Álvaro founded IGNIA in 2007, along with Michael Chu. He is the former Chairman of the Board of Compartamos Banco (Gentera), America’s largest microfinance institution, and formerly served as Chairman of the Board of ACCION International, a 55 year old U.S. based global non-for-profit pioneer of microfinance. Álvaro also participates in the following: Board Member of Harvard University’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (Advisory Board); Harvard Business School Latin America Advisory Board; the Social Progress Imperative (treasurer); ITAM Epic Entrepreneurship Center (Advisory Board); Oxford University Saïd Business School Advisory Board; American School Foundation of Mexico City Board of Trustees; Duke University CASE Initiative on Impact Investing (CASE i3 – Advisory Board); (MUSEIC) Mexico-United States Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council; and a mentor of Endeavor Global. Álvaro formerly served as Chief Financial Officer of Vitro; Chief Executive Officer of Farmacias Benavides and Chief Financial Officer of Grupo Elektra. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). In 2005 Alvaro was named Young Global Leader (YGL) by the World Economic Forum (WEF). Forbes named Alvaro as one of the 30 Top Social Entrepreneurs of the world. In 2012 the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) awarded Alvaro with the SEN Sustainability Award on Economic Justice/Community Impact. In 2014 the President of Mexico honored him with the National Entrepreneurship Award. In 2015 YPO’s Real Leaders magazine, named Alvaro as one of the 100 visionary leaders leading us toward a better world. Alvaro is a Pan American Games (1991) and Central American Games (1990) rowing medalist and was eighth in the World University Games (1989). In 1991 he was medalist at the US Elite Rowing Nationals.
Beth Bafford, Vice President of Syndications and Strategy, Calvert Impact Capital
Beth Bafford is Vice President of Syndications and Strategy. She leads Calvert Impact Capital’s services to accelerate capital flows into communities through loan structuring and syndications. She also oversees the organization’s strategy, communications, and impact measurement functions. Prior to joining Calvert Impact Capital, Beth was a consultant in McKinsey & Company’s D.C. office where she focused on U.S. Health Reform strategy. She has also worked as a Special Assistant at the White House Office of Management and Budget during the drafting and passage of the Affordable Care Act, as a Regional Field Director for the 2008 Obama for America campaign, and as a Senior Associate at UBS Financial Services. Beth received both her BA in Public Policy and MBA in Social Entrepreneurship at Duke University. In business school she was fortunate to work closely with Cathy Clark to launch the CASE i3: Initiative on Impact Investing.
Melissa L. Bradley has more than 20 years of entrepreneurship, investment and leadership experience. She is Director, Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Kogod School of Business at American University. Melissa also serves as a faculty advisor for the Social Venture Lab and runs experiential learning opportunities for students across the entire University. Previously Melissa served as a political appointee at the Corporation for National Service (CNCS). Her most recent role was as Acting Director of the Social Innovation Fund (SIF), a White House Initiative and program of CNCS. Prior to this role, Melissa served as Chief Strategy Officer at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). During her tenure at CNCS, Melissa was detailed to the Department of Education to continue her work in support of the President’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative. Before joining CNCS, Melissa served as Chief Executive Officer of Tides, a network of entities committed to helping donors and doers create a better world. Melissa’s corporate experience includes her role as Director of Investment Services at CIT GAP Funds and Vice President at UBS in the Private Client Group. Melissa’s educational background includes graduation from Georgetown University in 1989 with a bachelor’s of science degree in Finance from the School of Business, and a master’s degree in Business Administration in Marketing from American University in 1993. (Watch Melissa’s CASE Chat here)
