2010 Speakers

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John Rosser, Founder/Convener, Social Venture Capital/Social Enterprise Conference, Miami-2010/Sustainable Haiti Conference

John is Founder/Convener of Social Venture Capital/Social Enterprise Conference, Miami-2010 and Sustainable Haiti Conference. Rosser makes additional social investments and provides consulting through his company, DVK.

Rosser was Managing Director of the Sport/Media/Entertainment Division of investment bank Aspen Capital Partners as well as leading the Gasparilla International Film Festival (Tampa). Previously, Mr. Rosser was Executive Producer of ‘Origami with Leonor’, a children educational television program which has been broadcast in over 20 countries around the world and on PBS affiliates across the United States. The broadcast launched an children’s education video series still distributed throughout the US and Canada.

Over the past two decades, Rosser has consulted for more than a dozen children products and media companies, while having also negotiated over 20 separate purchase/investment deals in transportation, education, publishing and retail. Rosser has spent years as an investor/options trader. The first company he founded, the world’s largest international MBA job fair, was sold to the Washington Post in 1996.

Rosser has his Master in International Business Studies degree from the University of South Carolina, and is fluent in German, with moderate fluency in Spanish and French.

Proving that no obstacle has ever been too big from him, Rosser took on the Berlin Wall on November 9th, 1989 (Nightline video, seconds 5-9, right hand side)

Rosser at Berlin Wall


David Adams

David Adams, an award-winning, veteran reporter covering Latin America, has joined Page One Media, producers of PODER Enterprise magazines, with editions in the U.S. and Latin America. Adams has more than 25 years experience in print and online journalism, an served the last 15 years as the Miami-based Latin America correspondent for the St Petersburg Times, Florida’s largest newspaper. He is also a longtime contributor to The Economist magazine.

In 2002, Adams was awarded the Maria Moors Cabot Prize for outstanding reporting on Latin America and commitment to Inter-American understanding by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. In 1999, he won the Paul Hansell Distinguished Journalism Award, presented by the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors. He has also served as a director of the Inter-American Press Association, representing the U.S. on the Freedom of Press Committee.


Jose Francisco Aguirre | Project Manager, Compartamos con Colombia

Mr. Aguirre attended Andes University in Bogotá-Colombia, where he received an Industrial Engineering degree with an Organization Development and Finance minor. He works in Compartamos con Colombia since 2005, where he is now senior project manager. Compartamos con Colombia is a non-for-profit advisory and consulting firm which provides managerial know-how and consulting support to foundations and social projects in Colombia. Between 2006 and 2007, Mr. Aguirre obtained a Project Manager degree in La Sabana University in Bogotá.
During the period he has been working in Compartamos, he has managed capacity building advisory projects with more than 20 non-for-profit organizations and developed social responsibility and sustainability strategies for more than 5 of the most recognized companies in Colombia. He is the director of the social category of Ventures. Ventures is the biggest and most important business plan contest in Colombia. He was the project manager in the structuring process of the first impact investing Venture Capital Fund in Colombia, INVERSOR.

Somy Ali | Founder, No More Tears and So-Me Designs

Originally from Karachi, Pakistan, actress and model, Somy Ali moved to Bombay, India where she worked in 10 Hindi films and several commercials. She then moved to the United States to obtain a degree in psychology. She attended the Nova Southeastern University in Florida and in three years graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in psychology. While working on her bachelor’s degree Somy worked at a local radio station doing talk-shows on social and political issues, it was during this time that she became very interested in journalism and decided to attend the University of Miami to obtain a master’s degree in print journalism. During this time she developed an interest in documentary films and left Miami to attend the New York Film Academy. She then completed short films on Abortion, Domestic Violence, and Teenage suicide prior to graduating with a degree in film making, direction, scrip writing and editing in 2003. In 2004 she attended the Connecticut School of Broadcasting and obtained a degree in broadcast journalism. Somy’s first documentary film, “I can Survive,” aired at Senator Hilary Clinton’s benefit in Washington DC. The film focused on Pakistani rape victim, Mukhtaran Mai and her fight for justice.

Consequently today after a successful university career, Somy Ali has evolved into a US based human rights advocate and documentary filmmaker, who is both passionate about educating the public and working to help solve complex global issues. Somy has been involved with women’s rights issues in South Asia. She is working towards bringing the plight of rape and domestic violence victims to media’s attention. As the founder of both No More Tears and So-Me Designs, Somy Ali has raised awareness on immigrants being brought to the U.S. and abused physically, sexually and verbally. No More Tears has rescued 37 women since 2007 along with their children, all of who were abused physically, verbally and sexually.

Somy Ali’s clothing line, So-Me, is found in boutiques all over the U.S. which takes a stand against intolerance through the aid of fashion. As a Muslim woman, Somy decided to create fashion by combining controversial religious symbols and deeming them as “One.”


Cate Ambrose | President and Executive Director, Latin American Venture Capital Association (LAVCA)

Cate oversees research and programs on public policy and regulation, industry data, corporate governance and other areas at LAVCA, a non-profit dedicated to promoting the growth of the private equity and venture capital industry in Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to joining LAVCA, Ms. Ambrose was Chief of Advocacy for the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor, a United Nations initiative co-chaired by Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto and former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, where she directed research projects on business regulation and property rights in Mexico, Brazil, Guatemala, India, Kenya and Tanzania.

Until 2005, Ms. Ambrose was Executive Director of Programs at The Economist, where she founded The Global Agenda, a high-level panel of economists, policymakers and business leaders, and chaired conferences on finance, business strategy and public policy in the US and Latin America. These included annual roundtables with the Presidents of Mexico and Colombia. Ms. Ambrose holds an MPA in International Economic Policy from Columbia University, and received her B.A. in Latin American studies from St. Lawrence University and the University of Madrid.


Robert A. Annibale | Global Director, Citi Microfinance

Bob Annibale is Global Director of Citi Microfinance. He leads Citi’s commercial relationships with microfinance institutions, on a multi-business and multi-product basis, providing financing and product partnerships to institutions that serve the poor and the unbanked.

He joined Citibank in 1982. After a first assignment in Athens, he held a number of senior treasury, risk and corporate positions in Citigroup in Bahrain, Kenya, London and New York. Bob completed his BA degrees in History and Political Science at Vassar College and his Masters Degree in African Studies (History) at the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies.

Bob has served on a number of external boards and councils, including the Board of Advisors for the United Nations Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor. He is currently serving on the University of London, Institute of Commonwealth Studies and the University of Oxford’s, St. Anthony’s College (Centre for the Study of African Economies).

Bob also represents Citi on the Board of the Microfinance Information Exchange, the Council of Microfinance Equity Funds, the SEEP Network, the Microfinance Network and the Executive Committee of CGAP (World Bank).


Sergio Arango | Ashoka Fellow

Sergio Arango was elected as an Ashoka Fellow in 2008 for implementing sustainable productive alternatives for African Colombian and indigenoius communities with resources from the tropical rainforest in the Pacific Colombian region. He founded Fundacion Espave 12 years ago and is the current Director, developing a diverse portfolio of products from the rainforest. Working with communities he has developed systems of sustainable collection and then inserted these into productive value chains of participating organizations and businesses at the local, national and international levels.

In 2009 Sergio developed Naidí S.A., a business that produces and commercializes frozen açaí fruit pulp for export, whose shareholders include a non-profit organization, açaí pickers, and a private company.

Sergio has a degree in Zoological Technology from the National University of Colombia and and MBA from Universidad EAFIT. He has also worked with the Antioquian Indigenous Government and Organization in the development of productive projects for indigenous communities.


Eddie Argenal | CHF International

Eddie Argenal began his career in international development in his native country of Honduras , working on the national reconstruction post-Hurricane Mitch in 1998. As a civil engineer, he led various reconstruction programs focusing in the delivering water and sanitation, transitional and permanent shelter, and roads. In 2003, Mr. Argenal moved to Washington , DC and began work on his Masters of Science in Development Management at American University , where he focused on managerial economics and project planning and evaluation. In 2005, Mr. Argenal was awarded a fellowship to research for one year the participatory design of infrastructure projects in Honduras . After completing his research in 2006, Mr. Argenal started working for CHF International where he continues to design and lead shelter and infrastructure post-disaster interventions worldwide.

Diana Ayton-Shenker | Founder & CEO, Fast Forward Fund (FFF)

Fast Forward Fund (FFF) Founder & CEO, Diana Ayton-Shenker, is a senior Fellow at Bard College’s Globalization and International Affairs ( BGIA) Program, where she has taught “Global Social Entrepreneurship & Strategic Philanthropy”. She previously taught and lectured at the American University (Paris), Lewis & Clark Law School, and Hunter College, where she directed the first undergraduate human rights program in the U.S. Her publications include: A Global Agenda: Current Issues before the General Assembly of the United Nations (2002, and 2001, Rowman & Littlefield), articles on CSR, human rights & culture, and an original poetry collection, Tumbalalaika (2007, Narcissus Press).

Ms. Ayton-Shenker is also the founder of Global Momenta, a social investment consulting firm, bringing decades of work with philanthropy, the UN and international NGOs aiming for high-impact global social entrepreneurship. She has held senior positions with Mercy Corps, PEN, Human Rights Watch, and served on international, national and local nonprofit boards. Ms. Ayton-Shenker holds an LLM from the University of Essex Law School, and a BA with Honors in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania. A frequent guest lecturer, Diana Ayton-Shenker is a sought-after public speaker, workshop facilitator, and leadership development coach.


Simone Balch | Vice President, Developing World Markets

Simone is a VP at Developing World Markets, an investment firm that brings international capital markets to microfinance institutions and other socially positive businesses in the developing world. She plays the dual roles of Investor Relations and Relationship Manager for microfinance investments in Southeast Asia.

Simone began her career at Goldman Sachs Equity Sales and Trading in Chicago covering institutional investors in the Midwest and later spent 4 years in Goldman’s Private Wealth Management in Switzerland. During her graduate education, Simone worked with various microfinance organizations and networks including the Women’s World Banking and Philadelphia Development Partnership. In addition, she co-led the China team of the Global Microentrepreneurship Awards, an effort by the United Nations to promote the Year of Microcredit 2005.

Simone has an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and a BA in economics from the University of Chicago. Simone has lived and traveled in over 40 countries and speaks Mandarin, Cantonese, some French and German, and is learning Spanish. She has served as the President of Women Advancing Microfinance Atlanta since 2007, is a graduate of L.E.A.D. Atlanta Class of 2008, and a member of Atlanta Women Foundation’s Destiny Fund Class of 2009. Together with her family, Simone volunteers for the Atlanta Dog Squad and the Southern States Mastiff Foundation.


Dr. Pradip K. Bardhan

Pradip K. Bardhan is a gastroenterologist and clinical scientist. He heads the special care and endoscopy units at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research in Dhaka, Bangladesh. His research interests include clinical trials and diagnostic methods for diarrheal diseases; infectious disease; epidemiology; and epidemic control. Dr. Bardhan has authored more than 65 original papers in international peer-reviewed journals. Over the last 25 years, he has been involved in the assessment and control of outbreaks and epidemics in several Asian and African countries. He regularly teaches courses in clinical management of infectious disease, control of medical problems in disasters, and research methodology and biostatistics.

Rochelle Beck | President, Culturas del Sol

As Founder and President of Culturas del Sol, Inc., Rochelle directs the growth of profitable private corporation with a social entrepreneurial mission: to generate sufficient revenues in key markets to provide sustainable income to artisans in Latin America and Africa. Since its founding over 20 years ago, Culturas has assisted more than 3,000 artisan families, who in turn have provided steady sales and employment for over 24,000 related local businesses and residents. Ms. Beck’s clients include over 1,000 prestigious boutiques, galleries, museums and large chains such as Neiman Marcus, Pier I Imports, Nordstrom’s, Smithsonian, and Sundance, among others.

In 2000, Ms. Beck won the World Bank Development Marketplace competition from among 1,200 international juried entries to create, pilot, launch and market the Artisan Enterprise Network (AEN), an Internet-based, international micro and small business information, training and mentoring program for businesses to compete successfully in the global marketplace. AEN continues to be used as a model for business training by USAID, Peace Corps, the World Bank; Inter-American Development Bank, African Development Bank, and national ministries for economic development in over 80 countries. Ms. Beck also formerly served as Director of Public Affairs at the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington D.C.. She earned her Ed.D.from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education in “Education and Social Policy Analysis” in a joint program with the Kennedy School of Government.

Now based in Miami, Ms. Beck was Senior Vice President of the Everglades Foundation, a guest faculty member at the Institute of the Americas, and consultant to the Human Services Coalition of Miami-Dade County, The Women’s Fund, Women Angel Investors, and NGOs and governments in Latin America and the Caribbean working on sustainable development.


Shari Berenbach | President, Calvert Foundation

With over 20 years of experience ranging from microcredit to international business, Shari brings leadership and knowledge to the field of social investment. At Calvert Foundation, Shari has developed innovative financial instruments and partnerships critical to creating a level of transparency and discipline that engender consistent performance, investor confidence and broad market participation in the community investment marketplace. Prior to joining Calvert Foundation, Shari led finance projects for the International Finance Corporation. These projects, based mainly in Central America and the Caribbean, channeled more than $250 million to banking, power, telecommunications, tourism and agribusiness. Shari began her professional career as an Officer of the National Cooperative Bank, where she was responsible for technical services to US production cooperatives. She later served as Program Director for the non-governmental organization, Partnership for Productivity International. Shari has also held private-sector positions at Citibank, Salomon Brothers and a start-up international telecommunications company, Radio Movil Digital. Shari has an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School and an MA in Latin American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. She received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Greg Berry | President, w1sd0m

Greg Berry is currently the president of w1sd0m, a network of change agents and social entrepreneurs who are leveraging their collective wisdom to increase the success of sustainable ventures worldwide. w1sd0m is focused on increasing the flow of social, intellectual, human and financial capital in pursuit of reducing the risk in both for-profit and non-profit organizations. Greg is also president of nuance intelligence, a consultancy that provides media strategy to change agents. He is a network partner for Urban Sustainability Associates and the Innovation Network for Community, two overlapping networks of senior social innovators working on large-scale social change.

For over 20 years, Greg has been leveraging emerging media to support communities of purpose and action; for the past decade, this work has been focused on transformative IT, sustainable business and the flow of capital.


Matthew Bishop | US Business Editor and New York Bureau Chief, The Economist

Matthew Bishop is the US Business Editor and New York Bureau Chief of The Economist. Mr. Bishop was previously the magazine’s London-based Business Editor. His new book, The Road from Ruin: How to Renew Capitalism and Put America Back on Top, with Michael Green, will be published by Crown in February 2010.

Philanthrocapitalism, his previous book (also with Green) on the global revolution under way in philanthropy, has been described as “terrific” by The New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, and as the “definitive guide to a new generation of philanthropists who understand innovation and risk-taking, and who will play a crucial part in solving the biggest problems facing the world” by New York’s Mayor and leading philanthropist Michael Bloomberg. According to former U.S President Bill Clinton, “This is an important book. Our interdependent world is too unequal, unstable, and, because of climate change, unsustainable. We have to transform it into one of shared responsibilities, shared opportunities, and a shared sense of community. Bishop and Green show us how to do it.” Mr Bishop is also the author of Essential Economics, the official Economist layperson’s guide to economics.

Mr. Bishop is the author of several of The Economist’s special report supplements, including most recently A Bigger World, which examines the opportunities and challenges of the rise of emerging economies and firms; The Business of Giving, which looks at the industrial revolution taking place in philanthropy; Kings of Capitalism, which anticipated and analyzed the recent boom in private equity; and Capitalism and its Troubles, an examination of the impact of problems such as the collapse of Enron. In 1994, he wrote an acclaimed special report on corporate governance, Watching the Boss.

Before joining The Economist, Mr. Bishop was on the faculty of London Business School, where he co-authored three books for the Oxford University Press on subjects ranging from privatization and regulation to corporate mergers. Prior to that, Mr. Bishop was educated at Oxford University. He has served as a member of the Sykes Commission on the investment system in the 21st century. Mr. Bishop was also on the Advisors Group of the United Nations International Year of Microcredit 2005. Mr. Bishop has been honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He has been interviewed on numerous media outlets, including NPR, BBC, CNBC, and the Charlie Rose show.


Renata M. Black | Director, Seven Bar Foundation

The Seven Bar Foundation was established by the Black Family, a third-generation investment group involved in general aviation, real estate development and investments.

While helping rebuild villages in India shattered by the Tsunami in 2004, Renata was asked by a woman, “I know you have money and I don´t want it, but why don´t you teach me how to make it myself?” Renata´s response to the woman´s question was to establish a grassroots microfinance program which empowered more than 800 Indian women in the region.

After witnessing the transformative power of microfinance first-hand, Renata created a social enterprise to raise funds for women´s microfinance. She established the top couture and luxury lingerie shows and branded them – “Lingerie Miami”, “Lingerie New York” and “Lingerie Los Angeles” with plans for 15 other cities worldwide. The Seven Bar Foundation platform is an innovative blending of media technology, couture and luxury lingerie shows and cause-marketing campaigns that fuel the foundation’s microfinance fund consistently. It is a business fueling business via the commercial markets and the power of branding.

Renata is also the Vice Chair for YPO’s CSR Network and holds a BA in Mass Communications and Minor in Psychology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Beth Blatt | Founder, Hope Sings™

Beth Blatt is the founder of Hope Sings™, a charitable music organization designed to benefit microfinance. Hope Sings™ creates original songs inspired by the success stories of microloan borrowers in order to raise awareness of microfinance and generate money to fund more loans through its participating organizations (Kiva.org, FINCA, ACCION, and MicroPlace.) Beth has a broad range of creative and corporate experience in the U.S., Asia, Europe and Latin America. She has written for the stage, TV, radio, and all print media. She has produced television for TV Tokyo, worked in account management at Ogilvy & Mather NY advertising, and written award-winning musicals. As an actress, she has appeared on stages and screens around the world, including the film Godzilla vs. Biolante. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College. www.hopesings.net.

Alison Bloch | Senior Partner, RESON

Alison is a Senior Partner at RESON and a Program Director for the mHealth Alliance. She has deep experience helping public and private health organizations with issues related to strategic direction, operational management, and the design and application of technological solutions in both the developed and developing world. Her current focus is on creating opportunities to use mobile solutions to improve access to essential medicines and enhance the capabilities of the global health supply chain.

