Erica Barbosa Vargas

Director Social Finance and Impact Investing

Erica is Global Head of Innovation & Sustainable Finance at SecondMuse Capital, the finance and investment management arm of SecondMuse, a global innovation agency dedicated to building inclusive economies around the world. As part of SecondMuse Capital’s leadership team, Erica oversees ESG integration and impact across various funds and the development of blended finance mechanisms to support large asset owners and investors in mobilizing capital to advance the SDGs and connect with new economies around the world. 

Erica joined SecondMuse Capital after a decade as Director of Solutions Finance at The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, where she led strategies for financial innovation and integration of the Foundation’s financial assets to support social and economic system’s transformation. Erica spearheaded the Foundation’s impact investing practice, overseeing the management of a multi-asset impact investing portfolio ($130M AUM), including blended finance approaches; and ESG integration within the Foundation’s endowment ($650M AUM). She also led a portfolio of national market-building initiatives. Erica joined the Foundation with 13 years of global professional experience in the private sector and international development, primarily in Latin America, Canada and the UK. She sits on Advisory Boards of various investment funds in Canada, of organizations working in social innovation globally, and is adviser for international development projects. She co-founded Educating the Streets-Building Society, an award-winning program for capabilities development of youth and working children in Bolivia. She completed undergraduate studies in behavioral psychology and neuroscience, holds an MPA in Public and Economic Policy from the London School of Economics & Political Science. She specializes in innovation and systems dynamics for inclusive economic development. 

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Day 1: Oct 13, 2021

3:40 pm

3:40 pm


Revise your Mission-Driven Impact Investment Strategies to Meet your Mandate

Organizations are rethinking the way they invest in causes closest to their missions. Create a business case for philanthropic investment to drive value and returns. Master the success factors to:

  • Focus on environmentally sustainable initiatives that scale and have a local impact
  • Engage in direct investment initiatives though syndicate partnerships that support impact investments
  • Invest in local-led initiatives that can create acceptable returns while furthering your mission

Maximize your mission-related investment strategy while driving results.

Day 2: Oct 14, 2021