A tribute to Suzanne Biegel
‘Keep going! The work, our work as changemakers and leaders is so critical, and opportunities are now.’
– Suzanne Biegel, September 2023
It is with great sadness that we have learned that Suzanne Biegel, a catalyser and champion of investing at the nexus of gender and climate, has died after a long illness.
Suzanne was a driving force behind Women in African Investments (WAI), a network of senior women shaping the world of African investments, and founder of Women in Social Finance (WISF), a community that fosters connection, advancement and collaboration between experienced women in the field of social finance.
Suzanne’s commitment to living with purpose and taking action was immeasurably inspiring and uplifting. Through initiatives such as WAI and WISF, Suzanne was able to educate and mobilise people to connect, coordinate and collaborate to strive for social change. She was passionate about and an expert in increasing diversity in investing, as well as environmental stewardship.
Suzanne’s legacy is expansive. She placed a high value on building social capital with purpose, and despite her formidable list of commitments, she was always willing to make herself available to share insights, open doors, and build relationships of trust across sectors and markets.
Suzanne’s obituary written by her husband Daniel Maskit honours her extensive achievements. She leaves this world too soon, but her influence inspires us to keep passion and purpose at the centre of our lives.
Suzanne Biegel, investor, catalyst, connector, and changemaker died on 20th September 2023. For those wishing to express sympathy, Daniel Maskit invites donations to Heading for Change, a donor-advised fund created by Suzanne and Daniel to make investments and grants that advance both climate and biodiversity solutions and gender equity.