Durreen Shahnaz, a Bangladeshi-American entrepreneur and founder of Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) and Shujog, received the Asia Game Changer Awards by the Asia Society for her pioneering work in impact investing, said a press release.
Launched by the Asia Society in 2014, the Asia Game Changer Awards has identified and honored key leaders who are making a transformative and positive difference for the future of Asia and the world. This year, Durreen Shahnaz is among nine honorees recognized for their inspiring work and tireless spirit in bringing solutions to global development.
Durreen founded two companies in Singapore - Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) and Shujog, with a mission to transform the way capital markets work - to move beyond profit maximizing and into impact-maximizing. IIX went on to create the world's first regional social stock market - Impact Exchange - that leverages the power of finance by unlocking new capital for social impact investment.
Durreen is a veteran when it comes to pioneering steps for a positive difference. In 1999, when e-commerce was still a relatively new concept, Durreen ran and eventually sold her first Internet company oneNest - a New York-based enterprise which empowered thousands of rural artisans by connecting them to an online global marketplace.
Over the past three years, the Asia Society has identified and honoured 28 influential leaders who are making a positive contribution to the future of Asia. On the honor roll of the Asia Game Changer Awards include Chinese business magnate and philanthropist Jack Ma and Filipino boxer and activist Manny Pacquiao.