She-VC: Dimple Sahni on the future of public and private board diversity, a global landscape perspective
About Dimple Sahni:
Originally from India, Dimple is an experienced investment professional – with over 20 years of experience in impact investing, investment banking, technology, emerging markets, and venture capital – who began her career in finance working for Goldman Sachs. She then launched a social enterprise focused on education, Epylon, which was later sold to Accenture. After working at L Capital Partners in its technology, energy and environment practice where she was a Kauffman Fellow, she shifted to impact investing at the Omidyar Network, Pierre Omiydar’s philanthropic investment arm. She continued her impact investing career with Unilever Corporate Ventures on its exploration of emerging Asia. Most recently she was fund principal at the Hattery, an early stage impact investing and design firm which was sold to Google.
Currently, Dimple Sahni is a Managing Director of Impact Funds Portfolios at Anthos Fund and Asset Management, one of the largest single family offices in the world. She is responsible for originating investments, managing relationships, and helping to execute strategies for the fund portfolios at Anthos Asset Management dedicated to impact investing across all asset classes including private, listed and real assets. In this defacto Mixed Asset Impact CIO role, she leads the firm’s strategy on impact portfolio construction and asset allocation. Impact Advisory roles within her own portfolio, Dimple also serves on the Investment Committee of the Nathan Cummings Foundation in support of 100% mission-aligned investing. They are one of the leading foundations in economic and racial justice.
Dimple wears multiple hats including that of an LP, but today we are going to talk to her about impact investing and board activism from her personal point of view.
Dimple holds an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School and a BA in Economics from the University of Chicago. Based in Amsterdam, she is an EU permanent resident, US citizen and Indian citizen. She speaks English, Hindi and Dutch.
Here are the topics/Questions
Your journey:As an Indian origin person, an underrepresented GP and LP. As an impact investor, you have more than two decades working in and with the worlds of investment banking, emerging markets, technology, and venture capital. How was your journey made you into a DEI board activist across multiple asset classes?
Big Picture: Recent research shows that more than 20 percent of global board seats are currently held by women. It sounds good, but is it good enough? Is it better on private or public boards?
Biases & Prejudices: It seems certain countries are ahead of the curve on encouraging diversity and inclusion. How can others follow suit? How does this potentially create imbalance regarding governance across geography?
What is your advice to the advocates of men and women who are currently on public boards who want to bring parity and also be a catalyst for change?How do you think this is impacting inclusive governance strategies?
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