Previously, Alison was the mHealth Advisor for the GSM Association’s Development Fund where she lead the mHealth Programme with the aim of accelerating the market for commercially and socially viable health solutions primarily in developing nations. In the past she has advised the global health chair of the Clinton Global Initiative on ways to harness technology for sustainable international health interventions and consulted to McKesson Corporation on strategic opportunities to improve the delivery of critical health care business processes in hospitals and health institutions using technology. Internationally, Alison has managed the development and execution of a public-private partnership for a telemedicine initiative in Egypt and also worked in Haiti to establish strategies to use culturally appropriate technology solutions to improve access to healthcare services.

Earlier in her career, Alison worked in clinical research in hematology and oncology while at Cornell Medical College/New York Presbyterian Hospital and as a strategy consultant for Katzenbach Partners where she focused on business strategy and technology process redesign for the pharmaceutical and related health industries. Alison holds a BA in Economics from Barnard College, Columbia University and earned an MBA and a Masters in Public Health with a concentration in technology from the University of California at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and School of Public Health respectively. At Berkeley, Alison received a fellowship through the Blum Center for Developing Economies to develop healthcare information and communication technology initiatives in East Africa.


Elizabeth Boggs Davidsen | Principal Investment Officer, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Elizabeth Boggs Davidsen is a Principal Investment Officer in the private sector group of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) working for the Opportunities for the Majority Initiative. Using loans, partial credit guarantees, and grant resources, the Initiative works to identify, develop and finance pre-commercial socially-oriented activities using market-based principles.

During her career at the IDB, Elizabeth has served as a Policy Advisor to the IDB’s Executive Vice President providing oversight on operational, policy, and programmatic issues related to social sectors, environment, public management, science and technology, competitiveness, tourism and disaster prevention. She served as the Principal Coordinator of the Multilateral Investment Fund which is the largest Donor fund managed by the IDB. Equipped with $1.5 billion, and a mandate to support innovative private sector development, the Multilateral Investment Fund uses both grant and investment mechanisms to finance targeted projects to broaden the economic participation of smaller enterprises and strengthen the environment for doing business. Before joining the IDB, Elizabeth worked for the United Nations for six years in the United States, Africa and Europe.


Amit Bouri | Director of Strategy and Development, Global Impact Investing Network

Amit Bouri serves as Director of Strategy and Development. He focuses on strategic planning, program development, and external relations. 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 (2009) and supported the business planning for the GIIN and several of its initiatives.

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.


Jerry Butler

Jerry Butler | Executive Director, Global Equity Consultants Ltd.
Chairman, (CREF) Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum

Jerry Christopher Butler is the founding Chairman of CREF and Board member of the Latin American Caribbean Council on Renewable Energy (LAC – ACORE). He currently serves as the Executive Director and CEO of Global Equity Consultants Ltd., a Bahamas firm managing a network of Caribbean bankers, lawyers, and accountants specializing in identifying and executing Caribbean project investment opportunities. He previously represented the interests of the English-speaking Caribbean Countries on the Boards of Executive Directors of the Inter-American Development Bank, the Inter-American Investment Corp. and the Multilateral Investment Fund serving as Chairman of the Audit Committee, and Chairman of the Ethics Committee of the Boards. With more than twenty-five years of both public accounting and private financial service experience, he has served in the Financial Services Practice Group of Price Waterhouse in New York; was the Chief Accountant of the Bahamas National Insurance Board; the Financial Controller at the Bahamas Development Bank; the Vice President of Finance at both Citibank, and later, the British American (now Fidelity) Bank; and Consultant in the Office of the Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of The Bahamas. He is a Chartered Accountant licensed both in New York State by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and the Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA).

His education includes an MBA in International Business (Summa Cum Laude Honors and Class Valedictorian) – University of Miami, and Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and Computer Information Systems (Magna Cum Laude Honors) – Manhattan College, New York. He was also a student of the University of the West Indies LLB Law program. He is the 1981 Bahamas Most Distinguished Junior Achiever of the St. Augustine High School. He has served as a Bahamas Securities Commissioner, a lecturer at the Bahamas Institute of Bankers, a BICA Representative on the FTAA Financial Service Team, a Treasurer of the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement, and a President of the Rotary Club of Nassau.


Steve Brescia | Co-Founder and International Director, Groundswell International

Steve Brescia is the co-founder and International Director of Groundswell International. Mr. Brescia has over 24 years of experience in international development, social change and grassroots advocacy. From 1996-2009 he worked for World Neighbors, supporting people-centered rural development, and held positions including Latin America Regional Coordinator and Associate VP for Program Learning and Innovation. He previously worked for the Inter-American Foundation, the International Liaison Office for President Aristide of Haiti, and with community-based organizations in Nicaragua. He holds an MA in International Development from American University and a certificate in Asset-based Community Development from the Coady International Institute at St. Francis Xavier University.

Lauren Burnhill | Managing Director, One Planet Ventures LLC

Lauren Burnhill, former Chief Investment Officer at ACCION International, currently provides strategic advisory services through One Planet Ventures LLC. At ACCION, Lauren grew direct investment holdings from a single sector US$10 million fund into a multi-sector portfolio serving 7 million low income clients and achieving a peak value of US$ 186 million. Lauren has worked extensively in emerging markets finance, social impact investing and consulting. Her areas of expertise include strengthening corporate governance, credit and risk management practices as well as structuring, due diligence, credit analysis and execution of complex cross-border transactions. She has structured funding for direct investments, including social ventures and financial institutions serving micro, small and medium businesses. Experienced in a range of debt, equity and special purpose financial instruments, Lauren has a particular interest in structuring and supporting innovative investment funds and emerging fund managers. Lauren holds an MBA in finance and strategic planning from the Wharton School of the Univerity of Pennsylvania jointly with an MA in international economics and development from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). She speaks English, Spanish, Potugues and French.

Martin Burt | Founder & CEO, Fundación Paraguay

Martin Burt is founder and CEO of Fundación Paraguaya, a 25-year old NGO devoted to the promotion of entrepreneurship among the world’s poor. He is a pioneer in applying microfinance, youth entrepreneurship, and financial literacy methodologies to address chronic poverty in Paraguay. He has also developed one of the world’s first financially self-sufficient agricultural schools for the rural poor. Mr.Burt is co-founder of Teach a Man to Fish, a global network based in London that promotes “education that pays for itself” and which is partnering with more than 50 organizations from 27 countries to establish self-sufficient schools, mostly in rural areas.

Mr. Burt is co-founder of the Bertoni Nature Conservancy and the Mbaracayu Forest Reserve Foundations, two of the country’s largest nature conservation institutions. He was elected twice as president of the Paraguayan-American Chamber of Commerce, has served as Vice Minister of Commerce, and was elected Mayor of Asunción. Burt has received the Microfinance Award for Excellence in Social Responsibility from the Inter-American Development Bank, the Outstanding Social Entrepreneur Award from the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, the Skoll Foundation Social Entrepreneur Award, the Templeton Freedom Award from the Atlas Foundation, the World Innovation Summit for Education Award, and the distinguished alumni award from the University of the Pacific and the George Washington University, as well as the Social Innovation Award from Brigham Young University.

Mr. Burt has been awarded the UNESCO Orbis Guaraniticus Medal and the Inter American Development Bank and UNESCO Best Practice Award, the Recording Industry Association of American Gold Record for fighting intellectual rights property violations, the Synergos Fellowship, the Eisenhower Fellowship Award from the USA and from Taiwan, and the Argentina National Academy of History Domingo Sarmiento Medal. He is Visiting Professor in Social Entrepreneurship at the University of the Pacific in California. His commitment to education is featured at the Clinton Global Initiative. He serves as a Trustee of the Karatara Project in South Africa, as a Regional Board Member for Junior Achievement Worldwide, and as president of the social entrepreneurship wing of the Accion International microfinance network. Mr. Burt has books published on economics, development, poetry, and education.


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Mark Campanale | Advisor, Halloran Philanthropies

Mark Campanale specializes in the finance of social businesses; clean tech companies, sustainable asset management and ecosystems services, principally forests. Having trained as a development economist, Mark worked overseas, primarily in Africa before entering investment management just over twenty years ago. Recruited as one of the Europe’s first sustainable investment analysts in 1989, Mark is a co-founder of the sustainable investment businesses at Jupiter Asset Management with the Ecology Funds (1989-1994); NPI with Global Care Funds (1994-1999); AMP Capital with the Sustainable Future Funds (1999-2001) and Henderson Global Investors with the Industries of the Future Fund (1999-2006). Mark works as an Advisor to Halloran Philanthropies and is a project manager for the Social Stock Exchange project, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, with the support of Halloran.

Mark is a Founder Director of the UK Sustainable & Responsible Investment Forum (1990-2008), served on the World Business Council for Sustainable Development working group on capital markets leading up to the 1992 Earth Summit; was a Member of the Steering Committee of UNEP Financial Sector Initiative (1999-2003), serves as Hon Treasurer, The Rainforest Foundation (UK) (2004-present), Advisory Board member of 3iG, the International Interfaith Investment Group and is a UK Advisory Board member of GIIN, the Global Impact Investment Network. Mark is a Non Executive Director of The Carbon Assets Fund, for Carbon Capital Markets; a Non Executive Director of the Caudex Capital Sustainable Timber Fund and a member of the investment committee of the Meteor Clean Energy Fund. Mark holds an M.Sc in Agricultural Economics from Wye College.


Caryn Capriccioso | Co-Founder and Principal, interSector Partners, L3C

Caryn Capriccioso is the co-founder and principal of interSector Partners, L3C the 39th L3C operating in the U.S. and the first L3C operating in Colorado. The firm provides education and consulting services to help nonprofits become more sustainable, for-profits to become more socially responsible and government agencies to better support nonprofits and for-profits in their community. More information about the firm is available at: www.interSectorL3C.com.

Caryn’s twenty years of nonprofit experience includes planning, strategy, board development, social enterprise programs, fundraising consulting and membership program development/upgrades. She was developing social enterprises before we had a name for them because she saw these cross-sector business opportunities as the way to meet client needs. She launched her first enterprise, a child care program within the YWCA of Greater Lansing (MI), in 1992 to provide a daycare service and, ultimately, employment opportunities to women in the job readiness program. Caryn has worked in municipal government in the city of Boulder’s Parks and Recreation and Planning departments, as principal of a grantwriting practice, Your Write Hand, as the executive director of the Boulder Parks and Recreation Foundation (now PLAY Boulder), and as the Director of Planning and Social Enterprise with JVA Consulting, LLC.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Michigan State University, a master in nonprofit management from Regis University and serves on the board of Social Venture Partners Boulder County. Caryn is a frequent speaker at local and statewide events on topics of board development, social enterprise and strategic partnerships.


Paula Cardenau | Social Business Initiative, Ashoka

Paula leads the Social Business Initiative in Ashoka, a platform that supports Ashoka Fellows with market-based approaches to scale up their social impact. Since she joined Ashoka in 2001, Paula has played different critical roles: she was Latin America Integrator and Ashoka Southern Cone Director. She built the Ashoka Support Network in Argentina, a group of high network individuals that committed with funds and expertise to support Ashoka Fellows. She launched Citizen Base Initiative in Southern Cone and played a regional role for this program in South America. Before joining Ashoka, she worked for several years in Argentina’s Social Investment Fund, which channels resources to community-based, demand-driven projects, in extremely poor selected districts in Argentina. She holds a licentiate degree in Politics and Post-Graduate Studies in NGOs and Social Development.

Dr Sanjeev Chatterjee | Filmmaker/Professor, University of Miami

Sanjeev Chatterjee is a documentary filmmaker and Professor at the School of Communication, University of Miami.

Sometime during his college years during the 1980s, Sanjeev Chatterjee abandoned his dreams of joining the commercial Bollywood cinema in India to become a documentary filmmaker. After spending time making documentaries about rural India he came to the United States for higher studies. Sanjeev’s work has been seen on Doordarshan (National television in India), National Geographic, PBS, History Channel … among other venues. His films are about global topics that include diasporas, peacekeeping and the environment. His awards include the King Award (Best of Festival) from the Broadcast Education Association‚s Media Arts Festival, Film South Asia, Vermont International Film Festival and Silver State Documentary Film Festival.


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Ricardo Cobo | Ashoka Fellow

Ricardo Cobo was elected as an Ashoka Fellow in 1996 for his work in Colombia to revolutionize the care given to people living with cognitive disabilities through a therapeutic model that recognizes their potential and abilities in order to become autonomous individuals. Ricardo founded and directs FEDAR – the Foundation for Stimulation in Development and the Arts in, that has been the reference in the field for the past 24 years. With his organization they have formed over 650 young leaders who promote the active participation of people with disabilities in their communities. The Ministry of Education in Colombia has taken the FEDAR model to replicate throughout the country.

Ricardo has led FEDAR’s work to export their constituents’ artwork and products to the United States and Germany and has developed an organic farm managed by FEDAR students that sells milk to the leading dairy product company in Colombia.

In 2008 Ricardo initiated the Café Fedar business, the only producer of coffee in Colombia that involves people with disabilities in the crop handling and processing. While Café Fedar ensures a strong social impact, it sales are based on its high quality merits, having been certified as gourmet quality café.

Ricardo is has an Education degree from Colombia’s National Pedagogy Univeristy and is the Latin American representative of Very Special Art, and Member of the Departmental Committee on Disability as well as the Council of Art and Culture.


Jay Coen Gilbert | Co-Founder, B Corporation

Jay is Co-Founder of B Corporation, the non-profit organization which certifies, promotes, and supports B Corporations, also working on longer term capital markets and policy initiatives to accelerate growth of the sustainable business and social enterprise movements.

Prior to B Lab, Jay co-founded and sold AND1, a $250M basketball footwear and apparel company based outside Philadelphia. Jay is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, President of the Board of the Philadelphia chapter of KIPP, a national public charter middle school, and a Board member of Investors’ Circle, an organization dedicated to the accelerating the development of patient capital markets, whose national network of social investors has facilitated the flow of over $120m into over 200 companies using business to solve social and environmental problems.

Jay grew up in New York City before heading west to Stanford University, graduating with a degree in East Asian Studies in 1989. Prior to AND1, Jay worked for McKinsey & Co and several organizations in NYC’s public and non-profit sectors. Between AND1 and B Lab, Jay enjoyed a sabbatical Down Under and in Monteverde, Costa Rica with his yogini wife Randi and their two children, Dex, 10, and Ria 8. They live in Berwyn, PA.


Matthew E. Cole | Managing Partner, North Bay Equity Partners

Matthew E. Cole is a Managing Partner of North Bay Equity Partners, a private equity firm focused on Latin America. Matt has more than 20 years of investment banking and private equity experience in Latin America, having also served as a Principal at Texas Pacific Group, focusing on investments in Latin America, and as an Associate with J.P. Morgan & Co. in New York, Santiago, Chile and São Paulo, Brazil. Matt graduated from Brown University in 1992 and speaks fluent Portuguese and Spanish.

Loïc Comolli | Director of Client & Investor Relations, NESsT

Loïc Comolli is the Director of Client & Investor Relations at NESsT. He is responsible for leading NESsT’s overall fundraising strategy and implementation for NESsT’s global operations. He also oversees the development and implementation of NESsT Consulting and internal NESsT entrepreneurial activities. In his role he is involved in a range of activities, including managing donor relations and providing venture philanthropy and social enterprise consulting to international and donor organizations. Loïc also provides strategic advice and support to the NESsT Venture Fund team and portfolio.

He received his MBA from the Walter A. Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley. He is a French citizen and currently based in Portland, Oregon.


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Lisa Conte | Founder and CEO, Napo Pharmaceuticals

Lisa has been a pioneer in the biotech/emerging pharmaceutical industry for 20 years. She is founder and CEO of Napo Pharmaceuticals, which brings proprietary products to the global marketplace through local partnerships. Napo embraces the” triple bottom line” goals of enhancing financial return by addressing global health needs in its development strategy and environmental sustainability in sourcing its lead product, which is harvested from rain forest areas. Prior to founding Napo, she founded Shaman Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a natural product pharmaceutical company, in 1989. As CEO, she has raised >$250 million (including leading two IPOs).

Ms. Conte served as Vice President at Technology Funding, Inc., a venture capital firm. She received her AB in Biochemistry from Dartmouth College, her MS in Physiology/Pharmacology from the University of California at San Diego and her MBA from the Amos Tuck School, Dartmouth College. Ms. Conte is the recipient of several entrepreneurship awards, including the 1994 E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Award, has sat on several industry and academic boards, including the Healing Forest Conservancy, dedicated to rain forest and indigenous knowledge conservation. She was a nominee for the 2009 BIO Humanitarian Award. Under Lisa’s leadership, Napo’s Global Access Program for pediatric products to address the morbidity and mortality associated with dehydrating diseases in children in resource-constrained regions has been recognized as a Clinton Global Initiative.


Gil Crawford | CEO, MicroVest

Gil Crawford leads MicroVest, a firm that raises capital for investment in emerging market microfinance institutions (MFIs). MicroVest is a growing company with assets under management of over $130 million. Previously, Mr. Crawford worked for the Latin American Financial Markets Division at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), focusing on microfinance and low-income financing operatons. In 1991 he founded Seed Capital Development Fund, a US-based non-profit involved in creating financial instruments and funds to capitalize microfinance institutions in Latin America, Asia and Africa. During his tenure Seed Capital helped launch some of the most innovative and successful microfinance funding vehicles in Latin America. Previously Mr. Crawford served as the Assistant Project Director for USAID’s Africa Venture Capital Project. Mr. Crawford received his bank training at Chase Manhattan Bank after working in Africa for the Red Cross and State Department.

He is a graduate of SAIS at Johns Hopkins University and Bates College. He has recently been invited to join the SAIS Johns Hopkins University faculty to present a practicum on investing in microfinance. Mr. Crawford serves on the Board of Directors of the DC Central Kitchens and on the Steering Committee for the Agriculture Finance Support Facility, a World Bank initiative supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.


Shawn Crouch | Composer, Educator

Shawn Crouch is the John S. and James L. Knight Academy Director of the Miami Choral Academy, a tuition-free after school program that creates a little league-type network of choral ensembles for children in low-income areas of Miami-Dade County. Gramophone Magazine calls Shawn Crouch a “gifted young composer” and the New York Times describes Shawn Crouch’s work as music of “gnarling atonal energy”. The Miami Herald called his Road From Hiroshima; A Requiem a “staggering achievement, an imaginative, powerful and deeply moving work” making the Miami Herald and Sun Sentinel’s 2005 Classical Music Standouts. Shawn has received awards from The American Academy of Arts and Letters, ASCAP, Yale University, Meet the Composer and the Percussive Arts Society. He is the inaugural recipient of the Dale Warland Singers Commissioning Award given by Chorus America and the American Composers Forum. Shawn Crouch has had his works performed by among others; the Moravian Philharmonic, Chanticleer, Eighth Blackbird, California E.A.R. Unit, Non Sequitur Ensemble, The Del Sol String Quartet, Prism Quartet, Seraphic Fire Chamber Choir and Orchestra, Cantori New York and the Yesaroun’ Duo.

