Born in 1948 in Ghana, H.E. Peter K.A. Cardinal Turkson studied theology at St. Anthony-on-Hudson Seminary in New York and was ordained as a priest in 1975. He completed his graduate studies at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome from 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 from 1997-2005, and, since 2003, he 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. Cardinal Turkson has been appointed by Pope Francis as the first Prefect of the new Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. His fields of interest include human rights, ecology, integral development, economic and social justice, reconciliation, and sustainable agriculture.
Sean Callahan is President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. A 28-year veteran of CRS, Sean has held a wide variety of leadership roles overseas and at agency headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland. From 2012-2016, Sean served as the Chief Operating Officer for CRS, responsible for Overseas Operations, U.S. Operations, and Human Resources. In this role, he ensured CRS’ commitment 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. He enhanced performance, stimulated innovation, and positioned CRS for the future. As Executive Vice President for Overseas Operations from June 2004 to September 2012, Sean provided oversight for a program and management portfolio that grew to more than $700 million, serving people in more than 100 countries and engaging a team of more than 5,000 staff.
Sean is First Vice President of Caritas Internationalis (2015-2019), and he serves on the Executive Board and Representative Council of Caritas Internationalis (2011-2019). He is the President of Caritas North America (2015-2019), and he serves on the Board of Trustees for Catholic Charities USA (2014-present). Sean holds a Master’s degree in Law and Diplomacy from Tufts University, where he also received a Bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in Spanish.
John L. Allen Jr. is the Editor of Crux, an independent Catholic news site in partnership with the Knights of Columbus, and previously served both as a Senior Correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter and later as Associate Editor of the Boston Globe. He is the Senior Vatican Analyst for CNN, the author of ten books on the Vatican and Catholic affairs, and a popular speaker both in the United States and abroad. The London Tablet has called Allen “the most authoritative writer on Vatican affairs in the English language,” and renowned papal biographer George Weigel has called him “the best Anglophone Vatican reporter ever.”
When Allen was called upon to put the first question to Pope Benedict XVI aboard the papal plane en route to the United States in April 2008, the Vatican spokesperson said to the pope: “Holy Father, this man needs no introduction.” That’s not just a Vatican judgment. Veteran religion writer Kenneth Woodward of Newsweek described Allen as “the journalist other reporters – and not a few cardinals – look to for the inside story on how all the pope’s men direct the world’s largest church.”
Allen’s work is admired across ideological divides. The late liberal commentator Fr. Andrew Greeley called his writing “indispensable,” while the late Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, a conservative, called Allen’s reporting “possibly the best source of information on the Vatican published in the United States.” Allen’s most recent book is The Francis Miracle: Inside the Transformation of the Pope and the Church, from Time. John divides his time between Rome and his home in Denver, Colorado. He grew up in Western Kansas and holds a Master’s degree in Religious Studies from the University of Kansas.
Matt is a Board Member of Omidyar Network (ON), a philanthropic investment firm he led from 2007 to 2018. As Managing Partner, Matt oversaw all aspects of the firm’s operations and strategy, and at the time he stepped down, the firm had invested $1.2 billion in more than 600 for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations across five continents.
Matt’s tenure is marked most notably by his efforts in helping to establish impact investing as a mainstream tool to drive positive change. He authored several pieces that frame the opportunities of the approach, co-chaired the U.S. National Advisory Board on Impact Investing, and was a frequent speaker on the topic.
Matt has a wide range of executive, international, and multi-sector experience. From 1999 to 2007, he served in a number of senior executive roles at eBay Inc. As the General Manager, and later as President of eBay International, Matt was largely responsible for building eBay’s global footprint and driving exceptional revenue growth. After eBay acquired PayPal in 2002, Matt became PayPal's first post-acquisition President and established PayPal as the global standard for online payments.
Prior to eBay, Matt was the North American President of NavTeq, a global digital mapping company, as well as holding roles at McKinsey & Company and Chemical Bank. Matt also served as a US diplomat in Berlin during the German reunification.
Radha Ramaswami Basu has long used technology as a vehicle for pushing social and economic boundaries. Radha grew Hewlett Packard’s electronic software division to a $1.2 billion business. She was then Chairman & CEO of Support.com, which she led to IPO on the NASDAQ. Radha and her husband subsequently launched Anudip Foundation to generate livelihoods for India’s unemployed and marginalized youth through digital and workplace skills development. In 2012, Radha founded iMerit, a technology-enabled services company that delivers digital data services for machine learning, content, and support while effecting positive social and economic impact by employing and skilling marginalized youth and women. Throughout her career, Radha has mentored many women and youngsters in the fields of technology and social impact.
She has received numerous awards including the Global Thinkers Forum Award, UN Women-ITU Gender-Equality Mainstreaming Technology Award, Silicon Valley Business Journal Women of Influence Award, Top 25 Women of the Web, and CEO of the Year. She serves on the boards of NetHope and Jhumki Basu Foundation. She is a Regis and Dianne McKenna Professor at Santa Clara University, where she created the Frugal Innovation Lab. Radha speaks extensively on the Future of Work, Digital Inclusion, and AI.
David Bohigian serves as the Executive Vice President of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) after being confirmed by the Senate in August 2017. Bohigian joined OPIC after being the Managing Director of Pluribus Ventures, an advisor to innovative financial services firms and investor in impact-driven companies. Earlier, Bohigian served on the core management team of Bridgewater Associates, the world's largest hedge fund. Prior to Bridgewater, Bohigian founded E2 Capital Partners, which developed new financing models for energy efficiency projects.
Bohigian previously served as an Assistant Secretary of Commerce, focusing on eliminating barriers to trade and investment for US companies. Earlier, Bohigian led the Department's Policy Office as the lead economic and energy advisor to two Secretaries, as well as the Faith-Based and Community Initiatives Center. Before the Commerce Department, Bohigian served as a Managing Director of Idealab. Bohigian joined Idealab after it acquired the venture capital firm he founded, VenCatalyst. Prior to founding VenCatalyst, Bohigian was a partner at Jefferson Partners, a Washington, D.C.-based venture capital firm.
Bohigian received his law degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a journalism degree from Washington & Lee University.
Amit Bouri is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of the Global Impact Investing Network (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.
