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Session 7: Gender Lens Investing in Emerging Markets


Gender Lens Investing in Emerging Markets: Best Practices from Canadian Practitioners.


Gender lens investing (GLI), a subset of impact investing, is an approach that integrates a gender analysis into investment analysis and decision-making to better inform decisions and advance gender equality.  This session will share different GLI approaches used by four Canadian-based organizations (CAFIID members) who are working across Asia, Africa and Latin America.  It will highlight innovative GLI models and approaches by four CAFIID members, and will draw from recently launched CAFIID GLI case study series.  Specifically, we hope to provide specific examples of what GLI looks like in different contexts and how it contributes to women’s economic empowerment.


Kizzann Sammy, is President of Kochi Consulting Ltd., and a Senior Associate with E.T. Jackson & Associates. She has over 20 years of experience in international development, primarily looking at micro, meso, and macro level systems changes that enhance gender equality and promote economic development. She has worked as an independent consultant with Global Affairs Canada, the Inter-American Development Bank, the United Nations, development finance institutions, and private sector partners.  She is currently examining the gender, environment and finance nexus, and its influence on the enabling environment for MSMEs in blue, green and orange economies.

Presenters / Panellists:

Colleen Duggan, is the Team Leader for the Sustainable Inclusive Economies Program at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). During her years at IDRC, she has fulfilled multiple roles including Senior Analyst for Strategy, Program Leader of the Governance and Justice Program and Senior Evaluation Specialist.  Colleen has three decades of expertise in strategic programming, planning, evaluation and funder relationship management in the areas of human rights, governance, gender equality , women, peace and security and the rule of law.

Jacqueline Ovens, is the VP of the Investment Program at the Equality Fund. The Equality Fund’s unique model activates investment alongside feminist philanthropy and high trust grantmaking to bring about long-term, sustainable, and powerful change. Prior to joining the Equality Fund, Jacqueline was a Managing Partner in Export Development Canada’s Investments group, responsible for the Inclusive Trade Investments Program, a $200 million program which provides equity growth capital to companies founded or led by diverse Canadians, and to venture capital funds demonstrating a commitment to promoting diversity on both sides of the investment table. She also oversaw equity investments into the Sustainable Food & Ag Tech sector and was responsible for the portfolio management and operations of the group’s $3bn of committed capital. Jacqueline has worked in M&A advisory roles with investment banks in London (Avington Financial), Montreal and Toronto (Merrill Lynch).

Lindsay Wallace, is the Senior Vice President of Strategy & Impact at MEDA. With over 25 years of experience in international development, Lindsay has spearheaded economic analysis, impact measurement, program design, and strategic initiatives. Her expertise lies in conducting economic research and modelling across the education, agriculture, and financial inclusion domains. Additionally, Lindsay is the current board chair of the Canada Forum for Impact Investment and Development (CAFIID).

Jessie Greene, Ph.D. joined FinDev Canada in 2021, where she is responsible for overseeing the 2X Canada Facility, a blended finance facility funded by Global Affairs Canada supporting women’s economic empowerment in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Sub-Saharan Africa. With over 20 years’ experience investing in developing countries, Jessie previously worked as Director of Investments at Développement international Desjardins, and as Senior Investment Officer at Triple Jump, in the Netherlands. Jessie has a PhD in Agriculture Economics from Université Laval in Québec.