CONSCIOUS HOLISTIC IMPACTFUL INVESTING
Chi Impact Capital is an independent Impact Investment Advisory firm based in Zurich.
Our focus as an Impact Investment Advisor lies on the deep end of social and environmental impact value creation via direct investments into core regenerative companies, where positive impact creation is an integral part of the company’s product or service. We believe in the need of a systems transformation towards both a regenerative economy and a more conscious form of investing.
We are advising a Luxembourg-based impact venture fund – the Nixdorf Kapital Impact Fund S.C.Sc., SICAV-RAIF – Burning Issues Impact Fund (BIIF) – that provides qualified professional investors with the possibility to create place based and deep impact in Europe, while helping to contribute to the most critical and “burning” Sustainable Development Goals and to reverse climate change.
Chi Impact Capital has a comprehensive Impact Methodology in place and defines, measures and reports impact goals for each advised investee company (in close collaboration with each advised investee company) and also applies a gender-lens as well as a multi-species-lens. The corresponding impact goals are tailored to the circumstances of each individual company and the specific sector in which it operates (examples can be within “Green Innovation & Energy Efficiency” i.e. reduction of CO2; “Food Safety & Security” i.e. reduction of food waste or reduced water use; “Circular Economy” i.e. reduction of single-used plastics).
We care about social and environmental impact
If you care about positive impact, we are your partners.
We start from impact, we live our impact, and we sincerely believe in the impact potential of the BIIF‘s investee companies.
That is why we also tie the BIIF‘s fund carry 100% to the creation of positive impact outcomes.
The BIIF invests in a new species of entrepreneurs with an integrated business mission to solve a burning social or environmental issue. These companies are for-profit European-based enterprises that provide transformative and typically tech-heavy and scalable solutions across the following impact themes: Circular Economy & Conscious Commerce, Green Innovation & Energy Efficiency, Food Safety & Security, Smart Mobility & Transport as well as Affordable and Climate Resilient Healthcare.
Circular Economy & Conscious Commerce
Green Innovation & Energy Efficiency
Food Safety & Security
Smart Mobility & Transport
Affordable & Climate Resilient Healthcare
Our purpose is to assist qualified professional investors to achieve both attractive financial returns, while simultaneously being pro-active enablers and shapers of positive and systemic change.
BIIF Portfolio Companies
Chi Impact Capital’s advisory activities go fully in line with Art. 9 of the EU Regulation on Sustainability-Related Disclosure in the Financial Services Sector (SFDR; EU 2019/2088). The BIIF qualifies as a ‘dark green fund’ according to Art. 9 SFDR.
Dr. Christin ter Braak-Forstinger
Dr. Christin ter Braak-Forstinger, LL.M. is the founder and CEO of Chi Impact Capital. Christin is passionate about pro-actively making the shift towards a regenerative and deep impact economy a reality.
Christin has a long-standing experience and track record in the financial services sector & private equity, impact investing and sustainable investing; She completed her Doctoral Thesis at Harvard Law School (summa cum laude), her Master Studies at Duke Law School and studied Law and Business Administration before in Austria; Christin is a regular author, key-note speaker, juror and long-time university lecturer in impact investing.
Privately, Christin is the co-founder of award-winning NGO Braveaurora, active in North Ghana since 2009. Christin loves to spend her spare time with her family in nature; meditation forms an integral part in her life.
Anita Keij is a co-founder and CIO of Chi Impact Capital. Anita deeply believes that moral values are as important as economic value, and working consciously on this basis, leads to a more holistic approach and better results.
Anita has experience in investment and development banking as well as a track record working with social enterprises. She holds a post-graduate degree in corruption studies from the Hong Kong University, and masters in philosophy and economics from Heidelberg University and the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Anita is also a regular guest-lecturer on environmental ethics.
Anita loves being outdoors and believes that nature and sports are crucial for a healthy and happy lifestyle. She is fascinated by animals and is also a beekeeper. Having worked in Virunga National Park in East Congo, Anita is still a supporter of the Virunga Alliance.
Enrique Alvarado Hablutzel
Enrique is passionate about the development of Circular Economy projects and the growth of individuals and communities using conscious, systematic approaches.
Enrique has a strong background in scaling technology start-ups. He was formerly a Partner at Bamboo Capital Partners, where he was involved in creating innovative investment fund structures, “tech4impact funds,” for emerging markets. Enrique is also part of the Seedstars and Impact Hub networks in Switzerland and played a crucial role in the early development of the Accelerate2030 program, supporting more than 100 companies worldwide. He holds a Master’s degree in Management and Consulting from the University of Lausanne with a specialization in Technology and Innovation from the EPFL, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.
Enrique is passionate about sports and music as a source of inspiration to thrive in life; he develops Circular Economy programs in Europe and Latin America and is part of an association helping preserve Indian American traditions in Mexico and Europe.
Martin is part of the rethinking that is taking place in society to move towards a more sustainable world, which is indeed urgently needed. He is deeply convinced that finance can be a force for good and used as a powerful tool for improving the state of society and the environment.
