Founder and Managing Director, Innovest Advisory

Justin Sykes

Justin is the Managing Director of Innovest Advisory, a consultancy company which links socially minded investors with impact investment opportunities globally.
Current client engagements include the design and set up of two MENA focused impact investment funds, the design of a credit guarantee scheme to stimulate private investment into the SMEs in East Africa and advisory support to strengthening the social and financial performance and investment readiness of several microfinance institutions, start-up social enterprises and first time funds in MENA, Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

Prior to setting up Innovest Advisory in 2015 Justin structured and managed a substantial impact investment fund for a private foundation of the Qatari royal family, Silatech. This fund provided debt, equity and catalytic grants as well as technical assistance to over 20 microfinance institutions across the MENA region. These investments are estimated to have created more than 150,000 new jobs for youth in 11 countries across the region.

Justin also serves as a board member and adviser to a number of international charities and local grassroots microfinance organisations engaged in supporting the livelihoods of low income communities.

He also serves as non-executive director on a $150m impact investment
fund, PG Impact Investments.