Robert Binyon leads the group of senior advisors advising Double Delta on the Asia Impact Investment Fund series. His extensive leadership experience across various financial sectors, coupled with his innovative approach to private sector SME investment in emerging economies and commitment to impact investing is particularly noteworthy and sets him apart as a leader committed to making a positive difference in the world.
Currently, he is Chairman of Khushhali Bank, a leading microfinance institution based in Islamabad Pakistan, Chairman of Lakeshore LLP, a Private Equity fund based in Thailand and deputy Chairman of Monk Fruit Corporation based in Guilin, China. He also sits on several advisory boards in Europe.
Born in 1951 in London, Robert started his career at merchant bank Morgan Grenfell in London and served in various leadership positions in lending, project finance, international bond, and capital markets for over 20 years. He joined Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC) in 1994 and was responsible for CDC’s SME investments across Asia Pacific. He established the Commonwealth Private Investment Initiative (CPII) to launch four pioneering funds that attracted private sector investment in emerging economies. These funds were pioneers in attracting investment funds from the private sector into private equity style investments in the emerging economies. He was posted to Asia in 2000 as Managing Director in charge of the Asia Pacific portfolio for CDC. Thereafter, he has held several non-executive chairman and directorship roles, primarily in businesses operating or investing in Asia or other emerging markets, with a focus on the SME sector. He chaired funds in South Asia, Southeast Asia, China, Central Asia, Malaysia, and Brunei for Aureos - the SME investment management company that was part of Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC) until 2008. He was also chairman or non-executive director of banks in East Africa and independent director of various companies in India and Mauritius.