Durreen Shahnaz

Durreen Shahnaz is the Founder and CEO of Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) and IIX Foundation which connect the Back Streets of underserved communities to the Wall Streets of the world™ by changing financial systems and innovating solutions for women empowerment, climate action, and community resilience. IIX is the home of the world’s first social stock exchange and the world’s largest crowdfunding platforms for impact investing, Impact Partners. IIX is also a leader in impact assessment methodology (now digitized via IIX Values), and created the world’s first innovative finance instruments listed on a stock exchange and reporting both social and financial returns, the Women’s Livelihood Bond™ Series (winner of the 2019 UN Global Climate Action Award and 2019 P4G State-of-the-Art Partnerships Award). To date, IIX has unlocked over $200 million of private sector capital, impacted over 80 million lives and has received numerous awards including the Oslo Business for Peace Award, the ‘Nobel Prize for Business’. Shahnaz holds a BA from Smith College and a joint degree – an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a MA from the School for Advanced International Studies at John Hopkins University.