Antony Bugg-Levine is the CEO of Nonprofit Finance Fund, a national nonprofit and financial intermediary dedicated to mobilizing and deploying resources effectively to build a just and vibrant society. In this role, Mr. Bugg-Levine oversees more than $225 million of capital under management and a national consulting practice, and works with a range of philanthropic, private sector and government partners to develop and implement innovative approaches to financing social change. Mr. Bugg-Levine writes and speaks regularly on the evolution of the social sector and the emergence of the global impact investing industry. He is the co-author of Impact Investing: Transforming How We Make Money While Making a Difference (Wiley, 2011). As a Managing Director at the Rockefeller Foundation, Mr. Bugg-Levine designed and led the Foundation’s initiative, Harnessing the Power of Impact Investing, and oversaw its program-related investment portfolio. He is the founding board chair of the Global Impact Investing Network, and convened the 2007 meeting that coined the phrase “impact investing.” Previously, Mr. Bugg-Levine was the Country Director for Kenya and Uganda for TechnoServe, a nongovernmental organization that develops and implements business solutions to rural poverty. Earlier in his career, as a consultant with McKinsey, he advised Fortune 100 clients in the financial services and health care sectors and helped develop new frameworks for incorporating social dynamics into corporate strategy. A native of South Africa, he served in the late 1990s as the acting communications director at the South African Human Rights Commission and as a speechwriter and media strategist for the African National Congress’s 1999 election campaign. He is an associate adjunct professor in the Social Enterprise Program at the Columbia Business School. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, Ahadi. (Watch Antony’s CASE i3 Speaker presentation here)
John is Professor of the Practice of Finance at Duke University, Fuqua School of Business. In 2012, John retired from JP Morgan, where he was Head of Principal Investing for Social Finance. As a unit of JP Morgan’s Investment Bank, the Social Finance Group is responsible for investing JP Morgan’s capital commitment of $100mm in impact investments in the Emerging Markets. Prior, John was Chairman and Head of the Investment Committee of JPM Mezzanine Capital, a proprietary investment strategy focused on subordinated debt and equity co-investment for mid-cap U.S. and European companies. JPM Mezzanine Capital invested over $1bn in over 40 private companies in the U.S. and Europe during his tenure. John has held Board of Director responsibilities or Board observer rights for over 20 private U.S. companies. John started his career as an attorney in the banking practice of White & Case. John earned a J.D. from Temple University and an LL.M in International Taxation from Villanova University. John is a member of the New York Bar and admitted to practice in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Juan Pablo Cappello is a well-known entrepreneur and is deeply involved in supporting venture capital and impact investing in Latin America. In the past few years he has co-founded www.idea.me, the leading Latin America crowdfunding site; www.thelabmiami.com, a 10,000 sq.ft. campus for creative entrepreneurs in the Wynwood Art’s district in Miami; and www.melaartisans.com, a leading retail site that promotes a sustainable livelihood for artisans in India by providing a customer base for their handmade products. Juan Pablo was a partner in and a director of Patagon.com, which was sold to Banco Santander for a transaction value of over US$750 million, and currently runs a law firm he founded, Private Advising Group. Juan Pablo, a Duke University alumnus, was named one of the “Most Influential Hispanics” by Poder magazine in the areas of science and technology and was selected as a “Top 50 Entrepreneur” by Business Leader magazine. Juan Pablo serves on the Advisory Committee of the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation. He is also a GAB member of Endeavor.org and a member of the Legal Committee of the Latin American Venture Capital Association.
