Q&A On Impact Investing In Africa With Issam Chleuh
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Africa Impact Group has been identified as a leader in impact investing across the continent, investing in funds, organizations and companies with the intention of generating measurable social and environmental impact along with financial return.
The group goes beyond traditional business goals and financial returns, focusing on pioneering and developing innovative business models to solve pressing social and environmental issues in francophone and sub-Saharan Africa and beyond.
Issam Chleuh founded the group in 2012 when impact investing was still a relatively new and unexplored idea. His projects included developing corporate social responsibility in Congo for the the Dangote Group, owned by Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote.
Growing up, Chleuh lived in many countries. He was born in Mali, started his company in the Republic of Congo, and has lived in Ghana, Senegal, Mauritania, Guinea, Benin, Morocco, and the U.S.
Chleuh said the Dangote project had tremendous impact on education and health in the Congo and helped give his investment group visibility in private-sector efforts in Africa’s economic and social development.