After beginning her career working with small-scale farmers as a pioneer in the organic foods industry, Bená Burda co-founded Maggie's Organics. Maggie's Organics is the country’s oldest existing organic apparel brand, and was founded in 1992 to "save acres of cotton from the ravages of conventional cultivation.” By 1999, after realizing that environmental sustainability cannot exist without social responsibility, she began creating worker-owned cooperatives and developing transparent independent supply chains to manufacture Maggie’s apparel. Burda currently works with small-scale producers in India, Peru, and the US. In addition to the many awards and accolades received by Maggie’s, Burda herself has received the prestigious Special Pioneer Award from the Organic Industry, and was voted one of the “25 people who most influenced the Organics Industry.”
Sr. Eneless Chimbali is the Secretary General for the Association of Consecrated Women in Eastern and Central Africa (ACWECA), which strives to promote the dignity of women religious and the vitality of religious and human life in Eastern and Central Africa. Sr. Eneless is from Malawi and is a member of the Servants of the Blessed Virgin Mary Sisters (SBVM), a locally founded congregation. She holds a BSc in Business Information Technology, a Diploma in Business Management and Organization, and a Certificate in Pastoral Biblical Ministry. Sr. Eneless has 15 years of experience in project management and administration.
Currently, ACWECA is implementing its 2017-2022 Strategic Plan, which strives to achieve goals in four major thematic areas. In the area of Formation and Mission, ACWECA aims to realize the goal of “adequately prepared and strategically deployed consecrated women witnessing to Christ in the ACWECA Region. In Family and Youth, ACWECA would like to see a rejuvenated effort in the area of family ministry and has a goal of “positioning religious women in its region on the fore front of effective family and youth ministry” as an avenue for evangelization. In “Justice, Peace, and Integrity for Creation (JPIC),” ACWECA seeks to pursue the goal of “strengthened involvement of religious women in JPIC.” Finally, in Organisation Development and Growth, ACWECA envisages the goal of an organizationally competent and adequately resourced association capable of sustainably delivering its mandate.
Ms. Chorengel is Senior Partner, Impact, at The Rise Fund and its Financial Services Sector Lead. The Rise Fund is committed to achieving social and environmental impact alongside competitive financial returns by partnering with creative entrepreneurs to build successful businesses that drive meaningful, measurable, positive change. Maya currently serves as a Director of Varo Money, Kiva, GloboKasNet, and Salish|Growth. She also serves on the Industry Advisory Council of the US National Advisory Boards on Impact Investing (NABs), the Advisory Board of the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative, and CASE i3 at Duke University. Maya has over 20 years of private equity, venture capital, and impact investing experience, including co-founding Elevar Equity, and she was Managing Director of the Dignity Fund. Maya earned an AB in Social Studies from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Sir Ronald Cohen is Chairman of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment and The Portland Trust. He is a Co-Founder and Director of Social Finance UK, US, and Israel, and Co-Founder and Chair of Bridges Fund Management and Big Society Capital. For nearly two decades, Sir Ronald’s pioneering initiatives in driving impact investment have catalyzed a number of global efforts, each focused on driving private capital to serve social and environmental good. These efforts are leading the global impact investment movement towards an Impact Revolution.
Sir Ronald chaired the Social Impact Investment Taskforce established under the UK’s presidency of the G8 (2013-2015), the Social Investment Task Force (2000-2010), and the Commission on Unclaimed Assets (2005-2007) and today continues to serve on a variety of boards. In 2012, he received the Rockefeller Foundation’s Innovation Award for innovation in social finance. Sir Ronald is a graduate of Oxford University, where he was President of the Oxford Union and serves as an Honorary Fellow of Exeter College. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School to which he was awarded a Henry Fellowship. In 2007, Sir Ronald published The Second Bounce of the Ball – Turning Risk into Opportunity and today is authoring a book on the “Impact Revolution.”
Beth Collins, Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) Managing Director of Impact Investing, has a 30-year executive leadership career with global experience spanning corporate 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 NY-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 an article on President Clinton in Fortune Magazine’s “The Power of Philanthropy.” Upon returning to the US, Beth joined the Clinton Foundation management team, leading new strategic initiatives including the Clinton Global Initiative’s $100m 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 Feisal of Jordan’s Generations for Peace, and the USC School of Film & Television. Beth holds a BA in International Studies from Miami University and an MBA in Finance from NYU.
Tim Cross is the founding President of YouthBuild International (YBI). He joined YouthBuild USA in 1996, holding several positions including Vice President of Field Services, overseeing the national domestic field operation, and then served as YouthBuild USA’s Chief Operating Officer for three years before launching YouthBuild International.
In YouthBuild programs, out of school and unemployed young people, ages 16-25, acquire basic education, job readiness, technical training, and leadership skills while building permanent community assets such as housing, community centers, schools, playgrounds, and ‘green’ infrastructure. YouthBuild was established in the United States 40 years ago and has expanded to 360 program sites in 45 US states and 23 countries, enrolling 16,000 young people each year. YBI in-country partners include NGOs, global development institutions, governments, bi- and multilateral donor organizations, and private sector companies. These partners are working in industrialized nations, emerging economies, and developing countries. YouthBuild manages global partnerships with firms, including Prudential, Starbucks, JP Morgan Chase, and Saint Gobain and over the last ten years has grown its partnership with Catholic Relief Services from one country to eight, on two continents.
Sister Patricia Daly, OP is a Dominican Sister of Caldwell, NJ and has worked in corporate responsibility and socially responsible investing for over 40 years. Together with her colleagues at the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), Pat has invited companies to address issues of human rights, labor, ecological concerns, equality, and international debt and capital flows and has played a role in positioning the agenda of global warming into the priorities of corporate America. Pat was recently named to Jana Partner’s Advisory Board as they introduced their socially responsible hedge fund. Pat serves on the Advisory Board of Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, the climate science arm of Columbia University’s Earth Institute. She is the proud recipient of the 2009 Individual Achievement Award from Business Ethics Network, the 2014 Joan Bavaria Award presented by Ceres and Trillium Asset Management, the 2017 Legacy Award presented by ICCR, and holds honorary doctorates from William Paterson University and Duquesne University.
Béatrice has extensive experience in investment banking and business development, acquired in Tier-1 investment banks. She has held leadership roles at companies that ranged in size from an asset management start-up to Deutsche Bank, where she was a Managing Director. She was the CEO of a large not-for-profit manufacturing company in Belgium that creates job opportunities for workers with disabilities. She has a Commercial Engineering degree from Université Libre de Bruxelles and has received microfinance training from the Grameen Bank.
