Born in 1948 in Ghana, Cardinal Peter K.A. Turkson studied theology at St Anthony-on-Hudson Seminary in New York and was ordained a priest in 1975. He did graduate studies at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, 1976-80 and 1987-92. In 1992 he was appointed Archbishop of Cape Coast by St John Paul II and made Cardinal in 2003. He was President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops' Conference 1997-2005, and since 2003 has been Chancellor of the Catholic University College of Ghana. He served as Relator during the II Synod of Bishops for Africa in October 2009. At the end of the Synod, Pope Benedict XVI named Cardinal Turkson as President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, reconfirmed by Pope Francis in 2013.
Fields of interest include human rights, ecology, integral development, economic and social justice, reconciliation, sustainable agriculture.
Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo is President & CEO of Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. She came to CRS in January 2012 after a distinguished academic career. Before coming to CRS, Carolyn served from 1997 to 2011 as dean of the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.
During her tenure, the Mendoza College was frequently recognized as the nation's leading business school in ethics education and research. It received and has retained top ranking from Bloomberg Businessweek since 2010 for its undergraduate business program. Prior to the University of Notre Dame, Carolyn served as associate executive vice president for academic affairs at Purdue University. Carolyn was born and raised in Hong Kong, and immigrated to the United States to attend Purdue University, where she received her bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees, and joined the faculty.
Sir Fazle Abed was educated at both Dhaka and Glasgow Universities, and was a senior corporate executive at Shell Oil in 1971 when the Bangladesh Liberation War broke out. The war dramatically changed his life course, and he moved to London, where he helped initiate the fundraising and awareness campaign, “Help Bangladesh.”
After the war, he returned to a newly independent Bangladesh―and an economy in ruins. As millions of refugees returned to their country, Sir Fazle recognized the urgent need for support and relief efforts, and founded BRAC to create income-generating opportunities for impoverished refugees in a remote area in northeastern Bangladesh. Under his leadership and within 40 years, BRAC grew to become the largest development organization in the world in terms of the scale and diversity of its interventions.
Founded in 2001, BRAC University is integral to BRAC’s work to create a more just and peaceful world by providing high-quality education, and equipping its students with the knowledge and skills to address contemporary and future challenges.
Sir Fazle has been honored with numerous national and international awards for his achievements, and was recognized by Ashoka as a “global great.” In 2009 he was appointed Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George (KCMG) by the British Crown in recognition of his services to reduce poverty in Bangladesh and around the world. In 2014 Sir Fazle was named one of the the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by by Fortune magazine.
Matt Bannick is managing partner of Omidyar Network, where, since 2007, he’s led the expansion of the firm from its Silicon Valley roots. Omidyar Network now operates on four continents, across six initiatives, and has invested nearly $1 billion in early-stage for-profit and not-for-profit ventures.
Bannick brings a wide range of executive, international and multi-sector experience to his role. He served in a number of senior executive positions at eBay, and as president of eBay International, he was largely responsible for building eBay’s global footprint and extending the opportunities offered by eBay to the developing world. Matt also served as PayPal’s first president after the company’s acquisition by eBay, and established PayPal as a global standard for online payments.
A recognized leader in the impact investing field, Bannick serves as a member of the Global Social Impact Investment Steering Group, and he led the U.S. National Advisory Board on Impact Investing as co-chair.
Amit Bouri is the CEO and co-founder of the Global Impact Investing Netowork (GIIN). His work in impact investing began when he was a strategy consultant with the Monitor Institute. At Monitor he was part of the team that produced the Investing for Social & Environmental Impact report, and he left Monitor to co-found the GIIN in 2009.
Amit's other projects at the Monitor Institute included strategic planning and organizational development work for nonprofit organizations and foundations. Amit previously worked in the private sector as a strategy consultant with Bain & Company. He left Bain to work in global health at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. He also worked in the corporate philanthropy units of Gap Inc. and Johnson & Johnson. Amit holds an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, an MPA from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and a BA in sociology and anthropology from Swarthmore College. Amit serves on the board of directors for Investors' Circle.
Laurence J. Brahm is the founder of Himalayan Consensus Institute, which is dedicated to protecting ethnic diversity through sustainable economics and the fight against climate disruption. Laurence is also founder of Shambhala Serai, one of Asia's first social enterprises, and he is recognized as a leading specialist on the Himalayan region and on issues of sustainable development.
He was invited by Iceland’s President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson to serve as a member of the Himalaya – Third Pole Circle, and he also serves as a policy advisor to ICIMOD’s Hindu Kush Himalayan Monitoring and Assessment Programme (HIMAP). Laurence was NGO spokesperson to the United Nations Earth Summit 2012 (Rio+20) and selected by ScenaRio as one of the “100 Opinion Leaders Advising Rio +20.” He led NGO side events at the UNFCC Paris COP 21 in 2015 and at Durban Cop 17 in 2011. In 2010 he was recognized by the UNDP for his work to promote environmental protection, ethnic diversity and cultural sustainability in economic development in China.
As a senior advisor to China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection he was architect of the “ecological civilization” policy adopted by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and State Council on April 25, 2015, as a comprehensive “green print” to shift from fossil fuels to renewables. He advises Bhutan’s National Environment Commission on environmental regulatory frameworks.
Luigino Bruni, (Ascoli Piceno, Italy, 1966) is a full Professor of Economics at the Lumsa University, Rome. In 1989, he graduated with a degree in Economics from the University of Ancona in Italy. He got a PhD in the History of Economics at the University of Florence in 1998, and a second PhD in Economics at the University of East Anglia, in 2006. Before the professorship at Lumsa University in 2012, he was assistant professor and then associate professor at the University Milano-Bicocca (2001-2012). For the last 20 years his research has covered many areas, ranging from Microeconomics, Ethics and Economics, History of Economic Thought, Methodology of Economics, Sociality and Happiness in Economics. Bruni’s current research focuses on civil economy, relational goods, virtue-ethics in Economics, vulnerability in Organizations, Economics and Theology.
