Durreen Shahnaz, WG’95
Founder and Chairman
Impact Investment Exchange Asia

Wharton Speaker >> Biography

Durreen is the Founder and Chairperson of Impact Investment Exchange and Founder and Managing Director of Impact Investment Shujog.  Durreen is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. 

She has a track record as a successful banker, media executive and social entrepreneur.  She founded, ran and sold the social purpose business oneNest in New York. She also headed up the Asia operations of Hearst Magazines International, Reader’s Digest Asia, and Asia City Publishing Group.

Durreen began her professional career as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley (New York), followed by stints at Grameen Bank (Bangladesh), World Bank (Washington, D.C.), and Merrill Lynch (Hong Kong). 

She holds a BA from Smith College; an MBA from Wharton, University of Pennsylvania; and an MA from the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Recently Durreen was nominated as a TED 2010 Fellow and Asia Society Asia 21 Fellow.


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