I believe that we need to look for innovative and entrepreneurial ways to address social and environmental challenges such as climate change, unemployment, integration of refugees or unequal access to opportunities and that solutions need to cut across organizational, sectoral or disciplinary boundaries. Many of us have experienced the great potential of relationships between individuals and groups brought together by a common idea. I also do recognize the importance of finance and investment not as a means in itself but as a way to bring new ideas to life, help entrepreneurs and enterprises grow and achieved greater impact.
We need more information on best (and worst) practices and better data in the impact field to encourage engagement by the private sector and financial institutions, to help government make better decisions and to put to work financial, human and social capital to where impact is greatest. And we need to make use of technology as an opportunity to achieve the sustainable development goals.
*Scharmer, O. Käufer, K., 2013, From Egosystem to Ecossytem.
Creating ideas, Catalyzing innovation, Connecting changemakers
Project incubation & Development
I am a passionate entrepreneur myself and I enjoy bringing new ideas to life. With partners around the world I engage in strengthening the market infrastructure and providing products and services to entrepreneurs, intermediaries, investors and policy makers.
Leadership development & training
The complex problems we are seeking to address require multilingual leaders with the ability to build bridges combing technical and financial skills with understanding of the social and environmental imperatives and leadership skills. Together with other facilitators and experts, we develop learning opportunities for both practitioners and newcomers to the impact and social innovation field and we create the space for collective leadership and co-creation of interventions that we need to change the existing system. I am a trained facilitator in collective leadership methods such as Theory U and Art of Hosting.
Applied Research & Advisory Services
In cooperation with long term trusted partners I provide hands-on advice to governments, development agencies, foundations and other organizations to use their capacities, networks and financial resources in a way that makes a real difference. The work is grounded in latest academic research and gathers best practices thanks to our broad network in this field and own experience spanning over almost two decades of working in this field.
Communication & Sharing
I actively share knowledge through publications, speaking engagements, as member of working groups or as mentor to entrepreneurs and social enterprises. I thus hope to contribute to promote the development of impact markets in Germany as well as internationally.
Guiding principles for promotion of entrepreneurship and enterprise development
The promotion of start up eco-systems, entrepreneurship and SME development more generally has moved on top of the international agenda as a way to create jobs and contribute to sustainable development. Despite increased interest, there is confusion around how to distinguish the vast variety of entrepreneurial activities, business models and enterprises in emerging countries. Similarly, little is known what works and does not work in enterprise development for different enterprise segments. Private sector foundation Swisscontact embarked on a journey to strengthen its capacities internally and contribute to the international debate on how this field can be best promoted. The development of a guidance document on entrepreneurship and enterprise development that segments the fields and defines eight high level guiding principles is part of this process.
The Finance Guide is an introduction to the basics of commercial finance and investment in the context of development cooperation.
The objective is to enable readers with limited or no prior exposure to finance topics to understand some key aspects in the public and private sector. Given the increasing importance of mobilizing private capital for development purposes, the Finance Guide is intended to provide orientation to GIZ staff when considering the role of commercial finance in designing and implementing technical-assistance programs.
In addition, when working with implementing partners or businesses looking for finance, the reader will be able to assume a more substantial role in supporting such local partners and entrepreneurs in developing bankable and investment-ready projects or businesses.
The guide is for internal use only.
Finance for Change
Leadership development & training
F4C is a leadership program launched early 2016 in cooperation with the Impact Hub Berlin to make the nascent field of impact oriented investing and social finance accessible to a wider audience in both the D-A-CH region and internationally. F4C offerings included the implementation of several Finance for Change 2 day bootcamps between 2016 and 2017 targeting professionals from philanthropic and development organisations, financial institutions and business angels to introduce them to the field of impact investing.
Funding and supporting innovation: learning, risk taking and dealing with failures / Nesta
Supporting the UK innovation agency Nesta with designing and conducting a comprehensive piece of research on how foundations and other innovation funders fund and support innovation. The focus is on the role of learning, risk taking and failure and we specifically look at innovation funders in developing and emerging countries.
A publication will be out soon.
Private Capital for Sustainable Development / Danida
Research & Advisory
Advised Danida, the Danish Development Agency on options to mobilise private sector capital for sustainable development. The work included a recap of the current discussion of key concepts in impact investing and innovative finance, an identification of critical issues based on a literature review, stakeholder interviews in Europe, the US and emerging markets and a review of more than 20 blended finance vehicles.