Maya Chorengel is a Senior Partner, Impact and Financial Services Impact Sector for The Rise Fund, launched by TPG Growth in 2017. The Rise Fund is a global, multi-sector, institutional scale fund committed to achieving measurable social and environmental impact alongside competitive financial returns. Maya also co-founded of Elevar Equity, a leading venture investor with a strong track record of financial return and high impact investing in high growth companies in India and Latin America, in 2008. Maya grew up in and has worked in Asia, the US, and Europe. She has over 20 years of private equity and venture investing experience, including over 10 years in impact investing, with a passion for using bottom-up, market-based solutions to development challenges. Prior to Elevar, Maya was Managing Director of the Dignity Fund, a commercially focused impact investment fund that provided local-currency loans and guarantees to high-growth microfinance institutions globally. Before entering the impact space, Maya was at the private equity firm, Warburg Pincus, working in New York, Hong Kong, and Menlo Park on investments spanning venture capital, growth equity and leveraged buyouts. Earlier in her career she was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley and James D. Wolfensohn Incorporated in Asia and the USA. Maya serves on the boards of Globokas/GKN, Kiva, and Salish|Growth. She is also an advisor to several social enterprises, impact investing funds, and impact organizations. Maya holds a B.A. from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. (Watch Maya’s CASE Chat here)
Michael C. Dorsey has a successful 12-year record in Impact Investing, having co-founded the innovative Bay Area Equity Fund (now DBL Investors). He is currently raising the Bay Area Growth Fund, which seeks to recreate the success of the Bay Area Equity Fund. He has also managed two funds for the Westly Group and serves on the Board of Directors of Revolution Foods and Ioxus. Prior to co-founding the Bay Area Equity Fund, Mr. Dorsey worked as an investment banker, primarily to technology companies, for 20 years. He served as Head of Technology Investment Banking of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and Cowen & Co. In this capacity he worked with most leading venture capital firms as an agent and made venture capital investments as a principal. Mr. Dorsey holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and an MBA from Yale School of Management. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco and various Advisory Boards of Stanford University. (Watch Mike’s CASE i3 Speaker presentation here)
As Acumen’s Chief Innovation Officer, Sasha is responsible for growing the impact of Acumen’s work through investment in leaders and the spread of ideas. This includes the Acumen Fellows Program and +Acumen; work in knowledge, metrics, and policy; and resource mobilization. In his previous role as Director of Business Development, Sasha led global capital raising for Acumen, executing a successful $100M capital raise, serving as the point person for Acumen’s Partner community, and heading up global partnerships for Acumen including global expansion. Sasha is also a noted speaker and blogger, the author of the Manifesto for Nonprofit CEOs, and the creator of Generosity Day. His talks have been featured on TED.com “Best of the Web” and he has been recognized as an Innovation Agent by Fast Company magazine and as a top 10 Business Bloggers by Say 100 Media. Before Acumen, Sasha worked as Global Manager of Corporate Citizenship at GE Money and as a Senior Program Manager at IBM.
As Managing Director of Impact Investing with Anthos Asset Management B.V., a privately owned investment manager, Lisa is responsible for building and managing a new portfolio focused on social, environmental and financial returns. Lisa previously served as President and CEO of Calvert Foundation, a global leader in impact investing and an enduring voice for social change with assets under management of more than $400 million. Lisa’s background includes nearly 25 years of industry experience at multiple policy and financial posts. She has held positions in real estate and community development finance with the Enterprise Foundation, JP Morgan Chase and Travelers Insurance. She holds a BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard University. In 2003, Lisa participated in the American Marshall Memorial Fellowship, a travel program for emerging leaders from the US and Europe. (Watch Lisa’s CASE i3 Speaker presentation here)
Hilary Irby is Chief Operating Officer of the Morgan Stanley Global Sustainable Finance (GSF) group and Head of the Morgan Stanley Investing with Impact Initiative. GSF harnesses the power and discipline of the capital markets to enhance environmental sustainability, advance economic opportunity and promote community development. The firm’s Investing with Impact initiative aims to provide clients with investment opportunities focused on providing financial returns as well as positive environmental and social impact. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Hilary was Operating Partner at JVP, a leading Israeli venture capital fund with over $900 million under management, where she oversaw the Firm’s fund management, international operations, investor relations and marketing. She also worked as part of the management team to drive the Firm’s organizational strategy and spearheaded business development in the US for JVP and its portfolio companies. Previously, Hilary worked at Goldman Sachs & Co., helped manage the growth of an internet consulting and integration firm, Fort Point Partners, and worked for four years as a change management consultant at Andersen Consulting. Hilary holds a Masters in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Bachelor of Science from St. Lawrence University.
