Actis appoints to responsible investment team

Actis has appointed Shami Nissan as a director in the responsible investment team. Nissan is based in the London office and takes up her post with immediate effect.


Actis, the pan-emerging markets private equity firm, today announces the appointment of Shami Nissan as a Director in the Responsible Investment team. Shami is based in the London office and takes up her post with immediate effect.

Shami joins Actis with over 13 years’ experience in responsible investment, primarily serving the private equity and financial services sectors. Her most recent post was as a member of PwC’s Sustainability and Climate Change team. Prior, to this, Shami led the London business of Innovest Strategic Value Advisors, providing sustainability research and analytics to institutional investors and asset managers. Shami has also worked with United Nations Development Programme in Central America.

Shami will provide leadership to the Responsible Investment team and work closely with portfolio companies and their management teams across Actis’s markets. The firm has had a dedicated in-house Responsible Investment team since it opened for business in 2004. It considers the success of its portfolio companies not only in financial terms but also in social and environmental terms.

Commenting on Shami’s appointment, Paul Fletcher, Executive Chairman said: “We are delighted to have Shami on board. Her experience will be highly valued at Actis, where our commitment to responsible investment runs right through the organisation. Her proven track record in the industry will help drive our responsible investment strategy”.

Commenting on her move to Actis, Shami Nissan said: “I’m pleased to be joining the Actis team. Investing in the world’s most dynamic markets offers great opportunity to make a real impact. I was drawn to the firm by its positive power of capital ethos; its diverse mix of people all united by the desire to do business the right way. It’s energising and inspiring.”

About Actis
Actis invests exclusively in the emerging markets with a growing portfolio of investments in Asia, Africa and Latin America; it currently has US$6.5bn funds under management. Combining the expertise of over 100 investment professionals on the ground in nine countries, Actis identifies investment opportunities in three areas: private equity, energy and real estate. he firm which was founded in 2004, building on a sixty year heritage, is a signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI) an investor initiative developed by the UNEP FI and the UN Global Compact. Actis is proud to actively and positively grow the value of those companies in which it invests and in so doing contribute to broader society.