His Royal Highness Prince Constantijn is Special Advisor to Andrus Ansip, the European Commission’s Vice-President for the Digital Single Market. He was also Head of Cabinet to Neelie Kroes, the previous Vice-President, from April 2013 to October 2014. The Prince is also Vice-Chair of StartupDelta’s ‘International Circle of Influencers’, an initiative that seeks to improve the business climate for Dutch startups and attract foreign startups to the Netherlands. Prince Constantijn works to improve the innovation climate in the Netherlands and Europe.
Speakers Impact Days 2016
HRH Prince Constantijn
An economist, farmer and activist, Chetna Sinha works for social change in some of the poorest and most drought-stricken areas of rural India. She developed India’s first rural co-operative bank owned by women. The Mann Deshi Mahila Bank, a micro-enterprise development bank, works with low-income women and provides business loans. She was named India Social Entrepreneur of the Year for her work with Mann Deshi and in 2014, was named a Schwab Foundation Entrepreneur of the Year.
Boyan Slat is a Dutch entrepreneur and inventor who creates technologies to tackle global issues of sustainability. He is the founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup, where he is responsible for overall strategy and cleanup technology development. He has been recognized as one of the 20 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs Worldwide (Intel EYE50), and was crowned Champion of the Earth, the United Nations’ highest environmental accolade. HM King Harald of Norway awarded Boyan the maritime industry’s Young Entrepreneur Award, and Foreign Policy magazine included Boyan in their 2015 list of Global Thinkers.
Johan H. Andresen
Family Principal & Impact Investor
Johan is the owner of Ferd, a Norwegian conglomerate that operates within industry, finance & real estate. At Ferd, he served 14 years as CEO before moving to Board Chair in 2012. Johan has a vision to create enduring value and leave clear footprints through active ownership in industry, finance and social entrepreneurs.
Family Principal, Impact Investor
Stephen is an experienced global impact investor with more than a decade in impact. Having spent 27 years working within his family business (the C&A clothing retail chain that was founded in 1841), social investing caught Stephen’s attention in 2002. The following year, he launched Andromeda, the first bottom of the pyramid (BoP) private equity fund. In 2007, Stephen created Willows Investments, using his personal assets to fund promising ventures with a social mission. Stephen is currently on the Board of responsAbility, Social Stock Exchange, Grassroots Business Fund, as well as a number of non-profit organisations.
Investor & Entrepreneur
Suzanne Biegel is an investor, entrepreneur & head of ‘Women Effect’ with more than 25 years of experience. She is the founder and Chief Catalyst of new global investor community Women Effect and the Investment Director for the SPRING accelerator. Suzanne is also the founder of Women in Social Finance, an incubator for business benefitting women & girls.
Social Stock Exchange
Tomás Carruthers is CEO of the UK based Social Stock Exchange, the world’s first regulated exchange dedicated to social businesses and investors seeking to achieve a positive social and environmental impact. Tomás is passionate about innovation in finance and is determined to bring impact investing into the mainstream.
John is an active, early-stage impact investor / business angel and runs 1to4’s innovative GiftVest program from his base in Switzerland.
Fred is a leading humanitarian, ex businessman and (co)founder of charitable foundations that span the fields of healthcare, environment, conservation, peace and global transformation. Previously the director a real estate development company, Fred now concentrates on philanthropy which inspires individuals and groups towards the creation of a more functional society. He is founder and chair of the Fred Foundation which has (co)financed nearly 300 inspiring projects in 55 countries contribute to the empowerment of people in the context of a sustainable environment.
At Bridges Ventures, Clara leads Impact strategy throughout the investment cycle, from strategy and selecting investments, to engaging with portfolio companies on environmental and social factors, to tracking and reporting results. Clara leads Impact+, Bridges’ advisory efforts to promote the growth of the wider sustainable and impact investment sector.
