A seasoned impact investor and a recognized expert in this area, Dr. Balandina advises institutional investors, Swiss Government as well as leading global families and private foundations on the development and management of impact investment programs. Dr. Balandina is the author of the Guide To Impact Investing for Family Offices and High Net Worth Individuals. She teaches impact investing and social entrepreneurship at the University of St. Gallen, is a gest lecturer at Yale and a frequent speaker and writer on this subject.
Over her nearly 20 year career, which began at McKinsey in 1993, Mrs. Balandina has led or participated in over 50 investments globally with the overall volume $4 bn+ and was instrumental in developing a number of mission-driven investment vehicles. Before pioneering and leading a $150 m impact investment fund in 2006, Mrs. Balandina has managed the European direct private equity business of a large institutional investor, and prior to that she was investing in infrastructure, environmental and energy businesses primarily in the emerging markets.
Dr. Balandina has served on seven Boards and Investment Committees, including currently at SIFEM, Swiss Development Finance Institution, which manages $0.5 bn+ impact investment mandate of the Swiss Government.
Julia holds an MBA and PhD in finance from SPUEF, has completed an executive education program at IMD, Lausanne and is a Certified Financial Analyst.