the viability project
Aigerim Turuspekova is a 19 years old student from Kazakhstan. In 4th grade, she first learned about the climate change problem and for a school science fair that year, she did a presentation about ecology and wanted to spread awareness in her school. In high school, she participated in the international chemistry olympiads and tried to start some ecology projects, but all of them were difficult to realize due to limitations and restrictions at school.
After discovering the topic of Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) during her high school years, she wanted to share her findings as well as my perspectives with the whole world. While it is important to raise awareness through spreading the knowledge of such a framework, it is equally crucial to build multi-stakeholder support. Understanding ESG can not only help retail investors to invest in more stable companies with a lower risk of collapsing in the future, but also their investments can support climate change mitigation and adaptation. To further educate herself, she has taken sustainable finance courses and read expert interviews.
To further scale her impact, she created The Viability Initiative. During Phase I, this project targets to empower 5,000 citizens within the CIS region to know how and where to invest, and try to influence companies to work better for the environment and people.
In university and beyond, she aims to study economics and finance to work in the area of sustainable investment. In the long run, her purpose is to connect capital efficiently to environmentally and socially beneficial investments - to advance the for-people, for-planet, and for-profit principle.