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Anja Koenig
Founder & Director , Social Impact Markets
Berlin, Germany
Impact investment, sustainable entrepreneurship and social innovation expert with 15 years of finance, training, (policy) advisory, project management experience in both developed and emerging countries in Africa, MENA & Turkey, Asia, CEE and Latin America.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Environment, Climate, Energy, Water, Sanitation
  • Government/Governance, Reforms
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
  • Private Sector, Social Enterprise, Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Trade, Finance, Economics, Cooperation, Global
Professional Experience:
Anja-Nadine Koenig is a social innovation, sustainable entrepreneurship and investment professional based in Berlin with 15 years of professional experience in research, finance, training and advisory work in Europe, Africa, and Asia and Latin America. This includes also work experiences as long term resident in emerging countries including in Kenya (2004- 2010) and in Turkey (2010-2014).

She is also the co-founder and lead of Finance for Change, a social investment leadership programme established in cooperation with the Impact Hub Berlin in 2016 providing learning and engagement opportunities for investors, financial intermediaries and entrepreneurs.

As research fellow by the Rockefeller Foundation and German Mercator Foundation between 2012-2014 she led a major research project on sustainable entrepreneurship and the role of government in Turkey before taking over the lead of the JP Morgan Social Investment Programm at the Entrepreneurship Centre of Sabanci University. Prior to 2011, she worked as Senior Manager at Advisory Services of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Nairobi, as resident advisor to the Kenyan Ministry of Water appointed by the German Development Cooperation GIZ and public-private partnership and policy expert in the water and energy sector with an economic consultancy in London (S&W Consultants/Shaw Group). She started her career with PricewaterhouseCoopers Germany in evaluation and advisory support to KfW, the German development Bank.

Anja has excellent research skills including the capacity for precise and high quality analysis and clear presentation of results to a diverse range of audiences. She is author of numerous publications on social innovation, sustainable entrepreneurship and sustainable investing and frequently invited to speak at major conferences or to participate in expert groups. She also demonstrated the ability to communicate effectively across hierarchies, geographies and sectors, to facilitate meaningful interactions and learning experiences, and to work in interdisciplinary and international teams.

She is pro bono jury member at Start Social Germany and member of the UNDP led African Impact Investing Task Force. She is an alumni of the Oxford University Impact Investing Program 2014 and obtained additional qualification by the Mercator LE-AD Program on reflective leadership in 2015 and the Presencing Institute at MIT on collective leadership (Theory U) in 2016. She speaks English, French as well as some Portuguese and Turkish.

More information on www.socialimpactmarkets.org and www.finance-for-change.net
Education:
Anja holds an MBA (University Mannheim/Germany), a Diploma in Political Science and Economics (Institut d'Etudes Politiques Paris/France) and a Degree in Development Studies (German Development Institute, Germany).
Affiliations and Achievements:
Initiator and Lead of Finance for Change at Impact Hub Berlin
Jury Member, Start Social (German Government Initiative supporting social start ups in Germany)
UNDP Impact Investing Task Force
Alumni Network of Mercator Foundation

Available for:
  • Internships / Fellowships

    Years of Experience:
    15-20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    Masters
    Languages:
    English, French, Some Portuguese and Turkish; German native language
    Nationality:
    Germany
    LinkedIn Profile: www.linkedin.com/in/anjakoenig
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