Thank you to our brilliant and pioneering Programme Advisory Council members, who are guiding us as we shape the content and structure for the 2020 Global Summit.
Joy Anderson is a prominent national leader at the intersection of business and social change, whose insights and experience have helped shaped hundreds of ventures as well as the movements of impact investing and gender lens investing. She is founder and president of Criterion Institute, the leading think tank on using finance as a tool for social change, which demonstrates new possibilities through its groundbreaking research, innovative trainings, convenings, and institutional engagement.
In recognition of her leadership, Anderson was listed in Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business. She published A Blueprint for Women’s Funds on Using Finance as a Tool for Social Change in partnership with Global Fund for Women and Ms. Foundation, following the 2015 publication of Gender Lens Investing in Asia, published jointly with USAID, and Criterion’s The State of the Field of Gender Lens Investing.
At CDC (the UK’s Development Finance Institution), Jen leads the Value Creation Strategies group, which is an in-house expert team focusing on delivering results in CDC’s strategic priority areas, including gender equality, job quality and skills & leadership.
Prior to joining CDC, Jen was Vice President of Corporate Strategy at Kiron Global Strategies, a woman-owned small business focusing on workforce development and skills training in fragile and conflict affected states.
Jen was previously Director of Booz Allen Hamilton’s offices across Africa and Eurasia, based in Tbilisi, Georgia, where she was responsible for building and managing the firm’s International Development and Cooperation portfolio, including projects supporting various local government institutions in Africa and Asia, the World Bank, the US Agency for International Development, and the US Millennium Challenge Corporation. Jen is a licensed attorney in New York, and holds an MA in international relations and economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Tokunboh Ishmael is the co-founder of Alitheia Capital – a Nigeria-based fund manager channeling private equity investments to transform businesses in West Africa where funding gaps create unique opportunities. In 2015, she co-founded Alitheia Identity to scale investing across Sub-Saharan women-led SMEs.
Tokunboh is a CFA Charter holder, corporate financier and M&A banker having worked on over $5.6 billion M&A deals across the US, UK and Africa. Exceptionally experienced in the energy, oil, gas, technology and financial services sectors, she is now focused on building sustainable growth SMEs across attractive, consumer-led sectors, including Agribusiness, Financial Services and Technology, Healthcare, Education, and Manufacturing, on behalf of institutions and corporates.
Shalaka Joshi is the Gender Lead, South Asia for the International Finance Corporation (IFC)- the private sector focused arm of the World Bank- where she works on gender in the private sector. Shalaka has over 17 years of global leadership experience in early-stage investing, social venture, financial inclusion, entrepreneurship, livelihoods and market-based solutions to poverty in emerging markets, especially in Asia.
Her social enterprise career began with UNICEF where she worked on micro-planning and building public- private-nonprofit alliances. She also worked with Ashoka, a global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs. Her private sector experience includes ICICI Bank - India’s largest private sector bank - where she led the process of integrating private sector partners into the Bank’s initiatives in health, education and micro finance.
Shalaka’s investment experience includes being part of the early team at the IFMR Trust and serving as a Managing Director of Unitus Impact (now Patamar Capital)- an early-stage fund which supports the growth of scalable livelihood ventures in Asia. Shalaka also served as Managing Director, Asia-Pacific for Toniic- the world’s most active network of impact investors, supporting ventures and funds across 28 countries. She led Toniic’s expansion into the Asia-Pacific region and as its Chief Investment Officer globally, across asset classes.
A Chevening scholar and an Aspen Global Leadership fellow, Shalaka serves on the Boards of Toniic Global (which seeks to move millions of dollars into impact investing globally), the IEF Entrepreneurship Foundation (which works with Indian State governments to mainstream entrepreneurship) and UnLtd, India (a leading incubator for social entrepreneurs). She is based out of Mumbai, India and enjoys poetry, travel and dance.
Nathalie Molina Niño is an investor (with O3) and tech globalization veteran focused on high-growth businesses that benefit women and the planet. She is the author of LEAPFROG, The New Revolution for Women Entrepreneurs (Penguin Random House, Tarcher Perigee) and a serial entrepreneur. Molina Niño launched her first tech startup at the age of twenty and is the co-founder of Entrepreneurs@Athena at the Athena Center for Leadership Studies of Barnard College at Columbia University, where she continues to lecture and advise.
Before her career in academia and impact investing, she spent 15 years advising organizations like Disney, Microsoft, MTV, Mattel, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. During that time she co-led the launch and growth of a multinational business with Lionbridge (NASDAQ: LIOX) into a $100M operation in 30+ countries.