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As the chief operating officer for Catholic Relief Services, Sean Callahan is responsible for Overseas Operations, U.S. Operations and Human Resources, and for ensuring CRS’ fidelity to its mission to cherish, preserve and uphold the sacredness and dignity of all human life, foster charity and justice, and embody Catholic social and moral teaching. His role is to enhance performance, stimulate innovation and position CRS for the future. Sean was executive vice president for Overseas Operations from June 2004 to September 2012. He provided oversight for a program and management portfolio which grew to more than $700 million, serving people in more than 100 countries and engaging a team of more than 5,000 staff. Sean holds a master’s in law and diplomacy from Tufts University, where he also received a bachelor’s, magna cum laude, in Spanish
Sean is on the Board of Trustees for Catholic Charities USA (2014‒present) and on the Executive Committee and Representative Council of Caritas Internationalis (2011‒2015). He is also the president of Caritas North America (2015‒2019).
Audrey Choi is CEO of Morgan Stanley's Institute for Sustainable Investing. She is also managing director and head of Morgan Stanley’s Global Sustainable Finance Group. In these roles, she oversees the firm’s efforts to support resilient communities and promote economic opportunity and global sustainability through the capital markets. In a career spanning the public, private and nonprofit sectors, Audrey has become a thought leader on how finance can be harnessed to address public policy challenges. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Audrey held senior policy positions in the Clinton administration, the Commerce Department and the Federal Communications Commission. While at the White House, she served as chief of staff of the Council of Economic Advisers and domestic policy advisor to the Vice President. Previously, Audrey was a foreign correspondent and bureau chief at The Wall Street Journal. She was appointed to the Community Development Advisory Board, on which she currently serves, by President Barack Obama, and she also serves on the boards of several national nonprofits focused on education, conservation and impact investing. Audrey is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School.
Beth Collins, Catholic Relief Services’ Director of Impact Investing, has a 30-year executive leadership career with global experience spanning corporate, nonprofit and NGO sectors throughout Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and other emerging market regions. Beth worked for over 15 years in the private sector, starting, growing and leading new entertainment and media ventures as senior vice president at Talk Media and vice president at Universal Pictures and Walt Disney Theatrical Productions. Early in her career, she was an associate at a New York-based leveraged buyout firm sourcing, analyzing and negotiating corporate acquisitions.
In 2003, Beth joined the Clinton Foundation as its first Rwanda country director. Her work in Rwanda is profiled in “The Power of Philanthropy,” a Fortune Magazine article on President Clinton. Upon returning to the U.S., Beth joined the Clinton Foundation management team leading new strategic initiatives, including the Clinton Global Initiative’s $100-million call to action for Haiti. Following her time with the Foundation, Beth served as a strategic advisor to a diverse range of public and private sector clients including Merck & Co., Qiagen, Paramount Pictures, Keep a Child Alive, HRH Prince Faisal of Jordan’s Generations for Peace and the USC School of Film & Television. Beth holds a B.A. in international studies from Miami University and an MBA in finance from NYU.
Nicholas Colloff is the executive director of Argidius Foundation, which works to improve the lives of people experiencing poverty by promoting the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) to increase income generation. Nicholas began his career in venture philanthropy with the Andrews Charitable Trust, and during his time there he assisted in the establishment of Opportunity International UK as part of a leading global financial inclusion network. He has worked with Catch Up, a lead literacy and numeracy intervention in the UK, and he also founded Basic Needs, whose focus is on developing innovative approaches to community mental health care in developing countries.
Before joining Argidius in 2013, Nicholas was director of innovation and strategy at Oxfam GB, where he was responsible for both developing new areas of work (urban poverty, impact investing, micro-insurance) and organizational change. Prior to this, he served as Oxfam GB's country director in Russia, where he launched Youth Business Russia, and helped World Wildlife Fund Russia integrate community development with its approaches to nature conservation. Nicholas was educated by the Jesuits in theology and philosophy at Heythrop College in the University of London.
Glenn Creamer is a co-founder and Senior Managing Director of Providence Equity Partners, a private equity investment firm specializing in media, communications, education and information investments worldwide. Mr. Creamer received a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University. Mr. Creamer is currently on the board of CDW Corporation (NASDAQ: CDW) and has been a director of numerous Providence Equity portfolio companies. He also serves on the boards of many charitable organizations, including Catholic Relief Services, where he served for six years as Treasurer, ending in 2015, and the Catholic Relief Services Foundation, where he currently serves as vice chair. Mr. Creamer is also a co-chair of Catholic Relief Services’ Impact Investment Committee.
Agnes Dasewicz serves as acting director of the Office of Private Capital and Microenterprise (PCM) within the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
Drawing on USAID’s presence and resources in developing countries, PCM works with investors and other U.S. government agencies to catalyze greater investment in support of key development objectives. As part of this work, Agnes developed and led the implementation of the private sector outreach strategy under Power Africa, securing over $20 billion of investment commitments from U.S. and African financiers and corporations toward energy transactions on the continent. Agnes has 20 years of experience in the field of investing in developing and transitioning economies, including in infrastructure, SMEs and social enterprises.
Agnes started her work in finance in the 1990s, when she was part of the founding team of the Small Enterprise Assistance Fund (SEAF), now one of the leading global SME investment funds. Subsequently she worked as an investment officer for one of the first private equity funds in Eastern Europe, AIG’s New Europe Fund, and as a manager at the International Finance Corporation (IFC). Prior to joining USAID, Agnes was the co-founder of the Grassroots Business Fund (GBF), a $60 million impact-investing fund that provides sustainable economic opportunities to millions of people at the base of the economic pyramid. She holds an MBA from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, and a BA in international affairs from George Washington University.
Jean-Baptiste de Franssu has been the president of the Board of Superintendents of Istituto per le Opere di Religione (IOR) since July 2014.
Prior to the end of October 2011 he was chief executive officer of Invesco Europe.
In June 2009 Jean-Baptiste was elected president of the European Fund and Asset Management Association. His mandate ended in June 2011. In 2009 he was named European Personality of the Year by Funds Europe magazine. He has, over the years, contributed to many publications, industry working groups and seminars on issues relating to regulation and supervision of asset management activities.
Jean-Baptiste serves as chairman of INCIPIT, an M&A advisory and consulting firm, and as non-executive director of ACOFI SCA, Banque Degroof-Petercam S.A., Groupe La Française S.A. and TAGES LLP. In March 2014 he was appointed by Pope Francis to the Vatican Council for the Economy; he resigned from this council in September 2014 after his nomination as president of the Istituto per le Opere di Religione.
Jean-Baptiste is a graduate of the ESC Group Business School in Reims, France, and holds a B.A. in European business administration from Middlesex University in the UK. He also holds a postgraduate degree in actuarial studies from Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris.
Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) is the only former CEO of a publicly traded company in the House of Representatives. First elected in 2012, Delaney serves on the Financial Services and Joint Economic Committee, and represents Maryland’s Sixth District, which includes Washington-area suburbs and western Maryland. Prior to holding public office, Congressman Delaney founded and led two NYSE-listed companies before the age of 40, and is a past winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In 2010, Delaney’s company, CapitalSource, received the Bank Enterprise Award from the Treasury Department for lending to disadvantaged communities.
John and his wife April McClain-Delaney have made community service a priority, especially in the field of education, the provision of core services and issues affecting children. They are generous supporters of the public interest law initiatives at Georgetown University Law Center, where they endowed the Delaney Family Professorship in Public Interest Law. John is a member of the board of directors of Georgetown University and the National Symphony Orchestra, was the past chairman of the board at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School, and was a past member of the board of directors for the International Center for Research on Women. John is a graduate of Columbia University and Georgetown University Law Center.
Patricia M. Dinneen (Pat) is currently a Senior Advisor at the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA) and Chair of EMPEA’s Impact Investing Council. Before joining EMPEA in early 2014, she spent 9+ years as Managing Director at Siguler Guff & Company, a global private equity investment firm with over $10 billion in assets under management. While at Siguler Guff, Dr. Dinneen built and managed the BRIC private equity business, focusing on Brazil, Russia, India, China and select frontier markets. She previously held positions at Cambridge Associates, British Telecommunications, Hughes Communications, RAND Corporation and the U. S. White House. Dr. Dinneen holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (B.A.), London School of Economics (M.Sc.) and MIT (Ph.D.). She is involved in multiple philanthropic, entrepreneurial and impact investing initiatives, including consulting and pro-bono work for faith-based organizations, primarily Catholic Relief Services where she serves as Board Member and Co-Chair of the Impact Investing Advisory Committee and is a mentor in the Global Innovation Through Science and Technology (GIST) Program sponsored by the US State Department.
Ellen Dorsey is Executive Director of the Wallace Global Fund, a private foundation focused on social change in the fields of environment, democracy, human rights and corporate accountability. Under her leadership, the Fund is recognized for creative philanthropic strategies and mission-related investing, including aligning investments and grants to address the climate crises and accelerate the clean energy transition.
Dr. Dorsey came to Wallace Global Fund from academic, philanthropic and non-profit leadership positions, including serving as Executive Director at the Rachel Carson Institute, Director of the Human Rights and Environment program at Amnesty International, and senior environmental program officer in the Heinz Endowment.
She has served on the board of numerous non-profit organizations including Greenpeace USA, the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the United States Human Rights Network, and chair of the board of Amnesty International USA.
Dorsey holds a doctorate in political science from the University of Pittsburgh. She was a Fulbright Research Fellow in South Africa during that country’s historic transformation. She has written extensively on effective strategies of non-governmental organizations and social movements. Dorsey is co-author, with Paul J. Nelson, of New Rights Advocacy: Changing Strategies of Development and Human Rights NGOs, Georgetown University Press.
Kevin Farrell is a principal with Farrell Mudd Development, a commercial real estate investment company in St. Louis, Missouri, and has been involved in a number of other ventures over his career. In the 1980s Kevin was president of White Company, a real estate development and management company, and in 1990 he founded St. Louis Steel Products, which sold to a division of Tyco in 2001. He was also one of three incorporators of Allegiant Bancorp in 1989, serving continuously on its executive committee and as its corporate secretary from the time of the company’s public listing until its sale in 2004.
Kevin is in his second term on the Catholic Relief Services Board of Directors, and currently serves as treasurer. For 35 years he has been active with United Way of Greater St. Louis, where he is a member of the agency’s board of directors and executive committee. He is married to Carolyn Graham Farrell, and they have four grown children.
Over the past 22 years, Dr. Shaun Ferris has spent 16 years with the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research and the past eight years with Catholic Relief Services. During this time, Shaun has also worked with several major agencies on short- and longer term projects including USAID, the World Bank, USDA, FAO, UNCTAD, DFID, IFAD and various country programs and projects.
In his current position, Shaun focuses on supporting smallholder farmers along the pathway to prosperity as part of CRS’ Signature Program Area of Agriculture. His work at CRS also focuses on building the agro-enterprise capacity of field staff, finding ways of generating value at the farm level through new combinations of skills acquisition, technology and market opportunity identification, and finding ways to improve information use and trading relationships. Shaun is currently working with a cross-agency team on generating agro-enterprise content for cloud-based distance learning systems and creating farmer-facing business tools using ICT solutions. Shaun holds a bachelor’s in horticultural science from Reading University, a master’s in tropical agriculture from Nottingham University and a Ph.D. in plant physiology from Cranfield University.
Séamus P. Finn, OMI, served as director of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate U.S. Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation (JPIC) office from its inception in 1999 until 2015. He also served as director of JPIC ministry in previous oblate offices domestically and in Rome. He is Chief of Faith Consistent Investing for the Oblate International Pastoral (OIP) Investment Trust. He is an international leader in faith consistent investing (FCI), and serves as a consultant on multiple investment committees. He has also participated in a number of international events addressing faith communities and mining.
Séamus serves as chair of the board of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), and was instrumental in the formation of the International Interfaith Investment Group. He is actively involved in engaging corporations in the financial and extractives sectors, and also serves on the boards of a number of organizations that are focused on domestic and global justice priorities in the public policy arena.
Séamus has given numerous presentations in different venues on faith consistent investing. He has been interviewed in print and on radio, and has appeared on a number of television networks, including Bloomberg, CNN, CNBC, CBS, PBS, Al Jazeera America and RTE. Séamus was a guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and currentlyblogs on religion and corporate social responsibility for the Huffingtonpost.com.
Sal Giambanco leads the human capital and operations functions of Omidyar Network. In this role, he works to develop and scale the talent at Omidyar Network and its portfolio organizations. Sal brings a wealth of executive experience in human resources management to his role as a partner at Omidyar Network.
From 2000 to 2009 Sal served as vice president of human resources and administration for PayPal and eBay Inc. Prior to joining PayPal, Sal worked for KPMG as the national recruiting manager for the information, communications, high-tech and entertainment consulting practices, while also leading KPMG’s collegiate and MBA recruiting programs. Previously, Sal directed human resources at Tech One, Inc., and held positions at Ernst & Young and ESS Technology, Inc. Sal began his career working in the public sector in a variety of roles, primarily in education and hospital ministries.