Investor Venture Capital
Jos is one of the pioneers of the European venture capital industry, active since 1985. He is Managing Partner of Capricorn Venture Partners, a pan-European manager of venture capital funds in technology-based growth companies now launching its 4th fund. He, He is also a founder and director of EASDAQ, a regulated market for secondary trading in Europe. Jos is a past chairman of the European Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (EVCA), and a member of the Global Advisory Board of the London Business School.
Institutional Impact Investor
Uli Grabenwarter is Deputy Director at European Investment Fund overseeing EIF’s activities in Impact Investing, Technology Transfer and Venture Capital. Previously he was responsible for EIF’s strategic development for equity and has led the build-up of the Social Impact Accelerator, the first pan-European social impact investing fund-of-funds. From 2010 to 2012 he conducted a research project on impact investing in collaboration with IESE University of Navarra (Barcelona) and the Family Office Circle Foundation in Switzerland, analysing best-market-practice for impact investing in private equity and VC. He is a visiting Professor at IESE University. Until 2010 Uli was Head, Equity Fund Investments at EIF and previously had worked several years at the European Investment Bank and PWC in corporate finance, consulting and audit. He is author of numerous publications on impact investing and venture capital. He holds a Master’s degree in Business and Finance of the University of Graz.
Family Principal, Impact Investor
Social impact investing is one of Bernd Wendeln’s core activities. He is chairman of BonVenture, a social venture capital fund for Germany, co-founded in 2003. In 2011 Bernd co-founded the Social Entrepreneurship Academy (SEA) together with the four large universities in Munich. Bernd is also a member of the investment committee of Unitus Equity fund, a microfinance equity fund that invests in developing countries. Bernd built his fortune in the WEGA bakery business, which was co-founded by the entrepreneurial families Wendeln and Kläne.
Liesbet is a founding partner at ‘D. Capital’ a Dalberg Group company, where she advises foundations, development institutions and private investors on impact investments in emerging markets. Liesbet built up her expertise in impact investments and direct SME investments through her prior work as independent consultant and at the Grassroots Business Fund at the IFC/World Bank. She has been involved in multiple direct SME and micro-finance investments in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Investor & Entrepreneur, Greece
Antonis Schwarz is a next-gen impact investor and co-founder of Vouliwatch, a Greek NGO engaged in transparency in politics. Beyond his engagement for more citizen participation and transparency, he is also interested in scaling social/impact investing in Greece to help fight the crisis. In the past, he has worked at Yunus Social Business; as well as Ashoka, a global organization supporting social entrepreneurs; and is a trainee at Bonventure, an impact investing fund based in Germany.
Impact Days Partner
Florian is Managing Director of Finance in Motion, an impact asset management firm focused on development finance, which is achieving significant economic, social and environmental impact in emerging markets and developing countries. Florian started his finance career with Wasserstein Perella in New York in 1989 in M&A, then worked for several investment banks in Germany. He also runs an ecological mountain farm producing cheese in South Tyrol.
Angela is championing the launch of the Africa Impact Innovation Fund. She is also a Director and co-founder of Ignite Power, working alongside private and public stakeholders to scale off-grid solar. In her non-for-profit work, Angela is the chair of Seeds of Peace Global Leadership Council. Previously, she invested and traded at Goldman Sachs in London and New York, and has acted as a Middle East conflict resolution expert for Oxford University.
Gijs is founder of Hackyourfuture, the Refugee Code School, an initiative to teach refugees at Dutch refugee centers computer programming in order to help them enter the workforce. Previously he worked as a VC analyst for digital start-ups.
Jay is co-founder and CEO of the AMALia Venture Fund, a seed and early-stage fund investing in refugee entrepreneurs. Previous to his own experience as a Syrian refugee, Jay has over 30 years of experience in the USA, UAE, Qatar and Syria, working for high net-worth entities. He holds an MBA from Rutherford University.
