PRESS RELEASE: Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) Names Amit Bouri as New CEO
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
NEW YORK, N.Y. – JANUARY 14, 2015 – The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) today announced
the appointment of Amit Bouri as its new chief executive officer, following a global search process. Mr.
Bouri, a co-founder of the GIIN with extensive experience working with impact investors, officially
assumed the role on January 2, 2015.
In the five years since its inception, the GIIN has raised awareness for the emerging field of impact
investing and established unparalleled credibility in the market by building a network of investors and
leaders, producing essential market research, establishing industry standards, and making resources
available to advance the industry. Mr. Bouri’s appointment marks a new phase for the GIIN, in which the
organization will strive to facilitate deliberate, collective action among investors and other market actors
to channel more investment to address social and environmental issues.
“Amit has a bold vision for taking the GIIN to higher levels of leadership and influence in the coming
years,” said Antony Bugg-Levine, Chair of the GIIN Board of Directors. “In addition to concrete and
creative ideas for strengthening the industry, Amit has a clear understanding of how to harness the
power of our diverse community and activate our network of more than 200 GIIN members to
collectively accelerate market development.”
Among his first activities as CEO, Mr. Bouri will engage industry leaders and members of the GIIN
community to identify issues and opportunities at the leading edge of the impact investing industry.
Together they will determine how the GIIN can help accelerate industry development and alleviate
barriers to investment.
“Awareness about impact investing has grown dramatically since the GIIN was formed five years ago,”
said Mr. Bouri. “The GIIN is in a unique position to build on this momentum and harness the talent and
innovation of our community, highlight unique approaches in real investments, and provide the market
intelligence and resources that will help investors create the greatest impact with their money.”
Mr. Bouri will build upon the work of colleague and former CEO Luther M. Ragin Jr., who stepped down
at the end of 2014. Since co-founding the GIIN in 2009, Mr. Bouri has served as part of the leadership team, most recently
as its Managing Director. He has helped develop many of the GIIN’s programs, including the
membership programs and the ImpactBase directory, as well as led the organization’s research,
communications, and business development functions. In this role, he identified innovative market
opportunities and issues at the leading edge of impact investing, which led to the GIIN’s seminal
research, such as the GIIN’s annual survey of investors and report on catalytic first-loss capital.
Mr. Bouri’s work in impact investing began when he was a strategy consultant with the Monitor Institute
(now part of Deloitte). There he was part of the team that produced the Investing for Social &
Environmental Impact report. He also previously worked as a strategy consultant with Bain & Company,
and has experience working in the nonprofit and corporate philanthropy sectors. He holds an MBA from
Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, an MPA from Harvard University’s John F.
Kennedy School of Government, and a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Swarthmore College.
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About the GIIN
The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the scale
and effectiveness of impact investing. Impact investments are investments made into companies,
organizations, and funds with the intention to generate measurable social and environmental impact
alongside a financial return. Impact investments can be made in both emerging and developed markets,
and target a range of returns from below market to market rate, depending upon the circumstances.
The GIIN builds critical infrastructure and supports activities, education, and research that help
accelerate the development of a coherent impact investing industry. For more information, please visit
Contact: Laura Gustafson (GIIN) at (646) 837-7419 or email@example.com
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