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Joanne Wedderspoon

Development Manager

Charities Aid Foundation

SPOTLIGHT ON HANNA FANNING

12 February 2021

We're delighted to announce that Hanna Fanning has recently joined the CAF Venturesome team as an Investment Manager.  Hanna manages a portfolio of social investments across all funds, with responsibilities ranging from assessing investment applications to monitoring existing investee performances.

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TELL ME A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR BACKGROUND

I am Swedish and moved to the UK in 2002. I studied law at university and started my career as a corporate lawyer, working in Sweden, briefly in New York, and in London. In 2012 I joined a charity providing access to higher education and entrepreneurship opportunities to socially vulnerable, young people in Rwanda. That work led to an opportunity to co-found and lead an impact investment organisation providing access to capital and extensive support to Rwandan entrepreneurs. Wishing to build on this experience and having seen first-hand the importance of patient and flexible risk capital and quality support, I was drawn to CAF Venturesome, its social investment model and potential for significant impact. I am delighted to be part of the CAF team and look forward to working with you all.

WHAT TYPES OF CAUSES ARE YOU MOST ATTRACTED TO?

I am interested in any cause, which gives people access to what they need to have agency over their own lives, enables them to live in dignity, and fulfil their potential. Given my experience, international projects are close to my heart, as well as initiatives focused on entrepreneurship, women, and young people. I am very much looking forward to learning more about and supporting all the fantastic and wide-ranging work charities and social enterprises do across the UK: from tackling homelessness and building affordable housing to supporting vulnerable children and preserving wildlife.

Want to know more? Talk to our team on 03000 123 300 or email us at venturesome@cafonline.org and we’ll be happy to help.

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