Develop a portfolio with purpose and profit to drive real change in the world! Through the certificate, you will receive key insights on innovative finance and build your impact investing skills at the heart of sustainable finance in Geneva.

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  • Explore SDG initiatives on a wide range of global projects through case study analysis and best practices from public, non-government and private-sector organisations

  • Develop expert knowledge of SDG investing methods and tools

  • Learn how to design an innovative investment instrument

  • Develop impact analysis skills

  • Learn how to gear a conventional portfolio towards the SDGs

  • Build a network of SDGI practitioners


Who is this programme for?

Professionals and leaders from all sectors and backgrounds who want to make a positive impact. No prior experience in finance is required, an optional introductory finance Bootcamp will be offered.

We particularly encourage those from the following professions to apply:

  • CFOs, investor relationship managers from the corporate sector

  • Managers/Principals from private or corporate foundations

  • Institutional and private investors

  • Asset managers, wealth managers, investment consultants and other financial professionals

  • Managers from development finance institutions, government bodies, international organisations

  • Development/Impact consultants

  • Philanthropists, social investors and social entrepreneurs

  • Entrepreneurs

  • Professionals willing to pivot into a new career


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The course is divided into two parts:

The first part focuses on how to bring more finance to SDG driven investments and projects.

The second part of the course focuses on how to bring more SDG framework to more traditional projects, companies, investments and portfolios.


Landscape of SDG Investing

  • Learn about key facts and figures

  • Identify players and their roles

  • Explore the regulatory environment

  • Learn about EU’s framework to facilitate sustainable finance


Investment process and instruments

  • Familiarise with existing SDG investing instruments

  • Structure SDG investing processes

  • Create innovative finance mechanisms for the SDG investing

  • Build a SDG driven investment portfolio


Measuring the Impact

  • Critically review existing tools and approaches to measure impact

  • Evaluate the effect of your portfolio and organise your impact reporting


Major Trends Looking Forward

  • Discover Fintech and relevant technological developments (Blockchain, AI, Machine Learning, Big Data)

  • Understand Public Private Partnerships in SDG investing

  • Dive into the third dimension of finance

Entry requirements
  • Selection is primarily based on candidates' professional experience and motivation

  • A bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 5 years’ full-time work is highly recommended, participants typically range between 35 and 50 years of age

  • Proficiency in English is required (no certificate is needed, although interviews can be requested to validate capacity)

  • No prior experience in finance is required. We are organizing a voluntary finance Bootcamp one day before the course starts.

Degree awarded

Executive Certificate in SDG Investing
Certificate of Advanced Studies (15 ECTS)
Requires successful completion of Sessions 1 & 2 assessments and final paper

This programme counts towards the Executive Master in International Relations

Terms and conditions

Class experience

Designed as a multi-stakeholder, peer-to-peer learning experience with participants coming from all sectors - non-governmental and international organisations, multinational companies, national government agencies, financial institutions and social entrepreneurs - and backgrounds. As a member of a small class (typically 20-25 people), engage and interact with influential thinkers and practitioners from policy, science and industry.

Alumni benefits

Upon successful completion of the degree (Executive Certificate), participants become alumni of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, and get the following benefits:

  • Full alumni membership of the Graduate Institute alumni network of 19,000+ members

  • 10% discount on Executive Education programmes

  • Networking and professional development opportunities through alumni regional chapters

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Maison de la Paix
Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2A
1202 Geneva



For organisations

Our open enrolment programmes can be adapted to fit the needs of your organisation.

Contact us

Johnson Jimmye (Mrs.)
Admissions Officer
+41 (0)22 908 57 28

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