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Impact Investor

Impact investor is your free weekly impact and responsible finance newsletter exploring the fast-evolving impact investing market where financial return meets social and environmental gains.

Not all impact is created equal and investors are struggling to find independent news and information. That is why we publish ‘Impact Investor’.

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With reporters in Belgium, Germany, Sweden, the UK and the Netherlands, we cover the impact market from a distinctly European perspective. Our experienced journalists provide an independent voice, combining sharp reporting with storytelling.

We bring you key facts, compelling stories and fresh insights to help you navigate the world of impact investing.

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Meet our editorial team

Maaike Veen, co-founder and editor-in-chief Impact Investor

Following an economics degree and post-graduate in journalism, I embarked on a career in international journalism. Working as a correspondent for Dow Jones Newswires in Amsterdam, I immersed myself in covering large corporates, the dot-com boom and ensuing corporate failures and accounting scandals.

Between 2004 - 2013 I lived in London, where I swapped my job on Fleet Street for freelancing as a UK & Ireland correspondent for Dutch media (e.g. Trouw, Elsevier, ANP, RTL Z). I also worked as an investment writer for a Financial Times publication aimed at institutional investors. Here I discovered social responsible investing.

Back in the Netherlands, I switched careers, directing my attention on business development and fundraising for impact-investing related initiatives, be it large NGOs, impact investors or startups. During this work I identified the need for an independent, European media platform covering the sector. Our Impact Investor newsletter is only the beginning!

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Danielle Rossingh - editor Impact Investor

I'm a multi-media business & sports business writer and journalist, who has worked for the world's biggest media companies, including the Daily Telegraph, the BBC, De Telegraaf and a decade at Bloomberg News. I went freelance in 2015, and am currently a contributing writer for CNN Online, Forbes Sportsmoney, S&P Global Market Intelligence’s Daily Dose and Impact Investor. Raised on a farm in the Dutch countryside, I’ve been based in the U.K. since 2002. When I’m not working, I can be found running around on a tennis court or cycling on the beach with our young son. Passionate about leaving our world a better place for the next generation.

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Ian Lewis

I’m a London-based journalist with three decades of experience covering social and economic development and business, mainly in Africa and Asia, as well as reporting on the energy transition.

I started out at Reuters, before turning freelance and basing myself in the Middle East and Spain for several years. I have written for a variety of publications, including the Economic Intelligence Unit, African Business and Euromoney titles. I have also written reports on development themes for IFIs, commercial banks, consultancies, and NGOs.

My work has included on-the-ground research into the impact of NGO funding of small businesses and agricultural programmes, highlighting the importance to impact investors of getting the biggest bang possible for their buck.

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James Gavin

I’m an experienced journalist covering emerging markets, with a focus on innovations in financing. Formerly based in the Middle East, where I have reported going back more than two decades, and a regular visitor to southern and eastern Africa. I focus on investor approaches to areas such as energy and agriculture – and how impact investors are transforming sectors that have a real impact on ordinary people and businesses. I’ve authored reports on funding for businesses in East Africa, and regularly contribute to a number of publications, including Global Investor, Middle East Economic Digest, The Banker, the Economist Intelligence Unit among others.

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Hans van de Veen

As a young kid, I decided to become a journalist, and I still am one. My work has covered a range of subjects, but what probably ties them all together is a focus on social relevance. I worked as an editor of Dutch magazines on development cooperation and on corporate social responsibility, traveled extensively, especially in Africa and Asia. I also wrote travel guides as well as for publications on sustainable tourism, conflict prevention, innovative financing instruments for development, and most recently social impact bonds. To me, writing about impact investing fits in seamlessly with all of the above.

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Pirkko Juntunen

I started my journalism career at Institutional Investor Newsletters in 1997 after having studied for an MA in International Journalism at City University in London. Two years later I joined Financial News, now owned by Dow Jones, in 1999 where I continued covering the European institutional investor markets until joining Fidelity as a fund analyst in 2004. Since 2006, I have been working freelance. I continue to write about pensions and investments with a focus on alternatives and ESG/impact investing but also do corporate work, event production and moderating in the financial services sector.

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Christian Nielsen

I have over 25 years of experience in professional communications, journalism, training, film and media. I worked in business communications and as a sports reporter while completing a journalism diploma, and trained as a copy editor at the Wall Street Journal Europe. In 2001, I joined ESN, a Brussels communications agency, where I was eventually head of editorial.

For me, joining the Impact Investing team feels like a natural confluence of experiences in business, journalism, the environment and social justice all coming together.

Writing projects on the side include a contemporary novel (Ray of Hope), and I also regularly document my experiences and travels on an award-winning blog, Chronikler.com.

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Sara Nkwe Assarsson

I’m a Sweden-based freelance journalist and radio reporter with an interest in global development, health, innovation and social issues. I have a background as a health reporter and currently divide my time between Scandinavia and sub-Saharan Africa, reporting on humanitarian issues and innovative approaches to improve global health. Reporting for Impact Investor combines my interests in development and social entrepreneurship, and I look forward to reporting on this new model of solving some of today’s social challenges.

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Geoff Smith

I have been a financial journalist for nearly 30 years with Dow Jones, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and Fortune, for whom I covered the Volkswagen emissions scandal in 2015/6. That episode strengthened a long-standing passion in me for cleaner energy and mobility. I believe firmly that business can and should be a force for good in raising the quality of life everywhere, and that proper incentive structures and outside scrutiny are indispensable to that.

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Christopher Walker

I have significant global experience at the highest levels of the asset management, banking, family office, and pensions industries, and was an early innovator in responsible investing. Since 1998, I have been working as a senior journalist and columnist specializing in thought pieces, book reviews, and industry leader profiles (The Times, The Independent, Responsible Investor, IPE and Impact Investor). I’m based in London, the United States, and my wildlife sanctuary in France.

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