Sal holds an MA in philosophy from Fordham University, a Master of Divinity from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and a BA in economics and political science from Columbia University. Sal is currently a lecturer for the University of San Francisco School of Management Silicon Valley Immersion Program, andalso serves on the board for the Global Innovation Fund.
Julie Hammerman founded JLens in 2012 as an investor network to explore the growing field of responsible, impact investing through a Jewish lens. JLens provides values-based investing guidance to Jewish institutional investors, and oversees shareholder advocacy with U.S. companies for the first Jewish values-based fund, The JLens Advocacy Strategy. JLens is a signatory to the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment, and a member of the Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility.
Prior to founding JLens, Julie was the impact investing strategist for a multi-family office, worked in investment banking at J.P. Morgan, and started a for-profit social enterprise. Julie is a graduate of Harvard Business School, Tufts University and the Wexner Jewish Heritage Program. Julie is based in San Francisco, California.
Gisele Henriques is currently the livelihoods adviser for the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD), supporting programs in resilient livelihoods, including enterprise development, collective organizing, local economic development, food security/sovereignty and climate change adaptation.
A specialist with more than 15 years’ experience, Gisele has supported resilient local economic development and sustainable agriculture projects with local NGOs, social movements and communities in Brazil, The Gambia, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Mexico, Philippines, Mozambique, Indonesia, Timor-Leste and elsewhere.
Gisele previously served as the Food, Agriculture and Sustainable Trade policy officer for CIDSE, lobbying the EU and UN/FAO on behalf of smallholder food producers.
Gisele holds a master’s in public policy from the Goldman School, UC Berkeley, with a focus on international agricultural policy, as well as an MA in international studies with a focus on African smallholder farmers.
Paul Hicks is the water resources coordinator for Catholic Relief Services in Latin America, and has nearly 20 years’ experience in water resources management and agricultural development. Paul has a master’s degree in international agricultural development from the University of California, Davis. He has spent the last 15 years with CRS living and working in Albania, the Philippines, Afghanistan and Central America. Since early 2009, Paul has lived and worked in El Salvador leading CRS’ regional water programs. Working with CRS’ water and agricultural development teams in Central America, Paul and his colleagues developed the strategy to integrate water resources management and agricultural development in the coffeelands of Central America.
Roger D. Huang is the Martin J. Gillen Dean for the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame and the Kenneth R. Meyer Professor of Global Investment Management. He holds a B.S. in industrial management from Purdue, as well as master’s and doctorate degrees in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Roger teaches global finance in the Executive MBA program and multinational financial management in the MBA program. His areas of research expertise are international financial management and financial market microstructure.
Roger joined the Notre Dame faculty in 2000 after previously teaching and conducting research at Vanderbilt University, the University of Florida, MIT and Purdue University. He was voted the best teacher in the Executive MBA program four times, as well as the best teacher in the MBA program; he has also received the Teaching Excellence Award on three occasions.
Roger has written extensively on the subjects of world financial markets and trading. He previously served on the board of Bon Secours Health System, as well as on the Nasdaq Review Council, and has received numerous fellowships and grants.
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Dale M. Hunt is the Managing Director of Private Equity for Ascension Investment Management. She has oversight of the private equity portfolios, which includes manager selection and ongoing portfolio management. She has 36 years of investment industry experience.
Prior to joining Ascension Investment Management, Miss Hunt served as Chief Investment Officer at the West Virginia University Foundation, Morgantown, WV, where she was responsible for managing $750 million in investment assets on behalf of the Foundation, WVU and WVU Hospitals. Prior to joining the WVU Foundation in 2003, she was Managing Director, Global Private Placements, at ABN AMRO and NatWest Markets, and held a number of senior investment banking positions at S.G. Warburg, Prudential Securities, and Smith Barney. She began her career on Wall Street in 1978, and has spent over 20 years focusing on private markets.
Miss Hunt holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, and received her MBA (Finance) degree from Pace University, New York, NY. Miss Hunt spent a number of years living in Brussels, Belgium, and Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, and attended schools in the United Kingdom and Spain.
Agnes Kalibata leads AGRA’s efforts, along with the participation of public and private partners, toward achieving food security in Africa through rapid, sustainable agricultural growth and improved productivity by empowering millions of smallholder farmers. She is a former Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources in Rwanda, and is widely considered to be one of the most successful agriculture ministers in sub-Saharan Africa. Agnes has held several other leadership positions, including permanent secretary of Ministry of Agriculture and deputy vice-chancellor of the University of Rwanda. Agnes has also worked for the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Uganda, and other agricultural development organizations. She currently sits on various boards, including the International Fertilizer Development Corporation (IFDC), the Sustainable Trade Initiative, the Africa Risk Capacity and the Global Agenda Council of the WEF. She is a distinguished agricultural scientist, policymaker and thought leader, and holds a Ph.D. in entomology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Randall Kempner is executive director of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), a global network of organizations that propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets. The network's members provide critical financing and business support services to small and growing businesses (SGBs) that create positive economic, environmental and social impacts in developing countries. ANDE’s more than 230 members have operations in more than 150 emerging market countries.
As executive director of ANDE, Randall oversees the implementation of ANDE’s extensive program, research and advocacy agenda, including training programs for investing in emerging-market entrepreneurs, promoting investment opportunities in emerging-market SGBs and tracking the impact of public and private sector efforts to build entrepreneurship in developing countries.
Randall has 20 years of experience in the field of local and international economic development. Most recently, he served as vice president of regional innovation at the U.S. Council on Competitiveness. Prior to joining the Council, Randall was co-founder of OTF Group, an international consulting firm that advised regions and nations on how to create competitive advantage. Fluent in English and Spanish, he is a frequent speaker on entrepreneurship-based economic development strategies and an author whose work has appeared in Forbes, Harvard Business Review, MIT Innovations Journal and Stanford Social Innovation Review.
John Kohler is Director of Impact Capital at Santa Clara’s Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, and has also served as a mentor to social entrepreneurs at Miller Center’s flagship program, the Global Social Benefit Accelerator. He authored a report on impact investing, “Coordinating Impact Capital: A New Approach to Investing in Small and Growing Businesses,” and recently co-authored a chapter on equity investing in “New Frontiers of Philanthropy” (Oxford Press, 2014). He is now pioneering a new investment vehicle – the Demand Dividend – that presents investors with a “structured exit” alternative to equity.