Mr. Crouch has taught at the New England Conservatory of Music, the Yale School of Music, and has served as music faculty at The Walden School for Young Musicians and the Hunter College Campus School in New York City where he was director of the Campus School choirs. The Hunter College High School Concert Choir is recognized throughout New York City as one of the city’s finest student ensembles. Mr. Crouch has worked closely with the New England Conservatory’s Music-In-Education program where he conducted portfolio research and assessment. His article “Learning Through Music Portfolios in Elementary Education” is published in the Journal for Learning Through Music.

Mr. Crouch received his B.M. in composition from the New England Conservatory with honors and distinction in performance, and his M.Mus. in composition from the Yale School of Music.


Victor d’Allant | Executive Director, Social Edge (Skoll Foundation)

As Executive Director of Social Edge, the Skoll Foundation’s online community for social entrepreneurs, Victor d’Allant is responsible for building a global online platform where social entrepreneurs, nonprofit professionals and other practitioners of the social sector connect to network, learn, inspire and share resources.

Victor is a global media executive and cultural anthropologist who has worked for large corporations, international organizations and entrepreneurial startups in many parts of the world. His executive positions have included Chief Executive Officer of Ascribe, a public interest newswire. As an international media consultant, he helped communications companies, such as Newsweek, Bloomberg, Nokia Innovent and Wired expand their global operations.

Victor started his career as a Paris-based photojournalist reporting on economic and social issues from Brazil, India, Turkey, Yemen, Burkina Faso and Bangladesh. He received the Air France Award for Photojournalism and his work was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, Paris.

Victor currently serves on the Board of Directors of the French American International School in San Francisco. He has a B.A. and an M.A. in social anthropology from the Sorbonne in Paris and an M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley.


Haroldo da Gama Torres | CDE Senior Partner, Plano

Haroldo da Gama Torres (Plano CDE Senior Partner). Expert in BOP markets and social policies, Dr. Torres has focused on this subject for the past 20 years not only in Brazil but also in other Latin American countries (working experience in Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela, and Panama). His most recent contractors include IADB, Nestlé, McCann Ericson, UNDP, UNFPA, Coca-Cola, Seade Foundation, Magazine Luiza, Citec+, Unibanco, BMF-Bovespa, Cebrap, Fapesp, Fecomércio, Natura and Bradesco, among others.

Dr. Torres has a PhD in Social Sciences from Unicamp (Brazil) with a BA in Economics and an MA in Demography. He was also a fellow at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies while writing his PhD dissertation. He published several journal articles in journals, and book chapters, as well as organized two collections.


Patrick de Bokay | CEO, Miami World Cinema Center

With over 30 years of experience in both the film industry and the marketing and advertising agency worlds, Patrick de Bokay draws on his expertise in the fields of entertainment as well as consumer marketing, branding and media placement. Mr. de Bokay has distributed and marketed over 500 films, brands and properties, implemented local and worldwide campaigns with global advertising budget in excess of $1 Billion. During the 18 years of his film career, Mr. de Bokay has held several distinguished positions, including Director, Miami International Film Festival, 25th Anniversary, Executive Director of the first Bangkok International Film Festival, Vice-President of International Marketing at Turner Pictures in Los Angeles, and Director of Marketing at Twentieth Century Fox Theatrical in Paris.

Mr. de Bokay has worked on releases of over 100 major movies and coordinated publicity and talent tours for leading actors including Demi Moore, Helen Hunt, Jack Nicholson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, Robert Duvall, and John Travolta, among others. Mr. de Bokay spearheaded international marketing and PR efforts for clients such as Miramax, Sony Pictures, and Pandora. He has attended global film festivals such as Cannes, Toronto, San Sebastian, Venice and Sundance.


Olympia A. De Castro | Associate Board Member & Vice President of Business Development, MicroEmpowering

Olympia A. De Castro is an Associate Board Member & Vice President of Business Development at MicroEmpowering. She is currently a degree candidate for a Master of International Affairs at Columbia University. Her concentration has been in Economic and Political Development with a focus in Latin America and Microfinance. Previously she worked seven years at Goldman, Sachs & Co and Bank of America, in the areas of Investment Banking, Investment Management, Credit and Project Finance. She has worked in the U.S., Switzerland and Brazil. Olympia´s experience in Microfinance includes MicroVest Capital Management LLC, a microfinance investment vehicle based in Washington DC. Olympia is member of the ACCION USA Microfinance Advisory Council, a volunteer for the Grameen Foundation Bankers without Borders program. Olympia is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish and proficient in French.

Jean-Philippe de Schrevel | Co-Founder and Executive Director, BlueOrchard Finance

Jean-Philippe de Schrevel founded BlueOrchard Capital, BlueOrchard Private Equity Fund, Oasis Capital and Oasis Fund beginning of 2008. He also co-founded BlueOrchard Finance in 2001 and is now a member of the Executive Committee of its Board. He had joined Dexia Asset Management in 2000 as the Dexia Micro-Credit Fund Manager. Prior to that, he successively worked as Junior Team Economist in Romania for a European Union PHARE* technical assistance program; Field Consultant in microfinance for a Belgian non-governmental organisation in Tanzania and Guatemala; Associate with McKinsey & Co.; Operations Director of a private microfinance foundation in Argentina; Consultant for the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Microfinance Unit in Geneva.

Jean-Philippe de Schrevel holds a MA in Economics from the University of Notre-Dame de la Paix in Namur, Belgium, and a MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, USA.


David Duncan | Journalist/Author

David Ewing Duncan is an award-winning science journalist and bestselling author. His books include the worldwide bestseller Calendar, and the recently released Experimental Man: What One Man’s Body Reveals about His Future, Your Health, and Our Toxic World. He is chief correspondent for public radio’s weekly BioTech Nation, a longtime commentator on NPR’s Morning Edition, and a columnist for MIT’s Technology Review. Mr. Duncan is director of the Center for Life Science Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. He has been a contributing editor for Wired and Discover, and writes for The New York Times, Fortune, National Geographic, Harper’s, Atlantic Monthly, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Will Duncan | Vice President – Business Development, [TC]2

A recognized speaker and manufacturing consultant, Will Duncan has twenty-seven years experience in plant engineering, team-based manufacturing, culture change, team building and facilitation. Will joined [TC]2 in 1990, and had responsibilities for [TC]2 manufacturing operations and developing and delivering educational programs. Currently, Will leads [TC]2’s Industry Services activities which include assessing plant operations and helping Brands, Retailers, and Manufacturers to implement new processes to improve competitiveness.

Previously, Will was with Lanes Laundry, a commercial wet processing facility, where he served as Director of Operations and Bladen Sportswear, a childrenswear manufacturer, where he served as Plant Manager. He also worked at W&J Rives where he managed all facets of engineering operations, including staffing, plant layout, production standards, costing, production planning, work scheduling, and warehouse management.

Will has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from North Carolina State University, and is Chairman of the Human Resources Leadership Council of the American Apparel Footwear Association.


Melanie Edwards | Founder and CEO, Mobile Metrix

Melanie is the Founder and CEO of Mobile Metrix, a market research and distribution company serving the “base of the pyramid.” Her experience spans both the private and public sectors: She worked in management for J.P. Morgan, International Data Group (IDG) and as an executive of Key Accounts at AT&T. Melanie launched the Global Technology Corps, a “digital Peace Corps,” with the U.S. Department of State during the Clinton Administration and co-created the United Nations Information Technology Service (UNITeS). She is a Return Peace Corps Volunteer from Togo, Africa, a Reuters Digital Vision Fellow at Stanford University and a Fellow of Echoing Green, Rainer Arnhold and PopTech. Melanie is currently Director and Lecturer of Social Entrepreneurship at Stanford University.

Christine Eibs Singer | Founder and CEO, E+Co

Christine Eibs Singer is responsible for the vision and strategy behind E+Co’s mission to create energy enterprises that alleviate poverty and protect the planet. She has over 20 years of experience in successful implementation of public-private partnership and regularly shares her knowledge and best practices with other thought leaders in this sector. Prior to co-establishing E+Co, Christine spent more than 10 years at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, concentrating on the development of public-private partnerships and is a graduate of Douglass College and the Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University. In 2007, she received the Woman of Inspiration Award from Fairleigh Dickinson University. A seasoned public speaker, Christine has presented at the 2008 Skoll World Forum, Washington International Renewable Energy Conference, the inaugural Clinton Global Initiative University, and the PRI Makers Conference. She serves on the steering committee and is a founding member of the Aspen Institute’s “Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs” (ANDE).

Sarah E. Endline | Founder & CEO, sweetriot

Sarah E. Endline grew up in a small town in Michigan with an annual CornFest, tractor rides, and large country ditches just a quarter of a mile from her grandparents’ farm. Almost every day after school, she walked from her home to hang out with Grandma and Grandpa Endline (Oscar and Clara) who taught her about the importance of growing things, taking care of the land, being courageous and having fun. At John Adams Elementary, Sarah always aimed to be the #1 M&M salesperson in the class (and she was) — an early sign of her entrepreneurial talent and enthusiasm for selling confectioner of the candied kind. She also fondly remembers dancing in the ‘Not Just Vanilla’ dance group, her entire Smurf village set, unicorn and rainbow wallpaper, and plenty of dogs and cats. Her idealism and playfulness began early.

In 2005, that idealism and talent inspired Sarah to found sweetriot, an activist candy company, which aims to create a sweet movement to fix the world through the ultimate dark chocolate fix — the cacao (chocolate) bean. sweetriot sources in Latin America, where Sarah sat down with local organic farmers and got back to her roots, tasting the kiwi and passion fruit flavors of the cacao fruit before it makes it’s amazing transformation into chocolate. Going straight to the source was a big priority – being from farm country, Sarah wouldn’t have it any other way. sweetriot also uses only recyclable reusable packaging, all natural healthy ingredients and promotes the work of emerging artists who are chosen by the sweetriot community.

sweetriot’s products are sold in over 1,700 stores including Whole Foods, Pier 1, Balducci’s, Zingerman’s, and Zabar’s. It also owns the title of being the very first food product ever sold at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Design Store. sweetriot was recently named a finalist on Fast Company’s ‘Fast 50’ list and in the Top 3 of Fortune’s Small Business Competition. The sweet treat has been called out as a ‘Sustainable Product & Green Gift’ by Vanity Fair, CNN, Food & Wine, and was selected for the New York Gift Show’s “Sustainability: Design for a Better World” curated exhibit. sweetriot was a semi-finalist in the Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) and also won the “Green Product Award” at Expo East, the largest natural products show on the East Coast of the US. Sarah’s work and sweetriot have been featured by the New York Times, Today Show, Forbes, Newsweek, Business Week, Gourmet, New York, Bloomberg TV, San Francisco Chronicle, and more.

Before founding sweetriot, Sarah launched products, created brands, and shared her energy at places like Yahoo!, Microsoft, the World Bank, AIESEC, and The National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). Sarah has been an active member of many non-profit boards including NFTE, Harvard, The University of Michigan, and AIESEC. She is also a proud winner of the “Make Mine a Million” competition, member of EO and Net Impact, and sits on Faith Popcorn’s “Brain Reserve” think tank team. Sarah has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BBA with Distinction from The University of Michigan. Go Blue!

Sarah is an advocate of socially responsible business and cacao and has spoken at elite conferences and events around the world including Harvard Business School, Whole Foods, the University of Michigan, Net Impact, The Leadership Gathering, AIESEC, the South by Southwest Interactive Festival, and the GEL Design Conference. When Sarah is not climbing a cacao tree, she is Latin dancing all over the globe, singing a cappella, or hanging out with family and friends. She has lived, traveled and worked in more than 50 countries.


Roger Frank | Founder, I3 Advisors LLC

Roger Frank founded I3 Advisors LLC as an extension of his work at Benchmark Asset Managers to provide funding for enterprises that are addressing the spectrum of human needs at the “Bottom of the Pyramid”. Prior to joining Benchmark Asset Managers, as a Partner at Developing World Markets (DWM), he was instrumental in both raising & deploying over $500 million of debt and equity, which provided investors market-rate returns and provided capital to microfinance institutions in the developing world.

Before DWM, as an emerging markets veteran who has traveled to and worked in over 60 countries worldwide, Roger raised over $US 1 billion at Salomon Smith Barney/Citigroup, Wertheim Schroeder, Deutsche Bank, HSBC and Lazard in primary and secondary transactions for emerging markets companies. He was a winner of the inaugural 2008 Fast Company Award for companies having a positive social impact and, as an industry expert in sustainable investing, has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Fast Company and Chronicle of Philanthropy. Given the increasing interest in sustainable investing, he is a frequent lecturer at conferences and universities.

After starting his own graphic design studio and founding community arts programs, Roger received an MBA in Finance and International Business from New York University Stern School of Business. While there he was also President of The Urban Business Assistance Corporation, a student-run company that provided consulting and educational services to minority entrepreneurs. He holds a BFA, cum laude, from the University of Delaware, speaks conversational German and Spanish and is on the Livelihoods Council for Save the Children. He is a member of the Microfinance Social Performance Task Force, his local community Board, plays in a masters soccer league and coaches youth soccer & baseball.


Nadine Freeman | Latin America Director of Engagement, Ashoka

Concerned about the long-term viability of social entrepreneurs, she initiated a Sustainability Program at Ashoka, partnering business professionals and tools with Ashoka’s Fellows to provide critical guidance on mobilizing the resources necessary to operate and ensure impact. In addition to strengthening Ashoka’s Fellowship in Latin America, she is leading the Social Business Venture Initiative in the Andean Region and working on Institutional Development.

Prior to becoming the Latin America Fellowship Director, Nadine served as Andean Region Director for Ashoka from 1998 until 2008.

Before joining Ashoka, Nadine served as Program Director for Latin America and Southern Africa at South North Development Initiative where she promoted the creation of some of the first venture capital funds for small and medium sized businesses with social impact.

She is the author of Social Entrepreneurs and Angel Investors, in the Batten Institute’s book Angel Investing in Latin America. (Darden Publishing 2005)

Nadine holds a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from Washington University in St. Louis and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She received her M.B.A. from the Anderson School at U.C.L.A.


Ueli Frei | Executive Director, FUNDES International

Ulrich Frei graduated with a master’s degree in pharmacy from the “Ecole Suisse de Droguerie” and an MBA from IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland. He has considerable management experience in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Since 2008, Mr. Frei has been the executive director of FUNDES International, based in Costa Rica.

Before that, Mr. Frei was the general manager of SENN CHEMICALS AG in Switzerland, where he led operations, including subsidiaries in France and the USA. Mr. Frei has occupied senior management positions in the Química Suiza S.A, Novartis A.G. and CIBA – GEIGY A.G. working in Chile, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Venezuela and Peru.

Mr. Frei is determined and excited to use his for-profit experience to unleash the full power of business and wealth generation in service of human dignity.


Alice Freitas

ALICE FREITAS Is a 30 years old Brazilian lawyer that has founded the Realice Institute in Rio de Janeiro, after coming back from an expedition through 5 Asian countries entitled the Realice Project. The expedition supported by UNESCO idealized by Alice and a friend aimed to search and catalog small social initiatives within 4 different social areas in order to advertise them to Brazilian communities to exchange ideas. After the expedition, Alice started to develop income generation projects, inspired by what she studied in Brazil and in Asia, more specifically empowering small communitarian producers that wished to sell their products and build their small businesses. The Realice Institute than become specialized in creating sales network for their products, introducing them to both retail and whosale markets. The MãosBrasil project (www.maosbrasil.com) intends to sell corporate gifts to big companies and since 2006, when it was created, had already distributed more than U$200.000 to more than 600 small producers by selling their products. Asta network is the Realice´s retail project (www.redeasta.com) and most innovative one. Its mission is to gather assets to and help foster development in 30 low-income communities of Rio de Janeiro. That is done by forming, sustaining and promoting the first network of direct catalogues sales (such as Avon), of sustainable products in Brazil. It’s a sales channel widely used in developed countries such as United States and Japan, and it is growing in Brazil by two digits annually. Asta is a pioneer initiative that brings to direct sale different and exclusive handicrafts, creating an efficient network of salesmen and producers, in order to increase earnings and the quality of life of those involved with Asta. The idea is to potentialize the Social Economy “industry” getting it to emerge to the market in Rio de Janeiro and in the future in Brazil. Asta began in 2007 with 5 people reselling the products (anyone can become an Asta reseller) and today it has 230 people, number that increases everyday. Asta case is being studying and observed by Latin America Inclusive Businesses researchers interested in knowing how it’s going to develop through the years. As Asta will become a social technology able to be implemented anywhere in the world, its case becomes even more interested to the researchers. Because of Asta, Alice has become an Ashoka Fellow and an Avina partner leader.

Erik Froyd | Founding Partner, The DevDesign Compact and Common Fields

Erik Froyd is a founding partner in The DevDesign Compact and Common Fields consultancies, and brings his experience in sustainable agriculture, value chain analysis, economic development and reporting system design to these practices. Erik has an M.B.A. from the Presidio Graduate School and over 20 years of experience focused on business process analysis, operational efficiency and management reporting. His current work is focused on sustainable development and sustainable business management, with a specific emphasis on agricultural and designing operational efficiencies that lead to improved social and environmental performance across the value chain. Erik serves on the CREA (rainforest conservation in Panama) and Worldbike (non-motorized transportation as a tool for economic development in Kenya) Boards of Directors. He is also a participant in the development of a U.S. Sustainable Agriculture Standard which is being facilitated by Leonardo Academy.

Derek Gallo | Vice President, BroadSpan Capital

Derek Gallo, based in Rio de Janeiro, is a Vice President at BroadSpan Capital, an investment banking firm focused on M&A and private equity raises in Latin America. Previously, he opened the Brazilian offices of E+Co, a US based non-profit that provides patient capital and enterprise development services to renewable energy SMEs in developing countries. At E+Co and as an early stage investor, he has financed several renewable energy companies in Brazil, for example bringing PV-powered drinking water to indigenous villages and converting locomotives from diesel to natural gas to profitably green their supply chains. He began his career at JPMorgan as an Analyst and then Associate in the Latin America Media & Telecommunications group. On the board of NGOs such as Dobem, promoting Integral human development, and Agencia Mandalla, a permaculture-focused NGO in Brazil, Derek has raised money, brought new technologies, and facilitated global partnerships. He has recently co-founded a non-profit focused on promoting social enterprise and integral human development, and is presently working on a new model of social capital for private and public equity, initially focused on sustainable agribusiness and transportation. He was graduated Magna Cum Laude from Duke University with a B.A. in Economics and Latin American studies in 1998.

