Ask the Expert

Ask the Expert!

Ask the Experts series are Q&A conversations with experts from various fields of knowledge and practice in the social investment space. Spearheaded by the AVPN Academy, the series is an opportunity for learners and practitioners to directly ask renowned experts about how they could further their impact work.
The Ask The Experts (ATE) series is a virtual programme that brings together practitioners , and learners from Asia for a better understanding of various topics on social investment by directly learning from experts. Hosted by the AVPN Academy, this series of Q&A conversations aims to line up renowned experts from around the region to answer the most difficult IMM questions that you may have.

Upcoming Session with Mike McCrelles

How do you integrate impact management with financial management, when their methodologies are not designed to be interoperable? Mike McCrelles of Impact Frontiers will answer questions on impact-financial integration, creative decision-making, and how investors can make more informed decisions that consider financial, social and environmental results.

About the Expert

Mike is Founder and Executive Director of Impact Frontiers, a peer learning and market-building collaboration supporting investors in pioneering new ways to integrate impact alongside financial risk and return in investment practices. Mike served concurrently as Head of Investor Collaboration at the Impact Management Project from 2019 to 2021. Prior to that, Mike was Head of Impact at Root Capital. He holds an MBA and an MPA in International Development from Harvard University, as well as a BA from Yale University.

What are you waiting for? Register and meet Mike!

How to Join the Sessions:

  • Register for the first session
  • Go through the pre-reads (IMM modules and resources library)
  • Post three questions on the Ask the Experts forum on the AVPN Academy platform that you want the expert to answer
  • Attend the session and get your answers

Frequently Asked Questions

This program does not consist of only a webinar. Participants registering for this program are invited to the AVPN Academy to access the IMM videos and knowledge repository, where learning is self-paced. The participants then post questions on the discussion forum where there are avenues of peer learning. The questions can also be posted anonymously. The participants then participate in the live webinar where a renowned IMM expert answers their questions. 

As a bonus, the participants have the opportunity of meeting the expert for a follow-on conversation if they undertake an independent self-diagnosis that will be shared in the first session.

This live session with the expert will only be a question and answer session. Unlike a webinar where participants have the last 5-10mins to ask a question, this live session is fully dedicated to Q&A. The chances of participants getting the answers to their questions are higher here than in a regular webinar.

Previous Session #1 and Session #2: Ask The Expert with Jeremy Nicholls

Jeremy Nicholls, Assurance Framework Lead for the UNDP SDG Impact Standards, will answer questions on SDG Impact Standards and how these can be used into different investments. He will also hold a follow-on session with participants that undertake the independent self-diagnosis that will be shared in the first ‘Ask The Experts’ session.

About the Expert

Jeremy Nicholls is the Assurance Framework Lead for the UNDP SDG Impact Standards. He is an ambassador for the Capitals Coalition (a global collaboration to integrate sustainability into business decision making), a member of Accounting for Sustainability’s Expert Panel and chairs the project team for ISO 37005, selecting, creating and using indicators for governing bodies. He originally qualified as a chartered accountant, including time as the Finance Director for Tanzania Railways. What are you waiting for? Register and meet Jeremy!

Inclusive Business

Companies may choose to adopt an inclusive business model or approach that provides goods, services, and livelihoods on a commercially viable basis to people living at the base of the pyramid (BoP). Depending on the nature and size of the organisation, companies can do this by directly incorporating the BoP in their core value chain, or by piloting inclusive business initiatives through their corporate impact efforts.

Adapted from: Inclusive Business Action Network (IBAN)


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Creating Shared Value Through Inclusive Business Strategies

By CSR Asia

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This paper by CSR Asia outlines how inclusive business (IB) strategies can create shared value and walks through practical steps companies can take to develop an effective IB strategy. It makes a case for inclusive business and demonstrates how companies can leverage aspects of their value chain to create opportunities for low-income communities. You will also find a number of case studies from around the Asia region.

Corporate Foundation

Corporate foundations (or company-sponsored foundations) are philanthropic organisations that are created and financially supported by a corporation. The foundation is created as a separate legal entity from the corporation, but with close ties to the corporation. Corporate foundations tend to make grants in fields related to their corporate activities or in communities where the corporation operates, or where their employees reside.

Source: Council of Foundations

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Corporate Social Impact Accelerator

Companies may establish Social Impact Accelerators to help enterprises looking to address a social problem over an extended period of time with a mix of financial and non-financial support, including seed funding, mentorship, training, networking and working space.

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Employee Engagement

Employee engagement is any formally organised support or encouragement from companies to leverage employee time, knowledge, skills or other resources to support impact organisations. Employee engagement can vary from corporate volunteering (hands-on or skill-based, virtual or on-site volunteering) and/or corporate giving (payroll giving, employee matching) to co-investment programmes.

Source: EVPA, 2018

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Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) refers to strategies that companies put into action as part of corporate governance that are designed to ensure the company’s operations are ethical and beneficial for society. These may include initiatives to support the environment, fair labour practices, philanthropy and/or sustainable business practices.

Adapted from: Corporate Finance Institute (CFI)

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Corporate Impact Fund

Corporate impact funds enable companies to make investments that are aligned with and amplified by their strategic priorities, market position and resources in order to generation measurable and mutually reinforcing social, environmental and financial returns and outcomes.

Adapted from: Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR), 2021

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