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Design Thinking for Investments – in the Post Pandemic Era – Dr. Ingrid Vasiliu-Feltes

Getting everyone aligned and engaged in a design thinking process that is not customary for the investment ecosystem is not an easy task either and at times can be a lengthy process. While it is a highly collaborative and inclusive approach, sometimes lack of discipline can lessen the rigor and jeopardize the financial or social returns.

Regulatory and legal challenges and cross-border harmonization also remain significant barriers that would need to be overcome.

Global Perspective

The pandemic has certainly accelerated impact investing to new heights and it is estimated that the post-pandemic socio-economic landscape will require a long term reshaping and recalibration of investment strategies.

This unprecedented crisis has accentuated the need to focus not only on financial returns, but also to include environmental, social and governance domains (ESG).

Social innovation, social entrepreneurship and next generation investments will likely be the trifecta of the post-pandemic economic recovery.

The complexity of interactions between the global economy, social trends, cultural aspects, human behavior economics and their impact on capital markets demand a new approach to investing for future generations.

Design Thinking could be considered an imperative for all investors, as only a human-centric approach will ensure a model that can be adopted by several generations.

Stats & Trends

The global impact investing market is estimated at $715B and is expected to grow at CAGR of 10.12% by 2023. The US still lags behind Europe, however has now reached 20% of the total market.

Globally, index funds investing in companies that enjoyed high ESG rankings have seen a boost, sustainability funds doubled and socially conscious investing continues to gain momen-tum.
The last survey published by GIIN highlights the highest response rate ever recorded and 99% of respondents reported meeting or exceeding their impact expectations, while 88% report-ed meeting or exceeding their finance expectations. It was interesting to note that 57% did not expect their capital investment to change due to the pandemic.

BlackRock’s first sustainable investing survey published recently captured data from 27 countries and highlighted that half of the institutional investors were expecting to double their sustainable assets within the next 5 years.

According to UBS, sustainable investing typically perform as well as traditional investments or sometimes even better, with 70% of sustainable funds outperforming comparable funds.

A J.P Morgan research note published in collaboration with the Rockefeller Foundation pointed out that there seems to be a shift towards impact investing towards larges scale institutions, pen-sion funds, family offices, foundations, commercial banks joining the impact investing trend.

It also estimates that the investment opportunity over the next 10 years can reach $1T. The main high potential sectors were urban affordable housing, rural access to clean water, maternal health, primary education and micro-finance.

As highlighted in a recent MSCI report, the main trends to watch in 2021 are climate change, bi-odiversity, need for data standardization and managing social inequalities.

We have also witnessed a diversity and inclusion investment trend that has been accentuated by the pandemic impact, however it remains to be seen if it will persist in the post-pandemic era.

There is a need for a wider understanding that gender is one of the key drivers of economic re-covery and a higher commitment to dedicate investment funds towards diverse population seg-ments can accelerate and sustain global impact investing efforts. It remains to be seen how the recent NASDAQ diversity mandate will change the investing landscape.

Dr. Ingrid Vasiliu-Feltes

Executive I Emerging Tech Strategist I Innovation Ecosystem BuilderI Business Transformation I Board Advisor I WBAF Business School & Forum I GBA Ethics Officer

Is a healthcare executive, futurist and globalist who is highly dedicated to digital and eth-ics advocacy. She is a passionate educator and entrepreneurship ecosystem builder, known as an expert speaker, board advisor and consultant. Throughout her career she has re-ceived several awards for excellence in research, teaching or leadership. This past year she has been named one of the Top 100 Global Healthcare Leaders, Top 100 Global Fi-nance Leaders and Top 100 Women in Crypto. Additionally, she received the 2021 Excel-lence in Education Award, serves as an Expert Advisor to the EU Blockchain Observatory Forum, and was appointed to the Board of UN Legal and Economic Empowerment Net-work.

Dr. Vasiliu-Feltes is the Founder and CEO of The Science, Entrepreneurship and Invest-ments Institute and currently serving as a Country Director for WBAF USA, Senator of WBAF, Faculty Member of the WBAF Business School- Division of Entrepreneurship, and teaching the Executive MBA Business Technology Course at the UM Business School.
She is also acting as the Chief Ethics Officer for GBA Global, President of Detect Genomix and as the Chief Quality and Safety Officer at MEDNAX. Additionally, she provides leader-ship to the MEDNAX Center for Research, Education, Quality and Safety.

During her academic tenure she taught several courses within the Medical School, as well as the combined MD/PhD and MD/MPH programs. Throughout her career, Dr. Vasiliu-Feltes held several leadership positions and is a member of numerous prestigious profes-sional organizations. She holds several certifications, such as Bioethics from Harvard, Arti-ficial Intelligence and Business Strategy from MIT Sloan, Blockchain Technology and Busi-ness Innovation from MIT Sloan, Finance from Harvard Business School, Negotiation from Harvard Law School, Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Stanford Graduate School of Business, Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management, Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Patient Safety Officer by the International Board Federa-tion of Safety Managers, Master Black Belt in Lean and Six Sigma Management, Profes-sional in Healthcare Quality by the National Association of Healthcare Quality, Manager for Quality and Organizational Excellence, by the American Society for Quality, and Certi-fied Risk Management Professional by the American Society for Healthcare Risk Manage-ment.

Additionally, Dr. Vasiliu-Feltes is an Honorary Advisory Board Member of several compa-nies, as well as an Editorial Board Member for several international publications such as Frontiers In Blockchain, Blockchain In Healthcare Today, a Member of the Fintech Xpert-sleague, as well as the Ambassador for several international not for profit organizations, most notably Blockchain in Healthcare Today, Inspired Minds, and Women in AI.