“The need for basic infrastructure and services in emerging markets is huge, as an investor, if you know your markets and can navigate the risks within these – there is incredible opportunity for growth and impact.”
Marina joined the Actis Responsible Investment team in 2019, bringing over 10 years of experience consulting on Social and Environmental performance in developing markets. She was attracted to the fact that responsible investment is part of Actis’ DNA and the belief shared across the firm that ESG issues present not just risk mitigation but also value enhancing opportunities.
Growing up in a bilingual French family Marina was grateful for the exposure it gave her to integrate with different cultures, particularly in West Africa. She was attracted to the huge scope that exists for private capital investment to make significant impact when deployed meaningfully in emerging markets.
Before joining Actis, Marina was a senior sustainability consultant at ERM and prior to this AECOM, undertaking ESG due diligence on transactions across a variety of sectors, and assessing the impacts of large-scale infrastructure, energy and extractive projects, often including significant land acquisition. Marina's focus has been working in Sub-Saharan Africa, ensuring compliance with international best practice and advising public and private sector clients in securing Sustainable Finance.
Marina was excited to join a leader in responsible investment - proactively pursuing investments that can deliver positive measurable impacts. She was attracted to the fact that, given its heritage, Actis is uniquely placed to invest in markets where ESG challenges are very real, and conversely that provide great opportunity for value creation. “I wanted to play a part in unlocking private sector investment in the countries that need it most, as we strive to meet the global 2030 UN SDG targets.”
Marina holds an MSc in Geography from Oxford University and is a Chartered Environmentalist through IEMA.