Susana Garcia-Robles | Senior Investment Officer, FOMIN (Multilateral Investment Fund), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Since 1999, Ms. Garcia-Robles has created and guided the venture capital investments of FOMIN (Multilateral Investment Fund) in Latin America and the Caribbean. She also leads FOMIN’s microfinance activities for Argentina and Uruguay. Ms. García-Robles serves on many boards of directors and investment committees of venture capital funds, and is frequently invited to speak at the world’s leading conferences concerning venture capital and microfinance issues in Latin America. Beyond technical matters, she also speaks regularly public policy and private investment in Latin America, and addresses the issues of management, accountability, and business climate, working with local partners to improve them. She has been a member of the US-Brazil Venture Capital Task Force hosted by the Commerce Department and the Kauffman Foundation since 2006.

Ms. Garcia-Robles has also worked for and served on the boards of several civil society organizations, including the Executive Council of Diplomacy in Washington. From 1994 to 1999, she worked with local and international NGOs and several Latin American countries on economic development issues at the U.N. She participated as a country delegate in all the main negotiations of the major U.N. conferences during that period: Cairo, Copenhagen, Beijing, Istanbul, and The Hague.

Ms. Garcia-Robles has a Master’s Degree in International Economic Policy from Columbia University in New York, and a Master’s in Philosophy and Education from the Catholic University of Argentina. A native of Argentina, fluent in Spanish, English, and Portuguese, she is a US citizen.


Lauren Russell Geskos

Lauren is a Senior Manager on the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors Strategic Initiatives Team. She has spent a decade in managerial roles in New York and the Silicon Valley. At RPA, Lauren is responsible for all external communications with RPA’s clients and philanthropic network. This includes RPA’s strategic partnerships and relationships, publications, website, conferences and events, client surveys, presentations and strategic analysis. She is closely involved in the organization’s Mission-Related Investing practice and has a strong philanthropic interest in environmental issues.

Prior to joining RPA, Lauren founded an independent communications consulting firm, Highmark, which catered to nonprofit, investment and media companies. Prior to that, she was Manager of the private investor membership of ultra-high net worth families at the Institute for Private Investors, where she established its next-generation program and grew its membership dramatically. She also worked as a Marketing Manager at Menlo Park, CA firm eInnovate.

Lauren earned her B.A. from Stanford University, and has also completed Wharton’s Private Wealth Management course for Investors. She is regularly engaged in a variety of philanthropic activities including her current roles on the Advisory Council of the New York Venture Philanthropy Fund, Communications Committee of Philanthropy New York, and Conference Committee of the Communications Network. She has also been active with the Taproot Foundation, environmental and inner city youth projects, the Brockwood Park School, and she has co-chaired two major benefit concerts at Carnegie Hall.


Tiago Biusse Ghion | New Businesses Coordinator – Fundação Orsa

With graduation in Business Administration and Post-Graduation in Marketing by Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado – FAAP. He specialized in the business area related to inclusive business. Before taking over as New Businesses Coordinator at Fundação Orsa, he was Partner-Manager at GPC (1997-2003) – company that produced and distributed organic food. Among the activities developed by him at GPC, he built the business plan for the company; he also coordinated field activities and the program of social responsibility with the neighboring community.

After that time, he took over as Head of the Financial Department at AAOCERT (2003-2006) – NGO for organic certification, very well- known for its strong social activity, whose main characteristic is its policy for the inclusion of family producers – where he was responsible for the analysis of the market scenario, that was the origin for the strategies that repositioned the NGO in the market. He participated as representative for the NGO of international meetings of the group of the Latin-American certifying institutions, which is formed by certifying institutions from nine countries.

In 2004 he was elected by the Certifying Institutions Forum to represent it at the Federal Chamber of Organic Agriculture, at the CEPORG-SP (Comissão de Produção Orgãnica de São Paulo) {São Paulo’s Organic Production Commission} and in the meetings of the MDA-PRONAF. In 2008 he took over as representative of Fundação Orsa in the Board of FAS (Fórum Amazônia Sustentável){Forum for Sustainable Amazon).

Since 2001 he has been acting as volunteer in the NGO Organic Agriculture Association, holding the positions of Financial Director and Consultant Advisor.


Steven Godeke | Founder, Godeke Consulting

Steven Godeke is an independent investment advisor who works with foundations, corporations and non-profit organizations to integrate their financial and philanthropic goals. He founded Godeke Consulting in 2001, and advises his clients on the creation and execution of impact investment strategies across asset classes and program areas. His services include strategy development, due diligence, structuring, negotiation, execution and performance measurement. His clients include The Rockefeller Foundation, Robin Hood, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Conference Board, The F.B. Heron Foundation, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Business Enterprises for Sustainable Travel, The Altman Foundation, Common Ground, The World Economic Forum and corporate clients in the financial services and pharmaceutical industries.

Steven is co-author of Solutions for Impact Investors: From Strategy to Implementation and Philanthropy’s New Passing Gear: Mission-Related Investing, A Policy and Implementation Guide for Foundation Trustees. Steven is an adjunct professor at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs where he currently teaches a course in Microfinance and Social Entrepreneurship. Prior to establishing his own firm, Steven worked for twelve years in corporate and project finance with Deutsche Bank.

Steven grew up on a family farm in Southern Indiana, and attended Purdue University where he received a B.S. in Management and a B.A. in German. He studied as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Cologne and earned an M.P.A. from Harvard University. He currently lives in New York City.


Lesley Goldwasser | Principal Parnter, The Betsy Hotel, Miami/Co-President, PG Family Foundation, NYC

Lesley Goldwasser was born in Zimbabwe and graduated from the University of Cape Town. She joined Irving Place Capital as Senior Managing Director, in 2008, with a focus on new business development. During 8 years at Bear Stearns, she ran Global CDOs and was Co-head of Equity Capital Markets, Debt Capital Markets, Hybrids, and Structured Solutions; she also established the CDO business and was Co-head of the Asset-Backed Securities group. From 1986 to 1996, Lesley was Managing Director at Credit Suisse First Boston, jointly overseeing the Global Asset-Backed Securities Group and trading desk for all non-agency mortgages and ABS. (Irving Place Capital is a leading institutional private equity firm focused on equity investment in middle-market companies. Although Irving Place Capital’s primary focus has been on retail, consumer products, and financial services industries, it also has platform investments and dedicated efforts in the packaging, energy, healthcare services, industrial and transportation sectors. Irving Place Capital regards each investment as a partnership and offers significant upside to management through equity participation. Lesley is founding Co-chair of Zara’s Center, (www.zaracentertrustcom) offering respite to Zimbabwean children impacted by AIDS and is collaborated with All for Africa (www.allforafrica.com) and the 2009 NYC Marathon to acquire a Palm Oil Trust to ensure Zara’s long term sustainability. Lesley is Co-President of the PG Family Foundation in NYC, and principal owner of The Betsy-South Beach, a luxury hotel with an expansive community-conscience, with philanthropist and businessman, Jonathan Plutzik.

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Luz Gomez | Consultant, Aspen Institute’s Economic Opportunities Program

Luz Gomez is a Consultant with the Aspen Institute’s Economic Opportunities Program. She has over ten years of experience in the U.S. microenterprise field. She is co-author, with Elaine Edgcomb, of a study on university student-led microenterprise development programs, and works with FIELD on research related to scale. Additionally, she works with microlender ACCION USA as Senior Director of Marketing where she identifies new partnership opportunities, and conducts market and product research. In 2003, she launched ACCION USA’s Miami program, leading it to become the state’s largest microlender. She holds an MA in Political Science from Columbia University and a BA from the University of California at Berkeley.

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Felice Gorordo | Co-Founder, Raíces de Esperanza (Roots of Hope)

Felice Gorordo is co-founder and chairman of Raíces de Esperanza (Roots of Hope), a national non-profit focused on youth empowerment in Cuba. Mr. Gorordo founded Raíces while in college and leads a network of more than 3,100 students and young professional across the U.S. He has spoken throughout the U.S., Europe and Latin America on human rights and the role of youth as change agents. Currently, he heads government sales for Liberty Power Corporation, an independent energy supplier and the fastest-growing Hispanic-owned business in the U.S. Previously, Mr. Gorordo served in various positions at the U.S. Departments of Commerce, State, and Homeland Security, including as the Special Assistant to the Director of U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service and aide to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. Mr. Gorordo is a graduate of Georgetown University and a member of the University of Miami’s Center for Hemispheric Policy Energy Task Force. He has been featured on CNN’s “Young People Who Rock” and appeared on BBC, NPR, The Economist, CNN, and CNN en Español. Mr. Gorordo currently resides in Miami, FL, with his wife, Bianca Maria, and new born daughter, Catalina.

Peter Haas | Founder, AIDG

Peter Haas received a BA from Yale University in philosophy and psychology in 1998. Since founding AIDG in 2005, Peter has become an active voice for poverty issues, speaking at the World Bank, Harvard, MIT and other forums on technology, entrepreneurship and SME finance. His work with AIDG has been featured in Fast Company, Popular Mechanics, NPR and Forbes. He has served as a judge for the EPA’s People, Prosperity and the Planet competition. He was a 2006 Echoing Green Fellow, a 2008 Waldzell Institute Architect of the Future, and a 2010 TED Senior Fellow. Before founding AIDG he worked both in the information technology field and on an organic farm and horse ranch doing infrastructure improvement work. He tinkers in water systems, electrical systems, electronic systems, masonry, plumbing, biogas, irrigation, welding, metal casting and sustainable building.

Rodrigo Han | CEO, Fundação Daniel Efraim Dazcal

Rodrigo Han is the CEO of Fundação Daniel Efraim Dazcal (FDD), a 15-year old Brazilian NGO that promotes the triple sustainability concept in the rural Amazon, supporting social and economic development of traditional communities aligned with environmental preservation and recovery techniques. FDD is part of a consortium named Solutions from the Amazon, in which six worldly-renowned organizations come together to deliver a holistic approach to sustainability problems in the Amazon – Fundação Roberto Marinho (education), Fundação ORSA (sustainable forestry), Saúde e Alegria (health), Povos da Floresta (internet connectivity), Amigos da Terra (conservation), FDD (food production and economic systems). At FDD, Rodrigo is the leader of a 30-people large group composed of biologists, historians, farming technicians, administrators, entrepreneurs, and agriculture workers, and is responsible for planning, business development, relationship management, and general administration of FDD. As the head of FDD, Rodrigo has developed financial models for the NGO’s permaculture techniques, secured partnerships with larger NGOs (ORSA, TNC), government agencies (SUFRAMA), and streamlined efforts for the group.

Prior to working with the triple sustainability concept in the rural Amazon, Rodrigo acted as a Director at Pepsico South America Foods, in charge of Strategic Planning and Finance, leading efforts such as M&A/Strategic Investments, budgeting and forecasting for the South American region. Before joining PepsiCo’s SAF Financial Planning team, Rodrigo worked as a consultant at Oeconomica, where he lead projects such as the development and implementation of managerial controls at Ipaipava/Crystal (Brazil’s fourth largest brewery), and financial modeling and valuation for São Paulo’s public transportation integration card — Bilhete Único. Prior to his consultancy experience, Rodrigo was a controller at AmBev (now AB-InBev) focused on fixed costs, financial planning for new products, tax incentives, joint ventures, and variable costs for the group. Before AmBev, Rodrigo acted as a generalist M&A and debt restructuring analyst at the Investment Bank boutique Lazard Frères in the U.S., covering a myriad of industries such as retail, online stocks brokerage, logistics, and technology. Rodrigo graduated with Honors in Economics and in Political Science from The University of Chicago and furthered his studies on Marketing Strategic Planning. Rodrigo is married and has three children.


Steve Hardgrave | Senior Managing Director, Gray Ghost Ventures

As Senior Managing Director of Gray Ghost Ventures, Steve is responsible for leading the strategic direction of the company and its impact investing initiatives. With more than 10 years of cross‐functional management experience, he brings a unique mix of entrepreneurship, international development and investment expertise to the team. Steve helped build GGV’s early social venture portfolio and more recently led the launch of GGV’s initiative to provide financing to affordable private schools throughout the developing world.

Prior to joining GGV, Steve was an Investment Manager with the Omidyar Network, where he was responsible for sourcing, analyzing and managing assets in the Access to Finance portfolio. He previously spent seven years in Mexico, where he worked with a Mexican community development NGO (Amextra) and later started a for‐profit microfinance institution (Avance).

Steve holds an MBA from University of California, Berkeley and a BA in International Economics from University of California, Los Angeles. He currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the Global Social Venture Competition and sits on the board of the Silicon Valley Microfinance Network.


J. Alex Hartzler | Chairman of the Sarona Asset Management Inc. Board

J. Alex Hartzler, is Chairman of the Sarona Asset Management Inc. Board. Hartzler was Executive Vice President and a partner of Webclients.net from 2000 until the company’s sale to ValueClick, Inc. in June 2005. Prior to that, Hartzler was a corporate attorney with Buchanan Ingersoll, P.C. Hartzler is a graduate of Penn State University (BA, Econ), The George Washington University Law School (JD), and was a Fulbright Scholar in Cologne Germany. Hartzler has also been involved in real estate development for over 10 years, mainly through his hobby of restoring historic homes in Harrisburg where he rehabbed over 45 properties from 1998-2005. Hartzler has been involved full time in real estate development since September, 2005, when he founded WCI Partners, LP along with his former partners at Webclients.net. Hartzler currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Ten Thousand Villages, an international handicraft distributor and retailer, and Director of the Board of MEDA.

Anne Hastings | Executive Director, Fonkoze

Anne Hastings has been the Executive Director of Fonkoze, Haiti’s largest microfinance institution, since May 1996. Under her leadership, the institution has grown from 2 volunteer employees to over 725 full-time employees. The institution now has 40 branches throughout rural Haiti, with over 190,000 clients, more than 55,000 of whom have microcredit loans. In July 2004, Fonkoze spun off its financial services component to form a commercial financial institution. Anne has been serving on the board of directors of that institution since its inception. In September, she was named CEO. She also continues to be very involved in the foundation, which is now devoted to monitoring the impact of microfinance on the lives of clients, eliminating illiteracy among its clients, incubating new branches that reach ever poorer and more rural clients with microfinance services, and continually testing and developing innovative new products for the clients of both the commercial entity and the foundation. She is the recipient of the 2005 Pioneer in Microfinance Award of the Grameen Foundation USA. In 2006, she was honored in the First Annual Chiapas Project Recognition Dinner in Dallas, Texas. In 2008, she was honored at the United Nations with an award from Women Together because of her commitment to the elimination of extreme poverty and hunger.

Before coming to Haiti, Anne had fifteen years of experience in providing strategic management services to executives and in managing young organizations for high performance and steady growth. She was Senior Partner and Managing Director of Scanlon and Hastings, a management consulting company in Washington DC, from 1985 to 1996 and a Senior Analyst at Advanced Technology in Reston, Virginia from 1982 to 1985. Anne holds a PhD from the University of Virginia and an Honorary Doctorate in Business Leadership from Duquesne University. She completed research fellowships at the Brookings Institute and the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, both in Washington, DC.


George Henry de Frahan | Co-Founder, FairStreet

With two friends, Maxime and Thomas, George is the co-founder of Fair Street. Founded in the midst of the economic and financial crisis, Fair Street was an 8-months long project set up as a social media highlighting and exploring the connection between social entrepreneurship and finance.

The objective of the project was twofold: first to demonstrate the role of social entrepreneurship as an activity creating sustainable wealth by reconciling social and economic interests, second, to re-establish the role of finance as the engine of the economy in supporting entrepreneurial initiative through the provision of capital.

Maxime, Thomas and George embarked on a tour in South America where they met 8 social entrepreneurs and interviewed several experts (Michael Chu, Jacqueline Novogradtz, Jacques Attali,…). For each entrepeneur, they produced written and video reports highlighting his innovation and the financial support he received. They published their reports on their own internet platform (www.fairstreet.org) and shared their thoughts on one of Social Edge’s blog.

George studied applied economics and finance. Prior to Fair Street, he worked 6 months as an intern in the investment banking division of JP Morgan. He currently works for Bain and Company. Every week, he enjoys intense and endless discussion with Maxime and Thomas about social entrepreneurship, conflicting ideas and new potential projects.


Clara Hidrón | Environmental Engineer, Escuela de Ingenieros de Antioquia, Colombia

Clara Hidrón is an Environmental Engineer (Escuela de Ingenieros de Antioquia, Colombia), with a Master in International Project Management (Université Paris XII-Val de Marne, France). Much of her work has been carried out in the social sector; for over 5 years she has actively worked with local communities in the development of environmentally friendly productive projects. Clara joined AMICHOCÓ’s team over 4 years ago, and is currently AMICHOCÓ’s Executive Director and the General Coordinator of the Oro Verde (Green Gold) Program.

Kenneth Hynes | Managing Director, ontheFRONTIER (OTF) Group

Kenneth Hynes is a Managing Director at ontheFRONTIER (OTF) Group; a recognized leader in the field of enterprise solutions to poverty. Mr. Hynes has over ten years experience advising public and private sector leaders on the role of private enterprise in creating national prosperity. Mr. Hynes is currently leading The Pioneers of Prosperity (POP) Global Awards Program, a groundbreaking strength-based program that celebrates entrepreneurs and SMEs in emerging markets. The program has grown from 5 countries in 2007 to 24 countries across Africa, Central America, and the Caribbean.

Mr. Hynes is frequently asked to speak on issues of economic prosperity, entrepreneurship and global competitiveness. He recently spoke at an investment conference on emerging markets hosted by former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair, as well as the Wharton School of Business, Harvard Business School, and the Euromoney Latin American Finance Conference. Mr. Hynes writes a newspaper column for the Jamaica Observer and is a contributing author to In the River they Swim Enterprise Solutions to Poverty (Templeton Press, 2009).


