Anja-N. Koenig is a social investment, entrepreneurship and sustainable development expert as well as a trained facilitator in collaborative innovation and system change processes with close to 20 years of professional experience in the DACH region, (Central and Eastern) Europe, MENA, Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Until 2018 she supported entrepreneurship development in emerging countries at Swisscontact Foundation in Zurich. In 2015, she co-initiated and led Finance for Change at the Impact Hub Berlin to promote and encourage the use of finance for impact amongst philanthropic funders, investors and financial institutions. Between 2010 and 2014 she researched on ways to strengthen the social investment market in Turkey supported by Rockefeller Foundation and Mercator Foundation before designing and leading the JP Morgan Chase Foundation Social Investment Programme at the Entrepreneurship Centre of Sabanci University in Istanbul. She also worked with Financial Advisory Services of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Frankfurt including in the impact evaluation of German Development Bank KfW and with Transaction Services of PwC in Nairobi. She came to Kenya in 2004 as a long-term government advisor appointed by German Development Agency GIZ after spending several years with an economic consulting companies in London advising public and private sector clients on public private partnerships, infrastructure finance and policy reforms in emerging markets.

Since 2015 she is co-host of the Impact Investing Roundtable Berlin, engaged with Germany’s Federal Initiative for Impact Investing (BII), host of an online DACH impact finance group on LinkedIn and pro bono jury member at Start Social Germany. She holds an MBA from University Mannheim/Germany, a Diploma in Political Science and Economics (IEP Science Po Paris/France) and a Post Masters Certification in Development Studies (GDI, Germany). She obtained additional leadership and facilitation qualifications inter alea from the Presencing Institute at MIT (Theory U), the Generative Facilitation Institute and the LEAD Academy both in Berlin.

  • Day 3 – Friday 11 June
  • 9.00 – 9.50

The role of the public sector in the impact economy

In this session we will put the spotlight on the unique contribution of the public sector in shaping and strengthening the impact ecosystem. We will also take a closer look at the wide range of roles government can play to support the impact economy, build effective partnerships and spur investing for impact. Furthermore, we will highlight potential areas of public sector action based on the OECD Social Entrepreneurship Policy Tool and share insights on international experiences of government interventions from other countries. Watch the session recording