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Better Practices in Gender Lens Investing

April 17, 2023 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

On April 17, join Aga Khan Foundation Canada, Criterion Institute, 2X Global, the Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), and World University Service of Canada (WUSC) for a conversation on gender lens – growing the field, setting new standards, understanding the challenges and shaping the future.

The session will focus on learning from previous initiatives within the sector and raising awareness of new developments and opportunities.

What to expect:

  1. A presentation of the role of ARISE, supported by Global Affairs Canada, in the field of gender-lens investing
  2. Announcement of the ARISE grant recipients and a celebration of their work in the field of gender-lens investing
  3. The launch of a new call for proposals that will support research in gender-lens investing
  4. A presentation of WUSC’s Towards a Gender-Transformative Climate Finance Roadmap: An Ecosystem Approach to Inclusive, Equitable, and Transformative Change for Women Climate Entrepreneurs
  5. Dialogue and reflection on gender lens investing, including learnings from the Accelerating Women Climate Entrepreneurs project, a joint initiative of AKFC, ANDE, and WUSC

Additional Information for Attendees

  • In-person attendees are encouraged to participate in an informal networking session after the event.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet and greet our speakers!

Questions? Please contact [email protected]


Joy Anderson, Founder and President of Criterion Institute

Hundreds of ventures have been shaped by Joy’s insights and experience. As faculty on the leading social innovation award programs, including Unreasonable Institute and Echoing Green, she advises the next generation of leaders. As chair of the board of directors of Village Capital and through involvement in Investor’s Circle, she is actively involved in shaping early-stage social investments. And through her role in developing and leading Structure Lab workshops, she has helped over 300 organizations think through their legal and financial structures. Currently, she leads Criterion Institute which serves as a think tank around shaping markets to create social and environmental good.

Steve Mason, Regional Director, North America (Programs and Partnerships), AKFC

In this role, he is responsible for managing an international development and humanitarian program portfolio spanning 20 countries, developing and maintaining relationships with a variety of governmental and non-governmental partners, and providing intellectual and organizational leadership to the Foundation. Prior to taking on this role, Steve was the founding Regional CEO of Aga Khan Foundation (West Africa), based in Bamako, Mali.

Katie Turner, Consultant

Sam Landon, Director of Programs, WUSC


April 17, 2023
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat
199 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON K1N 1K6 Canada


Aga Khan Foundation Canada
Criterion Institute
World University Service of Canada
Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)
2X Global