Southern Leadership in Impact Investing: Ghana and Sri Lanka
At the WUSC-CECI Forum in Ottawa, on January 19, 2018, two outstanding leaders in impact investing from the Global South talked about their work and innovations. Ms. Hamdiya Ismaila, General Manager of the Ghana Venture Capital Trust Fund, discussed strategies for investing in the equity of small and medium-sized businesses and mobilizing angel investment capital, particularly from women investors. Mr. Chandula Abeywickrema, Chairman of the Lanka Impact Investing Network and its new impact fund, talked about his efforts to develop a reality TV show, now very popular, in which social entrepreneurs pitch their businesses to experienced impact investors. Dr. Ted Jackson, President of E.T. Jackson and Associates, chaired the panel.