Tricia Keller – Director, Strategic Partnerships and Initiatives, Virgin Unite
Tricia Keller is the Director of Strategic Partnerships and Initiatives for Virgin Unite, the foundation of Richard Branson and the Virgin Group. As part of the leadership team, Tricia is responsible for building disruptive collaborations and helping the foundation transform the way businesses, government and nonprofits work together to tackle global challenges. She leads Unite’s work to explore new strategic areas and incubate leaderships initiatives, such as The B Team, Virgin Unite Entrepreneurs and Ocean Unite. Tricia has worked across the business and social sectors, bringing them together to develop lasting solutions to global challenges. Prior to joining Unite, she served as a Senior Advisor at both the White House National Economic Council and the State Department. During this time, she created global partnership initiatives to drive economic growth through entrepreneurship, increase women’s economic participation, and expand the field of impact Investing. Previously, Tricia spent six years in the Middle East and Africa with the National Democratic Institute, where she developed and directed its first revenue-generating social enterprise. She also served as a corporate and start-up advisor focused on integrating CSR into core business functions, and as an economic development consultant to the President’s office in the Maldives. She holds a master in international business from the IUP de Commerce International and master in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Michael brings 15 years of experience applying entrepreneurial approaches to addressing global social challenges. Michael is currently Senior Business Advisor to the new Social Ventures team at the international NGO Mercy Corps – seeking to identify, invest in, build and scale businesses that can leverage market-based approaches to achieve outsized social impact. Prior to Mercy Corps, Michael was Co-Founder of Simpa Networks, a venture-backed energy services company with a bold mission: to make modern energy simple, affordable, and accessible for everyone. Simpa sells distributed energy systems on a “Progressive Purchase” basis to underserved consumers in emerging markets. Prior to Simpa, Michael led Arc Finance’s research into micropayment approaches for financing pro-poor clean energy and water enterprises in developing countries. Michael also served as a strategic consultant to a solar energy provider targeting off-grid health facilities globally. Prior to Arc, Michael consulted to the social venture capital fund, Acumen Fund, mapping private sector investments across east Africa. Michael was a founding staff member of the first nonprofit pharmaceutical company, the Institute for OneWorld Health, whose goal is clinical development and distribution of affordable new medicines for diseases of poverty in the developing world. Michael spent his early career with the Social Development Department of the World Bank. Michael holds an MBA from Duke University (CASE Scholar), a BA from Vanderbilt University (Ingram Scholar) and has studied at the Universidad de la Habana in Cuba. (Watch Mike’s CASE Chat here)
Tom has two decades of experience integrating and applying business and market-based solutions to social sector challenges. Currently, he is a Managing Director of Cambridge Associates, where he serves as an investment adviser to institutions and families with assets that range from $35 million to $4 billion. Tom is a founding member of Cambridge’s Mission-Related Investing (MRI) Practice, and specializes in developing and implementing investment strategies that integrate environmental and social objectives and seek holistic returns. While his primary role is to build and manage investment portfolios, he also dedicates time to investment sourcing and diligence, producing research, and engagement with the larger community of impact investors. Previously, Tom was an analyst with Agora Partnerships, an impact venture group in Latin America, and began his financial career consulting to the World Bank on education projects in Brazil. Earlier, Tom was the Director of Program Development for KaBOOM!, where he cultivated and managed funding partnerships with leading corporations and foundations, and built scores of play spaces for deserving children. Prior to KaBOOM!, he worked for a startup enterprise that launched the ZOOB play system, and toured the country in a classic milk truck for over 9 months to execute a guerilla marketing campaign. His commitment to the social sector was cemented while he served two years in AmeriCorps NCCC, as both a Corps Member and Team Leader. Tom began his career in technology marketing, which helped him understand the immense power and rapid feedback loops inherent in dynamic business models. Tom earned an MBA from Duke University, where he was an inaugural CASE Scholar, a Master of Regional Planning (MRP) from UNC Chapel Hill, and a BA from Stanford University where he was also a scholarship athlete on the water polo team.