Martin did his Master’s degree in Banking & Finance at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences. Before joining Chi Impact Capital, he worked at UBS AG in the Asset Management Private Equity Fund of Funds team and in Wealth Management, where he served high-net-worth clients. Before his Bachelor in Business Administration, he completed an apprenticeship at a Swiss regional bank.
Moreover, Martin is passionate about pretty much any kind of sports in his spare time. He especially loves football and general fitness sessions to follow an active lifestyle. The beautiful Swiss natural landscape and mountains help him to get a clear mind.
BIIF Fund Advisory Board
Dr. Brigitte Mohn
Dr. Mariana Bozesan
Dr. Charly Kleissner
Mag. Peter Scheuch
Dr. Rob Wylie
BIIF Impact Validation Committee
Ruurd de Fluiter
Prof. Dr. Michael Meyer
The impact investment framework with Charly Kleissner
Anita and Jan are being joined by the fund advisory board member Charly Kleissner. Charly explains a framework for impact investment and how assets like the blockchain have been used in impact. In this 25-minute episode, we explore the power of technology for impact and how CHI follows the pioneer example of Charly.
This and more in our latest episode.
From master thesis to action in impact investing
Introducing the latest member of CHI:
Martin Moser is fresh out of university where he discovered his passion for impact. Hence he decided to write his masters thesis on this very topic. That was reason enough to initiate our first three way phone conference with Martin, Enrique and Jan to talk about the current state of impact research, its problems and how CHI supports research on the topic of impact investing.
Opening the Impact Report
The first CHI Impact Report is out!
Jan talks to Enrique about what’s in it and and what it’s about. What was CHI focussing on and how they implemented their ideas towards a more sustainable world into the companies they are invested in.
Guest Appearance, Publications & Other
“More Impact 4 Lunch” Video with Vytal/DE, FASE/DE and Chi Impact Capital/CH, March 2023
Article in ImpactInvestor, Female led-businesses driving positive disruption accross sectors, March 2023
Article in Yearbook Impact Investing 2022 on ‘Impact Venture Investing in Europa’, Exxecnews Institutional, December 2022
Impact Investing in 2023, Pioneers Post, December 2022
Article in impactInvestor, WEF announces Top Innovation Fund winners, Sept. 2022
Conscious Investing Christin ter Braak-Forstinger in Alistair Langer’s Podcast, July 2022
Article in impactInvestor, Chi Impact Capital’s CEO on ‘conscious investing’ as a tool to drive systemic impact, May 2022
Article with Dr. Brigitte Mohn on ‘Impact Investing for Family Offices’, Issue 1/2022, March 2022
Interview in impactInvestor on: “Gender lens investing gathers pace”, March 2022
Dagmar Nixdorf on impact & return, in Gabor Steingart’s morning briefing, December 2021
Co-authored “White Paper – Mainstreaming Gender Smart Investing to accelerate the transformation of food systems under a changing climate” with CGIAR/CCAFS and Sagana, November 2021
Tech & Nature: Dr. Christin ter Braak-Forstinger in an interview on the rise of Climate Tech, November 2021
Handelszeitung Podcast – Dr. Christin ter Braak-Forstinger: “Können start-up Investments nachhaltig sein?”, Oktober 2021
Burning Issues Impact Fund featured in Phenix Capital “Deep Dive on Gender Lens Funds” – September 2021
Conscious Investing mit Dr. Christin ter Braak-Forstinger – The Heidi Hauer Podcast – August 2021
Swiss Impact with Banerjis: Dr. Christin ter Braak-Forstinger and Tim Breker – July 2, 2021 – YouTube
Börsianer Ed. Grün: Guest Contribution on Impact Washing – July, 2021
White Paper: How to increase family office engagement in impact investing; for the Bertelsmann Foundation – July, 2020
IPE Magazine Guest Viewpoint: Let’s be clear what positive impact means – May, 2019
Our book on Conscious Investing
Conscious investors are part of a growing movement who believe they can do better things with their money when they deeply connect with their money and when they allow themselves to see the big picture: namely, the wider systemic impact that their investment decisions entail.
“Now is the time to rethink growth and radically change the way of investing in order to save the planet. With her book Conscious Investing, Christin ter Braak-Forstinger provides a comprehensive guide for the societal shift towards sustainability.” – Dr. Franz Fischler, President of the European Forum Alpbach
“These days stakeholders deal with a drastic change in investment approach facing an unavoidable responsibility for sustainable development. In her book “Conscious Investing”, Christin ter Braak-Forstinger outlines a series of impact-investing stories that provide vivid examples of how you can pursue positive economic outcomes and scalable societal impact in the same time.” – Ruben Vardanyan, entrepreneur, Investor & philanthropist
“Conscious investing makes the investor as happy as the investee, it is the joint creation of value for society.” – Martin Essl, Founder of the Essl Foundation