Paula Schwarz has started several initiatives to tackle the European refugee crisis such as the Migration Hub Network, Startupboat and StartupAid, a connecting institution between NGOs and grassroot initiatives. Before professionalising her involvement with the phenomenon of mass migration in Europe, Paula -being a Nextgen herself- leveraged her network to advise family offices, funds and venture capital firms on promising impact investment opportunities with a focus on empowering underpriviledged founders. This, Paula did through her digital platform for impact investors, the Exponential Network. Paula was part of the first investment management training programme of 500Startups and Stanford University. She is a mentor for the Venturebus in Africa and as a result has co-founded and supported a different startups in Sub-Sahara Africa.
Alexandra Korijn is an Associate at Enclude, a global advisory firm dedicated to building inclusive, sustainable and prosperous local economies. As part of the Capital Advisory Services team, she provides capital (transaction) solutions to financial institutions, private-sector companies, funders and investors. Prior to Enclude, she worked for three years in India as part of Dasra’s Research and Portfolio team, conducting due diligence on non-profits and social businesses across India, and providing capacity building support to Dasra’s portfolio companies. She has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, with a major in Finance, and a B.Sc. from Cornell University.
Caroline is member of the Managing Board of ABN AMRO Group N.V, responsible for PR&I (People Regulations & Identity). Caroline started her career in 1992 with YDL Management Consultants, and became Managing Partner in 2001. Caroline became CEO of Nedstaal in 2005. In 2009, she joined ABN AMRO as part of the team responsible for the integration of ABN AMRO Bank N.V. and Fortis Bank (Nederland) N.V. She joined the ABN AMRO Managing Board in 2010.
Herman is co-chair of the SDG taskforce for The Netherlands, and founder and chairman of True Price, a social enterprise aiming to contribute to the creation of an economy that creates value for all. From 1998-2006 Herman was Head of Group Risk Management & Sustainability at ABN AMRO Bank, where he initiated the Equator Principles, and created the ABN AMRO Foundation served as first chairman.
Kurt is outgoing CEO of the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA). Kurt previously worked for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and later became CEO of MSF-Norway, and has extensive non-profit and for-profit experience.
Paul is professor at the School of Business and Economics, of Maastricht University, where he occupies the chair of Open Innovation and Business Venturing. To raise understanding of complexity, Paul developed the Institute of Brilliant Failures. Until 2015 Chief Dialogues Officer and Head of Innovation Centre at ABN AMRO Bank.
Carolien de Bruin
Carolien is Founder and CEO of C-Change Ventures & Advisory Services. The C-Change team will enable leading firms to capture, share, and accelerate their impact agendas, so that corporate impact agendas can be a recognized force for good. Carolien has a background in strategy consulting at Monitor Deloitte and has worked with a diverse set of players such as B Lab, the GIIN, Enterprise Community Partners, Women’s World Banking, Ford Foundation, and the World Economic Forum.
Nanno Kleiterp is CEO and Chairman of the Management Board of FMO, the Dutch Development Bank. Previously, he was Chief Investment Officer, and held a number of positions within FMO, and gained extensive experience in private-sector development while working in Nicaragua, Mexico and Peru. Nanno also chairs the board of the Natural Capital Coalition and is a member of the Interact Climate Change Fund.
Sergio Fernandez de Cordova
Sergio is a Peruvian-American entrepreneur. In 2003 he co-founded Fuel Outdoor, an outdoor advertising company, which he sold in 2011. Sergio is one of the youngest initiators of public-private partnerships to drive business and social change. He co-founded Innovators Fund, IMGH, P3GM , the Pvblic Foundation and de Cordova Goldman Capital Management – all globally focused enterprises. Sergio is a.o. Co-Chairman of the World Energy Forum’s Next Generation Energy Leaders, board member of the UN Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council, and Co-Chairman of the G8 Young Summit.
Margot is investment manager for an impact investing fund managed by Anthos, a private family office based in Amsterdam. The team manages investments in high impact funds and companies that generate social, environmental and financial returns. Prior to joining Anthos, Margot worked at Unilever and AT Kearney in the Netherlands, and with the Latin America project finance team at Nord/LB in New York. In addition, she was involved in consulting projects with the World Bank in Benin, the UN Millennium Villages Project in Kenya, ICICI Bank and SKS in India, and a remittances project of HSBC Bank USA. Margot is since 2012 on the board of Max Foundation, a Dutch non-profit aimed at reducing child mortality in Bangladesh by improving access to safe water and sanitation and implementing hygiene awareness programs (WASH) interventions.