Eric Savage is the Co-Founder & CEO of Unitus Capital. Eric moved to India in 2007 to help set up Unitus Capital (UC). At UC, he has led the company in raising over $1.3 billion for various socially impactful businesses in Asia. He has had the privilege of working with many innovative companies that do life changing work in the fields of microfinance, affordable health care, renewable energy, affordable education, women empowerment and agriculture. Unitus Capital was ranked the #1 most active Indian investment bank by Venture Intelligence and VCCircle in 2013 and 2014. Previously, Eric directed Citigroup’s Asia Power & Infrastructure Investment Banking Group and helped secure and execute multiple landmark equity, debt and M&A transactions totaling many billions of dollars. Eric was based in NYC and Hong Kong for 14 years with Citigroup/Salomon Brothers. Eric also headed Salomon’s utilities sector equity research and was selected to Institutional Investors’ All-Asia research team. Eric is a graduate (cum laude) of Duke University, serves on the CASE i3 Advisory Board, the Duke Alumni Board and has the most all-time wins at the K Academy. He is also a graduate of Harvard’s Kennedy School, where he received the Lucius N. Littauer Fellow Award, the program’s top honor. Eric serves on the Board/Advisory Board of a variety of top companies, funds and academic institutions. He is a much sought after speaker on the topics of impact investing and entrepreneurship. In 2014, Eric was named Indian Expat Entrepreneur of the Year by Expat Entrepreneurs Circle.
Jason Scott is a Co-Managing Partner and on the Board of Directors of Encourage Capital. He was a co-founder of EKO and is a member of the Investment Committee of the EKO Green Carbon Fund. Prior to EKO, Jason was a founding Director and investment analyst at Generation Investment Management, co-founded by David Blood and former Vice President Al Gore, Jr. As its first employee, Jason helped build the firm and its first and second products, investing in global listed equities and climate change solutions respectively. From 1999 to 2004, Jason worked with Acumen Fund, Flatiron Future Fund/Foundation and New Philanthropy Capital. From 1996-1999, Jason was President of a NYC-based software company. Previously, Jason helped found and build Public Allies, a youth and community development organization. In 1998, the Rockefeller Foundation selected Jason as a fellow in its Next Generation Leadership Program. He co-founded Cleantech for Obama and served on several transition advisory boards for the Obama Administration and is currently on the boards of Oil Change International, the Frankfurt Zoological Society and Public Allies. Jason also co-founded and jointly leads a network of family offices investing in Cleantech, Renewables and other Environmental Opportunities (called the CREO Syndicate). Jason graduated from Duke University cum laude and has an M.B.A. with honors jointly from Columbia and London Business Schools.
Don Shaffer is President & CEO of RSF Social Finance. Prior to joining RSF, Don served as Executive Director of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), developing it into an alliance of over 15,000 independently owned businesses across the U.S. and Canada. He has also served as Interim Executive Director of Investors’ Circle, a network of angel investors, professional venture capitalists, foundations, family offices, and others who invest private capital into companies addressing social and environmental issues. Don’s experience includes over 15 years in senior management positions building social mission companies, including Comet Skateboards, a designer and manufacturer of premium skateboarding products committed to local and sustainable business practices. He has served and led sales, marketing, business-development, and general-operations teams in the education and software sectors. Don serves as a Board Member of Comet Skateboards, BALLE, and Social Venture Network. He participates in an advisory capacity with Entrepreneurship@Cornell, B Lab, and Slow Money. He also co-chairs the Roots of Change Business Leaders Council. Don graduated with a degree in American History from Cornell University and lives in Oakland, California, with his wife, Jennifer, and their children Sabine and Samuel.
