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Gerhard Pries interviewed for Real Leaders magazine: “4 Lessons from an Impact Investor”

Sarona founder, Gerhard Pries recently spoke to Amy Bennett (Impact Assets) for Real Leaders Magazine. Pries describes how he went from working as a financial advisor for PricewaterhouseCoopers to the managers of an impact investment firm, and Bennett draws on four lessons to learn from his work.

  1. Find your place: Pries is inspired by the work of Mother Teresa and has taken that compassion for the poor into his work as an investor.
  2. Renew what is old: the first Sarona impact investment was made in 1953 and Sarona has continued to give businesses access to larger markets through investments.
  3. Ride waves of change: Sarona is a young company that has shifted its focus to include creating an impact for a sustainable future, and Sarona is a leader in blending private/public sector finances.
  4. Layer your impact: Pries believes that Sarona can create an impact not only in frontier and emerging markets, but also in the private equity industry where Sarona participates in the global discourse on public-private collaboration to build a new economy.

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