Pat Dinneen is a Senior Advisor at the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA) and Chair of its Impact Investing Council. Before joining EMPEA in early 2014, she spent over nine 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 emerging markets 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 US White House. Dr. Dinneen holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (BA), London School of Economics (MSc) and MIT (PhD). She is involved in multiple philanthropic, entrepreneurial, and impact investing initiatives. She serves as Chair of the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Impact Investment Funds Committee, Steering Committee Member of the Catholic Impact Investing Collaborative, and Chair of the annual Social Justice Convocation for the Archdiocese of Boston. Dr. Dinneen has also served on the CRS Board since 2015.
Ellen Dorsey is Executive Director of the Wallace Global Fund (WGF), a private foundation focused on progressive social change in the fields of environment, democracy, human rights, and corporate accountability. Under her leadership, the Fund is recognized globally for creative philanthropic strategies and mission-related investing. WGF’s model deploys finance as a tool for social change, alongside traditional grant making, to achieve higher impact. Dorsey was awarded the 2016 inaugural Nelson Mandela - Graca Machel Brave Philanthropy Award for launching Divest-Invest Philanthropy, a coalition of over 170 foundations committed to aligning investments and grants to address the climate crises and accelerate the clean energy transition. She is also a founder of Shine, a global campaign committed to ending energy poverty by scaling access to distributed, renewable, and affordable energy for over a billion people who lack it today.
Dr. Dorsey came to Wallace Global Fund from a series of academic, philanthropic, and nonprofit leadership positions in the human rights and environmental fields, including serving as Executive Director at the Rachel Carson Institute, Director of the Human Rights and Environment program at Amnesty International, and Senior Program Officer in the Heinz Endowment’s Environment Program. Additionally, she has served on the board of numerous nonprofit organizations promoting human rights and sustainable development, including Greenpeace USA, the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the United States Human Rights Network, and Amnesty International USA, where she served as board chair.
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 served on the faculty of several universities, teaching human rights and environmental sustainability. Dorsey has written extensively on effective strategies of non-governmental organizations and social movements and is co-author of New Rights Advocacy: Changing Strategies of Development and Human Rights NGOs, Georgetown University Press.
Jeri is a Partner and the Global Practice Head of The Bridgespan Group, a strategic advisory firm that collaborates with impact investors, philanthropists, and NGOs to break cycles of poverty and injustice. She has held leadership positions in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors and serves on the board of Catholic Relief Services (CRS).
Jeri initiated Bridgespan’s Global Practice in 2008 and the firm’s expansion to India in 2012. Her work at Bridgespan includes precedent-setting projects with Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Women in 60 countries, the Ford Foundation’s $1 billion BUILD program, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change, Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives, and the United Nations Foundation.
Prior to Bridgespan, she served as a senior official in the US government as a White House Fellow and Associate Deputy Secretary of Labor, overseeing line agencies with a combined annual budget of $28 billion and leading policy initiatives at the Cabinet level. Jeri began her career at the Boston Consulting Group.
An active Catholic, she is a St. Vincent College trustee, long-time lector, and student of theology and spirituality. Married to Charlie Queenan, a biotech CEO and founder, she has four grown children. Jeri graduated summa cum laude from UCLA and received her MBA from Harvard Business School.
Rev. Séamus Finn, OMI has directed the US Oblate Justice, Peace, and Integrity for Creation (JPIC) Office since its inception and has been active in JPIC ministry at various levels for over 25 years. He represents the Missionary Oblates on the board of directors of a number of organizations supported by the Oblates both in the US and internationally. Visiting many of the places where Oblates work, Séamus has tried to explore ways in which the office can be supportive of their efforts through addressing public policy issues and public officials and through the work of the office with corporations. He is a leader in faith-based socially responsible investing and is active with the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR). Séamus served in parish ministry in Brattleboro VT, Puerto Rico, Miami, FL and Lowell, MA. He completed his doctorate at Boston University School of Theology in 1991.
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is the first World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General to have been elected from multiple candidates by the World Health Assembly and is the first person from the WHO African Region to serve as WHO's chief technical and administrative officer.
Prior to his election as WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros served as Ethiopia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2012-2016. In this role he led efforts to negotiate the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, in which 193 countries committed to the financing necessary to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Dr. Tedros served as Ethiopia’s Minister of Health from 2005-2012, where he led a comprehensive reform of the country’s health system. All roads lead to universal health coverage for Dr. Tedros, and he has demonstrated what it takes to expand access to health care with limited resources. The transformation he led as Ethiopia’s Minister of Health improved access to health care for millions of people. Under his leadership Ethiopia invested in critical health infrastructure, expanded its health workforce, and developed innovative health financing mechanisms.
Beyond Ethiopia, Dr. Tedros’ global leadership on malaria, HIV/AIDS, and maternal and child health has been immensely impactful. He was elected as Chair of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Board in 2009, and he previously served as Chair of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership Board and Co-Chair of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Board. Throughout his career Dr. Tedros has published numerous articles in prominent scientific journals and received awards and recognition from across the globe. He received the Decoration of the Order of Serbian Flag in 2016, and was awarded the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award in recognition of his contributions to the field of public health in 2011. Born in the city of Asmara, Eritrea, Dr. Tedros holds a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Community Health from the University of Nottingham and a Master of Science (MSc) in Immunology of Infectious diseases from the University of London. Dr. Tedros is globally recognised as a health scholar, researcher, and diplomat with first-hand experience in research, operations, and leadership in emergency responses to epidemics.
With over 15 years of private client experience, Tom has worked with over 900 families and businesses on their philanthropy and impact investing strategies. An articulate communicator, Tom passionately believes that in addition to supporting arts and culture, philanthropy at its best can help catalyze solutions to some of the world's most pressing social and environmental problems by building partnerships with other philanthropists, leading academic institutions, effective service delivery organizations, and governments around the world.
Prior to joining UBS, Tom worked in philanthropy, working in health, microfinance, education, and disability sectors for nonprofits and charities. He pioneered a number of innovative social investment structures in the UK, including the first charity bond and the UK's first Social Investment Tax Relief fund. He is a politics graduate from Exeter University and has professional qualifications in financial planning and marketing.