Molina Niño serves as a Venture Partner at Connectivity Capital Partners and advises the WOCstar Fund, FullCycle, and WestRiver Group. She also serves on the advisory board of NIRH, WENYC and Vote, Run, Lead, and persistently connects entrepreneurship and the mission of getting more women into elected office. Prior to founding her last venture, BRAVA Investments, Molina Niño launched Nely Galán’s New York Times bestselling book and online education venture, Self-Made, and stepped in as CRO of PowerToFly, the fastest growing hiring platform for women in tech and beyond.
Hedda A Private Investor, Active Board Member, Adjunct Professor And Government Advisor On Issues Related To Sustainable Development And Socially Responsible Investing. She Is The CEO Of TIIME.Org – Advocacy, Advisory And Investment Support To Drive Capital Towards Positive Social And Environmental Impact.
Hedda is an active board member on several funds related to impact investing and gender-lens investing. She is on the investment committee and a board member of the Rising Tide funds, designed to train women in early-stage investing and currently launching Rising Tide Africa. She sits on the advisory board to the Luxembourg government for Sustainable Development (CSDD.lu), focused on social finance developments and the Vodafone F-Lane accelerator for women-empowerment. Hedda is Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship and Social Entrepreneurship at Sacred Heart University MBA and at the University of Luxembourg.
Loren Rodwin is a Managing Director for Social Enterprise Finance in the Small and Medium Enterprise Finance Department at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). Mr. Rodwin co-manages a team providing debt financing to financial institutions, financial intermediaries, funds and social enterprises in developing countries and emerging markets.
This includes financing for financial access, clean and affordable energy, water and sanitation services, health care, housing, education and enhancing small holder farmer supply chains. He is also part of the OPIC team implementing OPIC’s gender smart investing program called 2X. Prior to his current position, Mr. Rodwin worked in OPIC’s Structured Finance Department where he handled workouts and debt restructurings for a portfolio of distressed loans. In addition, he underwrote debt financing transactions in the financial services, agriculture and mining sectors.
Prior to joining OPIC in 2001, Mr. Rodwin worked as a Senior Financial Analyst at K&M Engineering and Consulting Corporation focusing on private power transactions. Mr. Rodwin began his career at the Chase Manhattan Bank, where he worked as a Credit Analyst, Credit Auditor, Financial Institutions Credit Officer in the Tokyo Branch, and a Client Service Officer underwriting real estate finance transactions.
Mr. Rodwin is a graduate of Brown University, the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and the Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business.
Vicki Saunders is an entrepreneur, award-winning mentor, advisor to the next generation of change makers and leading advocate for entrepreneurship as a way of creating positive transformation in the world. Vicki is Founder of #radical generosity and SheEO, a global community of radically generous women supporting women-led ventures working on the World’s To Do List. Vicki has co-founded and run ventures in Europe, Toronto and Silicon Valley and taken a company public on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Vicki was named one of the 100 most influential leaders of 2015 from “EBW – Empowering A Billion Women”, In 2001, Vicki was selected as a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum.
Ruth Shaber MD is the founder and president of the Tara Health Foundation, which promotes health, well-being and opportunity for women and girls through innovative evidence-informed programs. She is also the co-founder and board chair of Rhia Ventures, a group of foundations and investors that collaborate to bring new types of capital and enterprise to the field of reproductive health in the United States.
Ruth started her career as an Obstetrician and Gynecology at the Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco Medical Center in 1990. In addition to her clinical responsibilities, she had many leadership positions at Kaiser Permanente including chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Director of Women’s Health and founder of the Women’s Health Research Institute. Ruth was the Medical Director at the Kaiser Permanente Care Management Institute from 2007 to 2012 where she worked with Kaiser Permanente's regional and national leaders to apply the best evidence and successful systems approaches to create reliable clinical performance.
Ruth received her B.A. from Yale University and her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She served her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of California in San Francisco.
James Soukamneuth is the impact investing director of Investing in Women, an initiative of the Australian government. Working with impact investors in Southeast Asia, he develops blended finance instruments to move capital to the region in support of small to medium-sized enterprises owned and led by women.
Before joining Investing in Women, he held economic roles with USAID, where he received a number of awards and distinctions through tours in the Philippines and West Africa. He has more than 18 years of international experience, spanning the public and private sectors, in economics, trade and investments. He honed his analytical skills as a quantitative analyst on Wall Street, but his passion for humanitarian causes has taken him to Benin with the Peace Corps and the field of microfinance in Southeast Asia, with many stops in between.
