The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations become a strategic partner of Impact Investment Partners

3/16/2012 - Social Entrepreneurship

The Edmond de Rothschild Foundation (USA) has announced a strategic investment in Impact Investment Partners (IIP), an investment company specialized in critical goods and services in emerging markets, aimed at generating demonstrable social impact.

IIP has created an investment vehicle with the goal of facilitating access to health services in India, where 75% of the population has very limited access to Western medicine. In rural areas, 46% of those who are ill are forced to travel more than 100 km to seek care in a huge country where healthcare infrastructure remains seriously underdeveloped.

IIP will provide necessary funding for growth in businesses that are developing a sustainable economic model and demonstrate an ability to deliver health products and services at affordable prices to low-income populations in India. IIP will especially target clinics, training and diagnostic centers, medical equipment manufacturers and water treatment companies.

Poor access to healthcare in India and steady growth in the sector represent a unique opportunity for responsible, demanding investors in the form of impact investing. Based on a dual objective of social and financial results and driven by philanthropic and financial expertise, this model is one that the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations would like to develop further.

IIP’s founding partners provide recognized experience in helping companies striving to deliver both financial and social results in emerging markets related to health, energy, water, agriculture, education and housing.

The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations’ partnership with IIP confirms their innovative position and takes their commitment to developing professional and strategic philanthropy to an important new level.
“Through this innovative pooling of sought-after skills, our Foundations can make private equity work for sustainable social impact,” highlighted Ariane de Rothschild at the announcement of the endeavor.

About the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations

The philanthropic values of the Rothschild family are rooted in a long-term commitment to innovation, social responsibility and the advancement of knowledge.

The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations continue to develop this modern vision of philanthropy by advocating for the dignity and empowerment of every individual. The Foundations’ activities focus on education in the areas of art and culture, social entrepreneurship, intercultural dialogue and health and research.

Through their global presence and initiatives, the Foundations form a dynamic and demanding network. They identify local projects and provide careful support, sharing this experience at the international level.
By applying an entrepreneurial approach to the world of philanthropy, the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations contribute to the professionalism of the social sector.

About Impact Investment Partners

Impact Investment Partners LLP is a company established under UK law. It is not a Financial Services Authority (FSA) authorized firm. IIP is based in London and Mumbai and listed as an Emerging Markets Pioneer Fund by the Global Impact Investing Ratings System (GIIRS).

IIP’s Founding Partners:

  • Varun Sahni, former India Director at Acumen Fund, has an MA from Columbia University, New York and a BA from St. Xavier College in Mumbai, India.
  • Nadia Sood has extensive experience in investment and operations in the infrastructure, energy and agri-food sectors. She is a graduate of Georgetown University in Washington DC and Columbia University, New York.
  • Jay Barrymore has six years of experience in private equity and was most recently interim manager of Acumen Fund’s India energy portfolio. He holds a BA from University College London (UCL) and is a CFA® Charterholder.

IIP is also supported by a six-member Investment Committee and an Advisory Council made up of entrepreneurs from India’s healthcare sector, fund managers with extensive experience in private equity and healthcare, and renowned scientists in the field of biomedical research.


This document is non-binding and intended purely for information purposes. It does not constitute a solicitation to purchase any investment nor does it represent investment advice.

Impact Investment Partners LLP is not an FSA authorized firm. An application has been made to the FSA and is awaiting approval.