Paul Hicks is the Chief of Party for the Landscapes and Water Restoration Program for Catholic Relief Services (CRS), based in San Salvador. Paul led the design and roll-out of Azure, a social enterprise development model supported by impact investors. Azure is designed to expand and improve water services for people living in urban and rural communities of El Salvador, with plans to expand to other developing countries. Paul has over 20 years experience managing projects in water supply, source water protection, and sustainable agriculture. He has a Masters of Science from the University of California, Davis. Paul began working with CRS in 1999 and has spent his career living and working in Albania, the Philippines, Afghanistan, and El Salvador. His professional goal is to contribute to a world where all people have access to safe and affordable water and to protect and restore water resources for future generations.
Jeremy Hockenstein is Co-Founder and CEO of Digital Divide Data (DDD), an award-winning social enterprise. Based in Southeast Asia, DDD provides socially responsible IT outsourcing services to clients world-wide while creating jobs and better futures for disadvantaged youth in those countries. For its business success and remarkable social impact, DDD and Jeremy have been recognized with the prestigious Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship as well as awards from the World Bank Development Marketplace, the IFC Grassroots Business Initiative, and the Global Knowledge Partnership. Among other media acclaim, Jeremy and DDD were profiled in Thomas Friedman's The World is Flat as his "favorite example" of a social entrepreneur's initiative. Prior to DDD, Jeremy worked as a Management Consultant with McKinsey & Company and as an international nonprofit consultant. He graduated from Harvard with a BA in Economics and earned an MBA from MIT's Sloan School of Management.
Dale Hunt is the Managing Director of Private Equity. She has oversight of the private equity portfolios, which includes manager selection and ongoing portfolio management. She has 40 years of investment industry experience.
Prior to joining Ascension Investment Management in 2010, Ms. 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.
Ms. 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. She spent a number of years living in Brussels, Belgium, and Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, and attended schools in the United Kingdom and Spain.
Tomás is the founding Executive Director of the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM), an international network of 700 Catholic organizations that serves the Church to turn the Laudato Si message into action. Before that, Tomás was a Fulbright Scholar at the Harvard Kennedy School. He served in the UN Climate Change Secretariat, worked with Google in Latin America and Southeast Asia, and co-founded a faith-based nonprofit doing social justice work in the slums of Buenos Aires. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University and an undergraduate degree from Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Argentina. He grew up in Buenos Aires, where he had his spiritual home with the OFM Franciscan friars.
Sean Jones serves as the Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator in the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Bureau for Food Security, which leads the US Government’s Feed the Future initiative. In this role, he oversees the strategic direction and implementation of Feed the Future programs in the field and the bureau’s efforts to engage and build partnerships with the private sector. Prior to joining BFS, he served as the Deputy Coordinator for Power Africa.
As a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Sean has also held various leadership positions throughout USAID. In Mexico, Sean served as Mission Director, where he focused programming on public-private partnerships, justice reform, anticorruption, and citizen security. In Yemen, he led the Mission’s technical program, designing and initiating a stabilization strategy that integrated health, education, economic reform, governance, and rapid response investments to help strengthen formal and informal governance structures. In Colombia, Sean oversaw the whole-of-government alternative development program that yielded significant gains in control over ungoverned territories and growth in agriculture reconstruction programs. In Iraq, he directed the Agency’s economic growth and agriculture reconstruction program. In Jordan, he managed new program designs, economic policy, and youth engagement initiatives. Sean began his USAID career as a Presidential Management Fellow, working on project finance and the creation of the Millennium Challenge Corporation.
Before joining USAID, Sean was a strategic consultant, trade analyst, and business operations specialist in the United States and in China. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Michigan.
Sister Carol Keehan, DC is the ninth President and CEO of the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA USA). She is responsible for all association operations and leads staff at its offices in Washington, DC and St. Louis, Missouri. Sr. Carol earned a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from St. Joseph's College, Emmitsburg, MD, graduating magna cum laude, a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina, and has received honorary doctorates from eight universities.
Sr. Carol worked in administrative and governance positions at hospitals sponsored by the Daughters of Charity and health care, insurance, and educational organizations for more than 35 years. In addition, she has been a member of several health, labor, and domestic policy committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and serves on the finance committee of the Archdiocese of Washington. In 2014, she was elected as a member of the National Academy of Medicine, which advises the nation and international community on issues of vital importance to public health. Currently, she serves on the board of Georgetown University, St. John’s University, and Catholic Charities USA.
Her numerous awards and honors include: the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (Cross for the Church and Pontiff), bestowed by Pope Benedict XVI; the Seton Legacy of Charity Medal; and the Friend of Children Award from Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC. In 2010, Sr. Carol was named one of TIME magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World," and she has been on Modern Healthcare's list of "100 Most Influential People in Healthcare" for several years, having topped the list as number one in 2007. In 2013, Sr. Carol was an Opus Prize finalist for solving a persistent social problem — the lack of affordable health care.
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 280+ members have operations in more than 150 emerging market countries.
As founding Executive Director of ANDE, Randall oversees the implementation of ANDE’s extensive program and advocacy agenda, including training programs for investing in emerging-market entrepreneurs, promoting investment opportunities in emerging market SGBs, and developing standardized financial, social, and environmental metrics for impact investment.
Randall has more than 20 years of experience in the field of national and international economic development. Most recently, he served as Vice President for 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 advises regions and nations on how to create competitive advantage. Fluent in English and Spanish, he is a frequent author and speaker on entrepreneurship-based economic development strategies. His work has appeared in Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Innovations Journal, and Stanford Social Innovation Review. Randall graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with an MBA and a Master of Public Affairs. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Government from Harvard College.
Dr. Charly Kleissner is an impact investor. He 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 and environmental impact. He argues that Modern Portfolio Theory has to be re-conceptualized 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.
Dr. Kleissner co-founded KL Felicitas Foundation (www.klfelicitasfoundation.org) and Social-Impact International (www.social-impact.org), which helps social entrepreneurs worldwide to accelerate and increase their impact. KL Felicitas Foundation recently demonstrated that impact investors can construct a 100% Impact Portfolio and achieve competitive financial returns. Dr. Kleissner co-founded Toniic (www.toniic.com) and the ‘100% Impact Network’, global networks for impact investors.