A Lao-American, Mr Soukamneuth holds a PhD in political economy from Cornell University.
Laurie J. Spengler is a development finance professional and impact investment banker with CEO, entrepreneurial and investment experience. Economic development, entrepreneurship, sustainable business, financial inclusion, responsible and impact investment are consistent themes defining Laurie’s work. Her skills range from strategic advisory to capital structuring, capital raising and M&A services. Laurie’s particular expertise is designing, structuring and launching investment vehicles that align different types of capital with positive impact and appropriate financial returns.
Currently, Ms. Spengler is CEO of Enclude Capital UK Ltd, a leading impact investment bank. As of October 2018, Enclude is a member of the Palladium group of comppanies. Previously, Ms. Spengler was founder and CEO of Central European Advisory Group. Prior to that, she was an attorney with the New York, Brussels and Prague offices of White & Case. Among her current board engagements, Laurie serves on the Executive Committee of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, the UK National Advisory Board on Impact Investing (part of the Global Impact Investment Steering Group) and the CDC Group. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is an active contributor to the growing community of actors seeking to deploy capital to address urgent environmental, social and development challenges.
Jackie Vanderbrug is responsible for defining and executing investment strategies for Merrill and Bank of America Private Bank focusing on Impact Investing initiatives across all asset classes. She speaks frequently, representing CIO at conferences including the Nantucket Project, Clinton Global Initiative, Aspen Ideas Festival, and FT for Good.
Prior to joining Bank of America, Jackie was managing director at Criterion Ventures, a hybrid consulting firm where she worked with high net worth individuals and large non-profits on impact strategies; she also led the Business Development of the start-up team at iBasis; and, co-founded WORK IN PROGRESS, a non-profit social enterprise focused on career development for underprivileged youth. She started her career as a domestic policy analyst for the U.S. Congress and as a strategy consultant for Fortune 500 firms.
Jackie received her M.B.A from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and her B.S. in Mathematics from Calvin College. Jackie is an Aspen Institute First Mover Fellow and serves on the Boards of the Trustees of the Donations and US SIF (The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment). She co-authored the 2016 book Gender Lens Investing: Uncovering Opportunities for Growth, Returns, and Impact.
Rachel Whittaker is a Sustainable Investing (SI) Strategist at UBS Global Wealth Management's Chief Investment Office. Her expertise includes public equity SI fund solutions, integration of ESG into stock selection, and gender lens investing.
Rachel started her career in 1996 as a trainee accountant, before moving to the investment industry in 2000 as an equity analyst at Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley in London. In 2007 she joined the Responsible Investment team of Mercer Investment Consulting to build up the manager research capability for SI funds. Now resident in Zurich, Switzerland, she worked with the UN PRI, and Swiss asset managers Vontobel and RobecoSAMbefore joining UBS in June 2017.
A graduate of the University of Cambridge, Rachel earned an MSc in Corporate Environmental Management from the University of Surrey, is a CFA charter holder, and currently sits on the Analyst Advisory Committee of the UK Sustainable Investment & Finance Association. She is passionate about the mobilization of capital towards sustainable development goals, and, as a parent to two children, is committed to securing the livelihood of future generations and empowering them with the values to facilitate it.
Marijn Wiersma is a corporate anthropologist who inspires people to follow her vision for a better world. She is passionate about, and stubbornly committed to, solving world problems by unlocking the potential in women, ensuring that they get seats plus a voice at decision-making tables. Marijn has over 20 years of successful international experience, of which 11 years on the African continent. Marijn co-authored the book Banking for a Better World, is a speaker on financial inclusion, facilitator of powerful female leadership programs and has been making video portraits of female role models from the financial sector globally. She has coached numerous executive women worldwide. She couples strong interpersonal skills with diplomacy and integrity. As a multi-linguist, she is creative, inspiring and innovative with and in front of all types of people.
Marijn is a connector, is entrepreneurial and makes things happen. She has a recognised track record of balancing private sector interests with development impact. As the founder of Zambia’s first private nursing school she knows what it takes to do good and make money. Marijn held the license for TEDxLeiden for 5 years and has coached countless TEDx speakers. She has worked for the Dutch development bank FMO for 10 years. She has board experience in the creative, social entrepreneurship and financial space. Now, she is the senior environmental, social and governance advisor to Arise, a Pan-African investment company. She has lived on three continents, worked in over 35 countries and travelled to 85. She is married and is a mother of four. Marijn is based in Cape Town, South Africa.