Nest is a defined contribution pension scheme in the UK that manages assets of more than £21.4 billion on behalf of 11.1 million members, who make up a third of the UK workforce. It was set up by the UK government in 2010 to support its programme for auto-enrolment into pensions in the workplace.

Energy 4 is Actis’ fourth energy-focused private equity fund investing in electricity generation (buy and build) and distribution businesses (buy and improve) in select countries across Latin America, Africa and Asia. The fund invests across renewables (wind, solar and hydro) and gas technologies.

Ninety One Africa Credit Opportunities Fund 2 (ACO 2) is a senior private credit fund investing in market dominant companies in African financial inclusion, infrastructure and telecoms sectors.

The fund targets the development of the African Debt Capital Markets (DCM) by creating an alternative asset class, crowding in African pension funds.

BlueOrchard’s Schroder International Selection Fund Emerging Markets Climate Bond Fund (CBF) launched in Q2 2021 with seed capital of $75 million. The UCITS fund purchases mainly green bonds, as well as sustainability bonds, sustainability-linked bonds and general bonds aligned to climate action.

HS Fund II SA (FII) invests in the acquisition and development of affordable residential real estate in South Africa targeted primarily at lower- and middle-income households with an average market value per unit of less than ZAR650,000 (adjusted by consumer price index from January 15).

responsAbility’s Access to Clean Power Fund provides senior and mezzanine debt to companies that provide access to energy solutions to households and SMEs, including C&I.

The fund has a strong focus on Sub-Saharan Africa and South and Southeast Asia.

The LeapFrog Emerging Consumer Fund III, LP (2017) is a $743 million fund offering exposure to high quality financial services and healthcare businesses across Asia and Africa.

The fund aims to invest in businesses that provide quality, relevant and affordable products to the two billion (and rising) underserved emerging consumers, living on less than $10 a day. By June 2021, the fund had reached 93 million people after four years, surpassing the 70 million target for the full life of the fund.

Founded in 1961, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is one of the UK’s largest independent grant-making organisations, with an endowment of £1.172bn a typical active portfolio of over 900 grants and a £45 million social investment fund. It has three main aims: improve our natural world, secure a fairer future and nurture creative, confident communities.

Dame Caroline Mason, chief executive officer, spoke about transitioning the endowment’s investment portfolio towards impact investing.

Ceniarth is a private family office focused on improving livelihoods in marginalised and vulnerable communities globally. Founded in 2013 by Diane Isenberg, Ceniarth manages the assets of the Isenberg Family Charitable Foundation, as well as unrestricted family assets totalling more than $500 million. The firm’s team of twelve is based primarily in London with an additional presence in New York and San Francisco.

Friends Provident Foundation began life as an independent charity endowed by Friends Provident plc in 2004 from unclaimed shares with a mission to support a fair and sustainable economic system that works for all. It has an endowment of £33.5mn.

Colin Baines was appointed as the Foundation’s first Investment Engagement Manager in 2016.

Based in the heart of London, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation seeks to drive more equitable health, especially in cities, by working with local communities, grassroots organisations, major corporates, government, hospitals, academics and others.

Kieron Boyle, chief executive officer and Ethan Hall, chief investment officer talked to us about their ambitions to configure their whole endowment portfolio to focus on health impacts.

Treebeard Trust was established by Barnaby Wiener, a fund manager, and his wife Cassandra, a lawyer, in 2011 to formalise their personal charitable giving – with a broad mission to create a fairer society and a healthier planet. It now has an endowment of over £20 million.

Barnaby talks about their approach to direct impact investing.