Kim Samuel Johnson

Kim Samuel Johnson serves as Policy Advisor to the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI). Founded in 2007 OPHI’s overall aim is to build and advance a more systematic methodological and economic framework for reducing multi-dimensional poverty grounded in people’s experiences and values.  As part of, and in addition to, her relationship with OPHI, Kim writes and focuses much of her work on the subject of isolation, shame and humiliation as a key dimension of poverty, and its potential impact in bringing about policy change.

She is  Director of The Samuel Group of Companies, a Canadian family business founded in 1855, which consists of a network of operations across North America, engaged in the processing, manufacturing and distribution of steel and other metals.  She is President of The Samuel Family Foundation, which has a long history of supporting the arts, health care and education in Canada. In recent years, under Kim’s leadership, the Foundation has broadened its mandate in the international arena by actively engaging in a number of multi-sectoral partnerships directed toward global poverty alleviation, human rights advocacy, preservation of traditional arts, environmental sustainability, disability rights and family support, education and youth empowerment.

She also serves as  a Director of the Quincy Jones Foundation, Synergos Institute and Special Olympics International, Chair of the Advisory Board of the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy, Member of the Chairman’s Council of Conservation International,  Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Investing in Children, Director of the Temenos Academy, Member of the Patrons’ Council of the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts,  Member of the Human Rights Watch Africa Division Advisory Committee, Member of the Women’s Leadership Board of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Member of the TransFair USA Advisory Board, Member of the Advisory Board of TakingItGlobal, Fellow of the Australia Davos Connection and Founding Member of the Global Philanthropists Circle.


Nick Kalbach | Co-Founder and Director of International Media, Compathos Foundation

Nick Kalbach is a California-based filmmaker, naturalist and grassroots visionary. Nick’s work has taken him from the jungles of Central America to the plains of Africa in projects that have ranged from archiving indigenous history to capturing humanitarian injustices. Nick is currently the Co-Founder and Director of International Media at the Compathos Foundation. Before joining the Compathos Foundation, Nick’s work included projects for the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, international indigenous rights organizations, the United Nations and U.S. based national museums.

Nick was the Associate Director of Earth Train International, an environmental NGO based in Panama that focuses on international youth leadership and environmental conservation. His work with Earth Train’s rain forest conservation project has resulted in over 9,000 acres of protected farm and forest lands throughout the Mesoamerican corridor.

Nick’s media roots were initially planted in Sacramento, California were he held the position of the Director of the Sacramento Youth Institute. The Youth Institute’s teen media program produced several award winning documentaries and shorts on teen issues. Prior to CORAL, Nick was the Campaign Manager for the California Capital Region United Way. Nick has B.S. degree in Environmental Education from Pennsylvania State University.


Randall Kempner | Executive Director, Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)

As executive director of ANDE, a global network of organizations that propels entrepreneurship in emerging markets, Randall oversees the implementation of ANDE’s extensive program and policy agenda, including efforts to develop standardized social and environmental metrics for impact investment. Randall also oversees training seminars on supporting and investing in emerging-market entrepreneurs, and oversees the ANDE Capacity Development Fund, a $1m facility which supports capacity building and innovation within the SGB sector. ANDE’s 80 members have operations in 130 emerging market countries.

Randall has fifteen years of experience in 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. Randall graduated from the University of Texas with an M.B.A and an M.P.Aff. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Government from Harvard College.


Steven R. King Ph.D. | Vice President for Sustainable Supply and Ethnobotanical Research, Napo Pharmaceuticals

Steven has been conducting research and development work on natural products in the pharmaceutical industry for 20 years. He works with Napo Pharmaceuticals, a company that brings proprietary products to the global marketplace through local partnerships.

Steve has also served on the board of the Healing Forest Conservancy, an NGO focused on developing innovative benefits sharing mechanisms. Prior to Napo he was the Chief Operating Officer and V. P. of Ethnobotany and Conservation at Shaman Pharmaceuticals in charge of international relations, field research, conservation and long term supply of plant material for all of Shaman’s research and development activities. Dr. King has conducted ethnobotanical and ethnomedical field research in 15 countries in Latin America, Africa and South East Asia.

Prior to joining Shaman, Dr. King worked as the Chief Botanist for Latin America for the Nature Conservancy in Washington D.C. Before joining the Nature Conservancy he worked at the National Academy of Sciences as part of the Committee on Managing Global Genetic Resources where he focused on managing the genetic resources of tree species. He earned his Ph.D. in biology at the Institute of Economic Botany of the New York Botanical Garden.


Tomas Krabec | Head of European Operations, Solar Business Technology

Tomas Krabec is Solar Business Technology’s head of European operations, economist and serial entrepreneur. His business valuation firm advices a number of clients in the region of Central and Eastern Europe. Tomas oversees the strategic and financial aspects of the investments made by SolarBT and its network of financial, technology and institutional partners in emerging markets, particularly Latin America and CEE. Tomas has published three books on valuation of private enterprises and dozens of articles in the field of business valuation, behavioral finance and institutional economics. He speaks fluent English, German and Czech and is based in Prague, Czech Republic.

Melissa Krinzman | Managing Director of Venture Architects LLC

As Managing Director of Venture Architects LLC, Ms. Krinzman has led business plan and capital raising seminars for entrepreneurs, executives, investors, students, and nonprofit organizations across the country – including Cisco Systems, Columbia University, IBM, Independent Sector, MeadWestvaco, New York Angels, New York Software Industry Association, New York University, Northern Trust, Office Depot, Social Enterprise Alliance, Women Presidents’ Organization, The Miami Herald, The World Bank, and Yale University. Since 1998, Venture Architects has worked with over 500 companies that have raised approximately $750 million in investment capital.

Ms. Krinzman also played a key role in the strategic planning and launch of three national nonprofit organizations. Ms. Krinzman created social marketing programs with several Fortune 500 corporations for Do Something and developed national management and leadership seminars with world-renowned experts for the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management. Ms. Krinzman began her career at The Points of Light Foundation where she co-organized a White House-sponsored, multi-city community service celebration.

Ms. Krinzman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and American Studies from Tufts University and currently serves as a board member of the Miami Children’s Museum, Ransom-Everglades Alumni Board, and Locust Projects.


Armando Laborde | Director of Ashoka Mexico and Central America, Ashoka

Armando Laborde has over nine years of professional experience in the microfinance sector. He was a founding member of FinComun, one of the pioneer organizations in the sector in Mexico, and he was Mexico’s first director of ProMujer, a Latin American microfinance network that offers integrated services in finance, health, and training. Armando also participated in the fair trade movement in Mexico. He was responsible for the design and implementation of Conservation International’s conservation coffee program in the El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve in Chiapas; the program’s commercial partners included companies like Starbucks. Currently Armando is director of Ashoka Mexico and Central America, an organization that supports social entrepreneurs and believes that individuals can be the social changemakers that the world needs. Armando studied biochemical engineering at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) and has an MBA from the Instituto Panamericano de Alta Dirección de Empresas (IPADE).

Marc J Lane | Founder/President, Marc J. Lane Wealth Group

Marc J. Lane, a nationally recognized attorney and financial advisor, is the Founder of Marc J. Lane Wealth Group (www.MarcJLane.com). An innovator in helping social enterprises and social entrepreneurs leverage capital to maximize financial results while driving positive social change, he designed and teaches the Social Enterprise course at Northwestern University School of Law where he is an Adjunct Professor of Law. Marc is the pioneer behind the Advocacy Investing® approach to mission-related investing (www.AdvocacyInvesting.com/).

A Director of Social Enterprise Alliance, the national association of enterprising nonprofits and social-purpose businesses, he spearheaded the launch of its Chicago chapter, which he serves as President and a Director. And he is the force behind the Low-profit Limited Liability Company (L3) legislation in several states, authorizing the new hybrid business form which can leverage foundations’ program-related investments to access trillions of dollars of market-driven capital for ventures with modest financial prospects, but the possibility of major social impact. Marc is the author of Profitable Socially Responsible Investing? An Institutional Investor’s Guide, Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, Advising Entrepreneurs: Dynamic Strategies for Financial Growth, John Wiley and Sons, Legal Handbook for Nonprofit Organizations, American Management Association, and Representing Corporate Officers and Directors, Aspen Publishing. His treatises Social Enterprise, American Bar Association, and Corporate Governance and Fiduciary Responsibilities: Representing Officers, Directors, Managers, and Trustees, Aspen Publishing, will be published in 2010.


Robert Lang | CEO of the Mary Elizabeth & Gordon B. Mannweiler Foundation, Inc. and CEO of L3C Advisors L3C

Robert (Bob) M. Lang is CEO of the Mary Elizabeth & Gordon B. Mannweiler Foundation, Inc. and CEO of L3C Advisors L3C. He is responsible for innovative projects including the L3C, the new legal structure designed to incorporate socially beneficial activities under a for profit umbrella. One of the major projects has been the L3C, which is based on the use of for profit LLCs to perform socially beneficial services and use PRI funding as a source of capital, particularly equity. Vermont passed the L3C bill on April 30, 2008, followed by Michigan in January 2009, the Crow Indian Nation in January 2009, Wyoming in February 2009, Utah in March 2009, the Oglala Sioux in June 2009, and Illinois in August 2009. Bills to create L3C s are now before many other state legislatures. He created the first L3C, L3C Advisors L3C, to work with the philanthropic community and the world’s largest financial institutions to create new, unique financial product for social impact investing. An allied project is the creation of a Social Impact Investment Bank. Its purpose will be to structure, finance and facilitate deals only in the social sector. He is leading an international group in a project to develop social finance structural harmonization around the world and facilitate investment in L3C type structures worldwide. He is an active board member of Naumburg Orchestral Concerts, which presents free classical music concerts at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park in NYC. He is also a cosmetic chemist and CEO of Fabrique Cosmetique Inc and designs and develops cosmetic systems and machinery. He is a member of the Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors Association, the American Chemical Society, the National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors, and involved in other nonprofit work. He lectures frequently and participates in seminars and on panels worldwide. He has been published in trade publications, popular magazines, on the web and newspapers.

Eric Leenson | Co-Founder, Progressive Asset Management, Inc.

Eric Leenson is co-founder and former President and CEO of Progressive Asset Management, Inc. established in 1987 as the first brokerage in the United States to specialize in socially and environmentally responsible investing. He manages client portfolios and is a longstanding member of the Social Investment Forum. Eric began his professional financial services career with Merrill Lynch.

Eric has had a lifelong interest in Latin America. He received his BA in international affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School and attended the University of Chile in Santiago on a Fulbright Scholarship. In 1975 he co founded La Pena Cultural Center, an innovative social enterprise in Berkeley California. In 1997 he co founded Foro EMPRESA, a hemispheric coordinating group for business and social responsibility, now headquartered in Santiago, Chile. Presently he is a senior strategic advisor to that organization. In addition he is a member of the International Advisory Board of Instituto Ethos, one of Brazil’s leading business and social responsibility organizations. Eric holds a MBA from the University of California at Berkeley.


Daniella Levine | Founder, Human Services Coalition (HSC)

Daniella Levine is founder of Human Services Coalition (HSC), a hub for innovation and incubator for community and economic development. HSC initiatives Prosperity Campaign and Imagine Miami have received national recognition from groups including U.S. Treasury, GAO and Ford Foundation. HSC employs 25 with a budget of $2.3 million. HSC’s new venture, Catalyst Miami, uses shared infrastructure (efficiency) to liberate energy for civic participation, storytelling and social innovation (impact).

Prior to launching HSC, Ms Levine headed the Educational Advocacy Project for Legal Services of Greater Miami, Guardian Ad Litem Program, and foster care/adoptions for Department of Children and Families. Ms. Levine served on boards including North Dade Medical Foundation, League of Women Voters, Orange Bowl Foundation, and South Florida Health Information Initiative and FIU Labor Center. She received awards including from FIU, Red Cross, ACLU, League of Women Voters, AAUW and National Council of Jewish Women. She was featured in a publication in the New York Times. She was one of 11 “leadership fellows” of International Women’s Forum in 1999.

Ms. Levine taught “Social Change in a Global Era” at American University of Paris, at University of Miami School of Law, Nova Southeastern and Barry University School of Social Work. She is frequent speaker including for U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Grantmakers in Health, and Federal Reserve. She published articles in newspapers and magazines, including Wingspread Journal and Federal Reserve Southeast Region magazine.

Ms. Levine received a bachelor’s degree in psychology with honors from Yale University and graduate degrees in law and social work from Columbia University. She is married to Robert Cava MD, and they have two adult children, Eliza and Edward Cava.


Leonardo Letelier | Founder & CEO, sitawi

Leonardo is the founder and CEO of sitawi, a non-profit devoted to developing the financial infrastructure for the social sector in Brazil. Prior to founding sitawi, Leonardo worked at McKinsey for eight years and launched Ashoka’s Full Economic Citizenship Initiative in Brazil. Leonardo has an MBA from Harvard Business School and an Industrial Engineering degree from Universidade de Sao Paulo. He is married and fluent in Portuguese, English, and French.

Jonathan C. Lewis | Founder/CEO, Opportunity Collaboration

Jonathan C. Lewis is founder/CEO of the Opportunity Collaboration, a diverse community of 250 social investors and entrepreneurs who annually attend a strategic offsite on World Poverty Day (every year: October 17) to leverage resources, combine forces, share innovations and operate more effectively. He is also the founder of MicroCredit Enterprises which leverages private capital for microloans. Jonathan is a recipient of the Social Venture Network Innovation Award.

M | M…THEMOVEMENT

Simplicio Michael Luis was born in Manila (Philippines) in 1976. Although his family had deeply rooted ties in politics and business in Asia, Simplicio’s family moved to the United States. Knowing that he wanted a life in the arts, Simplicio chose fashion as a platform. After having achieved his degree in fashion at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (F.I.D.M.) in 1997.

Simplicio (la.k.a. “M”) started working at the Karl Kani studio. The head graphic design position, which later developed to be a licensee manager for all divisions at Karl Kani gave Simplicio the
knowledge in fashion from concept to production to sales and marketing. Simplicio had a talent in commmunications and was passionate in giving back-to share what he has developed and experienced- eventually returned to his alma mater to instruct classes of 20 students ingraphics and fashion design at F.I.D.M. in 2002. Soon after, he lived allover the world (Munich, HongKong, Mumbei, Lima, Mexico City and Guangzhou), designing for many corporate clients (such as PUMA, FERRARI, VODAFONE, RED BULL, T-MOBILE, to name a few) before he decided to launch his own line, M…THEMOVEMENT.

M…THEMOVEMENT is a functionally modern line for men and women with a focus on eco-fabrication, fit, fine tailoring and sophisticated clean silhouettes, with a philanthropic intent. The line was well recieved by press and media in its soft launch in 2007 and 2008 in the glamorous Mercedes Fashion Week, Los Angeles.


Magogodi Makhene | Co-Founding Managing Director, Zenzele Circle

Magogodi Makhene is Co-Founding Managing Director of Zenzele Circle. Zenzele helps build Africa’s Missing Middle by linking start-up small medium enterprises (SMEs) in sub-Saharan Africa with seed and growth capital as well as strategic sectoral relationships. She is also Founding Co-Chair of the Africa Social Enterprise Forum, an annual gathering of social investment capital and innovative African social enterprise ventures. Magogodi is a Catherine B. Reynolds Fellow for Social Entrepreneurship at NYU, where her masters work has focused on leveraging private equity/venture capital finance tools to advance African development. She is also a keen essayist, with several writing awards, including first prize for the 2007 Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest. She is author of the blog Africa’s Moment for Skoll Foundation’s Social Edge. Magogodi is proudly South African, a Sowetan girl at heart whose earliest memories growing up at the tail-end of apartheid South Africa profoundly shaped her belief in humanity.

Nic Marks | Founder of the centre for well-being, the new economics foundation, London

Nic Marks is Founder of the centre for well-being and has led the well-being programme at nef (the new economics foundation) – a UK based policy think tank – since 2001. Nic is a recognised expert in the field of well-being research and undertakes innovative research in the use of well-being indicators in public policy environments. Nic has expertise in relation to individual, social, economic and environmental indicators of well-being and has previously applied his work in policy fields as diverse as sustainable development, health and social care, education, culture and the arts, and employment. Nic has experience of devising methodologies to measure well-being, statistical and analytical skills, and a proven ability to interpret findings in a way that makes sense for policy makers, practitioners and the general public.

Nic was the lead author of nef’s innovative Happy Planet Index, a global index of human well-being and environmental impact. He was an advisor to the UK Government Office for Science’s Foresight project on ‘mental capital and well-being” which was published in October 2008, which included the creation of “the five ways to well-being”. He devised, together with others at the centre for well-being, the model and methodology behind nef’s report on National Accounts of Well-being, which gained extensive media coverage when launched in January 2009.

Nic has a degree in Management Studies from Cambridge University, a Master’s degree in Operational Research from Lancaster University and a postgraduate diploma in Change Agent Skills and Strategies from the Human Potential Research Group at the University of Surrey. He is also a qualified psychotherapist and a member of the International Society for Quality of Life Studies – ISQOLS. In 2007 nef won the ISQOLS ‘Betterment of the Human Condition” award in recognition of their work on the Happy Planet Index.


Ian McCluskey | Founder, Thought Leadership International

Through his consulting firm Thought Leadership International, Ian showcases the talents of senior executives through thought leadership, by developing and publishing bylined articles, and leveraging those articles into seminars, webinars and other speaking engagements. Ian launched TLi in January 2010, after one year as director of thought leadership at Kroll, a global risk consultancy.

Ian is involved in the production or co-production of events related to international business in Miami and in Latin America. He serves on the board of the Miami Finance Forum and is the thought leadership chair on the board of OWIT, the Organization of Women in International Trade. Ian is also a member of the Thunderbird Global Council at the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Prior to joining Kroll in January 2009, Ian spent four years as publisher of WorldCity Business magazine, a publication focused on South Florida’s multinational business community. Before WorldCity, Ian was editor-in-chief and publisher of AmericaEconomia, a Spanish and Portuguese-language business publication, based in Chile and distributed throughout Latin America.

Ian got his start in the media business in the late 1980’s in Brazil, as editor and part-owner of BrazilWatch, a political and economic newsletter. He later spent five years as Latin America correspondent for Time magazine, based in Brazil, and one year as the Sao Paulo Bureau Chief for Bloomberg News.

Ian lived nearly 20 years in Latin America. He began his career there as a foreign debt negotiator for Canada’s Export Development Corp. and spent three years as a Canadian diplomat in Brasilia. Ian has a BA in International Relations from the University of Toronto and an MBA from The Thunderbird School of Global Management.

He speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese and French.


