Dean Hand

Dean Hand

Company: Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN)

Job title: Research director


Dean Hand is the Research Director for the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN). She is responsible for developing and guiding the GIIN’s research strategy – a cornerstone of the GIIN’s work that illuminates market intelligence, impact performance analytics and ground-breaking topical areas that offer insight on the significance of impact investing as a crucial strategy for all investment.

Dean joined the GIIN with over 10 years of specific impact investing experience within emerging market asset management focusing on originating investment opportunities, development of catalytic blended finance tools, impact fund development and impact measurement strategies.

Prior to joining the GIIN, Dean formed part of the Impact Investing team within Ashburton Investments (part of the FirstRand group, one of the largest financial institutions in South Africa and an 8 country footprint on the African continent with operations in Great Britain and India). Dean has also led the work stream on what philanthropic foundations can do to leverage traditional capital as part of the work of the South African National Task Force on Impact Investing. Dean has taught post-graduate business students on the features of impact investing and innovative finance.

Dean holds a Masters in Philosophy (Inclusive Innovation) from the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business which was awarded with distinction. The focus of her dissertation was on impact investment strategies and blended finance structuring.  She is a Bertha Scholar – a merit-based award for work on her dissertation.


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