Laurie J. Spengler, President & CEO, Enclude
Laurie J. Spengler is President & CEO of Enclude (formerly ShoreBank International Ltd. and Triodos Facet), a global specialist advisory firm dedicated to building inclusive, sustainable and prosperous local economies. The firm delivers integrated capacity and capital solutions to financial institutions, business support organizations, private-sector companies, funders, and investors. Laurie has 25+ years’ experience in strategy and transaction services, specifically capital raising, M&A, and private equity transactions. She has developed a particular expertise in structuring and launching impact investment vehicles that align different types of capital to allow operating enterprises, financial institutions, and funds to generate positive social, environmental, and development outcomes while delivering appropriate financial returns. Previously, Laurie was founder and CEO of Central European Advisory Group, a regional advisory firm she sold to her management team in 2005. She also worked as an attorney with the New York, Brussels, and Prague offices of White & Case. Laurie has a JD from Harvard University and an undergraduate degree from Stanford University. Among her active board engagements, she serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs. Laurie is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. (Watch Laurie’s CASE i3 Speaker Presentation here)
Eric Stephenson, Portfolio Director, Cordes Foundation
Eric Stephenson is the Portfolio Director at the Cordes Foundation, working to advance the Foundation’s impact investing and philanthropic initiatives. He was previously part of the fund investments team at Hamilton Lane and corporate finance team at Xerox. Eric serves on the investment committee for Align Impact, an independent impact advisory firm, and is an active alumnus and mentor for Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), a New York-based non profit maximizing educational and career opportunities for young people from underserved and underrepresented communities.
Jackie VanderBrug is a managing director and investment strategist at U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management within the Global Wealth & Investment Management division of Bank of America. In this role, she is responsible for defining and executing investment strategies focusing on U.S. Trust Impact Investing initiatives across all asset classes. She is a regular contributor of the thought leadership reports IMPACT FORUM, with topics on sustainability, millennials, and corporate strategy that align with investment strategies for high net worth individuals, families, and foundations. She is a regular speaker and presenter representing U.S. Trust at conferences including the Nantucket Project, Clinton Global Initiative, Aspen Ideas Festival, and Social Capital Media (SOCAP). Prior to joining U.S. Trust, 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 and led the development of the field of Gender Lens Investing. 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 an 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 Board of the Trustees of the Donations.
Matthew Weatherley-White is Co-Founder and Managing Director of The CAPROCK Group, a multi-family office with over $2.5 billion in assets under advisement. Shaping The CAPROCK Group’s initiative in Impact Investing, Matthew is a sought-after speaker and thought leader in the discipline. In addition to keynoting the 2013 European Commission’s Annual Award for Social Innovation, Matthew has guest-lectured on sustainable business management and non-financial value creation at Harvard, Tuck, Kellogg, Booth, and the American University in Paris business schools, has presented at conferences throughout the US and Europe, serves as a strategic advisor to several Impact Investing funds, and has been quoted in Barron’s, International Business Daily, Bloomberg Business Week, Forbes, MarketWatch, ImpactAlpha and The New York Times. More recently, he successfully shepherded two pieces of legislation through the Idaho Statehouse, the first authorizing Pay For Success Contracting and the second awarding legal status to businesses structured as Benefit Corporations. Prior to co-founding The CAPROCK Group, Matthew was a partner in The Owyhee Group, a boutique advisory team within Smith Barney. During his fourteen years with the company, he was a member of Citigroup’s elite Leadership Development Program and helped craft the firm’s Private Wealth Management platform. Matthew graduated from Dartmouth College, has competed internationally in five different sports, is a high-altitude climber and skier, and continues to serve as a Director for the Lee Pesky Learning Center, an organization he helped launch nearly 20 years ago. When not working, Matthew can usually be found outside, running, skiing, mountaineering, cycling… and generally encouraging his daughter to enjoy wilderness with the same irrational exuberance as her father.