At Ingena, we nurture passion for sustainable development and the betterment of mankind by directing investments into projects, businesses or schemes that support our mission. Ultimately, our diverse team understands the human factor behind investing; this allows us to provide a varied, balanced and objective insight into the sustainable business practices.
Ingena’s culture is focused on our writers and analysts – the voices of our community. We aim to support our entire team with the following benefits:
We want to build a personal brand for each member of our team; we offer opportunities for networking with industry leaders, businesses and policymakers.
Flexible Work Opportunities
To maintain a diverse team, we understand that everybody has different commitments, lifestyles and work ethics. Therefore, Ingena team members are offered flexible working opportunities to maximise productivity, quality and fulfilment.
Writer of the Month:
Imy Vinning – Investment
Imy has consistently shown her passion for sustainability in her writing, going above and beyond in all her articles, most notably in taking the initiative to reach out to Howard Harris from the DCESU when covering Biden’s energy policy. I am proud to have her as part of our team at Ingena and always look forward to reading her next article, she is more than deserving of our first writer of the month accolade.Miles Gulliford, Chief Editor
What inspired you to write about ESG investing?
Having grown up in a Sikh family my mum always taught me the importance about sustainable living including over consumption, living within your means, thinking about the wider environment and the impact of our actions; so I guess ESG issues were always a significant part of the way I grew up and therefore I have directed my career goals by wanting to utilise my degree, Economics, as positively as I can.
As someone who has strong beliefs about environmental and social issues, I have read books surrounding the discourse of sustainable living whilst connecting and discussing the literature with industry experts. For example, back in February, I attended a ‘Women in Investment Management ’ event held by Cambridge Associates. The impact women were making at that firm was an inspiration that became a catalyst which sparked my curiosity in research and writing about sustainable investing.
Following the event, I reached out to the Investment Director, at the Investment Manager I currently work for, who lent me a book written by an Economist, Jeffrey Sachs; ’The Price of Civilisation ’discusses equality and social issues engrained in civilisation. I enjoyed how the book did not solely list issues but instead offered an in-depth analysis of Jeffrey Sachs ’solutions. I discovered how the power of writing can have an impact on the readers’ thoughts, in turn inspiring me to write my own opinions regarding current matters revolving around sustainability. However, my knowledge was so scarce at the time I wanted to enlighten myself with further research.
The thoughts expressed by Jeffrey Sachs led me to research others in the sustainable investment world. This is when I came across Sir Ronald Cohen and his thoughts about how social and environmental issues are intertwined with capitalism. In one of his interviews, he asserted, “Impact investing aligns the private sector with the government, so that the two work in harmony rather than opposition, harnessing capital and innovation to solve social and environmental issues.”; this thought invited me to think about the link between ESG issues and the investment world. Feeling inspired, I chose to delve deeper into the strategies implemented by ESG and Impact Investing.
I began listening to podcasts, one in particular led by John Treadgold, the mastermind behind Good Future, which I thought was an informative way of digesting knowledge surrounding sustainable investing. I reached out to John, through LinkedIn, as I was inspired by his podcast, which was he encouraged me to begin writing about my journey in Responsible Investing and to differentiate my skill-set to break into the industry. I began looking for an outlook to publicly discuss current events within ESG investing and after an extensive search, I discovered Ingena through LinkedIn.
The above points are all contributions that have inspired me to write about ESG investing. I am lucky to have been naturally drawn towards sustainability issues by thinking about how generations alive today can begin correcting some of the prevalent externalities in today’s society. I hope the work I create will aid me in my goal to be a successful Analyst/Portfolio Manager specialising in impact investing whilst facilitating other individuals who want to learn more about the topics discussed at Ingena.
I am now reading a book written by John Tirole, Economics for the Common Good where I hope to learn even more about the impact economics can have on changing the world; the book was recommended by a guest, Phil Vernon, on the Good Future podcast.
What has been your favourite article to write for Ingena?
I started writing for Ingena towards the end of July and have only written a handful of articles. Each article has drawn on different theories and genres that are in the sustainable investing world; I have enjoyed each one differently.
For example, my first article with Ingena analysed Biden’s climate plan. I was lucky to have a contact who worked with US Energy Corporations ’who fortunately organised an interview, with two representatives, conducted by myself. The experience was enjoyable as I gained valuable interviewing skills that I will be able to further utilise and improve on during my career, as a writer and an analyst. The interview was a great stepping stone for my confidence which in turn will enable me to approach other industry professionals to add additional value to the content I produce.
The article in which I analysed Alphabet’s social bond issuance and the article discussing sustainability-linked bonds (which is yet to be published) have been my favourite in terms of the content being directly relative to my interests. Sir Ronald Cohen’s quote I mentioned above highlights the impact the Private Sector can have on correcting externalities, therefore researching and writing about financial instruments that are showing to be extremely desirable is enlightening. The articles furthered the depth of my understanding surrounding the revolution in sustainable financial instruments and the effect they are having on ESG matters in the long term.
Each article is aiding my knowledge of new concepts that are emerging within the Sustainable Investing world. Ingena has restructured the teams whereby I can now specialise in writing articles surrounding Investments; I hope this will enhance the technique of my writing and strengthen my knowledge surrounding the discourse of the topic.
What do you enjoy the most about the writing process?
Writing has never been one of my strong suits; so the entire writing process has been enjoyable, watching my articles come to fruition, starting from notes and research that have no direction which in turn evolve into concise and informative pieces. I also hope individuals who consume my articles, will learn and also be encouraged to further research into ESG.
I am grateful for Ingena, as it has provided me, and other great writers, with a platform to share our views on an assortment of topics all relating to sustainability in finance