John is co-founder and director of Toniic, a syndication network of impact investors. He manages investments through Redleaf Venture Management, a venture capital operating company. His previous experience includes 20 years of executive level positions at Hewlett Packard, Silicon Graphics, Convergent Technologies and Unisys. He was one of the founding executives at Netscape Communications, and he led investments at AdRelevance (JMXI), Mosaic Communications (TWX), NetGravity (DCLK), RedCreek Communications (SNWL) and Wireless Online.
John serves on the board of PACT, an NGO based in Washington, D.C. He received his bachelor’s degree concentrating in international economics from UCLA, and completed executive programs at Wharton and Stanford business schools. Over the last 15 years, he was a managing member of the UCLA Venture Capital Fund, and still serves on the UCLA Sciences Board of Visitors. Other recent advisory committees include the World Economic Forum and HUB Ventures.
Charly Kleissner is an impact investor who believes that the deeper meaning of wealth is to make a positive contribution to humanity and the planet. He insists that the best impact investments integrate financial return and social/environmental impact, and he believes that modern portfolio theory has to be reconceptualized to seamlessly integrate positive impact into a total portfolio theory. He sees impact investing not as an intellectual exercise, but as an expression of who he really is.
Charly co-founded KL Felicitas Foundation and Social-Impact International, which help social entrepreneurs worldwide to accelerate and increase their impact. KL Felicitas Foundation recently demonstrated that impact investors can construct a 100 percent impact portfolio and achieve competitive financial returns in all asset classes while making a tremendous impact. Charly also co-founded Toniic and the 100% IMPACT Network, global networks for impact investors.
Charly serves on the advisory board of the Global Hub Company,and as board director and chairman of the Investment Committee of ImpactAssets. Charly has more than twenty years of experience as a senior technology executive in Silicon Valley. Dr. Kleissner earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Technology, Vienna.
Joan M. Larrea is the CEO of Convergence Blended Finance, which launched in January 2016 as the first and only platform that helps public, philanthropic and private investors find and connect with each other to co-invest in blended finance deals in emerging and frontier markets. Convergence’s offerings include a Design Facility to fund feasibility studies and proof of concept activities for results-based financing structures and other innovative financial instruments and products. Convergence is an independent entity, registered as a nonprofit corporation in Ontario, Canada. Convergence’s funders include the Government of Canada and Citi Foundation. The concept behind Convergence was developed under the World Economic Forum and OECD Development Assistant Committee’s ReDesigning Development Finance initiative.
Joan brings to Convergence 20 years of experience in emerging markets investing. Prior to joining Convergence, she led the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation's efforts to partner with philanthropic and private investors to increase capital flows to OPIC’s target markets. While at OPIC, she also directed a pilot program to finance smaller, high impact and innovative funds, many of which drew on blended finance structures. Before OPIC, Joan served as a managing director on the emerging markets team at Global Environment Fund, a privately held asset manager dedicated to the energy, environmental and natural resource sectors. While at GEF, she co-managed a $328 million growth equity fund. She began her career as an investment officer at International Finance Corporation, where she structured and concluded pioneering transactions in a variety of infrastructure and manufacturing sectors across Asia, including PPPs, utility concessions and privatizations.
Graham serves as senior program officer for impact investing at the Ford Foundation. In this role, he is responsible for developing the team’s grant-making strategy and coordinating it closely with our program-related investment.
Prior to joining Ford, Graham was director of corporate citizenship partnerships at Citigroup. As director, Graham worked with Citi’s myriad businesses to drive economic and social impact with clients and other key stakeholders, while contributing to Citi's broader citizenship reporting requirements. He has also served as senior program officer for financial inclusion at the Citi Foundation, where he managed the foundation’s international grant making in nearly 90 countries, and led investments in innovation, thought leadership and research. Initially at Citi, Graham managed the Microfinance and Enterprise Development portfolios.
Prior to joining Citi, Graham was senior director of VisionSpring, a leading social enterprise selling consumer products to promote economic development. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), and was a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Graham received his BA from Colby College, MSc from NYU Wagner and MBA through a joint program at NYU Stern, London School of Economics and HEC Paris School of Management.
Kola Masha is the managing director of Doreo Partners, an impact investing firm that leverages agriculture venture capital to drive youth employment, a critical need in Africa, the world’s “youngest” continent. Doreo’s goal is to create 10 million jobs by 2030 via its investments.
Doreo’s flagship investment is an innovative agricultural franchise model called Babban Gona, or “great farm” in the Hausa language. Babban Gona is a high-impact, financially sustainable and highly scalable social enterprise, which is owned in part by the farmers it serves. Babban Gona franchises hundreds of smallholder farmer cooperatives across Northern Nigeria. The agricultural franchise model was developed with partners that include Nestle, His Royal Highness Muhammadu Sanusi II (the Emir of Kano), Department for International Development (UK), Alliance for a Greener Africa (AGRA), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Skoll Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation and others.
Kola brings significant leadership experience in venture capital, corporate finance and business development and operations , with multiple global companies, including General Electric (GE), Abiomed and Notore, across four continents – North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. In addition, Kola has extensive public sector experience as the former senior advisor to the Nigerian Minister of Agriculture. He has been the recipient of several global awards, including the prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship, and was appointed to the board of the African Enterprise Challenge Fund. Kola holds an MBA (honors) from Harvard and a master’s in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Clara Miller is president of the Heron Foundation, which helps people and communities help themselves out of poverty. Prior to assuming the foundation’s presidency, Miller was president and CEO of Nonprofit Finance Fund, which she founded and ran from 1984 through 2010.
In addition to serving on Heron's board, Miller is on the boards of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), Family Independence Initiative, The Robert Sterling Clark Foundation and StoneCastle Financial Corp. She is a member of the U.S. National Advisory Board on Impact Investing and the Kresge Foundation’s Social Investment Committee. From 2010 to 2014 Miller was a member of the first Not-for-Profit Advisory Committee of the Financial Accounting Standards Board.
