Catalyze values-driven "smart" capital to address key societal challenges by helping asset owners and their advisers become meaningfully and successfully engaged in impact finance, generating tangible impact, attractive financial returns, and strategic benefits.
Our advice is based on extensive practical experience in both building and managing impact investment programs. We strive to be a trusted and reliable partner to our clients and to deliver innovative, bespoke solutions of a consistently high quality.
We are committed to serving the interests of our clients, while staying true to our own values. We strive to build a relationship of mutual respect and trust. We do not accept placement fees or have proprietary products, offering truly independent advice.
We take pride in our work and want it to be fun for our clients and ourselves. We value a good laugh that creates a special bond between human beings, and the inspiration and excitement that come from a shared desire to make a difference in the world.
We don’t claim to know it all, but are ready to bring our experience and ideas to develop optimal solutions in collaboration with our clients and partners. We are committed to lifelong learning and take our work, and not ourselves, seriously.
JBJ Consult operates primarily as a trusted adviser, with the clients working directly with the company founder, Julia Balandina Jaquier. Depending on the needs of a project, we can also form a focused team, drawing on a broad network of experienced industry professionals and junior resources.
Impact finance is a powerful tool to make a difference in the world and a smart way of investing. I feel extremely fortunate to have worked for over 20 years at the intersection of money and meaning, and to be part of the impact investment journey of so many great people and organizations.
Julia Balandina Jaquier
Julia Balandina Jaquier, PhD, CFA is a seasoned investment executive with a strong institutional background and 25 years of investment management and consulting experience in emerging and developed markets. An internationally recognized expert in impact investment and a trusted adviser to major private, institutional, and sovereign investors, she is passionate about supporting innovative, financially sustainable solutions to global challenges and helping asset owners and managers to invest with impact.
Julia lives near Zurich, Switzerland with her husband, two teenage sons and a big lazy dog. She loves traveling with her family, good food, doing sport (to compensate for the good food!), gardening, reading, and sharing a laugh with friends over a glass of good wine.
Domain Expertise and Thought Leadership
Actively involved in impact finance since 1996, and exclusively focused on it since 2004, both as principal investor and adviser
Pioneered and led one of the first institutional impact investment funds
Author of two books on impact investing
Award-winning educator, lectured on impact investment at leading universities and business schools
Member of various industry task forces and expert committees. Sought-after speaker/moderator
Extensive direct and fund investment experience (150+ investments in private equity (PE), debt and project finance) in developed and emerging markets
Managed European direct PE business for AIG Investments (2001-05; DM capital pool US$1bn+) and an impact investment fund (2004-10, US$150m), led complex energy and infrastructure financing (1995-2001)
Oversaw other investment vehicles (including Willows Investments (2011-15), SIFEM (2008-present)
Strategic Advisory and Fund Structuring
Led/facilitated the development of a broad range of impact-generating investment programs (PE and debt, PE Fund-of-Funds, multi-asset class strategies) for institutional, private, and sovereign investors
7 years of research on 2 books in collaboration with 170+ families of wealth, as well as mandates with various types of impact investor, providing unique insights into the strategies and decision-making criteria of asset owners, as well as best practices among asset managers
Further management consulting experience gained through McKinsey
Board Experience and Network
Non-executive roles in 15 companies globally, including sitting on Boards, Investment-, Remuneration- and LP Committees, and chairing the Audit Committee
Current roles with SIFEM (Swiss Development Finance Institution), Unilever (SSAB), FORE Partnership, and toniic T100
Extensive active impact investment network, covering a wide range of investors, investees, intermediaries, and service providers