Justin Sykes is a social investment specialist with over 18 years’ experience in structuring, financing and implementing innovative and large-scale investments that deliver social and environmental benefits alongside financial returns. These investments have enhanced hundreds of thousands of lives across throughout a range of countries in Africa and the Middle East. Justin has worked for, and with, a broad range of clients to achieve these objectives including family offices, foundations, fund managers, HNWIs multinational corporations, international charities, and multilateral and bilateral development agencies. At the helm of Innovest Advisory, Justin works at nexus between innovative finance and social impact and seeks to link socially minded investors with impact investment opportunities globally. Innvoest advises on how to maximise the social or environmental impact of capital thereby unlocking its potential to address the world’s most pressing challenges such as climate change, food security, financial inclusion and livelihoods. Innovest also collaborates with social enterprises to help them deliver innovative and sustainable market-based solutions to development challenges in emerging markets and fragile contexts. Prior to Innovest, Justin structured and managed a substantial impact investment fund for a private Arab Gulf foundation which provided debt, equity and catalytic grants as well as technical assistance to over 20 microfinance institutions and SME funds across the MENA region. Previously to this Justin worked for Secretariat of the United Nations Youth Employment Network, a global youth job creation programme lead by Kofi Annan and helped internationalise The Prince’s Trust model of start-up business support for disadvantaged youth. Justin serves as a board member and adviser to a number of innovative social enterprises focused on financial inclusion and sustainable job creation for low income communities linving in Middle East and Africa. He also serves as non-executive director on a $150 million private equity impact investment fund which invests in social purpose businesses in emerging markets.