Livelihoods >

  • Support to Impact Funders

    Are you a socially minded funder with the ambition to enhance the social or environmental impact of your capital? As impact advisors we help translate aspirations into true sustainable impact. We believe that capital can address major social and environmental challenges, making the world a better place for future generations. Innovest can help you to create your own impact story.

  • Offering to Impact Funders

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    Needs Assessment

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    Impact Strategy

    Development

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    Impact Project

    Identification

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    Monitoring & Reporting

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    Impact

    Evaluation

  • UK-Based Family Trust Enhances their Global Impact

    Innovest Advisory is currently advising a trust company, enabling them to respond to the impact aspirations of one of their clients. After determining the clients needs, Innovest Advisory developed an impact strategy, which included an evaluation of the social and environmental impact performance of their existing portfolios, allowing them to deepen the impact and intentionality of their existing portfolios.

  • Support to Impact Enterprises

    As impact advisors, Innovest Advisory specialises in enhancing the social or environmental impact of your social enterprise or impact fund. We offer advisory services to our clients ranging from strategic planning and impact measurement to sourcing funds.

  • Offering to Impact Enterprises

    Project Management

    Investment Readiness

    Strategy Consulting

    Fund Sourcing

    Impact Monitoring & Reporting

    Impact Evaluation

  • Innovest Advises a Sierra Leone based Enterprise

    Sierra Leone is widely considered to be one of the poorest countries in the world by any measurement, especially after being plagued by the Ebola crisis. There has been a tremendous loss of employment and income, and an abandonment of agricultural activities, which pre-Ebola, accounted for 45% of the country's GDP. Since the end of the crisis, the economy has begun to recover. However, its agricultural sector and wider economy is in need of drastic rebuilding. Our client in Sierra Leone has acquired a 21,500 sq. ft. agricultural processing facility in the first Special Economic Zone (SEZ) near Freetown. Innovest Advisory is supporting them in their objectives of generating 10,000 tons of processed fruit products annually, from 10,000 acres of land via a multi-crop, year-round harvest, which intends to provide sustainable livelihoods to 10,000 smallholder farmers.

  • The Sustainable

    Development Goals

    Innovest Advisory is guided by UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in its engagement with funders and social enterprise clients. The Goals allow our clients to identify what impact they wish to create and serve as a framework to develop bespoke impact measurement and reporting tools.

  • The Innovest Team

    We are a team of impact specialists dedicated to harnessing the potential of capital to address development challenges

    Justin

    Sykes

    Founder and CEO

    Justin is a social investment specialist with over 15 years of experience in the structuring and implementation of innovative and large-scale impact investments, which have positively impacted hundreds of thousands of lives across a diverse range countries in Africa and the Middle East.

     

    Justin has a diverse experience including working for Government, a multinational charity, the United Nations and a private foundation. He serves as a board member and adviser to a number of international charities and local grassroots financial institutions engaged in supporting the livelihoods of low income communities.

     

    Justin on LinkedIn >

    Sanne Schouwenburg

    Project Manager

    Sanne is an international development specialist with experience working in the finance industry in Europe.

     

    With the desire to have a more significant social impact through her work, she graduated with a Masters in International Relations in China, after which she traveled to East-Africa to gain grass-root experience working with social enterprises.

     

    Sanne joined Innovest in 2016 as a project assistant. Apart from coordinating Innovest's impact projects, Sanne oversees the firms impact measurement services and leads the communications and social media workstreams.

     

     

    Sanne on LinkedIn >

    Michelle

    McMahon

    Counsel

    Michelle is a US lawyer with 25 years of legal, corporate finance and fiduciary experience. She was Senior Partner of a US law firm, specialising in corporate finance transactions, and chief executive of the Jersey, UK subsidiary of a global financial services firm for capital markets clients. Michelle has served as an advisor and fiduciary of non-profits and social finance initiatives, primarily focused on education and children.
     

    In 2016 Michelle joined Innovest Advisory to draw on her experience to facilitate the strategic deployment of philanthropic and social investment capital to achieve social change.

     

    Michelle on LinkedIn >

    Matthew

    Crosby

    Research Fellow

    Matt has recently finished his Masters in Development Economics at SOAS where he studied frontier states and their political economy within the Middle East, with a particular focus on the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.

     

    In addition, Matt has experience with NGO's in both Jersey and South Africa, which has led him to his current position at Innovest Advisory.

     

    At Innovest Matt's role focuses on research and analysis, reporting and communications support.

     

     

     

     

     

    Matt on LinkedIn >

  • Associates

    In the delivery of its advisory services Innovest draws on a broad network of associates who are industry experts, regional specialists and subject matter leads.

  • Contact us

    Get in touch and tell us your story

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    Smith Street,
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