In 2015 Miller and Heron were named Investor of the Year by Institutional Investor Magazine in the category "small foundations." In 2014 Miller and Heron received the Prince's Prize for Innovative Philanthropy from the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the Tocqueville Foundation/Institut de France, and the “Shining Star Award” from New York City Performance Space122. She was awarded a Bellagio Residency in 2010 by The Rockefeller Foundation, and was named to The NonProfit Times “Power and Influence Top 50” for the five years from 2006 through 2010.
Olivia Muiru is the global partner manager at B Lab, a nonprofit that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good. Olivia supports B Lab’s network of regional partners who are building, engaging and financing the global movement to use business as a force for good. Prior to her current position, Olivia was a standards analyst working with companies undertaking the B Corp Certification process and with impact investors to measure and report their social and environment impact.
Before joining B Lab, Olivia worked with MicroFinanza Rating (MFR) as a junior analyst in the company’s African Regional office. During her time with MFR, she worked with microfinance institutions located in sub-Saharan Africa to rate their social impact. She also worked with Deloitte and Touche, Kenya, in their internship program focusing on audit and assurance. Olivia is currently in the process of completing her MBA in global social and sustainable enterprise from United States International University – Africa, and holds a B.S. in finance and international business from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.
Mary has been with the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) since August 2012. As the Chapter Coordinator and now Manager, Mary has planned and executed over 50 sector meetings in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda including networking events, workshops, roundtable meetings and ANDE’s first conference in Africa. Mary has developed an extensive network in East Africa which she continues to leverage to connect ANDE members in the region. Previously she worked with the African Venture Capital Association (AVCA). Mary is passionate about development entrepreneurship and while pursuing her Masters, she authored a research report on the efficacy of tertiary education and business development services in promoting and supporting youth entrepreneurship in Kenya. She holds an MBA with a concentration in Entrepreneurship from United States International University, Chandaria Business School and a B.A in Communication and Political Science from the University of Nairobi. She is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Public Policy and Management at Strathmore University.
Jacqueline Novogratz is founder and CEO of Acumen. Under Jacqueline’s leadership, Acumen has invested $101 million in 92 companies delivering agricultural inputs, education, energy, health care, housing and water to impoverished people in Africa, Latin America and South Asia. Fast Company named Acumen to its top 10 list of the World’s Most Innovative Not-for-Profits in 2015. Jacqueline has been featured on the cover of Forbes, and named one of Foreign Policy’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers” and The Daily Beast’s “25 Smartest People of the Decade.” She sits on the boards of the Aspen Institute and IDEO.org. Her bestselling memoir, “The Blue Sweater,” chronicles her quest to understand poverty and bring dignity to the poor.
Mark Palmer is the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer for Catholic Relief Services and oversees the finance, accounting, information systems, purchasing and shipping departments of CRS. Since 1998, Mr. Palmer has led the development and implementation of a new automated system for overseas accounting, domestic accounting and purchasing. He also restructured the shipping department to increase service quality and reduce operating costs.
Prior to joining CRS, Mr. Palmer served as the chief financial officer at The Woodbourne Group, a children’s healthcare and education services agency. He was also the chief financial officer for a developer and manager of continuing care retirement communities. He spent 12 years as a financial officer for Marriott International, Inc., including roles as CFO of operating divisions for the company. Mr. Palmer started his career in the audit branch of Price Waterhouse and Co., and has also volunteered as a business consultant in the areas of operations, finance and management for a manufacturing company in the Czech Republic.
Mr. Palmer received a B.B.A. in accounting from the College of William and Mary, and an M.S. in finance and applied economics from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a CPA in Virginia.
Matthew Patsky is CEO of Trillium Asset Management, and is also a portfolio manager, leading Trillium’s Sustainable Opportunities strategy. He joined Trillium in 2009, and has three decades of experience in investment research and investment management.
Matt began his career at Lehman Brothers in 1984 as a technology analyst. In 1989, while covering emerging growth companies for Lehman, he began to incorporate environmental, social and governance factors into his research, becoming the first sell-side analyst in the United States to publish on the topic of socially responsible investing in 1994. As director of equity research for Adams, Harkness & Hill, he built that firm’s powerful research capabilities in socially and environmentally responsible areas, such as renewable energy, resource optimization and organic and natural products. Prior to joining Trillium, Matt was at Winslow Management Company in Boston, where he served as director of research, chairman of the investment committee and portfolio manager for the Green Solutions Strategy and the Winslow Green Solutions Fund.
Matt currently serves on the boards of the Environmental League of Massachusetts, Shared Interest and Pro Mujer. He recently served on the boards of US SIF and Root Capital. Matt is a member of the Social Venture Network (SVN), and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Matt holds a B.S. in economics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
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Jenn Pryce is president and CEO of Calvert Foundation, a nonprofit organization that specializes in impact investing around the globe. Today, Calvert Foundation has more than $300 million invested in about 150 social purpose organizations working across 80 countries in vital social sectors, such as affordable housing, microfinance and the environment.
Over the course of Calvert Foundation’s 25-year history, more than a billion dollars has been raised and invested for social good through private individuals investing in the Foundation’s Community Investment Note. For nearly a decade, Jenn has shaped the strategic direction of Calvert Foundation to take the lead on emerging trends, including investing with a gender lens and making impact investing more accessible to retail investors.
Prior to Calvert Foundation, Jenn served as director of Nonprofit Finance Fund’s Washington Metro Area office. Jenn began her career as a Peace Corps volunteer working in Africa, where she was exposed to the frustrating limited flows of capital and resources to lower income communities. Following her work with the Peace Corps, she held positions with major banks in New York and London. Jenn received her Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Union College and her MBA from Columbia University.
Jeri Eckhart Queenan is partner and global practice head of The Bridgespan Group. Bridgespan is a nonprofit advisor to mission-driven leaders who serve the poor and marginalized and seek breakthrough social impact. Her clients include Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiative, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Ford Foundation, United Nations Foundation, Salvation Army and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women, an initiative to improve the lives of underserved women entrepreneurs in 40 countries,. Jeri has co-authored numerous articles on changing the way we finance nonprofits, measurement and scaling impact, including “Pay What It Takes Philanthropy” (SSIR, May 2016) and “Measurement as Learning.”
Jeri began her career at the Boston Consulting Group, improving results for multinational corporations. At the age of 30 she became U.S. Associate Deputy Secretary of Labor, overseeing a $28 billion budget, and then served as chair and CEO of the White House Fellows Foundation, president of the White House Fellows Alumni Association and was a member of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. She is active in the Catholic Church, serves on the governing boards of Catholic Relief Services and St. Vincent College, and is a Clinton Global Initiative program advisor. Jeri graduated Phi Beta Kappa/summa cum laude from UCLA, and received her MBA with honors from Harvard Business School.
