This week, we had the pleasure of speaking with Waqas Munir, Senior Investment Rating & Risk Specialist, based in Singapore.

  • Waqas, what is the most memorable experience you have made during your time at BlueOrchard?

During my time at BlueOrchard, the most memorable experience I had was receiving a message from the CFO of an investee company expressing the gratitude of their entire institution for the support we provided. It was a humbling reminder of the meaningful impact we have as financial professionals and the interconnectedness of our global financial ecosystem.

  • What is the biggest global challenge in your view?

Income inequality. While the progress in reducing global inequality over the last three decades is positive, within countries income inequality has increased and has led to the erosion of social cohesion, political polarisation and lower economic growth opportunities for millions. For that reason, it is immensely satisfying to feel that I am part of something that is bigger than myself, by working in impact investing. Making an impact on many lives is extremely motivating.

  • What do you most like to do to unwind?

To unwind after a busy day at work, my go-to activity is playing squash. Playing Squash allows me to release any built-up stress and tension, while also providing a great physical workout. It’s a refreshing way to clear my mind and recharge for the next day.

  • What is your favourite book? Why?

One of my recent favourite books is “Educated” by Tara Westover. This captivating memoir tells the incredible and inspiring story of a young girl who grows up in isolation in the mountains of Idaho and ultimately goes on to complete a PhD program. It’s a powerful testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the transformative power of education.