Posted March 08, 2022
Singapore – March 8, 2022
Having been positively impacting the world for over two decades with her works in impact investing, humanitarian aid, public policy and psychology, Pam brings to Sweef Capital’s Board of Advisors a unique dimension in the empowerment of women investors and family foundation transition from venture philanthropy into impact investing. Together the collective global knowledge and networks of the Board provide strategic direction, guidance and mentorship to Sweef Capital’s executive team in its mission of being a trusted flagship for quality investment at scale that improves peoples’ lives and showcases the potential of women and of Southeast Asia.
Jennifer Buckley, Founder and Managing Director of Sweef Capital said, “We are delighted to have Dr Pam Ryan becoming a valued member of our Board of Advisors. Her experience as a private markets investor coupled with her research into drivers of investment performance has informed her focus on women-led fund managers and investing in women. Sweef Capital shares Pam’s vision that investing with a diversity lens is not just the right thing to do but is an economic imperative”.
“I am honoured to be joining the seasoned Sweef Capital team led by Jennifer Buckley. We see Sweef as an exemplar of 21st century venture investing. The evidence around the globe is clear, repetitive and compelling: women in top management teams—whether a VC firm, a Fortune 500 company or a start-up—improve every bottom line: financial, social, environmental and governance. I have no doubt Sweef Capital will contribute to that evidence base in Southeast Asia!”
About Dr Pamela Ryan
Pamela has been positively impacting the world for over two decades. In the late 1990’s she founded global research institute, Issues Deliberation Australia / America generating a formidable body of work on Aboriginal reconciliation, Australia’s constitutional future, human rights law, parliamentary reform, the psychology of fear and terror, and Muslim relations. In the early 2000s, she founded Psychology Beyond Borders, a pioneering international NGO dedicated to the study and relief of the psycho-social impact of disasters, acts of terror and war. Pamela founded and has chaired the Tingari-Silverton Foundation since its inception in 2001, which supports positive impact initiatives in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Australia and the United States. For the last decade, Dr Ryan has managed Everywhen Capital (previously Tingari Group), a diverse portfolio of business ventures and investments intent on positive impact, ranging from venture capital to bio-diversity initiatives.
In her book, Impact Imperative: Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Investing to Transform the Future, Pamela shares practical insights from over 130 impact changemakers around the world who are contributing to the greater good. With an emphasis on global ecosystems, the book features inspiring women and men tackling some of the toughest challenges facing humankind and our planet—from escalating extreme weather events to global population shifts, and widening divisions among haves and have-nots, extremists and mainstreams. Impact Imperative explores multiple possible futures (in 2030)—from the dire to the promising. She invites readers to act—as innovators, entrepreneurs and investors; managers or employees of organizations large and small, government and non-government, as citizens—to positively impact the trajectory of humankind.
Dr Ryan was born in Broken Hill, a remote Australian mining town. She graduated from the University of Adelaide’s Applied Psychology program and practiced as a psychologist in Australia before moving to Austin, Texas in the mid-1980s. In 1994, she earned her Doctorate from the University of Texas, mentored by the late, former Prime Minister Bob Hawke. Her research on the psychology of decision-making in the US venture capital industry won an international Academy of Management Best Paper Award. Dr Ryan sustains her strong ties to academia as a Research Fellow at both the Universities of Texas and South Australia. She has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of South Australia for her work in psychology, humanitarian aid and public policy; the Order of Australia Medal for her contribution to Australia and the field of psychology; and has been inducted into the Women’s Honour Role of South Australia and listed in Who’s Who of Australian Women. Dr. Ryan was also awarded the Order of Australia Medal for her contribution to Australia and the field of psychology. She also earned her private pilot’s license. Dr. Ryan shares her time between Australia and the USA.
About Sweef Capital
Sweef Capital is a Singapore-based impact investment firm investing in the potential of women and the future of Southeast Asia. As a private equity firm, Sweef Capital focuses on investing equity and quasi-equity capital in growth-stage companies, primarily in Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines, where its experienced investment professionals are deeply rooted in. The team strives to maintain an ethical and responsible business practice in the selection and management of their investments. The firm’s investment practice is very much relationship centred and value creation oriented which instils confidence in investee companies and leverages established channels to drive strong deal flow. Sweef Capital targets investments in growth markets including education, healthcare, food systems and climate resilience, sectors which are experiencing strong and growing demand.