Gender Lens Investing 

At Deetken Impact, we know actively supporting gender equality leads to better business outcomes, including stronger investment returns, productivity, and talent retention. We also recognize that achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5, Gender Equality, is essential to achieving all of the 17 SDGs and to maximizing social and environmental impacts.

As Gender Lens Investors, we are committed to supporting gender equity across all business activities and to implementing investment management practices that empower women.

Gender Smart at Every Step

Our Gender Lens Investing framework enables us to identify, invest in, and engage with companies that are committed to gender equality and empowering women, while fostering diversity across our own operations. We incorporate gender considerations and metrics at every step of the investment process to assess, monitor, and advance companies’ gender business practices. 

gender lenses in sustainable investing

By applying gender smart investment practices across all investment funds and activities, we ensure that every dollar invested drives measurable improvements in gender business practices.  We go beyond counting men and women to evaluate business strategies, policies, and initiatives that promote gender equality within the operation itself and in the communities of influence. 


In partnership with Pro Mujer, we launched the first Gender Lens Investment Fund dedicated to Latin America & the Caribbean: The Ilu Women’s Empowerment Fund. With $35 million in AUM, the Ilu Fund has 27 investment holdings in 12 countries. The Ilu Fund’s investment strategy places strong emphasis on women’s economic empowerment and entrepreneurship by investing in gender-smart companies in the areas of: 

Financial Inclusion


Affordable Housing

Sustainable Production

Renewable Energy


With the support of the USAID Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Hub program and in partnership with Pro Mujer, the Ilu Women’s Empowerment Program was developed to amplify the impact of the Fund’s capital while advancing gender equality in the region through a three-pronged approach of fundraising of blended finance capital, tailored technical assistance projects with portfolio companies, and knowledge dissemination and advocacy for gender lens investing in the region. Read the program reports and case studies here

people directly impacted

gender technical assistance projects

workshops for entrepreneurs and business leaders

investor events showcasing gender lens investing in practice

open-source tools to promote gender-smart business practices

Public case studies and reports

We are committed to ensuring every investment contributes to a meaningful impact on women and girls. Our Gender Lens Investing approach has been tested, validated, and incorporated across our funds and institutional activities. 

We believe that change starts from within. That’s why we ensure team diversity at all levels – including Board of Directors, Leadership, and Investment Committees. We have also developed an in-house center of expertise and are committed to building gender awareness within our team through ongoing training.

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Magali Lamyin, Director of Communications and Development for Deetken Impact


Director of Communications and Development


Magali brings extensive market intelligence, business development and marketing experience from her work at the Central Bank of Mexico, the Canadian Institute for Market Intelligence, and the IESE-PWC e-Business Centre in Barcelona. She also co-led national marketing campaigns for businesses in the hospitality and early childhood education sectors for almost a decade before joining Deetken. In her current role, she is responsible for leading Deetken Impact’s communications, marketing and branding strategy. She is also involved in the due diligence process for project selection with an emphasis in Mexico.

Magali holds a BA in Economics from Mexico's ITAM and a Master's degree in Economics from the University of British Columbia.

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Jose Lamyin, Managing Partner Deetken Impact


Managing Partner


José has extensive experience as a business advisor for clients throughout Canada, Europe and Latin America in mining, telecommunications, and finance. Prior to co-founding The Deetken Group, José worked for Teck Cominco in Peru and Canada and Deutsche Bank in London (UK). José has spearheaded much of the strategic growth of Deetken Asset Management since inception and is currently focused on investment selection.

José received his BS in Engineering from the University of British Columbia and MBA from IESE School of Business (Barcelona). Born in Peru, José is fluent in English and Spanish.

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Alexa Blain, Managing Partner Deetken Impact


Managing Partner


Alexa is responsible for finance, operations and investor relations at Deetken Impact. She brings over 10 years of experience in financial consulting and asset management, with specific expertise in company and investment analysis, business valuation and securities/corporate finance. Prior to joining Deetken, she spent three years with African Alliance, a pan-African financial services group, where she focused on expanding the firm’s retail financial services operations as well as on the origination and negotiation of new capital. In addition, Alexa has six years of asset management experience with the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, the Macquarie Group and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.

Alexa is a CFA Charterholder. She has also completed an MA in Financial Economics and an Honours BA in Economics, both at the University of Toronto.

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Fernando Alvarado, Head of Deetken Impact Sustainable Energy



Honduras Renewable Energy Managers (HREM) and Caribbean Renewable Energy Managers (CAREM)


Fernando Alvarado leads the General Partner and Investment Advisor of two clean energy and energy efficiency project finance and venture capital funds: Honduras Renewable Energy Financing Facility (H-REFF) and Caribbean Basin Sustainable Energy Fund (CABEF), which he structured and runs with a combined target capitalization of $100m.

Development Investment Banker with 28 years of international credit and investment experience and 18 years of direct experience assessing diversified renewable energy portfolios in Latin America & the Caribbean. He has participated in more than 50 syndicated credit and investment transactions for renewable energy projects in excess of $250 MM. He led the creation, structuring, fundraising, legal closing and portfolio construction of several specialized renewable energy funds.

Costa Rican, based in San Jose, Mr. Alvarado has an MBA in Banking and Finance cum laude from Universidad de Costa Rica.

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Carl Black, Portfolio Manager Deetken Impact


Portfolio Manager


Carl is a Portfolio Manager with Deetken Impact focused on analyzing and working with MSMEs, social enterprises, and renewable energy developers in Latin America and the Caribbean. His main responsibilities include supporting business development, managing technical assistance projects, leading investment due diligence, and monitoring portfolio performance. Prior to joining Deetken Impact, Carl worked for five years as a consultant, advising public sector clients an non profits in Canada and financial services companies in Latin America. He started his career at the Bank of Canada, where he researched issues related to household and business credit. 

Carl completed an Honours BA in Economics at the University of British Columbia. He also holds an MSc in Economics & Development from the University of Oxford, where he earned distinctions in quantitative and development economics.

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Cristobal Aguirre, Investment Analyst at Deetken Impact


Investment Analyst


Cristobal has over 6 years of experience in the asset management industry, where his responsibilities have ranged from asset allocation and portfolio management to risk analysis and software development. Before relocating to Canada, Cristobal worked as a senior investment analyst in AFP Habitat—Chile’s largest pension fund—where he led the tactical asset allocation and macroeconomic research for emerging markets.

Cristobal is a CFA Charterholder, and completed a BA in Economics at Universidad de Chile.

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Chad Parsons, Senior Investment Analyst at Deetken Impact




Chad has worked as a consultant in business and technology for 20 years – often helping clients with their business transformation initiatives.    He has worked with start-ups, government, and established businesses to further their product and service offerings with a balanced approach.   After pursuing a research degree on leveraging technology for social and economic development; Chad has found a valuable alignment of his background with Deetken’s innovative impact investments. 

Chad completed a BS in Engineering from the University of British Columbia and has a MSc with distinction from the University of Manchester (UK).

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