Markus is executive director of the BMW Foundation, Berlin. He was a lecturer of German language and philosophy at Czech universities of Budweis and Brno, before working in the marketing and publishing industry. In 1998, he joined the Robert Bosch Foundation, established the Berlin office in 2002 which he ran till 2006. Markus is a.o. advisory council member of the Association of German Foundations, member of the board of trustees of the Breuninger Foundation, board member of the Paretz Foundation, and board member of EVPA.
Kitty van der Heijden
Kitty is director of WRI’s Europe Office, representing World Resources International’s vision and strategy in Europe and facilitating engagement with European governments, businesses, and institutions. Kitty leads WRI’s engagement in the post 2015 Development Agenda, and also embraces work on the international climate regime; the role of the private sector in development; global indicators on resource productivity and efficiency; and inequality. Prior to joining WRI, Kitty was the ambassador for sustainable development and director of the Department for Climate, Energy, Environment and Water in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. She was responsible for policy development on environmental global public goods and managing the sizeable aid budget of the Department.
Willem is director and founder of Commonland, a multidisciplinary organisation of experts that develops landscape restoration projects based on a 4 returns business approach, providing inspirational, social, natural and financial returns. Willem studied tropical ecology and environmental science in the Netherlands (University of Amsterdam) and Colombia (Universidad Nacional, Bogotá. He managed (from 1995) a rainforest conservation fund at IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), and was executive director of IUCN Netherlands (2000-2012), where he executed an ecosystem grants program with a project portfolio of more than 1000 projects in 40 tropical countries. Willem is an entrepreneurial specialist in biodiversity, ecosystem use and prefers to solve complex multi-stakeholder processes in rural areas. He is executive fellow business & ecosystems at the Rotterdam School of Management – Erasmus University and special advisor of the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management (CH).
Idriss is member of the management team of the DOEN Foundation, a Dutch fund that supports green, social and creative initiatives. As member of the investment team (DOEN Participations) Idriss is responsible for the investment in social enterprises. In addition, he looks after the international culture and media program with a focus on Africa and the Arab region. He studied educational sciences in Frankfurt and Amsterdam and followed the Foundations of Management program at Nyenrode Business University. Idriss is Supervisory Board member of the Dutch Fund Democratie and Media.
Markus Grulke is an expert in forest management and the Executive Director & Co-owner of Unique forestry consultants: an international consulting organization that provides professional guidance and services on forest management and sustainable land use. The company wants to develop and implement smart & environmentally responsible land use practices to promote sustainable rural development. They carried out 500+ projects in more than 60 countries.
Jose Moncada is the CEO and founder of La Bolsa Social in Madrid, the first crowd impacting platform in Spain. It is an equity crowdfunding platform that aims at connecting social enterprises with impact investors. Jose can use his 12 years expertise in EU financial services policy to make La Bolsa Social one of the most important financial markets for impact investors and social enterprises in the EU.
Diana van Maasdijk
Gender Equality Investor
Diana van Maasdijk, has worked in the charity sector throughout her entire career. She was in Africa, Latin America, the United States and active in the Netherlands for several international charities and foundations. Since December 2015 she is Co-Founder of EquiLeap a shared return fund that offers investors the opportunity of making a fair financial return while improving gender equality worldwide.
Sylvia Wisniwski is Managing Director of Finance in Motion, an impact asset management enterprise that focuses on development finance. Finance in Motion advises private and public investors on scalable and sustainable investment funds. The final aim is to achieve a positive economic, social, and environmental. Sylvia, has many years of experience in micro finance and sustainable development finance impact in emerging markets and developing countries.
