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. We are adding photos and bios for our larger group over the coming weeks, but here is a start.
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.
Jennifer Braswell is Strategy Director of CDC Group. She is a US-trained lawyer with 20 years of experience providing organisational strategy consulting, advisory assistance to international development organisations for project design and preparation, and management for international technical assistance projects worldwide. Special expertise in the design and procurement of infrastructure projects, economic growth and competitiveness investments, sector-wide workforce development initiatives and agriculture, health and education programs.
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 has over a decade of experience working across the non-profit and for-profit sectors in Asia, Europe and the USA, with a strong focus on building access to finance, livelihoods and markets in emerging markets like India.
Shalaka is the Gender Lead, South Asia for the International Finance Corporation (IFC)- the private sector focused arm of the World Bank; where she works where she works on gender in the private sector, and ways to include both women and men as entrepreneurs, investors, employees, consumers, community stakeholders, and leaders. Shalaka has 14+ years of global leadership experience in social venture, financial inclusion, 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.
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.