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Felipe Medina

Felipe began his career in Goldman Sachs in 1990 managing assets for Latin American clients and formed the largest team in the region. Between 2000 and 2003, Felipe was Regional Director for Latin America Private Wealth Management. Currently, Felipe manages relationships with the most influential families and individuals in the Region. He is a member of the Private Wealth Philanthropy Advisory Committee of Goldman Sachs. Felipe has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Economics and Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before Goldman Sachs, Felipe worked in the Investment Banking Division of Shearson Lehman Hutton, Inc.

Kelly Michel | Founder, Artemisia

Kelly Michel is founder of Artemisia, a foundation that collaborates with programs on 4 continents and aims to inspire, develop and connect people to build a new generation of businesses whose products and services contribute to reducing socioeconomic inequality. In 2009, Kelly and two partners launched Vox Capital, a Brazilian venture capital fund that invests in small companies which serve low-income populations and contribute to reducing poverty. Together Artemisia and Vox are supporting the development of Brazilian cluster for profitable and scalable social business that attracts talent, innovations and investment at home and abroad.

Kelly has co-founded an international community of young investors contributing to systemic social impact and is an advisor to several Brazilian social sector organizations. She holds a Masters in Entrepreneurship from HEC Paris and is working on further research about impact investing in developing countries. She has spent the past 12 years outside her native United States, living, studying and working in Latin America, Europe and West Africa.


Brian Milder | Director of Strategy & Innovation for Root Capital

>Mr. Milder is the Director of Strategy & Innovation for Root Capital where he coordinates organizational strategy and develops new markets and financial products for expanding Root Capital’s investment fund for small and growing rural businesses in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Previously, he served as Boston Site Director for Project HEALTH, a national nonprofit organization that connects low-income families to the resources they need to be healthy. He also worked in Chile as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the Nonprofit Enterprise and Self-sustainability Team (NESsT), which operates a venture fund to incubate sustainable social enterprises. Mr. Milder holds a B.A. in social studies from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Recent publications include case studies on food security in Sub-Saharan Africa and horticulture supply chains linking East African producers to European supermarkets for Harvard Business School, an article on value chain finance in the journal Enterprise Development and Microfinance, and a chapter on finance for ecotourism businesses in the Galapagos Islands in Conservation Capital in the Americas. He is fluent in Spanish and is on the Board of Directors of Patagonia Sur Foundation and the Advisory Board for Rooted Foods.

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Erin Mote | Manager for Resource Development, CHF International

Erin Mote, Manager for Resource Development at CHF International, has close to a decade of experience forging working with private corporations, NGOS and governments to solve a range of development challenges. She has worked with more than fifty Fortune 500 companies, including UPS, Wal-Mart, and Chevron focusing on the development of global strategies to protect natural and human resources. In her current capacity with CHF, a humanitarian aid and development assistance organization based in the Washington, D.C. area, Erin leads the Office of Business Development Corporate Relations Office and its team of technical professionals in providing guidance and informing policy with regards to CHF International’s work with the private sector, foundations and partners. She sets the overall strategy, and builds CHF’s program capacity through tri-sector alliances – from financing to major infrastructure development in some of the world’s most challenging places.

A recognized leader in the alliance building Erin has facilitated working groups and serves in an advisory capacity for several leading organizations including the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars and the Business Center for Civic Leadership at the US Chamber. A frequent speaker at conferences, including, the Corporate Council on Africa, Clinton Global Initiative, Stockholm World Water Week, the Council on Foreign Relations, and Business for Social Responsibility; Erin focuses her efforts on working with the private sector, governments and partners to build sustainable, holistic development interventions to bolster CHF’s work in over 40 countries.


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Michael Murphy | Co-Founder & Executive Director, MASS

Michael Murphy, Executive Director, graduated with an honors degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago and is a Masters Degree candidate in Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Michael co-founded MASS in 2007 to better address the need for a holistic design approach in developing economies. Through partnership with Partners In Health, Michael led the design on Butaro Hospital in the Northern Province (Rwanda), creating breakthrough architectural solutions to mitigate and reduce the transmission of airborne diseases like Tuberculosis. Michael has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Hart Howerton design fellowship, the Kennedy Knox Sheldon Fellowship at Harvard University,

and the Paul T. Heffernan Fund.


Vivianne Naigeborin

Vivianne Naigeborin currently works as a strategic consultant in the field of social business in Brazil with organizations such as Artemisia International, Vox Capital, Instituto Ação Empresarial pela Cidadania, among others. From 2000 to 2007 Vivianne was the International Director for Strategic Partnerships and Latin-America Integration at Ashoka Innovators for the Public. In this period, she led several editions of the Ashoka-McKinsey Business Plan Competition for citizen sector organizations in eight South American countries and launched two publications on sustainable social businesses in the social entrepreneurship field. She also participated in the Ashoka-Grameen Dialogue in 2003. Vivianne is a board member of several organizations, including start-up social businesses. Vivianne is trained in Dentistry at the University of São Paulo.

Ignacio González Nappa | Un Techo para mi País

Ignacio González Nappa (Uruguay, 1985) studied Communication and Journalism in Universidad de Montevideo. He won a Fulbright Schollarship for Latin American Leaders, and studied in Amherst College, Massachustts.

Ignacio was literature reviewer in El Observador, and he published several articles in magazines such as Nuestro Tiempo (Universidad de Navarra). Ignacio won literature prices in Spain (País Vasco), and he is also a blogger.

He works in Un Techo para mi País* as a volunteer since 2005. In 2007 he become Director of Communication & Marketing in Uruguay, and since 2009 he is encharged to open Un Techo para mi País in the USA. He has been strong involved with social issues, university movements, and integrating the Private Sector in the race to overcome poverty in Latin America.

He is also musician, he composed music for short films and teached guitar lessons.


Tammy Newmark | President, EcoEnterprises Fund

Tammy E. Newmark, a leader in the impact investing field for 20 years, has headed EcoEnterprises Fund (www.ecoenterprisesfund.com) for The Nature Conservancy since 1998 and serves as the fund’s President and Treasurer. Newmark is presently launching EcoEnterprises Fund II, a $30 million follow-on fund. Before joining The Nature Conservancy, Newmark led Technoserve, Inc.’s environmental business advisory services in Latin America and Africa. Prior to that, she was a founding officer and vice president of the Environmental Enterprises Assistance Fund, the first nonprofit venture capital fund that specialized in renewable energy, clean technology, and green investments in emerging markets. She established investment groups: Yayasan Bina Usaha Lingkungan and Preferred Energy Investments in Indonesia and the Philippines, respectively. She has also worked for the International Finance Corporation and J.P. Morgan Chase. Newmark has an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Francisco Noguera | Communications Officer, World Resources Institute

Francisco is a Communications Officer for the New Ventures initiative at the World Resources Institute, a global network of sustainable enterprise acceleration in emerging economies. He is also NextBillion.net’s Co-Managing Editor, as well as the Founder and Editor of NextBillion en Español, a website and blog aimed to advance the development through enterprise community in Latin America.

Prior to his affiliation with WRI, Francisco worked in the investment banking and management consulting industries in Colombia. During his tenure at StratCo Consultores in Bogotá, he worked in strategy consulting projects with various industry leaders in the country, as well as in projects aimed at strengthening civil society organizations. Francisco is also a co-founder of Prospéritas Microfinanzas, in Colombia, an MFI that provides credit and business advisory services to microenterprise owners.

Francisco holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia.


Andres Otero | Managing Director, Kroll

Andres Otero is an expert in a variety of investigative and intelligence services, including fraud and corruption control, money laundering investigations, government relationships, conflict resolution and other related matters. He joined the Miami office as an Associate Managing Director in the Business Intelligence and Investigations division, opened the Kroll Bogota office in June 2007 as Colombia Country Head and now is head of the Kroll Miami office.

Prior to joining Kroll, Andres co-founded Corporate Investigations, a boutique risk consulting firm in Bogota, Colombia. There he supported governments, multilateral organizations and private companies in their efforts to fight corruption.

In addition to working for other investigative companies such as Control Risks Group and Pinkerton Consulting & Investigation, Andres has held a number of positions, both in Colombia and abroad, with the Colombian government, the European Union and the Inter-American Development bank where he focused on anti-corruption initiatives. He served as the Technical Secretary in the Citizen’s Surveillance Commission during the action that was taking place against the involvement of drug money in political campaigns in Colombia.


Carmen Page | Founder, One By One 4 Life

Carmen Page is the conceptual creator and founder of One By One, a non-profit company dedicated to train mothers who live on less than $US 2/day, in developing countries, to help them start their own micro-business manufacturing organic baby apparel to help lift themselves out poverty.

Carmen Page is a native Peruvian who moved to the United States in 1985 after residing and visiting 21 other countries around the world with her English husband and young daughter. She began her entrepreneurial experience in the cigar industry and in only three years she successfully created a business, opened a factory, and created a private label with her name. Carmen became the first non-Cuban female cigar manufacturer in the industry. Carmen’s cigars were distributed and sold in the most prestigious stores in the U.S. and England; and she was featured in international trade and consumer publications.

Carmen is also a licensed real estate agent with many years of experience in construction and has provided services for large developers such as Lennar, United Homes, Centex Toll brothers, Relate, WCI, Costal construction and many others. She developed and introduced to the construction industry a new line of granite precuts while working for the second largest processing facility from Brazil. In 2007 she started One by One 4 Life. Carmen has taken courses in Business and Psychology at MDCC and FIU.


Barbara Pantuso | Director of Healthcare Innovation, frog design

As the Director of Healthcare Innovation at frog design, a global innovation firm, Barbara leads the healthcare expert group, a cross-disciplinary global team that works collectively to share best practices and build frog’s healthcare capabilities. Barbara has over eight years of experience working in healthcare marketing and education. A thought leader in that industry, Barbara has spoken at numerous conferences and has been published in several trade magazines. Recently she co-authored the Fast Company article, “The Future of Health Care is Social.”

Prior to joining frog, as Senior Vice President at HealthEd, Barbara founded the Interactive Division and spent five years growing the division to a multi-million dollar, and profitable business. Barbara graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University. She also attended the Graphic Design certificate program at Parsons.


Bob Pattillo

Bob is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Gray Ghost Ventures (GGV), an impact investment firm dedicated to providing market-based capital solutions to entrepreneurs who are addressing the needs of low-income communities in emerging markets.

As an entrepreneur, Bob likes to start stuff. In real estate he pioneered the Single, Tenant, Cross-dock, Expandable, “STCDE” shell, a speculative building concept that took Robert Pattillo Properties to eighth on the list of the largest industrial developers in the United States. He subsequently reoriented his activities to focus on impact investment and social enterprise development. Bob began as an early investor in microfinance and capitalized the formation of the Gray Ghost Microfinance Fund which played a catalytic role in expanding funding to microfinance institutions (MFIs). He pioneered equity investment in innovative early-stage social enterprises and is actively involved with First Light Ventures, an affiliated, but independently operated fund within the GGV family which incubates ideas into new enterprises and serves as an investment partner to seed-stage, for-profit social ventures.

Most recently, Bob initiated efforts to provide financing to affordable private schools (APSs) in emerging markets. The establishment of the Indian School Finance Company (ISFC), based in Hyderabad, is a centerpiece of this activity.


Erik Peterson | Aureos Capital

Based in San José, Costa Rica, Erik has over 15 years of experience in private equity and investment banking. Erik is responsible for the Latin America Region, where Aureos manages the Aureos Latin America Fund, the Aureos Central America Fund and the Emerge Fund. Aureos managed funds have invested across the Latin America region in companies providing outsourcing and leasing solutions in the IT, oil & gas, transportation and office equipment spaces. These investments are often part of a regional roll-up, as has been the case with investments made in the IT, outdoor advertising and retail sectors. Prior to joining Aureos, Erik was responsible for US$ 150 million of Bank of America’s equity portfolio in Latin America, which was primarily invested in the financial services, forestry and energy sectors. Erik holds an MBA, with a concentration in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management, from the Wharton School of Business, an MA in International Studies (LatAm) from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley. Raised in Panama, Erik is bilingual in English and Spanish.

Oren Pinsky | Partner, Stratus Group

Oren Pinsky is a partner with Stratus Group, a 10-year-old private equity firm based in São Paulo that has built up about US$ 280 million to invest in mid-size companies in Brazil, where he is responsible for the CleanTech Fund. Previously with Philips Latin America, he led and executed the acquisition of two local, low-cost medical devices companies while in charge of bottom-of-the-pyramid initiatives as a New Business Development director. Before, he created, grown and sold a technology company and was a consultant with McKinsey. He is a Chemical Engineer, and a MBA from Columbia Business School.

Hernan Pisano | Managing Partner, Nextlogics Ventures

Hernan draws from over 14 years of experience in Marketing and Finance. His core experience lies in the Media, High-Tech, and Investment industries within Latin America and the U.S. His growing interest in social concerns led Hernan to his current position as Managing Partner of Nextlogics Ventures. He manages two funds. A Venture Capital fund invested in small and mid-size companies focused in the Technology, Real State, Publishing and Health & Fitness industries; and a portfolio of long term positions in “environmentally clean and socially responsible” Securities. Assets under management have generated a 3 digit return in the last 3 years.

Prior to Nextlogica, as Global Marketing Director for a well known Management & IT consulting firm, Hernan supported a multi-million sales pipeline through Brand Management and Customer Relationship programs. He led teams of 60 professionals in large-scale, critically-scheduled projects for global clients like: Shell, BAT, CEMEX, and Bank Boston.

Hernan holds a Global Marketing Certification by The Wharton School, an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and has a MS in Psychology, focus in behavioral economics. He speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese.


Jonathan Plutzik | Chairman and Principal Partner, The Betsy Hotel, Miami/Co-President, PG Family Foundation, NYC

Jonathan retired as a Vice-Chairman of Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB), in 2003, after a 25-year career. His responsibilities included oversight for the firms work with U. S. state and local governments, international privatization initiatives, investment banking activities in Washington, DC and global financial services. He also led the CSFB team that provided advisory services to the City of New York during the city’s financial crisis. From 2003 to 2005 Jonathan served as Chairman of the Board of Firaxis Games, one of the world’s leading computer game design companies and home of Civilization, the widely acclaimed strategy game. Jonathan is Chairman of the Board of the CORO New York Leadership Center, and a member of the Board and Executive Committee of UJA-Federation of New York, where he previously chaired the Caring Commission. He is currently acting as Chair the UJA-Federations Connect to Caring initiative and also serves as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Jonathan joined the Board of Fannie Mae as a Director in 2009. He received his B.A. from Brandeis University and his M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Jonathan is Co-President of the PG Family Foundation in NYC, and principal owner of The Betsy-South Beach, a luxury hotel with an expansive community-conscience, with investment banker and philanthropist, Lesley Goldwasser.

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Mark Pomerantz | Doctoral Student in Educational Leadership, Seattle University

Mark Pomerantz is a doctoral student at Seattle University in the educational leadership program. He holds a masters degree in city and regional planning from Rutgers University and a BA in secondary education from Antioch College. He has been involved with local nonprofit organizations with such diverse missions as serving the developmentally disabled community, developing community re-entry programs for ex-offenders, micro lending to low-income women both in Seattle and in Africa, and supporting the local economy. He is ”retired” from government work where besides land use and housing planning and administration he helped develop the concept for and implement the first social venture fairs in the US. He actively promotes and writes about the concept of social entrepreneurship. He publishes on the Internet Social Enterprise Magazine-Online, (http://socialenterprisemagazine.org ) news and technical assistance relating to social entrepreneurship, and Worldshapers! (http://worldshapers.net ), a website dedicated to entrepreneurial social change solutions.

Johanna Posada | Co-Founder, Elevar

Prior to co-founding Elevar, she was Senior Associate and Principal of the Unitus Equity Fund L.P. where she executed transactions in Asia and Latin America for seven equity investments and three follow-on rounds, including sourcing, analysis, due diligence and structuring. Johanna has years of experience working in developing countries and has long been involved in economic development: “Growing up in a developing country, I could not help but notice the inequality and injustice that poor people face on a daily basis. We can positively impact people’s lives by promoting scalable, market based solutions that address their needs. At Elevar we believe that the best way to do this is by applying our passion and investment discipline and by allocating private capital to entrepreneurs who know best how to serve the base of the pyramid and empower their clients.” Previously, Johanna was the MFI Investment Manager of Unitus, where she employed financing mechanisms and structures to remove financing constraints of several microfinance companies. Johanna was also primarily responsible for sourcing and managing the MFI pipeline investment around the globe and a team of analysts to conduct economic, financial market and institutional analysis.

Johanna came to the microfinance field in 2004 having previously worked as a Senior Financial Specialist at ExxonMobil’s Exploration Company, supporting the Africa Region. Previously she was an Economist at the Central Bank of Mexico were she focused on the creation of legal and institutional frameworks to increase the efficiency, transparency and inclusiveness of the Mexican financial sector. In collaboration with the World Bank, she co-authored a research paper “Regulation of Personal Data Protection and of Credit Reporting Firms” published in the book “Credit Reporting Systems and the International Economy” (MIT Press, 2003). Johanna serves as a Director of Credex and is an observer to the board of Moksha Yug. She holds a B.A. in Economics from the ITAM (Mexico City) and a M.B.A. from Stanford University.


Ben Powell | Founder and Managing Partner of Agora Partnerships

Ben Powell is the Founder and Managing Partner of Agora Partnerships, a non-profit organization dedicated to unleashing the potential of small businesses to create social and economic value, with a focus on Central America. Ben is also a Director of the Agora Venture Fund, an impact investment fund focused on early stage small businesses in Nicaragua capable of generating positive social, economic, and environmental returns. Ben became convinced of the power of small business to transform poor communities as an entrepreneur in Mexico, where he founded CityGolf Puebla, a family entertainment park. Prior to starting Agora Partnerships Ben worked as a Presidential Fellow at the Office of Management and Budget. Ben has an MBA from Columbia Business School, an MS in Foreign Service with distinction from Georgetown, and a BA with high honors from Haverford College. Ben has been recognized as a development innovator by Dalberg, the Social Venture Network, and the BMW Foundation. He is a Draper Richards Fellow and an Ashoka Fellow.

John Price | Managing Director of Business Intelligence Services, Kroll

John Price is an expert in the field of business intelligence in emerging markets, particularly Latin America. He joined Kroll in early 2008 when Kroll acquired InfoAmericas, the leading independent market intelligence firm in Latin America, which John Price founded in Mexico City in 1993. As a Managing Director of Business Intelligence Services at Kroll, Mr. Price is a strategic advisor to clients, providing advice on competitive positioning, market entry, transactional due diligence, competitive intelligence, and business risk analysis. .

