#BOFaces – Meet Richard

13/04/2021 Blog

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 Richard Hardy, BlueOrchard’s Investment Director Africa in Private Equity, based in the Zurich office.

We took this opportunity to learn more about Richard’s motivations for working at BlueOrchard, his thoughts on impact investing, and his advice on getting started in the industry.

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

I enjoy meeting and working with passionate entrepreneurs who are solving real-world problems in the markets that they operate in.

Why did you decide to work in impact investing?

I have a strong belief in the latent potential of Emerging and Frontier Markets, and impact investing is leading the way in providing the catalyst to unlocking this potential.

Why did you join BO?

BlueOrchard has a rare blend of the reach and legacy of a large organisation and the energy and ambition of a start-up.

What do you enjoy most about working at BO?

I enjoy working with talented people who care deeply about the work that they do.

What is the most valuable advice you can give to people interested in impact investing?

I would recommend that they spend time on the ground in Emerging Markets. The energy is infectious and it will give them first-hand exposure to some of the issues that impact investing is looking to solve.

 

Thank you, Richard!