Inclusive Business Policies in Colombia and Indonesia / GIZ
Research & Advisory
Inclusive Business involve low income communities in the value chain. With our colleagues at Endeva we were commissioned by GIZ, the German Government Agency to explores demand by governments in Indonesia and Columbia for GIZ support to assist with developing inclusive business policies.
G20 Inclusive Business Framework / Turkish Government
Research & Advisory
The Turkish presidency of the G20 in 2015 identified Inclusive Business Policies as a priority topic for its Development Working Group. IFC and UNDP have been tasked by the G20 to lead on the development of a Framework on Inclusive Business Policies that can guide further actions. We were commissioned to support the consulting team led by our colleagues at Endeva to support the development of the framework. The Framework has been adopted as part of the G20 presidency in 2014.
The G20 Inclusive Business Framework can be accessed here.
Developing social impact investment markets in Turkey / Mercator Foundation & Rockefeller Foundation
As Fellow of the German Mercator Foundation and the American Rockefeller Foundation at the Istanbul Policy Center at Sabanci University Turkey led the first major research project in Turkey on social entrepreneurship and social investment. The work included a major social and green entrepreneurship survey; the testing of potential investors’ interest (business angels, commercial banks, Islamic finance institutions, PE/VC funds, foundations etc) in various social investment scenarios; identification on necessary conditions by international impact investment firms and funds for engaging in Turkey; the review of legal framework; the development of options for engagement by government and other market builders; the convening of Turkey's first international impact investing conference in cooperation with UNDP.
Social Investment Program Turkey / JP Morgan Chase Foundation
Leadership development & Training
Developed, designed and managed a training, mentoring and co-investment program for impact entrepreneurs, social businesses, intermediaries, social investors in Turkey supported by JP Morgan Chase Foundation. Co-trainer in 3 day social investment training with a panel of highly recognized international social investment and impact measurement experts.
Feasibility Study for an Impact Investment Fund in Northern Kenya / Care International
The project aim was to identify innovative options to channel sustainable investment finance to an economically underdevelopment region in Kenya. Work included a review of financial service providers, their products and technologies to identify market gaps; the implementation of an enterprise survey to identify market needs for new financial and non-financial support; a review of international experience in public venture capital, investment fund design and management of funds for social impact; the development of an initial deal pipeline, advice on fund design options, a fund investment strategy and testing of investor interest.
A project report can be downloaded here.
Koenig, A. & Jackson, T, 2016, Mobilisizing private capital for international development: emerging trends and challenges in: ECDPM GREAT INSIGHTS, 2030 Smart Engagement with business, Vol 5 Issue 5 October/November 2016, p 16
Koenig, A. and Jackson, E., 2016, Private Capital for Sustainable Development: Concepts, Issues and Options for Engagement in Impact Investing and Innovative Finance. Danida Evaluation Study 2/2016.
Addis, R., Koenig, A. (2014): Reflections on the Global Market. Why the G8 Taskforce Work Matters and What comes next? in Impact Investing in 2014: A Snapshot of Global Activity, Impact Investing Policy Collaborative Annual Report 2014, p 13
Koenig, A. (2014): Market Analysis in Social Impact Investing: Design Considerations And International Experience, in Impact Investing in 2014: A Snapshot of Global Activity, Impact Investing Policy Collaborative Annual Report 2014, p 31
Koenig, A., Cetindamar, D., 2016, Turkey Country Study in: The World Guide to Sustainable Enterprise: A country-by-country analysis of responsible business and social entrepreneurship. Edited by Wayne Visser Greenleaf Publishing, January 2016
Koenig, A. (2014): Developing social impact markets in Turkey: Framework for government engagement and review of policy options. Istanbul Policy Center, Istanbul, April 2014
Koenig, A. , 2013, Social Investment: Global Trends and Implications for Turkey, Istanbul Policy Center, Istanbul, October 2013.
Collection of blog posts published between February 2013 and May 2013 on global trends in social investments globally, the situation in Turkey, diaspora investing and the need for a holistic approach to market building for social investment in Turkey
Koenig, A. (2013): Social and Green Entrepreneurship Survey in Turkey – Methodology and Findings, Istanbul Policy Center, Istanbul, October 2013.