Mike Quinn is Group CEO of Zoona, an African FinTech business that helps communities thrive. Since launching in 2009, Zoona has grown to an active customer base of 1.5 million consumers and 1,400 agents in Zambia and Malawi, and has processed over $1 billion in transactions. In 2015, the Nike Foundation and Unreasonable Institute selected Zoona for the inaugural Girl Effect Accelerator as one of the top start-ups in the world helping girls out of poverty based on our micro-franchise model that empowers girls and young women to become entrepreneurs.
Mike holds an MBA with Distinction from Oxford University, where he was a Skoll Scholar for Social Entrepreneurship, along with an MSc in Management Development from the London School of Economics. He has lived in Ghana, Zambia, and South Africa for the past 12 years, and now calls Cape Town home. Mike grew up in Calgary, Canada, and completed his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia.
Vineet Rai is the Founder of Aavishkaar – Intellecap group and chairs the Group and its Executive Council. Vineet serves as a Commissioner at the Global Commission of Business and Sustainable Development launched at Davos 2016 and as advisor to The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific Science Technology and Innovation Advisory Board.
Aavishkaar is a pioneer Impact Investment fund with more than US$ 200 million under management and invests in India, South Asia and South East Asia.
Intellecap provides thought leadership to the idea of using Business as an approach for development and works with Corporate, Enterprises, Investors and Governments to build economic engagement with the low income population. The group subsidiaries include Arohan, a Microfinance company, Intellegrow, a Venture Debt Company, Intellecash, a Microfinance incubation company. Intellecap’s other pioneering initiatives include I ‘Cube” N — India’s first Impact Angel Network and SANKALP Forum, one of the foremost Global platforms for Inclusive engagement. Intellecap operates across Asia and Africa with offices in India, East Africa and Indonesia.
Vineet has received numerous awards including the G 20 – SME Innovation in Finance Award 2010 in Seoul, South Korea, UNDP-IBLF –ICC World Business Award 2005 in New York and the Lemelson Award for Social Venture Investing from A. P. J Abdul Kalam`, Honorable Ex-President of India.
Michel Roy has served as Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis since 2011. Prior to this role he was director of international advocacy at Secours Catholique/Caritas France. Michel worked with Secours Catholique for 30 years, managing the international work of the organization, and travelling the world to support and advocate for the poor. Caritas Internationalis is a confederation of more than 160 national Caritas organizations and an institution of the Holy See dedicated to the fighting extreme poverty, promoting social justice and calling the faithful to live in solidarity with their suffering brothers and sisters around the globe. Michel has spent many years developing worldwide grassroots networks that advocate for the protection of human rights and dignity.
Dimple is responsible for originating investments, managing relationships and helping to execute strategies for the portfolios at Anthos Asset Management dedicated to impact investing. This includes Skopos Impact Fund, a global, private, impact investing fund focused on measurable, positive social and environmental returns alongside financial returns, with the aim to promote human dignity and social justice.
Dimple is an experienced investment professional who began her career in finance at Goldman Sachs. She then launched an edtech startup, which was acquired by Accenture. Following that venture, she was a Kauffman Fellow for L Capital Partners before joining the Omidyar Network. Most recently she advised Unilever Corporate Ventures on its exploration of a venture investment program in emerging Asia.
Dimple holds an MBA in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in economics from the University of Chicago. She lives in Amsterdam, and is a dual citizen of India and the U.S.
Audrey Selian serves as director of the Artha Initiative associated with Rianta Capital Zurich, an investment advisory to the Singh Family Trust. The Artha Initiative is focused on social investment in rural enterprise in India, with a concentration on the agriculture, livelihoods and small-scale renewable energy sectors. Audrey has worked as a consultant to the International Telecommunication Union at the United Nations, and as a subcontractor to USAID while based in the Caucasus; prior to her work in development, she spent several years in management consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the company’s retail and consumer products practice in New York City.
Audrey’s current interests are venture philanthropy in emerging markets and contributing to the development of information and technologies (ICT) tools capable of supporting sustainable investment methodologies and investment products suitable for SMEs at the base of the pyramid. She is founder of the Artha Platform, a social network for impact investors interested in better coordination around due diligence on social enterprise deal flow in India.
She also co-founded Artha Networks, Inc., as part of the work of transposing the Artha platform to new geographies and sectors. Audrey holds a Ph.D. in technology policy and development studies from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.
John A. Simon is a founder and managing partner of Total Impact Capital (TOTAL), a merchant bank for the impact investing sector, and also serves as a senior director of the Medical Credit Fund (MCF), an impact debt vehicle for health facilities and enterprises in Africa. MCF has deployed nearly $15 million in loans to 800 borrowers, with a presence in Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria and Ghana.
Prior to founding TOTAL and joining the Medical Credit Fund, John was a visiting fellow at the Center for Global Development, where he co-authored “More Than Money,” a report on impact investing as a development tool. Previously, he held a variety of posts in the U.S. federal government, including serving as the United States Ambassador to the African Union and the executive vice president of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). John also served in the White House as special assistant to the president and as senior director for relief stabilization, and development for the National Security Council (NSC) and deputy assistant administrator at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
John received his bachelor's degree from Princeton University and a master's degree in public policy from Harvard University.
Born in 1956 in Germany, Michael Sommer studied law and economics in Bonn and Geneva. After practicing in his own law firm and holding different management positions in Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, the Administration of the Berlin Government and a Donor Organization of the German Catholic Bishops Conference (ADVENIAT), in 2007 he became Director of the BANK IM BISTUM ESSEN (BIB), responsible for building up the Bank's International Business and for implementing the BIB's policy of sustainability. Michael is a frequent speaker on issues of ethical investments.
The BANK IM BISTUM ESSEN (BIB) is a Catholic German Cooperative Bank for Church Institutions and their collaborators. It is the only private Bank in Germany with its own expertise in the development finance sector.