Steven Serneels is an impact investor and a MBA professor. He is the Chairman of the Board at I-propeller, a shared value & inclusive business consultancy and at Kampani, a social impact investment fund that empowers entrepreneurial farming in the South. Furthermore he is a Member of the Board at EVPA, SI2 Fund and TrustedFamily, community and impact investments organizations.
Lisa Hall is Managing Director of Impact Investing with Anthos Asset Management B.V., a privately owned investment manager. At Anthos Asset Management, Lisa is responsible for managing a portfolio focused on social, environmental and financial returns. Lisa previously served as President and CEO of Calvert Foundation, a global leader in impact investing. She holds an MBA from Harvard University. Lisa serves on the executive committee of ANDE (Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs), a global network focused on promoting entrepreneurship in emerging markets, and the Board of the Non-Profit Finance Fund, a US based community development financial institution.
Jochen Wermuth is the Founding Partner and Chief Investment Officer of Wermuth Asset Management GmbH, a 100% impact investing family office where every investment should make a positive impact on the environment or it should help in fighting corruption. He is an advisory council member of the Liberal Mission of Russia. He was a founding management committee member of Deutsche Bank Russia and the EU and World Bank-financed Head of the Economic Expert Group under the Russian Ministry of Finance.
Prince Carlos de Bourbon de Parme
Innovation and sustainability
Prince Carlos de Bourbon de Parme helped develop the Dutch Institute for Innovation and Sustainability (INSID), after years of working in the commercial field. INSID is devoted to helping society in its transition towards sustainability. The Institute has a bridging function between the public, academic and private sectors. Prince Carlos is currently working on a new initiative in service to our shared future.
Social and Environmental Entrepreneur
Mike naturally combines successful entrepreneurship and social and environmental engagement. He is concerned for the planet and its inhabitants, and believes that commercial business can create durable solutions to complex world problems. With that in mind he founded and he is Managing Partner of A-SPark, a company that identifies, selects and invests in projects and ideas that are commercially interesting and preferably good for the planet, its inhabitants and future generations.
Eric is Head of Products & Solutions for ABN AMRO Private Wealth Management. He has more than 22 years of experience in international finance in a number of roles and in an international context, in particular in Europe and Asia. Eric has been with ABN AMRO for twenty years in various roles in economic research, asset management and private banking. In his current role in ABN AMRO he is strongly involved in the efforts to shape the bank’s approach in SRI and Social Impact Investing.
Dutch Development Bank
Yvonne Bakkum is Director FMO Investment Management since October 2012. With the team, she is responsible for FMO’s institutional fund management business. FMO Investment Management scales up impact investing by offering investors access to FMO’s deal flow in sustainable emerging markets investments. Yvonne joined FMO in 2001 were she held various positions among which Director Private Equity, Manager Credit Analysis and Deputy Chairman of FMO’s Investment Committee. Yvonne holds a masters’ degree in Business Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam and she started her career with ABN AMRO Bank in 1992.
Since March 2013 Solange is the Sustainability Manager for Retail and Private Banking at ABN AMRO Bank with a focus on sustainable investments. Solange held various roles in asset management as well as Private Banking for the last 18 years. Out of these she worked for 11 years in multiple countries in Asia.
Impact Investment Consultant
Ivo is the founder and managing director of onValues Ltd., a Zurich based investment consulting company specializing in sustainable and impact investment strategies. Ivo Knoepfel is a Certified International Investment Analyst and holds the degree of Swiss portfolio manager. He is a member of the Association of International Wealth Management, of the Swiss Financial Analyst Association and of several consultative bodies. He regularly publishes on issues relevant to sustainable ad impact investing. He received a master and a PhD degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, both with a focus on environmental planning and technology.
Since June 2013 Laure is head of Cordaid Investments, managing EUR 50m investments in MFI’s and SME funds in fragile countries. She has worked since 1995 in investment banking at BNP Paribas and ABN AMRO Rothschild in Paris and London where she structured and syndicated capital market transactions, then as an independent financial adviser in The Netherlands.