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Stewart Langdon is Partner and Co-Head of South Asian Investments at LeapFrog Investments, a private equity impact investment firm that invests in financial and healthcare services businesses providing essential services to low-income populations in emerging markets. Stewart leads financial services investments, primarily in India, and digital financial services across Asia and Africa, with a focus on deal sourcing and execution.
Prior to joining LeapFrog, Stewart’s career encompasses corporate finance, investment banking, and capital markets advisory as a vice president at Rothschild & Co. He specialized in the insurance, banking, and telecom sectors across Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.
A member of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association, Stewart is also a trustee of the Asia Scotland Institute and chairs its business advisory council. He sits on the boards of a number of portfolio companies including WorldRemit, BIMA and Cignifi. He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Aberdeen and is a chartered accountant.
In today’s episode we discuss Stewart’s early career and how he made the switch from investment banking to impact investing, joining LeapFrog Investments in 2010. We learn about LeapFrog’s investment decision-making process with both financial return and impact metrics being equally weighted and the financial and non-financial screens they use. Stewart speaks about how LeapFrog verifies and measures the impact of their investments using the company’s FIIRM framework.
Stewart gives insights into LeapFrog’s key areas of competence, how they avoid greenwashing and “impact washing” and he describes the impact of technology on the ability to provide large numbers of people with financial and healthcare services. From the transformative power of technology to their evolving investor profile, he provides valuable insights into the intersection of financial returns, sustainable investing strategies, and measurable positive impact outcomes. During this episode, we look at LeapFrog’s typical investor profile and how this has changed over time, and we hear some real-life examples of investments that LeapFrog has made.
Show notes: https://sri360.com/podcast/stewart-langdon
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