Contributors

BlueOrchard Contributors

Our Contributors are comprised of dedicated professionals, who share BlueOrchard’s vision and bring together a wealth of experience in the worlds of finance, entrepreneurship and development.

Naïm Abou-Jaoudé

Naïm Abou-Jaoudé

CEO of Candriam Investors Group

“Impact investing mobilizes private capital, not only to address society’s needs, but also for obvious financial reasons. Powerful trends are driving the demand for impact investing:

  • There is a need to channel private capital more directly into the real economy, not only via listed securities but also via more direct participation in infrastructure projects and in private placements, etc., which microfinance does.
  • In the current low-yield environment, with banks deleveraging their balance sheets and with government budgets stretched, investors are more and more looking at non-listed investment possibilities.
  • An increasing openness to unlisted assets is also favored by new regulations such as the ELTIFs (European Long Term Investment Funds) regulation or the EuSEF (European Social Entrepreneurship Funds).
  • Recent phenomena, such as crowd-funding platforms and peer-to-peer lending, add another innovative layer of funding possibilities.”

Issued from the book: “ Power to the poor”

Gerard Alba Soler

Gerard Alba Soler

CEO Andbank Asset Management

“Therefore, it is clear that non profit-seeking investors can play an important role when it comes to social impact. This can be achieved without comproming financial success, and there is evidently room for growth.”

Issued from the book: “ Power to the poor”

Gérard Bourret

Gérard Bourret

CEO of OFI.

“Empowering people to be in charge of their own development and assisting them so that this development becomes sustainable, makes more of an impact than fostering a system of dependency. Microfinance promotes fair trade in a climate where we advocate a consumer society that favors short transport distances and the purchase of local produce. Our society is undergoing a transformation. As a token of the new trading systems such as car sharing, the “fête des voisins” (neighbours’ day), or the return of cooperatives, it is shifting its focus from growth and consumption as the pillars of happiness to more down to earth ideas of sharing and exchange.”

Issued from the book: “ Power to the poor”

Michael Chu

Michael Chu

Professor Harvard University

“A century from now, microfinance may well be remembered, not by the working capital loans and the saving accounts that it has brought to the unbanked, or even for the myriad financial products that followed, but by having proved that it is possible to deliver an intervention key to the well-being of the world’s majority while generating outstanding financial returns. This has raised the possibility of applying the professional practice of investing to deliver other basic interventions that are key to unlocking the potential of humanity, such as healthcare, housing, education, water, power, digital inclusion – all of which are primarily accessed by most humans through cash markets and deficient value proposals.”

Issued from the book: “ Power to the poor”

Boris F. J. Collardi

Boris F. J. Collardi

CEO of Julius Baer

“As a banker, you advise clients on financial matters – mainly on financial returns, which is one-dimensional. Microfinance adds one more dimension to finance, the dimension of having a social impact. With microfinance you can reach exactly the opposite end of the scale from the clients you work with in private banking. In wealth management we take care of the wealthy and privileged, the few percent who live comfortably. With microfinance you can take care of underprivileged people in a systematic and structured way. In contrast to one-time donations, microfinance provides a framework in which people who receive loans and other financial services need to operate. This leads to a sustainable social return. This interests me very much, as a banker and as a person.”

Issued from the book: “ Power to the poor”

André & Bernadette Leclercq

André & Bernadette Leclercq

The founders of Fondation AnBer

“We don’t count the number of people that received help. We rather look at projects that really take place on-site in poor countries, like building a school in Ethiopia or well drilling in Uganda.” According to André, people should get help locally, that is, where they live. We admire the people who are making BlueOrchard possible locally on the ground – thank you for what you do, you are doing a good job in the field.”

Issued from the book: “ Power to the poor”

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