Core Subject : Sustainable finance

Difficulty : Foundational

Length : Approximately 5-6 hours

Structure :

  • Self-guided course
  • Readings
  • Assessments
  • Digital credential

Course Access Period : 90 days

Price : $275

Group rates available. Contact : for more info.


Explore how you can create a more inclusive and sustainable future for all with a Virtual Masterclass

In the wake of the global pandemic and ongoing climate crisis, the sustainable investing space is booming, with more private sector capital flowing towards tackling the world’s biggest challenges than ever. While promising, this endeavor is dwarfed by major financial gaps if we are still to meet the Sustainable Development Goals.

As a result, all ecosystem players must make a concerted effort to foster an environment that fully embraces sustainability, mobilizes finance, and builds inclusive markets. The resulting shift in perspective and action can then apply creative, practical, and inclusive approaches that give voice and value to the world’s most vulnerable.

In this masterclass, examine a novel ecosystem approach, developed over 12 years by IIX, to address risks and policy challenges and discuss solutions that can transform financial markets globally. Explore how you can add critical value to sustainable investing activities happening around the world with the right answers to the following questions:

  • How can the public sector and civil society be instrumental in mainstreaming impact?
  • What is the role of policy and how can policy initiatives be designed to harmonize achieving financial returns and sustainable outcomes?
  • How can innovative cross-sector partnerships accelerate global progress towards achieving the SDGs?

Gain professional certification

This masterclass is part of the Virtual Executive Program – a unique blended learning experience that equips you with the full spectrum of key knowledge and skills needed to propel the sustainable development movement forward.

Learning Topics

This masterclass is designed to be bite-sized and digestible for working professionals through three modules of self-guided on-demand course videos, readings. At the end of this masterclass, you will emerge with a practitioner-level understanding of how to effectively develop an impact-focused ecosystem that is geared towards achieving the SDGs. You will receive a verified digital credential from the IIX Institute upon completing the masterclass and passing the certificate exam.

Module 1: Understanding the Role of Effective Policymaking 

  • Explore the current market and funding
  • Walk through a step-by-step process to designing an effective policy framework
  • Dive deep into how policy can influence all ecosystem players to embrace sustainability

Module 2: The Current Political Environment for Impact Investing 

  • Understand the strengths and shortfalls of policy initiatives that seek to foster impact investing
  • Gain insights on real case examples of how countries have developed the supply and demand-sides of the impact investing ecosystem
  • Discover the biggest challenges and opportunities impacting the ecosystem today

Module 3: Understanding Ecosystem Players and their Roles 

  • Explore how the philanthropic can catalyze global efforts to achieve the SDGs
  • Uncover how actors from different sectors can facilitate risk management

Key Benefits


Learn from leaders in the sustainability space from around the world


Immerse in sustainability and learn how to implement solutions to today’s biggest challenges – from climate change to COVID recovery


On-demand, self-guided courses to prepare you for insightful conversations with instructors and guest speakers

IIX Institute Digital Credential

Earn a verified digital credential from IIX Institute that can be used as evidence of knowledge acquired


Professor Durreen Shahnaz

CEO and Founder, Impact Investment Exchange (IIX)

Durreen Shahnaz is a global leader of social impact and impact investing. Born in Bangladesh, Durreen has built an international track record as a social entrepreneur, banker, media executive and academic at institutions, including Morgan Stanley (New York), Grameen Bank (Bangladesh), Hearst Magazines International (New York) and the National University of Singapore.

She is the recipient of 2017 Oslo Business for Peace Award, often referred to as the ‘Nobel Prize for Business’, amongst numerous other awards.

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