Who We Are
SIMA is an SEC-registered investment and advisory firm founded in 2015 by Asad Mahmood and Michael Rauenhorst, two of the longest-serving impact investment managers. Our principals have been engaged in state-of-the-art impact investing initiatives for over two decades and have cumulatively placed more than $2 billion in 250+ social enterprises across 50 countries.
SIMA is an innovative, new-generation and double bottom-line firm with three functional areas:
- Asset Management
- Advisory and Philanthropic Services
- Establishment of Social Businesses
What We Do
SIMA promotes impact investments in for-profit businesses that align with financial, social and environmental goals. We work with individual, institutional, and philanthropic investors and with public sector development finance investors to create market-based investment opportunities with mitigated risk.
We aim to create positive economic, social and environmental impact through well-designed investment funds that raise the standard of living of people and communities at the Bottom of the Pyramid (BOP). We focus on solar energy, financial inclusion and affordable housing sectors in some of the poorest countries of the world. We maintain a strong local presence and over 95% of our staff are located in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
For impact investors, we offer opportunities to invest in leading companies generating attractive financial returns and measurable impact. We also conduct impact assessments and portfolio reviews for investors. For practitioners, we advise on valuations, risk management, internal control, investment readiness, ESG compliance, gender action, impact reporting, etc.
SIMA has created the SIMA Impact Foundation with a mission to advance impact investing and spur emerging impact sectors by making early-stage investments to help demonstrate the potential of emerging sectors which cannot yet be financed commercially.
Who We Work With
We work with leading private sector institutional investors, foundations, family offices and high net-worth individuals as well as public sector development finance institutions. We support some of the leading ethical, for-profit impact-oriented companies in the solar, financial inclusion, and affordable housing sectors.
Some of our Investors
Some of our Investees
SIMA chooses to work in some of the poorest countries of the world, and maintains a strong local presence with teams in Kenya, Uganda, Pakistan, India, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, and the United States. Over 95% of our staff are located in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
Our mission is to improve the lives of our ultimate customers at the Bottom of the Pyramid by providing demand-driven commercial capital and appropriate advisory solutions to create and scale profitable businesses with exemplary financial, social, and environmental impact.
Our vision is to make social investments an accepted asset class for commercial investors, thereby unleashing appropriate capital to grow profitable, responsible businesses that improve the lives of our ultimate low-income customers.
At SIMA, we are proud to have a team of individuals with expertise in private debt, private equity, venture capital, investment banking, fundraising, risk advisory, portfolio management, law, and related fields. We rely on our diverse, qualified and dedicated people to discover growth opportunities and bring excellence throughout the organization.
SIMA aspires to be a next-generation company with a unique culture in terms of transparency and inclusiveness. We strive to be fully transparent with investors and investees by defining expectations and providing transparency on all investments. We value our culture and have instituted HR policies that are forward-looking and encourage full engagement including emotional and logical and discourage gossip and backbiting that can result in termination.