The Global Steering Group for Impact Investment (GSG) is a bold organisation with an ambition to make impact investment mainstream in order that this becomes a key tool in addressing fundamental environmental and social challenges around the world on an unprecedented scale. Based in London, and with staff in New Delhi and Paris, the GSG is chaired by Sir Ronald Cohen and brings together leaders from the worlds of business, finance, philanthropy and NGOs.
To build its capacity to raise funds for GSG, National Advisory Boards and Outcomes Funds globally, GSG created the role of Chief Funds Officer.
Prospectus was engaged to lead the search for this London based position. The brief was to identify candidates able to inspire philanthropists and individuals at the highest level within national and international organisations, in order to galvanise financial support for the GSG’s charitable mission and global activities. The Chief Funds Officer would be able to clearly articulate how impact investing plays a role in achieving sustainable development which aligns with the philanthropic goals of philanthropists, foundations, and development organisations.
Following a rigorous executive search, selection and assessment process, Alasdair Maclay was appointed as GSG’s Chief Funds Officer, and joined the organisation in October 2019.
Alasdair was previously the Director of Strategy & Development at the Rhodes Trust, leading on over £300m of philanthropic fundraising, with a focus on the expansion of the Rhodes Scholarships into new geographic regions, including Africa, the Middle East, China, and South East Asia, and building strategic operating partnerships with aligned organisations.
Alasdair spent 18 years prior to the Rhodes Trust in financial services in London and South Africa, with a focus on fundraising and emerging markets investment. Alasdair has worked for Actis, the US$15b emerging markets private equity fund manager, Sovereign Capital, the UK private equity firm and Bain and Company, the global consulting firm.
Alasdair has an MBA from INSEAD and a joint honours degree in Russian and Czech (with Slovak) language and literature from St Edmund Hall at the University of Oxford.