IIF 3rd Annual Convening 2020

The virtual edition of the 3rd IIF Annual Convening on Impact Investing in Nigeria will focus on COVID-19 and Gender Lens Investing in Nigeria. It is designed to bring key actors from diverse sectors to discuss the opportunities around taking advantage of the spotlight provided by the COVID-19 pandemic to grow Gender Lens Investing in Nigeria. It will critically look at

  • How to unlock capital for Gender Lens Investments into the country
  • Strategies to break down barriers that exclude female entrepreneurs and female-centred businesses from accessing finance at favourable terms and conditions that support the growth of their businesses
  • Practical insights of how to adopt GLI in investors’ investment strategies
  • Exposing investors to GLI frameworks and approaches that have worked and are being deployed in response to COVID-19
  • Providing guidelines to investors who would want to adopt GLI into their investment strategies.

Session Description

The convening is divided into 3 interconnected segments: the opening session and two-panel discussions.

Opening session

The opening session which will feature welcome remarks by the Chairman of IIF, Eng. Afolabi Oladele; remarks by the Chairperson and a keynote on “COVID19 and Gender Lens Investing: A Global Landscape.”

Panel 1. Attracting Capital for Gender Lens Investing in Nigeria: Opportunities and Challenges.

Session Description: This session will discuss ways to unlock capital for GLI into Nigeria, through public and private equity markets and celebrating success and encouraging both debt and equity-based GLI. Secondly, improving the support ecosystem by strengthening non-financial business support facilities for women entrepreneurs, redefining roles of impact investors in GLI, and unlocking the potential of women as LPs and fund managers for GLI. Thirdly, designing focused products and frameworks such as creating frameworks for plug-and-play gender due diligence, blending capital from various sources and designing sector-specific products for GLI.

Key Questions:

  • How can we unlock capital for GLI in Nigeria, drawing from the lessons and opportunities from the GLI global landscape?
  • How can the government be attracted to participate in mainstreaming GLI through equity partnership with the private sector?
  • What ways can the ecosystem be strengthened to support more Nigerian entrepreneurs to access finance? How do we unlock the potential of women as LPs and fund managers for GLI?

Panel 2. Gender Lens Investing: Sharing Experiences in Supply and Demand for Capital

The second panel will discuss strategies for promoting GLI that will mainstream the field of GLI in Nigeria through building evidence-based business cases, sharing the experience of GLI-focused fund managers and female-led and female-centred business owners in deploying and accessing GLI funds.

Key Questions: 

  • What are some of the challenges female entrepreneurs face in accessing finance and T/As?  
  • What practical ways can female entrepreneurs access finance for their businesses especially in the COVID-19 era?
  • What practical steps can we take to make GLI the norm?
  • What are some of the challenges Fund Managers face in deploying capital to GLI? How can those challenges be overcome? 
  • • What practical insights could other investors take on to adopt GLI in their investment strategies and for their and portfolio companies in internal policies to ensure workplace equity, at management and board levels, and via gender equality in their supply chains? 

Who should attend?

  • Foundations
  • Asset Owners
  • Investors/Fund Managers
  • Development Finance Institutions (DFIs)/Donors
  • Banks
  • Government and government agencies
  • Large Corporates
  • Social Enterprises/MSMEs
  • NGOs/Civil Societies


Knowledge sharing and learning from the comparative experience of global leaders and impact investing practitioners

Networking and interaction with key stakeholders within and outside the impact investing community from across the world

Speakers/ Moderators

Yewande Sadiku
Executive Secretary,
Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission


Vikas Bali
CEO, Intellecap

Keynote Speaker

Nneka Chime
Principal, CrossBoundary, Nigeria


Nneka Eze
Partner, Dalberg Advisors, Nigeria


Arianne Martin Rodriguez,
External Consultant to GIZ-NICOP


Yemi Keri
Co-Founder, Rising Tide Africa


Jesse Baver
Dalberg Advisors, London


Adesuwa Okunbo Rhodes
Aruwa Capital Management,


Temilade Denton
Social Impact and ESG Manager at Alitheia Capital


Thelma Ekiyor
Managing Partner SME.NG


Jen Braswell
Director, Value Creation Strategies, CDC Group


Ténemba Anna Samaké
ED, MBC Africa & CFO, ShEquity


Anne-Marie Lévesque
Head of Gender and Impact, FinDev Canada


Impact Investors Foundation
3rd Annual Convening on Impact Investing

COVID-19 and Gender Lens Investing in Nigeria

December 10, 2020 | 10 a.m. (WAT)

2019 Convening


About us

The Impact Investors Foundation (IIF) is a nonprofit organization registered in 2018 to promote the growth of impact investing in Nigeria and collaboration amongst key stakeholders active in the space. It was formerly known as the impact investing alliance of Nigeria (IIAN) comprising Bank of Industry, African Capital Alliance, Business Day Media Limited, Ford Foundation and Dalberg Advisors.

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