Virtual Event: “Impact Investing – Evolution, Trends, and Future” with Penn Wharton China Center

Wharton Social Impact Initiative is pleased to join the Penn Wharton China Center for their “Penn at Work – Making Your Future – 2021 and Beyond” virtual speaker series.

Join Katherine Klein, Vice Dean of the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, and Rajith Sebastian, Director, Special Projects, Impact Investing, on Wednesday, August 25th for a conversation about impact investing.

Katherine and Raj will discuss the evolution of impact investing – investing with a goal of achieving financial returns and a positive impact in society and the environment. Why is this form of investing growing so rapidly? What kinds of companies, founders, industries, and countries are attracting impact investments? How can retail and institutional investors get involved? Katherine and Raj will answer these questions and yours.



When: Aug 25, 2021 08:00 PM Beijing, Shanghai (8:00 AM Eastern Time)

Link: Join the Zoom webinar at this link. (Passcode: 197166 | Meeting ID: 987 2448 9813)

The Penn Wharton China Center (PWCC), opened in Beijing in 2015, represents the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School’s long-standing commitment to advance its engagement with China in an increasingly interconnected global environment. To learn more about The Penn Wharton China Center, please visit


headshot of Vice Dean Katherine Klein

Katherine Klein is the Vice Dean for the Wharton Social Impact Initiative (WSII), whose mission is to build the talent pipeline and evidence base to support business and capital markets in creating sustainable solutions to social and environmental challenges around the world. As Vice Dean, she shapes WSII’s vision, strategy, research, partnerships, and faculty engagement.

Dr. Klein is the Edward H. Bowman Professor of Management at Wharton.  An award-winning teacher and research scholar, she is a fellow of the Academy of Management, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the American Psychological Association, and the Association for Psychological Science.

She guides WSII’s groundbreaking research on the characteristics and effectiveness of impact investing. She has published widely on the topics of diversity, leadership, team effectiveness, and innovation and is currently studying the effects of leader succession on employee engagement and organizational performance.

Klein received her B.A. in Psychology from Yale University and her Ph.D. in Community Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a member of the board of directors of United Therapeutics and serves as an advisor to the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda.



Rajith Sebastian is Director, Special Projects, Impact Investing, at the Wharton Social Impact Initiative. Rajith helped to create and co-manages the Penn Medicine – Wharton Fund for Health (Fund for Health), an experiential investing program that invests in companies that are strengthening the social determinants of health. He chairs the Fund for Health Investment Committee.

Rajith also manages the Wharton Impact Venture Associates, which innovatively partners with crowdfunding platforms to invest in impactful startups.

Prior to joining the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, Rajith worked in investment banking across Sub Saharan Africa, including roles as Regional Coverage Executive, East Africa, for Nedbank and as a Director at Standard Chartered Bank. Before that, Rajith worked at Chinavest Private Equity in Shanghai, Macquarie Bank in Johannesburg, and the Monitor Group (now Monitor Deloitte) in London.

He has a Bachelor of Business Science (Finance) degree from the University of Cape Town, an MBA from the Wharton School, and is a CFA Charterholder.