Dr. Kleissner is Chairman of the Board at ImpactAssets (www.impactassets.org) and serves on the Advisory Board of the Global Hub Company (http://www.impacthub.net) and the Fund Advisory Board of Chi Impact Capital (www.chi-impact.com). Dr. Kleissner has over 20 years of experience as a senior technology executive in Silicon Valley companies like NeXT and Ariba. Dr. Kleissner earned his MS and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Technology, Vienna.
John Kluge is the Founder and Managing Director of the Refugee Investment Network, the first network of private sector investors and funders dedicated to supporting refugee and host community businesses, entrepreneurs, and livelihoods while working to achieve positive financial returns. He is also Co-Founder and Managing Partner of the Alight Fund, an investment and financing company for displaced entrepreneurs. Previously, he co-founded Eirene, a multi-family-office impact investing fund, and Toilet Hackers, a social enterprise dedicated to scaling access to dignified sanitation for the 2.5 billion people without a toilet.
Mr. Kluge currently serves as a Trustee of Babson College, as a member of the Center for Strategic International Studies' Taskforce on Global Forced Migration, as a Director of the Fonderie 47 Foundation, as the Co-Chair of the Virginia Policy Entrepreneurship Lab, and as a member of the Human Rights Commission of Charlottesville. He is the co-author of the book Charity & Philanthropy for Dummies (Wylie, 2013), the author of John Kluge: Stories (Columbia University Press, 2008), and has written about the intersection of business and social impact for Forbes and Conscious Company Magazine. Mr. Kluge holds a BA from Columbia University and an MBA from the Babson F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business.
For the past several years, John has been Director of Impact Capital at Santa Clara’s Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship and has also been a mentor to social entrepreneurs at the Global Social Benefit Institute accelerator. In 2011, he authored a report on impact investing entitled “Coordinating Impact Capital: a New Approach to Investing in Small and Growing Businesses,” co-authored a chapter on equity investing in New Frontiers of Philanthropy (Oxford Press, 2014), and recently published a study on "Total Portfolio Activation" for Impact (Miller Center, 2016). He is now pioneering a new investment vehicle – the Variable Payment Obligation – that presents investors with a ‘structured exit’ alternative to equity. In addition, he is Co-Founder of Toniic, a syndication network of impact investors. John manages investments through Redleaf Venture Management, a venture capital operating company founded in 1993. John's earlier background 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. John serves as a board member at PACT, an NGO based in Washington, D.C., and for PACT’s microfinance company in Myanmar.
Thane Kreiner, PhD, is Executive Director of Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University. Miller Center accelerates entrepreneurship to end global poverty and protect the planet, with a focus on the intersection of women’s economic empowerment and climate resilience. Through its Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI®) accelerator programs, Miller Center has accompanied over 900 social enterprises in 65 countries, which have collectively impacted the lives of over 267 million people worldwide and raised more than $660 million in capital to scale their impact.
Before joining Miller Center in 2010, Thane was: Founder, President, and CEO of Second Genome, a microbiome analysis company; Founder, President, and CEO of Presage Biosciences, Inc., focused on bringing better cancer drugs to market; and start-up President and CEO of iPierian (formerly iZumi Bio, Inc.), a regenerative medicine venture acquired in 2014 by Bristol-Myers Squibb. Thane spent 14 years at Affymetrix, Inc., the DNA chip industry pioneer. Thane earned his PhD in Neurosciences from Stanford University School of Medicine and his MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Radha Kuppalli is Executive Director, Investor Services and leads New Forests’ Investor Services business unit. Her oversight includes: product development and communication of New Forests' investment strategies in the institutional investment market; integration of responsible investment and ESG innovations into investment strategy; client relations and funds marketing; brand stewardship and thought leadership to place New Forests as a leading investment manager in the forestry sector; and institutional investment and forestry markets research. She is a member of the company’s Executive Committee and is a member of various investment committees. Radha has been with New Forests since 2006. Her 20-year career has been focused on driving capital markets toward investing in climate change solutions and sustainable development. Radha has a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Economic Theory from American University in Washington, D.C. and an MBA and master’s degree in Environmental Management from Yale University’s School of Management and School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, respectively. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Business and Environment at Yale University and is an associate of the Yale World Fellows Program. She is also an alumna of the Junior Fellows Program of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Christine Mahoney is a Professor of Public Policy and Politics at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and Director of Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Virginia (UVA). She studies social justice advocacy, activism, and direct action through social entrepreneurship. Her first book Brussels vs. the Beltway (Georgetown University Press) explored how advocates shape public policy in two of the most powerful political systems on the planet: the US and the EU. She conducted fieldwork in seven conflict zones in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Latin America for her second book, Failure and Hope: Fighting for the Rights of the Forcibly Displaced (Cambridge University Press). The book argues we need to advance social entrepreneurship for the 65 million people displaced by violent conflict worldwide. To help foster innovative solutions to social problems, she launched and leads Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Virginia. She was previously an Assistant Professor at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University and the Director of the Center for European Studies and the Maxwell EU Center. She has been a Fulbright Fellow, Visiting Scholar at Oxford, a National Science Foundation grant recipient, and recipient of the Emerging Scholar award from the American Political Science Association.
His Excellency, Paul Kariuki Njiru, Bishop of Embu was born in 1963. In 1993, he was ordained a priest, and in 2009, he was ordained as the third Bishop of Embu, Kenya. His Episcopate motto is, “I am the good shepherd for you and for all.” Prior to being a bishop, Njiru was a lecturer and an acting rector of Christ the King Major Seminary in Nyeri. He is the former Chairman of the Catholic Health Commission of Kenya through the Kenyan Conference of Catholic Bishops, appointed in 2012. In April of this year, he became the Chairman of the Commission for Education and Religious Education. Bishop Kariuki holds a baccalaureate, licentiate, and doctorate in sacred theology.
Abigail Noble is CEO and President of The ImPact, a nonprofit network of families who commit to make more impact investments, more effectively. Prior, Abigail was Head of Impact Investing Initiatives at the World Economic Forum and Head of Africa and Latin America for The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. She is a graduate of Harvard and Tufts, was a Fulbright Scholar in Uruguay, a World Economic Forum Global Leadership Fellow, and is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Mezuo has a 22-year career in a broad spectrum of finance related roles in private equity, investment banking, and corporate finance. Over the past eight years, Mezuo has worked extensively within the agribusiness sector in West Africa and across a broad range of crop value chains.
