Impact investing turns mainstream as COVID-19 drives up demand from all sides

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(Clockwise) Fernanda Lim, partner at London-based impact investment firm LeapFrog Investments; Tan Shao Ming, chief investment officer at ABC World Asia; Michelle Teo, Southeast Asia managing editor of DealStreetAsia; and Saima Rehman, investment officer at IFC’s Private Equity & Funds

Institutional investors are playing a crucial role in promoting impact investing as the COVID-19 pandemic drives up demand for such capital worldwide, especially across emerging economies in Asia, according to seasoned investors.