The #BOFaces series introduces you to the people making up BlueOrchard’s dedicated team, which is spread across our offices around the world. This week, we had the pleasure of speaking with Nino Vardiashvili, Senior Investment Officer in Private Debt based in the Tbilisi office. Continue reading if you want to know what motivates Nino and what she does to make an impact in her own private life.

What do you like most about working in the impact investing industry?

Impact investing for me is a job where I can use my professional expertise and my personal passion combined to serve something meaningful. It resonates with my fundamental human values, and I also feel that I am the best at my job, when I can make a positive impact.

It further relates back to my own background, where I was born, and the needs I experienced closely, such as the inclusion of underserved, improving the standards of living or closing the gap of inequalities. The concept of doing well by doing good is a source of ultimate inspiration for me.

What motivates you?

Definitely people. I have been lucky to meet many selfless people, who help make other peoples lives better through kindness, care, and professional expertise. There is nothing more inspirational than seeing that. It reminds me of a quote from the famous Georgian writer Nodar Dumbadze:

“A human soul is so heavy, one person cannot handle to carry it, and it is only through each other’s help that we hold and make it immortal.”

And lastly, how do you make an impact in your private life

By being conscious of what I consume and the consequences it has for me and the society. This is not easy, nor do I always succeed, but I strongly believe the impact starts from within, and it is part of a daily lifestyle, rather than a one-off activity.

For example, by trying to choose my meals, clothing, electricity, or fuel consumption carefully, I try to make myself a better person and with this help a tiny bit to protect the environment each day. Also, I like to share what I believe in and with this, hopefully spread the awareness that I myself have accumulated through my professional efforts.

Thank you, Nino!