Mezuo started his career with the Corporate Finance team of the Sabre Group in Dallas in 1995, and then worked in J.P. Morgan & Co’s Mergers and Acquisitions group in New York. He was previously a Partner at AFIG Funds, a private equity firm covering 28 countries in West and Central Africa, and has also worked in leadership positions at SecTrust (now Afrinvest), Ocean & Oil Holdings, and MTS First Wireless. He resigned from AFIG to co-found Sahel Capital in 2010. He is also the Co-Founder and Chairman of AACE Foods, an agro-processing company based in Ogun State, Nigeria, is on the Editorial Advisory Board of BusinessDay Newspapers, and on the boards of L&Z Integrated Farms and Crest Agro Products Ltd.
Mezuo holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from Harvard Business School, and received a BSc in Industrial Management, with a minor in Information Systems, from Carnegie Mellon University. He is a 2007 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellow and a 2015 Eisenhower Fellow.
Sahel Capital is a leading private equity firm focused exclusively on the agribusiness sector. Sahel Capital is also the fund manager for the Fund for Agricultural Finance in Nigeria (FAFIN), a $66 million private equity fund focused on SME agribusiness opportunities in Nigeria.
Kennedy is a career banker with over 15 years of banking experience. He joined PharmAccess in December 2016 under the Medical Credit Fund, which was set up in 2009 as a means of bridging the gap between African private health care providers and financial institutions by leveraging the perceived credit risk involved in lending to the health sector.
His current duties include: participating in the underwriting process for all loans in Kenya under the Medical Credit Fund; supervision, training and guidance of business analysts and business technical partners; acting as main liaison with partner banks; supervision of the Medical Credit Fund portfolio with partner banks; and relationship management of the large private health care providers in East Africa, in liaison with respective country teams.
Prior to this, he worked in several banks in different capacities from the level of Business Relationship Officer to Branch Manager (Sidian, Equity, United Bank of Africa, Chase, and Bank of Africa). He has vast experience in management, banking, portfolio management, micro finance, retail and SME lending, loan recovery, and credit risk analysis.
Tracy Palandjian is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Social Finance US, a nonprofit organization which is leading the development of Pay for Success financing and Social Impact Bonds, an innovative public-private partnership that mobilizes capital to drive social progress. Prior to co-founding Social Finance US in 2011, Tracy was a Managing Director at The Parthenon Group and also worked at Wellington Management Co. and McKinsey & Co.
Tracy is a frequent speaker and writer on impact investing, social innovation, and results-oriented policy making. She is Vice Chair of the US Impact Investing Alliance to the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment. She is a Trustee at the Surdna Foundation (where she chairs the Investment Committee) and a Director of Affiliated Managers Group (NYSE: AMG). She also serves on the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Community Development Advisory Council. A former Vice Chair of the Harvard Board of Overseers, Tracy continues to serve on several Standing and Visiting Committees at Harvard University.
A native of Hong Kong, Tracy is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin. She graduated from Harvard College magna cum laude with a BA in Economics and holds an MBA with high distinction from Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar.
Bryan J. Pini, CFA, is the President and Chief Investment Officer of Mercy Investment Services, the asset management program for the Sisters of Mercy and its ministries. Mercy Investment Services works for systemic change in the areas of non-violence, racism, environment, concern for women, and immigration through socially responsible investing. The organization’s multifaceted approach includes corporate engagement, proxy voting, portfolio screening, and impact and community investments, maximizing its effect on the community, nation, and world.
Prior to joining Mercy Investment Services in 2007, Bryan was the Treasurer and Chief Investment Officer of Saint Louis University. Previously, he served as the Director of Finance and Administration for the Jewish Federation of St. Louis and the Director of Treasury services for Sisters of Mercy Health System. Bryan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Bradley University and a Master of Business Administration degree in finance from Washington University. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of numerous professional and community organizations.
Lev Plaves is Kiva’s Senior Portfolio Manager for the Middle East. Kiva, the leading microfinance crowdfunding platform in the world, has facilitated over $60 million in loans to individuals throughout the Middle East over the last ten years. Lev is responsible for growing and managing Kiva’s investments in the region with the goal of maximizing the impact of Kiva lenders’ funds.
Lev is an expert in providing financial services to displaced populations and is specifically focused on Kiva’s work with refugees. In 2017, Lev spearheaded the launch of Kiva’s World Refugee Fund. The Fund is a pioneering initiative to combine individual contributions through Kiva’s crowdfunding platform with private sector capital in order to provide loans to refugee entrepreneurs around the world.
Jenn started off in the Peace Corps working in Africa. From there, she set off to work for 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.
Calvert Impact Capital exists to show that capital, used in innovative and collaborative ways, can create a more equitable and sustainable world. A nonprofit investment firm, Calvert Impact Capital works with investors to get capital into communities that mainstream capital markets overlook or do not serve adequately.
For more than 20 years, they have been building the infrastructure, networks, and relationships to invest nearly $2 billion in private capital into communities in the US and roughly 100 countries around the world. Individuals and institutions invest through Calvert Impact Capital’s Community Investment Note, a retail fixed-income security and syndication service. In 2016, the entities in Calvert Impact Capital’s portfolio made roughly 5 million investments through which they deployed approximately $7.6 billion to individuals and organizations working to create a better world.
Vineet Rai is the Founder of Aavishkaar-Intellecap Group. Considered a pioneer in the impact investment space, Vineet’s philosophy has been to build the entire ecosystem for impact investing. In line with his vision, today the Group comprises Aavishkaar – the ground breaking impact investment fund manager, Arohan – a microfinance institution, IntelleGrow – a venture debt company, and IntelleCap – the global impact ecosystem builder. The Group also manages Sankalp – the foremost global platform for engagement around impact investing.
The Group manages assets worth $650 million and meets the funding needs of all entrepreneurs, providing capital from $15 to $150 million. The Group has also played a pivotal role in building the ecosystem around impact investing in India and now across Southeast Asia and Africa.
Vineet has received numerous awards, including Impact Investor of the Year by News Corp for 2016, Porter Prize for Strategic Leadership 2016, CNBC TV 18 Award for being the Catalyst Fund for India 2016, G 20 – SME Innovation in Finance Finance Award 2010 in Seoul, UNDP-IBLF –ICC World Business Award in 2005, and Lemelson Award for Social Venture Investing, to name a few. Vineet was recently featured on the cover of Forbes India January 2018 issue.
