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Ana-Julia Van Bilsen Irias

Investment Executive

Charities Aid Foundation

SPOTLIGHT ON FAN GU

23 February 2018


Fan Gu is our Investment Executive. She manages a portfolio of social investments across all funds, with responsibilities ranging from assessing investment applications to monitoring existing investee performances. Here, she talks to us about her interest in social investment and her career.

TELL ME A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR BACKGROUND

I grew up in China, and migrated with my family to the UK (Essex in particular) at the tender age of 11. I studied Economics at the London School of Economics for my undergraduate degree, and that was when I moved to London. I have been living in this wonderful city ever since.

DESCRIBE YOUR JOURNEY INTO YOUR CURRENT ROLE AT CAF:

I began my career working as an investment banker at Deutsche Bank, covering the Financial Institutions sector within the EMEA region. It was during my time at Deutsche Bank that I realised I craved for first-hand experience with different communities, cultures and socio-economic environments, and subsequently took a career break to pursue this. These first-hand encounters gained through my travels directed my focus towards an impact-led career in the social sector, and inspired me to apply for my previous role with the On Purpose programme. The programme enabled me to develop my knowledge and skills on the social sector through working at Faro Energy (Latin America focused solar financing start-up) and the British Science Association (science-centric charity based in South Kensington).

I became aware of CAF Venturesome during my time with the On Purpose programme and was initially intrigued by its philanthropic approach. Having gone through the interview process and meeting the team, it was quite clear to me that this was where I wanted to be.

WHAT TYPES OF CAUSES ARE YOU MOST ATTRACTED TO?

(Un)Fortunately my interests do not converge on a single sector / cause, I am keen to engage with and assist organisations in all shapes and sizes. It is one of the reasons why this role at CAF Venturesome is the perfect fit for me.

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.

Fan Gu

Fan Gu

Investment Manager
Fan manages a portfolio of social investments across all funds, with responsibilities ranging from assessing investment applications to monitoring existing investee performances.

Fan previously worked as an Investment Banker at Deutsche Bank, specialising in the financial services sector. Most recently she had completed the On Purpose programme, working with a solar financing start-up and UK-based science charity.

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