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SuperReturn Africa
3-5 December 2024
The Westin, Cape Town

Martin Ewald
Lead Portfolio Manager, Impact Investments at Allianz Global Investors


Martin Ewald is a Managing Director in the London office of Allianz Global Investors as Lead Portfolio Manager concentrating on blended finance equity funds.

Martin has been driven by his mission to mobilize private capital for impact markets at scale. Accordingly, he has spent the last 15 years of his career shifting the boundaries of the investable universe for institutional capital, executing equity impact investments and structuring investment vehicles.

He and his team are solely active in private markets impact investing. They specialize in building and investing via private market investment vehicles to address environmental and social needs and to facilitate private institutional investors’ access to impact investing. He and his team have set up, invest and manage AfricaGrow, the first German blended finance equity vehicle investing into African Private Equity and Venture Capital to support small and medium enterprises on the continent. AfricaGrow is a private blended finance vehicle and was setup on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in cooperation with KfW and DEG and is advised by DEG Impact.

He and his team also structured, invest and manage the Emerging Market Climate Action Fund (EMCAF), a blended finance equity fund financing early-stage climate transition projects in emerging and developing markets. EMCAF is operated under advice of the European Investment Bank (EIB) and anchored by KfW on behalf of BMU and BMWK, the Nordic Development Fund and the State of Luxembourg. Both AfricaGrow and EMCAF have attracted large scale institutional private capital. The team also structured and invested for the Allianz Impact Investment Fund, which is a non-blended multi-real asset fund targeting OECD markets on behalf of it’s private investors.

Prior to his current role he has set up several real asset equity funds for institutional investors and helped building up an investment incubator within the Allianz Group.

Martin serves on several boards and Advisory Committees of Private Equity and Venture Capital funds in the Impact sector and is active across several initiatives including inter alia the Net Zero Asset Owner Alliance but also the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance and the World Economic Forum.

Agenda Sessions

  • AfricaGrow GP Masterclass Breakfast