Michael is Managing Partner of Social Investment Managers and Advisors (SIMA Funds), providing institutional investors, pensions, development banks, and foundations with exposure to the growing off-grid solar sector. Off-grid solar reduces CO2 emissions and provides clean electricity to low income people in underserved areas.
Previously, Michael was with Deutsche Bank for 13 years, where his team launched five microfinance and impact investment funds working in over 35 countries. At Moody’s Corporation, he developed some of the first commercially used social and environmental ratings. Michael’s interest in impact investing originated with Jesuit Refugee Service, where he established medical, food, and microfinance programs serving 70,000+ Burmese refugees in remote camps.
Michael is a board member of the FADICA association of Catholic foundations, Deutsche Bank’s Stichting Social Investment, the Gregorian University Foundation, the Microlumbia Fund, and other nonprofits. He co-founded Jamaica’s first independent microfinance institution. He has an MBA from Columbia Business School, a JD from Mitchell Hamline School of Law, and an AB from the University of Notre Dame.
Ommeed Sathe is a Vice President and head of the Impact Investment unit in the Office of Corporate Social Responsibility at Prudential, where he oversees all underwriting, origination, pipeline development, and portfolio management activities for the group. The Impact Investment unit manages a portfolio of over $700 million in investments and Prudential recently committed to grow its impact investing portfolio to $1 billion by 2020. The group typically originates between $200 million and $250 million in transactions annually and invests in a wide range of assets and strategies that produce both financial and social returns.
Before joining Prudential in June 2011, Mr. Sathe was Director of Real Estate Development for the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA), a quasi-public entity that alleviates blight, redevelops residential and commercial properties, and implements crucial public projects in New Orleans. At NORA, he spearheaded the revitalization of historic commercial corridors, like Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, and redeveloped over 1,000 properties. Previously, he was a real estate and land use attorney with Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson in New York City.
Mr. Sathe has undergraduate degrees in Neuroscience and Urban Planning from Columbia University, a Master’s degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a JD from Harvard Law School. Mr. Sathe serves on the boards of the Military Park Partnership, B-Lab, Nonprofit Finance Fund, and The Community Development Trust. Mr. Sathe has been on the Company’s Board since 2014 and his present term expires in 2018.
Debra Schwartz is Managing Director, Impact Investments and serves on the Executive Leadership Team of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation – a private, global philanthropy with approximately $6 billion in assets and annual grantmaking of roughly $250 million. A pioneer in impact investing, MacArthur has dedicated $500 million of its assets to this purpose. Debra’s group serves as a Foundation-wide resource and engages deeply with selected program teams to devise impact investments that advance key goals. Her group also makes investments and grants that advance innovation, knowledge, and connection throughout the impact investment ecosystem, with a focus on fostering the use of catalytic capital. Debra joined MacArthur in 1995, having previously worked as an investment banker at John Nuveen & Co. and as CFO for a nonprofit child welfare agency. A frequent speaker and guest lecturer, Debra was a presidential appointee to the United States Treasury Department Community Development Advisory Board and a Founder of the Mission Investors Exchange. She holds a Master’s degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor's degree from Yale College, summa cum laude.
Jean-Michel Severino succeeded Patrice Hoppenot in May 2011 as CEO of Investisseurs & Partenaires (I&P), an impact investing group dedicated to promoting small and medium-sized enterprises and microfinance institutions in Africa. Before joining I&P, Mr. Severino served as Vice-President for Asia at the World Bank (1997-2001) and as CEO of the French Development Agency (2001-2010). Mr. Severino chairs the board of Ecobank International. He serves as Chair of the Audit Committee for Danone’s board and is a member of its Corporate Social Responsibility Committee. He is also a member of the board of Orange. Mr. Severino graduated from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris and Sorbonne University (degree in law). He then entered the Institut d’Etudes Politiques and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration, from which he graduated in 1984.
Investisseurs & Partenaires is a group of impact funds fully dedicated to the African continent. Created in 2002 by Patrice Hoppenot, and managed by Jean-Michel Severino since 2011, I&P is a pioneer in the impact investing field in Africa. With €125 million under management, I&P has invested in more than 80 small and medium-sized companies across 15 African countries, mostly in Francophone Africa. I&P brings long-term finance (equity stakes ranging from €30k to €3 million) as well as strategic, managerial, and technical support to its investees. I&P strives to maximize the economic, social, and environmental impacts of its partners and aims to actively contribute to the African development. I&P’s team consists of 40 people based in Paris and in six African offices (Senegal, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Cameroon, and Madagascar), and in five African investment funds (Sinergi Niger, Sinergi Burkina, Teranga Capital, Comoé Capital, and Miarakap).
John A. Simon is a Founder and Managing Partner of Total Impact Capital, an impact investing firm that works with partners to structure, market, and manage financing vehicles focused on scaling high impact interventions. The firm has partners in Washington, New York, San Francisco, and Geneva and focuses on health, education, rural development, and the environment. He is also the Vice Chair of the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Malaria, and Tuberculosis and a Senior Advisor to the Medical Credit Fund, which provides debt financing to health enterprises in Africa.
Prior to starting Total Impact Capital, Ambassador Simon 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, Ambassador Simon held a variety of posts in the US federal government, including serving most recently as the United States Ambassador to the African Union and the Executive Vice President of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). At OPIC, Ambassador Simon championed the Agency’s involvement in the social impact investment marketplace, spearheading efforts to finance affordable housing, small and medium businesses, and renewable energy. Ambassador Simon led the Agency’s effort to develop a series of social development funds for Africa, which resulted in the creation of four private equity funds focused on achieving extraordinary social results as well as strong financial performance.
Ambassador Simon also served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Relief, Stabilization, and Development for the National Security Council (NSC) at the White House, the first to hold this post. During his tenure at the NSC, Ambassador Simon oversaw the implementation of groundbreaking development initiatives, including the Millennium Challenge Account, the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative, and the President's Malaria Initiative. He was also responsible for the US government response to international humanitarian disasters, such as the 2005 South Asia Earthquake. From 2002 to 2003, Ambassador Simon was Deputy Assistant Administrator at the United States Agency for International Development, overseeing the agency’s development information and evaluation units. Ambassador Simon received his Bachelor's degree from Princeton University and a Master's degree in Public Policy from Harvard University.