Collection of blogs: Documentation of methodological considerations in designing and implementing Turkey’s first survey of green and social entrepreneurship and survey results.
Articles, presentations & speaking engagements
Koenig, A. (2013): Entrepreneurship for social impact in Turkey:
fancy trend or potential game changer? published in the Milliyet, 29 June 2013 in Turkish (download here – differences to the final publication as edited by Milliyet staff) and in English (download here)
Koenig, A. (2014): Social and environmental impact investing: from ego-system to eco-system (published in Turkish on T24 on 09.01.2014)
Koenig, A (2014): Opportunities for social investing in Turkey (in Hurriyet DailyNews on 11.03.2014, access here)
Presentations and speaking engagements
GIZ Symposium (September 2018): Entrepreneurship Guiding Principles: how to promote entrepreneurship and enterprise development effectively.
European Venture Philanthropy Association Annual Conference: “New VP tools in international development: more resources for more impact? (3- 4 November 2016, Paris, more details here).
GIZ/ADB/Government of Indonesia: Public policy in inclusive business and impact investing & Inclusive Business Policies in Tourism, Jakarta, May 2015)
Hertie School of Governance, Berlin: The role of the public sector in promoting entrepreneurship and innovation (18 February 2015 download).
European Venture Philanthropy Association Annual Conference: Investment readiness programs: the solution to deal-flow or the myth? Berlin, 18 November 2014.
MarS Social Finance Forum, Bridging Policy and Practice to grow the impact investing market. Toronto, Thursday 6 November 2014.
Private Equity International, Turkey Forum, Impact investing opportunities in Turkey. Istanbul 29 October 2014.
Technology Foundation of Turkey, What is next in Impact Investing, Istanbul 9 September 2014.
JP Morgan Chase Foundation/Sabanci University Istanbul, 1-3 June 2014: Advanced Training on Social Investment, Co-training with Rodney Schwartz of Clearly So.
Sabanci University, Launch of the JP Morgan Chase Foundation - Sabanci University Social Investment Program, Istanbul February 2014 What is Social investment and why do we need it?
Sankalp Africa Summit Nairobi, February 12-13, 2014: Government and development (finance) institutions in social innovation: trends and opportunities to catalyze investment for social and environmental impact.
GIZ 16th International Business Forum | October 24, 2013: Government as Impact Investors: Innovations and New Perspectives. (download here)
Climbiz Emerging Europe Impact Investing Day | September 26, 2013: Impact Investing in Turkey: Stories from the Field. (download here).
Impact Investing Policy Collaborative Annual Conference | London (UK) |July 7-11, 2013: How is Turkey Engaging Key Stakeholders to Build a Policy Platform for Social Innovation? (download here)
Regional Social Entrepreneurship Day | Budapest (Hungary) | June 14, 2013: Experience in Social Entrepreneurship in Turkey (download here)
EuroAsia Social Business Forum | May 23, 2013: Social Investment – global trends and opportunities in Turkey (download here)
TUSEV Impact seminar – Regional Development Agencies | Istanbul | April 2013: Findings from the Social and Green Entrepreneurship Survey (download here)
Istanbul Policy Centre – Sabanci University | November 2012 – Social Impact Markets – project presentation (download here)
Observations on social impact market development around the world
Founder and Director
Anja Koenig set up Social Impact Markets in 2012 to help develop entrepreneurial and market based solutions to development challenges. She is an experienced impact professional with in-depth technical expertise in impact finance, entrepreneurship promotion, blended value partnerships and a trained facilitator in social innovation, generative facilitation and systems change. She enjoys co-creating multistakeholder strategies and systemic interventions, catalyzing new ideas and connecting individuals and organization for greater impact.
Anja is probono jury member of start social, a government program to support innovative social projects in Germany, member of the Federal Initiative for Impact Investing Germany (BII) and co-host and facilitator of the Impact Investing Stammtisch Berlin.
She speaks German (native), English, French as well as some Portuguese and Turkish She is now based in Berlin, after living in London (UK), Nairobi (Kenya) and Istanbul (Turkey) as a long term resident and assignments in various countries in Africa, CEE, MENA, Asia and Latin America.