Durreen Shahnaz, WG'95

2014 Joseph Wharton Award for Social Impact


Durreen Shahnaz, WG'95
Founder and Chairperson, Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX) and Shujog 

Durreen Shahnaz, an investment banker- and media executive-turned-social entrepreneur from Bangladesh, is the founder of Impact Investment Exchange (IIX), the home of the world’s first social stock exchange and the world’s largest private placement platform for impact investing.  Shahnaz also founded Shujog, the impact accelerator for social enterprises in Asia and Africa.

Shahnaz began her career at Morgan Stanley in New York City and worked at Grameen Bank, World Bank, Merrill Lynch, Hearst Magazines, and Reader’s Digest. She also taught at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. In addition, she founded, ran, and sold oneNest, a social enterprise and global marketplace for handmade goods.  

Shahnaz  holds a BA from Smith College; a joint degree -- MBA from the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania and MA from the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Shahnaz is an appointed member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Social Innovation and on the advisory board for CASE i3 at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. She is the Social Entrepreneur in Residence for INSEAD’s Social Entrepreneurship Catalyst Program.  Shahnaz is also a TED speaker and a regular guest on Channel News Asia’s program ‘Views on News’ and BBC.

Shahnaz lives in Singapore with her husband Robert Kraybill (Penn Law ’95) and their two daughters – Diya and Aliya.