Laurie J. Spengler is President & CEO of Enclude (formerly ShoreBank International Ltd. and Triodos Facet), a global advisory firm and impact investment bank dedicated to building inclusive, sustainable, and prosperous local economies. The firm delivers integrated capacity solutions (consulting) and capital advisory services (investment banking) to financial institutions, business support organisations, private-sector companies, funders, and investors.
Ms. Spengler has 25+ years’ experience in strategy and transaction services, specifically capital raising, M&A, and private equity transactions where the purpose of the capital raised is linked to delivering positive impact. She has developed a particular expertise in designing, structuring, and launching investment vehicles that align different types of capital to allow operating enterprises, financial institutions, and various types of investors to generate positive social, environmental, and development outcomes while delivering appropriate financial returns.
Ms. Spengler is an active member of the impact investing and development finance communities. Among her active board engagements, she serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, the UK National Advisory Board on Impact Investing (part of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment established under auspices of the G8) and the CDC Group.
His Excellency, Lucius Ugorji was born in 1952. He was ordained as a priest in 1977, and he received his Doctorate in Moral Theology from the University of Münster, Germany in 1984. In 1990, he was ordained the Bishop of Umuahia, Nigeria. He started the Kolping Society of Nigeria, a faith-based NGO of the Catholic Church that promotes life-long faith, education, and social action. In 1993, he founded Umuchukwu Microfinance Bank Limited in Nigeria.
Bishop Ugorji was a member of International Anglican – Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission from 2001 to 2013. He currently serves the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria as Vice President, after serving as the Chairman of both the Church and Society Department and the Justice, Peace and Development Committee. Bishop Ugorji is also the Chairman of Caritas Nigeria and the President of the Justice, Peace and Development Commission of the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA). In February 2018, Bishop Ugorji was appointed the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Ahiara, Nigeria. In 2016, he participated in the “Second Vatican Conference on Impact Investing: Making the Year of Mercy a Year of Impact for the Poor” and the pre-conference workshop, entitled “Catholic Ministries and Social Impact Investing – An Introduction.” His motto is Caritas et Veritas (Charity and Truth).
Rekha is responsible for determining Nuveen's impact investment strategy across sectors, asset classes, and regions. She originates and underwrites new deals and manages impact investments to execute Nuveen’s commitment across thematic areas of Affordable Housing, Inclusive Finance, and Community & Economic Development. She also oversees a multi-asset class impact investing portfolio which includes private equity, private real estate, mortgages, and fund investments.
Prior to joining Nuveen in 2012, she worked for Bank of America Merrill Lynch as a Vice President in their Institutional Investment Group. She has also held various positions at Merrill Lynch in Institutional Investments and Investment Oversight and Risk Management. Rekha holds a BA in Economics from Yale University and an MBA with specializations in financial instruments and markets, and social innovation and impact from New York University’s Stern School of Business. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder, and a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®). Rekha is a board member of Aeris, a nonprofit organization that helps investors make and monitor mission investments, and she also serves on the advisory board of the Global Impact investing Network’s Institutional Investor Initiative.
Murali is Founder and CEO of PeopleShores, a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC), with a charter to transform aspiring Opportunity Youth in underserved communities in the US into knowledge professionals. PeopleShores employs these young adults on a full-time basis and imparts them with technical skills to deliver high quality technology and business process services to its corporate customers.
Murali is also the Founder and Director of RuralShores, a similar nationwide social initiative set up nine years ago in India with a vision to bring technology enabled jobs to the rural youth. RuralShores now has 18 centers spread across nine states employing 4000+ rural youth managing 80+ complex processes for 30+ reputed clients across four continents. Before moving back to India, Murali spent nearly 15 years in the US and five years in Asia Pacific serving large corporates including EDS (now HP). His last role at EDS was Managing Director for the Solutions Consulting Asia Practice, covering Greater China, Southeast Asia, and India.
His work at RuralShores and PeopleShores received several accolades and awards including the prestigious Edison Award for innovation, Wall Street Journal / Credit Suisse Award and Harvard-Oxford joint case study. Murali has dual master’s degrees in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics.
Rufus Whitley, OMI, currently serves as President and Chief Investment Officer of the Oblate International Pastoral (OIP) Investment Trust (www.oiptrust.org). The Trust provides investment management for the reserved and endowment funds of Roman Catholic sponsored institutions throughout the world including, but not limited to, dioceses, religious orders, ministries and schools.
The Trust invests in both the private and public markets. As part of its private market allocation, the Trust invests in both concessional and market rate impact investments. Faith consistent investment guidelines are applied to the identification of appropriate public and private market investments, as well as the inclusion of appropriate protections through the investment management and side letter agreements. The guidelines touch on key areas of concern including, but not limited to, life ethics, human rights, indigenous communities, climate change, military weapons, tobacco, supply chain, governance, and the environment.
Rufus has served in various capacities with the OIP from its inception in December 1990. In addition, he has served as Treasurer General (CFO) of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, overseeing the financial affairs of the order and its commitments in more than 65 countries. He has received graduate degrees in Economics, Educational Administration, and Theology. His terminal degree (JD) is from Stanford University.
Fr. Augusto is an Argentine Roman Catholic priest from the Diocese of San Isidro, Buenos Aires. He is currently working as Director of Development & Faith at the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development of the Vatican. Former theological adviser to CAFOD (UK), he is an Honorary Fellow at Durham University, Roehampton University, and Stellenbosch University. Trained as a lawyer and moral theologian in Argentina, he holds a Master’s in Wellbeing and Human Development (University of Bath, 2009-10), a PhD in Theology (Roehampton University, London 2010-2014), and has been a post-doctoral research fellow at Margaret Beaufort Institute, University of Cambridge (2013-2014). His area of research is social ethics. After studying the connection between international development economics – as informed by Amartya Sen’s capability approach – and Catholic Social Teaching, Fr. Augusto has conducted research on environmental ethics in the light of the Catholic tradition. He has also been a contributor to mainstream and Catholic media on matters pertaining to Pope Francis and Catholic Social Teaching and is an active participant in the different associations of theologians worldwide. Fr. Augusto had previously served as an assistant priest and chaplain in different parishes and institutions in Argentina, many of them located in the poorest neighborhoods of Greater Buenos Aires.