Episode 122 – Unlocking Capital Access for Small Business

Small businesses are the backbone of any economy. When they thrive, the economy grows, opportunity and jobs are created, and a culture of bottom-up innovation takes hold.

In Pakistan, MSMEs face a tough time getting access to growth capital. Karandaaz Capital is changing this and this episode dives deep into how this change is happening.

Uzair talks to Navid Goraya, who is Chief Investment Officer at Karandaaz Capital. He has over 25 years of global experience in asset management, investment strategy, product development and corporate finance. Before joining Karandaaz as the CIO, he was leading a Strategic Advisory Firm, White Oak Advisors Inc, in New York where he was involved in serving private equity funds, family offices, banks and insurance companies in support of global investments in the US, Middle East, South East Asia and South Asia.

Reading recommendations:

– People, Power, and Profits: Progressive Capitalism for an Age of Discontent by Joseph Stiglitz

– How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need by Bill Gates


0:00 Introduction

2:20 What is Karandaaz Capital doing for small businesses?

9:50 How is it like to work with MSMEs?

17:00 Unlocking growth capital

29:30 Leverage green financing for growth

35:20 Manufacturing for the future industries

39:30 Resources needs for climate investments

45:40 Reading recommendations