Mr. Price is a recognized regional thought leader in the areas of Latin American business climate and business strategy best practices. He has published more than 100 articles on the subjects, published by leading regional and national journals. More recently, Mr. Price co-edited the book “Can Latin America compete?” published by Palgrave.


Gerhard Pries | Founding President, Sarona Asset Management Inc.

Gerhard Pries works to create impact investment solutions for private investors. By creating private equity vehicles that achieve a triple bottom line in developing countries – Profit, People, and Planet – Mr Pries enables investors to capture the strong growth in emerging markets while making this world a better place for all. Mr Pries is Founding President of Sarona Asset Management Inc, Founding Director and Chairman of the Investment Board of MicroVest Capital Management and Founding Director of International Association of Micro Finance Investors. He has previously served as CFO of MEDA, Founding Chairman of MicroCap Management and Latin America Challenge Investment Fund, and Director of numerous companies in the financial services and agribusiness industries. He cut his teeth equally at PricewaterhouseCoopers and at the feet of Mother Teresa.

Marco Puccia | Founder, International Transparency Solutions

Marco Puccia is the Founder and CEO of a startup social enterprise called International Transparency Solutions, a business designed to deliver cost-effective due diligence and investment oversight solutions to the social sector. Through responsible and accountable investment, Marco expects his business can positively influence the fundamental cost-benefit relationship that currently drives most corruption.

Marco is a graduate of both Culver Military Academy and American University’s School of International Service. His work experience transcends the private, public, and independent sectors. He has worked in the US Senate, Department of Commerce, a Kenyan-based e-commerce company (MamaMikes.com), and Development Gateway – a nonprofit building aid accountability software for governments. In addition to his startup work, he dedicates a great deal of time to blogging about the inter-relationship between the private sector and global development at MarcoPuccia.com.


Tamzin Ractliffe | NeXii

Tamzin Ractliffe worked both in South Africa and internationally in financial services, asset management and venture capital for more than a decade before returning to South Africa after the 1994 elections to address the need for intermediary infrastructure and advisory services to facilitate more effective utilisation of social investment capital and development finance in post-apartheid South Africa.

She established Funding South Africa, a corporate social investment services consultancy, in 1997 and in 1999 created the first South African online development networking platform, which in 2004 became GreaterGood South Africa. For the past eighteen months, Tamzin has focused on establishing NeXii – an alternative trading system and NeXus for Impact Investment worldwide, and GSIX – a member-run federation committed to growing effective impact investment, monitoring and disseminating standards, providing a voice to policy makers and promoting enabling regulations governing transnational social investment.


Teju Ravilochan | Co-Founder, The Unreasonable Institute

Teju Ravilochan is a Co-Founder of the Unreasonable Institute, an international incubator for early stage social ventures, enabling young, high-impact entrepreneurs to launch social ventures that effectively address a social or environmental problem in a way that is financially self-sustaining and globally scalable to millions of people. While in college, Teju received a grant to conduct research on the effectiveness of non-profit organizations in addressing rural poverty. He discovered that organizations relying on charitable approaches to poverty alleviation struggled to make a noticeable impact in the lives of the poor, while organizations that treated the poor as customers and potential entrepreneurs were successfully able to lift many out of poverty. Intrigued by the promise of social entrepreneurship and to learn more about how to get a social venture off the ground, Teju began working as Executive Assistant to Paul Polak at D-Rev: Design for the Other 90%. Dr. Polak has used innovative market-based approaches to move over 19 million people out of poverty worldwide. After almost a D-Rev, Teju left the organization to co-found the Unreasonable Institute in June of 2009. Among Teju’s greatest passions are discussing literature, playing tennis and chess, laughing unrestrainedly, and traveling.

David Reich | Founder and CEO, Assured Labor, Inc.

David is founder of Assured Labor, which connects low wage workers with local job opportunities using their mobile phones and the internet. The service is currently operating in Latin America under the brand name EmpleoListo in partnership with the regions largest wireless carrier.

Prior to founding Assured Labor, David worked as an innovation and strategy consultant at Innosight Ventures, developing and incubating disruptive start-ups while based in India. Previously, David was an Equity Research Analyst covering the global wireless telecommunications, media broadcasting, and enterprise software sectors at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. and at CreditSights. Before Wall Street, David worked as a strategy and technology consultant at Accenture.

David has advised multiple start-ups based in the United States, Singapore, Brazil, India and the United Kingdom and has been quoted in multiple publications including Bloomberg, Reuters and the Financial Times as a wireless expert. He is a frequent lecturer at MIT, Boston University, and McGill University on the subject of social entrepreneurship. David received his MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management. He holds a B.S. in Industrial Distribution Management from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Matt Reynolds | Co-Founder and President, Indigenous Designs Corporation

Matt is Co-Founder and President of Indigenous Designs Corporation, an industry leader in premium hand-crafted organic fair trade apparel since 1994. Matt has over fourteen years experience in organic, fair trade cottage industry production and has been responsible for spearheading and actualizing a revolutionary new production financing model for fair trade knitting cooperatives throughout South America. IDC has helped nurture these co-ops into enterprises that are a model of community trade. They use natural dyes and organic fibers, incorporate an equal distribution of responsibilities among men and women, offer training opportunities for artisans to improve their skills and understanding of quality control measures. Matt co-wrote “The National Conservation Area Strategy”, published by the National Audobon Society, which analyzed the socio-economic impact of changing environmental policies on lumber communities.

Jonathan Robinson | Founder and Director, The Hub

Jonathan is founder and director of the Hub, a diverse global community of people pursuing enterprising and imaginative initiatives for a better world. Hubs are places for people with world changing ideas to access knowledge, capital, markets and resources. Located in 20 major world cities, The Hub borrows from the best of a members club, a business incubator, an innovation agency and a think-tank to create a multi-sited infrastructure and global community for change.

Jonathan is co-author of “Careers Un-Ltd”, and has worked on social ventures together with the UK Cabinet Office, UNICEF, Barcelona City Council, and community activists in Soweto, Africa. Projects have included hosting a millennium festival of music and global debate, making a film in West Africa, interviewing the Dalai Lama for Amnesty International and creating knowledge networks between peacemakers in the conflict zones. Jonathan thrives on collaborations that include multi-disciplinary teams of architects, scientists, investors, policy makers, technologists and activists.


John K. Romano | Social Business Finance Advisor

John K. Romano is a former Wall Street investment banker and social business finance expert. He has authored two books on the general topic of small business capital formation, “Web-based Venture Money – How to use the Internet to Raise Money for Your Business”, and “A Total Guide to a Small Corporate Offering Registration”.

For over sixteen years John has been advising early-stage entrepreneurs (more recently social entrepreneurs). He provides strategic small business plan development and marketing advice for enduring social impact. Additionally, John has led workshops at the annual 2008 & 2009 United States Association for Small Business Entrepreneurship (USASBE) conference and the 2008 Social Enterprise Summit (SEA) in Boston. In his spare time, John is a moderator of several popular blogs including socialenterpriseblog.com and privateplacementbroker.com. These blogs give new practitioners guidance on how to raise capital for new earned-income social ventures.


Luiz Ros | Manager, Opportunities for the Majority Sector, IDB

As Manager for the Opportunities for the Majority (OM) Sector, Luiz Ros leads efforts to promote and coordinate activities corresponding to the OM initiative. Prior to joining the Bank, Ros was the Global Manager for Markets and Sustainable Enterprise at the World Resources Institute (WRI), where he built partnerships with venture capitalists, large corporations, business schools, and enterprise development institutions in key emerging economies to support sustainable investment that brought opportunities to underserved sectors of the population.

Ros has served as a member of the strategic board for VC III Stratus Investment Fund, based in São Paulo, Brazil, and as a member of International Finance Corporation’s advisory panel under the Sustainable Finance Initiative and the Latin America Financial Initiative Advisory Group of the United Nations Environmental Programme. Ros lectured at the Harvard Business School on private sector strategies to serve low-income markets in Latin America.

Prior to joining the WRI, Ros was the director of the National Environmental Fund at the Ministry of Environment in Brazil, and managed World Bank projects in Brazil financed by the Global Environmental Facility. Ros has undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics and a Master of Science in International Relations and Environmental Economics from the University of Brasilia, Brazil. He was a visiting scholar at the state university of New York in Syracuse.

Ros has been recently selected among the top six business leaders by Época Negócios, a leading business magazine in Brazil.


Arthur Rosaria | Director, Executive Committee of Alide, the Latin-American and Caribbean association of development banks

Arthur Rosaria is Managing Director at Curaçao Development Corporation (Korpodeko). In this capacity, Arthur is responsible for managing all activities for this local development bank which extends commercial loans to primarily small and medium-sized enterprises. He is also director of the Executive Committee of Alide, the Latin-American and Caribbean association of development banks.

Ellen Kempler Rosen | Co-founder Partners for Self Employment, Inc.

As a co-founder of Partners for Self Employment, Inc., Ellen Kempler Rosen draws on many of the attributes that made her so successful and highly admired during her 35-year career as a teacher in Miami area public schools and one of five educators inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame in 2001.

Since opening its doors, PSE has provided loans to more than 8,000 clients in Miami-Dade and South Broward counties, in addition to offering training, financial counseling, savings programs for future homeowners, and peer support programs for small businesses. Today PSE has satellite offices in Homestead and North Miami while maintaining all of its training programs at its original Biscayne Blvd address.

After retiring from teaching in 2001, Ms. Kempler Rosen has been active in a variety of community organizations in addition to PSE. She travels extensively, having recently visited China and South Africa, and also serves on the board of Temple Israel of Greater Miami. A 1966 graduate of the University of Miami, she earned her master’s degree from Harvard University in 1972, and today regularly interviews prospective Harvard undergraduate students prior to admission.


Jamie Rosenberg | Founder, Chief Executive Officer, KLEO Inc., Founder – Adopt-A-Classroom

James Rosenberg (“Jamie”) is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of KLEO, Inc, an emerging software company that centralizes and aggregates philanthropy, funds distribution and ecommerce in the K-12 education ecosystem. By bringing efficiencies and economies-of-scale to this fragmented $23 billion marketplace, KLEO delivers more accountability and transparency and a solution where dollars can go farther increasing opportunity for student success.

Jamie is also the Founder of Adopt-A-Classroom, a national nonprofit organization that addresses the issue of inadequate resources in the classroom which is undermining student success. Focusing on the teacher as instrumental to child development, Adopt-A-Classroom enables members of the community to easily and accountably partner with and make donations to any classroom teacher in the United States. Teachers use the funds to purchase much needed resources and the students benefit from the community partnership.

Jamie started Adopt-A-Classroom in 1998. Adopt-A-Classroom has grown to become one of the country’s leading and most innovative education philanthropies. Through Adopt-A-Classroom, Jamie has raised over $12 million on behalf of classrooms across the United States, improving the learning environment for over 1 million children. Upon invitation, Jamie has addressed the Florida State Board of Education, National PTA and National School Boards Association conferences.

Prior to starting Adopt-A-Classroom, Jamie was a mergers and acquisitions attorney at Akerman Senterfitt, one of the nation’s largest corporate practices. Jamie left his career as a lawyer after his experiences mentoring at a school for mentally and physically delayed pre-Kindergarten children. It was while he was mentoring that he noticed the struggles and challenges teachers face in the classroom every day, as well as the monies they spend out of their pocket purchasing materials for the classroom.


Jonathan Rosenthal | Founder, Just Works Consulting

Jonathan Rosenthal is an independent consultant creating and managing projects that help advance social justice issues in the global fair trade community. Current and former clients include AgroFair, Red Tomato, Hewlett Packard World e-inclusion, Oxfam America, TransFair USA, ForesTrade, FoodLogic, Finance Alliance of Sustainable Trade, Global Action Network Net, Rainforest Alliance, Café Direct, Host Universal and Shared Interest (UK).

Jonathan is a board member of Root Capital, a member of the Sustainable Business Network (Boston) Advisory Board, an advisor to Red Tomato, and informal advisor to numerous fair trade organizations and companies. He is co-founder and former Executive Director of Equal Exchange and co-founder and former CEO of Oke USA. Jonathan is blessed to have a fabulous wife and two wonderful daughters and lives in Watertown, Massachusetts, USA.


Michael S. Roy Ph.D. | Founder, CREA

Michael founded the conservation non profit CREA in 2005 in order to promote research and education on the conservation of tropical forests in Panama. He is an accomplished conservation geneticist having obtained his PhD from London University and thereon working in academic institutions in UK, Denmark and the US before being made a tenured senior lecturer of zoology at Otago University, New Zealand. He has undertaken biological research on a wide variety of terrestrial and marine organisms. Michael has a vast experience in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and supervising, and currently teaches on several field programs for various universities. Michael has been committed to conservation research and public awareness for over 20 years.

Dr. Julia Sagebien | Associate Professor, School of Business Administration, Dalhousie University

Dr. Julia Sagebien is an Associate Professor at the School of Business Administration and an Adjunct Professor in the International Development Studies program at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. She is also a Catedratica (Full Professor) at the Escuela Graduada de Administracion de Empresa of the University of Puerto Rico. She served as Senior Fellow for the Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL). Dr. Sagebien’s areas of expertise are corporate social responsibility, private sector led-development and Canada/Latin America relationships with a focus on Cuba. She has published her work in numerous scholarly journals such a Cuban Studies, Canadian Foreign Policy, Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences and case study databases such as Ivey Publishing (available through Harvard Business Publications). She is currently working on a book on CSR in then mining sector for Palgrave McMillan.

Theophilus Sai, M.D. | Medical Director for Senior Products, Humana, Inc.

Theophilus Sai, M.D. is currently Medical Director for Senior Products in North and Central Florida for Humana, Inc. He is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of South Florida. Prior to his current position at Humana, he was Medical Director at Tampa Family Health Centers. Before moving to Tampa, Dr. Sai served as Medical Director at Esperanza Health Center in Chicago, after completing residency training at Rush University Medical Center and John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County.

After early education in Ghana, West Africa, Dr. Sai moved to Cuba where he completed high school and received a degree in Medicine from the Instituto Superior de Ciencia Medicas de la Habana, graduating with honors in 1996. He also practiced Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Nassau, the Bahamas.

Dr. Sai has made numerous presentations and written articles about urban public health and other medical issues. He has also been featured on the Oprah Winfrey television program and has made several appearances as a medical expert on local media in the Chicago and Tampa Bay metropolitan areas.

Dr. Sai is the founder of Sestaco Limited, a Ghana-based company that installs rain-gutters on buildings and promotes rainwater harvesting in the West African country. He is also the founder of PennyDoc.com, an online health information portal. Dr. Sai is fluent in Spanish and in the African dialects of Ga and Twi. He lives in Tampa, Florida with his wife and three daughters.


Benno Schmidt

Benno Schmidt’s work has appeared on Sunday Morning, The Early Show, NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, The Huffington Post, MSNBC, CNN and elsewhere. As reporter and anchor for NBC’s Miami flagship WTVJ, Schmidt led coverage of the defining stories of the past decade, including the Elian Gonzalez imbroglio, the voter recounts in Florida’s Presidential contests, and the alleged terrorist connections in Florida after 9/11.

Benno has reported from nearly every state in the U.S. and brings experience in Washington after field anchoring hours of live coverage of High Definition News’ coverage of President Bush’s 2nd inaugural. Schmidt excels chasing hurricanes and breaking news while focusing on interesting nuances and residents rather than officials or politicians. His proven ability to take and hold air for hours makes his live coverage resonate with viewers.

Schmidt led HDNews’ coverage of the record Florida hurricane season of 2005, chasing storms from Key West to northern Florida. He followed hurricane Katrina from Miami to New Orleans and led the HDNews team on the ground and in the air, bringing high-definition coverage to viewers across the country.

Benno rode with air-ambulance pilots as they landed on hospital rooftops rescuing premature babies from flood ravaged intensive care units, and joined National Guard and police units patrolling flooded New Orleans neighborhoods after Katrina. Schmidt field anchored New Year’s celebrations from New Orleans’s French Quarter before and after Katrina for HDNews, bringing viewers the different realities of both nights.

Benno led High Definition News’ coverage of the Middle East, visiting every major city in Israel—including reporting from the West Bank and settlement areas.
Schmidt’s Middle East coverage was showcased in an-hour-long-special on HDNews he produced and anchored.

He also reported from the Israeli/Lebanese border during the shooting war with Hezbollah, capturing some of the first war images in high definition for a U.S. network while accompanying Israeli tank movements.

Schmidt left HDNews following the Middle East special in April 2007 after nearly three years with the network, and currently contributes as a correspondent, anchor and producer to various networks.


Emilio Santandreu | Executive President and CEO, OUR Microlending

Emilio Santandreu is the CEO, stockholder and founding member of BDM (Banco de Desarrollo del Microempresario), first bank specialized in Microfinance in Venezuela. He was the President of C.A. Seguros la Occidental (2000-2002), Sanitas Venezuela SA (1998-2000), Consalud 800, C.A. (1994-2000), VP Executive and Chairman of Cremerca Finance Corporation, Grupo Banco Federal (1984-1993) and is a Member of the board of Banco Occidental de Descuento (BOD), General de Seguros, Seguros la Federacion, Cremerca and Diario El Globo. Emilio received an MBA from IESA Business School in Venezuela.

Fabrice Serfati | CFO, IGNIA Fund

Chief Financial Officer of IGNIA Fund I, a social venture capital fund that invests in small and medium enterprises that provide products and services to the BoP.

Former Corporate President of Grupo Domos, conglomerate of environmental services, real estate and IT. He was responsible of centralized corporate services overseeing areas such as Strategic Planning, Finance, Administration, Marketing, Customer Care and the office of the General Counsel of a closely held family owned Group.

Prior to joining Grupo Domos he served as Corporate Finance Vice President of Vitro, one of the largest glass manufacturers in the world, where he managed over US$1.5 billion loan portfolio and was responsible for the structuring of all credit and issuance transactions. During his tenure at Vitro he structured, the first equity (rights) offering under Mexico s new securities law, the first secured bond for a Mexican Issuer in the US capital markets, over US $200 MM securitization facilities in the US and Mexican Market, issuance of a MTN for US $250 MM in Mexican markets and a US $200 MM syndicated loan for the flat glass division.

He holds a Bachelor s degree in Business Administration from the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM).


Camilla Seth | Director Of Programs And Operations

Camilla serves as Director of Programs and Operations. She is focused on the development of the GIIN’s programmatic agenda including the Investors’ Council and its working groups (such as Terragua), and manages overall operations for the organization.

