Christian Kingombe is a Danish & Congolese (DRC) citizen who in March 2017 co-founded the 4IP Group LLC where he is the Managing Partner after a long career working for a number of International Organizations and Think Tanks. He is simultaneously the GP of a new Tech Impact Venture Capital Fund – The Invisible Heart Impact Fund (IHV1), which takes minority stakes while also acting as a trusted advisor in board capacity in high growth, high impact TechStart-ups in Global South (Asia & Africa) that demonstrate commercial viability in addressing social and socio-environment obstacles and challenges. The Fund has a wide-ranging sectoral focus on healthcare, inclusive finance, climate change, renewable energy, conservation etc., which provides for the integration of ESG as a key pillar of our investment strategy. Besides being in charge of all the activities within 4IP’s Impact Investing Cluster which includes training SMEs and Asset Managers in the adoption of the UN SDG Standards. Moreover, he is also closely involved in 4IP’s Investment Matchmaking activities (e.g. quarterly e-pitching sessions for Global South Small growth-oriented Impact Businesses (e.g. acting as juror for Seedstars in both Zambia and Tanzania, ITC’s’ FastTrackTech Africa initiative in Zambia etc.) done through 4IP’s Zambian affiliate Impactpreneur Africa Ltd. Since December 2020 he has been a designated member of the Board of the Swiss Impact Investing Association (SIIA) who he represents in Swiss Romandie. Prior to that from November 2019 to November 2020 he was acting as a Partner Specialist at Impact Investment Exchange Pte Ltd (IIX) who he represented in Switzerland and Zambia to help take impact investing to the tipping point. Finally, He was a co-founder and an active member of the GSGII National Advisory Board for Impact Investing in Zambia (from January 2018 to September 2021).
He has earned a Ph.D. in Applied Development Economics
Poverty-reducing or wealth creating growth is created by the entrepreneur.
No one are born an entrepreneur but it can be taught at Business Schools / Economic Support Organizations (incubators/accelerators) or perfectioned e.g. through good mentorship.
Hence, being a good mentor sharing my own experience as entrepreneur and someone who has observed/studied the field gives you an opportunity to shape and play an important role in an enabling entrepreneurship ecosystem.
At the same time I want to influence the Founders in making the revolution that the best and fastest path to growth/expansion and success comes through taking an Impact Enterprise approach by finding solutions to the gigantic development challenges which most African countries are faced with.
So contributing to the creation of an impact revolution also goes through mentorship.