Laurie J. Spengler is president and CEO of Enclude, a global advisory firm dedicated to building inclusive, sustainable and prosperous local economies. The firm delivers integrated capacity (consulting) and capital (transaction) solutions to financial institutions, business support organizations, private-sector companies, funders and investors. Enclude works with clients and projects that contribute to the real economy. The firm’s focus is on meeting the needs of entrepreneurs, small and growing enterprises and un(der)served households, the economic engines underpinning inclusive and sustainable markets. Enclude specializes in areas of inclusive finance, technology-enabled platforms and distribution channels, clean and renewable energy and sustainable agriculture.
Laurie has more than 25 years of experience in strategy and transaction services, specifically capital raising, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and private equity transactions. She has developed a particular expertise in structuring and launching investment vehicles that align different types of capital to allow operating enterprises, financial institutions and funds to generate positive social, environmental and development outcomes while delivering appropriate financial returns.
Previously, Laurie was founder and CEO of Central European Advisory Group. She also worked as an attorney with the international law firm White & Case. She has a J.D. from Harvard University and an undergraduate degree from Stanford University. Among her active board engagements, Laurie is a member of the Executive Committee of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs and the Council on Foreign Relations.
Mark Steitz is the founder of TSD Communications, a consultancy whose clients include Fortune 500 companies, international financial firms, social media companies and foundations. He is an adjunct professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University, where he teaches about the use of data and analytics.
Mark co-founded and serves on the boards of the Analyst Institute, which conducts randomized controlled experiments, and Catalist, a voter database and analytics company. He also serves on the advisory board of USAID’s Global Development Lab.
Mark oversaw international communications for The Body Shop, a leader in corporate social responsibility and one of the first companies to publicly issue a report accounting for its social and environmental impacts. He has worked for more than two decades on issues surrounding the advisability, achievement and measurement of socially responsible investments and business activities.
Mark was director of research at the U.S. Democratic Party, and had worked previously as an economist on the campaigns of Reverend Jesse Jackson and Gary Hart. He also worked at the U.S. Congressional Budget Office as an industrial and tax policy analyst.
Mark has an M.A. in economics from Yale University and a B.A. from St. John’s College in Annapolis.
Laura Stopponi has been working for 20 years at Caritas Italiana dealing with capacity building and institutional development projects as program manager and head of the Europe desk. Her expertise comes mainly from many years spent sharing in the challenges, difficulties, emergencies, projects, awareness campaigns and training sessions with colleagues from among the various European Caritas organizations. As a member of both the Caritas Europa Commission of Internal Networking and the Caritas Europa Capacity building working group for four years, Laura has developed a thorough knowledge of the strengths and threats of Caritas in Europe. In the last five years she has worked in the Balkan area promoting the development of innovative social inclusion processes and social inclusion policies, including social economy and social enterprise.
In addition to her work in Europe, for several years she has been part of the Training Equipe of Caritas Italiana and of the working groups on volunteer/civic service and on globalizations awareness.
Ms. Strauss is Special Advisor for Socially Responsible Investment Finance at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, a U. S. government corporation charged with mobilizing and facilitating US private investment and skills transfer in developing countries throughout the world. She is responsible for and impact investing including policy and origination of innovative financing products and structures designed specifically to leverage socially responsible investment to achieve sustainable projects in emerging markets. She collaborates with other U.S. private sector, government and international government entities to assist in coordinating private and public funding to efficiently support projects with socially responsible or impact investment elements for the corporation including micro finance and SME businesses. Formerly the Director of Credit Policy for the corporation, and as a former private sector banker, she held various positions in finance and banking. Ms. Strauss has an MBA from the University of Connecticut and a BA from Lake Forest College.
Margaret Sullivan is CEO of Sullivan Strategy, an advisory firm focused on investment analysis and corporate growth strategies. Sullivan is also a fellow at
Georgetown University's Beeck Center for Social Enterprise. From 2011 to 2014, Sullivan served Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff at the United States Agency for International Development. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, she served as Director of Political Risk Management at Farallon Capital Management, in San Francisco, California.
Sullivan began her federal career on Capitol Hill, where she served in a variety of positions including as a Staff Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and as National Security Adviser to the House Majority Leader. In 1994, Sullivan joined the Clinton administration and served as The Special Assistant to Defense Secretary William Perry, helping to manage his relationship with the White House, Congress and national press corps. At the Department of Housing and Urban Development, she served as West Coast Regional Director and as Chief of Staff for Secretary Andrew Cuomo. She has also served as Chief of Staff for the U.S. Trade Representative in the Executive Office of the President. Sullivan helped found and then served on the board of an Oakland-based community development bank, Beneficial State Bank. She also serves on the boards of the Private Capital Group for Africa and United States Global Development Lab. Sullivan has a Master's Degree in public management from the University of Maryland, a Bachelor's Degree in political science from Stanford University, and was a two-year MacArthur fellow.
Ned Tozun is the CEO and co-founder of d.light, a global social enterprise delivering affordable solar-powered solutions to improve the lives of people in the developing world who live without access to reliable energy. Since founding d.light in 2007, Ned has played a key role in establishing four international offices and worldwide distribution to bring safe, clean and bright light and power to more than 60 million base-of-the-pyramid (BoP) customers in 63 countries.
In 2014 Ned was a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur Awardee, and in 2011 he was named to Forbes’ List of the World's Top 30 Social Entrepreneurs. Prior to launching d.light, Ned founded multiple start-ups in the San Francisco Bay area, and developed several products that attained global distribution. He has an MBA and bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Earth Systems from Stanford University.
Aleem is the CEO of the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) in the United States. AKF, and its sister agencies in the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), implement innovative, community-driven solutions to address development challenges. AKDN agencies employ more than 80,000 people in more than 30 countries around the world.
Previously, Aleem was director of World Bank Labs and chief innovation advisor within the Leadership, Learning, and Innovation Vice Presidency at the World Bank Group. He oversaw a portfolio of programs related to Open Data, Big Data/Analytics for Development and Transparency and Accountability in the delivery of public services. Aleem also led initiatives focused on Innovations in Finance to serve base-of-the-pyramid (BoP) clients and youth engagement and peacebuilding programs with a focus on the Muslim world.
Prior to joining the World Bank, Aleem served as head of Global Development Initiatives at Google.org, with a focus on eastern Africa. He led efforts related to increasing transparency and accountability in government and supporting the growth of small and medium-size enterprises in Africa. Aleem was also the first CEO of the Aga Khan Foundation in Syria. He is a graduate of Emory University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He completed his bachelor's degree in Near Eastern studies and anthropology and his master's degree in international development and regional planning.