Prior to working with the GIIN, Camilla served as a principal for Sustainable Finance Ltd. where she helped build and lead the firm’s North American business. At SFL, Camilla advised leading commercial and investment banks on sustainability strategy formulation, environmental and social risk management, the identification of environmentally superior investment opportunities and stakeholder engagement. Camilla also served as Vice President for Environmental Affairs at Citigroup where she worked with key business units to shape and implement the firm’s environmental policies and programs, and managed the Citi Foundation’s global environmental grantmaking program. Prior to Citigroup, Camilla was a Program Officer for the Surdna Foundation where her portfolio focused on biodiversity and climate protection initiatives. Camilla began her career at EA Capital, one of the first financial advisory firms to specialize in developing new business and investment opportunities related to resource efficiency, clean energy, and sustainable forestry.


Francisco Simplicio | Chief of the Division for Knowledge Management of the Special Unit for South-South Cooperation in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Mr. Francisco Simplicio is Chief of the Division for Knowledge Management of the Special Unit for South-South Cooperation in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The Special Unit was established by the General Assembly to promote, coordinate and support cooperation among developing countries and triangular cooperation on a global and United Nations system basis.

Mr. Simplicio has over 15 years of experience in UNDP, 9 of which based at the UN Headquarters in NY. Among other tasks, he is responsible for fund management for the South-South Trust Fund, the Perez Guerrero Trust Fund and the India, Brazil and South Africa Facility to Alleviate Poverty and Hunger (IBSA). Mr. Simplicio has also developed and currently manages the South-South Development Academy, a knowledge-sharing tool to promote South-South cooperation through an interactive course, publications, presentations and training activities for diplomats and other development practitioners. He is currently piloting various innovations including the Creative Economy Programme, the Human Development Investment Exchange initiative and the China South-South Development Centre.

Mr. Simplicio has a degree in Economics and masters in Information Technology from the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and the Imperial College of the University of London.


Ben Skinner | Fellow at Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Ben Skinner is a fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy of Harvard Kennedy School, and senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University. He has reported on diverse topics from five continents for Newsweek International, Travel + Leisure, and others. The Overseas Press Club awarded Mr. Skinner’s first book, A Crime So Monstrous, a citation in its book category in 2008. He was named one of the “Adventurers of the Year” in 2008 by National Geographic Adventure.

Martha Smith

Martha Smith de Rangel

Martha Smith de Rangel is a trustee of the U.S.- Mexico Foundation, a U.S.-based organization dedicated to expanding opportunity for the people of Mexico through effective philanthropy and binational partnerships, and Executive President of Fundación del Empresariado en México, (Fundemex), a nonprofit organization established to contribute to the social and economic development of impoverished communities in Mexico, through the joint efforts of business sector and civil society organizations.
Martha Smith Rangel has a long history in the field of business and social related issues. Originally from San Francisco, California, she held several executive positions at Bank of Boston for 10 years. Immediately following the massive earthquakes that took place in Mexico City in September 1985, she began her dedication to the nonprofit sector at the Junior League of Mexico, managing its Housing Reconstruction Fund.

Since then, Martha has played a major role in designing and implementing various social and environmental programs, including the “Recyclable by Nature” program, spearheaded by the Junior League of Mexico, which has won awards both nationally and internationally for its great impact as a recycling and environment educational program.

Martha has been President of the Junior League of Mexico, of the Mothers’ Guild of Mexico, of Quiera (foundation of the Mexican Bankers’ Association), and in 1999 she was appointed the first female CEO of Christel House de México. She was Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility at the Mexican Center for Philanthropy (CEMEFI) where she has been member of the Board of Directors since its constitution in 1988 until this year. Martha actively collaborated with Universidad Iberoamericana and Tec de Monterrey in the design and dissemination of innovative graduate programs related to social responsibility, she has been involved in academic activities and has published several philanthropy related articles in specialized magazines, like her own weekly column for two years on Corporate Social Responsibility in “El Economista”, a Mexican daily newspaper.

In 2002, the Mexican Center for Philanthropy (CEMEFI) honored Martha with its coveted “Commitment to Others” award. In 2006, Martha received the “Woman at her Best” award from the Wyeth Foundation and in 2007 she was one of the five finalists considered for the “Visionaris” Prize, awarded by UBS.

In addition to her responsibilities in Fundemex and the U.S.-Mexico Foundation, Martha is a board member of Walmart Foundation, Fundación BBVA Bancomer, Hispanics in Philanthropy, Center of Sustainable Transport (CTS), Pase Usted, Editorial Board of Ganar-Ganar magazine and Advisory Board Member of the Secretaría de Desarrollo Social (Mexican Ministry of Social Development) and the National Institute of Migration.


Jason Spindler | Managing Director and Founding Partner, I-DEV International

Jason Spindler is Managing Director and Founding Partner of I-DEV International. Prior to starting I-DEV, Jason worked in investment banking for Citigroup’s Debt Capital Markets Group. He later joined Questor Management Partners. From Questor, Jason began his transition to the development field by joining the U.S. Peace Corps as a Business and Economic Development Volunteer in Peru. While in Peru, he served as advisor to the Board of Directors of Asociacion Civil Tierra, working to develop AC Tierra’s long-term strategy for sustainability, and spearheading the organization’s transition from a traditional non-profit organization to a for-profit manufacturing business, owned and operated by local farmers.

Jason has worked with and advised a number of leading organizations, including Acumen Fund, Ashoka India, and InSite New York, and is an expert in economic development best practices and innovation. Jason has consulted on sustainable economic development around the world and has worked in Latin America, South East Asia, China, and India.

Jason graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in International Finance and Development Economics. He earned his Juris Doctorate from New York University School of Law, where he focused on International Development Policy and Social Venture Capital. While at NYU, Jason was awarded the prestigious Catherine B. Reynolds Fellowship for Innovation in Social Entrepreneurship, a joint fellowship between Harvard and NYU, for his work with for-profit, sustainable economic development initiatives and development venture capital. Jason also received the 2009 Helton Global Human Rights Fellowship for cutting edge work linking in economic development to full citizenship and human rights.


Lili Stiefel

Lili Stiefel and her mother, Marie, created the Stiefel Family Foundation with the aim of supporting sustainable communities not dependent on fossil fuels. Lili became interested in renewable energy while managing the solar car team in college. A master’s thesis on radical Islam further persuaded her of the importance of supporting locally available alternatives to oil.

In early 2008, Lili moved the foundation’s headquarters from Washington, DC, to San Francisco and added an angel investing fund to supplement its endowment. The foundation is now evenly divided between grants and investments and is run as a hybrid for-profit/non-profit entity.

In 2009, Lili and Marie decided to allocate all of the foundation’s endowment to socially responsible investments. They’re currently working with Paul Herman of HIP Investor to align the endowment’s investments and its social goals without sacrificing security or return.


Rich Swier | Founder, The HuB Sarasota

Rich Swier is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor who has over the past 14 years been a leader in major trends in technology including the development of broadband internet service, new wireless innovations and building online social networks.

Rich lives in Sarasota, Florida and holds a degree from University of Florida.


Angela Maria Tafur | Executive Director, Give to Colombia

Angela Maria Tafur is one of the founding members as well as the Executive Director of Give to Colombia, a US-based 501(c)3 that creates, promotes and facilitates alliances between international donors and Colombia’s private, public, and social sectors in order to transform philanthropy in Colombia.

Angela holds a Law degree from the Universidad Javeriana in Colombia and a Masters Degree in International Law from Cornell University. Prior to engaging in the philanthropic sector, Angela gained detailed knowledge and considerable experience in the legal financial sector in both public and private positions. She was the Vicepresident of Legal Affairs of the Banking and Industrial Gilinski Group, and also served as the in- house council to BanColombia. Angela held the position of Legal Advisor to the Superintendent of Securities and was responsible for implementing the legal framework that currently enables international investment in the Colombian capital markets. She also provided Legal Advice to the Corporación Financiera del Valle and the Banking Superintendence. She is one of the founding partners of Tafur Dominguez y Arana, a law firm specializing in commercial, financial and banking issues.

Angela Maria Tafur has held positions in the boards of different Colombian institutions including: Banco de Colombia, Inmobiliaria Bancol, Banco Sudameris and the US based NGO Friends of Javeriana. She has also been a professor at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota on International Public Law on issues of sovereignty, Self determination and Secession.


Ricardo Teran | Co-Founder and Managing Director for Central America, Agora Partnerships

Ricardo is the co-founder and managing director for Central America of Agora Partnerships, a non-profit dedicated to fighting poverty by supporting small business entrepreneurs to create and grow companies that solve economic, social, and environmental challenges in developing countries. Over the past three years, Agora has helped 3,000 entrepreneurs, has helped attract over US$2M in private capital to Nicaragua, and has launched a successful micro venture capital fund.

Ricardo is a fellow of the Central American Leadership Initiative (CALI) of the Aspen Institute and has been awarded other fellowships and scholarships, including from Clinton Global Initiative in New York, from JICA in Japan, and from the Confederation Iberoamericana de Jovenes Empresarios in Spain. In 2009, RIcardo was a finalist for the John P. McNulty Prize. Ricardo holds a degree in Marketing and Economics, and Masters of Science in Foreign Service, both from Georgetown University. Ricardo lives in Nicaragua with his wife, Isolda; they are expecting their first child in February 2010.


Peter Tropper | Principal Funds Specialist, IFC

As Principal Funds Specialist in IFC’s Private Equity Department, Peter leads the group’s regional work in Latin America and global program with funds that invest in small and medium sized enterprises. IFC has commitments of more than $2.5 billion in over 150 private equity funds plus investments in two dozen fund managers, all dedicated exclusively to emerging markets. Mr. Tropper joined the PE group in 2001. He has worked on more than 200 funds, sits on several advisory committees, and often speaks at industry conferences.

Mr. Tropper also served as the first head of IFC’s Emerging Markets Data Base unit, a comprehensive data base that provides detailed statistics on stock markets in developing countries. Mr. Tropper joined IFC after several years as Deputy Director of the Northeast-Midwest Institute in Washington, D.C. The Institute was created to promote the economic development of the states in the northeastern and midwestern regions of the United States.

Mr. Tropper has a B.A. from Yale University, an MBA from the University of Maryland, and a Master’s in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.


Edmundo Vallejo | Professor, IPADE Business School-Mexico

Edmundo was born in Mexico City. He graduated in 1979 at the Universidad Metropolitana in Mexico City as Chemical Engineer. In 1980, he graduated at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana with a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering. In 1988, he obtained a Master’s Degree in Business Administration at Harvard Business School.

His work experience includes Industrias Resistol, Procter & Gamble and Raychem Corporation. In 1991, Edmundo joined GE and worked in business development, marketing, sales, and leadership roles for GE Corporate, GE Plastics in Mexico as well as in the US, and GE Real Estate.

At the beginning of 2001, he was appointed President for GE Mexico and three years later, in April 2004, he was appointed GE Corporate Officer and President for GE Latin America. In August 2006, Edmundo was elected President & CEO for GE Capital Consumer Finance Latin America.

In September 2009, he joined the faculty group of the IPADE Business School in Mexico as full time professor of Business Policy.

He is a board member of New Ventures-Mexico, Junior Achievement-Americas, Worldfund, and IMIFAP.


Percy Venegas | Founding Partner, Solar Business Technology

Percy Venegas is founding partner at Solar Business Technology, a clean energy company based in Costa Rica with operations in Europe and the Americas. Solar BT delivers financial and technology solutions that improve the lives of people in emerging countries by fostering community engagement, reducing environmental impact and creating opportunities for sustainable business. Percy has held private sector positions at Intel Corp and Photocircuits (New York) and serves on the board of Economy Monitor Group.

Mr.Venegas holds a degree in electronic engineering from Instituto Tecnologico de Costa Rica, and earned his MBA in International Business from MIB School of Management, Italy and Sun Yat Sen University, China, and received his Masters in Sustainable Development and Corporate Social Responsibility from EOI Escuela de Negocios, Madrid.


Felipe Vergara | Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Lumni, Inc.

Felipe Vergara is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Lumni, Inc, an innovative company that manages funds to finance students in exchange of a percentage of their future income. Besides Lumni, Vergara is the founder of three companies in the education and finance industries. He worked as a consultant for Mc Kinsey & Company in New York. He has taught at Universidad Adolfo Ibañez in Chile, Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia and at The Wharton School. Vergara has MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Industrial Engineering from Universidad de los Andes. He is fluent in English, Portuguese, French and Spanish, and has a working knowledge of German and Italian. Felipe is an Ashoka Global Fellow.

Francesco Piazzesi | Ph.D. in Strategic Planning for Development Policies

Francesco Piazzesi: Mexicano, Doctor en Gestión Estratégica para Políticas del Desarrollo. Tesis doctoral: “Microfinanciamiento Hipotecario Sustentable, Caso la Petrolera”. Ha obtenido los siguientes reconocimientos: a). Premio Nacional de la Secretaria de Desarrollo Social para tecnologías de vivienda de interés Social. b). Premio Nacional Solidaridad para el programa para atenuar las condiciones de miseria de los ladrilleros en México. c). Premio Hacha-Merck por desarrollo comunitario. d). Mención Honorífica por el Instituto Nacional de Administración Pública por su tesis doctoral. e). Premio del Centro Latinoamericano para el Desarrollo Social. f). Premio Nacional de vivienda por el programa “Échale a tu casa”; con este programa se han edificado más de 25 mil viviendas dignas en más de mil comunidades a través de un proceso de inclusión social.

Francesco Piazzesi has a Ph.D. in Strategic planning for development policies and completed a thesis called “Sustainable housing microfinance, La Petrolera applicative case”. He has been awarded with: a). National award form the Ministry of Social Development, Technologies for social housing. b). Solidarity National Award for the program to reduce poverty condition among clay brick producers. c). Hacha-Merck award for community development. d). National Institute of Public Administration, Honorific mention for PhD thesis. e). Latin-American Center for Social Development Award. f). National Housing Award for the program “Échale a tu casa” (pour it into your home); with this program more that 25 thousand homes has been build in more than one thousand communities through a social inclusion process.


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Casey Verbeck

As a successful entrepreneur, Casey has spent the last 15 years founding, running and advising new business ventures. Casey was the Founder and CEO of Partners in Music, Vault Alliance, and now Touchpoint Trust Group – home of the i4c Campaign. Casey’s major transition out of the music business came in order to follow his passion for building out of the Triple Bottom Line business sector (TBL businesses are committed to people, planet, and profits). Today, Casey has launched the i4c Campaign, a multi-tier platform driving awareness and dollars in support of the Triple Bottom Line business sector. He has partnered with Sarah McLachlan and the Lilith Fair in support of the launch of the campaign.

Over the past 4 years, Casey has been raising capital and providing go-to-market strategies for a handful of clients associated with the TBL sector, acting as Senior Advisor to Renewal2 (well regarded mission-driven private equity fund), Act Now Productions (now Saatchi & Saatchi S) United Media Partners, Colorado Green Roofs and The Real News Network.


Alejandro Villanueva | Regional Director of Latin America and Caribbean Programs, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Alejandro Villanueva is regional director of Latin America and Caribbean Programs at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan. He is based in Mexico City, Mexico. In this role, Alejandro provides leadership and strategic direction for Latin America and Caribbean programming initiatives. In addition to planning and management responsibilities, he supervises and coordinates the work of staff assigned to the region.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Alejandro was marketing director at AXA in Mexico and was head of Communication and Corporate Affairs at the ING Group of Mexico City. Alejandro has worked as an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company in the United States, Spain, the Netherlands, India, Morocco, Mexico, Central America and South America. He also represented 12 suburbs as city counselor for the municipality of Alvaro Obregon in Mexico City.

Alejandro founded CIVIX, a nonprofit organization that provides strategy counseling to social projects. In addition to the Kellogg Foundation, they have supported Harvard University, The World Resources Institute, Ashoka and the Mexican Health Foundation. Alejandro holds a master’s degree from the DUXX Graduate School of Business Leadership in Monterrey, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. He is a frequent lecturer at universities and events sponsored by various social and business organizations.


Rodrigo Villar | General Director, New Ventures Mexico

Mr. Villar is the executive director of New Ventures Mexico. He received his MBA from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia and his bachelor’s degree in Certified Public Accounting and Finance from the Instituto Tecnólogico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey.
He worked at Spangaro Systems Pty. Ltd., a consulting firm in Melbourne Australia. As a business manager, he coordinated activities related to financing for technology-oriented companies and developed business plans and financial models. Previously, he was a financial analyst at Grupo Desc, S.A. de C.V., overseeing the treasury’s operations, as well as the management and analysis of the corporate debt. He was also the coordinator of accounts payable for Dow Chemical Company and an auditor at Ernst & Young Financial Services.

Mr. Villar is the president of the National Committee for the Development of New Businesses, under the Instituto Mexicano de Ejecutivos de Finanzas (IMEF). In October 2007, Mr. Villar won the title of Fellow from the international organization Ashoka. The following year, he was awarded the UBS Visionaris prize for social entrepreneur of the year.


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Rick Zwetsch | Co-Founder, interSector Partners, L3C

Rick Zwetsch is co-founder and principal of interSector Partners, L3C. The firm provides education and consulting services to help nonprofits become more sustainable, for-profits to become more socially responsible and government agencies to better support both nonprofit and for-profit sectors. interSector Partners, L3C also serves as a consultant to social entrepreneurs considering L3C and other alternative business structures. Rick has more than thirty years strategic marketing, business development and entrepreneurial experience in a variety of industries. He holds a bachelor’s degree in management from Hartwick College and serves on the Advisory Board of Sporting Philanthropy, L3C.

Ariel Zylbersztejn | Founder, Cinepop

While studying a communications degree and after filming some short films that permitted him to attend over 70 film festivals, among them Cannes, and become familiar with the movie industry, Ariel discovered that in Mexico 90% of the population have no accessible entertainment of any kind. At 24 years of age he created Cinepop, a social enterprise that offers free cinema and entertainment with giant inflatable screens as a mechanism for increasing the income and quality of life of low income families. With this new concept he has been recognized as the founder of the Most Innovative Company of the Year by Michael Dell and also the Social Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006 by the Schwab Foundation of the World Economic Forum.

Ariel is a loyal promoter of social entrepreneurism and has been a speaker in several conferences and congresses of which the “Social Entrepreneurship Conference” of Columbia Business School stands out. In 2009 Ariel was invited to participate in the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the “The Future of Entertainment” committee.